Reading is Fun Page Hop Facebook Event

Hello Lovely Readers!

I am happy to announce I’ll be participating in the Reading is Fun Page Hop Facebook Event, February 1-2, 2018!  I’m doing a picture book giveaway of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker (my book) and Enemy Pie by Derek Munson.  Plus there are several other children’s writers giving away books the same day as part of the event.  Discover new books, tour the facebook pages and maybe even win a book.  Good luck to all!

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Cynthia Mackey’s Facebook Page

Note: Open to Canada and US residents only.  Visit my facebook page on February 1-2 for details on how to enter.

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Pancake Day: February 13, 2018

Hello Lovely Readers!

This year pancake day will be on Tuesday, February the 13th?  Pancake day is sometimes called Shrove Tuesday and it is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  It goes back to the tradition of eating up any remaining rich foods before fasting.

I have my own tradition of making pancakes with my preschoolers on pancake day.  They love to measure the ingredients, stir up the batter, and flip the pancakes.  Of course the best part of all is eating the pancakes. What a treat!

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For fun you can watch the Great Spitafield’s Pancake Race where Londoners go to celebrate.  Perhaps I ought to try something like this with my preschoolers.  And here’s a sweet little pancake song!

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Finally, don’t forget to order Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker a fun little story about friendship, creativity and ingenuity and lots and lots of pancakes.  It is the perfect little story to read on pancake day.

Poke around my blog to find links to all sorts of yummy pancake recipes from some wonderful food bloggers out there in the blogosphere.

If you ask me, any day is a good day for pancakes 🙂

December’s Kid Lit Love: Butterfly Park by Elly Mackay

Hello Lovely Readers!

Now that I have published a book myself, I can better understand the importance of book reviews posted on Goodreads and Amazon.  Blog posts help too 🙂

Though I don’t typically make resolutions, I have decided on one goal for myself this year: to review one amazing picture book each month on my blog, Amazon, and Goodreads.  Yes, I’m on a mission to spread my love for picture books. so if you have little people in your life, or simply love picture books, here we go!

I was lucky enough to come across Butterfly Park by Elly Mackay a couple of months ago at Chapters Bookstore in Victoria, B.C.  The illustrations are so enthralling and the time and detail put into each one is incredible.  It is worth having a look at Elly’s process for creating illustrations, which involves careful cutting of paper, painting, setting up of scenes and then photography.  The images are whimsical and colourful with a balance of clear and soft focus.

Moving to a new town, the main character must leave behind the things she loves.  She  particularly misses the butterflies and must find a way to adapt and make friends in her new town which at first, appears quite bleak and grey.  By the end, she creates and discovers friendship and beauty in Butterfly Park. And she finally feels at home in her new surroundings.

The story and images work together beautifully.  The page turns are suspenseful and the story is totally relatable for young children.  The story is a celebration of friendship, community, beauty, and change.  It is memorable for children and adults alike.

Thanks for reading!  And by the way, I’m hoping a few more people can review my lovely picture book, Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker so if you’ve read it, please take a moment to leave a review.  To enter to win a copy, head over to Goodreads; giveaway closes on January the 27th, 2018!

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Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker by Cynthia Mackey

Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker

by Cynthia Mackey

Giveaway ends January 27, 2018.

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The Hummingbird Christmas: A Short Story

As the west coast rain fell outside, I bubbled with excitement.  I loved Christmas Eve and though a little snow, would be lovely, I was content.   I watched out my window as carolers gathered. Soon, it would be time for cookies and milk; I had written my note for Santa.

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is a little sparkle of magic so I can know in my heart you are real. 

Your friend,

Bethanie.

My friends told me Santa did not exist.  I wanted them to be wrong.  If I could just see something magical at Christmas time, that would be enough.  Would Santa bring the magic?

I stared at the Christmas tree.  The decorations sparkled but they weren’t magic.

I could smell shortbread cookies in the oven.  Delicious, but not magic.

I stepped outside, hoping to hear the carolers’ singing.  The rain sprinkled lightly on my face.  Then something pink and shiny caught my eye.  I heard a hummmmm of beating wings.  A hummingbird darted into view.  I stood completely still.  I saw a most surprising sight.  The hummingbird fed its babies with nectar from its beak.  I watched as it flew from the neighbor’s bird feeder to the nest. The mother hummingbird placed her beak into the mouths of the two babies; they were tiny and perfect.

Baby hummingbirds in winter… it had to be Christmas magic! Maybe Santa is real, I thought.

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This short story was submitted to: Susanna Hill’s Holiday Writing Contest 

A Sense of Place

Have you ever thought about how living in a place can shape you and the life you live?

I live on the southern tip of an island.  It is a big island; big enough that I’ve never actually driven far enough to see the northern towns of Port Hardy, Port McNeil and Coal Harbour.  Still, living on an island means that I am limited to where I can go by car.  And it also means that unless I want to limit my entire life to staying put on that island, I’ll need to travel by ferry (less costly) or by plane to see other parts of the world.  IMG_4851

Ferry travel shapes our lives here on Vancouver Island.  So much that my preschoolers’ play frequently features ferry boats.  They build ferry boats that have room to carry cars and people.  They create ramps for cars and people to walk or drive onto the ferries, and they even rescue people from the water, tossing in life preservers.  It is a pleasure to watch the ferry boats become more complex with moving parts and new ways to transport people and vehicles.

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Here, we all understand what it means to wait for a ferry.  To miss a ferry and for those of us who’ve spent our lives using ferries as a means of travel, we know how it feels to be the last car on the ferry.

How does the place you live influence your life?  What methods of travel are popular where you live? How do children come to understand their sense of place in your community?  What is your sense of place in the world?

Feel free to leave a comment!

 

 

What’s new?

Ah Life.  The amazing, the brilliant, the love, the pain, the disappointment, the frustration.  I’ve had it all over these last two months.  Thanks for sticking with me. Bloggers are like neighbors and I’m devoting some time tomorrow to catch up with my blogging neighbours whom I’ve been unable to keep up with in the past months.  Can’t wait to read what you’re all up to!
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Here’s the amazing nature poster I purchased for the preschool this summer.  I think it really succeeds in bringing the outdoors inside. Our classroom revamping has really taken shape.  It is very cozy and much more inviting.

This is short and I hope to have more regular posts soon. I’m still working on the 12×12 picture book challenge, teaching and running a small community preschool, and fully immersed in family life as a happily married mom of one undergraduate philosophy student and one soccer playing student in her final year of high school. Hope you’ll check back with me for updates on preschool, life as an emerging writer and other fun stuff.

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