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Books for Teenagers in Honor of Memorial Day

by Miriam Downey 21. May 2014 10:46

Sometimes in the midst of the start of the summer season, we forget that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. It began as a holiday called Decoration Day after the Civil War when the graves of soldiers from both the South and the North were decorated with flags. In the 20th century, the holiday remained, and the country called it Memorial Day and responded by commemorating the men and women who died in all the wars fought by the United States. Honoring the war dead is an important part of the American heritage.

I recently read a book about two graduates of the U.S. Naval academy who were best friends. One became a Marine office and the other a Navy Seal. One was killed in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq. They are buried beside each other at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The book is called Brothers Forever by Silio and Manion. It is appropriate for teenagers.

Here is a sampling of the best war books appropriate for grades 6-12. Readers will learn American history and get an insight into the effect of war on the psyche of our young men and women.

The War for Independence (1775=1782)

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. Set in Boston prior to and during the outbreak of the American Revolution. Newbery Medal.

My Brother Sam is Dead by Christopher and James Lincoln Collier. A realistic novel about the effects of the Revolution on one family.

April Morning by Howard Fast. The Battle of Lexington through the eyes of a 15-year-old soldier.

1776 by David McCullough. Factual book about one year during the War for Independence.

Civil War (1861-1865)

The River Between Us by Richard Peck. The Pruitt family helps two mysterious young women who came from New Orleans to Illinois during the war.

Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulson. Charley experiences the physical horrors and mental anguish of the Civil War.

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt. A classic story of the Civil War.

Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. The most famous Civil War novel for teenagers.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. The Civil War through the eyes of a southern belle.

World War I (1914-1918)

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. The experiences of a group of young Germans fighting and suffering during the last days of the war.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. The story of the Italian Campaign by one of America's most famous authors.

Winged Victory by Victor Yeates. A classic description of aerial combat and the futility of war.

A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin. An old man tells a younger companion about how he became a soldier, a hero, a prisoner of war, and a deserter.

World War II (1939-1945)

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac. A novel about the Navajo Marines during World War II.

A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer. The attack on Pearl Harbor through the eyes of a young Hawaiian boy.

Postcards from No Man's Land by Aiden Chambers. Alternates between two stories from the European front during the war.

Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society by Adeline Yen Mah. The American liberation of China from the Japanese.

Vietnam War (1954-1975)

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien is a collection of stories about a platoon of American soldiers.

The Wall by Eve Bunting. Although it is a picture book, it is a poignant look at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.

Voices from Vietnam by Barry Denenberg. Personal narratives from the Vietnam War.

Jesse by Gary Soto. A Mexican American family is affected by the Vietnam War.

The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (2001-present)

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Travis returns to the US as a damaged soldier.

Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children by Deborah Ellis. Interviews with children whose parents have been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq.

Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroes by Halls and Sumner. A photo essay about how the zoo animals in Baghdad were saved.

 

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Farley Mowat: Canada's Nature Writer

by Miriam Downey 9. May 2014 12:04

Farley Mowat, who died this week at age 92, was a prolific Canadian nature writer. His most famous book was Never Cry Wolf which was made into a Disney movie. Mowat is an often overlooked writer of the 20th century, but an author any middle grade and teenaged reader should read--especially if he/she is interested in nature.

I first got acquainted with Mowat with his hilarious childhood memoir about his dog, Mutt. The book is called The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, and it tells the story of the world's greatest dog. Mowat grew up in the 1930s on the Saskatchewan prairie. Each story about Mutt is laugh-out-loud funny. My mother read it to us on a family trip when I was a teenager, and my dad had to pull over to the side of the road because he was laughing so hard.

Another very funny memoir is Owls in the Family. It is a story about three boys who rescue a couple of owls and learn about friendship, responsibility, and respect for nature. This book is a ton of fun. Mowat also wrote The Boat Who Wouldn't Float, which is his tale of taking an old boat from Newfoundland to Lake Ontario. A delightful book for readers of all ages.              

     

A more serious nature book is Never Cry Wolf. Although it is not a scientific study of wolves, it is compelling because Mowat emphasizes how misunderstood they are. He advocates that they have a right to exist, and that they have an essential place in the wilderness food chain.The movie based on this book is terrific and well worth finding.

The final book I would recommend that would be of particular interest to older children is A Whale for the Killing. Mowat expresses his outrage at the injustice done by killing a beached fin whale on the Newfoundland coast.

Many have called Farley Mowat a "hero of Canadian literature," and he was a fierce advocate for wildlife, the environment, and the aboriginal peoples of Northern Canada and Alaska. Your nature-loving children will love his books.

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Fiction Writing Prompts for 4th and 5th Graders

by Miriam Downey 29. April 2014 10:36

Author David Baldacci was asked to describe what a kid who wants to be a writer should do to prepare. He suggested that what future writers should do is to read a lot of non-fiction. Certainly, I didn't choose non-fiction books at the library when I was a kid, but we had lots of magazines in our house, and I read National Geographic every month among other magazines. So, I actually did get a lot of non-fiction reading done.

Most fiction doesn't just come come out of an author's head. That is what Baldacci is trying to tell potential authors. Most authors do an extensive amount of research to make sure that they get the setting right and the historical aspects right as well. Even science fiction authors have to know that the science behind their fiction is correct to give authenticity to their writing.

One good tool for encouraging writing skills is to have a child read a book of non-fiction and then make up a short story using the information or those facts as part of the story. For instance, Africa might become the setting for a story after the child has read a book about the lions of Africa. Or the book Orphan Train Rider might inspire a child to imagine that he/she was a rider on the orphan trains of the 1800s. Here is a list of non-fiction books that could easily serve as inspiration for fiction writing. As you can tell from this list, almost any good non-fiction book can serve as a starting place for writing and for further research. I have included a writing prompt at the end of each title. The books will be available at your local library or bookstore, and they are appropriate for third, fourth, and fifth graders.

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story by Andrea Warren. Facts about the children sent West on orphan trains are interspersed with the story of one 9-year-old boy who was sent to Texas on an orphan train in 1926. What would it be like to have no parents and be sent far away on a train to an unknown future?

Blizzard: The Storm that Changed America by Jim Murphy. This is the harrowing story of the blizzard of 1888. How did people get around in New York City during such a blizzard?

Buried Alive! How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep under the Chilean Desert by Elaine Scott. What did the miners feel, trapped in the steam darkness so far underground?

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge. The chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that led to the Selma March in 1965. Would I have marched in Selma in 1965?

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson. The real stories and voices of survivors and witnesses. What would my life have been like if I survived the Titanic?

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca. A story of adventure and discovery during the summer of 1969. How would I have responded if it had been my father on Apollo 11?

 

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The Immigrant Experience

by Miriam Downey 14. April 2014 07:52

Last Friday evening, we went to see our granddaughter in a play at the end of a vacation week day camp. The created and produced a play version of the charming book, The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. I had forgotten what a remarkable story it is. It is about the experience of an immigrant girl named Wanda in the 1930s who brags to the kids at school that she has 100 dresses in her closet. The kids ridicule her for her name, her accent, and her "100 dresses." Today we would call this bullying. Too late the kids realize what they have done when Wanda's family decides that she doesn't need to suffer any more abuse and they move away.

The experience with The Hundred Dresses reminded me that the United States has always been about the immigrant experience. In the case of Wanda and her hundred dresses, the immigrants were from Poland. Before that, the immigrants were from Ireland. Now, the immigrants can be from almost anywhere. Imagine coming to a new town where no one understands you and no one can even pronounce your name. It's a scary situation.

Here is a list of classic children's books that explains the immigrant experience for this generation of children. Most of these books are appropriate for elementary school aged children, although I also included a list of adult books that are appropriate for high school students.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. Wanda is teased at school because she is an immigrant from Poland.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord. Shirley is an immigrant from China and is inspired to learn English so she can listen to baseball games on the radio.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. This is a Newbery Honor book. The novel is based on the author's experiences escaping Vietnam during the war and coming to live in Alabama.

Lowji Discovers America by Denise Fleming. Lowji moves from Bombay to an apartment in small town Illinois and faces all the problems children face when they move to a new place.

Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park. Julia Song's family is the only Korean family in their town. She and a friend try to grow silkworms for the fair guided by her mother who raised them when she was a girl in Korea.

The Tia Lola Stories by Julia Alvarez. Tales of a Dominican girl in Vermont.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munos Ryan. A sudden tragedy forces Esperanza's family to move from Mexico to California during the Great Depression.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan. A wordless book that tells the adventure and wonder of an immigrant's arrival in the big city.

Adult Books for High School Readers

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. A long closed hotel shelters the secrets of a group of interned Japanese residents during World War II.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. the classic story of an immigrant family in Brooklyn.

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder. Deo's true story of coming from Burundi with only $200 in his pocket.

Zeitoun by Dave Eggars. A Syrian immigrant faces life after the New Orleans hurricane.

Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario. Enrique sets out from Honduras looking for his mother who has come to the United States to find work.

 

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March Madness: Basketball Books

by Miriam Downey 25. March 2014 07:13

It is March Madness, and it is especially mad in Michigan where both major basketball teams (Michigan and Michigan State) have advanced to the Sweet 16. My 14-year-old grandson is a rabid Michigan State fan, and we have been speculating about the odds of both Michigan teams advancing to the final four. What if they played each other at the finals? Aah, the sweetness of that!

If you follow this blog, you know that my family is very large, and one of our best collective memories was the Final Four in 2010 when three of the four teams were important to our family. One son went to Butler; several had gone to Michigan State; and two were teaching at West Virginia. We all gathered on the night of the games, and the grandchildren had t-shirts for all three teams that they kept changing as the evening wore on. Our Butler son came out on top that night only to lose to Duke in the finals. So much fun!

Well, enough of my family stories. Here is a list of great basketball books for the sports fans in your family--both girls and boys. I have grouped them by picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction. All are available at the library or bookstore.

Picture Books

Hoops by Robert Burleigh. Captures the game with poetry and great illustrations. (K-6)

Swish! by bill Martin Jr. A girls' basketball tournament in words and pictures. (k-6)

Think Big by Nancy Carlson. Frog Vinny wants to be a basketball player. (k-2)

Cinder-Elly by Frances Minters. A rap fairy tale about a basketball game. (k-2)

Arthur and the Pen-Pal Playoff by Stephen Krensky. Arthur brags about his basketball ability. (k-2)

Around the World by John Coy. Street basketball around the world. (k-8)

Chapter Books and Novels

The Sabbath Garden by Patricia Greene. A young basketball star struggles to overcome her tough African-American neighborhood. (grades 7-12)

The Million-Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman. Eddie gets a chance to throw a basket at the NBA finals. (grades 4-6)

Jester at the Back Court by Tommy Hallowell. Part of the Alden All-Stars series of sports novels. (grades 4-6)

Angel Park Hoop Stars series by Dean Hughes. Basketball buffs will love this series. (grades 3-6)

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers. A star basketball player faces challenges at a new high school. (grades 7-12)

Non-fiction

The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons. Everything you wanted to know about basketball. (grades 4-12)

Basketball: Startling Stories behind the Records by Jim Benagh.  Lots of basketball trivia. (grades 4-12)

Basketball: A Slammin' Jammin' Guide to Super Hoops! by Richard Brenner. A guide to playing basketball, with lots of basic skills for both girls and boys. (grades 4-6)

Fundamental Basketball by Jim Klingzing. Lots of photographs to explain basketball. (grades 2-6)

Michael Jordan by Sean Dolan. No list of basketball books is complete without a book about Michael Jordan. (grades 4-6)

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Fun with Math

by Miriam Downey 13. March 2014 13:16

The children in my family decided to play a trick on me while I was on vacation in February. They found a box of little ducks I had put away--about 70 ducks in all. They hid the ducks all over the house. I have been finding them ever since I got home. I found one today on top of the door bell. Well, the games have continued because my three-year-old granddaughter thinks it is really funny to hide them again and again. So, we have played all kinds of counting games with them. The ducks have three kinds of necklaces on them, and her favorite game is to find four ducks that have the same necklaces and then find one that has a different necklace. Then we sing: "One of these things is not like the other. One of these things doesn't belong. Can you guess which one is not like the other? By the time I finish this song."

 

Additionally (no pun intended), I brought home a lot of shells from the beach. She has spent a lot of time sorting the shells into categories: big shells; little shells; shells with holes in them; big, bigger, biggest; small, smaller, smallest; groups of three; groups of four. You get the idea.

The point of all this is that mathematics is all around us, and children love math games. From simple sorting games, like those I have just described, to carpentry, grocery shopping, and cookie baking, children are learning math.

I came upon a list of mathematically-themed books that children love, and I picked out about 20 of my favorites to include in today's blog posting. The rest can be found here. All are available at the library or bookstore. I have also included some great elementary school math websites at the end of the book list. Happy counting.

Preschool and Kindergarten Books

The Button Box by Reid. Grandma's button box contains treasures and activities.

A Caribbean Counting Book by Charles and Arenson. Counting rhymes from the Caribbean.

The Doorbell Rang by Hutchins. A common problem about fair sharing.

From One to One Hunderd by Sloat. Counts to ten and then counts by ten.

Grandfather Tang's Story: A Tale Told with Tangrams by Tompert. Geometric shapes and patterns.

The Icky Bug Counting Book by Pallotta. Bugs, numbers, and alphabet combined.

Grades 1-3

Math Curse by Scieszka and Smith. The main character in the book thinks of everything in life as a math problem.

The M & M Counting Book by McGrath. What could be better? M & Ms and counting

How Big is a Foot? by Myller. How does measurement relate to the real world?

The Eleventh Hour by Base. Lots of visual clues and hidden messages.

A Chair for My Mother by Williams. Saving money to buy a new chair.

Math in the Bath by Atherly. Mathematics as part of daily experience.

Mojo Means One: Swahili Counting Book by Feelings. Besides counting the book includes lots of East African Culture.

Grades 4-6

Mathematics by Adler. Teaches children about interesting aspects of math.

If You Made a Million by Schwartz. Explores the use of different coins to equal sums of money.

The I Hate Mathematics Book by Burns. Games and tricks to show readers how to be a mathematical heavyweight.

G is for Googol by Schwartz. Full of interesting mathematics vocabulary.

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Neuschwander. Diameter and circumference.

Websites with good mathematics games and activities.

Math Playground

Hooda Math

Math Play

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Read Across America 2014

by Miriam Downey 4. March 2014 07:59

This week is Read Across America week with yesterday, March 3, as Read Across America Day. The Cat in the Hat is the official deliverer of the good news of books to children all over the country. I laugh now when I think about how much my children loved Dr. Seuss books and how much I groaned when one of the children picked up their favorite Dr. Seuss story for bedtime reading. Now, I rejoice every time my youngest grandchild picks up One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish--his current favorite--and brings it to me to read to him. We cuddle on the couch and are soon caught up in silliness.

Many of Dr. Seuss's books can be found on the Internet, and there are entire websites dedicated to his books. Many of them include lesson plans, coloring pages, puzzles and other activities to go with the books. Additionally, there are a lot of YouTube videos that read Dr. Seuss books to children. I've included a list of websites with Dr Seuss activities at the end of the post.

Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel. He was an advertising and political cartoonist who stumbled into writing children's books when he was hired to illustrate a book. Although the book was not successful, the illustrations received a lot of praise. So, Geisel decided to write a book on his own. His first published book was And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. After that success, a book editor bet him that he couldn't write a book using 225 basic vocabulary words that all new readers would know. The Cat in the Hat did just that. It used all 225 words and only those 225 words.

And thus the magic of Dr. Seuss books. The earliest readers can read them, and they are loved because of the rhymes, quirky characters, and the life lessons that they teach. So, even though parents can groan (like I did) when a child brings Green Eggs and Ham to read for the 100th time, you can be happy that you are helping your child learn language and reading.

Here is a list of a dozen Dr. Seuss books that every child should read at least once. But believe me, for most children, once is not enough.

Green Eggs and Ham

On! The Places You'll Go

The Cat in the Hat

The Lorax

Horton Hears a Who

Horton Hatches the Egg

The Sneetches

Hop on Pop

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Ten Apples Up on Top

Fox in Socks

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 

 

Websites

The official Dr. Seuss website

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That from PBS

A list of quotes from Dr. Seuss books

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Guys Read

by Miriam Downey 13. February 2014 08:22

My 14-year-old grandson is a reader. Always has been. You never see him without a book at his side. He likes science fiction, fantasy, and the dystopian novels that were featured on the last blog posting. On the other hand my 16-year-old grandson, who is far more visual, only likes to read graphic novels and anime. You might have noticed a similar phenomenon with the boys that you know. Boys tend to read differently than girls, and there is significant research that shows that boys are reading less all the time. Test scores in reading are echoing the research. On a brighter note, current research also shows that boys will read if they can find reading materials that interest them.

The research shows that most boys like practical, useful information. Girls are much more likely to read stories. There is an excellent guide to improving boys' literacy skills published by the Ontario Department of Education. You can find it here. The guide has a lot of practical advice for educators and parents. Here is another summary of the research in education that has a lot of good information as well as good advice for parents and others who encourage boys to read.

 

Most of you know the author Jon Scieszka because you and your kids have read The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Math Curse. Currently he is serving as the National Ambassador of Young People's Literature. He is the sponsor of a webpage about books for boys called Guys Read. It is a web-based literacy program, and it has a wealth of information and huge lists of books that boys will want to read. For instance, the featured book is called Locomotive by Brian Floca, which is the Caldecott Medal winner for 2014. Floca also wrote another guy-friendly book called Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11.

I am not going to make a list of books this week. You will find plenty of book suggestions on the Guys Read website. I will close by referring you to some postings from past months that have lists of books that boys like.

Dystopian Novels for Teens

Great Sports Biographies

To Infinity and Beyond: Books about Space and Astronomy

Graphic Novels for Middle and High School Students

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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Dystopian Novels for Teens

by Miriam Downey 1. February 2014 09:35

 Most teens like dystopian novels but they don't know the term dystopian. Dystopia is just the opposite of Utopia. In utopian fiction, society is ideal, or the way the writer visualizes that society would be ideal. In dystopian fiction, things have gone very bad--there is at least one major reason why things aren't good. Most people would classify dystopian fiction as science fiction, but the fact that the culture is oppressive is what makes the difference. One writer suggests that a novel is dystopian when the government or the governing social institution is dysfunctional. Usually dystopian fiction is set in the "near" future.

Firction has always been full of dystopian literature, most likely beginning with Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, written in the 1700s, which really was a combination of utopian and dystopian literature. The most current example of dystopian fiction is The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Most parents had to read 1984, Fahrenheit 451 or Animal Farm when they were in school, and these books remain the classic dystopian novels.

One children's book expert believes that teens are drawn to dystopian fiction because it's an exciting genre but also because the books are generally set in either chaotic or strictly controlled societies--which tends to mimic a teenager's life. The books also are hero or heroine journeys, much more like fairy tales than they are like science fiction. The teenaged hero/heroine will be tested and challenged. Often the adults are the oppressors and the children are the liberators. Easy to see why these books are loved by teens.

I have included in this rather short list the books that I can recommend to most young people. Let's begin with the classics, most of which are available online. Although there are some objections to the Hunger Games series, I did include it on the list.

Classic Dystopian Novels

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. Written in 1726, it has never been out of print. (grades 6-12)

Animal Farm by George Orwell. The farm animals stage an uprising and overcome an oppressive regime. (grades 6-12)

1984 by George Orwell. The "party" controls everything in Oceania, and everywhere Winston goes, he sees the face of the party. (grades 10-12)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. 451 Fahrenheit, by the way, is the temperature that books burn and the government is out to burn all the books. (grades 9-12)

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. This is a short story that may have been influential in the creation of the Hunger Games. (grades 10-12)

Lord of the Flies by William Golding. A group of boys are lost on an island and try to create a government. (grades 7-12)

Recent Dystopian Fiction

The Giver by Lois Lowry. The society depicted in this novel eliminates pain and problems by promoting "sameness." Winner of the Newbery Prize. (grades 6-8)

Uglies series by Scott Westerfield. When you are 16 in Uglytown, you turn pretty because of required surgery. (grades 7-9)

Feed by M. T. Anderson. Describes a world where everyone's mind is hardwired to resemble the Internet. (grades 7-12)

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Three books about a dystopian society called Panem. There is some violence in the books, but they are remarkably well plotted. (grades 7-12)

Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Tris is born into a caste-based society where there is only one chance to move ahead. (grades 9-12)

 

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Winnie the Pooh: Everyone's Favorite Bear

by Miriam Downey 23. January 2014 07:18

Now We Are Six

When I was one I had just begun

When I was two I was nearly new

When I was three I was hardly me

When i was four I was not much more

When I was five I was just alive

But now I am six, I'm as clever as clever;

So I think I'll be six forever and ever.

A.A. Milne

Recently, I began thinking about Winnie the Pooh and how powerful the image and the words of that little teddy bear are in American life. My thoughts  may have been caused by a reminder of the birthday of the first Winnie the Pooh book, published in 1926 by A. A. Milne. Was there ever a more positive friend than Winnie the Pooh? Was there ever a book more comforting than Winnie the Pooh?

Winnie the Pooh was the creation of a British humorist A. A. Milne. He wrote the stories for his son Christopher Robin about Christopher's stuffed bear Winnie the Pooh or as Christopher called him, Edward Bear. The stories are set in the woodlands of Sussex, England. The first book was published in 1926 and was followed by three others. All were illustrated by a British illustrator named E.H. Shepard. The charming characters include Winnie, Eeyore the donkey, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, and of course, Christopher Robin.

What has made these stories so appealing and comforting to children for more than 85 years? For one thing, the characters are dependable. For example, every day when Pooh wakes up, he says, "What's for breakfast?" He particularly likes to look for "hunny to fill the rumblee in his tumblee." Piglet's first words in the morning are "I wonder what's going to happen exciting today." Pooh says, "Oh bother!" regularly. These are characters that children can relate to. Besides the simple, delightful stories, the books are filled with comforting thoughts.

So, after I started looking for information about Winnie the Pooh, I found a delightful website that is full of Winnie the Pooh history, pictures to color, games to play, and the entire text of three of the stories. You can find the website here.

Walt Disney's daughter loved the Pooh books, so Disney made the first Winnie the Pooh movie and created several generations of children who know the stories because of the movie. Lots of Pooh stories can be found on YouTube. The official Disney Winnie the Pooh website has lots of games and stories, which you can find here. (Remember this is a commercial site.)

Here are online copies of the original books. They will also be easy to find at the library or bookstore. If you want the true Winnie the Pooh experience, find the A. A. Milne stories and not the Disney versions of the stories.

When We Were Very Young

Winnie the Pooh

Now We are Six

The House at Pooh Corner

Have fun! Remember that Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends cherished the important things in life and appreciated the small things. They had lots of wisdom. Share that wisdom with your children.

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