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Flamingos

March 15, 2011

A lenticular bookmark showing flamingos, from the USA :

Flamingos are gregarious wading birds. There are four flamingo species in the Americas, two species in the Old World and one in Wales.

Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Some suggest that the flamingo has the ability to have half of its body go into a state of sleep, and when one side is rested, the flamingo will swap legs and then let the other half sleep. Recent research has indicated that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat.

A group of Flamingos (Wikipedia.org)

Thanks to my uncle for this bookmark.

Today in the mail

February 2, 2011

Today I received an envelope from the USA with lots of stamps on it (and bookmarks inside)…

Here’s one of the bookmarks that came inside it. It’s made in Switzerland:

Many thanks to Esperanza.

Let’s read

November 28, 2010

Bookmarks from the US, encouraging kids to read:

Thanks to María Rosa for these bookmarks.

Eagle

October 16, 2010

This is a lenticular bookmark from the USA, showing an eagle:

The modern English name of this bird is derived from the Latin term aquila. This word may derive from aquilus, meaning dark-colored, swarthy, or blackish, as a description of the plumage.

Eagles are different from many other birds of prey mainly by their larger size, more powerful build, and heavier head and beakeagles. They have very large powerful hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong muscular legs, and powerful talons. They also have extremely keen eyesight which enables them to spot potential prey from a very long distance. Eagles build their nests, called eyries, in tall trees or on high cliffs.


Bald eagle (Wikipedia.com)

Think happy be happy

October 14, 2010

A metallic bookmark from the Barnes & Noble bookstores in USA:

Space Needle

October 12, 2010

This is a metallic bookmark from Seattle, USA. Many thanks to my aunt for it !

The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington, and is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) high, features an observation deck at 520 feet (160 m), and a gift shop with the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 feet (152 m).

Statue of Liberty

June 8, 2010

A metallic bookmark from the Statue of Liberty in Liberty Island, New York City, USA:

The Statue of Liberty commemorates the aliance between France and the United States during the American Revolution (1775-1783). It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and completed in July 1884. The French people donated the money for the statue. The United States built the pedestal with funds raised by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The statue was first exhibited in Paris, then dismantled and shipped to New York, and reassembled at its present location. At 151 feet in height, she is one of the largest statues in the world and is recognized worldwide. She is a universal symbol of freedom, democracy, and diplomacy.

 

Statue of Liberty (Wikipedia.org)

Thanks to my brother for lending me his bookmark.

MoMA

June 6, 2010

A double-sided bookmark from the Museum of Modem Art, in New York City:

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street. It has been singularly important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection offers an unparalleled overview in modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media.

MoMA (Wikipedia.org)

 

A Welcoming Pineapple

May 29, 2010

A metallic pineapple bookmark, with an explanatory card, from the USA:

The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. The legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed to the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies with exotic fruits and spices. When clipper ships returned o port, their families would spear a precious pineapple on their iron gate post as a common symbol to welcome friends and neighbors into their homes to celebrate the safe return of the captain and crew. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food, and listen to the tales of their voyage…

 

Over time, colonial Innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs. To this day the pineapple is still a symbol of hospitality.

Thanks to my aunt for this bookmark!

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