Thursday, May 30, 2013

100 Books in 2013: Disney Fairies Collection

Book 21:  Disney Fairies Collection #5: Tink, North of Never Land; Beck Beyond the Sea by Kiki Thorpe

I've been reading mostly children's books with my daughter lately, as she grows into an enthusiastic and avid reader.  Our latest was one of the Disney Fairies Collection books in which we followed the adventures of Tinkerbell and Beck.  Tinkerbell is determined to travel to the North Shore to collect ancient pixie dust for her friend Terrence, but she encouters some dangers along the way.  Beck really wants to fly with the explorer birds, but she also encounters dangers and pitfalls.  Both stories have happy endings, though.  Exactly what you would expect from fairy tales!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

100 Books in 2013: 101 Ways

Book 20: 101 Ways to have a Great Day at Work by Stephanie Davidson

This little book is full of words of wisdom to get you through your daily work.  Quotes from famous and not so famous folks make an impact about making your work satisfying, having the right attitude, and getting through the day.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

100 Books in 2013: Mercy Watson

Book 18:  Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate DiCamillo
Book 19:  Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo

Mercy Watson is the toast-loving pig of Mr. and Mrs. Watson, living on Deckawoo Drive.  My daughter and I love the adventures of this little pig as she corners a would-be burglar in Mercy Watson Fights Crime and dresses up for Halloween and trick-or-treating in Princess in Disguise.  Laugh out loud funny reads!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

100 Books in 2013: Ramona Series

Book 15: Ramona and Her World by Beverly Cleary
Book 16: Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary
Book 17: Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary

My almost seven year old daughter has just burst onto the reading scene, and she has most recently discovered Ramona books by Cleary.  I loved these when I was an elementary kid, so it stands to reason that my avid reader in the making would enjoy the adventures of Ramona and her family, too. We have been reading these together and having a blast, laughing and discussing how silly and fun Ramona is.  Great old and new memories!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Words of Wisdom: Always Shine

For part of a language arts project, students have to have five adults write a paragraph of their words of wisdom.  A student asked me yesterday if I would write such a paragraph for her and here's what I gave her:

One of my favorite quotations is by Marianne Williamson.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

So my words of wisdom to you are to always remember to let others see your brilliance, your light, your talent, and your fabulousness. Always stand tall so that others see your confidence, your insightfulness, and your self-assurance. Always be an example of the good in this world by showing your light—your goodness—to others. Always remember that you are powerful: your words, your actions, and your presence affect others in ways you may never know.

Always remember to shine!

Friday, May 3, 2013

100 Books in 2013: Perfectly Perilous Math

Book 14: The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math by Sean Connolly

Talk about fun!  This book offers "24 death-defying challenges for young mathematicians" to figure out and solve.  I really enjoyed these mathematical mysteries.  I also like how the book is arranged with cute graphics and illustrations to support the challenges.  There's a worksheet at the end each challenge (but don't write on it if you checked out the book from the library).  Definitely entertaining, and it makes math accessible and fun!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Z is for Zucchini Bread

It's the last post of the Blogging A to Z Challenge, another fun April of posting items from the letters 'A' through 'Z' for the entire month.  I enjoyed my theme of food this year, and I look forward to posting again next year.  Gotta start thinking about another cool theme!

Growing up, one of Granny's favorite things to bake was zucchini bread.  She would ask everybody to save their coffee cans for her, and she would whip up a bowl of batter and dump it in those coffee cans to bake.  Now I thought this was one of the funniest sights, those coffee cans sitting on a baking sheet in the oven.  All I could think was, Who bakes coffee?, but of course, I knew that once that bread was done it would be some of the yummiest zucchini bread around town.  Yummy!