In 2001, the Advisory determined that we really wanted an anthology of delightful poems suitable for year 1 students (not as a replacement for the irreplaceable Milne or Robert Louis Stevenson, but an addition). In 2001, the oldest Advisory 'child' was 18, and there were several teen-agers besides her, all reared on CM's methods, including a diet rich in poetry. In my (Wendi's) family, we owned over 300 volumes of poetry. I asked each of my children who could write to go make me a list of favourite poems from their younger childhood days. Those who couldn't write yet could just tell me. Their lists were similar, in some cases, identical.
Not in length, of course. The 18 year old included far more on her list than the 3 year old was able to tell me about, but both of them mentioned Wynken, Blynken, and Nod and When Young Melissa Sweeps the Floor, for example. I made my own list as well, and other Advisory moms and children created theirs in their own way. My children wanted to know what Auntie Lynn's and Auntie Donna-Jean's children had chosen. There were delighted squeals of recognition and agreement whenever I passed on a poem Auntie Anne's family thought should be included. Sometimes we had a bit of tussle at our house when one of the children wasn't finished making her list, but a sibling had gotten distracted while hunting up a title and taken the very book of poetry her sibling wanted over to a cozy spot to curl up with it and just read poetry for fun. Creating our poetry anthology remains one of my fondest of many fond memories over our years of work on AO. What we have here is the result "AmblesideOnline Advisory's poetry selections for year one students," but it is more than that. This is a lovingly curated anthology of the childhood favourites of the Advisory, and Advisory children. These are not just poems, they are friends who touched our hearts, made us smile, helped us see the world in a new way, helped us give words to what we were already seeing. They are part of our family's traditions (my oldest grandson quoted The Little Turtle for me when he was 3. It had been his mother's favourite at about the same age), and part of our family language as well- snatches of poems, a line here, a line there, come out when we need that 'word fitly spoken.' We fondly, dearly, hope and believe your own children will find many friends here to love and hold dear, to reminisce over when they are grown. From our family's hearts to yours, may you have as much joy in sharing these poems with your children as we have in sharing them with you. Other features: Active TOC! Foreword with information on using the selections. Each poem given its own page.
Experience the finale to the bestselling Amazon quadrilogy Bryn is awake and the clock is ticking.
Her dreams have ignited cracks in the universe wide enough for things to slip through--nightmares--and the only way to keep the world from ripping apart at the seams is to find the other Dreamers and wake them too. But Bryn's death has awakened something else--a dark desire in her to give in to the madness that led to the First Dreamer's demise. Roman knows what it's like to give in to the darkness. But even as visions of his mother continue to follow him from ravaged city to ravaged city, her ghost appearing in smoke and broken glass with a silent message he can't quite decipher, he refuses to be the one who needs saving. Instead, it's Bryn who needs a miracle and Roman is determined to find it if it's the last thing he does.
Calistoga is a name unlike that of any other city in America, first uttered by a man who had intended to develop the "beautiful land"--or Tu-la-halusi as the land at the foot of Mount St. Helena was known to the region's native Wappo tribe--into a resort area rivaling that great eastern resort of similar geological character, Saratoga Springs, New York. During a promotional event, the developer, Samuel Brannan, was about to declare that he would make his hot springs resort community the Saratoga of California, when he transposed the names and declared he would make it the Calistoga of Sarafornia--and the town's name was born. The name resonated with locals at the time and has come to represent the pioneer spirit, optimism, and determination of those who would make their way to this secluded region of northern Napa County. Men and women have come in pursuit of their dreams--farming, bottling the local mineral water, and building a community in the spirit of early Calistoga.
Katya “Butterfly” Amerson lived her life as the cloistered daughter of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. Always correct, always guarded, and never inciting a scandal, she’s had to be the perfect woman. What she really wants is to blow-up her castle and find a life free from inhibition and full of passion. A chance encounter at a dark club in Dubai gives her just the wildness she craves, if only for one night. Xavier “Heim” Spencer lives for being a SEAL.
Dangerous missions, high-stakes assignments, and pleasurable nights all blend together in an adrenaline-laced life he’s addicted to. Until the face women who parade through his bed blur into sandy horizons and forgotten moments. One beauty challenges him to accept someone just as scrappy as he is, and more dangerous to boot. Then she is taken. Katya’s disappearance, and the reality of who she is to the military community, he never expected. Nor the lengths he would be willing to go to get her back. Now it’s a race against time to save the woman who snatched his heart right out of his chest as terrorists threaten to kill a prisoner for every day the government doesn’t meet their demands. But SEALs don’t break. They improvise, adapt, and overcome. And Heim risks it all, for his heart and his country.
"Road book" Tout commence par une rencontre brutale.
Sveinn, un Cycnos bé et poursuivi par les siens, tombe sur la voiture de Daniel, un jeune homme ordinaire, comptable qui s'ennuie dans la société où il travaille. Daniel va soigner Sveinn et ce dernier, apprivoisé et charmé par son sauveur, se laisse convaincre. Il l'emmène avec lui dans sa tentative de trouver d'autres clans de métamorphes, comme les cygnes noirs. Commence alors une longue route, tandis que les Cycnos ne sont jamais loin ... Cette Odyssée récompensera-t-elle leur amour ou leur sera-t-elle fatale ?