Childish Nonsense

Exploring Children's Literature

Post-March Conference

on March 27, 2013

Seems like the more I do, the more I have to do. Who was it who said “If you want something done, give it to a busy person”?

Saturday, our regional chapter hosted the one-day conference and 20th anniversary of my SCBWI region at Buckeystown, MD. We celebrated big by listening to three amazing authors and a battery of editors and agents. As the registration person, I spent a lot of time answering questions for the 190 attendees and putting out fires. Consequently, I didn’t get to hear everything the speakers have to say, but I know they were all well received. I’d say the event was a success.

As part of the celebration, we held an evening event on Friday. Billed as a dessert reception, the event was more schmoozing than anything else. It was great seeing so many people in a more relaxed atmosphere.
I can’t resist a good book sale. And here is a good book I bought Saturday.

The True Story of Miracle Man
Written by Lois SzymanskiMiracle Man

If you like horses, you’ve probably loved stories of the Chincoteague ponies ever since you discovered Marguerite Henry. Szymanski’s newest story from Chincoteague does not disappoint. And this is not just a story for girls. With the heavy involvement of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department and creative animal care, this is for everyone. The story begins with the discovery of an orphaned colt and ends with a healthy and smart stallion. (You knew it was going to have a happy ending, but I won’t tell you how they get there or what he does after he gets his own band of mares.) The story is in the struggle to get him healthy. Gripping and heartwarming. The clever drawings and photos help make the reader part of the story.

Reviewed by Sue Poduska
Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2013
Middle Reader, Horses, Chincoteague Ponies.
Paperback, 48 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4420-6

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