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Meet Jack Hughes – The Magic Museum main character

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This is Jack Hughes, the main character of The Magic Museum by Rick Isaacson. Rick introduced the new children’s genre in literature. He is a bold pioneer in this domain. Jack opens the doors to art appreciation and visual literacy for many young readers and their parents as well. I am sure this story will be a great success.

As I already mentioned earlier in most posts I met Rick last years and started helping him marketing his book. Very soon my company Valley Wizard will release the IOS/Android version of The Magic Museum. The book will be available both for smartphones and tablets.

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MBA. Part3. Preparation for the tests

Basically there two tests – GMAT and TOEFL. There is nothing hard with the TOEFL. Just buy the official guide. Crack it and you are ready. GMAT is another pair of shoes! Allocate at least 6 months to get ready. Although my advice not less then 12! I heard some crazy stories that it took some people two years to pass the test. I could not believe that. I was sure I was smart enough to pass it in three months. I was so wrong!!! Yes, it’s too complicated. GMAT will take a lot of time and efforts. GMAT is hell! It will swallow you. It will destroy your free time completely. Just be ready to devote much efforts to it. My list of important things to do to get ready for the GMAT prep:
1) sign up for GMAT basics course in your city – this will give you a basic idea of what this is. Usually such courses are 4-8 week long. I went to MBA Strategy courses in Kiev http://www.mbastrategy.ua They are excellent experts in preparation and admission consulting. If you are in Ukraine or Russia, I highly recommend to call these guys.
2) after you pass the group course, you will understand your weaknesses. The next step would be to work individually. Buy the full set of official guide books – latest edition. I also bought Kaplan books and used Manhattan GMAT – 8 books set. Read the books and do the assignments. My weak point was critical reasoning. That’s why I also read GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible.
3) if you have some troubles with understanding some concepts while you do the individual study plan, you should take the Skype-classes with a consultant and address the questions
4) sign up for online service like GoGMAT. Download an iOS app with a thousand prep questions and answer explanations. Online platform is a very good option to track your success.

There is no single answer to the question of what’s the best way to beat GMAT. The test was designed by very smart people. The test is changing and constantly evolving. You should start the journey and find your own way to pass it. You need a lot of patience and do not give up!

Rick Isaacson – The Magic Museum

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I want to introduce my friend – Rick Isaacson. Rick is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University. Our mutual friend, my Professor at Hult Jeff Saperstein introduced us to each other. We first met in Mill Valley in summer 2013.  Rick had just finished his first book for children – The Magic Museum. I was among the first people to read it. I was truly astonished by the idea of the book and Rick’s vision of future literature genre. Magic-Museum-cover

The Magic Museum was definitely a Blue Ocean – the completely new undiscovered market of unbounded opportunities. At the time when we have so much trash on bookshelves at bookstores, Rick created a new product. That was a true appeal to intellectual curiosity of both parents and children. The book fosters visual literacy and art appreciation by showing art in adapted form specially for children. Being a father myself , I imagined the delight of my daughter to have such a precious gift.

I decided to help Rick with the book marketing and online promotion. I truly believe in the success of The Magic Museum and in Rick as a talented author. I am waiting eagerly for his next book The First Magic which should see the world this summer. Hopefully I will be among the first people to read and review it.

Meanwhile feel free to sign to Rick’s blog and read his professional posts regarding raising children, visual literacy, art appreciation and many more http://isaacsonseries.com

And you can order his book on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Museum-Isaacson-Series-Literature-Volume/dp/0984493840/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397077215&sr=8-1&keywords=the+magic+museum

Educating my daughter

My daughter Mariia will be turning 7 this October. This means that starting from September 1, she will go to school. It happened so that my wife and I decided that Mariia will get the base education in Ukraine. Educational system in Ukraine may be a subject of a separate post, so much can be said about it. Anyway, I made a decision that starting from 9th grade Mariia will go to study to Europe and then to the US to get her Bachelors and Masters. Maybe something will change  in the course of time.

What I actually wanted to say is that Mariia started reading when she was still 5. She read in Russian and Ukrainian first. Right now she can read in English as well. Probably there is no more happy and proud father than I am. Observing how children grow up, evolve and develop is the best happiness one can get. There were times, though, when I could not understand that. But times change…

An interesting feeling when your child comes home  from a kindergarten with a poem assigned to learn by heart. But there is no need to do this, because your child can read, learn and recite it herself. Great feeling!

Reading aloud with my daughter is a kind of a ritual in our family. This all started when Mariia was a baby. Nowadays its a good habit that we practice every evening. First I was the only one to read. Now my daughter reads to me. This way we spend our evenings in a healthy, warm family environment.