Thicket

It used to be I could see through the thicket, almost to the edge where this small stream meets the horizon. The promise of the day ahead reflected in the water, and I was always sure I’d see some kind of magic. But the way is almost hidden now, overtaken by shadow and those things that grow when we’re not paying attention.

Photo + Musings ©2019, Jen Payne.

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SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

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Today’s recommendation is not for kids, but for their parents, teachers, and other adults who wish to recommend books, kids will love.  It is a literacy “classic,” Nancy Pearl’s Book Crush (published 2007).

In the introduction, Pearl states, “I thought it would be fun for me and useful for parents, teachers, and other adults who lived or worked with children; to write a book devoted solely to great reads for kids and teens.”  The book is divided into Part I, “Youngest Readers”; Part II, “Middle Grade Readers, ages 8-12”; and “Part III, Teen Readers, ages 13-18.”

As she ends the introduction, Pearl adds, “My hope is that you’ll find here hours and hours, days and days of wonderful reading for the child and teens in your life.”

Here is a sample from the many sections (Adventure, Goosebumps, Good Sports, Girlpower, etc.) aimed at Middle School readers, titled “Guaranteed to…

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Friday Firstliners

Miz B originally started this meme (possibly known as First Line Fridays) and it was reinstated by “Daily Rhythm”. It asks the blogger/responder to copy the first line of a book to see if it makes a reader want to get that book as well. Here is my First Line for 8/23/19 from Nancy Pearl’s Book Crush, a bookful of recommendations for reading aimed at “Kids and Teens.”

“My happiest memories of a childhood that was otherwise scarred by an anxious and raging father and a depressed and angry mother were of escaping into books.”

It made me want to read more. How about you?

MONDAY MUSINGS

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I have been working on my Advanced Writing class, which begins on August 28th, all morning. Perhaps this is why my thoughts have turned to art. The core of the class will be art majors, so I read Art for Dummies as a crash course in “the basics.” That strategy was only semi-successful because the book is more of a reference book than a textbook on art. However, I did come across this definition of art from Hoving, the former curator of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art:

“Art is when anyone in the world takes any sort of material and fashions a statement with it.”  Whoa, that blows my mind. It reminds me that like beauty, “[Art] is in the eye of the beholder.” This was brought home to me by a children’s poem, “The Secret of My Art.”

The Secret of My Art

“It’s a beautiful whale,”…

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