Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 28th, 2011

I hope you all had a great holiday! Mine was pretty sweet!

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Apparently, Princess was feeling a little bit left out of the photography business today when we took pictures of my Christmas presents. She pushed her way into the photo and wouldn’t leave. Mom says that she’s lucky she’s so cute!

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I got some clothes, a domo calendar, and a little recycled plastic glider guy.

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And a photo with Princess, of course!

Marlowe II

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27th, 2011

As part of my next book review, I thought I would show you something very interesting that my mom and I found. It is a foundation called We Give Books. For every e-book that you read on their website, they give a copy of it to one of three pro-literacy foundations. (Mom is very pro-literacy!)

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You don’t have to be a bookseller or blogger to look at the books. Mom and I just signed up for an account and started reading.

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One of the books that we read was called Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley. It is about a little bear who wants to find a four leaf clover for good luck.

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It’s got cute illustrations! As you can see, it looks much like a regular picture book! You page through the entire book, and then at the end, a button appears that allows you to ‘give’ a book!

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I imagine that Mom and I are going to have a lot of fun with this website! There are almost 160 picture books that you can browse through—and some of them are nonfiction books about all sorts of nature things too!

I hope you all enjoy this website find! Have a great day!

Marlowe II

Sunday, December 25, 2011

December 25th, 2011

Merry Christmas, everyone! Mom and I wanted to drop in and wish everyone a great day. (Technically, we’re writing this a few days ahead of time, since we don’t know what we’re going to be doing on Christmas day proper.) In the next few days, I will write a blog entry about what I got for Christmas. Since Christmas is the day that I came to live with Mom—way back in 2005, we celebrate it as my birthday too!

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I hope you all are having a great day, surrounded by your friends and family. My mom and I are always grateful for each and every one of you who come to my blog and read. We both find it so much fun to connect with other plushies and their owners all over the world! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah!

Marlowe II

Saturday, December 24, 2011

December 24th, 2011

Unintentionally, Mom and I have this figured out. One last Christmas card post, and one last day before Christmas!

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We received a surprise package a few days ago! It was from Buttons!

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It was a really great card, a picture, and a little soldier! I love the picture! Mom says that it will be a great idea for next year!

My mom says that she got me something for Christmas, so I shall post a picture of it after we open presents tonight. (My mom’s family opens presents on Christmas Eve!)

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!!

Marlowe II

Friday, December 23, 2011

December 23rd, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I won a contest on Sullivan’s blog. It arrived a few days ago, and I am really honored!

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You guys should see the candy bar! It probably weighs almost as much as I do! And the postcards are really cool as well! I’m hesitant to send out the postcards because they’re so pretty!

Thanks a million, Sullivan! The package really made my day!

Marlowe II

Thursday, December 22, 2011

December 22nd, 2011

Today’s postcard comes from Barney and his Mom Sarah from BearPlace.
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It is handmade too! I’m such a lucky bear to have such great friends who make things for me!
Marlowe II

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 21st, 2011

Today’s card comes from Fed Bear and Berrie Penguin from BearPlace!

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It even has some Chinese or Japanese characters on the card! Very grand!

More to come!

Marlowe II

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December 20th, 2011

Today’s card is from Bob T. Bear and his mom, Helena!

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I love your print! We sing the song ‘We Three Kings’ every time we see it, but instead of kings we say bears! My friends and I think it’s very funny!

This is the version that Mom remembers from her childhood. We are not sure if they every played the Claymation Christmas special in Europe! But since almost everything is on YouTube, we can share!

Claymation Christmas- We Three Kings

More tomorrow!

Marlowe II

Monday, December 19, 2011

December 19th, 2011

My mom and I took some photos of the mail that we’ve gotten recently! We’ve decided to post them one at a time so we have a flurry of posts before Christmas! We did finish the Christmas cards today, so I hope they all make it to their destinations in time.

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This is the card that my friends, Jerry and Ben and their dad sent me. Isn’t it pretty! Thanks a lot guys!

We have more mail to come! Hurrah!

Marlowe II

Saturday, December 17, 2011

December 17th, 2011

Sorry guys—Mom has been very tired lately, and we let the pre-written blog posts go through. We didn’t write any new ones lately. With the Christmas crazies at the place she works, she hasn’t really been in the mood to write anything. Her next day off is Monday after six straight days, so I’m not sure if we’re going to write anything.

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We started on the Christmas cards that we are going to send to all of my friends. She’s decided to bring them to work with her tomorrow and maybe some more will get done. At least they can be signed and our home address written on them. If we get them all addressed by Monday, they should get to most of my international friends by Christmas. I’m sorry if everyone doesn’t get them in time! Technically, they’re ‘holiday’ cards, so I guess as long as they get there by New Years, they’re still on time!

Talk to you all later!

Marlowe II

Saturday, December 03, 2011

December 3rd, 2011

I’m trying to convince Mom to allow me to review the books she reads, but she says that the children’s books are much more interesting! (She’s currently reading this book on her nook, by the way.)

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Today, Milton picked out the book for us to read. It is called Philadelphia Chickens: A Too-Illogical Zoological Musical Revue, and it is by the same lady who wrote Perfect Piggies, Sandra Boynton. One of Mrs. Boynton’s many hobbies is music. Along with her husband and a few various minor celebrities, they have made a CD of some songs. This book gives you the sheet music and lyrics along with the CD.

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Milton only reads us the lyrics though. He says that he does not sing. Caleb will try to sing, but we usually don’t encourage that! (He’s just—well, a little loud for a bear his size!)

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It’s got her wonderful illustrations-- dogs, and strutting chickens and such!

I hope you are having a great day!

Marlowe II

Sunday, November 27, 2011

November 27th, 2011

Mom and I are really enjoying picking out books from our collection to show you. Mom loves children's books, and has quite the collection.

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This time, Foster is here to help me show you Just Plain Fancy, by a lady named Patricia Polacco. She has written lots of books, but this is Mom's favorite.

This book is about a little Amish girl named Naomi who is in charge of her family's chickens. One day, along with her little sister, Ruth, they gather the eggs and come upon a fancy looking egg.

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They put it under a chicken, and it hatches! We won't say anything more, since we don't want to ruin the surprise. Mom says that this is a simple way to show the Amish way of life to children.

I hope you will enjoy this book as much as we do!

Marlowe II

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November 26th, 2011

It’s been quite some time since I’ve introduced a new member of our plushie family. Mom bought him at work.

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His name is Nickleby. He was part of Mom’s plan to cheer herself up after Black Friday at work. (Her Black Friday wasn’t as crazy as the ones mentioned by far!)

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Mom thinks that he is a charmer. She says that he’s not as a big of a charmer as I am, and I’m glad for that!

There are about six weeks left to the Christmas crazies at work. Mom and I have decided that we will continue letting the book review blogs post, but we’re both looking forward to returning to blogging regularly! Mom says she misses taking pretty pictures of my friends and I!

There is one thing that Mom is going to find the time and energy to do—Christmas cards! Does anyone new want a Christmas card? I’ve still got the snail mail addresses of the people who we sent one to last year, but we are always looking to send them to new people!! You can email me your address via the link on my profile page or on Twitter! I love sending mail!

Hope you are all having a great day!

Marlowe II

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November 23rd, 2011

We’re doing pretty good about producing blog posts early. Mom says that this time last year we didn’t have any posts at all. Now we have some posts with some only moderately decent pictures! Maybe next year at this time we’ll have some posts with lovely pictures!

This blog post’s book is called You Are My I Love You, by a lady named Mary Ann Cusimano Love. It is a very sweet book about how much a parent loves their child. I love the fact that the characters are teddy bears!

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Today, Pine, my dog, wanted to come and help me read the book. He is always a lot of help—even if sometimes he gets in the way a bit!

The book has a sweet rhyming rhythm in it. I think it would make a good lullaby.

“I am your push; you are my swing.

I am your audience; you are my clown.

I am your London Bridge; you are my falling down.”

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He wanted to get right in there! He was helping me hold the book down in this picture.

Mom says that this book would make a great baby shower present, or for a beloved child. We bought our copy at Goodwill just because Mom liked it so much. (She saw it at work.)

And finally, because I can—a Princess picture. She was also helping Mom take the pictures, but she is too big to sit on my lap!

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Talk to you all later! I hope you are having a great day!!

Later,

Marlowe II

Sunday, November 20, 2011

November 20th, 2011

Time for another book review! This time it is a children’s picture book called A Mother for Choco, by a lady named Keiko Kasza.

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It is about a lonely little parrot named Choco. He is a yellow parrot who does not seem to have a mom. He goes to each of the animals that he thinks looks like him in some way and asks them if they are his mother. They all say no!

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I don’t want to ruin the ending for you! Mom says that the book is sort of about adoption and accepting families of all shapes and sizes. We both like this book and think it is very cute and sweet. I think we like it so much because our family around here is from all sorts of different places, species, and makers. Everyone from the domos, to plushies, to the Monster High dolls!

Marlowe II

Monday, November 14, 2011

November 14th, 2011

The snow is all gone now. It was 50 degrees F for a bit this week and it went all away. Mom says that is only a matter of time before it snows again!

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This is my mom’s 11/11/11 picture. There is still a little snow on the roof of the garage, but it’s gone now.

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All of the leaves on the trees are gone as well. I do like fall foliage and I wish it could have lasted longer! Mom says that there is always next year! What does it look like around your home?

Marlowe II

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

November 9th, 2011

Very short post because I ought to be going to bed!

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SNOW!! I love snow! Mom doesn’t like it too much now that she has to drive, but isn’t it pretty!

More later!

Marlowe II

Monday, November 07, 2011

November 7th, 2011

Our next book that we are going to review is one of Mom’s favorite books from when she was a little girl. It is called the Phantom Tollbooth and it is by a man named Norman Juster. Technically, the copy that we are showing you is brand new. It is the 50th anniversary of the original publication. It is annotated! This means that someone detailed all the little references hidden in the text. It is very fascinating to Mom, but not so much to us bears! We still let her point them out, because it makes her happy!

The Phantom Tollbooth is about a boy named Milo. He does not know what to do with his time—and he thinks most things are pretty boring.

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He comes home from another boring day at school to a box waiting for him. Inside are a note, a map, and directions to assemble a tollbooth—and a little car to drive. It sends him onto a grand adventure where he meets all sorts of amusing characters. (Milton had to help me hold the book up—it’s a big book and very heavy!)

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It is full of great words, literary connections, and lessons to learn. It is probably a book for eight to ten year olds. The grammar and choice of words makes it a great book for adults as well! Mom still has her original copy from when she was a little girl and cherishes it to this day! I hope you will go to your local library and give it a try!

Later,

Marlowe II

Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28th, 2011

My mom’s work is starting to get crazy busy, so we are trying to think of ideas to make posts that we can plan ahead. We use a program called Windows Live Writer to post on the blog. It has the ability to post entries on schedule. Mom says that it actually has something to do with Blogger and the way that it makes them appear on schedule. All I know is that this Christmas season, Mom and I are going to do our hardest not to disappear into the black lagoon of Christmas crazies!

We thought that books would be interesting and something that is not dependent on Mom taking one of us outside to take pictures. Our friend Sullivan McPig and his friend the Voodoo Bride have a reading blog called Pearls Cast Before a McPig. Mom says that we don’t need another blog, so I will post our reviews here. We’re going to start out with children’s books, because Mom has plenty of those!

Our first book is in honor of Sullivan. It is by a lady named Sandra Boynton. It is called Perfect Piggies.

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Sandra Boynton is a very funny writer. She writes for mostly the under three year old set, but they’re also funny for the adults reading them. For her more recent books, she has recorded a song along with the book. You have to visit a special website to download it.

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It is about how practically perfect pigs are! Mom and I tend to agree! We’re also very fond of it because it has rhythm and rhymes.

I hope you like my book review—I’m afraid I don’t want go to into too much detail—since it’s such a short book to begin with. Maybe as time goes on, Mom will review the books she reads! (They’re much longer!)

Marlowe II

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25th, 2011

My mom and I wanted to share with you a cool website we found. It’s called PostCrossing. It is sort of an international postcard exchange. We have currently sent out three postcards, one to Illinois, another to Utah, and one to Poland. We have only received one.

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It is one from the Where’s Waldo children’s books. It was also from Utah. When Mom made the account, she clicked a box that said that we wouldn’t mind sending postcards to the same countries more than once. She thought that it meant that we would receive them from more distant places! I told her that Utah is pretty far for me!

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It is getting colder and colder. Soon there will be snow on the ground! Mom says that she hopes that it will wait a while though! Our trees are turning pretty colors though! I like fall. I like all the pretty colors and the cooler temperatures. Mom says that it’s probably a part of being a bear—even though I don’t hibernate!

Hope you are having a great day!!

Marlowe II

Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21st, 2011

Mom’s domo obsession has taken over a small place on our shelves. I guess I’m lucky that she’s only interested in the brightly colored ones.
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We have more than this now. I admit I think they’re kind of cute, but they’re awfully loud! For a bear who enjoys quiet times, it’s hard to ignore these little guys and their talking. They’re very friendly creatures—but they never stop talking!

Mom took all the domos she had outside a few days ago to take photos. Since this is supposed to be a blog about a bear, she says that we won’t post them all here. (They’re all at our Flickr account if you would like to see them.) But she did take Milton and I outside. It’s been a while since Milton has been on my blog. He’s one of my best friends!
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It was a really nice day. Maybe Mom will take us outside tomorrow. It’s supposed to be nice—it’s been windy and cold here lately. It’s like we skipped fall and went straight to a pre-winter season!
Later!
Marlowe II