Giraffes Can’t Dance – Young at Art

Yesterday, I had an almost completely full class at Young at Art!  I read Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae  which is an adorable, rhyming book.  Gerald, the giraffe, is told by all the other animals at the jungle dance that he can’t dance.  That is, until he runs into a cricket that convinces him that he just needs to find the music that works for him.  In the end, Gerald proves all those animals that were laughing at him wrong that he can dance just fine!

The kids loved this book and were so excited to paint their own giraffe. We did some blending of colors and for the spots, we used our fingers!

These are some good looking giraffes!

My other class this month is next week on Tuesday!  If you are interested in registering, check it out here!

The bookshop has a thousand books, all colors, hues, and tinges, and every cover is a door that turns on magic hinges. -Nancy Byrd Turner

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Saturday was Independent Bookstore Day. I try to get as many books as I can from the library but I decided that it really was my responsibility to go to my favorite little local book store The Book Bin and pick up a few books. Browsing in a book store is a quick way for me to find some instant happiness. Continue Reading

So far this year I have read…

I was chatting with my best friend yesterday and admitted to her a tragic truth…I have only read three books so far in 2017.  Her reaction was appropriate.  Her jaw dropped and she looked at me like I was an alien.  I have since gone back in preparation for this post and realized that I have actually read five books, but I am pretty much the reaction would have been the same.  I need to get going if I am going to meet my goal of 40 books for 2017.

So, here’s what I have read…

 

The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy was not one I enjoyed.  I think this landed in the “it’s not you, it’s me” category.  You can read my thoughts here.

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult was a book that Santa put in my stocking.  Such a smart guy, that Santa. In the past, I have enjoyed Jodi Picoult’s books quite a bit but this one I gave 3 out of 5 stars. I didn’t love the story. The story centered around a man who worked with wolves; at one point even deciding to leave his family and go live with wolves.  The predictable twists (predictable in that it is a style of Picoult) were a little forced.  It was not one of my favorite Picoult books, although it probably won’t stop me from reading the next one I get my hands on.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick was the best of the five books I read.  I read this one with Taelin and we both loved it so much.  In addition to it being am amazingly well written story, it had 284 pictures in the 533 pages.  The illustrations moved the story just as much (if not more) than the writing.  A young boy, Hugo, tends to clocks in a Paris train station and his life is forever changed when he gets caught stealing.  This book won the Caldecott medal in 2008 and I am a little angry that it took me so long to read this. I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars.

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton was a book I read with friends.  We haven’t talked about it yet and I am interested to see what they thought.  I honestly can’t decide what I think about it.  I liked it.  I finished it and I enjoyed it.  But there is something about it that I am unsure about.  The book centers around Kevin, a 14 year old boy that is spending the summer at this grandfather’s house in Kentucky after his younger brother dies.  The story is almost a “coming of age” story for the small town as tragedy after tragedy strikes.   I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline was a book that Santa got my mother-in-law.  Again, that Santa. I read it after I traded her the Picoult book.  I have read other books by this author and this one was not my favorite. I liked it fine, just not my favorite.  I started it one night and finished it the next day so it would definitely fit into the “quick read” category.  Ellen is a reporter that one day sees a card of a missing child that looks eerily similar to her adopted son. The book follows her as she finds out if her son is really someone else’s.  Craziness ensues and although I only gave this book 3 out of 5 stars, I will admit to crying at the end.

I have few more books in the queue that I think I will like so hopefully that will get me going again!

Young at Art: Owl Moon

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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is one of my favorite picture books.  The language is beautiful and the illustrations are stunning.  When I was choosing books for this month’s Young at Art classes, this one was a no-brainer for me.

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It was a small class, just 8 painters, but it was quite lovely.  Most of the people were new to Young at Art so that was really exciting.  We talked a lot about blending colors when we were painting the snow and the light coming off of the moon.  We also talked about how to start with a familiar shape if you aren’t sure how to painting something.  (You might notice a Y in each of the trees.) It was fun to see how each painting turned out!

Here were some of the paintings…

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This coming Saturday, January 28th, I am doing my second class of the month.  I haven’t quite decided what we are going to paint but I am reading another one of my favorite books!

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Click here to sign up the class!

 

The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy

I think my current memoir kick is coming to an end. It was bound to happen. This book is the first book in a long time that I just didn’t connect with and really had to force myself to finish. 

This book followed Tara Clancy as she grew up in three very different environments because of her parents divorcing when she was very young. In a lot of ways, she lived three completely different lives. One with her dad in working class Queens, one with her grandmother in a old folks community and another one with her mom and mom’s boyfriend in the Hampton’s. 

As Tara tells her stories, we meet the characters that shaped her childhood. There is a humor in her storytelling that I appreciated.  That said, it took me forever to read.  I read several books in between which for me is unusual. 

I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. 

I was given this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review. 

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