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Thursday, July 31, 2014

I'm turning Japanese, I Really Think So

 
 
Wohoo!  I'm on my last edit of Miss Pixie...  hopefully.  I have the next three books right behind it, but not in chapter book form yet.  It has literally taken almost half a year to get this book together.  But where it is today is hands down much better than where it started.  It's interesting when you edit your story.  That's my favorite part, usually where I'm most creative and often end up changing the whole premise. It's the getting started I don't like.
 
 
 Aside from writing, Little Reader and I are visiting Japan and solving a mystery. Okay, not actually going to Japan. But just getting us ready for when we do travel there.  But back to what we are doing.  Highlights has an adventure where your child gets to choose whatever country they want to visit. Then they send you a key chain, bracelet, and other super spy stuff to help you solve a mystery. 

So I'm back to my longing to move to Japan.  My Little Reader is the only one onboard with this.  I'm looking into the JET program but it would have to be in a couple years.  Try taking a girl away from her high school and friends to live where flushing a toilet needs instructions, the fish is served  raw, and Baby Metal is what's in. You see my predicament. I've come up with a compromise.  I will travel to Japan and scout it out. The family thinks I'm a little wacky, but hey that's okay.  When my book series takes off then we'' see who's nuts... 
 
In case you were wondering, Baby Metal?
 
 
Did I mention my oldest is enjoying his senior trip in Hawaii this week?  He tells me I would fit in perfectly. It's got the beach and Japanese culture. It's been too long since I've been there or anywhere else for that matter though.   
 
       
    
Mom's Amazon reads On The Way
  http://www.amazon.com/Japan-Guide-less-Emails-ebook/dp/B00LJC4I1U/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406830268&sr=1-1&keywords=living+an+moving+to+japan   http://www.amazon.com/Living-Abroad-Japan-Ruth-Kanagy/dp/1566916720/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406830268&sr=1-2&keywords=living+an+moving+to+japan
  
Asian Inspired Reads    
My Japan
By Etsuko Watanabe
      
Cute, informational, and very Japanese. Simple text wraps around adorable pictures displaying the differences of a Japanese girl and an American girl. Simply beautiful.
Zen Shorts
By Jon, Muth
 
You will love this adorable sharing panda that carries around a red umbrella. Watch how he builds a friendship with three children by sharing Zen stories that relates to their lives.
 
Zen Ghosts

 Stillwater the Zen panda is back in this Halloween tale. When the children finish trick-or-treating Stillwater's tells them the story of "Senjo and Her Soul. The soft illustrations blend with the concept of Zen. Ling & Ting Not Exactly The Same! By Lin, Grace
A heart-warming story about a  man and his best friend.  After the death of Dr. Uenos, his loyal dog Hachiko returns to the Tokyo train station awaiting his return. The best part of this story is its truth. Hachiko's statue still attracts thousands of people representing loyalty to the Japanese people. I highly recommend the movie as well.  Check it out at your library. Oh, this is defiantly on the must visit places while in Japan.
Erika-San
By Say, Allen
 
Absolutely loved this immigrant story. An young American girl is fascinated with the Japanese culture and eventually makes her way to Japan as an adult. I can relate to this one, and like her will someday have the experience of teaching there. It's amazing how a picture can draw you in!

Hachiko: The True Story Of A Loyal Dog                                                 By Turner, Pamela

 
 
A most heart-warming story about a  man and his best friend.  After the death of Dr. Uenos, his loyal dog Hachiko returns to the Tokyo train station awaiting his return. The best part of this story is that it's completely true and the Hachiko's statue at the train station attracting thousands of people every year.  I highly recommend the movie as well.  Check it out at your library. Oh, this is defiantly on my must visit places in Japan.
 
 
Top Summer Read  
The Five Sisters   By Mahy, Margaret
   
 
What can happen to five paper dolls joined at the hands? Lots when the winds carry them to a world of adventures.  When they  end up the hands of different people including a musician and a student detail is added to them.  We read one chapter  a night and had a hard time putting it down. And today after our virtual trip to Japan we are making paper doll chains to decorate Little Reader's room.
 
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Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.
         - Jackie Chan
 
 
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Katherine The Great White & Other Randomness

It's Almost the Fourth of July!
 Kick it up with some lip-smacking faire...
Impress others with 4th of July facts...
 
http://www.amazon.com/Fourth-July-Recipes-Favorites-White-ebook/dp/B00DPZJW88/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1404346815&sr=1-5&keywords=fourth+of+july+recipes
 
I'll will be dropping a line into the Gulf of Mexico this Fourth of July. Yes, I want to catch fish, but really I'm hoping to get a glimpse of Katherine. Who's Katherine?  Only a magnificent 2,300 lb. Great White shark making her way to Texas. Surprisingly, she's not getting the publicity she deserves.  I'm admittedly a Shark Week nut.  It's 37 days 3 hours 3 minutes and 55 seconds away. One of the perks of having the ocean in our backyard is yes the dolphins, but what about our big toothed friends out there.  Hopefully we will find some shark books to sink our teeth into next week. (^^^)
 
 
And in honor of the Fourth and Katherine's expected arrival I will attempt this.  I found it on Pinterest and hope it's doesn't turn out to be a Pintrosity.     
On a Writing Note: I was going to introduce you to Pixie, but not yet.  I'll only say she's an eight year girl that finds her way into one whooper of an adventure. And would you believe it happens at the library? Books are coming to life.  And it's a good thing Pixie is the best second grade reader at Strawbridge Elementary. Why? Because there's a Book Guardian who's trying to capture characters in a glowing magic book.  And how would Alice and Wonderland and Cinderella read without it's characters?  It wouldn't.
See, I've said too much.  On my next post you will get a glimpse of Pixie.  Yes, I'm enjoying my daily writing journey.  But I never knew how long and tedious the editing process could take... My apologies, this is why my posts are far and few in between.
 
Chilling With These Totally Random Romps
 
 
The Year Of The Fortune Cookie
Cheng, Andrea
   
This is the third book in its series.  An adventure where Anna goes with her teacher to China who is adopting a baby girl.  At first, she's a little homesick but soon Anna begins discovering her past. And of course makes a new friend along the way. We are still not done reading this one, but Little Reader says it's the best chapter book she's read this summer. It goes best with Egg Drop soup according to her.  We've are now waiting for Amazon to deliver Year of the Baby and a fortune cookie jar.
 
Flight School
By Judge, Lita
We all know penguins can't fly. But don't tell this little penguin. He shows up to flight school in the hopes of souring high above the ground. And with the help of his friends his dream is fulfilled, just not in the way you think.  An infectious heartwarming story about not giving up on your dreams.
 
Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep
By Saltzberg, Barney
   
 
Chengdu the panda can't sleep. While the other pandas slumber soundly Chengdu does everything he can to fall asleep.  After tossing and turning, trying different positions like hanging upside down, he finds a surprisingly perfect spot.  But oh no, now another panda is awake...  
 
Peggy: A Brave Chicken on A Big Adventure
By Walker, Anna
 
 
The cover is what got this off the shelf. And we loved this charming adventure about a chicken enjoying the quiet suburb life. But that changes when Peggy the chicken gets caught in a gust of wind.  The bustling city is no place for a chicken. Or is it? All in all, the humorous individual vignettes will tickle your funny bone.
 
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