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Book Review: Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

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Heartbeat by Sharon Creech is about the life and times of a young girl, Annie. The author brings readers through the many rhythms of life to show how the main character adjusts to the different situations which happen while growing up. Creech takes the reader from best friend relationships to interacting with family members to Annie’s art teacher, who gave her an assignment to draw an apple 100 times. Annie describes how she learned to use creative art strokes utilizing ink, charcoal, pastels, and acrylics.

Creech begins the book by relating a scene where Annie runs to a nearby park and meets a young boy, Max. The scene shifts to a discussion of how her mother felt during pregnancy when Annie was running inside her. Her daughter was born with her legs racing.

Annie also lives with her grandpa who was once a champion racer. He won local, regional, and the national race by age 15. Annie’s friend Max was there for her since an early age. They ran barefoot together, played catch with cones, and rode on the swings at the local park. Creech captures the realism of the nature scenes with a folksy simplicity that readers will appreciate.

At school Annie recalls the things she enjoyed the most like running, smelling the trees, feeling the wind, drawing, and laughing with others. After school, Annie performs different household chores for Mrs. Cobber and receives compensation for doing so. Annie plans to save the money to buy something special. These scenes at school will take readers back to the time when they attended primary school.

Creech describes Annie’s mother’s difficult childbirth with brother Joey, who was brought into the world by a midwife. The birth of Joey is told with suspense over the course of three or more chapters.

Heartbeat by Sharon Creech is a wonderful book written in the light literary belles letters style. The conversation is engaging throughout. The story will appeal to people of all ages. This is a perfect acquisition for your local book of the month club.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
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