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Something in me November 23, 2009

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 9:54 pm
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There’s just something in me that doesn’t trust a cat. (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)

 

 

When he loses his temper November 22, 2009

Filed under: Picture Books — Kristi @ 4:57 am

“How will spilling COFFEE on a suitor’s shoes help me find a good husband?”

Her grandmother smiled. “It will make him angry! Then you’ll know how he will speak to you when he loses his temper.” (from Martinia the Beautiful Cockroach by  Carmen Agra Deedy)

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach is one of the 2009 Bluebonnet selections. I have been checking out the Bluebonnets whenever they become available at the public library. This one is funny and fun to read aloud with several Spanish words.

 

Nothing like November 21, 2009

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 4:04 am
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Chester pushed the gate and it swung open. He jumped out. “It’s a  relief to be free,” he said, jumping around the shelf. “There’s nothing like freedom.” (from The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden)

 

Be ready November 20, 2009

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“Very good advice. You go now. Always be ready for happiness.” (from The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden)

 

A star November 19, 2009

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 3:52 am
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“It made him feel better to think that there was one familiar thing, twinkling above him, amid so much that was new and strange.” (from The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden)

 

More Conveniently November 18, 2009

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 4:21 am

“Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I’m afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarrelling and making it up again that they got married to as to go on doing it more conveniently.” (from The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis)

 

Both November 17, 2009

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 4:55 am
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“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” (from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White)

I’ve been thinking about friendship lately. I recently joined the social networking site, Facebook. Much as I enjoy it, I am bothered by their free-wheeling use of the word “friend.” On the lefthand side of the screen, an icon informs me that I have 111 friends. I do not believe it is possible to have 111 friends. One of my sisters has 623 Facebook friends!

Here’s what I think: Friendship takes time. It is an investment–both risky and rewarding. I think a friend is someone who sticks by you for the long haul because they love you, not someone who likes to look at your pictures and read your status update. A friend will not post pretty little comments on your latest note so much as she will speak the truth into your heart.

A true friend is someone like Charlotte. Wilbur made Charlotte her friend even though she was a spider and Charlotte appreciated it for life. She saved Wilbur’s life by speaking and writing about his best qualities. She encouraged him not to worry. He, in turn, kept her memory alive and loved her children as his own. They were friends.

That’s why Charlotte’s Web is one of my favorite books. And here’s something from another good book: A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Okay, and I can’t write about friendship without making mention of the Harry Potter series. But I’m going to stop myself so I can write about it later and not make this post annoyingly long.