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Virtual Entertainment At My Blog’s Birthday Party

Posted by lindamartinandersen on May 18, 2015

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074“Virtual Entertainment At My Blog’s Birthday Party” by Linda Martin Andersen

We’re still partying here at “A Writer’s Playground!”  Three years of blog posts to celebrate.  What fun!  I appreciate that many of you have shared how you’ll be traveling.  If you’re just joining in, please choose a virtual mode of transportation that allows you to arrive in style–in a style related to your writing.  For example, I’m arriving on elephant’s back because my current writing includes an elephant.  Enjoy the ride!

And now for the birthday blog entertainment…

After reading Laura Purdie Salas’ blog on Friday, May 15, I decided to re-blog her post as entertainment for this virtual party.

  • I can imagine Laura Purdie Salas arriving by train carrying an armload of picture books and asking each guest to choose one.  After reading, name another book title that is similar in some way.  Finally, share what these books have in common.  Laura calls these “Bookalikes–2 books with a connection.”  This is an activity fit for any age reader.
  • I can also imagine Laura asking each guest to write a poem based on the book.  Write a poem that summarizes the book or write something the book inspires.  Write rhyme, non-rhyme, or free verse.  Laura calls these poems  “Poetryaction–a poem in reaction to a book.”
  • Check out Laura’s recent post on train books and an example of Poetryaction and Bookalikes.  http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/for-teachers/all-aboard-pf/
  • Here’s a second sample for more inspiration:  http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/for-teachers/prxn-small/
  • Have fun reading, writing, and sharing!
  • Please post in the comment section.  I’m looking forward to reading your Bookalikes, Poetryactions, and general comments.

Laura Purdie Salas, thank you for providing our entertainment.  You know how to make a virtual birthday blog party very special!

Readers, if you’d like a chance at a book giveaway, follow the rules posted here:


Please leave a comment.  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Children 13 years old or older are invited to  comment.  See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm



10 Responses to “Virtual Entertainment At My Blog’s Birthday Party”

  1. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    So glad the party’s in progress and everyone’s having a good time. Are you doing like they did in the 1920’s and 1930’s, having guests come to the entrance to the party room and announce them? That would be fun!

    Celebrate you and your exciting blog posts!
    3 years (over 1095 days) of pure fun
    Never Give Up

    • Joan,
      That does sound like fun, Joan. Would you like to volunteer to introduce each guest as he/she arrives? Teasing! Parties are fun with friends any way they happen!

      Always great to have you present. Thanks for coming!

  2. joyacey said

    Wahoo! I hope Laura shows up wearing her poetry tights and tiara. Congratulations on three years of great posts. I see a glimmering circle of children’s poems rolling in to join us.

    • Joy,
      A glimmering circle of children’s poems rolling in to join us would be a fantastic addition to the playground! I hope Laura heard your requests for poetry tights and tiara!

      Thanks for the congratulations on 3 years of blogging. You are the one who amazes me. One or more poems a day. How do you do it?

      Thanks for joining the blog party. Are you standing in the center of the poetry circle? That seems a great place for you to start. You lead well. Keep writing great poetry!

  3. You do know how to keep a partying going, Linda. And you’ve put in a ton of work over the last three years too. 🙂

    • Tracy,
      I appreciate the compliment, Tracy. Thanks for popping back in. Let’s party! Please share some of your favorite party ideas with us. I know how creative you are. Would you like to set up a paint corner–virtual of course?

  4. Oh, a Poetry Train! Like a circus train, full of pacing, snarling, purring books. I LOVE that! And of *course* I’m wearing poetry tights (tiaras fall off during poetry-taming routines, so I’m leaving that one off:>)

  5. Kathleen said

    Hi Linda, My bookalikes would be Stella Luna, and The Kissing Hand. Both show how strong a mom’s love can be! Plus it brings back memories reading it to my daughter many, many, times when she was younger. I guess now that she will be going off to college the kissing hand will be reversed and I will be the one being reminded that her love will be with me–even if she is away! 🙂
    Love your idea of virtual entertainment!

    • Kathy,
      Not only did you provide the party with a Bookalike activity, you made it personal. Loved that! You and your daughter will forever be close. Maybe you can Skype, Facetime, or whatever works best for you two.

      Thanks so much for playing and for letting me know that you like the virtual entertainment at the blog celebration. So great to hear your thoughts and have you here to celebrate with me.

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