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Original Essays | July 22, 2014 0 comments
The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
Helen WilburDescribe your new book.
I just finished Z Is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet. Some of the best websites for Greek mythology are constructed by school kids, so mythology is a vital part of the curriculum. Mythology connects us to everyday themes and elements in our current culture as well as to history.
Miss Anna Collins taught junior high English in New England according to educational principles popularized in the 19th century. She was very small, immaculately dressed, a strict disciplinarian and always wore a hat and gloves to school. She made us memorize a stanza of poetry for every class. I can still remember many of the verses I learned over 40 years ago. While her poetry choices were old fashioned, she was ahead of her time in conservation. To save paper and taxpayer money, she gave us the teeniest pieces of paper like little post it notes to write out our exercises, poems and spelling words. Her lessons instilled a great foundation in English grammar and a love of poetry. No one ever forgot Miss Collins.
What was your favorite story as a child?
What do you do for relaxation?
What is your idea of bliss?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Why do you write books for kids?
It's fun to write the combination of verse and text in the Sleeping Bear Press books. Kids love verse the rhythm and rhyme engage children and the text gives them further information on the topic.
Kids spend so much time with technology these days and that's great. BUT it's so meaningful to be connected to books and the printed word. USA Today reported on a study on early childhood learning that examined the "baby genius" trend, the purchase of expensive toys and classes to insure your baby's high intelligence. They found that all that expensive stuff had less of an impact than actually reading to your child.
Tell us about your pets.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
One cat's unto himself complete