Happy Thanksgiving!

It was the weekend before Thanksgiving. The morning was cold, but the sun was out and slowly warming up the air and melting the frost off the grass. Lily and Daniela had set up a stand at the park near their houses to sell homemade cookies that they baked with their mothers the night before. Daniela was decorating the stand with colourful bunting while Lily was painting a sign that read “Help the blind and buy some cookies.”  The girls were planning to donate the money from the cookie sales to a charity organization that helps the visually impaired.

As the morning went by, many park visitors and morning joggers passed their stand, but none of them stopped to buy the cookies. By noontime, Lily and Daniela were getting disappointed. Suddenly, an old man who had been sitting in a nearby bench reading a newspaper got up and approached them. He told them that he had noticed their business was not doing so well, and proceeded to give them some advice on the wording of their sign. His words of wisdom dawned on Lily and she quickly repainted the sign. The old man smiled, nodded to the girls, and walked away. Soon after, their cookies sold like hotcakes and it was all gone within an hour.

The girls returned to Lily’s house where both their mothers were chatting over tea, and they told them about their morning and how the charity cookies sold extremely well after they followed an old man’s advice. When the moms asked what was the advice that the old man gave them, Daniela replied, “He pointed out that Thanksgiving is coming up, and asked us if we knew the true meaning of the holiday.”

“So I changed the sign to read ‘Today is a beautiful day, help the blind see it too,'” Lily said, “because the true meaning of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for what we have.”

Daniela’s Crochet Courses

Since Daniela received the amigurumi taiyaki from her friend Sophie in the mail, she has been trying to learn crocheting on her own, and now she has finally mastered the basic techniques! She is offering classes to teach other girls the art of crocheting, because from the research she did at the library, crocheting comes with many benefits to the mind and body. Check out Daniela’s notebook with all the details that she has jotted down. She can’t wait to start teaching and make new friends!

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Try Try

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If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

It looks like Daniela has been getting “tied up” trying to learn to crochet. What have you been learning since school started? Share it with Daniela here!

Up to Something…

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It looks like Daniela is up to something…… Come back next week to find out!

Daniela Goes to the Library

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It was her third trip to the library this week. Daniela visited the library so often that she knew the place like the back of her hand. This time she was there to do some research on “amigurumi” and “taiyaki” from Sophie’s letter, and here was what she found:

Amigurumi [ah-mee-goo-roo-mee] is the Japanese art of mainly crocheting yarn typically into small stuffed animals, artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features with a pervading aesthetic of cuteness. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words “ami”, meaning crocheted or knitted, and “nuigurumi”, meaning stuffed doll.

Taiyaki [tahy-yah-kee] is a traditional Japanese snack. “Tai” is a type of fish, while “yaki” means fried. It is made by pouring regular waffle batter into a fish-shaped mold for each side. The filling, commonly being red bean paste, chocolate or custard, is then put on one side and the mold is closed. It is then cooked on both sides until golden brown.

As Daniela walked home from the library after finding out all she could about the two Japanese words, there was only one thought circling her mind. She wanted to learn how to make amigurumi!

Daniela Receives Mail

Daniela was lying on the floor of the living room reading a book when she heard a noise at the front door. She recognized it as the sound of the mailman dropping off the post, so she got up and proceeded to collect the mail. Upon opening the door, Daniela was surprised to find a parcel addressed to her.

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Bringing it back with her into the living room, Daniela opened the package and pulled out a letter from Sophie.

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Dear Daniela,

I am currently on vacation with my family in Japan. There are so many wonderful forms of arts and crafts here, and I’ve especially fallen in love with amigurumi! We’re on a tight schedule so I’ll have to keep this letter short. Hope you like the amigurumi taiyaki (I ate a real taiyaki yesterday and it was delicious). Tell you more when I’m back.

Love,
Sophie

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Daniela tipped over the envelope and out came a fish made of yarn. Now she was confused and full of questions. What is “amigurumi”? What is “taiyaki”? Is this brown fish taiyaki? These puzzling thoughts whirled around in Daniela’s head. She decided that a trip to the library was needed again to do a bit of research.

Stay tuned for next week’s story on how Daniela visits the library to find out what “amigurumi” and “taiyaki” are.

The Beginning

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It was a nice and sunny Saturday afternoon in August. Birds were chirping in the tree outside the open French windows of Lily’s room. It had been a month since summer vacation started, but apart from staying home and helping out with the chores, there was nothing to do. Lily was beginning to feel restless, so she decided to go spend some time in the park. She grabbed a picnic basket, packed a peanut butter sandwich along with a blueberry muffin and orange juice, told her mother that she would be back before dinner, and headed out the door.

The park was only two blocks away. Lily soon arrived and picked out a bench near the lake to sit down and enjoy her lunch. She watched the lake shimmer in the sun as a the summer breeze blew through her hair. Suddenly, she noticed a familiar silhouette sitting under the great oak tree not far in the distance. Realizing it was her friend Daniela, she quietly sneaked up behind her and tapped her on the shoulder. The girl turned her head.

“Lily!” she shrieked, “So nice to bump into you! What have you been up to this summer?”

“Nothing much. I was getting bored of sitting at home so I came to the park for some fresh air,” replied Lily.

“I’ve been having lot’s of fun reading a set of books I borrowed from the library. This The Silver Chair here is taking me on a great adventure in a world called Narnia.”

Lily laughed, “Oh Daniela, how I’ve missed you and your books.”

“You know what? I’ve heard that there is a Sisterhood in Town that offers many interesting classes and activities. They are having an open house soon and I was planning to go check it out. Would you like to join me?”

“It sounds exciting! I’m in!”

“Great. I will call you next week with more information. See you soon!”

To be continued……

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