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Bling's weekly book review - Dragon Was Terrible, authored by Kelly Dipucchio

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Hi Kids,

It is time for my weekly book review.  There are so many GGGGRRRREAT books out there, it is difficult to pick one to review each week.   I want to review more than one!!

This week, my book review is on "Dragon was Terrible" by author, Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli.

What makes us choose a specific book to read?   It can be a number of things.  This week what caught my attention was the title of the book.   I had to laugh out loud when I read it....Dragon was Terrible!   Instantly, I wanted to read more.

The first page begins the story saying, "Dragon was terrible.  Naturally, dragons have a bit of terrible in them because they are dragons after all."   I laughed to myself (well, Rembrandt Blue, my cat besty, heard me too.)  That is so true.  Who isn't afraid of a dragon?  I asked myself, "Why are we afraid of dragons?  Well, because...they are dragons...duh!"   This made me think a little.  Hum, maybe we shouldn't think a…

Bling's Book Review - Freddy & Frito by Alison Friend

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Hi Kids,

I have a great book to review for you this week!   The full name of the book is "Freddy & Frito and the Clubhouse Rules" by Alison Friend.


The main characters are Freddy, a cute little fox, and Frito, Freddy's best friend who is a mouse.   The opening illustration shows Freddy and Frito painting.     You know how I love art.   I took a moment and really looked at the illustration.   Freddy was painting a bicycle - his painting was neat and organized.  Frito was painting ...gosh...it was a flurry of color creating an abstract painting.   Do you know what "abstract" art is?   Abstract art is basically the use of color creatively without creating a specific form.   It is the freedom to be creative and enjoy color.    (okay - back to the book)

Freddy and Frito are best friends and love playing at each other's homes.   At each home, there are rules.  Freddy's house is very neat and Freddy's mom does not want the boys to make messes.   At Fri…

Bling's Book Review - The Legend of ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS by Drew Daywalt

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Hi Kids,

It is time for my weekly children's book review.   This week I am reviewing The Legend of ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS authored by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Adam Rex.
It is always fun looking for new childrens' books to read.  Sometimes I find them in a book store and sometimes I find them on the internet.  Another favorite place of mine to find books is in the library.  There are so many ways to find new books to read!

You all know how much I LOVE art.  As usual, the cover illustrations caught my attention immediately.  It is awesome how the illustrator, Adam Rex, made all the characters so realistic, but each has a definite personality.  The author, Drew Daywalt, did a fabulous job telling a story we all know too well.  The story is about someone who wins all the time.  Each character finds they win all the time.  You know what happens when you win every time?   This is what happens, winning no longer becomes fun because you expect it.   Winning, for some, can become…

Bling's Book Review - Do Unto Otters, bu Laurie Keller

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Hi Kids,

I am going to start doing a weekly book review.  There are so many GGGGRRRREAT books out there.   I wish we could read them all.
 This week, my book review is on "Do Unto Otters" by author, Laurie Keller

The book is fabulous.   Of course, the first thing I enjoyed was the cover and all the illustrations of ANIMALS.  I LOVE animals.  On the cover, Ms. Keller writes this book is, "A Book About Manners."   You know, learning great manners is one of those things that we can never stop learning about.  The older we get, the more we try, and the more we care about others, will all teach us to have the best manners possible.   Manners might not seem important now, but they are.  Believe me when I tell you this!!   The book starts out with Otters moving to the animals' neighborhood in the forest.  All the other animals are worried about the Otters.  The other animals were worried that the Otters would not have good manners.   The animals hoped the Otters wou…

Merry Christmas message from my adopted class of 5th graders

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This is the greatest message ever.  I love how clever the 5th graders are!!  They even used my "Take Bling" signs to make me feel like I was really there!



Thank you 5th graders and MERRY CHRISTMAS!


If you want to make your own "Take Bling" sign and send me pictures - here it is for you to print out.  All you do is print out the photo, cut out my image, tape it to a stick, and take it everywhere.   Have a grown up take a photo and email it to me at   adogbling@gmail.com    Can't wait to see where you have been!

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Hi Kids,

In this photo I was visiting an art collection to celebrate the Native Americans.  It is on a ranch in Texas.  The art collection features tipis and sculptures.  (My mom painted the tipis.)


Did you know why Native Americana's lived in tipis?

Here are some interesting facts about life in tipis....
They were easy to assemble and dissemble so the Native Americans could relocate due to the need to move around to find game for hunting.They were durable and provided warmth and a comfortable house in the winter.  They also gave the Native Americans a place to stay dry out of the rain.They stayed cool during hot summer months.The top of the tipi could be opened and closed do keep them warm or ventilated for fire rings inside.The circular cone shape made the tipis very stable in high winds. It was great to visit some authentic replicas of tipis and see the sculptures.   They are really cool.

Love, your friend, Bling

Read a long with Bling

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Hi Kids!

Do you want to read along with me and a class of 5th graders as we go on a journey with young Matt in the wilderness of Maine in 1768?


The book we are reading is "The Sign of the Beaver" by author, Elizabeth George Speare.   It is awesome.   Matt, a young settler, has met up with a Native American boy named Attean.  We are at chapter 10 and it appears the boys are becoming friends.   Hope you join us and read along!

Love, your friend, Bling