Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Henry Loves Pierogi.

Henry ran down the stairs and burst into the kitchen. "Wait for me, Dad." His Father was preparing a Holiday tradition. They are going to make "Pierogi." The table was set, with mounds of flour, eggs, and water. Henry invited his friend, Pete to join. Pete walked into the kitchen and started to chuckle. He watched Henry pace back and forth around his Father. "Henry, relax," Pete replied. Henry went over and tussled with Pete. "I waited 364 days for this," Henry answered.  Henry and Pete watched in awe as Henry's Father mixed  the flour, eggs and water to create the dough. The Polish Father used a rolling pin to flatten the dough until it was thick enough to cut. All three worked together to cut the dough with a cup and place sauerkraut inside and seal it. They dropped all the pierogi in a huge pot of boiling water. Henry and Pete took turns to stir the pierogi in the pot. "Is it ready?" Henry asked impatiently. Henry's Father poured all the pierogi in a strainer and placed the hot steaming dumplings in a large bowl and mixed it with butter. Henry's Father placed some of the pierogi on a flat large dish. "This is better than pizza." Henry announced.  "Mmmm, this is great," Pete said. Henry and his Father joined Pete at the table and feasted on the pierogi. Before Henry took another bite, he turned to his Father and said, "Thanks, Dad." His Father smiled and replied, "you're welcome, Son." Pete's mouth was too full to reply but Henry and his Father knew Pete enjoyed this Polish treat. "


Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Books

It happens every year at this time.
The day after Thanksgiving.
The start of Christmas season.
This is a great time for a book review.
Buddy Book has posted his
seven favorite Christmas books.  

Mortimer's Christmas Manger
by Karma Wilson

Mortimer Mouse moved in a new home. He noticed a wooden manger near a Christmas tree. He found others living inside. He took out all the statues so he could move in. But each night, the statues were back in place. Mortimer overheard a man tell everyone the story of Christmas and the baby Jesus. He realized he stood in the place where the baby Jesus statue belonged. He put all the statues back in their spot. Mortimer searched for a new home. On the way he said a prayer. Before long, Mortimer found a new house just his size. Mortimer said a prayer to thank Jesus.

Silver Packages
by Cynthia Rylant

Every Christmas a rich man rides a train to a town where he throws presents to the poor children who are waiting anxiously. A boy named Frankie waited by the tracks hoping to receive a doctors kit. But each present he received were essential to keep him warm for the winter. When Frankie grew up, he remembered the silver packages he received. He learned how valuable those gifts were to him. He moved back in town and watched other kids waiting anxiously for that same train when he was a kid. He stood nearby and watched a little girl fall when she received her package. Frankie walked up to her and opened his kit for a band-aid. He assured her she would be fine because he was a doctor.  

The Crippled Lamb
by Max Lucado

Joshua was a little lamb who always felt different and sad because of his crippled leg and his black spots. He felt left out because he couldn't run and play with the other lambs. What Joshua didn't realize, God had a very special plan for him. Joshua found  his prayer was answered. 

                                                The Christmas Sweater
                                                       by  Glenn Beck

Eddie wanted a bicycle for Christmas but he received a Christmas sweater. He was very disappointed but his grandfather showed him the magic of this sweater. Eddie took a magical journey with his grandfather. During his journey, he went sledding with his father. He had so much fun he realized he was wearing the Christmas sweater. Next he found himself in the kitchen with his mother. They finished building a gingerbread house. He noticed again he was wearing the same sweater. He asked himself could this sweater be magical? Eddie woke up and realized it was all a dream. He went downstairs and found he received a bicycle but Eddie was anxiously looking for a different present. He opened his package that his mother gave him. He found the Christmas sweater he was looking for. He felt so happy, he walked up to his mother and gave her a big hug.   

The Christmas Candle
by Richard Paul Evans

Thomas was on his way home when he realized he needed a candle for his lantern. He stopped in a candlemakers shop and bought a inexpensive candle. On his journey home, he mistook a begger for his mother and gave her his cloak to keep warm. He noticed a man lying in the street that looked like his brother. Thomas gave all he had to put him in a inn for the night.  Thomas figured out that he may have given all he had away but in the end he found the true meaning of a family.


Priscilla & the Great Santa Search      Bear Stays up for Christmas
  by Nathaniel Hobbie                             by Karma Wilson


Sunday, November 20, 2011

What will I be?

"Buddy, have you done your homework." 
"No, mom."
"It's better you start now." 
I grab my pen and pull out a piece of paper.
I start to imagine what will I be?
I could be an artist.
Every so often I draw animals on my sketch paper.
I stop and ponder another thought.
I could be an astronaut.
Now and then I read about Neil Armstrong and picture myself landing on a another planet.
From time to time I think I could be an archaeologist.
Every so often I dig part of the yard and search for anything valuable.
But then again, I could be a teacher.
I enjoy teaching my younger brother new things.
I imagine also that I could be an astronomer.
Every night I pull out my telescope and scan the night sky.
I could be a librarian like Mrs. Kurchell.
I love to spend time at the library and I enjoy reading books.
I have other choices like maybe I could be a veterinarian.
I take care of my two dogs and a cat.
"Buddy, have you finished your homework?"    
"Not yet, mom."
"Stop daydreaming."
"OK, mom."
I have a assignment, we have to write a story on "What will I be?"
I have many ideas, where do I start?
With my imagination, I could be a writer.
You never know.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

T is for Thanksgiving

Bring on the turkey, bring on the guest,
bring on the gravy, bring on the rest.
Before we partake on Thanksgiving Day.
Take a look at the books I reviewed today.
It's about turkeys, pilgrims, and Thanksgiving too.
The very books I recommend to you.

The Night Before Thanksgiving
by Natasha Wing

The family prepares the Thanksgiving feast.
The food is set, everyone gathers around the table.
The family enjoys this fun filled, family filled,
food filled holiday. This story encourages us to have
a warm friendly, family oriented Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving Rules
by Laurie Friedman

Percy discovered the perfect way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
He lists the ten rules to get the most out of this holiday feast.
The rules include preparations, greeting, and loading your plate.
Follow these rules, you are sure to enjoy Thanksgiving. 

Twas The night Before Thanksgiving
by Dav Pilkey

                            School children take a trip to a farm.
                                   They learn that a farmer plans to kill
                                   all the turkeys for Thanksgiving.
                                   The children smuggled out the turkeys
                                   and take them home. The kids enjoyed
                                   a vegetarian dinner.

The Perfect Thanksgiving
by Eileen Spinelli

It's about two families, one that seems
to have a perfect feast. While the  other
family seems to have everything go wrong.
One thing both families have in common,
they enjoyed the holiday feast.

This is the Turkey
by Abby Levine

You meet Max and all his family and relatives.
This humorous rhyme is written in the form similar
to "The House That Jack Built."
The family loses their turkey in a accident.
But the family doesn't lose their holiday spirit,
they enjoyed Thanksgiving day.

Turkey Surprise             Today is Thanksgiving
 by Peggy Archer            by P.K. Hallinan


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Q:   Who is not hungry on Thanksgiving Day?
A:    The turkey, he's already stuffed.

Q:   What happens when cranberries get sad?
A:   They turn into blueberries.

Q:   What am I thankful for on Thanksgiving?
A:   I am thankful I am not a turkey.

Q:   Why did Pilgrims pants always fall down?
A:   Because they wore their belt buckle on their hat.

Q:   Why did the turkey cross the road?
A:   To prove he was not a chicken.

A turkey farmer wanted a perfect turkey with more legs to satisfy his family.
He told his friends, he finally did it. He cloned a turkey with six legs.
His friends asked him how did it taste. "I don't know," The farmer said,
"I could never catch it."



If I gave you ten dollars and you gave me back nine dollars.

If I gave you eight dollars and you gave me back seven dollars.

If I gave you six dollars and you gave me back five dollars.

If I gave you four dollars and you gave me back three dollars.

If I gave you two dollars and you gave me back one dollar.

How much money do I have?


Change the number 1 to the 7th letter in the word Dessert.

Change the number 2 to the 1st letter in the word Harvest.

Change the number 3 to the 3rd letter in the word Cranberry.

Change the numbers 4 & 11 to the 7th letter in the word Pumpkin Pie.

Change the number 5 to the 4th letter in the word Turkey.

Change the number 6 to the 1st letter in the word Stuffing.

Change the numbers 7 & 12 to the 8th letter in the word Dumplings.

Change the numbers 8 & 10 to the 4th letter in the word Family.

Change the number 9 to the 4th letter in the word Gravy.

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                       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11    12


Monday, November 14, 2011


You get out of bed, you put on your shoes.
What will you do, there's so much to choose.
How about a game, that is something new.
To make someone smile and make them happy too.
So let's get up and go,
Share a smile and say hello.
Take a walk across the street, 
Greet everyone that you meet.
Wear a smile like the sun,
Show the world how it's done.
So let's get up and go,
Share a smile and say hello.
Wave your hand in the air,
Show the people everywhere.
You are there to say Hi,
To everyone you pass by.
So let's get up and go,
Share a smile and say hello.
Lend a hand when you can,
Treat them all like a friend.
You will find it's really true,
It's the right thing to do.
So let's get up and go.
Share a smile and say hello.
Don't stop till the day is done,
Show your friends this is fun.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Sidebar Buddy

I am drawn to cats. I love all kinds of cats.
I enjoy watching them move like a acrobat.
I love their curiosity, their purr and most of all,
I love to pet them. Today's Book review is on cats.

Frankie Works The Night Shift
by LIsa Westberg Peters
Frankie spends the night prowling. While every one is sleeping, Frankie causes a ruckus.
During the night, Frankie empties a waste basket, spots an intruder, wakes up everyone and chases a mouse.
 Frankie loves working the night shift.

Pete The Cat
I Love My White Shoes.
by Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat loves to walk down the street with his brand new shoes.
Pete is not careful where he walks. So he steps on everything from strawberries, blueberries and anything in his path. Along the way, his shoes change color every time he steps on something. But Pete doesn't care, he keeps walking and singing his song about his shoes.  

by Jef Czekaj

This book has important secrets about a Cat's life.
But it's intended for cats only.
You have to prove you are a genuine cat to read this book.  
Can you prove you are a cat?

Mr. Persnickety and Cat Lady
by Paul Brett Johnson
Mr. Persnickety claims he's allergic to cats. He can put up living next door with one cat.
But the Cat Lady ends up with thirty seven cats. Mr. Persnickety resorts to drastic actions to get rid of them.
Cat Lady has no intentions of losing her cats. So it's a battle of wills. Cat Lady comes up with an great idea.
Check out what she did and the end result. This is a great book. 

That Cat Can't Stay
by Thad Krasnesky

 Mom loves cats Dad hates cats. Mom keeps adopting stray cats.
Dad objects to each stray cat.
 But Mom finds a way to convince Dad to let each cat stay for the night. But Dad decides enough is enough.  He decides to take action. He finds a stray animal too. You find out Dad is a dog lover.


Where is that cat by Carol Greene                         ABC Cat by Nancy Jewell



Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Words I wish my mother would say to me. Instead,
I hear, brush your teeth, clean your room, do your
homework. I know my mom loves me and is looking
out for me. But it's hard to do the things my mom
asks me to do. So I wrote down my top ten things I avoid.
10. Brush your teeth.
 9.  Eat your vegetables.
 8.  Clean your room.
 7.  Do a chore.
 6.  Go to bed on time.
 5.  Get up early.
 4.  Do your homework.
 3.  Be nice to the class trouble maker.
 2.  Follow directions.
 1.  Pay attention.
So you can see, I have some work ahead. I admit sometimes
I don't listen. Maybe I don't pay attention.
No one is perfect. I love my mom and I will try to do better.
Right now, I am a work in progress.
But, please Mom, no vegetables tonight.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

What have I learned?

I know I can learn something everyday.
I try to learn anything even if it's a little thing.
What have I learned recently? Here's my list.

1) I feel good about myself when I help someone in need.

2) My listening skills are better than my words of advice.

3) When I have pain in my body, I don't have to be one.

4) My dog doesn't want to eat my spinach.

5) When I wave at someone, they wave back at me.

6) When I say I'm sorry, it isn't hard as I thought it would be.

7) I can cry and still be strong.

8) When I make mistakes, I can still try again.

9) You don't have to be popular to be cool.

10) You should forgive yourself.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


A lways think positive.

B elieve you can make a difference.

C are about animals.

D on't give up on yourself, ever.

E xpress gratitude.

F orgive one another.
G et along with everyone.

H ang on to your dreams.

I magine you can succeed.

J oin a school club.

K eep your heart free from anger.

L ove without conditions.

M ake someone happy.

N ever lie, cheat, or steal.

O bey your parents.

P ray to God.

Q uick to listen, slow to speak.

R ead a book.

S tart your day with a smile.

T hank God for what you have.

U se your time wisely.

V alue your family.

W inning isn't everything.

eX alt God.

Z est for life.