Saturday, January 14, 2012

Use these for storytime Miss Kitty will not

Us and Them by Jamie Mitchell

Read this book you will

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Finishes

Chicken and waffles from May's Counter, Tuscon, Arizona.
And it was always like that in Coal Harbour. Some people got old and some died. I left parts of myself some places and found others unexpectedly. New people appeared on the scene and others disappeared before I had a chance to say goodbye. All kinds of ordinary people gave their whole hearts to things you wouldn't think you could give your heart to. I made discoveries like the reason for Miss Honeycut's anecdotes, and other things, like the whereabouts of my sweaters, remained a mystery forever. And Coal Harbour never became a big resort or swank tourist spot or anything, but I didn't care because I knew that as long as you lived there you could get anything you wanted. And it always came on a waffle. (Recipe to follow.) 

I adore Polly Horvath's Everything on Waffle. Such a delectable choice for reading aloud and especially for a budding gourmand- if you think spaghetti, roast beef, ice cream, anchovies, or cotton candy on a waffle are gourmet delights. I've never had chicken and waffles but let me tell you, vanilla ice cream and hot fudge on a waffle is scrumtious.  Pair this with Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , fire up the waffle maker this weekend and have a literary feast. I think Miss Bowzer and Willy Wonka would get along swell together.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Unlock your imagination

Snap up the The Lego Ideas Book just put out on the new non-fiction shelves and think of what you can build with these little bricks of inspiration.

I am enchanted by the vision of artist
Jan Vormann and his Dispatchwork art installations. 
Vormann uses Lego bricks to patch and restore buildings, both humble and sacred, all over the world.

Both Google and YouTube are filled with examples of this great public art project. Maybe we should have a giant Lego donation drive and repair our libraries with Legos!