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A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World

It is summer and Read Around the World again! All summer people have been recommending books for students to read to learn more about cultures around the world. This is the 7th annual Read Around The World Summer Series for Multicultural Kid Blogs. It runs from June 15 – August 14 this year. You can find all the recommended books on social media with the hashtag #readaroundtheworld.

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. Previously I reviewed and created teaching supplements for two of O’Beara’s other books, Rodeo Finn and Showjumping Team. Although not a trilogy, this is her third horse-theme book which is perfectly aligned with current events. The situation all families found themselves in last spring is described when Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She is worried about if her family, and especially her gran, will become sick. She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

Remember those days? Reading this book, I remembered the feelings I first had when I heard of Covid-19 caused by novel coronavirus. The world seemed upside down. Everyone seemed scared as restaurants and schools closed. Mum gives Moya sage advice and is honest with her. It was reassuring to read those conversations which might help clarify the situation for some readers.

The setting of the story helped Moya continue to care for her pony which helped lower costs, but also gave her something nice to do during the lockdown. The stable was 2 kilometers from her house, the furthest people were allowed to travel. We learn about the other rules in Ireland at that time. The guards did question her once and asked for her phone number. People who did not live near the stable decided to turn their ponies out to the pasture. The cost of livery would otherwise have been too high.

Moya settles into online school and learns the ropes of muting her microphone and participating in her teacher’s Instagram group. Otherwise, she is not allowed on Instagram. She also cares for her younger brother who is autistic. The way the family cares for the brother is enlightening for people who are perhaps unfamiliar with neurodiversity. Gran is always in Moya’s thoughts, and she calls and sends videos to stay in contact.

The parents of pony riders have a clever thought to hold a virtual horse show. Behind the scenes, they decide to give prizes, as well, which is a complete surprise to Moya and the other riders. During the story, Moya is saving money for a rug (a blanket) for her pony which will be clipped short when the actual horse shows begin again. She does save enough money, which is another important life skill.

Of course, I made a teaching supplement for homeschools and teachers. It is a free instant download at the next link:

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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the other books, as well.

Carolyn

Discussion questions for A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O'Beara
 

There are two pages of discussion questions for A Pony for Quarantine. Students should support their answers with text evidence by citing passages in the text.

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Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

 
Matching questions and answers work page for students (answer key provided)
 

Matching names and descriptions will take some understanding of the story for students to be successful. This is where thinking while reading helps students understand the book.

 
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This is a thinking page that shows what Moya considered before deciding how to care for her pony during the lockdown.

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Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

 
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A crossword puzzle and a word search are included in the student pages.

 
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Students consider the points of view of some of Moya’s friends when completing the Instagram possible posts pages.

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Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

 
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Students consider the points of view of some of Moya’s friends when completing the Instagram possible posts pages.

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Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

 
 
Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland
 

Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

 
 
Rodeo Finn blog post and free student book companion
 

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

 
 
Show Jumping Team novel by Clare O'Beara review and student book companion freebie
 

Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World
 

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
A Dog for Lockdown Book Teaching Supplement Free
 

A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2)
 

Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book to help young children learn about multi-race family adoptions. By looking at the celebration through the eyes of the youngest family member, the “gotcha day” party helps him understand his aunt was adopted from South Korea. The family gets ready, starts out driving, has a flat tire, and makes it in time. They ring the doorbell and auntie answers.

The now auntie arrived as a baby to the Minneapolis airport — to be placed into the waiting arms of the adoptive mother, Carolyn (who writes the Wise Owl Factory blog and lessons). The “twist” in the story is that the adopted person is an adult, not the child in the story.Alex Asks About Auntie's Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Adoption Day

Over 30 years ago, I (Carolyn Wilhelm) and my husband adopted our darling daughter from South Korea. She was 10 months old. We welcomed her home with a party. The cake decorator made an error spelling her name and wrote, “Besty.” She has been the best! The misspelling is a family joke, of course.welcome-home-cake-for-auntie-airplane-day

Auntie-Airplane-Day-in-the-bookAuntie Airplane Day had this photo taken when she was at the St. Patrick’s Day parade a few years ago. She was born in South Korea, therefore has lived in Asia. We lived in the Netherlands when she was 3 and 4, so she has also lived in Europe. She lived in North America also, twice (before and after we lived in NL). By the age of 3, therefore, she had lived on three continents. She still gets around being proficient in German and knowing some Japanese, and has traveled using those languages. She is the expert behind some of the posts, printables, and freebies on this site such as Shanghai A to Z.  She also helped with the presentations about Japan, as well as other posts. She sets me straight on German words and important cultural knowledge I should probably already understand.

This year’s party included the new storybooks.

Alex Asks About Auntie's Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

The storybook was written by Carolyn Wilhelm, and illustrated by Pieter Els of Surfer Kids clip art and Surfer Kiddies. Although Carolyn and Pieter live almost 9000 thousands miles apart, they have become online friends and teamed up to self-publish this book together.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson posted a short review of this book on MyShelf.com.

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There are three versions of the book.

There is a paperback version available on Amazon.

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A plain eBook for Kindle Paperwhite or iPad is available. This is the non-interactive version of the eBook.

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The interactive version is for Kindle Fire and Android devices only.

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The interactive edition was made with the Amazon Kindle Create textbook creator, so each page has an icon to press which makes an interactive appear (an illustrated word, a sound, or a video). It is not a game or app. Textbook, you know, I’m a teacher. The sound icon when pressed has a sound recording, and the play button must also be pressed. It is not instantly interactive. One sound is a baby crying, one is a baby cooing. The videos work the same way: press the icon first, then press the play button. My husband tries to answer the door each time I play the doorbell sound, be forewarned.

Castleview Academy says it best and has described the different versions, and also has some videos of her adorable children reading the book on her blog post about the book.

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Midwest Book Review, MBR Bookwatch, May 2019

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story
Carolyn Wilhelm, author
Pieter Els, illustrator
Wise Owl Factory
9780999776612 thewiseowlfactory.com $9.75 31 pages

“Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day” is an Easy Reader story about an Anglo-American family’s celebration of the Adoption Day or Airplane Day of a boy’s adopted aunt who was born in Korea. Alex is excited and curious about the celebration of Airplane Day on his ride to the party. The problem of a flat tire is cheerfully solved by his parents with the aid and assistance of his grandfather who comes when called. Alex asks many questions about the Airplane Day celebration. Finally, they arrive at his Aunt Betsy’s home to see a sign announcing Happy Airplane Day!

Alex notices that his Aunt Betsy does not look like the rest of his Anglo family. Her skin color is different, and her eyes are slanted. When he asks, his grandpa explains: “Today is Auntie’s airplane day as it is her adoption day. This was the date years ago when she arrived from South Korea on an airplane. So we have an airplane theme party each year to celebrate the day. (p.21)” There is more information about how Auntie Betsy was born at home in South Korea, then put in a box and left at the police station. After that, she stayed with 10 different foster mothers before she was adopted and brought to her new family in Minnesota on an airplane. Alex is curious about Airplane Day and his Auntie Betsy, and he is happy to understand why the family celebrates Airplane Day with her.

“Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day” is based on a true adoption story about the author and her adopted daughter. A picture of Carolyn with her new Korean daughter is included at the end of the book. Easy to read, “Alex Asks About Airplane Day” is a wise, gentle story to explain to curious children how some families become multi-racial through adoption. cheery, bright-colored illustrations complement the simple narrative to make this Adoption Day Story accessible and appealing to young readers.

Pieter Els is the illustrator. He sells clip art on Teachers Pay Teachers as well as his own site, Surfer Kiddies. Pieter has designed much of the art on this blog. He has also been a technical help to me. He is all-around talented in art, graphic design, and technology. I highly recommend his work.

Another review is available on the New Book Review site by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, as well.

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I try to have some sort of free download for most of my blog posts. For this post, I made some free adoption day cards you may download, print, color, and give to people. There is a lack of such cards available in stores. In recent years I have noticed more awareness for this kind of commercial card. I hope this will help some people celebrate adoptions and celebrations.

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Thank you for reading. Carolyn

You might also like the story of the daughter when she was younger, A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? 

Thank you for reading. I-Reid and Carolyn

Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care
 

Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care

Beginning with a story about a mother who had been adopted from the Orphan Train and continuing on through the years, this anthology is a collection of stories, poems, and letters about the experiences of fifteen authors. Read the blog post here. See also the book on Amazon.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story
 

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book to help young children learn about multi-race family adoptions. Carolyn and her husband adopted a girl from South Korea many years ago.

 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book
 

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book – What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child.

 
Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free
 

Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free – This is a math measuring story and also has fractions posters, activities, and work pages with answer keys. Find the free printable instant download in our free level members page.

 
Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE for Middle Grades
 

Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE for Middle Grades – Download the free student pack at this link. 

 
Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story
 

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

In this story, a young child is wondering about the “olden days” when his grandpa was young like him. His mother takes the child to Grandpa’s house so he can ask some questions about life long ago.

 

Eight Top Travel Tips for Any Trip by I. Reid

Travel Tips from a Very Experienced Traveler

Dear Reader,

Your author, I. Reid, has traveled extensively. Travel can be a rewarding experience, as long as one expects reality, not perfection.

Tip #1 – Research your destination

Travel-Tip-One-Research-DestinationResearching your destination allows you to be properly prepared and prioritize places to see or things to do.  Good sources are current travel guides from reputable publishers, official tourism websites, and people who have actually visited the site (and whom you trust).

The research includes the actual weather of your destination (for the time of your visit), operating hours, food choices, and prices of places you want to visit.  If you are a student, some tourist attractions offer student discounts.  Knowing prices and hours can help prevent disappointment or sticker shock.

Download any travel or destination related apps to your phone before you go.  You cannot count on free wi-fi.  If traveling overseas, FX rate calculators are quite useful.  Translation apps can also help, although if the alphabet is different, I also carry a small phrase book in case the app isn’t available.

Tip #2 – Plan ahead but allow for flexibility

travel-tip-two-plan-ahead-but-be-flexibleThe reality on a trip is this: you have a limited amount of time and likely have much more than you can realistically see.  By planning ahead you can maximize your sightseeing time.

Big cities can be surprisingly difficult to get around.  Downloading the city’s transit app and practicing using it before the trip can minimize stress.  Big cities can also have areas where it is very dangerous; it’s important to know where these places are to avoid them.

Prioritizing will also help to prevent you from going home disappointed because you didn’t get to a must-see attraction.  What is the most important?  What can be skipped if you are tired, the weather is bad, or you decide it costs too much?

Don’t plan for activities you wouldn’t enjoy.  For example, if you are afraid of heights, you may not enjoy ziplining, crossing the gorge to Neuschwanstein Castle, or climbing the 1,000 some steps of the Strasbourg Cathedral.  On the other hand, if you have an intense interest in castles, make visiting castles a priority and plan other events around it (and if you are visiting Germany, visit Southern Germany, not northern Germany).

travel-with-childrenIf you are traveling with children, plan quiet times during the day and anticipate random hunger or thirst.  Children need to rest when they are tired and eat when they are hungry; these are not things you can plan.  Also keep in mind that while you may enjoy a museum like the Louvre, a small child might find it incredibly boring.

Last, being flexible will also help to keep from being stressed or disappointed.  If the weather is terrible outside in Washington D.C. is it perhaps better to go to the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum today rather than tomorrow as originally planned?  Is it more important to feel more rested for the next day or go to an attraction you feel so-so about?

Tip #3 – Pack reasonably

Travel-Tip-Three-Pack-ReasonablyYour author tries to pack as lightly as possible (insight gained from traveling over 100,000 air miles).  However, this does not mean you should not pack things that will be reasonably needed or used.

Some tips to pack reasonably include clothes you can wear more than once, clothes that coordinate for mixing and matching, and clothes you can handwash, and appropriate for the locale.

For example, if you are going to Arizona, aside from monsoon season, you can generally leave the umbrella and rain gear at home.  However, in London (or Seattle) rain gear is an absolute necessity.

Appropriate attire can also vary.  It’s important to know what the typical attire is to avoid standing out too much.  For example, if an American is going overseas, it might be a good time to leave the local football team t-shirts and white sneakers at home.

What you can probably leave at home are items for remote what-ifs.  If you are not likely to swim, don’t bring a swimsuit.  If you are going to Disney (not attending a wedding) and not likely to eat at the Victoria and Albert restaurant, you can leave the dress suits and dresses at home.

Tip #4 – Bring necessities

Travel-Tip-Four-Bring-NecessitiesWhile your author has just advocated not packing for remote what-ifs, if something is essential, bring it with you.  That includes the favorite blankie or toy for children.  You cannot assume everything available to you at home will be findable at your location, especially if you are going on a remote trip like a safari to Kenya or hiking at Macchu Picchu.

Some recommended staples include: sunscreen (in some countries you can only buy these at pharmacies), Tylenol (it’s available by prescription only in Europe), and other over-the-counter medicines such as digestive relief and allergy relief.  Note: Aspirin is widely available in Europe but sometimes it’s a tablet meant to be dissolved in water.

If you have food concerns, bring snacks in case you can’t find the food you can (or will) eat.  Your author is allergic to shellfish and fish so while traveling in oceanic locales, peanut butter and granola bars are a necessity.

If you are traveling to Disney World, bring a reusable water bottle with you.  Disney has water stations at which you can refill your water bottle.  Otherwise, expect to budget a good chunk of money for water.  Florida is quite warm most of the year and walking (or squealing in joy when you see your favorite character) makes you thirsty.

Tip #5 – Bring a digital camera

Travel-Tip-FIve-Digital-Camera-Plus-PhoneWhile this may seem like a ridiculous recommendation, if you take a lot of photos or videos, make the effort to bring a small digital camera with you in addition to your smartphone.

This is the reality: taking photos and videos with your smartphone drains its battery.  Do not expect to find a recharging station in short notice and it’s not smart to not have a phone to call police or emergency services in an emergency.

Also, make sure you have enough memory cards.  At tourist traps, they are outrageously expensive and may be sub-par quality.

The following 3 tips are for those traveling overseas, particularly Americans.

Tip #6 – If traveling overseas, register with your embassy


Travel-Tip-Six-Register-with-the-EmbassySadly the world is a scary place and unexpected events both man-made and natural disasters can strike at any time. 
Registering with the embassy helps them know to account for you in case of a major catastrophe.  Also if you suddenly go incommunicado (hopefully just your phone running out of battery) and your family needs to contact the State Department because they think you are MIA, registering gives the embassy or consulate a starting place.

Americans can register online at the Department of State Travel website.

If you have a smartphone, download the Smart Traveler app.  If you are traveling for business, some businesses will pay for a security service and the associated app.  If this is offered, take advantage.

Tip #7 – Buy an international data plan

Travel-Tip-Seven-Buy-An-International-Data-PlanIf you have a smartphone, bring it with even if you keep it off most of the time.  You never know when you might need it in an emergency.  Also, it is worth buying a reasonably priced data plan.  This will allow you to text people or to use apps that require data such as local transport maps, train timetables, or translation apps.

You can purchase an international data plan by going to the carrier store, changing your services online, or calling customer service.  Most smartphones allow you to track how much data you have used.

Learn how to dial internationally.  You will need the + to dial a country code.  This is typically accessed by holding down the 0 button.  The country code for the US is 001.  Os (zeros) in country codes and city codes are typically dropped when dialed internationally.

Last, learn the emergency services #s.  It’s not always 911.  110 and 119 are common in Europe.  Some countries have different emergency #s for police, fire, and ambulance.

Tip #8 – Learn a few phrases
Tip-Eight-Learn-A-Few-Phrases-of-the-LanguageIt pays to take the pains to learn a few basic phrases in the language of the country you are visiting.  I recommend: please, thank you, excuse me, help, police, and bathroom.

Part of this is common sense: you are more likely to get help if you actually need it.  More importantly, most locals are quite delighted if you’ve shown some effort to learn about your destination.  They typically respond in a friendlier manner and you can never have too many friends.

Happy traveling!

Yours Sincerely,

I. Reid

I. Reid.
Eight Top Travel Tips for Any Trip by I. Reid

You might also like other guest posts by i-Reid at this link.

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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

Written by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm, Cover Illustrator Pieter Els

The beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area inspired the main author, I. Reid. Faulkton is an example of a city that refused to simply exist (and perhaps become obsolete) and turned to its arts council for ideas.

 
 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mom? By I. Reid
 

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book

What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child to help explain mother is the same in any family. Mom helps check under the bed for monsters, reads books, and watches movies with the girl. She does the same things every mother does. Visually, the images show a white mother and an Asian daughter. The main author, I-Reid, has previously written blog posts for this blog, and now she has written her first children’s picture book.

 
 
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Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu Book Review by I. Reid

 
 
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See my book review of Bunnicula at this link. There is a free instant PDF download educational printable at the link as well.

 
 

Chinese Zodiac Free Printable Activities and information written by I. Reid

 
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Here is a link to my informational post for parents to help them understand the ratings for Japanese Manga books.

 
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Read about American farm horses and enjoy 3 freebies at that post, as well.

 
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My own review of A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is towards the end of this post with a free literature unit supplement for teachers.

 
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I have traveled extensively, and have written a post with 8 top travel tips for you to consider.

 
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After my trip to Shanghai, I contributed to this presentation freebie as well.

 
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Experiments are fun, and this post tells about both the dancing dime as well as the dry ice experiments I described.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
Kingdom of Back book review by I-Reid
 
 

Critique of Two Books About the Champawat Tiger: Man-Eaters of Kumaon and No Beast So Fierce by I-Reid

 
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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review by I. Reid

 
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Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival 2022 informational blog post by I. Reid

 
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Blog posts by I. Reid include book reviews, science, history, and travel.

 
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Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast Free Printable

This Korean Cinderella post is for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced the theme for the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies.

Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast Free Printable

Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast

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The Korean folk story for children, Korean Cinderella by Edward B. Adams, is quite different from the American version. Dozens of countries have their own version of this story, and they are very interesting to compare and contrast. I’m assuming you know the American version. At this link is an online Cinderella book, and either read or listen may be selected. The Korean version (online YouTube story read aloud at this link) may surprise you. We have had and loved our book for many years as my daughter is adopted from South Korea. Her hanbok (dress) is in the photo with the book covers, above.

free-printable-for-comparing-Korean-and-American-versions-Cinderella-in-useIn the Korean story, Pear Blossom has only one step-sister and no fairy godmother. However, a black cow helps her weed the field one day when she is only given a wooden hoe with which to work, and it breaks. Stepmother is mad the work was done and still won’t give her supper, though. Then Pear Blossom has to carry water in a jug, but the jug is broken. A toad helps plug the hole in the jug. When there is rice to hull, birds come and help. There is also a magic weaving maid from beyond the Milky Way who weaves the 40 yards of cloth that must be finished in a day. So along the way, there is magic, but very different from the American version. She has to walk to her uncle’s house as there is no castle or coach in this version. She does lose a red shoe, not a glass slipper, and then you can imagine the rest as it has a similar ending.

The printable has cards to help students compare and contrast the two stories. They are so different there are no exact parallels but a great discussion is sure to take place. Korea’s Favorite Tales and Lyrics includes the Cinderella story, but in much greater detail with more events, tension, and surprises for the reader.


The next video shows some of the cards in the printable.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

Written by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm, Cover Illustrator Pieter Els

The beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area inspired the main author, I. Reid. Faulkton is an example of a city that refused to simply exist (and perhaps become obsolete) and turned to its arts council for ideas.

 
 
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A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book

What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child to help explain mother is the same in any family. Mom helps check under the bed for monsters, reads books, and watches movies with the girl. She does the same things every mother does. Visually, the images show a white mother and an Asian daughter. The main author, I-Reid, has previously written blog posts for this blog, and now she has written her first children’s picture book.

 
 
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Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu Book Review by I. Reid

 
 
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See my book review of Bunnicula at this link. There is a free instant PDF download educational printable at the link as well.

 
 

Chinese Zodiac Free Printable Activities and information written by I. Reid

 
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Here is a link to my informational post for parents to help them understand the ratings for Japanese Manga books.

 
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Read about American farm horses and enjoy 3 freebies at that post, as well.

 
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My own review of A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is towards the end of this post with a free literature unit supplement for teachers.

 
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I have traveled extensively, and have written a post with 8 top travel tips for you to consider.

 
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After my trip to Shanghai, I contributed to this presentation freebie as well.

 
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Experiments are fun, and this post tells about both the dancing dime as well as the dry ice experiments I described.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
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Critique of Two Books About the Champawat Tiger: Man-Eaters of Kumaon and No Beast So Fierce by I-Reid

 
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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review by I. Reid

 
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Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival 2022 informational blog post by I. Reid

 
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Blog posts by I. Reid include book reviews, science, history, and travel.

 
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Shanghai Free Power Point and Google Slides

Shanghai Free Power Point and Google Slides

Shanghai? Recently Gnorman traveled to Shanghai for business and was kind enough to take selfies and photos for me. Actually, my daughter was so kind as to take him with her and snap a few photos. Gnorman the Gnome travels with I-Reid sometimes. He enjoyed his flight and had plenty of room to stretch out. He was able to take a few photos of Shanghai’s famous sites, and is kindly allowing me to use them in a free presentation Shanghai-a-to-z (and China) A to Z. To include every letter in the entire alphabet, it was necessary to include a few photos of other famous places in China. A version of this presentation is also available in Google Slides.  Google Slides are free and online only. At the link, it will ask if you want to make a copy of the slideshow and say yes to get a copy on your Google Drive. (more…)

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