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Iron Hearted Violet
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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
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The Mark of Athena
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August 5, 2020 is National Underwear Day.  I know you're eager to start planning your celebration, so I'll be brief.  HA!  Here are my fave books about always-funny underpants!

A pool party is the classic way to celebrate the end of summer.  All of my favorite summertime pool memories took place in Germany.  There was an outdoor pool that my family could walk to in a neighboring German town.  The pool was big and filled with both Americans and Germans.  Kids could tell who was who easily because most of the young German children swam naked.  This was completely shocking to my little sister the first time she noticed it. (A German boy she was playing with was holding a water pail in front of his swimsuit.  Except, when he moved the pail, there wasn't a swimsuit.)  But by the next pool visit, she didn't even blink an eye.  We were too busy having fun!  And eating!  That pool had the best pommes frites (french fries) and an amazing selection of gummi candy.  We also could hop in the car and take a short drive to the Schwimmbad in Kirchheimbolanden.  It was an indoor pool complex with lots of bonus features, like slides and waterfalls.  I Googled it while I was writing this blog, and it's still in business.  The website is in German, but you can still look at the pictures.  Cool, right?  If you want to celebrate the end of summer reading with a pool party of your own, I'm here to help!  Here are some ideas to enjoy the cool of the pool . . . even if you don't have a pool.

This is my final post in this summer Throwback Thursday series.  And it's different from the others . . . in more ways than one.  Fantasia came out in 1940, Disney's third animated feature after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio.  This collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music was my childhood introduction to the orchestra.  It combined the conducting prowess of Leopold Stokowski, his Philadelphia Orchestra, and Disney's artistic animators. 

This is the last week of Summer Reading!  Why not go out with a bang by hosting a princess party at home?  But, Miss Katie Jane, I don't know how to do that!  I don't have any good ideas!  Nonsense!  I bet you could think of lots of cool stuff to do!  But, if you'd like a little help, I'll let you in on a secret.  It's something I discovered quite by accident while I was investigating Hoopla.  Disney has put out a series of books about how to throw a party based on one of their beloved princess characters.  And Hoopla has all six!  Let the celebration begin!

This is the blog that Jack built.  These are the stories that inspired the blog that Jack built.

I think everyone is familiar with the classic cumulative tale This Is the House That Jack Built.  Did you know that it has inspired other authors to build stories that follow the same repetitive wording pattern?  And now it has inspired me to write this blog!  It's the final week of Summer Reading, but there's still time to add one of these books to your list.