Book Review: Aliana Reaches for the Moon
Watching and waiting
high atop a leafless tree
looking for breakfast
Some facts about the American Kestrel:
- They live in areas with low vegetation and few trees.
- They hunt by day.
- They are the most common falcon in North America.
- They dine on insects, small rodents, small birds.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s photo, Haiku, and learning. Thanks for stopping by.
This week, we received accolades from two STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) professionals for the book ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON.
“This short children’s book imparts many pearls of wisdom about the qualities of a scientist, while telling an engaging story about a girl’s caring relationship with her younger brother. Using her ingenuity, imagination, and ordinary household materials, Aliana creates a special experience for Gustavo’s 5th birthday. Aliana Reaches for the Moon encourages all children – and especially girls – to read, explore, experiment, and to take notice of the natural world. There’s even an important message for parents – doing science can be messy!” ~ Grace Wolf-Chase, PhD; Astronomer, Adler Planetarium
If you’re not familiar with Adler Planetarium, in Chicago, IL you should make plans to visit and you can check it out here: Adlerplanetarium.org
“Curiosity and imagination, paired with research and experimental play, help Aliana bring her unique idea to life. Aliana Reaches for the Moon will inspire readers to use science, imagination, and experimental play to create their own innovations.” ~Linda Schwab, Flight Director, Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana
The Challenger Center is an educational organization that offers amazing opportunities for learning about Space Science Education at over 40 centers around the world, primarily located in the US.
More can be learned here: https://www.challenger.org
A few more photos from Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum to celebrate National STEM Day! A museum made to inspire anyone who looks at the sky with wonder!
My debut picture book is available for preorder! ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON – on Amazon and Eifrigpublishing.com
Love this tribute to teaching and all things STEAM! Science, technology, engineering, art, math
On a recent hike, we noticed what we thought were spider webs on trees along the trail. Upon further inspection, they each contained a large number of caterpillars. This is new to me so I’ve done some research and there are several species of caterpillars that construct silken shelters or tents. These caterpillars will turn into moths. Some of these species are considered pests due to the damage they inflict on the trees.
A great day for a field trip with second and third graders. We learned about fossils and how different the climate of this area is from 65 million years ago. The idea that Colorado was a tropical area (palm frond fossils prove this) and that dinosaurs are more closely related to birds than lizards (the word dinosaur come from “terrible lizard” in Greek) were part of the new learning gained as we walked the Triceratops Trail. A short stop in the museum and the “sand pit” to dig for fossils made for a fun day.
I spent a couple of hours with my 18 month old neighbor today. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching a little one explore recently, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Everything fascinates him and his enthusiasm is contagious. Watching a wheel spin, trying to pick up rocks that are too heavy, finding one that’s not and testing the sounds it makes is all part of being a scientist.
given in celebration
given in sympathy
given to express love
each species and color with its own message.
Gerbera daisies, the fifth most popular flower in the world, represent cheerfulness, joy, innocence, and purity depending on the color
(you’re probably wondering what numbers one through four are – stay tuned for the answer)
The flower pictured above is from a plant given to me over two years ago. Lovingly nurtured, it continues to bloom its vibrant red blossoms.
What does this scarlet beauty represent?
Fully immersed in love. ❤️
And if you’re wondering, the four most popular flowers (according to ProFlowers.com) roses, orchids, lilies, and tulips.
Friday afternoon happy hour by the pond, a lone heron sits among the ibises. It turns out birds of a feather don’t always flock together and that ibis are known for mixed species foraging.
Atop a building adjacent to the pond is an osprey nest. I’m not typically good at capturing birds in flight so I’m especially proud of this photo.
Three facts about osprey:
1. They are also known as sea or river hawks.
2. They are diurnal.
3. They can be found on 6 of the 7 continents; not found on Antarctica.