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Virtual Visits Are Real


We may not have students
gathering round us,
asking questions,
telling us stories,
and offering hugs.
But virtual visits
still connect us
to students’ hearts
and minds.

Thank you, parents and teachers
for reaching out.

I am fortunate to have your support
as are your students–FOR REAL!

Meeting students, parents, and teachers is one of the best parts of my job!
I am looking forward to meeting many of you virtually this year, during school visits!

How does an alligator clean her teeth?

AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

Program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

Photography website:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

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After 8 Years . . . a Reader’s Promise


Mateo as a second grader

After a school program, an excited second grader named Mateo came up to me and asked, “Have you written any books about conquistadors?”

I hadn’t, I told him. Then I suggested,
“If you are interested, you could do some research and write about them yourself.”

Eight years later, Mateo e-mailed to tell me that he had done just that.

Intrigued by Mateo and his writing project, I had a conversation with him.
Here are some snippets:

1. After eight years, what propelled you to begin researching and writing about conquistadors?

During Quarantine I had a lot of time to reflect, and so I made a list of things to accomplish. I had made a promise to begin this project, and I always keep my promises.

2. What did you enjoy most about this work?

When I was a kid I always wanted to learn more about the conquistadors, so accomplishing this long time goal of mine was a grand reward in the sense of making “childhood me” happy.

3. Is there anything about conquistadors that especially surprised you?

I think the thing that really surprised me was the exceeding amount of mutiny and betrayal found among them.

4. What aroused your curiosity about conquistadors?

I really think that my curiosity was originally sparked by Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated (my favorite show at the time). The show’s main mystery was the disappearance of the conquistadors, the founders of their town Crystal Cove. Back then, I really couldn’t tell the difference between fact and fiction.

Fact and Fiction:
Real-life animals who inspired monster myths

5. You told me that Real-Life Sea Monsters changed your feelings about reading. How so?

Before your book I hated reading. But your book changed my view. The incredible artwork grabbed my attention. And when you turned fiction to fact that really amazed me and made me enjoy reading more and more every day. It showed me something that I had not previously seen. Now I realize how much we can truly learn from books.

Mrs. Tigges, Mateo’s second grade teacher:
“I am so proud of Mateo.
It is a teacher’s dream to build a lifelong desire to learn.”

6. What are your favorite types of books?

I love history, fiction, science fiction, biographies, mysteries, adventure, monster horror, dystopian, survival, and science.

This is Mateo today.
He enjoys inventing–coming up with mechanical, logical and/or technical solutions–and is working on an A.I. assistant project.
Mateo’s parents: Florencia and Daniel,
to whom Mateo has requested that I dedicate this post.

Thank you for reaching out to me, Mateo.
We often do not know what influence our books have.
You are an inspiring person!

Meeting students, parents, and teachers is one of the best parts of my job!
I am looking forward to meeting many of you virtually this year, during school visits!

AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

Program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

Photography website:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

Author_visit_program_school_Mass_nonfiction_223.jpeg

Flower Box Babies


Here’s How It All Began:

No Eggs.

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Empty Robin Nest–Turdus migratorius

New Egg.

Robin Egg–Turdus migratorius

Four Eggs.

Robin Eggs–Turdus migratorius

Blue Eggs.

Robin Eggs–Turdus migratorius

Last one out is a rotten egg!

Baby Robins –Turdus migratorius

One Week Later!

Baby Robins –Turdus migratorius

Stay tuned to keep posted on their progress.

I miss being in the classroom with you.
But I am looking ahead to our gathering together 
to celebrate reading and writing!

AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

Program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

Photography website:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

Author_visit_program_school_Mass_nonfiction_223.jpeg

Silent Spring?


Marsh Wren in Cattails, Cistothorus palustris
Marsh Wren in Cattails, Cistothorus palustris

In this “silent spring” 

the birds still sing.

 

Red-winged Blackbird Singing, Agelaius phoeniceus
Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus

 

I miss being in the classroom with you.
But I am looking ahead to our gathering together 
to celebrate reading and writing!

AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

Program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

Photography website:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

Author_visit_program_school_Mass_nonfiction_223.jpeg

Newton Authorfest


Come and meet everyone!

AF Author Promo_Judith Jango-Cohen

What:    Authorfest Book Sale and Signing

Who:      Twenty-five authors and illustrators

Where:  Zervas School in Newton, MA

When:   November 6, 2019 from 3:15-5:30

Here’s the link to the list of participants:

AuthorFest Book Signing Event 12×18

Hope to meet you in the classroom this year.

Keep reading and writing!

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AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

 

Program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

 

Photography website:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

 

Fourth Grade FaceTime


Dear Judith, TY for your amazing spirit & support! You are an amazing author, my Ss are blessed to have met you & learn from you! #cbrsd
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Thank YOU, Jennifer Cimini. Your classroom has a dynamic atmosphere that I could feel even from afar. So glad to have connected. You are inspiring!

 

Greetings!


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I’m glad you’re here!

I hope the photographs and activities
you peruse on these posts and pages
will inspire awe
in our Earth’s beauty and mysteries.

Boy Kissing Baby Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta

This child-like delight is something to hold tight.

Helping children celebrate the world’s wonders
is my happy pursuit
as an author, photographer, and speaker.
Pages about my nonfiction books and school programs,
are indicated by the tabs at the top.

Thank you for visiting!
Judith

Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes

 

 

 

Featured post

Science Snippet: Musical Migrants


Science Word in the News: MIGRATE

Canada Goose babies, Branta canadensis
Canada Goose babies

Migrating animals
Never guess.
They know where to go
With no GPS.

Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncates
Bottlenose Dolphin

Definition: MIGRATE means to move from one region or habitat to another.

Male Monarch Butterfly, Milkweed Butterfly, Danaus plexippus
Male Monarch Butterfly

Derivation: MIGRATE comes from the Latin word migrāre,
which means to move from place to place.

Other words with this root:
Immigrant
 a person who comes to live permanently in a new country
Migrant
a person or animal who migrates
OR
 a person who moves from place to place for work, especially a farm laborer

African Elephant Eating, Loxodonta africana
African Elephant

Examples:
Gray Whales
Each fall they travel 5,000 miles from Arctic feeding grounds to warm Mexican breeding lagoons. In the spring they head back.
African Elephant
At the start of the dry season they migrate to find water holes.
Monarch Butterflies
In autumn, they fly 2,500 miles to warmer regions in Mexico or southern California.

Did You Know?
Many European song birds migrate to Africa in the winter. Some scientists believe they use this time to practice their singing–“like a bird band camp”–in preparation for the mating season when they return.

Red-winged Blackbird Singing, Agelaius phoeniceus
Male Red-Winged Blackbird

In the news:
Read about “bird band camp”:
New Scientist

Find out more!
View an entertaining migration video:
Kids Learning Animation Video

See more migrating animals at my husband’s and my photography website: http://www.agpix.com/cohen

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View my program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

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Read or download my school program/author visit brochure:

AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

Science Snippet: Home Sweet Arthropod


Science Word in the News: ARTHROPOD

Common Desert Centipede, Banded Desert Centipede, Banded Centipe
Common Desert Centipede

Some are pretty. Some  are not.
Some are huge. Some . . . a dot.
They outnumber us, 200 to one.
You can’t escape them; there’s no place to run.
They live high and low, in Earth’s every nook . . .
Even in your room. Go look.

Zig-zag Spider, Neosconia oaxcensis, Neosconia cooksonii
Zig-zag Spider

Definition: An ARTHROPOD is an animal with jointed legs, an external skeleton, and a segmented body.

Sally Lightfoot Crab on Lava Rock, Grapsus grapsus
Sally Lightfoot Crab

Derivation: ARTHROPOD comes from two Greek words.
Arthro means joint and podos means foot.

Other words with these roots:
Arthritis, a painful inflammation of the joints
Podiatrist, a doctor who treats foot problems
Tripod, a three-legged stand

Female Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly, Female Cloudless Giant Sulph
Female Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

Examples:
Insects, such as butterflies and ants
Spiders
Centipedes
Crabs

Did You Know?
A scientific survey found that an average of 100 arthropod species live in every American home. Some roam in search of food crumbs. Others hunt for hair or nail clippings.

Painted Locust, Schistocerca melanocera, Sullivan Bay, Santiago,
Painted Locust, Galapagos NP

In the news:
Learn more about the arthropod home survey:
New Scientist

Find out more!
Discover the largest known arthropod species:
Wildlife Journal Junior

See more interesting arthropods at my husband’s and my photography website:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

View my program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

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Read or download my school program/author visit brochure at:

Hiker in Borrego Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, BoAUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Positively passionate 4th grade teacher, mom, being myself and helping others!

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