Sunday, July 23, 2017

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!


Nathan, you won the book, Colorblind !

Message me and we'll make connections to get the book to you.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Welcome Wagon

Hey Wagoneers!!  We've had a new wagon join our train!!  Wagoneers, welcome Nathan from Oklahoma.  

Nathan, I hope you'll find some useful posts here.  Feel free to leave your comments.

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Novel & a Give-Away

It was back to school for Lisa entering the 6th grade that fall 1968 in Montgomery, Alabama, and she was dreading it.  She hadn’t told her parents of the mean boys at school who picked on her constantly because of her birth defect.  She was afraid of those bullies. Lisa was afraid to tell her teachers about them too, and they never seemed to notice it was going on.  She didn’t dare tell her parents.
Across town the new teacher, Miss Loomis, was nervously preparing herself for the new school year.  She did not look forward to being the only Negro teacher in the school.  She didn’t know the mean ones who would target her would be adults as well as students.
Author Leah Harper Bowron set the story in a racially-prejudiced time and place and engages the reader in a theme that’s current today.  Bullying is as despicable now as it was then.  She describes the world of sixth-grade Lisa from fashions to fads, to school and social events, and of course, her fears. 
Ms. Bowron is a lawyer who lives in Texas with her daughter and cat.  Her somewhat-autobiographical, coming-of-age story has proven to be a good launch into writing for young people.  Enjoy it for yourself.
And now . . .
I have two copies of this book to give away!!
If you are a Wagoneer (follower of my blog) and would like to be in the drawing for this book, leave a comment telling me about the person or class for whom you wish to win this book.
If you are not a Wagoneer, just click on the box on the left side of my blog that says “Follow me on Bloglovin.”  Then leave your comment.  I will draw the winner name and announce it on Sunday, July 23.
I’ll look forward to your comments.

Friday, July 7, 2017

News flash for Maurice Sendak Fans

Recently, Maurice Sendak's foundation discovered a forgotten manuscript he had developed with Al Yorinks.  It will be published by Michael de Capua Books in Fall 2018 so be watching for it.

Here's a link with lots more info. It's exciting to think we'll have another Maurice Sendak book 5 years after we lost this children's literature giant.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Did you notice, Wagoneers, while Independence Day fireworks were exploding everywhere, we had a new wagon pop into our wagon train? 

Welcome, Rhonda! So glad you join our gang.

Happy Independence Day!

Whip up some patriot Rice Krispie Treats for Independence Day. You'll need to make 3 batches. Using the traditional recipe for the treats , add some strawberry or cherry Jello powder to the melted marshmallow and butter mixture. I didn't add red food coloring, but you could if you wanted a more typical color scheme.

For your next batch used Berry Blue Jell-O powder, the smaller package. The store was out of that flavor the day I shopped, so I wound up getting grape. Then I had to add blue coloring so it didn't look purple.

Your third batch is the regular recipe. Now you are ready to slice them and assemble your flag on a large tray. Hopefully, you can cut straighter than I did.  πŸ˜œ  Even if your flag is wavy like mine, it's still a showy and tasty snack. Add a dab of honey to the back of white baking morsels to make your "stars" stick. Enjoy!

Leave me a comment if you make them for your Independence Day gathering, and let me know how everyone like them. πŸ’₯πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’₯

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summertime, Lemonade and a Give-Away

Summertime and lemonade just go together, don’t they? So cool and refreshing!  

Did you ever sell that luscious lemon drink in a lemonade stand?  If so, you could have benefited from reading this book first: The Lemonade Stand Cookbook by Kathy Strahs.

Everything you need to know to have a great lemonade stand is explained in this book.  From a table to cups and straws to a trash can and a money pouch, the author covers it all.  She tells you how to price your items, how to advertise for the big event, and how to be safe.  Stahs even encourages you to check into the legal requirements in your local area since some towns require permits.  

The book contains 13 different recipes for slaking your customers' thirsts, everything from classic lemonade to teas and smoothies.  There are step-by-step illustrated instructions and charts to show how to make larger amounts of each recipe.  Lots of tips are tucked in throughout the book, such as the best ways to squeeze lemons and how an enthusiastic entrepreneur can decorate the cups.

Strahs includes more recipes for making sweet treats and snacks to sell with the delicious drinks.  She even includes a section on kid-friendly crafts to offer as well.


I love the many color photos she includes throughout the book of children who have tried out the recipes and craft projects in their own lemonade stands.  She includes quotes of their reactions to their experience.


This easy-to-follow book would make a wonderful gift for anyone in the range of 8-12 years.   Try out some sample recipes from the author has included in this book at


Now for the Give-Away:  an autographed copy of this book!!


If you are a Wagoneer (follower of my blog) and would like to be in the drawing for this book, leave a comment telling me if you ever had a lemonade stand when you were young.  If you did, what were some of your memories?


If you're not a Wagoneer, just click on the box on the left side of my blog that says "Follow me on bloglovin."  Then leave your comment.   I will draw the winner and announce it on Sunday, June 4.  


Now aren't you thirsty for a cold glass of lemonade?


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Peaceful Playground

I never have posted pictures of our fabulous playground.  Now that school has been out for a full week, it's getting a breather from intense usage that has been going on since it was installed.  Through the summer, though, it won't be idle.  The community uses it for a park.

They didn't finish our playground until January.  Boy, were we ready for it.  We had been using the "dog pen," as I called it that was across the street behind our building.  They put up chainlink fence around the area last year while our new building was being constructed on the playground in front of our old building.  There wasn't much to play with.





You can see why we (kids & teachers) were so excited to finally get the new playground. On the east end is a covered area with three picnic tables and plenty of space to play in the shade.

A small grassy play area is on the left of the pavilion.

Padding is underneath the artificial turf and the blue "stream" in the equipment area.  


Several different climbing toys connect the two big slide areas.

The ramp at left connects to a slide.
Kids can slide down the pole at the left .










The slide's rollers give a different sensory experience.


Here's a better view of the climbing toys.







A walking track surround the equipment area.  I've been told ten laps around equals a mile.  Most days on playground duty I could get in a mile while  watching the kids.

 The swings can seat several kids.  The  "pushers" stand at the ends and hang on to       the ropes.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy Birthday, TSG!

Let's honor today's birthday boy, Theodore Seuss Geisel, who was born in 1904in Springfield, Massachusetts.  He would have been 113 years old today if he were still alive!

For some of his books he used pen names: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, and Theophrastus Seuss.

Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated `60 children's books.  His first book,
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by publishers 27 times.


Seuss was his mother's maiden name.  It was originally pronounced "zois."

After college he went to work as an illustrator for a couple of magazines, The Saturday Evening Post and Judge.  Then he was an illustrator for Standard Oil company for 15 years. Then Viking Press offered him a contract to illustrate a children's collection called Boners. All this happened before he ever wrote and illustrated his own books.

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Can you name these Dr. Seuss characters?

Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known as Dr. Seuss, died on September 24, 1991, at the age of 87, in La Jolla, California.