Suni is a giver - plain and simple. After all, her parents always told her, "When you get, give." So she wants to share a story - 1,000 storybooks with the people in her community. Only she has a huge problem - the weather! Why can't the weather just cooperate and not ruin things? Suni has a brilliant plan and just two days to get the books that she needs. She recruits her family and best friends to help her share her love for books. Suni discovers that sharing isn't always as simple as it seems. Will Suni and her BFFs collect 1,000 books in time for 'give-away' day? Ages 6-10 *Includes a blueberry lemonade recipe!
LAUREN BACALL SHARES A LIMOUSINE celebrates women--famous, infamous, the fictional and the footnote, from Frida Kahlo to a Civil War soldier to the mother of Louis Braille to Mata Hari to Dorothy of Oz to Janis Joplin, and many more--in this irresistible and overflowing fountain of witty, sparkling and sensitive poems in voices. Poet Susan J. Erickson seemingly absorbed all the fascinating biographies and telling details of these women's lives, then spilled out poems that brim with memorable metaphor and insight. I'm reminded how profoundly and efficiently a poem can express human experience, and that women's experiences, never doubt it, are boundless.
--Kathleen Flenniken, author of PLUME
In LAUREN BACALL SHARES A LIMOUSINE, Susan J. Erickson reinvigorates the tradition of the dramatic monologue. "I sit still," reflects Lucy, the wife of John James Audubon, during a silhouette cutting. "The scissors know only / the shape of what is, / not what will be." Explaining her love for F. Scott Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda recalls, "Because he moved with the grace of a fencer / dueling with his shadow." But the women of these pages are more than wives; they are pilots and prisoners of war, makers and musicians, actors and artists. One of several standout ekphrastic sequences invokes Georgia O'Keeffe's sense of the Southwest landscape: "a place that picks clean / the gristle and fat of regret." Equally inventive is the collection's play with occupying outside texts--Zelda's "recipe" for bacon and eggs, Marilyn Monroe's self-portrait as the menu items at Schrafft's--and received forms such as the abcedarian and the pantoum. Erickson has a gift for arresting openings, as when "Emily Dickinson Introduces Her Blog" "Propelled by chance's cosmic pull / This Thing called Internet / Allows me from my garret space / To publish this gazette." Clever, haunting, voluptuous, and nervy in turn, these poems challenge our understanding of womanhood across two continents and three centuries.
--Sandra Beasley, author of I WAS THE JUKEBOX and COUNT THE WAVES
In Susan J. Erickson's highly-crafted collection of poems, LAUREN BACALL SHARES A LIMOUSINE, we return to the women who came before us. From the well-known Frida Kahlo and Marilyn Monroe to the lesser-known Monique Braille and Lucy Audubon, these poems offer surprise, delight, and poignancy. Erickson's sharp sense of play and imagination is her signature on these poems--the Venus de Milo dresses for a Halloween party, the Little Mermaid joins the Aquatic Arts Academy. The reader is rewarded with every turn of the page as the lives (both real and imagined) are spoken, explored, and expanded. Here, women stretch in the spaces "of the calm and chaos of sunrise and sunset, / the shimmer of amber, / the roar from the lion's mouth." Smart and accessible, these poems satisfy our desire for stories, and Erickson doesn't disappoint. Recommended for every bookshelf.
--Kelli Russell Agodon, Author of HOURGLASS MUSEUM & THE DAILY POET
This book presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ in simple terms for nonbelievers and new believers -- while also challenging long-time churchgoers to re-examine their relationship with the Son of God. Jesus says, "Come, follow me." (Luke 18:22) "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) In today's world we find many confused, distorted and watered-down teachings on what it means to be a follower of Jesus. People are urged to 'receive Christ' or 'accept Jesus as Lord and Savior' without a biblical understanding of what that involves. Some teachers stress Jesus' role as the Savior who forgives, without spelling out His role as the Lord whom we must obey. Many churches today are like those in the opening chapters of Revelation that Jesus told to "Repent, or else...!" This highlights the need for each individual to look to Jesus and the Scriptures for direction, rather than just passively listen to whatever is said from the pulpit. This book presents the invitation to "Come, follow Jesus!" in strictly biblical terms, by quoting Scripture passages and by presenting them with minimal comment or discussion. After all, it is in the Bible that we find Jesus inviting us to follow him. And along with that invitation, He spells out how we should go about doing so. "Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'" (Matthew 28:18-20) DAVID A. REED is the author of more than a dozen Christian books, including "Mormons Answered Verse by Verse" and the popular "Jehovah's Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse."
Cecelia Bowman is a witch. But even magic can't help her when she goes in search of her long lost sister. Her friends, Melissa and Dillon Matthews, introduce her to the magic of the Internet. Add in enchanted cats and an unsolved mystery and the children become part of an exciting adventure.
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