This weekend author Sharon Aubrey from Relevant Publishers LLC participated in the Young Writers' Conference in Palmer, Alaska. This conference was open to all school age children between Kindergarten and 5th Grade in the Matanuska-Susitina Borough School District. There were approximately 300 children that attended the conference.
Ms. Aubrey taught three different groups of students, totaling 54 children in grades K-2 about the writing process. She also shared with them the story of Mimsy Mouse Searches for a New Home by Linda N. Walz and Stephan Linton. All the children loved Ms. Walz's story and many were excited to learn Ms. Walz was a grandmother writing new books. Many kids hope to read the entire series of Mimsy's adventures on Farmer Brown's farm.
After learning about the parts of a story, Ms. Aubrey challenged students to write their own stories about a moose who had a dream or talent that the other moose didn't understand. These moose were not "normal." Students had to come up with a problem for their moose and a solution. The stories the children created were so imaginative that there was one moose who landed on the moon. A different moose went ice skating. Another moose wanted to operate an ice cream truck but was too big to fit through the truck doors. A magic shrinking potion helped him accomplish his goal to fit through the doors and sell ice cream cones to children. We also had a moose that got lost accidentally boarding a barge and went to the city. And there was a moose named Bruce with a loose tooth who couldn't eat his regular food, so he had to drink milkshakes. There were even a few moose that were like Mimsy Mouse and lived on a farm and needed help from their friends to find a new home.
Overall, it was a wonderful and educational day!
As a nation, we bid farewell to our wonderful First Lady, Barbara Bush. Ms. Bush fought for literacy and childhood education. There are thousands of memorials being spoken of her, and this note is just one of many honoring her life.
We thank you Ms. Bush for your grace and generosity to our world.
The BBC news reported this week that Christopher Tolkien, age 93, has stated JRR Tolkien's latest release, The Fall of Gondolin, is scheduled for August 2018. Christopher has continued his father's legacy by editing and compiling his father's works for publication. The only two books that were ever published during JRR Tolkien's lifetime were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. JRR Tolkien died in 1973. Since his death, his son has been editing and releasing his other manuscripts.
The Fall of Gondolin is the second book to have been released by Christopher Tolkien within the last few years. It is the story of the elven city, Gondolin. The tale reveals the devastation of the city from Morgoth's army. This Middle Earth story was the first story in Tolkien's entire Middle Earth series and provides the backstory of events before The Lord of the Rings. The Fall of Gondolin is believed to have been written by Tolkien in 1917 while recovering from World War 1.
Tolkien fans consider the new release the "Holy Grail" of three stories. The other two books were released about two years ago include The Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien. If you are a Tolkien fan, mark your calendars for August 2018's new release.