Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
It was a Celtic tradition to hollow out turnip, carve a face in it and put a candle inside. They lite the candle and placed the turnip in the window to keep evil spirits away. Heather thinks pumpkins are easier to carve than turnips and a bit more hollow on the inside anyway, maybe that's why we use them for jack-o-lanterns today.
Heather's going to carve a pumpkin tonight and put a candle in it to celebrate Lunar Samhain. I'm going to gather your red balloons around me and get a long night's sleep so I can shine down on you on Halloween!
Monday, October 24, 2011
http://melvinsballoons.blogspot.com/2011/08/teacherslibrarians-bring-melvin-to.html, we went to Clark's Harbour Elementary School! Clark's Harbour is an Island on the Southern tip of Nova Scotia. Heather and I think it is beautiful. We drove on a causeway to get to the Island and saw lots of sandy beaches, waves, boats, and a lighthouse or two!
Heather read Melvin's Balloons to all the kids in the school, and the teacher's too! We had a lot of fun talking about colors, writing, and the story of how Melvin's Balloons was created.
Heather read some of her other manuscripts (book ideas that haven't been published yet) too. She got some really good suggestions and is going to make a few changes here and there thanks to the editing advice she got. There are a lot of creative kids out there in Clark's Harbour. Heather and I think there is an author or two in that group!
Everyone at the school made Heather and I feel really welcome. It's because of people like the students and teachers at Clark's Harbour that writing is fun for Heather, and I can come to life. We send green balloon colors to all of you!
Thursday, October 6, 2011