What’s on The Seven-Year-Old’s mind this week?

Our semi-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross the The Seven-Year-Old’s desk.

In the news:

Weasel photographed riding on a woodpecker’s back

(Photo: Martin Le-May)

(Photo: Martin Le-May)

Martin Le-May’s photograph of a weasel riding on a woodpecker’s back flew across my Facebook feed this week, captivating every seven-going-on-eight-year-old in its path.

A sampling of this week’s books:


  • Dragons: Truth, Myth, and Legends by David Passes. “It’s my second time checking this one out, Mommyo.”
  • Furlie Cat by Berniece Freschet. Furlie is afraid of nearly everything. Including showing fear. So he becomes a bully. The plan works until the night he gets stuck in a tree.
  • Stick Dog by Tom Watson. Stick Dog goes on an epic quest for a hamburger. I’m guessing I have Stick Dog to thank for the fact that The Seven-Year-Old finally ate a hamburger without complaining this week.
  • Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog by Tom Watson. Dear Stick Dog, could you go on an epic quest for a pear next week? The Seven-Year-Old is already sold on hot dogs.

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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 Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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