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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Wolfsnail Photography “Marvelous”

In her blog, In the Pages, a youth services librarian in Orange City, Iowa, called Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator “a great one.” She goes on: “there is just enough print to keep it fresh but not too many words that it gets too long for little ones. It didn’t strike me at first as a book that would “catch” me and lure me in, but once you get started, you will be amazed.” She called the photography “marvelous.”

You can read more here. Scroll down to the Nov. 30th entry.

Nice Blog Review

Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator received a nice review from Check It Out, a blog by a librarian at an elementary school in Washington state. Here are some excerpts: “The text is spare and yet packed with great information for the youngest of backyard bug enthusiasts. And the photos! Oh my, they are amazing.  Up Close and personal with many details that supports the text. …  This book is sure to be a hit with readers of all ages.”

Read the whole review here. This reviewer learned about Wolfsnail because it was nominated for a Cybil award in the nonfiction category.

Quiet Thanksgiving

A slight setback in my recovery led to the cancellation of two planned trips: the first, home to my parents for Thanksgiving and the second to Main Street Books in Hattiesburg for an Author’s Festival.

I was disappointed to miss Thanksgiving at home — my parents live in the woods and always put on a terrific spread. We have often sat down with 20 or more guests. This year they were down to three and we had five at our table.

I thought we might just pretend it was like any other day and eat regular food, but the boys insisted on tradition. So, along with Richard, they produced turkey (a breast), anadama bread, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, stuffing, peas & carrots, gravy, cranberry sauce, and apple, berry cobbler.

Here are some photos.