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Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap




Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap




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Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap


"Dragons:  Father and Son" 

Authored by Alexandre Lacroix
Illustrated by Ronan Badel

Ages: 4-7
Grade Levels: K-3



Editorial Review



STARRED REVIEW "The design of the book, along with Badel's illustrations—two-page spreads in which a complete page of elegantly wonky watercolor artwork bleeds into the opposite text page—gives the story an exceptional sense of flow. Drake is pudgily adorable, and the humans...have a Quentin Blake-esque air to them. One of those modest efforts that throws off more light than one might expect from the humble glow of its parts." - Kirkus Reviews



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Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap




Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap




Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap




Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap




Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap




Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap




Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap




Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap





About the book




This book is delightful.  A strict, crusty dad dragon tells his son, Drake, that it's time to grow up and it is tradition that he must go out and burn down some houses to actually become a real one. 

"Listen, son, you're a big boy now.  It's time you behaved like a real dragon. Tomorrow, you will go to the village on the other side of the mountains, where you will burn down a few houses."
"But why?" asked Drake.

Poor Drake is caught off guard with the request, after all the only time he had hardly breathed fire was to grill himself a small slug or caterpillar as a snack.  Oh my.  He tosses and turns all night dreading the upcoming day and the mission his dad is sending him on.  He doesn't want to do that... no way!

Being obedient to his dad Drake flies off into the village to find his targets to burn.  He comes upon the perfect wooden victim and is ready to incinerate it when a little boy appears and is thrilled to meet a real, honest to goodness dragon.  Drake confesses to the little boy that if he doesn't follow through with the plan he will be told off by his dad. The little boy has a great idea and takes Drake by the arm and leads him to the perfect solution to his problem... his schoolhouse. You see the boy hasn't completed his homework so Drake could actually do him a favour by burning down that old place.  The students inside the classroom give Drake a change of heart just before he strikes.  The kids soften and melt his heart by creating a wonderful picture of a dragon and presenting it to him as a gift.  Drake cannot believe how generous and kind they are to him. He continues on his dreadful assignment to do what his dad requests him to do but each time he receives kindness and acceptance from the human contacts. 


He returns back to his cave to face his domineering dad and Drake cleverly outsmarts him by spreading the warmth and kindness he receives from the humans and pours it right into the stone-cold heart of his autocratic father.  Mmmmm?  Wonder how the little guy manages that feat? He manages it superbly and his grouchy dad's heart gets to experience the fruit of kindness from the humans also.

The illustrations are truly spectacular! Activity abounds and the expressions on all are a sight to behold.  "Dragons: Father and Son  " spreads a peaceful, positive message that is successfully achieved in this magical tale about dragons.  I truly love the story and especially the illustrations.  I highly, highly recommend this book. 




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



Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap



About the author



Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap



Alexandre Lacroix is the editor of Philosophies magazine in Paris, where he lives. He has written several novels for adults, but Dragons, Father and Son is his first book for children.

Ronan Badel was born in Brittany then spent time in Paris where he worked as a secondary school art teacher. He now lives in Brittany where he writes and illustrates children’s books full time.










About the illustrator


Dragons: Father and Son - a bookwrap




Ronan Badel was born in 1972 in Brittany, France. He studied art in Strasbourg, taught illustration at an art school in Paris, and now lives in Britanny where he works fulltime as a children’s books author and illustrator.












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"Tall Tall Tree" - a bookwrap












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Authored by Anthony D. Fredericks
Illustrated by Chad Wallace

Ages: 2-5
Grade Level: PS-K



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About the book


This beautiful counting book is written in rhyme.  A northern spotted owl welcomes everyone on the introductory page and he invites readers into the magical world of the tall, tall Redwood tree.  

Scientists have discovered a busy world on top of those gigantic trees. Its overhead canopy is one that is teeming with life unseen by human eyes.  


"Creeping, hopping, zipping
Throughout the redwoods green
Are many different creatures
Who are very seldom seen.

They live among the branches
High in this tall, tall tree
Insects, birds, and mammal,
Let's count them - one, two, three."


The author highlights ten species that make this high towering cover their home. Some that he has chosen are:  the soaring Eagle, climbing Salamanders, busy pecking Woodpeckers, chattering scampering Chipmunks, sleeping roosting bats, slimy sliding banana slugs and spotted crawling Ladybugs, just to name a few.  

Kids can count, learn and discover and enjoy reading this book. It's very intereactive with words sure to expand their vocabulary.  The author has cleverly included pages at the back to gleen more in-depth details of the majestic Redwoods and more animals to flip back through the book and find.  Also present are guides for parents and teachers that provide activities and websites to pursue.  

The illustrations are truly amazing and beautifully crafted.  The author has done a stellar job of raising the awareness of the Redwood's awesomeness and usefulness to creatures big and small.  A truly gorgeous book that will be wonderful to add to your child's nature collection.  I highly recommend this book. 



"Many other animals
 Sleep and eat and roam
Up in this tall, tall tree-
Their elevated home.

The tree lives in a forest
Close to the foggy shore.
It's a wild and magic world-
Come discover and explore!"


Storywraps Rating...  5+++HUGS!!!!!










About the author






Anthony D. Fredericks (www.anthonydfredericks.com) is a best-selling and award-winning author who has published 153 books including an eclectic array of college textbooks, education titles, children's books, and several adult nonfiction books. His nonfiction titles include the bestselling "Ace Your Teacher Interview" ("Every education major should get this book!"), the always popular "Horseshoe Crab: Biography of a Survivor" ("A reminder that a skillful storyteller can find a good tale anywhere."), and his latest tome, "The Secret Life of Clams: The Mysteries and Magic of Our Favorite Shellfish" ("An ideal book - filled with humor, natural history, insights, interviews, and adventure. A most delicious read!"). Fredericks is professor of education at York College in York, PA.



About the illustrator






Chad Wallace is an award-winning artist who grew up in Somers, NY. His first grade class was lucky enough to be at the Somers Library Opening Ceremony in 1982. He has illustrated ten books for children including: Earth Day Birthday (2003) Earth Feeling the Heat (2010) and Seahorses (2012). He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Syracuse University (1997) and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from FIT (2011).
Chad’s illustrations often feature animals in their natural environments. Working in a realistic style, Chad creates believability around his characters even when they are anthropomorphized to a degree. He is versatile when it comes to medium, and able to work traditionally and digitally while not sacrificing style.
Chad is currently interested in re-formatting children’s storytelling for the modern age. As technologies continue to evolve, the demand for creative imagery and practical teaching applications will also increase. It is in that spirit that he has created The Meadow Mouse (2014) a book/app written and illustrated by Wallace.


To view more of his work, please visit: www.chadwallace.com.





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Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


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"Goodnight, Mr. Cluttebuck" - a bookwrap






The newest children's book from Mauri Kunnas, one of Finland's most popular illustrators! Enjoy! 


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                Age Range: 4 - 8 years
         Grade Level: Preschool  



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Editorial Reviews 


"This is a very fun story that kids will love. The exploits of Mr. Clutterbuck are finely and intricately detailed in the wonderful illustrations by Mauri Kunnas." Katrina Yurenka, Youth Services Book Review

"A sleepwalking goat dispels crises, wreaks gooey havoc, and solves a mysterious rash of disappearing spoons in this Finnish import... properly replete with silly details and side business... silly names and situations should keep older listeners hooked." — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Mr. Clutterbuck's Seven Wonders:

"The illustrations swarm with multiple stories and images. Readers should take time to discover and appreciate them all. Not for nothing is Kunnas one of Finland's most beloved and successful children's writers... With the help of detailed illustrations and humoristic dialogs, Mr. Clutterbuck, eccentric and lovable, wins a place in the reader's heart." -- Katrin Czerwinka, Jugendbuch-Couch





About the book




      I loved this book from start to finish.  The hilarious and very detailed illustrations are amazing.  They are full of action, humour and emotion. They are brilliant!  

      Mr. Clutterbuck is a lethargic, kind of boring goat by day but boy does he change his demeanour during the nighttime hours.  You see, Mr. Clutterbuck is a sleepwalker and his nightly body guard is Gus, his loyal and loving guinea pig. Gus sticks with him through thick and thin trying to keep his owner out of danger and safely back home to his bed.  All Mr. Clutterbuck's friends kindly ask him to join them to go rollerskating, to a cookout or to participate in karaoke, but alas, he declines each invitation opting to have his familiar bedtime rituals and then head off to his bed. 

       Once asleep his nightly adventures lead him on wild and wonderful escapades.  He breaks up motorcycle gang rivals, rescues Wally Wurst's sausage business from cashing and burning, causes havoc and destruction due to a humungous mustard spill he incurred and even becomes a rock band's lead singer (even though he cannot sing), just to name a few.  

      His bravery and bizarre antics do not go unnoticed by the local town folk. With very grateful hearts they descend upon his home to offer their praise and thanks to him.  They give the confused and rather stunned Mr. Clutterbuck the ideal gift that a sleepwalker could ever dream of having. The ending is spot on perfect!  This book will be thoroughly enjoyed by both younger and older audiences.  The excellent detailed illustrations will have kids going back again and again to revel in their complexities.  This book is translated from Finnish by Jill Timbers.   I highly recommend it. 



Storywraps Rating...  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!










About the author




Ma    

M   Mauri Kunnas was born in 1950 in the small Southwestern Finnish town of Vammala. He began drawing early on, following his passion to the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. At first an illustrator of comic strips and political cartoons, Kunnas published his first children's book in 1975: The Book of Finnish Elves, which soon became a bestseller in Finland. Since then, Kunnas has written and illustrated over forty children's books. Among his many awards, he was the winner of the Finnish Picture Book Prize in 1992, the 2009 Lifetime Award for Positivity, and the 2013 State Award for Public Information for a distinguished life's work. In his spare time, Kunnas enjoys the Beatles, playing the guitar, films, and history - as well as watching thunderstorms.








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"Rosa Parks" - a bookwrap








Who is Rosa Parks?
(according to Wikipedia)


Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Wikipedia

Died: October 24, 2005, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Spouse: Rayomond Parks (m. 1932–1977)








 * The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.

* Each person must live their life as a model for others.

* I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.





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"Rosa Parks"

Authored by Lesbeth Kaiser
Illustrated by Frida Kahlo

Ages: 4-8
Grade Level: K-3
Series:  Little People, Big Dreams 




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About the book




This wonderful book is the newest in the Little People, Dream Big series.  This series unmasks wonderful individuals who although just ordinary people have made an extraordinary contribution to our world and our way of life.  These stories are based on real-life people and are very interesting and educational for kids to read.

Rosa Parks, 'The Mother of the Freedom Movement', is an inspiring true story of a civil rights activist.  She grew up in Alabama during the segregation era but always felt dignity and self-worth in such a condemning and ostracizing time. She was taught at home to stand up for her rights and respect herself.   

In 1955, Rosa was riding on a bus and the bus driver asked her to give up her seat to a white man and go sit in the back of the bus with the other "coloured' folks.  She simply said "no".  She refused to budge.  That simple two letter word, "no", started the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Others heard about her bravery to take a stand and refuse her unfair treatment so emboldened by Rosa's defiant stand they joined in to further her just cause.  

All her life she fought for equal rights and fought back against adversity and injustice.  The powerful lesson you learn?  One little insignificant person can change the entire world.  Every individual should be treated with fairness and respect no matter what race, colour or group they belong to.   I highly recommend this book and this entire series. 


Storywraps Rating...   5 HUGS!!!!!









About the author


LISBETH KAISER is a writer and editor whose work has appeared on websites, commercials, billboards and even toothbrushes. Lisbeth lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and sister and brother-in-law and nephew! 





About the illustrator




MARTA ANTELO graduated with a Fine Arts degree in Valencia, where she was born. After graduation, she moved to Madrid, where she works as a freelance illustrator. She brings delicate textures to her illustrations. Her client list includes: The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Kids, and Scholastic.





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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


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"The Tooth That's on the Loose!" - a bookwrap
















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"The Tooth That's on the Loose!
Created by Chris Roberston

Ages 3-7


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About the book



This fun book will delight kids on the verge of that big milestone in their life... loosing a tooth.  This is the perfect book to cuddle-up and read to them to take the scariness out of the whole experience.

Chris Robertson takes the occasion and wraps it in a western spin making it an exciting and yes even an enjoyable event.  A local sheriff of a small western town rounds up T. B. Wiggly, whose face hangs on wanted posters scattered everywhere, and turns him over to the proper authorities to rid the pest from his jurisdiction permanently.  

The illustrations are truly hilarious and are sure to generate smiles and giggles as the text is shared together.  The sentences are short and peppered with cowboy quips that make the book such a delight to read.  This would be a wonderful book to have in an early elementary school classroom or library too. Kids will love the whole vibe of the book... 'sure as shooting'!   I highly, highly recommend it. 




Storywraps Rating...  5 HUGS!!!!!





About the author/illustrator





Chris Robertson is just a big kid at heart who happens to write and draw Children's Picture Books. His first Little Golden Book, "The Tickle Book" by Heidi Kilgras debuts in May '17. "Giraffes Ruin Everything" by Heidi Schulz from Bloomsbury Publishing and "Where Do Pants Go? by Rebecca Van Slyke from Sterling both were released in Spring '16. 

His book, "Harry and the Hot Lava" speaks directly to the imagination of a child, while "My Yellow Umbrella" hit the #1 spot on Amazon's Bestseller list for Baby & Toddler Color Books, Bedtime and Dreaming and Children's Game Books.

Chris's other books include the Amazon's Best Sellers, "I'll Trade My Peanut-Butter Sandwich" and "Kit and Kaboodle". He broke into the Children's book field in 2005 with "Little Miss Liberty" published by Chronicle Books then subsequently by Scholastic Books in paperback. 


Chris's whimsical cartoon style feels light-hearted and carefree which seems to perfectly match his humorous writing style. He lives in Pasadena with his wife and three boys.




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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


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"Queen Quail is Quiet" - a bookwrap











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"Queen Quail is Quiet"
and other ABC Tongue Twisters


Created by Erika Barriga


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About the book


This fun alphabet book will have kids repeating words that roll around their tongues and spin out of their mouths making them giggle and laugh.  They are able to learn letters of the alphabet using alliterations to do so.  What a great concept to get kids engaged in language and wordplay.  

The letters of the alphabet are big and clear making them very easy to see and understand.  The illustrations are simple, silly and very imaginative.  The colour pallet chosen is warm and happy inviting the reader to engage in repeating the tongue-twisters which will evoke great laughs I'm sure.  They are a perfect marriage to the text.   

The book is entertaining as well as educational.  Storywraps recommends it for early years learners. 



Storywraps Rating...  5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author/illustrator




I am an author, illustrator, painter and lover of all things whimsy.  My first children's book, Queen Quail is Quiet, was published in in 2013.  My work has a place in children's books, home decor for girl boss office spaces and chic baby nurseries.  I work mainly in watercolor and pencil.  
Even though most of my time is spent drawing and painting, I also love thrifting and decorating the house which is a constant work in progress.  I hate cheese on it's own and get weak in the knees for ice cream. I currently live in Denver, CO with my husband Raul and our two princesses, Addy and Zoe.
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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


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"The Children at the Playground" - a bookwrap
















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"The Children at the Playground"

Authored by Tracey M. Cox
Illustrated by Dolores Costello

Ages 2-5



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About the book




Do you know the song "The Wheels on the Bus?"  Well transpose that tune to the words in the book...

"The children at the playground
Run, run, run
Run, run, run
Run, run, run
The children at the playground
run, run, run while they play."

This fun book will have active kids using their imaginations to be part of the fun that's happening at the playground too.  The adorable characters, whoosh, hop, teeter-totter, climb, slide, rock, munch and slurp their picnic, just to name a few.  

Their energy and smiles will bring happiness to those sharing the story together.  The book encourages kids to get outside and play with friends transferring their pent up vigour for active movement in creative and healthy ways.  

The book is a personal invitation to come out and play at the playground... the fun and happiness is contagious.  



Storywraps Rating  - 5 HUGS!!!!!  







About the author





Tracey M. Cox has been telling stories since she could babble. Her love of stories turned into a career in 2000 when she decided to pursue writing professionally. She hasn’t looked back. Since that day, she has been published in newspapers, magazines, an anthology, and ultimately seen her name on the covers of books. Tracey believes in never growing up and writes for children.

She is a PAL member in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). In SCBWI, she is active in the Southern Breeze Region where she volunteers as Local Liaison for South Georgia and is the chapter’s Webmaster and PR Coordinator. She is also a KidLit TV team member and a founding member of the South Georgia Writer’s Guild. To help promote literacy in her local area, Tracey founded, and still directs, the Books Love & Taters Book Festival, which is held in Ocilla, Georgia on the last Saturday in October during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival.

Tracey is available for school visits, book signings, and guest speaking. 


Find out more by visiting her website: www.traceymcox.com




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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


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"Sleep Baby Sleep" - a bookwrap









"Shhhhhhh... baby is finally asleep!"


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"Sleep Baby Sleep"

Authored by Calee M. Lee
Illustrated by Elizabeth Miyu Blake



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About the book



Ahhhhhh!   Bedtime has come and this book sweeps the reader across the entire world giving him/her a glimpse of how universal this ritual is with many different families partaking.

This gentle, calming book is a beautiful word - lullaby with dreamy illustrations that will lull little ones into Dreamland. 

Images at dusk portray the moon, stars, surrounding landscapes and fields of sheep... all symbols of a day fading away into the stillness of nighttime and culminating in a good night's rest.  

It is a perfect bedtime story that encourages a mood of stillness, quietness and rest.  Both kids and adults will be delighted to share in their own ritual as the book is lovingly read together before it's lights out in their own family! Goodnight.


"ZZZZZZZZZ" 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!









About the author







Calee M. Lee loves forest walks, city bakeries and 3-book weekends. She is the author of more than 15 children’s books and the owner of more than she cares to count. She lives with her husband, 2 children, and Catty the cat in Southern California.












About the illustrator 












As a child, she loved making stories into little books with few words, many pictures and the occasional map, just like now. You can see more of her art at elizabethblake.us










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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


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Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels - a bookwrap






Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels - a bookwrap





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Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels - a bookwrap


"Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels"
created by Kazue Takahashi

Ages: 3-5
Publisher: Museyon 
October 1, 2017


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Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels - a bookwrap




Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels - a bookwrap




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Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels - a bookwrap




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Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels - a bookwrap




Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels - a bookwrap



Editorial Reviews




"The antidote for your overscheduled, hurried and harried child." —Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things


"Though it's the third book in the series, it stands alone, but it's a great reason to check out the other two. A delightful, engaging book for a broad audience, an effective form of stress reduction, and a catalyst for readers' own imaginary travels—all in an irresistibly wee package." —Vicky Smith, Kirkus Reviews



My Take



This is the third book in the Kuma-Kuma Chan series.  It has a wide fan base in Japan, especially appealing to young women, and is now spreading its wings to be enjoyed across Asia, Europe and North America.  

Kuma-Kuma Chan is a sweet adorable little bear (kuma means "bear" in Japanese) who lives all alone in the mountains.  Because of his isolation he loves to travel and explore the world ... well in his mind anyway.  

He envisions flying off to to a warm island where he can lay in the sun and nap... well in his head anyway.  He dreams of climbing to the top of a high mountain and watching the spectacular sunrise while sipping a cup of fresh-brewed coffee... well in his writing anyway.  He flies up in the sky like a bird,  time-travels back to before he was born to find out what animal he was in his previous life... but only in his creative mind.  His travel fantasies soothe and comfort him.

He is free to explore, visit and savour his trips to anywhere his psyche leads him.  He documents his various itineraries and sends them to his friend, who is narrating his story in messy, illegible handwriting, which frustrates the receiver.  Kuma-Kuma Chan's scribbled notes leaves the boy's own imagination open to interpret the little bear's travelling adventures.  

The friendly boy wishes him well wherever and whatever the little guy is up to and hopes one day to see his buddy one more time.  


The text is simple, the illustrations are soft, muted and uncluttered.  The mood is calm and peaceful.  The book encourages readers to explore their own imaginations and follow where their creative thinking takes them.  I highly recommend this book and the other books in the series. 





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Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels - a bookwrap



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!



Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels - a bookwrap




About the author/illustrator


Kazue Takahashi is a Japanese illustrator and children’s book author whose debut book Kuma-Kuma Chan was published in Japan in 2001. She has since authored several other books for children, including Kuma Chan on a Rainy Day (about a bear cub exploring a playground in the rain) and Nyaako Chan (about a stray kitten who strolls into a woman’s house). Takahashi has also contributed her illustrations to books by other authors. Her adorable characters and illustrations have been embraced by people of all ages.





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"Mundo Verde/Green World" Mister G - a musicwrap















Latin Grammy Winner Mister G
Showcases Players From The Royalty Of Latin Rhythm
In A Cross-Cultural Affirmation
Of Environmental Responsibility 


"Mundo Verde/Green World"






Ages:  Everyone!!!! (Especially ages 3-7)
Available at iTunes, Amazon, and the Mister G website:

www.mistergsongs.com


Unwrapping Some Raving Reviews



"Kid-friendly, bilingual rock star... Mister G will surely make you feel like bailando.!"
-Washington Post

"With captivating Latin rhythms and melodies, the songs appeal to parents as much as their children."
-Los Angeles Times


Who is Mister G? 






A Latin GRAMMY Award winner, Mister G has been called a "kid-friendly, bilingual rock star" by The Washington Post and "irresistible" by People magazine."  The recipient of three Parents' Choice Gold Awards, Mister G has released seven albums of original, multicultural music. 

His 2017 release, Mundo Verde/Green World, is a collection of environmental-themed songs which were debuted at his concert during the National Climate Rally in Washington, DC. Spanning genres from funk to folk, reggae to rock, and bluegrass to bossa nova, Mister G's music has been critically acclaimed by The Boston Globe, LA Times, Chicago SunTimes, New York Post, School Library Journal and Parents magazine.  Mister G regularly headlines major venues and festivals around the country including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), The Getty Museum (Los Angeles), Hard Rock Cafe (Philadelphia), the National Zoo (Washington, DC), New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Austin City Limits. He has performed in Europe and tours extensively in Latin America.


A former teacher with a Masters in Education, Mister G recently signed a multi-book deal with Penguin Random House to turn several of his songs into illustrated children's picture books. Moving from the stage and recording studio to the printed page the first book, "Señorita Mariposa", illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero, will be published in early 2019.












About "Mundo Verte/ Green World"


"Mundo Verde/Green World", the follow-up to Mister G’s Latin GRAMMY Award-winning album, Los Animales, is a collection of inspiring bilingual songs intended to unite people of all ages and ethnicities in support of global conservation and action. Mister G debuted the songs from Mundo Verde/Green World at the National Climate March in Washington, DC to kick off an extensive US tour.

The album features collaborations with major figures in the Latin music scene, including the Santo Domingo-based merengue superstars 440, performing an eclectic range of styles, from bomba and samba to reggae and bossa nova. The songs breathe life into the global environmental message from various angles that are accessible and relevant to both children and adults.

Mister G has partnered with a number of national environmental organizations (Moms Clean Air Force, National Resources Defence Council, Votes Verdes) for the release of his album.  This is his eighth album and will launch on September 15, 2017. The album's message is a timely one that points to collective efforts to ensure that we bequeath a beautiful world to succeeding generations.


Recording "Mundo Verde/Green World" culmination of a love supreme .  Mister G had the honour of collaborating with brilliantly talented musicians from Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republican, Peru, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the USA. A "Mundo Verde/Green World Songbook," including all the song lyrics in Spanish and English and beautifully illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero of Oaxaca, Mexico, will be available from the Mister G website.






Track List 
Run Time: 27 minutes




"Mundo Verde/Green World"



* Mundo Verde/ Green World

* Agua/ Water

*Patas en el Aire/ Paws in the Air

*Reciclando/ Recycling

*El Conqui/ The Frog

*Guántos Peces/ How Many Fish

* Las Abejas/ The Bees

*Gozar/ Enjoy

*Si Se Puede/ Yes We Can

*Pachamana/ Mother Earth

*Las Estrellas/ The Stars












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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

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Read on and read always!

It's a wrap.


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