Thought for the Day:
“A world without adjectives would still have the sun rising and setting, the flowers blooming, the trees bearing fruits, the birds singing, and the bees stinging.”
~ A.A. Patawaran ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
We all have writer’s block sometimes. The post HERE from The Mixed-Up Files of … Middle-Grade Authors will give you some great ideas for breaking the block.
BookBaby has some great tips HERE to help you look at your writing with fresh eyes.
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I love research. Sometimes I get lost in it and don’t get much writing done. HERE is great post on primary sources from the Non-Fiction Ninjas blog.
I may not be here next week. Maggie is coming to town to get ready for her benefit concert, and I want to spend as much time as possible with her. However, if she is busy working on her album, I might have time to post. No promises. Just know if I’m not here it means I am having some excellent family time.
I am not a scientist, but I am interested in almost anything that falls under the big umbrella of science. My husband was a scientist, and we often talked about different areas of science. I actually got a supplementary science credential when I first started teaching and taught a science class for part of a semester until the school could find a real science teacher. I took an astronomy class and taught what I learned each week and hoped they would find someone else before we finished the astronomy unit. They did and the kids were saved. But I do love books about all things scientific. When I spotted Tell Me Earth & Sky, a Barron’s Education Series book on the review list for the San Francisco Book Review, I grabbed it. It is a really fun book. Here is the review I wrote for them.
One thing anyone who spends time with children knows is that what they all have in common is curiosity. Books that can help kids answer their endless questions are always a bonus. This wonderful book is filled with over 200 questions and the answers to them. Each spread in the book has four questions with cute illustrations for each. All are laid out on grid paper with tiny related illustrations around the edges. The writing is fun and kid-friendly but filled with real, useful information. The four tabbed sections cover The Universe, The Solar System, The Earth, and Humans. The questions cover such things as, “What will happen if an asteroid smashes into the Earth?” and “When will the Sun burn out?” and “What did the men do on the Moon?” This is a book that can take what kids have to dish out. It is printed on glossy card stock and spiral bound inside a heavy hardcover with an elastic band built in to keep it closed. Two pages of space-related stickers in the back are a fun bonus. This is a great book for a car trip or just to keep youngsters busy and learning. It’s a winner!
I have a gently-read copy of this book for one of you. All you need do is be a follower or subscriber (it’s free!), have a U.S. address, and leave a comment below. If you would like extra chances, please share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet and let me know you have done that. If you are reading this in your email, please click HERE to get to my blog, then click on the title of the post, and leave a comment. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.