Monthly Archives: December 2016

Owling, Part ll

I am honored that author Jane Yolen read my blog post about going owling, sticky buns, and most importantly about her award winning book, Owl Moon. Jane Yolen replied, “In the end of course, fame and fortune don’t matter.  It’s … Continue reading

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Sticky Buns and “Owling”

Another Christmas, and another delivery of sticky buns.  Every year I feel like a child hoping that Santa Claus will come, except that Santa is actually “the sticky bun mom”.  This is perhaps the longest tradition in my family, and … Continue reading

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The Real Meaning of Christmas Giving- Alicia

Alicia was my first experience in real Christmas giving, the kind that involved the whole family and money.  One hundred dollars- a fortune for a preschool teacher back in the late 80’s.  It was a Christmas gift that changed my … Continue reading

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Outstanding Christmas Books

Christmas is about the heart and creating strong, lasting memories.  Good books do just that, especially if the story engages children and adults alike. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston (1988) is an Appalachian tale of … Continue reading

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Quotations On Hope and Idealism

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
(https://en.wikiquote.org) Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,…

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Milly & Gloria

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.” -Albert Einstein- Milly made her first visit this year to the classroom, wearing her Halloween costume.  She brings joy to the children in the smallest of ways … Continue reading

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Part II: Older Children’s Books and Their Stories

My very first day of teaching was filled with nerves.  There I was, sitting in front of fifteen children, ready to read-aloud a book that was new to me- Swimmy by Leo Lionni.  Thus began my love of children’s books … Continue reading

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