..and this is why I write, why I sketch, why I play with words and images

…a quote from a mentor who inspires me. Her book, A Trail Through Leaves (a gift to me from a treasured friend) is one I revisit from time to time, and upon each visit am startled by wonderings and images new to me, though I have held this book closely for so many years…

 

 

“A long-running journal is an invaluable document, because it records something other than the time-and-goal-dominated anxiety that drives us through our days. We can tease out of it evolving evidence of sub-lives, parallel existences, omens of shifts that won’t be realized for decades, recurrences of themes glimpsed periodically through the years….The trail of words and pictures that I am leaving is more complete than most people’s, but it is still a trail of tips and ice bergs, little slices of light and color that are all I can capture of the big masses moving underneath. But threading through are moments of the ordinary-made-extraordinary by the simple act of choosing and isolating them.”

                                                                                                Hannah Hinchman

                                                                                           A Trail Through Leaves: The  Journal As a Path to Place

 

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An Egret’s Day—-Inspiring us to look closely….

As the title of An Egret’s Day suggests, the subject of this children’s poetry book is the daily life of the large and beautiful bird known as the Great Egret. Using a variety of poetic forms, Jane Yolen has written more than a dozen poems about egrets. Each of the poems examines a different aspect of the egret. These include: the egret’s name, eating habits, size, nest, flight, feet, walk, preening, beak and more.  What a great model for writing, teachers!!

Each double-page spread contains one or more striking color photographs of an egret and a poem that relates to what’s in the photo. A paragraph of factual information that sheds further light on the subject of the photo and poem is also provided.

Wonderful integration of poetry, art and science—and an inspirational invitation for students to show what they can learn through close observation in multiple ways.

Children’s literature is just a misnomer—what adult would not be enchanted with this book!

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Liking this site….

….because the blog entries are submitted by teachers, middle grade students, and librarians, so there is great variety in the posts, and I’m especially liking the entries by students. If you seek middle grade novels–check out this site!!

http://booksinthemiddle.wordpress.com/

Love The Horn Book!

The Horn Book has been around at least as long as me!! And, the good news is you need not subscribe (though it’s a fabulous publication!)–now you can receive newsletters to your email.

My newsletter today included Notes on Nonfiction.

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Copied below is a link where you will be directed to the page where you can sign up for emails.

The Horn Book newsletter

Ralph Fletcher and Guys Read and Guys also Write…

 

If you have boys who don’t like to read, don’t like to write, and you have never heard Ralph Fletcher speak, or read his material on boys reading and writing, here’s a link to the National Writing Project where you can download an interview with Fletcher on this very topic.

http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/2438

And then there are these wonderful books….check out Fletcher, if you do not already know him well.

Ralph Fletcher on Motivating Boys to Write            boy-writers