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on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 in Uncategorized

Yesterday...after the exterminator was here (powder-post beetles on the underside of the barn)...I drove about 15 miles to a lovely lakeside house that friends of mine from Massachsuetts have rented for three weeks. They'd invited me for lunch.

Granddaughter, Emma, age 9, was visiting, and so I looked for a book to take Emma, who is a bit of a bookworm. I settled on (pictured) "This is Just to Say: Poems of Aplogy and Forgiveness"
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by Joyce Sidman. Emma settled right in with it.


That would have been me, at her age: outside, woods and trees and water and boats and sunshine...and me curled in a couch with a book (and usually my mother saying, "Wouldn't you like to go OUT on such a nice day?") But she was a sympathetic mom, and preferred a good book to a brisk walk herself.

While the exterminator was here, he gave it one more try with the mice, and that made me re-write my annual mouse poem:


You're so darling, little mouse;
I love to have you in my house.
Lunch or dinner? Take your pick:
Cyanide, or arsenic?


I suppose what I really need is a cat.

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sandi Monday, 29 November 1999

OOOOO David Yates to direct The Giver?!? yay!
So glad to hear that The Giver might finally be brought to the big screen!

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Julie McG Monday, 29 November 1999

Each morning when I arrive at school, I first check my email, and then your blog... what a surprise this morning to see the smiling faces of my class on Gooney Bird Greene Day attached to your latest posting! The kids will be so excited when I show them today, I'm sure--thank you! I hope you liked Emma's story.
Julie

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Kelsey Monday, 29 November 1999

I think The Giver was the first book I read as an adult that helped me understand the power Children's Literature can have. Reading was always important to me growing up, but I really took for granted all the wonderful books I was surrounded by. I have read it and given it as a gift many, many times and really look forward to a big screen adaptation.

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Anita Monday, 29 November 1999

After 20 years as a military wife and mother I returned to college and am majoring in screenwriting. I am currently enrolled in an upper degree Adaptation class. Although I am not much of a reader myself, my (grown) children are. When I asked them if they could think of a children's novel they had read that had not been produced into a film, but they would go see in the theatre if it was, they said, "The Giver"! So, I read the book and they are right...it would make a great movie! I only wish I had the rights! Hope to see it on the silver screen very soon.

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