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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

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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

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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

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GATOR AID


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Alligators may be scaly,
but they’re warm and fuzzy mothers.

One lucky day in the Everglades, my husband and I discovered a mother alligator with two hatchlings. One baby was snoozing on her snout. The other was napping nearby on a log. Before you could say, Alligator mississippiensis, excited hikers crowded around, oooohing, ahhhhing, and clicking countless photos.

Alligator Babies
Hatchling alligators are about a foot long and are camouflaged with yellow stripes.

Her peaceful outing foiled, the mother–with baby aboard–drifted into the brush. But she didn’t forget her other hatchling.
Nudging the floating log with her nose,  she pushed it away like a stroller!

American Alligator Baby, Alligator mississippiensis
American Alligator Baby, Alligator mississippiensis

Although alligators have a ferocious reputation, they are attentive mothers.
They guard their nest for three months and protect their young for up to three years.
Fish, birds,
mammals, and even large alligators, enjoy snacking on eggs and hatchlings. 

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Two hatchlings of different ages bask in the sawgrass.

Despite their mother’s devotion, only about one in ten alligator hatchlings will survive to adulthood.

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Alligator ‘s have more than 70 teeth. When one breaks, another grows it’s place!

For further exploration of crocodilians . . .

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I look forward to meeting some of you in the classroom.
Keep reading and writing!

AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

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

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

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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

 

Knock, Knock! Who’s there? Crayfish!


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Tap! Tap! Children knock on pots to call out their crayfish during a science experiment.

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Hmmmmmm . . . Male or female?

When I visit classrooms I learn about my readers–and from my readers! Thank you to all the teachers and students who welcomed me this year.

Below are some highlights.

“Gators, Octopi, and Grizzlies, Oh, My!”

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Pre-program Reading

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How does an alligator brush her teeth?

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Where’s the octopus’s stomach?

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Looking like an antelope

 

“Exciting Writing!”

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Revising fairy tales is exciting writing!

 

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“Making Music” with Alliteration!

 

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“Painting Pictures” with similes.

“Images of Immigrants”

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“Even those with no possessions carry three things with them: courage, hope, and a story.”

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Children whose ancestors are Jewish, Italian, and Irish

 

I look forward to meeting some of you in the classroom.

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

Who’s Reporting on Your Book? You May Never Know, Unless . . .


Version 2  . . . a lovely parent sends you photos.

 

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Matthew chose to report on porcupines.
He did some reading . . .

 

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and assembled a model with his sister Emily’s assistance.

 

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After many hours of research and work  . . . Ta da! A bristly beauty!

Matthew’s porcupine was ingeniously assembled with:
1. Styrofoam balls for the head and body
2. A large pine cone tail
3. Pipe cleaners for the hairs
4. Skewers for the body quills
5. Toothpicks for the face quills
6. A big button for the nose
7. Paper towel rolls for the legs
8. Styrofoam for the paws
9. A googly eye

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Matthew also built a terrific tri-fold with photos, facts, and an author biography!

 

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And here is his grade. Congratulations, Matthew!

 

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Thank you Valeska, for these photos and for allowing me to post your son’s inspiring work!    
Judith

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AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

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

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

I look forward to meeting some of you in the classroom.
Keep reading and writing!

Leif and Me: Iceland Part I


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Leif Erikson and me at his farmstead in Eiríksstaðir. “Leif the Lucky” was born in Iceland over 1000 years ago!

This summer, my husband and I visited Iceland,
a country with sprawling glaciers and sputtering geysers.

Icelandair Airlines Airplane Flying

One of the most spectacular sites was Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon–
formed from the meltwaters of  Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier.
As the glacier shrinks, the lagoon grows.

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Zooming through the Glacier Lagoon in a zodiac.

 We  sped past icebergs that have split off from the melting glacier.
This ice is over 1000 years old!

Melting glacials mean waterfalls–and they are abundant!

People at Gullfoss Waterfall, Hvítá river, Golden Circle, Icel
Gullfoss or “Golden Waterfall”

Rainbow and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Seljalands River, Iceland
The Seljalandsfoss rainbow appears on sunny days.

You can walk behind Seljalandsfoss, but be ready to get wet.

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Trail behind Seljalandsfoss

Gljufrabui Waterfall or “canyon dweller’ is a short walk from Seljalandsfoss. We found it hidden in a cave. But first we had to navigate a path of slippery rocks.

Person Under Gljufrabui Waterfall, Gljúfurá River, Hamragarða
Celebrating the splendor of Gljufrabui Waterfall

One drizzly day, we visited Faxi Waterfall.
The purple Lupine decorating its banks is a member of the pea family.

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There are more than 700 geothermal areas in Iceland.
Beautifully colored bacteria live in hot springs,
where underground heat brings the water to its boiling point.
We bought some geothermal apple bread that had been baked in the warm ground.

Algal Runoff and Hot Spring, Haukadalur Geothermal Area, Golden
Steamy hot spring at Haukadalur Geothermal Area

Geothermal energy provides more than 80%
of Iceland’s heat and hot water.
In Reykjavík, sidewalks stay snow-free–
heated by underground hot springs.

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In a few weeks I will post Part II of our Icelandic adventure.

Meanwhile, I look forward to the new school year
and to meeting you in the classroom.
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

 

 

Persuasive Writing in Action


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In Mrs. Braham’s classroom, writing lessons are not packed away like their chromebooks at the end of class.  These students have lifted their writing out of the classroom and lofted it into the wider world. Using persuasive writing, the third graders convinced the principal and the PTO to create a plastic bottle recycling program! What a “persuasive” lesson on the power of words.

I was excited to be with Ms. Braham’s students to help kick off their informational writing unit. Now I am looking forward to returning to see what they are up to next! @mrsbraham3 

Recycle Beat Proof Trash Cans, Yosemite National Park, Californi

AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

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

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

 

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