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On Saturday we received our first "postcard" from New Zealand. Actually, it was an impressive packet from a homeschooling family. (Now I feel a little guilty about only sending a postcard!) There was indeed a hand drawn postcard from a 6-yr-old boy of the sun and Mercury's orbit.

The packet described many cool projects that the family works on, complete with pictures. Photos of robots they have built, as well as prehistoric animals such as Arthropleura and Opibinia constructed out of recycled materials. You can see some videos of their robots and other projects at Chaos - It's Not Just a Theory. Rounding it off was a booklet of the boy's drawings of bugs.

Ahh, but this was meant to have book suggestions, was it not? Fear not, there were 2.5 pages of book covers to peruse. And here is the list:

The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber
Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
Amos & Boris by William Steig
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
A Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
Olive, the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold
Comets, Stars, The Moon, And Mars: Space Poems and Paintings
Babar Visits Another Planet by Laurent de Brunhoff
Tawny Scrawny Lion by Gustaf Tenggren
The Secret Staircase by Jill Barklem
Bob Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen

And one Australian book: For The Love of Vincent by Brenda V. Northeast

A nicely varied list, I have to say. Interestingly, I had been thinking of looking for an illustrated version of the "Just So Stories," so that's a nice place to start. And I had no idea that Babar ever visited another planet.

I wonder what will show up next?

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