10 Minutes With Mr. Sharp

I am just getting started with listening to podcasts and boy am I glad I heard this one. About how one third grader learned to love books.

Listen to it and tell me what you think, Ok?

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I have loved podcasts for years. I consume between 1-3 hours of podcasts a day. This love of podcasts created in itch in me to start my own. I’ve scratched and ignored this itch for years, but it is time to dive in.

Below you will find the first episode of 10 Minutes With Mr. Sharp. I’m excited about this adventure, and I am sure that it will be a bit of a wild ride.

If you have any suggestions for how I could make it better, please let me know. I’d like to get good at this.

You can find the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the image below.

10 Minute With Mr. Sharp

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Clarbojahn Presents! Linda Sittig, Author of Cut From Strong Cloth

Hi Friends!

I Just finished Linda Sittig’s historical novel “Cut From Strong Cloth” and boy was I impressed! Not only is Linda Sittig a fellow Writer’s buddie from my writing group Round Hill Writer’s Group that I belong to but she also belongs to my Pennwriters group. After hearing weekly about her progress with the book I just had to read it. Never mind that I wanted to support her. And she blew me away. I LOVED the book and wanted to have here on my blog.

About the book from amazon:

Book Description

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

“Publication Date: November 21, 2014

At nineteen, Ellen Canavan lives for the dream of her late father: to succeed in business. But being a woman in 1861, she finds the path to entrepreneurship blocked many times over. The threat of war, her mother’s disapproval, and even a malicious arsonist threaten to limit the aspiring textile merchant to the status of impoverished Irish immigrant. As she travels from the factories of Philadelphia to the riverfront wharves of Savannah with her business mentor, James Nolan, the Civil War explodes amidst their blossoming love, and the two are separated. Can Ellen’s undaunted, fiery strength guide her through a divided nation, or must she abandon her dream in order to save her own life?”

Here is my Amazon review:

So let’s ask some questions. I’ll pretend I don’t know her and don’t know anything about her progress or how she came to write it.

Linda? How did you come across this idea and how did you come to write this book?

LHS: While doing some genealogical research on my mother’s family I came across an ancestor buried with only my great-grandfather’s name for identification. I started out just to locate her name, but I wound up with her amazing story of how she and my great-grandfather made this special cloth for soldiers’ uniforms in the Civil War.

What was the hardest part of writing it for you?

LHS: I worked with David Hazard, a great writing coach and he had to convince me to embellish the family story so it could become a full fledged novel.

What was most surprising?

LHS: I didn’t even know that Ellen Canavan had married my great-grandfather because I descend from his second wife, Sarah Brady. 

After all the research was done and you began to write was there any time your doubts about it became so big that you almost gave up? Or were you always sure you would go forward and finish it?

LHS: I did have doubts, mostly that anyone else would find Ellen’s story as riveting as I had. But then I was determined to finish the book and get her story out there. 

What does your family think about you and the book now that you wrote a book about one of your ancestors? How did you come to know about this ancestor?

LHS: Unfortunately my parents are no longer alive. I know my mother would have loved the book. My dad died about a year before it was published, but he did get to read the early proofs. I think what I like the most was how my two daughters reacted, they were proud of me for writing the book and amazed at Ellen Canavan Nolan’s story. 

All in all how long did it take to write this book? And once you got going how long?

LHS: It took me two years to write the book because I kept on going back and revising what I had written.

Did you have a critique group? or beta readers? How many times did you have it edited? And explain that.

LHS: I do! I belong to the Round Hill Writers Group and they critiqued various parts of the manuscript. I also asked 10 different people to become my beta readers. They read the finished manuscript and gave me great insight into any parts that were confusing.

I know that you explain quite a bit about your research in the book but could you go into it a little bit here for my readers?

LHS: I started with as many primary sources that I could find, mostly in Philadelphia and in Savannah. The highlight was when the special map librarian from the Free Library in Philadelphia was able to locate the actual factory schematics for the Nolan Factory. I stood there looking at the 1861 documents and I actually cried. 

About the Author:

Linda Sittig, Author of Cut  From Strong Cloth

Linda Sittig, Author of Cut From Strong Cloth

One Fun Fact You Didn’t Know About Me:  I was the Hula Hoop Champion of my 6th grade class in Glen Rock, New Jersey. I finally graduated from spinning hoops to spinning stories. 

Born in New York City, and raised in northern New Jersey, I was lured into historical fiction by Anya Seton’s, The Turquoise. Now a spinner of historical fiction myself, I love to weave stories of unforgettable characters set in emotionally charged settings. Combining my passion for history and strong female protagonists, I blog at www.strongwomeninhistory.wordpress.com.  My debut novel, Cut From Strong Cloth, pays tribute to the power of one woman’s perseverance.

Thanks so much, Linda! I am honored to have you on my blog.

It has been so much fun having here visiting with us, Linda! Thanks again.

Friends? If you want to know more about Linda go to her web site .  You will be met with her book coach, David Hazard. Also you can see her LinkedIn page here.

Please send me and Linda your questions in the comments. If there is something I Forgot to ask please ask it. Linda will see your questions and answer them as well. We love comments!!

 

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Time of Wonder/ #PPBF

Hi Friends!

I hope you had a great week and that the upcoming weekend will be even better!! Can you believe another weekend is upon us? they fly by like birds in the sky. so fast I want to slow them down. This weeks selection will make you think of vacation and slower times. Here’s for a great vacation !

Book Cover for a Time of Wonder._AA160_Title: Time of Wonder

Author / Illustrator : Robert McCloskey

Publishing info : Viking Press (first printing was in 1957 and this one was in 1985) But the book is new and newly printed. fiction for enjoyment for all ages

First Three Sentences : “Out on the  islands that poke their rocky shores above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day-to-day, season to season. You can watch a cloud peep over the Camden Hills, thirty miles away across the bay — see it slowly grow and grow as it comes nearer and nearer; see it darken the hills with its’ shadow; and then, see it darken, on after the other, Islesboro, Western Island, Pond Island, Hog Island, Spectacle Island, Two Bush Island — darken all the islands in between, until (page turn )you,on your island, are standing in the shadow,watching the rain begin to spill down way across the bay.”

Summary From amazon site : “The spell of rain, gulls, a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane, and the peace of a Maine island as a family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures.”

Resources : Pre and post discussion for  viewing the film made from this book.

And some of the questions it asks are these : ‘Ask the children where they like to go on vacation. How does the weather affect where they go? For example, they might like to go to the seashore in the summer. What happens when it rains? What does their family do together then? Write a story: Once, when my family and I were on vacation, it….. so we….. “

 

Why I love it : Just read the first three sentences and you’ll get it. The whole book is just poetic with watercolor paintings sparking the dream of going to Maine to experience the story line. Right after reading it the first time and pouring over the illustrations I re read it again and enjoyed it just as much. Robert McCloskey is a famous picture book author having written “Blueberries for Sal” and “Make Way for Ducklings” books you are familiar with. And this one is just as lovingly outstanding. He makes it so believable you feel like you ARE experiencing his summer in Maine as a child. That you are the one getting ready for that hurricane. So if he can do that to me as an adult, imagine what a child would feel? Terrific right?

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

And for her Pinterst board look here : https://www.pinterest.com/susannaleonard/

Also there is another blog Susanna started with alphabetizing here : http://perfectpicturebooks.blogspot.com/

So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!

See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.

Have a Happy Happy Weekend!

XOXO

You can buy my books on Amazon , For Edmund, click here:

For Annie, Click here:

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NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

I love the National Association for Mental Illness or NAMI. I am a member and support it with donatations as well. I read there newsletter from cover to cover and love their online one, too.

Here Friend to Yourself has done a post on it.

Friend to Yourself

Hello Friends,

I’m enjoying this all too fast passing time at the APA annual meeting in Toronto. What I am most enjoying is the education, the community and connection with new and old friends, and the reminder of what this is all about – you and I. In honor of us, I’m “pressing” this excellent post from our national advocators and stigma-fighters at NAMI.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts. How does this resonate, or not, with you. We need to hear!

Be well and keep on!

Q

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Three Go-To Writing Sites For You

Hi Friends!

I realize I feel best when helping others achieve their dreams.

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

So I want to tell you of  John Yeoman’s free service for four weeks. You get four weeks of free feedback to making stories better before committing to more. : http://www.storypenpal.com/free-trial.php

Sound too good to be true? Just click on the link and see. I get nothing in return. I Just subscribe to his newsletters and he told me about it. I also saw it on  C. Hope Clark’s  newsletters so thought it a good thing and wanted to pass it along to you.

In the same vein I saw this from book baby : All you have to do is enter a contest  by plugging your info into it to win a publishing dream .

I finished my first rough draft of my memoir and sent it on to my editor and memoir teacher, Brooke Warner for feedback. She said I’d get it back at the end of June. So excited! That will give me so much more to go on and a real plan for revising.

On Monday my stitches come out. *Yay!*

Also soon my new website will be up and running. Just need to do some off-line calling and Stacy Jensen will have it all ready for me. Then you can access this blog from it and see my books and info all in one place. I can’t wait.

Until next Friday! See you then. XOXO

 

 

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#ppbf / none today

ViviLnk Forsythia's on top of driveway

ViviLnk Forsythia’s on top of driveway

Hi Friends!

Even though I’ve been reading tons of picture books and reading in general after my surgery, I am not able to write up a Perfect Picture Book Friday review. And because I am still in pain I will make this short.

Enjoy reading!

Read for fun!

Read for enjoyment!

Read to experience another life! Another time, another experience.

ViviLnk Princess Clar

ViviLnk Princess Clar

Read picture books.

read middle grade.

read history. Read fiction.

Read YA.

Read all the genres!

Just read!

Right FRIENDS! Read?

I want to encourage all of you to get your skin checked every year or two. My little pinky sized white mole with irregular edges turned into a big incision of two inches and with eight stitches on the outside and four inside. I hate to think of how long it would have been if I had waited. So for goodness sake (Healths sake) get these things done! 🙂 Have a skin check and use sun screen. 🙂

ViviLnk Path to red bud alley behind my house!

ViviLnk Path to red bud alley behind my house!

Love to all of you!

XOXO

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After Surgery #amreading

ViviLnk My son's lilacs in my yard

ViviLnk My son’s lilacs in my yard

Hi Readers!

I had surgery on Tuesday and have felt under the weather all week not doing anything but reading. Yesterday I posted about it on Facebook and so many of you told me to relax and get well. I am overwhelmed by your good wishes! Thanks so much!

I think I will continue to do just that. read and get well. There are eight stitches and a bruise the size of a baseball and it hurts to move my arm since it is in the shoulder. So I will make this short. Reading is one of the main things we can do to make our writing better. There is even a series to show us how to that by John Yeoman the teacher and guru behind “The Writer’s Village” and here is a  post from his blog showing us how to write.

There is always tons for learning in his blogs and books. Enjoy!

Also for you picture book writers #wrpibowe is over now but you can make it up by yourselves and get support from  Kidlit411 :

It is a super resource for picture book lovers of all sorts! enjoy!!

Now I’m going into my writing cave until my shoulder screams for mercy and then I will read. Take care friends!

ViviLnk Black Tulip in yard!

ViviLnk Black Tulip in yard!

See you on FRIDAY!

XOXO

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Hillary Rodham Clinton/ #PPBF

Hi Friends!

Another May Friday! Happy Perfect Picture Books Friday! And Happy Weekend! 

Hillary Rodham Clinton book cover from amazon_Title: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dreams Taking Flight

Author / Illustrator : Kathleen Knell/ Amy June Bates

Publishing info : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers 2008 Although I was surprised to find an updated version of  August 2015, right in line when she said she would run for president.

Appropriate for ages :  Age Level: 5 – 8 | Grade Level: K – 3

Summary from jacket : “When Hillary was young, she wanted to an astronaut, to soar as high as the stars above. She kept reaching up and up as she grew. There were people who told her no. But she didn’t listen to them. There were people who didn’t think she could do it. But she believed in herself. And Hillary has been making history ever since. This is the inspiring story of a girl with dreams as big as the open sky.”

And from amazon page : “ The beautifully illustrated picture book about Hillary Clinton—now revised and updated with brand-new material about her time as Secretary of State.

Before Hillary Clinton was in the running to be president, she was a young girl growing up outside Chicago who lost the election for student-body president. She wanted to be an astronaut, to soar as high as the stars above. She kept reaching up and up as she grew. There were people who told her no—most of them simply because she was a girl—but she didn’t listen to them. There were people who didn’t think she could do it. But she believed in herself. And Hillary has been making history ever since. This is the inspiring story of a girl with dreams as big as the open sky.”

First Three Sentences : “Once there was a girl who  wanted to fly. She dreamed of  zooming in a spaceship up through the clouds into outer space, learning new things about Earth. She wrote to the national space agency to volunteer.”

RESOURCES : Have your child watch the news on TV and follow Hillary’s campaign for president or alternately clip news articles out of magazines about her.

To watch her on TV on American Experiences check out this listing :

And for a reading guide on this book :

Why I love it: The end papers really wowed me. THere was so much good information in them that I feel I  know Hillary much better than before. Also all along the text telling of her life up to 2008 there were inspirational quotes. I just loved how they could empower a girl or even a woman like me to do my best or do better in life than I have been. Quotes like “Stand up for yourself and keep your balance. “ And “ You don’t have time for fear.”

Theres a lot to love about this picture book. The illustrations are spot on. For a presidential candidate to already have a book that aims at the younger readers is key as well.

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

And for her Pinterest board look here :

Also there is another blog Susanna started with alphabetizing here : 

So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!

For those of you who visited me last Tuesday you will remember I told you about my web site reconstruction. Stacy Jensen is giving me one! *Yay!*

My blog will be part of http://www.clarabowman-jahn.com . No more wordpress in the name of it. No more short hand of clarbojahn but my full name. Plus it will have my books in it and more. A whole website with blog. Not two. So I hope you won’t be confused.

Stacy reassures me it will be seamless. We all like that right? But next time you visit you may see a different header with different pages under it. I hope you take a look around.

See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.

Congrats! Sandy!

Thanks, Stacy!

 

Thanks for reading ya’ll! I love you all!  XOXO

Have a Happy Happy Weekend!

 

 

 

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Look What Sandra Stein, Kidlit Author Has Done Now

Birthday Balloons.alt-nicholanelson_flickr.

Balloons for Sandra! Credit to Nicholanelson on Flickr

Hi Friends!

Hurray! Sandra Stein,  Kidlit and memoir author  has written and photographed another book. She has self published this the same as the others.

Along the trail by Sandra Stein

Along the trail by Sandra Stein

It is on amazon and here is my amazon review.

Along The Trail is a children’s book never leaving the child’s point of view and a child’s input for long. On each page is a question for the reader, most obviously a young child age two to five. Questions range from the apparent of asking what is the cat looking at to the obscure of what is a squirrel doing lying along a branch. Whimsical in nature, this book will delight the little ones in its photo compository of a Grandma walking along the Old Dominion Trail and taking photos as she goes.Sandra Stein has written and illustrated another winning children’s book.
Yay! Sandra!
Please click on this amazon link and get your copy!
Along THe Trail back cover

Along THe Trail back cover

And as I congratulate my friend, Sandra Stein, I want to tell you about another. Stacy Jensen, one of our own, is giving me a web site reconstruction. My blog will be part of http://www.clarabowman-jahn.com . No more WordPress in the name of it. No more short hand of clarbojahn but my full name. Plus it will have my books in it and more. A whole web site with blog. Not two. So I hope you won’t be confused.

Stacy reassures me it will be seamless. We all like that right? But next time you visit you may see a different header with different pages under it. I hope you take a look around.

So? I’ll see you Friday, right? See you then!

Congrats! Sandy!

Thanks, Stacy!

 

Thanks for reading ya’ll! I love you all!  XOXO

 

 

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Leave Your Sleep/ #PPBF

Hi Readers!

It has come to my attention that I am poverty-stricken. I am poor in poetry knowledge. For instance I never read books in verse or rhyming picture books. I thought I would remedy that a little in todays choice. Although not a picture book in verse it is about poems. I will tell you.

Book cover for Leave Your Sleep_Title : Leave Your Sleep, a Collection of Classic Children’s Poetry

Author/ Illustrator : Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock

Publishing info : Frances Foster Books / mackids.com/ Poems / for ages k through six grade

Themes : Poetry, music, Famous Poets, songs

First Three Lines : From the introduction:  “This collection of songs represents the long conversation I had with my daughter during the first six years of her life. It documents our word of mouth tradition in the poems, stories, and songs that I found to delight and teach her — this parade of witches and circus ponies, a Chinese princess and a janitor’s boy. I tried to show her that speech could  be the most delightful toy in her possession and that her mother tongue is rich with musical rhythms and rhymes.”

Summary from Jacket : Natalie Merchant’s double album Leave Your Sleep transformed a wonderful selection of classic children’s poetry into a delightful collection of original songs with the Horn Book called “as much a work about childhood as it is a work for children.” Now a magical picture book, leave Your Sleep opens the door to a world of poems and songs filled with witches and fearless girls, blind men and elephants, giants and sailors and dancing bears. Natalie Merchant’s brilliant musical renderings, selected from her highly praised leave Your Sleep album,share the stage with Barbara McClintock’s richly imagined art to create a memorable reading, looking, and listening experience. This unique package includes a full-length CD with nineteen songs, one for each poem in the book. “

Resources : Leave Your Sleep on You Tube :

More about it on Horn books :

For a teacher guide pdf :

Alternatively one can ask a child to tell or write his or her own poem and put it into song. Or make up a song. And then draw a picture of it.

Why I love it : The cover captivated me and I have long needed to read poetry. I am sorry to admit it but I am ignorant of poetry. I thought starting with these poems for children would be ea gentle beginning. And it was. The  poems turned songs delighted me. I am sure some fo you know them. “The Land of Nod” — Robert Louis Stevenson

“The Dancing Bear” — Albert Bigelow Paine

“The Janitor’s Boy” — Nathalia Crane

“Adventures of Isabel” — Ogden Nash

“ Bleezer’s Ice-Cream” — Jack Prelutsky

“Old Mother Hubbard & Her Dog Revisited” — John Yeoman

Just to name a few.

The illustrations were marvelous and made me look long and hard. I was thrilled to pick up this book.

So if you want to join other PPBF writers go look at Susanna Hill’s site for today and enjoy other reviews on her links. also you can click on Perfect Picture Books and find books categorized by theme or alphabetized. No matter which way you go it will be fun.

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

And for her Pinterst board look here : https://www.pinterest.com/susannaleonard/

Also there is another blog Susanna started with alphabetizing here :

So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!

See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

 

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