A Book by the Brook — A Different Pond

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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If you’re related to or friends with someone who immigrated (moved to your country) or emigrated (left your country), you’ll love this powerful and resonate picture book about a Vietnamese immigrant. Despite working two jobs, he wakes his son long before dawn. They fish for the family’s food. The dark sky has “faint stars like freckles.” Continue reading

Announcing Publication!

 

Cover for Chicken Soup for the Soul My Amazing Mom 101 Stories of Love and Appreciation

I’m honored to announce that my true story, My Grandmother’s Candy Dish, was selected from thousands of submissions and published on March 20, 2018, by Chicken Soup for the Soul’s anthology, My Amazing Mom: 101 Stories of Love and AppreciationContinue reading

Ribbon for #50PreciousWords

My little Ribbon won an Honorable Mention in the #50PreciousWords contest for unique point of view. Woo-hoo! Thanks for organizing such a fun event, Vivian!

Friendly Fairy Tales

#50PreciousWordsVivian Kirkfield’s 2018 Writing Challenge began in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2. If you participate, you can potentially win prizes. Click on Vivian’s name to find the challenge. Here’s my story:

Ribbon’s Adventure (50 Words)

Ribbon’s home is a drawer.
Squashed, she imagines adventures:
parties, parades and presents.

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A BOOK BY THE BROOK – HIDDEN CITY

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For those who like to be in on the newest news, you should check out the book trailer for a brand new poetry collection. Hidden parks and irrepressible dandelions put down tap roots and grow up wild in Sarah Grace Tuttle‘s Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2018. Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Cinderella Around the World

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

A Book by the Brook: Book Reviews at FriendlyFairyTales.com

For all my fairy tale lovers (and to beat the March doldrums), I’ve scooped together various flavors of International Cinderellas, an ice cream sundae of humor and romance, for kids of all ages:

In the style of radio’s heyday, there’s a wonderful theatrical version accompanied by Rossini opera music (produced by Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media). Continue reading

Celebrating Women

Sunflower

Here is a cheery sunflower MicroSonnet for International Women’s Day.

So much depends
on having good friends.
Unlike the sunflower,
we women need to build,
bubbling with superpower,
yet yearning to feel fulfilled. Continue reading

A BOOK BY THE BROOK – Weird Witchy Words

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

A Book by the Brook: Book Reviews at FriendlyFairyTales.com

If fantasy and magic are your cup of tea, you’ll enjoy the Shifter by Janice Hardy, the Apprentice Witch by James Nichol and the Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti. The first has magical healers, the second has a girl who’s in over her head trying to help a community in peril and the third has spells that predate pagans. So if you want a break from the news, sit a spell and weave magic with great writers.

Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham

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