I just finished reading one of the best books for middle-school children that I’ve read in a very long time called Iris and the Dragonflies. It’s one of those books that’s interesting to all ages. I certainly couldn’t put it down and now my 12 year old is reading it to himself and I’m reading it to my 6 and 8 year old. So far, they are loving it as well! I definitely cannot wait for the next book.
Iris is a very unique eleven year old girl. Ever since she was born she has been surrounded by dragonflies and lately she thinks she’s begun to understand them. After returning from a trip to visit her grandmother in Ireland where she began to unlock the secrets of her powers and the past she learns of a plot to destroy her beloved Dragonfly Creek. Together with her friends she fights to save the creek.
I really highly recommend this book for anyone with school-age children. Not only is it extremely entertaining, riveting even, it’s also educational! I love how it encourages creativity, activism and protecting the environment. My favorite “lessons” from the book are the ones dealing with relationships, from bullying to sibling rivalry to friendship. Iris and the Dragonflies seamlessly blends fantasy with modern issues. It is charming and captivating. inspiring and provocative. Teachers and parents can even download workbooks with engaging activities that back up and expand upon the topics touched upon in the book. I cannot say enough about this book, read it with your children or classroom!
Iris and the Dragonflies is written by Rosemary Danielis. Mother of four with a degree in English and Communications, she wrote Iris and the Dragonflies for her children. You can visit Rosemary’s blog here and Iris’ blog here. Also make sure to visit the official Iris and the Dragonflies facebook page and webpage. The paperback can be purchased from Amazon for $14.95 or you can get the Kindle version for just $.99!
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When I got home today, I immediately ran to the computer and logged onto my e-mail account using my Clear Internet connection. All week I have been anxiously awaiting a reply from a new potential employer. I have been unhappy at my job for the last year. We merged with another company and a lot of the people that I liked at work got laid off. There was also a huge change in the management across the board, and the work environment is really not the most pleasant. I need a job, so have stayed this long, but I have also been looking around for something better. I had an interview that I was really excited about last week. I think that it went really well and I really want to work there, but they said that it would take at least two weeks before I would find out if I got the job or not. So today, when I ran home to check the e-mail, again, no answer yet. It is literally killing me! Good or bad, anything could be better than this suspense!
My mom sent this to me in an email. I found it cute and I thought I’d share. I don’t know the author nor who made the comments in between some of them as this is copied straight out of the email. Also, for a free weekly Bible study check out my mom’s website:
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Reasons Not To Mess With Children
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah”.
The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”
The little girl replied, “Then you ask him”.
A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work.
As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”
The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.
After explaining the commandment to ‘honor’ thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?”
Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, “Thou shall not kill.”
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, “Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?”
Her mother replied, “Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, “Mommy, how come ALL of grandma’s hairs
The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
“Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, “There’s Jennifer, she’s a lawyer,” or “That’s Michael, he’s a doctor.”
A small voice at the back of the room rang out, “And there’s the teacher, she’s dead.”
A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, “Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.”
“Yes,” the class said.
“Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn’t run into my feet?”
A little fellow shouted, “Cause your feet ain’t empty.”
I LIKE THE NEXT ONE IN PARTICULAR
T he children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the
table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:
“Take only ONE . God is watching.”
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”
It doesn’t matter how many people you send this to, just remember if it made you laugh, your friends will laugh too..