Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Canopy Progress

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   

He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.
A classic - is there anyone (caucasian, American) who does NOT know
this poem? Our woods are lovely, dark, and deep, and I often hear
owls calling of an evening. Owls always remind me of Jane
Yolen's/John Schoenherr's 1988 Caldecott Medal book, Owl Moon. I
remember Zig finding that book at Huntington's in Hartford, and
commenting on the beauty of Schoenherr's illustrations. I remember
being impressed that a Project Operations Manager would notice the
quality of the art in a children's picture book! We bought the book
for Stuart's first Christmas, and have it still.
Speaking of the Caldecott Medal, the 2012 winner was announced
yesterday. Chris Raschka's A Ball For Daisy is everything a
children's librarian hopes for. I shared the book with 1st, 2nd, and
3rd grade students today, and they all LOVED it. It's always fun to
"read" wordless picture books to kids - some of them want me to make
up a verbal story that coincides with the illustrations; others just
want to look at the pictures and tell their own story to themselves.
Raschka's ability to portray emotion through watercolor, gouache,
and ink is stunning - not just for the adult (children's librarian)
viewer, but for rambunctious little kids who, when confronted with
the tragedy of the (SPOILER ALERT) popped ball, are struck dumb with
sadness for poor Daisy. Based on today's reaction, I'm certain that
not only will my Kindergarten students embrace the book - 4th, 5th,
6th, 7th, and 8th graders will as well. WELL DONE, Mr. Raschka!

Caldecott Honor winners this year were also well received by
students in my tiny town - Blackout, Grandpa Green, and Me-Jane 
pleased all.

Second bobbin of Night Owl merino
Canopy Sock #1 - weird lighting

Exercise: Continuing with weights and bicycling.

1 comment:

  1. Just love your blog, Penny! And love your knitting, too! Beautiful!


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