Tales from Long Ago

Picture Book of the Day

A Christmas Spider’s Miracle
by Trinka Hakes Noble (Author) and Stephen Costanza (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Long ago in a faraway place there lived two mothers. One, a humble peasant woman who struggled daily to provide for her children. And the other, a mother spider who also worked hard to care for her family. And although it would appear they were as different as night and day, these two mothers had more in common than would first seem.

Snippet: Folks could barely wait until Christmas Eve, that long cold night when everyone would light candles to fill the darkness with hope.

Chapter Book of the Day

The Last Dragon
by Jane Yolen (Author) and Rebecca Guay (Illustrator)
144 pages

Booktalk: Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anew — with only a healer’s daughter and a kite-flying would-be hero standing in its way.

Snippet: At first the dragon looked like any young lizard, for he had not shed his eggskin, which was lumpy and whitish, like clotted cream. But he grew fast, as dragons will.

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Blog Countdown #3

Dear Readers,

Due to technical difficulties (see below) I am moving ALL of my blogs here to Booktalking.

Q. Why are you moving your blogs during the busy holidays?
A. Two reasons:
1. I’m being innundated by foreign language spam.
2. The Feedburner subscription service has locked me out.

This means that while others have found me (in a BIG way!) I can no longer find you. I can’t access my subscriber lists. I’ve had the same login since 2006, but Feedburner was sold to Google and now my passwords no longer work!

I have to START OVER.

1. I will consolidate ALL 8 blogs into 1 at Booktalking.
2. I will count down for two weeks (from 10-1)…and then close the other 7 blogs.

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