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Quote of the Day by Adora

"It is good for me to experience hardship, for I shall be less inclined toward it as an adult." - Adora Svitak

P.S. I'm not really experiencing "hardship"--this quote was inspired by my hurried efforts to make a presentation for a surprise video conference (which was canceled anyway). But in general I live a fairly luxurious life.

The Kitchen At Night (as opposed to the light)

The Kitchen At Night (as opposed to the light)
Adora Svitak

I have a habit of staying up late, and I have a worse habit of eating late. At night the kitchen is forlorn and dark and desolate, like a beach after all the swimmers and sunbathers leave, but littered with small treasures here and there—and the stars in the sky are sometimes visible from the windows.

In the morning, the kitchen is busy with the hum of a worn-out dishwasher cleaning worn-out dishes, and a soymilk-maker, a novelty of sorts, chugging away with a “vroom-vroom” usually reserved for blenders.
My mother moves to and fro in an overstated hurry, stacking dishes with clattering thumps in the cupboard, gathering spoons and forks and knives and dumping them, without sentimentality, into the silverware drawer. Light shines through the windows on a sunny day; the rain patters up against them on a bad one.

In contrast, the kitchen at night is empty, unoccupied, like a museum after closing hours or a city street after curfew, th…

Story Written with Second Graders via Video Conferencing

Tiger is dad
bat is mom
two rabbits are aunt and uncle
clown is child

Clown-Jack
Aunt Annie
Uncle Dave
Mom-Tracy
Dad-Charles Sam

On summer vacation, the entire family is going on a trip to Hawaii to visit Aunt Annie and Uncle Dave.

It was very hot, dry, and noisy inside of the airplane. Jack fidgeted nervously. He hated standing in lines. His parents didn’t like it either. His dad, Charles Sam, was wagging his tail. While wagging one’s tail is good for a dog, Charles Sam was a tiger. He was not in a very good mood. Jack’s mother, Tracy, was zooming around at high speed. This was normal for a bat.
“Flight attendants, close the airplane doors,” they heard the pilot’s voice through the airplane loudspeakers.
Finally the line inched ahead, and Jack was able to catch a glimpse of their seats. All the seats were shaped like large O’s, and they were colored blue with green polka dots and red stripes. Inside each circle of seats was a round wooden table.
“Finally,” Charles Sam grumbled…

Story Written with Second Graders via Video Conferencing

Tiger is dad
bat is mom
two rabbits are aunt and uncle
clown is child

Clown-Jack
Aunt Annie
Uncle Dave
Mom-Tracy
Dad-Charles Sam

On summer vacation, the entire family is going on a trip to Hawaii to visit Aunt Annie and Uncle Dave.

It was very hot, dry, and noisy inside of the airplane. Jack fidgeted nervously. He hated standing in lines. His parents didn’t like it either. His dad, Charles Sam, was wagging his tail. While wagging one’s tail is good for a dog, Charles Sam was a tiger. He was not in a very good mood. Jack’s mother, Tracy, was zooming around at high speed. This was normal for a bat.
“Flight attendants, close the airplane doors,” they heard the pilot’s voice through the airplane loudspeakers.
Finally the line inched ahead, and Jack was able to catch a glimpse of their seats. All the seats were shaped like large O’s, and they were colored blue with green polka dots and red stripes. Inside each circle of seats was a round wooden table.
“Finally,” Charles Sam grumbled…

Story Written With Video Conferencing Students

Crazy is a red-nosed clown. He wears a blue striped hat and matching shoes. Crazy was in the rainforest of the country of Tigerworld after being banished from his hometown, Bindingtown, for, as the mayor put it, “being…well, just being CRAZY!” Crazy did not see anything wrong with being himself, but apparently everyone else did, so he left, riding on his best friend, a white bat named Batty.
As they flew in the cold morning air, Crazy saw a fleck of orange through the thick canopy of trees.
“I think that’s some kind of soil,” he said, “but my eyes aren’t very good. Oh well. It’s some type of clearing, I’ll bet. Drop me off.”
The bat nodded, and with a great “Wa-ma-hiya!” Crazy jumped off and landed right on top of a snoozing tiger’s head.
“Grrrrrrrrr!” the tiger roared.
“Ooopsie,” Crazy said, and started sneaking away.
“Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr--no you don’t!” the tiger exclaimed, and pounced--but Batty was still in the area, and Crazy had grabbed onto his wings…

Story Written with Video Conferencing Students

It was a hot, humid day in the middle of the rainforest. Peter Cottontail, Whitey, Fluffy, and Greenhat--a rabbit, a bat, another rabbit, and a clown--were stuck in the rainforest.
The rabbits had been hung up on a tree branch by their ears; Greenhat had been hung up by his hat (which was blue), and the bat by his feet.
“What a dreadful mess this is,” Fluffy said grumpily.
“This is very nasty. I haven’t had my breakfast,” Peter Cottontail said worriedly. “I can’t go too long without breakfast. It’s a very important meal.”
“Oh, be quiet, you!” Whitey the bat snapped. “You’re always going on about breakfast. You were the one who ate all of our food last night.”
“I was hungry,” Peter shouted.
“Quiet, you animals!” Onka, a chihuahua, yipped at them. “I can’t stand your chattering. You’ll be cooked soon, I’m sure.”
“Cooked?”
“Cooked?” the two rabbits said at the same time. It was a rabbit’s worst fear.
“I’ll be back in two minutes to check on you,” Onka …