Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"Woolly and Me" - a bookwrap







Unwrapping 






"Woolly and Me"
 Created by Quentin Gréban

Ages 4-7
Grade Level: PS-2



Unwrapping some fantastic illustrations 



( I honestly couldn't choose just a few to show you as they all are so amazing. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  They are just my cup of tea )



















































About the book




This charming book is packed full of playful imagination and lots of love.  A little girl has a woolly mammoth for her best friend.  She plays with him and nurtures him and includes him in everything that she does. 

They ride in the car, (a convertible of course), grocery shop together, paint fun pictures, go biking outside, take ballet lessons (both wearing a tutu), and teaches him how to use the bathroom properly.  She gently comforts him when he is frightened of monsters at bedtime or gets scared on the roller coaster at the local fair.  She bandages up his many boo boos when he has been hurt.  

The twist at the end of the story will surprise and delight the wee reader sparking both conversion and laughter.  

The illustrations are whimsical, witty and just plain fun.  I so enjoyed the book and I highly, highly recommend it.  




Storywraps Rating -  5 ++++ HUGS!!!!!....












About the creator







ThQUENTIN GRÉBAN (Brussels, Belgium) studied illustration at the Saint Luc Institute in Brussels. Quentin has published more than 40 children’s books for French, Belgian, German, and Greek publishing houses since 1999. His books have been sold into Germany, Denmark, Hungary, England, Canada, Greece, Korea, the United States, and other countries. He received the Saint-Exupéry award in 2000 for Les contes de l’Alphabet, and his work was selected in 1999, 2001, and 2008 for the Annual of the Bologna Children’s Bookfair. Woolly and Me has been published in 11 languages.







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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"The Santa Thief" - a bookwrap








Unwrapping




"The Santa Thief"

Authored by Alane Adams
Illustrated by Lauren Gallegos

Ages: 4-8
Grade Levels - PS-3



Editorial Reviews 



"The appealing illustrations glow with lamplight and provide many small details that ground this story in a Pennsylvania farmhouse in the 1920s, and Georgie’s dark eyebrows and freckles give him personality. VERDICT A pleasant, if slight, slice-of-life tale.”
School Library Journal


"A delightful take on the theme of a boy and his dog, full of detailed―and frequently funny―images and a valuable message about paying attention to the needs of your neighbors." 
Kirkus Reviews
About the Author

Alane Adams is a children’s author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens and writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.



Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations for you










































About the book



This heartwarming book is a perfect read for Christmas or to give as a gift.  

The setting is rutal Pennsylvania in the year 1929.  Georgie and his hardworking dad, the day before Christmas, set out to cut down the perfect Christmas tree for the festive occasion.  Georgie is excited because he has sent a letter off to Santa requesting a brand new pair of ice skates because his old ones are too small. He assures his father he is worthy of a new pair because he has been a good boy, he did all of his chores like he was asked, and he got very good marks in school so it's a ringer that his request should be granted.  Georgie's dad's reply makes him very sad indeed...

"Papa patted his shoulder." I don't know if Santa's coming this year, Georgie.  Times have been tough, even for Santa.  Maybe next year."

Georgie is devasated.  What's the use of having Christmas at all then if he can't get his skates. Might as well just cancel it.  He refuses to help his mom decorate the new tree and is sent to his room to think about what Christmas is really all about.

"Christmas isn't about the gifts," Mama scolded. "It's about doing something special for others. Why don't you go to your room and think about that?"

Poor George, Christmas is ruined for him... or is it?  While laying in his room he has an epiphany and decides to make Christmas a happy, memorable time for his parents instead of wallowing in his self-pit and woe.  He stays up most of the night designing himself a Santa suit from dad's old long johns and he creates perfect gifts to give to both his mom and to his dad.  Will Georgie get rewarded for his transformation from a Grinch's heart into one of unconditional sharing and giving?  

Georgie finally discovers the true meaning of Christmas and gets his just reward. 

The illustrations are life-like, colourful and so expressive.  This is the third picture book by award-winning Alane Adams and illustrator Lauren Gallegos, in the series of "Thief" stories.  This book will be a delightful and meaningful start to your holiday season.  I highly recommend this book. 



Storywraps Rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!






About the author





Alane Adams is the author of the Legends of Orkney™ series for middle grade readers, and The Coal Thief and The Egg Thief, historical picture books set in the 1920s. When Alane is not writing or talking to kids in schools about Reading Is A Superpower, she’s out hiking somewhere in the world or hanging out with her three boys in Southern California.


Alane is proud to be a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the International Reading Association, The Literacy Research Association, and the California Reading Association.







About the illustrator








Lauren Gallegos earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration from Cal State Fullerton in 2009 and has been freelance illustrating ever since. When it comes to children’s stories, Lauren has always loved books that warm the heart and touch the soul.
As a young girl she loved to pour over illustrations that were rich and full. Lauren still loves to create illustrations that take you to mysterious places and let your imagination run wild with possibilities. Her biggest illustration influences are Chris Van Allsburg, Loren Long, Chris Sheban, and Scott Gustafson to name only a few. Lauren has illustrated several children’s books already, and continues to look for opportunities to illustrate great stories with the desire to see how her work will impact the young minds of our future.





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Monday, October 16, 2017

"Nursery Rhyme Time" - a bookwrap









Excerpts from Saturday's post...



Unwrapping some wisdom


Do you know what’s one of the best predictors of how well a kindergartner will learn to read? It’s if he knows his nursery rhymes.
Jack and Jill went up the hill. 
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. 
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Jack Sprat would eat no fat. His wife would eat no lean.

All those nonsensical verses from your childhood really do matter.  They matter, because they rhyme.  Rhyming is fun.  And it’s a very important part of reading success.


In her book, Reading Magic, acclaimed Australian author, Mem Fox states that “Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.”


Paediatric Speech Pathologist and literacy specialist Rebecca King from Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney agrees. She says that “international research has shown that children who learn nursery rhymes and songs reap numerous language, learning and social rewards.”

“Studies show that children learn more in their first eight years than at any other stage in their lives. Songs and nursery rhymes give kids the chance to develop the language and learning foundations needed for good reading, writing and literacy skills later on.”




Unwrapping today's featured book



"Nursey Rhyme Time"
Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

Illustrated by Amy Mullen



Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you to enjoy


































About the book




The illustrations in this book are sweet and very kid-friendly.  The colour pallet is soothing and calm and toddlers and wee learners will gobble them up.  

The collection of nursery rhymes that Mullen has selected to illustrate features such classics as Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, The Little Girl with a Curl, Jack and Jill, Three Blind Mice, To Market, and Baa Baa Black Sheep, just to name a few.   She cleverly includes some less known ones for both you and your child to learn off by heart... and that is where this rhyming fun will nestle... in your heart probably for your entire lifetime. 

This book is one that your child will go back to again and again as the tripping-off-the-tongue language flows off his tongue.  




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!










About the illustrator






Amy Mullen is a self-taught digital illustrator living and working in the Washington, DC metro area. She graduated from Sweet Briar College with a BA in Dance and a minor in English & Creative Writing. She is a member of SCBWI and has an affection for all things related to the children’s illustration market. In 2009, Amy created Mint Parcel, a line of affordable art prints for kids featuring animals, monsters, pop culture figures and famous literary characters.














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