Thursday, May 26, 2016

Poetry Friday - Speaking for A Young Girl

Julie is hosting the Round-Up this final Friday in May at The Drift Record. Thanks, Julie! I hope everyone has a safe and good holiday in remembrance. 

      I've been quite challenged this month with Michelle and Laura's persona challenge this month at Today's Little Ditty, have tried numerous people, animals, etc., and was not very excited about any of them. This month’s Ditty challenge on Michelle’s blog, Today’s Little Ditty, asks for a persona poem, connecting and celebrating Laura's new verse novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary which is filled with persona poems telling the story.  A persona poem makes the poet (then the reader) see the world through the eyes of another person.  

Finally, I have one to share, inspired by a picture of my husband's grandmother at sixteen. I loved being with his grandmother, a sweet woman who was a farmer's wife, raised a family and did well what her life seemed to hold for her, traditional women's work. She was raised in a time when that was expected, and when I looked at the picture, it made me wonder if there were other dreams in that young girl's early life that went unfulfilled. 

Daughter To Mother

You agree, don’t you
that I’m young and demanding?

My eyes stare:
then chastened.
I cringe in the mirror,
stick out my tongue
 (when no one can see.)

I am a firefly making a lazy journey,
because I know
I will turn in the evening
to who and what you are.

Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Learning Before A Trip

              Thanks to Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at Kidlit Frenzy, everyone shares wonderful non-fiction picture books. We learn much from authors who are sharing about their own special topics.

              I'm taking off Saturday for two weeks on the beach, may probably post again because family doesn't come in till next Wednesday late. I thought it would be a fun thing to save an ocean book for today, anticipating!

           With a book by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Raul Colon, how could it be anything but great? This tells the story of Marie Tharp, whose vision helped her persist in going where no one had ever gone, figuring out how to map the ocean floor.

          Even the endpapers excite, ocean covered with a school of fish, as we begin this watery journey. Here's a photo of the title page, with lovely soft colors and that hand, clearly defining Marie's goal!

              Marie Tharp's father was a map maker, and they moved often for his work. She loved watching what he did, and ended up graduating from college with four degrees, including one in science. At the time, the late 1940's, few thought that women should be scientists, and Marie struggled to find a job. Finally she did, often given menial tasks, but she persisted, and became interested in what the bottom of the ocean looked like. This time people were beginning to collect data of the depth of the ocean floor through what are termed "soundings". This is when machines send sounds to the bottom of the floor and determine the depth by the time it takes for an echo to return. 
               Through use of the sounding data, Marie slowly "drew" what the ocean floor was like. She remembered the prior love of mapping, used colors Yes, with mountains just like on land. At this same time, the theory of continental drift was hypothesized, and disputed as well. Marie's observations from her map showed a rift between the mountain peaks of what was now named the "Mid-Atlantic Range, proving that something had "pushed" or "pulled" them apart. 
                It's a fascinating story, with beautifully illustrated pages showing Marie's work, and the beautiful ocean that, until her work, was less understood. There is additional information about Marie Tharp, a glossary, a bibliography and a short essay about "wondering". Wondering questions then searching for answers is how Marie started thinking about the ocean, and this piece challenges the reader to do that too. Make maps, take your own soundings, and more. For those studying anything, this is an inspiration in persistence, keep questioning!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Making Memories-Then & Now

I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community today.
           Some of you know because I posted the picture above with the title "waiting" a few days ago on FB that I'm headed Saturday for the beach house, and the rest of the family will gather different days next week. We stay at a special house on the beach and soak up the sea as much as possible. I think we soak up each other, too!

         The first time I traveled to the Ft. Myers area was with my husband Arvie on our annual trip with Carter. We stayed in a small cottage right on the beach of Sanibel Island, spent wonderful hours exploring, gathering shells, swimming, loving on each other. At that time I was doing all the planning and driving, and Carter, ten, helped much with navigating in the airport and on the road. It was a wonderful trip I was determined to take because I knew it would be the final one for Carter with Arvie. I wanted to make a memory for us all.
         My family is headed for Captiva Island for the fourth time this next week, and making more memories there, but Carter and I feel close to Arvie too, and remember the good times we had that first time. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm glad I persisted in going that summer. If I had waited for a better time, there wouldn't have been one. Don't wait for those "perfect" conditions; they probably won't ever happen. Go and do things you want to do!

favorite pictures from that summer of 2011
Notice the sign-big chuckle!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Monday Reading - Wow!

Every Monday, it's a pleasure to link up with a group that reviews books they want to share with others. If you visit, you'll be sure to find a book or more that you know you'll want to read!  I'm headed for the beach at the end of the week, will post from there next week, then take some time off. Happy Reading!
          Visit Jen at Teach MentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who link up.   

Picture Books
A funny short story, bold and colorful,  about a boy catching a dragon flying by, and the challenge of dressing the dragon, especially in the favorite underwear, and shoes! My youngest granddaughter thought this was hilarious. We've read it more than once. There is something about underwear. . .

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Celebrating The Good, Better, Best

         Every Saturday (or Sunday) I celebrate with Ruth Ayres at Discover Play Build.  and link with others who share their celebrations, too. It's always lovely to read everyone's words of celebration.  

         Busy, regular week, lots of good writing and reading, warming up weather, windows open, birds chirping, flowers blooming. In a week I'll be on Captiva Island, so will celebrate there and share some pictures. I celebrate anticipation, a good part of doing something exciting, right? 

Good: dental check - all okay so far, bookstore - fine, met a couple that were so excited to discover the store 

Better: writing group, helpful response for a project, always fun to be together, full moon tonight, ah-h

Best: Both grand-girls got their visits in, nice relaxing afternoon/evenings. You can tell it's the end of the year; they're tired!  And, my son was in Guayaquil, Equador last weekend, sent me a picture of my favorite bird, blue-footed boobies