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ON MY POEM HIKE – NEW FRIENDS!

I discovered Ms. Jane Zamudio not only can write poems ~ she sings amazing opera arias!

I discovered Ms. Jane Zamudio not only can write poems ~ she sings amazing opera arias!

 

 

 

MS. JENNIFER KERN invited us to come to the  BACHMAN LAKE LIBRARY BRANCH to do our poetry workshop. . .AKA POEM HIKE!

 

 

 

What amazing poets ~ our new friends ~ Carlos, Sofia, Ivan, Marta, Amiya, Ms. Blanca, Ms. Jane, Ms. Jennifer! They joined us for poetry writing exercises and poetry readings and poetry books!

Ms. Blanca writes poems and her two amazing children write amazing poems, too!

Ms. Blanca writes poems and her two amazing children write amazing poems, too!

Hey Hey Hey My name is Spike! Get ready for a poem Hike!

Do you know I am a poet? I can make it rhyme. Do you know you are a poet? Just begin, you'll do fine.

Do you know I am a poet? I can make it rhyme. Do you know you are a poet? Just begin, you’ll do fine.

You can be a Poet. Just get some words and grow it! I was going to sing you a song. But my voice is all wrong. So I wrote you a poem instead. To stick all day in your head!

I get to visit schools and libraries all for the purpose to inspire young people to write their poems for the Dallas Public Library “Express Yourself YOUTH POETRY COMPETITION”.

FUN AT THE FARMFEST! 125 years Celebration at The Heritage Farmstead Museum

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More new farmstead friends!

Here we are with new friends Hayden and Emily at The Heritage Farmstead Museum

Here we are with new friends Hayden and Emily at The Heritage Farmstead Museum

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We were telling jokes and riddles for the farm! Here is one: What is a sheep’s favorite game? BAAAAdminton!

School’s in Full Swing! And I’m still thinking Summer was GRRReat!

I’M STILL HAPPY because back in July we visited 5 Dallas Libraries and made bunches of new friends! First, we went to Mountain Creek Parkway Library! We told stories and then everyone made themselves a Spike puppet. That was GRRReat, too!

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Spring is here and Summer is around the Corner!

 Spike here.

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This is May 6th in our gardens! It’s Molly Fox’s birthday! Happy Birthday Molly!

April 25: Now I did not get to go to Yesterfest to celebrate those Pioneer Days in Bastrop, Texas. I don’t understand why not. I had begun to work up some lines where I would say, “Pie, where’s the Pie? I heard there was going to be Pie near.” Or another was, “Hey Where’s the great deal on the Pioneer VHS tape decks? I thought we were going to get some great buys on Pioneer stuff. That way I could watch my favorite movie, The Lion in Winter!” But no, I stayed home and had my own party. But that’s another story. I did add this picture of me because I look like I am saying WAAAAH! I didn’t get to go to Bastrop!

I suggested we do a CRAZY picture. Here's Kamil joining us making crazy faces! That's me with the biggest mouth!

I suggested we do a CRAZY picture. Here’s Kamil joining us making crazy faces! That’s me with the biggest mouth!

April 14-17: Jiaany Girl and I traveled to Austin for the annual Texas Library Association Conference. We performed at the Storytelling Roundtable Evening Concert.

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Check out my video on YouTube – Spike in Austin!
Our good friend, Paula Ellis, did the video. Thanks, Paula! Everybody Enjoy!

Springtime NEWS!

Spike here. . . Spring arrived in Dallas in March! And I’m happy to update you on all my grrrrreat happenings!

March 26 – 27:Here I am buckled in for the cross country drive going from Dallas to the Dogwood Trails Book Festival in Palestine, Texas! Here we come Mrs. Jamie King!

  Guess who else traveled with us? Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear! Looking for an opportunity to perform!

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Wow! I got to give out my good advice on Friday, March 27th. We visited Northside Primary, home of the Wildcats in the morning. After lunch we traveled to Westwood Primary, home of the Panthers. I felt right at home with all those Cool Cats! Plus everyone made us feel real welcomed.

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I now have more than a thousand new friends in Palestine, Texas!

On Saturday some of my new friends came to the Dogwood Trails Book Festival at Palestine Public Library. Thanks, Parents!

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Me in my wig. Goldilocks – Wa-lah! And that would be Papa Bear in the red running suit!IMG_3531

Thanks for coming out to the Palestine Public Library and listening to our stories! 

logo-tsa-headMarch 12-15: The 30th Texas Storytelling Festival was in Denton! It was a SMASH-UP! Lots of friends, Lots of stories, Lots of grrrrrrrreat Tellers! I know if you were there, you would agree. If you weren’t, plan for next year. Some Smash-Up tellers are coming!

 

Hey Hey Hey It is 2015! Hope everybody has been grooving into the New Year!

Spike here!

I need to catch you up on my best travel of 2014. In November we got to go to Washington, D.C. Hope you get to go when you can because all the great monuments in the city belong to all of us Americans and are FREE to everyone who travels to Washington, D.C.

 

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Here we are at the Lincoln Memorial. Another cold day in Washington, D.C

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That’s Mrs. Amanda Bradford and me by the Potomac River at the1st President of the United States, George Washington and Mrs. Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. It was cold!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This was taken at the Gaylord National Hotel where we stayed. It is on the Potomac River, too. That’s us with the Madagascar Penguins! And we were inside where it was warm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We loved Washington, D.C. Everyone was so nice and the weather was COLD. Can you tell we had a GREAT time?

 

Spike’s newest NEWS TO YOU!

NOVEMBER is already here! Are you planning some great Thanksgiving Trips? We are heading to WASHINGTON, D.C. on November 19th. I’ll have some great photos to post when we get home!

 

I hope you had a great OCTOBER! I got to see all these kids telling stories and solving problems in Texas in the towns of Kilgore, Nacogdoches, and Tyler.

 

I even picked up some tips to add to my Kidz Advize Lizt. I hope they help!

“Don’t ever go to the bathroom and forget to lock your diary with your brother home!” Jennifer, 9.

“Never ever play football in the house on a rainy day.” Ryan, 7.

“Never ever attempt to teach your cat to swim in your new vinyl pool!” Caitlyn, 9.

 

On our travels we got to meet and chat with these two really smart East Texas Educators.

Here we are with East Texas educator, Ms. Sherry Morton.

Here we are with East Texas educator, Ms. Sherry Morton.

And here we are with East Texas educator,  Ms. LaTonya Whitaker.

And here we are with East Texas educator, Ms. LaTonya Whitaker.

September 2014

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In June a great group of people joined us for storytelling at the Lovett Memorial Library in Pampa, Texas! Look at all the stars! That would be all of us plus the ones hanging from the ceiling!

Hey, hey, hey! I hope school is going great for everyone! I had a great summer. I have to say I’m still chillin’ by the pool every chance I get! That’s one good thing about all this Texas HEAT.

I had a fine summer with reading, traveling, and did I mention, chillin’ by the pool?

Check out our photos from the Lovett Memorial Library in Pampa. Those folks are wonderful. And I got some good ideas from the kids. I’ll be passing those on in our performances.

In August we did 2 Storytelling and Puppetry workshops for about 50 preschool teachers at Isaacs Early Education School in Plano, TX and Skillman Development Center in Dallas, TX. Those teachers were GOOD.

And by the way, check out my newest video  . . . it’s me, chillin’ by the pool with my friend, Anna.

 

 

7 Wonderful Libraries in Fort Worth, TX

In case you didn’t know, I visited these seven Fort Worth Libraries in April. It was National Puppetry Month. I thought this was the “CAT’S MEOW”. Of course, Jiaan went, too. We had a great time!

 

Central • 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13

East Regional • 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 14

Northside • 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16

Summerglen • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19

Ella Mae Shamblee • 4 p.m. Monday, April 21

Southwest Regional • 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23

Northwest • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26

 

For the location of these libraries please go to: http://fortworthtexas.gov/library/branches/