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Mrs. Farquharson’s musings about books for children and young adults

Archive for May, 2013

James Naismith and Basketball


Basketball became an official Olympic sport in 1936, just 45 years after it had been invented by James Naismith. As a young teacher, Naismith took over an unruly gym class, and he was challenged to educate and control the young men in his care. After having little success with the conventional activities and sports, Naismith […]

Sylvia Earle


Looking into the eyes of a wild dolphin – who is looking into mine – inspires me to learn everything I can about them and do everything I can to take care of them…You can’t care if you don’t know.                                  Sylvia Earle When she was a young child, Sylvia Earle went off on her own […]

Pablo Picasso


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso’s father, Don Jose Ruiz was an art teacher and painter who was so impressed with his son’s work that he laid down his brushes. Don Jose said that he was abandoning his own art […]



Our lower school students were fascinated this week when they viewed a clip that demonstrated the launch and landing of the Mars Rover, Spirit. This engineering feat is inspirational to children who are interested in science. The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch (Houghton Mifflin, 2012) tells the […]

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