Archive for October, 2010

Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth nominated for “Mock Newbery”

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth is honored to be nominated for the Falmouth Library’s “Mock Newbery.”  For more on this project, go to Mock Newbery (http://falmouthmemocknewbery NULL.blogspot NULL.com/2010/10/nest-for-celeste-henry-cole-ballet-for NULL.html), Falmouth, Maine.

And here (http://falmouthmemocknewbery NULL.blogspot NULL.com/2010/10/mock-newbery-book-club-for-students-in NULL.html) as well:

“Do you like to read? Do you enjoy talking about books?  If so, join the Mock Newbery Book Club run by Mrs. Potter at the Plummer-Motz school and Mrs. C from Falmouth Memorial Library.  We will hold three meetings, October 28th, November 18th, and December 16th from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. at the Plummer-Motz Library.  Those interested please sign up (forms available from Mrs. Potter and at the Falmouth Memorial Library)”

Revving up for Halloween

Monday, October 25th, 2010
Dutton Prepares to Read Ghost Stories

I’ll be reading ghost stories at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for “Family Fright Night” Saturday, October 30 from 4-7pm.  Includes Costume Parade, a Spooky Feast, Haunted Fairy Village, Crafts & Stories.  Can’t wait!

For more information, click here:  Family Fright Night (http://www NULL.mainegardens NULL.org/calendar/halloween-party).

Mary Mae’s “Interview with the Trilobite”

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Mr. Trilobite

Mary Mae has been studying and digging up fossils from the Ordovician Age, and her assignment is to write a report on one of the fossils.   She chooses “trilobite,” since it’s her favorite and decides to write the report  interview-style.  Here’s her report, from Chapter 8, Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth:

MM:  Tell us how you spend your day, Mr. Trilobite.

T:  Well, I mostly nose around in the bottom and eat.

MM:  What do you eat?

T:  I have worms sometimes.  I walk along until I find a worm trail.  Then I just wait for them.

MM:  Then what do you do?

T:  I sit around in the mud some more.  Then I do some swimming.  Sometimes I molt.

MM:  What does that mean, Mr. Trilobite?

T:  Means my shell comes off and I go around unprotected until I grow a new one.  That’s how I get bigger.  I bust out of my old suit and grow me a new one.

MM:  How big can you get?

T:  I got a cousin that’s eight inches.  Me, I’m only an inch and a half.

MM:  Mr. Trilobite, do you have any enemies?

T:  Yes, I do.

MM:  Tell us who they are.

T:  Cephalopods.

MM:  What are cephalopods, Mr. Trilobite?

T:  Squids.

MM:  Are you able to defend yourself?

T:  I got a few things I can do, like roll into a ball.  A squid can still eat me, but I’m not as tasty that way.  I can swim into a cave, too.  And I can sit with a lot of other trilobites.

Then I got a lot of other questions I ain’t got the answers to, but I put them down to find out later.

Do trilobites have families?

Do trilobites have houses, like a hole in the sand?

Do trilobites ever fight with each other?

Do trilobites ever sleep?

Glossary for “Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth.”

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Two Trilobites and Other Early Sea Life

I’ve been wanting to make a glossary for MMGT for some time, so here are the first 10 entries, and if you click at the bottom, or go to “Pages,” you can find the rest.

Adam and Eve—the first man and woman, according to Genesis.  God created Adam first, out of the dust of the ground, and then he made Eve, from Adam’s rib.

Autoharp—a musical instrument with 15-20 strings and a box-like structure that the musician strums. 

Beatitudes—blessings bestowed by Jesus in his “Sermon on the Mount.”  “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,” is one of the beatitudes.

begat—fathered a child or children, as in, “Abraham begat Isaac, and Isaac begat Jacob and Esau.”

benediction—a final prayer, usually at a church service.

brachiopods—marine animals with hard shells that are alive now and have ancestors that appeared during the Cambrian, Ordovician, and Carboniferous ages.

Cain and Abel—in Genesis, the first two children of Adam and Eve.  Cain became jealous of Abel and killed him.

Cincinnati Arch—a geological formation in what is now the Cincinnati area that pushed the Ordovician layer up to the surface.  (See July 4 blog entry).

coral—early sea animals with a plant-like shape, prevalent in the Ordovician age.

Creation—In the Bible, God is said to have created the earth and its creatures in six days.  Fundamentalists believe this happened 6000 years ago.   Mainstream scientists believe the universe began with just one particle that kept expanding (as described by Miss Sizemore) 14-15 billion years ago.   (see Glossary)