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Posted in Events, My Books, tagged Breaking the Silence:A Caregiver's Voice, Heritage Source, Jan Ken Po Craft Fair, Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry, Teacher You Look Like a Horse, Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, Wordsworth the Poet, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer on September 15, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Wordsworth the Poet and I will be so delighted to see you in Elk Grove.
Saturday, September 21.
We’ll be signing books at the Jan Ken Po Gakko Arts & Crafts Fair
from 9:30 – noon. The fair is from 9 – 3:30.
Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation Facility
9040 High Tech Court
Elk Grove CA 95758
Posted in education, My Books, On writing chldren's books, Students in classrooms, Uncategorized, tagged Being Japanese, Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, Suzume No Gakko, Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, Wordsworth the Poet, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer on July 19, 2013 | 3 Comments »
The Suzume No Gakko Summer School in San Jose
invited me to speak to their students in grades 1 – 6, on being an author. It was to captive audiences that I shared stories on how my Wordsworth books were written. But when Wordsworth made a surprise visit, the stage became all his.
Wordsworth was pretty excited and it looks like he shaved off his whiskers that morning. One alert first grader brought it to his attention.
Wordsworth promised to dance the waltz with everyone at his next visit.
Beloved personal collection of Elvis items will aid MVT
By Wayne Harada
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 12, 2013
Disclosure: I’ve been a collector of recorded music for more than 60 years. Imagine walls of shelves and boxes upon boxes on the floor containing vinyl 331⁄3 LPs, 45 rpm singles, cassettes, CDs and videos. To me, this was pure treasure; to my wife, junk that took up a whole bedroom and then some.
So clearing out a lifetime of recorded music — whole lotta spending and shaking going on over the decades — has been painful and nostalgic. There were easily 10,000 titles, representing a lifetime of memories and reflecting a soundtrack of my life from the 1950s to the present.
Amid the stash, I discovered vintage collectibles and decided to dub a parcel “The <B>Elvis Presley Quartet” to donate as a live-auction bundle for Manoa Valley Theatre’s upcoming Manoa Marquee fundraiser, “Rock ‘n’ Roll is Here to Stay!,” at 5 p.m. May 19 at the Pacific Club. Elvis may not realize it, but proceeds will help MVT continue its tradition of presenting quality stage productions.
The package includes:
» An autographed photo of The King. Got it when I was in high school. (I still savor another photo, addressed to me.)
» A limited-edition “Aloha Elvis” decanter of bourbon (still filled) with Elvis clad in a white jumpsuit and lei. This trophy was created for a USS Arizona Memorial fundraiser (a project he supported), and doubles as a music box that plays “Blue Hawaii.”
» Four mint-condition 33 1⁄3 vinyl LPs of Presley’s early best-sellers.
» A coffee-table book, “Elvis: A Celebration,” by Mike Evans, DK Publishing.
It’s priceless stuff, impossible to merely give away since it represents part of a storied history of listening, collecting, interviewing and reviewing Elvis over the decades. For the right collector of things Elvis, it’s a gold mine.
Are you that collector? If so, call 988-6131 for ticket info — and bring your credit card. …
PERSONALITIES: Congrats to isle author Frances Kakugawa; her “Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!” (Watermark Publishing) won best children’s book laurels at the 20th annual Book Awards Competition sponsored by the Northern California Publishers/Authors group. So all three of her “Wordsworth” books have that gold-seal winner’s decal on the cover. …
SMALL WORLD: When Matt Yee was at the Red Carpet Club in Narita, on a layover from Hong Kong/ Macau where he was performing, he overheard on the speaker: “Robert Cazimero, would you please …” Yep, Cazimero constantly visits Asia. Yee just staged his “Divas Live!” show in the Big Apple. …
ON BROADWAY: Local theater buffs who remember Kevin Gray, the Broadway actor who portrayed Scar in “The Lion King” in its Honolulu debut six years ago, may be interested in a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Monday at the Majestic Theatre, where “Phantom of the Opera” resides. Gray died Feb. 11; Harold Prince, Craig Schulman, Cris Groenendaal, Rebecca Luker, Hugh Panaro and Dodie Pettit (Gray’s widow) will participate. Share your aloha if you’re in the Big Apple. …
SHORTS OF SORTS: Universal is delaying “Jurassic Park 4″ filming even though director Colin Trevorrow has been prepping here for the June 24 shooting launch, now on hold. …
Frank De Lima’s Mother’s Day show unfolds twice, at 10:30 a.m. (brunch) and 6 p.m (dinner) today, at Pagoda’s C’est Si Bon. Call 948-8370. …
“Rain,” the Beatles experience, debuts Tuesday at Blaisdell Concert Hall. …
Society of Seven LV unveils a new show Tuesday at the Outrigger Waikiki’s Main Showroom. On weekends, “Live at the Outrigger” with Augie T and Andy Bumatai launches at 10 p.m. Saturday and repeats Saturdays thereafter. Call 923-7465. …
And that’s “Show Biz.” …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Barnes & Noble
6111 Sunrise Blvd
Citrus Heights, CA
It would be sooo embarrassing if no one came…..
Posted in Going Green, My Books, our children, Poetry, Poetry and Writing, Students in classrooms, tagged Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods, Nancy Arcayna, poetry contest for students, Star*Advertiser, Watermark Publishing, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer on February 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Wordsworth and I made the Hawaii newspaper today:
February 9, 2013
“Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!” by Frances H. Kakugawa (Watermark Publishing, $10.95), tells the tale of Wordsworth, a small Hawaii mouse, and a few of his friends who use poetry in their attempts save a koa tree grove.
Wordsworth is troubled when he finds a load of fallen trees on a truck bed and a bulldozer ready to plow down the last remaining tree, the one where he and his best friend, Emily, had carved their initials. As the tiny friends struggle to make a difference and preserve the forest, one of Wordsworth’s poems becomes a rallying point as two groups of adult mice debate the trees’ importance.
The friends find their “Save This Tree” poems taped to pine, mango and coconut trees. Young children might get lost in the words, but the message is endearing.
Tree in a Box kits, which can be purchased at www.bookshawaii.net for $14, include seeds to start a milo tree (a type of tree from the hibiscus family, similar to hau) along with a “Wordsworth” book.The activity of planting a tree may make the environmentally friendly message clearer for younger readers.
Colorful illustrations by Andrew J. Catanzariti bring the tale to life.
Write an ode to your favorite tree . Have a favorite tree that inspires you to write poetry? Watermark Publishing and Hawaii-born author Frances Kakugawa invite keiki in grades K-12 to participate in the “Wordsworth the Poet Poe-TREE Contest.” To enter the contest, kids are invited to follow the example of Wordsworth and write a poem that celebrates their favorite tree. Six prize packages — two per grade division: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 — will be awarded. Each package includes a copy of the three Wordsworth series books, a child’s gardening tool kit and Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods. Download the entry form at bookshawaii.net and click on News and Events. By March 1, send entries marked “ATTN: Wordsworth’s Poe-TREE Contest” via email to email@example.com or to Watermark Publishing, 1088 Bishop St. Suite 310, Hono?lulu, HI?96813. Winners will be notified April 15.
Posted in My Books, My Rants About Something, Poetry, Poetry and Writing, tagged Hawaiian Hardwood Allliance, Watermark Publishing, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer on February 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Look everyone. We have posted these photos to help answer a question that is often asked by people who come to Frances’ and my book signing events:
“What age is this book written for?”
( There’s another question that is often asked but we’ll talk about that on another day)
I like Frances’ answer when she says, “I’ve been signing these Wordsworth books for unborn children all the way to adults”. And she has. The themes in these books are relevant to people of all ages. Well, at least that’s what the reviewers have said. I also heard readers are writing haiku and tanka poems just like the poems in this book. And planting trees!
These two boys are sons of Frances’ former 6th grade student, Bob Webster, who now live in New York. Bob used to be like Wordsworth. In one of Frances’ poems, she wrote about Bob saying, after he finished writing a poem, “I’m all poemed out.” You can find this poem in Teacher, You Look Like a Horse on page 73. Sorry everyone, but I am forced to promote her other books, that was our understanding when I was allowed to add this post here. I know, the book business is tough, right?
Bob’s three sons are planning to plant a tree for the Wordsworth Plant a Tree Society in Spring. I guess it’s too snowy to plant trees in NY. Son #3 was taking a bath when this photo was taken.
And here’s Dorothy Jalcick enjoying my book. She’s with her daughter Diane Woodruff. A little bird told me Dorothy reads all of my three books over and over because she really likes them.
Now, that makes me feel good because books, if written well, are read over and over again. So thank you, Dorothy and boys,for enjoying Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!
We don’t have photos of another reader who is over 90 years old. When George read this book, he wanted to plant a Koa tree so Frances arranged to have one planted in his name, by the Hawaiian Hardwood Alliance. So we’re all happy folks on this page.
Posted in My Books, tagged Breaking the Silence:A Caregiver's Voice, eBooks for Frances, Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry, Watermark Publishing, Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, Wordsworth the Poet, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer on January 24, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Hawaii, My Books, Poetry, Sacramento Poetry Center, tagged Poetry contest, Sacramento Poetry Center, Watermark Publishing, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer on November 22, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Watermark Publishers who recently released my Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!
Author and Mouse Announce a Poetry Contest to Honor Trees: Wordsworth the Poet’s Poe-TREE Contest
Frances H. Kakugawa, author of the Wordsworth the Poet children’s books, and Watermark Publishing of Honolulu announce the Wordsworth the Poet “Poe-TREE Contest,” open to children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. (Contest rules follow.)
In Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! — the newest Wordsworth the Poet adventure released this month — a bulldozer has invaded the little mouse’s special koa grove where he often writes his poems. What should Wordsworth do? His new friend, Akiko, has an idea! Wordsworth, Akiko and their friends have all written poems about the special qualities of the trees they see around them — mango trees, coconut trees, kukui trees. Akiko tacks poems to each tree and reminds their neighbors of how important a part of their community the trees really are.
To enter the Wordsworth the Poet Poe-TREE Contest, kids can follow Wordsworth and Akiko’s example and write a poem that celebrates their favorite tree. Six prize packages will be awarded, two per grade division (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12). Each prize package includes a copy of each of the three books in the Wordsworth series, a child’s gardening tool kit and a Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.
Send entries ATTN: Wordsworth’s Poe-TREE Contest to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Watermark Publishing, 1088 Bishop St., Ste. 310, Honolulu, HI 96813. The contest is open to all children kindergarten through 12th grade residing in the United States. Each entry must include the child’s name, age and grade, school, hometown and parent, guardian or teacher’s contact information and signature. For complete rules, contest information and to download the entry form, visit http://blog.bookshawaii.net. Entries must be received by January 15, 2013. Winners will be notified February 1, 2013.
For those who are ineligible to enter the Poe-TREE Contest, or who aren’t inclined to write poetry, Kakugawa and Wordsworth have another way to celebrate trees: They invite readers far and wide to plant trees in their own communities. “It’s not only about trees being cut down where we live,” Kakugawa writes in the introduction to Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! “Our children and their children must have trees in their future to hug and enjoy and sit under in the shade. Trees also help keep us alive and healthy.”
Kakugawa has created Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society to recognize readers of all ages who plant a tree in Wordsworth’s honor. To receive a membership certificate in the Plant A Tree Society, readers must plant a tree for Wordsworth in their community (in the backyard or at school, for example) and post a photo of themselves with their tree on Wordsworth’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WordsworthThePoet). Photo submissions should indicate the variety of the tree and where it was planted. Submissions may also be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to Watermark Publishing. Photos will not be returned and will be posted online.
Watermark Publishing recognizes that not everyone can plant a tree in their own backyard, and has teamed up with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative to offer a solution: a program to plant Wordsworth Legacy Koa Trees on Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods’ 1,000 acres of conservation land on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai‘i Island. Groups or individuals may sponsor a Wordsworth Legacy Tree for $60. The purchase also includes a copy of Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!, a certificate bearing the GPS coordinates of the planted tree, and automatic membership in Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society. Additionally, $10 of the sponsorship fee will be directed to a fund dedicated to providing Legacy Trees for underprivileged children. Wordsworth Legacy Trees may be purchased at http://legacytrees.org/watermarkpublishing.
This land once belonged to King Kamehameha I. The thousands of Koa trees that once covered this land were destroyed for ranching and farming. All Heritage trees planted will not be harvested and will bear the name of the person for whom the tree was planted.
Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! joins Wordsworth the Poet and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz in the award-winning series of children’s books featuring the poetry-loving mouse, which have won among them “Best Book” awards from both Hawai‘i and California book publishers’ associations, as well as a Mom’s Choice silver award for Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, a book about families living with grandparents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses. Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! is illustrated by Honolulu artist Andrew J. Catanzariti.
Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! (ISBN-13 978-1-935690-30-6) is available in hardcover for $10.95 at bookstores and other retail outlets and from online booksellers, or direct from the publisher at www.bookshawaii.net. Contact Watermark Publishing, 1088 Bishop St., Suite 310, Honolulu, HI 96813; telephone 1-808-587-7766; toll-free 1-866- 900-BOOK; fax 1-808-521-3461; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wordsworth’s Poe-TREE Contest Rules: http://blog.bookshawaii.net/2012/11/20/wordsworth-poetree-contest/
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