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Thursday, November 21, 2013


Red Maple
I love Fall. It's my favorite time of the year. I used to wonder when I was a kid, if it was because I have a fall birthday. But the older I get the more I realize, it has never had anything to do with birthdays. Autumn is just the best time of the year (for me).

 Winter's snow and ice are stunningly beautiful.

 Summer's relaxation and butterflies are superb.

 Spring's flowers are amazing and so refreshing after the long wait through the ice and dark

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book Review - Education - How To Tell The Difference by Beverly Slapin, etc. and Writing about Native Americans

I wish to have Native American characters in my SylFaen Tree Saga, so I was delighted to find and read this book. How To Tell The Difference: A Checklist for Evaluating Children's Books for Anti-Indian Bias, by Beverly Slapin, Doris Seale and Rosemary Gonzalez. Slapin and company demonstrate misrepresentations of Native Americans in Children's Literature and compare them to appropriate representations.

It explains how many books use stereotypes and pejorative language when talking about Native Americans. I realized how much this book is needed when three seconds after describing the purpose of this book to my teenage son to recommend he read it, I came across a misrepresentation.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tree Reviews - Picture Book - Chipmunk Song, by Joanne Ryder

[As an experiment I am reviewing an older book that I love, using characters that I are pulled from the fantasy series I am currently working on, The Sylfaen Tree Saga, to make the review unique and interesting for kids.]

“Last night...” Caitlynn started with excitement.

“Was this a dream?” Jake challenged and laughed.

“I heard the trees talking.”

 “I didn't know trees could talk.”