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There are many things to celebrate today. Most anyone who reads my posts regularly knows I am moving, and a week from today I will be in my new home, still not all out of the old one, but close. I have managed to complete this task! Hurrah!
I have family and friends who have helped me so much in these past weeks. This past Saturday, eight friends came to my house, gave up their Saturday morning and helped me move the contents of my kitchen, all of the framed art, and other miscellaneous pieces. I am so grateful; they saved me much time, energy and money.
And, today is my 400th post! Through all the great times, and all the tough ones, I have persisted and kept the blog going. I have made many friends and connections all over the world (so exciting), I think I have improved my writing, and I have loved every minute of the doing. It’s been a beautiful learning journey since March 2011. I appreciate all of you who comment, and you who have shared your own stories with me. THANK YOU!
The Great Unexpected – Sharon Creech
Just finished listening to the audio this latest book by Sharon Creech. What a delight, & what a challenge for young readers to figure out all the different parts, truly like a jigsaw puzzle. Naomi Deane tells the story, and her friend Lizzie Scatterding enhances it with her ‘other-worldliness’. They live in a town full of eccentric characters, like crazy Cora & Witch Wiggins and Mr. Farley, and Naomi, whose parents died so tragically, is being raised by a wonderful couple, Joe & Nuella. (I don’t know how to spell the name as I didn’t see the text) The flavor of the book reminds me of To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s a story, yet it’s many stories and Sharon Creech knits the pieces together well. Lizzie too is an orphan and she’s true to her words, every time. I liked the small town atmosphere & the little bit of quirky things that happen.
Unspoken – A Story From The Underground Railroad – Henry Cole It's inspiring to read stories about those who do things because they know it is the right thing to do, and this is one of those stories. Written for all ages of readers, it shows the story of a young girl who gives some food to someone hiding in her corn field. Although these are perilous times for people with marauding soldiers coming by, raiding everything they can find, especially food and animals, the young girl hears something, and investigates later at night. The story creates enough tension that one wants to hold one's breath. There are hints of what's happening on one page, and our guesses are confirmed a few pages later. This is using inferences at their best, and Cole does it throughout the book. He also is the illustrator that tells the story, and the pictures done with pencil are gorgeous in their detail. I can imagine great discussions using this book.
Bananas in my Ears A Collection of Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles, & Rhymes– Michael Rosen, illustrations by Quentin Blake – I can just imagine sitting with a young child & poring over these pages, reading & giggling, reading then giggling some more. Michael Rosen’s words & the whimsy in the artistic cartoon-like illustrations in watercolor with black outlining by Quentin Blake is wonderful. There are four parts: about breakfast, the seaside, going to the doctor and the bedtime book. All of these parts have more whimsical names, like the first, about breakfast, is titled “Hard-boiled Legs.” As you can see by the sub-title, each has similar writing, poetry and a “what if”, a silly story & more. Although most of the book is silly and makes one laugh a lot, there are a few poems that are a bit more somber, like “Feeling Ill”, about some sad parts about having to stay in bed. All the parts include the same family, so as the book continues throughout, we see some changes in the relationships and in the people. It’s a great book.
Looking Down - Steve Jenkins, I think, has taken Google Earth & made it his own. The wordless book starts with a picture of the earth & its moon, and zooms in, then zooms some more. It is fantastic, and I cannot tell more, because you have to find it to read for yourself to find all the secrets. It is truly a wonder!
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs – Mo Willems – I’ve seen numerous reviews of this book, but I too must give it 5
chuckles, oops, stars!
There is so much to like, even the inside of the covers offers other
ideas, like Goldilocks & the Three Termites, all crossed out of
course. As I read, I laughed and
laughed, at the silly dinosaurs & their antics, particularly when they
attempted to set the trap for dear little Goldilocks (according to Willems, a
‘poorly supervised little girl’). There
are many details that keep one laughing, like little road signs for Goldilocks,
one of which says “.2 miles to trap very nice house) and the mat at the
front door that says “WELCOME (Tee-Hee!)”
This is another enjoyable Mo Willems book that cries out for everyone to
read and laugh!
Still Reading: Don't Feed The Boy by Irene Latham. It’s wonderful, & getting very frantic in the plot. Must find time!!
I started my book groups last week, and they are terrific books, and adding more to my reading plate. The books are Good Night, Mr. Tom by Marjorie Magorian and American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. I hope I can start a few others after finishing the groups.