tall tales tuesday – The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

another find from A Mighty Girl top read alouds pick.  another great story – and don’t let the title mislead you.  this is not a typical disney-fied princess book.  Hale follows themes of family, community, tradition, education (and the broadening of horizons through learning) set in a world with a little fantasy.  looking forward to the rest of the series.

wikipedia – The Princess Academy

Shannon Hale

Library of Congress Bookfest – Shannon Hale


music monday – john reischman

our family all saw john reischman perform as a part of Mill Bay’s Shady Grove House Concerts series.  amazing, and such a fantastic opportunity to see him perform in person.




YouTube – John Reischman and the Jaybirds


thoughtful thursday – piliriqatigiingniq

Piliriqatigiingniq, is a pillar of Inuit traditional knowledge, meaning to work together towards a common goal.

here’s the article that sparked my interest via Facebook

These Nunavut Teenage Artists Finished a Massive Toronto Mural | VICE | Canada.

read further:

nunatsiaqonline – Nunavut youth helping to create huge downtown Toronto mural

nunatsiaqonline – Nunavut-Toronto mural project finds new canvas

nunatsiaqonline – Inuit youth conquer and brighten an urban wall


tall tales tuesday – Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt via amazon

tight plot, good development of characters, intriguing story line.  i admire a well-crafted short novel, they’re very hard to carry off successfully (even more do i appreciate a well-crafted short story).  i can see why it’s a classic.  we both really enjoyed it.

shmoop – Tuck Everlasting

good reads – Tuck Everlasting

Google Books preview – Tuck Everlasting

VIRL catalogue – Tuck Everlasting

worldcat.org – Tuck Everlasting

music monday – pino forastiere

i had the great pleasure of seeing pino forastiere perform live in Duncan last year with the international guitar night concert.  i couldn’t believe what he was able to do with his guitar.  such incredible, unique music.  i’d love to be able to see him perform at a small, intimate venue.






thoughtful thursday – sealfie

tagaq’s daughter

before sealfie was a movement, tagaq, her daughter & her mother celebrated the success of the hunt, the nourishment of her community, the continuity of tradition with this memory photo, and got a sh!tstorm in response when she joined the #sealfies

My Mother took the picture, and I [Tagaq] put my baby next to the seal, and everybody just thought it was the cutest thing in the world. Like it was a really sweet endearment because I honour my children immensely and I would never, ever, do anything to compromise that honour towards them. It was just showing how much I appreciated the seal for giving its life so we could be happy and eat.

“I wanted to it to be a tongue-in-cheek protest to all these very serious animal rights activists,” Laakukuk told me via Facebook message. “Many of us Inuit use humour to make a strong point instead of anger. I also wanted the sealfie to focus on cultural celebration and positive self-esteem.”

Tanya Tagaq’s Cute Sealfie Pissed Off A Lot of Idiots | VICE | Canada

We Spoke to the Inuit Women Behind ‘Sealfies’ | VICE | Canada

Tanya Tagaq #sealfie provokes anti-sealing activists – North – CBC News

Tanya Tagaq: Anti-Sealing Activists Have Been ‘Vilifying Inuit People For Generations’

Tanya Tagaq on the Polaris Prize, the seal hunt and the “sealfie” – The National – CBC

tall tales tuesday – Mog and Bunny – Judith Kerr

new routine for the year includes signing out a book each day from class.  this was our first.  my favourite line:

He was her best thing.


we read this book 10 times between after lunch yesterday and before school this morning.

apparently there’s a whole series.  must find more!

Good Reads – Mog Series

spoiler – The Guardian – Why Mog Had to Die