Monday, April 16, 2018

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches and A Light House

April just seems to be flying by and this past week once again found Emily and me attending the monthly meeting of Cook Book Club at our library. Each month we have a theme and April's theme was sandwiches. I made tuna salad sandwiches and Emily made peanut butter and jelly cookie sandwiches. If you love peanut butter, then your taste buds will surely be tickled by this marvelous concoction.


Peanut butter and Jelly Cookies                                              

2 sticks soft butter
1 cup brown sugar packed
½ cup sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
2 2/3 cup unbleached flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
¼ cup sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350. In mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add Peanut butter and mix thoroughly. Add egg and vanilla. Lastly, add dry ingredients and stir until well mixed. Divide dough into forty pieces and roll into balls. Dip tops in sugar and place on a baking sheet with a silicone mat. Flatten slightly with a fork using a criss-cross pattern. Bake for ten minutes. Remove from oven and lt cool about five minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Peanut Butter Buttercream & Jam

6 TBS soft butter
½ smooth peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
6 tsp heavy cream
1 jar strawberry jam

Whip butter and peanut butter together until combined.  Add sugar. Finally, add cream and beat until fluffy. Spread mixture on half of the cookies. Spread jam on the remaining cookies. Put halves together forming sandwiches. (Makes 20)

This past week also found me reading a fantastic book titled Hello Light House. I enjoyed this book immensely for so many reasons. The illustrations are detailed, quite beautiful, and help tell the story; so pay careful attention to them when you explore this book on your own. The story tells of both the life of a light house and the life of a light house keeper. The end papers are a wonderful addition with both pictures and facts about light houses. Even the back cover is of interest depicting the inside view of a lighthouse from top to bottom. A fantastic  looking glass into history, Hello Light House is sure to please even the pickiest of readers.


 Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.




Monday, April 9, 2018

Wacky Weather, Car Care, and Beautiful Books

I don't know what's happening in your neck of the woods weather wise, but here in Ohio it's been a roller coaster of wackiness. We started the week only to have April Fools surprise us with the temperature dropping to below below freezing and snow. Day two offered rain by the bucketfuls. Day three was so windy the rain dried up everything but a puddle where there is a dip in my front yard. Day four it snowed some more and the lone remaining puddle froze creating an ice rink just the right size for chipmunks had they been inclined to skate. Day five gave us a reprieve from snow, but boy was it cold. Day six arrived overcast and cold, but not as cold as the day before. And finally day seven we had bright sunshine which gave the illusion that the cold had subsided. Illusion I say because it was still colder than snot.


It was on day six of this crazy week that I took my car in for an oil change. I thought this would be a good idea as we are getting ready to travel to the Southern Kentucky Book Festival in a week and a half. Needless to say, that day didn't go as planned. I decided to wait at our local repair shop while they changed the oil, but as the hour drew to a close, the technician informed me that I needed my tires rotated and I needed new brakes. I felt like April Fools Day had returned when my bill shot from $40 to nearly $400. At least our trip will occur in a well maintained car this year.

So finding two beautiful books in my to review stack sort of perked up my cold, expensive week. The first book, Albert and Sarah Jane, tells the tale of best friends who love to cuddle by the fire in a warm, doggy, kitty, snuggle, lump. The only thing Albert loves more than snuggling with Sarah Jane is eating kibble. Unfortunately after gobbling up all of his, he can't control his temptation to nibble on Sarah Jane's as well. This leads to a squabble and Sarah Jane moves out. Albert misses Sarah Jane tremendously and begs her to come. How they manage to resolve their squabble is definitely something you and your littles will want to read and find out for yourselves.


The second book, Wakem the Rooster Up All Night, has the barnyard in a tizzy when Wakem the Rooster allows the compliments about his voice to go to his head. Wakem sings all day and into the night and ends up with a backward sleeping schedule. Awake at night and asleep during the day, Wakem causes the sheep to run away in an attempt to find a quiet place to sleep. Will Wakem find the sheep and will he be able to rectify the problem? Be sure to grab a copy of your own and find out!


Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.

Monday, April 2, 2018

A Great Celebration and Two Great Books

This past week we celebrated Easter and my youngest nephew's birthday. His birthday is significant because my father passed away three days before he was born, and this is how I keep track of how long he's been gone. In addition, during our time of sorrow those six years ago, my nephew's birth gave us a reason to rejoice and to this day he continues to bring great joy to our family!



The first book I read for my review brought me joy as well. When I saw it on the shelf at my library, a little tingle went up my spine as I immediately recognized it as a book by my friend and fellow Ohioan, Lisa Amstutz. Lisa's book, Applesauce Day, tells the tale of a family and a special pot. A pot that has been used through the generations to make applesauce. A simple, ordinary pot signifying family ties, stories, love, and traditions. A pot passed from Great Grandmother to Grandmother to Daughter. A pot that causes a little girl to dream of the day it will be passed on to her.


Besides a wonderful story that both children and adults will enjoy, Lisa gives added value by including her family's recipe for applesauce and some interesting apple facts. So if you've never tried home made applesauce and have a love of stories that encourage family togetherness, run out and grab a copy for yourselves.

The second book I read, made me laugh. I laughed not because the pages contained humor, but because it rang true. In Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth, a small rabbit wants to go to the circus, but his mother tells him he can't go until he cleans his playroom. Grumbling and complaining the entire time, Little Rabbit manages to make more of a mess instead of tidying up and loses his chance to attend. He decides to sneak out and only to find that the Ringmaster will not let him join the circus unless he has a talent causing Little Rabbit to declare that he has the Meanest Mother on Earth.


The Ringmaster tells him if he can sell 100 tickets he can bring his mother and join the circus. Several exaggerations later he has sold his tickets and conned his mother into coming. Needless to say the crowd are not wowed by the ordinary, non mean looking mother. How the story ends is quite heartwarming, but I don't want to give too much away, so just grab a copy from your nearest book store or library.

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Quality Time

Hey everyone. Sorry there wasn't a post last week, but a cold took hold of me, and I was just too sniffy and drippy to get much of anything done but the laundry. This past week sailed by much more cheerfully. Emily finished up her school work, and we are both looking forward to this week's spring break. Bobby and I went looking for new flooring for our living room and have someone coming to measure very soon. And, I sold Emily's old kitchen set which added to our travel fund.


At the end of May, Emily, my sister, and I are planning to visit Niagara Falls. It's been many years since I've been there and Emily has never been there, so it should prove exciting. We have plans to view the falls, visit the aquarium, and check out what Goat Island has to offer. I should probably go see what reading material my library has on the falls.


We also spent some quality time as a family playing Board games and Emily only had a slight case of electronic device withdrawal.


 And last but not least, I read two fine picture books. The first book, Sing, Don't Cry, was a sweet book about a brother and sister's Abuelo (Grandfather) visiting from Mexico. He shared with them his life long experience on how to deal with disappointments and difficulties which was to___ sing, don't cry. The end papers of the author's real Abuelo, who looked handsome in his Mexican musician ensemble, are definitely worth spending a few minutes on before the actual reading commences.


The second book, Hooked, had me hooked. A book about a boy who loves fishing and wishes his dad loved fishing too has the most beautiful of endings. While definitely about fishing, the underlying theme of spending quality time together shines through superbly. I give this book a five out of five stars!


Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.






Monday, March 12, 2018

Board Games and Books!

I love board games. I have always loved board games. I have many fond memories of days spent playing Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, Chinese Checkers, Sorry, Card Games, and Yahtzee with my mom and brother. Occasionally, even my dad joined in on the fun. So it is no surprise that I have raised Emily on board games and cards. We often play Boggle, Trouble, or Uno, and recently, she received Clue for Christmas.

It took me a while to convince her that trying a new game would be fun, but this past weekend she decided it was time to try. She convinced her father to join our merry band and with instructions in hand we set out on a grand adventure. The rules were a little fuzzy as it has been years since I'd played, but after a while it all sorted itself out and, we had a wonderful time.


And as promised last week, I read the second book in my library pile by Tadgh Bentley titled Samson The Piranha Who Went to Dinner. I figured I would enjoy this story as much as I did Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups, but in actuality, I might have enjoyed it a bit more. Samson is a different Piranha and he wants to dine out. The problem is, all the other guests at the restaurants he tries, flee in terror when his disguises fail. That is until he finds a restaurant with some other fearsome looking fish like himself. In they end, they decide to open a restaurant of their own!


In honor of recently reaching the 5000 follower mark on Twitter, I also read Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds. I had no idea what this book would be about, and found it quite interesting. Nerdy Birdy and Vulture are total opposites but still manage to be best friends. That is until Nerdy Birdy becomes obsessed with Tweetster, gaining Tweetster friends, and posting pictures to Tweetster. Unfortunately in doing so, he hurts Vulture's feelings and has to figure out a way to make things better. A beautiful story showing that social media can be fun if it doesn't cause us to ignore the real world and our friends.


Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.

Monday, March 5, 2018

March, In Like A Lion Out Like A Lamb

As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Or so I hope. I can vouch for the in like a lion part. One day here in Ohio we're enjoying almost sixty degree weather and the next day we're tolerating snow. It's slowly melting away, but not nearly fast enough for my liking. On the bright side, however, it's no longer dark at five o'clock!


So while we wait for March to warm up some here at the Stewart house, we continue home schooling, we recover from colds and coughs, and we try on dresses at Kohl's. Well, Emily tries on dresses, and I take pictures of the amazing event as we Stewart girls aren't known for dress wearing.


And, of course, I read wonderful picture books. This week I read two books. I read Accident by Andrea Tsurumi and Little Penguin Gets The Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley.

Accident is a colorful book about____ you guessed it, accidents. Lola Armadillo spills a drink on the living room chair and in a panic decides she must run away to the library and live there until she is grown up because they have books and bathrooms. Along the way she runs into many others having not so great days of there own. In the end, she realizes that accidents happen to everyone and it is just bet to fess up. The illustrations are quite detailed and you'll want to take extra time looking at each scene a you read this adorable story.


And I don't know about you, but I enjoy every part of a book from the end papers to the author and illustrator's biographies. In the case of both of these books, the author and the illustrator were one in the same, but I was surprised to find out that the author/illustrator of Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups, Tadgh, is actually from my neck of the woods. He currently lives in the Hocking Hills Area of Ohio, a place I have visited and enjoyed many times.

And Little Penguin with his hiccups he can't get rid of made me laugh. Emily often gets hiccups and we use the same cure Little Penguins friend uses. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll let you read and find out just what that cure is yourself.


I enjoyed another surprise when I looked through my stack of library books. I had also picked up a second book by Tadgh Bentley which I will share with you next week.

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.



Monday, February 26, 2018

Prize Winning Recipe and A Love of Travel

Last Monday was our Library's 18th Annual Chocolate Lovers Bake Off, and for all of you who know how much I love to bake, it will come as no surprise that I entered. This year I entered Neapolitan Cupcakes in the cake category and Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting in the cookie and bars category. And I am happy to report I won first place in the cookie category. So if you love pumpkin and chocolate, feel free to try them out for yourselves.


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

2 cups flour
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
1  cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Mix dry ingredients and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla, and then beat in pumpkin before adding dry ingredients. Finally, fold in chocolate chips. Spread in greased pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick come out of the center cleanly. Cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

                        
 1 ½ cups softened salted butter
1 cup baking cocoa
5 cups powdered sugar
½ cup milk
1 TBS vanilla extract

In stand mixer, add five cups of powdered sugar and cocoa and beat on low until combined. Add butter, vanilla, and one TBS of milk and beat. Continue to add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. If frosting is too thin, add additional powdered sugar. 

Besides baking, reading, writing, crafting, taking pictures, and geocaching, I also love to travel.  So as I sifted through my pile of borrowed library books, I decided on a book simply titled Somewhere Else. As I opened the cover and admired the end pages my interested was piqued. On those end pages were a myriad of old newspaper or catalog clippings of suit cases and travel bags. In case I haven't  mentioned before, I also have a love of all things old and full of history. It took me a while to tear myself away from the end papers, but when I did, I enjoyed the story of George the bird. George, much like myself, was a prize winning baker. But unlike me, George never went anywhere.

George's friends invited him to travel, but he always turned them down claiming he was just to busy to go anywhere. When winter arrived, George found himself all alone until a bear named Pascal stopped by looking for a warm place to spend the winter. Eventually, George revealed his secret to Pascal and Pascal helped him over it. And in the end, they set out on a grand adventure!


Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter  @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.

Monday, February 19, 2018

In The Wild

This week Emily and I attended our monthly meeting of Cook Book Club. The theme was breakfast, one of my favorite themes, and it was delicious. Emily prepared a tasty Blueberry Breakfast Cake.


I planned on taking a breakfast pizza, but I forgot to turn the timer on and the crescent roll crust became a tad over cooked. Thankfully, I am a quick thinker and whipped up a batch of biscuits to go with the sausage gravy that was supposed to go on the pizza.


I also made cheesy hash browns. I just adore cheesy hash browns!


I also made a trip to the library to drop off my entry form for the upcoming Chocolate Lovers Bake Off. Since I was there, I thought I'd run back to the children's department and grab a few books as my pile at home was down to one slim volume. And much to my surprise and joy I found two books by friends of mine.

When an author or illustrator finds books in public, be it at the library or a book store, it's called finding it in the wild. Once you find a book in the wild, pictures of said book inevitably must be taken and shared. The books I found this time around were Duncan The Story Dragon  by Amanda Driscoll and Rock Away Granny by Dandi Daley Mackall. Not having read either of these books yet, I became terribly excited. My excitement doubled in size like yeast laden dough when I further realized that Dandi's book was illustrated by none other than Mike DeSantis The Regional Advisor for SCBWI Ohio North branch.

I met Amanda a few years ago at the Southern Kentucky Book Festival which we will both be attending again this April, and Duncan The Story Dragon was her debut picture book about a dragon who wanted to finish a book, any book, ever so badly. Unfortunately for Duncan, he accidentally burned each book before he could reach the end. The way Duncan managed to solve his dilemma was a fun end to this fun tale, so grab a copy of your own and find out just what he did.


I met Dandi about six years ago at the Kentucky Book Festival and she regaled me with the back story behind her beautiful book There's A Baby in There. I also learned that she was a fellow Ohioan and actually doesn't live all that far away from Shelby. Having loved There's A Baby in There, I pretty much knew I'd love Rock Away Granny, and I was right.


The Granny in Dandi's book is a bee boppin, sock hoppin, wonderful dancing granny who shows he granddaughter how to rock the night away. Mike's illustrations give the book that extra oomph. I especially love the pet cat portrayed through out. When you grab a copy for yourself, be sure to check out the last illustration to see what the cat is dreaming about. And be sure to stop by Mike's site to see his other great works.


Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter  @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sled Dogs, Rabbit Stew, And The House That Jane Built

This past week was a good week. Emily, her friend Katie, and I attended a wonderful event sponsored by our library. The guest speakers were from the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland. We learned about sled dogs, the sleds, how the musher trains and handles the dog. We learned about the Ididerod and Balto. And best of all, we had cocoa and donuts and happily petted the dogs.





Emily attended an overnight party at the home of a friend. I entered entered Susanna Leonard Hill's Valentiny Contest which consists of a Valentine story for kids no more than 214 words. If you are interested in my entry you can read it here. Finally, I made the most delicious rabbit stew from a rabbit ragu recipe I modified.



I rounded out this lovely week reading a book titled The House That Jane Built - A Story About Jane Addams. Jane came from a wealthy family, but as a young child she saw the difference between the rich and the poor. Her great compassion led her to open the Hull House in Chicago which was the first community center of it's kind. She lived and worked at the Hull House and helped many people through the years. I have to confess I am partial to biographical picture books and this one is particularly good.


Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter  @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

It's Valentiny Time Again!

Hey everyone. I bet your wondering why I'm posting on a Saturday instead of my normal Monday. Well, that's because it's time once again for Susanna Leonard Hill's annual Valentiny Contest. The idea is to create a complete story for children based on a theme Susanna picks. In addition, the story has to be 214 words or less.



So without further ado, here is my entry which came in at 197 words.

Emily Grace Waits

Emily Grace seemed part of the mailbox she stood so close to it.
                “Anything for me?” she asked as the mailman came into view.
                He smiled but shook his head negatively.
                Emily Grace shuffled through the assortment of mail anyway. She found a letter, a bill, and an advertisement, but no valentine.
                The next day found Emily draped over the mail box rapping its side with her slender fingers.
                “Anything for me?” She asked as the mailman came into view.
                He smiled but shook his head negatively.
                Emily Grace shuffled through the assortment of mail anyway. She found a magazine, another bill, and a flower catalogue, but no valentine.
                On Valentine’s Day, Emily Grace sat under the mailbox flicking a weed that had dared to grow there.
                Emily Grace sighed. “Anything for me?” she asked as the mailman came into view.
                He smiled and pulled the biggest valentine Emily Grace had ever seen out of his pouch. She ripped it open and looked at the picture of a beautiful owl. Inside the card read:
                 You’ll Owlways Be My Valentine!
                Love, Grandma
                Emily Grace danced all the way back to the house clutching her prize in both hands.       

                

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Sweet Strawberry Sensation and A Burgled Bakery

Now that February is upon us, I'm practicing recipes in preparation for my library's 18th Annual Chocolate Lover's Bake Off. In past years I've won first place for my double chocolate chunk cookies and my chocolate cupcakes with chocolate butter cream frosting and peanut butter cheesecake filling. I have also won second place for my Samoa cookie pie. This year I thought I'd attempt a Neapolitan cake.


Thought being the key word here. I already had a great chocolate cake recipe and a white cake recipe, but I needed to find a strawberry cake recipe. So while my attempt at homemade strawberry cake turned out fine, it didn't taste quite as fruity as I'd like and wasn't a pretty pink color. The frosting was sensational though, so I have decided I'm going to make Neapolitan cupcakes instead. That recipe involves a half chocolate half vanilla cupcake with strawberry frosting which I will decorate with chocolate butterflies. And in case you need some strawberry frosting too, just mix two sticks of softened butter with five cups of powdered sugar. add strawberry puree until it's of a spreadable consistency (about 1/2 cup) and there you go!


The book I read this week for review was in keeping with my baking endeavor and was titled Betty's Burgled Bakery and was an adventure in alliteration starting with the letter "A" and finishing with the letter "Z". The end papers were particularly beautiful with tiny pictures of baked goods, the story was told in graphic style, and the mystery of who burgled  Betty was solved satisfactorily. This seems like a fun book that would benefit both regular teachers and home school teachers.


Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter  @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.



Monday, January 29, 2018

Good Winter Reads!

This past week flew by like a whirl wind even though we weren't particularly busy. I guess the not particularly busy part is why I don't have any photos to share this week, and the flew by part is why I didn't get a chance to read any new books. None-the-less, I have compiled a list of books previously read that consist of winter subject matter. They range in date from 2008 to 2017, offering a selection of old and new for you to choose from.






I noticed that there was another book titled Red Sled when I was scouring amazon, and although I have not read this book, I think it would be interesting to read and compare the two.


In addition, while roaming around on Amazon, I also noticed two other books I haven't read that look interesting. I think I might have to make a suggestion to my children's librarian who generously ordered the last book I requested.


Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter  @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.





Monday, January 22, 2018

Mixed Emotions And A Knowledge of Earmuffs

This past week I wasn't sure if I should cry or jump for joy. "Why the  mixed emotions?" you ask. The answer is simple, I now have a teen. Yes, that beautiful little girl I gave birth to is now thirteen. Her father and I have watched her grow over the years, and I can tell  you it has all gone by way too fast.



Some of her good friends helped us celebrate! 






Games like pass the stuffed peep, unwrap the candy kiss with oven mitts, a roll the dice game involving candy, and Twister were played.






 I have no clue exactly how her story will turn out, but I am confident her transition to adulthood will be even more exciting! 


So while I have no idea what will unfold in our days living with a teen, I do have a new found knowledge about earmuffs due to a book titled Earmuffs for Everyone. This book, written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy, tells the story of how Chester Greenwood became known as the inventor of earmuffs. I learned that many credited inventors did not actually invent the items they were credited with, but in actuality, merely improve them. This book is treasure trove of information with funny complimentary illustrations. It also included mentions of other inventions, famous improvers, and even women's rights.


Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter  @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.