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Travel the World: Contest Winners Announced!!!
Asia Boxed Set
Award-Winning Children's Books from Asia:
From India: Kali and the Rat Snake
From Japan: The Story of Cherry the Pig
From South Korea: While We Were Out
From Japan: Singing Shijimi Clams
Winner: Elizabeth (The Elizabeth who said, "As a kid, I loved reading the Pippi Longstocking books by Astrid Lindgren, as well as Anne of Green Gables."
Discover the World
From Ghana: Sosu's Call
From India: Kali and the Rat Snake
From the Netherlands: Little Fish
From South Korea: New Clothes for New Years Day
Explore the World
From South Korea: Yellow Umbrella
From Greece: Unique Monique
From Australia: Are We There Yet?
From Spain: Sebastian's Roller Skates
Winner: Laura (the one who said, "I want to go to Madagascar! Or the Galapagos.")
Travel the World
From Germany: What Eddie Can Do
From Mexico: Half of and Elephant
From France: My Father's Shop
From Australia: Bobbie Dazzler
Writing, Reading, Reviewing...
Occasionally, I stumble across something that *might* be of interest to a few of my readers. This isn't necessarily related to reading books, so it is in a way off-topic. But this may be of interest to bloggers who love to write about themselves, their lives, and their experiences in a fun and creative way. Creative nonfiction, true-life stories. FieldReport is a site that "is a contest, big enough to get a lot of people involved. On the inside it's a community of writers and readers dedicated to great storytelling and to breaking down walls of human isolation." You can write "FieldReports" on just about anything, and be entered to win in monthly and yearly contests. There are--from what I can tell--twenty-one categories of contests. You can read more about the contests and the site here.
Even if you don't have dreams of your writing winning the big prize, or of even participating in the writing aspect at all--you might find it fun to be a reviewer for the site and rank the FieldReports others write. Especially if you have that social aspect or curiosity that makes sites like YouTube and Yahoo Answers "fun" for you. (For that matter, I bet some of these reports read like blog entries. And reading blogs surely is addictive.)
Emmy and The Incredible Shrinking Rat
Jonell, Lynne. 2007. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat. Art by Jonathan Bean.
"Emmy was a good girl. At least she tried very hard to be good."
It continues, "She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days. Of course no one can keep this kind of thing up forever. But Miss Barmy had told Emmy that if she were a good girl, her parents would probably want to see her more often: so Emmy kept on bravely trying. So far it hadn't helped." (1)
This might have been a very dull story. Really. If Emmy had kept on being good. Kept on trying. Kept on striving. Fortunately, for the reader. Emmy chose to listen to a Rat. Not just any rat, mind you, though appearances can be deceiving. She met The Rat in school; he was the class pet. One day he tells her, "Try being bad for once. You might like it." (4) (Yes, he tells her. A talking rat. That shouldn't really surprise anyone, right?)
This book is most unusual. But it's fun. It's smart. It's funny. It's magical. This is just a fun little fantasy for anyone and everyone who's a kid at heart. And there's a sequel. I'll be getting to that one soon I hope!
Poetry Friday: Borrowing from the Rat
Yesterday, I reviewed Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell. One of the characters, Rat, is fond of singing, and he's got two moments to "shine" as a singing star in the novel. I'll only be sharing one of them, however.
(A rat's take on America the Beautiful)
Oh, pitiful, the pellets dry
And the wood shavings damp
Rats running round in metal wheels
Until their hind legs cramp...
But captive rats can boldly dream
Till prisoned rats are free
Till, as they should, in rodenthood
They squeak in liberty!
Oh, beautiful, for freedom sweet
For cages open wide,
For furry rodents' scampering feet
Throughout the countryside...
Oh rodent cities, rodent fields
Oh rodent country grand
May noble rodents ever fill
This happy, ratty land!
Found on p. 344 of the ARC of Emmy And the Incredible Shrinking Rat.
Central Recordkeeping Agency of the New Pension System is up
I have written 35 blog posts on the subject of pensions. Day Zero of the New Pension System was 10 April 2007. It took 135 days to get to Day One, which was 24 August 2007. Now, on 29 August 2008, the Central Recordkeeping Agency is up and running, and hopefully the NPS will soon be open for business with individual accounts, multiple fund managers and multiple styles.
This is ten years and a month after Project OASIS began. The wheels grind slow, but they grind true. You might like to see this article by S. A. Dave (written in 2006) about the Indian pension reforms.
And, Mukul Asher has an article in Mint emphasising the four tasks of Indian pension reform.