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“Each Book Has Its Own Family Tree”

Posted by lindamartinandersen on February 21, 2016

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074             Birds Party 2016[1]

A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing
prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those
young at heart.  “Each Book Has Its Own Family Tree”–quoted from Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s blog by Linda Martin Andersen.

Wishing Amy Ludwig VanDerwater all the best with her book launch of Every Day Birds on February 23, 2016. 

I  love this statement by Amy:  “Each book has its own family tree.”  Read more of her thoughts at Kirby Larson’s blog, where Amy was a guest.


I read another profound quote by a visiting writer at “Sharing Our Notebooks,” one of Amy’s blogs:

Jenna Kersten stated:  “I firmly believe that we can find the most beautiful moments of wisdom and insight in the minute of the everyday.”  For more visit this post:


To see Dylan Metrano, a papercutting artist creating the art for Amy’s book and a video, visit this post:  http://www.amyludwigvanderwater.com/DYLAN_METRANO.html

To see a bird recovering from a hit to a window and a poem inspired by the bird, read Amy’s post here:


I hope you enjoyed these shares.  Maybe one will lead you to write something special about birds or a family tree.  If you’d like other writing ideas, try one of these:

Writing Prompts:

  1. What do you think this quote means:  Birds of a feather flock together?
  2. What is your favorite “every day bird?”  Name a person an every day bird reminds you of and tell why.
  3. There is a famous writing skill book by Anne Lamott called Bird by Bird.  Do you know what the author meant by that comment?  How can this advice help you?
  4. Name a favorite book about birds or one with birds mentioned in it.  Reread it or tell someone else about it.  What made this book special to you?
  5. Have you ever researched your family tree?  What did you learn?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment about birds, a book’s family tree or your own family tree.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!




6 Responses to ““Each Book Has Its Own Family Tree””

  1. A book’s family tree. What a cool concept! I’ll let that percolate in the back of my brain for awhile. And Anne LaMott’s quote is classic. Each sentence, paragraph, and page at a time. AND BTW, love bird watching in Florida. Majestic eagles, swooping pelicans. Fun to watch!

    • Carol,
      I bet I’ll hear more about a book’s family tree if your brain is percolating! I imagine there might even be a blog post about it one day. Thanks for commenting on some of the prompts here, including Anne Lamott’s quote. I hope you’ll post some of your bird watching photos, Carol. It was great to hear your spin on things.

  2. So many birds to choose from. Hmmm, I like the blue-footed Boobie. Thank you for bringing that odd bird to mind. I should write a story about it. I researched and recorded my family tree when I was fourteen. On my moms side I was able to go back to the 1550’s. That’s because no one had left Finland or intermarried until my mom’s parents immigrated to Canada. You asked, Linda. LOL 😊

    • Tracy,
      I’m glad this post brought one of your favorite birds to mind. Paint it, write about it, watch it in nature, be inspired by it, etc.

      Wow, you have a big family tree. If you drew it, it could fill a paved tennis court or bigger. Can you even imagine? I’m afraid it might be a little lopsided if you don’t know the family members on your dad’s side to keep it balanced. 😉 I’m imagining a story about this too. See how much fun freeing our minds can be?

  3. Kathleen said

    Linda, such an interesting post! I went to the site of the video for Dylan creating the art for this book and it is fascinating! He is extremely talented. I loved reading the story behind the story of EVERYDAY BIRDS 🙂

    • Kathy,
      I especially enjoyed watching the artist create art too. Great talent, indeed. Backstory is something I like to know too. I’m so glad Amy shared it. I’m happy to hear that this was a good visit for you. Always a pleasure to have you here.

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