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                                   Volume 1 Issue 2

Sunday Spaghetti Sundae  
by:  Donna Smith

The Wood Peck Peck  
by:  Irene Roth

Book Review
 Snowmen at Night 
 by: Donna Smit

                      Sunday Spaghetti Sundae

By: Maria 
                               Sunday is my favorite day of the week.
                               I give my grandparents a kiss on the cheek.
                               Then we gather at the dining room table.
                               When I sit down, I stay still if I’m able.

                               I scoop the hot spaghetti on my big plate.
                               Next, I pour on the red sauce. It looks so great.
                               I sprinkle lots of cheese for gooey delight.
                               By now, I need a meatball, before my first bite.
By: Solly 

                               “Please pass the meatballs,” I ask to be polite.
                               Dad hands me an empty bowl. That’s not all right.
                               Without the meatball, my sundae isn’t done.
                               Where are those round meatballs? I only need one.

By: Karma 

                               I spy my sister gobbling up a meaty mess.
                               It’s mashed up meatball and it causes me distress.
                               This is new. I’m confused. She doesn’t eat these things.
                               Her meals always come from the jars my mother brings.

By: Emery

                               I wish my sister wasn’t a meatball thief.
                               What should I do? Should I use a lettuce leaf?
                               I need something. What can take a meatball’s place?
                               And then the answer is in front of my face.

                               Hello olive! It’s perfect to go on top.
                               I have to keep it steady, so it won’t drop.                            

By: Audrey 

                               At last, I’m ready and I can eat, eat, eat.
                               I love my Sunday spaghetti sundae treat. 

By: Elke 

Written by:  Donna Smith


Did you ever hear a busy drumming sound coming from a nearby tree and wondered what it was? Did you follow it, trying to find out exactly where the sound was coming from? If you did, you might have seen a very small, red-headed bird rapping into the wood of the tree with its bill.  But what is it you ask? Why, it’s a woodpecker!

Perhaps you have always wondered how the little woodpecker keeps from hurting its head or bill when it hammers on the bark of the tree so hard. It’s quite normal to wonder that, but woodpeckers are suited to life in the trees. In fact, their bill is very strong indeed so that it could withstand all the pounding.

Types of Woodpeckers

Did you know that there are 179 different kinds of woodpeckers in the world?  There are twenty kinds of woodpecker species in North America, and the Downy Woodpecker is one of them.  

Its so hard not to fall in love with these little fluffy, soft wonders of nature, isn’t it? It has a white chest and a white stripe down its back. Its black wings are marked with white checks and stripes. The male has a small red patch on the back of its head. The female has a similar patch in white or black.

The Downy Woodpecker is a very small bird, but it is so diligent and persevering. Despite the fact that it weighs very little when it is fully grown, it has a strength and energy unmatched by other birds. This woodpecker weighs only 28 grams or 1 ounce! This is about what a pencil eraser weighs.  It measures about 15 centimetres (6 inches from its head to the tip of its tail). So, it is one tiny bird!

The Downy Woodpecker Diet

The Downy Woodpecker gets a lot of its food by eating insects that crawl on the bark of the tree on which it lives. Its favourite insects are beetles, beetle larvae, ants, caterpillars, and other small insects. It eats some fruit such as berries and cherries and loves to drink the sap from the holes of the trees.

The Downy Woodpecker’s eating habits change with the seasons. It eats a lot during summer and quite a bit less during the fall and winter seasons. This is because it is harder for the woodpecker to get its food since the insects are under the bark of the tree. So, the woodpecker has to tap deep into the bark of the tree to get the insects out.

Keeping Clean

The Downy Woodpecker works hard, but it also takes the time to relax. Preening and keeping its feathers well-tended is one way the bird takes it easy. Each Downy Woodpecker has a special high stump or tree branch that is its favourite preening place.

There, the woodpecker uses its bill to poke down among its feathers, cleaning away dirt and other tiny parasites. No matter how hard the Downy Woodpecker tries to take care of his feathers, each summer, it molts and grows a new set of feathers. The old ones fall out little by little, so that way it never goes bald. 

Downy Woodpecker Talk

The Downy Woodpecker does not sing like the other birds do. Instead, it makes movements and sounds that tell the other birds how it feels and what is going on.  Interesting huh, given the fact that most birds sing. Downy woodpeckers are the quiet type, I guess.

So, the next time you hear that all too familiar drumming sound, quickly go out into your backyard and look for the beautiful woodpecker up on the tree bark.  It is unmatched in beauty and vivacity.

Written by: Irene Roth


Book Review:  Snowmen At Night   

      Of course, snowmen have to drink "ice-cold cocoa" because if they drank hot chocolate they'd melt.  Has your snowman ever looked different in the morning?  Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner give readers a glimpse of cavorting snowmen in their picture book Snowmen at Night.

     They were inspired by their own snowman experience. One morning, they woke up to find their snowman not where he was the night before, instead he had moved to the bottom of their front entrance steps. The book answers the question, “What do snowmen do at night?”

     In the frosty darkness, snow moms prepare refreshments while their snow children play. Coincidentally, snowmen like humans enjoy the same wintertime activities, such as racing, skating, baseball, snowball fights, and sledding. They use a broom in place of a bat and slide down a hill on sleds and tires. When the light of the rising sun glows over the horizon, the snowmen tired from their frolicking return home to their posts. But, the snowmen may stand a little lopsided, appear a little shorter, or rest in a different spot. 

     The book’s snowy, blue-hued pictures perfectly illustrate how much fun it is to be outside in the snow and invoke the enchantment of the glistening night. Throughout the book, hidden shapes in the snow scenes are a delightful addition to the story. 

     The Buehner’s are veteran storybook creators. The husband and wife team have written and illustrated other books including Snowmen at Christmas, Snowmen All Year, Snowmen at Work, Fanny’s Dream, A Job for Wittilda, and The Queen of Style.

Written by: Donna Smith


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