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A Picture Book Review: Small Matters

June 18, 2020

Did you know that a powerful microscope can zoom in on the tiniest of details? It’s called a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Here’s your chance to learn what this book has hidden on the pages inside.

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Small Matters:  The Hidden Power of the Unseen is written by Heather Ferranti Kinser. She introduces readers to reptiles, fish, insects, and birds that have hidden powers that can’t be seen with the naked eye. On one page, there is a vibrantly colored photograph of the animal. On the opposite page, there is a zoomed-in photograph of the unseen hidden power created by the scanning electron microscope. Kinser has attached a characteristic that describes what each hidden power is. A shark is SPEEDY because it has jagged scales on the skin to help it speed through the water. A toucan’s large beak has SUPPORT because the beak has holes that are covered with a very thin film which makes the beak strong and light. Eleven examples are included in the book. Kinser has done an excellent job of explaining the hidden power in terms that readers can easily understand. The photographs are large and detailed, and the back matter includes more information on each of the examples along with book suggestions for further reading. This is a great choice for kids who are interested in animals and their hidden superpowers.

A Tale of Witchcraft

April 23, 2020

I love picture books and often review and recommend them on this blog. When one of my critique partners from the Writers’ Rumpus Group asked if anyone would like to review an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of his forthcoming middle-grade novel, I agreed to read it and write a review. It is not my usual genre, but I must say, I was hooked after the first chapter!

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WITCHES OF WILLOW COVE has it all – teen angst, romance, jealousy, betrayal, mystery, and witchcraft. It’s written by Josh Roberts and takes place in a small Massachusetts town that dates back to the time of the Salem witch trials. Middle schoolers Abby and Robby are best friends who live next door to each other. On Halloween night, which also happens to be Abby’s thirteenth birthday, the two of them decide to explore an abandoned mental hospital at the top of Whispering Hill. It’s there that Abby and Robby are caught up in unearthly experience. Later, Abby comes to the realization that she and five other girls in her class are witches. Miss Winters, their substitute teacher, and witch, becomes their mentor. Abby begins to spend time with the five girls, and she keeps secrets from Robby which causes a rift in their longtime friendship. Robby, his friend Zeus, and his girlfriend Becca know there is something mysterious going on. The three of them band together to unravel the truth about Miss Winters. In the end, it takes a clever plan devised by Robby, Becca, and Zeus with the combined efforts of Abby and the five young witches, using their witchcraft to destroy the evil resurrected in the town of Willow Cove. Josh Roberts masterfully weaves a spine-tingling tale of witches and witchcraft with plot twists and unexpected events that will keep readers spellbound from beginning to end.

 

Take the Challenge

March 5, 2020

I love contests. So when Vivian Kirkfield’s #50PreciousWords 2020 Contest opened, I knew eggs-actly what I wanted to write. You can join in the fun, too!

Here are my fifty words.

 

Humpty Grumpty

Humpty Grumpty was a rotten egg.

A grump who never smiled.

“It will be your downfall,” warned Mother Goose.

One day, an Itsy-bitsy Spider crawled up Grumpty’s shell.

It tickled.

Grumpty wiggled, jiggled, giggled, and…

had a great fall.

As he lay there—

a huge smile cracked across Grumpty’s face.

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Go ahead! Give it a crack and challenge yourself!

 

 

And the Winner Is…

February 6, 2020

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The winner of Vivian Kirkfield’s Giveaway is Beth Anderson!

Congratulations, Beth!

I’d like to give a shoutout to everyone who participated in the giveaway!

THANK YOU!

Summer Blog Break

July 25, 2019

It’s that time of year!

I interrupt this blog for breaking news. “Humor Me” is taking a summer blog break to relax and celebrate August birthdays and anniversaries. Look for the next post on September 5th when this blog returns to inform and entertain the masses!

Summer Blog Break

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Yoga for Kids

January 24, 2019

What is yoga?

Simply said, it’s a discipline that uses breathing techniques, exercise that involves different body poses or positions, and meditation.

Practicing yoga is beneficial for everyone – especially kids. In an article on the DOYOUYOGA site, Kathleen Charles discusses “8 Benefits of Yoga for Kids” some of which include self-acceptance, healthy habits, and positive mental health. See the entire article here.

With benefits for both adults and children, why not get your family on the right track to a healthy lifestyle? Have some fun and try some of these poses.

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Downward Facing Dog

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From  YOGA BUG -“Lift and twirl up to the sky.” – Stick Insect

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From YOGA BUG – “Strum and hum, twist and turn.” – Grasshopper

 

Check out these books for more reading fun and yoga poses.

Board Books

YOGA BUG

YOGA BEAR

Picture Books

MEDDY TEDDY

ZOO ZEN

YOGA FRIENDS

 

KNOCK, KNOCK! WHO’S THERE?

October 18, 2018

Guess where I am today?

Here are some clues.

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A studio library filled with art books.

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An authentic pizza oven!

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Scarves for every occasion.

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Art supplies galore used by a multi-talented, award-winning author/illustrator!

 

Can you guess who answered the door when I knocked?

 

Tune in next week to find out and for more exciting information.

 

 

Summer Blog Break

July 26, 2018

We interrupt this blog for breaking news. “Humor Me” is taking a summer blog break to relax and celebrate August birthdays and anniversaries. Look for the next post on September 6th when this blog returns to inform and entertain the masses!

Summer Blog Break

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Summer Blog Break

August 3, 2017

We interrupt this blog for breaking news. “Humor Me” is taking a summer blog break to relax and celebrate birthday number two for my two sweet girls and the birth of their new baby sister – all my granddaughters! Whoop-ee! I’ll be the youngest grandma around. (Humor Me!)

Look for the next post the first full week of September when this blog returns to inform and entertain the masses!

Summer Blog Break

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Apple Pickin’ Time

September 29, 2016

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The foliage puts on its best show. The days are crisp. And the apples are oh, so delicious! It’s time for apple picking – Courtland, Macintosh, Red Gala, Braeburn … Yum! Yum! Yum!

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Getting ready to pick.

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Rows and rows of apples!

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A perfect specimen.

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Done!

What to do with all these apples? No problem! It’s apple crisp, apple cake, apple pie, applesauce, and a bushel of apple books!

Apple-Cranberry Cake

Take a bite of out of this delicious apple-cranberry cake and one of these yummy books.

The Apple Orchard Riddle written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Apples for Everyone written by Jill Esbaum

Applesauce Season written by Eden Ross Lipson and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

Pinkalicious: Apples, Apples, Apples! written and illustrated by Victoria Kann

Apples A to Z written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by Jake Parker

Apples written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons

The Apple Pie Tree written by Zoe Hall and illustrated by Shari Halpern

 


Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

Navigating the second half of my life

Leslie Leibhardt Goodman

Children's Writer

VIVIAN KIRKFIELD - Writer for Children

Picture Books Help Kids Soar

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