Doggie Dreams by Mike Herrod Blue Apple Books, 2011
What dog owner hasn’t watched their sleeping dog and wondered: what does he dream about? The question really arises when the dog seems to be running hard in his sleep or starts whimpering. Does a dog dream like a human?
This early reader in graphic format (part of the Balloon Toons series) lets the reader in on some of those possible dog dreams.
The young dog owner loves his dog Jake – but Jake sleeps all of the time. All of this sleeping makes the boy wonder – what does Jake dream about? In his dreams – Jake is one adventurous pup. Jake dines at a nice restaurant in one dream; he is a rock star in another; and he is a knight in shining armor in the third. But the best dream of all is the one that Jake and his owner share – playing ball together (although the point of view may vary!)
The text is minimal. The illustrations are colorful and appealing. There are no more than four frames on any page (usually fewer.) This is a gentle tale that will elicit giggles. It is bound to lead to chat about pets – a favorite topic of children everywhere.
Won’t we all wonder – what are own pets dreaming about?
This title would be great for Preschool – to Grade 3.
(Apologies for the hiatus of Montgomery’s View for the last two months – we were lining everything up – and the book reviews will now appear each week.)
The current version of the General Educational Development test will be changing January 2, 2014. The test changes every 10 years. The updated test will be on the computer, so no need to remember your #2 pencil! Here is some more info:
Your current GED® test scores will expire in 2013—they will not carry forward -. this means that anyone who has started working through the five-test program, but still has tests to take, will have to complete his or her current program by the end of the year, or that student will have to start all over under the new 2014 edition.
You will ONLY be able to take the new test on a computer. There will no longer be a paper-and-pencil version of the test.
The new test will assess only four content areas—reasoning through language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Test-takers will have to write two essays instead of one.
The science and social studies content will be more rigorous.
The GED® Math test will include more advanced topics, like algebra and statistics.
There will be a number of new item types, such as short answer, fill-in-the-blank, drag and drop, and more.
The content will also assess career- and college-readiness skills.
In many states, the test may be more expensive.
Don’t let these changes worry you, PPL has you covered!
We have ordered multiple copies of print books to study for the 2014 version of the test. The books should be arriving shortly.
Also, with your PPL card you have access to the Learning Express Library. If you are currently using the Learning Express Library, the current GED® Test Prep Center will be removed on January 2, 2014. Please finish up all work in progress. New GED® products will be available in January in the new High School Equivalency Center.
For more information on how to use the Learning Express Library or other PPL services please call (207) 871-1700 x 725, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or text the word portlib to 66746 and then send us your question.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has released a report on the state of volunteerism in the USA and the States in 2012. Overall, Maine is doing great, ranking 14th in the Country. However, we have some places where we could improve and the Choose Civility Initiative hopes to encourage even more participation in coming years!
A few highlights:
In 2012, one in four adults (26.5 percent) volunteered through an organization, demonstrating that volunteering remains an important activity for millions of Americans. In Maine, 32.5% of residents volunteer, combining into a total 43.8 million hours of service! And, more than 1/2 of Mainer’s report contributing financially to charities of some kind. If this moves you to consider volunteering in 2014, check out Volunteer Maine to learn about opportunities around our State.
While Maine reports very high voter-turn-out, only 9.9% of volunteerism is within a civic realm, and 18.8% of residents report participating in public meetings –what could we do to encourage greater participation in our civic life? Please share your ideas in the comments section!