Saturday, December 24, 2011

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

                                   WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!



Monday, October 24, 2011

WELCOME BLOGFEST PARTICIPANTS!

Hello Blogfest readers, thanks for stopping by my blog.  You can Click here to read all the reviews about my book and  information where you can purchase both the ebook and the paperback copy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

THE INTERESTING LIFE OF A SEA TURTLE PART TWO

           After laying her eggs, the female turtle rests for around thirty to forty-five minutes, and then she is ready to head back into the ocean.  I watched the entire process from start to finish.  Unfortunately, I could not take a picture of the turtle when she first came in from the ocean.  The people from the agency forbade anyone to take pictures while the turtle is trying to come to shore.   The personnel from the agency said that the camera light would frighten the turtle, and she will return to the ocean.  The frightened turtle will then lay her eggs in the ocean instead of on land. Lights are timed to go off around eight-thirty each night during the sea turtle season.  The resort helps with sea turtle preservation this one way.

            My third night at the resort seven sea turtles immediately returned to the ocean after a group of people started taking pictures of the turtles as they made their way to shore.  This saddened me greatly because sea creatures will eat the eggs.  Besides, turtle eggs must be buried in sand for a period of two months before they hatch into baby turtles. Below are some more pictures my husband took.   I have a few more I will share in another post.  Happy Reading!

The sea turtle heading back to the ocean after resting 30-45 minutes

Here I am standing in total awe of  having witnessed the sea turtle lay 109 eggs.  

She is about to take off!

I am touching the sea turtle.  I was given permission by agency personnel to touch the turtle.  Totally awesome and thrilling!


A little boy from the resort touching the turtle!

Half way to the ocean!

I am heading back home, yea!

Incredible sight!  The turtle is about to head back and disappear into the blue wonder of the ocean!

She is gone until next time. 


                    

Sunday, October 16, 2011

THE INTERESTING LIFE OF A SEA TURTLE


When my sixteen-year-old son begged to return to Cancun for a family vacation, I was not too thrilled.  Cancun was the last place I wanted to go.  We had already been to the same resort twice before.  Finally, my son mentioned practicing his Spanish and doing an extra credit report for his level three Spanish class for the 2011-201 school year.  Well, that idea sold me and my husband immediately booked our vacation to Cancun.

Off to Cancun we went.  The first night at the resort turned out to be the most exciting night of my life.  Much to my surprise, I learned that it was the sea turtle season in Cancun.  That night seven female sea turtles came to shore to lay their eggs.

I dashed out to the beach and witnessed the most amazing display of a female sea turtle trudging her heavy body to shore. I love sea turtles.  I think they are the most incredible creatures ever.  As a child I came across a stranded sea turtle near my home in Haiti, but this was the first time I actually saw the turtle come to shore and lay her eggs.

Seeing the stranded sea turtle as a child left me speechless.  I wanted so badly to help return the turtle back to the ocean, but my father had other plans.  He had the maid make soup out of the turtle.  That horrible experience stayed ingrained in my subconscious.  This led me to write my first picture book about a stranded sea turtle. http://marieandherfriendtheseaturtle.blogspot.com

You can now imagine my excitement when I learned it was the sea turtle season in Cancun.  The next night I stayed up until two A.M watching and taking pictures of the sea turtles.

I am happy to report that the Mexican government understands that sea turtles are endangered, so they have a special agency assigned to protect the eggs.  Once the mother turtle lays her eggs, the eggs are removed and buried in a protected area.  I had a chance to speak with the individuals responsible for removing the eggs.  They informed me all female sea turtles go into a trance while laying their eggs and that is how the individuals hired by the agency are able to remove the eggs.

The resort has hired extra security personnel that monitor the beach at night.   Turtle eggs are a delicacy to some people.  Sometimes they steal the eggs and sell them for money.

Before returning home, I also spoke to Vinny, the head security personnel.  He shared the following  pictures with me:

The eggs will start hatching starting in September.  The sad news is most of the hatchlings will not survive.   Only three out of each batch will turn into adult sea turtles.  The male turtles will never come back to shore, but the female turtles will return to the beach they were hatched at.
Below are the pictures I took:










Saturday, September 10, 2011

My Interview with Renee Hand, award winning author.

So very elated to announce that my new book titled: My Birthday Is September Eleven & Other Short Stories is on Amazon's top 100 best selling ebooks.  Yea!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW FOR MY BIRTHDAY IS SEPTEMBER ELEVEN


A huge thank you goes to my author friend Cherese Vines for interviewing me.
Interview with the author of My Birthday Is September Eleven: Nicole Weaver. Thank you for the interview.






1) Tell us who you are.
 
My name is Nicole Weaver.  I am Haitian American.  I am fluent in four languages-French, English, Spanish and Creole.  I am a veteran French and Spanish high school teacher. I am also a published author of a trilingual book titled: Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle/ María y su Amiga la Tortuga Del Mar/ Marie et son Amie la Tortue de mer. I have a second trilingual book titled My Sister is My Best Friend due to be published fall 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing.  My third trilingual book titled: My Brother is My Best Friend is under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing.
 
2) What influenced you to become a writer?
 
I first became interested in writing after winning a poetry contest.  That experience fueled my interest in writing.  I later joined my church’s writing group.  Being a part of the group allowed me to venture out with my writing.  I have pieces published in my church’s journal.  Next, an author friend talked me into attending a writer’s workshop.  The workshop peaked my interest even more.  I later decided to write my first trilingual children’s picture book.
 
3) Why do you think you chose to write for children?
 
I see a huge need for more books that portray children of color in a positive light.  I also see a need for more books that encourage the learning of a foreign language. I write all of my children’s picture books as trilingual books because a child’s brain is wired to learn language when he or she is young.
 
4) You mentioned that many of the stories from My Birthday is September Eleven are true. Are all your stories/books based on true events? Where else do you get your inspiration?
 
Yes, most of my stories/books are based on true events.  Having been an educator for the past twenty five years affords me many opportunities to see and experience many things.  Many times I am emotionally moved by these experiences and I must find a way to channel the emotions into a positive way and writing provides me with that outlet. For instance, around ten years ago, I received a call from a woman who adopted a Haitian little girl.  The little girl only spoke Creole; she wanted me to help her communicate with her in Creole.  I was very honored and blessed to help her.  I later learned that the little girl was dropped off at the local adoption agency in Port-au-Prince Haiti, because her mom could not feed her.
 I carried that information in my heart and I always wanted to write a story about it.  This is where the idea for the story “No More Hunger” came from.  Imagine the pain that mother experienced when she dropped her daughter off.  I hope my story will bring attention to what goes on in my native land of Haiti.
 
I also get inspired by what I see in my classroom.  I taught middle school for fifteen years.  During my tenure as a middle school teacher I observed how cruel students can be towards one another.  It pained me greatly to witness the way many bi-racial children were constantly teased and picked on.  The short story “Zebra Boy” is based on what I saw happening to those children.  Honestly, it would take me two lifetimes to write about all the things I have seen and experienced as a classroom teacher.   
 
5) What would you have liked to have been told as a budding writer?
 
It would have been nice to know how difficult it is to market yourself.  Getting published is only the first step; the real work begins with marketing yourself and your book.
 
6) Can you tell us something that your readers may not have guessed about you?
 
I love being an American citizen.  My life changed for the better when I set foot in America. I believe the only way to beat bigotry is through education. Through hard work and dedication one can achieve great things.
 
 
7) Is there anything else you would like your readers to know?
 
Never give up on your dreams.  When I first came to America, after reading many books from the Curious George series, I instantly knew that I would one day write my own picture book.  I also invite all readers interested in learning more about me can visit my sites:
 
My Sister Is My Best Friend Blog:

Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle Blog:
 
 Websites:
 
 Educational Expert:
 
Blogcritics Contributor:
 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

MAY THROUGH LATE OCTOBER- SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON


A SEA TURTLE WITH SAND ON HER FACE AND EYES


FLORIDA-THE MOST IMPORTANT NESTING AREA IN THE UNITED STATES FOR SEA TURTLES

Did you know that Florida is home to 50,000 sea turtles?  In just a few weeks female sea turtles will start coming ashore to lay her eggs.   The nesting season begins in May until late October.   The female sea turtle nests every two to three years.   In one season, she lays several   nests.
The task of coming to ashore is very hard work; the female turtle drags her massive body to the beach and uses her back flippers to dig a hole so she can lay around 100 rubbery eggs the same size as a ping pong ball.  Next, the turtle instinctively uses her flippers to cover up her eggs with sand.  Sometimes, the sand will end up on the turtle’s eyes making it virtually impossible to return back to the ocean.   This is what happened to the sea turtle I came across near my home in Haiti.   The turtle’s eyes were completely covered with sand and could not see well enough to return to the ocean. 
 I so wanted to help return the sea turtle back to the ocean, but much to my dismay my father ordered the cook to make soup out of the turtle.  YAK! YAK!  I never touched that soup and I will never, ever forget that horrible day.  That night, I cried myself to sleep.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A TURTLE
if you live near the beach, or you are on vacation and you come across a sea turtle
call the Florida Marine Patrol at 1-800-DIAL FMP

Friday, March 18, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Roles of Sea Turtles in the Ecosystem

Did you know that sea turtles play key roles in two important ecosystems?
In oceans- Sea turtles eat sea grass that grows on the sea floor.  It is essential for sea grass to remain short in order for them to stay healthy.  Healthy sea grass beds ensure that species of fish and marine life will thrive bountifully.
Beaches and dunes- When sea turtles come to shore to lay eggs, hatchlings that fail to make it back into the ocean decompose and become a source of nutrient for dune vegetation.
Sea turtles are very important to both marine and human life.   I am happy that many laws have been passed to help protect sea turtles.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

I always take time each year to reflect on the true meaning of Black History Month. Martin Luther King Junior paid a monumental price and that is why we can celebrate Black History Month. I am very thankful for that. I often ponder many other things as well, like how far we have come and where we are going. One thing that always leaves me feeling blue is the number of African American youths who have fallen through the cracks. Most of these youths drop out of school because they do not have the right parental support. How unfortunate is that? There must be a way to make a difference in the lives of these youths.

The sobering truth, as harsh as it may appear, is that unless someone steps in to make a difference most of these youths will end up in jail.
This year of 2011 I am feeling extremely hopeful, because at the school where I currently teach, my principal, Mr. Allen Smith, has taken his leadership to a level I have never seen before. I applaud him very loudly. To start off the school year, Mr. Smith had the faculty return to school two days early. During the two days the staff sat through a very powerful training program called: Education Done the Right Way…Through Relationships.
What do relationships mean to the student? Perhaps school is the only place where he or she feels safe and where an adult actually does care about his or her wellbeing. In order to teach the students at our school, the faculty needs to reach out and build relationships with them. A great leader sees the need and finds ways to help meet those needs. This is why I so appreciate Mr. Allen Smith: he saw a need and made sure to set up his faculty with the necessary training so they can provide the best for all students.
A word of caution: Building relationships does not mean putting into full use the prejudice of low expectations. The last thing we need to do is to feel sorry for these students and let them get away with murder. One can build relationships and still hold the students accountable for their actions. It is the loving thing to do, because anything else will set up these students for failure later on when they become adults. I love Denzel Washington’s statement in the movie Remember the Titans, where he said: “Do not patronize these kids; you will set them up for failure.”
It is never easy to reach every single student. There are a few who are definitely set in their ways and they make it very difficult for the teacher to teach. At the onset of second semester, I had a difficult time with a few students. I had resigned myself to thinking that perhaps there was no way I could help these students. Well, much to my delight, Mr. Allen Smith flew in a guest speaker, Jason L. Perry from Oak Tree Leadership, to speak to the faculty. What Mr. Perry shared infused me with a renewed vigor to reach out to these difficult students. Once again through this training I learned that rules without relationship lead to rebellion. Education is about relationship and friendship. I applied what I learned and thus was able to reach these difficult students.
Mr. Smith has taken his unrelenting desire to help the students at Martin Luther King Jr. Early College to an even higher level by hiring a new assistant principal who in my opinion has the students’ best interest at heart. Mr. Nick Dawkins, a Belfer scholar who also attended a summer programme in literature at Oxford University, is doing an outstanding job helping the teachers with behavioral issues. Just last week, he held a special meeting with a group of boys who were making it extremely difficult to teach.


The meeting proved to be very productive because the boys returned to class with a new attitude. They sat down and completed their work. Today, after a four-day holiday weekend, the same students returned to class, sat down, and did their work.

I am feeling very hopeful that at Martin Luther King Jr. Early College in Denver, Colorado Martin Luther King’s dream is being realized. As a school we strive to make each day a success. Yes! We do encounter challenges, but we never give up.
So in celebration of Black History Month I want to say thank you to Mr. Allen Smith and Mr. Nick Dawkins for their great leadership.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  - Martin Luther King Jr-


Sunday, February 6, 2011

GREAT TIPS FROM AWARD WINNING AUTHOR, MAYRA CALVANI

Article first published at:

http://utahchildrenswriters.blogspot.com/

  A blog  about a group of talented authors from Utah who aim to enrich the lives of children everywhere .
 

I asked award-winning author Mayra Calvani, who is currently doing a virtual author tour, to share some tips with us today as part of her World of Ink Tour. Mayra not only writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She’s a reviewer for The New York Journal of Books, co-editor of Voice in the Dark ezine and a...Mother. I couldn’t think of a better person to motivate and inspire us today.

Guest post with Award-winning Author Mayra Calvani: How to Set Writing Goals with a Family

“Nothing has a stronger influence
psychologically on their environment
and especially on their children
than the unlived life of the parent.”
--C. G. Jung


You want to start your career as a writer, and you have young kids at home. How do you find the time to write and actually produce something while your children ask you for sandwiches, demand you play with them, or refuse to take a nap? Writing with kids at home isn’t easy, but it can be done.

The following are 7 tips to setting writing goals with a family:

Be realistic

If you set your goals too high, you’ll crash and you’ll be left with feelings of failure, frustration and bitterness. This will have a strong impact on the way you feel about yourself as a mom and wife, and will affect the time you spend with your loved ones. Face it, unless you have a nanny, you won’t have a lot of free time until your kids are old enough to go to pre-school. If you’re not able to set your writing goal to one hour a day, or even half an hour, what about 15 minutes? Start small. Take baby steps. Persistence is vital: If you stick to it, a lot can be accomplished in just 15 minutes a day over a long period of time. In 15 minutes, you can plot a scene, profile or interview a character, write dialogue, do research on a specific topic for your book, etc. Everybody can set aside 15 minutes of writing time.

Get organized

This is the key to succeed! Buy a planner or calendar and schedule your week in advance every Sunday. This way, come Monday morning, you’ll know what to do. What’s the best time to set aside those 15 minutes? Does your child take a morning or afternoon nap? Do you have the type of child who would be happy playing in a playpen by himself while you write? Could you hire a teenager to look after your child twice a week for an hour, while you write in the next room? Perhaps you know other moms who are in a similar situation and who would be interested in taking turns taking care of the kids? Brainstorm various possibilities. When there’s a will, there’s a way.

Stay flexible

You might not always be able to follow your daily writing goals. You know what? That’s perfectly fine. Life often gets in the way. In fact, it feels as if life always gets in the way when you have a family, doesn’t it? The planner is there to keep you motivated, focused, and steered in the right direction. However, those words aren’t set in stone. If you can’t meet your writing goal for that day, just try to get back in track the next. Pat yourself on the back and tell yourself, “I tried my best.” It’s like with a diet. You don’t have to quit the whole diet just because you broke it one day by eating pizza.

Be consistent

Books are made of words, sentences, paragraphs. Depending on how fast a writer or how inspired you are, you can write words, sentences and even a whole paragraph or paragraphs in 15 minutes. The key here is to keep doing it regularly over a long period of time. You have heard it many times: write a page a day, and one year later you have a 365-page book.

Stop procrastinating

If only I had more time!
I’ll write when my kids start school.
I’m always so busy!
When I’ll retire, that’s when I’ll write that book.

Blah, blah, blah. Listen: there’s never a perfect or right time to write. You just have to stop whining and you have to do it. Why leave for later what you can start doing now? Life is short and unpredictable. You have no control over the future. However, you have control over the now.

Love yourself

You work hard. You’re always there for your children, husband, parents, relatives and friends. Why is it that you so often forget about yourself? Treat yourself like a precious jewel. And I’m not talking about being selfish—though being a little selfish is often the best thing you can do to be able to give yourself to others. Reward your accomplishments, however small. When you love yourself, you’ll find the time to set aside those writing times because you know your goals and dreams are important. When you do what’s important to you, you feel accomplished and fulfilled emotionally and intellectually. When this happens, you’re able to give yourself to your family without reservations. Mostly importantly, the quality of those family moments will increase because you won’t resent them.

Set Your Priorities

How badly to do want to become an established author? Can you live with your home not being spotless or dust-free at all times? Or with letting the laundry accumulate once in a while? Because this is, exactly what will happen once you’ve made your decision of becoming an author. You’ll face times when you’ll have to choose between writing or doing the laundry. I’m not saying you should neglect your family and put your writing first. What I’m saying is you don’t have to be a ‘super’ mom at all times.

You have the potential to make your dreams come true. Nevertheless, you have to believe in them and you have to follow a plan. You also have to make them a priority in your life. Keeping these tips in mind will help you achieve your dreams and become a happier writer. As I always say, a happy writer is a happy mama.



 
 You can learn more about Award-winning Author Mayra Calvani, her books, follow future guest post, interviews and her World of Ink Virtual Author Tour at

About Mayra Calvani:
Award-winning author Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She’s a reviewer for The New York Journal of Books and co-editor of Voice in the Dark ezine. She's had over 300 reviews, interviews, stories, and articles published in print and online. Mayra is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Children's Writer's Coaching Club. Visit her website at www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com. She also keeps a blog at www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com.

February 7th Mayra will be a guest on the Book Marketing Network where she will be sharing about how to pitch our book.
http://thebookmarketingnetwork.com/profiles/blog/list?user=VSGrenier&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_url

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A MUST READ REVIEW

Review first posted at:

 http://nathaliemvondo.wordpress.com/

A blog on multiculturalism in children's literature

 

Trilingual Picture Book Review: MARIE & HER FRIEND THE SEA TURTLE, by Nicole Weaver

Posted by Nathalie Mvondo on February 3, 2011
*grin* No, I’m not writing this post in three different languages. Pour la version française express, lire la fin du poste. Trans: scoop to the end of the post for an express French version of the review. :)
I want to live on an island, with a bright blue sky and coconut trees dancing as waves whisper in rhythm tales of lost travelers washing ashore: Sea Turtles. There is something about reading Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle, especially in winter. The story takes a hold of your heart and doesn’t let go until you turn the last page. The illustrations pull you in before you’ve had a chance to gasp: They appear simple enough so that a young child can fully appreciate them yet they are, in my humble opinion, beautifully done; the blend and joy conveyed by the colors add to the warmth and sometimes tension of the story; And Marie, I love the fact that virtually any brown little girl can recognize herself in her. I looked closely the first time she appeared on the page and wondered:
“What is she? African-American? Hispanic? Bi-racial?…”
Answer: It doesn’t really matter.
Marie, as you might have guessed, lives on an island and one of her favorite activities is to collect seashells. She one day comes across a huuuuuuge turtle in distress. How did the turtle end up there? Will her new friend make it? Or end up in a… stew? I feared for the turtle’s life as I read along.
Though its structure is somewhat unconventional for a picture book, there are a variety of elements I like about Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle. Primo, come on. The book is written in three languages: English, French and Spanish! That in itself is a treat for a picture book. You get to entertain children with a meaningful story, but you also broaden their world by exposing them to new languages. My Spanish is terrible, but I caught myself drawn to and reading in Spanish regardless. Deuxio: You (kid or adult reader) get a glimpse at a harsh reality for the non-native, through learning a fact or two about islanders’ taste in food as well as the reason(s) behind the turtle’s predicament. Last but not least, the story is… I want to say cute but, really has a deeper meaning than one might think at first.
And to be honest, I was also moved by the narrative’s and illustrations’ cheerfulness in light of the earthquake that shook Haiti last year and claimed so many lives. The context matters.
Mary and her friend the Sea Turtle is polyglot author and teacher Nicole Weaver‘s first book. It is illustrated by Ruben Chavez, a personal friend of the author, and was published in March 2009 under the umbrella of Outskirts Press, a company based in Denver, Colorado. The book is available on Amazon, including in a Kindle format for $4.99. In addition, Nicole maintains a wonderful website, where you can print games or fun exercises that help you learn French, seasoned with food related topics (her Christmas) served with mouthwatering pictures. Nicole’s next book will be released this year, by Guardian Angel Publishing.
I highly recommend Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle. Pick it up and you will not regret it. Did I mention that a large portion of the book’s proceeds go to the Lambi Fund of Haiti for relief efforts? :)
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of the book from the author. Happy reading!
Pour nos lecteurs francophones:
Okay, les amis! P’tit résumé rapide: Marie et son Amie la Tortue de Mer est un livre délicieux et chaleureux écrit par Nicole Weaver, une maîtresse et autoresse haïtienne qui parle couramment le créole, le français (ben bien sûr!), l’anglais et l’espagnol. Nicole enseigne des classes bilingues, en français et espagnol, et elle vit aux états-unis avec sa famille.
Marie et son Amie la Tortue de Mer est l’histoire d’une petite fille qui se retrouve nez à nez avec… un quadrupède marin en détresse. Son amie va-t-elle s’en sortir, ou finir dans un pot de soupe? Mystère. Ouvrez le livre pour en decouvrir le dénouement. :)
L’ouvrage est illustré par Ruben Chavez, un ami proche de Nicole, et est disponible sur Amazon en version papier et Kindle, pour $4.99. Une grande partie des profits est donnée à Lambi Fund, pour aider les victimes du tremblement de terre qui a secoué l’île l’année dernière. Je recommande chaleureusement ce livre qui, bien qu’unique par sa structure, a beaucoup de coeur.
Voili voilou. Passez une très bonne journée. *smile*

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

PICTURE BOOK MARATHON 2011

I am participating in the Picture Book Marathon 2011.  So far so good.  I have written one story and about to finish my second one.  My goal is to write 26 new picture book manuscripts.  Wish me luck!

MY INTERVIEW WITH KRISTI BERNARD

Nicole Weaver Gets Kids Reading In Multiple Languages


Nicole Weaver
Author Nicole Weaver
This weeks featured author at Get Kids To Read is Nicole Weaver. Nicole get kids reading in multiple languages.
Nicole weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children’s trilingual picture book titled ” Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.” The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti. Her second trilingual children’s picture book will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing. The book titled, ” My sister is my Best Friend ” will be published 2011.




How do you promote kids and reading?
I think the best thing we can do for kids is to help them develop a love for reading. As a parent and teacher, I encourage kids to read books on topics that are of interest to them. I read and review a lot of children’s books. I post the reviews on my blog, Blogcritics and Amazon so parents can learn about these books.
Tell us about your website?
On my website http://nicole-weaver.com, I like posting activities about learning French and Spanish.
Will you be doing any school book tours for 2011?
It is impossible for me to do school visits because I teach fulltime. I have done library visits. I am scheduled to do readings at several after school centers.
What are your thoughts on the new technology for reading a book?
I think books will never go out of style completely, but I think many people are fascinated with the Kindle E- reader. Due to high interest, most publishers will be forced to publish book s in kindle. My first trilingual book is currently being published in kindle.
What advice do you have for parents on getting their kids reading?
Parents can do a lot to get kids reading. Here are a few suggestions:
  1. Allow kids to read books that are of interest to them
  2. Take kids to the library to attend reading programs
  3. Take kids to local book fairs so they can purchase books that are of interest to them
  4. Create a special space where you and your kids can spend time reading together (when my three children were younger we sat in a special area in the family room to read. Kids emulate their parents, if they see their parents reading ; they too will want to do the same.
Marie and her friend the sea turtle
Marie And Her Friend The Sea Turtle

Thanks so much for stopping by Nicole and sharing your tips with us today.
If you would like to know more about Nicole please visit her website at
http://nicole-weaver.com
You can also visit her at The Neophyte Writer and Kristi’s Book Nook.

Monday, January 17, 2011

NATURAL AND HUMAN THREATS TO SEA TURTLES



WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
1) Anyone who lives near a beach should turn lights off at night-especially those seen from the beach.

2) Never leave beach chairs or other items out overnight.  They can entrap nesting sea turtles or hatchings, leading to their death.

3) Never approach or take flash photos of turtles.  Lights and noise can hinder turtles' ability to nest or find their way back to the sea.

4)Keep oceans, bays and rivers pollution-free.  Take a trash bag with you when you go to the beach and remove any trash you see. 

BE SURE TO REPORT INJURED OR DEAD SEA TURTLES, POACHING OF EGGS OR OTHER WILDLIFE EMERGENCIES.  CALL WILDLIFE ALERT HOTLINE- 1-888-404-3922

Thursday, January 13, 2011

HOPE FOR HAITI ONE YEAR LATER

Click on the link below to read and view a news interview about the good Lambi Fund of Haiti is  doing for earthquake victims.  If you ever pondered upon making a donation for Haiti relief efforts, Lambi Fund is a good , sound organization to donate to.  In this tough economy, I feel confident that every single cent I donate to the Lambi Fund  will be used to actually help the earthquake victims.  Please feel free to leave comments.

http://www.9news.com/news/world/article.aspx?storyid=175344&catid=328&plckFindCommentKey=CommentKey:f360f6ef-a106-4cca-bf0c-1b7d72c1ab54#CommentKey:f360f6ef-a106-4cca-bf0c-1b7d72c1ab54

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

                                  HAITI: ONE YEAR LATER

SIGNING OF EMERGENCY GRANTS
HAITIAN GIRLS ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL


Hello all :  Below is an article I wrote that was published on Blogcritics earlier today.  I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who gave a donation for Haiti relief.   I also want to say thank you to those who have purchased a copy of "Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle" I donate a portion of the proceeds from book sales to the Lambi Fund of Haiti.

Today is the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that changed my native Haiti forever. Even though life in Haiti will never be the same, I would like to take a moment to talk about some good news I received from Karen Ashmore, executive director of the Lambi Fund of Haiti, an organization whose goal is to assist "community-based organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people."

Immediately following the earthquake, the Lambi Fund sprang into action to provide immediate and effective relief to needy families. The Fund distributed emergency grants to 44 grassroots organizations to purchase life essentials like food, water, shelter, and medical supplies. A total of 8,000 - 9,000 people received emergency relief, representing 1,080 families with an average of eight people per family.
It is truly heartwarming to have learned how quickly the Lambi Fund staffers came to the aid of the Haitian people.

Here is what two individuals had to say about the Lambi Fund:
Mr. Josephat, a member of a community organization in the Artibonite, recalled:
"I had 21 people, strangers staying with me and my family. We did not think twice about welcoming them, but we had not yet figured out how they would be cared for or how they would be fed.
"When we heard about Lambi Fund's program to help impacted families, I was so happy that I cried. I cried because I was touched and shocked that people who had been at the center of this disaster had the time to think about us.
"I was so proud to be a member of a strong organization, and I really deeply understood why being organized is the path to a better life. We would have been left to our own devices without Lambi Fund's support.
"The government never came and the NGOs which did drop by brought free food supplies and their methods of distribution stripped us of our dignity."


A beneficiary of the Fund's assistance said:
“My name is Ostazia. My husband and I have 10 children and we live in the North West. After the January 12, 2010 earthquake which destroyed Port-au-Prince, our household increased by 10 more people. This was extremely problematic as we did not have the means to care for them. It is thanks to my organization and the Lambi Fund that we got the relief we so desperately needed. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, THANK YOU!”

The above news made my day. I am very thankful for such a great organization as the Lambi Fund. I will continue to donate money to the Fund, because I know that the money is being put to good use.
For an extensive breakdown of Lambi Fund’s earthquake relief, please read the Earthquake Activities Update on their website.


Read more: http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/haiti-one-year-later/page-2/#ixzz1Ar8tc6Mg

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/haiti-one-year-later/#ixzz1Ar79MkPS

Monday, January 3, 2011

TURTLE PARTS

Turtle Parts

Carapace of a turtle
Carapace-top shell, an outgrowth of bone.
Flippers-pond turtle has flat feet, webbed toes for digging in mud, tearing food, courtship, sea turtle has broad flippers for swimming.
Plastron-bottom shell
A turtle's scutes
Scutes-scales over both shells, made of keratin like your fingernails
A turtle withdrawing into its shell
Neck-pond turtle can fold neck into its shell in S-shape, sea turtle can't
Nostrils-near the top of head so turtle won't have to stick head far out of water to breathe
Turtle beak
Beak-no teeth, but jagged beak catches, holds, and slices food
Ears-no outside parts to slow it down underwater

LEATHERBACK TURTLES

                                     LEATHERBACK TURTLES

Did you that the female leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle in the world?  This turtle is as big as a single bed and weighs more than a refrigerator.  Her skin is thick and rubbery.  When she comes to shore to lay her eggs  she crawls very slowly because of her huge body. Adults can grow almost as long as 10 feet . In a single year an adult leatherback might migrate 9,320 miles.
This turtle will nest every two or three years and will lay seventy to ninety eggs in each nest.  In a single nesting season, she may return to a beach five or six times to lay her eggs.
Leatherbacks are endangered with the greatest threats coming from fishing nets, in which the sea turtle may drown.