I read Papa's Backpack on hoopla. It is a sing-songy kind of story about a child with a military parent. I think I missed some of the design elements by trying to read it on a small device.
Connect Your Summer Experiences
I tried my hand at the Library History Timeline. You'd think I'd be better at it, since I've been part of the library so long. Plus I've been sitting here all summer watching everyone else give it a go. But I still missed a few!
I read Wild About Bears, by Jeannie Brett. And it's true. I AM wild about bears. The book is true, too. It's nonfiction. I think I still prefer Something About a Bear, though. That Jackie Morris really knows how to paint a bear. But both of these picture books have just a little information on all eight of the bear species out there today.
I read Lion & Tiger & Bear: Tag! You're It! It was about a small group of friends (including an exuberant bear) who play tag. But Lion is trying to paint and wants to be left alone. Sometimes I feel like Lion, but even he came around in the end and was willing to play.
I read Hank the Cowdog Case #61: The Case of the Prowling Bear. It's possible I was put off by the idea of a bear as the sneaky bad guy, but I didn't care for this too much.
I'm not sure what's more geeky than a bear enjoying Winnie the Pooh. This audiobook was delightful, if rather fast-paced. I actually don't think I've ever listened to an audiobook read quite so rapidly.
I worked on one of the puzzles in the Children's Department, and then, like the helpful bear I am, cleaned up all the pieces.
I hunted down the crossword answers for the Geek Out activity. Those rebels were all over the place, but I found them all!
I read Herman's Vacation, about two friends who choose to go on a camping trip, but who don't agree on how best to enjoy their vacation.
Mr. Bear's Animal Parade features a bear mailman who hits the road on his mail route and brings home a train full of friends for his lonely son.
I watched Bear Has a Story to Tell by Phillip and Erin Stead on Hoopla. It was a nicely animated video from Weston Woods. They put out some good stuff. Did you know that the Steads live in Ann Arbor? They are two amazing picture book creators.
I watched Disneynature's Bears, and wow, it blew me away! As a domesticated bear myself, I learned many new things about the wild Grizzlies in Alaska. My favorite part showed how they took video of the bears. (Helicopters and scuba gear, and very knowledgeable bear guides.) Very cool.
Read Salmon Bears: Giants of the Great Bear Rainforest. If you like bears in the great outdoors, this book is for you. I recommend checking it out just to see the photograph of the running bear (not something you see every day). I would love to take a trip up to British Columbia to see these distant relatives.
I played Animal BINGO. And I'm one proud bear. I found a bear-y title for just about every category. Some of my favorite finds (these won't give you a BINGO, but I really like these titles):
I completed the Dewey scavenger hunt for the week. I found the number I was looking for, and then found one of my favorite things right next door. I do feel a certain kinship with Hobbes, for some reason.
I submitted a joke in the drop box:
What do you call a panda with no clothes on?
A bare bear.
(I made this up myself.)
I read The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. I learned to never trust a dog, which I think is pretty common knowledge.
I read Ursa's Light by Deborah Marcero. It's about a little bear with big dreams. I loved reading about intrepid little Ursa, and love that she never gives up on her dreams. The illustrations are quite delightful.
I read The Legend of Sleeping Bear by Kathy-Jo Wargin. It made me very sad to read about the Mama Bear and her cubs, although it is nice to think of them all together as Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Manitou Islands. Here is a picture from the story that shows the Mama Bear waiting.
I read Finding Winnie, by Lindsay Mattick. It's about one of my favorite bears, Winnie-the-Pooh, but not the stories set in the Hundred Acre Wood. This book tells about the real-life inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh. I liked that the real bear, whose name was Winnipeg, was very friendly. But I liked even more that the man who found her always tried to do his best to keep her safe and happy.
I submitted my Michigan Summer Haiku. Here it is:
Michigan, home to
(Black Bear). Did you know?
Read The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield. The forest scenes reminded me of my own home from long ago. I hope this little bear might inspire others to follow their dreams while never forgetting the friends and family left behind.