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Let me tell you right up front, I am a huge fan of the Boy Scouts of America. They are an amazing organization and a positive influence in a negative world. I was was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader when my sons were young.
The scout manuals were always informative and colorful. I think I enjoyed the manuals more than my boys did, one in particular, the Wolf Cub Scout Book printed in 1990. There were some real imaginative interpretations of "Akela", the wolf character from Kipling's The Jungle Book that the Wolf Cub Scout gets its name from. Robert Depew is the Illustrator who is given credit for the Akela illustrations in this book copyrighted in 1986. "Akela" is a lanky, anthropomorphic wolf in scout regalia who reminds me a little of the popular movie werewolves of the time in such films as " The Howling" and "An American Werewolf in London". I really like the illustrations, I find them incredibly creepy, and that's not an insult, it's a high compliment from me! The color choices and atmosphere put me in the mood for a scary story! I've wondered if any little scouts ever had unintended nightmares about "Akela"!
FANCY NANCY, TOO MANY TUTUS
By Jane O’Connor, Cover illustration by Robin Preiss Glasser
Interior illustrations by Ted Enik
Published December 26, 2012
by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 13: 9780062083074
Paperback, 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Review: (Julie) Fancy Nancy’s overstuffed closet can’t hold one more tutu but she just can’t seem to part with any. Happily for her mother, the school is hosting a swap and shop. Nancy is inspired to bring in fifteen items, earning her enough to share with Grace. Due to Fancy Nancy’s generosity, Grace becomes the proud new owner of a dreamy tutu.
As usual, new words are interspersed throughout the text for an underlying (almost sneaky) vocabulary lesson. Curly outlines and a balance of warm and cool tones create a fun environment for another Fancy Nancy’s adventure. A glossary in the end matter recaps the new words introduced in the text. A level one I Can Read book with simple sentences for new readers. ♥♥♥
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FLIGHT OF THE LAST DRAGON
B Robert Burleigh, Illustrated by Mary GrandPre
Published October 11, 2012
by Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Hardcover with jacket, 10(w) x 10(h) x .20
ISBN 13: 9780399252006
Review: (Julie) In days far away, dragons once populated the earth. Over time, their numbers fell. Ultimon, once a dragon king, is the last dragon to remain on earth. He’s old, feeble and lonely. He hides out in tunnels under the city until one dark chilly night, a star calls him up to heaven. He musters up the strength to leave a changing world and take flight into the evening sky where Draco, the dragon constellation in the north sky, shines in heaven.
Mary GrandPre, recognized for her work on the Harry Potter series, uses tones of midnight blue to contrast heavenly light in rich, acrylic illustrations. A somewhat pathetic Ultimon doesn’t fit into the modern world and so leaves, as if conquered by the times. This is a cheerless, rhyming story of defeat that ends with a tone of quiet peace. ♥♥♥
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Today's questions is one I am asked all the time.
If I schedule a post how can I send you the link ahead of time? What is a permalink?
First what is a permalink?
It's a "permanent link" that goes directly to a specific post on your blog.
If you click this "Permalink" it will take you to my very first blog post:
In the past there was not an easy way to grab a permalink in blogger before a post was published. It was easy for those who used wordpress but blogspot users didn't have an easy way to generate one. Thankfully that changed last year.
Why bother with Permalinks?
I often schedule posts ahead of time and want to send the link to an author or blog tour host to let them know. Once a post is created I erase it from my calendar so I'm horrible at remembering to send as link once the post actually goes up. If I grab a permalink and send it at the time I create the post I don't have to remember to send it once it is published.
How to Generate a Permalink:
-When you are editing your post simply look in your right column.
-Find the word Permalink and click on it.
-You can then grab the permalink that is automatically generated or you can create a custom permalink as I did with this post.
The automatic permalink for this post would have been: http://www.iamareader.com/2013/01/ask-me-anything-schedule-links-aka.html
Instead I created a custom permalink:
Easy as can be! Although I rarely create custom permalinks I just let blogger automatically generate them.
You need to be aware that permalinks are based upon the title of your blog post. If you change the title of your blog post before publishing it the permalink will change.
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MIA, THE SWEETEST VALENTINE
By Robin Farley, Illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov
Published November 27, 2012
by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 13: 9780062100122
Softcover, glossy 7.70 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Review: (Julie) Mia, a gray and white kitty, has her friends over to celebrate Valentines Day. She runs into the kitchen for he Valentines and finds a heart box full of chocolates. Wouldn’t that be nice to share with her friends? And so she does. Anna, a hippo and Ruby, a giraffe, help Mia gobble up the chocolates. Mia didn’t know the box was a Valentine’s gift from her Dad. What will she do now?
Sweet illustrations in a Valentine’s palette of red, pink and white. A straight course of action to a predictable outcome that nonetheless nabs the sentiments of Valentine’s Day, from Valentines and chocolates to decorating and special gifts. The included sheet of Valentine’s stickers adds just the right touch to make this a lovely gift for your young Valentine. ♥♥♥
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