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The Sad, Sweet Song that Reminds Me of Kimble (Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, for ages 6-10)



Before Katie met Kimble, Kimble was all alone in that big, old house for many years. At times, she was lonely and sad.

 

There is a song that reminds me of Kimble. I think of it as Kimble’s song. It’s called “Graceful Ghost Rag.”

 

“Rag” means that the song is ragtime. Ragtime uses certain patterns and rhythms. Often, ragtime is fast and bouncy. In the case of the “Graceful Ghost Rag,” this ragtime piece is slow, beautiful, and so sweet you could just cry.

 

The “Graceful Ghost Rag” was written in 1971. The man who wrote it, William Bolcom, did so to remember his father who had died. I hear it’s one of the hardest ragtime pieces to play on the piano!

 

A pianist named John Roache recorded “Graceful Ghost.” He provides us with a free sample. Click here to hear his 30-second sample.

 

 

 

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(c) 2009-2014

#Teacher’s Corner: Cereal Box #Book Reports (Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish, ages 6-10)


As so much of the plot of Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish centers around a box of cereal, I thought this clever and fun idea to build a book report around a cereal box was the perfect class or home school activity to feature here on the Katie & Kimble Blog. The activity comes from the book 24 Ready-to-Go Genre Book Reports by Susan Ludwig (Scholastic) and was adapted for the Katie & Kimble Blog by Mrs. Barbara Day, a 4th grade teacher from Des Moines, Iowa.

 

24 Ready-to-Go Genre Book Reports: Engaging Activities with Reproducibles, Rubrics, and Everything You Need to Help Students Get the Most Out of Their Independent Reading

 

My students read fiction, and created a Cereal Box Book Report. Students were to invent a cereal based on a fictional book that they had read during the month. They were to think of a name and shape for the cereal that was somehow connected to the book they had read. We covered real cereal boxes with paper, and each side of the box was to follow a specific guideline:

 

 

* Front: the name of the cereal and picture to go with it.
* Back: A game based on the story, which must include information from the story.
* Right Side: Ingredients—the characters and story setting. (Some of the kids got confused on this one and just listed food ingredients.)
* Left Side: A summary of the book, including the main conflict and resolution.
* Top: The title and author of the book, and the student’s name.

 

 

The last step was for students to plan and present a commercial for their cereal to the class. I was very pleased with the results. We had 100% completion of this project, and the kids seemed enthusiastic.
Thank you to Mrs. Day for sharing your classroom experience with us, and to Ms. Ludwig for allowing us to reproduce such an exciting classroom activity from her creative book. We appreciate it!

 



 

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Now you can read the first 6 chapters of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for free. Click here to download the PDF. All the pictures are included!

c) 2014

Read 6 Chapters of the Award-winning Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story free, for ages 6-10



Now you can read six chapters of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for free! Yes, that’s half the book and it includes all the pictures from the first half of the book.

 

 

No special software is needed. It’s a pdf file that you can read with any version of Adobe. It doesn’t cost you anything and we don’t collect your email address!

 

 

To read Chapters 1 through 6, click here!






 

Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 




[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]



Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.

 

 




Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


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Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!


Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!

 

 







 





© 2009-2014 by Linda Thieman



Kids, Send a Free Hanukkah e-Greeting! Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10



Now you can send a Katie & Kimble e-Card to all your friends.
It’s free AND we don’t collect your email address, either! It’s nothing but FUN!

 

Look on the sidebar of the Katie & Kimble blog. There’s a big gold box. Click on “Send a Katie & Kimble Greeting Card.” That will take you to another web page where you can design your own greeting card.

 

You can choose from 12 Katie & Kimble pictures, 12 background colors, and 12 songs, including 3 Hanukkah songs! That’s right

 

you can add a song to your e-Card! Give it a try!

 

If someone sends YOU an e-Card, you can come back to the Katie & Kimble blog to pick it up. You’ll receive an email telling you what your e-Card number is. Then you enter it into the gold box on the sidebar and click on GO. It’s so easy!

If you send a card to someone and they don’t receive it, please ask them to look in their spam folder. It’s probably there, but it’s
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Give it a try!

 

Linda







Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


Paperback version: $5.95

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!





 


 


[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]



Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.





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© 2007-2013 by Linda Thieman


Happy Hanukkah! Watch the Dreidle Songs! Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (ages 6-10)



In Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, Book 1 in the Katie & Kimble series, Kimble teaches Katie how to play dreidel.

 

Dreidel is a game that Jewish children play during Hanukah.

 

Dreidels come in many sizes with many different designs and colors. The dreidel pictured on the left is called a Noah’s Ark dreidel because the pictures tell the story of Noah’s Ark. It was painted by an artist named Yair Emanuel. It’s got a little stand to hold it up.

 

The dreidel below is really something amazing to see. It’s very big – 10 inches high, in fact – and it’s a plush toy! I thought that was pretty interesting. I don’t suppose you can actually play dreidel with such a big dreidel, but it might be comfy to keep on your bed!

 

In Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, you learn how to play dreidel at the same time that Kimble teaches
Katie how to play.

 

Below, I’ve included a couple of great Dreidel Song videos. In the first one, Jono sings about his favorite game, Dreidel, but he gets the history of playing dreidel all mixed up. When the rabbi tries to correct him, Jono just doesn’t listen!

 

 

Kenny Ellis sings his hit single from his Hanukkah Swings! Album on Favored Nations Records. Check out: www.kennyellis.com

 

 


Interesting Fact:
Hanukah is sometimes spelled in different ways! You might see it like this, with 2 k’s–Hanukkah–or you might see it like this, with a c–Chanukah!

 



Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.


Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available in the Katie & Kimble Shop and also on Amazon.com:

 

Paperback version: $5.95

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!


Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!


 


[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]

 

Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.


 

© 2009-2013 by Linda Thieman

Six MORE Moms Review Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10



Here you can read reviews of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (a chapter book for ages 6-10) written by some wonderful mom bloggers. See what moms are thinking about this new chapter book series by children’s book author Linda Thieman!

 

 

[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]



1) The Homeschool Messenger (Susieqtpie’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…It is 106 pages of pure fictional fun! Don’t let the Ghost Story title keep your young ones from reading the book. It isn’t a scary book! Katie moves to a new town with her family and discovers a kindred spirit! She goes on a quest that is engaging and heartfelt!”

 

 

2) Moomette’s Magnificents Reviews (Cindi’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…make sure to add this charming mystery book to your child’s reading list this summer!”

 

 

3) The Post-it Place (Jyl’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…a book that will keep children engaged and wanting to know more. It isn’t frightening at all, so no worries that your child won’t be able to sleep at night; it is just fun, excitement and a little suspense.”

 

 

4) From Melissa’s Desk (Melissa’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“I recommend this fabulously written book to all children ages 6-10!”

 

 

5) ‘Deal’ectible Mommies (Candace’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“Not only is Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story a fun read, it allows Milla and me to have some precious time together every night before bed. She makes a point every night to bring me the book and curiously awaits the next adventure!”

 

 

6) Homeschool Buzz Reviews (Kathy’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“Kimble is so pleasant you quickly forget she’s really a ghost!… Another spunky character is Katie’s dog, Twinkle; her ever present, playful English sheepdog is very appealing.”

 

 



Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 




Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:


Paperback version: $5.95

 

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!


Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!




 


©2009-2013 by Linda Thieman