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The Giant Squid for the Kids



So I realize now that I haven’t reviewed any books for the little ones, and today I’m going to rectify that with the picture book I’m the Biggest Thing In the Ocean by Kevin Sherry. This book is absolutely adorable. The basic tale is of a giant squid that is thrilled beyond belief that there is nothing bigger than him in the ocean, he proceeds to swim about pointing out how he is bigger than various sea animals providing a child with a basic introduction to the different animals that occupy the ocean.
That is until a giant whale came us and swallows him and the rest of the creatures up. They survive, and the squid is slightly disheartened up until he realizes that he is the biggest thing in the whale!
I’m also a great fan of the art work, which is in a very cool style that I don’t think I’ve seen before.
This is a perfect book for any child that loves the sea or animals.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
by Kevin Sherry
ISBN:978-0803731929
www.squidfire.com

The artist’s website also has some fantastic clothing designs, and I proudly sport a good number of his shirts.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Kid-Lit

 

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Breaking History


http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/23/408974/tennessee-tea-party-demands-that-references-to-slavery-be-removed-from-history-textbooks/?mobile=nc
This is absurd, absolutely and unquestionably wrong. The Tea Party is apparently trying to get any references to slavery removed from history textbooks in Tennessee. I know slavery was a horrible practice, but I’m proud we were able to abolish it. I just don’t understand trying to force us to delete anything in history that might make us look bad.
If we remove slavery, let’s also claim that African-Americans and women always had the same rights as white men. We can say whatever we want, we’ll be the real life version of this comic strip from
www.smbc-comics.com

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in News

 

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Will occupying libraries work out?


It is tragic to see all the libraries closing down this year, I understand with the times as they are and the library turn outs decreasing a few closures are necessary. We may not like to but every now and then they need to go.

What is heart breaking is when I well loved and actively used library has to bite the dust.

I just came across this great article. The Lincoln branch of the Detroit Library system is being closed down, despite a public outcry, not only is it well loved in the community it also serves as the only library for a local elementary school to use. The public were so outraged they tried to stage a sit in, it didn’t take long for police to arrive and load up all the protesters into a van to ship them off.

If protesting doesn’t pull it off, they also give us a painfully sweet letter from one of the local fifth grade students who have to rely on this library to do his school work and practice his reading

“Hey,                                                                                                                                                                    My name is Benny and please don’t shut down our library. It’s the best library ever. I go to Mason Elementary and I have to do my science project at home. But I can’t, because I don’t have a computer. So I have to do my project somewhere else. And that’s at the Lincoln branch.                                                                           Also I like to read books because my reading teacher said I had to pull my reading level up and I’m at a second grade reading level. And I’m in the fifth grade.                                                                                            Please don’t close the Lincoln branch.                                                                                                          Sincerely,                                                                                                                                             Benny”

I can only hope this library can be saved.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in News

 

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