WBEZ | Amy Krouse Rosenthal http://www.wbez.org/tags/amy-krouse-rosenthal Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Amy Krouse Rosenthal's final love letter to the universe http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-10/amy-krouse-rosenthals-final-love-letter-universe-93927 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-10/gd100127Amy_Krouse_Rosenthal167x120.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Friday is an important day, but not just because people will celebrate veterans. Numerically, Friday’s date is 11-11-11; that combination comes around only once a century. That date also turns out to be a significant moment for Chicago author <a href="http://www.whoisamy.com/" target="_blank">Amy Krouse Rosenthal</a>. On corresponding palindromic dates in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Amy organized gatherings in Millennium Park. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=Y-U4E_NC5_w" target="_blank"><em>The Beckoning of Lovely</em></a> project has since extended beyond Chicago. There’s a film by the same name and its followers come from around the globe. The film comes out Friday, and Amy will be at The Bean at 11:11 a.m. for her last gathering of this kind. Amy Krause Rosenthal joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to share more and beckon others to join the project.</p></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-10/amy-krouse-rosenthals-final-love-letter-universe-93927 Thursday Thingy: Book + trailers = book trailers! http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-05-05/thursday-thingy-book-trailers-book-trailers-86110 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-05/Amy KR Book This Plus That.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-05/9780061726552.jpeg" style="width: 498px; height: 495px;" title=""></p><p>In between writing missions, I sometimes write books. &nbsp;:)</p><p>And these days, as you well know, new books are typically launched with video trailers.</p><p>So I wanted to share with you the&nbsp;trailer for my brand new book "This Plus That." &nbsp;(* A review of this book appears at the end of this post.) It's another collaboration with the magnificent illustrator <strong>Jen Corace ("Little Pea")</strong> and I just love-love-love the illustrations in this book. &nbsp; As for the music in the trailer, first person to name the artist (in comment section) gets a signed copy of "This Plus That."</p><p>You'll see that my other book trailers are right there for easy scrolling/viewing as well. It was fun putting this little "show" together!</p><p><a href="https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=df57w8f7_2392nz8sdt"><em>This Plus That</em> Plus Other Book Trailers&nbsp;</a></p><p>yours,</p><p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>* &nbsp;Booklist starred review</strong></p><p><em>If Rosenthal’s&nbsp;Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons&nbsp;is a picture-book dictionary, her latest book is a picture-book introduction to mathematical equations. And both are equally notable for their insight, humanity, and wit. From the simple (“1 + 1 = us”) to the subtle (“I’m sorry’ + hug = sincere apology”) to the evocative (“barefoot + screen door + popsicles = summer”), Rosenthal creatively uses the symbols of math as a succinct way of stating conceptual rather than numeric relationships. As wonderful as these text equations are, they’re twice as effective with the accompanying pictures, such as the scene of a child asleep beneath a cheerful quilt, illustrating “cozy + smell of pancakes – alarm clock = weekend.” The illustrator of Rosenthal’s&nbsp;Little Pea,&nbsp;Little Hoot, and&nbsp;Little Oink, Corace creates clean, spare artwork here using precisely drawn black lines, washes of distinctive colors, and plenty of white space. Teachers could use the book, perhaps paired with Betsy Franco’s picture book&nbsp;Mathematickles!&nbsp;to introduce math equations or to inspire students to create their own verbal equations. </em><strong><em>But first, just read this unusual book aloud and let it work its magic. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </em>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><i>—Carolyn Phelan</i></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 14:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-05-05/thursday-thingy-book-trailers-book-trailers-86110 Thursday Thingy: 4 important assorted shout-outs http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-03-17/thursday-thingy-4-important-assorted-shout-outs-83838 <p><p><img height="257" align="top" width="200" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-16/50272_241362519177_3334699_n.jpg" /></p><p><strong>SHOUT OUT TO</strong> . . . Jacqueline Novogratz whose wise quote we are pinky swearing on this week (see our post from Monday below) and who, I just learned, is celebrating a glorious milestone birthday this week! &nbsp;Happy Birthday from all of us to you!</p><p><strong>SHOUT OUT TO</strong> . . . Lisa and Sean Ohlenkamp&nbsp;for including my book in this super duper cool video! Thank you!</p><p><iframe height="300" frameborder="0" width="450" title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cFnuP9niRUg" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>SHOUT OUT TO</strong> . . . <em>The Makerie</em>, a brand new, one-of-a-kind, creative retreat that is making its debut in Boulder, Colorado early next month! &nbsp;(fyi, there are a couple slots left, but deadline is this Friday.) &nbsp;<a href="http://themakerie.com/">Here's their website.</a></p><p><strong>SHOUT OUT TO</strong> . . . the folks at ShoutEm, Inc. (I know, how perfect is their name for this post?)&nbsp;for developing the very first &nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mission-amy-kr/id420630232?mt=8">Mission Amy KR mobile app!</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; Now available in <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mission-amy-kr/id420630232?mt=8">itunes app store!</a></p><p>yours with the pinky nail painted purple,</p><p>amy</p></p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-03-17/thursday-thingy-4-important-assorted-shout-outs-83838 Mission #63: Grip it (or why life is like the game of basketball) http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-03-07/mission-63-grip-it-or-why-life-game-basketball-83396 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/basketball_hand.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img width="250" height="264" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-07/basketball_hand.jpg" title="" alt="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This week's mission begins with a very short (half-page) piece. &nbsp;So please <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1z7WD9YCjDw0tep-yMrNtFsWF5Vsab5htXSB5QAr15VU">click here</a>&nbsp;to read&nbsp;<strong>&quot;Grip It&quot; </strong>before moving on to our mission specifics.</p><p>* * *</p><p>Some of you may know (or just put two and two together) that Paris is my daughter. &nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Grip It&quot; is something she wrote for herself, in her journal. &nbsp;She ultimately shared it with me over breakfast a couple months ago. And I was blown away. (Partly because that's just in my job description as mom, but also because, well, I think she's composed something meaningful here.)</p><p>I've been wondering ever since: what's the best way to share this with others who might really enjoy and appreciate it? &nbsp;How could&nbsp;I do this without being icky-pushy-braggy-mom-ish? &nbsp;How could I do this while still respecting Paris' quiet modesty?&nbsp;</p><p>BY SHARING IT WITH YOU,&nbsp;MY MISSION AMY KR FAMILY, that's how! &nbsp;</p><p><strong>And by doing this as a surprise for her 14th birthday, which is Wednesday March 9th!</strong></p><p>So here's the idea:</p><p>If you are so moved/inclined (meaning you liked the piece and see value in it) then you could simply pass it along to friends/family/co-workers, share it with your kids' sport coaches, share it with your students (for the teachers/librarians in the crowd), post it on your facebook page, post it on your own blog, tweet it, or even just tack it up in your kitchen...anything! &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Whatever you end up doing, please let me know in our cozy comment section below by Wednesday end of day. </strong>&nbsp;Then Wednesday night, during our family birthday dinner, I'm going to share all this with her and let her know how many people were touched by what she wrote.</p><p>Thank you all so much. &nbsp;</p><p>Again, <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1z7WD9YCjDw0tep-yMrNtFsWF5Vsab5htXSB5QAr15VU">here's the link to &quot;Grip It.&quot;</a></p><p>gratefully yours,</p><p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><i><br /></i></p><!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-03-07/mission-63-grip-it-or-why-life-game-basketball-83396 Thursday Thingy: 3 things expressed in 21 words http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-02-23/thursday-thingy-3-things-expressed-21-words-82809 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Sunday Dinner.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<img height="221" width="228" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-23/images.jpeg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>1. &nbsp; Sundays + dinners &nbsp;+ invite the world = <a href="http://www.jim-haynes.com/index.htm">coolest thing ever</a></p><p>2. &nbsp; Video + essay on midlife = <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns6AY8YD8zY">v'essay</a></p><p><iframe height="211" frameborder="0" width="400" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ns6AY8YD8zY" title="YouTube video player"></iframe></p><p>3. State of Ohio + me = <a href="http://www.funbooksandmore.com/Special_Events.php">this</a> and <a href="http://www.whoisamy.com/images/Dublin_Literacy_Conference.pdf">this</a></p><p>yours,</p><p>amy</p></p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 02:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-02-23/thursday-thingy-3-things-expressed-21-words-82809 Mission #61 Introducing the "2 1/2 Minute Tour" series http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-02-21/mission-61-introducing-2-12-minute-tour-series-82650 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Cake Plate Punch Bowl.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p>Kicking off a new series today at Mission Amy KR...</p><p><strong>2 1/2 Minute Tours!</strong></p><p>A good starting point is this debut video...</p> <p><iframe height="311" frameborder="0" width="500" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AOafdcv1n1Q" title="YouTube video player"></iframe> &nbsp;</p><p>So there are two ways this mission plays out:</p><p><strong>a) &nbsp;Make your OWN 2 1/2 Minute Tour </strong>(of your home, your work space, typical day-in-the-life, your kids' toy bin, a tour of favorite coffeehouses in your city - you name it). Share it with us here. &nbsp;We're always looking for ways to really connect and get to know each other here on the blog, right? And it's just plain fun fun fun peeking inside someone else's world/mind.&nbsp; (Plus, it'll be a great keepsake for you and your family down the road...a slice of your life at this exact moment in time.)</p><p><strong>b) Go to the comment section below and offer up suggestions </strong>of who and what you'd like to see next in the series. &nbsp; I may not be able to get you a tour of Barack Obama's office or Javier Bardem's bedroom, but heck, I'll try. &nbsp;Toss all ideas my way, whether they're plausible or grandiose.</p><p>That's all for now... &nbsp;</p><p>I leave you to rock out in the privacy of your own home with this&nbsp;<a href="http://tedactiveblog.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/and-the-countdown-begins-with-this-playlist/">TEDActive 9-song playlist </a>&nbsp;created for the&nbsp;<em>&nbsp;PUBLIC heART Lost and Found</em> project. &nbsp;</p><p>yours,</p><p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WHERE TO FIND VARIOUS ITEMS FROM THE 2 1/2 MINUTE TOUR VIDEO</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/glass-domed-cake-plate-and-punch-bowl/">Cake Plate/Punch Bowl</a></p><p><a href="http://www.giftngreen.com/kitchen.html">Chalkboard Girl and Eraser Dog</a>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://architecturalartifacts.com/store/">Antique coffee grinder and Library Card Catalogu</a>e both from Architectural Artifacts (Chicago)</p><p><a href="http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/">Crazy Little Doll from The Drake Hotel shop&nbsp;</a>(Toronto)</p><p><a href="http://sprouthome.stores.yahoo.net/">Terrarium created by Sprout Home </a>(Chicago and Brooklyn)</p><p><a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mmmdesign/knit-tableware">Hand Knit Tree Cozy</a></p><p><a href="http://www.target.com/Top-500-Words-Shower-Curtain/dp/B000UI8U68">SAT-words shower curtain</a></p><p><a href="http://www.christianfaur.com/crayons/crayons.html">Portrait made of crayons by artist Christian Faur</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-02-21/mission-61-introducing-2-12-minute-tour-series-82650 Mission #60: Shout your love from the rooftops! http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-02-07/mission-60-shout-your-love-rooftops-81901 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/girl with megaphone.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="400" height="389" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-07/girl with megaphone.jpg" /></p><p>Last week's mission was about celebrating <strong>friendship</strong>.&nbsp; (You do know that the message-filled <em>&quot;Ode to All Your Friends&quot;</em> video is now ready, right? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-02-03/your-friendship-video-ode-la-mode-ready-81711">Click here to see.</a>)</p><p>This week, with Valentine's Day just around the bend, Mission Amy KR is all about <strong>love, love, love.</strong> &nbsp;</p><p>As in, SHOUT-IT-FROM-THE-ROOFTOPS kind of love. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>As in, you tell me who you love, and I am going to grab my megaphone and literally shout it from the rooftop. &nbsp;And video it.&nbsp; And then post that video here for you and your beloved next Monday, Valentine's Day.&nbsp; </strong></p><p>Because really, what better way to say I love you than by saying I love you...loudly... publicly...and from a roof top?</p><p>Here's all you do:</p><p>Just hop down to the comment section and tell me who you are and who you love. &nbsp;I need the short, traditional format for this mission, okay? &nbsp;Like: <em>Amy Krouse Rosenthal loves Jason Rosenthal. &nbsp;Bogie loves Bacall. &nbsp;Barack loves Michelle.</em> &nbsp;You get the gist...</p><p>And in the meantime, here's a little something to kick off the week:&nbsp; <strong>Chip the Monk</strong> (who made his <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/mission-57-introducingchip-monk">video debut here a couple weeks ago</a>) returns with this new video in response to the Big Life Questions you all submitted.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="540" height="390" frameborder="0" title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ydPSQRxovcg" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><u>QUICK RECAP</u></p><p><strong>Your love message deadline</strong>:&nbsp; Place in the comment section by this Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 pm CST.</p><p><strong>New video: </strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydPSQRxovcg">Chip the Monk's responses to your Big Life Questions</a></p><p><strong>S</strong><strong>ubscribe to Mission Amy KR</strong> (<a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/amykr">and&nbsp;it'll quietly arrive in your inbox each week</a>)</p><p>with love,</p><p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 16:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-02-07/mission-60-shout-your-love-rooftops-81901 Mission #59 ODE (OWED) TO OUR FRIENDS http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/mission-59-ode-owed-our-friends <p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This week's mission begins here...</p> <p><iframe height="390" frameborder="0" width="560" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6al_aehISgE" type="text/html" class="youtube-player" title="YouTube video player"></iframe></p><p>So now that you've viewed, I have two questions for you:</p><p>a) Isn't friendship, like, the best invention ever?</p><p>b) Who is the &quot;Charise&quot;&nbsp;in your life?</p><p><strong>I now invite you to honor/celebrate a&nbsp;cherished friend(s) by writing him/her a short &quot;ode&quot; in the comment section below. And by ode I mean any form of expression that feels heartfelt and easy enough to do in the confines of our designated digital space. </strong>&nbsp;It could be a&nbsp;sentence...a short poem...a link to a photo...a simple inside-joke message...you name it.</p><p>I will then take each &quot;ode&quot; and put them together in <strong>one big video ode a la mode.</strong>&nbsp; In other words,&nbsp; I'll craft a video comprised of all your friendship shout-outs, and then you all can surprise your buddies with it.</p><p><strong>I'll need your mini odes by Wednesday 5pm CST.<br /></strong></p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Then return to this very spot on </span><strong>Thursday afternoon, with your friend(s) in hand, to share the video gift together.</strong></p><p><u><strong>*QUICK RECAP*</strong></u></p><p>SUBMIT&nbsp;FRIENDSHIP&nbsp;ODE&nbsp; in comment section by WEDNESDAY 5PM CST</p><p>RETURN THURSDAY ANYTIME AFTER 2PM CST for friendship video gift</p><p style="padding: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; line-height: 1.2em; outline-style: none;"><a title="blocked::http://feeds.feedburner.com/amykr" style="color: rgb(0, 51, 153); line-height: 1.2em; text-decoration: none; outline-style: none;" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/amykr" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1296509803_2" title="blocked::http://feeds.feedburner.com/amykr" style="line-height: 1.2em; outline-style: none;">CLICK HERE</span></a>&nbsp;to subscribe to/receive Mission Amy K R</p><p style="padding: 0px; display: block; margin: 0px; line-height: 1.2em; outline-style: none;">&nbsp;</p><p>Your pal,</p><p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/mission-59-ode-owed-our-friends Is this simple test too hard for you? http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/simple-test-too-hard-you <p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Oh, this is good.</p><p>I implore you to stop what you're doing for just a moment and click on the link below.</p><p>I can't tell you more than that without giving it away. &nbsp;But I assure you, there's really nothing to it.</p><p><a href="http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/">HERE YOU GO</a></p><p>(Now let's get a hand count in the comment section:&nbsp; <strong>Did you pass? Or did you fail?</strong> :)</p><p>in peace,</p><p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 22:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/simple-test-too-hard-you Mission #58 America's Next Top...Mama! http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/mission-58-americas-next-topmama <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/PR_ep2_alldesigns.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img style="width: 496px; height: 444px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-24/PR_ep2_alldesigns.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>I came across this short passage I wrote when my now-teenager was about four:</p><p><em>This morning I poured orange juice into a Popsicle tray and stuck it in the freezer. &nbsp;Let me say that again: &nbsp;I poured orange juice into a Popsicle tray and stuck it in the freezer. &nbsp;When I presented the frozen treat to my daughter, she looked at me all wide-eyed, happy and grateful and said, &quot;You are the best mom, EVER.&quot;</em></p><p>Such minimal effort, such maximum punch.</p><p>And if only parenting worked like this all the time, right?</p><p>So this week I ask: what are the little tricks you all have up <u>your</u>&nbsp;parental sleeves - <strong>the small stuff you've done with your kid(s) that's gone over big?</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;And/or what's the stuff&nbsp;<u>your</u> parents did that made a loving, lasting impression on you. &nbsp; <em>(For me, it would have to be the heart-shaped hamburgers my mom made for us every Valentine's Day. &nbsp;Or maybe she only made them once, but it morphed in my memory as this epic thing lasting my entire childhood-- see, I don't even know!)</em></p><p><strong>If everyone shares a tiny tidbit in the comment section,</strong> we'll have amassed a wonderful pool of ideas to swap in no time. &nbsp;</p><p>And then in turn we'll get as many of you as possible officially crowned <strong>America's Next Top Mama!</strong> &nbsp;(or Papa!) &nbsp;Or better yet, we can call it <strong>America's Next Top Model Parent!</strong> :)</p><p>Here's to freezing Popsicles...and time,</p><p>amy &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>p.s. &nbsp;want to make sure you all saw the new &quot;2011 Overture,&quot; which as you know was a major collaborative effort. &nbsp;We posted it Thursday and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/thursday-thingy-2011-overture-ready-new-video">here it is</a> again.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 14:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/mission-58-americas-next-topmama