Dr Bob Rich


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Smashwords book reviews by Dr Bob Rich

  • See You In Court! on June 02, 2012

    Well written, entertaining even when discussing the inherently dry topic of the Law, this book is an excellent guide. My current work in progress has several courtroom scenes, which is why I wanted to read it, and was not disappointed. Only caveat is, the book is specific to the USA, while my book is set in Australia, so there are differences I need to take into account.
  • The Boy Who Loved Ants: Edward O.Wilson on May 31, 2013

    The Boy Who Loved Ants: Edward O. Wilson is a brilliant little book. It will inspire any thoughtful elementary school child into caring for the small creatures of nature. Using simple, clear language appropriate to the age group, and interesting pictures, it carries several important ecological lessons, teaching without preaching. Another message is resilience. Professor Wilson lost most of the sight of one eye as a boy. Even before that, he was smaller than others, shy and withdrawn. And yet, he became one of the leading biologists of the planet, honored by governments, and although it’s not stated in this book, befriended by other famous environmentalists like David Suzuki. It is not necessary for all children to collect black widow spiders and snakes. It is necessary for as many as possible to look on nature as something that makes life possible for all of us, as a thing of beauty that deserves protection from the ravages of humankind in its own right. A particular species, a particular place may or may not be "useful." That is irrelevant. It is fascinating, and beautiful in its own way, and what is useful is the complex totality. This is the gentle message of this book. Buy it for your child.
  • Postcards from Mr. Pish: East Coast Edition (Volume 3) on July 11, 2014

    Geography can be presented in a way that makes it immensely boring, and yet it is inherently a fascinating subject. The Mr. Pish books will ignite an interest, and perhaps even a passion, for distant places for any small child. Each page of this book has just enough facts to be educational, yet not so much as to exceed the attention span of a little picture-watcher while an adult reads the words. I can see plenty of scope for further discussion in response to questions the child might ask. One page with its pictures and words is probably enough as part of a bedtime ritual, or the page could be the opening into projects for a 5 or 6 year old who can be encouraged to find out more about, say, water power, or the American Revolution, or Martin Luther King.