Archive for November, 2010


Dear Friends,

I am very happy to report back to you all (those who attended would attest to this) that the launch of A Lime Jewel was resounding success. Photos and video of the event will be available soon.

I want to thank all contributors who attended for giving us their time to make the launch a memorable event. We also want to thank those who could not make it to the launch, the day belonged to all of you and we knew you were with us in spirit. In addition to the Colourful Radio interview, Kwame MacPherson kindly arranged for an interview with SLR radio on the day of the launch, Caroline Obonyo and Alexander Thanni were interviewed and the interview was aired on Monday 1 November and the following Monday. A copy of the interview will be uploaded to Youtube in due course.

As regards A Lime Jewel, our work has just begun, we now have to take the book out to the world and raise as much funds as possible. We estimate that we should be able to donate about 60% of the retail price of £9.99 to the Lambi Fund of Haiti, depending on where the book is sold. We are actually donating everything we receive on the sales of the book, less the expenses, what is commonly referred to as the proceeds of sales. We would be grateful if you would all encourage people to buy directly from A Lime Jewel website as that reduces fees paid out elsewhere.

What are the plans for A Lime Jewel?

First and foremost in order to promote the sale of the book, we are planning to send the book out for reviews by different book clubs and blogs and if any of you know of any blog/book club that you think we should approach, please do not hesitate to email me details.

We are also planning to take the book on tour throughout the United Kingdom , starting with London. We need your help to approach libraries or any other events you may know of that would give us a free stage to promote A Lime Jewel. All leads would be greatly appreciated.

We have an offer from Rene Thomas’ to present the book up in the midlands and that is another one we shall be pursuing and Lloyd Akinsanya one of our contributors who lives in Jamaica has requested that we launch the book in Jamaica, and this is something we will be looking into over the next few months.

You will be happy to know that we have been offered an opportunity to attend the Huntley conference in February 2011 to sell A Lime Jewel and on 11 December we have been extended a similar opportunity to sell A Lime Jewel at a cultural event in Brixton, South London, more details to follow.

SLR radio has offered us their continued support and we shall be taking up that opportunity. They are interested in arranging a longer interview, date and venue are yet to be fixed and if any contributor is interested in taking part in that interview, please let me or Caroline Obonyo know by email and we will send out the details as soon as they are available.

Jacqueline Auma, assistant editor secured an interview and book review with Lime magazine, which should be out soon, we will keep you posted.

The videos for the launch event will be available soon and I am attaching a release form to this email. All those who took part in the launch event should please sign the release form and return it to me, this gives us clearance to use your images, both still and moving images taken at the launch. The release forms were available at the launch, unfortunately it seemed we were overrun with too many things on the day. Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

As regards those writers who did not attend the launch event and who are still waiting for a copy of the book, please send me your addresses, so that we can make arrangements to send the book to you.

And finally, A Lime Jewel tee-shirts will be available by early next week at the latest, please check for more information. They will be great for Xmas presents.

I hope you are all not rushed off your feet preparing for the Xmas festivities.

Very best wishes



Join me in welcoming Rachelle Burk’s day 3 of her Virtual book tour with The National Writing for Children Center

Day 3: Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Author Rachelle Burk

Tree House in a Storm (Stemmer House Publishers, 2009) is a picture book for ages 5-10. Set in New Orleans during the notorious Hurricane Betsy of 1965, a brother and sister build a tree house where they play throughout the lazy summer. When the tree house becomes a victim of the hurricane, the children count their blessings and learn what it takes to rebuild their dreams. The book serves as an effective discussion tool for the classroom, as it explores natural disaster, loss, hope, and resiliency as topics of universal theme.

I offer a free Teacher’s Guide to Tree House in a Storm, which can be printed directly from the book’s web page. It includes a discussion guide and activity ideas for various grade levels. Other activities relating to the book include coloring sheets (from the illustrator’s original sketches), Draw-a-Treehouse, Maze, Word Search, Find-the-Differences, and Crossword Puzzle. You can find all these at


J. Aday Kennedy has a special offer to teacher, plus some questions to help students discuss her book Klutzy Kantor

Please join me in welcoming Miss Jessica Aday Kennedy. Feel free to leave comments. Thank you for visiting.

Day 3 Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Author J. Aday Kennedy

KLUTZY KANTOR’S MESSAGE – Discuss with student’s the book’s message. 
 Klutzy Kantor is a total klutz. It bothers him, but he does not let it get him down. Instead of letting his tripping and falling make him sad, he focuses on his strengths. He is very smart and practices solving riddles. He uses that skill to challenge the leprechaun in the story to a mental duel.
What is Kantor’s problem?
Is there anything about you that you don’t like?
How does Kantor deal with his problem?
If Cobbledom did not grant wishes, what could he do to solve his problem?
What does Kantor do well and why?
What are some of your strengths?

Email me at with “Klutzy Kantor’s song, ‘Go Me!’” in the subject line and ask me for an mp3 download of Kantor’s song, “Go Me!” Explain that you are a teacher and I will be happy to send it to you FREE. A teacher’s guide, coloring pages and the dance steps to the song are on my website at The song is a fun sing-a-long and teaches the dance in it’s lyrics which will get your students moving. There are other downloads for teacher on the site, too.


Join me in welcoming award winning author Nancy Sanders on her day 3 of Virtual Book Tour with the National Writing For Children Center

Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Author Nancy I. Sanders

Q: Do you have any resources for helping teachers incorporate your book into the classroom?

A: Because my husband, Jeff, is a teacher, I understand how teaches can’t just use anything in their classroom. They have to teach to the state and national standards. That’s why many of my books support these standards in a variety of ways.

My book, America’s Black Founders: Revolutionary Heroes and Early Leaders with 21 Activities, supports the standards for teaching about American history in elementary, middle school, and high school. It is for ages 9 and older. The book’s website is

On the book’s website, under the Teachers and Librarians page, educators can download pdf files for a free Teacher’s Guide that has worksheets and fun activities for classroom use.

Teachers and librarians can also visit a special ongoing Virtual Book Tour they can participate in with their students to celebrate Black History all year long. For instructions on how the tour works and also how to incorporate my books into their classroom for the tour, visit my website

I have also written a book of readers theatre plays so teachers can teach students about African American history with these teaching aids. Readers Theatre for African American History includes scripts for classroom use about America’s Black Founders as well as other key events and individuals.

Q: Do you write books specifically geared for teachers?

A: My husband, Jeff, and I have worked together on several books for teachers. With his expertise in the classroom as an elementary teacher for over 25 years and my experience as a children’s writer, we’ve teamed up to write books for teachers such as Hello Hi-Lo: Readers Theatre Math and 15 Fun-to-Read American History Mini-Books.

I’ve also written numerous books for teachers with Scholastic Teaching Resources. These books are reproducible mini-books or mini-book plays for classroom use. My book, 25 Read and Write Mini-Books That Teach Word Families (PreK-1)is listed as a bestseller for Scholastic and has sold over 234,000 copies to date!

Q: What tips for teachers can you provide for using your newest book, America’s Black Founders, in the classroom?

A: Along with the overall text of the book, America’s Black Founders contains numerous short biographies of key African Americans who influenced the founding of our nation in powerful ways. These bios are showcased in separate frames throughout the book, often with nearly-lost or hard-to-find historic portraits of these amazing men and women. Students can quickly see at a glance an overview of the lives of these important individuals, start recognizing their faces, and read even more about their lives within the context of the book’s pages of text.

Teachers can reproduce these bios as posters in their class, create a classroom book featuring these bios as the pages of the book, and invite students to post Wikipedia articles based on the information found in these biographies.

For more activities and tips about incorporating my books in the classroom, teachers and librarians can visit my website at


Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Children’s Author Pat McCarthy

Join me in welcoming Pat McCarthy on day 3 of her Virtual Book Tour by the National Writing for Children Center.

My book Heading West: Life with the Pioneers is ideal for use in the classroom. In most states, you’ll find coverage of pioneers in the curriculum at two or three different levels. In fourth grade, it’s often combined with local history, while in fifth grade, the emphasis is usually on U.S. history. Pioneer life is an important part of that history.

The book is an in-depth history of the pioneer movement, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. The use of sidebars and quotes breaks it up and makes it easier for children to use. The book contains about 100 photos, drawings, paintings, maps and charts. This makes it easier for children to visualize what pioneer life was like.

Children learn and remember best when they are involved in enjoyable activities. This book contains 21 activities for kids to do. These include craft activities (diorama, miniature log cabin, clothespin doll and teepee), recipes (making corn bread, snow ice cream, apple butter and butter), games (Blind Man’s Bluff and Moonwinder), as well as mapping and writing activities. You may also find the lists of books to read and websites to explore to be helpful.


Join me in welcoming Sean Noonan on day 3 of his Virtual Book Tour by the National Writing for Children Center .

Day 3 – Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Children’s Author Sean Noonan

“How can I, an amateur to the ‘front of a class room’, give advice to those who carry the accolade of Teacher?”

I am a father and like all fathers I want the best for my children. One of the reasons I write is to provide guidance to my children on how to understand and get more out of life. The books are written to entertain but they are also designed to educate.

The theme of this book is Christmas and I wanted to make sure that the lessons of giving and sharing were at the fore front of the tale. Elannah and Sam first visit Rodger the Badger to give him his Christmas presents, a white winters feather found in the woods for his hat and ‘smelly’ mushrooms of a fragrant variety for his cooking pot. The presents are well suited to Rodger the Badger and come from a more thoughtful place rather than from commercial considerations. When they speak to Rodger they find out that their new friend the Bridge Troll has never celebrated Christmas and so they decide to throw him his first Christmas party that will make up for all the ones he has missed.

Elannah and Sam work hard throughout the story and persist in their determination, even in the face of adversity. They overcome several challenges from an out of control avalanche that threatens to bury them; to would-be goblin thieves that try to steal their friends, the dwarves, hard earned Jewels; to a dance of great importance that needs to be danced without music. Throughout the adventure they show great courage and perseverance to ensure that their new friend, the Bridge Troll has the very best party. It is their courage and perseverance that earns the greatest reward at the end of the book.

I truly believe that all things are possible if we have determination and work to achieve our dreams. This is brought out in Chapters Nine and Ten in the story about the goblins who wanted jewels of their own and so stole bags of jewels from the dwarfs. They are caught with the help of Elannah and Sam and are set a hard lesson to learn for their would be thievery. Their ‘retribution’ involves self empowerment. They are to be taken to the ‘naughty mine shaft’ to work hard for a week, though what they will find out is that they will be working for themselves. All the jewels they dig out will be given to them at the end of the week illustrating that if you work hard and honestly you will reap the rewards.

Chapter Eleven and Twelve involve two plots that shows how our actions can result in different consequences than intended. Those intensions are often only measured by their consequences and may be misunderstood by others. The key to understanding why people do the things they do is communication. It is not until they talk about what happened that these misunderstandings come to light and resolution can be achieved. Chapter Eleven introduces Tweezel the Weasel who grabs the bag of jewels from Sam’s belt and runs off into the Night Flower Garden. As the tale unfolds we find that our initial impressions are not always the right ones. What the others see as thievery, Tweezel sees as a game. This is reflected in Chapter Twelve when Grumphspawn answers the Night Flower Guardian’s questions about his misconduct the last time he visited. His use of magic harmed, instead of helped, the night fliers and he is back to make amends.

I have found that my daughter Elannah’s pictures make a great connection with the younger listeners/readers. Some of the kids I have read to were inspired to make their own drawings of the stories and characters. This allows them to visualise and create, in their own ways, and as this is the ultimate goal of my books, this is the greatest reward I could imagine.

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“I was so proud to be a member of a strong organization, and I really deeply understood why being organized is a path to a better life.”

Its time for yet another newsletter chock-full of stories from Lambi Fund’s partners in Haiti. While the majority of these stories detail triumphs in earthquake relief and how organizations are working together to rebuild Haiti, Lambi Fund would like to take a moment to update you on the cholera outbreak sweeping the country.

This deadly infection strikes fast – over 1,000 have died and now that it has reached the capitol, the death toll is sure to rise.

These are heartbreaking circumstances for a country that has already faced an unimaginable year of hardships. Many of Lambi Fund’s grassroots partners in the Artibonite Valley, where the first cases of cholera were reported, have lost dear friends, family, and loved ones. Needless to say, this is indeed a very serious and stressful situation – Lambi Fund would like to extend our solidarity and condolences to our staff members, colleagues, and partner organizations during this difficult time.

If you would like to support Lambi Fund’s efforts to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the people of Haiti, please lend your support now.

Thank you and enjoy the newsletter!

Haitian Farmers Report: “The Lambi Fund Saves Lives!”
By: Leonie Hermantin
In an effort to assess the lingering impact of the January 12, 2010 earthquake on Haiti’s rural communities, the Lambi Fund of Haiti’s team of staff and board members embarked on a fact finding journey which took them to the departments of the Artibonite and Northwest.

Post-earthquake statistics indicate that over 600,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) left Port-au-Prince and migrated en masse to Haiti’s provinces with the great majority heading for the Artibonite, the North and the Northwest.

The First stop in an itinerary that took us from Port-au-Prince to Haiti’s most Northwestern town, Mole St. Nicholas, was at the Center for Plantain Propagation….Read More.

Strong Women Build Sustainable Communities
By: Sarah Leavitt
A powerful women’s movement, which today is more than 4,000 women strong was founded over 20 years ago in June 1986. This dynamic group, the Coordination of Women from Tet Kole- North West (KFTK-NW), is located in Haiti’s Northwestern penisula and is comprised of 600 groups of women of about 5 to 15 members each scattered throughout the region.

In addition, KFTK-NW is also affiliated with one of Haiti’s largest peasant organizations- Tet Kole ti Peyisan Ayisen (TKPA) also founded in June 1986.

Women formed this coalition to create an avenue for women to discuss problems specific to women and to develop strategies to resolve these problems….Read More.

Center for Plantain Propagation
The Center for Plantain Propagation (CPP) has just moved into its third phase with a landmark grant from Lambi Fund for $53,000. For over four years, the center has been a training space for community organizations to learn plantain cultivation using the cutting edge PIF method and to purchase healthy plantain trees.

Since plantain trees never form seeds, they cannot self-produce. Thereby it’s an absolute necessity that farmers learn an effective way to manually cultivate plantain trees. The PIF method ensures farmers have a reliable source of new plantains to plant from season to season…Read More.

Paddling for Haiti
In early Fall, a team of eight adventurous canoeists set out to paddle the Mississippi River – all 2,320 miles of it from Lake Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. This ambitious team calls themselves ‘Paddle to Haiti’ and hopes to canoe the Mississippi River in the course of nearly three months and raise $50,000 for Lambi Fund to support earthquake reconstruction in Haiti.

Read more about their journey here.

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Menira Jean- Baptiste
Son of KFTK-NW member
Menira Jean-Baptiste, age 15, is the son of KFTK-NW member Yvenesse Etienne. Menira is an 8th grade student at a local school in Northwest Haiti. He loves to study, play soccer and explore the neighboring hills with his friends.

Since he is the oldest son in a family of six children, Menira holds important responsibilities at home. He helps his family get the water they need to cook and bathe and has also been charged by his mother with helping process the corn she cultivates in the family plot….Read More.

Continued Support for Women’s Groups in Port-au-Prince
It has been over nine months since January’s earthquake sent Haiti reeling. Aid and rebuilding have been painfully slow as international agencies and Haiti’s crippled government have struggled to provide effective relief for more than 1 million Haitians who lost their homes in the earthquake.

Two women’s groups KOFAVIV (The Coordination of Women Victims of Violence) and FAMAB (The Organization of Brave Women) are living in the heart of this chaos – striving to survive in the tent cities….See How Lambi Fund is Helping.


Lambi Fund Speaks at Human Rights Conference

In July, Lambi Fund of Haiti Board President, Marie Marthe St. Cyr spoke at the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) conference held in New York City and introduced the US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor- Mr. Michael Posner.

Lambi Fund Speaks at UN Foundation

Deputy Director, Leonie Hermantin, spoke at the United Nations Foundation and Women Donors Network to discuss “Haitian Women & Girls: Building a New Future of Equality” in September. This provided an important opportunity to demonstrate support for women’s programs in rebuilding Haiti.

A Very Big Thank You!

Lambi Fund would like to extend our warmest gratitude to Julie Meyer and Nadege Clitandre- two board members who have recently rotated off the Lambi Fund Board of Directors. We are deeply appreciative of both Julie and Nadege’s dedicated commitment throughout the years. Mesi Anpil!

Your support can help bring projects like these to life.

Plant a Tree, Offset Your Carbon!
Being carbon neutral has never been so easy! Simply use Lambi Fund’s Carbon Calculator to figure out your carbon footprint. One ton of CO2 is offset by planting one tree in Haiti. Each tree is $22. Why so much for one tree you ask? $22 provides all of the seeds, tools, and training necessary to ensure that a tree sapling reaches a sustainable level. So rest easy knowing every tree purchased reaches its oxygen loving, CO2 absorbing potential!

Sell Goods on eBay and Do Good.
Need to clean out the garage? Been meaning to sell that old set of skis? Now any item you list on eBay can benefit Lambi Fund! Simply visit eBay Giving Works. From there, you can decide to donate anywhere from 10-100% of your profits from items sold on eBay. Earning a little cash and supporting grassroots organizations in Haiti- now that’s an idea!
Donate Now!

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Article first published as Book Review: Secret Service Saint by Janet Ann Collins on Blogcritics.

Are you a parent looking for ways to teach your child about the true spirit of giving? If you answered yes, you must read Janet Ann Collins’ book: Secret Service Saint.

It is a book that tells of the joy of giving. Recommended for three to eight-year-olds, it is based on legends about the famous Saint Nicholas, who discovered the fun of doing secret good deeds.

Reading this book will teach children about having compassion for people in need. It will also help children understand that we all at times need help from others.

The best lesson to be learned is if we have the means by which to help someone else we should always do it. Sometimes children have a hard time sharing their belongings with others.

Lastly, this is a good book to curl up with during the Christmas season.

Parents can use the book to teach children about the legend of Santa Claus.

The fine illustrations done by Eugene E Ruble, a 30-year distinguished member of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild brings life to the story.

Author: Janet Ann Collins
Artist: Eugene Ruble
Print ISBN 13: 978-1-935137-98-6 & ISBN 10: 1-935137-98-0
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-935137-99-3 & ISBN 10: 1-935137-99-9

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My interview with Suzanne Lieurance about my book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle


By now you should have mastered the singular form of the verb être. Today we are looking at the plural forms.
Nous sommes- We are
Vous êtes- You are (more than one)
ILS sont- They group of boys and girls are
Elles sont- They the girls are.
Sample sentences
Nous sommes étudiants à Denver Colorado.- We are students in Denver Colorado
Vous êtes gentiles- You are nice.
ILS sont grands- They are tall.
Elles sont jolies- They (girls) are pretty.

Next lesson we will cover adjectives. Happy study everyone!