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Lucky Girl: A Thought-provoking Look at the Good-girl/Bad-girl Dichotomy

Lucky GirlLucky Girl is an unflinching exploration of beauty, self-worth, and sexual assault.

Rosie is a beautiful girl—and it’s always been enough. Boys crush on her, men stare at her, girls (begrudgingly) admire her. She’s lucky and she knows it.

But it’s the start of a new school year and she begins to realize that she wants to be more. Namely, she’s determined to be better to her best friend, Maddie, who’s just back from a summer program abroad having totally blossomed into her own looks. Rosie isn’t thrilled when Maddie connects with a football player who Rosie was hooking up with—but if it makes her friend happy, she’s prepared to get over it. Plus, someone even more interesting has moved to town: Alex, who became semifamous after he stopped a classmate from carrying out a shooting rampage at his old high school. Rosie is drawn to Alex in a way she’s never experienced before—and she is surprised to discover that, unlike every other guy, he seems to see more to her than her beauty.

Then at a party one night, in the midst of a devastating storm, something happens that tears apart Rosie’s life and sets her on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to face uncomfortable truths about reputation, identity, and what it means to be a true friend.

“Through Rosie’s present-tense narration, Amanda Maciel examines societal pressures on girls to equate self-worth and looks,” says a Krikus review of this work by the author of the acclaimed Tease. The book is “a thought-provoking look at the good-girl/bad-girl dichotomy.”

This important young adult novel touches upon self esteem and how far some young people may go in order to be popular. Lucky girl is a well written and eye-opening narrative that will not only appeal to young adults, but older readers as well.

The author takes you on a trip down memory lane to your high school days. We all know how cruel teenagers can be and how many will do just about anything for a little attention. If you like a touch bit of romance with your story,  you will get this, also.  And although this book deals with serious issues, there were some brilliantly funny moments.

“Maciel offers a nuanced take on her characters’ individual situations (Rosie isn’t the only character to suffer trauma) and approaches their stories with empathy and respect.” (Publishers Weekly)

Christmas to Color – Capture the joy and warmth of the holiday season through coloring!

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Step into a wintry wonderland with illustrator Mary Tanana’s intricate, gorgeous illustrations of Christmas magic, lovingly represented in this delicately rendered coloring book: Christmas To Color.

From snowflakes to stockings, reindeer to wreaths, every aspect of the holidays is waiting to be brought to life through your creativity. With nearly one hundred pages of pen-and-ink drawings, the wintry coloring book fun will last you well into the new year!

Amazon review:

Christian to ColorThis hand-drawn Christmas designs coloring book may be the best designs of the genre that I have ever purchased. The artist is Mary Tanana and, in the first few pages, she explains her methodology for drawing these lovely designs. While I wish that the book had been printed on a single side, I am still extremely pleased with it. The designs cover so many facets of the Christmas holiday, including: trees, stockings, ornaments, gift cards, wreathes, reindeer, snowflakes, and much, much more.

The book is printed on a good heavyweight white paper. All of my markers bleed-through on this paper; however, none of my gel pens do. As the book is printed doubled sided on non-perforated paper, I will probably be using my gel pens and colored pencils or will purchase a second book if I feel compelled to use my markers. The binding is glued rather than sewn, so patience or an exacto knife is needed to remove pages from the book.

At a very young age, Mary Tanana was experimenting with all kinds of crafts. She did embroidery, needlepoint, counted cross-stitch, quilling, crochet, starting at age 6, all self-taught. Her parents were so wonderful, they gave into her every craft whim! Coming from a family of engineers, she is so thankful for their support as she pursued a career in the arts.

Mary’s style is defined by very intricate pattern work. She loves to sketch in a variety of mediums, and often refers to her many sketchbooks, both old and new, for inspiration. She is fascinated with henna designs from India, folk art from the Ukraine, Russia and Poland, and loves Zentangle art. She has traveled extensively, and takes a lot of photographs wherever she goes. Mary tries to translate textures that she sees in landscapes, nature, or architecture into something fresh, eye-catching, and colorful. Mary is also an avid gardener and collector of orchids, loves looking at flowers and plants, and the variety of textures and colors that come from them. Mother Nature is always an inspiration to her.

Mary currently resides in a sunny loft with her husband and quirky kitties in Providence, Rhode Island, known as the “Creative Capital”. A very appropriate city for a very special designer.

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Help Children Explore the World of Books and Develop a Love of Reading

PeteHarperCollins’s I Can Read! books and PBS KIDS are collaborating on a national I Can Readathon campaign. Now in its second year, the campaign is designed to get kids learning every day through fun, engaging activities that encourage them to explore the world of books and develop a love of reading.

From now through spring 2016, families are encouraged to visit participating retailer events to take part in the I Can Readathon program. Children attending these events will receive activities from PBS KIDS, along with an I Can Readathon reading log, certificate, and activities designed around I Can Read! books. Widely recognized as the premier line of beginning readers, with hundreds of titles, including many award-winners, I Can Read! books have taught generations of children how to read.

In addition, HarperCollins has made a donation of over 8,000 books to First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides access to new books for children in need. Through a distribution program with PBS KIDS, the books donated to First Book will be provided to PBS member stations’ local partners, including local Head Starts, Title I elementary schools, United Ways, public libraries, local housing authorities, and others. The distribution will ensure that the books reach kids who are most in need of reading resources. To date, First Book has distributed more than 130 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.

“We are thrilled to be working with PBS KIDS,” says Matt Schweitzer, Senior Director, Integrated Marketing, HarperCollins Children’s Books. “They are one of the most trusted brands by educators and parents and a supportive team in helping to spread the word about the importance of early reading.”

“PBS KIDS is committed to providing media resources to support children’s love of reading,” says Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “We know that parents are looking for ways to support their children’s learning and development, so we’re thrilled to be working with partners like HarperCollins’s I Can Read! books and PBS member stations to provide families, especially those in underserved communities, with fun activities and content that encourage literacy.”

By pledging to read every day, new readers grow more confident and can enjoy reading on their own. For a complete list of participating retailers and PBS partner events, parents can like I Can Read! books on Facebook or visit http://www.icanread.com/pbs.

Mary Englebreit’s Nutcracker is a Sweet Delight to Read

 The Nutcracker is one of the world’s favorite holiday stories, and Mary Engelbreit offers her vision of that joyful night, creating a picture book filled with movement and vibrant detail that even the youngest child will enjoy.–From the Back Cover
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In Mary Engelbreit’s Nutcracker, Marie, the NutcraNutcrackercker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy will enchant readers in this freshly imagined holiday classic by New York Times bestseller Mary Engelbreit, now in paper-over-board format for the first time. On Christmas Eve, Marie receives a wooden nutcracker from her beloved uncle. Then something magical happens . . . her toy nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince and whisks Marie off to the fantastical Toyland on a winter adventure she’ll never forget. Mary Engelbreit’s delightful interpretation of the timeless Christmas story makes this Nutcracker truly beautiful to behold
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YPP Reviewer Quinn writes:
Mary Engelbreit’s Nutcracker is a keeper.  Mary’s Nutcracker is filled with her well-known and  beautifully drawn, detailed pictures.   I love the details Mary puts into her pictures, from the beautiful patterns on the clothing, furniture, and wallpaper, to the variety of things to be seen in each picture.   The best part of her pictures is that no one pattern or piece of the picture overwhelms the others; which makes it a pleasure to stop and examine each picture.  Each picture tells a story by itself, while also contributing to the overall story.   I enjoyed the flow of the story in this book as well with just the right amount told on each page.  Mary tells the story in a way that children will understand and appreciate.  I believe this story will appeal not only to children, but to people of all ages.

Positive: One Girl’s Triumph Over HIV and Bullying

”This realistic and honest biography of a young woman living with HIV will draw readers in, shedding light on this difficult topic . . . Through short chapters, teens will get a sense of the girl’s life, including her happy childhood, the strong bond between her and hePositiver mother, and the difficulties she faced, as well as gain accessible information on HIV/AIDS.” –Library Journal
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In Positive A Memoir by Paige Rawl  an astonishing memoir for the untold number of children whose lives have been touched by bullying. Positive is a must-read for teens, their parents, educators, and administrators—a brave, visceral work that will save lives and resonate deeply.

Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth, but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. On an unremarkable day in middle school, she disclosed to a friend her HIV-positive status—and within hours the bullying began. From that moment forward, every day was like walking through a minefield. Paige was never sure when or from where the next text, taunt, or hateful message would come. Then one night, desperate for escape, fifteen-year-old Paige found herself in her bathroom staring at a bottle of sleeping pills.

That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning. Paige’s memoir calls for readers to choose action over complacency, compassion over cruelty—and above all, to be Positive.

Includes twenty-five photos from Paige’s personal collection throughout.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

 

YPP reviewer Quinn wrote:

Positive is a well-written account of the painful experiences of a young girl who is bullied because she was born HIV positive.  It is saddening to discover the amount of ignorance and prejudice that still exists today.  The people who should have educated themselves and acted to support Paige and influence her fellow students, did nothing and as a result the bullying that was allowed to persist in her school was heart-breaking and cruel.  Positive is a thought-provoking and compelling tale  truly worthwhile reading.

Charlotte’s Web Study Guides

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Charlotte’s Web is a children’s novel by American author E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams; it was published in 1952 by Harper & Brothers. The novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as “Some Pig”) in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live.

Written in White’s dry, low-key manner, Charlotte’s Web is considered a classic of children’s literature, enjoyable to adults as well as children. The description of the experience of swinging on a rope swing at the farm is an often cited example of rhythm in writing, as the pace of the sentences reflects the motion of the swing. Publishers Weekly listed the book as the best-selling children’s paperback of all time as of 2000.

Charlotte’s Web was adapted into an animated feature by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions in 1973. Paramount released a direct-to-video sequel, Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure, in the U.S. in 2003 (Universal released the film internationally). A live-action film version of E. B. White’s original story was released in 2006. A video game based on this adaption was also released in 2006.

Study guides divide each literary work into manageable reading assignments, focusing students on vocabulary, elements of literature, the techniques of an author’s style, inferences and theme, according to  Janice Montgomery .
At the conclusion, summary questions help students apply, synthesize, analyze and evaluate each novel. Enrichment activities are listed at the end of in each guide are great for teachers looking for multi-disciplinary extension. Written by teachers such ready to use materials provide an easy vehicle to teach literature appreciation and analysis to all students. Questions are designed to test student comprehension and draw the reader into higher-level thinking. Use of these materials will generate creative and critical thinking and application to the reader’s personal life. The questions are open-ended rather than focused on a definitive answer. These materials make reading and discussing literature stimulating and fun for both the teacher and the students!

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This Charlotte’s Web study guide contains a biography of E.B. White, 100 quiz questions, a list of major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

The Charlotte’s Web Summary & Study Guide from Bookrags.com  consists of approximately 16 pages of detailed chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more – everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Charlotte’s Web.

With the Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide from Scholastic.com, students will:

  • Explore character, setting, and story events, and organize a variety of these elements to construct story-related comic strips
  • Use text, images, and dialogue to reconstruct story events and make up their own storylines or messages
  • Use word analysis skills to identify parts of speech and to identify plural and singular nouns, synonyms, prefixes, and word meanings
  • Learn about and discuss thought and decision processes used to produce a film version of a popular children’s book
  • Cooperatively work with a group of peers to develop a plan for and write a story-based script to perform for others

This Charlotte’s Web novel study is from books4results.com.

Featured Artist – Thomas Locker: Views of Arcadia

R. Michelson Galleries
is proud to present
Thomas Locker
(1937 – 2012)
Views of Arcadia
March 6 – June 6 2013
Opening reception March 15, 6-8pm
R. Michelson Galleries
Thomas Locker was one of the major American painters of the past century. In a career that spanned almost 60 years, he had over 75 solo exhibitions. His work ranged from the delicate to the monumental, but all had one thing in common: the beauty of the natural world. He had a deep appreciation for the elusive link between the human spirit and the sublime force of nature.
Please join us to celebrate Thomas Locker’s legacy at the one year anniversary of his passing. At the reception we will be viewing never before seen footage of Mr. Locker discussing the philosophy behind his life’s work.

See a preview of the exhibition…

Thomas Locker: American Landscape Painter and Conservationist - Introduction
Thomas Locker: American Landscape Painter and Conservationist – Introduction
Copyright 2012 Fulcrum Publishing
About R. Michelson Galleries 
For over 35 years, R. Michelson Galleries has been acknowledged as a leader in discovering and nurturing the careers of many of our country’s best known figurative artists. Art originally exhibited in our galleries now hangs in many of the most prestigious museums in America, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago. We are proud to be the first American art gallery to feature the art of children’s book illustration alongside and on an equal footing with the more traditional fine arts.  R. Michelson Galleries is located in Northampton, Massachusetts, the #1 art town in America, in which “the most prominent visual arts space is R. Michelson Galleries.”

– John Villani, The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America

R. MICHELSON GALLERIES
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Northampton, MA 01060
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www.RMichelson.com

9780064437509Also see:
Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art , illustrated by Thomas Locker, written by Candace Christiansen:
A tree stands on a hill by a river. As the sky changes, so does the tree, its branches filling with clouds, stars, snow, birds, mists, and the golden spring sun. One tree can mean many things.

Thomas Locker’s lyrical text records the changes in the tree’s world just as simply as a child might observe them, and his magnificent paintings crystallize the natural phenomena that embellish the tree on each page. Questions at the bottom of each page lead to a unique discussion in the back of the book, where art and science are intertwined, and further depth is added to the wonder of Sky Tree.

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