Because of one very curious cat named Calvin (see previous post), I've been unable to put plants and/or flowers inside our home. I've been wanting to add a little green in the corners of a few rooms and this might be the solution!
After stumbling across this "indoor herb garden"at Pinterest, I was inspired. I figure Calvin can't nibble on the plants if they't too high for him to reach. I also love the idea of hanging a few plants from the ceiling.
Photo #1 via Pinterest. Photo #2 via gardening-experts.
Synopsis from Goodreads: From the first day of third grade, when Ramona Quimby meets her eventual nemesis Yard Ape, life moves on at its usual wild pace--usual for the boisterous Ramona, that is. Soon she is accidentally squashing a raw egg into her hair at the school cafeteria, being forced to play Uncle Rat with her annoying young neighbor, and, worst of all, throwing up in her classroom. The responsibilities of an 8-year-old are sometimes daunting, especially in a family that is trying to squeak by while the father goes back to school. But Ramona is full of too much vim and vigor to ever be down for long.
In her second Newbery Honor Book about Ramona (the first was Ramona and Her Father), Beverly Cleary presents another slice of the Quimby family life. Author of more than two dozen children's books, Cleary has a true knack for understanding the tangle of thoughts and emotions in a child's mind and heart. Empathic, witty, and astute, she has earned many other awards, including the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. Alan Tiegreen's clever line drawings have charmed countless readers of Cleary's books over the years, and his style is now inextricably tied to hers.
What I think: I adored all of the Ramona books when I was a kid, but "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" stands out most in my memory. Probably because of the very funny egg scene when Ramona cracks what she thinks is a hard boil egg on her head. I remember laughing out loud the first time I read that part. Ramona is a rebellious, strong-willed, all-around fantastic character. It's impossible not to love her.
(If you haven't listened to the Ramona books on tape, they're terrific. Stockard Channing reads aloud and gets the voice just right.)
I'm just returning from a quick trip to London. During the visit, I went to the Tate Modern Art Museum. After perusing the works of Dali, Pollock, Miro, Giacometti, and Picaso, I headed to the museum gift shop. I purchased quite a few postcards (see example below) and a great little book called "Nicholas and the Gang"by Goscinny and Sempe. I just love museum gift shops. You?
This postcard is from The Quilts of Gee's Bend collection. It's titled "Housetop" by Rita Mae Pettway.
A great letter says so much. In just a few short sentences, Mick Jagger lets us know the kind of person he is, how he feels about Andy Warhol's art, and the type of relationship he has with Mr. Al Steckler.
Do you write letters? I think it's a wonderful way to work with words.
ps. I blocked out a phrase in the middle of paragraph two in order to keep this blog kid friendly!
Synopsis from Goodreads: Midwesterner Gary D. Schmidt won Newbery Honor awards forLizzie Bright and the Buckminster BoysandThe Wednesday Wars, two coming-of-age novels about unlikely friends finding a bond.Okay For Now, his latest novel, explores another seemingly improbable alliance, this one between new outsider in town Doug Swieteck and Lil Spicer, the savvy spitfire daughter of his deli owner boss. With her challenging assistance, Doug discovers new sides of himself. Along the way, he also readjusts his relationship with his abusive father, his school peers, and his older brother, a newly returned war victim of Vietnam.
What I think: Gary D. Schmidt is a very good writer. His sentences are clean and crisp and full of emotion. For example, I love that Doug says "terrific" as a single-worded sentence when everything around him is quite the opposite.