Archive - March 18, 2015

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First Lady Michelle Obama in Japan Promoting Peace Corps "Let Girls Learn"
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Review of Mouse and Magic by Allan R. Gall (Turkey 1962-64)

First Lady Michelle Obama in Japan Promoting Peace Corps "Let Girls Learn"

by Victor Beattie March 17, 2015 5:06 AM WASHINGTON- First Lady Michelle Obama embarks on a five-day Asia trip Wednesday to launch the Obama Administration’s initiative “Let Girls Learn,” promoting the education of millions of girls worldwide. Ahead of her stops in Japan and Cambodia, Obama and her husband said the inability of an estimated 62 million girls to attend school worldwide should be a foreign policy priority. The first lady wrote in The Wall Street Journal that the fact that tens of millions of girls are not being adequately educated is more than “a tragic waste of human potential. It is also a serious public health challenge, a drag on national economies, as well as global prosperity, and a threat to the security of countries around the world.” Obama said that as of 2012, every developing region had achieved, or was close to achieving, gender parity in primary education. . . .

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Review of Mouse and Magic by Allan R. Gall (Turkey 1962-64)

Of Mouse and Magic (Children) by Allan R. Gall (Turkey 1962–64) Two Harbors Press 278 pages 2011 $12.95 (paperback) Reviewed by Tom Weck (Ethiopia 1965–67) • Of Mouse and Magic is an engaging tale of Manny the Mouse, his family, and many other animals including both friends and predators. Manny is the smallest mouse in a new litter of mice. His parents fear for his survival as he seems very fragile. But Manny does not see it that way. He is born with a jagged white fur mark that, in his eyes, makes him feel like Zeus. And he acts accordingly showing both courage and leadership through his and his sibling’s many trials and tribulations. Admirably, the books does not shy away from addressing ‘survival’ – a daily struggle for these mice as they are hunted by predators on land and from the sky. Young readers will be astonished by . . .

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