We have so many new subscribers, I just wanted to let everyone know the purpose of our newsletter and how it works. We thought it would be a great place to bring awareness or simply offer more information on the animal we are highlighting for that particular month. Maybe you and your children want to do something to help or get more involved, so we will list organizations, suggestions, or ideas for you that we have researched and feel would be a good fit. We might list books or movies that are fun for learning, website games or videos, or live webcams where kids can watch the animals in real time.
Instead of emailing everyone the monthly newsletter, we will instead put it on the website. Each time there is a new posting, you'll receive a link to it where you can go and read it. We do one newsletter per month and if we are doing an Instagram/Facebook giveaway, we'll post the contest there as well, so you can be sure and enter! If you purchase a past letter, you can go to the corresponding newsletter and pull it up for that particular animal and all it's information. (Newsletters started January 2020)
Lucy the Ostrich
I have to say, our Lucy the Ostrich letter has become my favorite letter to date. Years ago, the ranch that we worked on had ostriches, and these birds were so much fun to watch. I was really excited to have Francis interact with an ostrich for one of our letters, and I have to laugh at the direction the story took. An ostrich that needs glasses? I’m not sure if you all are aware, but my husband, Andy, is a huge part of our story creating ideas. He is the family “class clown”, and he has so much fun giving our animals their child-like qualities. We had so much fun writing this story, and my daughter that does our artwork, outdid herself!
Loving Our New Stickers!
Wasn’t the Lucy sticker just the cutest? We are now having our stickers professionally made! Made on vinyl, bigger, thicker, and more colorful, AND they have a split back so little hands can peel them easier. We are very excited about this and hope you are, too!
A Little Ostrich Trivia
Humans have always had a fascination with ostrich feathers. They’ve been worn by royalty, adorned the helmets of medieval knights, but mostly they became quite the fashion statement in ladies hairdos, and then in big, showy hats, which became all the rage. In Africa, ostrich plumes were ranked #4 on the list of exports, after gold, diamonds, and wool! They became valuable all over the world. In the early 1900’s, with the introduction of the automobile, the plumes plummeted! Early cars had no roof or windshield, and women passengers found their feathers stripped from their hats and blown away!
If you and your child would like to learn more about ostriches, here are some of my favorite places:
National Geographic Kids - https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/ostrich/
San Diego Zoo Kids - https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/index.php/videos/amazing-ostrich Great video of one of their resident birds!
Fun Ostrich Crafts
One of the things I miss most about raising kids, is all the fun times we had making crafts. My kids are grown and on their own now, but finding projects for all my little subscribers takes me back to those early days...so, thank you!
Feather Duster Ostrich - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LGpcUB2EyQ
Paper Accordian Ostrich - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhqME3NUQbY
Don't forget the FunSheets that you can download on our website!
Thanks for supporting our letters!
Until next time,
Jamie & Francis