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Check Out the Library!

April 16, 2014
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Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and I hope you’re having an awesome day. Cherry-Ot told me that today is National Librarians Day! And we’re super excited to say a big thank you to librarians everywhere who help us access a world of knowledge through…you’ve guessed it…books! Librarians are such smart and helpful people, and no matter the topic, they will always help you find exactly what you need. They also expand our minds with incredible stories and tales that we’ll remember forever. And they show us books, articles, journals, magazines, newspapers, and online references about things we never even knew about. Librarians are the ones who truly help us learn and grow!

Be sure to give a very special thank you to your librarian today. Bye for now!

Loving Laughter

April 9, 2014
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Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re having an awesome week. Did you know that April is National Humor Month? Finding a reason to laugh is so important, even when times get tough. We should all try to laugh every single day! Dr. Duck Ling is really our go-to joke master, so I’d like to share some of the funny jokes he told us. I hope you like them!

What kind of a train carries bubble gum? A chew chew train.

How do bees get to school on time? They take the buzz.

What’s an owl’s best subject in school? Owlgebra.

What’s a math student’s favorite type of dessert? Pi!

What’s a wolf’s favorite holiday? Howloween.

We hope these jokes made you smile! And don’t forget…have a critterrific joke-filled month!

April Shower Power

April 2, 2014

Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and I hope your April is off to an awesome start! There’s a famous saying that goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” so Lily, the Hospital Critterz, and I came up with some fun ideas of things to do when it’s raining. I like doing puzzles, playing board and computer games, and reading books when it’s just too wet to go outside. (I really love reading my favorite book, Hospital Critterz: The Prairie Pet by Stacey Laura Lloyd.) Lily’s favorite indoor activity is coloring (usually with Mr. McPopper’s markers), and she also enjoys cutting out construction paper in shapes like hearts, stars, and diamonds and decorating her room. The Hospital Critterz love trying new things when it’s raining outside. Whether it’s memorizing new vocabulary words, practicing phrases in a foreign language, or learning how to yoyo or juggle, there’s always something fun to do even when it’s pouring!

What are your favorite rainy-day activities? Be sure to let us know!

Bye for now!
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Holiday Happiness

March 26, 2014
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Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re having a wonderful day. Did you know that today is Make Your Own Holiday Day? I think that’s the coolest day ever! So Max, the Hospital Critterz, and I came up with some awesome holidays that made us smile. We created National Play with a Puppy Day, National Play with a Kitty Day, and National Play with a Bunny Day. Those are near the top of my list. Then there’s National Make Up a Sport Day. Want to play basketvolleyballpongjump? Or basekickgolfswim? There’s also National Create an Instrument Day. I’d definitely like to learn how to play the fluteguitarpianodrum or the tambourinecelloharp. But of all the holidays we invented, our favorite is National Give a Hug to Your Nurse Day. That’s the holiday we love celebrating most of all!

If you could make up a holiday, what would it be? Be sure to post your ideas on our blog! And don’t forget…have a critterrific holiday-filled day!

Basketball Bliss

March 19, 2014
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Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and March Madness is officially here! Yay! What team (or teams) are you rooting for? Watching the NCAA tournament is always so exciting. I want to play in it one day! I think my favorite part of the tournament is when there’s a “Cinderella team.” That’s a team that people don’t think is going to go far in tournament, but then they end up surprising everyone by how good they are. It’s like they came from out of nowhere! Last year, Florida Gulf Coast was the team that shocked a lot of people. But who knows what will happen this year? That’s what makes the tournament so interesting. It’s unpredictable! You never know who’s going to have an amazing game or just fall flat. All you know for sure is that it’s going to be fun to watch!

Bye for now!

Women who Wow

March 12, 2014
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Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re having a great day. March is Women’s History Month, and I love learning about amazing women who have overcome challenges and accomplished incredible things. It’s super inspiring! Cherry-Ot told me about a woman named Phillis Wheatley who was one of the first African American poets. She was brought to Boston on a slave ship when she was just eight years old, and she was bought by a wealthy family named the Wheatleys. They taught her how to read and write, and she wrote wonderful poetry. She even had her book of poems entitled, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral published in 1773.

It’s amazing that even though she was a slave, she still was determined to create something beautiful from such a horrible situation. She was so courageous, smart,

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley

and creative, and she is truly a role model for all of us.

Who are the women who have inspired you? Be sure to let us know. And don’t forget…have a critterrific day!

March On

March 5, 2014
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Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and I hope your March is off to an awesome start! I’ve always liked the month of March because the first two letters are “M” and “A” just like my name. Plus, there are a lot of cool things that I learned about March, and I’m totally excited to share them with you:

The birthstone for March is aquamarine.

Ping & Pong and Day Z Girl told me that the birth flower for March is the daffodil.

March has a date called Pie Day…I mean Pi (the number) Day! March 14th reminds us of 3.14 which is the numerical equivalent of pi.

The month of March always starts on the same day of the week as the month of November…pretty sweet!

The famous poet Emily Dickinson wrote that, “March is the month of expectation, the things we do not know.” I wonder what March has in store for us!

What are your favorite things about March? Be sure to let us know!

Bye for now!

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