Saturday Morning Glory

Morning Glory: LadyD Books

I love the deep shades of purple found in the morning glory but watch out as they magically grow along the fence and begin to engulf the neighborhood!

 "A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books."
~ Walt Whitman

In this meadow starred with spring
Shepherds kneel before their king.
Mary throned, with dreaming eyes,
Gowned in blue like rain-washed skies,
Lifts her tiny son that he
May behold their courtesy.
And green-smocked children, awed and good,
Bring him blossoms from the wood.

Clear the sunlit steeples chime
Mary’s coronation-time.
Loud the happy children quire
To the golden-windowed morn;
While the lord of their desire
Sleeps below the crimson thorn. 

Glory in the Morning

Amy Dee Stephens

A poem about morning glories…
Trumpet-shaped flowers, heart-shaped leaves,
They’re quick to grow – as easy as you please.
But don’t ask a farmer if he likes this plant.
He’ll say it’s a nuisance and go on a rant.

The Morning Glory

I awaken to the glory of the morn',
sunshine streaking, birds cheerfully cheeping,
another day is born.

The Morning Glory inaudibly climbs,
and shares its shy beauty, so rare.
And, we know that behind its mystery,
Our Creative God is there.

He blesses us with sunshine,
He blesses us with rain,
because it's only through the showers,
that do we not, remain the same.

So, as this new day awakens,
and I'm cradled securely in Your arms,
May Your love forever keep me safe,
and sheltered from all storms.

Sandra Lewis Pringle~

I am participating in Flowers on Saturday and Quote It Saturday

PreS-Gr. 2. Alda, who contributed photographs to 97 Orchard Street, New York (2001), and Kovalski, who illustrated Rivka's First Thanksgiving (2001), collaborate on another book set in the crowded tenements of Manhattan's Lower East Side in the early twentieth century. A young girl worries about her mother, a homesick Italian immigrant who rarely smiles. After the girl wins a packet of morning glory seeds at a Coney Island fair and plants them in a window box, her mother's mood brightens. Eventually, the vines erupt in a wild profusion that wraps the entire neighborhood in brilliant flowers, cheering everyone. In spare, simple language, Alda offers a glimpse of tenement living and an immigrant family's yearning, while the rhyming couplets at the story's end have a rollicking rhythm that lends itself to reading aloud. It's Kovalski's illustrations, though, that will most attract children's attention. Pencil drawings washed with color re-create the crush of activity on the historical streets and the close quarters at home, as well as the glorious fantasy of the unstoppable flowers.  

Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

A big thank you to Ewa Kelly from for "liking" my lily pad photos last week. I am humbled amongst the photography giants. Nice to have blogging friends and dear readers, thank you!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Friday 56: Morgy's Musical Summer

Morgy's Musical Summer
Ages 9-12
I have such fond memories of going to a music camp when I was younger and winning a musical scholarship. The black and white illustrations are full of action and expression. This very cool chapter book introduces the reader in the world of music. Kids playing in band or orchestra will be thrilled to recognize the various instruments, the songs and their composers, as well as the many musical terms. I love the 5*book.

 Page 56:

"I'm just saying I hear this story a lot, usually after chili night."

Morgy's Musical Summer by Maggie Lewis and illustrated by Michael Chesworth

About the Book - 3rd book 
(Ms. Lewis' first two Morgy titles, MORGY COAST TO COAST, and MORGY MAKES HIS MOVE).

Morgy thinks Outlook Music camp is a long way to go to get good at the trumpet. It's almost in Canada! But Colonel Profundo gave him a "promising beginner" scholarship. His friends, Byron and Clara, are coming, too.

Dad says, "It's summer camp and you'll love it." Dad's right, but he doesn't know the half of it. There's canoeing, swimming, soccer, and wild games of musical chairs. But there's also Damien, oboe prodigy and bully. And Byron and Clara are in band, 
while Morgy's stuck in orchestra, playing a solo.

What is Morgy supposed to do if he can barely read music; he misses his dog, Dante, and his cat, Pancake; his best friend is in love with their trumpet teacher; and he sees soldiers in three-cornered hats sneaking through the camp at night?

Keep practicing, of course! Maggie Lewis's Morgy's Musical Summer is a camp novel to write home about.

Grab a book, any book. 
Turn to page 56. 
Find any sentence that grabs you. 
Post it. 
Add the post url, not your blog url @ Freda's Voice

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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SkyWatch Friday: Bye Bye Birdie

If at first...
You don't succeed,



LadyD Books: Seagulls

 Try Again!

There was a lady on the pier feeding the birds with leftover fish bait. I pointed my camera up towards the wild blue sky, and missed and missed these flying images... until they landed!
Ages 4-8
Ages 9-12
Ages 4-8
 Do you have a favorite book about birds? Oh, how I love them.

Stop by and visit these other SkyWatchers: 

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Wordless Wednesday: Gone Fishing

Oceanside Pier: LadyD Books

Ladies Fishing: LadyD Books

People Fishing from The Pier: LadyD Books

 Wordful Wednesday

My Grandson is a fishing fanatic! So many little boys love to fish. It is great to find some reading material with some fishing information.

Let's Go Fishing, Gus! by Jacklyn Williams and illustrated by Doug Cushman is a fun story with bright pictures that will help you practice your reading skills. The book presents a 
wide range of ideas and concepts using challenging vocabulary and complex language structures.

"Gus doesn't know very much about fishing. Good thing Grandpa is along to teach him! Ride along in the boat with Gus and Grandpa as they catch all kinds of things... except fish!"

If you're looking for a specific title or level, you will find a complete list of Read It! Readers on their website,

For ages 9-12
 While I was out and about, enjoying one of our 
gorgeous days along the pier, I spotted a young lad that was posing for pictures and showing everyone his catch of the day... a little shark of some sort. 

Boy Catching A Sand Shark: LadyD Books

Sand Shark Caught: LadyD Books

Shark: LadyD Books

Perhaps you know a little about "the catch of the day!"
I'm thinking it could be a sand shark or maybe a leopard shark.

Happy WW!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Social Media Tips for Your Book Club

Just a short time ago, Emma Taylor contacted me with a great article I thought you might 
want to know about. Emma writes for

The published article is called 40 Fun Social Media Tips to Bring Your Book Club Into 2011

I'd like to share just a small portion of this great article with you and if you're interested
at all and wanting more information then read all 40 tips here

Reading is a solitary act, but the love of books is social…

After all, who hasn’t experienced a great book that made them want to rush out and share their love of the novel with others? It is from this love of books that book clubs were formed, with book club origins tracing back to the 1700s. The modern book club was popularized by Oprah Winfrey, and has grown to enjoy widespread use today. Online book clubs have even popped up, using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter for virtual gatherings and book discussions in lieu of club meetings.
Social media isn’t just for book clubs that want to live online — it’s for clubs that meet in person, too. Using social media tools can bring your book club into the modern age, with collaboration, networking, author connections, and so much more. Read on to find out what social media can do to improve your book club."
  1. Find theme ideas: Check out blogs to find out what fun things other book clubs are doing.
  2. Network with new members: Use social media tools to find new members and grow your group.
  3. Connect with authors: Make author discussions a part of your book club with Facebook and Twitter.
  4. Stay in touch in between meetings: Interact with your friends from book club anytime on social media.
  5. Start a Twitter list: Easily stay up to date on what your book club is discussing by creating a Twitter list of all members.
  6. Start a hashtag: Bring the discussion to Twitter with a hashtag for your group and beyond.
  7. Connect with other book clubs: Grow your book club by talking to other book clubs on Twitter about your latest reads.
  8. Vote on book selections: Use Twitter or polling tools to help decide what your next book club selection will be.
  9. BookClubIt: Manage your book club online using BookClubIt, which allows you to invite friends, have discussions, and find similarly interested readers.
  10. Find books: Keep your ear to the ground for new books your club can read using Twitter.

     I wanted to ask... Are you on Twitter? (Well, who isn't?!) 
    Do you belong to a book club or writer's group? 
    If so, which ones?

You can always find LadyD Books on Twitter!

Have you been to book blogs?

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Quote It Saturday: Lily Pad

Lily: LadyD Books

Lily Pad: LadyD Books

Three Lily Pads: LadyD Books

Two Lily Pads: LadyD Books

Lily Pad

A white lily pad floated
On the heart of a calm lake
Looking at her reflection
In a frog’s glass eye
-- Marlene Berdit

Baby Einstein: Who Lives in the Pond?: A Splash and Giggle Bath Book - Julie Aigner-Clark
In the Small, Small Pond - Denise Fleming
Peek at a Pond - Neecy Twinem
Pond: Board Book - Lizi Boyd
Down by the Pond - Margrit Cruikshank and Dave Saunders 

* Lily Pads
Cut out lily pad shapes from large white construction paper. Have the children paint them green, and after they dry write each child's name on them. Laminate them or cover with clear contact so you can use them for the activities below.
* Lily Pad Jump
Set out the lily pads on the floor. Have the children hop from one lily pad to another.

* Lily Pad Musical Chairs
Set out the lily pads on the floor in a circle. Have the children walk around the circle of lily pads. When the music stops have the children race to their favorite lily pad. Every child should have a lily pad to stand on.

* Lily Pad Circle Time
Set out the Lily Pads on the floor in a circle. Have each child sit on his/her own lily pad for circle time.

* Lily Pad Placemat
Make lily pads for placemats. Use instructions above.

- Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare 

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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The Friday 56: Thunder Of Heaven

Thunder Of Heaven: LadyD Books

 Page 56: 

"It was a fine day for planning death and mass destruction."

From: Tim LaHaye & Craig Parshall, A Joshua Jordan novel, Thunder of Heaven, The End Series.

I just wanted to share some cherry thought with you! lol
Actually, the passage is from Chapter 13, In the City of Taraz, at the border of Northern Kyrgyzstan and Southern Kazakhstan... 
a thriller, for sure! 

What are you reading?

The Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your link to The Friday 56

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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SkyWatch Friday: San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay: LadyD Books
While visiting the San Francisco Bay area, I took a stroll along the boardwalk and saw three lovely sailboats in view. It was a beautiful day! For more information on the location, visit

You might want to stop by and visit this meme, SkyWatchFriday from the host, at

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Wordless Wednesday: Mini Greek Burgers

Wordless Wednesday

I always substitute ground turkey or lamb in this Greek favorite. Serving it in pita pockets is a fun and different twist on the regular burger in a bun... Wordful Wednesday

Mini Greek Burgers 

3/4 cup shredded and seeded peeled cucumber
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Mini Burgers:

3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground turkey
4 pita bread (6 inches), halved and warmed
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced

In a  small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

In a large bowl, combine the onion, parsley, oregano, slat and pepper. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into sixteen 2-inch patties.

Coat grill rack with cooking spray before starting the grill. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Serve in pita halves with tomatoes and reserved sauce. Yield: 4 servings. Enjoy!
 LadyD Books is participating in a new meme...

WWW: Wednesdays

WWW: Wednesdays which is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.

To play along just answer the following three questions.

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you just recently finish reading?
* What do you think you'll read next?

I am reading The Great Corgville Kidnapping by Tasha Tudor.

Caleb Corgi, outstanding student and part-time private investigator, senses that something is amiss in Corgiville. He has noticed a sudden increase in the number of raccoons in town. They claim they are tourists just passing through, but Caleb feels secrecy and conspiracy in the air.

I just finished reading My Daddy Likes To Say by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Does your daddy ever say things you find a bit confusing? How does he know "the proof's in the pudding"? How can I "fill his shoes" when my feet are so small?
Doesn't he know I'd rather wear my shirt, not "the shirt off his back?"

Next, I will be reading Dragon Dancing by Carole Lexa Schafer.

Take a book about dragons. Add some sparkly paper and ribbons and spangles and scales. And then take some children with a little imagination and sense of adventure. What happens next? Why, a dragon dance! Joyful and exuberant, multicultural and multipurpose, Dragon dancing reveals creativity at its best and most fun.

Welcome to my world of picture books for ages 4-8!
What are you reading?

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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