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Say It with Flowers

January 18, 2018

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” ~ Gerard De Nerval

Today is International Flower Day. Surprise someone with a bouquet.

Flowers are a beautiful way to say …

I love you

Happy Birthday

Get Well Soon

Thinking of You

Just Because

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Look at this bouquet! The unique combination of flowers puts a smile on my face. Flowers do that to me.

There are many artists who find flowers to be the perfect subject to paint. Two of my favorite artists who have painted flowers are Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. I think my all-time favorite is Georgia O’Keefe. Her big, bold compositions immediately capture your attention.

Check out these books and introduce your youngsters to some famous artists and their painting techniques. van gogh

van Gogh and the Sunflowers written and illustrated by Laurence Anholt, Barron’s Educational Series, 2007

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Linnea in Monet’s Garden written by Christina Björk and illustrated by Lena Anderson, Source Books Jabberwocky, 2012

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Through Georgia’s Eyes written by Rachel Rodriguez and illustrated by Julie Paschkis, Henry Holt & Company, 2006

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Georgia in Hawaii written by Amy Novesky and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012

“The earth laughs in flowers.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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Planting Seeds of Knowledge

May 9, 2013

It’s seventy degrees. The sun is out. I have a smile on my face.

It was a wicked winter to say the least. With these warms days upon us, I think it’s safe to say spring has finally arrived. Good-bye you extra boots, mittens, scarf, hat, and coat. You’ve overstayed your welcome. You’ve taken up  space in the back seat of my car for the last seven months! It’s time to get out.

Spring means new life. Crocuses, daffodils, and tulips brighten drab landscapes. Surprise seeds planted by animals and wind begin to burst forth. It’s a time to get outside and discover those new treasures.

Here are some fabulous nonfiction picture books that are sure to make you smile. Go ahead. Plant a seed in your brain and let your knowledge grow.

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Planting the Wild Garden written by Kathryn O. Galbraith and illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin is a beautiful book with soft colors filled with pictures of animals and seeds. Galbraith’s lyrical language and clever use of onomatopoeic words add to the enjoyment of the book while educating readers on how seeds are planted in nature.

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The Reason for a Flower written and illustrated by Ruth Heller is a perfect book to pair with the one above. Heller’s illustrations are bright and inviting. The simple rhyming text explains how flowers are pollinated, how seeds are spread, and how seeds grow. Scientific terms are easily understood through Heller’s text and illustrations.

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Another educational book that explains the journey of a seed is A Seed Is Sleepy written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long. Each page has lyrical text and detailed illustrations along with an explanation of what happens to a seed. It’s an ideal pick for learning about seeds and nature.

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Seeds travel everywhere. Take a peek at Flip, Float, Fly  Seeds on the Move written by JoAnn Early Macken and illustrated by Pam Paparone. A puff of wind sends seeds soaring. Page after page reveals new information about seeds and where they go. Like a giant microscope, Paparone’s illustrations zero in on the details of certain seeds and how they go from seed to flower to fruit. This book is fun and educational.

Now smile and go plant some seeds.

 

Results of Anniversary 36

August 10, 2012

“Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.”  ~Gene Perret

If you read my blog on Tuesday, you would know it was our wedding anniversary. It’s been thirty-six blissfully crazy years. If you’re wondering, I didn’t get three dozen roses, but I did get a beautiful bouquet of flowers that had roses in it.

We had a lovely dinner with champagne in Waterford glasses we had purchased in Ireland some years ago. My husband grilled my beef tenderloin steak to perfection. Two thumbs up to him! We laughed as we reread our old anniversary cards. And like previous years, we lit our wedding candles, gazed into one another’s eyes (two seconds), kissed (one second), and made a wish for the future. And then …

We went to bed at ten o’clock and went to sleep!

Check this out:  Older Love by Warren Hanson, Waldman House Press, 2003


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