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Poetry Friday: Life Long Distance: Dialogue Poems by Robert Heidbreder
I've been reading this classic with my grandkids these days. We love the sparse text and humorous illustrations.
Poor Eddie, the elephant, gets lost in the snow on his way to Maisy's house. My two and a half year old granddaughter and I have been reading this for the last couple of months. She pretty much tells the story to me these days and makes me respond to her questions, Is that Eddie?
When two best friends go to camp, their desires to follow their individual passions ends up creating conflict.
I was impressed by how the camp councillors monitored the pair’s emotional states and manage to intervene at the right moment. I also appreciated how the two girls managed to negotiate their way back into each other’s worlds.
There are a lot of fabulous graphic novels around today that address the issue of how to be a friend. This is one of them. Moon and Christine are unlikely best friends. When Christine becomes jealous of Moon's increasing popularity, she does something she ends up regretting. I loved the diverse characters in this book. I loved the supportive adults. I'm going to confess here that all these friendship issue novels have helped me see my own adolescent more clearly and enabled me to forgive others and myself.
I resisted this one for a while because I anticipated it would be full of horrific scenes. It is, but then, aren't all wars full of hell? It tells the tale of a futuristic civil war in American brought about through the south's refusal to abandon fossil fuels, and the meddling of foreign agents. It is a profound look at how war strips the humanity from all of us. If you are looking for a feel good book, this isn't it. It's an important look at where we all might be headed if we don't start dealing with climate change ASAP.
Gorgeous photographs of ocean life are accompanied by delightful poetry. The back matter contains information about the species in the images.
I adored this collection of poetry. The voice is so profound, it was like visiting with my mother in law and her bridge and coffee clutch gals. So many times I just laughed out loud. I had to read bits out loud to my partner, commenting, “Doesn’t this remind you of.......” These are lines of pure sweet magic. Go read my blog post if you want to read a bit from it.
A fictional story of two polar bear cubs is interspersed with factual information about their habitat and life cycle. What I appreciated most was how the authors made clear how climate change affects these animals.
I've restarted Dig by A. S. King, I'm listening to The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. I'm also in the middle of African Acrostics: A Word in Edgeways by Avis Harley and Rocket to the Moon! by Don Brown,
I'm hoping to get to Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience and Spin by Colleen Nelson.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
How exciting is this? I have reached nearly all my reading goals!
#MustReadIn2018 25/25 - one in progress
#MustReadNFIn2018 11/12 - one in progress
25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 25/25
25 books by Canadian Authors 94/25
Goodreads Reading Challenge 399/333