The pictures today have nothing to do with the subject. I ran across them yesterday when looking for something else and loved seeing them again. In 2013, my book, CAVE DETECTIVES, UNRAVELLING THE SECRETS OF AN ICE AGE CAVE, was selected to be included in a 100-year time capsule that was buried in Phelps Grove Park in Springfield, Missouri.
Today I’ll send three poems for 5th graders to Laura Robb so she and Tim Rasinski can do their work with them. Next I’ll work on three poems for 4th grade students and will try to get those done this week. After that I have a series of short texts (500 words each) on a variety of topics scattered over grades 3, 4, and 5. I don’t expect to get much done on them before the end of the year but I need to at choose my subjects and start reading and taking notes. That will help get me down the home stretch after the first of the year. My deadline is the end of January. I’d like to complete the book before then but will be content to finish on time.
As I’ve said, this has been the year dedicated solely to working on books for classroom teachers. I have so many trade book ideas stored up that I know I’ll be buried in them once I get back into the mode.
Phelps Grove Park, named for John Smith Phelps, is a 100-acre park in central Springfield and is more than a century old. In the beginning it had a zoo and a lake. The zoo was later relocated, expanded, and renamed Dickerson Park Zoo. It’s a serene place where my parents used to take me to play and picnic when I was little. Daddy would throw horseshoes with other men. Mommy and I would amuse ourselves with the swings and teeter-totters until it was time for our basket lunch spread on a cloth placed on one of the concrete tables on the grounds or in the pavilion. And now I have a book buried there. CAVE DETECTIVES is about Riverbluff Cave in Springfield. I love the ties of life.