The Houston Press brings its special observations on a Texas mathbook.
Legacy: 50 Years of Loving Care, Texas Children's Hospital, 1954-2004 by Betsy Parish, Elisha Freeman Publishing, May 2008, 762 pages, $45.50
Review by Mark Lardos
|The Temple Daily Telegram carries new of this report.|
Kids Count report
Published: December 11, 2008
"The Center for Public Policy Priorities on Wednesday released "The State of Texas Children: Texas Kids Count Annual Data Book 2008-09," a resource that provides the latest look at the well-being of children in every county in the state.
This year's data book includes an essay, "Closing the Educational Gaps," revealing factors that can play a pivotal role in a child's academic achievement."
Read more more of the article at http://www.tdtnews.com/story/2008/12/11/54316/
or go to the source http://www.cppp.org/research.php?aid=795&cid=10
Author Has Chance Meeting with Young Illustrator and Completes a Children's Illustrated Picture Book in Under 30 Days
First time author writes a book, meets an illustrator and publishes a children's horse book fast.
"Wimberley, TX, December 16, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Texas author R.D. Jentsch has a chance meeting at a hair salon with a young illustrator, David C. Bryant and shocks the literary world by completing the book and illustrations within four short weeks and publishes it through BookSurge in three months."
Reading level not specified.
News from Vermont's Times Argus via San Antonio's Vincent Davis' review.
This is Kathi Appelt's first young adult novel
The Underneath, Simon & Shuster Children's Publishing, $16.99, chosen as a 2008 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
"The story unfolds under a porch in the Piney Woods of East Texas, where a calico cat and her two kittens hide from becoming alligator bait with an unlikely ally, an abused hound dog. Ancient, mythological creatures, a menacing hunter and danger inhabit the mysterious world that the four animals hide from in a dank and dark place."
Read more at
A Girl Scout publication Connections offers tours and activities including Texas history. See http://creeksidegs.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/texas-history-alive/
from the Creekside Girl Scouts for more information of Texas History Alive ! "Description: Presented by Texana Living History Association & Farmers Branch Historical Park."
Hot off the electric press, as the August issue of "Will's Texana Monthly: Reviews, News and Electric Observations," is "Texas Historical and Literary Blogs," an annotated, illustrated, and categorized list of over 100 blogs "about" Texas.
The email attachment is illustrated and available free upon request.
The non-illustrated version is posted at TEXAS BLOG NOTES, http://texasblognotes.blogspot.com
The categories include
Will's History, Literature, and Reference Blogs -
Architectural Preservation & Appreciation -
Book Agents, Editors, Publicists, Consultants, and Their Ilk -
Book Reading Clubs & Book Companions -
Book Reviews & News -
Classroom Experiments -
Commercial Expressions -
Culturally Convergent with Historical or Literary Interests -
Historical Interests & Projects -
Historical Museums, Libraries, & Archives -
Historical Organizations -
History via Newspaper Blogs -
Literate Writers -
Literate Naturalists -
Literary Organizations -
Oozing Toward Politics -
Blog Cousins, The Fort Worth Museum Anomalies -
Favorites, Bookmarks, and Subscriptions to Feeds -
Starting a Blog -
The UT-Austin Center for American Studies
"A Guide to the Mrs. Percy V. Pennybacker Papers, 1878-1938"
The summary description via TARO is
Anna Pennybacker was the author of choice for teachers and parents wishing to inculcate their youngsters with the state's history. The Online Handbook of Texas has a article by Stacey Cordery that begins
"PENNYBACKER, ANNA J. HARDWICKE (1861-1938). Anna Pennybacker, clubwoman, woman suffrageqv advocate, author, and lecturer, daughter of John Benjamin and Martha (Dews) Hardwicke, was born on May 7, 1861, in Petersburg, Virginia. As a high school student she substituted the unexplained initial J for her second given name, McLaughlin. She graduated from the first class of Sam Houston Normal School in Huntsville, continued her education in Europe, and subsequently taught grammar and high school for fourteen years, including some sessions at the Chautauqua Summer Assembly. In 1884 she married native Texan Percy V. Pennybacker (who died in 1889); they had three children who reached adulthood. Mrs. Pennybacker wrote and published A New History of Texas in 1888, and the textbook was a staple of Texas classrooms for forty years."
The bibliography there reads: "BIBLIOGRAPHY: Helen Knox, Mrs. Percy V. Pennybacker (New York: Revell, 1916). Theodore Morrison, Chautauqua (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974). Anna J. H. Pennybacker Collection, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin. Rebecca Richmond, A Woman of Texas: Mrs. Percy V. Pennybacker (San Antonio: Naylor, 1941)."
READ MORE FROM the HOT at http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/PP/fpe30.html
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Texas Christian University
for 7th Grade Texas History
Small Texas school district lets teachers, staff pack pistols / By MARK AGEE / firstname.lastname@example.org
[Review begins]: "Children's books always baffle me. They're intended to be read to small children at an age when their imaginations run wild and the beasts under the bed and in the closet are more frightening and real than anything that can actually harm them. So why is it that writers of children's books always populate their works with the most bizarre and scary creatures known to man?
At least in "The Fairy and the Chupacabra and Those Marfa Lights" there is no big bad wolf waiting to eat the kids in some remote village or a headless horseman waiting in the woods to exact revenge on some poor school teacher. ..." READ MORE FROM THE VAIL DAILY http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20080811/AE/16621761/1068
"I wrote the books to impact the lives of young children and encourage them in their character development and issues of life. That the books have been recognized in the publishing industry is as added honor," says Mrs. Clark.
By Michael P. Spradlin. Pub: Walker Books for Young Readers (2008) ISBN 9780802780966 Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 6) for Reader Views (7/08)
[The posting begins:] "The dignity of hard work was and still is a part of the Texas mentality. It is prevalent in the history of Texas, the culture of Texans, and the art that represents the people of Texas. Many works of early Texas art preserve the lives and the daily activities of the people they represent. These works record details of the clothing, daily chores, and special events in their lives. Work is important not only as a contribution to both family and community, but also as a form of self-worth and a source of self-esteem. This unit uses the theme of work to explore the role of hard work in settling the Texas frontier, and the value of work in the Great Depression."
http://www.lesliehawes.com/wordpress/?p=1610 explains how she became a professional artist. And it happened in Texas - Midland of all places where they like the color green.
Leslie Hawes' first book was the 1988 issue of Two Glass Buttons: a Story of the Runaway Scrape, text by Marguerite Star Crain.
My goodness, Maggie Lambeth has a copy and she's asking $75.00 for it. Signed and in fine condition with its dustjacket. And the illustrations are really good. In a dry color medium - Leslie's favorite. http://www.texanbooks.com/si/11010.html
A good reader for girls and boys too.
See also http://www.lesliehawes.com/
Book Featuring Rescued Texas Dog Published
"Dingo has traded his status from a lonely stray adopted from the Galveston Island Humane Society to a beloved family member, featured as the lead character in his own children's book, Where Do Dingos Come From. The Labrador/chow mix now has a fictional counterpart, who helps to teach children about adopting pets and kindness and compassion to animals.
READ MORE ABOUT http://network.bestfriends.org/texas/news/26875.html
What's up, Doc? Aquifer education
Austin Business Journal reports" The Edwards Aquifer Authority has expanded the agency's children's educational outreach program online.
Earlier this year, the agency created the Doc Edwards' Amazing Aquifer Adventure!, a live education program hosted by Doc Edwards, a fictional explorer who teaches children about the aquifer. "
Read more at http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2008/07/14/daily45.html
Book Moot offers a review for her Non-fiction Monday entry
READ MORE http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/66431
His enthusiasm for a collection of newspaper strips dating from 1926 was nothing he planned, though.
"I'm as surprised as anyone else that this is where I've ended up for the moment," said Adams, who counts JSA, Teen Titans and Noble Causes among his current favorites. "But this stuff is too cool!"
"My interest in the history of the industry started very early on," he said. "When I first discovered that there was an entire generation of superheroes that predated the ones that I knew about, well, I just had to know what that was all about! Those early JLA/JSA crossovers just set me on fire! And since there were no comic shops available to me in the early 70's, I had to hit the libraries and look for reference books on the industry. So I learned about the old characters and the people who created them at the same time. It seemed like every decade has it's own thing that made it fascinating to read about. The late '30s saw the creation of the true 'Superhero.' The '40s sent that hero to war. The '50s had a poor man's version of the McCarthy hearings that lead to the creation of a self-imposed regulating committee. The '60s saw both the rebirth of the superhero and his attempt to be relevant to the modern world. It was all fascinating to me. My interest in the history of the medium eventually lead me to an unusual find. At a yard sale, I found a small digest size paperback book that was a 1927 collection of newspaper strips. It was called Texas History Movies. My curiosity lead me to start research on this book that I am currently still working on.""
Each month we will select two TEXAS STORIES and develop one or more companion Activity Guides for 4th and/or 7th grades.
Garland, Sherry. Ronald Himler, illustrator. Voices of the
Pelican Publishing Company recommendation: ages 5-8; School Library Journal recommendation: Grades 3-6.
Lesson plans: http://litplans.com/authors/Sherry_Garland.html