Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Kindness is what we all need .... a mindwrap







I am sorry to mistake some spellings.


Dionne Warwick ディオンヌ・ワーウィック Burt Bacharach








 OPEN MIC Wednesday!

I am going to introduce you to a wonderful website that will inspire you to  pass on kindness and love to others around you.  Our world is broken on so many levels and if everyone sewed kindness and love what an amazing world this would be. 




Unwrapping a wonderful website to check out...






About their work in their own words...



"SpreadKindness.org is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging individuals and groups to practice kindness in their everyday life. Our mission is to inspire, enlighten, and spread joy through the sincere kindness of our hearts and actions.

It all starts with you. You have the power to impact someone right now in a positive, kind way. Share a smile. Be kind. Pass it on.

We were formed by a happy family of five who are passionate about the power of kindness. We really enjoy getting involved in fun, thoughtful activities. You’ll see us participating in local SpreadKindness.org events, and helping others in the community and around the world.


Our greatest hope is that you will join us in spreading kindness to others. "



 Who's in charge... 







Mark
Make-it-Happen Captain
(COO and Co-Founder)

Mark’s background is in technology marketing. He holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Kentucky, an MBA from the University of Arizona, and a trophy for third place in his ninth grade science fair. Mark joined forces with Maria back in 2001 when he was smart enough to ask her to marry him..

Mark is the proud owner of a hole-in-one, and has both literally and figuratively juggled flaming torches. In between doing what he does best (making the world a better place, and making things happen), he finds time to listen to music, play with the dog, do yoga, and root for the San Francisco Giants.


He has also perfected the art of staring blankly when Maria asks to spend the organization's money.


Maria
Visionary Missionary Chick and Dreamer
(CEO and Co-Founder)

At SpreadKindness.org, Maria does anything and everything that needs to get done. Maria is the empirical proof that anything is possible. Maria is unafraid of change and is on too many social network sites.

Maria has an extended resume that includes dancing in front of Mother Theresa back in elementary school, waitressing at bars and clubs, network technician, software quality control manager, Systems Analyst, holistic healing practitioner, and certified hypnotherapist (whew!).


Maria can be found watching chick flicks and reading books about spirituality and positive thinking (though not usually at the same time). When nervous or anxious, Maria can be calmed with some ooey gooey chocolate goodies.



Unwrapping their mission...






They are involved in KINDNESS PROJECTS.  If you go to their website you will find tools to help you practice and spread kindness: card ideas, stories of how people reached out with random acts of kindness and kindness quotes for you to use.  Here is a sample of their cards...


FRONT





BACK







You can shop there also and buy wristbands and ladie's/men's tees.  You can request cards to be sent out to you, the first 8 are free, but if you desire more they would appreciate a small donation to cover the cost of shipping.   They would love you to share your stories with them on Facebook or via email as they delight in hearing stories from people who've used their kindness cards.  

What an awesome idea!  I think we should support their efforts and I am sure by passing on these cards we can bring a smile to someone's face and heart and make their day.  Kudos to these fantastic people with so many creative ideas from Storywraps blog!!  It's an endeavour that deserves a five-hug rating.






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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dalmation in a Digger - a bookwrap











What little boy or girl does not love the excitement and activity of oversized, noisy construction machinery as they busily dig holes, dump piles of dirt and roar up and down the contraction site.  Kids love the power and the spectacle of the mighty machines that are super-sized compared to the tiny replicas they play with in their sandboxes.  





Unwrapping...






"Dalmation in a Digger"
Created by Rebecca Elliott
Ages 4-7


Unwrapping some adorable illustrations for you to explore...


































About the book...


This delightful little book is just perfect for those little ones who love diggers and dumpers and all the loud sounds and activity that big machines produce.  

A loveable little dog with his tiny mouse friend wake up one morning and hear loud booming sounds that peek their curiosity.  When they look out their bedroom window they discover the source of those sounds. Goodness me... it's a dalmatian in a digger.  It is scooping and depositing huge piles of dirt right outside their house.  They are enthralled and they just have to go out and take a closer look.

Along comes a camel in a crane who starts to lift and move heavy logs from place to place.  A duck in a dump truck appears next and then a bear in a bulldozer of all things!  Oh my!!! What possibly could be going on outside right under their noses?  

Every time the little dog pledges his love for each new arrival.  "I love diggers."  "I love cranes." "I love bulldozers,"  just to name a few.  

All the machines collectively work together focused on what their machine can contribute to the project and what is needed for their jobs to be completed successfully.  I wonder what they could be building?  And for who?  I think you will be very happy at the end result of their labour and the adorable little dog and his sweet friend even more so. 

The illustrations are colourful and full of activity and charm.  Alliteration is used effectively and imagination reigns on each page.  I love the book and highly recommend it.






About the author/illustrator...




A school project of mine from the age of 6 has in it the line, "When I grow up I want to be a writer and an artist", clearly a precocious little what-not but still, if nothing else it proves that when I've made a decision I really can't be bothered to change it. Since then, apart from a degree in philosophy and a brief stint in a dull office, not a lot has changed. I still love eating angel delight, watching disney films, daydreaming and playing with Sylvanian Families, and I still love writing and drawing.
I just can't quite believe I have been so lucky as to be able to make my living through making up stories. I mean, seriously, how cool is that?

When I'm not story-making I'm reading, trying to teach myself how to sew, singing, making something (normally a mess), at the movies, or enjoying my garden in sunny Suffolk in the UK with my husband Matthew, a history teacher,  our gorgeous children and our rather stupid cat, Bernard.





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Monday, September 26, 2016

Project Droid #2 : Soccer Shocker! - a bookwrap








This is the second book in this wonderful "Project Droid" series  from the internationally bestselling children's book queen Nancy Krulik, her daughter Amanda Burwasserl, and verteran illustrator Mike Moran.

These sweet and charming chapter books follow Logan Applebaum, a normal young boy, whose inventor mother informs him that she has created a cousin robot, Java, just for him.  

The book is delightful and Java will be held in high regards as robots are becoming ever popular in our culture and will win the hearts of all his readers for sure.

The book is available in trade paperback, hardcover, and eBook. A third volume in the series will be launched on March 2017.  




Unwrapping...



"Soccer Shocker!"

Authors:  Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser
Illustrator:  Mike Moran
Ages: 7-9



Unwrapping some illustrations to enjoy...

























About the book...


Logan is shocked when he gets the news from his mom that she signed his robotic cousin up for soccer.... on his team!  He can't believe it! He has to live with his cousin at home, go to school with him, and now accept him onto his soccer team!  Oh my!  He needs a break from this guy! 

Yet a part of him sees that maybe this could be beneficial to his team, The Purple Wombats. They may be able to obtain a victory with such a skilled, programmed player added to his team.  That  also means that Java is great at scoring... mmmmm.... thinking.... so who could say no that!  It would be very sweet to defeat those arrogant twins, Sherry and Jerry Silverspoon and their Red Polar Bears who win the championship every year.  Mmmmmm.... thinking..... yes let the games begin!

The Silversoon twins play a dirty trick on Logan's team causing the team's demise and the only player that can save the day is... you guessed it... Java.  Well that was the last straw for cousin Logan. He  has had quite enough of his showoff cousin and all the praises he gets from everyone around him. 


Java short-circuits because of a dousing of water (from the toilet no less)  and is incapacitated until his new battery arrives leaving the team in neutral gear.  How will Logan's team win now with their star player on the fritz?   Can the team manage to come together, play together and actually win?  A wonderful heartwarming story about teamwork, relationship building and not always having to be first.  

A fun add-on at the end of the book instructs you how to make a super soccer ball lantern to to hang from your ceiling.  Clever and crafty is always a good thing.  I highly recommend this book.  





About the authors and the illustrator...





















Nancy Krulik is the author of more than two hundred books for children and young adults including three New York times bestsellers and the popular Katie Kazoo, Switcher; George Brown, Class Clown; and Magic Bone Series.  She lives in New York City with her husband and crazy beagle mix.


Amanda Burawasser holds a BFA with donors in Creative Writing from Pratt Institute in New York City.  Her senior thesis, a screenplay entitled Born to Me, earned her the coveted Pratt Circle Award upon graduation.  This former native New Yorker is now a preschool teacher living in Santa Rosa, California.








Mike Moran (illustrator) is a dad, husband, and illustrator.  He has worked for really fun clients, and his illustrations can be seen in children's books, animation, magazines, games, World Series programs, and more.  He often dream of playing first base for the New York Mets, being a songwriter in Nashville, or the fifth Beatle. He lives in Florham Park, New Jersey.







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