Sunday, May 1, 2016

Randolph Caldecott and How the Heather Looks Research

Ceesa and I have been reading How the Heather Looks by Jean Bodger. It is a delightful book about a family's quest to track down the inspiration for many authors' writings. It has been a joy to read and we have been blessed to have read so many of the wonderful stories that Bodger references.

One thing that occurred to me as we were reading the chapter called Caldecott Country. I have never read or even seen a book by that most famous artist. As that realization set in, I decided that it was necessary to right that wrong. After all it has been said that:

"The humour of Randolph Caldecott’s drawings is simply irresistible, no healthy-minded man, woman, or child could look at them without laughing."

So that put us on a quest to discover Caldecott's charm for ourselves.

We ordered as many as our library owned and got set ourselves to most joyful work.

So for those of you that may not be familiar with this great, here are some of the jems we found as we dug through our pile and discovered what Bodger and her family provided for us. I have referenced the pages and topic from How the Heather Looks with each picture.

The Establishment of Mrs. Mary Blaze on page 7

Hunting a favorite past time in Whitechurch pg 8

Old porch of Blue Bell Inn on page 12

Old goffers on page 12 and fields on page 13

Local inhabitants for the Graphic on page 5

What! No Soap! on page 10

Horse from A Farmer went Riding on page 6

The house that Jack Built on page 

Cat from the House that Jack Built on page 10

Dog from the House that Jack Built on page 10

The maiden all forlorn on page 12

The farmer that sows the corn on page 5

John Gilpin on his runaway horse on page 2 and lanes on page 13

The Great She-Bear walking down High St. on page 9 and the church and shops on Main St. on page 12

Farmer on page 14

Cows on page 14

Cows on page 14

Round, firm arms on page 10

The Angel Inn on page 7

I hope you have as much fun looking at these illustrations as we have! To see our favorite book list, you can click here. Both Randolph Caldecott's books and How the Heather Looks are on it!

Wishing you homeschool blessings,

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Summer Bucket List 2016

Oh Summer, I've missed you. This year summer is starting just a bit earlier for our family and we can't wait. Only 4 more weeks of school. And then those long summer days stretch out before us!! So what do we have planned? Here's our 6th annual summer bucket list.

Any Time
Summer Reading Lists
Take time to smell flowers
Stop to watch every sunset
Read outside
Spend evenings on the deck

Scheduled Events
Last Day of School Celebration: Mail Order Mystery
Church Camp and Service Project
Camping Trip

Day Trip or Out and About Stops
Children’s garden
Outdoor concert
Explore a creek or stream
Climb…rocks, trees, hills
Go to pond and feed the ducks
Go spelunking
Go to waterfall
Go out for ice cream cones
Visit the observatory
Pick Fruit
Go to arboretum
Geocaching or Letterboxing
Local Museums
Go to the walking/biking trail-bridge
Take a strange road trip
Play Pooh Sticks

Travel Busy-ness
Flat People Puppet Dolls
Blak Face Printable
Picture Quadrant Printable
Make Travel Journal
Craft Yarn Wrap
Tell me a Story Rocks
Clothes Pin Dolls Kit
Paper Doll Kit
Saran Wrap Ball
Decorate Rocks
Friendship Bracelets
Make Travel Bags
Make Head Bands
Make Nature Bracelet

Rainy Day
Bean Bag Games
Paint Daisies
Indoor Hopscotch and Twister
Oriental Fan Paper Plate
Do a Family Puzzle
Vibrot Battle-Bot
Game Day
Tinker Toy Catapult
Movie Day
Trash Toy
Play in the Rain
Glue Suncatchers
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Popsicles
Make a Tin Can Telephone
Decorating Flip Flops
Make an Underwater scope
Branch Weaving
Felt Friends
Water Bottle Wind Spirals

Night Time Fun
Catch fireflies
Star gaze
Listen to crickets
Flashlight tag
Make Star Jars
Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
Moth Watch

What-to-do Jar
Land Art
Hop scotch
Water guns
Ring Toss
Water Balloons
Three Legged Race
Hide and Seek
Play in Sprinkler
Blow Dandelions
Side Walk Chalk Butterfly Portraits
Gaze at the Clouds
Make sand sculptures
Water Table Play
Wheel Barrow Race
Rubbing Collection
Bocce Ball
Fly Kite
Sheet Art
Kid Wash
Egg on a Spoon Race
Corn Hole
Gather Wildflowers
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Hillbilly Golf
Outdoor Tenting

Here are our lists from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 for more inspiration.

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