Book Review: The World Trade Center Remembered

WorldTradeI remember when I was around 6 years old, my cousins came up to visit us from Virginia.  They wanted to go see the Statue of Liberty.  It was around my birthday so they asked what I wanted and I said a camera.  They bought me one and I took it on our trip.  I remember taking a picture of my cousin specifically telling her to pose because the twin towers were behind her.  Where that photo is now, I don’t know, but I do hope it turns up again one of these days.

This book is a photographic representation of the towers from when they were being built, to when they were standing tall with views from the east, west, and more.  Some truly great photography in this book as well as some detail on the towers themselves from an architectural standpoint.  It is a great way to remember the towers and of course all of those that tragically lost their lives when the towers, New York and America were attacked.

I received a free ecopy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

A photographic tribute to the World Trade Center towers, this book captures the lost icons of the New York City skyline as they were. Rising dramatically above all other skyscrapers at the tip of Manhattan, the World Trade Center came to symbolize New York City. From any direction the towers were lodestars, Manhattan’s Mountains.

As New Yorkers and all Americans have sought to heal from the wounds of September 11, 2001, they have recalled how the World Trade Center looked form home or office windows, how it came into sight as they approached Manhattan by car, by plane or from the water.

Photographers Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomero and architecture critic Paul Goldberger together have created an unforgettable portrait of the Twin Towers. This photographic memoir enables New Yorkers and visitors alike to look back, see the towers once again, and remember.

Book Review: The Knitted Teddy Bear

Not that I need to pick up another craft by any means – but lately I’ve been really into looking at knitted creations.  I’m not sure I have enough hand-eye coordination to actually do it (but maybe one of these days I can try!) but all the designs that people can come up with are just amazing to me. So when I saw that there was a book showing how to knit teddy bears (I love teddy bears) I knew I just had to see what it was all about!

The book begins with all the supplies that you will need – just keep in mind who you intend to give your finished teddy bear to and plan their eyes and accessories accordingly because you don’t want to create a choking hazard!

Then there are some patterns for various bears. They all are totally cute but I wouldn’t even know how to begin with these instructions. I guess I have my work cut out for me if I really do want to try this.  If you are a pro at knitting already, then I am sure that you will have no problems at all putting these bears together! Everything seems quite detailed.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review.  I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Knitting small toys is an absorbing and addictive hobby and homemade teddies have a special charm all of their own. The Knitted Teddy Bear has patterns to knit more than twelve gorgeous teddy bears, ranging in style and size. You will find traditional-style heirloom bears for serious teddy affictionados; for children there are bears with their own wardrobe of clothes; and there are tiny teds for the miniature bear enthusiast.

The instructions are easy to follow and there are clear diagrams showing how to sew up, thread-joint, and create the perfect gift or heirloom. You can build on the patterns given to create many other variations, including ‘old’ bears that have been loved and left in the attic, character teddies and mascots. The Knitted Teddy Bear is perfect for teddy bear lovers and keen knitters of all skill-levels from the experienced to relative beginners.

Author Information
Sandra Polley has had many years experience with crafts, especially knitting and soft toy-making. She has a particular interest in making and collecting miniature teddy bears. She started to design her traditionally styled knitted bears about 2 years ago and now runs a successful small business selling her knitting patterns and kits worldwide. Her teddy bear patterns have recently been featured in the UK’s Woman’s Weekly magazine.


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