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Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that Frances will be reading my poems from four of my books at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, Dec 9th at 11 a.m. I told her to read how and why I wrote these poems, too. She’ll be signing my books. ( I told Frances I need a new aloha shirt.)

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Saturday: December 9th

Arden Fair, Sacramento

11 a.m.

4 WordsworthBooks

I’ll be reading and talking about these four books. In the meantime, here are a few stories of how Wordsworth is making a difference in children’s and adults’ lives:

Wordsworth the Poet:

A grandmother found her 4 year old granddaughter out in the yard one early morning.She asked her, “What are you doing out here?”

Granddaughter: I’m Wordsworth the poet. I’m trying to catch some dewdrops.

Wordsworth Dances the Waltz:

From a young mother of two pre-schoolers: I read Wordsworth Dances the Waltz to my children. One day my four year old asked me, “Why do you talk so mean to Grandma?” I realized they have turned into Wordsworth and are teaching me about compassion and kindness.

Three classes in an elementary school used this book to work on a year- long project at a nursing facility.

Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!

I love the scent of Christmas trees. After this book was published, many readers wrote me during the holidays assuming that I no longer use real Christmas trees. They  use artificial trees to help save our trees. Gulp. I now use artificial trees.

Wordsworth, It’s In Your Pocket

A grandmother of teens emailed this: I gave this book to my teenage grandchildren. I was so happy to hear them say,  “He’s talking about us!” We are all being more aware of time being used on our electronic devices. Thank you, Wordsworth.

Come join us on the 9th.

Wordsworth and Frances

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4 WordsworthBooks

My little mouse poet Wordsworth and I will be at Barnes & Noble at Arden Fair, Sacramento on December 9th, at 11 a.m. Come meet Wordsworth and bring  your children ages  1 to 90.

Wordsworth the Poet: Poor Wordsworth, everyone worries or makes fun of him because he is different by being a poet. One day his poetry saves his whole village.

Wordsworth Dances the Waltz: Wordsworth teaches the adults that his Grandma is still a Grandma even if she is losing her memory.

Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer:  The trees are being destroyed. Can Wordsworth and his friends use their poetry to save these trees? See how a group of children become empowered through writing, to make a difference.

Wordsworth, It’s in Your Pocket: Poor Wordsworth, all his friends are addicted to electronic games. Can he bring them back again to ocean waves and human conversations and true human friendship? An old mouse tells him the answer is in his pocket.

 

 

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So here I am, reading Wordsworth, It’s In Your Pocket. Wordsworth is in deep grief because his friends are all addicted to their electronic devices. How can he get them back into the real world of friends? An old mouse tells him the answer is in his pocket.

During the reading, I heard a woman say the battery to her phone had died.

A man in the audience later said, “I felt I was transferred to a new dimension…it was so surreal. While you were reading, many were so busy with their electronic devices, they weren’t hearing your story at all. Amazing!”

Yes, Wordsworth has his job cut out for him.

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Thank you Christine Reed of Basically Books in Hilo for the standing room only event.

 

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ErikaSandiNativeBooksIt takes Wordsworth to bring the past and present together. I had two special guests at my Wordsworth reading at Native Books this weekend. Months ago, young Erika wrote a poem for Wordsworth and sent it to Wordsworth, and they are now active pen pals. They both take karate. Sandi (far right) was a former kindergartner and first grader when I was a 24-year-old teacher. And here she is, after all these years. She showed me a class photo and I recognized each by name. My heart almost blew up.

AshleeNativeBooksAshlee Affonso and Native Books, thank you for hosting the reading/signing of Wordsworth, It’s In Your Pocket. What stories gathered around that table. I’ll see you next week for the lecture/signing of I Am Somebody:Bringing Dignity and Compassion to Alzheimer’s Caregiving. You make it possible for a visit home with my books. (The lecture will be Saturday, September 3 at 11 a.m. Native Books is at Ward Warehouse.)

After Native Books, I went to Barnes & Noble at Ala Moana. (Thank you, Ipo Roney, for your care there.) There I had a visit from Alia.

AliaWordworthAlia was 4 years old when she first met Wordsworth the Poet. A few days after hearing Wordsworth, her grandma found her in the yard in early morning. Her grandma asked her, “Why are you out in the yard?” and Alia answered, “I’m Wordsworth, I want to catch some dewdrops.”

Since then, Alia has attended each of Wordsworth’s four books signing. She was there on Saturday for the fourth book: Wordsworth, It’s in your Pocket. Alia is now a senior in high school.

What a wonderful weekend!

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To friends on Oahu, would love to see you during my coming visit. I’ll be at Ward Warehouse:Native books on August 17 and Sept 3rd:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Will be reading Wordsworth, It’s in Your Pocket on Aug 17th and I Am Somebody: Bringing Dignity and Compassion to Alzheimer’s Caregiving on Sept 3rd. Will be signing books on both days.

To my Hilo friends, I’ll be reading Wordsworth, It’s in Your Pocket at Basically Books at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 10th. Am looking forward to seeing some of my former students who plan to be there. Book signing, too.

Now, to my Kona friends and former students, I’ll be giving the keynote address at the Hawai’i Community Caregivers Network conference at the Sheraton Keauhou on Sept 9th.

My first teaching job was at Konawaena High and Elem School. I taught Kindergarten.

During the first week, a child brought in one of those Life Science books and knowing it was too difficult for five year olds, I showed the illustrations and ad-libbed the text. Arnold ( I still remember you, Arnold) turned to look at his classmates and explained why I was not reading the book,”Her young yet, she don’t know how to read.” Being young, I had to prove I could read so I began to read the text and soon lost all their attention. Having proven my reading abilities, I went on and had a wonderful time. I still remember their names, as I do all the students I’ve taught. Hope some of my students still live in Kona, would love to see them.

 

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Once Upon a Time

 

Soon, soon,

I will be sitting alone

Under a tree perhaps,

Turning pages of a book.

The sound of paper, delicate

As hummingbird wings joins the rustling of leaves.

I take the top right corner of each page

Between my thumb and forefinger and savor

The sound now lost to man.

 

“Why are you weeping?” You will ask,

With Kindle in hand.

“Because this is the last book on earth.”

“A book?” You will ask. “What is that?”

“This” I say, and hand you my book.

“What is this?” you ask.

“That is a bookmark.”

I will then turn to the front of the book.

“This is an autograph signed by the  author.

She signed this to me in real ink eons ago

In a place  called a book store.”

 

Frances Kakugawa

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