We actually had indications of Spring on Monday and Tuesday, warm and sunny. I visited the beach with friends and had a picnic lunch!
Don’t forget, next Saturday, April 18th, is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon! I have signed up to be a cheerleader and will read along as I can. .
As for this week’s reading I finished and reviewed Steer Toward Rock and Hiroshima as well as finishing two books in the Fable series, Animal Farm and Storybook Love. I am enjoying the series, it is well written and beautifully drawn. I also read The Rabbits by John Marsden, illustrated by Shaun Tan, which I plan on reviewing later this week .
I finally got Egg & Nest from the library. This book is filled with stunning photographs of some of the treasures from the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo, California. It includes a vivid history of egg collecting, and information on the biology and ecology of the birds that produced the eggs. The practice of collecting started during the Victorian era and, in some cases, was very extreme. It is now strictly regulated and even illegal in some countries. Like any biological collecting from this era, I am appalled at the amount destruction but fascinated by the history and science. Through the years the WFVZ has acquired collections from many sources and now makes them available to scholars and researchers.
Nymeth at Things Mean Alot had this new challenge on her Sunday Salon post and I wanted to add a bit about it here. Presented by Jessica and Suey, the Printz Project is an perpetual challenge to read the Printz Award winners (and honors if you chose). There is no time limit on this one. The list of Printz winners is here.
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