Friday, August 26, 2011
TITLE: Not Fat Because I Wanna Be
AUTHOR: LaNiyah Bailey (author), LaToya M. White (adult contact)
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace http://www.createspace.com (March 2, 2011)
“Am I fat because I wanna be?” This is what Jessica wonders all the time. The kids in school always laugh and call her names just because she’s overweight. Even some of the teachers say mean things to her! They all think that just because Jessica is overweight, that all she eats nothing but junk food. Will the other kids ever quit bullying her?
One day, Jessica and her mother are sitting on the sofa watching TV. They hear the President’s wife say that if kids would eat healthy food, they wouldn’t be obese. This isn’t always true. Jessica doesn’t eat junk food or greasy food like french fries. She eats healthy food like salads, vegetables, fish and chicken. Why, Jessica even excercises! She’s not fat because she wants to be.
In this easy to read children’s chapter book, we follow Jessica and find out just what’s wrong. Why does her belly stick out? Through her journey we find out with Jessica that there are other reasons for being overweight.
This is the personal experience of six-year-old author, LaNiyah Bailey’s, journey of being overweight. The bullying that she encountered because of this prompted her to write this children’s book with the help of her mother. In the book we meet Jessica, who is also overweight. LaNiyah takes a brave stand and let’s kids know that there are other reasons that cause obesity than not eating healthy.
Visit LaNiyah’s website and blog at: http://www.NotFatBecauseIWannaBe.com to see what else she has to say. You also learn more about her at this site.
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About LaNiyah Bailey
Six-year-old LaNiyah Bailey is already well acquainted with with bullies, teasing and obesity. She is now a youth advocate against bullies and wants others to know that obesity is caused by more than not eating right. LaNiyah hopes that her book will enlighten other people as well as entertain young readers.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
This time I thought I'd just ask you Potterphiles some questions about Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix. I thought that it might be more fun this way instead of talking about the book. As usual, I know you guys will be able to answer these but then again I might be able to stump you. Okay, here we go!
1. We meet Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix. What does
her father do?
2. Why doesn't Professor Dumbledore look at Harry during his fifth year at Hogwarts?
3. In this book, Ron joins the quidditch team. How does he do?
4. Why does Harry have the nightmares he's having in Order Of The Phoenix?
5. Why was Mr. Weasley in the hospital?
6. What is the prophecy?
7. Who made the prophecy and where?
8. In this book, is Harry still learning that he can depend on Ron and Hermoine
9. Who goes into the Department Of Mysteries with Harry?
10. Why does Lord Voldemort want the prophecy so badly?
11. What exactly happens in the Department Of Mysteries while Harry is in there?
Like I said before, I'll bet all you Potterphiles can answer these questions in a snap. If you have any problems, re-read Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
This year, something special is happening at Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermoine know that Mr. and Mrs. Weasley know what it is. They try and try to get it out of them with no luck. First things first. Harry and Hermoine leave the next morning with the Weasleys for the World Quidditch Cup! The teams from Ireland and Romania are playing. But how are they going to get there? Does the whole Weasley family go along?
The friends get to Hogwarts where Professor Dumbledore has an announcement. It is here we find what Mr. and Mrs. Weasleys’ secret was. Hogwarts is going to be host to two other schools, Durmstrang and Beauxbatons, for the Tri-Wizard Tournament. There’s a twist to the games this year. No-one under seventeen-years-old may enter. But somebody has put Harry’s name in and he’s only fourteen-years-old. Who put Harry’s name in?
Look over there. Harry has to get the golden egg from the Hungarian Horntail! How in the world is he going to accomplish this? The Hungarian Horntail is nesting and thinks that it’s one of her own eggs. Really, the golden egg holds the clue as to what the second task is. I digress. Let’s go back to the Hungarian Horntail. It chases him everywhere breaking boulders (and almost Harry several times) as it goes along. The champions are allowed to carry their wands into challenges and Harry has a plan. Rather, Mad Eye Moody plants the idea into Harry’s head. Acio Firebolt! He outflies the Hungarian Horntail, scoops up the golden egg and wins the first task. It’s just another day in the life of Harry.
In this book, Harry faces his biggest challenge yet. He has to ask a girl to go to The Yule Ball with him! Harry really wants to ask Cho Chang but she’s always with her friends. As Ron says, “why do they always travel in packs?”
Also, in this book, Lord Voldemort takes on his human (if I can call it that) appearance. Of course, he interferes with the Tri-Wizard Tournament to do this. Voldemort transforms the Tri-Wizard cup into a portkey for the third challenge in the maze. Harry and Cedric run for the cup together not knowing this. Where does the portkey take them? Cedric is completely baffled as to where they are but Harry has dreamed about the place in one of his nightmares. He knows exactly where they are and warns Cedric to quickly get back to the portkey. Wormtail enters the picture carrying a white blob that’s Lord Voldemort. What does Wormtail do to bring Lord Voldemort to his human form?
Of course, Lord Voldemort tries again to kill Harry. How many different ways does he use to try to kill Harry? In the end, the Dark Lord and Harry wind up in a wizard’s duel. Now, Harry is quite inexperienced at this. He’s only been in one other and that was back in Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets. That was in class and supervised at that!
On top of that Lord Voldemort has placed a spy in Hogwarts. It doesn’t come out until the end of the book who this spy is. Do you remember who?
Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire is a darker book since Harry is growing up. There are three murders in this book. Can you remember who is murdered and by whom?
Who put Harry’s name in? You’ll have to re-read Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire to find out!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Oh no! Aunt Marge is coming to visit! She’s always running Harry down, treating him like a servant and running his parents down. She never knew Harry’s parents. Her visit is going to be different this time. As she is in her usual rant of running Harry and his parents down, she starts comparing him to a dog. Harry just can’t contain himself anymore. He doesn’t pull out his wand (remember the law for underage magic?). But Aunt Marge actually starts swelling up. In fact, she doesn’t stop swelling up until she’s like a balloon floating through the sky. Harry has a solution to all this and acts before Uncle Vernon can say anything. What does he do? He packs his trunk for Hogwarts. Since summer is almost over, he’ll go back early.
Harry drags his trunk down the dark streets of Surrey until he’s out of breath. How is Harry going to get to Hogwarts? Do you remember? His answer comes speeding down the street in the form of…. Harry enters this thing and is magically and hilariously transported to Diagon Alley where he has to meet with The Minister of Magic about blowing up Aunt Marge (I think she needed blowing up, don’t you?). It turns out that the Minister Cornelius Fudge says that there’s no law about blowing up your aunt and lets Harry off the hook. He has even gotten all of Harry’s school supplies for his third year for him. This year Harry gets the strangest school book he’s ever had. Do you remember what it is?
Once Harry gets to Hogwarts, he feels like he’s home…with a couple of exceptions. He has a mass murderer after him and Hogwarts surrounded by dementors. It seems that Professor Dumbledore has given his permission for them to patrol Hogwarts until Sirius Black is found and captured. Do the dementors ever interfere with any of Hogwarts school activities?
There’s another difference at Hogwarts. There is a new Defense Against The Dark Arts Teacher…again. This is Harry’s third one. But Remus Lupin is a good teacher. He teaches Harry and the other third years how to face their fears. Do you remember what else he teaches Harry?
After Ron is dragged by the black dog into the Shrieking Shack, the three friends find out the truth about Sirius. After that, Harry does everything he possibly can to prove Sirius’ innocence.
Professor Snape barges into the Shrieking Shack to find Sirius Black there with Remus Lupin, Harry, Ron and Hermoine. He locks up Sirius in one of the Hogwarts’ towers. How does Harry get him out and let him escape?
As usual, I know that all you Potterphiles that are reading this will have all the answers. Or you think you will. Re-read Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban to find out!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Dobby The House Elf showed up in Harry’s bedroom at 4 Privet Drive and warns Harry not to go back to Hogwart’s. He even goes so far as to withhold Harry’s letters from Hermoine and Ron! Then he closed up platform nine and three quarters so Ron and Harry couldn’t get to the Hogwarts Express. So, how did Harry and Ron get there? Even after Harry gets to Hogwarts, Dobby doesn’t give up. In a quidditch match Dobby turns a bludger rogue making it go after Harry. What else did Dobby do to try to keep Harry from going back to Hogwarts? Why didn’t he want Harry to go back to Hogwarts?
In Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, along with Harry, we get our first look at the Burrows. It’s fascinating isn’t it? I’d love to live in a place like that! Who can forget the yarn knitting itself or the frying pan washing itself? Was anything else happening by itself at the Burrows?
In this book, Harry and the Weasleys’ travel to Diagon Alley in a different way. Of course all you Potterphiles are going to know how but maybe, just maybe some of you won’t. How did they get there? Did Harry do it right?
Remember when the Whomping Willow whomped Harry, Ron and the flying Ford Anglia? That was hilarious! The car knew just how to get out of that situation, though. What did it do?
There’s something I really want to see if you Potterphiles remember. Who started the fight in Flourish & Botts? Was it Mr. Malfoy, one of the Weasley twins or someone else? Maybe it was Harry himself?
Gilderoy Lockhart was Harry’s Professor of The Dark Arts that year. He was so weird! He had pictures of himself hanging everywhere. He bragged about receiving The Most Winning Smile Award. He had the witches in most of the wizarding world swooning over him. He even bragged that he knew the counter curse to prevent the petrifying. Can you remember who and what got petrified? How were they un-petrified?
While Harry is doing detention with for Gilderoy Lockhart, he starts hearing voices. But why does Harry have detention? Anyway, the voices are creepy and he’s never heard them before. What’s Harry hearing?
Harry has made advancement and is still learning some basic things. Because the Dursleys are afraid of Harry being a wizard, he gets Dudley’s second bedroom. YAY! Harry doesn’t have to sleep in that awful cupboard anymore! Even though Harry advances to his own bedroom, he is still learning some basic things.
Harry’s still learning that he doesn’t have to do everything himself. Ron and Hermoine are right beside him to always help. Also, Harry is still learning that even when Ron and Hermoine aren’t there he can depend on his brain to help himself. I guess if I spent eleven years in that spider-ridden cupboard I’d have trouble learning these things too.
Harry has yet to learn that if they need more help all he has to do is ask. The rest of the Weasleys and all his friends at Hogwarts will be more than happy to help with whatever the adventure is!
It was so spooky to travel down to The Chamber of Secrets with Harry. It was downright scary to have Tom Riddle have the basilisk try to kill him! But Harry had help. First Hagrid gave him a clue, then Harry figured something out and when he needed it help came? Who helped Harry, what was the clue and who was the help? Can you tell me where Ron and Hermoine were when this big adventure was happening?
I have one final question for you: Whatever happed to Gilderoy Lockhart?
So, follow the spiders and re-read Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets to find the answers to these questions and have more adventures with Harry.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Welcome to Re-read Harry Potter month! Well, we’ve read all the books and seen all the movies. Now, we’re going to test our knowledge of everything Harry.
For my first installment, we’re going to look at Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone. This will be so much fun. I mean, who isn’t going to miss the adventures of the boy who lived? So, get your broomsticks, frogs, toads, cats and owls. All aboard for the Hogwart’s Express!
Poor Harry. See him over there? His aunt and uncle have bullied him again to do something disgusting. His cousin, Dudley, isn’t much better. Why? It’s because Harry is different. The Dursley’s hate anyone or anything that is different, don’t they? But what makes Harry different?
Anyone who’s a Potterphile knows that life is about to change for the better for poor, bullied Harry.
The change starts simply with a letter addressed to Harry with emerald green writing. You know what happens. Uncle Vernon snatches it away, not letting Harry see his own mail. But the letters keep on coming squeezing themselves under the front door, through the sides of the door and through open windows. Why, hundreds of letters fly in though the chimney.
This upsets Uncle Vernon so much that the whole Dursley family (including Harry) packs up and winds up staying on the “Hut On The Rock.” The Dursley's and Harry tried two other places before they stayed in that hut. Do you remember what they were? Doesn’t something good also happen at that dingy hut? Sure. We meet Hagrid and Harry finally sees his letter. The next day Harry and Hagrid are off to magical Diagon Alley to purchase school supplies for Hogwarts.
When Harry first enters Hogwarts and sits down to eat, he looks at the teachers sitting at the head table. He sees a man sitting next to Professor Quirrel who Harry has already met. The man has an ugly sneer and greasy black hair. Harry immediately doesn’t like this man and soon finds out that this man doesn’t like him. In fact, the man hates Harry! Why does he hate Harry so much? Harry has just learned that the man is Severus Snape and he’ll be one of his professors. That’ll make life interesting for Harry, won’t it?
Shortly, after the feast Harry finds out through the wizarding newspaper, that someone broke into vault #713 at Gringotts. Professor Dumbledore had Hagrid empty the same vault out on the same day! Do you remember who did it?
Harry doesn’t go back to Privet Drive for Christmas. Much to his delight, Ron stays at Hogwarts then too. He and Ron have the best Christmas ever and Harry actually gets presents! One of them is an invisibility cloak from someone unknown. Harry tries the cloak out and wanders around the castle at night and finds the Mirror of Erised. On the frame of the Mirror of Erised are strange carvings that obviously mean something. Do you remember what the writing on the frame said?
Harry’s biggest adventure that year was trying to keep Proffessor Quirrel and Lord Voldemort away from the Sorcerer’s Stone. That was tricky business since Harry was only a first year at Hogwarts. But why did Professor Quirrel’s skin burn and blister each time Harry touched him?
Harry learned a lot that first year. He learned that he can actually get through the tough times by depending on his friends and using his wits.
Find out what the special magic Harry has by re-reading Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone. You can find all the answers to my questions in the book. Next time, we’ll look at Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.