Biltmore Estate

Hi friends!

I had a great travel experience, recently.  I could not wait to share it with you.
I was eager go to  Asheville, NC with my friends, N & A, to visit the Biltmore Estate.  We stayed over from May 1 – May 3.
This is a picture of me staring at the road, just dreaming about the rolling hills and the castle.
We arrived early afternoon on Friday and went to see downtown Asheville and, as we were all exhausted, we went to sleep and rest to continue exploring the following morning.
A beautiful and sunny spring morning awaited us as we got up and prepared to go to The Biltmore Estate. As we arrived, I wanted to take a picture in front of the castle, in perspective, so you could see my size compared to the size of the massive building. We walked around the house and I kept asking questions and followed along like a well behaved boy.
Finally we got into the gorgeous gardens and I couldn’t resist the urge to roll around the hilly grass and was so tired afterwords that I took a long nap.

Then we went to the playground and to see the animals.

The saddest part about the whole trip was when I had to go back to the Library, I was so sad as I got attached to my friends, especially to A. So they promised me that I could come along with them in future adventures.

Sending hugs to my great friends!  I look forward to seeing you again, soon.

My visit with Holt Elementary School

Hi everyone!

In February I went on a local “vacation” at Holt Elementary Language Academy here in Durham. The kids at Holt get to learn either Spanish or Chinese, and they also study all different parts of the world. The languages were really hard but I started to get used to saying “Nǐ hǎo” and “hola” (hello in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.)

Picture2In Kindergarten, I learned about Quebec in Canada and wrote the year in Chinese characters. In Chinese class with Ms. Ya Lee, we played a bean bag game while learning our colors and practiced introducing ourselves in Chinese. I also got to sing and dance with the students to the Chinese song 恭喜恭喜 “gōng gōng ”, or Congratulations! in English.Picture1



The first graders at Holt learn all about South and Central America. So I got to help the students work on a report about “Isla El Tigre” (Tiger Island) volcano in Honduras. In Spanish class with Ms. Galindo, the first graders showed me how to read and write words in Spanish.



Picture4Second graders at Holt learn all about Asia so we worked on a project about the Yellow Birdwing butterfly, which lives in southern Asia.   I loved when the second graders read their favorite books to me (after all, I am a library moose!) I also had lots of fun in art class with Ms. Govender.  We worked on an Indian Woman project called “Holi Umas”.  Holi is a festival in India where people throw colored powder at each other and celebrate renewal. Sounds like fun!



I loved my visit to Holt and hope to go back one day to find out what the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are learning!

A trip to Kentucky!

Hi everyone!

I just got back from an awesome trip with some friends of mine. My friends and I traveled to Kentucky for an entire week. Even though it was a long trip in the car, we passed the time by singing songs, reading books, and running races outside whenever we stopped at a rest stop. My friends’ mom read the book The Witches by Roald Dahl to all the passengers in the car. He’s such a great author!

Hopkins Family KY 1We traveled through North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and through most of Kentucky all the way to Louisville. My favorite part of the trip was visiting the Louisville Zoo. We saw so many different kinds of animals. Have you ever seen a giraffe eat a banana? I have now – it was feeding time for the giraffes. We heard lions roaring too! There were also gorillas, rhinos, a tiger, a baby hippo and a polar bear! Even though I had such a fun time traveling and spending time with my new friends, I’m glad to be back home at the library. I’m looking forward to my next adventure – where you do kids think I’ll visit next?

-Tommy the Moose