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Friday Blog Round Up

Winnie Pooh fans worldwide will be ready this October for a Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, the first authorized sequel to A.A. Milne's classic series.  Visit the Wall Street Journal to read about the biggest challenge to bringing back Pooh Bear and Co.

"Whenever Cristian Garza stumbles over a word while reading, the fourth-grader can get support from his friends – Mandy the Mastiff, Zoe the Border Collie and Maddy the Chesapeake Bay Retriever."  No, this isn't some strange edition of Henry and Mudge or Old Yeller, but a pretty cool literacy program in Raleigh.

Naomi and Alexandra are at it again, pairing good books with fun activities.  I've always been a fan of Jan Brett's The Mitten and these kindergarten teachers have some activities to kick it up a notch.

Talk about your dedicated Spiderwick Chronicles fan.  Over the years I've been tempted to try drawing a scene or two from my favorite book, but I've never attempted sculpture. At Tony DiTerlizzi's Imaginopolis blog, you'll be amazed by Troy's leprechaun art and how he gave it to his daughter.  I'm blown away by the detail.

On the off chance I didn't give you your fill of snow yesterday, here's one more idea for you.  Check out the world's tallest snow-woman in Bethel, Maine and use pictures from their gallery to create a class book.

And with that folks, I'm off to find my own Winnie-the-Pooh books.  It may just be time to share them with my students.  In the meantime, I hope you have a super weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday.


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