Friday, March 24, 2017

A Loud Winter's Nap - a bookwrap








A perfect way not to be distracted from your loooonnnngggg winter's nap!  



Unwrapping...





"A Loud Winter's Nap" 

Created by Katy Hudson
Ages 3-5
Grade Level: PS-1




Unwrapping some fantastic illustrations for you...


































About the book...




Tortoise is so ready for his winter sleep.  He is dozy and groggy and just wants to crawl into his bed and wake up in the Spring.  He hates winter.  Just as he drifts away into his coveted sleep he hears, "Chirp chirp, chirp!" Who in the world could be disturbing his Feng Shui? It's Robin wondering if he'd like to join the singing class." 

"No", grumbled Tortoise.  "I was trying to sleep. Tortoises don't like winter."  

He tries over and over to close his eyes and sink into heavenly bliss but is distracted by Rabbit who wants him to come and make ice sculptures with him, Squirrel wants him to partner in a snowball fight, and Beaver who is loud and pounding out creations at his construction site is just simply annoying.  After each disruption poor tortoise takes his belongings and slowly plods off to a new location hoping beyond hope to find a quiet space where he can finally hibernate in glorious silence. 

Do you think he can succeed or will extenuating circumstances draw him into an active winter engaging with his friends and maybe.... just maybe.... enjoying himself and enjoying winter too.  

The illustrations are just amazing.  They are crisp, full of detail, action and expression. The story is short and simple and young readers can handle reading it on their own but it is much more fun  sharing it at bedtime.   I highly, highly recommend this book.



Storywraps rating...   5+++...  HUGS!!!!!



or maybe not!  :-) 




About the author/illustrator...







Katy Hudson won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Gold in 2014 for her illustrations in the book Animal Teachers. Her debut picture book, Bear and Duck, received strong reviews, including a starred review from Kirkus. Katy lives in London.

Katy was raised in Middlesbrough, England, and started her Illustration career as a small child drawing on freshly painted walls around the house! Her parents quickly dissuaded her from this medium and encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead. Obsessed with drawing animals and telling stories, the idea stuck (the pencil was updated to an ink pot and pen in some cases) and after some lovely time at art college and a degree in illustration, Katy is now a freelance Illustrator based in Bristol.






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Thursday, March 23, 2017

"The Love of Reading: Advice for Young Parents - an info wrap







For the love of reading...
































From time to time I will be posting some very informative and valuable articles from the Cricket Media website.  (www.cricketmedia.com).  

About
Cricket Media

"We believe that challenging children’s minds and connecting them to learn together does wonders for their confidence, creativity and curiosity."


I know you will find these submissions not only very interesting but helpful in understanding the reading process your child is going through to become an avid, lifelong reader.



“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.”

—Mem Fox





One of the greatest gifts you can share with your babies and toddlers is your love of learning. That love often begins with the love of books shared during those quiet, precious moments reading to your child. When you open a book, you open the door to a lifelong love of learning.


Writing is also an integral part of a child’s early learning process. Showing your child how much fun it is to turn their spoken words into written words is a joy shared by the child and the parent. Reading and writing help children:

1 Realize that the written word is as natural as the spoken word.
2 Identify their thoughts and put them into more logical sequences.
3 Think about things in new and imaginative ways.
4 Discover themselves and the world around them.
5 “See” their world more clearly and closely.
6 Peak their interest and curiosity.
7 Appreciate the written word not only of their own making, but of the writings of others in books and magazines.
8 Build self-confidence in expressing themselves.
Children who learn to express themselves in clear and meaningful ways are more likely to interact with their peers and adults. It all begins with the joy of reading!
  
- Charles Ghigna




A great place to start sharing your love of reading with your babies and toddlers is with the award-winning magazines from Cricket Media: Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, and Cricket!










Introducing and featuring...



“My Quiet Time” by Charles Ghigna from LADYBUG, Jan. 2016








I pick a book
from my shelf. 
I read. I dream
all by myself.

my quiet time
to think about
all the world
from inside out.








Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a tree house in the middle of Alabama.

He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney,
Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, Orca and Capstone.
His poems appear in magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights.
For more information, please visit: FatherGoose.com





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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Harper & the Scarlet Umbrella - a bookwrap

















Fly away with English actress Carrie Burnell's newest title and help Harper search for the city's missing cats! 




 Reviews...


“This lushly-written, enchanting salute to magic, music and adventure is so intriguing that even this confirmed dog lover was rooting for Harper to be reunited with her beloved cat. I suspect readers of Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella will be left thinking about their own umbrellas in a whole new way.” –Nancy Krulik, New York Times bestselling author of Katie Kazoo and Project Droid


Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a magical, musical tale that sings with whimsy and charm! There's not a wrong note to be found in this boisterous adventure, as children save the day as only children can. Fantastical, effervescent, and fun!” –Micol Ostow, author of the Louise Trapeze series



Unwrapping...






"Harper And The Scarlet Umbrella"

Authored by Carrie Burnell
Illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

Ages  7-12



Some awesome illustrations to take a peek at...
















About the book...




Harper lives in an apartment block, in the City of Clouds, where it rains every single day.  She is a very talented little girl.  She has a special gift of being able to play any instrument perfectly without one lesson. 


Once there was a girl called Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.’


One day her cat Midnight goes missing.  Harper goes around to the adjoining apartments to ask if anyone has seen her beloved pet.  To her astonishment she discovers that all the cats in the neighbourhood  have mysteriously vanished.  All the kids in the block team up to help solve the mystery of the disappearing felines.  With the help of a her Great Aunt Sassy's magical umbrella and the collaborative help of her friends they solve the mystery.

I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end.  The writing is beautiful.  It's a lyrical tale filled with many diverse and adorable characters that kids will relate to.  I especially liked the fact that Harper connected so well to Nate, who is visually impaired, and to his wolf companion Smoke.  The story weaves together the elements of friendship, music, magic and the celebration of the love of cats.  Other books to check out by the author are:  "Harper and the Sea of Secrets", and the next book in the series,"Harper and the Circus of Dreams".   If I was still actively teaching I would definitely have this book in my classroom and in the school library. I highly, highly recommend this book.  It's a winner. 




Storywraps rating... 5 Hugs!!!!!... and beyond...










About the author...






Claire “Cerrie” Burnell (born 30 August 1979) in Petts Wood, London, is an English actress, singer, playwright, Children’s author and television presen7-12ter for the BBC children’s channel CBeebies. Her mother is a dance teacher, and her father a telecoms manager. She has one younger brother. She was originally named “Claire” but started asking people to call her “Cerrie” at the age of ten.
Burnell was born with her right arm ending slightly below the elbow. Her parents encouraged her to wear a prosthetic arm, but she resisted from the start, and stopped wearing one entirely when she was nine. She says her disability did not hinder her from doing what she wanted, including “sports, swimming, windsurfing, singing in the choice or joining the Army cadets. Burnell also suffered from dyslexia, which left her unable to read until the age of ten. She learned with extra tuition and the Letterland system. As a teenager, she worked as a hotel chambermaid during summers, and travelled widely, working in a leprosy clinic in India, and volunteering in Brazil.

Burnell has a daughter, Amelie, born in 2008.







About the illustrator...






When she's not trying to take over the world or fighting sock-stealing monsters, Laura Ellen Anderson is a professional children's book author & illustrator, with an increasing addiction to coffee. She spends every waking hour creating & drawing and would quite like to live on the Moon when humans finally make it possible.  

Laura's clients include: National Geographic, Boxer Books, Bloomsbury Publishing, Scholastic Children's Books, The Phoenix! Comics, Orchard Books, Random House and Candlewick.












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