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"Power to the Princess " - a bookwrap

                                                                               











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"POWER TO THE PRINCESS"

Authored by Vita  Murrow 
Illustrated by Julia Bereciartu


* Age Range: 8-12
* Grade Level: K-3
* Hardcover: 96 pages
*Publisher: Lincoln Children's books
* Pub. Date: September 6, 2018
*Language: English





"Combining real-life, meaningful work with the trappings of kingdoms and fairy tales, this volume is a treasure for readers who are tired of traditional helpless princesses who fall in love instantly and 'live happily ever after.' ... Brilliant."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review





 From the Publisher






Power To The Princess: Belle the Brave (Undercover Agent)



Once upon a time, in a sunny French province, there lived a girl named Belle. Belle the Brave to be precise, because Belle was fearless.













 Rapunzel (World-famous Architect)


Rapunzel turned out to be one of the most creative and unequivocally magical designers and architects of her time. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the tower, Rapunzel went to work on royal commissions for Prince Eustace and others. Her firm, A Braid Above, attracted designers and architects the world over, eager to join Rapunzel in pioneering technologies to enrich places and spaces for all.








 Zade (Businesswoman) and the 1,001 Ideas


Not all princesses are born into royal leadership. Some climb up and claim it for themselves. This is a story of one such princess, Zade (Zady). In an ancient land, now buried in dunes and history, there sat a great empire made up of many kingdoms that stretched from sea to sea and mountain to mountain. In this empire lived a great mix of people and magical creatures.









 Evangeline (Natural Historian) and the Frog Prince


Evan went on to become a zoologist, who discovered whole new frog species during her work in the rain forest. She and Pascal trekked up great mountains to track the elusive sapphire butterfly. After learning more about the firsthand experiences of animals, both domestic and wild, Evan campaigned against keeping animals in zoos (magical or otherwise).




My take



This book is packaged so beautifully with a red, clothbound hard cover and stunning gold debossing.  You don't even have to open it up to know it is of highest quality and then when you do... the calibre revs up even higher with the storyline and illustrations married perfectly together.

This delightful anthology includes 15 fairytales that have been updated for modern readers.  Each one features a princess but rather than looking for a prince to marry her and give her a happily-ever-after life she takes charge and designs the life that she would like to live.  These princesses are smart, excellent role models, kind , caring and infused with girl power... girl power that they use to help others and make a difference in their world.  They have friendships, choose befitting careers and work for the greater good of humanity rather than just for themselves. 

These up-dated fairytales focus on issues such as self-image, self-esteem, LGBTQ,  friendships, advocacy and disability.  They are inspirational and give hope to girls that they can take charge of their destiny and they can decide what is best for them and that might not always include marrying Prince Charming.  Don't get me wrong, that can be a good choice too if that is what they want.   The princesses follow their dreams and accomplish great things.  They open themselves up to research and learning and discover ways to add meaning to their lives.  In so doing they then reach out to aid others in their community thinking beyond themselves and how they can make kingdom living better for all who live there. Their choices include becoming a policewoman, architect, business woman, sport's organizer and coach, fashion designer, dancer, environmentalist, zoologist and beautician, just to cite a few.  Being involved in so many facets of the culture they can sew kindness, happiness and well-being into so many people.  

I highly recommend this book.  It would make a lovely gift to any little girl who loves princess stories.  These stories are refreshed  for the 21st century and will inspire others to say... "Yes I can!"   Power to the Princesses!   





Storywraps Rating 5+++ HUGS!!!!!













About the author and illustrator








Vita Murrow is an educator, an artist, a writer, and a mom. Vita has a quirky sense of humor and an eye for the weird. When she was in 8th grade, she was rejected from a special writers’ retreat for kids. But that didn’t stop her from pursuing her passion. Since then, Vita has been a teacher, a producer, a film maker, a program director, and even a puppeteer. She’s also had jobs in an office which were pretty fun. She currently works as a children’s author reinventing old stories for a new generation and crafting wordless pictures books together with her husband Ethan Murrow. Their recent book “The Whale” was nominated for a CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal. Vita loves working with other artists and writers and is always looking to share a chocolate chip cookie with someone.


Julia Bereciartu (a.k.a. Juliabe) is a Spanish illustrator, born in 1980 in the northern city of San Sebastian. From an early age, she spent most of her time drawing, even if that meant using markers on her parents’ new couch. She also loved reading books and dreamed of painting the illustrations that accompanied them when she grew up. She now lives in Madrid with her partner and their ginger cat, and has fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an illustrator. Julia works for clients such as American Girl, Google, Cartoon Network, and Simon& Schuster, and loves giving life to quirky, sassy characters and the occasional fluffy pet.






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Creative Adventures In - Cursive - a bookwrap







Creative Adventures In - Cursive - a bookwrap






Having been a teacher, a consultant and a principal in the elementary school system for a long time, and having taught hundreds of kids and every grade up to grade 9,  I am very passionate about this subject of teaching cursive writing.   It is part of our very heritage.  Our magnificent ability to speak, to read and to record our language (both by means of printing and using cursive) distinguishes us humans from every other species on earth.  Why in the world would we want to abolish such an integral part of who we are? 

I feel very deeply that kids should be taught and know all of our language components.  I think we would be doing a great disservice to our kids by not teaching it in our schools.  It's very troubling and sad to me to think this beautiful, unique to each person, and great fun part of our culture may some day be extinct just like the dinosaurs.  


Fight for cursive to once again be held in high esteem and once more celebrated.  Today's book might just be a catalyst to start making that happen. Viva La Script!




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Creative Adventures In - Cursive - a bookwrap




Who knew handwriting could be so cool? Write with glue, string, markers, paint, and icing and develop a signature cursive style with TinkerLab's... 


Rachelle Doorley in "Creative Adventures in Cursive"



* Age Range: 8-12
* Grade Level: 1-5
* Paperback: 112 pages
* Publisher:  Quarry Books; Burst:  Who knew handwriting could be so much fun? 
* Pub. Date: September 11, 2018
* Language: English 



Editoral Reviews




"Where has this book been all my life? From the moment I opened the first pages and saw the cursive warm-up doodles, I wanted to be a kid again." 
—Barbara Rucci, Art Educator, Founder of Art Bar, and Author of Art Workshop for Children: How to Foster Original Thinking with more than 25 Process Art Experiences


“This guide to joyful handwriting takes the curse out of cursive and reconnects young writers’ hands with their eyes and minds. [...] The nearly lost art of handwriting is recovered here with countless activities and exercises designed to excite and engage young learners.”
—Steve Seidel, Director of the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education



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About the book




This fun book is a celebration of Cursive Writing. The talented author poses 22 fun and interactive projects to take the "curse" out of Cursive and make it cool and fun once again.  She introduces enjoyable ideas for practising writing skills and how you can use script to make posters, design greeting cards, bookplates, decorate balloons, t-shirts, ice cookies and cakes, just to mention a few.  

Brilliantly she uses photographs of real kids writing in script with fabric markers, string, yarn, pastry tubes, pens and crayons and more.  Happily they paint, sew, and work weaving script into their projects.   

Cursive writing is therapeutic and calming once you get the hang of it.  It's style is unique to each individual and can be very creative and playful once you learn the basics. Who doesn't love to swirl those letters and add this and that to claim them as your own?  


"As many educators will attest, writing in cursive provides cognitive benefits in spelling, memory, reading comprehension, language skills, and overall academic confidence. Practicing cursive carries similar benefits when drawing; once you learn the basic shapes, you can play with it by creating your own personal style."

Back in the day when everyone sent Christmas cards to each other our family, who lived in small town, would receive stacks of cards in the mail from friends and relatives.  I was always amazed that my mom would not even have to open up the cards to find out who the senders were.  She was able tell from their script on the outside of the envelope exactly whose signature was inside.  One of the dearest treasures I have is my Grandmother's bible.  She wrote by her own hand little comments through out it in the margins. I often thumb through it and think that those written words were by her from her heart.  It is a treasure to me because she left part of her behind in that small black book. 


May we all fight for the preservation of cursive writing.  It is a  personal, beautiful way to express ourselves and that skill needs to be passed on from generation to generation.  Don't let something so essential to our language and culture be stolen from our children. Some day they will be able to read what you wrote in your books and notes and know that part of you was preserved for them to hear from your written words.  Give cursive a voice...  give it yours... viva la script!  

I highly recommend this book which highlights how positive, creative and gratifying cursive writing can be! 

   



Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS





Creative Adventures In - Cursive - a bookwrap







About the author




Creative Adventures In - Cursive - a bookwrap




Rachelle Doorley is an arts educator, community builder, and founder of the popular creativity blog TinkerLab. She is also the author of TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors, published by Roost in 2014. Rachelle studied costume design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked on Hollywood films before finding her true calling as an arts educator. After teaching elementary and middle school art, she earned a master’s in arts education from Harvard, and then oversaw museum-based and education programs in Massachussets and California. Rachelle lives with her family in the beautiful San Francisco Bay area, where she teaches art, visual thinking, and creativity. She enjoys her sketchbooks, taking her kids on adventures, good friends, kawaii drawings, breakfast, hand-drawn letters, hikes in the woods, and ocean air.








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"Inside The Villains" - a bookwrap










An extraordinary pop-up book that reveals the secrets of the most famous fairytale villians: giants, wolves and witches





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"Inside the Villains"
by Clotilde Perrin



“This book is one of a kind. There is so much to find on every page, beneath every flap and in the funny details. The writing is fresh and lively, and we’ve watched children pore over it.”
-Julia Marshall, Publisher


* Country of Origin:  France
* Reader Ages:  5-8
* Grade Levels: 1-3
* Publisher: Gecko Pr.
* Pub. Date: September 1, 2018
* Book Size: 40x27 cm
* Language:  English


Raving Editorial Reviews



  • Drop Bear Book Review – September 5, 2018
    Consider us mind blown by this incredibly intricate, endlessly fascinating insight into three infamous storybook villains.



  • Let’s talk Picture Books – August 3, 2018
    The images have a very sinister and mischievous feel to them, evoking the naughty tone of much older children’s books like Heinrich Hoffman’s Struwwelpeter. The large trim size adds to the novelty feeling of experiencing the book, especially for the first time, and overall the book is an amazing amount of fun.



  • Publishers Weekly (US) – July 30, 2018
    In delicate interactive paper flaps within a wonderfully oversize book, Perrin explores the true characters of three archetypal villains: a wolf, a giant, and a witch.



  • Travis Jonker, The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2018 – July 23, 2018
    Why It’s Unconventional: Just when you think the iconic fairytale villains have been dissected in every sort of retelling, Inside the Villains literally dissects them. Featuring flaps and foldouts that allow readers to explore their guts, and ultimately, their souls.




A look at something fabulous





Lift the flaps to get right inside each villain and see what's hidden-- behind their ears, under their clothes, in their pockets, even the victim of their last meal waiting to be rescued. 







Read all about each villain on their personality card, which shows strengths and weaknesses, favourite pastimes, physical characteristics, their best meal and-of course-their favourite books.








Dylan Tuet (Twitter) – July 2, 2018 
  • Perhaps one of the most unique and fascinating books I’ve ever read. You have to read it for yourself to understand.

  • Kirkus Starred Review (US) – July 20, 2018 
    Readers tantalized by the wolf’s list of strengths and flaws and a full version of “The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats” beneath the gatefold opposite can peel aside his pelt. readers tantalized by the wolf’s list of strengths and flaws and a full version of “The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats” beneath the gatefold opposite can peel aside his pelt. Splendid introductions, chock-full of villainous revelations and insights both figurative and literal


My Take


This book has a WOW factor from beginning to end.  It is so creative and well executed.  It's one of those books that I just wanted to pick up and hug.  Kids will love it and so will adults.  What a wonderful book to give as a gift and especially to include in your "top shelf" collection.  " This exquisitely produced book is like no other: a celebration of story that’s full of humour and detail, to mesmerise readers of all ages."  I highly, highly recommend it.  Gecko Press have the most amazing books.  I haven't reviewed one that wasn't of the highest quality and a pleasure to share with you, my readers.  





Storywraps Rating:  5 +++ HUGS!!!! ( and more if I could) 











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"Worry Says What?" - a bookwrap












Unwrapping some quotes about worry














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"Worry Says What?"

by Allison Edwards
Illustrated by Ayesha L. Rubio 



* Ages:  5 -10
* Grade Levels:  K-5
* Format: Paperback
* Publisher: National Centre for Youth Issues
* Pub. Date: Sept. 4, 2018
* Language: English



From the author




Allison Edwards, author of the best-selling book Why Smart Kids Worry, gives a glimpse into the ways worry whispers to young minds, and offers a powerful tool all children can use to silence those fears. "Worry's songs tie my tummy up in knots, and the things he says make my heart beat very fast. Sometimes he speaks in a whisper, and other times his voice gets so loud I can't hear anything else." Worry and anxiety are currently the top mental health issues among children and teens. Children have a number of worries throughout childhood that will come and go. The problem is not with the worries themselves, but that children believe the worries to be true. With a relatable story and beautiful artwork, Worry Says What? will help children (and adults) flip their thinking when anxious thoughts begin and turn them into powerful reminders of all they are capable of accomplishing.





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My Take





This important book is written by Allison Edwards, a Licensed Professional Counselor, whose specialty is working with families and children.  She is the author of the bestseller book "Why Smart Kids Worry". She takes us on a journey with a little girl who is plagued daily with a big hairy Monster called Worry which causes her anxiety and fear around everything she tries to do.   


"Worry's songs tie my tummy up in knots,
and the things he says make my heart beat very fast.
Sometimes he speaks in a whisper, and other times
his voice gets so loud I can't hear anything else."


Worry is constantly giving her negative feedback about her decisions thus blocking her from making friends... ("They don't like you"), from doing well on her math test ( "It's too hard!  You can't do it!  You'll never get it right!"), or performing a handspring in gymnastics ("You'll fall. Everyone will laugh at you. You're gonna get hurt!")  Oh my! Worry steals away her self-confidence and scares her so she doesn't even want to try!  Everything she attempts to do he blankets with negativity and a sense of failure and doom.   


She discovers her quality of life is driven by Worry and he is prohibiting her from having a happy, exciting life.  She realizes the power he has over her and makes a bold decision to take back authority over her fears.  She stands up and shouts, "I am DONE letting Worry be the boss of me!"  Yes!!!! 

The very next day she reclaims her emotions (and life) and tells Worry to take a hike because she's in charge now.  She starts filling herself with positive words and feelings and as she does she notices one beautiful thing...Worry begins to shrink smaller and smaller.  He realizes his power has been taken from him and decides and to move on to the next victim that he can terrorize and keep in bondage.  

Personifying her worry as an intruding monster who sets up camp in her mind and heart makes him very real and much easier to deal with.  The more she practises shunning and ignoring his constant yattering in her ear the easier it becomes to keep him at bay.  

The author wisely includes three strategies that parents and teachers can use to help children understand and conquer their own Worry.  This book should be included in classrooms and in school libraries. "Worry and anxiety are currently the top mental health issues among children and teens today. The problem is not with the worries themselves, but that children believe the worries to be true."  I highly recommend this book and wish I had had its wisdom growing up as I was dubbed a classic worrywart from a very early age. 




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










Meet the author 







ALLISON EDWARDS is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State and a graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University.
Before opening a private practice, Allison developed and maintained a play therapy program for at-risk and immigrant children in the public school system. In her current practice, she sees children of all ages, consults with parents, supervises counselors, and writes about childhood anxiety. She also serves as an Affiliate Professor at Vanderbilt University where she enjoys teaching future counselors how to work with kids.












About the illustrator



Ayesha L. Rubio was born in Madrid, Spain, one cold evening in February.


Like many other children, she loves to draw, but unfortunately for her family, any surface is an empty canvas for her…

Her grandfather teaches her to draw horses and to choose paper instead of furniture or walls, as a better material to draw on.



Years later, she studies Fine Arts at Complutense University in Madrid and finishes her degree with an scholarship in Leeds, England.

Afterwards, she specialises in illustration, at Serra I Abella’s art school in Barcelona and starts to work as an illustrator, collaborating with national and international publishers.


At the present, she has three books of her own, translated into varios languages. 







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"That's Not Hockey" - a bookwrap













Enjoy a wonderful true story about a legendary goalie who revolutionized the game of hockey.  I simply love biographies. 




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THAT'S NOT HOCKEY!


by Andrée Poulin
 illustrated by lix Girard



* Age Range:  6-10
* Grade Level:  1-5
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Publisher: Annick Press
* Pub. Date: Sept. 11, 2018
* Language: English



Editorial Reviews



“Poulin’s taut storytelling style makes this picture book accessible to even the youngest readers while giving us a complete plot populated by well-rounded characters.” —Montreal Review of Books, Summer/18
(B. A. Markus Montreal Review of Books)

“Big, bold, and colorful . . . a memorable introduction to a legendary, innovative hockey player.” —Booklist, 08/01/18
(Carolyn Phelan Booklist)

“Hockey fans will be thrilled with this well-told story, and its glimpse at old-time hockey in Felix Girard’s action-packed illustrations.” —Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 08/19/18
(Sally Bender Sal’s Fiction Addiction)

“A clever introduction to the game-changing career of profession hockey goalie Jacques Plante.” —Kirkus Reviews, 07/01/18

(Kirkus Reviews)






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About the book 





This is a true story of a very famous Canadian goalie who invented the hockey mask and changed the game of hockey forever.

As a little boy Jacques had an innate passion for the game of hockey.  He starts at a very young age to play and practice.  At the age of three he's out playing every day.  Does he have a regulation hockey puck?  No.  He uses a tennis ball.  At age five he's still a small hockey fanatic and is playing non-stop.  Does he have a real hockey stick to use?  No.  His dad makes him a stick out of a tree root and he forges on with the games.  His first goalie pads are made out of potato sacks and wooden slats made by guess who?  Yes, his sweet dad who offers him many innovative ideas so his son can play the game.  When he's fifteen he plays goal for a factory team in Shawinigan and earns fifty-cents a game.  His greatest success comes when he's twenty-one and the Montreal Canadiens hire him as goalie.  His dream of becoming a great hockey goalie has finally come to fruition. 

Jacques is quick, agile and nicknamed "Jake the Snake".  He has a unique style of playing the game that makes his team a winner over and over again.  This rough and tough game comes with lots of cuts, bruises and injuries, especially if you are the goalie. Jacques suffered  hard-driven pucks to his face resulting in a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, multiple stitches, and a fractured skull.   Finally Jacques gets to his tipping point of being injured one too many times.  He bravely takes a stand and confronts his coach saying enough is enough.  He will not play anymore unless he can wear a protective mask which was unheard of at the time.  

In being courageous and going against all previous hockey tradition he single-handedly changes the way the game of hockey is played forever.

The story is very interesting and engaging.  Kids will love it.  The full-colour illustrations makes the reader feel that they are immersed in it.  Jacques Plant went on to become one of the greatest goalies of all times.  His not backing down and his brute perseverance is a wonderful role-model to be followed by future generations... stand up and fight for what's right. A short bio is featured at the end of the book for further information on this hockey titan.  I highly recommend this book. 




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
















Meet the author





If she could, Andrée Poulin would read from morning to night. Her love of reading is what brought her to writing. After working as a journalist for many years, she worked in international development. She has written over thirty books for children of all ages. Many have won awards, most notably the TD Children’s Literature Award (French language) for La plus grosse poutine du monde, now translated into English and published by Annick Press as The Biggest Poutine in the World (2016). Her stories deal with friendship, empathy, tolerance, poverty, and solidarity. 
Andrée believes that books can change the world. By setting her stories in Canada, Africa, and Asia, she takes her readers on adventures in discovering other cultures, as she does in Pablo Finds a Treasure (2016, available in Spanish in Fall 2018). Her latest book with Annick Press is That’s Not Hockey! (Fall 2018), a picture book based on the life of the inventor of the goalie mask, Jacques Plante. 
Andrée loves to share her passion for reading and her pleasure for writing with children. She writes a blog, reviews books for the National Reading Campaign, and gives workshops for youth in schools and libraries. 
Andrée was born and raised in Orléans, Ontario. She now lives in Gatineau, Quebec.





About the illustrator








  FÉLIX GIRARD is a professional illustrator living in Quebec City. His work has been published and exhibited numerous times around the world.











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"Lou Knows What to Do'" - a bookwrap










I'd like you to meet Lou and his bubble wand... a magical wand that instructs Lou exactly what to do when he is heading into unfamiliar territory.  It helps him to know what to expect because he and his family are going out to a restaurant for dinner.  Lou wants to know the protocol of such an adventure before he arrives then he'll know exactly how to behave.  Here's what Lou learns......




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"Lou Knows What To Do" 
Restaurant

by Kimberly Tice and Venita Litvack
Illustrated by Andre Kerry


* Age Range: 5-8
* Grade Level: 4-6
* Series: Lou Knows What to Do
* Publisher: Boys Town Press
* Language: English




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About the book





This is a wonderful book (and whole series) about correct behaviour and expectations in an unfamiliar social situation.  Lou uses his trusty magic bubble wand to find out the correct protocol when he goes out to a restaurant with his family for dinner.  

He discovers he has to patiently wait to be seated, for his server to bring him his food that he ordered and to wait quietly for everyone to finish their meal before they exit the restaurant.  He learns that using his manners is very important.  

"Lou knows that when he leaves the restaurant, it is nice to say, "goodbye!" to the server.  He can also say, "thank you and have a nice day!"

And then he asks the question... "DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO?"

There are tips at the back of the book for teachers and parents on how to use the information in the book, and a short quiz to review what is learned along the way.  This is a kid-friendly book that teaches important life skills.  It is a book series designed to help kids master challenging social situations comfortably and competently.  The books are perfect for those with a variety of developmental levels and learning styles.  The "Lou Knows What do Do" series is an excellent read for students living with an autism spectrum disorder.  I highly recommend this book and the whole series. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!! 







Meet the authors








Kimberly Tice, MS, CCC-SLP is a certified speech and language pathologist and teacher. Her career has focused on providing intervention in the areas of language, learning, literacy, and feeding to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. 

Venita Litvack, MA, CCC-SLP, has significant experience providing services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders in a variety of settings as an Applied Behavioral Analysis assistant and speech-language pathologist.






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"The Hummingbird Sings and Dances" - a musicwrap














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THE HUMMINGBIRD SINGS AND DANCES
Latin American Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes


Musical Selection and illustrations by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
Recordings by Grupo Cántaro



* Age Range: 5-7
* Grade Level: K-2
* Hardcover: 64 pages
* Publisher: The Secret Mountain; Bilingual edition
* Pub. Date: Sept. 1, 2018
* Language: Spanish
* CD duration: 39 minutes


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Editorial Reviews



"A really wonderful way to introduce children to music from many Latin American cultures and to get the whole family dancing." —Kirkus Reviews



"Selected for the column: '10 Buenas Lecturas' ('10 Best Reads') on page 47 in the September 2018 issue." —People En Espanol



About the book





An imaginative way of presenting Latin America and teaching Spanish to children, through stunning illustrations and exceptional music

An extraordinary collection featuring 19 traditional nursery rhymes and lullabies in Spanish originating from Latin America that have withstood the test of time. Warm, colorful illustrations with earth-toned backgrounds provide the setting for this endearing repertoire of family-friendly songs from 17 different countries. Solid musicianship supporting lively vocal performances transport the young listener into a playful world of singing frogs and dancing skeletons! A map of Latin America and complete lyrics in Spanish with English translations appear at the end of the book, which also includes a CD and a code for digital download.




My Take




Personally I love the album. I applaud The Secret Mountain, an independent publisher based in Montreal, known for high quality award-winning picture books with music.  The Secret Mountain is celebrating 18 years of publishing music-forward children's storybooks, with a full catalogue of picture books, enhanced e-books, and digital music available.  Visit their website at: www.thesecretmountain.com.  The stunning, colourful illustrations  bring the pages alive and I know that kids will thoroughly enjoy them.  The book is a work of art:  exploring the music, rhymes, lullabies and artwork from the esteemed Latin American culture.   I highly recommend this new book-CD combo. 



About the illustrator




Mariana Ruiz Johnson studied fine arts and illustrations in Argentina.  She has published several books for children as an author and illustrator in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA.  In 2013 she received the Picture Book Compostela Prize for the Spanish publication of Mama and, in 2015, she won the international competition "Silent Book Contest"at the prestigious Bologna Children's Book Fair with her book Sleep Tight. 



About the performers




Grupo Cantaro is a Mexican musical-vocal ensemble founded in 1979 that is dedicated to composing, arranging and performing songs for children. They have released seven albums, the most recent one being Fabulas de Mi Granja ("Fables from My Farm").





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"Green-eyed Goose" - a bookwrap














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"Green-eyed Goose"
by Lisa M. Griffin


* Age Range:  4-8
* Grade Level: 1-2
* Publisher: Boys Town Press
* Pub. Date: September 4, 2017
* Language: English



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About the book



"Boone watched his brother Finn begin to fly."
"Why is he always first?" Boone groaned.

"First to hatch.
First to dunk
And now he is first to fly."


The other siblings are so excited for Finn and praise and cheer him on ... all except Boone. He is jealous and thinks it's all terribly unfair.  Why can't he be first at something before his brother Finn? Boone is full of fear stepping out of his comfort zone. He has tremendous anxiety when trying something new and he feels like a big failure before he even begins.  With the support and love of those around him Boone learns to overcome his fears and starts to believe that "yes he can!"  He discovers that new things aren't so scary after all. 

The book encourages kids to practice,  to try hard, be brave and conquer anxieties that hold them back from trying something new.  This book is a wonderful catalyst for discussion and would be a great addition to a classroom and/or in a school library collection.  

The illustrations are delightful.  They are full of action, expression and fun. The characters are so adorable.  The author has added a section at the end of the book, "Tips for Educators and Parents," that will aid adults in assisting children to overcome their fears and anxieties.  I highly recommend this book. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author/illustrator






Lisa M. Griffin is an illustrator specializing in stories for children.
She spends most days in her cozy New Hampshire studio enjoying a warm cup of tea while sketching and working on picture books.
Lisa has illustrated over a dozen books including her author/illustrator debut, "Hey Goose! What's Your Excuse?".  A second book in the series, "Green-Eyed Goose" will debut in August, 2018.
When she isn't creating art, Lisa enjoys reading, yoga, photography, and time with her family.
Partial Client Listing: Avenue A Books, Blue Manatee Press, Boys Town Press, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, SHINE brightly magazine, LA Times, Pauline Books and Media, Stonyfield Farm.


“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures. ”

— Henry Ward Beecher






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Screen-Time - an infowrap






Screen-Time - an infowrap





School-Year Screen-Time Rules from a Teacher




Take it from a middle school teacher and mom: Kids need to manage their online activities -- and parents need to help them do it. By Rebecca Young 9/5/2018








Screen-Time - an infowrap






Rebecca is a middle school teacher in Lafayette, California. After spending over 20 years teaching various grade levels, she has found that middle grades are where her heart lies. Her teaching practices have evolved from chalk and blackboards to Google Classroom and smartboards. In the past few years, she has discovered that integrating technology into her classroom not only engages the younger generation, but it also provides an interactive and collaborative environment among students. At home, Rebecca's sixth-grade daughter keeps things real by demanding screen-free family time and ultimate slime competitions (which she always wins!).


This article is part of Common Sense Media's Parent Voices series, which provides a platform for opinions about parenting in the digital age. All ideas expressed are the writer's own.





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Last year Fortnite invaded my middle school classroom -- as I believe it did to middle school classrooms across the country. Students who were usually on task and high-performing were nodding off and "forgetting" to do their homework. The morning conversations about how late they stayed up or who was the last man standing became part of our early morning check-ins. Then the phone calls with parents started: Over several months, I had numerous telephone and after-school meetings with parents concerned about their kids' performance. When I brought up screen time, there were a range of reactions. Some parents seemed oblivious as to what their children were doing after hours, some didn't know how to rein in screen time, and some thought they had it all under control -- but clearly did not.
I get it. I'm not just a teacher: I'm a mom who struggles with screen time, too. I spent last summer trying to keep my own middle school daughter unplugged in the rural English countryside. After the first week, when the iPad started appearing little by little, I tried to use my own advice -- "However much you read is how much screen time you get" -- and reasoning, "Make sure you balance your learning games with your other games." But then I'd hear my daughter yelling at a friend who'd just left her online game, and I'd feel like I'd lost the battle.
The thing is, I'm not anti-screen. I've seen technology bring some amazing teaching moments to my classroom -- and to my own life. One student, whom I could never get to write a complete sentence on paper, wrote the most heartfelt poem about how he "nearly won" in Fortnite. It became his breakthrough, and he hasn’t stopped writing since. Other kids made parallels to the dystopian books they were reading and wrote very poignant compare-and-contrast papers to prove their points. And, far away from her friends in the United States, my daughter was able to stay in touch with her friends online, keep herself occupied with Roblox, and feel a part of pop culture by watching every Miranda Sings video ever made.
Those breakthrough moments of connection, creativity, and critical thinking are what I strive for as a teacher and a mother. What it tells me is that however parents handle the management of their kids' screen time, it really does have to be a balance. And knowing middle school kids as well as I do, I know that they aren't always able to shut down Fortnite or YouTube without the guidance and support of their parents. I've also discovered that tech is never going to be a one-size-fits-all thing. What works for some kids will not work for others. Finding what is best for your family can involve a bit of trial and error.



These are the strategies that worked for many of my parents last year and that I'm sure I will be trying with my middle schooler this year:





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* Be present. Know what your child is playing and when. That seems simple, but it is so important. So many of my parents last year had no idea that their child was staying up until all hours in the morning playing games. I heard more than once, "I have never had to worry about their screen use. They have been so good up until now." I remind them that this is middle school, they are not bad kids, and they are just testing the boundaries -- so set them!


* Control the Wi-Fi. I touched base with some of my parents after their children made improvements in class, and I found that they had put in place simple household internet controls. The kids had passwords to access the internet, and the parents put a time limit on when the password could be used. Please note that a few of my tech-savvy kids confided that they were able to "override" this function.


* Remove the temptation. Some families took all screens out of the children's bedrooms and stored cellphones in a locked charging box until morning. This might seem extreme, but I know for at least one of my students this worked. He was struggling socially and trying so hard to fit in with a certain crowd. He later acknowledged that he needed help -- beyond the gaming community.


* Parental-control apps. I've had students tell their parents that they have online homework to do and then end up playing a game instead. Parental-control apps can help, but it takes some research to find the right one for your needs. Making the homework space at the dining room table or another central location can make it easier to keep an eye on kids, too.


* Balance. Kids need downtime. I have these hormonal, opinionated, stressed-out middle schoolers for two hours a day, and I push them. I know that the other teachers at my school also carry high expectations. Finding time to completely unplug is important. One parent told me today that they have a hard rule of no screen time except for homework on weekdays, and the way to lose weekend play time is by breaking that rule. I personally allow weekday screen time, but I reserve the right to change my mind.



I hope this article was helpful to you.  Have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.  I'd love to invite you back to visit next week with me as I continue to unwrap fabulous kid books and give you tips helping you create happy life-long readers in your family.   





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"Lucia Lacorte, Poor Sport" - a bookwrap








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"Lucia Lacorte, Poor Sport"

Authored by Christianne Jones
Illustrated by Marisa Morea


* Ages: 4-8
* Grade Level: K-2
* Series: Little Boost
* Publisher: Picture Window Books
* Pub.Date: January 1, 2019
* Language: English



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About the book




Lucia is an adorable looking little llama on the outside but on the inside....not so much.  You see she is not a good sport.  When she loses she throws a trantrum and accuses others of cheating and when she wins she rubs it in their faces and dances around full of mean spirited pride .  Finally her friends have had enough and take it upon themselves to exclude her from playing. She makes everyone feel uneasy because of her contemptuous mood swings and she ruins the whole spirit of having fun when playing. They collectively take a stand and boycott her from their fun.  Oh my! What has Lucia done? 

Lucia, with the help of her beloved grandfather and her sweet dad, discovers the errors of her ways and is redeemed but will her friends believe her and accept her back into their game's circles?  

This charming book is for readers ages 4-8.  The illustrator has done an exeptional job of creating a character that kids can relate to and the colour pallet that she has chosen is vibrant.  Her brilliant artistic skills makes all the characters in the book come alive.  The author uses subtle humour and rhymes to teach readers how to practise good sportsmanship.  I highly recommend this book.  It is a wonderful addition to the Little Boost series.  

#LuciaLacortePoorSport # NetGalley




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









Meet the author








Christianne Jones is an award-winning author of books for younger children. Her picture book Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker won a 2013 Gelett Burgess Award and was a Midwest Book Award finalist, and Hello, Goodbye, and a Very Little Lie was listed as one of the 100 best children's books by popular parenting site babble.com. Christianne lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with her husband and three daughters.







About the illustrator




I'm a freelance illustrator based in Madrid, Spain. I lived in Barcelona for almost a couple of years where I graduated in a MA Illustration at Eina School in Barcelona in 2009. After a few years working as an Art Director in several advertising agencies, I decided to quit and try as a full time illustrator. So far, I've worked with many international clients from United States, Australia, UK, France or Singapore. I've been published by Penguin Ramdon House, Simon & Schuster, SM, Nosy Crow, Sterling or Little Tiger Press.

In my spare time, I'm a Asthanga yogi, a classic cinema lover and go also crazy for music and lemon pies.





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