Friday, March 18, 2016
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Hey, Wagoneers! We have a new set of wheels in our wagon train!!
Here's a warm wagon train welcome to Kimberley, a teacher candidate at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
On this day in 1934 a little girl was born who would become a prolific writer of wonderful stories.
Virginia Hamilton was the granddaughter of Levi Perry, who was
brought as a baby by means of the Underground Railroad to Ohio, where Virginia
grew up. Her childhood was filled with
wonderful stories told by him and by her parents to Virginia and her four older siblings. This
ignited a desire in her to become a writer and lead to a major in literature
and creative writing at the Ohio State University.
Her dream came true with the 1967 publication of her first
book, Zeely. This was followed by 40 more books in a
variety of genre over the years. Her
outstanding writing garnered many, many prestigious awards throughout her
career, including the Newbery and three Newbery Honor Awards, Coretta Scott
King Award, as well as the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and the Laura Ingalls
Wilder Award for her body of work.
Sadly, Virginia was only 65 when she passed away on February 1, 2002. Her many books are a tribute to her storytelling gift. If you haven't yet experienced the magic of a story by Virginia Hamilton, it's high time you did.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The Caldecott-winning Make Way for Ducklings, published in 1941, was written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey.
grew up loving music and using his hands to make things. He planned on
being an inventor when he grew up until he became an illustrator for his high
school newspaper and fell in love with art. He won an art scholarship and
completed work at an art school in Boston. On his daily walk through a
park to the school he enjoyed seeing the ducks there. Years later he was
hired to paint huge murals in Boston. He
noticed the ducks in Boston’s Public Garden near where he worked. Their interactions with traffic around the
park not only entertained him but showed up in his children’s book.
illustrations of the ducklings in the book are so lifelike because McCloskey
was determined to bring reality to the page.
He purchased some mallard ducklings from a city market and kept them in
his studio. For several weeks he watched
and sketched and cleaned up after them.
He let them swim in a bathtub while he sketched them. He even resorted to giving them a little red
wine to slow them down so he could sketch their waddles.
captured the everyday sights of Boston’s scenery. I love his charcoal drawings of city life
that add interest to his backgrounds. It’s
good to help your young readers/listeners learn to appreciate his beautiful
sepia-toned illustrations since they contrast with modern full-color picture
This mallard family, created by Nancy Shön, has called the Boston's Public Garden home since it's installation in 1987.
Click here for a nice audio recording of Make Way for Ducklings.