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1. Sprout Wings

Hi folks, I struggled with this blog. So many pressures from every side. Writing is not in a vacuum. It is in the real world, and this world is full of troubles, big and small.  I began to think about an idea I have always held this weekend.  If you fall in a pit, get up on the side closest to where you to want go, crawl out, and keep on going. A new idea came to me. 

Why don’t you just sprout wings and fly away?

How? I mean sprouting wings would be a pretty big miracle and this is the age of information and reason. We don’t live in a world that is NOT clinging to mysterious. I wondered about the idea of sprouting wings. It felt very evolutionary to me.  You know, life adapts, and a lifetime of crawling out of pits made me long for something more. An evolutionary step seemed better than the same old reaction to stupidity.

Perhaps this is the heart of what makes us human -- three dimensional thinking. Your stories will pop if you think about making your characters evolve.  We tend to the ordinary, consider the extraordinary.  I think the best writers don’t wrap it all up. They deal in imagery and theme.  The unseen world is how they live their days.  Writing is to akin to dreaming, except you are awake. Our dreams can be chaotic and meaningless, but they can also help us make sense of the chaotic meaningless world.  Those words you are putting on the page, you are bringing light into darkness.  Keep going!

Finally, I considered my idea of sprouting wings. There is nothing new under the sun. An old scripture whispered within me: They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They shall soar on wings like the eagles. It is strange how the words of the Prophet Isaiah from around 720  BCE  resonate within me today. I love writers. They are thinking ahead. They are reaching to the ages ahead.  They see into the murky darkness of the future and they see you.

As you write, think about shining into the darkness of the future. You have the potential to transform the world. 

I will be back next week with more of TEENSPublish. I hope that you keep writing. Someone needs those stories. 

A sneak peek at an illustration for my soon to be indie published picture book: CHICKENS DON'T TAKE OVER HALLOWEEN!

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint 

Isaiah 40; 28-31.   Write this on your heart, folks.  

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2. fantasy

Question: I want to know if this a good plot; 11 year old Ebony Pigment is stuck on a large island, along with thousands of other people. The island is

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3. एक सैल्फी स्वच्छता के नाम

selfie with toilet  बेशक दुनिया में सैल्फी का इतिहास बहुत पुराना हो पर अगर अपने देश की बात करें तो बात ज्यादा पुरानी भी नही है…लाखों  लोगो को सैल्फी का मतलब ही नही पता था… चुनावो के दौरान जब मोदी जी ने अपना वोट डाल कर अपनी फोटो ली और वो सोशल मीडिया पर खूब चली तब पता चला कि ये सैल्फी होती है फिर तो मानों सैल्फी की बाढ सी ही आ गई थी और तब इसका प्रचलन शुरु हुआ. मोदी जी की सरकार आने के बाद सैल्फी को बहुत बढावा मिला और साथ ही साथ सोशल मीडिया भी बहुत सक्रिय हो उठा.


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बीबीपुर गांव के सरपंच सुनील जागलान ने प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के बेटी बचाओ, बेटी पढ़ाओ अभियान से प्रेरणा लेकर इसी महीने पंचायत की तरफ से बेटी बचाओ सैल्फी बनाओ प्रतियोगिता का आयोजन किया। सरपंच की यह मुहिम खुद प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के मन को इस कद्र भायी कि गत रविवार को उन्होंने रेडियो पर मन की बात कार्यक्रम में इसका जिक्र कर डाला।

यह पहला मौका है जब प्रधानमंत्री ने अपने मुंह से किसी गांव के सरपंच का जिक्र किया हो। पीएम मोदी ने रेडियो पर प्रसारित अपने मन की बात कार्यक्रम में बीबीपुर की पंचायत द्वारा इसी महीने आयोजित बेटी बचाओ, सैल्फी बनाओ प्रतियोगिता को लेकर कहा कि हरियाणा के एक छोटे से गांव बीबीपुर के सरपंच सुनील जागलान की बेटी बचाओ-सैल्फी बनाओ प्रतियोगिता की पहल से देशभर में पिता अपनी बेटी के सोचने के लिए मजबूर हुआ और उन्होंने इसमें बढ़-चढ़कर हिस्सा लिया।

हरियाणा जैसा प्रदेश जहां लड़कों की तुलना में लड़कियों की संख्या काफी कम है, वहां लड़कियों के सम्मान के लिए इस तरह की प्रतियोगिताओं का आयोजन करना प्रशंसा के काबिल है। प्रधानमंत्री ने कहा कि बेटी बचाओ-सैल्फी बनाओ प्रतियोगिता मजेदार थी। समाज में लड़कियों के सम्मान के लिए बेटी बचाओ-सैल्फी बनाओ को जन आंदोलन बनाया जाना चाहिए। उन्हें भी इस प्रतियोगिता से प्रेरणा मिली है और वे भी इसी की तरह सैल्फी विद डॉटर कान्टैस्ट का आयोजन कर रहे हैं।

इसके लिए जो भी पिता अपनी बेटी के साथ सैल्फी कर बेटी के लिए अच्छा-सा स्लोगन लिखकर पोस्ट करेगा, आए हुए पोस्ट में से जो सबसे अच्छी सैल्फी व स्लोगन होगा उसे वे वापिस रिपीट करेंगे। वहीं पीएम द्वारा शुरू इस मुहिम के लिए सोशल साइट ट्विटर पर अपनी बेटियों के साथ देश भर से माता-पिता सैल्फी पोस्ट कर रहे हैं। प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी द्वारा रेडियो पर अपने मन की बात कार्यक्रम में गांव की पंचायत द्वारा हाल ही में आयोजित बेटी बचाओ, सैल्फी बनाओ प्रतियोगिता का जिक्र और इसकी तारीफ सुनकर बीबीपुर गांव के सरपंच सुनील जागलान गदगद हैं। सुनील जागलान ने कहा कि प्रधानमंत्री के मुंह से अपनी तारीफ सुनना उनके लिए अकल्पनीय था। See more…


PM was stuck on the idea of sarpanch , ‘#SelfieWithDaughter’ hit on Social media

नई दिल्ली। प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने आज आकाशवाणी पर एक बार फिर ‘मन की बात’ कार्यक्रम के तहत देशवासियों को संबोधित किया अपने संबोधन में उन्होंने अंतरराष्ट्रीय योग दिवस की चर्चा के साथ-साथ हरियाणा के बीबीपुर गांव की चर्चा की।

पीएम ने कहा कि बीबीपुर गांव के सरपंच ने ‘सेल्फी विद डाटर’ मुहिम चलाई है। यह मन को आनंद देता है। मैं आग्रह करता हूं कि आप भी अपनी बेटी के साथ सेल्फी निकालकर ‘सेल्फी विद डाटर’ पर जरूर पोस्ट करेें। उन्हाेंने कहा कि ‘बेटी बचाओ, बेटी पढ़ाओ’ इस विचार को ताकत देने वाला टैगलाइन लिखकर दें।

सोशल साइट पर ट्रेंड कर रहे ‘#SelfieWithDaughter’ की कहानी भी कम रोचक नहीं है। कैंपेन हरियाणा के बीबीपुर गांव से शुरू हुआ। गांव के सरपंच सुनील जागलान ने ‘#SelfieWithDaughter’ नाम के कैंपेन की शुरुआत की थी, जिसमें उन्होंने अपनी बेटियों के साथ तस्वीर पोस्ट की। और पीएम मोदी ने कैंपेन का जिक्र ‘मन की बात’ कार्यक्रम में किया जिसके बाद ये कैंपेन सोशल मीडिया पर वायरल हो गया।

#SelfieWithDaughter’ कैंपेन के सोशल मीडिया पर हिट होते ही बीबीपुर गांव के लोगों में खुशी की लहर दौड़ गई। लोग अपनी बेटियों के साथ तस्वीरों को सोशल साइट पर शेयर कर रहे हैं और कैंपेन लगातार ट्रेंड कर रहा है। Via jagran.com

हालाकिं इस सैल्फी की बहुत लोगों द्वारा आलोचना भी हुई कि इस से क्या भला होगा वगैरहा वगैरहा … इस सारे धटना क्रम को देखते हुए मन मे विचार आया कि क्यो ना स्वच्छता पर ही एक सैल्फी ली जाए और स्वच्छता की बात करें तो शौचालय से अच्छा उदाहरण और क्या हो सकता है… देश की बेटिया इस लिए भी मर रही हैं कि घर मे शौचालय नही है … शायद इसे देख कर वो भी अपने अपने घर के शौचालयों की सैल्फी लें और इसी बहाने शौचालयों का निर्माण ही जाए …

एक सैल्फी स्वच्छता के नाम :)

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4. 8 Tips on Book Promotion and Getting Reviews - Part 9

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5. Weekend Links: Celebrating Our Wonderful Earth with Booklists (and a Giveaway!)

Welcome to Weekend Links! This is my chance to share the best-of-the-best thanks to my online travels of the course of the week. This week has been filled with wonderful booklists and activities surrounding loving and celebrating our Earth and all that inhabit it. Here are some of my top picks this week.

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This week we’ve been celebrating the planet we live on, Earth. Earlier this week I created a very Love the Earth  booklist which honors amazing people preserving and restoring areas on our planet as well as others reusing items to accomplish great feats. The great thing about this list is that I am giving it away!

Love the Earth booklist

Enter to win the Giveaway HERE and don’t delay! It ends July 13th

Seems to me it’s SharK Week on Animal Planet so I though this booklist from Brain Power Boy was very fitting :)

shark booklist

Sharks!  They can be so fascinating and just a bit scary as well. We found some great non-fiction shark books for your boys.

{just for fun}


Mia at PragmaticMom had a wonderful book review of a book that lets young readers readers explore the ocean floor. Explore Ocean Forests with Non Fiction eBook

Explore the Ocean Floor

Since we are looking way down low into the ocean floor, let’s look way up high at the sky. Here’s a great past JIAB post that will help get your family interested in stargazing! Stargazing & Astronomy Booklist for the whole family.

stargazing booklist

I loved encouraging kids and families to GET OUTSIDE! That’s why I adore this Backpack Nature Books and FieldGuides Booklist from KCEdventures! “Outdoor guides for kids to take on their next hike — what a fun way to encourage reading this summer!”

field guides for kids

Speaking of “getting outside”…did you know that my book A Year in the Secret Garden is filled with all sorts of outdoors activities inspired by the classic children’s book The Secret Garden?


Enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. AND, it’s on sale for a limited time! Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE! http://amzn.to/1DTVnuX

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6. DC Comics Needs To "Up" Its Game

It seems to be a trend people are noticing.  DC Comics items get only half the views as items about Disney-Marvel Comics.  Back in the 1980s/1990s, fanzines and other news from either company got equal reactions/views but since the internet DC really does appear to have dropped down the hole more.

Ignoring the pundits who are calling the various so far not released movies "failures" Marvel comics still attracts more attention.  Interestingly, Comicgirl19 just uploaded a non-spoilers review of her viewing of the movie at the premiere of Ant Man -she loved it.

Quite obviously, DC needs to push the PR more.  Push and promote action figures, trades and so on because those you find online are VASTLY over-priced based on the fact that the Batman V Superman movie will feature Wonder Woman and might feature other DC heroes so, as with the Sub-Mariner merchandise hyped prices -I made it as clear as I could that there was NO Sub-Mariner movie in the works but ignore me. Pay incredible prices for stuff that...well, is not worth 0.2% of what you paid- so the scum traders are pushing "rumoured to be in the new Batman-Superman movie!" to sell over priced items.

DC comics never read CBO (I understand their focus is on Tales From The Kryptonian) but, guys -info!!

"Super-Man fighting is poised ready to take on the World's villains. This official licensed product from Schleich is hand painted and intricately modelled. It is the perfect gift for any DC Comics/Superman/Justice League fan or collector."

$5.14.  Yours for $17.50   In the UK new and boxed from a shop -£5.49 -on Amazon or Ebay -£9.95, £11.00, £17.00+  exploiters are drooling.  Incidentally, in the UK £9.95 -free postage" is NOT free postage because that price includes postage more than you'd need -seller extra profit.

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7. “Literary employments are so vexed with uncertainties”

“…I found the July days fly fast, and it was not until I felt myself confronted with too great pride and pleasure in the display, one night, of two dollars and twenty-seven cents which I had taken in during the day, that I remembered a long piece of writing, sadly belated now, which I was bound to do. To have been patted kindly on the shoulder and called “darlin’,” to have been offered a surprise of early mushrooms for supper, to have had all the glory of making two dollars and twenty-seven cents in a single day, and then to renounce it all and withdraw from these pleasant successes, needed much resolution. Literary employments are so vexed with uncertainties at best, and it was not until the voice of conscience sounded louder in my ears than the sea on the nearest pebble beach that I said unkind words of withdrawal to Mrs. Todd.”

—Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs

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8. Go Set a Watchman

In honor of Harper Lee's July 14th release of Go Set a Watchman, there will be a documentary on PBS - Harper Lee: American Masters airing on July 10th (check your local PBS station for times). It looks to be good!

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9. Meet Bess Crawford

A Duty To The Dead. (Bess Crawford #1) Charles Todd. 2009. HarperCollins. 336 pages. [Source: Library]

Bess Crawford is a war nurse during 'the Great War.' One of her dying patients, Arthur Graham, asked her to give a message to his brother, Jonathan. The message made little sense to her personally. Something about him being sorry for having lied, and, how it was to protect their mother. She doesn't know for sure if he'll understand it either, but, a promise is a promise. So several months after his death, and, just a little bit after her own close call--the ship she was on sank--she sets out with her message to visit the Graham family.

I loved, loved, LOVED A Duty to the Dead. I loved it for so many reasons. I think Bess Crawford is a great heroine--narrator. She's sympathetic, patient, and observant. She has a way of seeing right into people, and, not jumping to conclusions in the process. Always one to give the benefit of the doubt, I suppose. She has seen a lot, heard a lot that's for sure. But Bess isn't the only reason I loved the book. Far from it. For having a good "detective" only takes you so far. What I appreciated was the depth of the characterization of the other characters. Primarily of the Graham family, but, also of others in and around that community and her own. We briefly get an idea of what her own family is like. How much she loves her father, and, appreciates a close friend of the family, Simon.

So. The mystery itself I loved. It begins, of course, with her delivering the message to the Graham family. But that is just the start. She doesn't deliver the message and go, no, it turns into an at-times-very-awkward social visit. Soon Bess finds herself piecing together all the clues of a HUGE family secret. And she can't leave it alone because it's so outrageous...

The writing was excellent. I loved the setting and tone. I appreciated the characterization even if some of the characters were super-creepy. It is a great start to a series I'm eager to read all of!!!

Have you met Bess Crawford? I'd love to know what you thought!

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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10. संदेशे आते हैं

{व्यंग्य}    संदेशे आते हैं मुझे तडपाते …..!!!! mobile messages photo
यकीनन यह गीत बहुत साल पहले लिखा गया था उस समय मोबाईल भी नही होते थे पर अगर आज के संदर्भ मे बात करे तो यह गीत मेरी दुख भरी गाथा के बहुत निकट है.

आज जब लोगो को देखती हू कि हजार हजार वाला मैसेज पैक मोबाईल पर लेते है तो बहुत हैरानी सी होती है. यहां तो ये आलम है कि एक भी मैसेज आए तो बुरी तरह घबराहट होनी शुरु हो जाती है.
वैसे कुछ समय पहले तक ऐसा नही था. मुझे भी शौक था मैसेज का. मै भी बहुत चाव से मैसेज पढती थी और भेजती भी थी कि अचानक एक दिन रात को सपना देखा कि आफिस मे बास बहुत बुरी तरह से डांट रहे हैं. मै अचानक उठ बैठी.खुद को संयत किया ही था कि मेरा मोबाईल बहुत खूबसूरत ध्वनि के साथ बज उठा. दोस्त का मैसेज आया था.
“मै ईश्वर से प्रार्थना करुगां कि वो आपके सारे सपने सच करे”
मै अंदर तक कापं गई. फिर सोचा कि सपना ही तो है और खुद पर मुस्कुराई. मैने निश्चय किया कि सारी की सारी फाईले आफिस ले जाऊगी जिससे डांट पडने की कोई सम्भावना ही न रहेगी इसलिए एक एक कागज ले गई पर पैन ड्राईव ले जाना भूल गई जो सबसे ज्यादा जरुरी थी और फिर वही हुआ जो नही होना चाहिए था.
खैर, उस दिन की बात तो मैं महज इत्तेफाक समझ कर भूल गई. एक दिन फिर कुछ ऐसा हुआ कि मै पुन: सोचने पर मजबूर हो गई. असल में, बदलते मौसम के चलते मुझे बहुत छींके आ रही थी. हलकी सी कम्कपी सी भी थी सोचा कि मलेरिया आदि का टेस्ट ही करवा लिया जाए आजकल बीमारी का पता थोडे ही लगता है. बस मैने टेस्ट करवा लिया और रिपोर्ट शाम को मिलनी थी. हाथ मे मोबाईल था कि अचानक एक अन्य संदेश आया.
”हमेशा पोजिटिव रहो और जिंदगी मे पाजिटिव ही सोचो”
मै मन ही मन बहुत खुश हुई कि कितनी अच्छी बात लिखी है इसलिए हाथो हाथ मैने अपने दोस्त को मैसेज किया कि धन्यवाद, वाकई मे संदेश बहुत ही प्यारा है. तभी मोबाईल घनघना उठा. मेरा मलेरिया पोजिटिव था. मै बुरी तरह से कांप गई कि अयं ये क्या हुआ. उस दिन से संदेश से डर लगने लगा कि पता नही क्या मैसेज आए और…!!!

काफी दिन तक शांति रही. फिर एक मैसेज भूचाल ले आया. मेरी परम प्रिय सखी मणि ने मैसेज किया कि
आज आपका कोई पता पूछ रहे थे. उनका नाम है सुख, शांति और समृधि मैने बता दिया अब वो आपके घर कभी भी आते ही होंगे.शुभकामनाए!
मै घबरा गई क्योकि सुख और समृधि का तो पता नही पर शांति बुआ तो उतनी चिपकू  हैं कि एक बार घर आ जाए तो महीने भर से पहले जाने का नाम नही लेती. मेरी धडकन जोरो जोरो से चलने लगी. तभी दरवाजे पर घंटी बजी और शायद बुआ….!!!
अब तो यह हाल है कि मै मोबाईल हाथ मे रखने से डरने लगी हूं. मैसेज की इतनी शानदार ध्वनि रखवाई थी पर वही अब हारर फिल्मो के रामसे का संगीत बन कर डराने लगा है. या आज के समय के “आहट … जरा सी आह्ट होती है तो दिल ///  ये लो अचानक फिर से एक और मैसेज  आया…
चलो प्रकृति की ओर ..!! असली सुख वही है.!!

अब आप यही सोच रहे होंग़े कि यह तो सच है प्रकृति के साथ रहना तो हमेशा सुखकर है. जरा मेरी बात तो सुनिए! असल मे “प्रकृति” यहां का सुपर स्पेशलिटी हास्पिटल है. वहां पर बहुत गम्भीर किस्म के केस ही आते है.!!!

हे भगवान!!! क्या करु क्या नही समझ नही आ रहा !!! बस एक ही बात मुंह से निकल रही है कि संदेशे आते हैं मुझे तडपाते हैं ….!!!!

वैसे ये व्यंग्य आपको थोडा अजीब लग रहा होगा क्योकि आज का समय तो वटसअप और फेसबुक मैसेनजर का जमाना है पर मैं यह बताना चाहूगी कि ये व्यंग्य बहुत पुराना है उन दिनों मैसेज का ही जमाना था …:)

पर आपको …संदेशे आते हैं… व्यंग्य लगा कैसा ??? जरुर बताईगा :)


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11. Eco game -development

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12. This Month for Writers - June 2015

Once upon a time, Adventures in Young Adult Publishing used to post a weekly roundup of all the best writing related links around the web. These were huge resources that collated an amazing amount of information all in one place ... but then they got too big, and too difficult to keep up with, and we stopped producing them.

Starting from today, we're reinstating those roundups. They'll come to you on the first Sunday of every month, and we're taking the effort to make them a little more user-friendly. They won't be huge long lists anymore, but rather a smaller list of links that we found particularly helpful or insightful - we're going for quality over quantity. In addition each link will be accompanied by a short description of why, exactly, we think it's so great.

We hope you'll like this new, more streamlined approach! Take some time to browse the links below, and don't hesitate to pop back to this post over the coming months to add your own suggestions for the next roundup in the comments.

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13. Minions Get A Fine Art Makeover (Poster Gallery)

“Ceci n’est pas une banane.”

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14. DIY democracy: Festivals, parks, and fun

Wimbledon has started, the barbeques have been dusted off, the sun is shining, and all our newly elected MPs will soon be leaving Westminster for the summer recess. Domestic politics, to some extent, winds down for July and August but the nation never seems to collapse. Indeed, the summer months offer a quite different focus on, for example, a frenzy of festivals and picnics in the park. But could this more relaxed approach to life teach us something about how we ‘do’ politics? Is politics really taking place at festivals and in the parks? Can politics really be fun?

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15. Mary Lee Adler: a sculptor, a friend (Remains to Be Seen)

I met Mary Lee Adler in Miami. She was (in her smart, loving, embracing way) overseeing the young writers of the National YoungArts program. Making sure they were heard. Making sure they were seen. Making sure they were experiencing all that week-long program had to give them.

But here's the thing: If those YoungArts writers did nothing more than meet Mary Lee, their week in the Miami sun would have been worth it. I've rarely enjoyed conversation as much as I enjoyed my conversation with this reader/maker/doer. I've rarely felt so privileged.

A Vanderbilt graduate with an English degree, a woman who has traveled the world, a woman who doesn't give up on love or its possibilities, Mary Lee is also a sculptor—a maker of exquisite urns, among other things.

Today I'm celebrating Mary Lee and her artful renditions of the everlasting. Please visit her web site to learn more.

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16. Audio Teaching: The Christian Hope: Part Four

Click for Parts One, Two, Three here.

I hope you’ll take time to listen to these audio teachings, if not here, then perhaps you’ll consider downloading them and taking them with you?


What the Bible really says about Death, Judgment, Rewards, Heaven, and the Future Life on a Restored Earth. God originally planned for mankind to live on earth, and His plan, though postponed by sin, will not be thwarted – it will come to pass in the future when a new earth is created. The Christian’s Hope shows from Scripture that each Christian will be rewarded in the coming world in direct proportion to the quality of how he lives for God in this world.

Click the arrow to listen to the Hope of Israel.

A Biblical Look at “Hope”

In order to properly understand the Christian’s hope, it is important to examine the exact meaning of the word “hope.” “Hope” means “a desire for, or an expectation of, good, especially when there is some confidence of fulfillment.” It is used that way both in common English and in the Bible. However, the Bible often uses the word “hope” in another way—to refer to the special expectation of good that God has in store for each Christian in the future. This includes the “Rapture,” receiving a new, glorified body, and living forever in Paradise. Today, the ordinary use of “hope” allows for the possibility that what is hoped for will not come to pass. However, when the Bible uses the word “hope” to refer to things that God has promised, the meaning of “hope” shifts from that which has a reasonable chance of coming to pass to that which will absolutely come to pass. To be a useful anchor, hope must hold fast.


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17. Philosopher of the month: Jacques Derrida

This July, the OUP Philosophy team will be honoring Jacques Derrida as their Philosopher of the Month. Jackie (Jacques) Élie Derrida (15 July 1930 – 9 October 2004) was a French philosopher born to an Algerian Jewish family in El-Biar, Algeria. Derrida is widely known as the founder of the Deconstructionist movement. At the age of 22, Derrida began studying philosophy in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure where phenomenology and Edmund Husserl were influential elements in his training.

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18. The Time Machine Audiobook Review

Title: The Time Machine Author: H.G. Wells Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi Publisher: Listening Library Publication Date: June 11, 2013 Listening copy via Sync H.G. Wells' The Time Machine is one of those science fiction classics that I just never got around to reading, so I thought listening to a free Sync copy would be a perfect way to finally get around to it. I've seen the Hollywood

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19. "Don't you be a show-off," and other lessons from Kent Haruf, in his final quiet novel

We lost the great Kent Haruf way too soon. I was privileged to review his final book for the Chicago Tribune—privileged to have the excuse to go back and read Haruf interviews and profiles in preparation for the assignment.

Oh, he had so much to say. I wish he were still here, saying.

My full review can be found here.

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20. Mat Johnson’s Pym

PymEdgar Allan Poe is one of few authors by whom I’ve read everything, at least everything available, including his literary criticism. I was obsessed with him for a while, and in an alternative life where I get a Ph.D. in English Literature, I might well be writing academic papers on Poe (and Hawthorne, and Melville, and maybe Irving).

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is easy to pick as Poe’s biggest failure. It is his only attempt at a novel, and falls short even there, with a series of loosely connected episodes that lack continuity and a proper ending. The problems don’t end there. It is also Poe’s most damningly racist work. Though racist caricatures appear in his other tales, this is the one most informed by Poe’s pathological fear of non-whiteness. However, it also proves to be one of his most influential works, figuring explicitly into subsequent works by some of his biggest admirers, particularly Jules Verne and H.P. Lovecraft.

The hero of Mat Johnson’s Pym is an African American scholar obsessed with Poe, and especially with Pym. This singular obsession with white authors (and a refusal to serve on the diversity committee) disrupts his academic career, but a series of coincidences leads him on his own fantastic voyage that parallel Poe’s Pym, encountering much of the same…. experiences.

It is simultaneously a pastiche and a critique of Poe, but an effective satire of current American culture: academia, pop painting, junk food, you name it. In some ways it is an academic novel, wise and winking in literary references, casually name-dropping major pieces of the black canon including ones that white readers like me didn’t know about (Equiano, Webb) mixed in with the more obvious ones to the source material (one nod to Lovecraft made me laugh out loud). But it would work without one knowing literary history, purely as adventure/horror and humor. And of course it is book about race itself; a critical reflection about whiteness and blackness both literal and figurative.

I love everything about this book. It centers me in the black experience of America as effectively as Ralph Ellison, and gives me a fix of sharp satire that reminds me of being fourteen and discovering Kurt Vonnegut. It pushes my buttons as literary nerd, but is enjoyable purely as a great yarn.

The American literary canon is racist and sexist because our history is racist and sexist, but what do we do about it? Pointing out the problems is necessary, but doesn’t suggest where to go next. I’m not a big fan of expunging literary history; that itself becomes a kind of whitewashing. Besides, I think there is value in Poe, in Twain, even in Margaret Mitchell. I would rather read those books, then read these creative critiques–books like Johnson’s Pym, or Alice Randall’s The Wind Be Gone–that critique and re-create and re-center the narratives, that subsume and overtake the source material.

I think Johnson takes on a particularly problematic text to show just how brilliantly this can be done; it makes me grateful for Poe’s Pym because it makes Johnson’s possible.

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21. Sustainability If

Environmental sustainability includes an ‘if’. The ‘if’ is implied, but invariably left unstated. Sustainability means ‘ability to endure across time’. When used as a matter of physical limitation, no ‘if’ is implied or needed.

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22. Rotary July Fourth or What I've Been Doing Other Than Writing

BAR HARBOR -- Months ahead of the Fourth of July, Ron Wrobel, an accountant by day and Rotary Super Hero and Club Treasurer all the time, began his list, detailing the needs and jobs that it would take to feed tourists and locals at Bar Harbor MDI Rotary’s 44th Annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and Seafood Festival. Then he started recruiting volunteers. Then he started holding meetings, planning, working out the details and then working out even more details. If he ever threw up his hands in frustration, nobody saw it. Even with last minute issues like the increased price of lobster, the need for volunteer t-shirts, and 5,000 other little things, Ron kept his calm, kind demeanor, which is really saying something because the seafood festival is a huge deal.

Bar Harbor is a small town in the winter, but it explodes in the summer with an influx of thousands of visitors who come to the island community to spend the summer and enjoy the Fourth of July, which was voted the #1 Fourth of July celebration in America by the Today Show and has been lauded by other national media like National Geographic and Good Morning America.

To put it simply, the Fourth of July in Bar Harbor, Maine is huge.

It’s a big deal.

A very big deal.

The Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club is a huge part of that and every year someone leads us to make it a successful event, donating time and energy that you really can't quantify. This year, that was Ron Wrobel.

Ron surveys the world before the event. Photo by Rena Wrobel.

On July 3, as Boy Scouts joined Rotarians in marking out the field, setting up tents, tables, chairs and hammering in fencing, Wrobel took a pause to survey the work.

“How are you feeling?” Another Rotarian asked him.

“Happy, I feel happy,” he answered, smiling. “I actually really love this.”

There is a goodness in working with a group towards a common goal. There is a fellowship that happens when you haul grills in the hot July sun, as you watch an enormous event come together.  Wrobel understands that. He knows that this festival is a celebration of possibility and optimism, a belief that people can work together to make something bigger than themselves.

And for years, the Bar Harbor MDI Rotary Club has been part of the celebrations, organizing not just a pancake breakfast and seafood festival, but also organizing community nonprofits all around the ball field so that they can raise money for good local causes.  Rotary has historically been the last float in the Fourth of July parade, calling for people to follow them to the ball field to cheer on the MDI YMCA’s lobster races, eat at the festival or just hang out with friends.

We were trying to look British Album Cover Somber like in the 1980s. This is the back of our float in progress.

The Club itself has just under 70 members. Some of those members are well over 70 years old, yet they come out year after year, donating their holiday to a cause bigger than themselves. They clean grills, flip pancakes, decorate a float truck, work cash registers, clean tables, haul food and water and lobsters, stand over steaming French fry buckets, boiling vats of lobsters and mussels and corn.

And for what?

For the Rotary motto, which is “Service Above Self.”  The MDI Rotary Club has traditionally raised between $15,000 and $20,000 annually at the festival, with proceeds going to charitable donations and service projects. Other local nonprofits around the athletic field raise close to $50,000. The entire Bar Harbor Fourth of July's celebrations from our pancake breakfast to the final fireworks is sponsored by people and organizations who are just trying to make things a little bit better for our community, for the people who live in it and visit here. It can be crowded. It can be wild. But that's what makes it good.


Pancakes served up with a smile.
Hauling boxes for days.
Our new president triumphantly serves up her first awesome pancakes.
Even after working all day, our Rotarians are still smiling.

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23. July - Threshold of Wonder, books, kids, movies, and dogs


Long ago, when folk tales were told by people in homes, in fields, in the marketplace and taverns, there were many stories of the forests.

Two out of three of the original 1812 Grimm Folk Tales are set in or involve the forest. 

The forests held beauty and danger, the known and the unknown, light and darkness. 

The forests were places of lost and abandoned children; homes of witches, elves, and dwarfs. They were the place where wondrous events occurred. 

The forests were a threshold of wonder.

The illustration is of Harry Potter seeing the Silver Stag.



The Forest - steeped in ancient myth and legend and infused with
spiritual meaning...

Justine Gaunt, in Woodlands.co.uk, writes of the underlying significance and symbolism of the forest found in the minds of ancient peoples and in their folk and fairy tales.

TomThumb2GustavDore"Anyone embarking upon the journey of exploring forest symbolism finds themselves, perhaps like Little Red Riding Hood waving goodbye to her mother at the garden gate, on a vast voyage punctuated with the joys and dangers of the psyche, steeped in ancient myth and legend and infused with spiritual meaning.

It is no accident that so many fairytale characters find themselves having to traverse danger-laden tracts of woodland. In a most practical sense, as the ancients dreamed up those stories and even when the oral traditions were finally written down in the middle ages and later, the lands of northern and western Europe were thick with woodland. The dangers were palpable: from rogues and bandits lying in wait for unsuspecting travellers to opportunistic wolves hungry for the kill...

As for Little Red Riding Hood, straying from the path and into the woods is similarly dangerous and filled with treachery. Symbolically, those who lose their way in the uncharted forest are losing their way in life, losing touch with their conscious selves and voyaging into the realms of the subconscious..."

 Here is a link to read all of this article about fairy tales and the forest

The illustrations of fairies and for the story of Tom Thumb are by Gustav Dore.


Fairy Tales Speak to the Secret Self


Tim Lott, who writes a Family Column for the Guardian wrote about the resonance and connection that the dark side of fairy tales have -- especially for kids - after taking his family to an interactive total immersion theater event based on Phillip Pullman's Grimm Tales...

"But why do these particular plots have such resonance for the audience? Bruno Bettelheim in
GrimmstheRobberBridegroomJohnBGruellehis study, The Uses of Enchantment, suggested that folk and fairytales that endure from generation to generation, speak to something deep in the reader’s unconscious – for instance, that these older tales legitimized the murderous and violent instincts that all children experience, freeing them from the guilt that such feelings generate...

Whether or not you believe in Bettelheim’s Freudian take on storytelling, it is unquestionable that the best stories have a profound resonance of the Grimm tales transparently address our darkest fears, but in a sense, all mythic storytelling is about addressing uncertainties and anxieties...

Archetypal stories, then, for adults and children – even the “simplest”, not usually thought of as “art” – are more than merely entertainment. The more they involve us imaginatively, the more they speak to the secret self. Without access to those ancient portals that lie within us all, and certainly lie within Grimm Tales, we may applaud the style, and the elegance and the sophistication of the storyteller. And in children’s stories... "

Here is a link that will connect you to the full article, Fairy Tales Are Not Just For FunGuardian

Both illustrations are for the Grimm's story, the Robber Bridegroom. The top one is by John Cruikshank; the lower on is by John Gruelle.



VetdogsLogoThe Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog's non-profit grant-making organization, is awarding $60,000 in new grants to twelve canine service organizations throughout the country.

"A PDF grant of $5,000 to America's VetDogs will support the training and placement of dogs for veterans being trained through their
VetDogOlderVetMassachusetts Prison Puppy Program.
Collectively, inmates from local facilities along with local volunteer weekend puppy raisers will train 40 future service dogs per program cycle to assist our nation's veterans with disabilities. The program not only raises the quality of life for wounded veterans and keeps them active in their communities, but also has a positive impact on the inmate population involved in the training."

America's VetDogs serves veterans from all eras, and first responders who have honorably served our country and community, by providing Guide Dogs, Service Dogs for Disabilities,, Service Dogs for PTSD, Hearing Dogs, and more...Click this link and
Learn more about America's VetDogs here. 


Save The Children

The devastating effect of war on children is seen in a brief video, Second A Day, produced by Save The Children.  Here is an excerpt from a report by Dion Dassannayake in the Express: 

"The moving clip starts with a child celebrating her birthday and follows her moment by Save-the-children1moment as war and conflict develops in the UK. 
The hard hitting clip shows London being turned into a war zone where rockets are fired at buildings in broad daylight and children wear gas masks. The powerful video ends with a moving shot of the young girl celebrating her birthday once again."

In just one minute and thirty three seconds, we are reminded of what is happening to multitudes of children today. Here is a link to YouTube- Second A Day


The Wonder of a New Fairy Tale

Pixar's Inside Out...Inside the Mind of an 11 Year Old Girl...

InsideOutGirl2After a rather disappointing hiatus of wonder, the folks at Pixar -- who produced Up, Toy Story and Finding Nemo --have produced another winner, both critically and with audiences.

Rotten Tomatoes reports that 98% of 217 reviewers were enthusiastic and positive in their reviews of Inside Out. Opening weekend crowds for “Inside Out” were 56% female and 38% under the age of 12. Families comprised 71% of the audience. The film opened June 19 and has already grossed over $300 million in ticket sales.

Here's the reaction of Craig Mathieson in the Sydney Morning Herald:

"The most pleasurably complete Pixar film since 2004's The Incredibles, Inside Out delivers a witty and empathetic answer to the eternal lament of, "What is going on inside your head?"

And, here's an excerpt from an insightful review by Andrew O'hehir in Salon.com

 "... there’s an enormous conceptual gulf between Disney films of the “classic” mode, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Dumbo” right through “Pocahontas” and “The Little Mermaid,” and the consistently elegiac and nostalgic childhood’s-end fables of the Pixar era. If
INTRO-2-INSIDE-OUTyou’ve ever wondered why Pixar’s animators have never gotten around to adapting “The Velveteen Rabbit,” Margery Williams’ 1922 classic about the boundary between childhood imagination and adult reality, it’s because they don’t have to. Almost every Pixar film is “The Velveteen Rabbit,” transmuted into some new fictional universe but built upon the same question, perhaps the most profound and tragic ever framed in the English language: 'Of what use was it to be loved and lose one’s beauty and become Real if it all ended like this?' ..."

Here's is a link to the trailer: Inside Out


Wendy TalkingDogA Dog that Meows and Sings..WENDY

This is amazing...a video for all.



Finding Fido:A Book That Can Save Your Dog's Life

FindingFido"Like Wulff's "How to Change the World in 30 Seconds", this book is another practical handbook for helping pets. Easy to follow steps, important data, and insider info. Displaced pets make up most of the animals that find themselves in pounds, and with 3-4 million animals euthanized in U.S. shelters every year, it's no place for your beloved pet! Many times the pet's people have no idea where, or how, to start looking for them. This guide spells it out with lots of helpful tips and advice. And all the sales go to charity - how great is that?...
An Amazon 5 star review by Kristina Kane 

Here's a link to read excerpts, reviews, and to purchase Finding Fido.


I was quite taken by an excellent and evocative Dog Poem on C.A. Wulff's website, Up On The Woof 


Sight Unseen...the Threshold of Invisibility


Here are excerpts from "The Hows and Whys of Invisibility" by Kathryn Schulz in the New Yorker.

...."These questions are not so much answered as provoked by “Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen”(Chicago), by the British science writer Philip Ball...

His book takes seriously a subject that, perhaps aptly, has heretofore been mostly
SpiritedAwayGirlTrainIntdisregarded. Invisibility looms large in the kingdom of childhood—in pretend play and imaginary friends, in fairy tales and comic books and other fictions for kids—but it seldom receives sustained adult scrutiny. And yet, once you get past the cloaks and the spells, invisibility is a consummately grownup matter. As a condition, a metaphor, a fantasy, and a technology, it helps us think about the composition of nature, the structure of society, and the deep weirdness of our human situation—about what it is like to be partly visible entities in a largely inscrutable universe. As such, the story of invisibility is not really about how to vanish at all. Curiously enough, it is a story about how we see ourselves..."

The illustrations are from the Miyazaki film Spirited Away.



Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland

The Morgan Library Museum in New York is presenting an extraordinary exhibit, both at the Museum and Online...

Alice_in_wonderland_very_tall"This exhibition will bring to light the curious history of Wonderland, presenting an engaging account of the genesis, publication, and enduring appeal of Lewis Carroll's classic tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

For the first time in three decades, the original manuscript will travel from the British Library in London to New York, where it will be joined by original drawings and letters, rare editions, vintage photographs, and fascinating objects—many never before exhibited..."

The array of artwork by Lewis Carrol and John Tenniel is dazzling. The scope of the online exhibit is quite comprehensive and includes information and links to early Alice films.


 Another Reality

“You know very well you’re not real.”

“I am real!” said Alice, and began to cry.

AliceTweedlesTenniel“You won’t make yourself a bit realler by crying,” Tweedledee remarked: “there’s nothing to cry about.”

“If I wasn’t real,” Alice said—half laughing through her tears, it all seemed so ridiculous—“I shouldn’t be able to cry.”

“I hope you don’t suppose those are real tears?” Tweedledum interrupted in a tone of great contempt.

Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There -Lewis Carrol

Illustration by John Tenniel


 Castle In The Mist is the second book in the Planet Of The Dogs Series  -

"...Castle in the Mist is full of the same elements I enjoyed in CITM-blog size-382KBPlanet of the Dogs and Snow Valley Heroes: beautiful, detailed, soft, mood setting drawings; the fun and antics of the dogs, and the people who are discovering them for the first time; encroaching danger and suspense; the lovely fantasy of a planet of dogs who are so concerned with the people of earth; and the forgiveness, unconditional love and loyalty that the dogs are able to subtly impart."- Taken from a 5 star Amazon review by Lisa Harvey, Book Thoughts by Lisa...


For sample chapters visit our website: Planet Of The Dogs

CITM-frontcover-jpg-654x945We have free reader copies of the Planet of The Dogs book series for therapy dog organizations, individual therapy dog owners, librarians and teachers...simply send us an email at planetofthedogs@gmail.com and we will send you the books. 

 Our books are available through your favorite independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell's and many more...Librarians, teachers, bookstores...You can also order Planet Of The Dogs, Castle In The Mist, and Snow Valley Heroes, A Christmas Tale, through Ingram with a full professional discount.

 The illustration by Stella Mustanoja-McCarty is from Castle In The Mist



Rescuing Wonderful Shivery Tales

Marina Warner, in the New York Review of Books, writes an extremely informative overview  encompassing the books and lives of the brothers Grimm, the work of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (The Turnip Princess, translated by Maria Tatar), as well as related work by Philip Pullman and the translation of Selected Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Peter Wortman. The article also contains information and insights regarding the contributions through the years by Jack Zipes, including his translation of the Original Grimm Tales and his latest book, Grimm Legacies, The Magic Spell of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales.

Here is brief excerpt regarding a turning point:

The brotherCruikshankElvesandShoemakers had been strongly encouraged to make their scholarship a bit more family-friendly by including Ludwig’s illustrations after they learned of the huge success in England of the first English translation by Edgar Taylor (1823 and 1826), with its quirky, joyous drawings by George Cruikshank. In Grimm Legacies, Zipes relates how the tone of the English illustrations changed the tales’ reception, inspiring Dickens to write sentimentally about their innocence, and Ruskin to claim that Cruikshank’s “original etchings…[are] unrivalled in masterfulness of touch since Rembrandt.

The illustration of the Elves and the Shoemaker is by George Cruikshank.




"The simpler question to answer is why these tales are called "fairy tales." It is from the influence of the women writers in the French Salons who dubbed their tales "contes de fees." The term was translated into English as "fairy tales." The name became so widely used due to the popularity of the French tales, that it began to be used to describe similar tales such as those by the Grimms and Hans Christian Andersen."  Heidi Anne Heiner -- SurLaLune

The illustration of Beauty and the Beast is by Walter Crane. 



Sunbear Squad is Anna Nirva's practical site for a wide range of information focused on the well being of dogs ( as well as cats). Here are a few excerpts from a very comprehensive article on Traveling by Car or Truck with Pets. 

...On the Road...

Once you are on the road with your pet, you will need to adhere to some basic guidelines to keep your animals and your family happy and safe. Here are some recommendations for the trip itself:

Keep the Animal Inside...Anyone who owns a dog knows how much these animals like to put their heads out the window while they are riding in a car. This is dangerous for the animal, as debris can injure it. It is best to keep the animal’s head and every other part inside the car or truck, and never let your pet ride in the bed of a pickup truck, which exposes it to many dangers.

Stop Frequently...Particularly if you are traveling with a dog, you will need to stop regularly to give your animal bathroom, exercise, and water breaks. Fortunately, most rest areas have ample space for you to give your pet a chance to stretch its legs. Keep your pet leashed when you stop and have a bag ready to clean up after it.

Food and Water...You will want to limit excessive feeding while you are traveling to avoid giving your pet an upset stomach. Keep feeding to a minimum and stick to the pet food. Avoid the temptation to let the animal snack on what you are eating, as that can cause some unpleasant digestive issues.

On the other hand, you want to make sure that your pet gets as much water as possible. Give it water every time you stop. You may also want to bring along some ice cubes, which are a treat for most pets and easier for them to handle than water if they get upset stomachs while you are traveling...


 There is much more to this article...here is the link: TRAVEL


"When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem." - Edward Abbey



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24. 2015 Clallam Bay Comicon

Contact: Donna Barr, phone 360 963 2935, email donnabarr01@gmail.com
CLALLAM BAY, WASHINGTON - The Clallam Bay Comicon is July 11-12, 2015, at the Lion's Club at 90 Bogachiel Way, Clallam Bay, Washington. Free admission. $25 tables. For more information: 360 963 2935 or donnabarr01@gmail.com

Donna Barr: comics * illustration * portraits * storyboards * murals * bookstore: http://www.donnabarr.com

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25. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #439: Featuring Akiko Miyakoshi

It just so happens that my very favorite medium in picture book illustration is charcoal. I get all googly-eyed when I see it done well. But that’s not the only reason I love this book from author-illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi, The Tea Party in the Woods, coming in August from Kids Can Press and originally published in Japan back in 2010. The visuals here are pure magic and filled with intriguing details, and the story is one of mystery and friendship.

A young girl, named Kikko, awakes to a “winter wonderland.” She heads out to deliver a pie to her Grandma, the one that her father, who has already set out for Grandma’s house, left behind. This is all slightly reminiscent of the classic tale “Little Red Riding Hood” in that the girl’s destination involves her grandmother, and her skirt and winter hat are bright reds (much like Red’s cape) in a sea of white snow and dark charcoals. But that’s where the similarities end: There’s no menacing wolf here.

Instead, she is fairly sure after heading out that she spots her father ahead, and in an effort to catch up to him, she falls in snow drifts and the pie box is crushed. She follows her father anyway to “a strange house. Has it always been here? Kikko wondered.”


“Kikko followed her father all the way to a strange house. Has it always been here? Kikko wondered. She couldn’t remember having seen it before.
She watched as her father went inside.”

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Her father enters the house, and when she peeks in the window, she is surprised to see, not her father, but a great big bear. A kind lamb asks Kikko, still outside, if she is there for the tea party. She goes inside with the lamb, and here is where the magic and mystery amp up. There is a fabulous spread where all the creatures at this party—forest creatures of every stripe—turn to stare at her. But Miyakoshi places readers right with Kikko, so it’s the reader who gets a stare-down too. It’s a wonderful, rather spine-tingling moment.


“‘Are you here for the tea party?’ asked a kind voice. Kikko turned to see a little lamb standing nearby. ‘This way,’ said the lamb,
gently taking Kikko’s hand and leading her inside.”

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Despite their stares, they welcome her. And the feasting begins, Kikko’s yellow hair the only spot of color in this sea of charcoals. (Later, we see a bit more color when we pan out to see the group as a whole.) I love to see happy feasts in picture books, one reason I’m a John Burningham fan. The book closes with a lovely surprise from the tea party members, one that benefits both Kikko and her grandmother. (It’s hinted at in the illustration opening this post.)

Was it all a dream or did she really feast with forest creatures? It doesn’t really matter. The adventure was worth it, either way.


“The woods were filled with joyful sounds as everyone paraded to Grandma’s house, singing and laughing and playing music as they went. ‘This way!’ the animals called. Kikko held the pie box tightly and walked on.”
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Here’s the splendid cover one more time, a little bit bigger:



THE TEA PARTY IN THE WOODS. Copyright © 2010 by Akiko Miyakoshi. English translation © 2015 by Kids Can Press. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Kids Can Press, Toronto.

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Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) Did I mention I love to see charcoal illustrations like this?

2) Being thanked by name by Dan Santat in his Caldecott acceptance speech last weekend. It was tremendously thoughtful of him to thank bloggers.

3) Lots of great new music to explore.

4) Alabama Shakes’ new CD really is extraordinary.

5) Brian Selznick’s drawings.

6) Sparklers.

7) Pie.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

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