Archive for March 2016

Are You an April Fool?

March 31, 2016


April Fool’s Day is tomorrow! Watch your back. Jokers will be on the loose.

The AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY defines fool in multiple ways. For April Fool’s Day, this is the perfect definition – one who has been tricked and made to look ridiculous – a dupe.

Good or bad, we are all fools in one way or another. Which of these quotes describes the fool in you?

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.” ~Ben Johnson

“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” ~Bertrand Russell

“There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.” ~Josh Billings

“Nothing fools you better than the lie you tell yourself.” ~Teller

“Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.” ~Frank Dane

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There are songs about fools. Do these speak to you?

“The Fool on the Hill” The Beatles

“Everybody Plays the Fool” Aaron Neville

“Chain of Fools” Aretha Franklin

“Why Do Fools Fall in Love” Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

“What a Fool Believes” Doobie Brothers

Stack Of Books, Taller clip art Let us not forget April Fool’s picture books to bring out the kid in you.

April Fool! Watch Out at School! written and illustrated by Diane deGroat, HarperCollins

April Foolishness written by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Albert Whitman & Company

April Fool, Phyllis! written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, Holiday House

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Barnyard Fun written by Maureen Wright and illustrated by Paul Rátz de Tagyos, Two Lions

Have a great April Fool’s Day, but remember …

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”~Alexander Pope



Music Is Everywhere

March 24, 2016

March is Music in Our Schools Month. You don’t have to be in school to appreciate music. It’s the perfect cure to lift your spirits. Put some music into your life and get your toes tapping and your fingers snapping.

Have you ever noticed that language has a musical quality? Composed in just the right way, words can be music to your ears. Take a look at these books and listen to their melodies.

 The Man with the Violin written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Duš an Petricic, Annick Press

 Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Loyd Moss and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 The Carnival of the Animals by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Mary GrandPre, and created by Camille Saint-Saens, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Product Details is for Melody: A Music Alphabet written by Kathy-jo Wargin and Katherine Larson. Sleeping Bear Press

 Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow and illustrated by Leeza Hernandez, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt and illustrated by R. G. Roth, HMH Books for Young Readers

Erin go Bragh

March 17, 2016

It’s  St. Patrick’s Day! I’m Irish – like in Flynn, Finnegan, Waters, and “O’Green!” Today I’ll wear emerald green, try to catch leprechauns, sip green beer, and fill up on traditional Irish food. My mother would be proud of me.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

traditional Gaelic blessing


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Who’s Your Friend?

March 10, 2016

A book can be a friend, and a book can be about friends. Below are four books where friendship is discovered in different ways.

Nerdy Birdy written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Matt Davies, Roaring Brook Press

Nerdy Birdy is different than most birds. He doesn’t fit in with the cool birds. When a group of nerdy birds invites Nerdy Birdy to join them, he thinks he has found his group of friends. Then Vulture arrives. The cool birds and the nerdy birds want nothing to do with someone as weird as Vulture. Nerdy Birdy knows what’s it’s like to feel all alone, and he and Vulture discover that you don’t have to be exactly the same to be friends. Davies’ clever illustrations, depicting the various birds are delightfully entertaining.

Swap! written and illustrated by Steve Light, Candlewick Press

The text in Swap is sparse, but it’s enhanced by Light’s pen and ink illustrations with bright blues and yellows for contrast. In this story, something small becomes something big. A young pirate suggests that his older pirate friend, who is down on his luck, make a swap. It starts with a small button from the old friend’s shirt. Each time they swap for bigger and better things until the old friend’s ship is renovated, and the two friends sail off together.

We Forgot Brock! written and illustrated by Carter Goodrich, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Brock is Phillip’s imaginary friend. They do everything together until Brock gets left behind at the fair. Luckily, Brock is being taken care of by Anne and her imaginary friend, Princess Sparkle Dust. Phillip misses Brock and goes to search for him. When Phillip finds him, Brock introduces him to Anne and Princess Sparkle Dust and the four of them become fast friends. Goodrich’s illustrations of Brock and Anne are larger than life, but the friendship between Phillip and Anne is the perfect size.

Leo A Ghost Story written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson, Chronicle Books

Leo is a ghost who has lived in the same house for a long time. When a new family moves in, they’re scared and try to get rid of him. Leo moves out and roams around, looking for a new friend. He meets Jane who thinks he’s imaginary. Poor Leo wants a friend so badly he doesn’t tell her he’s a ghost until he has to use his ghostly powers to catch a robber. No worries. Jane thinks having a ghost as a friend is much better than imaginary friends. Christian Robinson’s illustrations are done in gray, black, blue, and white, giving the story a suitable ghostly setting.

Friends come unexpectedly. Sometimes you’re looking for one and sometimes you’re not. Whatever the case may be, a friend is someone to cherish.

Who for President?

March 3, 2016

It’s election year – a big year for all of us. I’ve been glued to the television, watching both Democratic and Republican debates. I read the newspaper and watch the national news. I do all this so that I can make an intelligent decision on which candidate to choose when I cast my vote.

There is a long list of things that needs fixing in America. When I think of the ideal person I’d like for president, it would be someone who is not influenced by big money. It would be someone who is a leader and is able to communicate and compromise with all types of people and personalities. It would be someone who will listen to a variety of opinions and suggestions with an open mind and make decisions that are good for the future of America and Americans – and not just for their party affiliation. It’s a tall order. In the field of current candidates, my qualifications might even be considered a tall tale.

Who will be our next president? I’m befuddled. While I continue to try to make heads or tails of our presidential candidates, I’ve decided to endorse …

  Duck for President written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


 Grace for President written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Hyperion Books


 My Teacher for President written by Kay Winters and illustrated by Denise Brunkus, Dutton Juvenile

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