A biography of a little-known but ground-breaking figure who became the first Detective for the Pinkerton Agency.
Written by award-winning author MARISSA MOSS, with illustrations by award-winning illustrator APRIL CHU.
Perfect for readers aged 5 and up.
The long awaited sequel to the fun-filled CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE finds Mouse Detectives Willcox and Griswold on another case involving a stolen egg.
The easy mystery with plenty of clues and lively illustrations is perfect for readers aged 6-9.
THE CASE OF THE POACHED EGG – by Author Robin Newman and Illustrator Deborah Zemke will have young detectives clamoring for more.
RUMORS by Denys Cazet, is full of high humor, great fun, and zany antics that are perfect for reluctant readers aged 8-12.
When forth grader Russel makes a deal with the principal to get back her Wrestling trophy, he is sure his name will be removed from the “bad Behavior” list. He has a plan. What could possibly go wrong?
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NATURE MAKES US NICER.
A study done by the U. of Rochester, 370 people were shown either images of man-made or natural objects and worked in space with or without indoor plants. Images of nature and indoor plants made people feel more connected, more caring and charitable toward others. Man-made images made people place more value on wealth and fame. Other research tells us that exposure to nature reduces stress.
So, if you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, try plants and photos of natural settings to help you through the dreary days of winter. Visit parks and natural areas as often as you can.
To view beautiful photos of nature click on Travel + Nature at: http://www.treehugger.com
Spring is just around the corner!
To get children interested in nature, take them
outdoors. It doesn’t have to be a park or forest. A playground, back yard or grassy field will do nicely. Get down on your knees and look for things hiding in the grass and under leaves and rocks. Most children have a natural curiosity when it comes to bugs, birds, and wild creatures. If you’re a bit squeamish regarding members of the insect population, try not to project those feelings onto your child. Most bugs and insects are harmless and fascinating to watch as they go about their business. A magnifying glass will add a level of “scientific authority” to the activity. It’s also fun to take along a camera or some paper and pencil to record what you discover. Have a contest for whoever can find the most different species.
Buds are springing up from the ground and on trees thanks to our mild winter. How many can you and your child identify? There are lots of field guides available to help you identify plants and insects. What are some of your favorite natural spaces?
Remember: “Take only photos, leave only footprints.
I recently visited the Art Museum on the Princeton University campus. It was great for three reasons. First of all, it’s free. There aren’t many places of culture and enlightenment nowadays that can boast that. And, the collection has something for everyone. There are sculptures and pottery over 4,000 years old, paintings done by ANDY WARHOL, and everything in between.
The third reason it was a great visit is because where else but an art museum provides peace, quiet, and contemplation along with some magnificent objects of beauty? Being in such an environment frees the mind and allows all sorts of creative energy to enter. Writers who are struggling with writer’s block might find inspiration looking at any painting or sculpture, and stories begin to spring into mind. WHY did the artist choose such a subject? WHAT IF the subject were alive today? WHAT would she/he have to say? The possibilities for story are endless.
Let the kids go on a SCAVENGER HUNT, searching for specific art pieces throughout the day. Many museums have programs geared specifically for children.
So, if you feel as if you’re in a rut and need some CHANGE to jump start the muse, visit the Princeton University Art Museum – or ANY art museum and let your imagination run wild. Take notes, snap photos and just doodle in a notebook. You never know, it may be the start of something wonderful. artmuseum.princeton.edu
Didn’t someone say “a picture is worth a thousand words?”
It is my pleasure to announce the winner of a signed copy of ANNIE SILVESTRO’S debut PB BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB.
The winner is…
Congratulations Teresa! Please forward me your mailing address so I can pass it on to Annie.
February Recipe: Sweetheart Pretzel Sticks
To celebrate Valentine’s Day and share a homemade treat with loved ones, your children can make these easy, delicious, chocolate treats.
Ingredients: I bag of pretzel rods, chocolate morsels, chopped nuts, sprinkles, coconut or whatever toppings you prefer, waxed paper.
Note: (An adult needs to be on hand to monitor use of the microwave for melting the chocolate morsels.)
- Place morsels in a microwave-safe dish. Cook on high for 1-2 minutes. Remove and stir. If morsels need more melting, return them the microwave for 30 second intervals until they are melted.
- Dip one end of the pretzel rod into the melted chocolate until about 1/3 of it is covered. Place on the waxed paper covered cookie sheet.
- Then sprinkle your topping onto the chocolate covered section.
- Allow them to harden before wrapping into plastic bags to give as gifts. (For a quicker set time: Pop the logs into the refrigerator for an hour.)
FYI: Not only does chocolate taste great, it actually is good for us. Swiss researchers have found that the polyphenols in dark chocolate curb the body’s output of stress hormones. This helps prevent high blood pressure, racing heart rate, and shallow breathing that can lead to anxiety. Regular consumption of cocoa can also improve physical endurance by 50% due to compounds in it that encourage cell’s ability to convert glucose to energy. Dark chocolate IN SMALL QUANTITIES works best.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! ♥