May you feast on good books throughout this festive time. Enjoy your holiday!
Essays and tidbits from Nancy Bo Flood
She made generations dream of being in the water.
Esther Williams was ready to compete in the 1940 Olympics, only to see World War II cancel her dream. Hollywood helped her create a new dream, as she swam in more than two dozen movies.
When someone says “synchronized swimming,” many people still think of Williams’ on-screen water dances.
In my canyons they built their homes,
and left handprints.
(from Sand to Stone and Back Again, page 6)
Who were the cave painters. All men? Many believe otherwise.
I’m excited to share the first news about my novel coming from Charlesbridge in the spring of 2016.
Lori Piestewa, a member of the Hopi tribe, died while serving in Operation Desert Storm. She was one of many inspirations for my story.
Here’s a tribute to Lori from the U.S. Army entitled “The Story of a Brave Soldier.”
Or, they could imagine themselves as future members of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, a Colorado landmark since 1979.
When is a song something more?
Sometimes, music can unlock memories. Main character Sophie discovers Alexander’s Ragtime Band is a link to the past for Aunt Rae. Writer Irving Berlin earned his first hit with the song in 1911.
When rain falls on concrete, asphalt, tilled fields or barren soil, it is immediately recycled as surface water; there is no time for cleaning.
Currently, the biggest contributor to pollution in the United States is run-off water carrying herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers from yards and fields.
The public library of Farmington, New Mexico has deemed me their “star author” for Nov. 2-3.
A library presentation for parents and teachers, followed by workshops at McCormick Elementary and Ojo Amarillo School, are filling my days with delight.
She has written Water is Water. This is an excellent picture book, beautifully illustrated by Jason Chin. This title will engage the very young or early reader, showing the big picture of the water cycle.
See what other reviewers are saying about the book:
A lot of water is necessary to manufacture “things,” such as the shirt you are wearing.
That shirt? About 700 gallons. How much water does it take to make a hamburger? Try 4,000 to 18,000 gallons for one thick, juicy hamburger.
How much water would you carry to eat one hamburger?
(p. 47, Water Runs Through This Book)
America celebrated an important birthday this week.
The Clean Water Act turned 43. Essentially, the law said water belonged to everyone. Public waterways couldn’t be used by businesses as liquid garbage dumps any more.
America’s waterways found incredible bipartisan support in Congress. The Act passed the Senate without a single vote against it. The House of Representatives didn’t even tally individual votes. A simple voice vote by all House members proved the legislation was unopposed.
When President Nixon vetoed the bill, The Senate and House met on the very same day, voting to override the veto.
On an October day in 1972, Thanksgiving came early. Cleaner water became the law of the land.
Nancy Bo Flood, Lyn Miller-Lachman, and Terry Farish presented different perspectives about three war situations and the disconnecting effects on children here in America, as well as the over forty million children now living as refugees. One step toward healing from war is telling one’s story and reading one’s story in a book.
This panel was part of a two-day conference sponsored by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) part of a world-wide organization that works to build bridges of understanding through books.
A child might sit in the park and become lost in a book. Or sit in front of a tent in a refugee camp, or a detention center near a border crossing.
Without the ability to read, what future does a child have?
Sharing water. Sharing ideas.
Read Water Runs Through This Book, then check out these questions.
When you’re discussing this book, you’re discussing our future.
One gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds (3.76 kg).
Hold that on top of your head and walk around for a few hours. Not fun! How much water would you use if you had to carry every drop?
(page 40, from Water Runs Through This Book)
With authors Terry Farish and Elsa Marston, I’ll be presenting “Through the Rabbit Hole of War—Displacement and Courage.”
As authors of fiction about war, using our own and similar books, we offer three different war situations and three perspectives, even opposing viewpoints. Our books encourage readers to “step through the looking glass” for emotional connection with those on the other side—and at the same time, see aspects of themselves.