Archive for March 2018

Memories and Egg Magic

March 29, 2018

My grandmother came to America from what is now called Slovakia. She was a thrifty woman. She lived in a small bungalow in the city of Milwaukee. She never owned a car. Instead, she walked everywhere or took public transportation.  She made her own clothes and poo-pooed spending money on frivolous things. Her backyard was a garden filled with fruits, herbs, and vegetables. We ate them fresh in the summer and canned in the winter. The aroma from her kitchen was always inviting – especially during the holidays. Her breads and pastries were to die for. I was convinced my grandmother could do anything. She even made magic with Easter eggs. She used natural dyes – onion skins, cut beets, spinach … I was always amazed to see what color the eggs would be when they came out of the pot. Whether it be taking a special bus trip downtown, picking vegetables from the garden, or helping make apple strudel, being with my grandmother was always a magical and memorable experience.

Make a magical and memorable experience with your kids. Try using natural dyes to color your eggs. It’s a great science project!

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/2012/03/28/day-4-egg-week-dying-easter-eggs-naturally/

Below are some other links to help you along the way to beautifully-colored eggs.

https://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-dye-easter-eggs-naturally-with-everyday-ingredients/

http://www.kaleyann.com/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs/

https://whatscookingamerica.net/Eggs/EasterEggDye.htm

Speaking of memorable, here are some of my favorite classic books for this season.

golden

The Golden Egg Book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, Golden Books, 2004

country

The Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes written by Du Bose Heyward and illustrated by Marjorie Flack, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1939

eggs

Rechenka’s Eggs written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco, Philomel Books, 1988

velvet

The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1958

peter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, Warne Frederick & Company, 2009

 

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What Makes a Writer?

March 22, 2018

someone like

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a writer, award-winning author, Patricia MacLachlan’s Someone Like Me is a book that will touch your heart. This charming, lyrical tale is about a little girl who listens to stories told over and over, reads book after book, observes how people talk and laugh, dreams of a white horse, and carries memories of her great-grandmother’s love of the prairie earth and nature. This semi-autobiographical story gives the reader a peek into Patricia MacLachlan’s childhood and how the simple things in life made a lasting impression on her. Chris Sheban’s beautiful illustrations are rendered in soft watercolors, colored pencils, and graphite. The text and illustrations evoke memories of a young girl’s life journey that influenced her life as a writer.

An Interview with Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan

 

Sláinte!

March 15, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday, and when Irish eyes are smiling, you never know what might happen. The leprechauns have already been making mischief around our house – twenty plus inches of snow! And that’s no blarney!

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Where’s that famous emerald green of spring? Somewhere beneath all that white stuff, I know it’s there. Despite the snow and leprechaun mischief, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated. It’s a time to be wearing the green, devouring some corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew, and raising a few Guinness beers! Whether you’re Irish or not, join in the merriment and celebrate.

Add some family fun to your day. Trap a leprechaun!

lep

How to Trap a Leprechaun written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Emma Randall, Sky Pony Press, 2017

catch lep

How to Catch a Leprechaun wirtten by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016

build

How to Build a Leprechaun Trap by Larissa Juliano, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2018

For the youngest crowd, here are two books sure to be a hit.

itsy bitsy

The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun (Board Book)written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek, Little Simon, 2018

lucky

Ten Lucky Leprechauns written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook and illustrated by Jay Johnson, Cartwheel Books, 2013

Sláinte!

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Celebrate National Women’s History Month

March 8, 2018

The month of March we celebrate the amazing women who have made valuable contributions to our nation and have inspired and empowered young girls to do the same.

Check out the variety of picture book biographies below of women who have made a huge difference in our world.

pictures

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley,  Innovation Press, 2017

 

figures

Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrated by Laura Freeman, HarperCollins, 2018

margaret

Margaret and the Moon written by Dean Robbins an illustrated by Lucy Knisley, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017

Wells

Ida B. Wells Let the Truth Be Told written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen, Amistad Press, 2015

shaking

Shaking Things Up written by Susan Hood, HarperCollins, 2018

fancy

Fancy Party Gowns written by Deborah Blumenthal and illustrated by Laura Freeman, Little Bee Books, 2017

shark

Shark Lady written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Alvares Miguens, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2017

Ruth

I Dissent written by Debby Levy an illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016

grace

Grace Hopper Queen of the Computer Code written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu, Sterling Children’s Books, 2017

girl

Girl Running written by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Micha Archer, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018

harper

Alabama Spitfire written by Bethany Hegedus and illustrated by Erin McGuire, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2018

Mae

Mae Among the Stars written by Roda Ahmed and illustrated by Stasia Burrington, HarperCollins, 2018

ludy

Long-Armed Ludy written by Jean L.S. Patrick and illustrated by Adam Gustavson, Charlesbridge Publishing, 2017

Wide-Awake Bear

March 1, 2018

We’ve all been there at one time or another. It’s the time when you’re exhausted but your child is wide awake.

Wide-Awake Bear is Elliot’s story.

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Elliott, a little bear, and his mother prepare to nap until spring arrives. Elliot dreams of spring until something awakens him, and he can’t go back to sleep. He tries everything, but the shadows and dark shapes in the cave scare him. His mother wakes and comforts him, but he is still a Wide. Awake. Bear. He pretends he’s a little fish and swims to the den’s opening. When he sees snow, ice, and dark clouds, he’s disappointed spring isn’t anywhere to be found. Mama assures him spring will come and tells him many things need to sleep during the winter. With his mother’s help, they fix Elliot’s bed, share a treat, and snuggle until there is no more wide-awake bear. Author, Pat Zietlow Miller does a splendid job of creating a sweet tale about going to sleep. Parents and children will easily relate to this story when it comes to family bedtime. Jean Kim’s illustrations done in soft colors will steal your heart. This book begs to read again.

 

 

 


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