Category Archives: Literature

“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

No English Written by: Jacqueline Jules Illustrated by: Amy Huntington Published by: Mitten Press, Imprint of Ann Arbor Media Group LLC 2007 Ages: 5 – 10 years Theme:   cross-culture friendship, misunderstanding Opening sentence: “No English,” the new girl said, shaking … Continue reading

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International Dot Day – 15 September 2013

Today is International Dot Day, based on Peter H. Reynolds book, The Dot.  It will be celebrated all week-long. Children from 82 countries have signed up to participate in this week’s many activities.  They will be using their imaginations and creativity to make their … Continue reading

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Tomato and Pea: Blog Tour

Well, we have so much to celebrate over these two weeks.  Imagine balloons, party-poppers, fizzy drinks, nuts, chips and hamburgers!  What on earth are we celebrating you may well ask? Remember back in January 2012 I interviewed a young man … Continue reading

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Hi there! It’s been awhile since I have been here. While the northern hemisphere enjoys their summer we are in the midst of winter. It’s been wet and woolly, with slippery roads and road works, power cuts, and with the … Continue reading

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Thoughts and Quotes in life and writing!

“The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.”         -by Edward Gibbon “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Tsunami Quilt Written by:  Anthony D Fredericks Illustrated by:  Tammy Yee Published by:  Sleeping Bear Press 2007 Ages:   6 years and up Themes:  history, remembrance, love, loss, understanding, multicultural Opening lines:  When I was little, my grandfather and I … Continue reading

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A Private Journal of a South American Adventure : Part 2

Our Argentine Leader for our Tour, Alberto, greeted us with the usual paper work and after a get to know you meeting our small group headed out the door that first night to a lovely restaurant where we were seated … Continue reading

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A Private Journal of a South American Adventure: Part 1

Hi everyone I am back after a wonderful four weeks holiday traveling to and from Chile, including a few days off work to get over the jet lag. Firstly I would like to apologise for not keeping in touch. If … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to You All! Looking back it has certainly been an interesting, adventure.  Full of learning, and growing, with changes that have come my way.   In my personal life I took on a Managerial roll, with new staff, … Continue reading

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“International Dot Day” 15 September 2012

A wonderful opportunity to help kids open their eyes to the world of creativity and self-worth is celebrated around the world today on 15 September 2012. The idea for International Dot Day grew out of a powerful story by Peter H. Reynolds, called “The … Continue reading

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