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1. The Adventures of the Parlsey Family and the Dancing Snails - a bookwrap

Unwrapping some Snail humour... (yes it exists)

Unwrapping today's featured book...

"The Adventures of the Parlsey Family and the Dancing 

Created by Michael Read 

Unwrapping some cute illustrations...

About the book...

The Parsley family is a typical family, doing typical things in their lives.  Or are they?  They have a garden and in that garden live snails.  Trixie, their 9-year-old daughter decides to make friends of these little creatures and that's when the fun begins. 

She becomes the shepherd - of - the snails or as she is referred to in the book...  the "Snail Guardian." She expands the snails minds and experiences by taking them on adventures that are very thrilling... if you are a snail.  

They are introduced to other snail cultures in their gardenhood. They sample new foods served up picnic-style, show off their new dance moves and learn to celebrate life together!  

This collection of short stories will change your perspective on the sluggish, slimy little creatures and have you out in your garden training to be a Snail Guardian too because who knows what your snails are up to!

 Here is a quote from the book to make you smile and give you a flavour of the stories: 


The Essex Snails live in the Parlsey Family house garden.  They have a  'Dance Arena'.

The Norfolk Snails live in the garden next door accessed under the joining fence.  They look after their allotment.

The Beach Snails live in the garden behind the Parlsey home which is a Funeral Director business.  They flew in via a coffin from the USA.  It is accessed by 'Trixie's' Tunnel through the garden wall.  They are musicians. " 

With a cast of characters like the above that are so adorable and diversified I know that you will love this book just as I did.  

About the author...

Michael Read, 68, wrote 'The Adventures of the Parsley Family and the Dancing Snails' is a collection of short stories following Trixie, a 9-year-old girl, who befriends a group of snails in her garden.
The retired head teacher of Teversham Primary School said: "I've got three granddaughters, they live quite an interesting life so I wrote some stories to entertain them. When I wrote the first series the first person to read it was my wife, she never laughs about books.
"She laughed her head off - I thought I might be on to something."

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2. breakfast in space

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3. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week, Plus What IDid Last Week, Featuring Too Many Artists to List Here

  Today at Kirkus, I’ve got something a bit different — a thank-you to teachers who read aloud in the classroom. That is here. * * * Last week, I wrote a Fall Picture Book preview (that is here), so today I’ve got a bit of art from each book. Well, there’s one exception: I’m […]

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4. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 159 - 5.26.16


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5. More Wisdom from Simply Tuesday


“May fear, discouragement, doubt, comparison, envy, and failure not have the final say in our homes, our work, our relationships, our souls, or our plans for the future. Instead, may we live into our truest calling as people who give and receive grace, forgiveness, and love in the small moments of our lives.”

The post More Wisdom from Simply Tuesday originally appeared on Caroline Starr Rose

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6. Revisiting the museum of applied robotics

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7. वायरल सच ऐसा भी

वायरल सच ऐसा भी सोशल मीडिया और वायरल का बुखार जोरो पर है पर आज मैं जिस वायरल की बात करने जा रही हूं वो हम सभी की जिंदगी से जुडा है.  वायरल का सच है इसलिए बहुत सोच विचार कर ही पढे. जब बच्चा छोटा होता है और कभी कभार खेलते खेलते उसे चोट […]

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8. Jellyfish (in nature—the other Nature)

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Just in time for this weekend’s unofficial “start of summer” gong, Nature (yea, that Nature—though also, ostensibly, “nature,” the wilder of nouns, not that other one qua Lucretius’s De rerum natura) came through with a review of Lisa-ann Gershwin’s Jellyfish: A Natural History. Stuck behind a paywall? Here it is in its glory, for your holiday reads:

One resembles an exquisitely ruffled and pleated confection of pale silk chiffon; another, a tangle of bioluminescent necklaces cascading from a bauble. Both marine drifters (Desmonema glaciale and Physalia) feature in jellyfish expert Gershwin’s absorbing coffee-table book on this transparent group with three evolutionary lineages. Succinct science is intercut with surreal portraiture — from the twinkling Santa’s hat jellyfish (Periphylla periphylla) to the delicate blue by-the-wind sailor (Velella velella).

To read more about Jellyfish, click here.

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9. मोदी सरकार की उपलब्धियां

मोदी सरकार की उपलब्धियां अगर बार बार लगातार देखने पर भी आपको मोदी सरकार की  उपलब्धियां नजर नही आ रही तो आप HD channel लगाए … क्योकि कम्पनी हमेशा दावा करती है कि आपको एक दम साफ साफ दिखेगा … इसलिए मैने HD लगा लिया है और आपने ??? amitabh bachchan nda government india gate central government […]

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10. Poetry Friday: Just lost when I was saved by Emily Dickinson

Just lost when I was saved!
Just felt the world go by!
Just girt me for the onset with eternity,
When breath blew back,
And on the other side
I heard recede the disappointed tide!

Therefore, as one returned, I feel,
Odd secrets of the line to tell!
Some sailor, skirting foreign shores,
Some pale reporter from the awful doors
Before the seal!

Next time, to stay!
Next time, the things to see
By ear unheard,
Unscrutinized by eye.

Next time, to tarry,
While the ages steal,-
Slow tramp the centuries,
And the cycles wheel.

- Emily Dickinson

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11. Steeplejack: Review

It’s interesting to ponder what qualifies as a fantasy and what exactly makes that so. You can have fantasy that takes place in whole other realms replete with magic and magical creatures. You can have fantasy that places in our very own world, but with elements of the wondrous. Then you have works like Steeplejack, in which there is no magic (or none yet presented) but the world it takes place in is not our own, and so it is a fantasy work. It just occurred to me while reading how interesting the many varietals of fantasy works are.  This is a book that reads very much like a historical crime novel that takes place in 19th century South Africa. But it is not 19th century South Africa, only a land in an unknown world that has many echoes and similarities to it. Does this seem like a complaint? Not... Read more »

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12. Poetry Friday: To Stay Alive

I mentioned in Wednesday's post (about my next-in-the-graphic-novel-series TBR pile) that I love Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, and this one in particular. From my Goodreads review: "The Donner Party story is filled with idiots who make stupid decisions for all the reasons stupid decisions get made: pride, greed, stubbornness...Here's some history we FOR SURE don't want to repeat!!"

by Nathan Hale
Harry N. Abrams, 2014

by Skila Brown
Candlewick, October 2016

Even though I knew the train-wreck of a story line, I was excited to read this novel in verse about the Donners, and excited for another book from Skila Brown, author of Caminar. The story is told from the point of view of 19 year-old survivor Mary Ann Graves. Each poem has its own unique structure, which gives the book a satisfying breadth and depth, and which contributes to the pacing of the story. Because of the first person point of view and the emotional quality of the poems, this is a most human telling of this story -- yes, they were stupid; yes, mistakes were made. But in the end, they were humans who did what they needed to do to survive.

Julie has this week's Poetry Friday roundup at The Drift Record.

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13. Writers’ festival poetry & prose contest

The Eden Mills Literary Contest is open for entries from new, aspiring and modestly published writers 16+. Categories: short story (2500 words max.), poetry (five poems max.). and creative nonfiction (2500 words max.) First prize in each category: $250. Winners invited to read a short selection from their work at the festival on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: June 30, 2016.

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14. Seeking manuscripts from poets with a connection to India

The (Great) Indian Poetry CollectiveMentorship model literary press The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective invites entries for the Emerging Poets Prize & Editor’s Choice Award. The prize aims to help nurture and bring out new poetic voices from India and the Indian diaspora and those that have a meaningful connection to India. Up to three manuscripts chosen for publication. Winners receive Rs. 15,000 (or equivalent in local currency), publication (minimum press run of 250), and 20 author copies, plus membership. Manuscripts must be in English. No translations. Deadline: May 30, 2016.

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15. Edith Grossman Q & A

       At the Los Angeles Review of Books Liesl Schillinger continues her series of Q & As with translators with the third instalment, Edith Grossman on Reading Spanish and the Pitfalls of Literalism.
       Among the observations:

There are times when I'm translating seven days a week. When I was younger, I was doing seven hours a day, but now I'm down to five.
       Quite a few of her translations are under review at the complete review -- including Carlos Rojas' The Ingenious Gentleman and Poet Federico GarcíaLorca Ascends to Hell, and it's good to hear she's working on another Rojas novel (which The Modern Novel already has under review (where he notes that it appears, to (then-)date only to have been translated into ... Hungarian and Russian -- this despite the fact that, as Grossman notes, Rojas has long been Atlanta-based)).

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16. Wouk and Remembrance

Herman WoukI kicked off 2016 by starting The Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk, with the idea of finishing by today, his 101st birthday (which he is alive to celebrate). Alas, I’m only 80-odd hours into the 101 hour audiobook (the numerical coincidence wasn’t lost on me) the two-volume novel comprises. The books are thought provoking and revealing and I’ll have a lot to say about them later, when I’ve actually finished, but I wanted to wish Mr. Wouk a happy birthday.

I’ve been a Wouk fan since high school. My favorite is City Boy, a book I love beyond measure and include in my personal top five. That one and Youngblood Hawke show his bent for humor, but his legacy is his war novels, espcially The Caine Mutiny, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and the two books about the Henry family and World War II. Through Wouk’s novels I’ve gained a lot of appreciation for the men who fought World War II, while also having a much richer and nuanced view of America during the war, which Wouk faithfully records without the “greatest generation” mythmaking.

Byron RobinsonI’ll blog more about the novels later, but a curious coincidence of the books is a major character named Byron Henry. Our own Byron is named for Henry Byron Robinson, his grandfather, who — like Byron in the book — served in the Pacific theater in World War II yesterday. My father in law, like both of my grandparents, never regaled people with war stories, but he was haunted by memories of it for the rest of his life. That is, until yesterday, when he died at the age of 93, taking his secrets with him.

By didn’t define himself by his war experience. He liked reading, music, birdwatching. and big cuddly dogs. Most of all, my wife says, “he enjoyed being a dad.” But she also says “he thought about [the war] every day, even if he never talked about it. It was obvious.” We don’t need myth-making but we do need to respect, as Wouk does, the courage and sacrifice those men made.



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17. TAD and DAD – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: TAD and DAD Author & Illustrator: David Ezra Stein Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015 Themes: Father/son relationships, frogs & tadpoles, sleeping Ages: 3-7 Opening: My dad has big, buggy eyes,                                       … Continue reading

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18. ऑडियो – व्यंग्य – संदेसे आते हैं- मोनिका गुप्ता

Click here .. ऑडियो – व्यंग्य – संदेसे आते हैं- मोनिका गुप्ता मैसेज करना, वटस अप करना आप सब की तरह मुझे भी बहुत पसंद है पर कुछ ऐसा हुआ कि मुझे मैसेज देखते  ही टेंंशन सी शुरु हो जाती है आखिर ऐसा क्या हुआ होगा और  मैसेजिस  मे ऐसा क्या है ?? अगर आप […]

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19. More-igami by Dori Kleber, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

More-igami is the debut picture book from Dori Kleber, illustrated by longtime favorite G. Brian Karas. More-igami is a fantastic picture book for so many reasons. The main character shows perseverance or, grit, to use the hot new word in the world of education, as he struggles to master a skill. More-igami is a marvel of diversity in a picture book, featuring African American, Asian and Hispanic characters. But, best of all, More-igami is just a really great story with marvelous illustrations that is a joy to read our loud.

Joey loves all things folded, from maps to accordions to tacos to, of course, foldaway beds. When Joey's classmate, Sarah, brings her mother to school to teach the class how to make origami cranes, Joey's mind is blown. Mrs. Takimoto tells Joey that she can teach him the folds, but if he wants to be an origami master, he'll "need patience and practice." No problem! Joey practices everywhere with everything, including folding the $38.00 he found in his mother's purse. Frustrated and out things to fold, Joey heads to the restaurant next door because "fajitas always made him feel better." There, he finds a place to practice folding and help out Mr. Lopez. Even better, he finds a new friend to share his talent with - as long as she has patience and is willing to practice!

Karas's illustrations are perfectly matched to Kleber's text, which wonderfully, simply shows the frustration and determination that Joey possesses. The hand drawn texture of Karas's illustrations add to the creative feel of More-igami, which will undoubtedly inspire readers to do some folding of their own, especially since there is a two page spread at the end of the book that shows you how to fold an origami ladybug!

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20. Books Beat Summer Slide

Books Beat Summer SlideClassrooms packed, desks emptied, another school year is coming to a close. Summertime is on the horizon and for kids, that means three precious months of sweet, sticky freedom.

But when kids from low-income families leave school for the summer, the outlook isn’t always so sunny.  While their more affluent peers may be visiting libraries, attending summer camp and reading their favorite stories every night, kids in need often spend the summer months without access to books and learning opportunities.

Over the years, those months add up – by the end of 5th grade, kids from low-income families are nearly three grades behind their peers in reading skills.

But there’s good news! Books beat summer slide.

Studies show that kids’ reading skills improve when they have access to books over the summer – and this is especially true for kids in need. In fact, children who are given access to books over the course of three summers perform 35-40% better on reading achievement tests than those without.

Together we can fight summer slide by getting books into the hands of kids in need.

If you work with children in need, you can access books, games, activities and other resources to keep kids learning all summer long. Sign up with First Book today!

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21. Trying to capture it

I am lucky to live with someone who doesn’t mind me drawing him. It’s not like I make him sit and pose for me as a life drawing model, but I do draw him when he practices playing one of his instruments, sits reading, or gaming for example.
Sometimes I study just details and come really close by, staring like a maniac at him until I filled a whole page with gestures, features, details.

It’s quite hard to capture ‘him’ though. Maybe because he is so close to me, that makes it harder to draw him? Anyway; this might be a good thing because it’s such a reat exercise and fun to do. And practice does help. The third drawing below, the one where I drew him while he was playing a game; it kind of looks like him!20160424_Journal


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22. THE LONG GAME (The Fixer 2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | A Thrilling Adventure

 Review by Natalie THE LONG GAMEThe Fixer #2by Jennifer Lynn BarnesSeries: FixerHardcover: 368 pagesPublisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (June 7, 2016)Language: EnglishGoodreads | Amazon For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When

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23. still life in acrylics

sketch of a still life in acrylics on paper, after a photo i made. 30 x 70 cm approx.

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24. Tribal

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25. Becoming a Close Writer by Paula Bourque

Teacher-author Paula Bourque steps into our Author Spotlight today to share her experiences about becoming a published author.

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