Dancing bird, talking bird

May 1, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Posted in animals, books, childrens books, pets | Leave a comment

harrys mad
The arrival of a gregarious and loquacious (very talkative) talking gray African parrot pleasantly ruffles the placid routine of the Holdsworth family. Madison, or Mad as his new owner, Harry, calls him, quickly becomes a chatty, checker-playing companion for the young boy. Life for Mad and Harry is thoroughly enjoyable until a burglar abducts the astounded bird during a robbery and hustles him to an unsavory part of London.


Fly me to the Moon!

May 23, 2008 at 2:19 am | Posted in books, childrens books, Fun Stuff | Leave a comment
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And let me play among the stars…

Maybe I’ll just go to the Milpitas Library’s program for school-age kids:

Back to the Moon and Beyond
Thursday, May 29, 3:30 pm
Milpitas Library Community Room
*Build a model orbiter for the moon. Collect lunar lava rocks like the astronauts and join the Space Exploration Readers Theater.

AND try these great books:

Little Moon Dog plays with the mischievous fairies who come to tour the moon, but he later realizes that the Man in the Moon is his true friend.

Molly Moon’s hypnotic eyes give her the power to stop the world and travel through time. Now Molly makes a stunning new discovery – she’s a mind reader! But can her incredible talents help to rescue her lost twin from future? And will Molly be a match for the maniacal Princess Fang and her crazy mind machine?

This dog can dance!

April 30, 2008 at 6:38 pm | Posted in animals, childrens books, Fun Stuff, pets | Leave a comment
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Calling all good dogs – try the talent show circuit!

If Gin can do it – so can you!

Have you ever seen such talent? !

Reminds me of Officer Buckle’s dog named Gloria:

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.

Here’s a book to help you teach your dog some tricks or even just to sit:

Write about YOUR life!

April 22, 2008 at 11:43 pm | Posted in books, childrens books, Fun Stuff, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Once upon a time there lived a boy named Sue…

Do you have something to say?

How about writing a poem or two?

Or how about writing the story of you?

Here’s a few fun book to get you started:

How to Write Your Life Story (age 9-12)
Ralph Fletcher
In addition to this title, Fletcher has written numerous books to help kids develop as authors, including A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You; Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices; and Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out.

When Max cuts out words from magazines and newspapers, collecting them the way his brothers collect stamps and coins, they all learn about words, sentences, and storytelling.

Thanks to I.N.K. for this information from Loreen Leedy!

Spring means KITES !

April 19, 2008 at 12:48 am | Posted in books, childrens books, Crafts n Fun, Fun Stuff | Leave a comment
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Dragonkite by Danarah on Flickr

Spring means flying kites! You don’t have to go anywhere except your own house to make a kite to take to the park. Try making your own kite –

Find out how to make kites and fishing gear and camping stuff and much more in this great classic:

What’s Cooking?

March 16, 2008 at 11:07 pm | Posted in childrens books, Crafts n Fun, Fun Stuff | Leave a comment
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Eiffel Tower Cookie Sundae

From Ratatoulle What’s Cooking? A Cookbook for Kids by Thomas Keller



  • Sugar Wafers
  • Ice cream (optional)
  • White frosting
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)


  1. Build an Eiffel Tower on your plate using sugar wafers as your building blocks and frosting as your cement. You will need to cut some cookies into smaller shapes so your tower stands.
  2. Make a French flag by drawing one on paper using markers or crayons, then cut it out, and tape or glue it to a whole or half a toothpick depending on how tall you want it to stand.Add the flag to the top of the tower
  3. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and chocolate sauce, if desired
From Ratatoulle What’s Cooking? A Cookbook for Kids by Thomas Keller

Bon matin breakfast: Colette’s crepes ; Ooh la la French toast ; Remy’s famous omelets ; French breakfast muffins — Let’s have lunch fromage: Gusteau’s grilled cheese ; Croque monsieur ; Quiche Lorraine ; Easy faux escargots ; Crazy cheese straws ; Cheese fondue — French bread, soup du jour, mmm…salads: A classic baguette ; Vichyssoise ; Chef’s salad ; Salad nicoise ; Dijon vinaigrette — Dinner is served!: Gusteau’s Ratatouille ; Linguini alfredo with peas ; C’est magnifique salmon ; Remy’s macaroni and cheese ; Pizza rats ; Oven-baked French fries — Delightful desserts: Colette’s apron cake ; Django’s dirt cake ; Cherry cheesecakes ; Chocolate bouchons ; Chocolate rats ; Eiffel Tower cookie sundae.
Shows children how to cook a variety of simple dishes and desserts. Features characters from the Disney PIXAR film Ratatouille.

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