The hurricane is over but the clean up continues at our house (Orlando, FL).

While taking a break from picking up tree limbs and pieces of the house which have been scattered about the yard, I decided to go through the stacks of books scattered about the house.  Actually, I was looking for any excuse to abandon my outside duties!   Somewhere in book stack #11, I came across this book and thought I would introduce it to those of you who don’t know about HURRICANE by David Wiesner.

In this book, two brothers share experiences that go along with a hurricane – all which will be appreciated by any child whose home was in the path of Irma.   The story is a safe re-creation of the storm and a gentle tool for talking through fears associated with experiencing a hurricane.

As they awaken the next morning, they realize the damage that has been done by the hurricane.  “The next morning only one elm tree was standing near the corner of the yard.  The day before there had been two.  The downed tree was lying across the neighbor’s lawn.”

To these brothers, the fallen tree looks like a jungle as it lay on its side.  As they begin climbing through their beloved tree, it goes from a jungle to a fierce pirate ship and then spaceship.   They grow to love this fallen tree even more as it launches their imaginative adventures.  However, one day they hear chainsaws and see that men are cutting up their new imagination playground…

If you are following us on Heritage2Legacy and want to preserve the memories your family created as you lived through Hurricane Irma, this would be a wonderful book to purchase as one of your H2L Christmas memory books.

You can purchase it here.

By clicking on this link and ordering the book, you are supporting Liz’s Legacy.  (I think we get $1 for every 5 books ordered…;0 but every little bit helps.   Whatever you order on Amazon, if you go through this link, the proceeds will go to Liz’s Legacy and there is no additional cost to you.    Thank you!


Miss Nelson is Missing

What a great book to compliment Gil’s latest Heritage2Legacy podcast, My Favorite First (Controlling) Teacher.  If you haven’t met Miss Nelson and/or Viola Swamp then let me be the first to introduce you to them both.    And don’t forget to listen to our August H2L podcast HERE!

We have moved our Heritage 2 Legacy posts and podcasts to its very own website.

Miss Nelson is Missing
Author:  Harry Allard
Illustrator:  James Marshall


A classroom of unruly students treat their caring and lovely teacher with complete disrespect. They throw spit balls during story-time and refuse to sit in their seats during math. They take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. Near her wits’ end, Miss Nelson doesn’t come to school one day. Instead, the kids have a vile substitute–the nasty Viola Swamp–who loads the boys and girls with homework and never gives them a story hour. By the time Miss Nelson finally returns, the children are so grateful they behave well. But now Viola Swamp is missing…

Viola Swamp

Thank You, Mr. Falker

As school begins soon (or maybe you have already sent your little ones out the door for their first day of school) we are thinking about teachers – amazing, memorable teachers.   Real quick – who is one of your favorite teachers of all time?

Here’s our favorite book about a favorite teacher, Mr Falker.

Publisher’s Weekly Review

Fans of Polacco’s (Thundercake; Pink and Say) work know well her talent for weaving her colorful family history throughout her picture books. Here Polacco shares her childhood triumph over dyslexia and discovery of reading in an inspiring if slightly formulaic story. Young Trisha is eager to taste the “”sweetness of knowledge”” that her grandfather has always revered (here symbolized by drizzling honey onto a book and tasting it, which harkens back to Polacco’s earlier The Bee Tree). But when she looks at words and numbers, everything is a jumble. Trisha endures the cruel taunts of classmates who call her “”dumb,”” and falls behind in her studies. But finally the encouragement and efforts of a new fifth grade teacher, Mr. Falker, trigger a monumental turning point in Trisha’s life. She begins to blossom and develop all of her talents, including reading. Polacco’s tale is all the more heartfelt because of its personal nature. Young readers struggling with learning difficulties will identify with Trisha’s situation and find reassurance in her success. Polacco’s gouache-and-pencil compositions deftly capture the emotional stages–frustration, pain, elation–of Trisha’s journey.


Thank You, Mr. Falker
Patricia Polacco

In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, children’s book author Patricia Polacco recalls the day that her teacher discovered her dyslexia.


Also, check out this wonderful read aloud VIDEO to see & hear
Polacco’s tribute to her favorite teacher, Mr. Falker.


Here’s another one of our top picks for August, celebrating the best in teachers, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.  Take a minute to revisit this delightful favorite, or meet a music teacher who knows exactly how to relate to a tender mouse-child with an unusual name.

With perfect trust in her doting parents, Chrysanthemum (a mouse) knows that her name is, as they tell her,  “absolutely perfect”–until she goes to school and is teased about it by her classmates, especially the imperious Victoria. Doubt sets in, to be allayed each night by  “hugs and kisses and Parcheesi,”  but then reintroduced next day.

Fortunately, a charismatic music teacher whose name happens to be Delphinium makes flower names a new fad. The ending here is preposterously tidy, contributing to the humor of a warmhearted story that celebrates the security of a happy family while gently satirizing its members.

Henkes’s language and humor are impeccably fresh, his cozy illustrations sensitive and funny, his little asides to adults an unobtrusive delight. Another winner from this perceptive artist.  KIRKUS review

Great classroom Chrysanthemum ideas/Pinterest HERE.

And here’s a reading of the book, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Hankes.  Enjoy!