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Musaka, the shark, found his sister singing to a lark,

while Catfish found a new name minutes before big game.

War ravishes the ninth moon of Neptune

and scared caterpillars cocoon to Monarch butterflies . . .

 

 

Books by Jeannette Drake

 

Journey Within: A Healing Playbook  /  Promise: Inspirational Fantasies

 

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The Kingdom of God

      (for my fourth grade students at Fisher Elementary)

 

                                    By Jeannette Drake

 

At nine years of age they bring

biscuits, diamonds and dreams

to feed the poor. “Blessed be the blue roses.”

The Forest of Life springs streams

with no plastic Pepto-Bismal bottles

floating by. Even Big K Dragons know

how to giggle and do not cause little girls to cry.

Amir’s grandma lost an eye. He didn’t tell us why.

Musaka, the shark, found his sister singing to a lark,

while Catfish found a new name minutes before big game.

War ravishes the ninth moon of Neptune

and scared caterpillars cocoon to Monarch butterflies

in June.  Zelda walks the cornfields determined

not to die. And the North Star of Justice hangs

ever high while Abe and Martin eat purple plums

and Jesus shows up with a bang!

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Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

By Chris Hedges and illustrator Joe Sacco

Look at the poorest areas in the United States, "sacrifice zones" where human beings and natural resources have been used and then abandoned. A former New York Times correspondent, Hedges reported from Ground Zero beginning just after the 9/11 attacks. In 2002, he was part of the team of reporters at the New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. Over the past decade he has become one of the leading chroniclers of the state of the nation. Hedges joins us to discuss the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and his tour of the nation’s economic disaster zones. "The most retrograde forces within American society have used the specter of the war on terror or terrorism in the same way the most retrograde forces within American society used communism or anti-communism to crush any kind of legitimate dissent or any questioning of the structures of power," Hedges said.

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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

By David McCullough

At first glance, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris might seem to be foreign territory for David McCullough, whose other books have mostly remained in the Western Hemisphere. But The Greater Journey is still a quintessentially American history. Between 1830 and 1900, hundreds of Americansmany of them future household names like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, Samuel Morse, and Harriet Beecher Stowemigrated to Paris. McCullough shows first how the City of Light affected each of them in turn, and how they helped shape American art, medicine, writing, science, and politics in profound ways when they came back to the United States. McCullough's histories have always managed to combine meticulous research with sheer enthusiasm for his subjects, and it's hard not to come away with a sense that you've learned something new and important about whatever he's tackled. The Greater Journey is, like each of McCullough's previous histories, a dazzling and kaleidoscopic foray into American history by one of its greatest living chroniclers.—Amazon.com Review 

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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