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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bowtiful Times

The big news around here is that Mama got a job!  A chance to be around pre-k & kinder kids, and Pinterest another classroom is something I couldn’t turn down.  I’ll continue my daily writing, blogging, romping, and random bungee jumping.  And if it gets to be too much, I’ll find a clone.  Can’t believe it only took two days to land on an adorable theme for my class.   Now just awaiting Amazon to deliver my birds, BohoBirds that is!  The Sweet Treats theme last year was huge, but it took most of the summer to make, plus I wanted something new.   My husband says it’s just an excuse to empty the shelves at Mardel’s.  I’m cheating a little, but the ease of premade classroom decorations will work just fine.  Anyway, who has the time for anything before the hectic schedule of school kicks in.  Ugh, not looking forward to early morning rising.   But looking forward to seeing my little one head out with her “pink” tulle skirt, “pink” backpack, “pink” lunchbox, “pink” owl, and to complete her ensemble a gigantic “pink” bow.  - Looking like a bottle of Pepto-Bismol, but Pinkaliciously perfect non - the less. 
And while most were last minute shopping and winding mall lines, my girls and I stayed home and made bows.  Apparently cheerleaders and seven year old fashionistas require bows for every outfit.   We found a website that sells ribbons, risens, and every bow accessory known so that you can make them yourself.  (Ribbon Retreat) This is not a bad deal when you compare it to the cost of premade bows.  They are most Happy Happy Happy bout’ the Duck Dynasty hair statement they’ll be sporting.  Yes a girl can pull off cammo, especially if it’s pink!

As for my EBooks, I’m into the marketing part of things.  Let’s just say the writing and book talks are a whole lot more fun than the selling.   I did round up help on the selling front so I can spend more time doing what I love most.  Now I just need to decide if I should go with the Steel Island Reef or Uno Momento Baby Hippo first?  The Island book is geared towards older readers, which I would guess prefer reading on mobile devices more so than young children. Is this assumption true, or do I have it backwards?  As for this evening my creative juices are flowing and I’m inspired to write notes from God.  I guess that’s what I’m calling my Christian pocket e-reads. 

Our Romps

Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun
By Dismondy, Maria

 

Love the name and concept of spaghetti hotdogs, kinda like spaghetti tacos.  Lucy is a unique, poofy hair, hot dog spaghetti eating girl.   And when Ralph the bully starts making fun of her, she chooses to befriend him.  A simple story with clever illustrations, where the author’s encourages children to embrace one another’s differences.   

Let me go down the road on bullying for a moment.  This over exaggerated bullying agenda is making me sick.  I’m not insinuating this read was one of them, as it just innocently showed how you can deal with situations by finding the good in others.  But there are many not so innocent books putting political correctness in front of morals.  This is where my rant came from, that's all.  I appreciate you sticking with me here, I'm done ;-P

Well not quite!  On another hot dog note, what the heck is up with the hotdog legs tumbler craze?  In case you’ve missed this one, it’s where girls submit pictures of their legs and you determine if they are hotdog or legs.  Am I missing something here?    

With all the hot dog talk we made a run to the store.  Thanks Lucy for the inspiration.  

Not very appetizing , but fun to make ;-)

 
Split Splat
By Gibson, Amy

 

A colorful rainy day read!  Though not actually much of a story, rather a simple rhyming description of a rainy day.  I like how playful the illustrations integrate into the words.   This is a top read for younger children, but from the mouth of a first grader, “If I were a baby this would be a good book, but I don’t really get into baby books anymore!”

There’s A Train Out For Dreamland
By Heider, Frederich

 

Like our previous read, this one’s for the young, and a rendition from a song sung by Nat King Cole in 1947.   But with its candy images, not even my seven year old could get her head out of this one.   Chocolate bears, crackerjack mail, and ice cream train stations are a tastety way to end any day.

I Have A Weird Brother Who Digested A Fly
By Holub, Jean


 

Have you ever wondered what happened to the fly the old lady swallowed?  Thanks Joan, for sharing.  Through a combo of rhyming and scientific facts, here’s a humorous story about a fly going through the digestive system.  Bright cartoon pictures fill the pages, and I say it’s both clever and informational.   But my story listener has a different opinion.  “Boring, weird, and only boys like pictures of body parts!”

The Shelf Elf
By Hopkins, Jackie

 

Want to know about library organization?   Why not let Skoob the Shelf Elf show you.  The author manages to put magical fun in what would otherwise be a boring topic.  A great way to teach library etiquette with an elf determined to win the Golden Shelf Elf Award.  My reader thought this was going to be an Elf on the Shelf Christmas read, but not disappointed in the end. 

The Shelf Helps Out

 
 
 
Alright, were back to library organization.  A bouncy rhythmic read that makes a great tool for teaching the Dewey Decimal system.  Of course what kid today even knows what that is?   But they do know Suri! 

The HumbleBee Hunter
By Hopkinson, Deborah

 
 

A don’t miss glimpse into the life of naturalist, Charles Darwin.  This realistic fiction story captures curious nature lovers, just as it did mine.  A young girl named Henretta and her father set out to see how many flowers a bee can pollinate in one minute.  I loved how this inspires to research unanswered questions and the pictures were pretty cool, says my reader!

The After Read Question, “Do ants get dizzy?  We could spin them in a cup, put them on a trail of sugar, and see if they fall off.”   Looks like were going to spend our Labor Day weekend working on an early science fair project.  I’ll get back to you on this one.   

Miss Mary Mack
By Hoberman, Mary Ann

 

How could we forget our childhood friend Mary Mack dressing in black with buttons down her back?  I have zero recollection of a falling elephant here, only remembering a girl wearing odd black clothes.  But any-who, this read-along is full of hip not the old school pictures.  Not to mention, all kids to experience the classic nursery rhymes and stories.    

Mom Reads

Wait I don’t have time for these.  Just reading lesson plans, manuscript revisions, endless school forms, and of course Little Reader’s romps.  But this Labor Day I will  get into my recip-eBook and make some good eats. -- Creamy Crab & Artichoke Dip Carrot & Ginger Salad, & Cranberry Glazed Pork Ribs.  -- YUM!