|In the Children's Literature Room at the Los Angeles Public Library|
Saturday, April 18, 2015
THE EARTH IS OUR HOME: Celebrating Science with Children and Families at the Los Angeles Public Library
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
|Pick a Word from the Poetry Jar and use it to Create a Poem|
In one exercise, a jar was filled with colored slips of paper, each with a single word written on it. Kris and Rebecca then demonstrated how one can brainstorm with the word through drawing pictures--as a tool for describing the word--as well as creating word webs--as a way of thinking of verbs, metaphors and other associated ideas. Then, each of us in the workshop drew a slip of paper from the jar and took a few minutes to begin to construct a poem. I drew the word “fence”. It brought to mind a fence I had once seen on an abandoned ranch as we drove through land now part of a wildlife preserve in California's Carrizo Plain. I wrote: Running through tall, dry grass, the fence leaps into the hills, its tilted posts strung tight with twisted wire. That’s as far as I got in the limited time, but it was a beginning. It needs more work, but I could see how this exercise helps make writing poetry much more approachable, especially for people like me who don’t consider themselves poets. Thank you Kris and Rebecca!
|Fences, Carrizo Plain, California|
Friday, April 10, 2015
|SLOCRA Dinner Authors with our certificates of appreciation: L-R, F.C. Shaw, Lee Wardlaw, Joe Cepeda, Allison Crotzer Kimmel, Caroline Arnold, Sharon Lovejoy|
|Cliff walk, Shell Beach, CA|
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Last week I did an author visit at Hephatha Lutheran School in Anaheim, California. I enjoyed my day at Hephatha very much. I thank second grade teacher Linda Staake for inviting me for Author Day and making all the arrangements for my visit. I was pleased with the good response to my presentations and I think the students had fun with the workshops. I thought the mixed up animals made by the primary students were very creative! The fourth and fifth grades made pyramid poems and the middle school students did a project called Waste Basket Archeology. I also thank one of the Hephatha parents, Mrs. Keefe, for helping me throughout the day and for getting lunch. It was a full and productive day!
Sunday, April 5, 2015
|Monkeys and Toucan in the Rain Forest|
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
A Day and Night in the Rain Forest
Arnold, Caroline (Author) , Arnold, Caroline (Illustrator)
Jan 2015. 24 p. Picture Window, library edition, $27.32. (9781479560745). Picture Window, paperback, $7.95. (9781479560868).
Habitats don’t just shut down when the sun sets. In Caroline Arnold’s Habitats series, the prolific author shows that life in the rain forest revolves around a 24-hour cycle. At 6:00 a.m., the toucans call "Cricka, cricka!" and begin a busy day hunting for food. Throughout the day, animals ranging from the emerald tree boa to the sloth join in the search. As the sun goes down, these animals look for safe places to sleep, while the nocturnal armadillo, jaguar, and tarantula awaken to look for their food. Accented by attractive cut paper illustrations, the text not only recounts the animals’ eating habits but also their physical characteristics, adaptations, movement, and defenses as well. Extensive back matter includes a description of a tropical rain forest, a map of rain forests around the world, and fun facts. Angela Leeper