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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Red, Wild, & Blue

Amidst Fourth celebrations, cupcake making, beach going, plant tending, and working on the new blue, we  managed to squeeze in the romps. Happily the bluetransformation is underway, and just in time for National Blueberry Month.  Will be celebrating with blue reads, foods, & a trip to a blueberry farm. 

There's something I need more of, it's time to get- r all done!  I’ve always been a go-getter entrepreneurial kind of gal starting businesses and even publishing a book, Park It! A Guide to Austin Parks and Playgrounds.  (Will have this on the Wild Blue soon.)  But during these endeavourers, I wasn’t so engulfed with kid activities, romping, gardening, cooking etc...  So in order for my writing to materialize, there needs to be some changes.  With manuscripts needing to be tweaked and lots of new ideas going through my brain, I need to block out writing time.  I think morning will work, but what about pumpkin propagation? Apparently this is something I should be doing in the morning, but mating plants sounds rather well you know, and besides isn’t nature supposed to do this?   And not to mention our twenty foot pumpkin vines are full of male flowers, testosterone is running rampant through the back yard.  We are planning, planting our fall garden and what better thing to have than Gigantic Atlantic Dill pumpkins.

Only pumpkin vines so far, but the loofahs are growing.
 
      

So procrastinate no more, I will start tomorrow.  Perseverance has been key to my endeavors, so it has to be a matter of time until my books find a publishing home.  And just to add, the diminished publishing standards has led me to believe that some houses are using office staff to do the writing.  Just sayin’! 

Proceedn’ to the Readn’s

The Eleventh Hour
By Base, Graeme



It’s Horace the elephant’s eleventh birthday party and something has dreadful happened.  It’s up to you the reader to look for the hidden clues and figure out who done it.  Its poetic verse and detailed images makes this a top book for all ages.   Having previously read this, I told Little Reader to be on the lookout for a sneaky party guest.  She found the imbedded clues and by the end of the story, pegged the guilty one.   And with her attention to details, I’m now hunting for more clue books like this one.

Tia Isa Wants A Car
By Medina, Meg




This really got my gourd, and I’m not talking about the loofahs.   Tia Isa wants a car but can’t afford one because the majority of her money is sent back to her family in Mexico.  What is the point of this book, to embrace how our country’s resources are being depleted?  - And then to be chosen as a Vermont Red Clover Book for 2012-2013?  Not going to seethe beyond this point, but note the nuisance of multicultural agendas in children’s books.  Where are the old fashion values with a hip new twist?   Sounds old-school, but there are many parents like myself who would love to see more of this. 

Harry & Hopper
By Wild, Margaret



A grieving pet loss story.  Harry loves his dog Hopper and shocked to hear he dies in an accident while at school.   But then Hopper begins to visit Harry in his dreams each night until eventually fading away, giving Harry the chance to say goodbye.   A moving story good for helping children deal with loss, but Little Reader says it’s too leaky eye. 

Puzzlehead
By Yang, James



One puzzlehead kid goes looking for a place to “fit in.”  Fun illustrations, but weak plot delivered.   Little Reader did though have fun with the shapes and this led us into making puzzle pictures. 

Books by Margot Zemach

Eating Up Gladys





Gladys is one bossy sister that doesn’t let her two younger siblings do anything to help out around the house.   That is until the younger ones decide to have her for dinner, teaching her that being little doesn’t make you helpless.  A charming idiom read of cooperation and sibling rivalry.  Even though Little Reader was a bit concerned they were going to cook her in a pot, taking it literal.  

You're Mean, Lily Jean!





Sisters Carly and Sandy are faced with a new bossy neighbor, Lily Jean.  But soon the bossiness turns into bullying, and the sisters have to make a stand.  Thought this was going to be preachy, but surprised to find it cleverly written, spring-boarding a great conversation for young kids about bullying.    

31 Uses For A Mom
By Ziefert, Harriet



What do moms really do?  Chauffer, cook, and shop to name a few.  A fun tribute to all the wonderful moms out there, and in the end I’m a hair-doer, cooking mama, & snuggler.