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Literate comics! What a concept! I came into my collection of Tintin and Asterix comics thanks to an elderly gentleman who ran a private circulation library. I used to frequent that place very regularly for its surprisingly — for the place was rather small — large and varied collection of books.

I suppose he was pleased that someone read that at one sitting. When he decided to make some space, he wanted to let go of extra copies of books. He kept aside a set each — at that time the complete ones — of Asterix and Tintin comics along with a bunch of other books for me. In some time after that I moved out of that city. When I checked in on him next two years later on a visit, the library had shut. I found his address and met him. We talked for hours, much longer that I had planned to. He passed away a few years later. But he remains a clear memory — his face and his infinite love for books.

I actually bought mine via Amazon. Not so romantic. Or, the Asterix I bought via Amazon. My son bought the Tintins when we lived in Israel from a guy who had decided he was too religious to keep them. Your story is much better. You should write it as a post. Will do. On my much ignored other blog at banteringram. Snobs take the fun out of most things! The snobs used to aggravate me as far back as high school.

How did they GET their jobs? What makes they qualified to judge? I do buy secondhand books but we have such a lot of books already. What I do like though is re-reading old favourites. We have a bit of everything on our shelves, SF, history, biographies, a few classics and everything inbetween so I never get tired of them. When we were trying to offload some of our life cargo, we donated hundreds of books and an entire audiobook collection to our local library.

I do more listening than reading these days. My eyes and I kind of made an agreement. This was very, very interesting! My mother, who was not outwardly affectionate was an avid romance novel reader, even into her old, old age. Her writing was excellent, fast moving, but, I wanted something more, something like Carrie, or Jaws, I wanted excitement or way out sci-fi stories, those are the things I like to daydream. And the world of books is wide open. I can promise this. It combines all the stuff you love in books … and more! Thank you so much for the recommendation and link! KUDOS again outstanding post!

Sharing on Twitter. I loved the characters in the short story. I just finished two out of three books in a trilogy that started out to be a romance the love triangle sceanio with a twist is typical for book 1. But book 2 pulls the family together, so romance is not the main theme, in spite of the fact that there are two brides in the story. I tried to avoid the SOS, drippy type love story. Book 2 is set against a map of the area where the story takes place, with the family estates marked.

My kids tell me that is too busy, too. Does anyone have any suggestions as how to best classify such a work? Right now, I have the first two books listed as Romance, Family Saga. Suggestions, anyone? You might want to poke around Amazon and see what categories seem to work for you. I could never figure out what mine was.

I still am not sure. That was a serious impediment to marketing it, so avoid making the same mistake. Even if you have to squeeze a little to make it fit, you need to figure out where you are comfortable. As I said, I never figured it out and probably never will. Thank you for the feedback, Marilyn.

The series has a close-knit family appeal. So again, thank you for lending your opinion. Hey, this is an important part of getting your book to sell. You have to find its place in bookworld. Good luck!! That is precisely why I asked. And I honestly appreciate your feed-back. Thanks for the wishes for luck. Ditto on your books. Little Toot. Written and illustrated by Hardie Gramatky.

Publishers: G. Putnam original: , but many different editions over the years. Ages: 3 — 7. Themes: Mastering tasks and skills, maturation. A very handsome tugboat with a brand new candy-stick smoke-stack. His name is Little Toot. The entire fleet of tugboats despair that Little Toot will ever learn to do the job he was born to do.

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However, when a big ocean liner gets into trouble during a storm, Little Toot must decide if he will continue his childish antics or rise to the occasion and save the day? Why do I like this book :. Growing up is a difficult task. The story also gives hope to young children that they will master those tasks and skills they are challenged with now and shows them how Little Toot was able to channel his energy in a positive way.

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The book is filled with Mr. Related Activities :. My thanks to Courtney, one of my coworkers, who made this awesome Valentine Boat. Glue in place. Cover the outside of the box and the lid with construction paper and glue in place. Cut several strips of paper and roll to form the smoke-stacks. Add the decorations and designs with markers, crayons and stickers. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.

Vivian, What a wonderful classic. He may have been a little tug boat, but he carried a big message. You always have the best activities. Kids will have so much fun making their own Little Toot. Great Friday PPB choice. Like Like. I love finding those kinds of treasures and rescuing them from oblivion. What a cute story, a nice lesson and a fabulous craft. I wonder if my kids want to do that this weekend. Thanks a lot. All the people where I work made shoebox valentine boxes…what fun! Perhaps the Spanish edition is in your future.

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Oh, I hope you can find it! It is a wonderful story…a true classic from , but the messages are still relevant and the story and illustrations are still enjoyed by kids today. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting. I have never heard of this story. How awesome that it is still so relevant and appealing 70 years later! You have amazing coworkers, that are prepared to make valentines tugboats for fun! Great activity! There is a lovely crown craft activity here. There are quite a few crowns and other hat-making craft activities here. There are excellent step-by-step crown-making instructions with photos here.

The crown you help your child make can be as simple or as fancy as you like. The picture is from a kit you can buy from Oriental Trading Company. I included it to show you how ornate you can make the crown…but your child will enjoy wearing a simple one also. You will need: Construction paper, buttons or sequins optional crayons or markers, glue, scissors. Piece together with glue if necessary. Cut a zig-zag along the top edge. You can make it fancy like the one above or just simple. Glue into place and let dry. Perhaps your child can be Queen or King for a Day in your home…helping choose the dinner menu, picking the family game that will be played.

Feeling loved, valued and appreciated is such an important element in building self-esteem…children who are confident are less likely to be victims of bullying. What a special treat I have for you today!


Daria , a gifted musician who believes that music is food for the body, mind and soul, shares her talents with children around the globe. Several weeks ago, she offered to do a guest post on my blog. As you can imagine, it took me less than a second to accept her offer! Music is another tool we can use to help children develop a positive self-image. Thank you so much, Daria, for all that you do in your mission to spread music to children around the globe!

Make sure you read through to the end…because she is also giving away several amazing posters. Even the youngest toddlers can shake a rattle, clap to a beat or craft a simple instrument with you. Together you can do the simple actions of Itsy Bitsy Spider or the motions to Kumbayah. With very little work and a whole lot of fun, you can incorporate some great musical play into your home, school or home-school day.

Ask any pre-k or kindergarten teacher — mixing arts and crafts and music generally makes for a big hit in the classroom. One fun activity perfect for this age group is creating really quiet rattles. The project is simple. Have each child bring in any recycled container, preferably a see-through one and have a few extra so no one is left out. You can decorate the outside with stickers or wrap a handle with pipe-cleaners or yarn before you are ready to fill them.

You want to find lots of things to put in the rattles that are really quiet. The teacher can have some examples of rattles that are not so quiet for comparison see our suggestions below and then challenge the children to fill theirs with something that will make noise but still be very quiet. Q-tips, salt, tiny pasta, cotton puffs, confetti? Each makes a different quiet sound that helps kids practice the art of listening. Then your class can use their new instruments to play along to quieter music. The kids can pay attention to how the rhythms of their rattles fit into the music they are hearing.

Stack up a variety of rattles and the class can guess which might make the softest sound. Quiet rattles: sand, salt, sugar, confetti, cotton balls, craft puff balls, paper bits, Q-tips, tiny pasta such as pastina or acine de pepe. Creating a simple guiro can be a fun way to share Latin-American culture, a bit of Spanish language and music-making skills at the same time. A guiro is any small percussion instrument that has ridges which are scraped or rubbed creating rhythmic patterns. The craft below shows you how to make one from an unsharpened pencil, a recycled water bottle with ridges and some string or other decorating material.

You can see, hear and color a guiro as well at the link below.

Or what about La Cucaracha? What can be used to make music? Practically anything! The musical washboard is proof that people have found creative ways to make music from all kinds of interesting objects. And you can make some best-loved songs new. This is a great way that the kids can sing and play along with a favorite song at the same time. Although March is Music In Our Schools Month, there are no limits to how this powerful and powerfully fun tool can be shared at any time of year. Feel free to inspire your children through song…chances are good that you will have a happy and harmonious day!

Five lucky winners will receive a World of Music for Kids poster. Not only is this the case with my selection today, but the book is also a perfect choice for the upcoming holiday of Easter. Do you know where the first chocolate Easter bunnies were made? Here is the scoop, according to picture book author and illustrator, Maria Claret.

The Chocolate Rabbit. Written and illustrated by Maria Claret. Publishers: Barons Juvenile originally published in Spain. Themes: Mastering tasks and skills, Easter, crafting, dealing with disappointment, family togetherness. Bertie decides he is old enough to help his father and buys eggs with his own money, intending to decorate them and surprise his father. The little bunny is sadly disappointed when he trips and the basket tips over, breaking all of the eggs. Success often comes on the heels of failure! I love books that encourage children to keep on trying as they learn to master tasks and skills.

Self-esteem is not built with empty praise…it is developed and strengthened as young children learn to do things for themselves. This is a sweet story about working together as a family…relevant with the busy hectic pace many families experience today…each family will find their own unique ways of spending quality time together. Child Care Lounge has quite a few lovely Easter crafts as well as bunny poems here.

Mama-Knows colored egg picture below has lots of recipes for coloring Easter eggs here. Children love arts and crafts! Here is an activity that will please every eco-minded parent. Cover the work surface and workers to protect from staining wear disposable plastic gloves if desired. Do the same for the cranberries. Put an egg into each bowl and let sit for minutes, turning several times with a spoon. Then lift each egg out and let dry.

Use markers to add designs. Tip: while waiting for the eggs to absorb the color, go on a color-naming hunt throughout your house…how many red, blue and yellow items can your child find? It was lovely to see what some of you were reading to your children. I know how difficult it is to find the time to post your comments. And the winner is…. AngelaMarie…she is a very talented poet and artist as well as a mom.

Please take a minute and visit her beautiful blog: One-In-Creation.

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And now, on to my Perfect Picture Book Friday selection. When I first read this story several years ago, I decided to use it as one of the hundred picture books that are recommended in Show Me How! I searched the internet for contact information and found out that Lucille Clifton was a professor at St.

Unfortunately, by the time my letter was routed through the proper channels, Ms. Clifton had passed away. A copy of Show Me How sits on the shelves of the library at St. She was a voice for children who had no one else to speak for them. One of the Problems of Everett Anderson. Written by Lucille Clifton. Illustrated by Ann Grifalconi. Publishers: Henry Holt and Company. Ages: 4 — 8. Child abuse, helping others, friendship, boys. Here, sotto voce , she confronts the problem of child abuse as Everett Anderson makes a new friend at school and worries because, daily, Greg arrives with a new scar or bruise mark on his leg.

This is a book that could prove invaluable in initiating classroom discussions of a widespread problem that deserves wider recognition and attention. The illustrations are soft and compelling. The text breaks your heart and makes you want to go out and save every unfortunate child who has to deal with abuse. This is a widespread problem in our society…here is a book that can open the door to discussion and honest revelations.