Daily Archives: October 2, 2009

FYI Teachers: Winter’s Tail Essay Contest

Winter_EssayContestLots of you read my recent review of Scholastic’s Winter’s Tail. (Great book – especially for fans of Owen and Mzee and most useful for teachers who are working on habitats and animal adaptations units). Scholastic is offering a fun essay contest with quite the prize. Here are the details:

Winter the Dolphin has been an inspiration and hero for children and adults alike.  When Winter was just three months old, she was rescued from a crap trap which had seriously damaged her tail.  It wasn’t clear that she would survive but she did.  However, the damage to Winter’s tail was so extensive that it fell off.  To everyone’s amazement, a prosthetic company stepped in an fitted Winter with a prosthetic tail.  Now Winter is using her new tail and thriving.

Scholastic wants to hear about an animal that has most inspired your children by having them tell us about their favorite animal hero in 200 words or less.

One grand prize winner and his/her guardian will receive a trip to visit Winter at her home in Clearwater, Florida, one night’s stay at a hotel, plus more treats! 10 runners up with receive a copy of Winter’s Tail, a Winter’s Tail Nintendo DS game and a Winter plush doll!

Send entries to:
Scholastic’s Meet Winter the Dolphin Contest
557 Broadway
New York , NY 10012

Each entry must include student’s name, age, and grade; teacher’s name; and school name, address, and phone number.

(All entries must be received by November 30, 2009.  Winners will be announced on or around December 14th.  No purchase necessary.  Open to legal residences of 50 United States and D.C. ages 6-14 as of November 30th 2009.  Void where prohibited.  Click here for complete contest rules).

So start writing kids!


Poetry Friday: A Quiet Skin


I’ve been having some trouble sleeping lately – too many thoughts racing around in my head. Why does that happen at 2 am? I chose this poem because of the first line. Funny how thinking is so quiet on the outside and sometimes so frantic inside.

A Quiet Skin – by Laurie Sheck

Thinking has a quiet skin. But I feel the break and fled of things inside it.
Blue hills most gentle in calm light, then stretches of assail.
And ransack. Such tangles of charred wreckage, sharpnel-bits
Singling and singeing where they fall. I feel the stumbling gait of what I am,
The quiet uproar of undone, how to be hidden is a tempting, violent thing—
Each thought breaking always in another.

All the unlawful elsewhere rushing in.

(Poem from Poetry Foundation, photo by Owlpacino)