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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Traveling With Ramona Recommends

    I am so excited today to be linking up with the wonderful Ramona Recommends as she helps inspire teachers to make voracious readers in their classrooms. In order to do this, I have chosen a few books from my hometown of Portland, Oregon to share with you all. 

   The books are titled Portland ABC- A Larry Gets Lost Book and Larry Gets Lost in Portland both by John Skewes. 


   I found these books while visiting OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). If you ever visit Portland be sure to stop by and check out all the cool science exhibits and tour the out of commission Navy submarine they have docked in the Willamette River. 

 These two books both showcase all that Portland has to offer and much more. I have lived in Portland my whole life and never really thought that it was that "cool," however in the last few years things have really changed and Portland is now a hip and funky place to live and come visit. Not only is it home to the famous Voodoo Doughnuts and Portland Hipsters, but we are only about an hour away from the beach and an hour away from some great skiing at Mt. Hood. 


  In these two books Larry, a dog, and his human companion, Pete, get lost as they travel all around Portland, while introducing the reader to all the wonderful sites and sounds that make Portland unique. 

  First of all, we have our beloved Portland Trailblazers (finally turning things around this year thanks to LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard), and also the newest addition to our sports family the Portland Timbers, our MLS team.   


  Here are a few fun pics from our engagement session at Providence Park, where the Timbers play. We met playing soccer so this was a must for two Portland natives. 

  We also have the famous "Portland Oregon" sign that is a landmark as you are traveling around. The deer's nose even turns red during Christmas time. :)           


  Plus, who could forget all the beautiful bridges that carry us from the west to east side over the Willamette River in this land of ports. My favorite has to be the Freemont Bridge. I love the summer time because I get to drive over it every day on my way to nannying on the East Side. 



  And who could forget our food carts!! We have designated spots where bunches of food carts are located all throughout the town making their own food cart lands. I am not the most adventurous when it comes to eating food out of a cart in a parking lot, but the ones I have tried are deeeelicious!! It's a must try if you're coming for the true Portland experience.

   For those of you not looking for a children's book, there is of course Portlandia- A Guide for Visitors. To be honest the show is pretty spot on when it comes to depicting this town we live in. If you haven't had a chance to watch Portlandia, try to catch an episode if you have a spare 30 minutes this summer..then come to visit to see how well it matches!

  Hopefully this inspires a quick lesson about Portland (I'd love to try to be pen pals with a few classes around the U.S. this next year) or maybe a trip out to the beautiful West coast with a stop in Portland. I'm always up for collaborating and meeting with wonderful teachers, so if you're in the area let me know and we can meet up for coffee (also a staple here in Oregon). 

                                              Photos Courtesy of Instagram @Portland

  Happy Reading!! 


  1. Thanks for linking up! I loved learning more about Portland! Those books look so colorful for the kids. Hope to see you again! OPEN THE MAGIC!
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  2. I love the Larry Gets Lost series! The books do such an amazing job capturing great parts of each major city. I hope that John Skewes continues to write about more destinations.

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