give me some time will stretch for end of the day (or til the book is done)
On the other hand,
If you want to keep her occupied,
let’s put a book in her way.
She can’t refuse,
she can’t avoid,
she sure has an affinity for
any, any, any book in her way.
Lets get her.
Put a book in her way and we can get away 🙂
I am writing this post as a series of post for 12th Annual March Slice of Life challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. You can find similar posts by searching for category Slice of Life or Hashtag #SOL19. You are invited to join too.
From the beginning of the dawn there is a conflict among good and bad. How do we reconcile that often good and bad resides side by side. Let us hear from ZZZ man, the Dr. Who himself.
How will we fight the war between good and bad? I am glad you asked. How else but with the books. my fellow bibliophile, the bearer of the torch :) By sharing the knowledge, by learning about both sides of the issue, by open dialogue, reflection on our behavior as well as others and by being kind yet firm.
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Did I say, once upon a time we lived in New Jersey, the Garden State, whose winters can give the Wisconsin winters run for their money? Amaze and I read all the time, OK I read, she participated as she was a itty bitty bubbie. She loved to be read to and asked a gazillion questions about what we were reading. So when I had another munchkin and I was packing for the move to several states over, I needed to find ways where her love of reading will continue.
Guess what did I find? Storylineonline. A treasure trove of stories read by celebrities who are members of the Screen Actors Guild. Oh! How I love them still. We listened from wide variety of readers including Darth Wedder AKA James Earl Jones and Vice-President Al Gore who I bet had read many many stories to his kids. May I share couple of them? Thank you.
No Mirrors in My Nana’s House
Author: Ysaye M. Barnwell
Illustrator: Synthia Saint James
Read by: Tia & Tamara Mowry
This is a book based on a song. I like the questions Tia & Tamara asks: “If there were no mirrors in the house, will there be less stereotyping?”. I think “No mirror in my nana’s house” means Grandma’s home = acceptance & non-judgement. This book is special and you may find us humming the bars from the song at random times.
Bad Case of Stripes
Author & Illustrator: David Shannon
Read by: Sean Astin
A book read by Sam Gamgee?
Added bonus: the book teaches kids to not be swayed by others AND eat their Lima Beans 🙂
Hope you like these stories. Now your turn to reflect, give feedback and share.
We are a family of proud bibliophiles. My parents were readers and many evenings everyone read together. Our meals were infused with the stories mom told us from Ramayana, Mahabharat & Shakespearean plays. Grandpa encouraged reading by presenting first grader me with Robinson Crusoe. Growing up on Bakor Patel and Amar Chitra Katha was pure bliss.
As a child, while my peers played in school yard, I grabbed a bunch of books and read. On lazy summer afternoons, I got lost in a book & went on an adventure. I was not very good at games and was a somewhat shy kid. Books allowed me to explore the worlds and get lost in the stories. I am not much different today. I continue to read, and be amazed by human nature, grit, complexity and hope.
I read from a wide range of books. I read picture books, comics, graphic novels, YA books, juvenile books, chapter books, bibliographies, self-help books, fantasy, science fiction,….I enjoy Eric Carle as much as Jodi Picoult and Amish Tripathi. I will to read anything from Amy Tan , Maeve Binchy and John Grisholm. Just like many of you, I went to midnight celebrations of Harry Potter books from J. K. Rowling and cried while reading Jacqueline Woodson’s Hush. What can I say about Tagore? He, the writer of Gitanjali, the Nobel laureates, the sage poet who knew a child’s heart!
There is not what I do not read. OK. So I do not read: horror, slash n dash AKA gory detailed, murder mysteries, and bodice rippers style books. Therefore, no Fifty Shades of Grey or Games of Thorn are banished from my bookshelf . Janet Evanovich & Mary Higgins Clark, you are wonderful writers but your books are not for me.
What kind of picture books you ask? Which authors?
Here is one of them.
Painting a star in the sky!! Rather than cursing the darkness, let us shine a light. Good idea, ya?Cooper Edens dances on his own drum while encouraging us to skip along when encountering bumps in the road. HisIf you’re Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow and follow up If you’re Afraid of the Dark, Add one More Star to the Night are so full of joy, humor and sheer hope that I have to share the later with you.
“If you can’t find your marbles….
enlarge the game.”
How many times we find ourselves lost, discouraged and shaking our head with perceived constraints? How about rather than looking at our or others deficiency, we expand our game & look at new ways to solve the problem or creating whole new ball game?
“If your rabbit has trouble finding you…
practice your carrot calls”
Yup! If I forget everything else, let me remember the rabbit call. Let me meet my students, my kids where they are. Let me make sure I am enticing them to learn by providing fun opportunities not just the shackles of standardized test. Rather than blaming social media, let me watch YouTube videos my kids like & discuss them. Go where my kids’ interests are rather than asking them to follow my choices. Let them teach me MineCraft, Terraria & I can teach my kids via games not just books & lectures. Let me practice my rabbit call and keep tweaking it.
Your turn: Share a book that tugs at your heart & fills you with hope in comments below.