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20676. CARDS - marks & spencer pt.1

As we have been looking mostly at greetings cards this week it seemed appropriate for the Friday eye candy to feature card designs. These were all spotted in Marks & Spencer and have some great touches such as neon pink, cool geometrics, sketchy animals, and above bold booms.

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20677. A Long Time Gone by Karen White

Mothers staying, mothers leaving, daughters staying, daughters leaving.

When Vivian Walker returns after nine years, she happens upon the scene of an uprooted tree with human bones exposed.  She also finds her mother who is in the early stages of dementia.  Whose bones could they be?  Why did the skeleton have half of a necklace that when complete would say:  I Love You Forever.

Could Mathilda, the 104-year-old servant know the answer about the necklace? That necklace and its saying played a major part in the secret that had been kept all these years and a secret that no one really knew was a secret except one person.

A LONG TIME GONE is set in Mississippi and has that Southern charm along with Southern traditions and genuine, believable​ characters.  You will meet the women of the Walker family as each chapter is headed with one of the women's stories being told.  

The book moves back and forth ​from 1923 to 2013 following the Walker women with their secrets and their reasons for leaving and coming back to their families. 

You will love Chole; you will feel sorry for Vivian, and you will wonder what made Carol Lynn leave her children all those years ago and then return at random times and leave again.  The reason is quite interesting.

Ms. White again has written a beautiful family saga with emphasis on mothers and daughters.  A LONG TIME GONE had wonderful descriptions of characters, scenes, and feelings as well as reminding all of us that family is everything.

​I enjoyed A LONG TIME GONE because I like reading about Southern-style living and ​reading about families and the secrets they have carried through the years. 

The secret and the bones found is one of the major themes and a theme that has a great twist.  As the mystery of those buried bones became unraveled, the story took on an even better turn. 5/5

​I received this book free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.​

Have you read A LONG TIME GONE?  I would love to know what you think.

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20678. Interview with Sophia Nash, Author of The Once and Future Duchess


I’m thrilled to welcome Sophia Nash to the virtual offices today! 

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Good morning, Sophia! Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Sophia Nash] Mother, friend, artist, fearless, directionally-challenged (that’s 2 words, but will count as one)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?

[Sophia Nash] The Once and Future Duchess has been the most requested story since I began writing. Readers are very curious to see what will happen in the major wrap up to the series. It took a long time to write this book, and I’m so excited about how it came together! Not only will readers watch the central love story of the series unfurl, i.e. between the Duke of Candover and the Duchess of March, but fans will also learn how the Duke of Barry finds his happiness. And the grand finale is not to be missed!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Sophia Nash] The Royal Entourage series was born of several thoughts: First, I always wondered why the French Revolution did not inspire other populace’s in nearby countries to rebel against monarchy, such as in Great Britain. Secondly, I was a big fan of the first hangover movie, and Entourage on TV. Add these two together, and I wondered what would happen if a royal band of dukes in England had a Regency-era bachelor party of the century, and incited a revolution against the excesses of the royals. A series was born.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

[Sophia Nash] This was the last book in the series and it was fun to see all the final pieces of the overall story fall into place. While this is a “stand-alone” book, there are glimpses of some of the other characters.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?

[Sophia Nash] It was difficult to have the hero, the Duke of Candover break a promise. He is an extremely duty-driven gentleman and his word is everything. But to find happiness, he must delve deep into his heart to find the solution. I would challenge anyone to consider what circumstances would have to occur to make you break your word!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?

[Sophia Nash] Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

[Sophia Nash] Clothes

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Sophia Nash] Compass, arrowhead, flowers

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Sophia Nash] God

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Sophia Nash] Gone Girl, The Secret Life of Bees

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Sophia Nash] Hiking, swimming, surfing, eating, traveling, and serious adrenaline-infused adventure!


The Once and Future Duchess

Royal Entourage Series Book Four

By: Sophia Nash


A duchess in time saves a noble line…

In theory, the Duke of Candover is the most eligible peer in the realm. But in truth, he has a deep aversion to the merest hint of marriage, not to mention two botched engagements which have marked his jaded soul. Now, after a debauched bachelor party that causes public outcry, the Prince Regent is demanding that it’s Candover’s turn to be brought to heel. And Prinny secretly believes that Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, is precisely the lady up to the challenge.

Isabelle must marry, but a day of reckoning with the man she’s loved for years is her greatest fear. If Candover insists she’s too young and innocent for a seasoned world-weary man like him, there’s no shortage of other candidates. Gentlemen of prestige and position. Gentlemen whose attentions are driving Candover to jealous distraction. Yet one abandoned moment under the stars hints that if they can put aside pride and duty, then a love once denied might just be their destiny.

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/04/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for-once.html

Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17331448-the-once-and-future-duchess

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Once-Future-Duchess-Royal-Entourage-ebook/dp/B00BATNOGC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-once-and-future-duchess-sophia-nash/1114516196?ean=9780062273635

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-once-and-future-duchess/id599910931?mt=11

Author Info

Sophia Nash was born in Switzerland and raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, is surely turning in his grave. Before pursuing her long-held dream of writing, Sophia was an award-winning television producer for a CBS affiliate, a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO. She lives in the Washington, D.C., suburbs with her husband and two children. Sophia’s novels have won twelve national awards, including the prestigious RITA® Award, and two spots on Booklist’s “Top Ten Romances of the Year.”

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20679. Book Beginnings - 6/13/14

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.

This week's book beginnings is taken from DELICIOUS by Ruth Reichl.

I am halfway through DELICIOUS and am loving it.

"You should have used fresh ginger!" The words flew out of my mouth before I could stop them.  I glanced at Aunt Melba to see if she was upset, but she was looking at me with undisguised admiration.  "Why didn't I think of that!" 

Books read and reviewed last week and worthy of mentioning. 


Loved this book...my review link is in the book's title.


THE EMPIRE GIRLS by Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan

This is a great book for those who like the Roaring 20's.  

I really enjoyed The Empire Girls.  I hope you do too if you read it.

My review is in the book's title.


What have you read over the past few weeks that stayed with you and you had to let everyone know about? 


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20680. Precious Blood T-Shirt Giveaway Ends (US - Ends 6/25)

Hi, everyone! I am still going through our giveaway boxes and I am finding lots of fun things to giveaway on the blog. Today we have cute lavender t-shirt that was a promo gift for Tonya Hurley's Precious Blood.  This shirt is new and unworn is a women's medium. Just a note that this is a baby-t type shirt and it's cut pretty small. I would say it's closer to a women's small. If this sounds like a prize you are interested in, just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Your first entry is free. This is for US residents only and will end midnight on June 25, 2014. Good luck!

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  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. 
  3. One set of entries per household please. 
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address. 
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends. 
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner. 
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20681. The Editing Cave Sheena Wilkinson

A cave.

That’s where I’ve been for the last month. That’s where this is coming from.

It’s dark in here, dank and drippy, and there’s a lot of tangled stuff around getting in the way, tripping me up and obscuring the cave mouth.
 The trouble with the tangle of wrack and weed is, some of it’s valuable and some of it’s rubbish, and it’s not easy to know the difference. Babies. Bathwater. The best thing is when you take hold of a long slimy tangly horrible thing; you don’t know how you’re ever going to untangle it and turn it into a thing of beauty and usefulness. Then you examine it closely. Surely that’s a … yes, it is! It’s a Completely Unnecessary Scene! No need to try to turn this bit of sow’s ear into a silk purse. Just – DELETE. 

Did I mention it’s an Editing Cave?*

All I have to keep me company in here is a novel. It’s a novel that’s already taken longer than my novels usually take. It’s a novel that I submitted in January, thinking it was – well, I hesitate to say perfect; but I thought it was done. Because otherwise I wouldn’t have submitted it. My editor, The Wise One, said it needed another draft. I was disappointed. Gutted, really, because in my mind I’d moved on to other stories, other characters.

Because of other commitments, and because she didn’t need it until the end of June (and, if I’m being honest, because I really couldn’t bear to look at it) I left the novel aside for three and a half months before I took it with me into the cave. I sat down prepared to be professional and detached. I don’t think I’m precious about my writing, but I’ll admit my attitude was more, well, they think it needs another draft and they’re the ones paying for it, so I’m just going to have to – I think suck it up an ugly expression, but that’s what I was thinking.

I didn’t expect to enjoy it. I didn't expect to think, Thank God for the chance to make this imperfect novel better. Thank God for the editing cave. 

The Wise One was right. The story was too complicated. It dragged in the middle – because I’d cut it from the original 105,000 words to 74,000 I thought it was tight as a drum, but now it’s at 67,000 I realise it was saggy. One of the narrators was wet. I’d thought her sensitive and realistic and a refreshing antidote to feisty. No, she just sounds like she’s 47, said The Wise (and Blunt) One. Another character was underused – I couldn’t big him up and lose words, so I killed him. Actually he was already dead: I just wiped him from history. Oh the power.


Cut cut cut. Change change change. 

I've just printed Draft 5. I know it's not done, but it's about a hundred times better than Draft 4. Next week I enter a deeper cave (The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig) for the final stretch. 

DRAFT 5 -- OF 6, I HOPE.

The cave mouth is getting a little wider; tiny shards of light are starting to find their way in. I think, if I keep going, there’ll be enough room for me to climb out through, after another week or so. With a much better novel.

* Thanks to Lee Weatherly, who talked about the writing cave in her own blog in January. 

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20682. Precious Blood T-Shirt Giveaway Ends (US - Ends 6/25)

Hi, everyone! I am still going through our giveaway boxes and I am finding lots of fun things to giveaway on the blog. Today we have cute lavender t-shirt that was a promo gift for Tonya Hurley's Precious Blood.  This shirt is new and unworn is a women's medium. Just a note that this is a baby-t type shirt and it's cut pretty small. I would say it's closer to a women's small. If this sounds like a prize you are interested in, just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Your first entry is free. This is for US residents only and will end midnight on June 25, 2014. Good luck!

Giveaway Rules:

  1. Open to US residents only.
  2. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. 
  3. One set of entries per household please. 
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address. 
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends. 
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner. 
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. Thanks!
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20683. Book Blogger Hop - 6/13/ - 6/19

 Question of the Week:

Do you think your blog reflects your personality? Does it show organization, a care-free style, or some other trait?

My Answer:

I definitely believe my blog reflects my personality.

I am organized, a perfectionist, always on time, and reliable.

I believe you see these traits all over my blog.

I hope you agree.  :)

What about you?  Is your blog revealing your personality?

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20684. CARDS - marks & Spencer pt.2

There were so many greetings card designs that caught my eye while in Marks & Spencer that i needed to create another post...... Read the rest of this post

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20685. Derrida on the madness of our time


By Simon Glendinning

In 1994 Jacques Derrida participated in a seminar in Capri under the title “Religion”. Derrida himself thought “religion” might be a good word, perhaps the best word for thinking about our time, our “today”. It belongs, Derrida suggested, to the “absolute anachrony” of our time. Religion? Isn’t it that old thing that we moderns had thought had gone away, the thing that really does not belong in our time? And yet, so it seems, it is still alive and well.

Alive and well in a modern world increasingly marked by the death of God. How could this be?

A revival of religion is particularly surprising, perhaps even shocking, for those who thought it was all over for religion, for those who “believed naively that an alternative opposed religion”. This alternative would be the very heart of Europe’s modernity: “reason, Enlightenment, science, criticism (Marxist criticisms, Nietzschean genealogy, Freudian psychoanalysis)”. What is modernity if it is not an alternative opposed to religion, a movement in history destined to put an end to religion?

Derrida’s contribution to the seminar attempted to re-think this old “secularisation thesis”. He attempted to outline “an entirely different schema”, one which would be up to thinking the meaning and significance of a return of religion in our time, and capable of making sense of the new “fundamentalisms” that are, he suggested, “at work in all religions” today. And here, in 1994, Derrida drew special attention to what he called “Islamism”, carefully disassociating it from Islam: Islamism is not to be confused with Islam – but is always liable to be confused with it since it “operates in [its] name”.

Before making further steps Derrida noted that the group of philosophers he was in discussion with at the Capri seminar might themselves share a commitment thought to be opposed to religion: “an unreserved taste, if not an unconditional preference, for what in politics, is called republican democracy as a universalizable model.”

This taste or preference in politics is itself inseparable from “a commitment…to the enlightened virtue of public space. [A uniquely European achievement which consists in] emancipating [public space] from all external power (non-lay, non-secular), for example from religious dogmatism, orthodoxy or authority.” And hence, this commitment – the commitment to making decisions without recourse to religious revelation or religious authority – might itself seem to be part of the “modernity” that the revival of religion would seem to challenge.

But Derrida refused to present this commitment as one belonging to “an enemy of religion”. It does not have to be understood as a commitment opposed to religion. In fact, and surely to the surprise of many believers and non-believers alike, he argued for seeing how the preference for republican political secularity is essentially connected to a thesis in Kant on the relation between morality – what it means to make decisions and conduct oneself morally as a human being – and, precisely, religion. A link that will make this European public space both secular and (specifically) Christian.

secular sacred

It is a thesis in Kant that Derrida attempted to use as an astonishing interpretive key to the question of religion and the religious revival today, a key also to the character of radicalised fundamentalisms which, in 1994, he already saw developing in the geo-political relations between this European Christianity and the other great monotheisms, Judaism and Islam.

The Kantian thesis could not be more simple, but Derrida asks us to “measure without flinching” the implications of it. If we follow Kant we will have to accept that Christian revelation teaches us something essential about the very idea of morality: “in order to conduct oneself in a moral manner, one must act as though God did not exist or no longer concerned himself with our salvation.” The crucial point here is that decisions on right conduct should not be made on the basis of any assumption that, by acting in a certain way, we are doing God’s will. The Christian is thus the one who “no longer turns towards God at the moment of acting in good faith”. In short, the good Christian, the Christian acting in good faith, is precisely the one who must decide in a fundamentally secular way. And so Derrida asked, regarding Kant’s thesis, “is it not also, at the core of its content, Nietzsche’s thesis”: that God is dead?

Derrida does not understate it: this thesis – the thesis that Christians are those who are called to endure the death of God in the world – tells us “something about the history of the world – nothing less.”

“Is this not another way of saying that Christianity can only answer to its moral calling and morality, to its Christian calling, if it endures in this world, in phenomenal history, the death of God, well beyond the figures of the Passion?… Judaism and Islam would thus be perhaps the last two monotheisms to revolt against everything that, in the Christianising of our world, signifies the death of God, two non-pagan monotheisms that do not accept death any more than multiplicity in God (the Passion, the Trinity etc), two monotheisms still alien enough at the heart of Greco-Christian, Pagano-Christian Europe that signifies the death of God, by recalling at all costs that “monotheism” signifies no less faith in the One, and in the living One, than belief in a single God.”

And what is the effect of this conflict among the monothesisms? With the Christianising of our world – globalization as “globalatinization” as Derrida put it – we are beginning to see nothing less than “an infinite spiral of outbidding, a maddening instability” in the dimension of revolt and mutual strangeness between these religions of the book. This scene is, Derrida suggests, the focal point of “the madness of our time”.

Simon Glendinning is a Reader in European Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the author of Derrida: A Very Short Introduction.

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20686. Summer reading favorites for Kindergarteners

Summer is here. Kids are excited to have free time, but with that can come the eventual moans of: "I'm bored!" Head to the library and stock up on a pile of books. Here are some of my favorite books to recommend for kids just finishing kindergarten.

Note: Our schools use the Fountas & Pinnell reading levels to help indicate "just right books" for students. I like to band these levels together, to look at a group of similar books.

Beginning to Read (level C-E-F)
Folktales and Trickster Tales
Beginning to Read More (level F-G-H-I)
Exploring Animals All Around
  • Biggest, Strongest, Fastest, by Steve Jenkins (library--Amazon)
  • Fly Guy Presents: Sharks, by Tedd Arnold (library--Amazon)
  • Puppies and Kittens (Scholastic Discover More), by Penelope Arlon (library--Amazon)
  • ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World, by Andrew Bleiman (library--Amazon)
Picture Books that Make Us Laugh!
Do you like these? Print out the whole list to take to the library or bookstore! Share it with friends!

Check out all of the 2014 summer reading lists I developed for grades K through 5 through SlideShare or this page.

If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.

©2014 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

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20687. Emily’s Best Birthday Party Ever!, by Mary Nestor-Harper | Giveaway

Enter to win an autographed copy of Emily's Best Birthday Party Ever!, by Mary Nestor-Harper; plus 10 vintage clothespins (in a handmade pouch) for the clothespin in the bottle game. Giveaway begins June 13, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 13, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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20688. Five on Friday + Book Giveaways

Want to obtain some high quality professional development at no cost to you? Need some books to sink your teeth into this summer? Feel like kicking back and just enjoying some time off? If you answered "yes," to one of these questions, then read on!

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20689. YALSA Board @ Annual Preview: Member Access to Virtual Board Space

Ensuring that YALSA is a transparent organization so that the whole membership is aware of what is happening and how it is happening has been at the forefront of many recent YALSA Board discussions. The Board has worked hard to maintain open lines of communication with the membership in several ways, including holding Town Hall meetings with the membership several times throughout the year, posting Twitter handles on the Board contact page, and posting blogs (like this one) about action items and decisions so that the membership can stay informed.

YALSA Board meetings are also open meetings at both Midwinter and Annual conferences, and any YALSA member is welcome to attend and see what is going on in them. But, did you know that the Board holds regular meetings and engages in ongoing discussion and voting throughout the year? To help members engage in the governance process and provide increased access to information, the YALSA Board will be discussing a proposal that would allow any YALSA member access to the YALSA Board’s ALA Connect space.

What does this even mean? It means that if the proposal passes non-Board YALSA members could log onto ALA Connect and see all the work that the YALSA Board does in between conferences in what has traditionally been a closed group. Some of the benefits to doing this include:

  • Giving YALSA members who want more information about how decisions are made and tasks are accomplished that information in one convenient place,
  • Allowing many more members than could fit in a face-to-face meeting the ability to see the Board in action,
  • Keeping the majority of the YALSA Board’s work all in one place.

The Board has been doing a lot to make the organization as transparent as possible, and this could be another step in that process. To learn more about this proposal, visit the link for all the Board documents for ALA Annual in Las Vegas here (It goes live June 13th.)

To add your thoughts to the discussion or ask a question, please leave a blog comment post or contact us!

Carla Land- @AnimeGoddess or landc@lvccld.org

Shannon Peterson- @shantasmagoria and shannon.peterson@gmail.com

YALSA Board contact page: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/board-directors

Carla Land, YALSA Board Fellow 2013-14

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20690. 100 Weeks Of Perfect Picture Books! (Celebrated In The 101st Week!) - I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! PLUS PRIZES!


Can you believe it?

In spite of the fact that Perfect Picture Books goes on vacation every summer, we are now celebrating the 100th week of Perfect Picture Book Fridays!  (Just in time to go on summer vacation again :))

100 weeks of fabulous picture books with resources of all kinds to make them easy for parents and teachers to use at home and in the classroom!

100 weeks of highly recommended books listed alphabetically and by theme to make it easy for gift-givers to find the perfect picture book for that special little someone!

100 weeks of perfect examples that we, as writers, can study and learn from!

To date, we have picture books listed in 226 themes/categories.

And we have - get this! - 2055 Perfect Picture Books on our list!!!

(Or, we would if I ever got caught up updating!  Which is on my to-do list for this summer along with about a million other things :))

For those of you who haven't noticed yet (because I haven't announced it because I'm not finished with it :)), Perfect Picture Books is now on Pinterest.  I'm hoping it will make it easier to search.  But it's a work in progress and far from complete!  If you want to check it out, here's the link: http://www.pinterest.com/susannaleonard/

So really, after all the hard work you guys have put in, all the wonderful picture books and resources that are now available to teachers, parents, writers, and gift-givers everywhere, I think we should celebrate!!!

First, we need cake (obviously!) :)

Next, we need streamers. . .

. . . confetti. . .

. . . and balloons!

And last but not least, we need prizes for all the amazing bloggers who have contributed so devotedly week after week to this effort!  So let's do today's Perfect Picture Book, and hopefully by then I will have thought up a plan.  I'll meet you down below after you're done reading about this delightful book!

Title: I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!
Written By: Jill Esbaum
Illustrated By: Gus Gordon
Dial (Penguin Group), May 2014, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: honesty, courage, animals

Opening: "Nadine was a truly remarkable cow.
There was nothing she feared - so she claimed, anyhow.
"Not lightning?" asked Starla.  "Loud noises? A rat?"
"I'm not scared," Nadine boasted, "of any of that."
"The woods?" asked Annette.  "'Cause that place scares me stiff."
"Not me," bragged Nadine with a proud little sniff.
"As a matter of fact, just to prove it, let's go!"
(She was certain her meek-hearted friends would say no.)

Brief Synopsis: Nadine boasts that she isn't afraid of anything!  When her friends call her bluff, she learns that sometimes acting brave can make you feel brave... and sometimes it can't!  And when she's hailed as a hero for saving her friends, she has the choice to 'fess up and admit she was just as scared as they were or let her friends believe what they want.  Which do you think Nadine chooses? :)

Links To Resources: this book will give parents and teachers a great opportunity to have discussions about what courage is, and what makes a person brave.  Is it not being afraid? Or is it going forward in spite of your fear?  It will also give an opportunity to talk about honesty.  Is is okay to lie if it ends up being the truth?  Is it okay to let people believe something good about you even if it's not exactly deserved?  Talk with kids about things they're afraid of.  What do they think could make them feel braver?  Ask kids if they've ever lied about something and gotten caught?  How did they feel?  Classroom Activities: Honesty, Classroom Activities: Courage.

Why I Like This Book:  Nadine is so full of herself, so spunky and fun, and so believable because haven't we all met kids (or adults :)) who can bluster their way through just about anything?!  Kids will relate to this confident bovine who pretends not to be scared of the Deep. Dark. Woods. only to discover that she really isn't afraid... until the sun goes down!  Things unravel a bit (I don't want to spoil it :)) but she ends up saving her friends (completely by accident) and is hailed as a brave hero... an illusion she chooses not to discourage :)  The art is lively and entertaining, and the story is fun and full of humor!

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

So.  About those prizes!  Since we're celebrating Perfect Picture Books, I'd like to give away a few :)  I wish I could give everyone a prize, but I have yet to become one of those authors who makes millions of dollars :)  Instead, I've chosen a few books that have been widely well-received that I hope you guys might want to win:

Journey by Aaron Becker (Candlewick)
Mr. Wuffles by David Weisner (Clarion)
Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. by Matthew Forsythe (Simon & Schuster)
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli (Disney/Hyperion)
On A Beam Of Light: A Story Of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illus. by Vladimir Radunsky (Chronicle)
Mitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand, illus. by Tony Fucile (Candlewick)
The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illus. by Jon Klassen (Little, Brown)
This Is The Rope: A Story Of The Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by James Ransome (Nancy Paulsen Books)
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Christian Robinson (Atheneum)

+1 - If you'd like to win one of these fabulous books, please leave a comment below.
+1 - If you follow the Perfect Picture Books Pinterest Board, you'll get an additional chance to win (if you already follow, please remind me, if you don't already follow, there's no time like the present :))  http://www.pinterest.com/susannaleonard/
+5 - If you've posted 50 or more Perfect Picture Books on your blog over the course of the past 100 weeks, tell me that and I'll give you 5 additional chances to win!  (Scout's Honor - I don't have time to count! - but I think I know who qualifies :))

(And if there's a book your particularly hope to win or one that you already own, feel free to let me know.)

Please leave your comments/follow the Pinterest Board/let me know if you've posted 50 or more PPBs etc. by Sunday June 15 at 5 PM EDT.  Names will be entered the appropriate number of times into random.org and 9 winners will be randomly chosen and matched with the books.

My deepest thanks to all the bloggers who have supported this effort so whole-heartedly, and to all the readers who come by to share our love of picture books every week!  Perfect Picture Books would not exist without you!

And maybe we'll have another celebration/giveaway in September when we start up again because I'd really like to spread the word about PPBF but now is a dumb time since we're about to go on Summer Vacation! :)

PPBF bloggers please be sure to leave your post-specific link in the list below so we can all come visit you one last time before summer!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and I look forward to hearing from you all in the comments!!! :)

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20691. bare arms will be all the rage this summer

I found this photo of a weird 15th-century German silver wedding goblet in a book about The Hermitage, and thought it'd be fun to draw:

This lady is so much fun; I might try her again with antlers, which is how she holds up that cup on her head.

If you're looking for drawing inspiration, have a look at Daily Doodle, where people of all different levels of skill are trying their hand at the daily theme. Here's a beautiful one by illustrator Teri Smyth, who tweeted:

Today's @Daily__Doodle is #TheLittleMermaid mine is a homage to my fave mermaid, Iris, from Oliver and The Seawigs

Thanks, Teri! You can follow her at @TeriSmyth and Daily Doodle at @Daily_Doodle. Have a look at some of the latest drawings on the #Daily_Doodle hashtag.

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20692. Posthu-must we?*

GoodnightSongs Posthu must we?*I was listening to a Pop Culture Happy Hour show the other day when the topic turned to posthumous works published after a creator’s death.  When is it okay to raid a dead author or illustrator’s drawers for unpublished material? Is it ever okay?  And is there a significant difference between works that someone finished midstream vs. works they finished entirely but never submitted?

All this comes to mind this year since the Margaret Wise Brown trunk of never ending material has yielded yet another composition.  Perhaps you are unfamiliar with this trunk.  You see when MWB died in 1952 she left behind a trunk, a literal trunk I say, of unpublished works.  Publishers Weekly gives you the inside scoop on the matter here.  This year we’re seeing the publication of Goodnight Songs which brings to light many of her lyrics, each with its own separate illustrator.  Yet this is hardly the first MWB book to hit bookstore shelves (I’m quite partial to a different title called The Fathers Are Coming Home, illustrated by Stephen Savage).  Nor is she alone in posthumous output.

Over the years the estates of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein have shown no qualms in bringing to light many an unpublished title.  Remember Daisy-Head Mayzie?  No?  How about Runny Babbit then?  Like Tupac Shakur they just keep churning out the titles.  More recently we’ve seen Diana Wynne Jones and Eva Ibbotson publishing books after their demise.  However, in those cases the authors were pretty much done with their books.  Does this difference matter?

I’ve been trying to think whether or not there is a children’s literature equivalent to the case of A Confederacy of Dunces.  Has a children’s book ever debuted a dead hitherto unknown author?  Not to the best of my knowledge though if you know of such a case please let me know.

Daisy Head Mayzie Posthu must we?*The fact of the matter is that we live in an era when it’s very difficult for anything or anyone to really “die”.  All the cartoons from my youth have been rehashed and reimagined for younger generations.  Heck, my kid watches a television show where characters from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood have grown up and had kids of their own (stand-by for my take on the weirdness that is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in the future).  It is simply in keeping with the times that authors would continue to publish and republish long after their own demises.

Let this serve as a warning to the authors of today then.  Margaret Wise Brown died when she was 42.  You could go at any time (Happy Friday the 13th, everybody!).  If you have something you’re hanging onto that you do NOT want to see published, trash that puppy.  Be it physical manuscript or a file saved on your desktop, your works are no longer your own once you’ve shuffled off this mortal coil.

For a similar but significantly different take on the matter please be so good as to indulge in the College Humor piece I Think They’re Running Out of Material for New Shel Silverstein Books which contained the following:

“These poems were never meant to be read,
If you’re seeing them, that means I’m dead.
Please don’t be a jerk,
Stay away from my work,
And go raid Dr. Seuss’s instead.”

*With apologies to Glen Weldon who came up with the phrase first.

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20693. Find the Forest For Summer Fun.

Now that summer vacation is here, why not try taking the kids for a real adventure by exploring nature’s wonders at a nearby forest or state park.  These beautiful, natural areas are in every state and many have free activities for the whole family.  Camping, hiking, bird watching, water sports, fishing and learning about plants and animals are some of the things you can discover at your local park, forest or nature preserve.

Visit: http://www.discovertheforest.org   for tips on how to enjoy nature, how to be safe in wild areas, and DID YOU KNOW facts.  All you have to do is enter your state and a list of all the forests and wildlife areas will appear.   Discover your inner explorer by visiting a forest or natural area this summer.  You won’t be sorry.

Boston Arboretum

Boston Arboretum

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20694. Pick of the Week for CONTRAPTION and This Week’s Topic

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Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Jakob Werth, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘CONTRAPTION’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:


Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!


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20695. The Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King, illustrations by Greg Paprocki, 287 pp, RL: 3

Bart King is the undisputed master when it comes to writing fact-filled books for kids that are incredibly fun to read - and do. With The Big Book of Superheroes, illustrated by Greg Paprocki, King covers new territory, exploring the ins and outs of this semi-secret occupation. The Big Book of Superheroes is perfect for any kid with a great sense of imagination and drama, but it is also great

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20696. Quotes, Thoughts and Scriptures

by Cindy R. Williams

Rise to Your Potential
"A gracious woman retaineth honour. - Proverbs 11:16
I feel to invite every woman everywhere to rise to the great potential within you. I do not ask that you reach beyond your capacity. I hope you will not nag yourselves with thoughts of failure. I hope you will not try to set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. I hope you will simply do what you can do in the best way you know. If you do so, you will witness miracles come to pass."
~Gordon B. Hinckley

"Life is not getting and accumulating. It is giving and becoming"
~Elder Lance B. Wickman, LDS Conference - April 2008

"God hath not given us the spirit of fear; bot of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 
~2 Timothy 1:7

"The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender.
There are enough women who are course; we need women who are kind.
there are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined.
We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith.
We have enough greed' we need more goodness.
We have enough vanity; we need more virtue.
We have enough popularity; we need more purity."
~Margaret D. Nadauld - Former Young Women General President

". . . serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them . . ."  
~1 Kings 12:7

"When we honestly ask which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not-curing, not-healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness . . . makes it clear that whatever happens in the external world, being present to each other is what really maters." 
~Henri F. M. Nouwen

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20697. In praise of Sir William Osler

By Arpan K. Banerjee

In May this year, the American Osler Society held a joint meeting with the London Osler Society and the Japanese Osler Society in Oxford at the Randolph Hotel. The Societies exist to perpetuate the memory of arguably one the most influential physicians of the early twentieth century, and to discuss topics related to Sir William Osler’s interests. It is fitting that this meeting was held in Oxford, where Osler spent his time as the Regius Professor of Medicine having transferred from another great seat of medical learning at Johns Hopkins Medical School in the United States.

William Osler. CC-BY-4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

William Osler. CC-BY-4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Osler was interested in medical education (he produced his classic textbook, which ran to several editions) and set about trying to improve the education of future doctors. Osler’s other great legacy was his combination of superb clinical skills honed by experience not only on the wards but also in the laboratories, and his great interest in the humanities. Osler always tried to combine these two approaches in his work, and much of his writings and aphorisms are as relevant today as when they were first written. Medical students could read Aequanimitas today more than a century after it was written, and would profit from much of the advice to students within this volume of essays and addresses.

Osler had a great interest in the History of Medicine and helped found the history section of the Royal Society of Medicine in London. This scientific section has continued to flourish for over a century. He believed physicians should be well rounded and well read, and that medicine was a calling of both art and science. Although Osler was not against the idea of specialisation in medicine, he was a superb generalist and could manage both adult and child patients. He believed that doctors owed it to themselves to be well versed in the range of disease and illness afflicting mankind. His early interest in comparative pathology during his time at the Montreal Veterinary College prepared him well when dealing with infectious diseases which in the pre-antibiotic area were the scourge of the day, as compared with today in the West where degenerative diseases, cancers and diseases of longevity have overtaken infections as a major killer in the Western world.

The centenary of the Great War is 2014; it was Osler who started a campaign for the compulsory vaccination of soldiers for typhoid, publishing letters in the Times and The British Medical Journal on this topic. That year his literary output also included his Incunabula Medica, a study of 214 of the earliest printed medical books from 1467-1480. Although finished, it was not published until 1923, four years after his death.

Throughout the late twentieth century medicine has continued to super-specialize at an alarming pace throughout the world, driven by the rapid advances in medical diagnosis and treatment. X-rays were only invented in 1895, and the early part of the twentieth century began to see the introduction of chest x-rays into clinical practice. This was still a world away from CT scans, ultrasounds, and MRI scans, which are now de rigueur in the management of patients. Yet in spite of all this progress, disaffection with the medical profession seems rife. Could it be that the general physicians are going to make a comeback? Perhaps a more humanitarian approach to the patient is what is required again, maybe combined with the inexorable technical progress which will undoubtedly continue in the future. Osler would have been amused to see how the wheel of medical fashion has turned full circle.

Arpan K Banerjee qualified in medicine from St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in London, UK and trained in Radiology at Westminster Hospital and Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital. In 2012 he was appointed Chairman of the British Society for the History of Radiology of which he is a founder member and council member. In 2011 he was appointed to the scientific programme committee of the Royal College Of Radiologists, London. He is the author/co-author of six books including the recent The History of Radiology.

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20698. Exclusive Jessie Preview

Debby Ryan in Jessie

“Help Not Wanted” Exclusive Jessie Preview

Jessie is in need of some extra money to buy a special gift for her dad’s birthday. She accepts a job at Empire Skate Building only to find out that Emma is her boss, in a new episode of Jessie premiering tonight, Friday June 13 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

Debby Ryan and  Peyton List in Jessie

Image credit DISNEY CHANNEL/Eric McCandless

The STACKS got our hands on this EXCLUSIVE photo from tonight’s episode, AND this exclusive Q&A with a few of the stars!

Q: If you weren’t an actor and could be anything in the world, what would you be?
Peyton List: 

I would be a set designer. I’m adventurous, inquisitive, and curious. I have a very creative and imaginative mind. I love to conceptualize a certain theme in my head and work towards bringing that idea to life.
Skai Jackson: I would be a fashion designer because I love creating new looks and also making clothes. It’s my passion.
Karan Brar: 

If I wasn’t an actor and I could be anything in the world I would probably be a baker! I know it sounds kind of odd but I have a big sweet tooth and I love cake!
Cameron Boyce:
 If I could be anything, I’d be a Los Angeles Laker. I’ve loved basketball and especially the Lakers my whole life. I’ve actually played on the floor at Staples Center for a charity celebrity game. I couldn’t stop talking about it afterwards. I’m 15 years old and I still play in my driveway and shoot before the clock in my head runs out.

Will you be watching the new episode of Jessie tonight? Leave a comment!

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20699. Five on Friday + Book Giveaways

Want to obtain some high quality professional development at no cost to you? Need some books to sink your teeth into this summer? Feel like kicking back and just enjoying some time off? If you answered "yes," to one of these questions, then read on!

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20700. Denver Happenings and More Spring Color

Presenting a short list of exciting events here in my hometown, and then a stroll through Flo's colorful gardens.  Put on some appropriate music and enjoy.


Opening Reception of OUTSIDE IN 303


June 19, 2014 6-9pm

My plate is full! ... And I have devoured my place in this world.

I smell the poison vapors of the can and am protected by smoking mirrors, I find cold alleys, phantom shadows, and the other side of the tracks.
The cracks in the streets of my neighborhood reflect ancient peaks to the west of my heart. Can I be swallowed by the streets and become invisible?
I call The West Side warriors to protect the hollow ground.
But...for now I can only paint the emotions, dreams and hopes of the voices on the walls.
Curated by Maruca Salazar and Gwen Chanzit Artists:
Jack Avila, Javier Fidelis Flores, "Kans 89", Josiah Lopez, Victoriano Rivera, Gabriel Salazar and Mario Zoots

Appetizers, drinks, DJ and much more!

Museo de las Americas
861 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado 80204


Cuarenta Y Ocho

Cuarenta y Ocho will be presented at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 12-28, at  Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. Matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.

Please note:  Because the first few minutes of the play are crucial to understanding the rest of the play, people who arrive late will not be admitted.

Written by Tony Garcia with music by Daniel Valdez, the play commemorates the 40-year anniversary of two car bombings that killed six Chicano student activists in Boulder.  

Cuarenta y Ocho  has what playwright Garcia calls a “Hitchcockian feel” in the sense of foreboding the play’s four characters experience during the 48-hour period between the first and second explosion that occurred in May, 1974.
Because a federal grand jury investigation was inconclusive and its findings were sealed, nobody ever knew for sure what happened to the six Chicano student activists who became known as “Los Seis de Boulder.” Many movement activists in 1974 upheld that the Chicano student activists were murdered, but the police maintained that the activists died when the bombs they allegedly made accidentally detonated.

Tickets are $20.00 per person, with $17.00 discount tickets available to seniors and students. Call (303) 296-0219.

9th Annual Taste of Puerto Rico Festival


KUVO At The Vineyards

A fundraiser for KUVO RADIO will be held on Saturday, August 9, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., at Balistreri Vineyards located at 1946 East 66th Avenue in Denver. The event will feature a gourmet feast from 16 restaurants, a wine tasting, and music by Henry Butler, Leo Nocentelli and the New Orleans Rhythm Revue led by master saxophonist Donald Harrison. 

Tickets are $70 per person. For tickets, call Tina at (303) 446-7612.


 More Spring Color

Keeping with the spirit of one of the themes here on La Bloga this past week (see posts from Em Sedano, Rudy Ch. Garcia, [even Hogan wrote about brown and white]) I offer a brief visit to Flo's gardens and the colors of May and June. Click on image for better view.

The Mighty Agave Reaches For The Sky

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