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Huron County Library
Hi, this is Crystal Parks and Amy Fields the coordinators of the summer reading program in Huron County. Huron County is about an hour away from Port Huron. Amy and I do story hour at 11 different libraries in the area. It is for children aged 3-12. We visit each library once a week for an hour at a time for 7 weeks during the summer months. In that hour, we read a story, do a craft, play a game and sing songs. The children are given a registration package at the beginning of the summer (includes: bookmark, poster, stickers, activity booklet), and they are also given incentives to keep reading.

We are using the story "The Case of the Missing Tail" for our Winnie-the-Pooh Mystery week. They are going to each get a chance to read a piece of the story, and then they have the choice of which direction to go in. And then at the end of the story, we are going to present everyone that participated and helped solve the mystery, the certificate on the page. On the back of the certificate, we are going to provide the website linking to the story, so the children have an opportunity to do the story themselves and go any direction that they want.

We really enjoy the story, and we are sure that the children are going to enjoy it as well!! Thank you very much for your help and cooperation!

Crystal Parks Amy Fields
Literacy Coordinators
Huron County Library

Deseret News
Christopher Robin's "Winnie-the-Pooh Character Guide" was favorably mentioned in the September 10, 2001 issue of the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City daily newspaper. The cover of the September 10 Education section was dedicated to Winnie-the-Pooh's 75th Anniversary. For the complete story, search the archives at Deseret News

Preservation Directory I have included your wonderful website as a reference on my historic preservation site, www.PreservationDirectory.com. It is listed on the [63 Retro - Vintage - Camp] links section.
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PreservationDirectory.com is a new public research tool for historic and cultural resource preservation has just been launched online.

We researched and categorized over 700 websites - in 78 different categories - from historic preservation, to museum resources and management, community urban revitalization, roadside Americana and building restoration. Also, we have added listings for all online historic societies, by state.
Tim Cannan, Founder

I hope this note finds you well. I promised to notify you when the 6th edition of "Maloney's Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory" was ready. Well, on behalf of Sales Online Direct and Krause Publications, I am pleased to report that the 976-page 6th edition is now complete and includes thousands of new as well as updated resources. And I am thrilled that you are part of this edition.
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Dave Dave Maloney, ISA CAPP, AOA CM
Author, "Maloney's Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory"
Maloney's Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory Online

Dec 2003 UPDATE: You are listed in "Maloney's Antiques & Collectibles Resource Directory", so I wanted to let you know that the new, updated 7th edition of "Maloney's" (Krause Publications), is now available.

Thank you for visiting our site. Or maybe we visited you. Either way we thought your site was great so we've added the following link into our directory:

Title: Christopher Robin's Winnie-the-Pooh Character Guide
URL: https://www.lavasurfer.com/cereal-guide.html
Category: Research
Description: We feature information and images on all of the characters from the 100 Aker Woods (icon, modern and classic images), a huge Pooh FAQ, 2 maps, three 15-question interactive quizzes, jokes, links, Poohsonality Test, a complete episode guide, an interactive Winnie-the-Pooh Mystery and more! Lots of original material in this great educational resource.


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December is the time for looking back at the best of 2001.

Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide

Colleges don't yet offer Ph.D's in the study of cereal-box characters, but you can bet they will one day. And the best place for would-be scholarS to begin is the amazingly thorough Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide, which offers colorful pictures and tidbits related to Cap'n Crunch, Tony the Tiger and their fellow hucksters. It's surprisingly absorbing to read the inside scoop on old reliables whom you've taken for granted all these years. Did you know that Snap predated Crackle and Pop by eight years? That the three were ethnic-looking gnomes until 1949, when they morphed into the humanoids we know today? That a fourth character named Pow was briefly introduced in the mid '50s?

It's also fun to pore through the legions of lesser-known figures. Anybody remember Shelly, the Jimmy Durante-like Turtle from the late-'70s Kellogg's Corny Snaps? How about the Crunchberry Beast from a Cap'n Crunch spinoff in the 1960s?

Leaving no stone unturned, Topher's also offers a rundown on fictional cereals, such as Krusty-O's from "The Simpsons" (featuring a free jagged metal Krusty-O in every box) and Crummy Buttons from the "Dick Van Dyke Show" ("they look like a button and taste like a crumb cake!").
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Award of Excellence You've won an
"Award of Excellence"
Christopher Robin's Green Door!

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I'm pleased to offer to you first my newly-created "Award of Excellence". Nothing fancy about the text layout on the photo, but hopefully the Award is in keeping with the character of the site. I hardly need state that your site more than passes my criteria for the award.

Coyote Moon Web Guide
Home and Family

Breakfast Cereal Character Guide
Parents and kids will enjoy this detailed guide to almost 100 years of breakfast cereal characters. Current favorites are here, including Captain Crunch, Tony the Tiger, the Lucky Leprechaun, and the Trix Rabbit. But there are also lots of characters here to trigger fond reminiscing, including Twinkles the Elephant, Quick Draw McGraw, Top Cat and Fancy, and Woody Woodpecker.

Award of ExcellenceYour site has just passed into the red zone on my Cute-O-Meter. Accordingly, I bestow on you the attached Cute Site Award. Wear it with pride, my man; you've earned it!

The Atlanta Journal - Constitution
Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide was sourced and linked in the March 7, 2002 issue of the The Atlanta Journal - Constitution, an Atlanta, Georgia daily newspaper. Here is the text of two articles by Bo Emerson.
Crunch time
For many, cereal is the 24/7 food of choice


If you want to ring the chimes of happiness in the soul of an American, splash some milk on a bowl of breakfast goodies.

That sound you'll hear is a million mouths watering.

For those who grew up debating the merits of Quisp vs. Quake, cold cereal is a heartwarming thing. It's the morning newspaper, the kiddie communion wafer, the freedom of Saturday morning and the edible equivalent of rock 'n' roll --- sweet, bright, tacky and loud.

Cereal is food that goes bang.

We've been spoon-fed this Snap-Crackle-Pop culture since the old century was new. The modern cornflake, the central product of top cereal company Kellogg, was developed in 1902. (An earlier version was --- surprise --- not sweet enough.)

As the cornflake celebrates its 100th anniversary, it is clear that a curious thing has happened to our morning crunchies.

Cereal crept out of the box.

"It's the old orange juice slogan --- it's not just for breakfast anymore," says Lisa Allen, spokeswoman for the Washington-based Grocery Manufacturers of America.

Cereal for dinner? "My husband pulls that all the time," says Allen. Mark Allen, 34, usually opts for an evening entree of Frosted Flakes. "He will literally take the whole box, and a half gallon of milk, and sit right in front of the TV and go through five or six bowls. He's in heaven."

Even folks who ought to know better sometimes take their supper in a bowl.

Pat Brussack, 52, dietary specialist with the University of Georgia's food services, occasionally eats a helping of Smart Start or Raisin Bran if she gets home after her husband, Bob, has already dined.

Brussack would prefer the peanut butter-and-chocolate-flavored E.T. cereal, spawned by the 1982 movie, but it disappeared in the '80s. "I keep waiting for it to come out again."

This is cereal nostalgia, a widespread affliction. Whether it's Crispy Critters from the 1960s or Frankenberry from the 1970s, most of us have a favorite that we'd like to taste one more time.

"It's a reliving-your-youth kind of thing," says Joe Shea, who, at 24, isn't exactly ancient. "Cereal just makes you feel good; it lets you strip away responsibility for a moment and be a kid again."

Shea is a Baltimore-based Web designer who has made an avocation of writing about this childish pleasure on his Web site, the Empty Bowl. A celebration of all things sugar-sprinkled, the site draws cries of pleasure from the twentysomethings who Shea says are cereal's most ardent fan base.

"Breakfast cereal has become the linchpin of Generation X," he writes. "We have been transformed into the generation that can eat cereal at any time of the day."

Sales decline slightly

Thanks to Shea's followers (and others), a sizable chunk of breakfast cereal is consumed outside the breakfast hour, amounting to about 616 million lunches and 644 million suppers last year, said Mary Jane Kinkade, spokeswoman for Kraft Foods.

At the same time, sales in the $7.5 billion industry have declined slightly in the past three years.

The slip is due at least partly to our ever-more-harried lifestyles. We're too busy in the morning to pour a cup of milk over a bowl of nuggets, says Harry Balzer of the Chicago-based NPD Group, which studies eating patterns.

Cereal manufacturers have rushed to serve that frantic demographic, coming up with "milk and cereal" bars (the "milk" is a sweet filling reminiscent of the Oreo cookie), breakfast bars, and Breakfast Mates, which combine cereal, milk and a spoon in a refrigerated package.

Later in the day, when we're rushing more slowly, we still might not have enough time to microwave a burrito, but we can scarf down a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Industry Week, a publication serving the manufacturing industry, suggested in 1999 that the spread of cereal to the dinner hour has kept the general decline in cereal sales from becoming more serious.

Lest we worry about the once-mighty flake, Balzer points out that cereal is still the most dominant food item in the grocery store and on the dining table. About 35 percent of all breakfasts come from the proverbial specially marked box. "This is breakfast in America. Cereal dominates breakfast like no other food dominates any other meal."

A visit to the grocery store will confirm that. The varieties are staggering and can occupy an entire aisle.

UGA dining halls offer 18 varieties of cold cereal, presented in bins that take up 12 feet of counter space.

University of Georgia students get to vote on the cereals that are included, and the competition is fierce. Recently Total lost out to Special K, Cocoa Puffs beat Cocoa Krispies, and both Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Cookie Crisp were introduced.

That's all good news to Matt Voss, 20, a second-year student of cognitive science, who often chooses a dependable bowl of oats over the entrees at the hot table. "I'd rather be eating Cookie Crisp than Hamburger Helper."

Student Michael Kaiser, 19, does the same, spooning up a ready-to-eat supper about three times a week. "I think I eat more cereal now than I did when I was a little kid."

"They eat a lot of cereal," says Brussack. "They eat it all day long."

'It's alarming'

Shea of the Empty Bowl says he and his colleagues gorge themselves on Oreo O's and Count Chocula because their parents often forbade these treats when they were younger. Now they're trying to make up for lost time.

When we're too rushed to open a can, when we prefer to make our supper from candy disguised as breakfast food, is the end of Western civilization near? "It's alarming," says Julie Shaffer, founder and leader of the Atlanta Convivium of Slow Food International. Yet even she admits to supping on cereal occasionally --- usually a more wholesome product such as Kashi.

But cereal is about as healthy as, say, pork chops and mashed potatoes, says Richard Mattes, Purdue University professor of foods and nutrition. "On a nutrient density basis, it's not all that different."

He conducted a study that gave the thumbs up to the Special K "kick-start diet," which suggests adults who eat Special K for breakfast and another meal can lose up to 6 pounds in two weeks.

Amy Portmann doesn't plan on losing weight by eating Honey Nut Cheerios as a late-night snack. She just likes the taste. (Her more stoical roommate eats plain old Cheerios.) "It's good, and it's got good stuff in it."

And what does this junior at Georgia Southern University study? Portmann laughs before admitting the answer: "Health behavior."

Health-food beginnings


In the 1970s, a watchdog group called Action for Children's Television complained to the Federal Trade Commission, saying that serving our children presweetened cereals was the equivalent of feeding them breakfast candy. This signaled the final phase in cereal's transformation from health food.

The modern cereal industry had its start in the 1890s with an eccentric but influential group of health enthusiasts, led by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. Kellogg was a strict vegetarian and the director of the Battle Creek (Mich.) Sanitarium health spa, founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church on the principles of no meat, no caffeine, no tobacco and no alcohol.

A patient at the "San," C.W. Post, studied Kellogg's grain-derived recipes carefully, then made himself a millionaire with identical products, such as Grape-Nuts cereal.

One of Kellogg's 15 siblings, Will Keith Kellogg, determined that the Kelloggs would catch up with Post and incorporated the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake company in 1906.

Since then, the industry has expanded like a kernel of puffed wheat. According to the 1995 out-of-print opus "Cerealizing America: The Unsweetened Story of American Breakfast Cereal" (Faber Faber), it uses 816 million pounds of sugar per year, enough to coat every American with more than 3 pounds of sugar.

The book also notes that Americans buy 2.7 billion packages of cereal a year. The cereal with the highest amount of sugar per serving, it says, is Kellogg's Smacks, which is 53 percent sugar.

ON THE WEB: Topher Ellis' site devoted to cereal news and knowledge, www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/3278/boxtop/cereal-news.html

Ellis, a financial analyst in the daytime, also is host to a guide to cereal cartoon characters, www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/3278/cereal-guide.html

The Empty Bowl, www.emptybowl.com/

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