Gingerbread Man, #Christmas #Haiku via @PatFurstenberg

Gingerbread Man, Christmas Haiku

Flour and smarties,

To build winter’s first snowman.

Sparrow’s Christmas lunch.

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Welcome to Christmas Haiku! This December you can enjoy a winter themed haiku each day until Christmas Day. From the 25th of December I will post a super-special series of haiku on a humorous theme. My Christmas prezzie for YOU! Subscribe to my blog (newsletter sign up on the right column or beneath this post) and never miss a haiku with your morning coffee or favorite cuppa! Merry Christmas!

You can enjoy more haiku on this page of my website or in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

“I’ve really enjoyed reading this collection of poems. Pat has found just the right voice for the puppy and his adventures. Has been a great comfort to me at a time when I am having to make the decision to put our own dog down.” (5* Amazon Review)

“Kids of all ages will love As Good As Gold. It is wonderful to read out loud, for them to read to you or, with so much potential for joining in and taking turns, it would be a perfect book to pass around a classroom. ” (Review by Julia Thum)

As Good As Gold is also available in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon Espana, Amazon Deutschland.

Find all my book on Amazon. Enjoy!

Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

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Movie Music Monday, Love Actually, Christmas is All Around via @PatFurstenberg #Christmas #moviemusicmonday

Movie Music Monday, “Love Actually”, “Christmas is All Around” via @PatFurstenberg #Love Actually #Christmas #moviemusicmonday

Perhaps one of the most hilarious and romantic Christmas movie – British humor at its best – who can resist Emma Thompson’s honest performance, Liam Neeson’s heart braking, single dad rendition, Colin Firth’s romantic proof of love (so Victorian!) and Bill Nighy’s originality? Oh, and Alan Rickman, RIP, seven years before Severus Snape…

“I feel it in my fingers,
I feel it in my toes,
Christmas is all around me,
and so the feeling grows
It’s written in the wind,
It’s everywhere I go,
So if you really love Christmas,
C’mon and let it snow?
You know I love Christmas
I always will
My mind’s made up
The way that I feel
There’s no beginning
There’ll be no end
Cuz on Christmas,
You can depend
You gave your presents to me
And I gave mine to you
I need Santa beside me
In everything I do
You know I love Christmas
I always will
My mind’s made up
The way that I feel
There’s no beginning
There’ll be no end
Cuz on Christmas,
You can depend
Cuz on Christmas,
You can depend
It’s written on the wind
It’s everywhere I go
So if you really love me
C’mon and let it snow?
C’mon and let it snow?
So if you really love
C’mon and let it
If you really love me
C’mon and let it
Now if you really love me
C’mon and let it snow?”

“Christmas Is All Around” lyrics and movie clip are property and copyright of their owners. “Love Actually” movie clip is provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

The #MusicMonday meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

What are your thoughts on Love Actually? Have you watched it yet? If not, December is a good month to watch a romantic comedy with fantastic lines.

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Family, #Christmas #Haiku via @PatFurstenberg

Family, Christmas Haiku

Small hands, wrinkled hands

Share the same crooked smile and nose.

Photo of my heart.

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Welcome to Christmas Haiku! This December you can enjoy a winter themed haiku each day until Christmas Day. From the 25th of December I will post a super-special series of haiku on a humorous theme. My Christmas prezzie for YOU! Subscribe to my blog (newsletter sign up on the right column or beneath this post) and never miss a haiku with your morning coffee or favorite cuppa! Merry Christmas!

You can enjoy more haiku on this page of my website or in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

a lovely poetry book that would be perfect for adults and younger children to share.” (5* Amazon Review)

a beautiful, uplifting and endearing read.” (5* Amazon Review)

As Good As Gold is also available in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon Espana, Amazon Deutschland.

Find all my book on Amazon. Enjoy!

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Winter Magic, Kids Snow Stories, Christmas Cheer Books via @PatFurstenberg #giftidea, #kidslit #christmas #winter #snow

Christmas time and winter holidays are the perfect season to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows and a magical book.

Cuddle up with your child and travel together to a magical land where sweet dreams, good friends and snowy adventures!

Little Tail and the Snow: “Imaginative way of bringing nature to life. Makes you think of all those little precious things around us we take for granted every day. Lovely depictions.”

 

 

 

 

Little Tail Meets BlueHow much do you enjoy snow? THAT much? Then you’re just like Little Tail, the adventurous dog who went far and away looking for it. What else will he find in that snowed up, frosty forest?

 

 

 

The Blue Forest: “Excellent! I teach children to speak and read English! They love these books! They are fun and informative as well!”

“You simply have to read about this Winter Wonderland!”

 

 

 

Will Little Tail, the friendly dog with a red tuft at the end of his tail, have another chance to frolic in the snow with his friend? He will have to wait to find out. Daylight casts new shadows over the forest trees and things look different than they were during night time.

 

 

 

  Little Tail might be a small dog by size, but he’s a brave little dog. What else has he discovered up North? Friend or foe? He soon learns that it is better to listen when being spoken to – even if a tiny bird addresses you.

 

 

 

Little Tail has to make a choice and there is a risk that he will be chased out of his cozy burrow and in the heart of winter , if the old rhyme proves to be right. But if he doesn’t offer his help a stranger might perish!

I really enjoyed this book about Little Tail the dog. He is such a great character, who is very kind.
This is a wonderful book to teach children about helping others and friendship.

 

You can read all of these book and more in HAPPY FRIENDS, available in paperback, kindle and LARGE PRINT from Amazon:

“Enid Blyton style.

Happy Friends has everything you want in a children’s book! It will make your child laugh, smile, stoke their imagination and set them on the right track for sweet dreams!
As well as all this, the book shares valuable life lessons, traditional values, installs empathy, and positivity too!
It is a fun yet deep book which I believe every child should own!

All of these books and more are part of the “HAPPY FRIENDS” collection: “Patricia Furstenberg’s collection of twelve stories, Happy Friends, is a classic collection of stories to charm and to teach young readers the value of life and the value of good friends. Each of the twelve stories stands on its own, but each story interacts with the next as the plot thickens. The individual stories become Little Tail’s journey of discovery as he leaves his home and friends, only to discover that Snow might be interesting, but so are his friends back home.

For as “The Book of Life” says, and is often quoted in Happy Friends, “The time spent in the company of friends will, more than once, become part of our most cherished memories, staying with us for the rest of our lives.” Happy Friends is a treasure to be enjoyed and shared over and over again”(Reader’s Favorite Book Review)”

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Chestnuts, #Christmas #Haiku #Sunday #HaikuSan via @PatFurstenberg

Chestnuts, Christmas Sunday Haiku: Haiku-San

Without their prickles

Chestnuts crackle in fire.

Fingers icy red.

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Welcome to Christmas Haiku! This December you can enjoy a winter themed haiku each day until Christmas Day. From the 25th of December I will post a super-special series of haiku on a humorous theme. My Christmas prezzie for YOU! Subscribe to my blog (newsletter sign up on the right column or beneath this post) and never miss a haiku with your morning coffee or favorite cuppa! Merry Christmas!

You can enjoy more haiku on this page of my website or in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

“I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a dog lover. I’m more a cat person so I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy As Good As Gold, celebrating dogs. I needn’t have worried. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming collection of verse and as a result of reading it I think I understand dogs so much better.” @Lindahill50Hill, Book Reviewer

As Good As Gold is also available in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon Espana, Amazon Deutschland.

I chose the name Haiku-San as it derives from Haiku, meaning unusual verse in Japanese (hai=unusual, ku=verse, strophe) and San, the honorific Japanese title when speaking about people. San is also the phonetic transcription of the first syllable of the English word Sunday, Sun-day hence Haiku-San, a Sunday feature on Alluring Creations involving Haiku I write.

Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

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Belle Cat, Whiskers on my Mat, 5 STARS Readers Favorite Review via @PatFurstenberg #bookreview, #5stars, #BelleCat #cat #story #kidslit

Belle Cat, Whiskers on my Mat, 5 STARS Readers Favorite Review #bookreview, #5stars #cat #story #kidslit

Belle Cat: Whiskers On My Mat by Patricia Furstenberg is the heartwarming story of a human family and a cat. Belle, the tabby cat, was adopted by a family after she was found injured following being hit by a car. Though she was badly injured and the shelter man said she had no chance and would never heal, the family took her home. When Belle reached home, everyone was delighted and they found immense joy in watching her drinking milk, bending graciously over the plate, sitting poised in front of the dish, hearing her soothing purr, and the feel of her silky, warm fur.

This book is definitely a must-read and must-have for all cat lovers and owners. The author makes the verses attractive with adorable and charming photographs of the cat, adding to the aesthetic feel of the book. The images are gorgeous and they make the verses tangible to readers. It is a good book for poetry reading in classrooms as it gives information to children about cats in an engaging way that will make them want to observe cats whenever they see them. There are a lot of facts about cats that readers will learn once they read about Belle. The Fun-tastic Cat Facts at the end of the book and other interesting facts about cats make this book entertaining and fun. Readers, both adults and children, will start observing cats more closely after reading this book.” (Review by Mamta Madhavan for Readers Favorite)

Woohoo! I am thrilled with this review!

You can buy Belle Cat from Amazon, it is available in paperback and eBook (FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited):

Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon India

Readers' Favorite FIVE STARS Book Review
Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS Book Review

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Snowflake, #Christmas #Haiku via @PatFurstenberg

Snowflake, Christmas Haiku

It falls, slides with joy

A dream? Longed for, urged, wished, hoped!

Winter’s first present.

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Welcome to Christmas Haiku! This December you can enjoy a winter themed haiku each day until Christmas Day. From the 25th of December I will post a super-special series of haiku on a humorous theme. My Christmas prezzie for YOU! Subscribe to my blog (newsletter sign up on the right column or beneath this post) and never miss a haiku with your morning coffee or favorite cuppa! Merry Christmas!

You can enjoy more haiku on this page of my website or in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

My little girl loves dogs so she really enjoyed listening to the poems as they really were lots of fun and designed to make you smile.” (Rae Reads)

I’d recommend As Good as Gold to fans of poetry and books about dogs in general. It’s a great read for people of all ages.” (Book reviews by Jasmine)

As Good As Gold is also available in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon Espana, Amazon Deutschland.

Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

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Movie Music Monday, Hanover Street, John Barry, Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down via @PatFurstenberg #HanoverStreet #JohnBarry #HarrisonFord #WW2 #moviemusicmonday

Movie Music Monday, “Hanover Street”, music by John Barry, with Harrison Ford and Lesley-Anne Down via @PatFurstenberg #HanoverStreet #WW2 #moviemusicmonday

Hanover Street tells the story of a British nurse (Lesley-Ann Down) during WW2, married to a spy (Christopher Plummer) and falling in love with an American pilot (Harrison Ford). Perhaps this is one of the most fitting movies for a score by John Barry; heartfelt, sensitive and with a dash of melancholy, but also hope, just right for a war movie.

Hanover Street poster-source imdb
Hanover Street poster-source imdb

I guess John Barry’s style, never rushed, preparing the listener for what is to come, goes well with the 40’s war and love movie theme of Hanover Street.

Hanover Street was made almost 40 years ago; Harrison Ford was between shooting Star Wars movies, Lesley-Ann Down before North and South and Christopher Plummer somewhere between Jesus of Nazareth and The Thorn Birds.

Listen below to the main theme and the lovely intro that sets out the characters so well! I wish it was based on a book! Writer and director was Peter Hyams.

Here are some of my favorite quotes. I love British humor.

On English tea:

David Halloran: You people actually drink this stuff?
Margaret Sellinger: No we just like to put it in our cups and stare at it.
David Halloran: Tastes too much like, boiled water.
Margaret Sellinger: It is boiled water.
David Halloran: I knew there was a reason.

On fighting the war against the Germans:

2nd Lt. Jerry Cimino: Hey they’re shooting at us. How come every time we fly over they shoot guns at us?
David Halloran: Because we drop bombs on them.
2nd Lt. Jerry Cimino: They have no sense of humor. Can’t you guys take a joke?

Hanover Street Harrison Ford Christopher Plummer-source imdb
Hanover Street Harrison Ford Christopher Plummer-source imdb

On trying to prove to a French country woman, in the middle of World War Two, that you are actually an American soldier dressed in a German uniform for camouflage:

Paul Sellinger: C’est vrai. Je suis Anglais. Vraiment! Do you think you could give me a hand here? She’s going to kill me, she thinks I’m German.
David Halloran: I wonder why she thinks you’re German? Eh, Betty Grable. Hershey bars. Yankee Stadium. Hello, Joe.

You can’t love a WW2 airplane! Here is The Browning M2 Aircraft heavy machine gun that appears in the film as the primary armament of the B-25 Mitchell bomber flown by Lieutenant David Halloran (Harrison Ford)-source imfdb.org

Hanover Street-The Browning M2 Aircraft heavy machine gun appears in the film as the primary armament of the B-25 Mitchell bomber flown by Lieutenant David Halloran (Harrison Ford)-source imfdb.org

Harrison Fordm in the pilot seat of the B-25 Mitchell bomber. You can see the pilot’s and air-crew’s names written on the plane:

Hanover Street - The Browning M2 is seen mounted in the nose.source imfdb.org
Hanover Street – The Browning M2 machine gun is seen mounted in the nose.source imfdb.org

 

The North American B-25, first flown in August 1940. It was named after  General William Mitchell (1879-1936), who commanded U.S. air forces in Europe during the First World War.

North American B-25 Mitchell in flight-source aircraft-in-focus
North American B-25 Mitchell in flight-source aircraft-in-focus

“Hanover Street” quotes are property and copyright of their owners. “Hanover Street” movie clip is provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

The #MusicMonday meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

What are your thoughts on Hanover Street? Have you watched it yet? If not, December is a good month to watch a romantic war movie with breathtaking music.

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Haiku-San, Chrysanthemum , #Haiku #Sunday #HaikuSan via @PatFurstenberg

Chrysanthemum , a Sunday Haiku: Haiku-San

Tiny diamonds,

Bright seeds sprout new life for you.

Hear their happy laugh.

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You can read more haiku on my blog here or in my new book of poetry, As Good AS Gold.

“Endearing and lovely, a joy in a book that you get much more out of it than you ever thought you would.” (Mrs Average Evaluates, Vlog book review).

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I chose the name Haiku-San as it derives from Haiku, meaning unusual verse in Japanese (hai=unusual, ku=verse, strophe) and San, the honorific Japanese title when speaking about people. San is also the phonetic transcription of the first syllable of the English word Sunday, Sun-day hence Haiku-San, a Sunday feature on Alluring Creations involving Haiku I write.

Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

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Turkey, a Thanksgiving Haiku, #thanksgiving #celebration via @PatFurstenberg

Turkey, a Thanksgiving Haiku

The King’s jewels thrown

On the farmstead’s butchers block.

Thanksgiving Rising.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you know that the very first Thanksgiving to be recorded was held back in 1621 by a group of Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians?

Wampanoag-Indians today, image courtesy onlytribal.com
Wampanoag-Indians today, image courtesy onlytribal.com

This was one year after the Pilgrims arrived on the territories occupied by 40 000 people in 67 villages, forming the proud Wampanoag Nation. Pilgrims and Indians signed a peace treaty that sadly only lasted as long as the Indian chief Massoit was alive.

 

You can enjoy more haiku on this page of my website or in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

“I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a dog lover. I’m more a cat person so I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy As Good As Gold, celebrating dogs. I needn’t have worried. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming collection of verse and as a result of reading it I think I understand dogs so much better.” @Lindahill50Hill, Book Reviewer

There is something truly magical about this wonderful collection. Having read each poem, I love how every word celebrates our canine companions from the tip of their wet noses to the wag of their tails.” (Susan Day, Editor and Author)

As Good As Gold is also available as an e-book, paperback and in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US 

Text and Haiku © Patricia Furstenberg.

(Image courtesy Lucie Hošová, free on Unsplash)

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