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By: Trudy Zufelt,
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It's been a month since Benjamin Putter's father passed away. It's hard for an eleven-year-old to describe what it feels like to lose a loved one but Benjamin is convinced the lump he feels in his throat is a golf ball caused by his loss. If that isn't enough, he hears his father's voice coming from his urn imploring him to scatter his ashes on the 18th hole of the famous Augusta National golf course. He has no idea how he's going to get there but he knows he must.
As he begins his journey, Benjamin meets up with a spunky girl named Noni who is determined to travel with him. Together they face obstacles that seem insurmountable. They also face the ugly inner demons of lingering racism and have to come to terms with what they see and hear as opposed to how they feel.
Strong writing and plot pacing make for a poignant and heart warming story. However, young readers may be turned off by the heart breaking subject matter. While it's written for middle grade, it may be too deep and unsettling for the younger end age group.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2016)
Pages: 336 hardcover
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Recent announcements for four animated series that will be returning for second seasons.
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Recently, I came across a delightful new book -- The Toad by Elise Gravel. I exclaimed to my coworker – “I love toads! Toads are my childhood!” This was met with much merriment. But, it is true. Tadpoles and toads were a big part of my life when I was growing up in Massapequa Park. We lived near a storm basin, filled with water, and we would look for and easily find tadpoles and baby toads and grown-up toads. At night, we would hear them sing. It is one of my favorite sounds. These days, I rarely see toads anymore. Sadly, they are disappearing due to pollution and loss of habitat. But when I am lucky enough to come across one or if I hear them sing, it always makes me happy. It evokes wonderful memories of summers past.
Toad booklist (this is a very short list --- these are not all the books the library has on toads; for more titles, please ask one of the librarians. Preferably one that has an appreciation for toads. Probably not Miss Amy):
The book that inspired me -- The Toad by Elise Gravel (it is part of a series called Disgusting Critters but toads are NOT disgusting. At all). It is filled with interesting information about these creatures and is very entertaining:
This beautiful book, Gem
by Hollie Hobbie, is aptly titled:
Posted by Miss Sue Ann, certified toad lover.
I figured that Jim and Ted needed a longer break from the insanity that has been their life. So here they are enjoying a nice happy, picnic.
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This is what happens when a politician reviews an animated feature.
The post That Time Vice-Presidential Candidate Mike Pence Reviewed Disney’s ‘Mulan’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.
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Tomorrow, The Leaky Cauldron will join the Fantastic Beasts team at San Diego Comic-Con and Warner Bros’ special event at Leavesden Studios in London. Leaky will be involved with an exclusive Q&A with the cast and crew of the film, so listen out for us!
The Fantastic Beasts Facebook page also shared some new movie art celebrating their appearance at Comic-Con, and gave the username of the new Harry Potter Snapshat account (wizarding_world), which will be shared by Pottermore, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts teams. A special message will be delivered via the app tomorrow, so be sure to add them and check it!
Be sure to add wizarding_world on snapchat and watch the Q&A at 10:10pm BST/ 2:10pm PT/5:10pm ET tomorrow via the Fantastic Beasts Facebook page (here) and Twitter (here), and listen out for Leaky’s question!
चुनावी वादे और आप फिर बज उठा चुनावी बिगुल…चुनाव में चाहे आम आदमी शब्द का इस्तेमाल करना हो या “आप ” शब्द का …बहुत दिक्कत आती है क्योकि आम आदमी पार्टी जहन में आती है.. आज कांग्रेस ने भी बस यात्रा आरम्भ की और पढने में आया कि कांग्रेस की यात्रा “बस” अपने बडबोले बयानो […]
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For Manissa Maharawal, the struggle for housing justice is personal. When her own father got displaced from his apartment in Prospect Heights—his home since moving from India to the States some thirty years before, in which he raised his family—she was struck by his unstoppable urge to tell the story over and over again.
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Brazilian studio Lobo knocks it out of the park with this advertising short for textile maker Interface.
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"I want my word to be the thing itself,
created by my soul a second time."
--Juan Ramon Jimenez
"A poem should not mean, but be."
This week I presented at the Millersville University Poetry in the Classroom Institute
, directed by Dr. Lesley Colabucci. Along with Jacqueline Jules, Marjorie Maddox, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, I "worked" poetry with a great group of Pennsylvania educators. There was talk of the many ways to read poetry, write poetry, share poetry, collect poetry, teach poetry, learn poetry, and my particular contribution was a look at the nuts & bolts of establishing a workable poetry routine in the classroom. Meanwhile, I created my own writer's retreat here in Lancaster, PA, and excavated a whole crate of writing from as far back as 1992--not notebooks, but drafts of stories and memoir and poems and manuscripts, some with my notes, some with critique group notes--tons of material remembered and yes (I have a really faulty memory), forgotten.
This has given me the impression of eating, sleeping and breathing poetry all week, and yet for me there has hardly been a moment of letting a poem "be the thing itself," of letting it "not mean, but be." These words are the epigraph to a double collection of poems by my youngest cousin Meredith, which I rediscovered in my trove of writing. So to conclude my week, I'm going to let these two poems by Meredith be the thing itself, created a second time out of her college experience of brain cancer and long recovery
from Roots: Living With(Out) Cancer
grass || Meredith Tracy Part I: Another Voice in the Darkness, 1999
Dad wheels me along
the paved pathways, careful not
to tip me sideways
I remember how the familiar feel of
each individual blade
on my bare feet
stunned me as I stood up
out of my wheelchair.
Taking in the fresh air,
an unexpected treasure--
that melts on my tongue.
A respite from hospital air,
nutrients/food. A reminder of life.
I am alive.
remember the raspberries|| Meredith Tracy Part II: Remember the Raspberries, 2009
i need to remember that
unexpected pleasure of
the rubyfruit melting on
that moment when I was
outside, no longer a
patient, but an outsider
seeing the unexpectedness
of life, the surprises that
appear so suddenly, th
pieces of a light-full life
to be lived, even if only
day by day.
i need to forget the
dark half of the room
i shared with a stranger.
the dark half that seems
to follow me, not
letting me go
until i can shed this
darkness and walk out
into the light.
The roundup today is with Chelanne at Books4Learning
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Enter to win autographed copies of Rocket-Bye and Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?, written by award-winning author Carole P. Roman and illustrated by Mateya Arkova.
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From a recent review of Jooyoung Lee’s Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central, at Pop Matters:
One of the many powers of hip-hop, of course, is the intimacy it offers. Spend enough time listening to a certain rapper, and you begin to feel like you know that person as well as you do your own friends. Chuck D’s famous pronouncement that hip-hop is “CNN for black people”, pointed though it is, seems to miss part of the story. Hip-hop is CNN for white people, too, if you acknowledge the media’s systematic neglect of America’s black population. Through hip-hop, rappers are telling the stories that many journalists, and their publications, couldn’t be bothered to cover.
As a white hip-hop fan, there’s a seductive tendency to congratulate one’s self for gaining cultural competencies in African American culture, as if memorizing Tupac lyrics and attending Wu-Tang concerts confers a master’s degree in black studies. But the truth is that even in its rawest, most detailed form, hip-hop gives only what is at best a keyhole-sized view of the African American experience.
Jooyoung Lee’s Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central represents a jump through the keyhole into the world of hip-hop as it is lived by some of the art form’s most dedicated practitioners.
To read more about Blowin’ Up, click here.
By: Sue Bursztynski,
I bought this in ebook while listening to the author at Reading Matters last year, as well as a copy for the library. I never got past the first few pages, for no special reason.
And today I read the lot, finishing a few minutes ago. It's one of those "just one more chapter" books. It was a Saturday and the book was on the CBCA shortlist, so...
It has a lot of charm and humour. It reminds me, oddly, of one of Will Kostakis's novels, without the Greek family or the gay boy. This one is about being a gay girl and trying to run the family restaurant to give her Dad a chance to have a break and an overseas holiday after years of no holidays and a wife who left him for another man and moved from Sydney to Melbourne. But Del(short for Delilah)has troubles when the manager is deported over visa issues and she can't find another one.
Like the vengeful barista she had to sack when he was lazy and stole money. Like the franchise cafe competing with hers. And then there's her friend Charlie who has moved in to hide from the police after he punched out the father of a young woman he had a crush on. And the beautiful flamenco dancer Rosa whom she watches performing at the tapas bar across the road every night from her window. And the bullying at school for being gay and having had a romance with a girl who is now denying it and telling everyone who will listen that Del had the wrong idea about her.
Somehow, despite all the disasters, and a case of insta-love, the book is funny, the voice delightful.
I'll be interested to see how the book will go over with our students. They don't seem to mind the gay boy books - Will Kostakis and David Levithan's books go over quite well in our library, though usually after a teacher recommendation. One of our boys is currently reading and enjoying The Sidekicks, but then, he's a Kostakis fan in general. It was so nice to be able to introduce them last year at Reading Matters when Will came over to say hi.
I'm sure there are some girls out there not admitting to their sexuality, but I don't know. Even if they aren't around at my school, there's plenty for everyone.
Interestingly, if Cloudwish was a love letter to Melbourne, this novel is a tribute to Sydney. I've been in Glebe, where it's set, in the YHA, probably the hostel mentioned in it. It's a fairly posh suburb near the sea. I haven't been to the library which the characters campaign to save, but you can check it out in Google Images. It has tourists wanting a bus to Bondi beach, Rose Bay, where two of my nieces live, Central Station and Redfern. You don't have to live there to be able to picture it.
This novel won the Ampersand Prize given annually by Hardie Grant Egmont for a debut novel.
Some bits of summer, right now.
The past few weeks have been full. I turned in final art for Fort Building Time (I'll post more about that as the months go by). Aside from work, most weekends I've been helping to clean and pack up my grandparent's home of sixty plus years. Add in a badly wrenched neck and a mini-blogging hiatus made reasonable sense.
But aside from all that:
*I'm just finishing up this Tommy and Tuppence mystery
. The opening is a bit uneven, but if you stick with it, the pace picks up brilliantly and makes for a fun summer read. Speaking of which, any summer book recomendations?
*And I'm getting ready for a shop update, mostly small watercolor originals (like the above), a few tea towels and an embroidery. I'll post here once that's all ready to go. I've also just sent off for a proof of some new designs and will have those available in my Spoonflower shop
I have definitely enjoyed participating in the Paris in July blog event. Today, I thought I would share my top three French composers.
3. Maurice Jarre (1924-2009) was a composer who did a LOT of movie scores. Most likely, you are familiar with his scores for Lawrence of Arabia
, Doctor Zhivago
, Dead Poets Society
, and Ghost
. Also he did Passage to India
, Is Paris Burning?
, The Man Who Would Be King
, Jesus of Nazareth
, and A Walk in the Clouds
His biggest hit, of course, was "Lara's Theme."
2. Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) is a popular choice for figure skaters. I'll be honest. That's how I came to know his music.
I'm sharing with you today:Danse MacabreCarnival of Animals
From the Carnival, but for the impatient sort, The SwanSamson and Delilah
, and, for the impatient sort, BacchanaleIntroduction & Rondo Capriccioso Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor
1. Georges Bizet (1838-1875) is definitely my FAVORITE, FAVORITE French composer. He is perhaps best known for Carmen, the opera. And I do love that. Though I prefer instrumental versions for easy-listening. But I really ADORE L'Arlésienne.
I'm curious if anyone will see the connection between these pieces of music and a certain children's television program. Bizet must be a big favorite of the LITTLE EINSTEIN folks.
Carmen Suite #1 and #2 Playlist
L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1 & Suite No. 2
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Janet (Wong) and I just wrapped up a wonderful week at the Millersville University Poetry Institute (in Pennsylvania) led, planned, and coordinated by Dr. Lesley Colabucci. (Intro and info here.)
|Our whole group-- with everyone holding a book of poetry!|
What a fun week-- and what a great opportunity to work with 23 teachers (K-12) in helping them get comfortable and confident with sharing poetry in all kinds of creative ways. Lesley had several "celebrity" readers start each day by sharing a poem (including the University President), invited local experts who lead various poetry projects and initiatives, and had several other poet speakers too-- like Jacqueline Jules, Heidi Mordhorst, Marjorie Maddox, Sandy Asher, and Linda Oatman High. Teacger Maggie Bokelman spoke about teaching with poetry and Karla Schmit presented the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. (Sorry I missed you, Karla!) And I'm probably missing other awesome speakers.
It was so fun to watch my good friend Janet (Wong) do her thing, presenting an awesome day of activities and challenges. She even had us collaborate to create a poetry suitcase-- which turned out amazingly well! Plus, Janet and I were able to take time outside the Institute to work together on our next project-- more on that soon. Hope you enjoy a few photos and feel inspired to try some of the things we saw here too.
|Janet has the group in the palm of her hand!|
My focus was on modeling the "Take 5" approach to sharing poetry and showing how we can bridge oral and written language, involve kids actively, integrate skill instruction, and make text-to-text connections, among other things. I had a ton of slides, examples, and handouts, so I'll just share one nugget here below.
Reading Poetry Aloud
|Rachel created a poem poster|
For each poem, we provide suggestions for how to invite students to participate in reading the poem aloud. Often the poem itself will “show” you how to perform it if you study the lines and their arrangement on the page. And when you invite students to participate in poem performance, you will find that they will have ideas about how to try a poem this way or that way. Follow their lead! Here are some general guidelines for involving students in reading poetry out loud.
- Take the lead, be the first to read the poem, and don’t be afraid to “ham it up.” Take the pressure off students by showing how the poem sounds, how words should be pronounced, how the meaning and emotion might be conveyed. Don’t ask them to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.
|Poetry suitcase with props|
- Use props whenever possible to make a concrete connection to the poem, focus attention, and add a bit of fun. Choose something suggested by the poem. It’s even worth planning ahead to have a good prop ready beforehand. Students can then use the props too as they volunteer to join in on reading the poem, taking the focus off of them and giving the audience something specific to look at while listening—the poetry prop.
- Try using media to add another dimension to the poetry experience. Look for digital images or videos relevant to the poem to display without sound as a backdrop while reading the poem aloud, or find music or sound effects suggested by the poem to underscore the meaning or mood as you read the poem aloud.
|Poems on the sidewalk|
- Offer choices as you invite students to join in on reading the poem aloud with you. They can choose a favorite line to chime in on or volunteer to read a line or stanza of their choice or ask a friend to join them in reading a portion aloud. The more say they have about how they participate in the poem reading, the more eager and comfortable they will be about volunteering.
- Make connections between the poems and their lives and experiences, between one poem and another, and between poems and other genres like nonfiction, short stories, newspaper articles, and songs). We provide example questions and poem connections for each poem, but once you have established that pattern, be open to the connections the students themselves make first.
|Creating a "found" poem|
- Be creative and use art, drama, and technology to present the poem and to engage students in participating in that presentation. Find relevant photos, draw quick Pictionary-style sketches, make word clouds, create graphic “novel” comic panels for poem lines, use American Sign Language for key words, pose in a dramatic “frozen” tableau, collaborate on a PowerPoint slide show, and so on. Look to share the poem in a way that is particularly meaningful for students. Or better yet, let them show you!
By: Anita Loughrey,
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In the July issue of Writers' Forum I interviewed Oskar Cox Jensen about the research he did for his novels, The Stones of Winter and The Wild Hunt, which are set in Scandinavia. He explained how fieldwork inspired him and helped him to solve specific issues with the series.
The books are Viking tales of myth and magic. All is not well at the Viking court of Jelling. Home to the mysterious Yelling Stones (three witches turned into stone). It has always been a place of power and a haven for 'the old ways'. Troubling news has reached King Gorm's court - but fourteen-year-old princess Astrid isn't concerned. She's far more worried her family prefers her inside sewing, or planning her marriage, rather than letting her explore the forest, or ride Hestur, her beautiful snow-white horse.
Astrid finds herself at the heart of a battle that will change her life forever. Leif, an ambitious and talented young poet, arrives at King Gorm's court and announces he has been sent visions from the witches of the Yelling Stones, saying a dangerous and powerful force is coming - one that will change the face of Denmark -and only Astrid and Leif can stop it. With danger all around them, including trolls, witches and a terrifying creature called 'The Beast', can they tell who the real enemy is in time to stop them?
To find out more about Oskar Cox Jensen you can visit his website at: www.oskarjensen.com
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One of the highlights of having my friends Vicky and Aliya visit me at Hollins, was sharing the horses with them. The barn sits at the high point of the University - with the most amazing view.
We first went by on Friday to pet fuzzy noses out in the field...
and in the stable. Aliya and Vicky were able to get up close and personal with Tucker.
Then we went back on Saturday. This time, I pulled Holiday out of his stall and they actually got to brush him. I've shared with you how much I love grooming horses. (I could care less about riding them.) It was so nice to be able to share my personal form of meditation with my friends!
The chocolate-covered strawberries
Were free, as a promotion.
My friend gave me a coupon - "Use it
If you've got the notion."
I brought them home and ate a few
Then stuck them in the freezer.
I didn't love them but I said I did,
So it would please her.
That was a year ago and I'd
Forgotten they existed,
But when I found them, tossing them
Was something I resisted.
You see, my friend who'd coupon-shared
No longer is alive.
It seems ironic that these treats, though,
Managed to survive.
They hardly take up any room
Behind the ice cube tray
So that is where, at least for now,
Those strawberries will stay.
With second cousin living in England.
I'm happy to say I have the opportunity to once again present "How Do You Manage THAT?!? Issues in Youth Services Management Part 1
", October 17-November 11 for UW-Madison SLIS CE. This course was originally offered in fall 2014 so I'm pumped to examine the issues in this first version of the course.
What are we covering?
- Collection Development Mojo – savvy selection, weeding, confounding conundrums (bindings, salespeople, cold calls, awards, earning a place on the shelf)
- Strategic Planning Power – big picture visioning; outcomes and goals; balancing services; statistics power
- Room Management and Space Issues- from chaos to calm; involving your public; creative space-making; managing behaviors
- Leadership from Within – fostering relationships with other library staff; dealing with reluctant administration/board/patrons/co-workers/employees;
- Zen Balance and Creative Engagement – partnerships/collaboration; PLNs
Active participation in discussion, a short paper that helps you identify a goal to work on and presto! You've earned CEUs and valuable insight from this crowd-sourced course where we all help each other examine these issues. Problem-solving and sharing are hallmarks of this learning opportunity.
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By: Carolyn Hart,
First Day of School Jitters? Try Splat the Cat | Storytime Standouts
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Picture book about starting school published by Harper Collins Publishers
There’s no doubt about it, going to school for the very first time can be nerve-wracking. It is no wonder that Splat is wide awake bright and early.
When mom opens his bedroom door, his first instinct is to pull the covers over his head. When that doesn’t work, Splat tries all sorts of tactics to delay leaving for school. He can’t find socks and his hair is a mess. One thing he knows for sure, having a friend in his lunchbox is certain to help. Splat pops Seymour the Mouse into his lunchbox and sets out to meet his new teacher and classmates.
Mrs. Wimpydimple and Splat’s new classmates are very welcoming and soon Splat is full of questions. He is especially curious to know why cats chase mice! (A definite opportunity to introduce the concept of foreshadowing) When it is finally lunchtime, Splat opens his lunchbox and his small rodent friend, Seymour is suddenly the centre of attention – and not in a good way. Splat’s new classmates do exactly what readers will predict – the chase is on!
Engaging, playful illustrations provide many details for young children to notice and enjoy. A mostly grey and black color palette is highlighted with vibrant yellow and red details that pop off the page. Those who are able to read will love the signs in the storefront windows and Mrs. Wimpydimple’s blackboard illustrations.
Harper Collins has some terrific Splat the Cat printables for children to enjoy.
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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week
: Creating voice in the query (The Intern) https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/creating-voice-in-the-query/ Making Clichés Work for You (Janice Hardy) http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/10/you-spin-me-round-making-cliches-work.html When in doubt, bury someone alive (Joe Moore) https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/when-in-doubt-bury-someone-alive.html 5 Ways to Develop Your Writer’s Voice (Jennifer Louden) https://janefriedman.com/5-ways-develop-writers-voice/ 10 Questions for Outlining a Scene smack-dab-in-the-middle (Marcia Thornton Jones) http://blogspot.com/2016/06/marcias-10-questions-for-outlining.html Saving the Sagging Middle (Clare Langly-Thorne) https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/saving-the-sagging-middle.html 4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept Is Strong Enough (K. M. Weiland) www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/story-concept-2/ First Line Winners and Losers (Janet Kobobel Grant) www.booksandsuch.com/blog/first-line-winners-losers/ So Your Self-Published Novel is Just Sitting There (James Scott Bell) https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/so-your-self-published-novel-is-just-sitting-there.html Is Your Query Letter Ready (The Intern) https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/is-my-query-letter-ready-for-submission/
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If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015
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If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time). Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.