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Had this one been released in June, I think it would have been one of THE books of the summer. I could not put it down. The Good Thief reminded me of Treasure Island crossed with David Copperfield. Adventure, great characters and an enjoyable narrator made this story jump off the page. I felt ten years old again reading it.

Now, school has begun and I will have very little time to read for fun. Sigh... I had hoped to compete in the RIP challenge this year, but the History of Russia will prevent that. Hmm...I wonder if that counts as Gothic horror...

I have four History courses and one English this Fall, so I will be reading The House on Mango Street (again) and Toni Morrison's Paradise. Until December, I probably wont be able to fit in anything longer than a graphic novel (perfect for the train.) Those of you who can read for fun, keep me posted on what I will want to catch up on! There is a new Stephen King on the horizon, as well as a new Neil Gaiman. I have Dreams from my Father on my bed stand and will try to plug away at that for as long as I can keep my eyeballs open at night (that is not to imply that the book is boring, just the opposite, I am just so tired after work and school that I want to crash.)

The girls and I are joining the Mother Daughter Book Club as well this Fall. September's pic is Nim's Island and I enjoyed it very much. Now, my little ladies are reading it. We did catch the movie, so they are picking out the differences between the book and the film and commenting on them! So much fun!

By the way, in the competition for ugliest textbook, my History of Television class wins with Tube of Plenty (sexual innuendos may now commence.)


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How to Make a Sharknado for Your Shark Craft

I have had an insane amount of fun this summer, but I always try to do something for Shark Week. This year I called it Shark Lab and we are making three crafts I have never done with the kids before.

But for ME, I wanted a Sharknado.
Inspired by this post, and I tried several different dish soaps and NONE of the tornadoes looked as good as they did in this lady's posts. She must have magic soap, but it really works!

Then I went to three stores to find either plastic sharks that would be light enough to float and not just sink to the bottom of the jar and/or shrinky dink material (make my own damn sharks!) Both hunts were fail, so I made them myself using  a template I cannot find again. Sorry.

 I flipped the images, cut them out, glued them together and then book-taped the hell out of them! Presto, waterproof.

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Teddy Bear Storytime

Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

My opening song is Hello Bubbles which I learned from Read Sing Play here. BTW this woman is a storytime goddess and I have picked up many great ideas on her blog.

Story the 1st: The Red Hat by Lita Judge

 Why? Because I want to get across to my kids that books do not always have to have words in order for us to "read" them, and I want to give pre-readers a chance to feel proud they finished a book on their own. I plan to try to read or highlight at least one wordless read for the next couple of storytimes.

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