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Archive for February, 2007

Must-See Movie #5 — Finding Nemo (2003)

Director …. Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich Albert Brooks ….  Marlin (voice) Ellen DeGeneres ….  Dory (voice) Alexander Gould ….  Nemo (voice) Willem Dafoe ….  Gill (voice) Brad Garrett ….  Bloat (voice) Allison Janney ….  Peach (voice) Austin Pendleton ….  Gurgle (voice) Plot in a Nutshell When his son Nemo is captured by a diver, […]

Thanks, Mr Ashurbanipal

Ever hear of Ashurbanipal? How about Nineveh? Background Info: Ashurbanipal was the king of Assyria back around 669-627 BC. If you'll open your Bibles to Ezra 4:10, you will see him referenced: "and the other people whom the great and honorable Ashurbanipal deported and settled in the city of Samaria and elsewhere in Trans-Euphrates." In […]

This Week In Books, February 18 – 24

Half of this week’s happenings in Carp 500 history relate to traveling the United States and the other half are all about bad political philosophy.  Sound like fun? On February 18, 1885, Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. February 19, 1974: After being exiled from the Soviet Union, Alexander Solzhenitsyn (One Day in […]


Barbara Fretchie was a real lady, who lived in Frederick. However, the tale of her waving the American flag is not so true. Some say that she was in bed that day… apparently ill. Whittier (the author of the poem) said the following: Writing to the editor of "The Century" on the 10th of June, […]

Book o’ the Month

The book o' the month for February is actually a poem from the Carp 500 list. Think of the joy you will feel in reading this poem, and rating it; getting another step closer to your goal of completing the 500. You can thank me by sending flowers. Here is the poem: (A short explanation […]

This Week In Books, February 11 – 17

This was a week of sad partings, a homecoming, and a bunch of presidential happenings in Carp 500 history.  With so much going on, it’s good there were only a couple birthdays – we wouldn’t want our authors to feel overshadowed on their special days. On February 11, 1778, Voltaire (Candide) returned to Paris after 28 […]

2007 Caldecott Medal Winner

I just finished reading David Wiesner's "Flotsam", which is the 2007 Caldecott Medal winner. I love it so much, I had to feature it! "Flotsam" is a wordless picture book that tells the story of a young beachcomber who finds a Melville underwater camera washed up on the beach. He rushes off to have the […]

Must-See Movie #4 — Apollo 13 (1995)

Opie Taylor …. Director Tom Hanks …. Jim Lovell Bill Paxton …. Fred Haise Kevin Bacon …. Jack Swigert Gary Sinise …. Ken Mattingly Ed Harris …. Gene Kranz Kathleen Quinlan …. Marilyn Lovell Mary Kate Schellhardt …. Barbara Lovell Tracy Reiner …. Mary Haise Plot in a Nutshell An explosion cripples an Apollo spacecraft […]

February Kid’s Book

This month, I picked Arnold Lobel’s “Owl At Home”.  I love this book for so many reasons.  For one, it’s just a great cosy book for reading during the cold, winter months.  Owl is so lovable and innocent and funny.   I also love reading these stories out loud and have even dramatized a couple for storytimes.  […]

This Week In Books, February 4 – 10

I apologize if this post is messy.  I’m running late for a very imporant date…. February 4, 1789: George Washington (“Farewell Address”) was elected the first President of the U.S.   February 4, 1826: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper was published.    February 6, 1937: Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was published. […]