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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Raise a Reader Day

I am filled with yellow colors today because today, September 28, is "Raise a Reader Day". In Canada this is a national event where newspapers spread the word about the importance of reading.  Funds raised from these events help support local literacy programs.

Heather was surrounded by books when she was little and appreciates the way they opened up the world for her. We both think one of the best ways to "raise a reader" is to share your ability to read with someone else. I know how great kids feel when people take the time to read to them. It makes them glow with green!

Heather is sometimes asked by parents if their child is too young for Melvin's Balloons.   The answer is always "no"!  You are never too young to share a story.  You're never too young to be read to. And you're never to old to think about me, and how colors make you feel. 

So on "raise a reader day", curl up with me and a child and share the gift of reading.


Melvin Moon

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pier 21 Book Signing

There are four cruise ships in the Halifax Pier 21 port tomorrow. That means I will get to meet people from all over the world. Heather will be there (at the Carrefour Bookstore Kiosk) to sign copies of Melvin's Balloons. I can't  wait to hear more balloon stories!


Melvin Moon

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Moon Cakes & Fall Equinox

September 23rd marks the fall equinox this year. This is the time of year when there is about the same amount of daylight and moonlight, or lightness and darkness. After that date, the days get shorter for awhile. That's perfectly fine by me, because it means I have more time to glow in the sky! So I feels like everyone should celebrate the fall equinox!

There are lots of traditions and celebrations around the September or Fall equinox. The Chinese have one I particularly like. They call the mid-autumn festival "Moon Festival".  It's not always celebrated on exactly the fall equinox and they usually time it with my phases, and celebrate on the nights when I am full. They celebrate the abundance of harvest.

One of the main foods for this celebration is moon cakes! In their tradition, they used to make these cakes as offerings to me- the moon!  The cake is made in lots of different ways and some are filled with lotus seeds, sesame seeds, duck eggs or dried fruit.

Heather isn't quite that good at cooking, so I got her to find an easy moon cake recipe.  She found one on the Internet  This one won't look like the moon cake picture above (Heather's didn't even come close!), but it will taste pretty good.  You could also just make a round cake, decorate it with yellow frosting and put my face on it.  Or make cupcakes and decorate each one exactly the way you want to.

It doesn't matter how you celebrate, just that you do celebrate!


Melvin Moon

Monday, September 12, 2011

Full Moon & a good time to wear Purple

I am shining bright and full for the next few days. Yippee!!  It's a good time for you to wear purple to feel connected to everybody.  These days, I have a pretty good idea what you are feeling and I'm watching over you and thinking about you.

If you don't know why you are feeling drawn to the color purple, it's a good time to get your own copy of Melvin's Balloons!  You can find it in bookstores or  order it online

It's also a good time to check out the Nova Scotia Writer's Federation, Writer's in the Schools program and have Heather bring Melvins' Balloons to your school.  September 15th (Thursday) is the day to select your bookings if you are a teacher or a librarian. We can talk about all the colors!

For now, I'm just shining down on you and singing strong!


Melvin Moon