Monday, December 22, 2014

The Tree of Water

If you've been looking for a spellbinding read-aloud for your class that will have them on the edge of their seats again and again throughout the book, then look no further than The Tree of Water.  You will lose yourself in the believable underwater world the author has created.  The main characters are Ven-a human-like Nain, Char-a human boy, and a merrow-as mermaids are called in the depths.  


This is the fourth volume in Elizabeth Haydon's fantasy series, The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.  Readers of upper elementary level and above will find themselves holding their breath often to see if the trio survives the latest danger they face. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Clifford Says Goodbye

Clifford the Big Red Dog's creation in 1963 by  Norman Bridwell began a half century relationship. That ended Friday with the death of the beloved illustrator and author.

He had been at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital for three weeks following a fall and had other ailments, as well as cancer.  Mr. Bridwell passed away surrounded by his family.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, his daughter (who was the inspiration for Emily Elizabeth), his son, and three grandchildren.

                                      Norman Bridwell                                    2/15/1928 - 12/12/2014

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Bridwell in 2011, holding a copy of the first Clifford the Big Red Dog book.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014