Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Helping people register to vote

Today we went to the local coffee house.

Mommy was doing a stand so if people were not registered to vote they could sign up!

We held up a sign that said "Final Week! Register to vote!" Since it was a busy street, we held it up for all the cars to see. Maxim and I yelled, "Register to vote! Final week! Don't miss it! If I were 18 I'd vote!" at all the passing cars and motorcycles. Mommy is going to do it again tonight.

Kate's Paper Airplane Commercial

Here is a paper airplane commercial that I made for my very own buisness!

Monday, September 22, 2008

About Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is a famous, award-winning author who has written such books as The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Tale of Despereaux, and Because of Winn-Dixie.

These are some facts about Kate DiCamillo:

1. She is single.
2. She is an aunt to Luke, Roxanne, and Max.
3. She thinks she's lucky because she can tell stories for a living.
4. She won a Newbery Honor for Because of Winn-Dixie and a Newbery Medal for The Tale of Despereaux.
5. She gets ideas from everywhere. She listens, eavesdrops, and imagines.

Here are some writing tips from Kate DiCamillo:

1. Write
2. Rewrite
3. Read
4. Look at the world around you
5. Listen
6. Believe in yourself

We've recently read two books by Kate DiCamillo as a family. We've read The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. The Tale of Despereaux is about a little mouse who loves a princess and tries to protect her. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is about a china rabbit doll who has a journey to many different places. Even though these books are different in many ways, they both tell beautiful stories about characters who learn to love.

These two books are alike in many ways. They both have lots of adventure and excitement. They both have two people that love each other. The main characters are both animals, one is real and one is not. Both main characters learn something from their adventures. In both books, as you're reading, you're not sure how the book will end or what will happen to the characters. The writing was amazing in both books.

These books also have some differences. One book is about a real mouse and one is about a china doll. Most of Despereaux's story takes place in a castle, but Edward's story happens in many different places. Despereaux is very lovable the whole time, whereas Edward grows on the reader over time. The author's writing was very different in each book. In The Tale of Despereaux, she presented her book in parts, yet in Edward Tulane she did not. Also, in the former book, she often breaks from the writing and talks to the reader, introducing words and ideas.

I like both of these books very much because it has lots of love. Mommy and Daddy cried when we read the end of Edward Tulane, because it was so sweet. Daddy likes the writing better in The Tale of Despereaux. Mommy likes the writing better, too, but likes the story of Edward Tulane better. Maxim likes both books. I like Edward Tulane best.

To learn more about these great books, click here. Also, The Tale of Despereaux is being made into a movie that comes out this winter! Some of the people doing voices for the movie include Emma Watson, the girl who plays Hermione in Harry Potter and Robbie Coltrane, the man who plays Hagrid. Another website that is really good that will make you want to read the book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, is this one.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling. In this book Harry has adventures in his second year at Hogwarts, his school.

In this book Harry meets a house elf, goes to a Death Day party, and tons of other stuff, but then something strange is going on! Everyone is being found petrified, even one of Harry's friends! Then something outstandingly weird happens to Harry because of his crazy Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart!

I really like this book because of all the adventure and mystery. If you like mystery I also recommend the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Apple picking and Applesauce

We went apple picking with our friends the Brummetts. We went to an orchard. An orchard is a field or a farm where fruit grows on bushes or trees. It was huge! We climbed lots of trees to get high apples. I like to climb trees a lot! But they weren't pruned. So I got lots of scratches.

The next day we went to their house to make applesauce! They have a huge farm. We were there the WHOLE DAY! I love going to their house! I enjoy playing with the cats, playing with their baby girl, and talking with Lisa (she's the mom).

Our friend Brielle came over to their house since she lives next door! We had a squirt gun fight, we watched a movie, we fed the chickens, we played with the cats, and we played school. I like it when Brielle comes over to play when we're there.

I started a feather collection. I found lots of feathers on the ground since they own 16 chickens! We had another squirt gun fight and waded in the pool. The four of us (me, my brother, Brielle and Conner) kept switching being the bad guys and the good guys. We used the back of the truck for the base.

We made a TON of applesauce. When I came in, I smelled it from the living room. We had picked four bushels of apples with our friends. We used 2 different kinds of apples. They were called Ginger Gold and Smokehouse. First you wash all the apples. Then you core and cut them. Then the apple pieces soak in some water and lemon juice. It helps them not turn brown. Then you heat the apples. We did some of this work inside and some of the work outside. Lisa and Mommy did most of the cutting and Daddy and Rob did a lot of the cooking and canning outside. Then, you press all the apples through a food mill. It's a machine that takes the peel out and turns the rest into applesauce. The food mill looks like a big sewing machine with a small bathtub at the bottom. Daddy did that the most because he is the tallest. And it was up high. Then when the guys did this, Mommy and Lisa got the jars ready and heated. They set up a work station with all their tools to fill the jars. You keep the applesauce warm on the stove and we don't add sugar because we all like the natural taste. Then you fill the jars and put them in a warm water bath canner outside to seal the lids. We made about 60 quarts of applesauce! We got 30 and they got 30. I'm glad we have all this applesauce because it's very yummy.

After spending the whole day there, it was night time and we had to leave. My brother tried to sneak Conner inside our car to try to take him home. They are always doing that. :) Those 2 are best friends! And then we left. We were so tired that I almost fell asleep in the car which I don't usually do that much. It was a great day! I'm going to go eat some applesauce right now!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sick Day

The Magic Violinist is sick today. She, however, is excited to post something later this week.

Her Secretary :)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Karate Kate

I didn't post last week because it was my Daddy's birthday.
I'm doing a superhero story based on me.

Karate Kate
Dr. Soccer Head

Chapter 1

Introducing Dr. Soccer Head

In Dr. Soccer Head's secret lair, Dr. Soccer Head was making an evil plan. "I am going to steal the golden trophy at tonight's game thanks to my special whistle! When I blow this whistle everyone will go crazy, even Karate Kate!"

Back at normal Kate's house, Kate and Menedy were in their room checking the superhero radar. Suddenly it started beeping! "Oh no! Dr. Soccer Head is going to be at tonight's soccer game!" said Kate.

"It's a good thing we are going!" said Menedy.

"We can pretend we are buying popcorn!" said Kate. And off they went to the game.

Chapter 2

At the Game

Dr. Soccer Head, Kate, Menedy, Kate's little brother Maxim, and Kate's Mommy and Daddy arrived at the game. Everybody picked their seats while the coach finished cleaning the golden trophy. The whistle blew and the game began!

Then another whistle blew and everybody started juggling, acting like ducks, and the children sang the ABCs. It was Dr. Soccer Head, but the whistle wasn't working on Menedy. So Menedy helped Kate transform since she was saying the Pledge of Allegiance very quickly. Then it started wearing off. The whistle had lost power, but the battle had begun!

Chapter 3

The Battle Begins

Dr. Soccer Head started throwing soccer balls at Karate Kate making her kick and punch them back. Then when Dr. Soccer Head wasn't looking Kate kicked him and Menedy tied him up and gave the trophy to Kate. Then she went home safe and sound.