Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Well, in between cleaning out closets and drawers that hadn't been touched in 30 years, I finished writing two books.
I like to say that it includes everything that "Guns and Ships" left out!.
I illustrated my book with classic pictures of people and events in the story that are in the public domain. Here's an example:
One early reader had this to say about this book:
So listen up, my children, and I'll do my best to tell
How a teenaged French aristocrat served all of us so well.1
Without his help, we might have lost our fight for Liberty,
And we’d still be lowly subjects of the British monarchy!
Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How "America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman" Helped Win Our Independence is available now from:
The second book, Bizzy, the Bossy Boots Elf (which I actually started writing six years ago), came out last month. A rhyming poem modeled on "A Visit from St. Nicholas,"Bizzy is the 5th in my Santa's Izzy Elves Series.
It was great fun working with my illustrator, Shayne Hood. These pictures were much more complicated that those in my previous elf stories. Many of the illustrations had all 8 Izzy Elves in them, and one actually had 16!
This paperback and Kindle book is currently only available from Amazon, although there will be more sources soon.
Here's the link:
Whew. I guess I better get back to those closets and drawers!
Monday, September 14, 2020
Here the links:
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Goody Two Shoes
I liked everything about school, right down to the sound of the pencils scritching on our slate tablets. Most of all, however, I loved hearing the teacher read stories and fairy tales to us aloud. Even the m - ore youthful fare read aloud in the classroom seemed to transport me right out of Hopkinton and into more exciting times and places. Not all the stories the teachers read had been so enjoyable, however. One in particular, a sickening story named Goody Two Shoes, had a heroine so sweet and, yes, so extraordinarily good that she could give real girls the toothache faster than the hard peppermint candy in Mr. Towne’s glass jars.
Goody Two Shoes was probably just the sort of person my stepmother wished me to be: the kind of person my cousin Hetty pretended to be when adults were around. “Hetty is actually more ‘Goody Two-Faced,’” I murmured to no one in particular, turning my mind to the puzzle of why Hetty was so mean to me now.
-A Buss from Lafayette © 2016 by Dorothea Jensen
Yup, old Goody was sweet, all right. If you want to read the original story (it's very short), follow this link for two different versions. (I'm sure that Clara's teacher read the one published in 1820, btw.) Goody Two Shoes
Goody Two Shoes was originally published in 1765. The author was anonymous, but was rumored to be Oliver Goldsmith. The title came to be used to signify someone who was a "goody goody" - the type of child who not only ALWAYS behaved the right way, but also tattled on those others who did not.
Goody Two Shoes was re-published many times over the years. Usually the illustrations were re-done to reflect current clothing fashions. Here's what Margery Meanwell (AKA Goody Two Shoes) looked like at various times: