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Wow has it ever been forever since I wrote a post. Or visited fasebook. Or read a friends blog. So much has been happening. Almost ready to get developmental editor for memoir. Been writing in library with friend Jennifer Marsh on that. And some at home. But find myself finding to too many distractions here.

Grandson has started living with us and going to school here. That has been a big deterenent in writing a blog but I know many do it.

Husband had surgery. Another excuse for why I havent written. He is ok now. Sorta.

Big news is that I am detoxing from my pain patches of fentanyl. Yes, Detoxing. Going off a strong narcotic for my back pain. So now? Such a small change but will be big in long scheme of things. Been going forty eight hours with out changing the patch when I used to do it every twenty four hours. Yes, I feel some pain. That is ok. But the great thing? the great thing is that right now I don’t have any withdrawal symptoms. Yet. I know it is easy to say I won’t have so soon. And that is why I know I am not out of the woods.

I remember  when I had tried going off once before that I had withdrawals a lot sooner than now. It takes the body a while to get used to things. Tomorrow might be a whole different story. I’ll be quiet then.

Thanks for reading readers!

Hope to see you back here soon. I Miss ya’ll. Any of you try this?

TAKE CARE!        XOXO

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#PPBF/ Footwork, the Story of Fred and Adele Astaire

Dear Friends!

Happy Friday! And I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead, with warm weather and sun. I hope to do our regular Saturday thing of scheduling my blog posts and then going for a walk to one of our favorite restaurants, sipping Chia Tea on the way home. What do you like doing on Saturdays?

Another event is Perfect Picture Book Fridays where in I love visiting other PPBF posts and reading about a different picture book on each site. Usually they are the best pick of the lot. And usually I go away from this with a whole bag full of holds in my library account. Reading as many good picture books as I can will hopefully pay off in gold as I write picture book manuscripts. I hope some of that writing will rub off on me. Now for this weeks PPBF for me.

#PPBF/ Footwork, the Story of Fred and Adele Astaire

Footwork, book cover__Title: Footwork, the Story of Fred and Adele Astaire

Author and Illustrator: Roxane Orgill / Stephane Jorisch

Themes: Biography, Nonfiction, Ballet, history

Resources: This book is not on You Tube but a lot of Fred and Adele ballets are. Here is one showing Fred’s totally perfect timing and how diverse he was. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfyXPONE7Ws

Here is a Q and A with Roxane Orgil about her picture book biography, Footwork: https://www.teachervision.com/authors/printable/65211.html

On another tack one could ask if your students are taking ballet and discuss why they think it should just be for girls or if boys could do it too and then launch into reading about Fred and Adele.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years /Grade Level: 1 – 4  Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition, First Printing edition (September 25, 2007)

 Summary: From Amazon : “In 1905, four-and-a-half-year-old Fred Astaire put on his first pair of dancing shoes — and from that moment, his life was filled with singing, dancing, and fancy footwork. Fred’s older sister, Adele, was the real dancer, but Fred worked hard to get all the steps just right, and it wasn’t long before he was the one capturing headlines and stealing the show. In this fascinating story of child stars who hoof their way to knockout success on Broadway and beyond, Roxane Orgill and Stéphane Jorisch team up for a bravura performance, capturing the sophistication, fluidity, and grace of two of the biggest names in dance history.”

First Three Sentences: “One day, while Fred Astaire was waiting for his sister, Adele, to finish dancing class, he saw a pair of ballet shoes in the corner. He put them on and walked on his toes. He was four and a half.”

Why I loved this book: The art is period so it brings home to the reader just how different Fred and Adele’s world really was. It starts out, not saying much about the parents, but about how good at ballet Fred and Adele were. Then, “Suitcases were packed, and one morning in 1908…” just like it might be a big ole story to tell. And what a story it is. Orgill explains how Fred was the one to really study what made the show good and that ‘father’ listened to him. And she makes sure the reader realizes it was not an overnight success. They had to work hard. Practice over and over. Start small and work up. Important lessons.

As Adele and Fred grow into teens, they had to take a break from the stage and did not return till they were more graceful. It was 1917 when they were offered a chance to be in a musical on Broadway in NY city. Then they went to England and preformed for the Prince.

It was a lovely true story book.

IF you would like to join others in Perfect Picture Book Friday’s check outSusanna’s web site.

If you have not signed up to be a follower of this blog, please join the 300+ readers from over 65 countries, which have already done that. Simply sign up in the box on the side bar on the right. If you are already signed up and are a follower share this #PPBF with your friends. Share it on twitter and Facebook. While you are doing that sign up for my email list on mail chimp and get a free children’s story.  And once I get a certain number on Mail Chimp I will send you more free stuff along with helpful links.

And don’t forget: you can still order my true picture bookEdmund Pickle Chin, A Rescue Donkey Story on Amazon /

 

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B is for Bookworm; A Library Alphabet — #PPBF

Hi Friends!

Boy! Have I ever got a prize for you today! I think you will all love this book. And if you want to join in more fun , go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s site to  join others in Perfect Picture Book Friday’s check out Susanna’s web site. 

B is for Bookworm__Title: B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet

Author/ Illustrator: Anita C. Prieto/ Renee Graef

Publishing info: Age Range: 6 – 9 years

Grade Level: 1 – 4

Series: Alphabet Books

Paperback: 40 pages

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (January 1, 2007)

Theme: Library, books, history, nonfiction, alphabet

Summary: From Amazon “Libraries, like books and kids, come in all shapes and sizes and are as individual as every story and freckled face. Readers will learn about Kenya’s Camel Library Service, Zimbabwe’s Donkey Libraries, and Northern Europe’s Book Boats. There is so much to discover and celebrate about the history and inner workings of our community libraries — How do libraries keep track of all the volumes? Where was the first library and who was its first librarian? How many miles of books are housed in the Library of Congress? And what is the scriptoria?”

First three sentences:  “A is for Author. There are thousands of books on the library shelves, just waiting for you and me. They were written by people who love to create. Do you know who those people might be?”

Resources and Activities: For a different perspective than mine here is what the  School Library Journal has to say : Kindergarten-Grade 3–Prieto uses the alphabet format to introduce children to library terminology and history and the history of books. Unfortunately, the book is dry and boring. The text is awkward, and the rhythm is jerky. For example: G is for Gutenberg/Would you like to copy your history book,/ all 322 pages?/That’s what you’d do if you were a scribe/and lived in the Middle Ages. Also some of the words the author chose to represent certain letters make little sense. For C, she uses Library Card, and for N, she uses Call Number. Blocks of dense text at an older reading level go into more detail about the topic related to each letter’s page. The pictures depict happy- or dreamy-looking children enjoying books and libraries. Suzanne Williams’s Library Lil (Dial, 1997), Carmen Agra Deedy’s The Library Dragon (Peachtree, 1994), and Julie Cummins’s The Inside-Outside Book of Libraries (Dutton, 1996) introduce children to books and libraries in a more interesting and entertaining manner.–Heather Ver Voort, Wilson Middle School, Natick, MA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.”

Book guides and author interviews are here

One thing that would be fun to do with kids is make your own book starting with a story and then drawing the illustrations. While this is time consuming it would be a great hands on teaching tool. If this was done in a library setting one could show off these books on the top of shelves and stacks.

Why I Love this book: I chose this Picture Book because of the title. I knew I would love it from that. I call myself a bookworm author because those are two of my favorite things to do. This book has a rhyming text all about libraries and also an exposition in the sidebars, with all kinds of delicious information about libraries, one of my favorite places. So what is not to love?

Then when I opened the book, “A is for Author. “ The very first sentence sent me into spasms of delight. And the first illustration to go with that text was one of the author!! I am sure she loved that.

I Love picture books with side bar expositions, full of detailed info expanding your knowledge of what the main text is about. And B is for Bookworms is full of my favorite information – all about books. So yes, I love this book and name it Perfect Picture Book of the day, Friday!!

IF you would like to join others in Perfect Picture Book Friday’s check out Susanna’s web site.

If you have not signed up to be a follower of this blog, please join the 300+ readers from over 65 countries, which have already done that. Simply sign up in the box on the side bar on the right. If you are already signed up and are a follower share this #PPBF with your friends. Share it on twitter and Facebook. While you are doing that sign up for my email list on mail chimp and get a free children’s story.  And once I get a certain number on Mail Chimp I will send you more free stuff along with helpful links.

And don’t forget: you can still order my true picture book, Edmund Pickle Chin, A Rescue Donkey Story on Amazon /

Edmund Pickle Chin- book cover_0_

Love, Clara

 

 

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My Doggerel Poem for Susanna’s Valen-tiny Contest 2016

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Happiness spreads with you!My Doggerel Poem for Susanna’s Valentiny Contest 2016!

No PPBF? How can that be?

I rely on Perfect Picture Book Friday to sustain me.

Must I instead write a diddle

A piddle

A poo?

For the contesteroo?

Who wrote the rules?

Who says I say.

Why it’s harebrained Susanna Leonard Hill who says.

So here is my Valentiny contest story submission.

Though I must say I am perplexed, am grumpy and irritable.

And curmudgeony.

To write for Contest Valentiny.

But here I am at 136 words. Rules say below 214. Nothing about it being exact.

Must be for children.

 Kids! Can you relate?

Chime in before it is too late.

Do you like, it hate it, or care?

This is my submission. And I’m sticking with it.

The end.

By Clara Bowman-Jahn

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An Insider’s Guide to Football- #PPBF

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Don’t be shocked but I know nothing about football. When the sports announcer makes his little spiel? I don’t know what he’s talking about, till I read this picture book. Now I have an elementary understanding of why there are three teams on each football field and know a little about the specialty teams like kickers. I know what a quarterback does. I know what offensive and defensive means. IN short, I now know a little about American’s favorite sport. And where I pretended before, now I can actually ask intelligent questions.  That is why I picked this book for Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Yes, It is Perfect Picture book Friday day! Go here  to Susanna’s site for more fun and loads of perfect picture books.

An Insiders guide to FootballL._SS300_Title: An Insider’s Guide Football

Authors: Don Van Pelt and Brian Wingate

Opening lines: American Football, much like several other great inventions, was the result of a number of fortunate accidents. Legend says that in 1823, a group of English boys were playing English football on their school grounds. The sport was a lot like soccer in that most players were not allowed to use their hands.

Resources: For the publisher’s page click here :

Activities:Also just watch TV with your child, watch the sports segment on the daily news and you will see Football mentioned and you can talk to your child about it. Plus in the fall one can start seeing the games almost every Thursday and Sunday with the tournament of Super bowl Sunday being the big game every one talks about.

Publishing info: 2014, by the Rosen Publishing Group Inc.

Theme: Football, sports, every child’s experience,

Summary: From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-These readable overviews make good use of photos, graphics, and inserts to introduce the rules and history of each game, along with playing tips. Basketball skills such as pivoting and playing defense are clearly and concisely explained through text and photos. There’s also focus on fitness and inclusiveness. Girls and young women are shown playing and working out; an inset titled “Anyone Can Play Football” (in Football) notes that female teams now play at all levels. Volleyball includes a brief mention of athletes in wheelchairs competing at a sports camp, as well as a photo. Baseball offers a short discussion of steroids usage and its impact on the game, while Soccer notes Pele’s impact on the sport’s popularity. These are well-written, attractively designed books, and it’s especially nice to see coverage of softball and volleyball.α(c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

 

Why I love this book: Football, an Insider’s Guide, is in a gray area for picture book genre with its chapters and 44  pages, but I chose this for PPBF because of the pictures on every page and the appeal it would have for ages between four and eight or even eleven. However after I did a little research it was clearly for grades five through eight.  It tells the reader about the history of foot ball and an elementary (which I needed) understanding of the game. My late husband loved it and often tried to explain his love of football for me. But I never got it!! Now I think if I Follow up with a game or two I may be able to follow along. And with Super Bowl 50 coming up I have at least this rudimentary understanding of what foot ball is all about and all American’s love.

When I worked in a hospital and the game was on TV no one needed pain shots and no family members bothered me with questions I could not answer. IF I asked who was winning, I had instant rapport with everyone in the room including the patient.

If you have not signed up to be a follower of this blog, please join the 300+ readers from over 65 countries, which have already done that. Simply sign up in the box on the side bar on the right. If you are already signed up and are a follower share this story with your friends. Share it on twitter and Facebook. While you are doing that sign up for my email list on mail chimp and get a free children’s story. I promise I will never share your email with anyone else. And once I get a certain number on Mail Chimp I will send you more free stuff along with helpful links.

And don’t forget: you can still order my true picture book, Edmund Pickle Chin, A Rescue Donkey Story on Amazon /

Have fun at the Super Bowl!!

Love, Clara

 

 

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