Elvis, Hank and the Lunch Lady

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I have three people on my mind today. Two of them are well known historic figures – Elvis Presley and Hank Greenberg. And one – the Lunch Lady – is a character from a series of children’s books.

1. We should begin with the King of course – Elvis Presley. My aunt and her husband live in Albuquerque New Mexico, and one of their favorite parts of living in the “Land of Enchantment” is Balloon Fiesta time. The festival ended a few days ago, but they sent pictures from the festivities, and one of the balloons making its Albuquerque debut this year was the King of Rock and Roll. This has nothing to do with books or reading, but it’s just so great that I had to share it with you:

2. A friend of mine recently visited the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. She texted this terrific picture to me – which I had seen years ago when I began my research on Hank Greenberg so it was much appreciated. Homage to Hank Greenberg was painted in 1991 by Malcah Zeldis. The painting is autobiographical. Zeldis was remembering summer evenings at her childhood home in Detroit, Michigan. Her family spent summer evenings listening to radio broadcasts of Detroit Tigers games, and of course, the star of the team in the 1930s was Hank Greenberg.

3. The fictional character on my mind today is the Lunch Lady, the star of Jarrett Krosoczka’s popular series of graphic novels. Krosoczka is visiting Inly tomorrow – and the kids have been talking about it all day. The Lunch Lady books have all of the elements of a successful elementary series: lots of action, funny characters, ridiculous situations, and lots of school-based humor, including a few jokes about the school library! I’ll have a chance to talk with Jarrett tomorrow and will write more about his visit.

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