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Alice in La-La-Land by Robert Wright Campbell
Art Work by the Pasadena College of Art and Design
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
Aunt Crete's Emancipation by Grace Livingston Hill
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! by Rosetta Stone
Blood Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds
A Century of America's Favorite Foods by Sue Dawson
A Chance to See Egypt by Sandra Scofield
A Color Clown Comes to Town by Jane Belk Moncure
The Creature in the Teacher by Christopher Pike
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
Happy Birthday Frankie by Sarah Weeks
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Minnie by Annie M.G. Schmidt
A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
Numbers by DK Books
Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Pfister
The Secret Three by Mildred Myrick
The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
Shapes by DK Books
A Simple Monk by Alison Wright
Stargate by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
Touch and Feel Baby Animals by DK Books
Viva Las Buffy by Scott Lobdell
The Walking Stones by Mollie Hunter

Miscellaneous:
Fill Her Up
A Full Night's Sleep
Happy Halloween
A Long Day for Sean
On Holiday While Sleeping
Our Trip to the Peninsula
Playing the Same Games
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Comments for Playing the Same Games:

Goat at SchoolPlaying the Same Games: 10/11/06

Last night on our way to the monthly BookCrossing meeting, Sean and I had a chance to finally talk about the new school without interruption. Listening to him enthusiastically describe his day brought back memories of my own year or so at preschool thirty years ago.

Sean is learning all the classic play-songs that kids seem to learn at this age. I remember how we would be taken out to the grassy part of the play ground each day to play a new game. I especially remember learning how to play "Ring Around the Rosy" and "London Bridge" as both were fun but sounded dangerous. I remember thinking things like: "What if we can't get up after we all fall down?" and "Which girl was locked up and what if they want to lock me up and throw away the key next time?" In Sean's case, they are learning "The Hokey Pokey" and another one I'm having trouble recognizing from Sean's description.

Then during free play, I remember my friends and I (whose names I have forgotten) would wander off the blacktop to a patch of sandstone hillside, heavily eroded by years of rain. It had a wonderful view of the canyon and Genessee Road far below. We had decided that there were dinosaur bones buried there and if we just stuck with it, we'd discover them and become famous. Now Sean is doing the same thing with his friends in patch of dirt near the goat pen. Sean and I had never discussed my old dinosaur hunting days and yet here he and I are sharing this moment of play!



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