New List and Additions

Ok, today there is one new list and several additions to two existing lists. The new list is books about pumpkins that are not about Halloween (or at least not much). Oh, and there are links again (Michael has been working on my technical difficulties). Any suggestions are welcome!

Books Without Words

Carl Goes Shopping by Alexandra Day
Carl’s Afternoon in the Park by Alexandra Day
Carl’s Birthday by Alexandra Day
Follow Carl by Alexandra Day
Carl’s Sleepy Afternoon by Alexandra Day
Tuesday by David Wiesner
10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann

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Books with Alliteration

Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier

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Books about Pumpkins that aren’t about Halloween

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berentain
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White, illustrated by Megan Lloyd
Postcards from Buster: Buster and the Giant Pumpkin by Marc Brown
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo, illustrated by Valeria Petrone
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall, illustrated Shari Halpern
The Pumpkin Patch by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Mike Gordon
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson, illustrated by Shmuel Thaler
The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler
The Little Pumpkin Book by Katharine Ross, illustrated by Katy Bratun
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano, illustrated by Susan Banta
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Interesting Stuff

Today brought two facinating topics to mind.

The first I read about at Shakespeare’s Sister. Apparently in Sweden one can now be promated after death! This turns the body to mulch that is used to make the soil richer and then people plant trees over the grave. I think that’s wonderful! Too bad it won’t catch on here for a very very long time.

The other thing is an issue that I rant about every once in a while, so it’s nice to see someone else talk about it for a change. The issue is unisex bathrooms. I would really love to see more public places with unisex bathrooms. Bradford Plumer talks about it too. It just makes so much sense in so many ways! Unisex bathrooms are cleaner in general, people wash their hands more, and lines are shorter. Most of the arguements against the idea involve safety. Ok, I admit, there is a great chance a woman will get stuck in a bathroom with a guy and bad things could happen. Ok, first off, put security cameras in the main area of the bathroom (not the stalls). That way, even if the assault happens in a stall the cameras will catch the people going into the stall and it can be used for legal reasons. The other thing would be to make rape a bigger deal than it is today. That’s really a whole different issue, but seriously, if we managed to change the current thinking that rape is the woman’s fault (she went out late wearing clothes, the hussy was asking for it) and that it’s not that big a crime it would make so much difference! As it is, women don’t report it out of shame and men get little to no punishment for having raped someone. It’s insane. Change those and maybe then sane things like unisex bathrooms and unisex hallways won’t be so scary. Again, though, it’s never going to catch on in this country. Not at this rate anyway.

New List and Some Additions

Today there is one new list and some additions to two old lists. The new list is really small right now (two books), but I know there are many others out there, I just can’t think of them. I’d really like some suggestions on this one if anyone has any! The list is books, probably mostly picture books, that are very heavy on alliteration.

Books with a lot of Alliteration

Anamalia by Graeme Base
Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book by Dr. Seuss

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Books with no words or easily covered words

Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson
Why? by Nikolai Popov

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Books for kids who recently became new big brothers/sisters

The Baby Sister by Tomie dePaola
Julius: The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes

Again, no links. I’m working on it. Suggestions welcome!

“Parental Empowerment Act”

I’m posting this because I’m very worried about this particular political issue. A few months ago a bill was introduced in the House called the “Parental Empowerment Act of 2005“. Under this bill every elementary school would be required to ask a council of parents with children currently or very recently in the school to approve *any* purchase or acquisition of any “print material” (books) for the library or classroom use. If any state doesn’t enforce this, they lose federal funding for education. I can’t even explain how bad it would be if schools had to ask permission from parents to buy textbooks and library books. This is a pretty serious bill, and it hasn’t gotten any notice as far as I can see.

The bill was sent to the Committee on Education and the Workforce. It is not yet on their list of bills being looked at, but I think that is because Congress is currently out of session. They will be picking up again in the next couple weeks. I plan to keep an eye on the committee website. Any news about this bill will be posted here. Two of the committee members are from Wisconsin, including the vice-chairman. I’m sure they will get letters about this from me. I will post information in the event that anyone else wants to write letters or make phone calls. The congressmen who are on the committee are listed on the committee website with links to their own websites.

This is a really big issue and I hope that the bill doesn’t pass. I’m hoping that the teacher’s union is on this issue as well. I’ll post any news here.

Strange News Stories!

Ok, so in the last two days I have come across two news stories that are just so – unique – I had to post about them.

The first comes from Croatia, where apparently reality TV shows like “Survivor” are becoming popular, but with a twist. The contestants/stars are not people trying to survive through stupid games and challenges, they are SHEEP living their lives on a farm. They get voted off each week and everything! Check it out!

The second story is from right here in the USA. Apparently, our military has trained killer dolphins. And in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, they lost them. Armed and dangerous Dolphins are loose in the Gulf of Mexico! They are armed with Lethal Dart guns that they are trained to fire. I’d avoid going swimming in the Gulf of Mexico right now, but since I’m safely a thousand miles away or so in Wisconsin, I find this story pretty funny.

Happy Birthday Michael!

Happy Golden Birthday Michael! I hope you have a great day! I also hope you like your gift. :)

New List Books

A few more books have been added to the World War II list. I haven’t read some of these, so I can’t attest for their quality. If I decide that they aren’t very good after I read them, I’ll remove them from the list. For the moment, however, they all appear pretty good. Still having technical difficulties, so no links again.

Remember Pearl Harbor: American and Japanese Survivors Tell Their Stories by Thomas B. Allen
Parallel Journeys by Eleanor Ayer
Air Raid – Pearl Harbor: The Attack that Stunned the World by Theodore Taylor
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren
World War II for Kids by Richard Panchyk
The Usbourne Introduction to the Second World War by Paul Dowswell

If you know of any books I should add, please let me know!

New Avatar!

I have played with a bunch of avatar programs, but this is the first time I’ve found one I liked enough to use. I’ve added an avatar to the sidebar of the website. She will just kinda hang out there. I’ll change what she is wearing and where she is, so she will generally look appropriate for representing me. Tonight she is in pajamas at a birthday party. Michael’s birthday party just ended, so it seemed right. Anyway, I think she’s cute and plan to keep her!

New List and Some Additions

I have a new book list today and two additions to an existing list. There are no links due to some technical difficulties. Hopefully they will be added later.

Books about World War II for children

Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston
The Diary of Anne Frank
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Deedy
The Good Fight: How World War II Was Won by Stephen E. Ambrose
World War II by Simon Adams
The Molly Series by Valerie Tripp

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Additions to Books for kids who recently became big brothers/sisters

The New Baby by Mercer Meyer
A Pocket Full of Kisses by Audrey Penn

As always, if you know of any books that belong on these lists, please let me know!

Fifth Line

Seen at Badgerings.

Rules:
1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to it).
3. Find the 5th sentence (or closest to it).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

Results:
I’m excited!

Ok, I admit, it’s not a brilliant sentence. It was pretty random and out of context though, so I guess I can’t expect that much. Context here.

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