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Friday, November 8, 2013

Turkeys, Pintrosities, & Youth Reads


I should write a survival guide!  How to put together a cheerleader scavenger hunt, Host a varsity team basketball party, Conjure up spooky treats, Pumpkin patch the yard, Sew an angel costume, Romp, & Read?: All in one week.   Wish I could say I’m done, but is a mother’s work never done!  And now that Halloween's over, were moving on to the next thing!  Just a reminder, it's almost the ABC Family's Countdown to the Countdown to the 25 days of Christmas.  ☃ But enough about me, I'm sure you have a lot on your own plate.   Unless I tell you I have the answer on how to Git-R-All-Done!!  - Why is it that we suburban driving, middle-class, Texan suburbanites feel it necessary to bring redneck words in to conversation?

Well, it’s finally November and the turkeys are taking roost in the trees, so I hear from our hill country dwellers.  Ha, I’d love to see a turkey try and shimmy up a palm tree.  And to answer a follower’s question, no I’ve never climbed up a palm tree.   Most people don’t know they can be sharp.   While trimming ours, I got poked in the arm leaving quite a whelp, apparently some are toxic. So hats off to Tom Hanks for mastering how to shimmy up a coconut tree, after spending four years on a deserted island.

And now another reader question, “Why not post more pictures of your activities from your previous posts?”  I’m not one for putting all my goings-on out there, but occasionally try and capture the successful things.  I want to inspire and give ideas of ways to connect with your reader, not bore you with our family Kodak moments.  And as for Pinterest, in comparing what my finished project often looks like, some might say it’s a Pinterosity.   But at least this years Halloween costume was a successes.  0:)
  Picture Perfect  
Pinterest Angel   Mom’s Angel
     
Failtempts of the Week  
Pinterest Turkey Pies In A Jar      Mom’s Turkey Pies In A Jar 
                                   
Pinterest Pumpkin Pie Cookies    Mom’s Pumpkin Pie Cookies   
                                                                    
My twelve year old son can’t fathom my book excitement, and why our library adventures are a high point of the week: “How long have you been so crazy about reading?”   Actually, I was around six when my love of books began.  I accredit this to summer reading @ my neighborhood library.  The perfect day was a hot walk to the neighborhood pool, then off to the library to fill up my wagon with books.  Wagon? I had to have something to carry them in, so I’d have a free hand to buy a Sonic The Hedgehog Bar from the ice cream man.  I remember this profoundly; but also that my friends thought it was weird putting books in a red wagon.  They were busy filling out reading logs without even reading the books anyway.  And why on earth did they do that, it’s not like the libraries were giving out reading prizes like they do today?  We just got a certificate!   My son's reply, “Hedgehog Bar, what’s that, I only know about the game?”  I see he really grasped the important aspect of the story here. 
But Do They Still Sell These?
http://www.complex.com/city-guide/2013/05/the-25-best-ice-cream-truck-treats-of-all-time/sonic-the-hedgehog-bar
 
Next, I have to say we are undertaking another reading project at my reader’s school. Only in first grade and reading above grade level, I’m working with her teachers in putting together book activities for her chapter books.  Her school still does AR (Accelerated Reader) Tests, and she’s bored.  Imagine a first grader that doesn’t want to read and take tests over and over, so now talking is the better option.  Looks like Junie B Jones is what were starting with and today it’s, Monsters Under The Bed.  Putting learning extensions together for each book, and tonight kicking it off with a popcorn dance party!  On the local library front, she’s mostly checking out youth reads.   They do take a bit longer, so you might not see as many book reviews on each post, but instead longer and more focused on extended activities.  So onward we press zigzagging through the library expanding our reading journey, so enjoy :-D  

Lastly, let's look at another reader comment.  It inferred that too much reading is detrimental because it doesn’t allow a teacher to do their job successfully.  Does this warrant  response?  Um, this is probably not the blog for you my friend, as my intentions here are to inspire, motivate, and connect with parents, readers, writers, publishers, and also teachers with a passion for the written word by bringing books to life.  And that's all I'm gonna say bout' that!   
It's All About The Books
 
http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Aaron-Becker/dp/0763660531/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383926519&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=journey+arron+beckerJourney
By Becker, Aaron


 
If you’re a follower, then you know I’m not a fan of wordless picture books.  Opening this I thought, great no words, so it's up to me to make up the story.  But this quickly changed as I was transported into a world of wonder, where a lonely girl uses her magic red crayon to travel to far off lands.  It begins with a red door opening to a forest lit with Chinese lanterns, where here a creek invites the young girl to make a red boat.  From there she travels to a castle of aqueducts, rides a magic carpet to another destination, and then draws a hot air balloon in hopes of rescuing a purple bird.  Will she set the bird free, and do so without letting go of her magic crayon?  We all need inherent beauty in our lives, and this does so delivering a message of heart and courage.
THE JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN...
http://www.storybreathing.com/ 
 
Little Reader immediately compared this to Miyazaki’s, Castle in the Sky.  And she’s right, we’re long time Miyazaki fans after first discovering Kiki’s Delivery Service at the library years ago.  Come to think about it, this is when my passion for eastern culture emerged and I began taking Taekwondo. Miyazaki somehow brings in a realm of beauty capturing the essence of a culture that we American’s often don't grasp.  If you’re already familiar with his movies, great, but if not let your library hook you up. 
 
 
Anything Is Possible
By Belloni, Giulia
 


 
You’ve heard the saying, if at first you don’t succeed try try again?  That’s where this was trying to go.  Trying being the optimal word here, as it never seemed to get off the ground.   The sheep and wolf are trying to create a flying machine, but the author didn’t capture determination like the title implied.  The cut paper illustrations did captivate Little Reader enough to deem this a cute book, but couldn’t recall what happened in the story.  And for the most part, nor did I.

Fenella: A Fable Of A Fairy Afraid To Fly
By Cord, Susannah
 
 
Enchanting, unique, amazingly illustrated, and vividly worded.  Fenella has a perfectly wonderful fairy life except for one thing, she’s afraid to fly.   Through a dad’s words of encouragement, a wondrous butterfly, a bee, and a human encounter she faces her fear and finds her true colors. 
I can vouch for Fenella, that it’s our journey that leads us to the answers were looking for.  It's here we find the courage and motivation to face uncertainties.  So don’t pass this one up, it would make a great tooth fairy gift.  Our tooth fairy loves to leave books!Show more
 
Palazzo Inverso
By Johnson, D B



 
Upside down or inversed castle is the Italian to English translation.  - This is need know info before reading!  An Escher-inspired masterpiece, about a clever apprentice who does a bit of blueprint meddling.  Mauk may love his where up is down and down is up palazzo creation, but do others feel the same?   You will enjoy reading the black text at the bottom of each page and at the end, literally flipping the book upside-down and reading the grey text along the top.   Multiple layers of re-readable fun with its optical illusions or “tricky eyes” and of course Mauk’s silly antics.
 
There’s No Such Thing As A Dragon
By Kent, Jack


 
Somehow I missed this delightful tale as a child?  You will immediately fall in love with this adorable dragon.   He may start out the size of a kitten, but grows to be as big as the house by the end of the day.  All the while Billy’s mom insisting, “There’s no such thing as a dragon!”   Hats off to Jack for hysterically using the dragon as a metaphor, meaning often people innocently create trouble in the hopes of being noticed.  Loved how he layered the themes of imagination, dealing with problems, longing to be acknowledged, and ended it on a profound note.  SPOILER ALERT!!
 
                                   - Diane Duane