Summer is a time of spellbinding beauty and brightness. But the more  we get to know our young writers, the more in awe we are of their utterly vibrant lives—born not only of cour- age and persistence, but gratitude for life.  Mrs.Chips 

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195 books:  PERU.  “The Potato in World History” by John Reader. (Both the book title and the author’s name are real!)  
     You’ll never nibble a French fry the same way again after read- ing this delightful and fascinating book—which is as much about world history as it is about the amazing role the potato played in it. If you aren’t convinced. . . .         
     The first potatoes were grown 12,000 years ago. Some were found in a bog in Peru that dated back 8,000 (though it is not clear if they were still edible . . . .) While the Irish potato famine is well known, not so well known is the number of civilizations potato harvests saved from starvation.       
     The potato made its journey from Peru to Europe in the mid-1500s. Yet, how it “took root” is almost impossible to imagine. At that time potatoes were the size of cherry tomatoes and bitter in taste. They came from a climate that has 12
hours of sun year round and had to adapt to the cold and damp of Europe. Finally, because the Bible does not mention them, the church deemed them of the devil (because they grew in the dark) and insisted that they caused leprosy!                
     Having finally overcome those hurdles, potatoes fuelled not only slavery (in South America), but the industrial revolution in England, population growth in Europe, and the very first use of chemical pesticides worldwide.  While it took 3 centuries for the potato to circle the globe and look like what we know today, when it finally made it to China (one of the last holdouts in the land of rice) it took them only 3 decades to become the world’s largest producer and consumer of potatoes.  I could go on . . . .

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One of our 4th grade students
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2> When I feel like flying

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3> Google “flute” 

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4>  To learn happily

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5> Life is extremely beautiful

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 6> Tumbleweed and other gifts from Ukraine

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7> My innovative year

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8>  I teach and I learn

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