Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Today's guest blogger is Mrs. Lamond, artist and bookworm!

Artist Paul Strisik lived in Rockport!

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
As a little kid I read so many books. I remember actually sounding letters out and being so excited to figure out the words. Of course I remember the books more because of the illustrations. I remember as I got older it became harder for me to retain what I was reading and got some extra help. The Little House on the Prairie, the Judy Blume series, along with  the Nancy Drew collection were among my favorites.

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
Now if I have time to read for entertainment, which is rare, I grab a book from a friend that I know will be good and sneak off to anywhere I can be alone to read it, usually the bathtub. As an adult I learned to love reading. I enjoyed the Bourne Identity series by Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy's books including Hunt for Red OctoberAll the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr was a more recent story that I loved. The imagery it created in my mind and the story of two young people connecting in such a miraculous way during the German occupation of France was incredible. As an adult I read the Harry Potter series and was enchanted by all the magic and continuous action. I read 39 Clues  with my kids and enjoyed that series as well. It was so much fun for kids! The other books which I absolutely love are the Dinotopia books by James Gurney. The images of a society with dinosaurs and humans interacting is not only fun but the pictures are so beautiful and detailed.

What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
Currently I am reading a book Capturing Light in Oils by local artist Paul Strisik. I love that it is making me think how to approach a painting in a different way.  It is  freeing me to allow myself to use different color and light to interpret a scene, and not  worry about making it look like a photograph. It gives a painting more emotion.

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
If I were to have a literary dinner party? I guess I'd have to invite J.K. Rowling, Janel Cannon (Stellaluna and Verdi) and Timothy B. Ering (Necks Out for Adventure and Hamilton Squidlegger) . I'd LOVE to be inspired by their imaginations to create and illustrate a childrens book myself that is magical, a little factual and have really fun pictures like I've never drawn before! Also we would have lots of chocolate!

Many thanks to Mrs. Lamond for this creative and thoughtful post. RES has many Timothy B. Ering fans! To hear a video shout out from Tim to RES and learn more about his books, check out the previous blog post Timothy B. Ering visits RES.

Monday, April 27, 2020

By the Book with Mrs. Perrotti, Grade 3 teacher and bookworm!

"I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed — or worse, expelled. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to bed." ― Hermione Granger

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?

When I was a child I was a voracious reader! I chose to read whenever I had spare time. I would get lost in whatever book I was reading and did not like to stop reading! I also had to reread books because we did not have the same kind of access to books that we have now. I enjoyed re reading my favorites! I loved going to the library! I loved reading mystery books! Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene, Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell Tatham, all of the Beezus and Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and the following Fudge series by Judy Blume.

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
My ideal reading experience: I LOVE reading in my bed in the morning with a great cup of coffee!! I also LOVE reading on the beach!! I usually go to the beach with a stack of books, just in case I finish one I have another one to choose from!

What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
The most interesting thing I have learned from a book recently: Well, I have been watching birds in my backyard and noticed a lot of cardinals. I found out that their red color (also yellow and orange) comes from the colors of the plants or insects they eat!

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
The three writers I would invite would be: Harlen Coben, J.K. Rowling and Agatha Christie. (If any of them aren’t available- Carolyn Keene, Roald Dahl, E.B. White)

Thursday, April 16, 2020

By the Book Bonus Round: What books are on your nightstand?

Thanks to some last minute help we have additional "By the Book" posts  and will post those after the April break. In the meantime, today's blog features a BONUS round, inspired by the bingo game at yesterday's staff meeting!

In addition to the questions I lifted for our purposes, the "By the Book" feature also routinely includes the question "What books are on your nightstand?" For example, here is Harlan Coben's response:

Anna Quindlen’s “Still Life With Bread Crumbs,” ... and “The Stack and Tilt Swing,” by Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer...“Stack and Tilt” is a manual about how to swing a golf club, something I do often and terribly. I made the mistake of taking up golf late in life. I would have been better served taking up grinding glass shards into my eyes or removing my internal organs with a grapefruit spoon.

If you would like to participate, please include the books currently on your nightstand in the comments section below, along with any recommendations you might have. 

Books currently on my nightstand:
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar (Joinson); The Great Alone (Hannah); The Summer Before the War (Simonson); Stay Where You Are Then Leave (Boyne); and The Stories of John Cheever.  I found my old copy of John Cheever in a box while cleaning.  I grabbed the others on my last trip to the RPL before it closed along with everything else. An interesting list - a book about being alone in the wilds of China, a book about being alone in the wilds of Alaska, and two books about World War I. Perhaps I had a sense of the uncertain times ahead?

Is your nightstand more cheerful than mine (I hope so)? Please list any titles in the comments below and have a great break!

By the Book with Ms. Bukkhegyi, Grade 4 Teacher

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing (To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 2).

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
As a child, I was a pretty reluctant reader. I did not choose to spend my free time reading when I could be doing something outside, or playing with my sister. I loved to listen to people tell stories, but sometimes I struggled to stay focused when I was reading by myself. However, I had a couple of most favorite authors. I loved Judy Blume and Laura Ingalls Wilder and I found myself gravitating towards non-fiction books as well. 

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
Today, my ideal reading experience is being curled up on a rainy day with my Kindle and a cup of tea, knowing that I don't have to leave the house at all that day!

What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
Recently I've been reading a book called Educated by, Tara Westover. I have been learning about a woman who went on to receive a great education, even though her family did not approve of education while she was growing up. She never went to school and was barely homeschooled, yet her determination helped her to become a successful author. I learned that no matter what challenges you face growing up, all people have the potential to achieve their dreams. 

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
There are several authors I would absolutely love to invite to a dinner party. Some of them include Harper Lee, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Roald Dahl, and Kate DiCamillo. These authors have written some of my favorite books of all time, and I'd love to have conversations with them about some of my most favorite literary characters!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

By the Book with special guest blogger Ari Raftelis

"If my life is going to mean anything, I have to
live it myself"
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you the most?
When I was younger, I absolutely loved to read. I mainly read fictional books, whether they were about a dystopian society or a whimsical world. I would sit down and get lost in the novels. I would let my imagination run free and picture myself in the worlds I read about, whether that meant I was riding on the back of a mythical beast or fighting against a government alongside the heroes and heroines. As I got older, the adventures I went on with my favorite heroes inspired me to travel! I’m very lucky to have been to Italy, Greece, and Iceland. Many of the locations I visited are also the settings of my most loved books. My favorite author as a child was Rick Riordan, who wrote novels that had spins on mythology to show the gods, goddesses, and their children living in modern times. 

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
I love to get cozy and read in bed or on the couch wrapped up in warm blankets! If it's nice outside, I do like to read on my back deck while I sunbathe. Reading is something very relaxing to me, and I enjoy unwinding somewhere quiet and warm.  
Mrs. Raftelis reading with Ari & Thea.

What's the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
I’m a college student, so all of my books are very informative! I’ll spare you the details, but all my books are somehow related to chemistry.

You're organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
I would love to invite Rick Riordan, Aldous Huxley, and Mary Pope Osborne. Mary Pope Osborne wrote the Magic Treehouse series. Her stories were the first to make me fall in love with reading. I loved the adventures she took me on as a reader as a child. Rick Riordan is the author of many series relating to mythological figures taking on the modern day world with their demigod children or magical heroes. I read all of his series from Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, to The Kane Chronicles. I actually wrote to him and he wrote me back a very kind letter. I'd love to meet him in person and let him know how much I loved his novels growing up. Aldous Huxley wrote my favorite novel as a high school student, Brave New World. This was a dystopian novel that I had to read for class, but I ended up loving the plot and the lessons embedded in the plot. I’ve read the novel many more times since it was originally assigned to me and notice new details every time! I’d love to sit down and talk to Mr. Huxley about the novel and discuss how today’s society ties into many of the themes and warnings he left in his novel. 
On a historical trail in Southern Iceland!