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1. Faded

 

“Nine o clock… Dad comes home today!”
As he waited, he listened to the sound of thunder and watched as the raindrops landed and then  joined together in a trail that raced to the bottom of the window pane.  A year is a long time to wait!

All fear faded away when he saw his Dad, dressed in army green, spotted with the weather, open the front gate and smile as he ascended the stairs.

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2. cause for josie ***UPDATE***


as many of you who follow my blog already know, i did this painting for a sweet little girl named josie basta who was waiting on a heart down at AI DuPont hopsital. www.thebeatgoeson.org this was done for a silent auction that took place back in april of this year. this painting has changed my life in so many ways that if i state them i will surely start to cry while typing. (yes, it's that good:))
well, even better, is the news i received tonight...that josie's long awaited and much needed heart is finally on it's way to her. her long and harrowing journey may be coming to an end...a happy end...and in turn a beautiful beginning!:)
prayers and love to this little girl, her family and the amazing donor family willing to take part in this miracle!

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3. Animal Wednesday: Bliss's Window


This is my sweet kitty Bliss who had a hard time adjusting to the drive and the relocation. She finally sits in the window that is in front of my drawing table and she loves it! For those of you who don't know the latest chapter, we may have to move again because the landlady decided she needs to sell the house. Sadly, she didn't get the lease to us before we moved in. (Now we know why!)

The saga continues....

Meanwhile, HAW to all of my pals out there!

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4. ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY ~ FROZEN

......with fear!

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5. Warm Up: My View

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6. Stars and Window

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7. One Shot World Tour: Australia



Best read with Vegemite!

Welcome to the One Shot World Tour taking us to Australia.

Today I'd like to introduce--or reacquaint--you with the Tashi books, written by mother-and-daughter team Anna and Barbara Fienberg and beautifully illustrated by Kim Gable.

I'd submit that writing early chapter books is the most difficult task of all for a writer. Kids this age, say 4-8 depending on reading skills, like predictability and the feeling of safety when venturing out on their own as new readers. I'll admit, though it pains me, that my daughter read every single MaryKate & Ashley book at this age and that I bought them for her.

The Tashi series is a breath of fresh air for the early chapter book market in the U.S. The first fourteen Tashi books have been beautifully reissued this year by Allen & Unwin. (The first Tashi books were published beginning in 1995 in Australia.) I've read all fourteen, one after the other, to my six year old and he's ready to start again from the beginning. And, guess what? I'm not dreading it--because the Tashi books are lively, entertaining, and, most importantly, literary at their core.


Indeed, most important to the Tashi series is storytelling. Each book is framed in exactly the same way: Tashi has a story to tell to his best friend Jack. Sometimes, Tashi tells his story to Jack and Jack's parents. And, sometimes, Jack himself is the narrator--retelling Tashi's story to his parents. Each story (except for the first) is framed in exactly the same way, providing the familiarity children of this age so desperately desire. When Tashi launches into each thrilling tale, he begins, "it was like this."

Tashi himself comes "from a place very far away" and dresses quite a bit like a young elf. His stories--and this is what I like most about the series--are all modified versions of fairy tale classics and take place in Tashi's home village. Tashi is a trickster character--forced to use his smarts to overcome the Baba Yaga, giants, ghosts, demons, dragons, and all manner of mythical creature. Each Tashi volume--again, except for the first--contains two stories, each perfectly sized for a bedtime reading. Be careful, though, or your youngster may trick you into two.

Kim Gable's illustrations are also perfectly suited to early chapter books. Each volume is graced by a full-color cover, while pencil sketches illustrate nearly every page of the text. Gable's style is friendly, but lush: forests are appropriately scary, but monsters--like The Big Stinker to the left here--have just enough humor to them to save young readers from nightmares.

The Fienbergs' style is lively and entertaining, and their authorial intent clear: There's always time for a good story. Sit down, listen, and enjoy.

Tashi
Tashi and the Giants
Tashi and the Ghosts
Tashi and the Genie
Tashi and the Baba Yaga
Tashi and the Demons
Tashi and the Big Stinker
Tashi and the Dancing Shoes
Tashi and the Haunted House
Tashi and the Royal Tomb
Tashi: Lost in the City
Tashi and the Forbidden Room
Tashi and the Stolen Bus

The Tashi books are perfect for the classroom as well and will find their best use in the first through third grades. Consider donating the series to a classroom or library today. (The publisher has Teacher's notes, as well as coloring sheets and activities, available here at the Tashi page.)

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Other Aussie authors saluted today:

The Seven Imps interview Margo Lanagan after reviewing her new book, Red Spikes, yesterday.

Kelly Fineman talks Melina Marchetta.

Jenn at Not Your Mother's Bookclub interviews Simmone Howell

Chicken Spaghetti reviews Kathy Hoopmann's award winning All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome. (How totally true is that title?)

Gwenda at Shaken and Stirred is busy. She discusses How Sassy Changed My Life, The Red Shoes, by Ursula Dubosarsky, and talks with Margo Lanagan.

Jen Robinson discusses John Marsden's Tomorrow series.

Finding Wonderland talks Penni Russon and Jaclyn Moriarty. (They also have a bonus feature up today: Top Five Reasons for Vegemite.)

Little Willow discusses Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman

Liz at A Chair, a Fireplace & a Tea Cozy it is all about Catherine Jinks and her four Pagan books.

Jackie at Interactive Reader posts about Randa Abdel-Fattah's Does My Head Look Big in This? and John Flanagan's The Icebound Land.

Trisha at The Ya Ya Yas interviews Queenie Chan.

Betsy talks more about John Marsden (and his amazing book, The Rabbits) and also highlights a new Hot Man of Literature: Andy Griffiths.

Jenny Davidson has interviewed mystery author Peter Temple.

Mother Reader posts on Am I Right or Am I Right? by Barry Jonsberg.

And, our organizer extraordinaire, Colleen Mondor, discusses Nick Earls' books at Chasing Ray.

Enjoy Australia, mates!



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8. Window to the future …


No matter how hard through the window to the future I look, alas tis always the past I see looking back at me in the glass and by the time the future comes around there is no way to change the things I should have done. Only a static rush of things gone by, a passing sound.
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9. ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY ~ TIME


So WHY does TIME OUT have to be TIME IN?

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10. Oxford’s Word Window: Week Four

We are in week four of our Word Window series in which we display an Oxford Word of the Week, culled from The Oxford English Dictionary in the widows in front of our NYC office on Madison between 34th and 35th street.

Last week’s word was: Rashomon n.: Designating something resembling or suggestive of the film Rashomon, esp. in being characterized by multiple conflicting or differing versions, perspectives, or interpretations.

In case you aren’t in NYC or didn’t get a chance to walk by the office here is what it looked like:

This week’s word is: Mondegreen

Stop by the window to see its definition or check back on the blog next week!

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11. Word Window: Week Twelve

We are in week twelve of our Word Window series in which we display an Oxford Word of the Week, culled from The Oxford English Dictionary in the windows in front of our NYC office on Madison between 34th and 35th street.

Last week’s word was: Big Apple. n.: 1. Something regarded as the most significant of its kind; an object of desire or ambition. 2. Horse Racing.  The New York racing circuit, considered as the pre-eminent one. 3. The city of New York

In case you aren’t in NYC or didn’t get a chance to walk by the office here is what it looked like:

This week’s word is: Cruciverbalist.

Stop by the window to see its definition or check back on the blog next week!

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