Waste Time On Me

“Because you wasted so much time on me, you made me feel very important.”

 Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Le Petit Prince


 

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Shu Rui’s house is not far. There are no sidewalks, but the streets are wide. They’re filled with people because everyone comes home for the fifteen-day celebration of Chinese New Year. It’s The Year of the Tiger, 1998.

I was born in 1989, The Year of the Snake. Everyone says that’s why I talk so much. Grandma always tells me,

Child, you were born under a sign of wisdom. 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.


Learn more about Chinese New Year in The Baiji!


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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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Live On A Pig Farm

She felt quite strongly about him already. Is this love? Is this
what it feels like? Wonderful, light, as if she were floating on
air. Just the thought of his pretty eyes made her stomach flutter.
If he asked her to, she would live on a pig farm.

The Good Shepherd, D. Marie Prokop


 

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Poor Gunshot

The animal bleated. Leona chuckled and guided Gunshot
back to the fold.
“Ah, miss! Thank you! You’d make a good shepherd, you
know.”
Leona returned Farmer Thompson’s compliment with a
melancholy smile. Poor Gunshot. Saved for the slaughter.

The Good Shepherd, D. Marie Prokop


 

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At A Distance

 “The Cloak of Dreams?” Li asked.

“It’s a story about an emperor with a sad dilemma,” Ellen explained to Li. “He loved his wife very much, but she had a dreaming soul.  When he held her in his arms, her soul wandered far away to her dream world.  So she spent five years embroidering the images of her dreams onto a cloak and presented it to the emperor.  If he wore the cloak, no longer would she have to choose between the path of her dreams and the path of her love.  If he didn’t wear the cloak, he could hold her, but her soul would continue to wander.  He chose to wear the cloak.”

“And she followed him at a distance for the rest of her life,” Ainsling finished explaining to Li.  “It’s the sacrifice he makes because he loves her.  She can’t touch him, but they are closer than ever.  Isn’t that beautiful, Li?”

The Red Cloak, Chapter 1, The Cloak of Dreams


 

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Collaboration

madeleine L'engle

I’m a big fan of Madeleine L’Engle’s collaborations! Have you heard about the upcoming movie based on her famous novel, A Wrinkle in Time? Watch the trailer!

Read my review of my favorite L’Engle novel, A Ring Of Endless Light.

 


 

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