Niamh Clune

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I am blown away by this 10 year old boy, Erik and by his parents…Read for yourself his review of a book about Georgia O Keeffe for 6+ year olds…I am going to read this!

This Kid Reviews Books

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because tomorrow we are going on vacation to New Mexico and I wanted to find a New Mexico related book. I found a lot of cool books having to do with New Mexico, but I choose “My Name is Georgia” because I thought it was “perfect” 🙂 Georgia O’Keeffe wasn’t born in New Mexico but she loved it there and painted the things she saw there. She moved to New Mexico in 1949 and lived there until 1984 when she died at 98 years old! Because I am going away I won’t be posting for a week but I will catch up when I get back!

My Name Is Georgia

by Jeanette Winter

48 pages, ages 6+


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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

3 comments on “

  1. thiskidreviewsbooks
    October 5, 2012

    Thanks for sharing, Dr. Clune! 😀


  2. Patricia Tilton
    October 8, 2012

    Erik I enjoyed your review of Georgia O’Keefe, by Jeanette Winter. She has written such outstanding historical fiction about outstanding people, and this one is no exception. Liked the video too.


    • ontheplumtree
      October 8, 2012

      Yes! isn’t it astonishing that Jeanette Winter makes Georgia O’ Keeffe accessible to children and that Erik has shared that. He is such an influence.


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