Monthly Archives: August 2014
It’s possible to become famous just by being born. On August 18th, 1587, a baby girl, Virginia Dare, became the first English child born in what would become the United States of America. Back then, however, her birthplace was just a British colony on Roanoke Island, Virginia. The new arrival was the granddaughter of the […]
After over seventy years of uprisings against British rule, it was the non-violent protests led by Mahatma Gandhi that contributed most to the eventual independence of India on August 15th, 1947. Today, India is the world’s largest democracy.
Here are this month’s historic viewing suggestions. Ghandi (1982) (India’s Road to Independence) (14+) Goodnight, Mr. Tom (1998 (WW II) The Guns of August (1964) (WW I) Pollyanna (Disney, 1960) (Edwardian America) The Rosa Parks Story (2002) (American Civil Rights Movement) The Summer Of My German Soldier (1978) (WW II) Toby Tyler (Disney, 1960) (19th […]
Ages 3-7 Angus & The Mona Lisa by Jacqueline K. Cooper (an attempt to steal the famous Mona Lisa) Gandhi: A March To The Sea by Alice B. McGinty Ages 7-10 Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi Mr. Galliano’s Circus & its sequels, Hurrah For The Circus and Circus Days Again by Enid Blyton (Travelling Circus […]
Have older kids who hate mowing the lawn? Well, at least they don’t have to use a scythe, and for that they can thank Edwin Beard Bunting, an engineer from Gloucestershire, England. Bunting invented the lawn mower in 1830, after watching a cutting cylinder trim cloth in a cloth mill and realizing the same principle […]
The YA/Adult novel, The Unhewn Stone, deals with one of my favourite historic heroes, William Tell and today its author, Wendy Laharnar, stops by to answer some questions about her writing process for this, and other works. 1. Writing is a solitary pursuit. Why do you spend so much time writing when you could be […]
A different spin on the William Tell legend. The protagonist of this story is eighteen-year-old Stefan Gessler, the twenty-first century descendant of Tell’s nemesis, Hermann Gessler, governor of the Swiss Canton of Uri back when the country was under Austrian domination. In addition to belonging to a family who have gone down in history as […]