My current read: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath.
And what Gaiman, my curly-haired comrade, said about kindness…
Be good to each other.
My current read…
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
“Reading in bed can be heaven, assuming you can get just the right amount of light on the page and aren’t prone to spilling your coffee or cognac on the sheets.” -Stephen King
I took some time to hike the Tawas Point State Park and thought it’d be fun to make a post using some of the pictures I snapped while tying in literature…
“The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence.” -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“The bell jar hung, suspended, a few feet above my head. I was open to the circulating air.” -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“The silence drew off, baring the pebbles and shells and all the tatty wreckage of my life.” -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“Can you understand? Someone, somewhere, can you understand me a little, love me a little? For all my despair, for all my ideals, for all that – I love life. But it is hard, and I have so much – so very much to learn.” -Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
I’m sitting in a small restaurant eating lunch and reading the book Nest by Esther Ehrlich during my lunch hour.
When I flip over, the chlorine burns my eyes, but I like the way everything looks fuzzy and green. I surface – dive down, down, down. With my belly on the bottom of the pool, I’m a beautiful mermaid. I take my hair out of its ponytail and put the elastic on my wrist. I swim around with my long, flowy hair and slithery body. Tiny bubbles float off my skin. The golden hair on my arms wave around. A mermaid never needs to come up for air. She opens her mouth and tasty minnows drift in. She drinks seawater. She swims for as long as she wants, and no one sees her unless she wants them to. No one sees her and no one talks to her and no one touches her and says stupid things. No one even thinks about her. And she doesn’t think about anyone. …I want to stay down here in the fuzzy green, not thinking about anyone…but my lungs ache and my head hurts and I can’t help pulling myself up through the water and gulping air.
I could see this book winning the Newbery.
Recently, I read Around the World in Eighty Days, a classic novel written by Jules Verne. I found it at the thrift store: a vintage library book from the 1970s. It left me with the overwhelming desire to hop on a train or ship and travel the world like the wealthy Mr. Fogg. Since I can’t exactly do that, I have to settle for seeing all of the interesting places close to home.
A few weeks ago, my good friends visited from Michigan. Our adventures did not include sweeping through India on an elephant or a stint in the Japanese circus, but much fun was had. We climbed rocks, hiked mountain trails, and then…we made some awesome postcards. You could create and mail these cards during a vacation, or make at home and send away to friends and family. Handmade postcards serve as inexpensive souvenirs and crafting them can be a good way to spend a rainy day.
You will need:
We collected all things Colorado to make our cards: travel guides, free magazines, catalogs, maps, bags from gift shops, and brochures for the collage cards.
Using scissors or an X-Acto knife, cut your poster board into blank post cards. These cards are 6″ x 4″
The images that you cut and collage cannot go to the edge of the card. They need a border for the contact paper to stick to and protect your lovely art work.
I made a 3.5″ x 5.5″ template for my images from a cereal box. By tracing the template on magazine pages before cutting them out, I was able to make all my images the same size and keep the white border.
Start Cutting! Search out landmarks, fun phrases, and all things travel related.
Glue the images to your card and allow them to dry.
Cover the card with a sheet of clear contact paper. This will protect it from damage during its travel through the mail.
Use a marker or pen to rub out any bubbles and seal the contact paper to your card. Pay extra attention to the white border.
Snip excess contact paper away from the edges and send!
Heather is an artist and blogger, Shades of Tangerine, from Colorado Springs, CO with a degree in Industrial Product Design. She enjoys reading, thrift shopping, and making things out of other things.
|2012, Scholastic Press
New York, NY
Unpaged (40 pp), $12.23 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780545399975; OCLC: 769141329
As a new addition to the children’s collection at work, I couldn’t resist taking a peek inside of Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole.
Unspoken, a wordless book, tells the story of a young farm girl, via illustrations, who discovers a former slave embarking on a northern trek towards freedom. An illustration depicts the girl looking curiously over her shoulder, towards shocks of corn drying in the barn, while completing her chores. On the next page, amidst a sea of corn, a single eye peers at the reader — which startles the young girl. As the story progresses, the girl begins offering food to the slave and keeps their hiding place a secret when Confederate soldiers on horseback visit the farm with a “Wanted” poster. The story closes with the girl visiting the barn at night and finding a doll fashioned out of corn husks wearing a gingham dress — a fabric napkin, which the girl had originally used to carefully wrap the food that she secreted the slave in hiding.
Cole used Staedtler Mars 4B pencils on Canson charcoal paper. The illustrations were printed on beige paper which gives the book a vintage look reminiscent of the time and the use of brown endpapers pay homage to the earthy, farm setting. I’ll admit: upon first glancing at the book, the cover illustration reminded me of Chris Van Allsburg‘s work…beautiful.
Cole’s exquisite and powerful illustrations did a phenomenal job of depicting a relatively deep and complex story without the use of words. Young readers are given ample opportunity to elaborate upon the panels by creating their own dialog between characters.
A lengthy author’s note provides the reader with a brief historical synopsis as well as personal background information.
While the book typically shelved with children’s picture books, I concur with a School Library Journal review that states this item is appropriate for grades 3 – 8. Unspoken would be a great addition to any public library and school media center.
Tags: children’s picture book, historical fiction, African-American history, Civil War, military history, slavery, Underground Railroad, wordless book