Blogs by editor Randi Lynn Mrvos


                                Volume 1   Issue 3


When Sheep Won't Leap 
by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 

A Friend of the President: William Johnson 
by: Geary Smith 

Book Review
 The Quiet Place 
 by: Irene Roth   

                      WHEN SHEEP WON’T LEAP
By Elke
As sunlight fades, the nightlight glows.
It’s time for bed as Ella knows.
She fluffs a pillow so she can sleep
and climbs in bed to count on sheep.

But Ella’s sheep refuse to leap.
Upon the crumpled sheet they creep
    to conga,    cha-cha,    waltz,   and tango,
By: Amanda 
  limbo,     two-step,   dance fandango.
By: Amanda
 No this will never, ever do,”
says Ella to the fluffy crew.
“Bedtime calls for leaping sheep.”
So others come to help her sleep:

a spring of seals soaks Ella’s skin,
a romp of otters splashes in,
a trip of goats gets Ella dry,
a gang of dogs drops slippers by,
a troop of monkeys grooms her hair,
a dole of doves recites a prayer,
a team of mules pulls down the sheet,
a sleuth of bears curls by her feet,
a swarm of bees makes honey sweets,
a horde of mice takes cheesy treats,
a herd of cows fills pails of milk,
a swarm of moths sews quilts of silk,
a school of fish reads books in bed,
a pounce of cats purrs near her head,
a gam of whales sings o’er  the din,
the whole menagerie SQUEEZES in!
By: Haley
But Ella sighs, “I’ve tried them all,
beasts and fowl from BIG to small.
Nothing seems to do the trick.
It’s time to think of something quick.”

By: Haley 

 She slips from bed and creeps d
and tip-toes pass the kitchen chairs,
searches on the pantry shelf,
finds a box and helps herself.

She treats the flock with crispy oats,
rubs their wooly overcoats,
calms them as she pats their heads,
and lines them up beside the bed.

She says, “Goodnight” and thanks each guest,
“It’s time for me to get some rest.”
Ella slips in bed with dreams of sleep,
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                                 and counts the flock of                        sheep.         

By: Fiona

Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 


A Friend of the President:

The Life of William Johnson

“In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.”-Abraham Lincoln

Nestled in number 27, one of the oldest sections of Arlington National Cemetery, is a small white head stone.  The inscription reads:  William H. Johnson, Citizen.  This African American rests among the red, white and blue flags which honor the heroes of past and present wars, even though he never served in the military. Who was he, and why was he bestowed the honor of burial in Arlington National Cemetery?

William Henry Johnson was born sometime around 1835 in the humble and meager surroundings of the South during the harsh treatment and condition of slavery.  He first met Abraham Lincoln and his wife while working as a waiter and butler at a dinner party in Springfield, Illinois. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln were so impressed with his quality of service and polite personality that they offered Johnson the opportunity to travel with them  to Washington, D.C.  In fact, he was the only non-official person to ride on the train with President Lincoln to the capital.  However once he arrived in Washington, D.C., life was difficult. 

He experienced harsh treatment not only from whites, but from light-skinned African Americans who also worked at the Executive Mansion. They did not want to work with him because of his dark complexion.  They were envious of his close relationship with President Lincoln. 

Johnson had encountered mistreatment by whites, but never from his own race of people.  So, President Lincoln stepped in on his behalf.  Lincoln secured him employment with the Treasury Department at six hundred dollars per year, which was very good money at that time.  And, while working at the Treasury Department, he stayed close to Lincoln’s side serving as his personal valet, barber, and bootblack.

On November 18, 1863, Johnson traveled with President Lincoln to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery, where Lincoln delivered his famous and memorable speech, the Gettysburg Address.  Johnson was present in the crowd of people and listened as Lincoln addressed the entire nation.

Shortly after leaving Gettysburg, Lincoln became ill with smallpox.  Johnson was close and cared for Lincoln and brought him back to health.  But later, Johnson contracted smallpox and died in 1864. 

President Lincoln made sure that Johnson’s funeral expenses were taken care of and that his body would be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Though William Johnson began his life in humble beginnings and later met discrimination due to the color of his skin, he would go on to assist one of the greatest presidents of the United States and be highly honored among the nation’s heroes. 

The author wishes to thank Roger Norton, retired American History teacher and researcher at the Abraham Lincoln Research Site at http://rogernortoncoml/Lincoln2.html for his expert advice.

Written by: Geary Smith 
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Book Review:  The Quiet Place

Written by: Sarah Stewart
Pictures by: David Small
Margaret Ferguson Books, 2012

     This is a wonderful picture book for kids about immigration and assimilation which will win the hearts of many young readers.

     This is a story about a little girl who moves to the United States from Mexico with her family. She writes letters to her aunt in Mexico about her new life in America and all the trials and tribulations that she experiences. She misses Aunt Lupita more than anything in the world. She also misses people speaking Spanish and the life she had in Mexico.

     However, she also experiences some wonderful things in America. Papa and her brother, Chavo, help her turn a large box into her own quiet place where she could keep her books and toys and write letters to her aunt. She loves her quiet place. She decorates it the way she wants and feels very much at home in her new space. It is there where she feels most comfortable.

     The book is written in a unique format. The reader only knows the little girl’s thoughts through her letters to Aunt Lupita. The letters are heartwarming and spellbinding.  The little girl will be admired by younger and older readers alike. When I read the book to my niece, she immediately wanted a special place of her own. So, we ended building her a little quiet place of her own too.

     The author and illustrator is a husband and wife team. Sarah Stewart narrated the book while David Small provided the wonderful illustrations for it. David Small is winner of the Caldecott Medal for his wonderful illustrations. 

Rating:  5 stars
Reviewed by:  Irene S. Roth
Author and Editor

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