The Shipwreck

Happy Blue Monday!
This photo was taken in Puerto Vallarta, the land of summer sunshine! I love all the different shades of blue and especially seeing all the children playing. I never get tired of looking at the ocean. It has such a calming effect, watching the tide flow in and out.

Mellow Yellow Monday!
 I also enjoy looking at nature. Outside our library, we have several paths of flowers that lead up to the main entrance. Lots of lovely lavender can be found everywhere but I'm not sure what the name of the yellow bush is called. Perhaps Forsythia.

For Book Sharing Monday, I have chosen:

Chapter Book for ages 10 and up.

The Shipwreck

The Inuk Quartet, Volume 1

When his father is murdered, a young viking boy named Leiv stows away on a ship bound for Greenland, intending to avenge the death. But the boat is wrecked in a storm and his search for revenge becomes a struggle for survival. Leiv is saved by an Inuit brother and sister and starts a new life in an icy land. Slowly he becomes aware of a way of life and value system which centers around peace rather than war, showing a profound respect for the natural world.

Here are some more views inside the chapter book.

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The Shipwreck Page 102
Here's an anonymous review:

"When Liev’s father is murdered, he becomes a different boy. No longer the practical joker, he is sullen and withdrawn. Determined to avenge his fathers death, he sneaks onboard Thorstein’s skiff and, once they are out at sea headed toward Iceland, he challenges him to a duel. After agreeing to wait until he is older, the party runs into a storm that results in Liev being found on shore by Narua and Apuluk, Inuit brother and sister, who nurse him back to health, teach him some of their language, and eventually introduce him to their tribe. While the Inuit are suspicious of Live at first, he soon becomes a part of their tribe, enjoying the Inuit way of life and becoming a brother to Narua and Apuluk.
Lovers of adventure and wilderness novels will enjoy this tale. It’s a bit like a Jack London novel for younger readers—adventure, battling the elements, and encountering unknown people and animals. This title could be used in classrooms studying geography or indigenous cultures or as a selection for class study. It is a good choice for a book club, particularly one aimed at boys, with possible programming activities focused on crafts or games based on Inuit culture. It was reviewed by Kirkus and School Library Journal."

About the Author

JA rn Riel is a Danish writer who is highly regarded in Europe for his work focusing on the people of the Arctic Circle. The Inuk Quartet has been published in Danish, French and German to great acclaim. Helen Cann has worked as an illustrator and artist, exhibiting in several European countries. She has illustrated many Barefoot Books including The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories. Helen has travelled in the Arctic Circle and her illustrations for this series are informed by her experiences there.
The book is 112 pages and costs $10.00

Theodor Seuss Geisel: The Early Works, Vol. 1 (Early Works of Dr. Seuss)

Recognized as the most popular children's book author of the 20th century, Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) had a career in illustration that varied widely before he wrote his first juvenile book. Early Works Volume 1 is the first of a series collecting various political cartoons, advertisements, and other images drawn by Geisel long before he had written any of his world-famous books... Happy B'day Dr. Seuss, March 2nd!

Here are some photos I found that clearly provides the image of a shipwreck. 

Photo Credit: George.Schick

You will find building a boat for Paul's shipwreck at
Paul is shipwrecked
Acts 27
Have a riot! This is great fun. Same easy basic boat as above with a few twists and special instructions. Reinforce what occurred with a memorable activity.
Run the ship on the reef.

I am participating in the following memes today. Click on photos, if you want.

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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My Granny Went to Market

Blue House

Candy Shop

Homemade Tortillas

Our daughter and son-in-law were vacationing in Puerto Vallarta and sent some photos. I thought the blue building was very cool for Blue Monday. To join this meme and see more photos, visit Smiling Sally. It is very common to see brightly colored structures south of the border, along with a potted Geranium.

There is a little bit of blue sprinkled in with mostly yellow colored candy wrappers and papayas, abundantly displayed at the local market. I love this photo. Of course, this charming shop owner, along with the yellow taxi cab is my entry for Mellow Yellow Monday.

There is such a charm about visiting a foreign country. I get excited just to get out and take an hour long drive now and then, to visit new surroundings.  Of course, it always sounds like the people are speaking rapidly in their language. I speak a little Spanish, very slowly. How about you? Awh, the sights and sounds of Mexico!

If you've noticed, I am experimenting this week with watermark placement on my photos. Not sure that I like it or if it's even necessary for that matter. Does anyone have an opinion on this subject? I guess if someone wants to re-use your photo, it would take a little time but they could remove and crop things out for their advantage. It's not like I'm saying that I'm a professional photographer and need to worry about copy writing! lol

Paperback Rhyme Book for $6.99

My Granny Went to Market,  for Book Sharing Monday

A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme

Interior Picture


Fly away with Granny and count with her from one to ten as she spins around the world on an unforgettable shopping trip. This colorful, rhyming story is followed by a counting page for reinforced learning.

Inside Page

Ages 3 to 7 years 

Book Illustrations

Written By: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated By: Christopher Corr

A wonderful activity for children to do, place a world map on the floor and have kids mark their journey, as in My Granny Went to Market, visiting mountains and valleys, forests and deserts, arriving at different markets around 7 continents. What a fun, universal concept of finding open air markets for shopping  all around the world!

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Today, I'm linking up with the following blogs,

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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The Color and Feel of Mexico

Mellow Yellow Monday


Pertaining to traditional Mexican dance music, usually played by a small band of strolling musicians dressed in native costumes. Here they are in their charro suits. Mariachis,  the essence of Mexico and its people. It is something cultural, spiritual and traditional that is unique to this country, an experience not to be missed.

 Our daughter took this photo just at the right time. Oh, to be serenaded by musicians singing from their hearts in the town square!

Blue Monday


A papier-mâché or other type of container that is decorated, filled with toys and or candy, and then broken as part of a ceremony or celebration. Piñatas are most commonly associated with Mexico, but its origins are considered to be in China

Another sweet Grandson of mine, enjoying a wonderful moment with this colorful pinata. What fun he and how he loved the children.

Off We Go To Mexico

Paperback Book $7.99

Book Sharing Monday

Off We Go to Mexico!

An Adventure in the Sun

Travel to Mexico and discover its many wonders, from the amazing monarch butterflies in the Highlands to a mariachi show in the village square. The rhyme and lyricism of the text is complemented by endnotes about the history of the country, national fiestas, and a glossary of simple Spanish vocabulary.

Ages 4 to 10 years
Written By: Laurie Krebs
Illustrated By: Christopher Corr

This cool book offers a wonderful rhyme with bold, colorful illustrations, filled with information of the cultural traditions of Mexico. A great bilingual book with a map included.  

You can order the book here. Right now there's a sale going on until Feb. 15, 2012, including free shipping. It's Barefoot Books Winter Sale.

Happy Reading! 

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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