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review 2018-10-29 15:42
Black Thread: “Birthday Letters” by Ted Hughes
Birthday Letters - Ted Hughes

(Original Review, 2002)

Hughes acknowledged he repressed his own feelings for many years after Plath’s suicide. The poems he wrote before his death, “Birthday Letters”, were an outpouring of these feelings about his love for Plath. It was a top seller. If Hughes had published them as a younger man it would have helped his development as a great poet, but due to the repression, it did him untold harm, so he falls short of being a great poet. Plath was an extremely talented artist, writing both novels, children’s books, doing pictures. She wrote two main collections of poems, “Colossus”, where she writes very tight, word perfect poems, but she hasn’t found her true voice.



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video 2018-10-15 17:04

BD gifts: My mom gave me a ticket for Bonn Opera's production of Händel's Xerxes -- a simply riveting, tongue in cheek production setting the story in a dictatorial fairy tale puppet theatre (yes, there apparently is such a thing) -- and my BFF raided my Ammy wishlist ... as well as adding a few things along the lines of "all things kitties."  I'm feeling very much spoiled!



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review 2018-10-14 15:19
Review: “Birthday Cake and Bodies” (Peridale Cafe Mystery, #9) by Agatha Frost
Birthday Cake and Bodies - Agatha Frost


~ 4 stars ~


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review 2018-09-28 15:57
Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake - Eileen Christelow
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I don't think I'll ever like these books as much as I could. I always feel like they should rhyme. They always get 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed stuck in my head and then feel lackluster against the fun rhymes.

The story itself was okay. Definitely wouldn't recommend letting monkeys (or children) use the oven by themselves, even if firefighters may or may not have ideas for how to fix the mess. Cute illustrations. It's obviously one of those books that is not meant to be taken seriously but I take a little seriously because I can only imagine how terrifying it would be to wake up to find firefighters in your bedroom after your children almost set the kitchen on fire. 
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review 2018-09-07 18:31
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Grade K (copyright 1993) - Jean Marzollo

This book discusses the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and how he fought for the freedom of African Americans. It starts off with his day of birth and then goes through his life detailing, in kid friendly text, how "Martin Luther King Day" came about and why we have a day to celebrate him.

With this book, students could write "I have a dream" speeches and read them aloud to the class and display them in the hall. Teachers could also read this book close to Martin Luther King Jr. Day to inform students about why we celebrate him.

Lexile: 800L

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