[good reads] blue frog

October 22, 2017

At school, we have been celebrating Latino Heritage Month. Our theme this year was IndiginoUS to help us think about the indigenous cultures in Latin America that have contributed to our culture today. Due to this theme, my class has been learning about the Inca, Maya, and Aztec peoples. One of the stories we read was Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate by Dianne De Las Casa. It’s actually both a Maya and Aztec legend and the students loved learning about the Sun God, Wind God, and how the Wind God turned into a blue frog then hold humans about Cocoa beans and thus chocolate. At the end of the week (on Friday) I even shared some chocolate with my students. It was clearly their favorite part about this entire month! I mean, who doesn’t enjoy eating some chocolate at school?!?

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I really like reading autobiographies so when I came across Decision Points by George W. Bush, I decided to give it a whirl. I ended up really enjoying reading it because it was at up a bit differently than other presidential autobiographies. In his book, W doesn’t go through his entire life or even his entire presidency. In fact, he focuses on a number of important big issues/events/decisions he made leading up to and during his presidency. He focused on one big decision per chapter. Interestingly, my favorite chapter was the first one during which he talked about essentially going to being an alcoholic (though perhaps not completely addicted) to quitting completely. I never knew! And I had that type of “wow, I had no idea!” moments throughout the entire book. It made me realize how human presidents are.

Read about our other Belizean adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eats