Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953). the celebrated American author of The Yearling, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939. (edelweiss)
Although The Yearling is the most common of Rawlings work among home education curriculum sites, according to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society, Rawlings lead an interesting life in which she developed into her writing.
“It is so easy for me to live their life with them, that I am in some danger of losing all sophistication and perspective. I feel hurried sometimes, as though I must get `written out’ in this country within the next few years, because so much is no longer strange or unusual to me” (45). In this statement she is showing the strong empathy she developed for her Cracker friends which she would eventually convey to her fictional characters. Her vision would culminate in The Yearling, which powerfully evokes the scrub life she lived with the Fiddias and other scrub friends, including Cal Long and Barney Dillard, who taught her how to hunt and fish, identify plants and animals, and survive in the wild. In the 1930s and early 1940s, Rawlings would make use of this material and write her famous Cross Creek-area works Golden Apples (1935) and Cross Creek (1942) and her big scrub novels, South Moon Under (1933) and The Yearling (1938), the last of which won her the 1939 Pulitzer Prize and fans worldwide. ~ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society
Recommended Reading Level: RA: 3-A R: 6-A
Parent/Teacher: Advisory/Discussion Level
Recommended Curriculum/Literature Guides:
Veritas Press: Sixth Grade Literature
Ambleside Online: Year Pre-7
Total Language Plus: Study Guide Grades 8, 9, 10
Personal Notes: I am intrigued by Rawlings history in Florida, and the writings that came from it. Unfortunately, not many of these are considered Juvenile Fiction or Young Adult Fiction. I recommend reading Cross Creek or The Sojourner to review their suitability. There are a variety of Short Stories, Poetry and Letters if you would like to learn more about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
And just for fun, we’d like to wish Odie a happy birthday!
Odie first appeared in the strip on August 8, 1978; the date is considered his birthday. He was originally a pet to Jon Arbuckle‘s roommate Lyman, but Lyman disappeared from the series after about five years.~ Wikipedia
Betsy Byars is a Newbery Medal winner and a National Book Award winner. Her books have appeared on the best books lists of the American Library Association, School Library Journal, and American Bookseller, among others. (amazon.com)
Many of Betsy Byars’ titles have been in print for some time. I recommend searching through her Author page on your favorite book/ebook site. See below for just a handful of Byars’ books, great for the whole family. RA: K-A R: 3-6
Tornado is included within the Sonlight Grade 3 Readers list, and Heart of Dakota’s Emerging Reader Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory and Bigger Hearts for His Glory.
Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) was a renowned children’s book author and illustrator who published more than 100 books. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she lived much of her life in Maine and focused often on the culture and landscape of that state, and her artistic style portrayed a rural New England full of peaceful tranquility. A two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, she was the recipient of countless other honors and distinctions, and was declared a “Living Treasure of the State of Maine” in 1996. She once said, “Of all the books I have done, Miss Rumphius, Island Boy, and Hattie and the Wild Waves are the closest to my heart. These three are as near as I will ever come to an autobiography.” (edelweiss.com)
Notes: Cooney’s illustrations became an integral part of telling the story in classic children’s picture books. Folktales and fables, and few original works by Barbara Cooney create an extensive read-aloud, reading library for any family. RA: K-A R: K-A
Miss Rumphius (written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney) AmblesideOnline Aux
Island Boy (written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney) AmblesideOnline Aux
Eleanor (written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney)
Roxaboxen (illustrated by Barbara Cooney) Five In a Row: Volume 4 Literature
Chaucer’s Chanticleer and the Fox (illustrated by Barbara Cooney) AmblesideOnline Yr 2;Veritas Press: Easy History Readers 4th grade
Ox-Cart Man (illustrated by Barbara Cooney) AmblesideOnline Yr 0
Columbus set sail from Spain on this day in history in search of a direct western route to Asia. Between what he did and did not accomplish, Christopher Columbus’ exploration is the stuff from which legends are made.
[showbookcover isbn=”9780590444149″ table=”columbushistory” display=”justimage” align=”left” width=”100″ action=”bookview”]Although Columbus Day is in October (see my post) for when he landed in the Bahamas, there are many ways in which to study Columbus’ voyage to the Americas. I love this statement about not “realizing the great scope of what he did achieve.” I think when we look back and attempt to identify what we accomplished, maybe our legacy is not what we realize.
During his lifetime, Columbus led a total of four expeditions to the New World, discovering various Caribbean islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the South and Central American mainland, but never accomplished his original goal—a western ocean route to the great cities of Asia. Columbus died in Spain in 1506 without realizing the great scope of what he did achieve: He had discovered for Europe the New World, whose riches over the next century would help make Spain the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth. ~ Read more from the History Channel
Activities, curriculum and books, oh my!
A quick search on Amazon or B&N will provide a variety of sources for discovering the Explorers, and especially Christopher Columbus.
In honor of Holling C. Holling’s birthday today, I wanted to share a great curriculum and the books! It’s my “What would you recommend?” post and the new “Once Upon a Time” birthday posts all rolled into one! So Happy Birthday, Holling!
Holling C. Holling (1900-1973) – Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.(edelweiss.com)
RA: K-A R: 2-A [showbookcover isbn=”1893103625″ display=”justimage” align=”right” width=”200″ action=”bookview”]
I was first introduced to the Holling books with Paddle-to-the-Sea. Then another homeschool mom told me about Beautiful Feet’s Geography: A Literature Approach. The format is perfect for studying each book individually, but using the geography maps and activities to demonstrate how they all work together to illustrate American history. The curriculum is recommended for Intermediate grades 4-6. The curriculum and readings can be completed across multiple grade levels as read-alouds, then assigning additional reading and map work for older grades.
Shop Local! – As a bookstore manager myself, I highly recommend shopping your local homeschool resource store. They work really hard to be there for their homeschool families year round! (Help us update our Store Locator with your favorite store! Fill out a Contact Us form!)
Shop the publishers directly!Beautiful Feet Books (#affiliate) Publishers and authors work hard to create great educational content. Support them directly by shopping on their sites.
For the out-of-print, hard to find, and random pieces of the recommended resources, I’m including Amazon pictures and links. By clicking links into Amazon Marketplace, I do earn a small commission based on your purchase. It doesn’t change the listed price, it just supports my glorious book addiction.
Local Library: utilize your local library and inter-library loan for the hard to find, out of print books. Also, many books can be used in place of others based on their subject.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), born August 1, found early success with stories inspired by his adventures in the South Seas. His fortunes declined with the 1851 publication of Moby-Dick, now recognized as a masterpiece but scorned by Melville’s contemporaries. The author was obliged to work as a New York City customs inspector and died in obscurity, three decades before the critical reassessment of his work. (Edelweiss.com) In addition, Melville published additional works of poetry; his first on the Civil War, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War.