Dumplings, Dots, and News….

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Monday was International Dot Day at Inly – and in many other schools around the world. Named for Peter Reynold’s now classic picture book, The Dot, Dot Day is a celebration of creativity and dots!  Our students made lots of colorful dots….

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For information about Dot Day, here’s the link:

http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/

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We are also celebrating dumplings!  Over the summer, our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students read Dumpling Days by Grace Lin.  It was selected because this is a world culture year at Inly, and Lin’s book about a young girl going to Taiwan to celebrate her grandmother’s birthday was the perfect way to begin a discussion about life in different countries. As always, Inly’s art teacher had a fun idea to extend their reading – festive paper dumplings. She gave them different colors of paper to represent shrimp and lemon grass and noodles. A few kids even filled their dumplings with candy!

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I was interested to read in Tuesday’s New York Times about plans for a Maurice Sendak Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut where Sendak lived before his death in 2012. Many of the drawings that the new museum will display are now in the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, but according to the NYT article, the materials are now the property of the Sendak Foundation.

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I have always wanted to visit the Rosenbach’s rare book collection, and they are probably disappointed to lose the Sendak drawings, but I’m kind of psyched about a future Ridgefield road trip!

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On Monday, the finalists for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature were announced. So happy to see that two of the books I recently read and loved are on the list: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith.

Here’s a link to the complete list:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/09/15/longlist-for-the-national-book-award-for-young-peoples-literature/

On a completely different note – I just took a walk in Scituate Harbor and saw this….

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Someone told me they are filming a movie with Zooey Deschanel and Ashley Judd, but I didn’t see either of them!

 

 

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