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Votes for Women!

August 26, 2015
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Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re doing well. Today is Women’s Equality Day! It’s a day when we get to commemorate when 19th amendment was turned into law, and women were granted the right to vote. That happened on August 26, 1920…that’s 95 years ago! Wow! Then, in 1971, a resolution passed that officially made August 26th Women’s Equality Day. How neat is that? We have U.S. representative Bella Abzug from New York to thank for introducing legislation for Women’s Equality Day, along with the countless other women and men who fought tirelessly for equality. So on behalf of the future generations of women who get to enjoy this equality, we salute you!

We hope you have an awesome (and totally critterrific) Women’s Equality Day!

Synonym Sensations

August 19, 2015
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Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and I hope you’re having an awesome day. Or a great day. Or a fabulous day. Or a magnificent day. Or an excellent day. Or a superb day. Did you know that those words are all synonyms of awesome? Synonyms are different words that mean just about the same thing as one another. And it’s fun to be able to write and speak in a way where you can vary up the language you use. Plus, you can expand your vocabulary by incorporating different kinds of words…and that’s pretty cool! Or neat. Or super. Or wonderful. Or stupendous. The list goes on and on!

Bye for now!

Picnic Time!

August 12, 2015
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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 August is National Picnic Month? So grab your picnic baskets, blankets, food, and containers and take a meal outdoors this month. Whether there’s a park you like to visit or even a place in your backyard or your hospital outdoor area, pack up your food and enjoy the fresh air. And don’t worry…if you can’t head outside for a picnic, you can always have one indoors! You can open the window and enjoy a summer breeze. When it comes to picnics, it’s all up to you…just take your pick!

We hope you have a wonderful picnic-filled August! And don’t forget…have a critterrific day!

What August Means to Me

August 5, 2015
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Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and I hope you’re having a great day. Now that it’s August, I’m reminded about one of my favorite book characters, August “Auggie” Pullman, in Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Have you read Wonder? It’s a book that I promise you’ll enjoy. But most of all, I feel like Lily, the Hospital Critterz, and I can really relate to Auggie. He’s a boy who has had lots of surgeries and is considered “different,” and my friends here at McPopper Children’s Hospital and I really know what that’s like. But it’s not just for kids like us. It’s a book for anyone who feels that he or she is different. But guess what…it’s good to be different! We are all individuals, and the important thing is to be kind to people and treat people with respect, no matter who they are, what they look like, what gender they are, where they’re from…or anything! We should all treat others the way we want to be treated. That’s called “The Golden Rule.” And Wonder really gets a gold star!

Bye for now!

Friends Forever!

July 29, 2015
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Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re having a great week. Coming up tomorrow, July 30th, is International Friendship Day! It’s a day when we get to celebrate our friends and let them know just how special they are to us. And in honor of Friendship Day, Beary Bruised and I wrote a poem all about friendship. We hope you like it!

Friends Forever

 They say “friends forever.”

But what does that mean?

It means a companion if you’re feeling blue.

It means a buddy if you want to play.

It means a partner if you want to explore.

It means an ear if you want someone to listen.

It means I’m there with you, friend.

Forever.

Be sure to tell your friends just how much they mean to you! And don’t forget…have a critterrific friendship-filled day!

Calling All Cousins!

July 22, 2015
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Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and I hope you’re having an awesome week. And speaking of awesome, coming up on Friday, July 24th, is National Cousins Day! This is a day when we get to celebrate our cousins and tell them how much they mean to us. Perhaps you only see your cousins at family events, or maybe you see your cousins every day. No matter how often you get to spend time with your cousins, and no matter where they live, this Friday is the perfect day to call them up and tell them how much you appreciate them. And if you don’t have any cousins, that’s okay! You probably have some “honorary cousins” who are people you consider family. Whether these are friends from school or perhaps a godparent or close family friend, National Cousins Day is really about celebrating the amazing people in your life.

Happy National Cousins Day, friends!

Bye for now!

Super Summer Reading

July 15, 2015

Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re having a wonderful week. Summer is in full swing, and I have a whole list of books that I want to read over the break. How about you? Sometimes books are assigned to us to read during the summer by our teacher, but other times I like to pick out a book of my own to read. Whether it’s a novel, a book of poetry, or even a collection of short stories, it’s always fun to find something new and different.

What books are you reading this summer? We think you should read Hospital Critterz: The Prairie Pet by Stacey Laura Lloyd. We know you’ll like it! It’s packed with adventure, fun, and mystery. Plus, I’m in it! (Max and the Hospital Critterz are in it, too!)

So don’t forget…have a critterrific reading-filled day (and summer)!

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