Water Tales

Monday Reading: An Oliver Jeffers Special for New Year’s Eve – A Star, A Moose, A Penguin, and Water all Around

HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEAREST FRIENDS! One of our definite blogging highlights for the year is joining this vibrant meme called It’s Monday, What are You Reading hosted by Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts (and brainchild of Sheila at BookJourney). Two of our blogging friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have inspired us to join this vibrant meme. […]

An Ode to Islands and Beaches: Four Water-themed Picture Books

I still have quite a lot of water-themed picture books that I borrowed from the library, and I shall attempt to review as many as I could until end of the year. I have grouped them into themes/categories and these four glorious picture books celebrate islands and beaches and waves. I hope you find them […]

Finding One’s Center: Hurricane Dancers by Margarita Engle

As the year is about to end, we are scrambling to finish all the reading challenges that we joined since the beginning of 2012. Here’s another contribution to the novel-in-verse challenge and perfect as well for our bimonthly theme on Stream of Stories and Whispering Water Tales. Historical Notes. Margarita Engle is one of our […]

Monday Reading: Poetry for Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating this Yuletide Season from all three of us here at GatheringBooks (Fats, Iphigene, and myself)! It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts (and brainchild of Sheila at BookJourney). Two of our blogging friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have inspired […]

Poetry Friday: I’m Wrestling with an Octopus

Our Poetry Friday offering today comes from American writer of children’s poetry, Jack Prelutsky. Known for his wacky and delightful verses, he was Named the first Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2006. In keeping with our bimonthly theme, Stream of Stories and Whispering Water Tales, here is his poem taken from “A Pizza […]