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"I Have a Question about Cancer" - a bookwrap












While a lot of us are preparing for a happy holiday season others are struggling with battles against terrible diseases and illnesses that cause them to question why!  This wonderful book today gives a platform to the questions that a child might ask regarding a loved one in their life having cancer.  






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I Have a Question about Cancer: Clear Answers for All Kids, including Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other Special Needs 

by Arlen Grad Gaines and Meredith Englander Polsky


* Age Range:  5-11
* Series:  I Have a Question (book 3)
* Hardcover:  48 pages
* Publisher:  Jessica Kingsley Publishers
* Pub. Date:  May 21, 2019
* Language:  English



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Unveiling the book for you


This is a book that I wish never would have had to be written, but alas cancer is a reality in our world to many, and informative books like this one help open up a dialogue about it and gets emotional conversations flowing.  Cancer is a very difficult subject to tackle but this book does a great job in highlighting clear answers that kids want to ask if a loved one is experiencing such a scary subject.

The book is divided into three components:  the complete story, a short picture story aimed at those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs, and suggestions for parents, educators, or caregivers who acquire help in addressing this very painful subject.

"I Have a Question about Cancer" is based on actual questions posed by kids who want a deeper understanding of what is happening to someone who has cancer.  Reading and discussion of the book can help calm fears and can generate even more questions to ask that will give them peace and understanding by opening up and talking about it. 

This book would be a wonderful asset not only in a home setting but also in a doctor' office, a hospital, a clinic, a classroom or school library just to name a few.  Both the authors are well qualified to have written this clear, concise book and thankfully to share it with kids that are grappling to understand what the dreaded word "cancer" means.  I highly recommend this book. 




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!








Meet the authors








Arlen Grad Gaines is a clinical supervisor and licensed clinical social worker with an advanced certification in hospice and palliative social work, based in Maryland, USA. Meredith Englander Polsky has been working in social work and special education for nearly 20 years and founded Matan, Inc. in 2000. She lives in Maryland, USA.












Meredith Englander Polsky is the National Director of Institutes and Training at Matan in New York, and Developmental Support Coordinator at Temple Beth Ami Nursery School in Rockville, MD. The Matan Institute has created systemic change by educating over 1,000 school directors and teachers on inclusion practices in various educational settings. At the Temple Beth Ami Nursery School, Polsky ensures that every family and every child, regardless of developmental need, find a place where they are welcomed and educated according to their way.








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Not-So-Brave Penguin - a bookwrap







Not-So-Brave Penguin - a bookwrap






Please let me introduce you to Percy and Posy Penguin.  They are good friends but couldn't be more different. Why? Come along and let me tell you all about it .....




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Not-So-Brave Penguin - a bookwrap


Not-So-Brave Penguin
by Steve Smallman



* Age Range:  4-8
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Series:  Storytime
* Hardcover:  24 pages
* Publisher:  QEB Publishing
* Pub. Date:  November 13, 2018
* Language:  English 







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Unveiling the book





Percy penguin and Posy penguin are very good friends but they couldn't be more different in their outlook on life.  You see Percy is a self-proclaimed daredevil.  He loves to whiz down snowy slopes on his tummy and jump off huge icebergs into the water to make a gigantic SPLASH!!!  Anything goes when it comes to taking a risk and he is able to have a blast doing it.  

Posy, on the other hand, is not so brave.  She has anxiety and worry about many things like: shuffling down unfamiliar slopes (she slides on her bottom), being afraid that she may belly flop if she jumps off an iceberg,  fear of snowstorms and loud noises, and her biggest fear?  THE DARK!!!!  

One day Percy goes missing and Posy is very upset.  Who will go and find him?  Is Posy brave enough to take on his rescue mission of retrieving her friend all by herself?  

This delightful story is about overcoming fear and a special bond between two adorable penguins.  The illustrations are extremely well done and very integral to the success of the story.  At the back of the book the author has included short lessons and activities for parents, teachers and caregivers to open up dialogue regarding bravery and letting go of fears and apprehensions.  I love the positive messages the book portrays. 




Unwrapping "Next Steps to utilize from Storytime: Not-So-Brave Penguin 




Being scared and being brave


* Discuss what an amazing character Posy is for overcoming her fears and being brave when it was needed most. Ask the children to think of things that they are scared of. Write two headings on a piece of paper: “I am scared of…” and “I could be brave by…” Tell the children what you are most scared of and write it under the first heading. Then tell them how you could be brave like Posy, and write it under the second heading. E.g. “I am scared of spiders.” “I could be brave by holding a spider in my hand for one minute.” 

* Give the children a piece of paper with the two headings at the top. Ask them to write their responses under each heading. When they have finished, ask them to read out their first sentence in a scared voice and their second sentence in a brave voice.


Percy and Posy pictures



Start by taking a look at the illustration of the penguins and the iceberg on page 12. Give each child a piece of blue paper and some white paint. Begin the activity by asking the children to paint the iceberg from the book and finger paint some snowflakes in the sky. Give each child two black paper ovals for the penguins’ bodies, four googly eyes, and two orange cardstock triangles for the beaks.


Discussion and comprehension


* Discuss the story with the children and ask the following questions, encouraging them to take turns and give full answers if they are able to. Offer support by turning to the appropriate pages of the book if needed.




Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!!!!!



Not-So-Brave Penguin - a bookwrap




Meet the author/ illustrator



Not-So-Brave Penguin - a bookwrap


Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.






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Mine. Yours. - a bookwrap





Mine. Yours. - a bookwrap


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Mine. Yours. 

Authored by Marsha Diane Arnold
Illustrated by Qin Leng


* Age Range:  5-6
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover: 40 pages
* Publisher: Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date: April 2, 2019
* Language:  English



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Unveiling the book



How do you get from pointing out... this is mine... that is yours... and now let's enjoy... ours together?   Can that transition be made so everyone is happy?  

Big Panda is nestled in his den when Little Panda randomly wanders inside and declares... " Ours? "  Oh my,  Big Panda is not amused and definitely is in no mood to share.  He emphatically says.... "Mine." He then exits with Little Panda and plunks him on a rock outside and says... "Yours."  My, he is quite cranky isn't he?  

The following morning Little Panda is ravenous and once again approaches Big Panda and wants to share his breakfast of yummy bamboo leaves, shoots and stems.  Infuriated Big Panda tells him "Mine".  Part of his heart melts about being so stern towards the innocent little fellow.  He looks around his den and offers Little Panda a kite which he hopes will make him happy and go away.  "Yours"... he says.  

Little Panda is overjoyed with his new gift.  He runs about trying hard to get his kite to fly.  Hurray it's finally airborne how fun!  Then things start to get chaotic. The kite's tale gets all tangled up in the other animal's activities causing chaos and damage.  Over and over again Little Panda hears... this is "Mine"... the kite is "Yours."  Although Little Panda wants to make things right with the other animals the pesky old wind has other ideas. It keeps blowing his kite on and on.  The animals themselves get twisted up in the  unforgiving string as they try to retrieve their belongings.  Oh my!  They need to be rescued.  Whatever shall they do?   Finally they are saved and together, as a group, they learn the meaning of "Ours" and how sharing can be a truly beautiful thing.  

This book features animals that are found throughout Asia: giant pandas, pangolin, fishing cat, river otter, Chinese jumping mice, yellow-throated martins and golden snug-nosed monkey just to name a few.  The very simple and sparse text is greatly enriched by illustrations that are rendered in pen and ink and water-colour. ( my all time favourite style).  "Mine. Yours." is about kindness, inclusiveness, friendship, compassion and community.  The names of all the Asian animals are listed at the beginning of the book so the reader can identify them correctly.  I highly recommend this book. 






Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ Hugs!!!!!





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Meet the author








Mine. Yours. - a bookwrapMarsha Diane Arnold grew up on the Kansas prairies. It was there she developed a love of nature and home and a curiosity about almost everything. From childhood she has been an avid reader, but never thought about writing until she was grown with children of her own. Their antics, adventures and storytelling led her to write a syndicated, award-winning column, homegrown treasures. But it was picture books that held her heart. She felt that the best of them polished an idea to its brilliant essence in a memorable way. That's what she wanted to do, too.
Now Marsha Diane Arnold's picture books have sold over one million copies and have been described as “whimsical,” “inspiring” and “uplifting.” Called a “born storyteller” by the media, Her books have been selected for the Smithsonian Notable Books for Children list and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and have garnered awards such as the Ridgway Award for Best First Book and several state Children's Choice awards. Recent books include Galápagos Girl / Galapagueña, a bilingual book about a young girl growing up on the Galápagos Islands, and Lost. Found., a Junior Library Guild selection illustrated by Caldecott medalist Matthew Cordell, which received three starred reviews. She is especially excited to make her Kids Can Press debut with Mine. Yours., illustrated by the talented Qin Leng.
Marsha was born and raised in Kansas, lived most of her life in Sonoma County, California, and now lives with her husband in Alva, Florida. She still loves nature and nothing makes her happier than standing in her backyard in the midst of purple martins swooping for insects, unless it's sitting in her home surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Twitter: @MarshaDArnold




About the illustrator





Mine. Yours. - a bookwrap




Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her father, an artist himself, was a great influence on her. She grew up surrounded by paintings, and it became second nature for her to express herself through art. Qin graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and other works. From very early on, she has loved to portray the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children's books. In 2009, she illustrated her first picture book and has been busy ever since. She has published numerous picture books in Canada, the United States, the UK, France, Sweden, Hong Kong and South Korea for various publishers. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award.







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Reading aloud to older kids - an info wrap











Mem Fox explains why it's important to read to children... even the older ones.

She is certainly one of the best "reading gurus" of all times.  She is Australian and has many fabulous picture books to her credit and also teaching books to help parents/teacher/caregivers/educators understand the importance of getting kids to become proficient lifelong readers.  I simply adore her and agree with her philosophy of reading 100%.  Please check her out.  She is such an amazing resource!  








5 Reasons Why Reading Aloud with Older Kids Is the Absolute Best
by Jennifer Garry
(read brightly.com)







Jennifer Garry is a freelance writer and girl mom who loves reading the newest children’s books as much as she loves a good psychological thriller. She believes fiercely in the power of kindness, empathy, and really good quality chocolate. Jen blogs about motherhood with honesty and humour on her site, Cuddles and Chaos, and hopes to one day have her own book on your children’s bookshelf.










When kids start reading independently or getting to that tricky tween stage, parents oftentimes stop reading with them. “They can read on their own, they don’t need me” is a popular refrain. I get it. It’s tough to build time into our busy schedules and when kids can do something for themselves, it’s tempting to scratch it off your never-ending to-do list. But parents who stop reading to their children at this point miss out on an incredible opportunity to take a peek around their kids’ heads. Plus, it’s really fun to read aloud to kids who are a little bit older.
Here are five reasons why reading to big kids is the absolute best.


1.  There’s so much more variety.
Every parent of young children knows the story: something about a book grabs your kid and they want to read nothing but that book from here to eternity. The first few nights are okay. You might even be able to deal with the first week. But there comes a point when it’s pure torture.
While I have fond memories of reading Won’t You Be My Kissaroo? again and again and again to my then-preschooler, I would rather have poked my eyes out then read it once we got to night 47. By that time, we both had it memorized and it was more like reciting a nursery rhyme than reading a bedtime story.
The great thing about reading to older kids is that you’re not reading the same 20 pages over and over again, night after night. At the same time, you do get to stick with characters or plots that grab your kids and engage them. By the time my oldest daughter and I finished reading the Harry Potter series, we felt like we were a part of the Hogwarts community. We had spent every night with these characters for months and not a single moment of it was boring.


2.  They’re old enough to actually ‘get’ it.
Increased levels of reading comprehension mean that kids understand layers to stories that they might not have grasped before. It’s incredible to watch their eyes light up in realization when they notice something that might have gone over their heads even a month or two before.
I’ve seen this happen with picture books just as often as with more complex chapter books. Amelia Bedelia is a good example of that. When kids are very little, they don’t understand the complexity of the situations Amelia finds herself in, although they still think it’s funny. When they get a little bit older, they can grasp why she does the things that she does and they have this wonderful ah ha! moment that simply can’t be beat.


3.  You get insight into what’s going on in their lives.
Spoiler alert: When your kids start getting to that tween age, you’re going to be purposefully left out of the loop with what’s going on in their lives. As they try to assert their independence and learn and understand who they are, they really don’t want you interfering. But when you read with them, interesting nuggets start to slip out.
I can’t tell you how often one of my daughters and I have been reading something that immediately makes them launch into a story about something that happened at school that day. The book could be something as zany and out there as The Witches, as realistic as the Junie B. Jones or Fudge series, or somewhere in between like Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. The end result is the same: Your child will suddenly interrupt the story to do a little storytelling about their own lives. Let them.


4.  You can impart life lessons without being preachy.
If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll admit that your older kids have no interest in worldly knowledge passed down from on high. They don’t want to know what things were like in your day. They don’t want to be told what they should and shouldn’t do. They tune out lectures on bullying and other social issues.
When you read with them, you can breach these topics like a ninja, slowly and quietly creeping into difficult conversations so that they’re talking about it before they even realize what’s happening. Topics like death, divorce, racism, and so much more can be gradually and comfortably talked out when you introduce them through a story that has nothing to do with your kids’ lives.


5.  The one-on-one time is priceless.
With so many activities and distractions, it can be tough to work in solid, undistracted one-on-one time with your kids. Making reading to them a priority allows you to do that — and it brings you closer in so many ways.
You could have a kid who is suddenly not-so affectionate because they don’t think it’s cool for their friends to see them hugging or kissing mom or dad. When you read together, though, they can cuddle up next to you without a second thought.
You could also find yourself with a string of inside jokes that relate to stories you’ve read. After reading Kate DiCamillo’s Flora and Ulysses, my daughter and I couldn’t help but sneak one of our favorite lines into as many conversations as we could: “Holy unanticipated occurrences!”


What do you love about reading aloud with your older kids? 









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"Owl Love You" - a bookwrap









Meet the author...


Unwrapping Matthew Heroux's latest book...








"Owl Love You"

authored by Matthew Heroux
illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan

* Age Range:  4-8
* Grade Level:  PS-3
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Cameron
* Pub. Date: October 9, 2018
* Language:  English



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Unveiling the book





The sun goes to sleep and Mama and her baby owl wake up... it's time to fly into the night and unlock what it has to offer. 

"The sun is setting. Open your eyes.
No more sleeping, little one, wake up! Surprise!" 

Immediately sweet little owlet begins to fire questions at his Mama wondering about his safety and protection for the night.  He asks questions like:  Hoo'll catch me when I flutter and fall?, Hoo'll fly by my side and keep me in sight?,  and Hoo'll make up a song and sing me a tune? just to name a few.  Mama Owl patiently assures his little heart that she will be there to guide, play and protect him words that highlight his innocence and her incredible wisdom.  They take to flight and observe many creatures of the forest: hedgehogs playing hide-and seek and peek-a-boo, foxes running halter-skelter, a big old bear scratching his back against a tree and bats hanging upside down from tree branches. Once safety back home Mama softly tells her little one, "Owl always love you!"  

This sweet and heartwarming story is a perfect bedtime read.  Kids will love the simple rhymes and the illustrations are truly beautiful and brilliant using a dark nightime pallet.  This book celebrates a special bond of trust and love between a mother and her beloved baby owlet.  The whole mood of the book is comforting, calming and reassuring making it ideal to share before you turn off the light and give a hug and kiss goodnight to your own little one.  I highly recommend this book. 


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







The author and illustrator








Matthew Heroux and Wednesday Kirwan wrote Owl Love You together while walking their dog, Nemo. Wednesday is a children’s book author and the illustrator of Henry’s Bright Idea and Magnolia’s Magnificent Map, in the Walnut Animal Society series, written by Lauren Bradshaw. This is Matt’s first book and their first book together as a married couple. They live in Oakland, California. 




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"Reagandoodle and Little Buddy" - a bookwrap

















Reagondoodle ( the sweet dog ) and Little Buddy ( the cute human) are ready to share their story about life when a new baby girl arrives in their home.  Reagondoodle ( the articulate dog ) narrates.  





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Reagandoodle and Little Buddy Welcome Baby
Sandi Swiridoff, with Wendy Dunham
Illustrated by Michal Sparks



* Age Range:  4-8
* Grade Level:  1-3
* Series: Adventures of Reagandoodle and Little Buddy
* Hardcover: 48 pages
* Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers
* Pub. Date: February 5, 2019
* Language:  English 






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Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy Baby Girl has finally arrived and the wait is now over.  Reagondoodle and Little Buddy can't wait to help out with her care and love her to bits because that's what they do best. 

This sweet baby girl is in for a treat being chosen to come to this nurturing and accepting family.  The story is told through the eyes of Reagondoodle and explains the adjustments that take place when a new baby arrives into the family unit.  

The illustrations so enrich the text with their pale pastel colours and adorable characters.  The book is based on the real Reagandoodle and Little Buddy which makes it even more heartwarming.  The whole world smiles when a baby comes home!  They bring a new spark of light into everyone's life as love grows when the family grows.  I highly recommend this book. 



Storywraps Rating -  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!







Meet the authors and illustrator








Sandi Swiridoff is the “momager” of @Reagandoodle on Instagram. She and her husband, Eric, have two grown children and one famous fur-son (Reagan, of course). They are also very proud grandparents (one of their grandchildren being Little Buddy!). Besides spending time with her family, Sandi’s greatest joy is using her gift of photography to bring smiles and encouragement to others, while benefiting children in foster care.













Wendy Dunham is an award-winning inspirational children's and middle grade author, a registered therapist for children with special needs, and a blessed mamma of two amazing grown-up kids. She is the author of two middle-grade novels: My Name is River and its sequel, Hope Girl. She has a series of early-readers titled The Tales of Buttercup Grove. And with Reagandoodle and Little Buddy: The True Story of a Labradoodle and His Toddler Best Friend (to be released October, 2018), Wendy writes as the voice of Reagandoodle. Please visit her website at wendydunhamauthor.com.














Michal Sparks’ artwork can be found throughout the home-furnishings industry in textiles, gift items, dinnerware, and more. She is the artist for Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, When Someone you Love Has Cancer and A Simple Gift of Comfort. Connect with Michal at www.michalsparks.com.










Fun photo gallery of the real duo!  You are going to love these. 
















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"Teddy" - a bookwrap






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Teddy: The Remarkable Tale of a President, a Cartoonist, a Toymaker and a Bear 

Authored by James Sage
Illustrated by Lisk Feng


* Age Range:  6-9
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover:  40 pages
* Publisher:  Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date:  May 7, 2019
* Language:  English




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Unveiling the story





In the year 1902, President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt went hunting in the state of Mississippi.  His hosts wanted so much for him to shoot and bag a bear in their great state but alas at that particular time no bears could be found... "except, that is, for one scruffy, no-account cub." 

When prompted to go ahead and shoot the little fella the President vehemently declined the offer stating that if he did so he could never look into the eyes of his children again.  His tender big heart would not allow that to happen. Word got out of the President refusing to carry out that deed and the story was picked up by a political cartoonist who visually carried it in his newspaper.  In New York, toymakers Rosie and Morris Michtom were so impressed with the story that they decided to create a "Teddy" bear in the President's honour.  Everyone, including the President himself was very taken with this novel idea of owning and cuddling a soft, loveable "Teddy" bear toy.  The demand for "Teddys" became so popular that the Michtoms built a huge factory to meet all the demands of the public for this treasured toy.  

The book includes factual historic notes, photos and a rich list of sources to visit at the end.  Both young and old will find this book both educational and entertaining. Teddy bears are common in our culture today.  It is always fun to backpedal and find our how this iconic toy came into being.  I highly recommend this wonderful book with its universal appeal to kids ( and adults )  all over the world. 




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










Introducing the author







James Sage is an American author who has channeled his experience with film and photography into creating picture books. He strongly believes that the successful blending of words with images is the element that gives a story its special magic, as it is often what lies beyond both that has the most lasting impact. A story, he insists, should raise questions that are not at first apparent. They should be the cause of thought and wonder, and linger with the reader in a happy, troublesome way. Today, from a small market town in England, he continues to explore this phenomenon, carefully varying his style to suit the subject. For James, it is a continuing adventure.





Meet the illustrator








Lisk Feng is an award-winning illustrator who is initially from China, and now a New York-based freelance illustrator. She graduated from MFA Illustration Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014, with a lot of publications and advertisings projects seen by the world, such as The New Yorker, Apple, Penguin, Airbnb, The New York Times, Chanel, etc. Meanwhile, her illustrations received some awards and recognitions such as Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators,  Communication Arts Excellence Award, 3X3 Silver Medal, American Illustration winner, etc. She also published several children`s books with Flying Eye Books, Abrams and Kids Can Press. She was awarded one of the Art Directors Club 15 young gun artists among all artists from all fields worldwide in 2017.






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"Me, Toma and the Concrete Wall" - a bookwrap










Please join these two boys, Vincent and Toma, as they tell their story.  Through their friendship and playtime together they totally change the landscape around them into one that everyone at their barren complex can enjoy.   They display awesome teamwork.  This is a  huge success story indeed. 




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  • Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden

    Authored by Andrew Larsen
    Illustrated by Anne Villeneuve

    * Age Range:  5-6
    * Grade Level: PS-2
    * Hardcover: 32 pages
    * Publisher:  Kids Can Press
    * Pub. Date:  May 7, 2019
    * Language: English




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    Unveiling the story





    Vincent must spend the summer with his aunt Mimi while his mother is hospitalized.  He stumbles upon some dirt balls on Aunt Mimi's balcony and she encourages him and his new found friend Toma to dispose of them somehow as they are totally useless to her.  The boys create a game where they toss these unavailing dirt blobs over a wall into an abandoned, litter-cluttered, fenced-in lot that is right in the middle of the housing project. Can't hurt anything there with these dirt bombs can they?   

    Then a magical transformation occurs.  The boys and the neighbours soon learn that these are not just any old balls of dirt, in fact they are full of rich seeds that start to sprout.   They alter that desolate piece of land into something beautiful and inviting for everyone in the community to enjoy.    Everyone takes ownership  and a wonderful gathering place ensues.  

    The illustrations add such richness to the text as they start out with more neutral muted colours and end up with vibrant colours as the garden evolves.  This is a wonderful book to connect kids with nature, give them a sense of pride in helping out their community and watching a friendship between two boys take root.   I highly recommend this book. 




    Storywrap Rating -  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!







    Meet the author




    Andrew Larsen lives in a neighborhood in Toronto that has tall trees, old houses and lots of stories. He lives with his wife and two children. Sometimes Andrew goes looking for stories and sometimes stories come looking for him.
    Andrew was born in Montreal and lived there until he was 12. He has also lived in Halifax, Ottawa and London, England.
    As a young boy, Andrew dreamed of being a hockey player. His first job was delivering newspapers to the houses in his neighborhood. He has had many jobs over the years, but once he started a family, Andrew discovered his true calling: he became a stay-at-home dad and started writing stories. He still loves to skate.
    Andrew spends his days cooking, cleaning, daydreaming and writing. He often visits schools and libraries, where he encourages children to discover their own stories. Facebook: authorandrewlarsen
    Twitter: @larsenesque








    About the illustrator



    Anne Villeneuve was born in Montreal in 1966. As far as she can recall, she's always held a crayon or a brush in her hands. She tries to draw every day, even on vacation, curious of her surroundings and eager to observe every aspect of her environment. Her passion for images and storytelling was the starting point for her career as author and illustrator, which she has been fulfilling for over 25 years.
    Anne has written and illustrated close to 40 books, created games for magazines, illustrated for newspapers and designed cake boxes for a bakery. She's also worked on “scenography” for Cirque du Soleil shows, murals for soft drinks and posters for the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Over the years, her work has earned her many distinguished recognitions, such as the Governor General's Literary Award and the Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles Literary Award in 2000, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2005 and 2009, and the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 1998. She's met with hundreds of kids across Canada, with whom she's shared her passion for literature and art. She now teaches watercolor and drawing at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
    The artists she looks up to are Matisse, Klee, Riopelle and Basquiat. She lives in Montreal, where she shares her home with her husband, daughter and two lazy cats.






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"Where is My House?' - a bookwrap










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 Where Is My House?

by Laurent Richard 


* Age Range:  5-6
* Grade Level:  PS-1
* Series:  Where is My? (Book 1)
* Board book: 24 pages
Publisher:  Schiffer, 1 edition
* Pub. Date:  April 28, 2019
* Language:  English 


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Unveiling the book



This is a fun book that kids will love.  They adore puzzles, matching games and hide-and-seek mysteries.  This book with its wonderful collection of similar houses will invite kids to participate in finding shapes, textures, colours, and detail.  

They will interact  with the text and illustrations: a farmhouse, an igloo, a skyscraper, a teepee, a hut, and a pagoda and be guided to locate the same on the very next page. The really fun part is that the search can be shared with a friend ( to see who finds it first ) and can be played if the book is positioned upside down or if the rules are altered to search for a rogue object that doesn't belong on the page.

The illustrations are bold, bright and very kid-friendly.  The variety of characters will keep the kids engaged and wanting more.  A wonderful book for a non-reader or a beginning reader.  




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!








Meet the creator of the book







Laurent Richard was born in 1972 in Brittany, Saint Brieuc. Illustrator since 1998, he works mainly for the press, and the youth edition. He is a graduate of the Estienne School and the University of Paris I, he taught applied arts a decade. In 2005, one of his paper characters, Bali, appeared on TV screens in France and elsewhere! He lives today in Binic (22), at the edge of the sea where he continues to develop his visual universe.







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Books are better - gift a book - an infowrap






10 Times When a Book Is a Better Gift Than a Toy

by Iva-Marie Palme
(read brightly.com)





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  Introducing Iva-Marie Palmer





Books are better - gift a book - an infowrap





Iva-Marie Palmer lives with her family in a book-laden house just outside Los Angeles. She is the author of two YA novels, The End of the World As We Know It and The Summers. She doesn't need to write a letter of advice to her 9-year-old self because that 9-year-old had already discovered the works of Judy Blume.







Books are better - gift a book - an infowrap







Face it: When you have kids, that whole notion that you’ve put away childish things goes out the window. Suddenly, your home is overrun with their toys, and after several years of accumulating the holiday season’s hot new plaything, legions of action figures and dolls, LEGOs that seem to multiply each time you step on one, the constant tidying up of your kids’ trinkets can feel never-ending.
Do you know what’s considerably easier to put away and makes a great substitute for toys in almost any gift-giving situation? Books! There are so many fantastic children’s books out there that serve as perfect presents for kids, for any occasion — and they can have a significantly longer lifespan than (yet another) hunk of brightly hued plastic.

Here are ten times when buying a book instead of a toy is the better option:



💜  When you’re choosing a vacation souvenir. Of course, kitschy souvenirs appeal to kids and sometimes you can’t resist picking up a snow globe or a stuffed animal donning a tiny t-shirt of the place you’ve visited. But in almost every city my family visits, we make it a point to hit up a local independent bookstore to have the kids each choose a picture book to take home. Later, I write the date, location, and store name inside the book to preserve the memory. Bonus: I figure these libraries will be theirs one day if they have families of their own.


💜  When you’re attending a baby shower. Whenever a friend is having or has a new baby, I like to gift a few picture books. Because I have kids who love books, I like to include a favourite from their babyhood shelves, which brings them in on the act of giving too.



💜   When you’re purchasing a birthday gift. I usually pick a book for each of our kids each year and inscribe it to them. I try for something that feels thematically on-point with where they are in their lives. (Mr. Tiger Goes Wild made perfect sense for my toddler last year.) You can also do this so that each year you give a book with a character the same age as your child. If you need some ideas of where to start, check out this list of The Perfect Birthday Books for Ages 1 – 6.


💜  When you’re giving out party favours. Birthday parties often come with the expectation that each kid leaves with a goodie bag, and while that little tote of plastic surprises is understandably delightful to children, if we’re honest, we all know it’s forgotten before they even get it home. I’ve been to a few parties now where the favors are inexpensive picture books (think $4 to $5 — about what each goodie bag probably costs, all told). Little Golden Books, for example, are up to the task!


💜  When you’re shopping for the holidays. This is pretty obvious, especially if your kid’s gift list includes titles from their favorite series or they request books on their favorite subjects. Each Christmas, we like to add a picture book chosen by us to the mix. These also get an inscription personalized to the child, so they have something to look back on long after the must-have toy has stopped being alluring. And, though we don’t do sizeable Halloween or Valentine’s Day gifts in our house, I know people who do and there are a wealth of books perfect for those holidays too.


💜  When you’re celebrating the first day of school. If your child is nervous about that first day, I can think of no better way to ease the anxiety than with a book; it’s fairly easy to find picture books about preschool or kindergarten, and, as they get older, the age-appropriate reads often tackle the subject of heading to a new school, middle school, and even high school.


💜  When you’re celebrating the last day of school — or a graduation! At the end of the school year, it doesn’t hurt to gift another book as a subtle reminder that reading over the break is important. (I recommend picking something really fun and enticing, and nothing that feels too school-y.) If the end of the year brings a graduation, even better! From the classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss to something lesser-known, a graduation gift should focus on a kid’s life and how it’s changing. When our niece graduated from middle school, we gave her some of our favorite reads from high school with inscriptions on the wisdom she might gain.


💜  When your child is moving to a new town. This is a hard time in a kids’ life, but books often serve as supportive friends. Find something that hits the right note for your kid; if they tend to like funny tales, don’t buy a heavy or dramatic story and vice versa. (This list of Picture Books for Children Moving to a New Home is a great place to start!)



💜  When you’re celebrating a child’s new accomplishment. My six-year-old contributed this idea of gifting a book when your child does something they’ve never done, and I like it. Of course, you can’t do it every time your child hits a milestone, but if a child finally overcomes his antipathy toward broccoli after years of hating it, it might be kind of fun to give a veggie-friendly book like Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.


💜  When you’re going somewhere you’ve never gone. Another suggestion from my son, who has a list of travel dreams as long as his list of favorite books. If your family is planning a big trip, why not find a kid-friendly guide to the place, or even a fictional story set in the area you’re going, ahead of time? It can only amp up the excitement.



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Books are better - gift a book - an infowrap




💜💜💜 When it's Christmas time.  Books are gifts that keep on giving all year round.  Toy overload only lasts but a few days or weeks, but a good book's message can last for a lifetime tucked into a little one's heart.  Book giving is always in fashion and never gets old or tired.  Small books are perfect stocking stuffers and books can even decorate your home.  Think books, be creative and have a "reading" Christmas. 💜💜💜



Are you a fan of giving kids books instead of toys? Let me know in the comments section below!






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