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Red Yarn: "Born in the Deep Woods" Teaser (2017) - a musicwrap









"Red Yarn : Born in the Deep Woods"










Red Yarn released his fourth album, Born in the Deep Woods, on March 10, 2017. It completes his Deep Woods trilogy, exploring musical genres that grew out of American folk music. From bluegrass to trance blues to heartland rock’n’roll, Born in the Deep Woods pushes Red Yarn’s creative folklore project into bold new territory.





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Folksongs and Puppetry for Families


PORTLAND FAMILY FOLK-ROCKER RED YARN RELEASES 'BORN IN THE DEEP WOODS'




Unwrapping some Press Buzz...



“It’s a testament to Furgeson’s songwriting skills and his production work alongside co-producer Adam Selzer that it can be hard to tell his takes on songs sung for generations apart from the ones written for and inspired by Furgeson’s two kids. Highly recommended.”

“Appalachian cultural references woven throughout the album, leaving a classic feel, but not ever pandering to the past or to their intended young audience. Take a listen, you will be singing along in no time. For me, it was love at first listen!”

“Kindie rock’s resident foot-stomping folk troubadour, is back with a brand new album.”










Seven years ago, Texas-born artist and educator Andy Ferguson began a deep exploration of American folk music, adapting dozens of songs and posting rough recordings under the name Red Yarn.  He dreamed up a forest called the Deep Woods to contain the strange animal tales he found.  He created a cast of "critter"puppets to bring the characters to life.  His homespun aesthetic caught on in Portland, where he built a successful career performing these songs and stories for thousands of families.  Three award-winning albums and many music videos later, Red Yarn culminates his Deep Woods project with "Born in the Deep Woods, his boldest musical statement yet. 

Recorded in Portland's Type Foundry Studio with celebrated producer Adam Selzer the album touts bluegrass to heartland rock and traces the evolution of our national musical vernacular.  



"Born in the Deep Woods track listing"





 *   Born in the Deep Woods
              * Old Mother Goose  
* Birdies' Ball
   * Mr. Gamble
   * Rabbit in a Log
   * Little Baby Born Today
          * Mockingbird
   * Leatherwing Bat
    * Crawdad
   * Deep Woods Revisited
   * Born Again

   * Old Black Dog



About Andy Ferguson and "Red Yarn"...






Andy Furgeson is a musician, puppeteer and educator from Austin, Texas, based in Portland since 2005. In 2008, he began an exploration of animals in American folk music. He created a blog called ‘Red Yarn’ to chronicle his folkloric research and growing interest in puppetry. He dove deep into the folk music catalog with his Lomax-a-Day and Songbag-a-Day projects, adapting 60+ songs from classic anthologies. Red Yarn became Andy’s alter-ego, an itinerant bard and animal whisperer with a red beard as thick as the yarns he spins. He dreamt up the Deep Woods as a magical forest to contain all of his characters. By 2011, Andy was performing regularly at libraries, cafes and community events, and joined Young Audiences’ and Right Brain Initiative’s rosters of teaching artists.
Since committing himself full-time to Red Yarn in June 2012, Andy has performed 250 shows per year, taught music and puppetry to thousands of students, and touched the lives of countless families with his songs, puppets and positive messages. With four albums, extensive national touring, many music videos and a TV pilot under his belt, Red Yarn is taking his creative folklore project to a national scale.

Andy lives in North Portland with his wife and singing partner Jessie Eller-Isaacs (a teacher coach at Open School), their two young children, and a basement full of critters.



For more information regarding "Red Yarn" please visit:

 www. redyarnproductions.com
www. redyarn.bandcamp.com
  


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I Will Love You Forever - a bookwrap




I Will Love You Forever - a bookwrap


Good morning everyone.  I have a wonderful Japanese story to unveil for you today.  This is the author's fourth book in his Tyrannosaurus series. These books explore friendship and love and are wonderful life lessons to explore.  They deliver surprises, humour and deep sadness too.  Enjoy today's feature...




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"I Will Love You Forever" 

Created by Tatsuya Miyanishi

Ages 5+
Grade Level: K-2
Publisher: Museyon (June 1 2017)



Illustrations for you...


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About the book...


While out one day a female Maiasaura stumbles upon a random egg in the forest, takes pity on it, scoops it up and takes it home.  She gently lays it beside her own egg and waits for them both to hatch.  She is surprised to find out that when it finally hatches a baby Tyrannosaurs is inside.  Her mother's heart reaches out to the little abandoned one and she makes a decision to keep him and raise him as her very own.  She names her baby "Light" and the adoptee "Heart".   

One day while out gathering berries for his family Heart encounters a mean, vicious Tyrannosaurs and denounces his own birthright when he discovers exactly who that barbaric, cruel tyrant is.  He remains faithful to his loving surrogate mother and sibling. 

"I Will Love You Forever" is heartbreaking and heartwarming as well.  The author himself sums it up perfectly...

"The theme of the Tyrannosaurus series is love.  There aren't as many important things for us as to more often say such beautiful words as 'I love you.' The love I write about is something very natural.  Here, it's all about showing that love is far more important than power.  I hope you agree!" 

-Tatsuya Miyanishi

The illustrations draw you into the narrative and are bursting with bright vibrant colours.  I highly recommend this book and the whole series.  



Storywraps rating...  5 + HUGS!!!!!



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About the author/illustrator...



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Tatsuya Miyanishi graduated from the Nihon University College of Art and was a doll artist and graphic designer before becoming a picture-book author. Miyanishi’s books have a passionate fan base of all ages that enjoys his range of endearing characters in many genres, from superheroes to dinosaurs, all illustrated with bright colors. He has won the Kodansha Cultural Award for Picture Books, as well as the Kenbuchi Picture Book Grand Prize.







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Then She Was Born: Born to be different, survive to make a difference - an adult storywrap





Then She Was Born: Born to be different, survive to make a difference - an adult storywrap





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Then She Was Born: Born to be different, survive to make a difference - an adult storywrap


"Then She Was Born" 
Authored by Cristiano Gentili


A Novel and A Campaign supported by Eleven Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis



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Then She Was Born: Born to be different, survive to make a difference - an adult storywrap



According to Amazon...



Based on an inconceivable reality for many in the world today, Then She Was Born combines the drama and redemption of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner with the spirituality of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.
A child is born and the joy of her parents turns to horror. The child is different, in a way that will bring bad luck to their superstitious community. The tradition should be for her to be abandoned, but Nkamba, the grandmother, is allowed to care for her.

Naming her Adimu, Nkamba raises her as her own. Adimu is constantly marginalized and shunned by the community, although her spirit remains undiminished and full of faith. But when she encounters the wealthy British mine owner Charles Fielding and his wife Sarah, it is the beginning of something which will test them all.

As Charles Fielding’s fortunes wane, he turns in desperation to a witch doctor whose suggestion leaves him horrified. But as events begin to spiral out of control he succumbs to the suggestions and a group of men are sent on a terrible mission. The final acts, of one man driven by greed and another by power, will have a devastating effect on many lives.

Cristiano Gentili’s glittering prose and vivid imagery will have you captivated from the first page.



My take on the story...


Adimu, a little albino Tanzania girl, is born a zeru zeru.  What is that you ask?  Her skin lacks the melanin it needs to make her black like the other villagers so she is abandoned by her parents and left to die.  Fortunately for her she is rescued by a loving grandmother who fights every day for her survival.  Her superstitious village treats her like a nothing, a non-person and in their eyes she has no rights... not even the right to live.  She is in constant danger and is hunted down like an animal.  Her skin, hair  and other body parts are considered by these barbaric hunters to be good luck charms and much in demand to keep the evil away.

The very sad part of the story is this is still going on today.  I literally could not put this book down. I am abhorred at the way albinos in Tanzania are treated. I whole-heartedly endorse this book to get the word out of the suffering and injustice that they endure and the constant danger that surrounds them. I pray that the stigmatism and their unending fear can be eradicated from their lives as a light is shone on this horrific humanitarian atosity. It certainly opened my eyes as I had no idea this was happening. My wish is that everyone reads and supports this campaign of love, mercy and freedom. As the Sunday school song says....Red and yellow, black and white, ALL are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world! " May we follow His example and help make a difference as we expose this barbarity to the world. 




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Then She Was Born: Born to be different, survive to make a difference - an adult storywrap

Cristiano has met with eleven Nobel Peace Laureates, the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis, who have each read a part of his novel and have leant their considerable support to the campaign.

In the case of Pope Francis, Cristiano was invited to an international symposium on Africa at the Vatican, to speak about Africans with albinism. He stayed in the Pope’s residence for four days and had a private meeting with him during that time. As a result, the #HelpAfricanAlbinos campaign is now endorsed by Pope Francis as an universal and interreligious message of peace and brotherhood.

Cristiano’s next target is to get celebrities to record video messages, just as the Nobel peace laureates and the Pope did, and spread them on social media to increase awareness of the living conditions of Africans with albinism, the last among all others.

The official campaign website is:

 www.HelpAfricanAlbinos.com
#HelpAfricanAlbinos






FYI -  (from en.wikipedia.org)



"Tanzania[edit]


In Tanzania, albinos represent one in every 1429 births, a much higher rate than in any other nation. According to Al-Shymaa Kway-Geer, an albino member of parliament, there are 6977 officially registered albinos in Tanzania.[7] However, it is believed that there may be up to 17000 undocumented.[8] A number of albinos have migrated to the Dar es Salaam area, as they feel safer in an urban setting. Tanzania is thought to have the largest population of albinos in Africa.[9] Albinos are especially persecuted in Shinyanga and Mwanza, where witch doctors have promoted a belief in the potential magical and superstitious properties of albinos' body parts. There are further issues which arise when there is lack of education about albinism. Fathers often suspect the mother of the albino child of infidelity with a white man or that the child is the ghost of a European colonist.[3] This can cause immense strain on families and relationships. An albino child is often seen as a bad omen and treated as unwanted. Many albino babies become victims of infanticide due to these superstitious views.


International reaction[edit]


After events involving murders of albino people by three Tanzanian men had been publicised by the BBC and others, the European Parliament strongly condemned the killing of albinos in Tanzania on 4 September 2008.[45] The U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Resolution 1088, introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D, VA), by a vote of 418-1 on 22 February 2010.[46] The resolution condemns the attacks and killings; categorizes them as human rights violations, and urges the governments of Tanzania and Burundi to vigorously prosecute such cases and to conduct educational campaigns to combat the superstitious beliefs that underlie the violent attacks."





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What is Earth Day Celebration 2017 - an infowrap


 



Today is Earth Day around the world!  Join in the celebration…..




















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"Brooklyn Baby" - a music wrap









AN ALBUM GROWS IN BROOKLYN

"BROOKLYN BABY!"
by
Joanie Lees & the Nightlights


Unwrapping some very positive reviews...



"From her roots as a theater major and performer in the hip clubs of New York City, Joanie Leeds has proved herself as a major talent in the field of children's music... Leeds continues to be a stellar performer, as well as a creator of brilliant recordings."
    -Parents' Choice Gold Award review of Joanie Leed's, "Good Egg"

"THE BEST KIDS' ALBUMS NOW ! Leeds and her band bring big fun on their new release.  Don't attempt a family road trip without this minivan-friendly winner."  
    -People magazine







Inspired by her love for all things Brooklyn, Joanie will release her eighth children's/family album, "Brooklyn Baby!" on May 19th.  Produced by Jesse Lauter this album is a real genre-bender, containing a mixed bag of folk, southern rock, hip hop, pop, and punk resided over by a singer whose sheer command of vocal artistry is second to none.



In her own words...


"Every day of my life in Brooklyn I'm amazed at how incredible this huge borough is.  The sights, smells, noises, and people I meet are constantly on my mind as a songwriter, and I wanted to get it all down for this album.  I've hoped to work with producer Jessie Lauter for along time and feel so lucky that he took on this project. He made this record sound awesome!"





Who is Joanie Leeds? 


Born and bred in Miami, Joanie began composing songs as a musical theatre major at Syracuse University and moved to NYC the day after graduation.  Starting out writing love songs and performing in bars and clubs, Joanie took a day job singing for kids at Gymboree Play and Music, soon began writing her own kids' tunes, and has never looked back.  She and "The Nightlights" have performed in prominent venues as The Kennedy Centre, Lincoln Centre, The Smithsonian, The CMAs, the Hang Out Festival, Symphony Space, Wolf Trip, and LA's Skirball Centre, just to site a few.  

Her original kid's music has won much acclaim and awards from such prestigious sources such as People magazine, Parents Magazine, the New York Times and the Washington Post and more.  Her tunes are played on many radio stations nationwide and have climbed the chart to #1 on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live and WXPN's Kids Corner.  Joanie is also a PJ Library musician!  

She has previously released seven critically acclaimed full-length albums, as well as numerous videos on her Youtube channel. She currently is at work on more music videos, while maintaining a busy teaching and performance schedule. 




About the Album...


Release date:  May 19, 2017
Ages: 4-9
Label: Limbostar
Run time:  43 minutes



Brooklyn Baby! Track List:

* Ferry Nice
*Subway
*By Myself
*Stoop
*Library Book
*Brooklyn Baby
*Pizza
*Rainbow Bagels from Outer Space
*Love is Love
*Shayne Punim
*Hipster in the Making (Remix)
*Apples in My Apples
*Sunday Morning 




"Brooklyn Baby" will be available online at www.joanieleeds.com, Amazon, iTunes, CDbaby, TunerCore and other related digital outlets. 


For more information regarding Joanie Leeds and to find out her performance schedule please visit her website at:


www.joanieleeds.com












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All Aboard the London Bus - a bookwrap




All Aboard the London Bus - a bookwrap





All Aboard the London Bus - a bookwrap





Let' go....... London in rhyme, what could better? Come take the tour with us.  We would love your company.






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"All Aboard the London Bus" 

Authored by Patricia Toht
Illustrations by Sam Usher
Ages 5+


Unwrapping some amazing illustrations for you in random order...




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Unwrapping a taste of the book...




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Eye-Catching

A bracelet that hangs off the arm of the Thames, its pods, filled with people, all dangle like gems. 
The glass capsules glimmer and coloured lights burn, 
splintering sparkles with every turn. 





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A Bell Named Ben

At rest inside the golden tower, 
a giant bell awaits the hour.
Tick-TOCK, tick-TOCK. The clock marks time.
Ding-DONG, ding-DONG. The small bells chime.  
Then, at the hour, a hammer pounds.
The bell lets loose with wondrous sounds
that ring and echo, loud and long.
The song of Big Ben -

                                   Bonnng!                                                                

                                                                                   BONNNG!                                                                           
                                                                                          BONNNG! 




About the book...



Want to take your child to London, England without actually going to London, England?  This sweet rhyming book is full of educational fun facts regarding the capital city.  A family of four decide to take the classic double-decker bus tour and see all the sights and sounds that the bustling city has to offer.  

This book touts 40 amazing poems and is fabulously illustrated by Sam Usher.  The illustrations capture the history of the city and the excitement and joy of a day in London. The tour is narrated by fun, kid-friendly poems that point out landmarks such as the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, and on and on!  The author includes London staples such as tea time, suprising rain showers and the famous tube to get you around the city.

The book is an unveiling and celebration of what London has to offer a tourist and I love the elaboration of the sites that the author has listed at the end of book: 

"Find out more about London!"

"Big Ben"
When people say "Big Ben" they usually mean the clock and tower on the end of the Houses of Parliament.  But Big Ben is actually a nickname for the tower's largest bell.  It is 2.2 meters (7&1/2 feet) tall and 2.7 metres (9 feet) wide and weight 13 tonnes.  Some say it was named after a beefy boxer; others say a chubby politician.  Couting out the hours Big Ben rings 156 times each day. That's a lot of bonging! "


This book is perfect for those planning a trip to London or just want to learn more about this incredible city.  I highly recommend it. 





About the author...



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Patricia Toht once owned a children's bookstore, Never Never Land. Her favourite moments were connecting readers with the perfect book. After seven wonderful years (and stiff mega-bookstore competition), she shuttered the doors and turned her interest to writing. She has authored Daily Life In Ancient And Modern Moscow (Runestone Press) and has contributed fiction, nonfiction and poetry to numerous children's magazines. Her poetry also appears in the sports anthology, AndThe Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering Of Sports Poems (Friesen Press). She currently lives in the Chicago area.




About the illustrator...



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Sam Usher spent most of his childhood reading, drawing and forgetting to do his schoolwork. His debut picture book, Can You See Sassoon?, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Red House Award. He has since written and illustrated We are Not Frogs by Michael Morpurgo (Barrington Stoke), Refuge by Anne Booth (Nosy Crow) and two of his own stories: Snow and Rain (Templar Publishing). He lives in London, where he enjoys trespassing and playing the piano.






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Sammy's BROKEN LEG and the AMAZING CAST THAT FIXED IT- a bookwrap




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Unwrapping the buzz on the book...


Experts recommend SAMMY'S BROKEN LEG (OH, NO!) AND THE AMAZING CAST THAT FIXED IT for young children recovering from the physical and emotional upset of life interrupted by a cast:
"Comforting, sweet story...captures the feelings of the whole family. It realistically portrays the patience needed before a child is restored to full activity. This is a loving story that educates, encourages and entertains."

STEVEN PASSIK, PHD, PAIN PSYCHOLOGIST
"A loving, sweet story of a little girl's broken leg and recovery that is informative and medically accurate."

NICHOLAS ETTINGER, MD, PEDIATRICIAN
"The book walks you through, and helps ease the anxiety, of the real life events that happen during Sammy's hospital visit and beyond. The surprise kisses are a brilliant and whimsical way to portray all of Sammy's get-well wishes, thoughts and prayers. They are Sammy's reminders of how much she is loved."

THERESA LEPORE, DIRECTOR, MICAH CHILDREN'S ACADEMY, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
"This story about dealing with a [cumbersome] cast is just right. It is very nicely done."

WALTER HARRISON, MD, FAAP, PEDIATRICIAN
"The best way to tell a big story is a small story well told. This is a must-read for children suffering from a broken leg or arm."




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"Sammy's Broken Leg and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It"


Authored by Judith Wolf Mandell
Illustrated by Lise C. Brown



Illustrations to take a peek at...



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About the book...


This book is perfect for a child who has injured herself and needs information and reassurance about how the doctors proceed with her complete recovery.  

Sammy, a rambunctious, adorable little girl cannot contain herself.  She loves to spin and twirl and is in continuous movement mode.  One day she takes an unfortunate tumble and ends up with a broken thigh bone.  Oh my!  In excruciating pain her mother whisks her off to the hospital and Sammy finds herself wrapped up in a restrictive cast that she finds hard to bear.  

She is not pleased with the body cast but with the help of loving parents, grandparents and friends she makes it through the long month of healing and is restored back to health once again.

The book documents Sammy's journey and is a wonderful book to share with a child if they too are experiencing a similar mishap.  The book encourages, calms fears for both the child and parents and delivers a very positive message to all.

The illustrations are colourful and kid-friendly.  They visually draw the child in so they can actually see what is happening to Sammy every step of the way.  

I loved the phantom Kisses (that whisper to only Sammy) and bestow upon her comfort and love as she struggles through this very difficult and painful time in her life.  


"One Kiss for a Boo-Boo. A Billion Kisses for a Cast!" is a loving remedy that will cast all fear aside.  The is an endearing book that I highly recommend. 



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

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About the author...


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Judith Wolf Mandell has had a long, varied career as a journalist and publicist. She, her husband and Cockapoo live in Nashville, Tennessee in an angular,  absurd-for-their-age three-story house. This book, her first, is inspired by her granddaughter's "Oh, No" fall that landed her in a cast for a mostly woeful month.






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"Freckle Stars" - a bookwrap









Boy can I relate to today's featured book.  I grew up a redhead with a thousand freckles which I hated.  There was not a spot on my face where there wasn't a freckle, in fact some were so close to each other they smooshed together making a blurred blob.  My friends never teased me about them but my big sister sure did.  She used to laugh and want to play connect the dots.  She, being a blonde, had freckles too but they were much lighter and not as noticeable.  Me, being a redhead (which I used to get teased about too) had tons of those speckles.  My sister tried feeding me antidotes for getting rid of them... such as applying lemon juice or buttermilk.  Once she even told me to use the "poop" from a baby's diaper and that would work.  Thank goodness there were no babies around but I would not have tried that antidote anyway.  YUK. Gotta love big sisters.  The wonderful, delicious irony of my freckle dilemma?  Once I grew up my freckles disappeared from my face altogether, except for the ones on my arms... and her?  She still has hers.  Ha! Ha!  I got the last laugh. 

It's strange how once you get over yourself and grow older you look at others with freckles and think how beautiful and unique they are.   Oh I wish I had believed that many years ago, it would have saved me a lot of anguish growing up.  Thank you my dear school friends for never once teasing or bullying me about mine. I thank my lucky stars for that. 















Unwrapping...







"Freckle Stars"

Authored by Jackie Leduc
Illustrated by Prince Halem Corpin
Ages 3+



Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you...






















About the book...



"There was once a girl named Clementine who hated her freckles." And thus the story begins...

At school her classmates tease and taunt her regarding her freckles, calling her names and wanting to play connect the dots with them. This embarrasses her greatly and annoys her to no end.  Only the bus driver and her mother think they are beautiful, but Clementine wants to get rid of them forever.  

"How can I have skin like my friends?" she wonders. She is determined to find a way to make that happen.  Clementine tries to spread white chalk all over her to make her look normal but did it work?  NO. She sees mom putting on her makeup and decides to abscond her mom's liquid foundation and slathers that all over her.  Did that do the disappearing freckle trick?  NO.  Oh my!  She is heartbroken.  She feels that she is doomed to be a freckle-face forever and a day. Sadly she goes home to tell her mother exactly what is going on and how she is feeling.


After listening closely to her exasperated little daughter, her wise, sweet mother says, "Do you know what freckles are?  

The wisdom she then imparts to her heartsick daughter changes Clementine's attitude towards her freckles completely... mmmmmm????.... I wonder what she said?  From that day forth Clementine embraces her freckles wholeheartedly and lets them shine forth on her body so everyone can envy her and be jealous of the priceless treasures she now so proudly displays.  



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







About the author...







Jackie Leduc is the author of two highly rated books: The Demonic Eyes and Bloody Nightmares. Leduc has completed and published her third book Freckle Stars, a children's story, all before turning eighteen. Leduc lives in Massachusetts where she majors in marketing. She spends her time- when not writing- taking photographs and reading a lot.






About the illustrator...



He is a very talented illustrator from the Philippines.  He illustrate stories using Photoshop.  He cares about Arts and Culture, children, the environment, health, human rights, and politics.  









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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.
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The Uber for Photographers - Introducing Galaxy Photoz - an info wrap










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Uber for Photographers!



Is there a big event happening in your future?  Do you need a professional photographer to creatively document your special occasion? Well look no further because your answer is just one click away!

Galaxy Photoz launches in June and in a snap they will attend to all your imaging needs.  By simply downloading their app or visiting their website on line you will be connected to a vetted photographer in minutes.  

This will enable you to discuss your personal plans and team up with someone who is delighted to work with you to deliver the pleasing results that you deserve.  Another lifesaver is that you can even book a photographer the same day… now how is that for convenience giving you peace of mind? 

The photographers specialize in 9 types of photography:  Maternity, Newborn, Cake Smash, Headshots, Engagements, Weddings, Special Events, Model Portfolio, and Portraits. 


A small $50 deposit is required and will be securely held by Galaxy Photoz until you receive your images.  Support this worthwhile project on Indiegogo today and receive some really awesome perks while they last.  




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Photo Gallery Sampling...





Smashcake



Newborn



Model Portfolio



Maternity





International



Unwrapping the upcoming app which is available in June...






One picture is worth a thousand words and it makes a memory that lasts a lifetime.  

Check Galaxy Photoz out today! 




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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.
Go to the bottom of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


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"I am a Pink Pig" - a bookwrap














Unwrapping...




"I am a Pink Pig"
Created by Calee M. Lee

Reading Stars series
Xist Publishing



Unwrapping some illustrations for you to peek at...
























Unwrapping about the publisher...


Xist Publishing: Books for the Touchscreen Generation

Our mission is to help children develop a lifetime love of reading—no matter what form it takes. As the digital-first publisher for children, eBooks are our top priority. But we also know that parents love to snuggle up with their kids and flip through a picture book—
so we do that too. As technology evolves, kids will too. As parents ourselves, we want to make sure that no matter how kids are reading in the future, they’re reading and loving it.



About the book...


This charming little pig tale stars an adorable pink pig that is... well you guessed it... pink!  It is perfect for beginning readers as the book contains only 13 different words so it is totally palpable for a little one starting out on their independent reading journey.  The author so brilliantly lists the words at the back of the book to aid with the word recognition within. 

The illustrations are simple and vibrantly coloured which will delight a child... like eye-candy with words.  Different animals: a cat, a dog, a turtle and a bird chime in verifying that they are not pink thus further expanding your child's vocabulary.  

This would be a wonderful book to include in a kindergarten class or a grade one class setting.  The "Reading Stars" series is a great way to develop a child's self confidence and love of reading.  The books are designed to bring your budding reader success as he begins to read solo.


Storywraps rating... 5+++  HUGS!!!!!







About the author...




In April of 2011, Calee M. Lee’s 4-year-old daughter asked her mother to read her a story. Mom got to pick the book, the only requirement was that it had to be on her new Kindle. After downloading and then attempting to read several different children’s books, both were disappointed. “I wanted to read to my daughter but when I saw that the pictures were tiny or they didn’t line up with the text, I thought, I can do better.” In the wake of news stories featuring Amanda Hocking and John Locke as self-publishing sensations, Lee wrote a story, found an illustrator and a company was born.
Founded in that little girl’s playroom, Xist Publishing has grown to be the largest digital children’s publishing start-up with 180 titles from 45 authors and illustrators. For each title, Xist Publishing creates five distinct eBook editions (Amazon, iBooks, NOOK, Kobo, and reflowable ePub for libraries) and often produces a print version as well. The books have been featured on hundreds of blogs from niche children’s book sites to The Pioneer Woman and Alpha Mom.
Key Features
• Distraction-Free Design: We believe books should be books and games should be games. As parents ourselves, the last thing we want bedtime to include is more levels.
• Turn Waiting Time into Reading Time: Children’s eBooks make it possible to take story time anywhere. Waiting rooms, carpool lines, and even an older child’s soccer practice all become places where picture books can be shared.
• Niche Titles Find a Market: Our catalog includes stories about ancient saints and modern multi-racial families. By employing a digital-first approach, we’ve been able to publish books for both small and large markets.








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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.
Go to the bottom of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


Read on and read always!
It's a wrap.
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