Monthly Archives: February 2015

TRIVIA TRAIL: THAT FAMOUS OLD STORY OPENING

Question: Did the clichéd old story opening, “It was a dark and stormy night”, ever actually appear in a book? Answer: Yes. The 1830 novel Paul Clifford by the Victorian aristocrat, Baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Though now mostly forgotten, Lord Lytton wrote prolifically and was, in his day, almost as widely read as Charles Dickens. Like […]

IT’S PINK SHIRT DAY, SO …

HISTORY TIDBIT: CUPCAKES

Today is the day people can support their local SPCA and Humane Societies by purchasing cupcakes. There are two theories as to how cupcakes came to be called cupcakes. One is that, back when people first started measuring out baking ingredients instead of weighing them, the original ingredients for these little cakes were a cup […]

HISTORY LURE: JIGSAW PUZZLES

Kids who like doing puzzles might like history too if they get to put together a picture of it. From a 12-piece dinosaur puzzle or 30-piece pirate ship puzzle to a 500-piece medieval castle or 1,000-piece Viking village, historic jigsaw puzzle recreations can be found in most quality toy shops. And the time spent making […]

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

TRIVIA TRAIL: SNOWSHOES

Question: True Or False: Snowshoes were first used by Native Americans and New World settlers back in Pioneer Days. Answer: False. Snowshoes have been around a LOT longer than that. Primitive snowshoes made of flat leather or blocks of wood were in use in Central Asia between 4000 and 6000 BCE. Native Americans did perfect […]

DON’T FORGET THE ‘STORY’

Here are some historic and/or February-born author book suggestions. Ages 3-7 The Perfect Pancake by Virgiina Kahl (Medieval) The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke (Medieval) A Single Pebble by Bonnie Christensen (9th Century China) Ages 7-9 A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson (Victorian Era) Canadian Flyer Adventures # 7: Hurry, Freedom! by Frieda Wishinsky […]

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