Stories to Enjoy That Also Happen to Teach Writing
I like stories that have an impromptu or behind the scenes feel. I guess it’s like being let in on a secret but I also like them because writing is something that everyone should master and I love to introduce subjects or instructional information to my kids in a fun way. Here are four books we like that are great stories and also happen to explain writing and story creation techniques, process, and principles… Continue reading
I Spy Mourning Doves
Yesterday I saw a trio of doves after dropping my kids off at school and this morning I saw them again in the same spot. Do they meet up there every morning? Are they old friends? Do they watch the cars? Do they they talk about the weather and linger over coffee?
Actually they might be digesting their breakfast. I learned from All About Birds that Mourning Doves eat lots of seeds quickly, store them in their crop (enlarged esophogus), and fly to a safe perch to digest.
It is always a good idea to digest in a safe place I think. It probably cuts down on indigestion!
I Spy Moths
Lately it has been exceptionally warm for December. Warm and wet. Ever notice how it doesn’t take long for the bugs to come back when it warms up? I saw an ant in my kitchen, there was a fruit fly at karate, and on the way home from the grocery store last night there were too many moths to count! I actually thought I was driving through a moth block party but then every block was the same. I probably saw a hundred moths lit up by my headlights. I think every moth on Cape Cod was out partying in the streets last night! Maybe it was a moth holiday.
Disney’s Frozen Review
I have always been a big Disney fan. I think it was the Snow White theater re-release in 1975 (when I was 5) that got me hooked. And I believe there is a cassette tape somewhere of me singing “Some Day My Prince Will Come” over and over. Then when I was about 8 and really starting to be interested in art I set my sights on working for Disney some day. I loved the description in our Golden Books Encyclopedia of how they brought in real animals for the animators to draw from!
Needless to say I do not have an overly critical eye when it comes to Disney animated movies but trust me, Frozen is great! Continue reading
I Spy Birds Bathing
It has been freezing here but the last couple days have been mild and rainy and the bird are taking full advantage of the warm weather at roadside puddles. We saw several robins and house sparrows bathing together while we were out and about yesterday. Some where even splashing! They looked like they were having so much fun. It would have to be a whole lot warmer for me to have fun in the water!
We went to see Disney’s Frozen and I LOVED it! I will probably write a review but not tonight. I am just too pooped after a long day spent on my new freelance project that I am finding particularly challenging.
So for now, just a little I Spy. I saw clouds that looked like bows in the evening sky. Or maybe I was just seeing things while thinking about gifts since it was Black Friday. Either way it was pretty. Sunsets this time of year are especially colorful. Maybe it is because we are still out and about when they happen, in the middle of the day (4:11 pm today to be exact)!
I saw a bunch of Mourning Doves on a gray roof while driving past New Bedford yesterday. It was really crowded on that gray roof which was between a perfectly good red roof and a just fine green one. I guess those doves like blending in!
The red roof could be prime perching real estate for some cardinals! They don’t hang out in big groups like the doves though.
Speaking of blending in, we just read a beautiful nonfiction picture book last night called I See Animals Hiding by Jim Arnosky about animals and their camouflaging abilities. I definitely recommend it! It has the most beautiful watercolor illustrations. Click on the cover to see sample pages from Amazon…
What have you spied lately? Please share!
I took a walk on the beach this morning and crashed a sandpiper party. They were listening to a little John Cage. I didn’t know that sandpipers were into experimental music. We learned about John Cage and much more about classical music from the 4 disc set Story of Classical Music. In this piece he put bits of rubber, wood, and stone between the strings of his piano. The sound is really interesting, don’t you think?
These sandpipers sure were having fun! I noticed many were standing on one leg. Not sure if this was some sort of party game or not.
There are lots of Japanese Maples on our street but one in particular that stands out for being especially red. Even now as its leaves are falling, they are still as vibrant as ever. The tree’s owner was out raking this morning. I thought about getting out of my car to admire it and say something like I love your red pile.
If you have something nice to say you should always say it, right?
Instructional Books for Aspiring Picture Book Author/Illustrators
I have always loved picture books and almost majored in illustration at RI School of Design but during my freshman year there I was exposed to and fascinated by 3D design and decided to try Industrial Design instead. I have been happen with my choice but still love illustration and never stopped picking up picture books. When my daughter was born in 2005 I started building a library for her, reading to her, and adding to my love for picture books with some parental insight. Continue reading