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"Froggie Series" - an infowrap







The "Froggy Series" Is Full of Big Lessons and Everyday Humour for Kids










Sharing a guest post today from readbrightly.com
by Regina Hayes
 I love the Froggie books and have used them many times in my classroom.  Enjoy! 






Regina Hayes began her career at Coward McCann, and subsequently was Executive Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers. After moving to Viking, she was President and Publisher for Viking Children’s Books for 30 years. She is now Editor-at-Large at Viking.








Since Froggy Gets Dressed, the first Froggy book, appeared in 1992, Froggy has been enthusiastically embraced by teachers, librarians, parents, and, most importantly, children. Twenty-six subsequent picture books have chronicled Froggy’s adventures, from holiday celebrations to many new learning experiences. What is the source of his enduring popularity?

Froggy is Everychild. Like Curious George, Froggy is continually getting himself in hot water. Perhaps that’s why boys in particular love Froggy. Froggy is an eternal optimist and he always has big plans, whether he’s building a tree house, setting up a lemonade stand, or just learning to ride a bike. He always expects to be the best, to triumph, but somehow his big plans go awry, leaving him, in the signature line of the books, “with his face more red than green.” But lovable Froggy is surrounded by good friends and loving family, including his little sister Pollywogilina, and they are ready to console him and encourage him to embark on his next adventure. 

Artfully and painlessly conveyed in the amusing texts are important lessons about perseverance, friendship, and loyalty.
The Froggy books are terrific read-alouds, full of onomatopoeic words as Froggy gets himself dressed — zut, zoot, zup, zat — and sets out into the world — flop, flop flop — and there is a constant refrain of “Frrrooggyy,” as his mother reminds him of something he has forgotten to do or wear. Frank Remkiewicz has illustrated all of the Froggy books with pictures full of humor and action.

Here are just a few of my favorite Froggy stories:











by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz


The book that started it all! It takes so long for Froggy to put on all his clothes to go play in the snow that he gives up and goes back to bed.








by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

It takes a while for Froggy to learn to use his inside voice, but his kindly teacher, Miss Witherspoon, is happy to have exuberant Froggy in her class.











by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz





Froggy has big plans for all the money he will make at his lemonade stand, but it’s a hot day and he is very thirsty.












by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy hopes to be a star, but just hitting the ball is harder than it looks and he realizes that having fun is the most important thing.







by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz


Camp Run-A-Muck will never be the same after Froggy spends a week there as a camper!





 * PS-K

*  The "Froggy Series" will have the kids asking for another read ... please! 







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A wrap of appreciation today







A wrap of appreciation today






I want to take the opportunity today to say a HUGE thank you to all the people who stop by and visit Storywraps each and every day.  When I check my stats I am astounded and humbled at the reach  this little blog has all across the world.  I especially want to thank those who so lovingly and generously donate to my cause of getting reviews of current and awesome books into the hands of kids, parents and educators to enjoy. Your monetary giving to my blog is much valued.  It is my privilege deliver high quality books to you pursue.  My goal is to help you develop kids into happy, lifelong readers. 

I spend about 8 hours a day researching, prepping and posting each and every book (or CD)  that I am privileged to work with and I love doing so. To say I is my passion is an understatement. I have met so many creative, talented people and I have learned so much from them.  The children's book industry is filled to the brim with outstanding, caring people that I love working with.  Thank you so much for supporting Storywraps and.... me!  SO APPRECIATED!   

I am heading off to a Book Festival today featuring authors, illustrators, publishers and guest speakers.  I am so looking forward to an infusion of new ideas and meeting  some very gifted and awesome people in the book world.  I am very excited for this opportunity. 

Tomorrow I will be posting as usual so please drop by and enjoy. Have a wonderful Friday, read to your bunnies and see you back here tomorrow.  Again, thank you so much for your patronage!  I love each and every one of you.  



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"Ready to Ride" - a bookwrap











Got a little one that is learning to ride independently?  Well this imaginative book will be well received.  A quirky, fun read to enjoy!



Unwrapping






"Ready to Ride"


Authored and illustrated by Sébastien Pelon
Translated by Vanessa Miéville


 * Ages:  4 - 7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Publisher: words and pictures; Translation edition (June 19, 2018)
* Language: English 



Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you







































About the book 




A little boy is very bored.   The weather is dull and that makes him want to stay inside.  He's done some playing, reading, colouring, drawing, and sticking.  He's run out of ideas to keep himself busy.  His mom gives him a suggestion:

"Go and play outside, sweetheart.
But be careful - and don't go too far!"  

The little boy takes his mom's advice and out he goes. Once outdoors he discovers that the street is empty... but is it really?  In the distance he notices a funny shape getting closer and closer.  He soon realizes that it is a huge ball of fur wearing a pink hat and it glides right past him riding a teeny-tiny bike.

Curiousity overtakes the little guy and he hops on his bike and follows after this weird stranger wanting to find out more about him.  

Luckily the odd creature is a friendly, caring stranger who after eating the little boys training wheels (yes you heard me right, he did swallow them up)... takes it upon himself to guide, support and finally see the little boy accomplish the awesome task of riding a two-wheeler all on his own just like the big boys.  

This book is about friendship and the joy and celebration of learning to ride a two-wheeler independently.   This is a fun, imaginative book that kids will love I'm sure.  A side-note is that it is a teaching moment to talk about riding off all on your own and following strangers that you don't know.  This day and age that can pose a huge safety factor and needs to be addressed after the book is read.  




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!






Introducing the author/ illustrator





  

 Sébastien Pelon lives and works in Paris. He graduated from the l’École Supérieure des Arts-Appliqués Duperré and worked for several years at Père Castor Flammarion. Today, he is a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. He has illustrated numerous books, classic tales, covers and series.










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"The Old Man" - a bookwrap










 “This is an extraordinary book, one that can make the needed connection for young children to see human beings as more than their circumstances".  - Kirkus Starred Review. 




Unwrapping







" The Old Man"

Authored by Sarah V. 
Illustrated by Claude E. Dubois 
Translator:  Daniel Hahn


*Ages: 5-7
* Grade Level:  1-2
* Publisher:  Gecko Press (January 1, 2018)
* Language:  English 
* Country of Origin: France




"The Old Man"  is a book that matters. Behind its dark topic, it’s a bright book—about children’s non prejudices, generosity, honesty and about hopefulness—that children and adults will love.





Some hauntingly beautiful illustrations for you





















About the book



This story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.  It is a must for homes, schools and well... every place.  It tugs at your heartstrings and opens your eyes to the suffering and injustices in our world.  It inspires compassion and love to those forgotten, neglected and invisible humans that are in distress each and every day.


"Day breaks over the town. Wake up, everybody! It’s time to go to school. It’s time for the old man to get up, too. The night was icy and he’s hungry. His name? He no longer knows…
This is the story of a person with no job, no family, no home—a nobody, who can’t even remember his name. But his day changes when he is noticed by a child.
Drawn in soft, watercolour pencil, this is an important story for our times. This gentle, compelling book will appeal to children’s sense of justice and to every reader’s compassion."






Unwrapping Praise for "The Old Man"



    • Rachel Eadie for Radio NZ – May 24, 2018
      This is quite a special book. It’s a beautiful and moving picture book. It has a powerful message and I think it’s got a power to make a difference as well.
    • Walking Brain Cells – May 8, 2018
      They are shadowy, chilly and seep under the skin like a shiver. An important book about small acts of kindness.

    • Street Reads via Twitter – May 3, 2018
      This book is haunting me. I make everyone I meet read it. It’s so important.

    • Let’s talk Picture Books – March 26, 2018
      This book is fascinating in so many ways. It’s very sparsely worded for the most part and the text is factual, allowing the illustrations to provide much of the emotional storytelling…Though this is a tough read, it’s a stellar way of showcasing how a little gesture can go a long way
    • Kidlit Book Reviews – March 23, 2018
      Gorgeous illustrations accentuate the moving text of this deceptively simple tale; a poignant look at the world we live in and the beauty of hope that can be seen shining through. An important introduction on poverty, kindness, and gratitude. Keep the Kleenex close for this heartbreakingly beautiful read.



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








Introducing the author




  Sarah V was born in Belgium in 1985. Her parents were artists and she spent her childhood surrounded by books. The Old Man grew from her work with homeless people.






Meet the illustrator











Claude K. Dubois was born in Belgium. She ha published nearly eighty children’s books for which she has received several awards.  She is also a sculptor and painter. 












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"Tug of War" - a bookwrap








I would like you to meet Tortoise.  He is feeling sad and dejected because he wants to make a friend. Wait?  What is he doing with that in his mouth?  You are invited to find out.





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"Tug of War" 
by Naomi Howarth


* Ages:  4-8
* Grade Level: PS-3
* Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group-Frances Lincoln Childrens
* Hardcover - June 5, 2018




Praise for the book




'Howarth brings a gorgeously vibrant style to her watercolour and lithography illustrations, and flora and fauna are depicted with a naturalist’s eye for detail.'
- Financial Times

The stunning illustrations really evoke the natural world and are a real treat in themselves.
- Parents in Touch

Beauty of a book.
- Let Them Be Small

‘a beautifully illustrated retelling of a West African folktale’

- Daily Telegraph





Unwrapping some stunning illustrations



























About the book




"One morning, while the sun was high in the sky over the banks of the great African river, Tortoise set off on a walk.
'It's so beautiful and sunny', he said to himself.'
'I think it's the perfect day to make a new friend."


He encounters an elephant and asks him point blank, "Would you like to be my friend?"  Elephant's reply is rude, demeaning and quite shocking.    

"No thanks! I am the biggest and best beast in this jungle, and you are nothing more than a small, stupid old tortoise" 

Tortoise is saddened and walks away until he comes upon a Hippo and thinks perhaps he can be his friend.  He poses the same question and gets this reply:

"Be your friend?" roared Hippo." "Are you joking? I am the toughest most terrible thing in this jungle, and you are nothing more than a small, wrinkly old tortoise." 

Poor Tortoise, now he feels even worse.  Bird can't help but notice how badly Tortoise feels and gives Tortoise some excellent advice... advice that inspires and motivates Tortoise to concoct a brilliant plan to prove to both Elephant and Hippo that they may have  power and brawn but he has brains.  Do you think his plan will work?  Can he prove to the prideful two that just because you are smaller does not mean you are deplorable?

 "Tug of War" is a retelling of a wise West African folktale. The illustrations are spectacular and engaging and the message is positive and inspiring.  I highly recommend this wonderful book.  





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







About the author/illustrator








NAOMI HOWARTH was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and studied Costume for Performance at the London College of Fashion, where she graduated with a First in 2010. She worked in the film industry for eighteen months before deciding to pursue a career in illustration. In 2014 she was mentored by Catherine Rayner as part of Booktrust Scotland’s Picture Hooks scheme. Naomi’s illustrations combine lithography with watercolour, and she has a strong interest in myth, legend and folklore. The Crow’s Tale, her first picture book, was shortlisted for the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Naomi lives on a houseboat in west London.













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Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap






Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap





Unwrapping 



Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap




Sir Simon: Super Scarer

By CALE ATKINSON



* Ages: 4-8
* Grade Levels:   PS-3
* Hardcover:  48 pages
* Publisher: Tundra Books
* Pub. Date: September 4, 2018




Praise for the book


“Part snarky comedy, part feel-good tale, the book offers enough laughs to be a solid readaloud, and its lack of scary moments makes it a good choice for kids who prefer their ghost stories screamfree.” 
– Publisher’s Weekly



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Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap




Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap




Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap




Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap




Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap




Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap




Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap




Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap




Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap





About the book




Sir Simon Super Scarer is a professional ghost and even has his own business card to prove it.  " Sir Simon Super Scarer... Ghosts with the mostest" it reads.  Now who wouldn't want to hire him?  

He has haunted forests, a boat, a bus stop, and strange things like a doll, a pizza and even a potato, just to name a few.  Finally he gets a promotion and is assigned to his very first house to haunt and is he excited!  Unfortunately, with that stroke of good luck comes some bad news. He will be responsible to carry out ghost chores at his new location, chores like creaking the stairs, flickering the lights, flushing the toilets, hiding and moving things around, or standing creepy in a window wearing old-times clothes.  He discovers his assigned house will have old people moving in which is good because they sleep a lot.  If they sleep lots his chore list won't be so long and therefore he will be able to spend more free time on things that he loves to do.  That's a bonus right? 

He is excited to meet his clients but that happiness soon disappears because he discovers there is one old grandma and.... one spunky kid that moves in.  Oh nooooo he never expected a kid would be around to spoil his plans and bug him.

He learns that the kid's name is Chester and Chester is over-the-moon happy knowing a real live ( well dead ) ghost lives in the house.  He pellets a million questions at Sir Simon Super Scarer and asks if he can be a ghost too?

Crafty Simon has a eureka moment....mmmmm.... yes Chester would be a perfect partner in crime.  The kid can perform all the ghost chores leaving Sir Simon to enjoy more and more free time for the things he loves like, cross- stitch, learning French and working on his thrilling novel.  What a brilliant plan!!! 

Will it work?  Unfortunately although Chester has every intention of pleasing his new ghost friend he is not good at haunting and Sir Simon discovers that little Chester has been moved around a lot just like him.  Empathy and compassion kicks in and Sir Simon repents and offered to help Chester out with his human chores which he is not good at either.  Oh my!!  One thing they do find out is that they are very good at being friends together.  I love a story with a happy ending and his story does not disappoint. 

The illustrations are wonderful and they carry the storyline perfectly.  They are animated and full of emotion and detail which I like.  The message of the book is positive and redemptive.  I highly recommend this book.  



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



Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap



Meet the creator of the book




Sir Simon Super Scarer - a bookwrap




Cale Atkinson is an illustrator and animator living lakeside with his family in Kelowna, British Columbia. Believing in tea more than sleep, Cale is constantly working on numerous projects. His work can be found in children’s books, including To the Sea which he wrote and illustrated, animated shorts, television and games. If he had to choose, Cale would probably want a hippogriff as a pet, to go on adventures and solve mysteries with. Or maybe just a goldfish …









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Charitable kid apps - an infowrap




Charitable kid apps - an infowrap





Please check out this fabulous website if you haven't already... they are top notch! 


( guest post from https://www.commonsensemedia.org )




Charitable Apps and Sites




Donating to charity through text messages and websites is great, but kids may need something more interactive to help them understand how they're helping. Apps and sites can help families take direct action, learn about important causes, and nurture compassion. Aside from developing empathy and gratitude, helping others can boost kids' self-esteem and expand their worldview. From a trivia game that eases world hunger to stories about people in need, we've hand-picked our favourite apps and sites that help kids do good. 



Charitable kid apps - an infowrap




age 7+
Strong role models transform bullies in lovely story.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)




Daisy Chain is an interactive story about a girl's experience with bullying and how she and a helpful friend get through it. Kate Winslet narrates the story. Related merchandise, including a Buttercup figurine doll and a picture book, is sold through an in-app store, which is protected by a parent gate. Kids can listen as Winslet reads the text and they peruse the picture book (if purchased), or they can play along with the interactive story on the device as it's read to them. A percentage of the proceeds from app-related merchandise goes to anti-bullying organizations. The kids who bully Buttercup Bree are portrayed as dark, shadowy figures, which may be a bit scary to younger kids, and the faceless characters -- while allowing for a more imaginative experience -- might not be everyone's cup of tea. The overview-style privacy policy details the kinds of information collected and shared.



IS IT ANY GOOD?

Kate Winslet’s calm, assured voice sets the perfect tone for this lovely tale of a little love and kindness changing a bad situation. Buttercup Bree's new friend, Benjamin, speaks some powerful words to encourage her and paint the bullies as redeemable. "They just don't know. They've not been taught," he says while not undermining the impact of bullying. When he loosens the ties holding her, the narration is "He broke her chains (to some degree.)” As for playing through the book, having to complete the activities to advance in the story can be frustrating, especially since it may take a few tries to figure out what's supposed to happen, such as slashing the photos in half or tapping each flower to pick it. To work around that, you can use the book icon to jump to each specific page. Despite this drawback, it's a haunting, charming take on overcoming cruelty.


TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ...
  • Families can talk about kids' experiences with bullying. What can they learn from how Buttercup Bree responds to the kids who are mean to her?
  • Talk about how Benjamin helps Buttercup Bree. How can they be like Benjamin to a friend in need?




Charitable kid apps - an infowrap





age 8+

Sustainable-community sim teaches kids to help and conserve.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone (2016)





AN ETHICAL GAME asks kids to build communities in four regions: a savannah, an arid climate, a tropical area, and on an island, all initially undeveloped. As kids play, more of the game gets unlocked, including all four regions, different tools and bonuses, and more difficult levels. Kids can get bonuses in the game by doing well, by connecting with friends who play the game, and by making real-life donations to Save the Children. Each level begins with setting up a water source, a house, and a food crop. From there, kids work to meet the requirements of the level, providing the proper amount of water, food, housing, health, education, and disaster preparedness. Each item they place costs in-game money, but each level provides money if successfully completed; the money available carries over from level to level, so doing well on early, easier levels sets kids up for success on the later, more difficult levels. Kids can revisit lower levels as many times as they wish.

IS IT ANY GOOD?
A fun and interesting resource-allocation simulation, this charity-sponsored game teaches and inspires. Each level is a puzzle requiring different priorities and combinations of solutions. Kids can likely solve the early levels without using the bonuses or any of the fancier resources, such as the chicken coop or the evacuation center, so they may not know how to best use those resources when they come across the bigger challenges later. Still, the game teaches kids the basics of what's necessary to create a sustainable community and how several of those resources work together. It also gives kids the opportunity to think hard and creatively about problem-solving and efficiently allocating their resources. The game does occasionally crash, however, which can be frustrating, but it saves your progress if you're logged in.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ...
  • Families can talk about in-app purchases and your rules about them. Does it make a difference that the money goes to a charity?
  • Talk about the game villages vs. the real-life communities that are represented. What do you think are the similarities? What might be some differences? Are there any challenges people face that aren't shown in the game?
  • Take curiosity about the game and funnel it into research about real places and people. Which communities does Save the Children try to help?




Charitable kid apps - an infowrap



age 9+


Learning and ending hunger, a few grains of rice at a time.
URL: http://www.freerice.com (2009)


It's fiendishly simple: the screen presents the viewer with a vocabulary question. Click on the correct answer and FREE RICE donates ten grains of rice to the UN World Food Program. A graphic on the side shows bowls of rice as they fill and accumulate. That's it. Except that now there's another word on the screen, a harder word, so you click on the definition for that one and watch as the score improves. By the time the participant checks out the other topics available -- geography, French, multiplication tables -- dozens of words have been defined and multiple bowls full of rice have been donated.

IS IT ANY GOOD?
The site's stated goals make it plain. Free Rice exists to provide free education and help end world hunger. Period. Somehow they manage to make it fun in the process. Kids like the game format and respond well to the challenge of improving their scores. Parents will want to play it themselves for the mental stimulation. And all the while, every correct answer drops another ten grains of rice into some hungry person's bowl.
Interestingly, the site's FAQ does more than answer typical questions. It presents issues that might be raised about hunger, about the nature of learning, and why the site even exists. The sponsors who pay for the donated rice are listed and linked to, and questions that a thoughtful adolescent might ask -- like how much rice does it take to feed a person for a day -- are addressed. There's more to chew on here than just rice. At the time of this review, Free Rice had donated over 96 billion grains of rice -- and improved the minds of countless people along the way.

TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ...
  • Families can talk about the meaning of world hunger and what they learned on this site. Be prepared for conversations about different artistic styles, or sentences peppered with words like "scoff" and "chastise." As vocabulary improves, confidence grows, and dinner table conversation may never be the same.
  • Are there any shelters close to you where you can donate canned food? It's important to know that hunger isn't something that only happens in far-off places.


Charitable kid apps - an infowrap




age 11+


Micro-loan site gives everyone the chance to help.

URL: http://www.kiva.org (2012)



WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Kiva gives individuals, families, and groups the opportunity to invest as little as $25 in businesses in impoverished areas around the world. Kids can learn about people like Silvia in Nicaragua, who needs a new roof for her beauty shop and Norma, who owns a food stall in Bolivia and would be helped by an industrial food slicer. Kids can search for a borrower to fund based on industry (including food, construction, and retail), gender, and even whether or not they're in a conflict zone. Risk and repayment rate (98.95% at the time this review was written) are all fully disclosed.


IS IT ANY GOOD?
As a family activity, loaning through Kiva is a pretty cool thing to do. Kids should love the process of picking the folks they want to lend to! Through pictures and a short write-up of each business and the faces behind it, they'll discover that there are lots of ways to make a living. Kiva isn't geared directly towards kid-only usage, so it would be a good idea to sit down at the computer along with your child and talk through the steps (also a fantastic classroom activity!) and answer the questions they're bound to have about poverty in other countries.
They'll learn what it takes to make a small business grow, the difference between giving and lending, what it means to lend money to those in need, and, when loans get repaid, personal accountability. They'll appreciate the details of each person's story, making lending through Kiva seem personal and real. And here's the fun part: when a loan is repaid, families get to choose a new person or business to share that money with. That's exciting!

TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ...
  • Families can talk about challenges other countries may have (extreme poverty, no clean drinking water, etc.) that kids may not have a full understanding of. What would be different about starting a farming business in Burma as opposed to Montana?
  • What are some different ways that people make a living? How do you think they got started?


This is just a sample of Charitable Apps that are available from this wonderful, informative website.  Please head there and check out the others that are available.  I so believe in teaching kids to give back.  We are very blessed with all that we have access to, more than enough really, so from an very early age it is a good thing to encourage our affluent kids to share their abundance with others around the world that are far less fortunate.  






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"The Sinking of Captain Otter" - a bookwrap








I wonder what these guys are chatting about?  Looks like a happy, cozy gathering around the campfire... but it wasn't always that way. Here is their story. 



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"The Sinking of Captain Otter" 

by Troy Wilson (Author)
 Maira Chiodi  (Illustrator)

* Ages:  4-8
* Grade Level: PS-3
Publisher: Owlkids
* Publisher Date: Oct. 15, 2018



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About the book



Kelpy, the otter, adores ships, sailing the deep blue sea and hopefully being a  hearty sea captain.  He decides to built a ship out of this and that and sail off into the unknown.  

The other otters laugh and scoff at his workmanship (and at him). 

"Kelpy sighed a little.
He cried a little.
But he loved his ship. 
He loved her from keel
to cabin 
to crow's nest. 
So he took a deep breath,
straightened his hat,
and sailed on."


Did those hurtful words and gestures deter him?  No way....Kelby is determined and off he sails to fulfill his dream.  Along the way scruffy pirates mock and taunt him, sharks make fun of him and even the waves ridicule him but he presses on.  


"Kelpy sighed a little.
He cried a little.
But he loved his ship. 
He loved her from keel
to cabin 
to crow's nest. 
So he took a deep breath,
straightened his hat,
and sailed on."

One day he comes upon a pathetic want-to-be sailor: 

"Arrr!" came a shout.
"I  be Blistering Blastering Butterbeard.
Prepare to be sunk!" 

Oh my! This sounds very dangerous.  Kelpy discovers the voice is coming from a small butterfly pirate in an itty-bitsy boat.  Kelpy ignites into fits of laughter and fingerpointing... just exactly how he has been treated by those disbelievers around him.  The tiny butterfly suddenly bursts into tears because his feelings are so badly hurt.  

All of a sudden Kelpy comes to his senses and realizes how mean his words are and he turns that hurtful malice into acceptance and sympathy. Can he ever make amends to the poor little butterfly?  Cleverly he hatches a plan and finds the perfect way to do so.  When he puts his plan into action it works like a charm and Kelpy makes a brand new friend.  A friend who like him loves his ship dearly and loves sailing the seven seas and having wonderful adventures.  

This book is a lovely read aloud and the illusrations are full of emotion and heart.  Young children love rhyme and repetition and this book delivers both.  It is inspiring as it encourages kids to follow their dreams even though there may be doubters trying to discourage them from doing so.  I love the positive message and the fact that you have the power to reach out and make a difference in someone else's life too.  I highly recommend this book. 





Storywraps Rating - 5 ++ Hugs!!!!!






Meet the author








TROY WILSON is the author of Liam Takes a Stand and other picture books, and has published numerous stories in children’s magazines, including Chickadee and Chirp. The Sinking of Captain Otter was inspired by a little book called Captain Otter that Troy wrote and illustrated when he was in Grade One. Troy lives in Victoria, BC. 









About the illustrator






MAIRA CHIODI is an illustrator and surface pattern designer with a graphic design background. Her work has appeared in magazines, books, games, and wall decals, among other products. Inspired by nature, animation and the culture of her home country, Brazil, her style is joyful and colorful, with a hint of humor that pleases grown-ups and children alike. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.










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"Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?" - a bookwrap









You are invited to a warm, cosy gathering of creatures as they share how they keep warm in the cold weather.  Do frogs really drink hot chocolate to do so?  Mmmmm.... maybe not!!  Enjoy. 




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"Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?"
How Animals Keep Warm


By Etta Kaner  
Illustrated by John Martz


* Ages:  6-8
* Grade Level:  1-3
* Publisher: Owlkids
* Publisher Date: September 15, 2018
* Language: English



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About the book





Kids will love this interactive Q&A book discussing how different species of animals keep warm.  I love the cover and how it pulls you into an imaginative but informative take on that theme.

The author tackles these questions and informs the reader how each animal manages to generate warmth when the weather turns cold.  She also includes international species and highlights both familiar and unfamiliar animals.  The book sparks further discussion of  how these creatures adapt and a glimpse of their living habits and  habitats.  

Personally I like the design of the book.  One page asks a question, giving the reader time to think about it and respond. When the page is turned the answer to the proposed question appears complete with visuals and details of that specific animal's way of coping with the chilly weather.  

The illustrations are funny and sometimes silly and I know that kids will adore that aspect of the story.  This non-fiction book encourages participation and its playful, kid-friendly style proves to be both entertaining and educational.  I recommend this book. 




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS !!!!!






Introducing the author






Etta Kaner writes for both children and educators. While the majority of her children's books are nonfiction, some of her more recent books are a combination of fiction and nonfiction. Many of them have been translated into other languages. A number of her books have won awards, namely the Silver Birch Award, the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, the Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award, the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award and the Science in Society Book Award.
While her earlier books were inspired by her two daughters, many of her later books were inspired by the elementary school students whom she taught.
Etta loves to interview experts in fields with which she is unfamiliar, either in person or by phone. She finds that most people are very cooperative and love to talk about their area of interest and expertise. During these interviews, she often accumulates more information than she needs for her book. When making a decision as to what to include in the book, she uses the "wow" test. She tries to choose information that will make her readers say "wow" when they read it.
Writing books also allows Etta to create the many groaners that she likes to make up but which are not always appreciated by her family!
When she's not writing or teaching, Etta loves to spend time with her family (her husband and two grown daughters), garden, read humorous or historical fiction books, dance, explore new places, go to live theater and cook for company (but not all at the same time!). She does all of these activities in Toronto, Canada.






About the illustrator 





John Martz studied graphic design and worked for several years at CHUM Television, designing broadcast graphics, logos and animation for MuchMusic, Space, Bravo!, CityTV and other television stations. During this time he became involved in the illustration community through his website Drawn, a blog devoted to cartooning, illustration and animation. He left television in 2005 to become a full-time illustrator.
John entered the world of children's books by way of comics. In addition to his own comics work (twice nominated for a Doug Wright Award in 2008 and 2010, and winner of a Joe Shuster Award in 2011), he has drawn comics for Kayak, Canada's history magazine for kids, Chickadee magazine, the Flight anthology series, and the Globe & Mail.
John's favorite place as a kid was the local library, where he discovered a love for books. He now finds inspiration in his own ever-growing book collection. His list of influences includes Jim Henson's Muppets, Richard Scarry, Charles Schulz, Hanna-Barbera cartoons and Chuck Jones. John has been a fan of Star Trek since he was young, and he spent years drawing aliens and spaceships in his sketchbooks --- the perfect practice for eventually drawing Dear Flyary.
John lives in downtown Toronto with his wife, Lindsay, and his dog, Gary, named after cartoonist and artist Gary Panter.





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"Goodnight Anne" - a bookwrap












"Highlighting a wonderful book today inspired by the classic children's book, "Anne of Green Gables." 


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Goodnight, Anne


By KALLIE GEORGE

Illustrated by GENEVIEVE GODBOUT


* Age Range: 3-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Publisher: Tundra Books
*Pub. Date: September 25, 2018
Language: English



PRAISE



“Goodnight, Anne, a fine tribute to a classic work, holds an original charm all of its own. Highly Recommended” —CM Magazine



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About the book



This charming book is right up there with "Good Night Moon," and destined to be a classic.  It is a perfect bedtime story.  Our favourite red-headed chatterbox, Anne Shirley, declares she is unable to go to bed until she says goodnight to everyone that she loves.

She checks off all her beloved friends and family members and gives the reader a sneak peek of those she holds most dear to her heart.  She includes: Matthew and Marilla her new family members, Diana her best friend and kindred spirit, Miss Stacy her teacher that she utterly adores, Gilbert the boy who gives her grief at school and called her Carrots,  her beautiful Lake of Shining Waters that is forever smiling at her, and tranquil Green Gables, her home that to her is the dearest and loviest spot in the world,  just to name a few.  

This charming book is a salute and a celebration of the spirit of Anne of Green Gables and a perfect introduction to Canadian author L.M. Montgomery's famous 8-book series, the first one written in 1908 for all ages.  A whole new generation will be inspired to seek out her books and enjoy them as so many others have all around the world.  The illustrations are beautiful and rich and draw you into the story.  I highly, highly recommend this book. 




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







Introducing the author





  
  KALLIE GEORGE is an author, editor and creative writing teacher living in Vancouver, B.C. She has written numerous acclaimed books for children, including The Lost Gift, Secrets I Know, Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and The Melancholic Mermaid, as well as the The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series and The Heartwood Hotel series. She has also taught writing workshops for children and adults across Canada, as well as in South Korea, and currently teaches at Emily Carr University.









Meet the illustrator






Born and raised in Quebec, GENEVIÈVE GODBOUT studied traditional animation in Montreal and at the prestigious Gobelins school in Paris. She is the illustrator of a number of books for children, including The Pink Umbrella, When Santa Was a Baby, Kindergarten Luck (Chronicle) and Joseph Fipps (Enchanted Lion). Some of her clients include The Walt Disney Company, Chronicle, HMH, Flammarion, Bayard, Les éditions Milan and La Pastèque. She also works for clothing designers like Nadinoo and Mrs. Pomeranz, creating illustrations and prints for their collections.







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