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Welcome to Weekend Links! This is my chance to share the best-of-the-best in the way of book-inspired fun that I’ve encountered during the course of my online travels.
This week a reoccurring theme that keeps crossing my path is weaving. Books about weaving with amazing activities to go with, to be exact. There were too many wonderful ones to NOT share. Enjoy!
Lump, Lump and the Blanket of Dreams by Gwen Jackson is a wonderful diverse picture book that came across my radar during Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017. Little bear Lump Lump isn’t ready to go to sleep and hibernate for the winter. Thinking a special blanket will help, his friends Bluebird, Fox, Robin, Hawk, and Mother Bear, helps him gather materials for Spider-Woman to weave him a blanket of dreams.
This book was not only reviewed on The Weaving Ideas a beautiful weaving craft was also included!
As part of my 14 #Kidlit and #YA Books for National Hispanic Heritage Month, I introduced readers to a very special books-Abuela’s Weave by Omar S. Castaneda
Esperanza’s Abuela, her grandmother, is unmatched in her skill in weaving traditional Mayan tapestries. She has shared her gift with her granddaughter, and now they plan to sell their goods at the market. However, the birthmark on Abuela’s face may scare customers away. So Esperanza must cope with the city streets and find buyers alone.
This touching story of personal growth and family pride is illustrated with authentic Guatemalan scenery that gives life to the country’s radiant landscape and bustling city streets. This book can be purchased via publisher Lee & Low’s website or on Amazon.
If you are inspired to do a little weaving yourself at home or in the classroom, be sure and check out this easy paper weaving tutorial video!
Grab some fun colors of construction paper here and get weaving!
Becky at KidWorldCitizen.org has amazing multicultural books and activities to help kids learn about weaving around the world. with these weaving projects for kids, plus read about weaving with these great multicultural books!
Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris By Linda Elovitz Marshall (Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri) is the wildly new picture books published by Lee & Low Books
Ixchel wants to follow in the long tradition of weaving on backstrap looms, just as her mother, grandmother, and most Mayan women have done for more than two thousand years. But Ixchel’s mother is too busy preparing her weavings for the market. If the weavings sell at a good price, they will have money to pay for Ixchel’s school and books. And besides, there is not enough extra thread for Ixchel to practice with.
Disappointed, Ixchel first tries weaving with blades of grass, and then with bits of wool, but no one would want to buy the results. As she walks around her village, Ixchel finds it littered with colorful plastic bags. There is nowhere to put all the bags, so they just keep accumulating.
Suddenly, Ixchel has an idea! She collects and washes the plastic bags. Then she cuts each bag into thin strips. Sitting at her loom, Ixchel weaves the plastic strips into a colorful fabric that looks like a beautiful rainbow—just like the weavings of Mayan women before her.
What dreams will YOU weave today?
One More Thing..,
Does your heart long to roam? Find new adventures? Maybe even go on a Pilgrimage?
Evans Bowen’s new book, Pilgrimage: A Modern Seeker’s Guide, speaks to those who crave spiritual travel and soul-seeking adventures.
“A pilgrimage creates a sacred space where your physical body and heart can meet and meld into one. As the sacred space opens more light shines in and new vistas, ideas, languages, and experiences bring you to a new place in your life you could never imagine before.”
A tradition of all religions, Pilgrimage is a journey to sacred sites as an act of devotion and dedication. It is time to expand the definition of Pilgrimage to inform modern life. Taking time to visit a place near home or around the globe, to open the mind and heart to the Divine, brings healing and new meaning to life. Pilgrimage is both an external journey to a place longed for and an internal journey to the center of our most authentic self.
Each part of the journey, from the first desire to visit a holy place, to the return home to integrate the experience, becomes the pilgrimage to expand our world, both body and soul. Combining practical steps for the physical journey and 40 days of inspiration for the spirit, this guidebook gives this time-honored journey to the Divine to inform the whole person in our increasingly fragmented world.
Click here to view deeper details on this beautiful new book.