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MercatorNet: A picture perfect book for vacation reading

A picture perfect book for vacation reading

A picture perfect book for vacation reading

A picture book worth the investment
Jennifer Minicus | Jun 20 2016 | comment 1 
Wake Up, Islandby Mary Casanova, Nick Wroblewski, illustrator
written for ages 2-7 | highly recommended
published in 2016 | University of Minnesota Press | 40 pages

Poetic language leads the reader through the early summer morning on a wooded island. As the sun rises, nature awakes. Ducks take flight, deer drink at the lake's shore, spiders begin their daily task of weaving a new web. A heron, ravens, squirrels and even bear and moose enjoy a breakfast in the crisp air of this northern forest. The last creature to stir is a small child, anxious to embark on the day's adventure.
Nick Wroblewski's rustic woodcuts capture the texture of fur, feather and blade. Muted greens and browns emphasize the quiet and peacefulness of nature. This simple, charming book would make a lovely gift.
A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother.


Will there be enough work? That’s the basic question facing developed economies with flat growth as employment shifts from agriculture and manufacturing to services. It appears that there might not be jobs for the uneducated and unskilled.

One response to this is the idea of a universal basic income: the government gives everyone, rich and poor alike, a monthly stipend just for showing up for lunch. As a solution for unemployment, it has pedigree. Back in 1516 Thomas More mooted it inUtopia. One of his characters observes: "Instead of i[hanging thieves by the dozen], it would be far more to the point to provide everyone with some means of livelihood, so that nobody’s under the frightful necessity of becoming, first a thief, and then a corpse."
One American journalist has called the UBI the “world’s simplest plan to end poverty” and the idea is gaining traction in the media. Finland is considering it. However, Swiss voters rejected it overwhelmingly in a referendum earlier this month. In our lead story today, Alejo Sison argues that a key question is missing from the debate: the dignity of work.

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