A young Montana woman who dreams of studying languages at the university finds herself alone, teaching school children in a harsh, wind-wracked winter landscape, her fiancé having left her, and her family unable to send her back to study after a mind-opening first college year. This is the figure at the center of Mildred Walker’s Winter Wheat, first published during WWII and published again by the University of Nebraska Press in 1992.
And the Mountains Echoed can be compared to an intricate mosaic, having brilliant colors and various shapes, fitting together to form a unified and complex pattern.
By Denise Phillippe
Paul Tough’s book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character belongs on the “must read” list of anyone raising children or working with them in a school or camp setting.
The ideas presented in the book are important related to raising any child from infancy and to working with children from impoverished backgrounds as well as with children being raised in such protected ways that they are shielded from life’s regular difficulties, which also serve as potential growth opportunities.
Eric Falt, Guest Blogger
UNESCO designated April 23 as World Book Day to celebrate the importance of books and publishing. To recognize World Book Day 2014, Concordia Language Villages will post five book reviews over the next several weeks from a wide range of contributors.
Journeys to School is a book of stories. Stories about the lives of children across the world, striving against all odds for an education.