Posted tagged ‘Friendship’

An Egg Surprise

February 9, 2017

On this snowy, blowy, waiting-for-a-foot-of-snow morning, I have the perfect book that whispers the hint of spring and new things to come. Keven Henkes is a talented and prolific writer and illustrator who has received many prestigious awards for his work. In January, his newest picture book, Egg, was released.

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The story begins with four eggs. There is one pink, one yellow, one blue, and one green. Three chicks crack out of their eggs, but the last green egg remains unhatched. The chicks wait and wait until their curiosity gets the best of them. They “peck-peck-peck” until it cracks open and they find out what’s inside. It’s not what the chicks expected. Using a combination of single words, repetition, and wordless pages, Henkes crafts a  story of surprise, uncertainty, and eventual friendship. Words and engaging pastel illustrations are sure to delight children as they easily read along with this satisfying story.

 

 

Break Out!

October 13, 2016

Creativity can only go so far in in your little writing hidey-hole. Maybe it’s time to break out! Stretch your wings, breathe the crisp fall air, and enjoy the beauty surrounding you.img_1498

Last week, I did just that. We took a trip to the Midwest to see friends and attend a wedding. It included a little history, a little culture, a little nature, and a lot of love and friendship.

A little history …

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James J. Hill:  Builder of the Great Northern Railway

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A little religious culture at the Cathedral of St. Paul …

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A little pop culture … a Prince-ly site.

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The Capital in Madison, WI

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Nature

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 Minnesota:  Land of 10,000 Lakes and big pumpkins!

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Love

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Friendship

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This is a fabulous time of the year to feed your inner self with the beauty that’s all around you. It’s a perfect way to spark creativity.

And don’t forget to take time and read!

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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.

STICK AND STONE

February 18, 2016

Stick and Stone written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld is a must-have book. When I saw it in our local library, I immediately checked it out.

Beth Ferry tells a beautiful story of friendship found, lost, and found again with a prickly bully thrown in for extra measure. The text (152 words) is cleverly written in rhyme and Tom Lichtenheld’s illustrations are both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. You’ll love Stick and Stone as they wade through good times and bad in their efforts to maintain their friendship. It’s an ideal book for all ages with a timeless message. You’ll find this book to be “a perfect ten to the end.”

Make a Friend Day

February 11, 2016

Everyone needs a friend.

A friend is someone who accepts you for who you are and still likes you.

A friend laughs with you and cries with you.

A friend is always there for you.

In order to have a friend, you must be a friend.

Today is Make a Friend Day. If you see someone who might need a special someone in their life, put yourself out there and give them a chance. It’s a win-win for all!

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” ~Thomas Aquinas

Children need to know how to make friends, too. The books below deal with friendship and are wonderful resources to share with young children.

Picture Books:

Stick and Stone written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

The Other Side written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Non-fiction Picture Book:

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig M. Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu

Beginning Readers:

Frog and Toad Are Friends written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee

Cork and Fuzz  written by Dori Chaconas and illustrated by Lisa McCue

Sam and the Firefly written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food, Friendship, and Books

May 18, 2012

Yesterday I had lunch with my friend, Karen. I’ve known her ever since I can remember. She lived one house away from me on Vliet Street in Milwaukee. We were together almost every day. We played in the hollow across the street. We climbed trees there. We sledded down Buffalo Hill. We walked to the old Washington Park Zoo to see the animals. And we dressed-up in our mom’s clothes and strutted up and down the street.

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When we entered kindergarten, we went to different schools, but we still remained friends. When I was in second grade we moved, but we remained friends. When we moved out of state, we remained friends. After years of living long distances from one another other, we are now living close enough to meet for lunch. We are still friends.

Lois Wyse said, “A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.”

That’s a perfect description of Karen.

During lunch she took out some old pictures taken on Vliet Street.  There was the hollow with its climbing trees, the zoo, and her backyard. Oh, the memories!

So many years have passed since we first became friends. We’ve changed – yet we haven’t changed. We talked. We laughed. We made profound observations about life and family, and then it was time to go.

Friends are good for the soul. On cloudy days, they can make the sun shine. Hug your friend today!

Here are some terrific friend books for beginning readers. They are all series. Read one! Read them all!

Frog and Toad

Cork and Fuzz

Henry and Mudge

George and Martha

Mouse and Mole

Houndsley and Catina

Mr. Putter and Tabby

Pinky and Rex

Iris and Walter

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa

Minnie and Moo

Ivy and Bean

To Hull and Back

April 3, 2012

Last week I went to Hull, and I must say, I had a Hull of a good time! My husband and I took the Harbor Express Ferry from Boston to Hull, MA to visit my good friend, MaryBeth.

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My mother and MaryBeth’s mother grew up together. They went to the same grade school and the same high school. Our fathers were friends in school, and her father was best man in my mother and father’s wedding. Even though our lives have taken us to different places, our parents planted the seeds of our friendship when we were young, and it has continued to blossom over the years.

MaryBeth and her husband, John, have a beautiful home on Hull Bay with views of downtown Boston. The two have worked meticulously to create a warm and inviting environment. We arrived in the late afternoon for an overnight stay. MaryBeth settled us into what they call The Nautilus Room. Comfy luxury enveloped us. The room was perfectly appointed with views of the bay. Sail away, sail away, sail away!

We then took a tour of the house to see the changes since our last visit. Their home has an eclectic combination of accessories and furniture, and the architectural details are amazing.

Extra cubby in our room

Nautical details

MaryBeth has a flair for decorating. She even added nautical rope molding in the bathroom! She admits she loves to hunt for just the right items to enhance the look of the rooms.

From May through October, they open their home as a bed and breakfast – Drop Anchor Inn. There are three charming rooms from which to choose. The care and attention to detail in the rooms and common areas are evident.

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Stairwell

After the tour, we joined MaryBeth and John in the country kitchen that includes a hearth area where the two of them relax, read, and watch television.

The heart of the home

We were offered a glass of wine while MaryBeth checked on preparations for dinner and finished filling a plate with a variety of cheeses, crackers, and grapes. We then moved to the living room where a cheery fire crackled in the fireplace.

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Soft music, tasty hors d’oeuvres, the warmth of the fire, and conversation with good friends primed us for a delicious, gourmet dinner prepared by our hosts. In the oversized dining room, MaryBeth had set a cozy table next to a window, overlooking the bay.

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Even though the day was overcast and dreary, we were treated to an unexpected sunset. For the rest of the evening, we ate, talked, and enjoyed one another’s company.

If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, Drop Anchor Inn is the place to go. Besides the lovely themed rooms and inviting common areas, there is also an enormous wrap-around porch with tables and chairs at which you can relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens and fantastic views. In the morning the dining room is set up for breakfast. There is coffee, tea, juice, cereal, pastries, breads, and a hot dish. Drop Anchor Inn is a delightful place, overflowing with ambiance. MaryBeth and John are gracious hosts who will make you feel at home. What more could you ask for?

That’s why I went to Hull and back. You should too!


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