First let me start by saying that I'm not a beach person. I'm not much for the sun and the sand, and I've never surfed in my life. I'm not even that great of a swimmer. In fact, I live in this kind of weather from about October to April (depending on the winter).
However, the kiddo is a huge water baby. She's not a fan of the snow and cold and whenever possible she's in the water swimming. And if we have a snow day (of which we've had a lot this year) her first inclination is not to go out and play and sled, but instead to find some beach movies to watch and plan all the vacations she wants to take to different islands. A frew weeks ago she stumbled upon Soul Surfer and immmediately it became a favorite. So when she got a Barnes and Nobles book card, she wanted the normal 5 year old fare (activity books and My Little Pony stories), but also really wanted the book Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton. I'm reading a little a day to her, but I flew through it in a few hours myself.
In the meantime, while we wait for more books, we'll be watching the last season of Amazing Race, which Bethany and her husband Adam competed on. Oh, and we'll be waiting eagerly for summer, I know a vertain 5 year old who desperately wants to learn to surf.
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by: Chester Nez
The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII-includes the actual Navajo Code and rare photos. Although more than 400 Navajos served in the military during World War II as top-secret code talkers, even those fighting shoulder to shoulder with them were not told of their covert function. And, after the war, the Navajos were forbidden to speak of their service until 1968, when the code was finally declassified. Of the original twenty- nine Navajo code talkers, only two are still alive. Chester Nez is one of them.
In this memoir, the eighty-nine-year-old Nez chronicles both his war years and his life growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo Reservation-the hard life that gave him the strength, both physical and mental, to become a Marine. His story puts a living face on the legendary men who developed what is still the only unbroken code in modern warfare.