Alan Sitomer, a winner of the 2007 California Teacher of the Year Award and an author who has written nineteen books (including “Caged Warrior,” “Noble Warrior,” “Homeboyz,” and “Daddies Do It Different”) has one major thing to say about education: “Literacy is linchpin.”
On a snowy Tuesday morning, the stockyard at the National Western Stock Show is a large chilly place. Pen after pen of cows slightly dusted with snow, like small city blocks separated by dirt and brick roads. Levi Ebert, a rancher from Kansas, is in a white tent near the auction house. Levi raises 40 heifers (cows up to two years old) per year, and he sells between 35 and 40 every year. The “elite” cattle are sold to commercial vendors, so that they can produce more beef. Levi also raises bulls; when asked why bulls sometimes have rings in their noses, he explained that it was a way to control misbehaving bulls. The nose is a sensitive place on a bull and slight pressure on the ring is enough to bring the bull under control.
Kate DiCamillo has written many novels, including: The Tale of Despereaux (a Newbery Medal winner and animated motion picture), Because of Winn-Dixie (a Newbery Honor winner and motion picture), and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. She was recently at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Highlands Ranch to promote her new novel Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.
Omen of the Stars, the newest addition to the Warriors saga by Erin Hunter is a very well crafted story about a bunch of cats that went into the wild. This series combines adventure, war, suspense, love and death from the perspective of a cat. In Omen of the Stars, three cats possess powers that no other cat has, but those powers are not that fun for the cats, though.
Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is about two men who became friends in the army during World War II. After the war, the two friends make it big in show business. Soon they meet a sister act, and all four characters embark on an adventure to Pine Tree Vermont. There, they go to Columbia Inn, which their former general owns. Unfortunately, the inn is going broke. Can they save it? Watch this hilarious musical to find out for yourself!
The book "Super Grammar" by T. Preciado and R. Montijo attempts to teach visual learners the rules of grammar using super heroes dressed in brightly colored costumes. They also attempt to teach how to fix grammar mistakes using villains dressed in dully colored costumes.