Caterpickles BREAKING NEWS Alert: Rogue pony steals 5YO’s imagination.

Night Mare Moon (Image Credit: The Five-Year-Old)

The Five-Year-Old, yelling from the top of the stairs: “Mommyo! Come quick! It’s an EMERGENCY!”

Mommyo, panicked, drops the pan she’s been washing in the sink and runs upstairs: “What happened?”

The Five-Year-Old: “It’s Night Mare Moon! She’s back!”

Mommyo, immensely relieved: “Oh no!”

The Five-Year-Old: “Yes! And worse, she stole my magic rock. It controls my imagination. She can do ANYTHING now!”

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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