Here's a link to my second guest blogger post at the law blog of Jonathan Turley. It's about my daughter's Labrador retriever Jack--who is a real rascal!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Giles Corey: An Iron Man Who Was a Victim of the Salem Witch Hysteria
Friday, October 29, 2010
TO: SNOW WHITE
FROM: THE SEVEN DWARFS
Important message. Urgent. Read!
Our sage advice you must now heed.
Stay in the cottage. Don’t go out.
Your evil stepmom’s hereabout.
She’s dressed up as an ugly crone.
She knows that you are home alone.
Go lock the windows. Bolt the door.
Hide in the closet. Please ignore
Her coy attempts to sell you things:
Poison apples, combs, or rings.
She’s bent on murder. She won’t rest
Until her mirror says she’s best.
Don’t let her trick you. Use you head!
Or she’ll be fairest. You’ll be dead.
Here are links to previous Wild Rose Reader with witch poems and poetry and picture book recommendations for Halloween
Children’s Poetry Books for Halloween
Picture Books & Poetry Books for Halloween
Bone Soup: A Great Halloween Read-Aloud
Tailypo: A Ghost Story
Poetry for Halloween
Picture Book Review: The Three Bears’ Halloween
Great Halloween Read-Alouds for Little Listeners
NCTE Annual Convention News
I’ll be presenting at two sessions at the NCTE Annual Convention in Orlando.
Session Title: Poets and Bloggers Unite: Using Technology to Connect Kids, Teachers, and Poetry
Date: November 19th
Session/Time: A.09—9:30 am to 10:45 am
Other children’s literature bloggers who’ll be participating in the session along with me are Sylvia Vardell of Poetry for Children and Tricia Stohr-Hunt of The Miss Rumphius Effect. The poet members of our panel will be Lee Bennett Hopkins, Jame Richards, and Marilyn Singer.
NOTE: I'll be featuring Lee Bennett Hopkins at Wild Rose Reader next week!
Session Title: Poetry for Children and Teachers at Its Best: The 2009 Notable Poetry Titles
Date: November 19th
Session/Time: C.20—12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Panel Members: The NCTE Excellence in Poetry Committee
At Blue Rose Girls, I have an original poem titled Look at the Man: A Poem Explaining Why Women with Mates Gain Weight, which I previously posted at my blog Political Verses.
Toby Speed has the Poetry Friday Roundup at The Writer’s Chair.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Blue Rose Girls has a great new look thanks to Anna Alter, Alvina Ling, and other contributors to the blog.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I have a lot of work to catch up on.
FYI: I've been asked to be a guest blogger on Jonathan Turley's law blog next week.
In his post, Introducing Our New Guest Bloggers, today, Professor Turley wrote the following:
I am happy to report we will be implementing another one of your suggestions for improving the blog. Various people suggested a year ago that we have guest blogging to allow regulars a chance to make entries on the blog. With my upcoming speech in France, I thought it would be a great time to try this out for a week from October 31st to November 6th. I have selected three of our best known and most respected regulars: David Drumm (aka Nal), Elaine Magliaro (aka Elaine M) and Mark Esposito (aka Mespo).
You can read the rest of Professor Turley's post here.
You can read Jonathan Turley's biography here.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Still without a computer! Borrowing my husband's MacBook again.
Here's an interesting article I read yesterday at The School Law Blog (Education Week).
Court: No Teacher Speech Rights on Curriculum
By Mark Walsh on October 21, 2010
Teachers have no First Amendment free-speech protection for curricular decisions they make in the classroom, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.
"Only the school board has ultimate responsibility for what goes on in the classroom, legitimately giving it a say over what teachers may (or may not) teach in the classroom," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in Cincinnati, said in its opinion.
The decision came in the case of an Ohio teacher whose contract was not renewed in 2002 after community controversy over reading selections she assigned to her high school English classes. These included Siddhartha , by Herman Hesse, and a unit on book censorship in which the teacher allowed students to pick books from a list of frequently challenged works, and some students chose Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman.
A group of 500 parents petitioned the school board against the teacher, Shelley Evans-Marshall, calling for "decency and excellence" in the classroom. The teacher also had various run-ins with her principal. Despite positive performance reviews before the controversy, the principal's evaluations afterwards criticized Evans-Marshall's attitude and demeanor and her "use of material that is pushing the limits of community standards." The school board in March 2002 decided not to renew her contract, citing "problems with communications and teamwork."
Evans-Marshall sued the Tipp City, Ohio, school district and various officials in 2003, alleging that her termination violated her First Amendment free-speech rights. In 2005, she won a ruling from the 6th Circuit that allowed her case to survive a motion to dismiss by the defendants. The court said at that time that it appeared that Evans-Marshall's termination was "due to a public outcry engendered by the assignment of protected material that had been approved by the board." (Education Week reported on that decision here.)
The suit proceeded to discovery until the school district defendants sought summary judgment last year. A federal district court granted the defendants' motion on the grounds that Evans-Marshall could not prove a link between the community outcry and the school board's decision not to renew her.
In its Oct. 21 decision in Evans-Marshall v. Board of Education of the Tipp City Exempted Village School District, a 6th Circuit panel ruled unanimously for the school district and other defendants, but on other grounds. (The appeals panel said the teacher had clearly shown that "her teaching choices caused the school board to fire her.")But while Evans-Marshall's case satisfied two earlier Supreme Court standards on public-employee speech (Pickering and Connick), she could not survive the court's most recent decision in this area: Garcetti v. Ceballos. In Garcetti, decided in 2006, the high court held that public employees do not have First Amendment protection for speech "pursuant to" their official duties.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Here are links to reviews that I wrote for three of the nominated books
Friday, October 15, 2010
Nominations remain open until October 15th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time
2010 Poetry Nominations
Cybils Nomination Form
One of the children’s poetry books nominated for a 2010 Cybils Award is Marilyn Singer’s Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse. I think it is an ingenious and clever collection of fairy tale poems. I LOVE fairy tale poems.
Today, I thought I’d post of three of my own fairy tale poems—which I wrote many years ago. All of the poems are about Snow White’s evil stepmother and mention the magic mirror.
My magic mirror is for sale.
It’s such an awful tattletale!
It told me things about my foe
I’d really rather never know.
I MUST be fairest in the land…
Not second best! You understand?
I want to be the most divine.
My reputation’s on the line!
The seven dwarfs? Those little cretins!
They should be in the dungeon, beaten.
They foiled my plans to kill the lass.
I’ve got to sell my looking glass
And spend the cash on wrinkle cream,
A nose job, and a health regime,
Two weekends at a beauty spa.
Then I’ll look like a movie star.
I’ll be the fairest in the land!
And Snow White?
She can go pound sand!
THE EVIL QUEEN SPEAKS TO HER MAGIC MIRROR
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
You say Snow White is best of all.
She may be lovely, I’ll agree—
But she’s a moron. Can’t you see?
Thrice I fooled her she’s so trusting.
I think her brain needs readjusting.
I’ve never seen her reading books.
She only cares about her looks.
I’m not as pretty as the kid…
But she’s no smarter than a squid.
Why, I’ve earned ten advanced degrees
From seven universities!
I’ll change the question. Now I’ll be
The best in this vicinity:
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who’s the SMARTEST one of all?
Q: Who’s the nemesis of Snow White?
A: The wicked queen, with great delight,
Concocted schemes to kill the child…
But failed. The queen was driven wild
Each time her mirror told her that
Snow White survived. “That little brat
Is like a cat that has nine lives!
I’m second best while she survives.
Each trick I’ve tried has been for nought.
Now with frustration I am fraught.
Snow White the fairest? Poppycock!
Her snow white face could stop a clock.”
The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Liz in Ink this week.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Compiled by Rita Gray
Illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke
Gray selected several fine haikus for her book—including this one by Sora:
stars on the pond—
again, a pitter-patter
of winter rain
The illustration that accompanies the poem is beautiful in its quiet simplicity.
A tickle, a trickle
A million-dot freckle
Speckles the spotted rain.
Like a cinnamon
Smells the rainingest rain.
And here’s an excerpt from another “favorite”— Lilian Moore’s Weather Report:
A noonwind will
harvesting the brittle crop,
Ryan O’Rourke’s stylistic art—done mostly in muted shades of brown, gray, black, and green—
is a fine and unassuming complement to this compilation of poems about rain.
Reading One Big Rain inspired me to go looking through my manuscripts and previous Wild Rose Reader posts for poems that I had written about rain. Here’s what I found:
THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE RAIN
Polka dot sidewalks.
Roll off rooftops and gurgle down gutter spouts.
Patter around a porch in silver slippers.
Dimple a quiet pond.
Tickle tulips and glisten the grass.
Tiptoe over silken seas.
Look for a lost rainbow.
a warm spring wind
from the sky.
tempting green up
from the brown.
They woke the sleeping
buds on trees
and tapped on hives
They washed away
the winter snow
so all the waiting earth
Softly, raindrops come to call. Can you
On the windowpane, on the roof
Even, steady beat…
Repeating the song that April loves to sing?
Summer Rain Poem
I like a quiet summer day
when clouds above are oyster gray
and rain falls softer than a sigh.
I stand out in the melting sky
cool water washing over me.
I’m a pearl all shimmery,
rough shell unhinged and opened wide
letting all the sea inside.
Raining all around.
It’s raining puddles
On the ground.
On my booted feet.
Rivers in the street.
It’s raining cats.
It’s raining dogs.
It’s raining ponds
Drop by drop by drop…
A billion trillion—
It won’t stop!
It’s raining buckets
From the sky.
Don’t think the earth
Will EVER dry.
I’m in the middle of a puddle…
in the middle…
in a muddle.
The puddle’s much too deep.
into my boots.
Now they’re filled
with muddy water
to the brim.
I hope my feet
know how to swim!
I’m stomping in a puddle,
Making drops of water fly.
Splashing them SO high.
I’m sending the raindrops
Back into the sky!
Note: I wrote the following poem about Grace Lin’s Small Graces painting that is pictured below:
Standing on the sidewalk
Listening to raindrops patter
On my polka-dotted umbrella.
The falling sky tap dances above me
in silvery shoes.
I hear the steady beat…
feel the rhythm of the rain.
My yellow-booted feet
Want to waltz me down the street!
Sleet tap-dances on
my roof, clicks its icy heels
on my windowpane
a winter day, pierces the air
with icy shards
Soft rain falls on
Our maple tree, its leaves bow
To the giving sky
The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Carol’s Corner this week.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
2010 Cybils Nomination Form
By Chelsea Philpot
Wild Kingdom (10/1/2010)
By Kathleen Baxter
Islam in the Classroom: Teachers and parents alike are unsure about the topic, but it’s never been more important (10/1/2010)
By Lauren Barack
December Holiday Books (10/1/2010)
Compiled by John A. Sellers
Russell Hoban Celebrates 50 Years of Frances (9/30/2010)
By Sally Lodge
Scholastic Releases Study on Future of Bookworms – and E-Bookworms (9/30/2010)
By Karen Springen
The Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
Selected by April Spisak, Reviewer
(Printer Friendly Version)
October’s Big Picture: The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O'Connor
Friday, October 1, 2010
Today, I selected a poem that I wrote for an unpublished collection called Sweet Dreams. As this is the season of county fairs around my neck of the woods, I think there will be lots of kids eating cotton candy…as well as candied apples, fried dough, and other low-calorie foods.
by Elaine Magliaro
pink puff of spun sugar,
floating on a cardboard cone.
At Blue Rose Girls I have a video of The Crocodile's Toothache--performed by its author Shel Silverstein.