The Tale of the Ill-Gotten Catfish

The Tale of the ill-gotten catfish

By: Barbara Hay

Publication Date – October 16, 2012

Included extras – a map of bootleg Oklahoma

A glossary of lingo/terms

 

Written primarily for readers ages 8-13 this realistic fiction story is the first in a series that is based on the antics of four sixth grade rodeo boys who call themselves The Bulldoggers Club.

Written through one boy’s (Dru’s) point of view, the reader tags along on one misadventure after another as the boys learn about the effects of lying from one record breaking catfish.

Laced with fact based information on Oklahoma and bulldogging (steer wrestling), along with several other interesting tid bits, this book catches your attention and keeps you interested through the whole story.

It is my opinion that readers will find this story engaging, regardless of a rodeo background. Though a few pieces of the story felt slightly disconnected, it read true to the intended voice of a sixth grade (12 year old) boy, and I would give the book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 Dragons (or stars if you would rather). I look forward to reading Mrs. Hay’s next book.

 

www.barbarahay.com

Snow Days

Photo Photo(the view from my front door…I didn’t walk out with the dogs this time!)

The past few days have been cold here. In fact, cold is an understatement. With the snow and winds we have been advised to stay outside for ten minutes or less, and only that if it is absolutely necessary, for fear of frostbite. I have taken these warning seriously and have not left the house! The biggest problem with that, however, is the fact that weather has been playing havoc with the internet connections around town, and I have not been able to post a blog in three days.

I have used that time ‘wisely’:

 I learned a new pattern and can now crochet these mittens with a ‘flip top’ option to turn them into fingerless gloves.

Photo (Aren’t they SUPER CUTE?!?!?! Found the pattern at http://suesfreepatterns.blogspot.ca/2013/08/crocheted-mittens-fingerless-gloves.html)

I finished watching season 6 of The Big Bang Theory

BigBangTheoryTitleCard.png (LOVE THIS SHOW!)

I played A LOT of “random dancing” to kids songs and chase the baby games with my toddler.

and I read Barbara Hay’s The Bulldoggers Club:The Tale of the Ill-Gotten Catfish and wrote an Accelerated Reader test over it. I also wrote a review, which was supposed to post Tuesday and will be posted later today.

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I still don’t like the cold and snow, but being without internet for a couple of days was almost interesting. I hope that you all stay warm (or cool, depending on what your weather is like!) and have some FUN today!

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Aside

Back in the Big Chair

I am a teacher who doesn’t teach. That is not to say that I CAN’T teach. I am certified in Elementary Education, have a background in education, music, and literature, and have, in the past, very much enjoyed my time in front of students. I just haven’t ever taken that step to having my own classroom. I haven’t even substituted in about four years.

That Changed yesterday. I woke up severely early (5:03 am to be exact) and rode over an hour with my mother in order to show up at her elementary school and be a third grade teacher.

I’m a bit rusty at the classroom management thing, but I guess I did alright because they have already asked me to come back to the third grade next week! Can I tell you a secret?? I have always said that I don’t like the younger classes…fourth grade was where I did my student teaching and has always held the number one place in my heart. Fourth Grade still rules…but those kids managed to make me admit that I like third graders! I’m still a little amazed at that.

Of course, the librarian also gave me homework. It seems that two of their new books do not have Accelerated Reader tests written for them yet. I am definitely looking forward to both books (written by Oklahoma authors no less!) and, while I’m at it, I might as well write up reviews for you guys…right!?! Hopefully I will be including my books on that homework list soon. Until then, You can check out some other OK authors at http://okwriters.blogspot.com/. Oklahoma Writers & Authors

I actually met one of the authors a few years ago, when he came to read passages from his book Walking the Choctaw Road. If you haven’t read that, or any other, book by Tim Tingle, do yourself a favor and go find it. Mr. Tingle is a storyteller of his people, and is preserving his heritage, and the heritage of a nation, through his extremely well written works. (www.timtingle.com)

I haven’t met or read the other author, but after reading a little about the book, The Bulldogger Club: The Tale of the Ill-Gotten Catfish, and about Barbara Hay (the author) I have decided that I would really enjoy sitting down with this woman who displays such humor! (http://www.barbarahay.com/)

Does it make me more of a nerd to admit that I am super excited to read these? Or is the nerdy part that I am even more excited to make up the comprehension tests that my new ‘kids’ will be taking?