December 2015

The Dilemma:  To start or end with the ad?

http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Flame-Protect-Cindy-Schuricht/dp/0989658023/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421705373&sr=1-2Secrets of the Flame: The Power to Protect, written by moi, tells a story of building family bridges between a pig, her litter, and the dragon she adopts.

The pig has to teach the dragon things she doesn’t know and goes on a quest to find the secret of dragon fire. What she learns is not enough for her child to flame.

The time comes when the dragon must decide whether to live sheltered or leave home to forge his own way. He must decide how “dragon-like” he will be.

On a December day at Ocean Beach, a seagull was more  worried about the man eating all his lunch than me getting close for a photo.

On a December day at Ocean Beach, a seagull was more worried about the man eating all his lunch than me getting close for a photo.

Eventually, the pig and the dragon find family bonds are transformed but not broken.

Educator Grace Nail wrote an educator’s guide to using the book to address Common Core goals with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. It’s available to download for free. Click here to go to the Secrets of the Flame: The Power to Protect Page to find the link to the guide. At the end of the book itself, you will find questions designed to stimulate parent-child conversation.

May I also suggest The Grizzly’s Christmas, written by Malcolm F. Farmer, my college anthropology teacher, and me and beautifully illustrated by Miranda Marks? Click here to go to the page and learn more about the e-book.The Grizzly's Christmas - Postcard (Rev. 1)

 

 

 

 

More Books For the Season

Even though Hanukkah began on Monday and isn’t yet over, when I went to my local bookstore, the Hanukkah books had already been moved from their display.

Town Fought HateThe Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate, written by Janice Cohn, D.S.W., illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, and published by Albert Whitman & Company in 1995, is a book I wrote about a few years ago. It seems particularly relevant in our tumultuous times.

The book is based on a true story. When Billings, Montana experienced a rash of religious hate crimes, the town made a stand and peacefully ended the violence.

It’s an inspiring book for school-age children through adult.

Past the seagull, we approach the OB pier.

Past the seagull, we approach the OB pier.

The Christmas books in the bookstore’s children’s section fill a four-sided multi-level display and spill over to other tables. These are mostly picture books with characters old and new. And, even though Christmas Day is the first of the Twelve Days of Christmas, they will probably be gone on Dec. 26, when Valentine’s Day starts moving in. (Pay no mind to my complaints.)

No David, Christmas

If your child likes the No, David! books, look for It’s Christmas, David, written and illustrated by David Shannon, and published by Scholastic in 2010. It’s simply written for very young children, but taps into the interface of adult and childhood perspectives. Kids who are past picture book age still love David, as will adults who remember what it was like to be a child at Christmas.

 

 

 

Click, Clack, Ho, HoClick, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2015 brings back Farmer Brown and his independent, rebellious farm animals. There’s a very sweet feel to this book as the animals show their Christmas spirit.

An island visible from the end of the pier. Made me think of seeing Avalon through the mists.

An island visible from the end of the pier. Made me think of seeing Avalon through the mists.

 

 

 

 

The Christmas Wish, was written by Lori Evert, photographed by Per Breiehagen, and published by Random House.Christmas Wish

Anja lives so far North mothers never pack away the woolens. Anja wants to be an elf and help Santa so she sets out for the North Pole. On the way she is accompanied by various animals who help her travel through the snow and ice.

The story and photos are magical.

 

 

Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas was written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman and published by Feivel and Friends Books in 2009. How did I not know about it until now? The Spirit of Christmas brings Christmas frolics, but something is missing. So the Spirit brings quieter Christmas joys.

And something’s still missing. Find out what in this touching, rhyming book.

 

Every year new versions of The Night Before Christmas appear. This year you can find

Olaf’s Night Before Christmas. There are Christmas books for ballerinas and ninjas and zombies. I even saw two books about Santa coming to California. Does every state have their own Santa?

Christmas books for older children seem to fall into the category of “classics,” for example The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, or a Christmas book in a favorite series, like Nate the Great, Amelia Bedelia,,The Magic Treehouse, or Horrible Harry.

There are lots of choices.

Watching the waves crash against the pilings as we head back. The next day the pier was closed because the surf was so high.

Watching the waves crash against the pilings as we head back. The next day the pier was closed because the surf was so high.

NaNoWriMo Results Are In

In the last post I told you about NaNoWriMo. I didn’t reach 50,000 words—only 42,001.
But I did finished the rough draft of the sequel to Secrets of the Flame: The Power to Protect.
I’m guessing you’d probably like to read the first book first. (There’s time.)

Secrets, pub coverClick here if you forgot to look at that page before and here if The Grizzly's Christmas - Postcard (Rev. 1)you’d like to view The Grizzly’s Christmas page. Both books are available on Amazon.

I wish you all Happy Holidays and Peace That Passes Understanding—no matter how you celebrate.