Thursday, April 24, 2014

Read-Aloud Recommendations; Novels for Little People

Here's the recommended read-aloud list for second-graders and youngers from For Reading Out Loud! (1983) by Margaret Mary Kimmel & Elizabeth Segel.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Helen Oxenbury autograph

Helen Oxenbury autograph from a first American edition of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. I was in sixth grade when this was signed. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Featured Books Shelf, Topic: Ecology, Life Cycles, Food Webs, Interdependence

Topic: Ecology, Life Cycles, Food Webs, Interdependence
If there were a fire and I could only take one, it would be Beaver Pond by Tresselt-Duvoisin. Second choice would probably be Hedgerow. We've read Cactus Hotel more than times than any other book pictured.

Guiberson, Brenda Z.Lloyd, MeganCactus HotelHenry Holt and Co.1991
White, John T.Thomas, EricHedgerowDorling Kindersley1980
Reed-Jones, CarolMaydak, Michael S.Salmon StreamDawn Publications2000
Tresselt, AlvinDuvoisin, RogerThe Beaver PondLothrop, Lee & Shepard Co.1970
Tresselt, AlvinRobinson, CharlesThe Dead TreeParents' Magazine Press1972
Vieira, LindaCanyon, ChristopherThe Ever-Living Tree: The Life and Times of a Coast RedwoodWalker/Scholastic1994
Wahl, JanRojankovsky, FeodorThe Mulberry TreeW.W. Nortonrapunzel

Felix Hoffmann illustrates "The Seven Ravens" by the Brothers Grimm

The Seven RavensA story by the Brothers Grimm
with pictures by Felix Hoffmann
Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., New York

Copyright and first published 1962 by H.R. Sauerländer & Co., Aarau [Switzerland].
English translation copyright 1963 by Oxford University Press.
First American edition 1963.
"The pictures were drawn on stone by the artist, the book printed by A. Trüb & Cie., Aarau."

San Diego Public Library (Point Loma Branch & Balboa Branch), in buckram-covered boards, deaccessioned due to water damage.

Once upon a time there was a man who had seven sons, but, as much as he loved them, he longed for a daughter. At last his wife told him they were to have another child, and when it was born, it was a girl. The man and his wife were delighted, but the child was weak and small, and they were afraid she would not live long. So they decided to have her baptized at once and sent one of the boys to fetch water from the well. The other six went with him. Each wanted to draw the water and in the struggle the jug fell and was smashed. They stood there, not knowing what to do, and none of them dared to go home.

When they still did not return, their father grew impatient and said: "Those naughty boys must be playing one of their games and have forgotten about the water." Then he grew very angry and shouted: "I wish those wicked boys would all be turned into ravens." 

No sooner had he spoken than he heard a beating of wings in the air above and, looking up, saw seven black ravens flying away.

The man and his wife were very sad to lose their seven sons, but it was too late to take back the curse. They found comfort in their little daughter, who grew stronger and more beautiful as each day went by. For a long time she did not know that she had ever had any brothers. Then one day she heard some people say it was her fault that her seven brothers had suffered such cruel misfortune. So she went to her parents and asked if it was true that she had had seven brothers, and what had become of them? The man and his wife could keep the secret from her no longer, so they told her how her brothers had been changed into ravens.

Day by day the girl grew sadder.

Finally, she made up her mind to find her brothers and set them free. She set out, taking with her nothing but a ring that her parents gave her, a loaf of bread in case she was hungry, a little bottle of water in case she was thirsty, and a little chair in case she was tired.

She walked and walked, on and on, until she came to the end of the world, but she found no trace of her brothers.

Then she came to the Sun, but it was too hot and bright and no little children lived there.

Quickly, she ran away and went to the Moon, but it was too cold, and surly and bad-tempered as well. When it saw her, it said: "Go away! Go away!" She fled swiftly and came

to the stars, who were friendly and kind to her, each one sitting on its own special stool. The morning star rose, gave her a magic bone, and said: "You will find your brothers inside the Glass Mountain. But you cannot open the Glass Mountain without this magic bone."

The girl took the magic bone, wrapped it carefully in a piece of cloth, and went on her way until she reached the Glass Mountain. The door into it was shut. She opened the cloth to take out the bone, but the cloth was empty. She had lost the magic gift of the star. What could she do now? She must rescue her brothers, but she had no key to the Glass Mountain. Quickly she took a knife, cut off her little finger, stuck it into the lock, and the door opened.

When she had gone inside, a dwarf came towards her and asked what she wanted. "I am looking for my brothers, the seven ravens," she replied. The ravens were not at home, the dwarf told her, but she could wait for them if she liked. The girl watched him as he brought in food and drink for the ravens, on seven little plates and in seven little goblets. From each plate he took a bite to eat, and from each goblet she took a sip to drink, and into the last goblet she dropped the ring her parents had given her. At once she heard a sighing sound in the art and the beating of wings, and the dwarf said: "The ravens are flying home."

The ravens arrived and looked for their plates and goblets, for they were hungry and thirsty. Then, one after the other, they said: "Who has eaten from my plate? Who has drunk from my goblet?" As the seventh raven emptied his goblet, out rolled the ring? He looked at it, and he knew it was the ring that belonged to his father and mother. "If only our sister were here, then the curse would be broken and we should be set free, he said. When the girl, who was standing behind the door, heard his wish, 

she stepped forward, and at once the ravens were changed back into her seven brothers. They were overjoyed to see their sister and to be free at last.

And they all went home joyfully together.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mental Bookmark: Prefixes for Vocabulary Development

Shaywitz, Sally, Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level, New York: Knopf, 2003.
HELPING YOUR CHILD BECOME A READER: Helping Your Child Become a Skilled Reader
pp. 239-240

Just twenty prefixes account for 97 percent of all words with prefixes found in English schoolbooks, and nine of these prefixes account for 75 percent of all prefixed words. Here are the most common ones:

3In-, im-, il-, ir-not11
5En-, em-put into4
7In-, im-in3
20Under-too little1
All others4

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy Easter - Colored Flowers Science Demonstration

I remember we did this experiment with celery stalks in kindergarten and I loved it. (Thanks Mrs. Gonzalez.) I saw someone do it online with flowers (can't remember where or I would credit) and then spotted white tulips at Trader Joe's and realized flowers instead of celeryu would make for a nice Easter bouquet. Jackson picked the colors and we've been talking about general science words like "experiment" "observation" "conclusion" as much as anything about capillary action or transpiration, etc. That said, I think I'm going to show him the video below in hopes of transferring a little actual knowledge into his skull.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"If Dinosaurs Were Cats and Dogs" by Colin McNaughton

If Dinosaurs Were Cats and Dogs by Colin McNaughton was one of my all-time fave books as a child; I would spend hours contemplating the details in the images and wondering "what if?"

Anyway, I did some scans a couple of years ago for a guest post on another blog, but nothing came of it. While digging around my hard drive the other day I found the images, so here they are for your enjoyment!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Caillou Talking Doll Review

This product was given to us for free by Imports Dragon and DHX Media in exchange for placement on this blog.

A year-and-a-half ago we shaved Jackson bald, and the only thing that made not miserable about how he looked afterward was that we could call it his Calliou look.


What do you love about Calliou?
J: I love that he's a kid like a me!

Now, you have a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Tirey. Do you remember what Calliou's dinosaur is named?
J: Rexy!

What do you do with a doll?
J: You carry it, and play with it, and sleep with it.

And what's special about this doll?
J: It talks!

That's right, in two languages: English and French.
J: Oh, I speak two languages: English and Spanish!

Do you like this doll?
J: Yeah, I want to keep it, but I also want a Rosie doll and a Calliou's dad doll. And I really like to watch Calliou on TV--it's my favorite show.

The new talking Calliou doll is available in stores now for a suggested retail price of $35.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Developmental Writing

Yes, these are hieroglyphics, but if you're his mom and you squint, and tilt your head, one of 8OT combos could be interpreted as BOX.

I was letting Thing One scribble on this cardboard box and as I sailed out of the room to do something else I said, "Hey, write BOX on there." He sounded it out all by himself, with no help from me, and when I came back, he'd written BOX. or maybe 8OT, depending on how particular you are. :)