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"Celebrate with Zaza" - a bookwrap







Everyone loves a party! 


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Created by Milo Freeman

Pub date: 1 May, 2018
Grade Level: PS-1
Clavis Publishing 


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About the book





Zaza is having a birthday party for her stuffed toy Rosie.  She loves to imagine and have fun and this will be the ultimate party to throw for her friend.  

She sits Rosie on a chair and then proceeds to sit a shiny handmade crown on her head to signify that she is the guest of honour.  She gathers all her other stuffed toys around Rosie because of course they too are invited to the fancy soiree.  The group even has a special present for the darling little red bear.  

But first they have to sing the happy birthday song, stuff themselves with cake and tea and ... but wait... Zaza takes inventory and notices that her stuffed bunny Pinkie is missing from the celebrating guests. Oh my, wherever could she be?  

Oh well, there's no time to go find her now because everyone is in ultra party- mode and Rosie's present is up next to open.  Zaza helps Rosie untie the ribbon and then peels back the wrapping paper, when she finally opens the box she discovers a tiny tip of a little pink ear sticking out.... can you guess what or who may be inside? 

What a fun book! Little ones always adore birthday parties and will enjoy guessing who is tucked away inside that box to make the party... picture party perfect!   The illustrations are bright and colourful and the simple storyline is spot on for that age group.  I highly recommend this book.  




Storywraps rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!









About the author/illustrator




        Mylo Freeman grew up in The Hague and lives in Amsterdam. She attended the art-academy in Amsterdam and majored in illustration and painting. She has been a full-time writer-illustrator since 1993 and has published over 50 picture books. Her debut book Potty! was awarded the Kiek Book Prize and has been translated into many languages. The Princess Arabella series is one of her most well-known books and has been published in Holland, Nigeria and the UK.






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"Good Morning Harry - Good Night, Daddy" - a bookwrap







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"Good Morning, Harry - Good Night, Daddy" 



by Katy Beebe (Author) 
Valeri Gorvachev (Illustrator)


Ages: 4-8
Grade Levels: 1-2
Hardcover – April 16, 2018



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About the book




This charming book is about a loving family.  Daddy works all through the night being a conductor on a train.  He can't wait to get home to his sweet family and spend some morning time ( and his evening time) with them.

Daddy works out of London and he knows that his dear ones are safely nestled in a seaside cottage along the sands of Sennan Cove.  He works hard during his midnight shift, serving the passengers aboard the train making sure they are comfortable and all their needs are met.  With the help of Mummy and Gran, Harry and his little brother do their nightly rituals to prepare for their bedtime. Thus two parallel stories are spun side-by-side one in the daylight and one in the dark of night.  

After the family has a good night's sleep the door magically opens and a happy Daddy enters the room. He sweeps Harry up into his arms and they both reunite with joyful glee.  Home is where the heart is indeed! 

This is a perfect book to share at bedtime or at breakfast.   I am sure there are a lots of families who share the same time challenges as this one as not all Daddies have a 9-5 job.  The illustrations are full of action, emotion and heart.  I really liked the book and recommend it for you to check out.  




Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!!!!!






Introducing the author








Katy Beebe teaches history at the University of Texas at Arlington and has a doctorate in medieval history from the University of Oxford. Her previous books for children include Nile Crossing and Brother Hugo and the Bear (both Eerdmans). Visit her website at www.katybeebe.com.








About the illustrator









Valeri Gorbachev has illustrated more than fifty children’s books, including The Missing Chick (Candlewick), That’s What Friends Are For (Philomel), and most recently Big Little Hippo (Sterling). He immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine in 1991 and now lives with his family in Brooklyn.











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"Hooray for Mommy" - a bookwrap





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"Hooray for Mommy"

Authored by Beatrice Masini
Illustrated by Guilia Zaffaroni




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About the book





What's better than hanging out with your friends?  Why hanging out with your mommy right?

This delightful tale is told through the eyes of a little girl who has a very strong bond of love for her amazing mommy.  She is excited to share her feelings to her readers.

Her mommy, although not perfect, spends quality time with her daughter and they have such fun adventures together.   Even though both have busy days they find time to shop for clothes and groceries, play dress-up, relax and read their favourite book, enjoy the rain showers sans an umbrella,  muck around in mommy's makeup, play games at the park and enjoy creative activities such as painting together, just to name a few.

The book is a celebration of their time spent together.  The little girl is aware of her mother's imperfections and laying those aside she still desires to be a mommy-clone when she grows up.  Now that's quite a compliment isn't it? 

Having had a wonderful relationship with my own mom I could certainly agree with the little girl.  Mom's everywhere should be held up in very high esteem and emulated as the torch of motherhood is passed on.  

The illustrations are vibrant, colourful, full of action and emotion. They are kid-friendly and enrich the text greatly.  The author has added an interactive section at the end of the book that kids will love.  

Part of the "Hooray for Family" series, this book was originally published in Italy. Featuring charming insights about Mommies, Daddies, Grandmas and Grandpas, each of the "Hooray for Family" books celebrates families in a delightful way.  Highly recommended for very young readers by Storywraps. 




Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ Hugs!!!!!









About the author






Beatrice Masini was born in Milan. She is a well-known and successful writer of books for children and teens, translated into over 20 languages, from Finnish to Thai. She works as an editor in an Italian publishing group and has translated books such as the Harry Potter saga by J. K. Rowling. In 2004 she received the prestigious Andersen Prize as best children's author of the year. " " " "Oonagh Stransky was born in Paris in 1967 and currently lives in Tuscany. She has translated fiction, poetry and essays for both British and American publishers. The Watercolourist is the second novel that she has team-translated with her daughter, Clarissa Ghelli. Clarissa Ghelli was born in Italy in 1990, attended college in Rome, and is currently doing graduate work in Art Education at Teacher's College, Columbia University, in New York City.





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Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap



Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap


Death.


It happens to everyone... to complete strangers and to those very close that you dearly love.  Young kids struggle with what it means to die and they especially need TLC when trying to explain to them what death is according to their culture and to their family beliefs. Today's book may be helpful with that explanation. Saying goodbye is a very difficult thing to do.  Is death forever?



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Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap


"Goodbye, Grandpa"


By Jelleke Rijken
Illustratored by  Mack van Gageldonk

Ages- 4-6
Grade Level- PS+


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Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap




Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap




Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap




Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap




Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap




Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap




Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap




Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap



About the book




Little bear is anxiously waiting for his grandfather's arrival as they both are going to fish together for the day.  Grandpa doesn't show up.  Instead Elephant does with some very bad news.  "Grandpa is dead",  Elephant says softly to his friend.  Oh my!  

Bear cannot contain himself when he hears about his beloved Grandpa and tears start to flow.  He is beside himself with grief and luckily for him his two good friends, Elephant and Chicken, stay close by his side and give him comfort and advice as how to cope.  

Together they show him how to say goodbye to his loved one.  Bear  wants to give Grandpa a gift so he makes a special heartfelt drawing to present to him when he says goodbye. Chicken wanders off and decides she will pick some of Grandpa's favourite yellow flowers.  That will be her gift to him. 

Grandpa is laying very still covered in leaves that have fallen from a tree.  Each animal in turn express their condolences and present their gift to honour the deceased patriarch.  

The trio end their sad day by building a beautiful campfire and sharing  happy memories of Grandpa.  They answer little bears hard questions that he is seeking answers to.  Through all his tears and grief little Bear finally understands that Grandpa has not abandoned him but he will have his Grandpa close to him forever  as he has him in his heart.

This heartbreaking and heartwarming book is bitter sweet.  It is a gentle story with illustrations that are simple and full of emotion. They enrich the text and give the reader an understanding of loss, grief and hope.  I liked the book a lot.  I would definitely recommend that the book be read by an adult to a child making it a wonderful catalyst to open up dialogue between the two about what it means to die and how those left behind can find peace about their passing.  




Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!!!!!



Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap






About the author



Goodbye, Grandpa - a bookwrap


Jelleke Rijken (1973, Wassenaar) knew from an early age that she wanted to become a teacher. She followed the Pabo in The Hague and has been in the class since 1996. In addition, she has a practice to guide children through meditation, coaching and massages. She lives with husband and son in Voorburg.

The love for books was with Jelleke early on. As a child she could fully engage in a story. Many a night she went to sleep late, because she secretly read under the covers with a flashlight.

Son Matthijs is too young to read for himself, but every evening one of the parents from the richly filled bookcase chooses a book to read. The stories raise all kinds of questions with the child and lead to fascinating philosophical conversations between parents and children.

The book Dag opa is close to Jelleke's heart. She lost her father at a young age. This experience has been the inspiration for this book. A book with which she hopes that there can be spoken about death in an open and honest way, both by parents and children.





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"Where Did My Friend Go?" - a heartfelt bookwrap









This book should never have had to be written .  Unfortunately it is so timely right now after what so tragically occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida a few days ago.  

Nikolas Cruz, an ex-student, entered the school with an AR-15 gun and randomly killed 17 people.  He was apprehended by law enforcement and now faces charges of 17 counts of premeditated murder.  This disturbed young gunman is only 19 years old.  So sad. 


 How terrifying ... not only to those involved at the school massacre, but to those all over the world who withstand such atrocities.  How can kids ( and adults ) psychologically process such a heinous act and could it happen again at another school in the future?  How can something this evil ever be stopped from taking place again? 




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Where Did My Friend Go?
Helping Children Cope with A Traumatic Death

Authored by Azmaira H. Maker. Ph.D

Ages  3-8

WINNER: 2017 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BOOK ENTREPRENEURS.
FINALIST: 2017 BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD.
FINALIST: 2017 BEST BOOK AWARDS: CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK SOFT COVER NON-FICTION.



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Editorial Review



"Unique, sensitive, informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Where Did My Friend Go?" is a unique and thoroughly 'kid friendly' tool to help children understand and cope with loss and bereavement due to the death of a loved one be it a family member or a friend."

-Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch



About the book


First of all I want to send my condolences and prayers to the families who have lost their loved ones in this unthinkable, senseless mass shooting in that Floridian High School. So horrific that no words can describe how evil it was.  Now is the time to find ways to keep kids safe and for them to try and heal from this indescribable tragedy.


"Where Did My Friend Go? " will help explain how to handle those painful emotions that occur during the aftermath of such a traumatic happening.  These words of coping and comfort are straight from the author's skilled heart to help kids try and process that shocking act of violence that took place right inside of their school:  


.   Parents, teachers, counselors and other caretakers can talk to the children about what happened in simple and reassuring ways.

•    We can explain the traumatic incident to children in simple, non-graphic facts. Kids know what happened. Keeping it a ‘secret’ or making up a story about it may only add confusion and mistrust.

Kids may fear talking about it because it is a “secret or forbidden topic.” To create healthy dialogues, we can invite children to ask adults any questions they might have about what happened or about themselves and their loved ones.

Children often worry, “will it happen to me? Can it happen at our school or in our neighborhood?” We can reassure and comfort children by telling them that this scary event is not an everyday occurrence, and that children are safe.

We can use simple words and simple sentences that avoid hate, racism, and fear. Young children grasp issues better when it is explained in emotionally neutral, brief, and clear ways.

We can tell children that this is a very sad event that should never have happened.

We can reinforce and tell children that the adults are working hard to keep all children safe – at home, at school, on the playground, and in the community.

We can turn our televisions off while children are in the room, and make sure adult conversations take place with only adults in the room.

We can encourage the kids to draw pictures, write a letter, or even give a toy to the families affected. Giving back is very healing, even for children.

We can help children mourn and grieve, and process their thoughts and feelings via books on loss, puppets, drawings, and stories.

My new book, Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death can serve as an excellent first step in the journey of healing. Where Did My Friend Go? is a therapeutic coping children’s picture book to be read by an adult to a young child (3-8 years), who has lost someone to a sudden or traumatic incident.

We can write letters, draw pictures, and send toys to children who have survived a traumatic incident. Giving back to others can be very healing for kids."

 Most kids if not exposed to violence first hand bump into it electronically through television, video games, movies and social media sadly.  

The illustrations in this wonderful book are soft and realistic which makes a perfect balance against the heart-wrenching, to the point,  text.   Throughout the book both parents and teachers give words of comfort lending their adult support at such a confusing, chaotic  and scary time in a child's life.  The process questions at the end of book open up the dialogue even further.  It allows a conversation  between a loving, caring grown-up and a vulnerable, innocent child to be discussed.  

I highly recommend this book to parents, caregivers and therapists. It is a therapeutic tool to unlock the thoughts and feelings that a young children may harbour in their hearts,  and in so doing,  bring comfort, healing, assurance and hope,  that they are not alone.  It is an assurance and commitment that every adult involved in  that child's life will do their very best to keep that child safe now and in the future.  The book is versatile and can be used for incidents of sudden illnesses, gun violence, car accidents, plane crashes, terrorist attacks, and other sudden or violent deaths.





Storywraps Rating...  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!








About the author







Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, loss, child development, and parenting. She has spent more than twenty years working with children and families. She has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and published several articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Maker received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Hospital.
Dr. Maker now works as a clinician, author, presenter, and consultant in San Diego, California. Her first book, Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children, won several awards from the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs. Dr. Maker is currently writing My Story: Coping with and Healing from Pregnancy Loss, and other books on IVF, anxiety management, and celebrating differences.





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Encouraging kids to read - an info wrap





Encouraging kids to read - an info wrap





Unwrapping some quotes for you to enjoy



Encouraging kids to read - an info wrap




Encouraging kids to read - an info wrap




Encouraging kids to read - an info wrap



Encouraging kids to read - an info wrap







How to encourage kids to read
(by Stacy Lee Kong)



Encouraging kids to read - an info wrap

Ages 0 to 2: Exploration Station



“Literacy begins at birth,” says Mack Rogers, executive director of ABC Life Literacy Canada, a charitable organization devoted to improving literacy skills. “Children connect reading and writing with their first words, their first experiences and their first role models. You can’t start too early.”


At this stage, exploration is key, says Ruth Rumack, a literacy expert and the owner of academic support centre Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space in Toronto. “If they want to look at the book upside down, let them look at the book upside down. If they want to chew on it, let them chew on it. If your 15-month-old reaches out to turn the page before you’re finished, that’s OK,” she says. “It can be frustrating for parents who have their minds set on the idea that reading is sitting down and listening, but reading time should be flexible.” To encourage interest, look for high-contrast, black-and-white board books (especially great for younger babies up to six months old) or bright colours and simple illustrations, and tactile elements like fuzzy sections, built-in squeakers or lift-the-flap books for toddlers. “The element of surprise is particularly exciting for this age group,” Rumack says.


What is the right age to read? 


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Ages 3 to 5: Child’s Play



For preschoolers, it’s all about phonological awareness—the pre-reading skills involving sounds. This is when kids learn about rhyming, blending (joining letter sounds to make a word), alliteration, segmenting (breaking words down into their composite sounds) and manipulating sounds within words—like understanding that swapping m for c turns “mat” into “cat.” These fundamental skills can be hard to grasp, so introducing them through stories and play can keep kids from getting discouraged. Choose books that engage kids with repetition and drama, Rumack says, like Robert Munsch’s Mortimer. Rogers agrees: “We’re naturally musical, so kids really engage with rhythm and song and rhyme. That’s why nursery rhymes and Dr. Seuss work so well.” Making play a part of reading time will also help. Have kids act out parts of the story themselves or with a puppet, or let your kid decide what a character should sound like and then have him do that voice when it’s that character’s turn to speak.





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Ages 6 to 10: The Power of Choice




This is when a child’s interests really begin to play a role in their developing literacy skills. Some kids are obsessed with princesses, while others respond to comics and graphic novels. Find reading material—books, apps and kid-friendly websites—that reflect your child’s passions. If she loves baseball, get her reading with websites devoted to player stats or books about the history of the game. You even check out her favourite team’s social posts together—it’s important not to get stuck on the idea of reading only being words on a page. “Reading recipes is reading. Playing board games is reading,” says Rumack. “I’m all for reading in whatever form it comes.”








Encouraging kids to read - an info wrap


When to worry



Sometimes, getting kids to read requires some outside help. When Luke entered third grade last September, Ljucovic felt like she had tried everything. Despite reading games, extra tutoring and endless practice, he still wasn’t making progress. But he told her how much he wanted to read and, heartbreakingly, that he felt dumb because he couldn’t. That’s what prompted her to contact an educational therapist, who discovered that a physical problem was getting in his way. Luke’s eyes moved independently, so he couldn’t track words properly.
For some kids, reading reluctance is more than a matter of motivation. If your child is sounding out the same word multiple times on a page without recognizing that it’s the same word, using avoidance techniques (stalling, acting silly, yawning and getting tired quickly, crying or complaining of headaches), can’t retell a story after reading it or relies on memorization, it can indicate a larger problem. Check in with your kid’s teacher, who can give insight into what’s happening in the classroom, and paediatrician, who can schedule hearing and vision tests. “When physical issues have been ruled out and consistent remediation is producing slow results, it’s time to think about testing for a learning disability,” Rumack says. “Testing is also worth considering if your child’s self-esteem is being threatened.”
For Luke, the solution was simple: weekly therapy sessions to retrain his eyes. And they’re helping. “Just in the last four months we’ve caught him reading by himself,” Ljucovic says happily.







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The ultimate "Love" idea - LOVE of READING" - an infowrap





The ultimate




Today is Valentine's Day and we celebrate it on Storywraps by giving tips to inspire your kids to have a lifelong love affair with reading.  Come join me as I share creative ways to make that happen. 




The ultimate





Not every kid is a bookworm and that's OK. But, there are ways to encourage your child to pick up a book more often. Here's how to help kids learn to love books.





The ultimate






 Unwrapping some creative ideas that are fun and will inspire kids to pick up a book and read it!  
  (thanks to author Alice Kuipers for sharing her best tips)



1. Make a game of it: Send kids on a treasure hunt, the treasure being a book. Leave clues that lead them around the house to discover it in an unexpected place. If you’re really into it, the clues can be related to the story (Clue: Knuffle Bunny was lost in one of these…. Answer: Washing Machine). The magic of discovering a book at the end of the hunt will show your kids how valuable they can be.


2. Keep an eye on authors: If your kid loves a particular author, follow her online to enrich the experience—lots of authors and publishers have terrific sites with games, giveaways, activities and answers to questions about the books. Reading events at local bookstores with a superb author can make even the most reluctant reader take notice. Or encourage your child to write a fan letter to an author they’ve enjoyed. You never know, they may write back!


3. Bring a book: Next time you’re riding the bus or subway together or sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, pull out a book to read with your kid. It’s a more interactive and sociable way to pass the time than letting her play on an iPad while you check your phone.


4. Look beyond books: Graphic novels and comic books are very appealing to kids. Take them to the comic book store, or, even better, hit up a comic convention if you can. Along with the fantastic stories they’ll discover costumes, figures and artwork. It really opens up the world of reading for them!


5. Let them cultivate their taste: Accept that your kids have different reading tastes. Captain Underpants might not be your cup of tea, but your six-year-old will probably think otherwise.


6. Don’t force little readers: Some kids would much rather eat books than sit still to read them. When you read to toddlers let 
them race about and climb stuff, with the occasional pause in our laps to turn a page. Sure, reading’s good for kids, but they need to come to it in their own way.


7. Turn the page: Research shows that the best way to get kids to read is for them to see you reading. Yes, that means you are totally allowed to lie on the couch with a book instead of getting down on the floor to build yet another tower.


8. Visit Storybird.com: Right now. It’s the most gorgeous website and on it your child can write her own story by selecting the pictures. You can even print the book later (it’s pricey but worth it). Kids love reading books they’ve written themselves more than anything.


9. Get involved: Look out for reading related events in your city.  Build your kid’s excitement by having an author sign a book just for them.


10. Offer books like candy: Have them around the house. Keep one in your bag. If your child is whiny or dragging on your leg, pull out a book. It won’t always be what they want, but any distraction helps.


11. Shop together: Browse those bookshelves in stores where books are offered. It is special time for us, and encourages kids to settle down to read.



12. Browse the blogs: The internet and books are not natural enemies. There are hundreds of terrific blogs by savvy book-reading teens that are full of reviews, author interviews, book tours and more. Once you’ve explored some of these sites together and if your teen is game, encourage her to join get involved writing reviews on Goodreads, or even start her own reading blog. If your kid gets good readership with her reviews, she may be able to request advance reading copies from publishers looking to promote their authors.


13. Give books as gifts: Books are keepsakes that never age like toys and fads do. Wrap up a book or present a gift certificate to a local book shop so the birthday kid can pick his own.


14. Loiter at the library: It’s rather obvious—libraries are filled with books—but they’re also a place to engage in other activities with your kids that gently nudge them toward reading.  Local libraries are always hosting fun events—puppet shows, readings, cool craft sessions—and you inevitably end up reading in a corner together long after the activities have ended.



15. Ease off: If you keep insisting that your kids read (or do most anything for that matter) they’ll resist. If you relax, stay patient and leave it up to them—make plenty of books available but don’t say a word—they’ll likely start picking them up.



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"Erik the Lone Wolf" - a bookwrap









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"Erik The Lone Wolf"
by Sarah Finan

Age Range: 4 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten




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About the book






Once upon a time there was a little wolf cub named Erik who just gets fed up living with the rest of the pack.  He wants to strike out on his own, be his own boss and do what he wants to do.  Is that a wise thing to do?  Well he doesn't care... he's out of there.

He is free to be a lone wolf and not conform to the wishes of the others.  Things don't go exactly as he hoped and soon he finds himself in grave danger and ... all alone.  Oh my!  He desperately needs help and it is then that he realizes why the family and the rest of the pack is so needed.  They rely on each other not only for companionship but for safety as well.

This heartfelt adventure story reminds the reader the value of family and no matter what, your family is there to love and keep you from harm.  

"I don't want to be a lone wolf anymore." Erik whispered to his family that night.  "Even big wolves need the pack sometimes," they agreed.  

After his adventure, Erik knew he'd never feel crowded by the pack again."

The illustrations are lovely.  They are full of action and emotion that enrich the tale greatly.  You always have to use caution and be careful what you wish for.  Sometimes you don't appreciate what you have until it's gone. 



Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!!!!! 




Introducing the author/illustrator of the book








I have recently graduated with an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Having spent the last 20 years as a graphic designer, it feels wonderful, but very scary, to pick up a pencil, rather than a mouse, and draw. It makes my heart beat faster... After all, who wouldn’t want to escape into a world where wolves ski and a little boy saves the day with a strand of tinned spaghetti?

In June 2015 I won second prize with ‘Yankee Doodle Stanley’ in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration..... YEEEEE HA!

In May 2016 ‘The Bench’ was awarded with honourable mention of the Znak Publishing House in the 5th edition of ‘A well designed book - lets start with children competition’ in Poland.


My debut picture book, as author illustrator, 'Erik the Lone Wolf', will be published by Frances Lincoln First Editions in February 2018. 






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"Olga the Cloud and the Snowman" - a bookwrap









This sweet book is perfect for toddlers or beginning readers.  You will fall in love with adorable Olga and wish you had a precious friend just like her.  




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Authored and illustrated by Nicoletta Costa
Ages 2-5




Some delightful illustrations for you to enjoy






















About the book





This delightful little book is short and sweet.  Some children build an adorable snowman named Nico during the day and when it's evening they leave him by himself as they must go inside.  Snowman gets very lonely outside all by himself and that's when Olga the cloud comes to his rescue.

All through the night she keeps him company.  They play and have a great time together.  In the morning the sun rises and shines on Nico making him all warm and sweaty.  Can his new friend Olga save him from melting away and help cool him down?  

The vibrant coloured illustrations are crisp and full of expression and heart.  Toddlers and beginning readers will navigate through the book enjoying both the pictures and the story.  This book is part of the "Olga the Cloud Series".  Each short story stars Olga in every day simple scenarios that children can relate to and enjoy.  

They were originally published in Italian and are now brought to English audiences in ebook editions buy Xist Publishing.  They bring beloved stories from diverse cultures to new audiences and they celebrate childhood in all its beautiful forms.  The publishers hope that children will enjoy these stories and discover a lifetime love of reading and love for all the people and creatures of the world.  A very worthwhile and noble mission indeed.  I highly recommend this book.




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





About the author/illustrator







Nicoletta Costa is Italy's best-selling and best-loved children's author. She has illustrated over 350 books and has written most of them.

She is born in 1953 in Trieste, where she lives and works.
After graduating in Architecture at the University of Venice in 1978, she worked for some years in her father's firm; but she soon left the profession to dedicate her time exclusively to her real passion: writing and illustrating children's books.

Since 1980 Nicoletta has been narrating stories with words and images expressed from a child's perspective; her simple, yet striking, personal graphic style makes her illustrations instantly recognizable and very easy for children to imitate.
Her amusing chatacters live adventures that help children feel more confident and self assured. Very often teachers use Nicoletta's stories as a pedagogical strategy to help children cope with the various developmental stages of their lives.
Her most loved character is Julio Bunny, a sweet, shy rabbit, and a very loyal friend, often scared but always able to find the courage to overcome everyday challenges, with the help of his friends.


Nicoletta Costa's books, published by the major Italian Publishers and some foreign Publishers, have received many International Prizes such as the Catalonia d'Illustraciòn Award (1986), the Golden Pen Award (1988), the Grinzane Junior Award (2002) and three Christian Andersen Awards, the last two for her most loved character Julio Bunny, who is soon going to become also a TV series.




Just for fun






Use a cloud template or just draw some big puffy cloud shapes and have your child add emotions to personify it.  You can ask your child to make a happy cloud, a sad cloud, an angry cloud, a scared cloud, a sleep cloud, a crying cloud etc.  

To make it even more challenging:




Add dialogue or what the cloud might be thinking text to exercise your child's imagination and writing skills.  Whatever you choose to do be sure to make it fun!  







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"Calling Dr. Zaza" - a bookwrap









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"Calling Dr. Zaza" 
created by Mylo Freeman

  Grade Level: 1 - 2
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Clavis (May 1, 2018)




Sweet illustrations for you to enjoy






























About the book




      Poor Zaza.  She wants to play with her stuffed animal friends but discovers they are all sick. Oh my!  Whatever shall she do?   Clever little Zara knows exactly what to do.   She gets on her doctor's uniform and starts individual checkups to see what is causing this unwelcome epidemic. 

       She detects that Rosie has an earache, Bobby needs his heart monitored, George Giraffe has a very itchy sore throat, Pinkie feels overly warm but once her temperature is checked seems fine, and Mo has a scratch on his head which is easily mended by applying a bandage.  Whew!  Everyone is lovingly taken care of but wait?  The adorable recovered animals all want a bandage just like Mo's.  Sweet Zaza is happy to comply making everyone happy.  She wraps up her doctor's round by adding one more thing... can you guess what that might be?

      The illustrations are bright, vibrant and draws the reader into each scenario. The text is simple enough for an emergent reader to tackle no problem.  The book depicts different medical instruments and techniques used by a real medical doctor and would be wonderful to share with a child if a doctor's visit is on the horizon with a discussion to follow.  I loved the fact that the little girl is one of colour and empowered to problem solve and heal all her favourite animal friends.  



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






Introducing the author/illustrator





      Mylo Freeman grew up in The Hague and lives in Amsterdam. She attended the art-academy in Amsterdam and majored in illustration and painting. She has been a full-time writer-illustrator since 1993 and has published over 50 picture books. Her debut book Potty! was awarded the Kiek Book Prize and has been translated into many languages. The Princess Arabella series is one of her most well-known books and has been published in Holland, Nigeria and the UK.







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