The Places They Go

Books can be read anywhere and with anyone!

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This week our posts have focused on places you can read – at home, on a day trip, camping, on vacation or in the garden. I love this photo of Mackenzie and her dog Plato. Our furry buddies can be awesome reading partners. I wonder if that article in the magazine is about dogs since Plato seems so interested in it!

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Mackenzie also visited Hovander Homestead Farm in Ferndale, which is between Bellingham and the Canada border in northwest Washington State. Swedish architect Hakan Hovander emigrated and settled in Ferndale, and 1901 began building  a huge 6,800 foot house on a 333 acre farm. It is now restored and owned by the Whatcom Parks and Recreation, where you can visit the grounds on self-guided tours. The gardens, benches and surroundings seem like perfect places to relax and read a book!

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Of course, you don’t have to travel anywhere to read. You can stay home with your dog, or you can go outside on these hot sunny days and stay cool with some water, a slide, bubbles and a fun magazine! Looks like fun!

Thanks for submitting these photos Mackenzie!

Keep reading! Mrs. Hembree

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Take a Road Trip

Readers read everywhere!

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Sometimes people think you need to be in a special place to read, but really that’s not true. Readers read everywhere – in the car, on trains, on vacation and in the barber shop! Josa is reading Road Trip by Gary Paulsen. This author may be familiar to you. He also wrote the famous adventure novel Hatchet. If you haven’t read Hatchet yet, you MUST put this on your summer reading list. Road Trip is also an adventure story, with funny overtones and written for grades 5+. I believe it’s on the Battle of the Book list for our middle schools. Here is a book trailer by Donna Yliniemi.

Thanks for sharing your photo Josa and showing our readers that people can read anywhere! What did you think about Road Trip? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Happy Reading from Mrs. Hembree

 

 

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Reading in Coulee Country

Do you know what a Coulee is?

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Nicole and Gabe are reading near the Grand Coulee. The Grand Coulee is part of the Columbia River Plateau and is an ancient riverbed located in the eastern part of Washington state.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Coulee

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Coulee

The Grand Coulee is one of 18 national natural landmarks in Washington state. Visiting this area is like stepping back millions of years into the times of dinosaurs.

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The rock formations are a geological wonder and anyone who has any interest in rocks and geology would love this area. Just down the road is the Grand Coulee Dam. My husband and I visited this area a few years ago and I couldn’t believe how different this area looks from western Washington.

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Thank you Nicole and Gabe for sending us photos of you reading while on vacation! The Bulldog Readers really appreciate it!

Keep Reading! Mrs. Hembree

 

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We Can Read with Pete

Look out! Pete’s in the house!

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It looks like Pete the Cat has convinced Anthony and Jason to do some summertime reading! Pete is one cool cat and isn’t it great that he is not afraid to go to the beach? A problem happens when Pete gets hot after playing in the sand at the beach. Most cats I know are scared of the water. Do you think Pete was scared of going into the water? Maybe? Did he try swimming anyway? Read Pete the Cat – Pete at the Beach or Pete the Cat – Too Cool for School by James Dean to find out. Thank you Anthony and Jason for sharing your reading photos with us!

Any of our readers can share photos with us for our summertime reading fun! You don’t have to be on a fancy vacation or in an exotic place to have your reading photo taken. Readers read anywhere and everywhere! Simply take a photo and send it in! We love student and adult readers as well. There’s only three more weeks to get your photos submitted. Our summer reading program ends on August 31st, so get those phones and cameras out! Send the photos me at this address:

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If you love Pete the Cat, then I recommend you also try a new book by Eric Litwin, one of the original authors of the Pete the Cat series–The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House. The book was just published on July 29th and it’s a winner!
When Mama Nut tries to get her little Nut children to go to bed, they don’t hear her! They are having too much fun! Check out the book trailer and then leave me a comment! What do you think about this new book?

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Reading in the Rain

Yikes! It’s pouring!

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I’ve heard of singing and dancing in the rain, but reading in the pouring rain is a new one. I’ve always been fearful that I would ruin the book. However, knowing Gabe, he figured out a way to read in the rain AND protect his book from water destruction! We have a theme this week of reading anywhere, and certainly reading in the rain fits right in!
Thanks for sharing Gabe and be sure to let us know if your book is safe! What are you reading? Do we all need to read it? Inquiring minds want to know!

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The Yankee Reader

What gets you excited about your day?

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For my nephew it’s baseball with a healthy dose of reading (and maybe a couple computer games). He is a diehard Yankees fan as you can see from his room decor. Everything is Yankees from tip to stern.
My favorite part of his room are the stacks of books. I wish I had taken more pictures, but trust me. He loves to read and his shelves prove it. We are DEFINITELY related! Like a true reader, the books closest to his bed are the important ones. The sports books by Tim Green, Mike Lupica, and Dan Gutman. Florida adventures by Carl Hiaasen. Then there are the top tier books- Wonder and The One and Only Ivan. These are the ones that will stay in his room, or at least that’s my prediction.

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 Now he has a copy of Comics Squad. It never even made it downstairs to get read. Nope! It was consumed in one night. Right there in my nephew’s personal Yankee Stadium.

Now, where will it go on the pile?

PS. I have another sport book to suggest. If you like baseball, look for Screaming at the Ump by Audrey Vernick. This middle grade novel puts a twist on the typical baseball story by looking through the lens of a 12 year old and umpire camp. Cool sports story and well paced.

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Never a Mariner

I’ve been at sea for most of the summer.

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It started right after school ended when I found my shell collection. It had been missing for a couple years, but we found it in the garage tucked behind some boxes. I was thrilled because I have been collecting shells since I was a little girl. I always come home with a shell from every beach I walk along. I also like to buy pretty shells. I just have a  “thing” for shells and the ocean. In fact I love the ocean so much, that I can’t live far from the water. Except for a brief summer in Denver, and a year in Germany, I have only ever lived on the East coast or West coast where I can see salt water within minutes.

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That box of shells inspired me to create a new ocean/shell display in our living room so I could get those shells and seastars out of the box where we could see them every day. Then I went back East with my daughter to see my family, traveling around Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. We were near the ocean every chance we could get, walking along the shore, collecting shells or enjoying some time in the sun or fog.

Nubble Lighthouse, Maine

Nubble Lighthouse, Maine

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The Motif, Rockport, Massachusetts

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Hampton, Maine

I started and ended my vacation in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Gloucester was settled in 1623 and was one of the first English settlements in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It’s known as America’s oldest seaport and if you have ever eaten Gorton’s fishsticks, they come from Gloucester!

 The Gloucester Fishermen Memorial honors the thousands of lives taken by the sea.

When I’m in Gloucester, I visit my cousin, the owner and captain of the Aaron and Alexis. Captain Swicker is a cod and lobster fisherman and knows first hand how dangerous the sea can be.

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On my last day in Gloucester, he took me to the Bookstore of Gloucester to outfit me with some books he wanted me take home, share with the family and read.

Photo courtesy http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com

Photo courtesy http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com

Reading Fatal Forecast, Lone Voyager, and the Perfect Storm immersed me into the lives of famous Gloucester fishermen. Fatal Forecast is the true story of Ernie Hazard, a fisherman aboard the Sea Fever, who during a hurricane was thrown overboard and survived fifty hours alone in a tiny life raft. Of the three books, this was my absolute favorite. It’s a terrifying tale with a happy ending, unlike The Perfect Storm. This book was made into a movie and filmed in Gloucester. Again, it’s the story of fishermen caught out in the fishing grounds in the Atlantic in 1991 in what was known as a ‘perfect storm’ – not perfect as in nice, but perfect as in the worst storm nature could put together with 100 foot waves and hurricane winds. Many of the fishermen and women made it home, but not the crew of the Andrea Gail. (I do not recommend the Perfect Storm for young readers due to language, and serious subject matter.)

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I saved the Lone Voyager- a story about Howard Blackburn and his absolute love for sailing in the late 1880′s for last. In the winter of 1883, Howard and a crewmate were in an open dory (a small boat) and got separated from the main schooner during a blizzard. For five days he rowed himself toward land and when he eventually reached the shore, his hands were frozen to the oars, and his friend was frozen to death. While Howard lost all his fingers, and most of his toes from frostbite, the disability never stopped him from life on the sea. He went on to record the fastest solo sail voyage across the Atlantic. Of course, this time has since been beaten, but the fact that Blackburn sailed alone without fingers is still an amazing feat.

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I have learned one main lesson on my summer sea-vacation. First, while I love the ocean – the smells, the sand, shells – I respect how dangerous it is. My cousin lost 800 traps in the storm of ’91 and I still remember how afraid we all were for the fishermen at sea. I love to go out on the boats and be on the open sea, but only in nice, sunny, summer days. When the storms hit, I want to be inside a house, warm and dry. I am a landlubber librarian, who only can take trips on the ocean through stories. I will leave fishing to the experienced mariners, and pray that they come home safely from every trip they take.

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Do you prefer land or sea?

Have you ever been on the ocean in bad weather?

Leave a comment and let us know! 

 

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Reading in Ancient Greece

Look where Ema is reading!

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Did you figure it out? Yes, Ema is reading Anne of Green Gables in Ancient Greece! She has certainly traveled a long way to do some reading!

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We have had photos from readers in  Washington, Massachusetts,  and Canada! These places are in North America.  We have also had reading photos from our friends in Sovenga,  South Africa.  Ema’s photo is our first from Europe. Now we have had photos from three different continents.  Here is a map of the world.

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Do you think it’s warm in Greece right now? What kind of buildings and sites do you think Ema is seeing in Greece? Leave us a comment and let us know! Our goal this summer is to promote student reading and see if we can find readers from every continent in the world. Spread the word on how important and fun reading can be! Send us your photo to:

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Happy Reading! Mrs. Hembree

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The Sweetness of Books

Happy Summer Vacation!

The Bulldog Readers have been sending in their photos showing what fun it can be to read in the summer! Maybe their choices will lure you to the library this summer.

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I hope you are having a great vacation! I am having a great time on the east coast visiting my family. On Friday we went to New York City and I saw the New York Public Library. Yesterday we went to the Bronx Zoo. Don’t forget, you can be included on the blog. Just have your adult family member email me the picture.
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Simple and easy!
Happy Reading!
Mrs. Hembree

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Under the Egg

What painting is under the egg?

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That is the mystery “Theo” Theodora Tenpenny must solve when her grandfather’s dying words are “Look under the egg.” The problem would be easily solved if she had any idea what he was talking about. Under the Egg is a great art, mystery story that reminds me of Chasing Vermeer and the movie Monument Men. Theo’s mom is a bit “off” – not crazy, not slow, but rather extraordinarily gifted, and just not really in the reality of this world. She spends every waking moment in her bedroom trying to solve a mathematical equation for her  15 year old dissertation. That leaves Theo in charge of food, cleaning, fixing and trying to figure out how to stretch out less than $400 so they don’t get kicked out of their house on 18 Spinney Lane.

Once Theo realizes that the mysterious “under the egg” item is really a painting, and might be a masterpiece from Raphael, life gets really complicated.

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The School of Athens is a fresco painted by Raphael between 1510 and 1511. It was painted on the wall of the library in the palace at the Vatican. The painting shows many of the philosophers of Ancient Greece including Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Pythagoras, and Euclid.
Source:http://www.ducksters.com/biography/artists/raphael.php

Raphael, was one of the Renaissance painters from the early 1500′s, who was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint some interior rooms in the Vatican. He is considered to be one of the great Italian painters. How could her grandfather have a Raphael in their house? Was it stolen? Was her grandfather really a thief?

Read Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald to find out! If you love it, try also reading more art mysteries like Chasing Vermeer or The Calder Game by Blue Balliett.

Happy Reading! Mrs. Hembree

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