This book of diverse poems about life has delighted both children and adults. The intent of the poems is to get readers to think about life experiences and to encourage readers to write their own poems. The poetry sections are: Beginnings; Strange Things; People and Behavior; Food; Love and Caring; Nature; You Can Write Poems, Too. Many of the poems are illustrated with appealing drawings. Druger’s grandchildren’s poems (ages 7 and 11) are included in the book. At the end of the book, there are a few blank pages and readers are asked to write their own poems.
This book is the sequel to Strange Creatures and Other Poems. This book also contains poems about various aspects of life. The poetry sections are: Overview Poems; Beasts, Bugs and Plants; Everyday Experiences; Love and Caring; You Can Write Poems, Too. There are abundant drawings to accompany the text. Several of Druger’s grandchildren’s poems are included, and all of the poems can be enjoyed by adults as well as children. Readers of any age will be stimulated to reflect on their own life experiences.
This is a wonderful children’s story with amazing illustrations by Roberta L. Wackett. Mr. Moocho is depicted as a sad, gloomy, unlucky individual. In an attempt to change his luck, he goes to a toy store to get a brightly colored, lucky chicken. When he gets home, he finds that his chicken has a crooked beak. Because of that, the chicken could speak. He sends Mr. Moocho into the forest to find a fallen tree trunk. He finds it, says, “Lucky chicken twice,” and the tree trunk bursts into color. The colored pieces magically become lucky chickens. Mr. Moocho opens a store and gives away the lucky chickens free to poor, sad, unlucky individuals. Their luck changes. The moral of the story is that, if you become lucky, you should share your luck with others. At the end of the book, there is an extra picture of Lucky Chicken. Readers are asked to cut it out and frame it, and they will be lucky thereafter.
This book is a humorous memoir about Marvin Druger’s trials and tribulations in life. Everyone can relate to the true experiences described in the book. The contents include: Love and Marriage; The Younger Days; Misadventures in Teaching; Miscellaneous Misadventures; Getting Older; Health Happenings; and Lessons in Life. The book demonstrates Druger’s philosophy that we learn from everything that we do and everything that we do becomes part of what we are.
Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University Chancellor, describes the book as “a delightful read.” George Kilpatrick, Central NY media personality, commented that the book is, “Laugh out loud funny.” Lou Sorrendo, associate editor of 55-Plus magazine, said, ”Marvin Druger’s new book is a zany, comical journey into the life of one of Syracuse University’s most beloved professors. Marvin’s joyous perspective on life and his cherished wife, Pat, will rivet readers to their seats. Get ready for Marvin Druger at his best. Quirky, witty and insightful.”
Marvin Druger taught science for more than 55 years, before retiring in 2009. His radio program (Science On the Radio) on WAER-FM 88.3 in Syracuse, NY, deals with a variety of scientific topics. Druger taught more than 40,000 students in his career, and won many awards for his teaching excellence. Above and beyond teaching the subject matter, Druger’s philosophy is to provide students with meaningful, motivational experiences that enrich their lives and help them identify their unique traits and where they fit in life. This book is a compilation of 27 articles on science education that he wrote for The Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education (JNRLSE) (now called Natural Sciences Education). The essays provide practical teaching tips and valuable insights about science education. Rob Rhykerdf, JNRLSE editor, wrote, “Ten years ago and a new assistant professor, I became an avid fan of Druger’s essays. They have influenced my personal teaching philosophy to include ‘providing meaningful experiences to enrich the lives of my students.’ This book is a must read for anyone with a passion for teaching.”