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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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To Homo Sapiens

 

I am your forest.

The sound of your ax

Silences my voice.

I am your…

I am…

I…

 

*****

I am Salmon.

I am Black Rhino.

I am Honey Bee.

Soon to be fossilized

Into your earth. Unless

 

You learn to hear

Hummingbird wings.

frances

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A Wordsworth Tree Brings Solace

 

palomia tree

When Raj went to Hawaii in 2013, she remembered my children’s  book Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer. Wordsworth and his friends write  poetry to save trees and Wordsworth asks readers to plant a Wordsworth tree. Raj brought two Palomia seeds back to Sacramento. The Royal Palomia took root.

Raj deeply believed that the tree would show its first blossom during her mother’s last year as she lived with Alzheimer’s Disease. It did. The tree bloomed for the first time soon after her mother died. Yesterday, we sat before the blossoming Palomia to honor the memory of Raj’s mother. We sipped tea and marveled how Alzheimer’s Disease had brought all of us together.

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