Showing posts from September, 2016

Poetry Thursday (September 29, 2016): "On the Pulse of Morning" by Maya Angelou

For Poetry Thursday, I am recommending "On the Pulse of Morning" by Maya Angelou.  This  is a transcript. The page also has a link to the recording of Maya Angelou reciting the poem during Bill Clinton's first inauguration. The recording won a Grammy, so listen to it!

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday (September 26, 2016): Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

For MMGM, I'm recommending Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. Here's the publisher's description: Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

Poetry Thursday (September 22, 2016): "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver

For Poetry Thursday, I am recommending "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver. You can read it  here . In addition, a recording of Mary Oliver reading the poem is available  here  by scrolling down. I hope you enjoy the poem! (P.S. If you haven't noticed, I love Mary Oliver's poems!)

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday (September 19, 2016): Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Edit (10/30/2016): A formatting error has been fixed. For MMGM, I'm recommending Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. Here's the publisher's description: Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake — and her own. Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible. Fi

Poetry Thursday (September 15, 2016): "Some Questions You Might Ask" by Mary Oliver

For Poetry Thursday, I am recommending "Some Questions You Might Ask" by Mary Oliver.  Here  is the link. I hope you enjoy it!

Poetry Thursday/Book Recommendation (September 8, 2016)

Edit (September 25, 2016): I have fixed the formatting issues, and added the cover of Tricky Vic . Sorry that my book review is late. I haven't had a lot of time this week. However, I have the review, but first, Poetry Thursday. This poem has helped me go to sleep before, and it is "The House Was Quiet and The World Was Calm" by Wallace Stevens.  This  is the link. Now for the book review. I am recommending "Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower" by Greg Pizzoli. Unfortunately, since I am posting from my iPad, I can't post the cover, but I can post the description: In the early 1900s, Robert Miller, a.k.a. “Count Victor Lustig,” moved to Paris hoping to be an artist. A  con  artist, that is. He used his ingenious scams on unsuspecting marks all over the world, from the Czech Republic, to Atlantic ocean liners, and across America. Tricky Vic pulled off his most daring con in 1925, when he managed to “sell” the