Max’s Word Wednesday: Hollow

A hollow is: 1: an empty space within something; a hole 2:  a low area in a surface such as a valley Example:  Max hung his birdhouse from a tree.  At the bottom of the tree was a hollow. Do you want to know what was in the hollow?  Check back next Wednesday to find out.

Max’s Word Wednesday: Gourd

A Gourd is: Any of a family of chiefly herbaceous tendril (remember last week’s words) bearing vines including the cucumber, melon, squash, and pumpkin. Example: Max made a birdhouse out of a gourd which he’d hollowed out. Do you know what it means to ‘hollow out something?” Check back with Max next Wednesday and find…

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The Magic Recipe for Ideas

The question I’m asked most often as a writer is “Where do you get your ideas?” I wish I could spout out the magic recipe. But the truth is most of my ideas come to me when I’m doing nothing. By nothing I mean when I’m not thinking or actively seeking inspiration. I might be…

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Max’s Word Wednesday: Tendril

Max’s Word of the Day today is Tendril. A Tendril is: 1 : a slender leafless winding stem by which some climbing plants fasten themselves to a support 2 : something that curls like a tendril (a tendril of hair) Example:  Max found a tendril of hair in his bowl of soup. “Yuck!” he said.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Not long ago the New York Times featured an article about the languishing picture book-a premise that continues to be challenged.  So while we wait the demise of either one or the other, I’d like to remind parents, educators and the reading public of the value of interacting with a picture book, aside from the…

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