Thursday, July 27, 2017


Wagoneers, give a hi-dee-ho to the newest little red wagon in our train.  Helen, we're glad you found us.  Hope you enjoy the ride!

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’₯