#Kinderchat Challenge Smorgasbord

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I fell out of the loop regarding the #Kinderchat kinderblog challenge… I’ve been redirected and I’m back on the route!  Since I’m quite a few posts behind – I chose a mishmash of sorts to catch up!

Day 19: If you could live in any place in the world, WHERE would you live?

Well, I’m pretty content where I currently live.  The weather is more often beautiful than not, I’m within 20-30 minutes of various beaches, and close to my family.  However, if I could live ANYWHERE, I would live somewhere with warmer weather pretty much year round.  Yes – I would miss the changing of summer to fall – but to live in one of the places mentioned below, I will have probably won the lottery and I could afford to fly somewhere to watch the seasons.

Hawaii – Average low of 66?  I’ll take it


Seville, Cordoba, Andalusia, any place southern Spain – sangria, flamenco, and cathedrals

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Miami or Key West, Florida – I’ll ignore the hurricanes for now


Day 20: Monday lists: 5 things you eat or drink every (or nearly every) day


Coffee! The cups vary from 1-3 a day
Some sort of chocolate
Nature Valley Protein granola bar (every school day for breakfast)
Some sort of dairy – usually yogurt or cheese

Day 25: Pet peeves: let them all out!


My number 1 all time pet peeve is incorrect spelling for the purpose of cutesy alliteration!  Take note:  Alliteration has to do with the sound, changing the actual letter is not necessary.  It especially burns my grits (like my southern idiom?) when the misspelling is part of something education oriented, i.e. a daycare or school marquee.  The image below is from the 19th circuit court of Illinois! PLEASE stop!

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I have a few other pet peeves – I’m a little OCD – most involve sounds and textures… But those are between me and my therapist! 🙂

Day 27: Monday lists: Your top 5 favorite children’s books

This one is a toughy… I LOVE LOVE LOVE children’s books.  I read more young adult lit than adult.  When I worked at Barnes and Noble and was dragged from the Children’s/Teens’ section to help out front, I was pretty much useless at recommendations.  Leave me with my people so I can have awesome conversations about Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Pete the Cat, Skippyjon Jones, et. al and I’m a happy camper!

My top 5, some of my favorites and I believe best books ever written period, in really no particular order:

Charlotte’s Web:

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“Where’s Papa going with that ax?”
And that, my friends, is a hook (Not to mention the themes of love, loss, and friendship)

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon :

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“Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you too”
A must read for any age, great gift for anyone

Pink and Say

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“I had never seen a man like him so close before. His skin was the color of polished mahogany. He was flyin’ Union colors like me. My age, maybe. His voice was soothin’ and his help was good.”
Great historical fiction read aloud to accompany a Civil War.  I can’t make it through a read without tears.

The Book Thief:

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“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”  Seen the movie?  Read the book.  Already read it?  I’ve heard the movie does the book justice.

The Harry Potter Series Books 1-7:

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I was late to the Harry Potter Bandwagon.  I tend to resist bandwagons, especially when books are involved.  However, after a required reading of the first book for a survey class, I fell in love.  Upon reading the entire series, 1 to 7, without interruption, I’m convinced the collective story is one of the best ever told.  Despite the critics who cite magic and evil, the themes ring true.  Love.  Friendship.  Loyalty.  Bravery.  All the best qualities we would want to instill in our children, the setting just happens to be a castle and the students just happen to be wizards.  There are way worse influences out there – check out the video games some of these critics would buy for their children, but would not purchase Harry Potter. <Insert step down from soap box here>



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