Archive for August, 2009

While surfing around on YouTube yesterday, I encountered this newsreel on the topic of Progressive Education in the U.S. Mind you, according to the accompanying notes, this is the 1940s discussion on the subject. At the core of the discussion seems to be rote learning vs. interesting learning. …There’s even a few moments dedicated to punishment.

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Thursday Thirteen #81

This week I’m looking at Fairy Tales. I love them, and I suppose that the TV show “Faerie Tale Theater” helped with that back in the 80s. These days, books that are retold fairy tales are very popular, so I’ve put together a list of 13 of them for you all. Do you have a favorite that didn’t make it to the list? Please, let me now.

13 Fairy Tales Retold:
1. Rose Daughter & Beauty by Robin McKinley (Beauty and the Beast)
2. Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié (Little Red Riding Hood)
3. Zel by Donna Jo Napoli (Rapunzel)
4. Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine (Cinderella)
5. Snow by Tracy Lynn (Snow White)
6. East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)
7. Princess Test by Gail Levine (Princess and the Pea)
8. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (Tam Lin)
9. Water Song by Suzanne Weyn (The Frog Prince)
10. Beastly by Alex Flinn (Beauty and the Beast)
11. Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguié (The Little Mermaid)
12. The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli (Hansel and Gretel)
13. The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn

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What Is Your Favorite Picture Book?


If you frequent this blog, it is likely that you have noticed my love of Picture Books, as I seem to talk about them quite often. Now, we all know that not all Picture Books are created equal. (I could tell you about some *very* boring examples of the genre…but I don’t want to put you to sleep.) I have recommended a few fabulous ones by now, but I would like to know the name of your favorite picture book(s). Yes, I want to make a list of cool books to check out. Do you fancy Frederick? Do you like Lyle, Lyle Crocodile? Or, do you prefer the Pigeon? Let me know!

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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.” -Groucho Marx

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
–Francis Bacon – “Of Studies”

“Classic.” A book which people praise and don’t read. – Mark Twain from Following the Equator

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Thursday Thirteen #80

1. Monty Python’s Flying Circus – The Ministry of Silly Walks

2. Saturday Night Live – King Tut
(go here to view, as I couldn’t get it to embed.)

3. Kids in the Hall – These are the Daves I Know

4. The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – Deforestation

5. Abbott & Costello – Who’s on First

6. At Last the 1948 Show – Uncooperative Burglars

7. The Guild – Do You Wanna Date My Avatar

8. A Bit of Fry and Laurie – Light Metal Song Sketch

9. Jeff Dunham – Peanut

10. 30 Second Bunnies – Raiders of the Lost Ark

11. The Large Hadron Rap

12. The Muppets – The Blue Danube

13. Simon’s Cat – Cat Man Do

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Meet the Author: Kevin L. Nadal, Ph.D.
In the Fukaya Room at the Fremont Main Library
Monday, August 24, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Meet Kevin L. Nadal, Ph.D., professor, psychologist, performer, author and former Fremont resident. Dr. Nadal will be reading from his new book, Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice. By examining history, cultural values, influences of colonialism, community dynamics, and intersections with other identities, the book offers readers an opportunity to understand essential information about this population. Students will gain knowledge and awareness about Filipino American identity and personality development, while practitioners will learn culturally-competent techniques to become better counselors, clinicians, and educators.

Now an assistant professor of mental health counseling and psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City University of New York, Dr. Nadal has published several works focusing on Filipino American, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ issues in psychology and education. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University in 2008. This book reading and signing will be at the Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Room,
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 24.

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How to Build a Planet

An astronomer from NASA/JPL explains how a planet is formed. Yep. Youtube really does have everything.

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