Sunday, February 28, 2010

Talented Teens

Tonight the youth led the worship in our church service, and what a great job they did!  Their choice of songs showed respect and consideration for the fact that there are a lot of different preferences of musical styles represented in our church, and yet they managed to make it all flow together beautifully.  It is such a pleasure to see them using their talents to bring glory to God.

Not Thursday, but inspired by

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sooooo Tired

My six words for today:

Partied out.  Need some sleep now.

I am posting this at almost one in the morning, but I will be fudging with the time thanks to the Post Options so that it will seem like I posted it before midnight.  I was out partying past midnight tonight.  Actually our whole family was, Little One included.  Little One had a great time with all the teenagers.  Should be fun times tomorrow!  Not!  A friend had invited the family to her daughter's sweet 16 party and we had great fun, but I am oh so tired.  I have been feeling extra tired all week and tonight just did me in.  Have to clue up and head to bed, but it has been a great day!

Friday, February 26, 2010

What Will the Weather Be? by Linda DeWitt

Little One and I really enjoyed What Will the Weather Be?.  It is a great way to introduce weather concepts.  There is a lot of material packed into the little book and we will need to revisit it many times to wrap our heads around it all but we loved it so much that revisiting it will not be a chore.  I'm definitely adding it to my science resource list for the next few years.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Nursery Rhymes of Newfoundland and Labrador by Robin McGrath

I picked up this book during a recent visit to our local library thinking that it might be a book I could share with my little one.  In light of that, I found this quote from the introduction interesting: "Contrary to popular belief, nursery rhymes are not written by or for children - they are generally part of the adult world and are co-opted by children who appreciate their simplicity or are merely fascinated by the enigmatic sound of the words."   While there are rhymes in Nursery Rhymes of Newfoundland and Labrador that I would share with little one there are some that I wouldn't and I'm glad I decided to read it myself before sharing it with her.

Robin McGrath did not actually write the poems in the book but she did compile and edit them.  There is a fair bit of history packed into the rhymes and I found it interesting to read.  I like the addition of the notes at the end of the book, though I would have preferred the notes actually included by the rhymes they are about. The notes make the rhymes more meaningful.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Made in Canada by Mary Graham Bonner

Came across this book while browsing the art section of our local library.  It's an old book, published in 1953, but I really enjoyed it.  There was a lot of history packed in the book.  It was very interesting to read about, and see pictures of, artwork of first nations people as well as settlers.  I have a bunch of notes made of things I want to research and learn more about.

I want to know more about  Sis-hu-lk, also known as Francis Baptiste, a member of the Okanagan First People's nation.  In the book I learned that he won a bronze star in 1936 from the Royal Drawing Society of London for his artwork titled "Canadian nativity".  From the 1940 page of the Drawing on Identity: Inkameep Dayschool and Art site I discovered that he also won a gold medal for his contribution to Canadian culture and that in 1940 he started signing his work with his Indian name.  You can see pictures of him and some of his other work sprinkled throughout An Inkameep Photo Album.

I'd also like to know more about Francois Baillairge, who Mary Bonner says is Canada's foremost woodcarver and sculptor.  I found an online gallery displaying some of Francois Baillairge's work.

And that's just some of the things I want to learn more about.  I am very glad that I picked up this book.  I'd love to own it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Using Talents as Intended

Today I got to listen to the beautiful sounds of my talented daughter playing her guitar and singing hymns and choruses in preparation for leading the worship time at the our church's adult prayer meeting tonight.  She was a little shocked when her youth pastor called this morning and asked her to do it and when she told me about it she said she felt sick to her stomach thinking about it, but she overcame that and set to work preparing.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her prepare.  Unfortunately her dad and I had other commitments tonight and didn't get to go to hear first hand how she did but when we went to pick her up a lady made the point of tapping on our window and telling us that we have a very talented daughter.  I love that she is using her talents to bring glory to God.  I pray she always does.

A couple of days early but inspired by

Monday, February 22, 2010

Young Authors Day at Pokeweed Public School by John Bianchi

Young Authors Day At Pokeweed P S (Pokeweed Public School Series)
This is great book to use as part of a special week of reading and writing. The book tells about just such a week at Poke Weed Public School, where the teacher, Ms Mudwortz shows the importance of reading with FRED (Free Reading Every Day).  I used to do the same thing with my older children when they were younger but I never thought to give it a cool name.  Little One got a kick out of the illustration showing all the students of Pokeweed Public school enjoying their FRED time.  Ms. Mudwortz also has a Young Author's Week where the first day is writing day.  The students have to start with an idea, come up with a beginning, a problem, and a solution).  The second day is picture day when the students turn words into pictures and do illustrations for their book.  The third day is Book Day when they create a title and cover for their book and then bind it all together.  The fourth day is RAT (Read Aloud Time), because as Ms. Mudwortz says, "A book is just a bunch of paper stuck together until someone reads it".And the last day is  Young Authors Day when they have a visit from an author and are surprised to find he is so different from how they imagined.

Inspired by 

Sunday, February 21, 2010

He forgives... and erases... when we confess

It's a truth that has always amazed me.  Forgiveness is freely available.  Completely free.  Completely freeing.  All we have to do is confess.  That's sometimes the toughest part - the confessing.  And the letting go, really letting go and letting it be erased as He wants it to be.  Sometimes that's hard too.

In her post When a Family Needs a Fresh Start: Making a Place of Repentance, Ann explains a way to make it so real and vivid.  It makes me wish again that we had a prayer bench in our house to set up such a thing.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Six Words Saturday

Fun at WinterFest with Little One!

Clowns, balloon creations, magician, face painting, Teddy Bear Picnic!

What a great day!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tinkering with my blog layout a little

I wanted to add a record of my progress in the different reading challenges to my blog somewhere but couldn't decide how to do it.  I finally decided to do it by adding link list gadgets for each challenge in the sidebar.  I decided to go with link list gadgets rather than just list gadgets because I wanted to link to my posts about the books. I would really like the different challenge gadgets to be in alphabetical order but I am having real trouble moving them around.  I had to give up because I was getting so frustrated. I may try again another time. I've added some books to the gadgets already but I still have more to record yet.  Once I get caught up I will continue to update each gadget as I read books for the different challenges.

I also changed the way my archives and labels are displayed.  The reason for this is so that they would take up less room.  The archives are now available through a drop down menu rather than a list.  I decided to not display some labels and to change the display to a cloud rather than list.

I'm done playing for tonight.  What do you think about the changes?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Not even on the shelves, and already on my to-be-read list

According to Trudy Morgan-Cole's post Titles: What's In a Name?, Lydia: A Story of Philippi  is expected to hit the shelves late March.  She ought to know.  She is the author.

I definitely want to get my hands on a copy ASAP.  I've only read one of her books so far, Esther: A Story of Courage, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I'm thinking this newest book will be just as pleasant an experience.  I'll let you know for sure when I read it.

In her blog post, Trudy gives a glimpse of how a book gets it's name.  Very interesting.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

One is Canada by Maxine Trottier

I just finished reading One is Canada to Little One.  I did not particularly enjoying reading the book but Little One was quite smitten by the illustrations.

The book was illustrated by Bill Slavin and we were part way in the book when Little One exclaimed "He is a good drawer!  Who drew the pictures?"  She is 4, remember, and I was a bit shocked with this exclamation.  I hadn't noticed the pictures at all.  I turned to the front of the book and told her the illustrators name and continued reading the book, but I kept getting interrupted with her exclamations about how great the pictures were.  At one point she exclaimed, "I have to tell him he's a good drawer."  :)  I think I'm going to have to look for more books illustrated by Bill Slavin.

Maxine Trottier, though not born a Canadian, became a Canadian citizen in 1974.  She lives in my home province, Newfoundland and Labrador.  I skimmed a list of her books and I will be making a point of checking out more of them.

This book caught my eye during our recent library visit because it is a Canadian book and it is a book about numbers.  I've been making a conscious effort to expose Little One to numbers and math concepts lately because it's something I haven't really put much effort into so far.  As I said earlier, however, I did not enjoying reading the book.  After reading it I read on the inside flap of the dust cover on the book that it is "a rhythmical read-aloud".  It may just be me, but I didn't find it rhythmical at all. Having said that, however, I do think I will go back to this book again.  There is a lot of history and geography wrapped up in this picture book.  It would make a great jumping off point for further learning.

This book counts towards the following reading challenges:  Canadian Authors Challenge, Newfoundland Authors, and Young Readers Challenge

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Starting to Read

Little one read her very first sentence totally on her own today!  She is 4 years old and I haven't really worried much about teaching her anything yet.  I take advantage of opportunities that come up in the day but I have not been following any kind of structured plan.  She has always loved books and being read to and pretending to read herself but today she actually read a sentence all by herself.

A while back a friend introduced me to the Learn to Read with phonics site and little one has been having fun with it for quite some time now.  She's spent hours on the ABC alphabet Phonemic Awareness page. She often asked me to let her play on it and I'd set her up to play on my laptop at the kitchen table while I was busy doing kitchen chores.  When I'd finish my chores I'd have to drive her away from the site because she wanted to stay on it.  She really loved it, and I knew she was learning so I loved it too.

Today I decided to give the next level a try and introduced her to the Learn to Read section of the site.  Instead of setting her up to go to it on her own I stayed by her to guide her a bit.  She played the "an" and "at" parts in section 1.  She loved it and did really well!  I got her to read the words herself after she had completed it and she printed of the sheets that went with it and did those too.  Then we decided to give the Zac the Rat book a try.  I love how it is set up!  Each page has a short sentence and you can click on each word to have it sounded out and then read.  I guided her to ensure that she did them in the right order and after hearing each word read I got her to read it herself.  After doing this for the first few pages she was noticing that some of the words were the same and she was starting to just read the words instead of clicking on them to hear them sounded out and read first!  First it was just with a word or two but then she finally came to a page where she didn't bother to click on any of the words at all but just simply read the whole sentence!  Of course we had to have a little high five celebration at that.  I was so proud of her, and she was pretty proud of herself.  She wanted to keep going on the site and try out some more but I didn't want to overload her so I just let her play on it on her own for a bit before finally talking her into leaving it for the day. We did print the Zac the Rat book and she wanted to read it tonight before bed.  She couldn't remember a lot of it but that's okay.  We'll probably play on the site again this week to refresh her memory.  I will be following her lead and using this site as she shows an interest in it.  I am certain it won't be long before she'll be zipping right along in her reading.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Eyewitness Weather by Brian Cosgrove

This is the first book I've read to count towards the Science Book Challenge.  Eyewitness Weather is a Dorling Kindersley book.  I definitely want to use this book later as part of little one's science learning.  On the Amazon site the School Library Journal suggests it is a great resource for grades 5-8.  I love all the pictures and explanations of the different weather instruments used throughout the years.  It's history and science all wrapped up together.  A great resource!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Help me to love as I ought

Prayer based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Lord, help me to be patient, help me to be kind. Help me not to envy, not to boast, not to be proud.  Help me not to be rude, not to be self-seeking, not to be easily angered, not to keep a record of wrongs.  Help me not to delight in evil but to rejoice in the truth.  Help me to always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Doctoring Blog Post Times This Week

That's what I've been doing, I confess!  :)  I've set a goal for myself to post a least once a day but this week it's been after midnight each night when I finally get around to posting so I'm been taking advantage of the Post Options feature on blogger and setting the date and time of my posts back an hour or so earlier than what it actually is when I post them.  I figure it's not really wrong to do because it is still the same day for me in that I post before I go to bed.  Am I just fooling myself?  :)

So my Six Words for this Saturday is the blog title: Doctoring Blog Post Times This Week

I'm hoping to get on a better schedule and not have to do that next week.  We'll see what happens.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Olympic Opening Ceremonies

It's the one part of the Olympics that I look forward to and enjoy.  I love it!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Journey North Mystery Class 2010

The Journey North Mystery Class program for 2010 started last week, but it's not to late to join in the fun.  It is a great way to add some fun to science, social studies, and math learning.  Every week, from February to April, you are given clues to help you figure out the location of 10 mystery classes from around the world.

We've tried participating a few years but we never follow through on it because of the timing.  We start out good but then we hit the Easter holidays and it gets forgotten.  This year my only official student wasn't interested in doing it again and the other is too young to really do much with it but I've decided to still go ahead and do it on my own.  I'm hoping to suck the un-interested one into it as I share with her how much fun I'm having.  :)

I've made myself some different data recording sheets this year, using the data sheets they provide as models but making some minor changes.  I'm doing a master data sheet for each week with the information for all 10 mystery classes, plus our home town, on the one sheet, instead of doing individual sheets for each class.  I'm also doing a master sheet for all the classes showing the photoperiods during the whole program, instead of doing a graph.  Not sure how that's going to work out in the end but that's how I'm doing it right now.

I love sizing up the clues and trying to figure out where the classes might be.  I think I might strap on some latitude shoes and take a walk around the world in the next few days to see what I can learn.

I'd love to hear from you if you are taking on the challenge.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

January Reading Round Up

I managed to read a fair number of books last month.  Clicking on the links will bring you to blog posts I wrote about the books:

From my Shelves:

From the Library:

Fish 'n' Ships: A brief twisted history of Newfoundland...sort of -
Hooked Mats of Newfoundland and Labrador: Beauty of Necessity
Sarah's Song by Karen Kingsbury
Unashamed by Francine Rivers

The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Besides those I also read 100 books to Anna last month.  I didn't write about these books but here is the list:

From our Shelves:

1. Let's Make a Snowman
2. Miss Nelson Is Back by Allard, Harry
3. Cuddles The Cow USA Soft Back Edition (Pal Animal Soft Strap Books)
4. Show and Tell by Munsch, Robert N.
5. Wheels on the Bus (Pudgy Board Book) by Smith, Jerry
6. My Dog's the Best! (Hello Reader Level 1) by Calmenson, Stephanie
7. A Bad, Bad Day (My First Hello Reader) by Hall, Kirsten
8. THE LUCKY GLASSES by Carruth, Jane
9. Dora Loves Boots by Inches, Alison
10. Just for You  by Mayer, Mercer
11. The Counting Book by Peter, John
12. Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! by Seuss, Dr.
13. Turn and Learn Christmas Numbers by Lamut, Sonja
14. The Wonder Book of Counting Rhymes by Pierce, June
15. Soccer Game! by MacCarone, Grace
16. Nubby Bunny by McMullan, Kate
17. Say "Ahhh!": Dora Goes to the Doctor by Beinstein, Phoebe
18. A day with my Dad (A First little Golden book) by Hiskey, Iris
19. Go Diego Go Drive to the Rescue Steering Wheel Book by Lou, Weber
20. There Were Ten Bears in a Bed by Atkins, Alison
21. The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Hardcover) by Rudin, Ellen
22. God Gives Us Sunlight by Hinds, Ruth McNaughton
23. Walt Disney Alphabet A-Z (Volume 1)
24. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies by Potter, Beatrix
25. My Mother Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World: A Russian Folk Tale by Reyher, Becky
26. Sammy the Seal (I Can Read Book 1)by Hoff, Syd
27. I Love You by Baxter, Timothy
28. Small Pig (I Can Read Book 2) by Lobel, Arnold
29. Morris Goes to School (I Can Read Book 1) by Wiseman, Bernard
30. I'm Glad I'm Your Mother by Horlacher, Billy
31. My Favorite Animal Places At the Zoo (Board book) by Byrnes, Trish
32. Slappy the Duck by Church, Elsie
33. When I Grow Up by Bethell, Jean
34. Max and Ruby: Ruby Riding Hood by Endrulat, Harry
35. One Little Teddy Bear by Burgess, Mark
36. The Truck Book (A Golden Super Shape Book) by Gere, Bill
37. Happy & Sad/Grouchy & Glad (Little Golden Book) by Allen, Constance
38. Peter Mouse in the Snow
39. Little Gray Mouse and the Train by Asheron, Sara
40. Old Macdonald Had a Farm by Lee, Tricia
41. Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Little Gray Kitten (A Little Golden Book) by Curren, Polly
42. Let's Count All the Animals by Kulas
43. Sticker Fun with Numbers
44. Where are my shoes? by Dudko, Mary Ann
45. My Easter Basket: And the True Story of Easter by Simon, Mary Manz
46. Skeletons! Skeletons! All about Bones by Hall, Katy
47. Clifford's Halloween by Bridwell, Norman
48. The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten: Book About Food Chains by Cole, Joanna
49. Opposites (Board book)
50. Big Bird's Red Book (Little Golden Book) by Cerf, Roseanne
51. Prayers for Mealtime (Board book)
52. Snoopy Come Home by Schulz, Charles M.
53. Big Bird and Little Bird's Book of Big and Little by Kingsley, Emily Perl
54. Feelings From A to Z by Visser, Pat
55. Dumbo (Little Golden Book)
56. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Jr., Bill Martin
57. Chocolate Chippo Hippo by Andriani, Vincent
58. My Alphabet by Davis, E. K.
59. Easter Bunny's Lost Egg by Gordon, Sharon
60. Old McDonald Had a Farm by Lee, Tricia
61. How Puppies Grow by Selsam, Millicent E.
62. Little Fish That Got Away by Cook, Bernadine
63. Sleeping Beauty by Andreas, Evelyn
64. Dora's Book of Manners by Ricci, Christine
65. The substitooth fairy by Snyder, Margaret
66. The Foot Book by Seuss, Dr.
67. God Made Puppies (Happy Day Books Level 1, Happy Day Books Level 1) by Bennett, Marian
68. The huffin puff express by Harrison, David L
69. Four Little Kittens (Little Little Golden Book) by Daly, Kathleen N.
70. Casper the Friendly Ghost and Wendy the Good Little Witch Adventures by Studios, Harvey Cartoon
71. The Animal's Christmas Eve by Wiersum, Gale
72. Guido's Gondola by Riva, Renee
73. Walt Disney's Cinderella, a Little Golden Book by Lorencz, Bill
74. Tell the Truth, Tyler! by McConnaughhay, Jodee
75. What Time Is It? (Giant First-Start Reader) Grey, Judith
76. The Pet That I Want (My First Hello Reader!) by Packard, Mary
77. God Gives Us Gifts by Bartlett, Margaret
79. It's Valentine's Day by Prelutsky, Jack
79. Walt Disney Pictures Presents The Rescuers Down Under by Teitelbaum, Michael
80. My Big Little Golden Book About God (Big Little Golden Book) by Watson, Jane Werner

From the Library
1. Hop! Plop! by Schwartz, Corey Rosen
2. Roll Over!: A Counting Song by Peek, Merle
3. A Frog in the Bog by Wilson, Karma
4. Lemons Are Not Red by Seeger, Laura Vaccaro
5. Big Sarah's Little Boots by Bourgeois, Paulette
6. Pudding and Pie by Williams, Sarah
7. Something Might Happen by Lester, Helen
8. Golden Goose by Reid, Barbara
9. Emma's Magic Winter (I Can Read Book 3) by Little, Jean
10. When the Wind Changed by Park, Ruth
11. The Carnival Caper (Lu & Clancy) by Mason, Adrienne
12. Are we there yet? by Crystal, Nancy
13. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Carle, Eric
14. I'm Terrific by Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman
15. Ebb & Flow & the New Friend by Simmons, Jane
16. Clifford's First Halloween (Clifford the Small Red Puppy) by Bridwell, Norman
17. Jillian Jiggs by Gilman, Phoebe
18. Atlantic Puffin by Domm, Kristin
19. Jack of all Trades: Jobs on the Farm by Guillemette, Deborah
20. Clifford's First Christmas (Clifford) by Bridwell, Norman

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The Miracle of Life

Today I got to bring some siblings in to see their new baby sister, and what a privilege that was.  A friend of mine had her 5th child yesterday and she needed someone with a big vehicle to bring her children to the hospital to visit their new sibling.  I jumped at the chance.  There is nothing like watching the wonder on the faces of little children as they see a new born baby.  What a blessing!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Even a Princess Can be Unhappy

From The Gypsy Princess by Phoebe Gilman
"Oh," Cinnamon sighed, "if only I could live in a palace like Princess Cyprina."
"Even a princess can be unhappy," her old auntie replied.

Inspired by 

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Bible Reading Report

I've been writing posts about my reading but I realized today that I haven't written a post about the most important reading that I do - my Bible Reading.

Back at the beginning of January I wrote a post that included my thoughts on the importance of Bible reading and some Bible reading plans I was considering following.  I mentioned that I had started using the default reading plan at Bible Read Through but wasn't really feeling settled in to it.  Well, after 38 days of consistently using it I think I can safely say that I am now settled in to it.  :)

I wondered how I would enjoy reading passages from three different books of the Bible everyday but I have really been enjoying it.  I think the fact that I am doing it online and all the passages are together on one page for the day makes it more enjoyable than if I had to manually look up the three different passages each day.

Having said that, however, I am missing actually holding the Bible in my hand and turning the pages.  I'm also finding that I am merely reading and not doing any actual studying.  I miss that.  I may have to do something about that soon.

I need a new Bible because my old one is falling apart so I may ask for one for my birthday.  I was also thinking tonight that I'd like to end my day with Bible reading.  I usually start my day with the Bible reading I mentioned above but I may add a night reading of some sort in the near future, maybe when I have a new Bible to page through without having to worry about the pages falling out.  :)

How about you?  Is Bible reading important to you?  Do you have a plan that you have settled in to?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Sometimes you just need to cry

Ever have one of those days? You don't understand why you feel like you do, but you just need to cry. That pretty well sums up my day today. So my Six Words for this Saturday - Sometimes you just need to cry.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Fresh Bread on Friday

I seem to be on a streak of success in bread making lately.  It hasn't always been that way.  Homemade bread has been a rarity in my house over the years because I just couldn't seem to get it right, so I gave up.  Recently, I've been inspired to try again and I've been pleased with the results.

DH has been even more pleased.  We had fresh home made rolls with stew tonight and he devoured 7 rolls!  I have to admit that they were quite good.  I'm kind of wishing I had made more rolls because I only made a dozen and all but three of them are gone already.

After supper DH phoned friends and invited them to drop in, informing them that I had just taken fresh bread from the oven.  There's a tradition in our province to enjoy a slice of fresh bread spread with molasses and canned cream.  Our friends arrived with a tin of cream in hand and we promptly sat down and devoured a full loaf of bread!  I personally am not a fan of the fresh cream but I do like bread spread with molasses.  I only had a slice and a half, and that was more than I should have had.   After all, we had just finished supper!

It is such a joy to me to have people actually enjoy my homemade bread!  I sure hope this streak of success continues.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Life As Mom's Booking It in 2010

Read about this on Carla's blog a couple of times but her post today about the books she read in January made me finally decide to join the Booking it In 2010 at Life as Mom.  I like the idea of giving a summary post of my reading for each month, and that's what they ask you to do.  I will still continue with my individual book reviews but will also do monthly summary posts.

The first thing Life as Mom asks you to do is to think about reading goals for the year.  In Life As Mom's How To Find a Good Read post they say it's never to late to join and they suggest a number of different sources for ideas for good reads and ask that people share how they go about choosing good books.

I decided before the new year began that I wanted to concentrate on reading more this year and I joined a number of different reading challenges to use as inspiration to keep reading throughout the year.  My main goal for the year is just to read more and to read a variety of types of books and topics.  Another thing I want to do is to take a closer look at my book shelves and probably reread some books that are there.  I will also be making good use of the library.  I will be perusing the shelves and making a point of checking out all the different shelves so that I cover books on different topics, as well as looking specifically for books that others suggest both online and in person.  I love to take advantage of the interlibrary loan program which means I'm not restricted to just reading the books in our local library.

If you haven't done so yet, check out the Booking It in 2010 feature.  I think it's going to be a great place to share and find good reads.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Sarah's Song by Karen Kingsbury

I've read, and enjoyed, books by Karen Kingsbury before so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed Sarah's Song by Karen Kingsbury.  I picked the book from the shelves of our local library because it was a nice, small, thin book.  :)

I didn't know it, but Sarah's Song is a part of Kingsbury's Red Gloves collection and is actually a Christmas themed story.  I love the idea of this series and will be reading more of them.  I'm not sure if I'm going to wait to read them during the Christmas season or not.  Kingsbury suggests that they make great read alouds during the 12 days of Christmas, and I really like that thought, but I'm not sure I can wait until then before I read another.  :)

This book counts for the Support Your Local Library and the 2nd Reading challenges.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Fish 'n' Ships by Ed Smith

Ed Smith is a local author that has written a number of books, but I had never read any of his books.  I had, however, read his column.  He writes a weekly column that is published in our local newspaper, as well as a number of other newspapers in our province.  I enjoy the humor and style of writing in his column so I thought it was about time I tried one of his books.

Fish 'n' Ships is the book I chose to try first and I really, really enjoyed it. The sub title for the book is "A brief twisted history of Newfoundland...sort of" and that's just what it is.  I learned a lot about the history of our province through the book, but I also laughed a lot.

This book counts towards the Support Your Local Authors, Newfoundland Authors, Canadian Authors, and Support Your Local Library challenges.