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My Shadow

by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

June 13, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Cradle Song

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

What does little birdie say
In her nest at peep of day?
Let me fly, says little birdie,
Mother, let me fly away.
Birdie, rest a little longer,
Till thy little wings are stronger.
So she rests a little longer,
Then she flies away.

What does little baby say,
In her bed at peep of day?
Baby says, like little birdie,
Let me rise and fly away.
Baby, sleep a little longer,
Till thy little limbs are stronger.
If she sleeps a little longer,
Baby too shall fly away.

June 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Help Your Child to Wonder

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May 27, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

ANNIVERSARY: Rachel Carson

Happy 110th Birthday Rachel Carson!

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May 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

The Book That Changed the World

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World
by Laurie Lawlor

Illustrated by Laura Beingessner

Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of earth, you will want to learn about it.

Rachel Carson found many adventurous ways to study nature and engaged in many dangerous investigations but her riskiest of her endeavors was to write and publish Silent Spring, a book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on our living world.
The fiftieth anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, is feted with Lawlor’s biography of the pioneering environmentalist. She hoped to wake people up to the harmful impact we humans were having on our planet.

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May 27, 2017 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

May 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Summer Birds

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
By Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons, which opened to reveal summer birds, or butterflies and moths. Maria studied the whole life cycle of the summer birds, and documented what she learned in vibrant paintings.

This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art

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May 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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