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Cheering for the Researchers

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 2 comments

Cheering for the Researchers

We loved this review from Reading by Example because she says she found herself “cheering for the researchers.”  Moonbird is not only a love song to B95, but a love song to all those researchers who band, count, wait, fly to, marvel at, and share their knowledge of the rufa red knot.  Let’s all let out a cheer for the researchers! Moonbird is that rare book that entertains as much as it informs. The author chronicles one breeding cycle of a red rufa knot, B95. He is the oldest known shorebird of his species. The challenges...

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Happy Anniversary, Green Earth Book Award

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Conservation & The Nature Conservancy, Hey Little Ant, Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

Happy Anniversary, Green Earth Book Award

We congratulate the Green Earth Book Awards on 10 Years of honoring environmental children’s literature and their donation this year of 10,000 environmental books with a message of stewardship to area schools! Phil Hoose was pleased to join the celebrations on two previous years when they honored his books, Hey, Litte Ant and Moonbird. “Being able to deliver engaging material about the environment in such a big way is a perfect representation of our first decade of success,” said Ian Kline, chairman of the board. “We’ve engaged...

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Young people do have stories worth telling

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, It's Our World Too!, We Were There Too! | 0 comments

Young people do have stories worth telling

We could not help but share this letter from the astounding student Erica Eliza Smith. “I just finished reading Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice for the second time. The first time I read it was back in eighth grade (I’m a junior now) when I was trying to figure out what it meant to be a teenager in a world run by adults. This was the same year I read We Were There, Too! and It’s Our World, Too!  I believe that every book I’ve read has changed my life. But your books have changed my life more than any other book...

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Pete Seeger, Planter of Seeds

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Music | 1 comment

Pete Seeger, Planter of Seeds

In the fall of 1954, Pete Seeger began his long-running column “Appleseeds” in Sing Out! Magazine. He dedicated it to “the thousands of boys and girls who today are using their guitars and their songs to plant the seeds of a better tomorrow in the homes across our land.” He was indeed a planter of seeds, seeds that germinated as individuals and small groups with backbone and heart. I knew him best through his central role with one of those groups, the Children’s Music Network. READ MORE of Phillip Hoose’s article, “Singer Seeger’s...

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Little Free Libraries

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Hey Little Ant | 0 comments

Little Free Libraries

Look! Hey Little Ant popped up in a Little Free Library the other day. The Little Free Library movement started in Wisconsin  and has spread all over the world.  It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.  

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Moonbird Goes Wiki

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

Moonbird Goes Wiki

How many birds have their own Wiki page?

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Patricia Gonzales & B95

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

Patricia Gonzales & B95

From Phillip Hoose on Delaware Bay: This is Argentine shorebird biologist Patricia Gonzales, minutes after having spotted once again the apparently bionic Red Knot whose leg bears an orange band inscribed B95. He migrates back and forth to his breeding grounds nearly 20,000 miles each year. His lifetime frequent flyer mileage greatly exceeds the distance between the earth and the moon. Hence his nickname–and the title of my book about him, Moonbird. I’ve never quite been able to spot him, though Patricia, who has an amazing...

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Moonbird Spotted in Delaware!

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

Moonbird Spotted in Delaware!

Two photos of B95 taken yesterday by Patricia Gonzalez and Allan Baker at Reeds Beach, NJ. B95 is now at least 21 years old, and has flown enough miles to go to the moon and most of the way back. He has already been declared a Natural Ambassador of the city of Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina where he was banded so long ago. The Moonbird is an inspiration to all!!! —Charles Duncan,  Shorebird Recovery Project

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