The Spring Festival / Lunar New Year

“What’s your favorite animal?” I ask her.

“I don’t know . . . a cat?” She shrugs.

“How can you not know which animal is your favorite? Mine is the baiji.”

“The river dolphin? But the baiji are all gone!” Shu Rui says.

“Maybe, but my grandma says the baiji is the Goddess of the Yangtze. She says the baiji will come to visit at special times, like the Spring Festival. Seeing a baiji brings good fortune.”

“Our teacher said the baiji is indignant.”

“Not indignant, silly, endangered.”

February 5, 2019 is the first day of the Lunar New Year (Spring Festival Day). Learn about this celebration and the Chinese River Dolphin in this short story for middle-grade readers, The Baiji.

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The Baiji

“Remember, wisdom is attained by three methods: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.”
A story of friendship and sorrow, The Baiji involves young Ai Bao and her best friend in the whole big wide world Shu Rui- a girl with a beautiful smile and a weak heart. During the Spring Festival, the girls venture on a ferry ride over the Yangtze River, hoping to catch a glimpse of Ai Bao’s favorite animal, an endangered species of dolphin called the baiji. Will Ai Bao see the rare dolphin or is the baiji gone forever?

-The Baiji by D. Marie Prokop


A Review!

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers’ Favorite

“The Baiji by D. Marie Prokop is a short children’s story about the culture of China, the environment that the Chinese people live in, particularly along the Yangtze River, and a friendship found and lost.

I love how D. Marie Prokop is so engaged in the education process for children that not only are questions asked for comprehension, but immediately the reader is given the pronunciations of Chinese words associated with reading The Baiji. If you want your child to learn about other cultures, begin with The Baiji by D. Marie Prokop.”

Get The Baiji for the 9-12 year-old animal enthusiast in your life today!


Because You Asked Me To…MLK, Jr Tribute

(Quote used in The Red String, Days of the Guardian, Volume 1)

I adore Patti Griffin’s heartbreaking and beautiful song, Up to the Mountain, which was inspired by MLK’s last speech, “I’ve Been Up To The Mountaintop.”
Here’s an excerpt of those beautiful lyrics-

Sometimes I feel like
I’ve never been nothing but tired
And I’ll be walking
Till the day I expire
Sometimes I lay down
No more can I do
But then I go on again
Because you ask me to”

And here’s an excerpt of the original speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. –

We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live – a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. 

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Hazel And Howl by H. K. Snyder

“Hazel didn’t expect to enter a different world when she explored the woods behind her house. A shadowy beast discovers her, pursuing her with malicious intent, but Howl—a mysterious creature with a patchwork pelt—saves her. Howl leads her to safety and into Hidden Country, a place filled with incredible beasts and countless secrets. Hazel must join Howl on a perilous quest to change his fate. All the while, a malevolent entity haunts Hazel’s dreams and threatens to overtake the pair before their task is completed…”

My review of Hazel and Howl by H. K. Snyder-

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