Monthly Archives: October 2013

HISTORY LURE # 1: MAKE HISTORY SPARKLE

Kids with little interest in history can sometimes be drawn to it through something they are interested in. For girls who like jewellery, and boys who like rocks, a starting point might be birthstones. October’s is the opal, with a history that ranges from the opal mines of ancient Europe to the 1915 ‘Opal Rush’ […]

TWO CAUSES FOR CELEBRATION

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada, and a Happy & Joyous Eid to all those celebrating the Festival of Sacrifice. It was in 1957 that the second Monday of October officially became Thanksgiving Day in Canada, but  feasts and celebrations were held in abundance before that, and not just after the harvest. There were also thanksgiving celebrations for […]

More On Orphan Trains

If Penny Estelle’s post for her new book, Riches To Rags, sparked an interest in Orphan Trains, accounts of actual Orphan Train riders can be found at: http://orphantraindepot.org/orphan-train-rider-stories/. You might also be interested to know that sold out performances of “Orphan Train, The Musical” were put on this weekend as part of New York’s Grand […]

GUEST POST BY PENNY ESTELLE

When my book, The Disappearing Rose, came out, my first guest appearance was on Penny Estelle’s blog, “Penny’s Tales”. It is therefore only fitting that the first guest on my blog should be – Penny Estelle! She’s here today to promote her latest Wickware Sagas book, Riches To Rags.  Having enjoyed Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare, […]

HISTORY NOVEL BOOK REVIEW # 1: BILLY COOPER’S AWESOME NIGHTMARE

I liked this short story by Penny Estellle and think kids will, too. Especially those who, like the central character, Billy, are more in tune with sports than history. Billy knows zip about William Tell when he draws his name as the subject of a seventh grade oral report, but figures half an hour surfing […]

MAKING A GAME OF HISTORY # 3: EXONERATE THE COW

No one really knows how the Great Chicago Fire started on October 8th, 1871, but the O’Leary family’s bovine often gets the blame. Kids can read about the official investigation at: http://www.thechicagofire.com/ and then hold a mock trial to determine if the poor beast really was the culprit or has been maligned for the last […]

PASSING DOWN THE PAST

Clip art copyrighted by Bobbie Peachey, http://webclipart.about.com It’s Grandparents Day in the UK. Though this day originated in the U.S.A. (where, this year, it was celebrated on September 8th), the UK has started to recognize it, too. And why not? In addition to all the other things they do, grandparents and great-grandparents are the ones […]

MAKING A GAME OF HISTORY # 2: WHAT IF …?

Older kids who already know some history might like to ponder how certain events could have changed the world if they had not turned out the way they did. For starters: WW I’s Battle of the Somme (1916) lasted from July to November. One of the German soldiers hunkered down in the trenches was Adolf […]

OFF VISITING PAT McDERMOTT

Today I my book and I are ‘Across the Plain of Shining Books’ guest blogging with Pat McDermott. But that’s not all! Voting as to whether or not the Tower bones discovered in 1674 should be DNA tested to determine if they’re the bones of the missing princes gives visitors a chance to win a […]

MAKING A GAME OF HISTORY #1: THE HISTORY HUNT

Abraham Lincoln once said, “We cannot escape history”. He was right. We can’t. Every day of the year has history attached to it. Take today, for example: ·       In 1187, October 2nd was the day Saladin captured Jerusalem. ·       In 1452, October 2nd was the day on which the Duke and Duchess of York welcomed […]

Historical Debate Society for Girls and Boys

The Historical Debate Society for girls and boys is a society where kids can put their ideas about the latest historical debate and put their own debate. Join in!

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