My Books Are Now Available for Borrowing from Manhasset Library, NY!

Great news! Printed copies of my books are now available for borrowing from Manhasset Library, LI, New York. 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset. 516-627-2300.

Printed copies of my books are also available for inter-library loan at Queens Library, Nassau County Library, and Suffolk County Library in New York.

The digital copies are available in Queens Public Library and may be available in other library systems throughout the country. If your library cannot provide access to these books, please ask them to purchase in digital or paperback formats to add to their collection.

My Book Titles

Middle Grade…(8-12 year olds )

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion

12 – Adult…

Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

In New York, this is where you can find my printed books:

The physical copies are available from the Queens Library system at Central Library, Jamaica; Bay Terrace Library in Bayside; Whitestone Library in Whitestone. Or, you can borrow through inter-library loan if you’re a Queens County library patron.

Also, the physical copies are also located in the East Hampton Library and Port Washington Library. Suffolk and Nassau County library patrons can borrow through inter-library loan online.

Happy reading! If you do decide to borrow my books from the library, please remember to write a review on the library website.

Thanks,

Elaine

Please let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Great News! My Books Are Now Available at Port Washington Library, LI, NY!

Great news! Printed copies of my books are now available for borrowing from Port Washington Public Library, LI, New York. 1 Library Drive, Port Washington. 516-883-4400.

Printed copies of my books are also available for inter-library loan at Queens Library, Nassau County Library, and Suffolk County Library in New York.

The digital copies are available in Queens Public Library and may be available in other library systems throughout the country. If your library cannot provide access to these books, please ask them to purchase in digital or paperback formats to add to their collection.

My Book Titles

Middle Grade…(8-12 year olds )

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion

12 – Adult…

Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

In New York, this is where you can find my printed books:

The physical copies are available from the Queens Library system at Central Library, Jamaica; Bay Terrace Library in Bayside; Whitestone Library in Whitestone. Or, you can borrow through inter-library loan if you’re a Queens County library patron.

Also, the physical copies are located in the East Hampton Library and Port Washington Library. Suffolk and Nassau County library patrons can borrow through inter-library loan.

Happy reading! If you do decide to borrow my books from the library, please remember to write a review on the library website.

Thanks,

Elaine

Please let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

Please Join Me! April 29 Authors Fair-Port Washington Library, LI, NY

Please join me!
Sunday, April 29, 2018  

2:00-4:30pm

Port Washington Public Library  
1 Library Drive  Port Washington, NY
Lapham Meeting Room
516-883-4400

        Meet local self-published authors and learn about their latest works. Books will be available for purchase.

My Book Titles

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion
Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Questions? Visit elainedonadio.com or email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

 

 

Literacy Scores Down? I Can Help

Welcome to my blog!

Literacy scores down? I can help. ElaineDonadio.com is an invaluable resource.

Need ideas for using my middle grade books? Please click here to visit my website/blog for lesson ideas and study guides. Tie-ins with science, social studies, and literacy.

*Whole class reading activity, much like a text book. I’m still a proponent of the balanced literacy and whole language movements where students imitate the activities of the characters in the books. The science presentations can act as a springboard to an actual student activity.

*Small group discussion. Each book can be presented to the rest of the class as a play, Readers Theater, science fact presentation according to chapter contents, individual reports, a multimedia presentation, chart presentations, etc.

*Independent reading and/ or book reports.

*Supplemental classroom reading can serve as material for class discussion, report or presentation.

*Multiple intelligences can be addressed by allowing presentations of the book plots or actual science or social study facts through the visual or performing arts. How bout a dance of the dolphins? Or a play about how creatures interact in their environments? A song telling the life cycle of an insect? A watercolor representation of the underside of a horseshoe crab? Creating a costume to demonstrate how creatures can be camouflaged in their worlds? A news flash detailing the dangers of fracking on the environment? A puppet show detailing the swamp biome?

*Instead of traditional text –books, use my books. Perhaps, the students can write letters to one another or to friends and family telling what they’ve learned. Create a class newspaper account of a day in the life.

*Brainstorm a combination of modalities to be presented at a school assembly.

*Utilize the formula poems found in The Ocean’s Way and The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion as a model and have the students present facts in this same format.

*Conduct an author study to compare and contrast my books with one another or with books by other authors.

* Create a diorama or model to show relationships, life cycles, or habitats.

*Design a travel brochure for the places the book characters visit.

*Vote for a class president using the book characters as candidates.

 

Book Titles The Science Project, The Ocean’s Way, Who Do Voodoo?,
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion, 
Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

All titles are available for preview and purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. Available in digital and paperback formats.

Questions? Call 718-746-0758 or click here to email.

All rights reserved April, 2018.

What’s It All About? Who Do Voodoo? by Elaine Donadio

What’s It All About?

Series: The Montgomery School Kids

Book Three –  Who Do Voodoo?

You can preview and purchase Who Do Voodoo? at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

 

Who Do Voodoo? is a mystery intended for middle grade readers, especially 10-12 year olds.

Jesus and voodoo. Party and prayer. Love and betrayal. Twelve year old NYC boy, Phil Williams, struggles with conflicting messages when, entrusted by his grandmother in the role of Icebreaker, he visits estranged family in New Orleans as he sets out to restore the family relationship and ends up rescuing his great-aunt from the grips of death at the hands of an unforeseen evil presence. With his best friend, Nestor, in tow, Phil encounters a series of strange events. Is it Voodoo? Or scare tactics by mere mortals? And why?

Phil’s visit to the Land of Pirates results in a plan of action and determination to follow clues to solve the mystery. His investigations lead him to the source. Wanting to be viewed as a hero, Phil refuses to involve the police and unduly places everyone at the merciless hands of the culprits. Help comes from a hovering presence just in the nick of time.

Phil learns his strengths and weaknesses as he struggles to put the jumbled puzzle pieces in play. His appreciation of true friendship is apparent as his love of family and New Orleans are renewed.

He visits Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the French Quarter, Mardi Gras World, the crypt of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Jean Lafitte Louisiana, the Audubon Aquarium and Riverwalk. Phil learns about Louisiana’s history, swamps and the state’s concerns for environment and wildlife. He now understands the far-reaching effects of “fracking” and why environmentalists and public safety representatives are so strongly opposed.

If Phil had it to do all over again, what would he have done differently? Probably nothing.

My books are primarily geared to middle grade readers. They’re loaded with well-researched science facts and are appropriate for classroom study and/ or  supplemental or independent reading assignments with tie-ins for science, literacy and social studies. The secret of their success is their ability  and purpose in allowing the reader to have fun while learning—experiencing the world through the eyes of the characters—journeying with a friend, in a sense. Content area reading is what it’s all about.

Please visit my website ElaineDonadio.com  for study guides for this book. You can use the book for some of your answers, but you will have to do outside research, also.

Questions or comments? Please email me at author@elainedonadio.com. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy reading!

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Earth Day Kudos to NY Governor Cuomo, NY Senator Avella, NYC Councilman Paul A. Vallone, NYC Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein and Environmentalist Boyan Slat

On this Earth Day 2016, I would like to praise New York State politicians who have taken positive steps to improve our planet – NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, NY Senator Tony Avella, NYC Council Member Paul A. Vallone and NYC Assemblyman Edward C.Braunstein. Also, praiseworthy is environmentalist Boyan Slat of the Netherlands. In case anyone is looking for ideas on how to improve the condition of our planet, here are some exemplary examples to follow.

Governor Cuomo banned fracking in New York State. High volume hydraulic fracturing commonly known as “fracking” is detrimental to Earth and to all living things that inhabit our planet. How can the government allow companies to carry on businesses that harm the world in which we live?

 Fracking mixes great quantities of water with sand and chemicals that are pumped into layers of rock far below the earth’s surface to cause fractures which allow gases to escape. Opponents of tracking cite contamination of drinking water, rivers, streams and farmlands as reasons to reduce, regulate or eliminate fracking.

The water cycle is interrupted because of the millions of gallons needed for the fracking process. Noise, light and air pollution are associated with the large number of diesel trucks driven by workers at these sites which cause undue stress on local inhabitants, as well as farm animals. Serious illnesses have been linked to proximity to fracking sites. There has been a marked increase in seismic activity in fracking sites and a noticeable change in weather patterns. Most often, property values are greatly reduced and insurance is difficult to obtain in adjacent areas.

According to the Inside Climate News website  Jan. 20, 2015 article, “Map: The Fracking Boom, State By State” by Zahra Hirji and Lisa Song “New York is the ONLY state in the union with sizable fossil fuel reserves that has banned the practice. Fracking now occurs in 22 states with  another 5 states investigating feasibility. Vermont and Massachusetts symbolically banned fracking since they do not have any major resources to tap into. Rhode Island and Georgia respectively have no or small deposits of gas or oil. Florida allows it, but it is not practiced. Tennessee and Kentucky allow it but use other extraction methods.”

The article also tells us …”New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo banned fracking in New York State in December, 2014 citing public health risks from water and air pollution, and the unknown climate change impact of extracting gas.”

So, we’re talking about ground, water, air, light and noise pollution disturbing the peace of a once pristine bucolic landscape. The vast quantities of natural gas in North America offer an alternative energy supply to reduce reliance on the Middle East for oil. The price is too high in our densely populated  country. The Middle Eastern refineries are not near populated areas or near waters that serve as food sources or near farmlands. Their topography is different from ours. We must develop alternative methods like wind, hydroelectric power and solar energy to meet our country’s needs. 

Realizing the negative impact on their quality of life, some local communities have begun to fight back. Make your feelings known to your legislators. Investigate. Organize. Mobilize. Protest. Discuss. Vote. We’re talking about the health and well-being of your family as well as future generations. This is worth your time.

This brings us to New York Senator, Tony Avella of whom I’ve been a long time fan and supporter. Senator Avella has worked hard to improve quality of life issues.

His bill was passed protecting mute swans from arbitrary eradication, permitting non-lethal control of the NY population of 2,200 birds pending proof of any danger they may present.

Senator Avella is working with Assembly Member Steven Otis to ensure passage of the green building tax credit into law allowing home owners to apply for tax credits to incentivize environmentally friendly buildings. Installation of low-flow plumbing, energy-efficient appliances, heating and cooling systems, for example, would qualify for tax credits.

Senator Avella worked with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal to sponsor legislation which has passed into law that would require pet dealers to provide instructions on the care and feeding of small animals so owners may be aware of the full extent of their responsibilities.

Also, Senator Avella has been able to provide the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee $210,000 to acquire a marshy plot of land adjacent to the Udalls Cove Park where several species of plants and animals have taken up residence, insuring protection as a wetland. (Senator Avella newsletter, Jan., 2016)

According to NYC Councilman Paul A. Vallone’s April 11, 2016 e-newsletter, he and NYC Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein sponsored the Rain Barrel Giveaway Program in partnership with the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Alley Pond Environmental Center, whereby residents of Northeast Queens County were able to get a sixty gallon rain barrel to install and connect to the property owners’ downspout to catch and store rainwater to water lawns and gardens and to use for other outdoor chores.

“Boyan Slat, a 21 year-old resident of the Netherlands, has devoted himself to founding and forwarding The Ocean Cleanup, a system in which plastics in our oceans, driven by currents, would amass in accessible zones, reducing cleanup time from theoretical millennia to a manageable period. Leading a team of 100 scientists and engineers for one year, they turned the concept into a potentially viable method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. Crowdfunding will launch the pilot phase in Japanese waters in 2016… .Slat has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth. The Ocean Cleanup is a recognized Design of the Year by the London Design Museum.”  (Natural Awakenings, October 2015, p. 17)

You might want to check out “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” on Netflix.

Hey, Governor Cuomo, Senator Avella, Council Member Paul A. Vallone, Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein and Boyan Slat, you did good!

Check out earth justice.org for more information.

Next blog post: Teaching Kids To Save Our Planet And Ourselves

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