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The contest deadline for chickaDEE and OWL’s WWF Contest is tomorrow, so hurry up and send in those entries!
Owlkids and WWF want to send YOU and a family member to Churchill, Manitoba to see polar bears in the wild.
Contest details can be found HERE.
Good luck in the contest!
The chickaDEE Team
Over the weekend, people in Highwood, Illinois gathered to break the world record of lighting the most jack-o’-lanterns!
Families carved pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, each with personal and cool designs. In the end, more than 32,000 jack-o’-lanterns were lit in one place, passing the current world record of more than 30,000, set in 2006.
Check out these pics of the event:
Photos courtesy of: http://highwoodpumpkinfest.com
Happy ALMOST Halloween!
Editor of chickaDEE
Hi chickaDEE Readers!
Author Chris Tougas recently talked to chickaDEE about the writing process. Chris wrote the fiction story “Gotta Fly” in the October buggy issue of chickaDEE. His story was so funny, as were the characters. Here’s what Chris had to say about it:
Q: Is it hard to write a funny story?
A: I like humourous writing because humour usually has a punch line or pay-off. I usually find an idea that excites me and then think of how to wrap the story up in a rewarding way. After that, it’s a matter of writing the meat of the story – the middle. If I have a strong idea and a good ending, the writing usually happens quite easily.
Q: What do you need to know before writing and illustrating a story?
A: I usually spend a day or two researching the subject matter of my stories before I start a project. In the case of “Gotta Fly”, I did a lot of of reading about both spiders and flies and found out all sorts of interesting things. But when it came time to write the story, I decided to leave some those fun things out in favour of just writing a fun story. It became less about the spiders and flies and more about two characters who have very different approaches to life.
Those are some great writing tips! Thanks Chris!
Until next time,
Editor of chickaDEE
Owlkids Books has a great new book out called You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey. It tells the story of how we are all connected to each other and to Earth. You can read about what a tiny speck of dust has to do with water, sneezing, and dinosaurs!
I really liked that this book talks about the Earth as a living thing. The author breaks down big ideas into a simple, beautifully told story.
Along with the story is artwork by Soyeon Kim. Instead of illustrating the story with pen and ink, Soyeon made dioramas for each scene. A diorama is a frame, like a shoebox, that you fill with miniature models of people, places, and things.
Soyoen used all different kinds of materials to make the models, like tissue paper, fishing wires, and flowers. Each page looks kind of like a 3D movie!
Try making your own diorama using a shoebox and things around the house. Send us pictures of your dioramas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great fall weekend!
Editorial Assistant of chickaDEE