Warm Reminiscences

This story is about communication and what it takes to initiate the bond not only between the very old and the very young, but between people of any age–to reconnect with the ordinary aspects of life that were ever significant to us. ************************************* Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge Mem Fox – Author Julie Vivas – Illustrator Wilfred… Read More

OUTSIDE IS WAITING

Outside is waiting, our most patient playmate of all, most generous friend and most miraculous inventor.   We are reminded that we are all part of a much greater universe.  This thought-provoking picture book poetically underscores our powerful and enduring connection with nature, not so easily obscured by our days spent indoors. ******************************** Outdoors is part of… Read More

SONG OF SUMMER

As our children have opportunities to meet kids who are different than they are, there are possibilities for new perspectives, ideas, experiences, and awareness.  Encouraging them to make friends with those who are different — no matter how big or small the difference — is an excellent way to encourage acceptance of diversity and participate in… Read More

Two Sides of the Same Story

Fairy tales have always had a life of their own. I love that they have grown and evolved around the world.  It is because of this growth and adaptability, that the fairy tale has become one of the world’s most important literary traditions.  More recently, we have seen many humorous adaptations of well known fairy tales. … Read More

TAKING A WALK IN A POETIC FOREST

“Forest Has a Song” offers an opportunity to combine our love of natural places with poetry.  Consider using this dear book as a springboard for writing a Mask Poem with your children.  A mask poem is one that is written from the point of view of an animal, an object or even a person.  Honor a… Read More

THE MAGIC OF HUMMINGBIRDS

Hummingbirds are the tiniest of birds with super powers – flying backwards, upside-down and floating in mid-air Hummingbirds have a long history of folklore and symbolism in native cultures. … In Native American culture, hummingbirds are seen as healers and bringers of love, good luck and joy. They are a joy to behold. ****************** And now,… Read More

ACROSTIC POETRY

I’d like to introduce you to a sweet book. SUMMER AN ALPHABET ACROSTIC It contains twenty-six poems, alphabetically arranged.  Each reveals a playful acrostic when read vertically, and each is accompanied by a wonderful woodcut illustration. Written by Steven Schnur Illustrated by Leslie Evans Here are two pages from SUMMER \ And finally, “Z” – Z-O-D-I-A-C Zigzag… Read More

THE GREAT HORNED OWL

“When the owl sings, the night is silent. “― Charles de Leusse The owl’s haunting calls echoing through the dark can give us chills. Owls are also symbols of wisdom, making them popular characters in ancient myths and modern stories. ***************** A wonderful nonfiction book about Great Horned Owls WHOO- KU HAIKU:  A GREAT HORNED OWL STORY … Read More

SHADOW PLAY

Eye on the Sky, Feet on the Ground Light and shadow play is an amazing way for children to explore the world around them, and it can easily be accomplished at home.  See what happens on the next sunny day when your child plays by the window or steps outside on the sidewalk.  A FAMILY SHADOW… Read More

BRINGING POETRY TO LIFE

There are important developmental benefits of poetry for children. Poetry helps in language development, creative language skills, creativity, writing skills, self-expression, and in the development of natural rhythms. … Poetry is important for children, and poetry is good for adults as well. p.s.  It’s also a lot of fun! ***************************** Let’s start with something silly. WAYNE THE STEGOSAURUS Meet the stegosaurus, Wayne…. Read More