Friday, August 4, 2017

Why is no one talking about how fake Peter Kraus is on the bachelorette?

So far, the majority of fans seem to be all aboard the Peter train.

But his behavior just screams something different. The way he talks, the way he looks at Rachel, the doubts he expresses-- it's like inside his head he's thinking, (Wow, this girl is beautiful and perfect and intelligent and smart, and my friends like her and she ticks all the boxes for me. But deep down... I'm just not in love with her. I'm not ready to marry her; I'm not actually so sure she's the one. I'd certainly date her though and give it a shot?)

Lest we forget, Peter wrote in his high school yearbook that his goal was to get famous in some way and be on the Bachelor. Getting to the top three of the Bachelorette and being a fan favorite but getting rejected in the end sure is in fact the perfect (and perhaps the only) way to attain that goal. Interesting... is he truly on the show for Rachel?

 And Peter does want to be rejected on some level (or at least he doesn't want to end up stuck proposing to or marrying the girl, ruining his chances of being Bachelor); the way he speaks to Rachel is the way guys who just aren't feeling it speak everywhere. When she tells him she really likes him, and he says "yeah, I could kinda tell", when he tells his friend "I like Rachel" in such a casual, off-hand manner. He enjoys making out with her, but he isn't truly himself around her. His friends describe him as "goofy" and Rachel admits that she hadn't really seen that side of him yet. How can she decide this guy-- who she still doesn't really know all that well at all-- is the one to spend the rest of her life with? Their relationship is a far cry from previous successful Bachelor nation couples like Sean & Catherine Lowe and Evan & Carly, who were filmed joking around and be goofy together on numerous occasions.

So Peter doesn't act fully like himself, he doesn't seem to really laugh and have fun around Rachel and on the bachelorette. Also he is a male model-- perhaps not the profession that would make a good match for an intelligent career woman like Rachel. But definitely a profession conducive to being famous, which again was Peter's goal at age 18.

Finally, fans seem to be seduced by the setup of the show: dozens of men vying for the love of a beautiful and accomplished woman. How could they not all fall madly in love with her? Well, love works in mysterious ways and not everyone on the show is going to fall in love with Rachel. Will is a primary example. And Peter Is. Just. Not. That. Into. Her. You can see it in the way he talks, walks, and interacts with her-- he loves her, sure,  he might be attracted to her, but she is not his "One". He admitted to breaking up with an ex whom he truly loved just because he didn't feel that she was the one. And his own mother said he wasn't necessarily emotionally ready for marriage.

The Bachelor/Bachelorette attracts a lot of people who are desperate for love, but Peter is not. He seems the opposite of desperate. He may be playing the long game, the waiting game, with his eye on the prize: being on the Bachelor.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

100 Places to Go and Things to Do When Out and About

Grocery Store
Farmers Market
Fire making
Searching for crayfish
Snake hunting
Sand art
Playing soccer
Roller skating
Horseback riding
Flea market
Cards night
Camp out over the weekend
Moonlight ramble
Botanical garden
Paint a landscape with an easel
Playing guitar and singing in public 
Have a yard sale
Local Museum
Art Museums/Galleries
Make a piece of furniture, a tool, a weapon, clothes (quilt, knit scarf), or a  toy
Local soccer/basketball pickup game
Walk the local boardwalk or mall and strike up friendly conversations with strangers
Go to Panera and play Settlers of Catan, or play Monopoly
Chess tournament
Renaissance Fair
Music Festival
Eat at a nice restaurant or cafe
Explore old abandoned buildings, maybe take photos
Volunteer at a soup kitchen, shelter, or animal shelter
Plant native plants that are useful for wildlife and edible/medicinal for humans in the woods
Collect edible/medicinal plants to eat or drink as herbal tea
Go deer hunting
Fly a kite
Buy flowers and give them to a stranger
Buy natural ingredients to make your own toothpaste, soap, and laundry detergent, and make them
Do situps and pushups whenever you think the word "situp" or "pushup", or think something negative about your surplus weight or lack of fitness.
Watch the sun set, write/paint/dance all night, then watch the sun rise
Write five people a letter telling them how wonderful they are, and important to you
Write a short story
Sports Game
Make a flower chain
Write a letter to yourself to be opened in five years
Listen to a podcast/audiobook while driving
Buy a freakum dress
Find someone to kiss in the rain
Girls: Buy a lot of dried nettles, and some black birch twigs, and mix them up. Then bowl a big pot and soak your hair in it every day for six months.
Order a pizza
Camp out for 7 days or longer
Donate to an important cause or charity
Donate 101 things you no longer need
Donate blood
Learn how to change a tire
Learn how to change oil
Take a self-defense course, and clip mace to your belt
See a famous landmark you've never seen
Make a flower chain, and give it to someone who looks your age
Go to a Drive-in Movie
Build a snowman
Build a gingerbread house
Build a fort
Have your eyebrows shaped professionally
Go bowling
Make a tasty snack
Take a sketchbook to a public place and draw
Buy a hand-crank washing machine or sewing machine to replace your current one
Install/buy solar panels
Bike around
Make a mix CD for someone, or for yourself
Design, cut out, sew and complete a one-of-a-kind outfit for yourself. Bonus points if you can dye it, weave it, spin it, or otherwise make it yourself even more.
Send a postcard
Videotape a cover of yourself singing a song
Go to a Karaoke night
Bat your eyes and smile at someone
Get your hair cut/styled
Learn to drive a motorcycle/boat/plane
Collect acorns, soak them in the stream, collect clover flowers and dry them, then make flower and use to make pancakes
Try pot, or alcohol, for the first time. Make it the last.
Go to a Zumba class
Find an unskilled job in your area, find a homeless man, offer to take him out to lunch, offer him the job, then offer him clean clothes to wear to the interview and whatever else he might need.
Throw pebbles at someone's window to get their attention at 11 o'clock at night, and then serenade them with a medieval-style ballad.
See a play
Become CPR certified
Take a Wilderness EMT Course
Rope swing into water
Learn sign language
Make a homemade pizza
Attend a poetry reading
Visit a butterfly garden
Ride a hot air balloon
Make candles at home
Make homemade soap
Go indoor rock climbing
Take a weeklong boating trip
Ride a horse
Go bungee jumping
Go to a roller coaster park
Buy a lottery ticket
Bake bread from scratch
Attend an ethnic festival
Identify 100 things that make you happy, and photograph them
Climb a tree
Live in an artists' retreat
Go mudding
Go off-roading in the country
Join a cattle drive
See a ballet performance
See a parade
Sing karaoke at a bar

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Five Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

1. Build a very large boat. Pack clothing, medicine, food, seeds, a salt-water purifier, and put dirt all along the top of the boat. Sail off to sea and live off your own crops and stored food. Zombies can't swim, and even if they walk along the ocean bottom they can't walk up to you because you will be on the ocean's surface.

2. Go to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Zombies can't travel through swamp very easily, will probably get stuck, lost and eaten by alligators, and the swamp is impenetrable. Pack food, seeds, guns, etc. in a tiny kayak and thread your way in between the cypresses. The zombies will not be able to find you in the over half-a-million acre refuge, there will be no other people and therefore no zombies, and there is abundant wild edibles and animals to hunt.

3. Hole yourself up in an underground concrete bunker with a huge store of supplies to last for 1,000 people for ten years. Put an airlock in the bunker, with a small adjunct with a few holes to shoot through. Attract zombies with noise and kill them with spears, knives, arrows that you poke through the holes. Let in anyone who arrives so they can help. In ten years, a group of ten can kill 5 million zombies, and a group of a hundred can kill 50 million. A group of 600 could kill every zombie in America in ten years. Disadvantage is you never get to go outside, and you have to live trapped underground. Advantage-- you are completely safe.

4. Go to Alaska and live in the arctic national wildlife refuges there. Zombies are slowed down by the cold, and there are few people there. It will be very cold, though, so you will be at risk of dying due to exposure, the elements, or lack of food. However, you should be able to live there as the Inuits did.

5. Find a tall steel-reinforced building and lure the zombies up to the roof with bait, causing them to walk off the sides of the building. Then, lock all the doors on all the levels and the roof door, and hole up inside. Shoot zombies below through the windows with crossbows with strings tied to the arrows, so you can reel the arrows back up. The only risk is if enough zombies arrive and are able to knock down the building-- so work on building up the strength of the walls and reinforcing the

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The simplest, easiest, and most nutritious diet

cereal of 2/3 cup rolled oats with one cup of milk

Two baked potatoes, one cup of whole milk, one cup of cooked chard dressed with two tablespoons of Udo’s Choice oil, ½ tsp. added salt.

One baked potato, one cup of milk, one cup of cooked chard, one cup of cooked kale, ½ cup of almonds

  • Calories: 1,800
  • Nutrients: everything you need and then some
  • Prep Time: on Monday, bake 21 potatoes, and while they are baking cook 14 cups of chard and 7 cups of kale in big pots. Put the potatoes in a bowl, and the chard and kale in separate covered pots in the refrigerator. This should take about an hour. You are done for the week. At meal times, serve yourself from the refrigerator.
  • If 1,800 calories isn't enough, eat some fish and seaweed to go with your meal.

Weekly Shopping List:
21 potatoes
3 gallons milk
3 bunches of chard
1 bunch of kale
Udo's choice oil
3.5 cups almonds
5 cups rolled oats
Iodized salt
(you can add other herbs and spices if you want, as well as lemon and vinegar)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

100 Difficult Words to Build an Excellent Vocabulary

1) puissant- influential, powerful, important

2) encomium- a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly-- like a eulogy, panegyric, accolade, tribute, etc.

3) lusus naturæ-- a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed; a freak or monstrosity

4) conceit- a fanciful expression or elaborate metaphor. For example, "the idea of the wind's singing is a prime romantic conceit". It can also be, an artistic device: "the director's brilliant conceit was to film it all in black and white". Or, a fanciful notion: "he was alarmed by the widespread conceit that he spent most of the 1980's drunk".

5) effluvium (singular), effluvia (plural)- an unpleasant or harmful odor, secretion, or discharge. "The swamp's effluvia".

6) chimera- a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is impossible to achieve. For example: "the economic sovereignty you claim to defend is a chimera" or "is this great love of hers merely a chimera?". In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a fire-breathing female monster with a lion's body, a goat's body, and a serpent's tale.

7) peccant, adj-- having committed a fault or sin; sinful; offending; violating a rule, principle, or established practice; faulty or wrong. "The minister delivered a stern sermon warning peccant parishioners of the punishments that awaited them in the afterlife." Or: diseased or causing disease.

8) occiput, noun-- the back portion of the head or skull

9) expostulate-- 

quid pro quo
paean- song of praise or triumph, example: "the bards sang a paean to the war".
pannier + dérailleur
political and career radiation
panegyric- public speech praising someone or something
dolce affettuoso

Saturday, July 19, 2014

1,000 Best Children's and YA Books Ever Written


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- Jules Verne

Airborn, Skybreaker- by Kenneth Oppel
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (on tape)- Lewis Carroll
Anything by Roald Dahl, particularly Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, the BFG, George's Marvellous Medicine, Fantastic Mr. Fox, the Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
An Abundance of Katherines- John Green (slightly adult content; not for kids)
And then there were none, Murder on the Orient Express- Agatha Christie
Anne Frank's Diary
Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea- by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Arabella- Georgette Heyer
Are You there God? It's Me, Margaret (I'm not sure this book will appeal so much to boys...)
A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet- by Madeleine L'Engle
Babe the Gallant Pig
Be More Chill
Black Beauty
Blue Skin of the Sea- Graham Salisbury
Book of a Thousand Days and Princess Academy- by Shannon Hale
Call it Courage- by Armstrong Sperry
Call of the Wild and White Fang- by Jack London
Can You Keep a Secret- Sophia Kinsella
Captains Courageous- Rudyard Kipling
Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan- by E. B. White
Coraline- by Neil Gaiman
Dracula- Bram Stoker
Dragon Chronicles series (Dragon's Milk, Sign of the Dove, Flight of the Dragon Kyn, Ancient, strange and lovely)- Susan Fletcher
Dragonriders of Pern series (not the later ones with robots and dolphins such as All the Weyrs of Pern, Dragonsdawn, First Fall, and Skies of Pern)- by Anne McCaffrey
Dr Doolittle
Earthsea trilogy (A Wizard of Earthsea, the Farthest Shore, the Tombs of Atuan, Tehanu)- by Ursula K. LeGuin
Ella Enchanted (on tape)- by Gail Carson Levine
Enchanted Forest Chronicles- by Patricia C. Wrede
Enchantress from the Stars- Sylvia Engdahl
Ender's Game and the Shadow Saga series- by Orson Scott Card
Eragon series (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance)- by Christopher Paolini
Facing the Lion- Joseph Lekuton
Fight Club- a novel
Frindle- Andrew Clements
From the Mixed-up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler- by E. L. Konigsburg
Gallagher Girls series (I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You, Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, Only the Good Spy Young)- by Ally Carter (these books might not appeal to boys)
Gaurdians of Ga'hoole books: Book #1: the Capture, Book #2: Journey, Book #3: Rescue
Girl, 15, Charming but Insane
Gregor the Overlander series (Gregor the Overlander, 4 more)- Suzanne Collins
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates- Mary Mapes Dodge
Harper Hall Trilogy (Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums)- by Anne McCaffrey
Harriet the Spy- by Louise Fitzhugh
Harry Potter series - by J.K. Rowling
Hatchet and Woodsong- by Gary Paulsen
Heat- Mike Lupica
Heidi- Johanna Spyri
Heir Apparent
His Dark Materials trilogy (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass)- by Philip Pullman
Holes- by Louis Sachar
Hoot- Carl Hiaasen
Island of the Blue Dolphins- by Scott O'Dell
Johnny Tremain- by Esther Forbes
Julie of the Wolves series (Julie of the Wolves, Julie, Julie's Wolf Pack)- by Jean Craighead George
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft
Lionboy series (Lionboy, lionboy: the chase, lionboy: the truth)- by Zizou Corder
Little House on the Prairies series- by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Women Little Men, and Jo's Boys- by Louisa May Alcott
Lives of the Hunted- Ernest Thompson Seton
Lord of the Flies (I was terrified by this book as a kid, yet I still feel it's a great book and every kid should read it.)
Maniac MaGee, Crash, and Loser- by Jerry Spinelli
Miss Hickory- Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, Ruth Gannett (I read it when I was older, despite its being a children's book-- I might not have liked it as a kid.)
Moomin series (Tales from Moominvalley, Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll, the Moomins and the Great Flood, Moominpappa's Memoirs, Moominsummer Madness, Moominland Midwinter, Moominpappa in Sea)- by Tove Jansson
Mortal Instruments Series (3 books)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH- by Robert C. O'Brien
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle- Betty MacDonald
My Family and Other Animals- Gerald Durrell
My Father's Dragon and sequel
My Friend Flicka, Green Grass of Wyoming, and Thunderhead- by Mary O'Hara
My Side of the Mountain- by Jean Craighead George
Nancy Drew
Nicholas- Rene Goscinny
Pigs Might Fly
Pippi Longstocking series (Pippi Longstocking, Pippi in the South Seas)- by Astrid Lindgren
Poison Story
Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen (book & 1995 BBC miniseries)
Protector of the Small quartet- by Tamora Pierce (not quite as good as the Song of the Lioness quartet, but same general themes)
Ramona series
Robert Langdon series (Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Angels and Demons, Inferno)
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book
Rules of the Road- Joan Bauer
Running Out of Time- Margaret Haddox
Sally Lockhart quartet- by Philip Pullman
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons- Barbara Cohen
Shabanu series, the first 2 books- by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Shakespeare Stories I and II- Leon Garfield
Silverwing series (Sunwing, Firewing, Silverwing, Darkwing)- Kenneth Oppel
Size Twelve is Not Fat
Song of the Lioness series- by Tamora Pierce
Stephen Hawking a Brief History of Time
Story of King Arthur and his Knights, the Adventures of Robin Hood- Howard Pyle
Surviving the Applewhites- Stephanie S. Tolan
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series- by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain
The American Boy's Handy Book- by Daniel Carter Beard
The Autobiography of Malcolm X- Malcolm X, Alex Haley
The Black Stallion and the Island Stallion- by Walter Farley
The Blue Star
The Borrowers- by Mary Norton
The Boxcar Children, book #1
The Bronze Bow- Elizabeth George Speare
The Catcher in the Rye
The Cay
The Chocolate War (depressing as heck. Yet strangely addictive. Very Catcher in the Rye-esque)
The Chronicles of Narnia series (one book)- by C.S. Lewis
The City of Ember and The People of Sparks- by Jeanne DuPrau
The Dark is Rising on tape- by Susan Cooper
The Door in the Wall (on tape)- by Marguerite de Angeli
The Dutch Twins
The Endless Steppe- by Esther Hautzig
The Giver- by Lois Lowry
The Giving Tree- by Shel Silverstein
The Goose Girl- Shannon Hale
The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman
The Hardy Boys
The Hero and the Crown- by Robin McKinley
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams
The Hobbit on tape and the other Lord of the rings (The Two Towers, the Return of the King, the Hobbit, the Fellowship of the Rings)- by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hogfather, Going Postal, Gaurds! Gaurds!, Good Omens, and anything else written by Terry Pratchett
The House of the Scorpion- Nancy Farmer
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire- by Suzanne Collins
The Indian in the Cupboard- Lynne Reid Banks (on tape)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Life of Pi- by Yann Martel
The Little Prince- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Lord of the Rings movie- by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
The Neverending Story
The Odyssey- Homer, translated by Robert Fagle
The Outlaws of Sherwood- by Robin McKinley
The Outsiders
The phantom tollbooth
The Princess Bride
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾
The Secret Garden and the Little Princess- by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Sign of the Beaver- by Elizabeth George Speare
The Sword in the Stone- by T.H. White
The Tale of Despereaux- Kate Dicamillo
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall- Charlotte Bronte
The Twenty-One Balloons- by William Pene du Bois
The Wind Boy- by Ethel Cook Eliot
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witch of Blackbird Pond- Elizabeth George Speare
The Wolfling- Sterling North
The Yearling- M. K. Rawling
Tiffany Aching series (Wee Free Men, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, A Hat Full of Sky)- by Terry Pratchett
To Kill A Mockingbird
Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson
Two Little Savages- by Ernest Thompson Seton
Undine- fouque
Warrior series Books 1-6 - by Erin Hunter
Watership Down- by Richard Adams
Where the Red Fern Grows- Wilson Rawls
Wind in the Willows
Wind on Fire Trilogy (The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery, firesong)- William Nicholson


A Boy Named Giotto- Paolo Guarnieri, Bimba Landmann, Jonathon Galassi

Abuela- Arthur Dorros, Elisa Kleven
A Child's Garden of Verses- Robert Louis Stevenson
A Dark, Dark Tale- Ruth Brown
Aesop: Five Centuries of Illustrated Fables- by John J. McKendry
Alejandro's Gift- Richard E. Albert, Sylvia Long
Alexander and the Bad Day
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse- Leo Lionni
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves- illustrated by Margaret Early
Alistair Underwater- Marilyn Sadler
All books by Bill Peet
A Medieval Feast- Aliki
Amelia Bedelia, Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower, Thank You Amelia Bedelia- by Peggy Parish
Amos & Boris, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, The Amazing Bone, Caleb & Kate, The Toy Brother, the Zabajaba Jungle, Zeke Pippin - William Steig
Anansi does the Impossible: An Ashanti Tale- Verna Aardema, Lisa Desimini
Anansi series (anansi and the mosscovered rock, anansi and the magic stick, anansi and the talking melon)- Eric A. Kimmel, Janet Stevens
A New Coat for Anna- Harriet Ziefent, Anita Lobel
An Extraordinary Egg- Leo Lionni
Angelina Ballerina series- Katherine Holabird, Helen Craig
Anything by Beatrice Potter (Peter Rabbit, the Tale of Ms. Tiggy-Winkle, the tale of Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, etcetera)
Anything by Dr. Seuss
Are You My Mother?- by P.D. Eastman
A single grain of rice- Demi
A Story- A Story: An African Tale Retold and Illustrated by Gail E. Haley
At the Wish of the Fish: A Russian Folktale- J. Patrick Lewis, Katya Krenina
A Weave of Words- by Robert D. San Souci and Raul Colon
A Zooful of Animals- William Cole, Lynn Munsinger
Babar series- Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff- (the story of babar, the travel of babar, babar the king, babar and zephyr, babar and his children)
Basho and the Fox- Tim Myers, Oki S. Han
Beauty and the Beast- retold and illustrated by Jan Brett
Berenstain Bears series- Stan and Jan Berenstain
Billy and Blaze series- by C. W. Anderson
Blueberries for Sal- Robert McCloskey
Brave Irene- William Steig
Brigid's Cloak: an ancient Irish story- Bryce Milligan, Helen Cann
Buddy: the First Seeing Eye Dog
Calico the Wonder Horse or the Saga of Stewy Stinker- Virginia Lee Burton
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and their Monkey Business
Celtic Fairy Tales- Isabelle Brent, Neil Philip
Chester's Way, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum- Kevin Henkes
Chibi: A True Story from Japan- Barbara Brenner, Julia Takaya
Chicken Little- by Laura
Child of the Sun: A Cuban Legend
Children of the Forest- Elsa Beskow
Cinderella- K. Y. Craft
Clamshell Boy: A Makah Legend- Terri Cohlene, Charles Reasoner
Clifford the Big Red Dog series- Norman Bridwell
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Crow Boy- Taro Yashima
Curious George books (Cecily G and the Nine Monkeys, Curious George, Curious George Rides a Bike)
Daisy's Birthday Party, from minnie 'n' me: the best friends collection- by Ruth Lerner Perle
Dinosaur Dream- Dennis Nolan
Doctor De Soto series (dr de soto, dr de soto goes to Africa)- William Steig
D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, D'aulaires Book of Norse Myths- Ingri d'Aulaire
Eloise series (Eloise, Eloise in paris)
Elvira- by Margaret Shannon
Emma- Wendy Kesselman, Barbara Cooney
Fancy Nancy
Felix and the Worrier- Rosemary Wells
Fish is Fish- Leo Lionni
Floss- Kim Lewis
Forest Child- Marni McGee, A. Scott Banfill
Fox Outfoxed, Fox All Week, Fox on the Job, Fox on Wheels, fox and His Friends- James Marshall
Frederick- Leo Lionni
Fungas the Bogey Man
George and Martha books (one book)- by James Marshall
Gingerbread Baby- Jan Brett
Golden Tales: Myths, Legends, and Folktales from Latin America- Lulu Delacre
Good Dog Carl
Goodnight Moon
Gorky Rises- William Steig
Grandfather Twilight- Barbara Helen Berger
Grandfather's Dream- Holly Keller
Guess How Much I Love You
Hanuman- based on Valmiki's Ramayana- Erik Jendreson and Joshua M. Greene, Li Ming
Happy New Year!- Demi
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Hellen Keller: Courage in the Dark- by Johanna Hurwitz, Neverne Covington
Herbert the Lion- Clare Turlay Newberry
Hiawatha- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Susan Jeffers
Hog-Eye- Susan Meddaugh
How the Grinch stole Christmas- dr. seuss
If You give a mouse a cookie
If You Lived With the ... series (If You Lived with the Cherokee, Hopi, Indians of the Northwest Coast, Sioux; If You Lived in Colonial Times; If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad)- by Ellen Levine, Shelly Hehenberger
Irish Fairy Tales & Legends- Una Leavy, Susan Field
Island Boy- Barbara Cooney
Is This a House for Hermit Crab?- Megan McDonald, S. D. Schindler
It's Mine!- Leo Lionni
I Want to Win: from the Minnie 'n' me best friends collection
Jack and the Beanstalk- John Howe
Johnny Appleseed- Reeve Lindbergh, Kathy Jakobsen
Juan Bobo and the Horse of Seven Colors: A Puerto Rican Legend- Jan Mike, Charles Reasoner
Just the Way You Are- Max Lucado, Sergio Martinez
Katy and the Big Snow- Virginia Lee Burton
King Midas and the Golden Touch- Charlotte Craft K. Y. Craft
King of the Wind (hardcover version with pictures only)- Marguerite Henry
Lancelot- Hudson Talbott
Lentil- Robert McCloskey
Little Bobo, Little Bobo saves the day - Serena Romanelli, Hans de Beer
Little Brother and Little Sister- Barbara Cooney
Little Donkey Close Your Eyes- Margaret Wise Brown, Ashley Wolff
Little Polar Bear series- Hans de Beer
Little Tim series (LT and the Brave Sea Captain, Tim and Ginger, Tim and Charlotte)- Edward Ardizzone
Love You Forever
Lyle, Crocodile series- Bernard Waber (Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; Lyle and the House on 88th Street)
Madeline, Madeline's Rescue, Madeline in London)- Ludwig Bemelmans
Make Way for Ducklings- Robert McCloskey
Many Moons- James Thurber, Louis Slobodkin
Marguerite Makes a Book- Bruce Robertson, Kathryn Hewitt
Marguerite Makes a Book- Bruce Robertson, Kathryn Hewitt
Matthew's Dream- Leo Lionni
Melisande- E. Nesbit
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel- Virginia Lee Burton
Millions of Cats- Wanda Gag
Ming Lo Moves the Mountain- Arnold Lobel
Miss Nelson is Back- James Marshall
Miss Nelson is Missing!- Harry Allard
Miss Rumphius- Barbara Cooney
My Very First Mother Goose- Iona Opie, Rosemary Wells
Nicholas Pipe- Robert D. San Souci, David Shannon
Noah's Ark- Peter Spier
No Roses for Harry, Harry at the Seashore- Gene Zion, Margaret Graham
Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? All About Dinosaurs, from the Cat in the Hat's Learning Library- Bonnie Worth, Steve Haefele
Olivia series: Olivia, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Saves the Circus- Ian Falconer
Once a Mouse...- Marcia Brown
Only One Cowry: A Dahomean Tale- Phillis Gershator, David Soman
Opossum and the Great Firemaker: A Mexican Legend- Jan M. Mike, Charles Reasoner
Owl Babies- Martin Waddel, Patrick Benson
Owl Moon
Paul Bunyan and Other Tall Tales- by Jane B. Mason
Pinocchio: A Classic Illustrated Edition- Carlo Collodi
Pretzel- Margaret Rey, H.A. Rey
Princess Furball
Puss in Boots- Perrault, Marcellio
Railway series picture books - Rev. W. Awdry, Christopher Awdry
Rainbow Crow- by Nancy Van Laan, Beatriz Vidal
Rapunzel- Paul O. Zelinsky
Rikki Tikki Tavi- Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by Lambert Davis
Robin Hood (movie with Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone)
Robin Hood- illustrated by Margaret Early
Rotten Ralph series- by Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel- (back to school for rotten ralph, rotten ralph, worse than rotten ralph, rotten ralph show and tell, not so rotten ralph, happy birthday)
Ruby's Beauty Shop, Max's New Suit- Rosemary Wells
Rumpelstiltskin- Brothers Grimm, Bernadette Watts, Anthea Bell
Saguaro- by Anne Massey Ecton, Gary Torrisi
Saint George and the Dragon- Margaret Hodges, Trina Schart Hyman
Sheila Rae, the Brave- Kevin Henkes
Shintaro's Umbrellas- Marjorie Jackson, Linda Finch
Shy Charles- Rosemary Wells
Sleeping Beauty- Mahlon F. Craft, K. Y. Craft
Snow White & Rose Red- by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch- Eileen Spinelli
Song of the Hermit Thrush: an Iroquois Legend- Gloria Dominic, Charles Reasoner
Spongebob Squarepants: Ice-Cream Dream
Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob and the Princess
Stellaluna- Janell Cannon
Sukey and the Mermaid- Robert D. San Souci, Brian Pinkney
Swimmy- Leo Lionni
Tacky the Penguin series (Tacky the Penguin, Tacky in Trouble, Three Cheers for Tacky, Tacky and the Winter Games)- Helen Lester
Tam Lin- Susan Cooper, Warwick Hutton
The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury- Janet Schulman
The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury- Jack Prelutsky, Meilo So
The Adventures of Isabel- Ogden Nash, James Marshall
The Adventures of Jules & Gertie- Esther Pearl Watson
The Adventures of Snail at School- John Stadler
The Angel and the Donkey- Katherine Paterson, Alexander Koshkin
The Barefoot Book of Father and Son Tales- Josephine Evetts Secker, Helen Cann
The Barefoot Book of Monsters!- Fran Parnell and Sophie Fatus
The Bee and the Dream: A Japanese Tale- Jan Freeman Long, Kaoru Ono
The Biggest Bear- by Lynd Ward
The Big Red Barn- Margaret Wise Brown, Felicia Bond
The Book of Dragons- Michael Hague
The Boy of the Three-Year Nap- Dianne Snyder, Allen Say
The Boy Who Held Back the Sea- Thomas Locker
The Bravest Dog Ever: the True Story of Balto- Natalie Standiford, Donald Cook
The Children of Lir- Sheila MacGill-Calahan, Gennady Spirin
The Children's Book of Virtues- William J. Bennett, Michael Hague
The City Mouse and the Country Mouse- illustrated by Jody Wheeler (grosset & dunlap) The Little Red Hen- illustrated by Karen Schmidt (grosset & dunlap)
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes- by Du Bose Heyward, pictures by Marjorie Hack
The Crane Wife- Odds Bodkin, Gennady Spirin
The Cricket Warrior: a Chinese Tale- Margaret and Raymond Chang, Warwick Hutton
The Deliverers of their Country- E. Nesbit, Lisbeth Zwerger
The Donkey and the Rock- Demi
The Eagle & the Wren- Jane Goodall, Alexander Reichstein
The Emperor and the Kite- Jane Yolen, Ed Young
The Emperor's New Clothes- Hans Christian Anderson, illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton
The Empress and the Silkworm- Lily Toy Hong
The Empty Pot- Demi
The Enchanted Storks- Aaron Shepard, Alisher Dianov
The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Treasury- Joseph Bruchac, Anna Vojtech
The Fortune-Tellers- by Lloyd Alexander, Trina Schart Hyman
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses- Paul Goble
The Golden Bracelet- by David Kherdian, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
The Golden Goose King: A Tale Told by the Buddha- Judith Ernst
The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring- Ruth Sanderson
The Goose Girl- Marguerite de Angeli
The Gruffalo
The Houdini Box- Brian Selznick
The Hummingbird King: A Guatemalan Legend- Argentina Palacios, Felipe Davalos
The Knight and the Dragon- Tomie dePaola
The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark- Barbara Shook Hazen, Tony Ross
The Legend of Old Befana, Helga's Dowry, The Clown of God, Strega Nona series, Erandi's Braids, Fin M'Coul, Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, Christopher the Holy Giant, the Lady of Guadalupe, Big Anthony His Story, Big Anthony and the Magic Ring, the Mysterious Giant of Barletta, Days of the Blackbird, Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka, Pascual and the Kitchen Angels, Bill and Pete to the Rescue, the Legend of the Bluebonnet, Tony's Bread, Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile, Bill and Pete, Tom, The Art Lesson- by Tomie dePaolo
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow- Washington Irving, Will Moses
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq- Jeanette Winter
The Lion and the Little Red Bird- Elisa Kleven
The lion and the mouse- Jerry Pinkney
The Little Engine that Could
The Little House- Virginia Lee Burton
The Magic Amber: A Korean Legend- by Charles Reasoner
The Magic Feather: A Jamaican Legend- Lisa Rojany, Philip Kuznicki
The Mare on the Hill- Thomas Locker
The Mightiest Heart- Lynn Cullen, Laurel Long
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Missing Piece- Shel Silverstein
The Moon Lady- Amy Tan, illustrated by Gretchen Schields
The Mountain that Loved a Bird- Alice McLerran, Eric Carle
The Nightingale- Hans Christian Andersen, Lisbeth Zwerger
The Owl and the Pussycat- Jan Brett, Edward Lear
The Pied Piper of Hamlin- Robert Browning, illustrations by Bud Peen
The Pirate Queen- Emily Arnold McCully
The Poky Little Puppy (cute and frivolous)
The Polar Express- Chris Van Allsburg
The Rabbit's Tail: A Story from Korea- Suzanne Crowder Han, Richard Wehrman
The Raft- by Jim LaMarch
The Rainbabies- Laura Krauss Melmed, Jim LaMarche
The Rainbow Fish
The Rough-Face Girl- Rafe Martin
The Samurai's Daughter- Robert D. San Souci, Stephen T. Johnson
The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend- Aaron Shepard, Gennady Spirin
The Secret Footprints- by Julia Alvarez, Fabian negrin
The Silver Cow: A Welsh Tale- by Susan Cooper and Warwick Hutton
The Sixteen Hand Horse
The Spyglass- Richard Paul Evans
The Story of Easter- Christopher Doyle and John Haysom
The Story of Ferdinand- Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson
The Tale of Custard the Dragon, Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight- Ogden Nash
The Tale of Three Trees: a Traditional Folktale- Angela E. Hunt
The Talking Eggs- Robert D. San Souci, Jerry Pinkney
The Three Billy Goats Gruff- (a pudgy pal board book) grosset & dunlap Little Red Riding Hood- grosset & dunlap
The Three Little Pigs- illustrated by Terri Super (grosset & dunlap)
The Three Silver Coins: A Story from Tibet- Veronica Leo, Tashi Daknewa
The Town and Country Mouse- by Jan Brett
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, Charlie and Tyler at the Seashore- Helen Craig
The Twelve Dancing Princesses- Ruth Sanderson
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Water Hole, Jungle Drums- Graem Base
The Wave of the Sea-Wolf- David Wisniewski
The Weaving of a Dream- Marilee Heyer
The Wheel on the School- Meindert DeJong
The Wheels on the Bus- Zelinsky
The Widow's Broom- Chris Van Allsburg
The Yellow Star: the Legend of King Christian X of Denmark- Carmen Deedy, Henri Sorensen
Three Bags Full- Leonie Swann
Three Little Javalinas
Thumbelina- Hans Christian Anderson, Arlene Graston
Thunder Cake- Patricia Polacco
Tikki Tikki Tembo- Arlene Mosel
Time of Wonder- Robert McCloskey
Timothy Goes to School, Timothy's Tales from Hilltop School- Rosemary Wells
Too Much Noise- by Ann McGovern, Simms Taback
Treasures in the Attic, from the minnie 'n' me best friends collection
Trouble with Trolls, Annie and the Wild Animals, The Mitten- Jan Brett
Verdi- Janell Cannon
Wait Till the Moon is Full- Margaret Wise Brown, Garth Williams
What Can You Do With a Shoe- Beatrice schenk de regniers, Maurice sendak
Where the River Begins- by Thomas Locker
Where the Wild Things Are- by Maurice Sendak
Who are You, Sue Snue- by Tish Rabe, adapted from a script by Will Ryan, illustrated by Tom Brannon
Who Sank the Boat
Winnie the Pooh series
Wynken, Blynken and Nod- by Eugene Field, Johanna Westerman

Living in Roman Times: Usborne First History- Jane Chisholm, Rob McCaig
Usborne Illustrated Guide to Norse Myths and Legends- Cheryl Evans, Anne Millard, Rodney Matthews
Usborne Puzzle Adventures: Danger at Demon’s Cove- Karen Dolby, illustrated by Graham Round (interactive mystery picture book)
The Olden Days- by Joe Mathieu
Silkworms- Sylvia A. Johnson
What Do You Say, Dear? A Book of Manners For All Occasions- Sesyle Joslin, Maurice Sendak (picture book, vaguely educational)
What Do You Do, Dear? (I think I read?- by Joslin)
What Is a Lever? and What is a Pulley?- by Lloyd G. Douglas
What Is a Wheel & Axle? What is a Screw?
1001 Things to Spot Long Ago, from Usborne- Gillian Doherty, Teri Gower (interactive educational picture book)
Benjamin Franklin- Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Abraham Lincoln- Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Leif the Lucky, Buffalo Bill- Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
How Things Work: Submarines
Marguerite Makes a Book- Bruce Robertson, Kathryn Hewitt
Saguaro- by Anne Massey Ecton, Gary Torrisi
The Usborne Book of World Geography- 1997 Edition
Usborne Book of Castles, Internet-Linked
How Would You Survive as an Ancient Greek- David Salariya
Usborne Picture World History: Crusaders, Aztecs, Samurai from AD600 to AD1450
The Usborne Book of World History
Shaka: King of the Zulus- Diane Stanley, Peter Vennema
Usborne Time Traveler: Viking Raiders
The Usborne Book of Kings & Queens
The Usborne Book of Famous Women
The Yellow Star: the Legend of King Christian X of Denmark- Carmen Deedy, Henri Sorensen
Buddy: the First Seeing Eye Dog
The Usborne Book of Inventors: From Da Vinci to Biro
Dorling Kindersley Readers: Spies- by Richard Platt
Hellen Keller: Courage in the Dark- by Johanna Hurwitz, Neverne Covington
Rosa Parks- Maryann N. Weidt
The Usborne First Book of History

Yotsuba&! Series, first two volumes (manga)
First 10 or so graphic novels of the Fruits Basket series (manga)
Prince Valiant series (volumes 1-40, the ones by Half Foster only)
Little Orphan Annie: A Willing Helper
Bone graphic novel series (one volume)- by Jeff Smith
All the Calvin & Hobbes compilations- by Bill Watterson
Garfield (it gets very repetitive after a while, but if you read then in third or fourth grade they’re quite enjoyable)
Asterix and Obelix series- Albert Uderzo (comic books)
Tin Tin series
Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, and Gyro Gearloose series- Carl Barks (not just any Donald Duck/Scrooge/Gearloose comics—the ones he originally wrote in the 50s and 60s are the truly genius ones)
Tarzan series- Hal Foster

The Spirit—(comic from the 40s)—highly recommended
Wonder Woman  (oldtimey ones, hardcover, 40s era)
Superman comics (oldtimey ones, hardcover)
The Flash comics (oldtimey ones, hardcover)
Hawkman comics (oldtimey ones, hardcover)
Legion of Superheroes comics (oldtimey ones, hardcover)
Plastic Man (oldtimey ones, hardcover)

The Fog Horn and The April Witch short stories- by Ray Bradbury
Jumblies- by Edward Lear (poem)
White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field- by Mary Oliver (poem)
Jabberwocky- by Lewis Carroll (poem)
Kublai Khan- Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poem)
Daffodils- William Wordsworth (poem)
The Raven- Edgar Allan Poe (poem)
The Cambridge Ladies Who Live in Furnished Souls- E. E. Cummings (poem)
To A Racing Car (translated from Italian); first two stanzas- by F. T. Marinetti (poem)

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