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Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! won two awards last night at the

Northern CA Publishers/Authors 20th Annual Book Awards Competition dinner event. 

Best Children’s Book of 2013 and third prize in Cover & Design.

It was an honor to received the awards from President Ted Witt and NY  best selling author John


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Wordsworth’s Poe-TREE Contest Winners

Happy Earth Day, everyone! We are celebrating by announcing the winners of the Wordsworth the Poet “Poe-TREE Contest!”

In the Wordsworth Poe-TREE Contest, students were asked to write a poem celebrating their favorite tree, following the model of Wordsworth the Mouse and his friends in the book Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! The young mice in the story campaign to save the trees in their community by writing poems reminding all the neighbors about the special qualities of the trees around them.

Poems were judged based on creativity, poetic merit and how well they conveyed what makes the trees special to the students. The six contest winners will receive a copies of each of the three books in the Wordsworth series, a gardening tool kit and a Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.

K-5 Division Winners:

MakaylaRoseMolden (current)

Makayla Rose Molden

Makayla Rose Molden (age 6, Kapolei, Mauka Lani Elementary), untitled

The Mountain Apple tree is yummy to me.
The fruit is up so high to knock it down is a game I try.
I collect the fruit and make apple pie.

Eli Wolfe

Eli Wolfe

Eli Wolfe (age 5, Honolulu, University Laboratory School), “Banyan Tree”

I like to climb the
Banyan tree
at Barwick.
I can climb to
the sky.
You should try it too
It is so fun.

Grade 6-8 Division:

Cindy Tsou

Cindy Tsou

Min-Hua (Cindy) Tsou (age 11, Kapolei, Kapolei Middle School), “Red Maple Tree (Acer rubrum)”

A bright, scarlet leaf blew by.
A red lobed leaf fall and fly.
It can be red, yellow and even green.
Red maple trees makes a beautiful scene.
It grows in the north, with it’s flower blooming back and forth.
A red maple tree brings red, bright shines.
A red maple is of course, very fine.

Emerson Goo

Emerson Goo

Emerson Goo (age 12, Honolulu, Niu Valley Middle School), “Forest Guardians”

Sentinels at watch
Forest guardians holding
Treasured memories

Grade 9-12 Division:

Sophie Corless

Sophie Corless

Sophie Corless (age 15, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Northern Highlands Regional High School), “The Lemon Tree”

The cool sticky air clings to me;
my bare feet squelch in the grass
just after the rain shower.
The lemon tree stands in the back corner
towering over the garden, and has a prevailing presence.
Under the tree lies my step ladder,
with my initials carved in the leg.
The wicker basket dangles
on a tiny branch at my height.
I have my technique down,
twist and snap over and over again.
Even the bees and ants are fixated on my movements,
their fragile wings and tiny legs
seem to stop to observe.
Little droplets collect in the pores of the rind,
making my hand cool,
droplets of lemon juice ooze through the pores
and run down my hand to my wrist and to my elbow,
stopping and then dripping off.
By the end I am covered in a mixture of rain and lemon,
dried and sticky.
With every lemon I snap off,
the branch snaps back and sprinkles me with rain.
I swear I hear my sweltering forehead
sizzle against the cool droplets.
In the kitchen I squeeze every last lemon,
popping the juice into the pitcher with the yellow flowers,
along with a fistful of sugar and a splash of water.
I crack the ice tray in half, scooping out the cubes.
The first sip makes my face contort
into an uncomfortable position,
one you can’t avoid,
but the last is always the sweetest.


Zoe Edelman Brier

Zoe Edelman Brier (age 18, Allendale, New Jersey, Northern Highlands Regional High School), “Veins of Color”

I remember maple Leaf picking
with my father before the bus
came to ship me off
to a grey school building
with a grey blacktop
and grey windows.
The colors of the Leaves
were brighter than anything
I’d ever seen, standing out
against the blah of morning.
even through fog,
the Leaves shown like bright beacons
of change and hope for the future.
the Leaves would vein and crinkle
in red and orange and yellow,
mixing in a thin canvas.
My father would sit me on his shoulders
and have me reach the highest branch
possible to get the best Leaf
to press in a book that I still have
12 years later, the colors frozen in time,
unbrowned and delicate, red stains
clashing with the dark green of Leaf.


Congratulations to all our winners and to all the poets who entered our contest. Wordsworth’s message to you all: Don ‘t stop writing poems and continue to save our trees.  Give your favorite tree a hug!

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This is lifted from the March issue of Write On!, monthly newsletter of the CA Writers’ Club,

Sacramento Branch.


Keeping with the tradition of March CWC luncheons in years

past, the March 16, 2013 luncheon will feature a special group genre


A panel discussion will focus on the importance and the benefits

of research in writing, developing and editing the material, and some

tricks of the trade. The subject applies equally to fiction and nonfiction.

One wrong detail can put your work and credibility at risk.

Learn how to apply the “C.R.A.P. Test” to research sources

before writing.

On the panel will be:

Michael Troyan, Community Relations Manager for Barnes &

Noble bookstores and author of MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest

Backlot and A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson.

Frances Kakugawa, author of 11 books, including Kapoho:

Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, of her childhood in WWII Hawaii

when her village was destroyed by lava from a volcano.

Kimberly Edwards is a freelance writer who writes how-to,

self-help, human interest, profile, first-person and destination articles

and essays for many newsstand and trade magazines and


Steve Liddick, author of three novels, a memoir, a camping

cookbook and many articles in national publications.

Each panelist has extensive experience in the business of

“getting it right” in their work, whether it be an article, an historical

piece, a non-fiction work or a novel.

Time permitting, there will be a question and answer session and

members present at the luncheon will be invited to cite their own

examples of the value of research.


Effective March 16, 2013 the CWC luncheons will be held at

Cattlemens Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova.

The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end

of the Nimbus Winery complex, along Highway 50. Cattlemens

boasts a spacious meeting room with free WI-FI, quality audio-video

equipment, free off-street parking and excellent food, buffet style.

CWC Luncheon Meeting Saturday, March 16, 2013 –– 11 a.m.

Cattlemens Restaurant – 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova

The public is invited to attend – The meeting fee includes lunch:

$12 for members, $14 for non-members


Frances Kakugawa will have a book signing

of the latest in her Wordsworth series:

Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer, Saturday,

March 2, 2013, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Barnes &

Noble Booksellers in the Birdcage Center in

Citrus Heights. Frances recently returned from

a six-week Hawaiian promotional trip.

Cheryl Stapp will sign copies of her new
book, Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past,
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at
Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Birdcage
Center in Citrus Heights.

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fhk bn   Book Signing for Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

1 P.M.

Barnes & Noble

6111 Sunrise Blvd

Citrus Heights, CA

Ph: 916-853-1389

It would be sooo embarrassing if no one came…..

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Wordsworth and I made the Hawaii newspaper today:

Honolulu Star/Advertiser

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 wordsworth@bookshawaii.net or to Watermark Publishing, 1088 Bishop St. Suite 310, Hono?lulu, HI?96813. Winners will be notified April 15.

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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.

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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.

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Hello Everyone, My books are now available as e-Books. Check out the site below, posted by Watermark Publishing.


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