Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
And his backyard is the landing ground for over 200 species of birds. For four years he wandered through the park filming birds and interviewing birders. This DVD comes with a little booklet containing a Birding Log and pictures of over 100 of the birds seen in Central Park, much more than just pigeons and swallows.
A few years ago I won a birdfeeder and seed in a raffle. I placed the feeder outside my window and watched the birds every morning. A cardinal was a frequent visitor. One of the birders in the film commented to his friends, " Do you ever get tired of looking at a cardinal?" My answer is, no!
Marie Winn, author of Red-tails in love : a wildlife drama in Central Park points out in the film how migrant birds fly over Manhattan just looking for a patch of green. If you would like to learn more about the red-tailed hawks in Central Park, check out Red-tails in love at the Virginia Beach Public Library. Or, if you would like to attract birds to your own backyard check out Best-ever backyard birding tips : hundreds of easy ways to attract the birds you love to watch.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Children ages 4 to 8 are in for a treat when they peek behind the flaps in Whose Nest?
Does a gecko have a nest? Does a bumblebee? A tree frog? I read this book to a group of four and five year olds and learned a thing or two myself. A nest is a shelter for keeping eggs or young animals safe. And it is not always made of twigs and sticks.
If you want a nonfiction picture book that's large enough to read to a group, this book is perfect. Children can guess who each nest belongs to as they learn new vocabulary, an early literacy skill. The nest on the cover, made of moss, sticks and feathers, is actually very tiny and can barely be seen in a tree. It belongs to the hummingbird. Put this title on your list of books to use in a science center in a classroom along with sticks, twigs, feathers, shredded paper and whatever else you can find so children can create their own nests. Tell stories about who might live in the nests to encourage narrative skills.
If you and your child are interested in birds and what they use to build their nests, check out Mama Built a Little Nest, a picture book with colorful cut paper collage illustrations by Steve Jenkins.
Want to learn together about why a nesting bird is so quiet while other birds whistle, twitter and caw? Or, what to do if you find a bird sitting on her nest? Read Rita Gray's book Have You Heard The Nesting Bird? It includes a mock interview with a robin. Find it here in the Virginia Beach Public Library catalog.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Under the dust jacket for The Nesting Place is a smooth cover that looks like scraped chalk paint. Inside the journal-sized book Myquillyn Smith, aka “The Nester” in the blogging world, shares a personal history of the homes she has lived in and the lessons she has learned from decorating them.
According to her Imperfectionist Manifesto: “Home should be the safest place on earth." A place of rest, creativity and beauty. A place where you have the freedom to take risks in decorating. Do you have a piece of furniture or art you love? Use it. Smith believes if you love it, it works! She found a giant sailfish on Craigslist and hung it on her wall.
The Nesting Place is full of fun quotes, calligraphy, Bible verses, and plenty of color photographs to inspire you.
"Quieting a room" is a technique Smith uses to survey what she already has and what she needs. She strips a room down to its’ bare bones, taking out all the small stuff and clutter. Without all the visual shouting, the room speaks to her. She listens, making a mental list of what she wants to change.
And, if you are a renter, don't despair. Smith includes her “Top Eleven Reasons Renting is Awesome.” Renting forces you to work within what she calls “Lovely Limitations.”
Smith’s creative decorating has been featured in such shelter magazines as Better Homes and Gardens’ Do It Yourself Magazine, available online through VBPL's Zinio Magazine Collection.
If you like The Nesting Place, try Inspired You: Letting God Breathe New Life Into Your Heart and Home by Marian Parsons aka Miss Mustard Seed, also a blogger.