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Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf. Read to: my boys.
If you only pick up one new picture book for fall, let this be it. Here’s what I wrote in a Picture Book Spotlight post last year:
We first read this absolute gem of a picture book last year during the CYBILs. Fell so utterly in love with it—the lot of us—that a library copy wouldn’t do; we had to have our own. Huck and Rilla were overjoyed when I pulled it out this morning. Sophie’s instant bond with a butternut squash is utterly believable, and not just because Huck formed a similar attachment once upon a time, long before we encountered this book! “Bernice” becomes Sophie’s best friend and closest confidant, all through a bright and beautiful autumn. But as winter approaches, Bernice begins to get a bit squishy about the edges. Sophie’s parents make gentle attempts to convince Sophie it’s time to let her friend go, but since their suggestions involve treating the squash like, you know, a squash, Sophie’s having none of it. Her own solution is sweet and heartwarming, and it makes my kids sigh that contented sigh that means everything has come out exactly right.
How to Read a Story by Kate Messner, illustrated by Mark Siegel. Read to: my boys.
Well, I was sure I had posted a video of Huck reading this book last March. He was enchanted by the story from the first—a little step-by-step guide to enjoying a book with your best reading buddy, charmingly illustrated—and one day I caught him reading it out loud to himself, putting in all the voices. ::melt:
(In case the video won’t play for you, here’s a Youtube link.)
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka. Read to: my boys.
One of our longtime family favorites. The rhythm and whimsy of the text has captivated each of our small fry in turn. And the art is bold and funny and altogether wonderful.
Don’t Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis. Read to: the teens.
Another of the texts Beanie, Rose, and I are using for our 20th-century history studies. We continue to enjoy reading history texts aloud together, which allows us all to stay on the same page (literally) and—even more important—fosters discussion and fruitful rabbit trailing. We try to reserve two 45-minute blocks a week for this, supplementing with other books (including graphic novels, historical fiction, and biographies) and videos.
I’m nearing the end of To the Lighthouse and am feeling pretty well shattered. And I sort of want to start it all over from the beginning.
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Together with Ulysses, Abraham is the earliest culture hero in the Western world. More precisely, as Kierkegaard, who called him ‘the knight of faith,’ reminds us, he has remained, throughout the centuries, the prototype of the religious man, of the man of faith. The wandering Aramean from the Book of Genesis, who rejected his parents’ idols and native Mesopotamia to follow the call of the One God to the land of Canaan, started a saga reverberated not only in early Jewish literature, but also in the New Testament (Galatians 3: 6-8), and in early Christian literature.
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HIDE AND SEEK is the third book in the Jess Tennant Mysteries series, and we're thrilled to have Jane Casey here to share more about it.
It is season transition time! That means some days are like summer and some are like fall. The leaves on maples are beginning to change color already. The Canadian geese are flocking around the lakes for food and rest on their way south. The bees are very busy. The monarchs float through the garden. The crickets chirp almost 24-hours a day. The cicadas buzz in the heat of a warm afternoon. Days are noticeably shorter. Nights are cooler and mornings are on the verge of crisp. Some of the pumpkins in the garden are hinting at orange. On my bike rides I see masses of goldenrod with their feathery flowers turning yellow and bluestem grass flowering and starting to turn pink/red. The squirrels are frantically collecting their winter stores and digging holes everywhere to hide it in. And my allergies are raging beyond what my medication can control but I refuse to lock myself in the house and as a consequence have a near-constant sore throat, dry, itchy eyes, and swollen sinuses so I feel as though I am coming down with a cold even though I am not. But in a little over a month there will be a killing frost and it will be the end of the growing season and I will be both relieved and sad.
We have a sunflower in the garden that is 10 feet/3 m tall. The flower on top is ridiculously small given the plant’s height. It must have put all its energy into getting tall and not saved enough to make a big flower. We have a few shorter sunflowers in the garden and we are attempting again this year to save them from the squirrels so we can eat the seeds ourselves. One has a bag over the flowerhead already as the seeds grow and dry. We did this last year and it worked until we left it too long and an enterprising squirrel broke the flower stalk and ripped the bag apart and had itself a tasty meal. Not gonna let that happen this year!
The amaranth is going great. I had thought it would only get about 5 feet / 1.5 m tallbut some of them are about 7 feet/ 2 m tall. They are very beautiful plants. I looked up when and how to harvest the seeds and it should be pretty easy. Famous last words! But I also discovered the plant has a golden yellow variety too. So Bookman and I are thinking we will plant both read and yellow next year. The seeds are tiny and you can use them like flax seed or cook them like quinoa. Apparently they make a delicious breakfast porridge. The whole enterprise being an experiment this year, I am not certain how much seed we will get from our patch. Next year I will know to leave more room between each plant. Also, the young greens are reportedly very tasty and rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C. According to one website I found, if you prune down the main stem for greens early in the season it will promote a somewhat shorter but much bushier plant that will produce more flowers. The greens are used like one would use Swiss chard. I also learned that amaranth is a nitrogen hog so next year, since the plants get so tall, I am going to try growing pole beans with them and see how that goes. The summer has been cooler than usual this year which is fine by me, but it does present a problem for plants that need heat to ripen the fruit like tomatoes. We have loads of green tomatoes in the garden and so far have had only three cherry tomatoes get ripe enough to pick. The coming week is forecast to be downright hot, summer’s last hurrah. So my fingers are crossed that the heat is enough to get the tomatoes on their way to ripening. If not, I suppose Bookman will have to make some green tomato salsa or discover the pleasures of fried green tomatoes.
I picked the last of the yellow wax beans, a second effort from the plants that are now officially done. I also picked a couple of small yellow beets. When I say small, I mean small, they are about the size of a gobstopper, but I am happy about it nonetheless because they are the first beets I have ever pulled from the garden. Every gardener has the vegetable that she just can’t grow and it is always one that is so easy, according to everyone else, but for some reason it is not easy for her. Beets are my Achilles heel. Every year I plant them and they sprout and get a few inches tall but never really leafy and never any beetroots. That I have pulled two beets big enough to actually eat is a cause for celebration and makes me inordinately happy. Perhaps my beet luck is about to change!
We had a bald eagle visit the neighborhood yesterday. It is not uncommon to see them nearthe lakes but they generally don’t fly around the neighborhood. It circled around low a few times, watching something, no doubt, though I don’t know what. All the crows in the vicinity were in an uproar and goodness can they make a loud racket! After circling around four or five times it gave up and left, much to the relief of the crows who quieted as soon as the eagle departed. Unfortunately I was too busy watching it to even think about trying to get a photo. Such a beautiful bird too!
Thursday the fence people came our and set the posts for out fence. Yay! This week they will come out and install the chainlink. Yay! Bookman and I are still working out all the materials we need for the chicken coop. It is taking longer than I thought but we are getting there!
My long ride yesterday was lovely. It was cool enough that I had to start the ride with arm warmers. I took them off about halfway through and was still a bit cool but it was also really humid and I was borderline warm with them on. So I figured better a little chilly than hot. It was foggy in a few places though not so foggy that it affected visibility. A very nice ride.
My friend who rides with me Saturday mornings for part of the way had a wasp fly into one of the vents of his helmet and sting his head! I’ve eaten my share of gnats, been smacked by bugs and other unknowns, have even been pooped on by a low flying crow, but I’ve never had anything fly into my helmet let alone sting me while riding. Luckily he isn’t allergic to wasps and while it hurt he was able to keep going and still enjoy the ride. Next weekend he is getting married so I will be on my own for the whole ride. The weekend after that is the Jesse James fun ride Bookman and I are signed up for. One of the perks is a chair massage at the end of the ride. I am not sure which I am looking forward to more, the ride itself or the massage at the end of it!
हमारी जिंदगी में prayers का बहुत मह्त्वपूर्ण स्थान है. महिलाएं तो ज्यादातर सुबह सवेरे अपने दिन की शुरुआत नहाने के बाद पूजा और धूप बत्ती से करती हैं. मेरी सहेली मणि के घर अगर सुबह सुबह जाओ तो घर महकता मिलेगा. बहुत अच्छा लगता है क्योकि खुश्बू होती ही इतनी मनभावन है.
उसकी देखा देखी मैने भी ऐसा करना शुरु कर रखा है दिन में तीन चार बार तो खुश्बूदार अगरबत्ती लगा ही लेती हूं पर पर पर आज कुछ ऐसा पढा कि टैंशन सी हो गई. असल में, खबर है कि” हैरानी होगी आपको यह जानकर कि सुगंधित अगरबत्तियों और धूप बत्तियों से निकलने वाला धुंआ शरीर की कोशिकाओं के लिए सिगरेट के धुएं से अधिक जहरीला साबित होता है।
शोधकर्ताओं का कहना है कि अगरबत्ती का धुआं सिगरेट के धुएं की तरह है। अगरबत्ती का धुआं कोशिकाओं में जेनेटिक म्यूटेशन करता है। इससे कोशिकाओं के डीएनए में बदलाव होता है, जिससे कैंसर होने का खतरा बढ़ जाता है।
अब ज्यादा तो समझ नही आया बस इतना समझ आया कि अगरबत्ती से निकलता धुंआ बेहद नुकसानदायक है.
वैसे पहले गूगल सर्च में कितनी बार पढा है कि अगरबत्ती बनाए खुश्बू के साथ साथ धन भी कमाए या अगरबत्ती बना कर जीवन महकाए या सफल बिजनेस है अगरबत्ती का … !!!
पर आज वही अगरबत्ती और धुआं गूगल पर जब सर्च किया तो वही हैरान कर देने वाली खबर बहुत जगह पढने को मिली… ये तो कभी सोचा ही नही कि ऐसा भी होता है इसलिए तनाव हो गया है फिलहाल तो मैं मणि को सचेत करने जा रही हूं वैसे आप तो ज्यादा धूप बत्ती नही करते होंगें अगर करते हैं तो जरुर सोचिएगा !!
reasons to say NO to agarbattis or incense sticks
शोध के नतीजों के आधार पर फेफड़ों की बीमारी से जूझ रहे लोगों के लिए यह अच्छा होगा कि वह धूप के धुंए से बचें। अगरबत्ती और धूपबत्ती को फेफड़ों के कैंसर, ब्रेन ट्यूमर और बच्चों के ल्यूकेमिया के विकास केसाथ जोड़ा जा रहा है। Via patrika.com
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Prayers लेख आपको कैसा लगा जरुर बताईगा !!!
What does it really mean when an agent or editor asks you to revise and resubmit your manuscript?
Oh my goodness, if teachers haven't spent enough already on glue sticks and bulletin board border and what-not...but one of the great pleasures of the plundering of the pedagogue's paycheck is the building of one's own special classroom collection. Here are a baker's half-dozen of primary picture book titles that I would hazard to suggest are must-haves of the season. Treat yourself, or if you're a parent, treat a teacher!
We're excited to have Betsy Cornwell here to tell us more about her latest novel MECHANICA.
An Irish pub, a Guinness pint
And music playing - live!
There aren't many better ways
For spirits to revive.
The barkeep may be half your age
But conversation flows
And perfect strangers share their thoughts -
That's just the way it goes.
An Irish pub's the same no matter
Where you wander in.
There's Guinness and a friendly vibe
And laughs above the din.
The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.
I’m officially freaking out about my surgery on Tuesday. I still don’t know what time I have to be at the hospital. I had to stop taking the anti-inflammatory, so I can’t even sit down without a great deal of pain and effort. Every time I speak with the surgical coordinator, I have a mini meltdown. She is the one who said dogs are dirty and I can’t be near them for weeks after the surgery, or that I couldn’t skip in home PT in favor of going to the therapist I already know and who knows my goals and history (the surgeon said it was fine!). Last week she said I needed to have a walker, and that the crutches I have aren’t recommended, and my cane can’t be used until Week 2. I have decided that I will take her advice with a grain of salt and discuss everything with the hospital PT and my PT.
Friday night I had to run Poppy up to the vet. Her little toes are red and inflamed, and I was worried they would become infected. I won’t be able to take her next week, so the vet fit us in. We both suspect that she is suffering from allergies, and because of my surgery, she suggested an antibiotic shot that works for 2 weeks, instead of worrying about having to give her pills. It was a little more expensive, but since I don’t know what time Dean will be home on Tuesday, or what I’ll be home Wednesday, I thought it was a good idea. She’s also on an anti-inflammatory and Benadryl. I discovered avocados a few weeks ago (I share a little bit with the duppers), so I don’t know if that may be the problem. There are several trees in the yard dropping obnoxious berries and fruits, so that might the culprit, too.
While there, I asked the vet about having to stay away from the dogs after my surgery. She laughed. She told me to wash, wash, wash my hands, and to keep the dogs off the incision, and all will be fine. She said there is a huge psychological advantage to having pets near during recovery, and not to worry about it. She did advise that I change the sheets every few days, and be careful that they don’t jump on me. Phew!
Yesterday, Dean and I stocked up on a few last minute essentials, and then went to Buca’s for lunch. I had a 20% off coupon, so we ordered several of their small plates, which still feed more than 2, a big bowl of pasta, and dessert (to go!). Now we have enough leftovers that I don’t have to worry about him starving while I’m in the hospital. Today, after watching the horses work, I’m meeting my uncle and some of his friends for dinner at Maggiano’s for a little pre-surgical party. Since they have a enjoy one dinner here and take one home, I’ll have a little stockpile of food to look forward to when I get sprung from the hospital. I hope I have an appetite! Between that and what I’ve prepared and put in the freezer, I should be good for the next two weeks, when I will be feeling the worst. The thought of having to cook while I feel like crap just isn’t appealing, and it was stressing me out. Problem – SOLVED!
My Kindle Fire is charged and ready to go. I have a couple audio books in case I don’t feel like reading, as well as Mercy Thompson #2 and Fair Game, Bk #3 in the Alpha and Omega series. Between some upcoming fantasy novels I have eARCs for, my new Harlequins, and access to digital downloads at the library, I should keep from going stir crazy, too!
New Arrivals at the Café:
Lots of great 2016 releases! Harlequin had a BOGO free sale, so I grabbed a couple of titles there, too.
Reign of Shadows
The Girl from Everywhere
The Great Hunt
Kissed by a Cowboy
The Nanny Plan
The Lawman Lassos a Family
Daddy Wore Spurs
The Texas Ranger’s Bride
The Cowboy and the Lady (I HATE this cover! It is on so many books!)
The Cowboy Returns
Her Favorite Cowboy
A great big thanks to the publishers for their continued support!
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Benchere in Wonderland by Steven Gillis
Copy via MS Word from Steve (wherein I disclose that I obviously know Steve)
This is the fifth novel of Steve's that I've read and the seventh book overall. It's the best of his that I've read, which is saying quite a bit, especially after the last trio of Temporary People, The Consequence of Skating, and The Law of Strings.
Benchere in Wonderland seems to "simply" ask What is Art? and What is Art's role in the world? I think it goes beyond that though and pushes the reader to think about what it means to be human--what it means to think, to act, to love, to grieve, to admire.
The Benchere in question is Michael Benchere--world renowned architect, and sculpture. I don't want to spoil anything for any readers of this wonderful novel and will simply say that Benchere ends up deciding to build a huge sculpture in the Kalahari Desert in Africa and while he simply wants/hopes to do it for the sake of the sculpture, it turns into much more--a media event, a place for people to converge, to make their own comments about art and about politics and love and ...
And Gillis has infused this novel with plenty of humor and entertainment. It's a novel that will entertain you greatly while causing you to think.
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Welcome to Weekend Links! As one of the co-founders of Multicultural Children’s Book Day and I pleased to share that planning for the 2016 event is well under way! We are working like busy little bees to update the MCCBD website, add new book-inspired events like our upcoming Classroom Reading Challenge (more details later on that).
Reading is always an important part of our children’s lives no matter what time of year it is and so is helping our young readers learn about other cultures, religions and traditions through the pages of these books. Here are some great booklists and resources that I have discovered during my www travels this week:
Where I Belong Book Review at Kitchen Counter Chronicle
10 Examples of How Reading and Writing Go Together Like Peanut Butter & Jelly at Literate for Life
A Dozen Diverse Picture Books with All Kinds of Families at Welcoming Schools
A 1,000 year old Persian tale from the “Book of Kings” find out more about this Green Musician. Check out this new multicultural release at Wisdom Tales Press.
A wonderful story of hope. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
It’s hard to be what you can’t see-MulticulturalChildrens Books at Huff Post Education
10 favorite reasons to read diversely. What are yours? (Lee and Low)
Did you see my post this week with my Pippi Longstock book review (one of my favs) but also a fun and unique activitiy on making Pippi’s “Longstocking!” See the full story HERE.
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It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon will soon be on bookshelves everywhere!
To celebrate, I am running a little contest. What can you win? I will draw your social media avatar in the style of the illustrations from my new book! Three winners will get digital art of their likeness—they'll be reading and holding a balloon of their favorite color!
Happy End of Summer and Back-to-School!
I’m so excited to be sharing my first YALSA President’s Report!
It’s been a whirlwind since ALA Annual, and here’s what I’ve been working on since then:
Done & Done!
Works in Progress
Media & Outreach
Stats & Data
Last, but certainly not least -
Until next time!
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Moral dilemmas are ubiquitous in modern democratic societies. Can we protect the bodily integrity of women and their unborn children at the same time? How can we protect the free will of adults while at the same time denying them to engage in self-harming activities, like (assisted) suicide or drug use?
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