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**Please Send Positive Energy…

Originally posted on Ray Ferrer - Emotion on Canvas:

Hi Friends and Fans of Ray! This is his wife, Rhian Ferrer….
Tuesday morning I found Ray in bed having a seizure (he has never had one before) I brought him to the hospital and he is stable but has a massive tumor in/on his brain. He has been in ICU since Tuesday evening. I am hoping to bring him home soon.

For those of you that are awaiting paintings, they will get out. Ray will make sure everything is taken care of once he is back on his feet and home. Let’s hope that is soon.

If you would like to order anything from his Etsy shop that would be a huge help to us right now to offset some expenses. You can use Coupon Code ART50 during check out to save 50%.

I can handle all of those orders. We appreciate your patience while Ray and…

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CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them is a Silver Medal Recipient Mom’s Choice Awards

Received this message just now from Mom’s Choice Awards. Honoured.
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Dear Fiza,

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. Congratulations!

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CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them
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Review of CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them

“We are living in a dying culture where the reading of classics is not being encouraged by modern-day parents.”

This book is a sequel to the previous volume in this series, the award-winning Classics: Why We Should Encourage Children to Read Them. In this installment, Pathan explores various techniques that can encourage children to read classic works of literature, and she makes it a fun task for the student instead of being a chore.

Pathan describes a multitude of techniques and methods that she developed in the course of her teaching career in her native India that could be used to interest young children in reading classics. One of the many techniques discussed in detail is the Compare Old with the New Method, where the students in Pathan’s classroom are assigned a modern fiction book along with a classic to read in a course of a month. Pathan then has the student compare the two and find similarities and differences. Another example is the Library Period Method, where her students are encouraged to read classics while in the library. Last but not least, she also matches the specific classic with a student and his/her specific tastes, for example, she recommends The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells to a pupil who loves science fiction.


Review of CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them

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Review by Jack Magnus for Readers Favorite

Classics: How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them (Volume 2) is a non-fiction educational text written by Fiza Pathan. Pathan is an educator and author who grew up loving the classics, and she views them as an essential part of a child’s education. She presents a number of strategies  she’s developed, or adapted from her own learning experiences as a student, that can be used to encourage both avid readers and children for whom reading is a more difficult process, and anyone in between. Pathan discusses abridged versions of the classics and the value of these easier, more accessible texts when introducing classics to younger students. She will often keep track of the students reading those abridged versions and offer them the full text when they are academically and intellectually ready for them. Each chapter concludes with a classics-related quiz, puzzle or recommended reading list, and the appendix includes a complete list of the authors and works referenced in the text and a full index.

I wasn’t sure how I would respond to reading Fiza Pathan’s educational text, Classics: How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them (Volume 2), but I was curious because I have always loved reading and devoured the classics as a child. . .

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How Reading Classics Realizes Your Christmas Dreams: 10 Pointers via Pinocchio & Pathan


Truly on cloud nine. :)

Originally posted on cozybookbasics:

pinocchiofizaGetting children to read classic books, even hilarious ones like Pinocchio, is not always easy but the stakes couldn’t be higher. They’re our best bet for ever achieving our dreams for self-realization, rebirth, peace, redemption and goodwill to all mankind. A good boy was what Geppetto was trying to carve out of his outrageously impossible, willful puppet. What classic books come to tell us is that the paradise-on-earth we dream of is never easy but can always happen.

With more than ever readers, available books, gift-giving grandparents, creative teachers, informed parents and technological tools, we should be able to progress:
– the Gutenberg Project offers free e-book versions of all books in print
– you can download excerpts from movies of classics on devices; e.g. a mother I know used  Frozen (from a Hans Christen Andersen story) to organize a birthday party
– a variety of audiovisual resources can be used in classrooms…

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Just Published CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them

My new book , sequel to CLASSICS: Why we should encourage children to read them has just been published

and is available at Amazon.

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What Never Finishes What It Has to Say? A Classic


So true!

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

Can you believe that it’s December 1 already?

Honestly, where did this year go?

As one holiday is behind me and another is approaching, my mind has gone into holiday tradition mode. I know some people who look forward to the fun surprises of doing the daily reveal of an advent calendar.

Others who enjoy decorating or baking or having Christmas music playing all day long.

I know others who have favorite TV shows or movies they watch at least once each year at this time.

Knowing the words and songs verbatim is not a deterrent; it’s comforting and familiar.

What is it that we love so much about particular traditions, movies, stories, or books?

What is it about the classics that draw us back time and time again?

I found an answer recently that, funny enough, answers that question for me.


It’s so true, isn’t it?

A Christmas Carol

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