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"Belinda the Unbeatable" - a bookwrap









Musical chairs anyone?  

"I'm going to win. Get up. Come on get moving. It's game on!!!








Unwrapping 






Authored by Lee Nordling
Illustrated by Scott Roberts

Ages : 5-8
Grade Levels : K-3




Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you to peek at














About the book




This is the second volume of the "Game for Adventures" series of wordless graphic novels for early readers.  The book by two-time Eisner nominee Lee Nordling and artist Scott Rogers renders a winning combination of action and fun as a gymnasium is transformed into a colourful obstacle course sprinkled with magic.  

The strong characters and storyline is up to the reader to write in their imaginations so it will be unique to each person.  The colour pallet depicts a fantasy background letting the reader know that the kids have left the realistic gym and it's game on.  

Belinda is gung-ho to go and her best friend, Barbara is shy and retiring. They proceed to the gym where the teacher switches on music and all the kids partake in the fun exercise of musical chairs. Will their friendship last through the running of this difficult and very competitive obstacle course?  Find out what is more important to the girls... their friendship or winning the race.




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








Meet the author






Two-time Eisner nominee Lee Nordling is an award-winning writer, editor, and creative director who has worked on staff at Disney Publishing, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine. His book The Bramble won the 2013 Moonbeam Gold Medal for Picture Books (ages 4-8), and BirdCatDog, an Eisner Award nominee, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best children's books of 2014, and won the Moonbeam Spirit Award for Imagination. The third book in his Three-Story Book series, SheHeWe, was a 2016 Eisner Award nominee. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Cheri, and numerous pets that earn their kibble by offering inspiration.



Meet the Illustrator







Scott Roberts (also known as Thomas Scott Roberts) is a writer and cartoonist. He's the creator of the comic Patty-Cake and the author of the fantasy novel The Troubling Stone. He lives in Delaware with his wife, two step-kids, and two dogs.







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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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"Gracie LaRoo" - a bookwrap






Unwrapping Gracie's bio





Meet her teammates - "The Sprites"




Unwrapping today's book





"The Marvelous, Amazing, Pig-Tastic
"Gracie LaRoo" 

Authored by Marsha Qualey
Illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Ages:  5-7
Grades: 1-2



Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you to enjoy















About the book





Gracie LaRoo is the youngest member of the pig synchronized swimming team. She is fantastic at what she does and she adores being part of the "Water Sprites" team.  Her favourite quote sums up her feelings to a "t"...

"I just hope I can be the kind of synchronized swimmer my team needs."

This wonderful book has four titles in the set:  Gracie LaRoo Goes To School, Gracie LaRoo Sets Sail, Gracie LaRoo On The Big Screen  and Gracie LaRoo Pig Julilee.  Each title has four chapters within.  
















Gracie will take you on a journey where her heart is set on gaining a gold medal, she mesmerizes the crowd in a Piggywood movie, she demonstrates to her former coach at her old school how difficult (but rewarding) synchronized swimming is; and dazzles an entire audience on a cruise ship with her unique, Gracie LaRoo extravaganza. You go girl!!!!

The chapters are easy to read and kids will fall in love with Gracie as she relates her feelings of apprehension and lack of self-confidence only to press forward to victory.  

The illustrations are full of motion, expression and heart.  Kids will be cheering Gracie along as they discover the talent and grace she displays in her performances.  She is truly pig-tastic ... a pig extraordinaire!!! ....
                             ........
                                .............


💦💦 SPLASH!!!💦💦




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!








About the author




Marsha Qualey is also the author of several young adult novels that have been on many "Best of the Year" lists, including the American Library Association's "Best Books for Young Adults" and the New York Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age." She's won two Minnesota Book Awards for YA fiction, and her novel Thin Ice was a finalist for the Edgar Award. Most of her YA novels and her first novel for adults, Venom and the River, are now available as e-books.


Marsha taught for over a decade at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota) in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She is now retired and when she's not thinking up more adventures for Gracie Laroo, she's with her grandchildren and telling them stories.




About the illustrator




Kristyna studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 2010. She now lives in a beautiful village in Yorkshire. Her first picture book, Flint's Odd Socks, followed by Chickens Can't See In The Dark were highly commended for the Macmillan Prize two years  : running. Kristyna has written and illustrated the brilliant Blue & Bertie and Norton & Alpha for Simon & Schuster, and the stunning Ziggy and the Moonlight Show will publish in 2018. 





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"Daytime Nighttime - a bookwrap









All through the day and night animals are scurrying around living their busy lives.  To-day's featured book shines a spotlight on many of those animals and I know kids will love to find out what they are busy doing.  Enjoy! 



Unwrapping







"Daytime Nightime" 
All Through the Year

Authored by Diana Lang
Illustrated by Andrea Gabriel

Ages 4-8
Grade Level - PS



Unwrapping some amazing illustrations 
(in random order) 

























About the book


This wonderful rhyming book shares the lives of a variety of animals as they go about their lives both in the daylight hours and at nighttime all throughout the year.  The talented author shines a spotlight on porcupines, spiders, deer, frogs, bees, slugs, geese, raccoons, and beavers just to cite a few.

"Porcupine moves through
The trees after dark,
Slowly but steadily
Chewing on bark."

" "We see in the morning
A delicate line
Is spun by a spider
In silken design."

The contrasting movements, habitats and habits of a variety of creatures are documented for the reader to absorb.

Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and birds are included to peak the interest of nature lovers.  The author adds a matching game at the end of the book to invoke comprehension skills of what has been read.  She includes more detailed information if older kids ( parents and teachers too) wish to pursue more in-depth information on their favourite animals.

The illustrations are truly beautiful, full of detail and animation.  They visually enhance the night/day concept of animals living out their lives as they seek food and shelter to house their growing  families and to survive daily themselves.

"Daytime Nighttime"  is written and illustrated by nature lovers themselves and their passion and awe of the creatures are certainly evident.  I highly recommend this book and suggest it be added to a classroom setting and a school library.  



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS !!!!!





About the author





An effervescent speaker and impassioned naturalist, Diane Lang began working as a docent at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, California in 2001. Over the next decade, she presented public programs about the various wild animals that reside at the museum, led class tours, visited schools, and worked directly with the museum’s non-releasable hawks, owls, falcons, and yes, vultures. Before long Diane was also docenting at Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward and at Eaton Canyon Nature Center back in her hometown of Pasadena where she helped to create innovative nature-focused curricula for student groups.

She’d already served as a reader in the public schools via the Pleasanton Public Library and had read countless books to her son Peter. And before that, she’d honed her writing skills in the publications department at the California Institute of Technology. She holds a B.A. from Cal State Los Angeles.

Diane has written verses for fun all her life, but she started spending more time at it just a few years ago, when she wondered if putting some of the animal information into rhyme would help children remember it. During some programs, she would say to the children that even though we don’t send birthday cards or valentines to spiders and insects, we probably should, because they are some of our best friends! As she wondered what such valentines might sound like, she started having fun with the idea, and Vulture Verses: Love Poems for the Unloved was born. 

After sharing her fascination with the natural world and its more exotic animals with children at these three nature centers, Diane goes home to her husband, the acclaimed origami artist and physicist Robert Lang, and her menagerie (which includes the tarantula she travels with), and writes poems about her favorite critters. 



About the illustrator





Andrea Gabriel is an author and illustrator, largely focused on natural history subjects for the very young. She is currently working on her first adult novel and chomping at the bit to start a YA novel as well. She lives in Bellingham, Washington with her family of two and four-legged creatures.

If you'd like to keep up-to-date with new books from Andrea, along with fun studio updates and activities for children you can follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AndreaGabrieldotcom/ or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/andreagabrielart/




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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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"Magnetic Poetry" - a funwrap today









Who is responsible for this work of genius? 


 Introducing ...... Dave Kapell  









Back in 1993, the Minneapolis native was an aspiring musician who liked to cut up his diaries and rearrange the words to create song lyrics. But he was prone to allergies and, with the pollen count soaring one day, he sneezed and scattered an almost-finished song. An idea was born: Why not stick magnets on the bits of paper and affix them to a cookie sheet to keep them in place?

The contraption stayed in Mr. Kapell's room for a few months until he threw a house party and needed the cookie sheet for baking. The word magnets went up on the refrigerator—and throughout the night, Mr. Kapell's friends kept stealing back to the kitchen to scramble the lyrics. The next day, he got a half-dozen orders for the magnet kits.
"Within a month of the party, it was like I was selling drugs out of my house," says Mr. Kapell, who is 48. "It went viral before viral was a term."

Soon he was making more from his Magnetic Poetry kits than from his $8-an-hour job in data entry, which he promptly quit.
Friends in retail said he might not have a lot of time to exploit his big opportunity. So, he pored over books on start-ups and worked 90-hour weeks to build the brand. By 1995, Mr. Kapell and a partner had set up a company, U.S. Magnetix, to produce custom magnets in China. To get prime placement for his kits, he prowled gift-shop conferences and craft fairs, where he found himself treated like the rock god he once dreamed of becoming.
"I knew that I had hit an atypical home run," he says. "At trade shows, everyone would say, 'Everyone wants to be you.' "

From these beginnings, Magnetic Poetry® has now sold over three million word kits, over one billion word tiles--growing from the Original Kit to a kid's line of kits, to foreign language kits, to Voice/theme kits. 



Unwrapping some kits for you and there are many, many more to choose from... trust me... wow!!!


 Just Google "Magnetic Poetry" with a cup of coffee or tea in hand because you are going to be hooked for a while browsing your  copious options.  Here are just a few to peak your interest.






























The themed kits are interactive and can be used solo or with friends and family.  The kits are comprised of magnetic words that you can "write" with on the fridge, or any metal surface.  The possibilities are endless and instantly you become a poet with a poetic license to create anything you want.  You can compose poems, jokes, lists, memos, or plain old texts just to suggest a few.  Each kit sports its own theme, so trust me, there is a style for every person and home.  

Magnetic Poetry is a celebration of the written word and so fun to hang out with.  It is a perfect gift to give to either a child or an adult.  I have many myself and use my fridge upstairs to play on. I hung a metal tray in my office and anyone that comes to visit me can arrange the words in the order that they choose and leave their poetic signature for me to enjoy once they have departed.  I know you will love magnetic poetry as much as I do.  It's wordplay at its best!



Storywraps Rating ...  5 +++ HUGS!!!








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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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"Happy Birthday" by Mamoru Suzuki









Birthdays are important milestones through the journey of life.  Today's book celebrates the birthday of a precious child by his adoring mother.  Enjoy!  





Unwrapping






"Happy Birthday"
Created by Mamoru Suzuki

Ages 2+


Unwrapping some amazing illustrations for you






























 About the book

This book is a love story from a mother's heart to her little son.  It tells of her anticipation of his arrival and the nurturing and love she bestows upon him as she watches him grow.  She tenderly nurses him at her breast and soon he becomes mobile, more independent and curious about his world around him.  He then takes flight as he seeks out his dreams and his destiny in life. 

She ends her beautiful narration by saying...

"It doesn't matter how far you go,
I will love you.
Always."

Unconditional love is always in her heart towards him and she has confidence in his happiness as he soars into the sky leaving her behind. The two cannot really be separated because their hearts will always be linked with a precious bond of love that can never be broken between the two. 

This is such a simple book but the message is profound and indelible.  The colour pallet chosen is warm and cozy inviting the reader to join in their lovefest. It enriches the uncomplicated text visually as the mother's very special and heartwarming story unfolds.  I highly recommend this book.  It would be a perfect book to give to a new mother as a gift as she welcomes her new child into the world. 


Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!








About the author/illustrator



 鈴木まもる



Mamoru Suzuki (1952–)  was born in Tokyo. He entered Tokyo University of the Arts to study ceramics, but withdrew without completing a degree. Thereafter he exercised his creative energies mainly through picture books and illustrations. His first published work as a picture-book artist was Boku no ōkina ki (My Big Tree), with a story by Masao Tsurumi, which came out in 1980. He won the Akaitori Award for Illustration in 1995 for his work on the series Kuroneko Sangorō (Sangorō, the Black Cat; text by Fumiko Takeshita). In 2006 he received the Kodansha Award for Picture Books for Boku no tori no su enikki (My Illustrated Diary of Birds’ Nests). After moving to the Izu Peninsula in 1986, he became fascinated by the many forms that birds’ nests take, and began studying and collecting them. His collection has since grown to some 230 varieties and over 550 specimens, and he has mounted exhibits all around the country that feature the nests together with his paintings. He has published many picture books and articles relating to nests, including Tori no su monogatari (Bird Nest Stories), Tori no su no hon (The Book of Birds’ Nests), Boku no tori no su korekushon (My Bird Nest Collection), and Tori no su kenkyū nōto (Bird Nest Field Notes).




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"The Sun Played Hide-and-Seek" - a bookwrap




personification  per·son·i·fi·ca·tion






noun



Personification is giving human characteristics to non-living things or ideas.

An author describing the sun smiling on a field of flowers is an example of personification.


-YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2017 by LoveToKnow Corp







Unwrapping






"The Sun Played Hide-And-Seek"
A Personification Story


Authored by Brian P. Cleary

Illustrated by Carol Crimmins

Ages 6-9

Grade Level: 1-4



Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you to enjoy





































About the book




After reading this book kids will no longer struggle with the meaning and execution of the word "personification."  The author explains it clearly and gives many examples so kids will have an understanding of the sophisticated term.

A young girl is given an assignment to do a presentation on the unfamiliar word.   Her classmates are distributed much easier projects using such words as puns, similes, metaphors, superlatives, idioms... but wow.... personification??? That's a hard one for sure.  She can hardly pronounce the word... so how can she possibly present its ability to make writing more descriptive and fun when used.... and in front of the whole class too?  Oh my!!!

The teacher gives her a nudge and tells her she had better get working on her assignment as time is running out. It's due tomorrow.  She needs some time to think and wrap her mind around what she is going to do.  After school she climbs a hill, crosses a wooden bridge and ends up in Riverside park.  She is inspired by what she sees in nature around her.   Example after example of pesonification comes to mind. She still is very nervous and has a sleepless night tossing and turning.

The next day, shaking and scared, she gets up before the entire class... gets the word "Personification out and just then the fireball rings forcing everyone to line up and proceed outside.  Little does she know that the firebell will save the day (and her presentation method to boot).  


Find out exactly how that happens.  At long last the little girl has the most hands-on, comprehensive, back-to-nature visuals of all times.  Her presentation comes alive and her classmates understand its meaning no problem. 

The animated and expressive illustrations are perfect and enrich the text greatly.  They are a wonderful addition to the storyline and so well done for an illustrators debut book.  The author has added a back page that further extrapolates the meaning of the sophisticated concept.  I think this book would be a wonderful addition to a classroom or library.  






Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author










Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® series, now a set with more than 3.1 million copies sold. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical® series and several single titles including The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor and Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry. He is a keynote speaker, and puts on poetry workshops all over the country. The bow tie wearing children's author is America's English Teacher.






About the illustrator







 Carol Crimmins is an illustrator, designer, and author based in Dublin, Ireland. She also teaches art to elementary school children. The Sun Played Hide-and-Seek is her first picture book.








5 QUESTIONS FOR CAROL CRIMMINS





1. What was your favorite book when you were a child?



Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham


2. What’s your favorite line from a book?

"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."—Mrs. Twit from The Twits by Roald Dahl


3. Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Very hard to choose just 3 I have "new" favourites all the time! 

Current favourites are... 

In no particular order - 
Beatrice Alemagna - author/illustrator 
Jarvis - author/illustrator 
Marta Altés - author/illustrator

4. Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I have never stopped reading and loving picture books since I was a child. I've always been passionate about drawing and storytelling. Combining words and pictures is the perfect way for me to bring my ideas, characters and stories to life!


5. Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?


Work hard and don't give up!





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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! 


Read on and read always!
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Laurie Berkner: " The Dance Remixes" - a musicwrap










Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes
Iconic Tunes for Kids Sparkle With EDM Makeover

Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes

To Be Released September 22nd




“The queen of children’s music.” – People Magazine
 “The Adele of the preschool crowd.”  The New York Times

“In the world of children’s music, Laurie Berkner isn’t just popular, she’s an icon.”
 The Denver Post











Take 14 of The Laurie Berkner Band’s most beloved songs for kids, give them a modern-day twist, and remix them into electronic dance songs that all ages will adore. That’s the recipe for legendary children’s musician Laurie Berkner’s new album, Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes, set for release on September 22nd


Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes will be available for download at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon Digital, Google Play, and more. Physical CDs will be available at all Laurie Berkner concerts and at www.laurieberkner.com.













In her own words



Says Laurie Berkner, “I first thought of making an Electronic Dance Music album of my songs when I realized I was getting a lot of YouTube and Twitter followers who were teenagers. They had grown up on my music and were writing comments like ‘You were my whole childhood!’ or ‘I’ve always loved your songs and still do. I’m so glad I found you on here!’ So, I started to think about ways that I could connect more with those kids.
“I had also noticed how popular EDM was with toddlers and preschoolers, as well as their parents. EDM is so infectious, it almost dares you to TRY not dancing to it! Suddenly the idea of making EDM remixes of my classic songs emerged as the perfect way to combine new music for young kids and their parents with a nostalgic gift to teens who were still fans.”






FYI



Engineered by three-time GRAMMY winner Dave Darlington, Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes presents an exciting new take on songs that have become early childhood cornerstones for an entire generation, now remixed as great dancing tunes for toddlers, tweens, teens, and beyond. 

Older kids will fondly recognize the catchy songs they grew up with, like “Victor Vito,” “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz),” and “My Family,” while preschoolers new to Laurie’s music will have great fun boogieing to all the infectious beats.




About Laurie







A former preschool music teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started marketing her music twenty years ago from her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records.  She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the “kindie” music genre and was crowned “the undisputed queen of kindie rock” by USA Today.  The Wall Street Journal noted “Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups.” 
Laurie has previously released eleven bestselling, award-winning albums.

Visit www.laurieberkner.com for more about The Laurie Berkner Band. 






Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes Track List:


 *We Are The Dinosaurs (Dance Remix)
*Drive My Car (Dance Remix)
*I Really Love To Dance (Dance Remix)
*Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz) (Dance Remix)
*Monster Boogie (Dance Remix)
*Where Is The Cake? (Dance Remix)
*I’m Gonna Catch You (Dance Remix)
*The Cat Came Back (Dance Remix)
*Telephone (Dance Remix)
*BOOTS (Dance Remix)
*Rocketship Run (Dance Remix)
*Shake Your Body Down (Dance Remix)
*BONUS: My Family (Dance Remix)
*BONUS: Victor Vito (Dance Remix)




CD Details: Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes
Release date:  September 22, 2017
For ages toddler to teen
Label:  Two Tomatoes Records; distributed by Razor & Tie

Run time: 47 minutes



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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 Crazy Friend" - a bookwrap








Playdates with friends are just the best thing ever.  Come join Ginger Green, the Playdate Queen, and find out how this particular one she just set up could have been a whole lot better ... enjoy!


Unwrapping




Authored by Kim Kane
Illustrated by Jon Davis

Ages 6-8
Grade Level 1-3



Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you today











































About the book




Ginger Green is seven years old and Queen of playdates.  She calls up her friend from school Maisy and arranges a get together.  Maisy enthusiastically accepts... Maisy screams,  "YES!" as her acceptance speech and maybe that too loud response should have been a clue as to what is to come.

At precisely 2:00 the next day the door bell rings, and rings, and rings ad nauseam.  Ginger's mother answers the door and shouts HI over Maisy's extra loud and exited HI!!!!!... while yes, the door bell is still ringing.   Maisy throws off her boots when she enters. They  hit the wall with a bang and she tears off down the stairs, not with Ginger, but with Ginger's younger sister Penny,  who by the way, is stark naked.  Mother yells in her angry voice, "No running in the house," but to no avail, the girls are gone.  The playdate goes down hill from there if you can believe it as Maisy gets more and more out of control.  She goes missing and ends up on the garage roof dangling Mother's car keys over the side.  She's pushing buttons on the key chain that make the garage door go up and down like it's waving hello to the whole neighbourhood. She's acting very irresponsibly and putting herself in danger.  Oh my! 

Can Ginger and her Mother get things under control and finally settle things down to have a sane playdate with her crazy friend Maisey?  

The Ginger Green Series will certainly be a hit. "The Crazy Friend"  will have kids laughing and relating, as Ginger and her family try to find a solution to calm down a very dramatic and chaotic time.  The fun, expressive and action-packed illustrations add greatly to the success of the story. 

The series deals with social dilemmas and will be a perfect catalyst to trigger discussions about making good friends, displaying proper behaviour on playdates (whether in your own home or if you are invited to another home). There are two more books to come and I can't wait to read them.  I highly, highly recommend this heartwarming chapter book. 



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





About the author





Kim Kane is an award-winning author who writes for children and teens in Australia and overseas. Kim’s books include the CBCA short-listed picture book Family Forest and her middle-grade novel Pip: the Story of Olive. Kim lives with her family in Melbourne and writes whenever and wherever she can.






About the illustrator





Pirates, old elephants, witches in bloomers, bears on bikes, ugly cats, sweet kids ¬― Jon Davis does it all! Based in Twickenham, United Kingdom, Jon Davis has illustrated more than 40 kids’ books for publishers across the globe.










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"From Far Away" - a bookwrap








Unwrapping the backstory as to why this book was even written



"From Far Away" started with this letter:

To Robert Munsch:

I am a little girl. My name is Saoussan. I am seven years old. I am in grade two now. I came to Canada one and half year ago. I didn’t know how to speak English at all. I was just sitting and listening. A lot of funny things happened to me.
Children were trying to talk to me, but I was not able to answer them. I began to talk a little by little.
I finished grade one and now I am in grade two. The teacher now is complaining to my dad that I am talking a lot in the class and I read and write a lot of stories.
One day I found a book called Thomas’s Snowsuit. I read it and I laughed with my family.
I went to the library and I brought some of your books. I enjoyed reading them. I even read them to my dad that he laughed so hard he could not stop laughing.
Please come to our school we want to hear a story from you and we want to see you.
I wrote back and asked her what “funny things” had happened. Saoussan wrote back telling me about her first Halloween in Canada:

To: Robert Munsch:

Thank you for your letter. My teacher read it to the class and he said: I am not going to tell the class the funny thing that happened to her when she was in kindergarten and I am not going to embarrass you.
I don’t remember all of the funny things. But I remember one thing.
When I wanted to go to the washroom I didn’t know how to say I want to go to the washroom. That’s why I used to crawl to the door and when the teacher turns her head and looks at the other side I crawl under my friend’s desk and when someone opens the door I crawl out and go to the washroom.
When I come back from the washroom I wait beside the door and when someone opens the door I crawl in and go to my desk.
Once I crawled to the washroom. When I opened the washroom door I saw a skeleton. Then I screamed: Aaaaahhhhhhhhh!
Everybody came out. My teacher, Mrs. Garwan came, opened the washroom door and she tried to tell me that it is Halloween time and the skeleton is paper.
I didn’t understand her and I didn’t know what Halloween is.
She jumped up and down and danced around to explain to me that Halloween is just fun, but I thought the skeleton made her crazy and I screamed louder.
Then she hugged me to make me feel better and I jumped on her lap and the pee went down my knees. She put me down because she got wet.
Now I am in grade 2/3 and I am the best reader and speller in the class. This year when it was Halloween I weared a mask and a costume and we did a party at school. Then I went with my sister trick or treating to the neighbours.
Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please come to our school.
I liked her letters so much that I decided to turn them into a book.
So Saoussan and I wrote a lot of letters back and forth and we made the letter into a book. Saoussan and I are both the authors and we split the royalties.




Unwrapping today's featured book







"From Far Away"

Authored by Robert Munsch and Saoussan Askar
Art by Rebecca Green

Ages 5-8
Grades 1-2 (PS-3)




Some wonderful illustrations for you to enjoy








































About the book...




This real-life story was first published in 1995.  With all the turmoil and immigration movement in our world at the present time the story seems even more relevant today.  

Seven-year old Saoussan and her family immigrate to Canada from Lebanon because of the war and danger they are experiencing in their native land.  She attends a school in Toronto and has a very difficult time adjusting because of her language barrier and her unfamiliarity with Canadian customs and people.  Frightened and feeling misplaced she takes it upon herself to fit in (and she does) by learning the language and becoming quite proficient in reading and writing.  I love the diversity of the students in her class with one little one in a wheelchair. The kids all work hard to accept her and make her feel safe and part of their class.  Her sensitive, caring teacher carefully takes her new student under her wing and helps ease her into her new lifestyle and new Canadian homeland.  

This heartfelt story is illustrated beautifully depicting emotions and feelings of Saoussan, her family and those around her at her school.  The authors include a message from the real Saoussan, now all grown up, to conclude and give closure to her story.  I highly recommend this book and suggest that every classroom and school library have a copy to share and discuss.



Storywraps rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!






About the authors





Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He moved to Guelph, Ontario, in 1975. Every year Munsch receives thousands of letters from young fans. He likes to meet the children who send him mail, which sometimes leads to another story. Of his hectic touring schedule, he says simply, “I love it! One of the nicest things about my job is traveling across North America and meeting all kinds of people.”
He lives with his wife and three children: Julie, Andrew and Tyya


Please check out more information at:
www.robertmunsch.com









Saoussan Askar was born in Lebanon during the civil war, and immigrated with her parents and older sister to Toronto in 1989. A few of her favourite books as a child were Winnie the Pooh, \Miss Nelson is Missing, and The Secret Garden.
She attended Ellesmere Public School before entering a bilingual program at J.B. Tyrrell Senior Public School. She continued her education at York University, graduating with a Bachelor of Health Studies before moving to Montreal to complete a Master of Arts in Sociology.
Saoussan has always enjoyed writing, a natural outcome of her strong love of reading. When she was in Grade 5, she wrote a letter to author superstar Robert Munsch, telling him about her experiences as a child immigrant. Munsch was so taken with her story that he agreed to work with Saoussan to turn it into a book. From Far Away was first published in 1995, and has been re-issued in Fall 2017 with new illustrations by Rebecca Green.


Saoussan’s other interests include baking, reading, traveling, kickboxing, and making her own health and beauty products. She lives in London, Ontario.






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Back-to-school (jitter-free) : an infowrap





Back-to-school (jitter-free) : an infowrap




Yesterday I reviewed a book called, "Feeling Worried!" by Kay Barnham from the Everyday Feeling series.  To-day I want to extrapolate on the feelings of "worry" and give you some tips that may help your child face a brand new school year with much less stress and anxiety.  




Back-to-school (jitter-free) : an infowrap






Unwrapping some tips to calm the back-to-school jitters


* Talk to your kids about what to expect, especially if it's their first time going to school.  Allow kids to express their anxieties and make sure to follow-up with validating statements such as," I know that must feel scary." If they don't open up you can try asking, "How are you feeling about going to school?'

* Read a good and helpful book about going back to school.  "First Day Jitters" and "The Night Before Kindergarten" are winners.

* Prepare kids psychologically for the morning routine and what it  will be like.  No more sleeping in, watching morning t.v. or other electronics before breakfast. They need to do morning toiletries, get dressed, eat a good breakfast and mentally prepare for the school launch.

* Talk about making friends fast.  Have them introduce themselves first.  Give them three topics of conversations to help them connect. Suggest they ask others about the best thing they did all summer. Also tell them to say hello first and that may bring relief to other kids that are showing signs of anxiety as well.

* Parents of middle-school kids watch what you say out loud! Be positive. Watch your language (even if you think your kid isn't listening) and set the expectation that middle school is a good time.

* Open up and share your own feelings about when you had to face a new school or first day experience.  Explain how you once reached out to others and got to know someone you never would have known if you hadn't made the first move.

* Remember that the night before can make the morning much more pleasant.  Make sure kids have been bathed/showered, backpacks packed, lunches made and in the fridge and school clothes have been chosen and laid out ready to go.  Make sure you know where the shoes and socks are... matched and easily obtainable for the big morning exit. 

* On the first day of school say a quick goodbye.  Lingering can send mixed messages to your son/daughter, and you want the them to feel your confidence, not your hesitation. 

* Parents, its ok to cry. Parenting is a huge job and at each stage of a child's separation, be it eating with a fork, going off to college etc., each milestone is one more step that takes them farther away from you.  Tears express your love and yes sadness as you let your little ones fly away.  Keep those tissues handy.

* Transitions can take time, so be patient.  Be there to support, encourage and guide them in each part of their journey. 

* Reassure your child about how much you care.  Chatting, hugging, and a warm kiss goes a long way to assure your child you are with them emotionally and spiritually even though physically you are distant for the day. Tell them you can't wait to hear about their first day and that anyone would love to have them as a friend.  

* Take heart... your kids are more ready than you think and if they are not you will get there together.  It's brand new territory for them and for parents too.  Cherish each moment as they grow and learn and you as a parent must ebb and flow with the current.  Both of you will get through it and your bond of love will become even stronger as you do.  






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