"Meet the Hippos" features parents, children, educators, and artists reading from and giving testimony to A Hullabaloo of Hippos: A Lollapalooza of Language from A to Z. "It's not your ordinary alphabet book," said one parent, and another exclaimed, "Even I had to use the glossary." Like the other MarMooWorks books, A Hullabaloo of Hippos: A Lollapalooza of Language from A to Z, is a children's book for people of all ages!
Cavorting Canines Come to Marmoo Works. Family Fun for Everyone
The 2017 Summer Youth Make Language Kinesthetic at the Martin Luther King Memorial Center
in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Sheldon and the
Race alongside Sheldon as he bolts out of Puppy Play, joins the Parade of Pups, sneaks into the Corndog Competition, and slips behind Dogs of All Shapes and Sizes, eager to meet Harold the Hot-Nosed Husky and Canine Claws.
This Cliff is Steep and Treacherous
Despite the “earthquake” in When the Camel Sneezed, it was not a natural disaster prompting me to write the story. Rather, it was a chair — my daughter’s childhood rocker still covered in stuffed animals. While dusting it one day, I pondered the normalcy of someone my age hanging onto stuffed animals and making sure they looked comfortable, once rearranged.
Children at Metzger Elementary School in Tigard, Oregon ask, "What would make a camel sneeze?"
Reading through Movement
allows children to play
with language and feel
the energy of words.
and the Camel sneezed
Ahh Ahh Ahh Choo!
"Her legs needed springs, her arms some wings . . ." -- When the Camel Sneezed
Forget the opening line grabber or clever title: writing about collaborating with my son has been tough. Each time I’ve tried I’m thrown back to third grade. “Describe the light switch,” Mrs. C. said. For me, what she called “Creative Writing” the Zen of Creative Writing — a void, except for two words. On. Off.
Read more at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/taking-flight-mary-moodey?trk=prof-post
Goin' Explorin' Inspires
"Writing in the Woods"
A frog on a lily pad
croaks a song to a tree
touching the sky.
Sophia K. & Layla
How the Butterfly
Came to Flit
One of the smallest creatures in When the Camel Sneezed plays a significant role in the story, but why the the butterfly flew onto the pages carries a deeper meaning: how a family member finds beauty in the colors of butterflies, despite his suffering from a terminal illness. Read more at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-butterfly-came-flit-mary-moodey?published=t
MarMooWorks Goes Gaelic at Erie's Irish Festival, September, 2016
The Constellations at Early Connections
Using Erie's United Way parking lot as their canvas, the Early Connections children design constellations using sidewalk chalk.
"We are all made of star stuff." -- Carl Sagan
At the end of July, the friends at Early Connections and MarMooWorks explored the night sky; read Christopher Counts The Constellations and sections of Goin' Explorin'; danced to Gustav Holst's "The Planets"; studied Aboriginal art and paintings by Van Gogh, Rousseau, and Albert Pinkham Ryder; wrote and illustrated original stories; and visited Erie's Yahl Planetarium at Penn State Behrend. To sum it all up: we had a galactic gala of a good time.