Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thomas' 16th Illustrated Story

Once upon a time, there was a cat named Buster.  Buster was a beautiful cat... most of the time.  The rest of the time he was a beautiful dragon.  He had magic fire breath that could turn bad dragons into humans, and then he would chase them away.  And it could turn bad humans into dragons, and they would move away.

                                                                                                            The End.

Book 571

Cruising Paradise, by Sam Shepard, 1997.

I reviewed this book on Goodreads last Monday (July 24th).  Then I went on a short vacation with my family, and today (July 31st), I just read that the remarkable Sam Shepard has died.

This is the book that made me want to become a writer. It is also the book that made me adore Sam Shepard, but that is a completely different story. 

These stories are breathtakingly perfect. I don't mean they are the polished gems of a technically brilliant wordsmith. I mean they are perfect in their pure, raw, gut-wrenching beauty. The characters in the story may be the most hideous creatures you have ever encountered, and yet you can be moved to tears when you travel with them through their hardships. 

Sam Shepard is an underrated genius. 

Book 570

Listen My Children, Core Knowledge Book, 2001.

My son read this book for his Second Grade Literature class.  This book is an excellently-curated collection of poems for second-graders.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Book 569

The Legend of the Bluebonnet, by Tomie DePaola, Penguin Books, 1983.

This is a lovely, lovely book.  My son read it for a First Grade class last year, and it might have been a little advanced for him then.  But now, it is perfect for him.  In fact, it is just perfect.

Book 568

Weather:  Poems for All Seasons, by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Melanie Hall, HarperCollins, 1995.

My son read this book last year for first grade.  It was his first introduction to a study of poetry, and he really enjoyed it.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thomas' 15th Illustrated Story -- Fourth Book

Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was on top of the world, where the clouds met the snow.  Thomas was living so long on the top of the world that he turned into a legendary Yeti. 

                                                                                                            The End.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thomas' 14th Illustrated Story -- Book 4

Once upon a time, there was a hippo with a tuba.  And the hippo’s tuba sounded like a fart.
                                                                                                            The End.