Today is national Eat Brussel Sprouts Day

Hi everyone,

I had no idea that Brussels sprouts had their own day. Thanks to Matt Forrest Esenwine for mentioning it on one of his recent posts. It happens that I wrote a poem about that particular vegetable in a book with Tim Rasinski and Gay Fawcett called PARTNER POEMS FOR BUILDING FLUENCY (Scholastic, 2009).

In honor of this special day on our national scene, I hereby provide, “Brussels Sprouts.” Too bad I can’t post videos here. I have a delightful one of two 5th grade boys performing the poem for a giggling gaggle of kindergarteners. I dedicate today’s post to my pal Mary Nida Smith who is fond of Brussels sprouts.

Brussels Sprouts
2 voices

(child)
What’s that green thing?

(parent)
Brussels sprouts.

(child)
I don’t want no Brussels sprouts.

(parent)
Any.
Come on, try some Brussels sprouts.

(child)
I don’t want no Brussels sprouts!

(parent)
Any.
These are special Brussels sprouts.

(child)
I don’t want no Brussels sprouts!

(parent)
Any.
Just one taste of Brussels sprouts.

(child)
If I taste these Brussels sprouts,
then can I have something else?

(parent)
Sure!

(child)
Ugh!
I hate these Brussels sprouts!

(parent)
Here’s some yummy cottage cheese, pickled beets, cauliflower,
lima beans, and chicken liver.

(child)
Please pass the Brussels sprouts.
I don’t want no chicken liver.

(parent)
Any.

© 2009 David L. Harrison,
All rights reserved

With many thanks to Patricia Cooley for providing this video of two fifth grade boys performing the poem for a group of younger students who are loving the antics.

WRITERS AT WORK: Loving Libraries, Part 5

Hi everyone,

As Sandy Asher and I have discussed, there being five Tuesdays this month gives us a chance to add a 5th post to the November WRITERS AT WORK series, “Loving Libraries.” We’ve invited blog visitors to pitch in some of their own experiences and we’re delighted to feature them today. With thanks to our contributors, here we go.
veda-boyd-jones
Although my first real job (not counting babysitting) as a teen was working Saturdays at the county library, my big library experience started when I was a mother and took my boys to story hour on Wednesday mornings. Of course, the other mothers were readers or they wouldn’t have corralled their kids and hauled them to story hour. Through three moves to three different towns, I took the boys to story hour. In each library, I met women who became lifelong friends.

Veda Boyd Jones
http://vedaboydjones.com/
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tattle_marydowninghahn_interview
Hey, David and Sandy — here’s my library story:

Back in my days as a children’s librarian, a girl about 12 asked me if the library had a copy of The Jellyfish Season. As I led her to the shelf, I wondered if I should tell her I wrote it. I handed it to her, took a deep breath, and asked her if she knew it was my book. Looking me in the eye, she said, “I thought it was the library’s book.” Already sensing I’d made a mistake, I told her I meant I’d written it. She stared at my library name tag and said, “Your name is Mary Jacob. The writer’s name is Mary Downing Hahn.” She held up the book and pointed to my name on the cover. “Well, yes,” I said, “but I remarried and my last name changed to Jacob.” Giving me a look that clearly said she wasn’t born yesterday, the girl walked away, leaving me to wonder why I felt compelled to tell a 12 year old stranger my marital history. After that, I never told any kids I was the writer of a book they’d chosen. This turned out to be good decision the day a boy asked about Wait Till Helen Comes. When I started to tell him the plot, he said, “Oh, yeah, I read this book, but you’ve got it all wrong.” As I stood there listening to him tell me about my own book, I was very glad my name tag said Mary Jacob.
Mary Downing Hahn
https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Downing-Hahn/e/B000APO5S8

mary-nida-smith
I have been involved with the Baxter County Library (1999-2016), then continued when the new Donald W. Reynolds Library was built in Mountain Home, Arkansas. I was a member of the Friends of the Library (FOL), hostess, and served as a board member. I have helped for several years with the FOL yearly auction, book sales, as a volunteer elsewhere when needed, helped bring authors and illustrators in the children’s library, and sometimes performed as photographer. The library supported my different writers groups and the yearly “Holiday Authors Book Sale.” I have spent a lot of time at this library and if I had my way I would live at it and be one happy camper.

Mary Nida Smith
marynida@suddenlink.net
http://marynidasmith.blogspot.com

debbie
I was visiting a school in Evansville, IN and a little boy was crying outside the library. When I asked the librarian what was wrong she told me he was upset because Eddie, Melody, Liza, and Howie were not visiting. He had been expecting the characters from the Bailey School Kids series-not one of the authors. It really brought home to me how beloved story characters can be and how important our stories can be to children.

Debbie Dadey
Debbie Dadey is the author and co-author of 162 books, including The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series and Mermaid Tales
http://www.debbiedadey.com/

Our thanks again to today’s contributors to WRITERS AT WORK. Sandy will add your post to our ongoing and growing portfolio so be sure to look for this series and all the previous Writers at Work conversations at http://usawrites4kids.blogpost.com.

All the best,

David

More from Bella Vita

Last evening with an overcast sunset, it was a monochromatic world where sand, sea, and sky seemed nearly one. How’s that for a supernatural world, Mary Nida?

There are 48 units in the complex. Right now only five other owners are here so it’s almost like having the whole place to ourselves.

Here’s a picture of the front of our condo. I love sitting at the table to work or read.

Hi everyone,

My friend Laura Purdie Salas has learned that her new Clarion book, BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS, has just been named a Minnesota Book Award Finalist. Way to go, Laura! I’ve ordered my copy and look forward to reading it. For more information about Laura and her work, check out her site : www.laurasalas.com

David

Three quick reminders

Hi everyone,

We’re off and running on this month’s Word of the Month poetry challenge, thanks to Mary Nida Smith’s word: SUPERNATURAL. Let’s see what you have.

If you haven’t yet checked out my eBook, GOOSE LAKE, I hope you will. If you know others who might like to download a copy, please pass the word. You can find it on Barnes & Noble at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/goose-lake-a-year-in-the-life-of-a-lake-david-harrison/1107998233ean=2940013876583&itm=8&usri=goose+lake for Nook. If you go to Amazon.com, you’ll find it at http://www.amazon.com/Goose-Lake-Year-Life-ebook/dp/B006MGDDHS/ref=zg_bs_155213011_1%20 .

Also, free apps to download to your computer are, for Kindle, http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sa_menu_karl4?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771#  and for Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/free-nook-apps/379002321 /

I’ll be telling you more about this, my first e-publishing experience, when Sandy Asher and I begin our WRITERS AT WORK chat in March. We’ll also announce two guest speakers who will engage in that chat too. So don’t forget to check us out on Tuesdays in March.

If you missed the interview with Roxie Hanna that she posted on the 2nd, here’s the link. http://wp.me/pBU4R-T2 . Comments have been very warm and I’ve appreciated each one.

Back into the wheel for me,

David