Sunday, September 14, 2014

Writing Workshop: Cornell University’s “HORSE BOOK IN A BUCKET”

(Photograph of Lisa Saunders by Cindy Barry)

Lisa Saunders, author of Ride a Horse Not an Elevator, featured in Cornell University’s “Horse Book in a Bucket” program, presents writing workshops for children. The “Horse Book in a Bucket” includes educational materials such as a breeds poster, containers of oats, corn, and soy bean meal, and a horse coloring sheet.
Ride a Horse Not an Elevator includes a study guide, horse and human nutrition facts, and Grandma’s recipes.

Lisa discusses how and why she wrote the novel, does a reading, and presents tips on how children can write and get published.

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Workshop reviews:

"Lisa's manner with children is natural and encouraging, immediately putting them at ease. Her writing advice was advanced enough for adults, but simple enough for children. By the end of the workshop, even the shyest students were sharing their literary creations. “
- Andréa McKenzie, Bill Library, Ledyard, CT

"The children really enjoyed your presentation of your novel, Ride a Horse Not an Elevator, and receiving an autographed copy. That aspect especially did a great deal to help them feel connected on a personal level to the whole writing process." Susan R. Bailey, Riverfront Children's Center, Inc.

Reviews of Ride a Horse Not an Elevator:

“A ‘warm fuzzy’ in paperback form. It is a tangible tale for storytelling that provides a springboard for discussion between children and adults.” Ruth Zwick, Educational Director, Sentinel Publications

“A special treat for children and adults!” Mary K. Henderberg, Editor, Wayne County Star

“Ride a Horse Not an Elevator is a refreshing tale of a young city girl lucky enough to still have
grandparents living on a farm. Using the horse as a magnet, we have tied Lisa’s story of life’s
lessons in this child-friendly setting to agriculture, the care of horses and horse nutrition, to human
nutrition and good eating habits, fitness and exercise.” Jeannie Griffiths, Cornell Cooperative Extension Horse Specialist, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Grandpa’s Soft Molasses Cookies

The following is a recipe from my children's novel, Ride a Horse Not an Elevator:

Grandpa’s Soft Molasses Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 and 1/8 teaspoons cinnamon
¾ cup (6 oz.) evaporated milk
¾ teaspoon vinegar
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses


Sift flour with soda, salt and spices. Cream shortening and sugar thoroughly; Add egg and molasses. Add milk and vinegar mixed alternately with dry ingredients. Mix well. Drop from spoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until done. Cool 1 minute before taking off cookie sheet. Store in airtight container. Yields 4-5 dozen.

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