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Tuesday Side Dishes

Wow. What a spirited debate about poetry, comprehension, and copyright law over at What Adrienne Thinks About That! "The Emperor of Ice Cream," by Wallace Stevens, set it all off.

Literary Safari nets a preview of "The Namesake," Mira Nair's film adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel. The movie opens March 9th, according to Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

People are talking about "Fail better,"  Zadie Smith's recent article about writing, reading, and criticism, in the Guardian.

Maud Newton goes to "Jesus Camp."

Quiet Bubble pages through his favorite comics of 2006 and talks about trends in the genre.

The LA Times profiles Susan Patron, Newbery winner—and senior children's librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library.

The Republican, a Massachusetts newspaper, runs a tribute to author and educator Carol Otis Hurst, who maintained an excellent web site about children's literature, among her many endeavors. She recently passed away. Her last picture book, Terrible Storm, about the blizzard of 1888, was published today.

Mark your calendars:  the exhibition "Picture Stories: A Celebration of African American Illustrators," opens March 24th at the Eric Carle Museum, in western Massachusetts. You can see a sneak preview online.

Jeffrey Toobin considers Google's Book Search project, at the New Yorker.

Debbie Reese, of the blog American Indians in Children's Literature, has an article in ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) about how and why she started her site.

Betsy Bird took great notes at a recent panel on children's TV. See A Fuse #8 Production for lots of interesting details.

Fun stuff: Valentine's Day cards to make, at


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I was so sorry to read about the death of Carol Otis Hurst. Her website was a great resource for teachers. One of my favorite Hurst books is ROCKS IN HIS HEAD, a picture book based on the life of her father during the Depression. It's a wonderful uplifting tale about a man with a passion: reading about, collecting, and labeling rocks. The director of the Science Museuem in Springfield, Massachusetts, got to know this man who had come upon hard times, found out how knowledgeable he was about rocks, and made him Curator of Mineralogy.

I was sad, too. That web site is wonderful, and I had spent time paging around there to see her great lists.

"Rocks in His Head" sounds very much like Junior's kind of book. Thank you, Elaine!

"Spirited" is a good word for what's going on over there at watat. Who knew Wallace Stevens could stir up so much debate? :)

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