Saturday, December 4, 2010

Nonfiction Week Brings Bowerbirds - #249

by Amy LV

This is poem #5 in this week's nonfiction challenge.  Thank you to Jeannine Atkins for suggesting that I "stroll through more NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS."  I took her advice last night, moseying through a fascinating article about bowerbirds in the July 2010 issue.  Did you know that besides humans, the bowerbird is the only animal to kill another animal for decorating purposes?

I first read about bowerbirds in this great book.   

Students - sometimes it is wise to be open to listening to others' ideas about writing.  I don't mean that we should expect assignments and continually ask, "What should I write?"  But there are times when someone notices something in your work, times when a person makes a little hint that s/he would like to read more of something you have already tried.  Maybe a friend or family member or teacher knows you well enough to imagine something you might enjoy writing or be show promise writing.  That person may realize it before you do.

Parents and teachers - Today I am pleased to invite you to Here in the Bonny Glen, a beautiful, thoughtful, and enchanting homeschooling and literacy blog by Melissa Wiley.  Among other books, Melissa is the author of both the Charlotte and Martha years books, stories about Laura Ingalls Wilder's great-grandmother and grandmother. This season she shares her Gift Ideas Roundup, and there are so many wonderful ideas for all of us.  I had the chance to meet Melissa at KidLit Con this fall, and it felt like we'd known each other forever.  Enjoy her blog...I sure do.

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  1. Hi Amy,

    Your ideas keep coming like snowflakes in Buffalo! I love this week's nonfiction theme and the accompanying thoughts. I will be perusing your blog this weekend as I fine tune my plans for our 2011 poetry calendars. I wrote about the project on my post late yesterday and welcome your thoughts on this project. Off to check out the blog you recommended. Thanks.


  2. Amy, thanks for so open-mindedly listening to my "advice," which I like the way you define: as a hint of something you might try next. And I think you're doing something great with those National Geographics! That is one lively and complicated Bower Bird. Cool!

  3. Theresa, I will be visiting your blog tomorrow - 'can't wait to read about what your poetry calendars are. I love hearing about your work. Thank you for the kind words. I hope you're cozywarm...we have lights up outside now,and they look so pretty in the snow! A.
    Jeannine, I was honored you gave me advice. And this week has made me realize that I should tune up my (rusty) world knowledge. 'Healthy to read those magazines. (I told my hubby he's like a bowerbird because he fixed some bathroom molding!) A.

  4. This is my favorite from NF Poem week!

  5. Mary Lee, mine too! I really love this one. Can't wait to share it with my kids!

    Amy, thanks so much for the link and lovely shout-out. It has been such a treat to get to know you! Wishing you were coming to San Diego for ALA Midwinter... :)

  6. I'm a fan of the maniacal quest for blue that some bowerbirds exhibit.

    And I especially love it when You reveal your drafting.

    Thanks for your advice re: the journaling workshop. (I should mention that when the original plan was made months ago, the librarian was working with The Girls Scouts, BUT the plan morphed. It was a pleasant surprise for me.)

  7. Mary Lee, Melissa, and Blythe, Thank you...those bowerbirds are fascinating! When Mark fixed a few things around here this weekend, I said, "You're my bowerbird." Thank you for your NF week may return! A.

  8. Fabulous! How did you know that I love bowerbirds since I first saw a TV documentation on their architecture? Hugs, Lola