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What Did Jesus and Galileo Have In Common?

One might think that the Father of modern science would bear no commonality with the Father of Christianity (son when in the flesh), but there were similarities. 

Jesus grew up in Nazareth, a city in Galilee, and Galileo’s last name was Galilei. Ok, maybe that one is a coincidence. More to the point, both were courageous enough to challenge previously held beliefs about the universe, and both were (at best) misunderstood and punished for their messages. Galileo lived the last of his days under house arrest, and Jesus perished on the cross.

Whether a Christian, a follower of science, or a believer in both, one must admit that history shows how people have rejected change and are unwilling to accept new ideas, beliefs, or innovations.

How is it that we remain unaccepting with thousands of years of separation and drastically different lives? Fear of the unknown is a timeless contributing factor, to be sure, yet I am inclined to believe it is the voices at the top that lead the charge who have the most influence over what is allowed as truth. 

No matter what point in history, there has always been a narrative elicited by those in the power positions, who seek to keep things as they are and as they can control. The proletariat, continually the victims of the prevailing propaganda du jour via politicians and other governmental authorities. By design, the controlling force directs the thoughts of the masses, inert in their apathy, as they are either too comfortable or too afraid to ask questions, myself included.

A people divided are a people easily controlled. Polarisation being the continually viable schtick used by the puppet masters to obfuscate what they benefit from behind, and off, the backs of the citizenry.

The time to question everything is now, like never before. The mechanisms to assist those at the top when manipulating our minds are perfectly manifest in the modern technologies of AI, social media, and the internet at large.

I do not expect change, as this has been the way since time immemorial, but I also cannot help but feel that given the current technologies mentioned, we have the power to turn some of this on its face.

It feels like we are at a fork in the road. If we could only band the people together, we could use the technology that they are so skillfully using against us, to unify and defend against their divide and conquer. 

Am I a dreamer? Probably. But I prefer dreaming big over accepting a scripted nightmare designed to keep me hating my fellow man. I have never been one to roll over and play dead, no matter how impossible things seem, so with something as important as our children’s future as a driving force, I sure as hell am not going to start now. 

There is always common ground to be found, even when belief systems and world views appear to be opposed. You must, however, be willing to look.

Below you will find my reviews for the two Who HQ series volumes detailing the very different, yet sometimes similar, Jesus and Galileo. 

Book cover for Who Was Galileo? by Patricia Brennan Demuth showing a bobble-headed Galileo holding on to a telescope on top of a roof, with a globe sitting beside him.

Who Was Galileo? was the Who HQ book that sparked my, and my son’s, love of this informative and fun series. We were so excited to try out one of these slim, non-fiction paperbacks with the amusing bobblehead covers when searching the library’s website.

We highly enjoyed the rudimentary summary of Galileo’s experiments and discoveries and were deeply frustrated by all that he had to deal with when battling the Inquisition in Rome.

Galileo’s defence of the belief originally put forth by the mathematician Copernicus – that the planets, including Earth, orbited around the sun – was contradictory to the teachings of the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who believed that the Earth was the centre of the universe and everything else orbited it. 

The Catholic Church, at that time, saw the denial of Aristotle’s beliefs to be heresy, and as such Galileo became disgraced and was banished to house arrest for the last eight years of his life. 

Eventually, in 1992, Pope John Paul II proclaimed his despair over the church having persecuted Galileo and his later proven scientific assertions. Too little too late, as they say, but a nod to science and truth, nonetheless.

After enjoying its concise information and the black and white sketches adorned throughout, I decided to take a peek and see if there were any more books in the series available at my favourite discount bookstore. As it turned out, there was a whole slew of these little historical gems just waiting for me, and we now have a big pile to draw from, so stay tuned for our thoughts. 

Book cover for Who Was Jesus? from the Who HQ series, written by Ellen Morgan showing an illustration of Jesus standing by the waters edge with a basket of fish, and fisherman on a boat out in the water.

After being absorbed by the book Who Was Galileo? a couple of weeks ago, my son and I immediately placed an order for a tonne more of the series. I may have gone a little crazy, but they were a good deal, so… Each book offers an escape into the life of a fascinating figure, but after sifting halfway through the pile the lad selected Who Was Jesus? as our first.

My husband and son are of Greek descent, and all of us are baptised Greek Orthodox, so stories about Jesus are not new to our reading rotation. Although not extensive, the timeline gave an appropriate and complete picture of Jesus’ story for my 8-year-olds intellect.

We learned about: Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, his disciples, the miracles he administered, his enemies, his Crucifixion, the Gospels, and symbols of the Christian faith. We also enjoyed the section that detailed how Jesus was represented in Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism.

Again, I was impressed by the breadth of information provided in such a slim book. The sketches add a richness to the narrative that will keep readers riveted. I am sure most of you have read these already, and I am just late, but if you have not yet, get into them, you won’t be disappointed!


Today’s post is bought to you by the Beatles! Please stop and enjoy this musical interlude to brighten up your busy day. 😉

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Storytime Sunday: The Twits by Roald Dahl ~ Chapters 1 – 6

Book Cover for The Twits by Roald Dahl in moss green with teal lettering, showing the Twits upside down with birds from the story flying around them

Please enjoy this week’s Storytime Sunday edition where I’ll be reading Chapters 1 – 6 of The Twits by Roald Dahl.

Mr. & Mrs. Twit are a brutish pair, who enjoy entertaining each other with disgusting pranks.

Who will get the last laugh, in this hilarious classic tale?

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Storytime Sunday: George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl ~ Chapters 1 & 2

Book Cover for Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine, showing George mixing up his bubbling brown concoction.

Please enjoy this week’s Storytime Sunday edition where I’ll be reading Chapters 1 & 2 of George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

George has the misfortune of being charged with caring for his beastly Grandma while his Mother is out at the shops.

Will the intimated George find his revenge for her wicked ways when it’s time to dose out her daily medicine?

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Saturday in Stereo – Book Review Read-a-Loud: The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

This week on Saturday in Stereo we have the Peachy Books review for The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell, read aloud by PeachyTO.

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Books as Gifts for Kids: Construction Vehicles

Construction vehicle books make great gifts!

If you’re looking for ideas for what to get little boys or girls who are interested in construction vehicles and big trucks, this is a fun option for a well-received present. This gift contained a build and take-apart crane, a book about cranes, and a crochet bookmark for a handmade touch.

I look forward to birthdays and celebrations so I can put together presents for people. I try to use my creativity to make a gift tailored to the person and their life. There is often a theme, something handmade, and always a book. 

For Canada Day last month, I made a Canadian Baby basket for my cousins’ baby shower. Today I’m sharing the crane-themed gift we gave to a sweet little boy in our family who has turned 3. 

The adorable photos below, graciously shared by his mom, show him busily building the crane and reading his book. She was thrilled to report that it kept him properly occupied, which spells a win in my book!


Books are windows to the world. Raising children to love reading gives them creative options for companionship, especially during times of isolation like a pandemic when travel and visiting aren’t always possible. With the crack of a cover, kids are welcomed into unknown lands teeming with characters and adventure.

A silhouette of a boy reading a book on the grass at sundown, with the quote: A book is a gift you can open again and again by Garrison Keillor

In an era where screens capture most of our daily attention, the gift of a book will treat the mind, body, and soul to the magic of imagination and the wonder of words.


Here are a few more books from the QED Mighty Machines collection by Amanda Askew, that would make a great set for a budding reader. Consider including a book with a toy for the next gift you give. If you are on a strict budget as I sometimes am, you could get a book in lieu of a card, and write your wishes on the inside flap instead.

Do you give many books as gifts? Do you enjoy receiving a book that someone else has chosen for you? Do you have a favourite book to gift? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Peachy Books | Storytime Sunday | Read-a-Loud: James and the Giant Peach, Chapters 1 & 2 – by Roald Dahl

Book Cover for James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl showing a small James in the bottom left corner, staring up at a giant peach taking up the majority of the cover

Please enjoy this week’s Storytime Sunday edition where I’ll be reading Chapters 1 & 2 of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

Poor James must live with his beastly aunts after the tragic loss of his parents, who had the misfortune of being eaten up by an escaped rhinoceros from The London Zoo!

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Peachy Books | Storytime Sunday | Read-a-Loud: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Chapter 11 – Aslan is Nearer by C.S. Lewis

Book Cover for The Chronicles of Narnia book 2, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, with a blue cover and a lion in the middle

This week on Storytime Sunday I am pleased to read to you Chapter 11 – Aslan is Nearer of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

I had too much fun recording this! Reading stories to my son is one of my most cherished pastimes, and narrating the voices for the characters often leaves us in stitches.

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Friday Favourites: Top 5 Grandma Books For Kids

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I miss my grandparents. Even though the themes were dark, it was comforting to remember my grandfather through my ‘child’ eyes when reviewing Say Nothing. So, with a nod to my Gram as well, I’m dedicating this Friday Favourites list to her. I’m certain that I will again write of our closeness and the unique relationship we shared, as she is often on my mind. Until then, please enjoy this list of the Top 5 Picture Books About Grandmas, in honour of mine.


You might have seen me say this before, but it bears repeating: books are my favourite things to give as gifts. These storybooks are the perfect presents for new moms, young children, and even grandmas who will love to read them to their dear grandkids every time they see them. 

From sensitive topics like Alzheimer’s and death to carefree adventures through magical realism or a day at the beach, each book offers its unique perspective on the relationship between a grandmother and her grandchild. 


Book Cover for Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola showing a little boy sitting with his chairbound great grandmother and his standing grandmother

Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola

If there was a story on the list that hits me dead centre of my heart, it’s this one. My son had such a special relationship with my grandmother, so seeing little Tommy fastened in his chair alongside Nana upstairs made me melt.

This heartfelt tale is a tear-jerker, so be prepared before you brandish it at bedtime to an unsuspecting little one. It’s never easy to talk to a child about death, but a simple, beautifully illustrated book like this can be just the thing to assist a child’s understanding of something that we as adults struggle to comprehend. I feel similarly about I’ll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.


Book Cover for the book Abuela by Arthur Dorros showing an Abuela and grandchild flying above the colourful city below

Abuela by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Elisa Kleven

Abuela is flying high above New York City with her granddaughter Rosalba in this richly detailed and colourful story.

Magic is suffused with history, culture, and devotion to family as we follow this beloved pair along their journey. Readers are treated to a mix of English and intuitive Spanish, making this a super choice for teaching little ones the family language, and who better to learn with than Abuela?


Book Cover for the board book Go Grandma Go showing grandmas and grandchildren playing with a push car and a kite

Go Grandma Go! by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Sophie Beer

Go Grandma Go! is the only board book on our list and appeals chiefly to babies. Bright colours, fun activities, and never-ending energy are on the agenda in this adorable little book, as each page shares a different grandma and her grandchild having a blast together.


Book Cover for Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer showing grandma and little boy critter at the beach under a yellow and white striped umbrella; grandma reading a book and little critter playing in the sand with a pail and shovel

Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer

My son and I have been reading Little Critter stories by Mercer Mayer since the beginning – and I mean since he was in the womb, haha. Reading these books now provides him a window to nostalgia at the ripe old age of 7. Short, sweet, and funny like most Little Critter adventures we know and love, this one was sure to make this list.


Book Cover for A Doll For Grandma: A Story About Alzheimer's Disease by Paulette Bochnig Sharkey showing a grandaughter having a picnic with her grandmother infront of a pond and ducks.

A Doll For Grandma: A Story About Alzheimer’s Disease by Paulette Bochnig Sharkey

What a great story! Alzheimer’s is an invasive disease that can rip the minds of the people we love away from us like a greedy thief in the night. Explaining to a child that someone who looks the same as they always had physically, isn’t mentally, can be a tall order, and I wouldn’t know where to start.

Both brilliant and educational, author Paulette Bochnig Sharkey shares with us the ingenuity of a child as Kiera comes up with a creative solution to bonding with her changing grandmother.

Included at the end of the story is a page that explains to parents how best to help their children understand Alzheimer’s, making this book an absolute treasure for those in need.


Do you know any more great tales about grandmas, whether they be picture book or novel? Who are some of your favourite grandmas in fiction? My son and I really enjoyed the hippie grandmother in Aliens on Vacation which we read recently. You can hear her character in the excerpt I read here if you’re interested.