November 9 is the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.
This book has the greatest pictures – just look at the cover. See the butterfly’s wings showing through the pupa (or chrysalis)? Inside is where a caterpillar is changing into a butterfly. That process is called metamorphosis. Amazing. All of the pictures are this detailed and colorful.
The book tells the story of a butterfly farm in Costa Rica. The caterpillars live inside a greenhouse. As caterpillars they eat the greenhouse plants, but once they turn into butterflies they eat sugar water…and bananas! The most amazing fact I read…there are so many caterpillars in the greenhouse that workers can hear the caterpillars chewing!
The butterflies are raised to go to museums so people can learn about butterflies. When they are pupating (inside the pupa) they are packed up and mailed. The timing has to be just right so the butterflies hatch out AFTER they’ve reached their destination.
George E. Ohr was a potter from Biloxi Mississippi. He’s been dead for a long time – he was a little boy during the U.S.Civil War. Even so, when you read about him, it seems like you could just walk into his studio and start making stuff out of clay with him. He doesn’t seem old-fashioned or distant. He seems like a friend. He called his pots his “mud babies”. As you can see by his picture on the cover of this book – George was one-of-a-kind. There is another picture of him in this book with his mustache sticking straight out on both sides and his eyes crossed. This is a man who listened to his own voice and nobody else’s. Some of the words people used to describe him were:
But he was more than that. He was also a genius, and an artist. The picture of the pots he made are amazing. They are one-of-a-kind also, just like George.
This book is the story of George’s life from the time he was a boy helping in his father’s blacksmith shop or his mother’s grocery store, to the time he spent digging up natural clay along the banks of the Mississippi to make into his “mud babies”. If you have ever felt like the oddball, the one whose ideas don’t seem quite in step with everyone else, you’ll like George’s story. Reading about how he believed in himself makes you feel confident enough to do the same. If George was “mad” he was the good kind!
A full day of special robotics events for kids 6-14.
MORNING: (in the Learning Curve)
AFTERNOON: (Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium)
The presenting sponsor is the Society for Information Management – Indianapolis. Additional sponsorship comes from 3M and the Broad Ripple Kiwanis. For information on joining or forming a tournament team, go to the “newcomer” section of the Indiana Championship site at www.etcs.ipfw.edu/fll.
There are some things you can just never have enough of…M&Ms…and Legos! Here are some websites & books to keep ideas coming little brick by little brick.
|Here are some selected Lego Library books to keep you building. See all the Library’s Lego Books.|