Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Planet Explorers Disney Cruise Line 2012-A Travel Guide for Kids by Laura Schaefer

Planet Explorers Disney Cruise Line 2012-A Travel Guide for Kids by Laura Schaefer

This short book of only 51 pages is full of information about the Disney Cruise Ships.

Table of Contents has an Introduction, History of Disney Cruise Lines, Ships (Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy), Castaway Cay ( Disney's Island) in the Bahamas, Some Cities visited by the Disney Ships (Nassau, San Juan, Key West St. Thomas/ St. John, Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Alaskan Ports), Cruising Web Sites, A Test for Disney Knowledge, Travel Tips and A Note from the Publisher.

The book prepares a family for the adventure that Disney Cruise Ships offer. It gives information on the ships, activities, where to eat, adult areas, pools, where to shop, ship terms and so much more. The pictures are great.

I would encourage anyone planning a Disney Cruise to get a Kindle copy of this book. Amazon has it for sale for $3.99 (July 2012) and carry it with you on the cruise. Have the children read it with you and make the plans of what to do and see together This book is written for children but any adult will also find good information.

I always recommend future cruisers talk to their Travel Professional because they can help you find the right ship and itinerary.

I received a complimentary e-book copy of Planet Explorers Disney Cruise Line 2012-A Travel Guide for Kids to read and review. The opinions are my own. I will give it a five star because I was impressed with the information. A brochure will give details on what the rates are for the cruises.

Leona Olson

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Jackson-The Iron-Willed Commander by Paul Vickery
The book begin with the inauguration of Andrew Jackson as a seventh President of the United States on March 4, 1829. It then goes back to Andrew Jackson as a youth, his meeting with Rachel, his duels, the Battle of New Orleans and his death.
I am listing the chapters for the review because they define the book:
A Note From the Author
Chapter One: A Boy Becomes a Man
Chapter Two: A Lawyer is Born
Chapter Three: Rachel and Nashville
Chapter Four: The Dueling Judge
Chapter Five: Hostility with the Creeks
Chapter Six: Old Hickory
Chapter Seven: The Creek War Begins
Chapter Eight: Old Hickory Faces Mutiny
Chapter Nine: The Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Chapter Ten: The Creek War Ends: The Treaty of Fort Jackson
Chapter Eleven: Fort Bowyer and Pensacola
Chapter Twelve: New Orleans: Preparation for Battle
Chapter Thirteen: The Battle of New Orleans: Beginnings
Chapter Fourteen: New Orleans: The Battle of January 8, 1815
Chapter Fifteen: The Hero of New Orleans
Chapter Sixteen: The Indian Question
Chapter Seventeen: The First Seminole War
Chapter Eighteen: Jackson as President
Chapter Nineteen: Legacy
I think there is a good lesson in the history of the United States of America and the many encounters with war, Indians, politics and people. One might not agree in how things were done but Andrew Jackson did believe what he did was for the good. "This was classic Jackson. We may disagree with his policies, but we must at least grant he was consistent". (page 168)
Some notes I took were:
1. John Quincy Adams did not attend the inauguration of Andrew Jackson because of the disagreement they had when Jackson believed Adams spread slander about Rachel.
2. The Louisiana Purchase: "Jefferson's vision of having independent farmers as the backbone of the nation now seemed feasible, and America had access to the Gulf of Mexico". The problem was France had never taken possession from Spain (page 44).
3. Florida: Jackson wanted a reason to invade Florida. (page 173 and chapter 17).
4. New Orleans Battle was " the boost in morale to the national spirit brought by the victory in New Orleans cannot be overstated". (page 157).
5. Names of historical figures are throughout the book: Sam Houston, Davey Crockett, Napoleon and Jean Lafitte for some.
6. Songs: Yankee Doodle, Hail Columbia and some written about Jackson but not named in this book.
7. Rachel and his love for her. Jackson was always writing her letters. Her remarks when he won the presidency was :"Well, for Mr. Jackson's sake", she quietly whispered, "I am glad; for my part I never wished it". (page 194). Their adopted son Andrew, Jr, is also in the book.
8. The wars with the Indians continued with Jackson. The Trail of Tears (page 201); the relocation of the Cherokee nation to Oklahoma (page 201), Seminole War (page 179) and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.(page 91- chapter 9) for some. The Cherokees called Jackson Sharp Knife.
9. Burr wrote to Governor Claiborne in New Orleans "I fear there's something rotten in the State Denmark"' (page 46). (( I had to check the saying and it was in the play Hamlet by Shakespeare in 1602.))
10. How Andrew Jackson got the name Old Hickory. (page 62).
I give this a five star because of the history and so many facts. It made me as a reader want to read more of this time period. I remember my mother took me to see "The President's Lady.
As a parent, read this book and have your child read it and then discuss it. Especially since this is a time of elections in 2012, it is a great learning tool. I found it more of a military book and Jackson as a General but there are so many more facts.
I received a complimentary copy of Jackson- The Iron-Willed Commander by Paul Vickery to read and review from booksneeze. The opinions are my own.
This is a Thomas Nelson Publisher book; ISBN:978-1-59555-454-3; published 2012.