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on Saturday, 28 February 2009 in Uncategorized

I have come from Virginia,  where there were daffodils in bloom, back to Massachusetts, where things are still pretty wintery and grim (but the snow--for now---is gone (and Monday I go to Maine, where we are still DEEP in snow).  Catching my breath a bit and preparing to face the tax stuff. I'll take it with me to Maine where I have taken a vow of isolation and deprivation until I get it done.

This was just sent to me and made me blink in astonishment:

Polish bookmark

Yes, it's a bookmark...in Polish, where THE WILLOUGHBYS has recently appeared in translation.

Here is a great bunch of kids in Richmond, who had for some months been working with my book NUMBER THE STARS and had come up with great projects, including some power point presentations that were very impressive:

I told them to look for themselves in the photos and email me to tell me who they are---but I'm afraid it's a pretty bad cell phone picture.

The Richmond project was run by the Junior League of Richmond and meant a lot to a great many kids---this group is only one of a number of groups I saw during my time there.

At a different school, I saw some fabulous projects created by students (will post a photo of one after I get it downloaded) and was given a framed collage of my ENTIRE LIFE! made by kids.

Thank you, Junior League of Richmond, for all your hard and rewarding work!  You will make a difference in some young lives.

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Steve Weiner Monday, 29 November 1999

Its an interesting debate & I've seen both sides--being a librarian for 20 years I've seen kids & teens read all sorts of popular stuff & then some of them come back a few years later & read more popular stuff. Others come back & read, not exactly Shakespeare, but Philip Roth & Elinor Lipman. I've come to the conclusion that it depends in part upon what things aside from pop culture influence literary appetites in one's life. Good teachers can certainly help, but what most studies reveal is that kids SEEING their parents reading & what their parents actually read is a major determinor in what kind of readers children will become as adults.

ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

Your apples remind me of Cezanne's Astonishing apples. http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/cezannes_apples/pop_look.html">http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/cezannes_apples/pop_look.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/cezannes_apples/pop_look.html">http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/cezannes_apples/pop_look.html
I agree with your last thought, I've seen it in my daughter. She's an avid reader but she gravitates to the "fun" books when at bookstores.
She's encouraged to bring her own reading material for "independent reading" in class, but she's required to read the material assigned to the entire class.
Eventually, her vocabulary will increase, her understanding will mature and she'll be ready for the more sophisticated material. However, she'll need a good "guide" like a caring teacher or librarian. That I'm sure of.

Jennifer Monday, 29 November 1999

Mine won't be dragged kicking and screaming into a Shakespeare play, this year, but they will be able to see The Giver on stage for the first time! I'm so excited to see it-- after teaching it for seven years-- and I know they will be, too. I have a great group of eighth graders this year-- good "discussers," so I'm so excited to hear what they have to say when reading The Giver. The passion when they read it always amazes me. They have self-selected reading time in my class, too, but The Giver will never leave the required list as long as I'm teaching. :)

Maria Monday, 29 November 1999

I came across your blog trying to ensure I was spelling your name right and was delighted to find that you have a blog. I also loved reading as a kid (still do!). I am forever grateful for my mother's love of classic literature that pointed me toward good books at a young age. That influence has made an indelible impact on my life.

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