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Happy Birthday, E.B. White!

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

charlottes webby Brave Writer intern, Amy Hughes

It’s the birthday of E. B. White! To celebrate, we’re making a special offer! The Quiver Arrow (especially designed for 1st and 2nd graders) for his novel, Charlotte’s Web, is:

HALF PRICE through July 13
at Midnight EDT ($4.95!)

OFFER HAS EXPIRED

Born July 11, 1899, E.B. White’s best-known novel is Charlotte’s Web, a timeless novel that describes where friendship, death and the enduring power of hope meet.

E.B. White’s prose is concise and descriptive of the beauties of the countryside. In this story of barnyard creatures, Wilbur, a pig, forms a friendship with the spider Charlotte.

Born and bought up on a farm, E. B. White loved animals from an early age. While E. B. White wrote newspaper columns to earn his living, he wrote a number of books about animals, including Stuart Little. Charlotte’s Web was inspired by his own attempt to nurse a sick pig back to life that had initially been destined for the butchery.

Here is a sample from the text to demonstrate the wonderful way in which E. B. White describes the seasons and weather of the country:

The next day was rainy and dark. Rain fell on the roof of the barn and dripped steadily from the eaves. Rain fell in the barnyard and ran in crooked courses down into the lane where thistles and pigweed grew. Rain spattered against Mrs. Zuckerman’s kitchen windows and came gushing out of the downspouts. Rain fell on the backs of the sheep as they grazed in the meadow. When the sheep tired of standing in the rain, they walked slowly up the lane and into the fold.

So take advantage of our special offer today!

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: Charlotte’s Web (affiliate link).

The Arrow is a digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. A Quiver of Arrows is especially written for a younger set and includes a French-style dictation passage each week.

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2015-16 Arrow and Boomerang Titles–ON SALE!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

2015-16 Arrow Titles

2015-2016 Arrow Book List (books not included):

August: The Mysterious Benedict Society (Trenton Lee Stewart)
September: Flora and Ulysses (Kate DiCamillo)
October: How to Eat Fried Worms (Thomas Rockwell)
November: Wonder (R. J. Palacio)
December: Poppy (Avi)
January: Love That Dog (Sharon Creech)
February: Courage Has No Color (Tanya Lee Stone – Non-fiction)
March: Understood Betsy (Dorothy Canfield Fisher)
April: Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam (Cynthia Kadohata)
May: Love Ruby Lavender (Deborah Wiles)

The Arrow is the monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (you purchase or obtain the novels yourself). It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

On Sale June 1 – 30, 2015!

All ten issues, ten dollars off! Enter this code: ARR1516

Get your Arrow discount here

2015-16 Boomerang Titles

2015-2016 Boomerang Book List (books not included):

August: The Sea of Monsters (Rick Riordan #2)
September: I am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)
October: Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
November: Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
December: The Pearl (John Steinbeck)
January: The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
February: Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)
March: Paper Towns (John Green)
April: Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
May: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)

The Boomerang is the monthly digital product that features a classic work of fiction each month. These novels are used to teach teens the mechanics of writing (grammar, spelling, punctuation, and literary elements). In addition to the weekly passages used for copywork and dictation, The Boomerang includes ten “think piece” questions which are used to enhance a student’s comprehension of the novel’s themes and construction.

On Sale June 1 – 30, 2015!

All ten issues, ten dollars off! Enter this code: BMG1516

Get your Boomerang discount here

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Happy Birthday, Norton Juster!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Happy Birthday, Norton Juster

It’s Norton Juster’s 86th birthday today (June 2, 1929), and to celebrate, we’re making a special offer! The Arrow for his novel, The Phantom Tollbooth, is:

HALF PRICE through May 3rd at Midnight EDT! ($4.95)

OFFER HAS EXPIRED

The Phantom Tollbooth is an amazing book not just for its Lewis Carroll-like puns, wordplay, double entendre, satire, and wit, but also for its lovable—and relatable—hero. Milo, along with his faithful watchdog, Tock, and their acquaintance, the Humbug, embark on a quest to rescue the Princesses of Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason.

In case you haven’t yet read this gem of a story, here are some quotes to whet your appetite:

I’m the Whether Man, not the Weather Man, for after all it’s more important to know whether there will be weather than what the weather will be.

Whether or not you find your own way, you’re bound to find some way. If you happen to find my way, please return it, as it was lost years ago. I imagine by now it’s quite rusty.

Whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way. Why, when a housefly flaps his wings, a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course. … And it’s much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.

Norton Juster said the following about his story:

It’s all about looking at things in a new way. There’s a wonderful old “Peanuts” cartoon that sort of embodies this. … Well, Charlie Brown and Lucy were talking about poetry. And in the next little box in the comic strip, Charlie Brown asks, “But how do you know what it means?” In the last box she says, “Someone tells you.” And it’s absolutely perfect.

So, let Norton Juster “tell you what it means” and take advantage of our special offer today!

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: The Phantom Tollbooth (affiliate link).

The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

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Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder!

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

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Beloved author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born February 7, 1867, and to celebrate we’re offering the Arrow based on her book, Little House in the Big Woods:

Half price through Monday at Midnight! ($3.95) OFFER HAS EXPIRED

Laura Ingalls Wilder was encouraged by her daughter, Rose (an author in her own right), to chronicle the pioneer stories of Laura’s childhood which were filled with both hardship and love. Editors rejected her first manuscript. It was reworked and expanded into its present form and published as Little House in the Big Woods.

An excerpt from the book:

Little-House-in-the-Big-WoodsWhen the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, “What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?”

“They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,” Pa said. “Go to sleep, now.”

But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the firelight gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting.

She thought to herself, “This is now.”

She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”

―Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

So, take advantage of this special Arrow offer!

P.S. This issue comes from the early years of Brave Writer’s Arrows so it isn’t as robust as more current titles (that’s why the lower price). It’s an oldie but still a goodie!

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: Little House in the Big Woods (affiliate link).

The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

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A Story within a Story and Parenthetical Asides

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Owl and Tomy

Hi Julie,

Tomy (8years old) wrote a story after reading Navigating Early, and learning about a story within a story. The name of the story is “Owl’s Adventures.”

Owl’s Adventures with Aliens
(First Version)

Owl was walking one day looking for his house, when he walked off a cliff and forgot he could fly.

Suddenly, he disappeared. Next thing he knew, he was in an Alien Ship. The Aliens were taking him straight to the laboratory in Planet X-24, from the Galaxy of X-2000.

Then Owl disappeared again. Next thing he knew, he was in the laboratory XF5. He seemed to be inside a sticky slimy green substance. And it seemed to be making him into a liquid.

Next thing he knew, Owl the Liquid was put in a jar, and labelled Owl the Liquid. He was sent straight to the Alien Pet Store X5-2000.

A VERY strange Alien lady bought him. She was squishing him around. Then she put him back in his jar, and put the jar in her beaming machine, and he was sent straight back to the Cliff where he had been falling (remember, Owl was in a jar, and he was a liquid).

When the jar crushed onto the rocks below, the jar broke, and the next thing he knew, it was that all his liquid was running down the river!

Then Owl was so scared in that river that he yelled, “AHHHH!” That woke him up!

He was in the Raptor Center, with doctors all around him. He had broken his wing when he fell off the Cliff. He had fainted. And that was what this silly story was about.

He then added parenthetical asides to the story and created a second version of the story, while learning about parenthetical asides in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lessons.

Owl’s Adventures with Aliens
(Second Version)

Owl was walking one day looking for his house (Owl is always looking for his house! Read Owl’s other adventures for more information), when he walked off a cliff and forgot he could fly.

Suddenly, he disappeared. Next thing he knew, he was in an Alien Ship (I haven’t told you this yet, but the last thing that Owl has ever wanted in his whole entire life, and after, is to go face to face, or even see, or get a tiny bit of sight of any Alien or Alien activity). The Aliens were taking him straight to the laboratory in Planet X-24, from the Galaxy X-2000 (I haven’t told you yet, but Owl is terrified with laboratories, planets, and space. Although he lives on a planet, Owl is terrified of his own planet!).

Then Owl disappeared again. Next thing he knew, he was in the laboratory XF5. He seemed to be inside a sticky slimy green substance. And it seemed to be making him into a liquid.

Next thing he knew, Owl the Liquid was put in a jar, and labelled Owl the Liquid (Owl is also terrified with liquids, although he needs to drink liquids, so he only drinks a drop a day. He thinks if he drinks too much liquid, he will fall unconscious and die!). He was sent straight to the Alien Pet Store X5-2000.

A VERY strange Alien lady bought him (any time Owl sees a little bit of something strange he faints). She was squishing him around (Owl hates to be squished around!). Then she put him back in his jar, and put the jar in her beaming machine (Owl loves Star Trek, but he skips all the parts where they even talk about beaming), and he was sent straight back to the Cliff where he had been falling (remember, Owl was in a jar, and he was a liquid).

When the jar crushed onto the rocks below, the jar broke, and the next thing he knew, it was that all his liquid was running down the river! (Remember, Owl is terrified with liquids!)

Then Owl was so scared in that river that he yelled, “AHHHH!” That woke him up.

He was in the Raptor Center, with doctors all around him. He had broken his wing when he fell off the Cliff. He had fainted. And that was what this silly story was about.

We have really liked all the books (we are using last years’ Arrow), and we are having lots of fun with the program.

We just wanted to share this stories with you and thank you for your wonderful program.

Sincerely,
Patty

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