Saturday, July 25, 2015

Herman's Letter

Herman's Letter by Tom Percival is a book that most children would enjoy.  Herman and Henry are very good friends.  Henry moves far away, but is determined to keep in touch with Herman by mail.  With lift the flap letters, it is a story about change and friendship that will engage any age student and many adults.  I look forward to see what else Percival creates in the future. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

northern Minnesota

Northern Minnesota seems a lot different than central Minnesota.  There is so much more water.  There are lots of trees and BIG rocks as well.   Here is a view of Kabetogama Lake.  Most of the lake is in Voyageurs National Park. 
Below is the High Falls on Baptism River in Tettegouche State Park. 
No pictures of Lake Superior yet, but a few views.  I have only been up to this part of Minnesota a few times, but it is a good place to visit from time to time.  Maybe next time I will have to come in the  winter, to have a mosquito free experience and enjoy some outdoor winter activities.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Playing Lotería

Playing Lotería by René Colato Laínez and illustrated by Jill Arena is one of the books that I ran across at the library when looking for things to read in Spanish.  It is a bilingual book that tells about a boy who doesn't know much Spanish.  He goes to spend time with his grandmother who speaks only Spanish.  His grandmother helps him learn Spanish while playing lotería.  In exchange, the boy teaches his grandmother some English.  I enjoyed the story and illustrations and want to use it as a read aloud for my classes in the upcoming year.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

enjoying summer in Minnesota

Summer is a great time to be back in Minnesota.  It sure is nice to be somewhere with lots of outdoor space. I can go on a walk or a bike ride and hardly see anything except fields, trees, farms, and (in the evenings), deer crossing the field and road to hide in the woods.

I have also been tending the garden...the black beans that I planted look good.
So do the beets, though my brother is not sure why I planted them.  I told them that he does not have to eat them.

I have also been reading, cooking, cleaning, and spending time with family and friends.  The other day when I was at my brother's house, my niece and I just spent time watching the kittens play.  It has been a long time since I spent summer time doing that, and I had forgotten how entertaining it can be. 
After working so hard at learning Spanish, I have also been spending ten hours every week trying to maintain my language skills.  I read, write, review my Spanish notes, and use the Duolingo app to keep up.  Hopefully soon I will find a few people to practice my conversational skills.  What have you been doing this summer?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Secrets of a Charmed Life

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner is a book I have been waiting awhile to read, and I was not disappointed.  This is Meissner's newest novel, and again she links something from history to the present day.  Kendra is a history student who interviews Isabel about her life.  Isabel was a teenage girl during the Second World War in England.  I had read much about England during the war, but reading the story made me think more about how much lives changed drastically with the evacuation of children from London.  If you like reading historical novels, this would be a good one to pick up. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

A Library Book for Bear

A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton is a great book to read to your children or students.  It is for preschoolers to eight or nine year olds.  Bear has agreed to go with Mouse to the library.  When the day comes, Bear wonders why he would need to go to the library because he already has all the books that he needs.  Of course, Bear changes by the end of the story, finding out that there are good things about the library.  If your child likes bears, books, or libraries, this book would be a good one to look for.