Thursday, March 30, 2017

Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner - a bookwrap






The joys of dining with a dinosaur - there are a few believe it or not!  



Unwrapping...






"Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner"

Authored by Julie Gassman
Illustrated by Andy Elkerton

Ages 3-7 
Grade Level: PS-2




Unwrapping some illustrations you are just going to fall in love with...
























About the book



Written in rhyme, this gem of a book is sure to have your little one laughing out loud.  Is it ever a good time to take your dinosaur out for dinner?  Well not if he acts rude, stomps clumsily around and disrupts the whole restaurant with his anti-social behaviour.   Your dinosaur can pick his nose while waiting for the meal to arrive, roar at the top of his lungs atop a table, spill his food all over, burp firy burps and emit putrid smells that stink up the whole place, just to name a few.  Oh my!  What is a girl supposed to do that can't part with her beloved dragon and wants to include him in everything that she does?

Well for starters she can try to cook home cooked meals.  A dragon can be most useful helping her achieve this worthwhile goal and even turn it into a grand celebration.  Why he can peel, seer, set the table, light the candles all the while practising the art of being polite.   He can put table manners and good etiquette into motion as he uses linen napkins, ignores the phone when it rings and closes his huge, dinosaur mouth when he chews his food.  Why he can become so well trained in proper eating behaviour that before you know it he will be the one asking her to accompany him out for scrumptious dinner date in an elegant, high-class restaurant.  Do you think he will?  

This is a delightful book from beginning to end.  The illustrations  by this talented illustrator are truly amazing.  The book stresses the importance of using good manners and goes one step further by demonstrating what good eating manners really are.  I highly recommend you add this book to your collection.  I am sure it will become a favourite and be begged to be read over and over again.  It's a winner all round. 


Storywraps rating...  5+++ HUGS!!!!






About the author...







The youngest in a family of nine children, Julie Gassman grew up in Howard, South Dakota. After college, she traded in small-town life for the world of magazine publishing in New YorkCity. She now  lives in southern Minnesota with her husband and their three children.







About the illustrator...






After graudating from Art College in the UK, Andy began a career as a graphic designer in the video games industry, when it was very much in it's infancy. He continued as a graphic designer for fourteen years, until he decided to go back to his illustrative roots and try his hand at being a children's book illustrator. Since 2002 he has produced work for picturebooks, educational books, advertising, and toy design. He has been a finalist, twice, in the "Language Learner Literature" Awards, and has worked for clients all over the world. He currently lives in a small tourist town on the West coast of Scotland, with his wife and three children.







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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Open Mic Wednesday ... Reading to your child - an infowrap







Welcome to Open Mic Wednesday everyone









Read to your child often and soon they will be reading all on their own.



Unwrapping...



Make the most of reading with your child
by Denise Yellen Ganot






Denise is a mother of 3 girls, and a teacher. She has taught Pre-K through Grade 2. She loves kids, writing, teaching, and writing about all of the above. She has had her blogs published on numerous sites. Read her blog at deniseyg.wordpress.com.








It is no secret that reading to and with your children has social, emotional, and intellectual benefits. The good news is that it doesn’t take much—maybe just a bedtime story, or a cuddle on the couch with a good book—to achieve these benefits. When it comes to reading with your child—no matter what age—a little bit goes a long way.

As a preschool and kindergarten teacher, I often have parents ask me how they can best prepare their children for kindergarten. Do they need to pay a tutor? Which apps are best? What flash cards do I recommend? My answer through the years has never changed. Just read, I say. Read to your child. Enjoy your child. That is all it takes.

As we enter the angst-filled summer months before parents send their newly-minted kindergarteners off to school, I’d like to share a few tips that will ensure that your student is ready to absorb all that kindergarten has to offer.

Read often.
The benefits are astounding. So many studies have shown that kids who are read to from an early age go on to be readers themselves. These children develop rich vocabularies, empathy, problem solving skills, and more. The best side effect of all? Caregivers and children share quality uninterrupted time together.

Choose books from a variety of genres: poetry, humor, fiction, nonfiction, mystery, fairy tales, and more!
I suggest that you expose your child to as many different types of literature as possible from an early age. This way, your child is more likely to develop a love of literature. One day, in the not so distant future, it will also help to develop your child’s writing skills and sense of story. Need some ideas? 

Let your finger be your guide: point.
It sounds so simple, but the mere act of pointing to words on the page as you read is what helps your child develop concept of print. Your little reader will learn so much from watching you point to the words on the page:

Directionality: in English, we read from left to right
One-to-One correspondence: letters together make words Each spoken
word corresponds to a word on the page.
Sight word recognition: words like a, the, is, or other frequently appearing
words will become familiar as your child listens to you read and watches
the words on the page.

Take time to enjoy, preview, and discuss the pictures.
The pictures tell the story. They tell the readers what to expect in the story; illustrations are often as rich as the story itself! Emergent readers learn to use picture clues to figure out words as they work to become independent readers. The more you show your child to appreciate the pictures, the more skills s/he will develop just by sitting and reading with you.

Have fun!
Ignore your phone, switch off the television, and snuggle up with a book and your child(ren). Make it special.

There is nothing more calming than sitting and reading a book with a child. I have taught classes of 30 or more students who can be loud and unruly at times. The second I pull out a book, children are focused, quiet, and engaged. Try to involve your children as you choose stories for your time together. Make trips to libraries and bookstores.

My own daughters are 12,11, and 7. Not a day goes by without a story for each one of them. Sometimes we read together, other times each child has her own special time with me. Despite all of the other benefits I have mentioned here, my personal favorite side effect is the calm time together. No matter what kind of a day they have had at school, who fought with whom, who yelled at whom, we know there is one time of day when all is forgotten and replaced by our love for each other and—of course—reading.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Life's Equation - an adult bookwrap












Unwrapping...




"Life's Equation"
A journey toward finding greater purpose

Authored by Frank Daidone


Unwrapping excerpts from www.thecozydragon.com interview

("in his own words")


For those who haven’t read it yet, can you give us a quick summary of what Life’s Equation is all about?
It’s really about asking ourselves ‘What is my purpose?” More specifically, questioning whether or not we’re on the right path. As far back as I can remember, I’ve attempted to make sense of my own purpose in life, sometimes accepting only what seemed realistic while disregarding pretty much anything else. Most of us subconsciously go through this same exercise throughout multiple stages of our lives, while others constantly surrender to the critical voice in their head, replacing the possibility and creativity with resistance and doubt.
We all have the tendency to set unfulfilling goals for ourselves, which restricts our personal potential and makes us miss valuable opportunities because of our own struggle with self-doubt.
That’s how Life’s Equation came together. I wanted to share my own stories about people I’ve met along the way who influenced me in inspiring ways while also elaborating further on some basic, but unexpected truths and life lessons that I hope, in turn, will inspire readers of the book. I hope readers will celebrate their experiences through logically discovering their true purpose, all while helping to make the world a better place in the process.


Your book has been impacting people across all ages and stages of their life. What’s the biggest lesson you hope they take away from reading Life’s Equation?
The feedback both verbally and through written reviews has been extraordinary. I’ve had people both young and old thank me in very emotional manners for writing the book and have expressed to me how much the message impacted them personally and often times helped with healing. I hope that the readers gain an understanding that while we are all unique in our own way, there really is a common energy in all of us. I hope that message is clarified and inspires them to want to help make the world a better place, not just for themselves, but for all.


A percentage of your book sales goes toward United Cerebral Palsy. Can you tell us a bit more about how and why you got involved Sevwith the organization?
As children, alongside my family, my sister and I were both volunteers for UCP as a result of my brother having Cerebral Palsy. In dedicating my book to my brother, I felt it necessary to get involved with a related organization to help in any way I could and formed a relationship with the Director of Institutional Support and donate $1 of every book sale to UCP.


That’s truly incredible! Can you tell us a bit about your brother Anthony, and how his CP impacted your family dynamic growing up? How did it affect you?
Anthony was and still is my true hero and my inspiration for practically every charge in my life. While we never exchanged words verbally to each other we had a very special connection. His joy of life despite his extraordinary inhibiting circumstances far surpassed any level of contentment I have ever witnessed in any human being. While our family growing up was restricted to doing practically any normal family activities, outings or vacations together, Anthony’s existence enriched the dynamic in our family and shaped who we all are today.


What’s on the horizon for you as an author? Can we expect to see more writing from you in 2017 and beyond?
I am currently working on book number two as we speak. It is a continuation of Life’s Equation by taking the ideas and concepts to a new level attempting to address issues we all face as a society. I have a vision of a brighter more peaceful existence for all living things and I see a clear path on how we can get there. My next book will be a roadmap for peace.



My take on the book...


The part of the book that impacted me the most was Frank's (and his family's) heartfelt connect to his brother Anthony.  Several times I had tears in my eyes as I read about the constant care and love that Anthony needed just to survive each day.  Everyone in the family pulled together to give him the best quality of life that they possibly could and the unconditional love they showed for him was inspiring.  They looked past his infirmity and saw the value and worth he contributed to their family.  Anthony truly impacted each of their lives while he was a physical part of their family and spiritually long after he was gone.  I love the fact that a portion of the book sales will be given to such a worthwhile organization.  That was one of reasons I was so eager to review the book and get the word out to my readers.  I was so happy to be given the opportunity to do so.  

I am sure you will enjoy reading the book and asking yourself, "What is my purpose in life and am I heading in the right direction to fulfill that purpose?"  It certainly is a book that challenges you to think about your life's journey and that inspires you to become a better person and to make a positive, real difference in your world.  

Written in memoir style, this book promotes humourous, moving experiences and hard-won lessons that Frank actually experienced throughout his life.  It certainly will open up many possibilities that will allow you to discover and celebrate exactly who you are.  



About the author...









Frank Daidone, a New York native currently residing in Denver, Colorado is a skilled public speaker delivering inspiring talks to audiences of all backgrounds and interests. He is best known for bringing large organizations together and transforming the mundane into something substantive and meaningful. During his governmental tenure, Frank transformed the culture of a public sector organization by running it like cutting edge start-up empowering and inspiring people to attain their greatest potential. Frank's book, Life's Equation has helped individuals and businesses find inner meaning, clarity and a greater fulfillment through learning how to uncover true purpose; a prerequisite for personal contentment and for making a real difference in the world. www.frankdaidone.net














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