The trailer for A Hero at Three introduces two brothers who, while frolicking along the shore, are swept into a stormy sea and ride the waves of a most surprising adventure. Illustrations by Cindra Vallone; story and reading by Mary Arete Moodey; music performed by Cellissimo, directed by Sally Gross.
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.
The Making of Stellar Stories
Every child can
be a hero!
Pair up with the latest MarMooWorks trendsetters and sport Super Hippo -- heftier than a dirigible, slower than a snorting Springbuck.
While in the final stages of editing Goin' Explorin', I took a young boy to the “one-hundred-acre woods” that served as the story's setting. I placed a camera in his hands and followed him down the field, past the pond, and into the forest. "A Portrait of a Naturalist" weaves together his photography, the poetry of A. A. Milne and Robert Frost, and the "Prelude" of Bach's Cello Suite #1, quietly revealing how a child -- a boy much like the main character in the story -- sees the natural world when looking through the lens of a camera. This video can be enjoyed by children and adults, either at home or in the classroom.
reCAP Mason Jars Company EXPLORE kit reached its Kickstarter goal and the jar lids are magnificent! To add a flickering flash to this bug-driven broadcast, the Company successfully launched Project #3: handles on the jars and a choice of either blue or green glow-in-the-dark caps. Imagine a generation all a buzz about entomology having beeen inspired to Go and Explore! Accompanying this project is the young readers' chapter book Goin' Explorin', filled with beautiful illustrations by Justin Wisniewski. The story, guaranteed to engage the entire family, ignites with adventure as two seven-year-olds get lost in the woods while chasing fireflies after the sun dips below the horizon. For more information, go to www.masonjars.com.
Syncopated Similes: A Storm of Beasts features the students enrolled in the 2015 Summer Reading Literacy Program at the Bayfront NATO Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center and how they learned figurative language through movement.
Color me Hippo placemats allow children (and adults) to create their food color menus before they eat. Don't like the palette? Change your mind? One swipe wipe with a dry marker eraser will do the trick! Coming soon to www.marmooworks.com/marmoo-mart.