Monday, August 29, 2016

"Wonderful You - Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys - a musicwrap




'WONDERFUL YOU'
by
Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys

With special guests:  Alastair Moock, Rani Arbo, Barbara Brousal, & Mister G



Media Buzz...


"If you like Katy Perry, then listen to Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys.  The band's known for their energetic live performances and infectious effervescence."  - Parenting Magazine

"Trien celebrates a world we'd all like to give our children: bright with dancing feet, smiles, and happy dreams." - Lynne Heffley, Parents' Choice Awards


Vanessa Trien was awarded three Parent's Choice Awards (and counting) and is adored by kids and families nationwide. She and her band, The Jumping Monkeys, excel in their special brand of acoustic folk-pop with a world flavour. Young and old alike will be entertained by their talent and best of all have a great time together. 



In her own words...

"Making an album as a celebration of YOU, the listener, and of our relationships with family, friends and community has been on my mind for a long while.  Along with my own two awesome kids, I fall in love with every student I teach and every young audience member with whom I speak.  They always have fantastic ideas to share, and it's inspiring to see their personalities already so strong and vibrant.  I wanted to make an album honoring each and every  one of those kids I've been fortunate enough to meet."








'Wonderful You'
by Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys
Ages 1-8



"Wonderful You" Track List

One Foot in Front of the Other
Shine
Wonderful YOU
Fireworks
Magic Wand
Monkey Jump
Round and Round We Go
Chi Chi Bom Bom
Willie and the Hand Jive
Feeling Thankful
All Together Now
Circle of Friends


Running time:  38 minutes
Available October 14


Available online at www.vanessatrien.com, CDBaby.com and iTunes




A little bit about Vanessa Trien...







Vanessa Trien has been performing music for kids and families since 2005, many of those years in collaboration with her lively folk/roots/pop band, the Jumping Monkeys.  She has three Parents' Choice award-winning CDs for kids and families and is currently working on her fourth album, due out this winter.  Vanessa packs concert halls, preschool fundraisers and outdoor venues with dancing kids and families.  She is known for her highly interactive shows, featuring plenty of group singing and movement.  One of her most requested songs, "Tickle Monster" has families sneaking around on tip toe and then on queue, all start tickling each other!  In addition to performing, Vanessa teaches as an early childhood music specialist in preschool and pre-K classrooms in Brookline and has also taught parent and child group Music Together classes for ten years. Originally from New York City, Vanessa moved to Boston in the nineties to attend Harvard's Graduate School for Education and has stayed ever since, first diving into the Cambridge folk music scene and festival production, and then eventually jumping with her whole heart into the wild and wonderful world of children's music!










Check out Vanessa Trien's website www.vanessatrien.com




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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ollie Outside (Screen-Free Fun) - a bookwrap









Some smiles for you today...














Unwrapping...





"Ollie Outside"
Screen-Free Fun

Authored by Michael Oberschneider
Illustrated by Guy Wolek
Ages 4-8


Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations...





































About the book...

Technology is a wonderful creation but sometimes we have to stop, look around us at how much time is spent on it and how it affects our relationships to others, then make a decision to put it on hold for a while and re-engage in real-life scenarios.

This wonderful book gives us the cause and effect of that premise.  A little boy, Ollie, wants so badly to be involved with his family members but alas they are all preoccupied with technology: emails, watching a movie, video games, texting and downloading photos.  He asks every family member to come outside and spend some fun time together in the backyard but to they all decline as they are caught up in their Cyberworld.

He manages to drag a huge box into the backyard and to design a magical castle that he paints, gives curb appeal to, and sets up an inviting birdbath for his feathered friends to enjoy.  He realizes that despite all his handiwork of putting together such an architectural masterpiece and giving out personal invitations to each family member (even his grandparents)... nobody will come outside and join him for some quality family time together. Being plugged in to them trumps physically being a family in reality.

Disappointed and downhearted he persuades his dog to come and play but still he feels alone and abandoned and that something is missing.  What can he do to get the attention of his family and entice them to join him?   Is he destined to play by himself with no one to share his lovely castle with?  Can he awaken his family to the errors of their ways?  

This book is a reminder that face-to-face interaction is very important and having some screen-free time is critical for a healthy family to interact and enjoy each other's company.  Ollie is to be congratulated for showing his family that summertime is best when shared outside together under the warm summer sun. 

The back of the book has information about the pros of being active and enjoying the great outdoors, the amount of time a young person should devote to screen time, and how important it is to control technology in our world today.  I highly recommend  it.





About the author...



Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and the founder and director of Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services, a private mental-health practice located in Northern Virginia. He has been featured as a mental-health expert on CNN, Good Morning America, and other popular media outlets, and he has written articles for several news agencies, including The Washington Post. Dr. Oberschneider has also received Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Therapist” honor for his work with children and adolescents. He lives in Leesburg, Virginia, with his wife Liz and two children, Ava and Otto.




About the illustrator...




Guy Wolek is an artist with over 35 years freelance experience. Guy has done a variety of  work over the years, from court room sketch artist and character development to corporate annual reports. Often called on to art direct and illustrate, Guy is comfortable with creating many of his projects from scratch. He is adaptable to just about any situation and tenacious enough to figure out new challenges.
Guy is a professional with a good work ethic and has had years of client loyalty to prove it. Guy works well with others and enjoys doing art.





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Friday, August 26, 2016

Gracie Meets a Ghost - a storywrap







Wear your glasses on your nose.
Keep your glasses in your case.
Give your glasses to your mom.
Or put them in a special place.

Wise words indeed ...  please heed! :-)



Unwrapping...




"Gracie Meets a Ghost"

Authored and illustrated by Keiko Sena



Unwrapping some illustrations...






























About the book...


Gracie, an adorable, near-sighted little bunny has trouble reading the books she loves.  The words are blurry and she finds she needs to buy a pair of glasses to correct her vision.  Although her friends tease her a little, which embarrasses her,  it also makes her a bit proud when getting all that attention.  

She goes with her friends one day up the mountain to pick flowers and dance around.  That night, tired out,  she crawls into her bed goes to remove her glasses and low and behold... they are missing.  Oh my!  Poor Gracie crawls out of bed and heads back up the mountain in the dark of night to try to find them.  She stumbles upon an owl whose eyes look quite similar to her glasses in the dark and then she encounters a tiny mouse in the bushes whose tail resembles her glasses' earpiece.  Ooopsey!  No!! Her blurry eyes are mistaken... not them!   

Gracie then is confronted by a very very bored Ghost that is just waiting to pounce on someone and say.... "BOO!"  Will Gracie be scared out of her wits?  Will Gracie hightail it back home and never ever find her beloved glasses?  I think you will be quite surprised at the comical twist you find at the end of the story.  

The illustrations are colourful, simply drawn, and delightful. I found the whole feeling of the book to be happy and carefree.  I loved the main character Gracie and could identify with her as I
to had to wear glasses too from a very young age.  It's a great book about friendships and helping others out in time of need. I highly recommend it.



About the author...






Keiko Sena was born in Tokyo, Japan, and studied under the well-known printmaker and children's book artist Takeo Takei. She is an illustrator of children’s books as well as in book design and the creation of kamishibai picture-panel stories. She is a member of the Japan Children’s Book Artists Society and received the Sankei Children’s Book Award for her four-volume Iya da iya da no ehon (I Won’t Do It!) series. Her other titles include the An an no ehon (Wah! Wah!) and Okiku naritai (I Want to Grow Up) series, and many more.





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