Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Rainbow Fish Celebration" - a special birthday bookwrap








Celebrating 25 Years of

The Rainbow Fish!












Twenty-five years ago, The Rainbow Fish swam into the world with a message of friendship and sharing. Translated into over 60 languages and selling over 40 million copies, the book has found it’s way into the hearts of children from Australia to Zimbabwe!







A FISH SWIMS AROUND THE WORLD



Some stories are absolutely timeless. The Rainbow Fish is such a story, a classic that embodies the simple, yet universal message: sharing makes us happy.



WHY GLITTER?


If colorful scales were the only thing special about Rainbow Fish, then all of the other fish would have to be made to look very drab. So Marcus Pfister looked for something more—an unmistakable feature that would clearly set Rainbow Fish apart from the other fish in the sea, a feature that underlined how special his glittering scales were. That’s when he remembered the hot foil stamping that he worked with as a graphic artist.

The Rainbow Fish was the very first children’s picture book to use hot foil stamping to create such a sparkling foiled effect. After going on sale, it was soon clear that the first printing of 30,000 copies would not be enough. This would prove to be the case; 30 million books and counting have sold worldwide in more than 50 languages.




RAINBOW FISH CAN SPEAK…



Arabic, Cambodian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, English, Faroe, Friesian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Ladin, Norwegian, Papiamento, Persian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss-German, Slovenian, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese …





ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR...










Marcus Pfister was born in 1960 in Bern, Switzerland. After attending art school in Bern and receiving training in graphic artistry, he worked from 1981 to 1983 in an advertising agency. In 1984, he left the agency to focus on his own art, namely picture books. 
He published his first picture book, The Sleepy Owl, in 1986 with NordSüd, but it wasn’t until 1992 that he truly broke through as an internationally acclaimed children’s author with The Rainbow Fish. 
Since then he has received several international awards, and his works have been translated into over 50 languages worldwide. Pfister and his family still live in Bern, where he continues to create more beloved children’s books.







A NEW ADVENTURE...








Everyone loses once in a while. But being a good sport when you lose isn't always easy – not even for Rainbow Fish. When a friendly game of hide and go seek doesn't go his way, Rainbow Fish learns a valuable lesson from his new friend Red Fin in this sweet story of good sportsmanship. A lighthearted look at accepting loss without losing your sparkle!

"Short, simple, and to the point, the text makes clear why children in a similar situation would be unhappy, and how to resolve matters peacefully...Pfister’s signature art style, with vivid colors, fuzzy outlines, and the iconic foil highlights, is well suited to the gentle story."- Booklist about You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish








  A beautiful Rainbow Fish Classic Edition, featuring a deluxe linen binding and sparkling stickers will be released this month.

Nothing is nicer than sharing and giving! For twenty-five years the little fish with the sparkling scales, who learned to share, has enchanted children and grown-ups all over the world. The international bestseller is now available in a special linen-bound classic edition, complete with glittery stickers. 





"Rainbow Fish" from Storywraps!  





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Friday, June 23, 2017

"Where Are You Hiding God?" - a bookwrap










"Olly Olly oxen free!  God you can come out now I want to see you! " Will God reveal Himself? 




Unwrapping...







Created by Elisabeth Zartl

Ages 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Available September 14, 2017





Some delightful illustrations to show you today...






































About the book...




A little girl looks high and low trying to find God in her world.  She rifles through her dresser in her bedroom trying to unmask Him.  Is He between her pants and her socks?  No... He's not there.  He must be in the bathroom.  Maybe He's hiding in the bathtub under her washcloth or rubber duckie!  No... no sign of Him there.   She proceeds into her garden and tries to locate Him in the grass?  Uh  Uh... no luck.   Is He next to the flowers?  Perhaps flying with the dragonflies?  No luck at all!!  Oh my, she can't locate Him anywhere.  Where in the world could He be hiding she wants to know? 

Disappointed and discouraged she sits under a tree and one single leaf flutters down on her carried by the wind and she has a eureka moment.....

"There you are!  I've found you!"  Did she truly discover God do you think?

She retraces her tracks back to the garden, her bathroom, and her bedroom and it's like scales have fallen off of her eyes and she can see Him in everything around her!!! She envisions Him clearest when she looks at herself in her mirror in her bedroom.  "You are here and you are always inside me."  What a stunning revelation she happens upon.  He is indeed with her always!  

This charming little book has beautiful illustrations that enrich the narrative greatly.  The message instills in the wee readers that God truly is there...  tucked cozy and snug inside their heart.  




Storywraps rating...  5 HUGS!!!!!












About the author/illustrator...








In Austria, grown up in nature, Elisabeth Zartl began to paint early. After studying religious pedagogy, psychology, philosophy and pedagogy in Vienna, he completed his education in graphic design and mediation. The author's books combine her delicate, dreamy illustration style with lyric texts for children and adults.
www.elisabethzartl.com








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Thursday, June 22, 2017

"The Adventures of Thomas the Turtle" - a bookwrap







"Yahooooo!!!   I'm free....."


Unwrapping...






Authored by Stuart Samuel
Illustrated by Nathaniel Dailey

Ages 3+





Unwrapping some fantastic illustrations for you to enjoy...


































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About the book...




Thomas the turtle lives with his sister Sally and his mother Myrtle at Placid Pond.  His father unfortunately disappears one day while he and his eleven brothers are out swimming and exploring uncharted territory.  Some strange mysterious force sweeps him away and he is never seen again.  The spot where he vanishes is named the forbidden region and Thomas promises his mother that he will never, ever go near there. 

But one day curiosity gets the best of Thomas and he strikes out to go to search for his father.  He paddles towards the forbidden region and he himself experiences the evil force pulling him forward rendering him helpless.  Oh my!  No matter how much he resists and splashes it is futile. Poor Thomas gets swept away by the evil, demonic swell as well.  

The rest of the story centres around how the struggling exhausted little turtle makes his way back home to his family.  Through prayer and two kind compassionate strangers (who are answers to his prayers), he is lead back to the safety and care of his beloved mother and sister.  He learns a very valuable life lesson... listen and obey what your mother tells you.  

The illustrations are amazing and can easily stand alone. They enrich the text greatly. I love the care that the humans bestow on the pathetic little guy and that they make the right to choice to take him back to his pond enabling him to stay in his natural habitat as opposed to bringing him home for their pet.  I highly recommend this book. 


Storywraps rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author...







Stuart Samuel is a graduate of Princeton University. His first book One! Two! Three! This Book 's for Me! was selected as a “Best of 2002” by January Magazine. Samuel lives with his wife and two children in California. 





About the illustrator...



ARTIST STATEMENT

Imagination is not finite.
Therefore, I never will have enough time in this life to express all of the ideas I have.
- Nathaniel Dailey 







Stuart Samuel is a graduate of Princeton University. His first book One! Two! Three! This Book 's for Me! was selected as a “Best of 2002” by January Magazine. Samuel lives with his wife and two children in California. 







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