At first glance I thought Stargirl was going to be just a silly high school romance story and in some ways it was, but in many ways it wasn’t. I decided to read it because I’d heard that Jerry Spinelli was an excellent writer and that this was one of his best books.
I found a list of a Houston TV (ABC-13) station’s selection of “nine best books from your childhood.” While none of them were the best books from my childhood (none of them were written when I was a child), I think that all nine should be on a list of books any parent should want to get for their 3 – 7 year old. My list of the nine books of my childhood might not give away my age, but they will tell you that I’m old enough to be a grandpa, which I am, or even a great-grandpa, which I am not.
Is this a great idea? Do you think this is a great idea? Rather than tinker with plants, changing their genetic structure in someway, this technology enhances them. (Watch the Video)
I’m a statistic. I know, we’re all statistics in some way and many ways. We’re all plugged in and dotted and numbered and pinned to various charts, squeezed into various reports, rattled off as if it really means something.
Writing is incredibly difficult. If you are a story teller, it seems it should be easy. However, there is a great difference, a difference wider than a rift in the Earth that you need all your strength to jump across.
You might disagree with me on this, but children younger than five should not be allowed in restaurants. Fast food places, family restaurants, restaurants designed for children, okay; but otherwise the child should be left at home.
Everyone wants their child to have a stress free childhood, right? Maybe that’s not such a good idea after all. According to a Dutch researcher, Esther Nederhof, children who have stress free childhoods are more likely to be depressed when they become adults.
In order to write a good picture book, it helps to be able to recognize a good picture book. You should be able to effectively critique a picture book in order to determine how good it is. The next step for a Picture Book writer is, of course, to be able to apply the ability to critique a Picture Book to his or her own writing. That’s why I’ve been collecting some tips and suggestion about critiquing Picture Books.