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Remembrance Day (November 11,2017) - a reminderwrap









Lest we forget...


 Unwrapping one of the most valued poems that is read all over the world today








Unwrapping the history of this classic poem


Who is John McCrae? 






In Flanders Fields Manuscript
McCrae jotted down this most famous of war poems in 20 minutes during the Battle of Ypres (courtesy Library and Archives Canada/C-128809).





One of history's most famous wartime poems, "In Flanders Fields" was written during the First World War by Canadian officer and surgeon John McCrae. It helped popularize the red poppy as a symbol of Remembrance.


Ypres


When he volunteered at age 41 for service in the First World War, McCrae wrote to a friend that "I am really rather afraid, but more afraid to stay at home with my conscience." In April 1915, McCrae and a young friend, Alexis Helmer, joined the 18,000 soldiers of the First Canadian Division in their positions near Ypres, Belgium. The Second Battle of Ypres commenced on 22 April and lasted for six hellish weeks. It was during this battle that the Germans launched the first large-scale poison gas attacks of the war.
A Montréal physician, McCrae served as a major and a surgeon with the Canadian Field Artillery, in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Ypres was the Force's first major engagement of the war.



He died of pneumonia at the hospital of which he was in charge in 1918 (courtesy Library and Archives Canada/C-19919).




"The general impression in my mind is of a nightmare," McCrae wrote to his mother, "... And behind it all was the constant background of the sights of the dead, the wounded, the maimed, and a terrible anxiety lest the line should give way."
On 2 May, Alexis Helmer was killed. Because the brigade chaplain was absent, McCrae — as the brigade doctor — conducted the burial service for his friend. Later, at Helmer's grave, he wrote a few lines of verse that were the beginning of the poem "In Flanders Fields."


Poem Published


Before the war, McCrae had written poetry in Canada, and some of his work had been published there.
McCrae later sent a finished copy of "In Flanders Fields" to The Spectator magazine in London, where it was rejected. But a journalist who visited the field hospital where McCrae was serving at the front, took a copy back to Punch magazine. Punch printed it — anonymously, without McCrae's name — on 8 December 1915.
Within months it was republished in other sources, with McCrae's name attached, and quickly became the most popular poem of the war. Its powerful use of the symbol of the poppies blooming from the churned earth led to the tradition, to this day, of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those killed in service.
By 1917, "In Flanders Fields" was known throughout the English-speaking world. It was used to further the war effort, to raise money for the troops, and to help recruit American soldiers as the United States mobilized to enter the war. John McCrae soon became a household name in the US.


Legacy


Today, McCrae's poem is read by millions in Canada and around the world each Remembrance Day. There have also been various settings to music, among which that of William Hewlett is used during Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa. (See In Flanders Fields Music.) A history museum in the ancient Cloth Hall in Ypres (now Ieper), Belgium, is named after the poem. The special exhibition gallery in the Canadian War Museum is also named for McCrae.

- source: thecanadianencyclopedia.ca (with thanks)







Remembrance Day is an important event for Canadians. It’s a time to both reflect on the past and also consider the present and future. It can also be an excellent day to have thoughtful discussions with your kids, not only about the sacrifices made by others, but also about the general nature of conflict and peace. These might be talks touching on history that is global or personal, especially if you have relatives who served in the military or lived in areas affected by war.




Unwrapping some books for you to consider







What is Peace?



Beautiful, whimsical artwork is combined with reflective questions about peace: Is peace strong? Is peace gentle? Is it innocent? Is it wise? This engaging picture book provides a perfect foundation to discuss peace with children, exploring what it means to them, what it looks like in their everyday life, and what it means to those around the world. Recommended for Preschool.










Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion





A beautiful picture book about a grandfather sharing what it was like to serve in the war and the importance of Remembrance Day, this tender story is accompanied by brilliant artwork that enriches the story with its animal imagery and childlike wonder. While reading this story, I was flooded with memories of attending the annual Remembrance Day celebrations as a young child, soaking in the somber energy of those around me as we silently remembered those who fought in war, while the trumpet hauntingly played The Last Post. Children learning about war and Remembrance Day will finish this book with a better understanding of both. Recommended for Kindergarden.












A Poppy is to Remember




Remembrance Day can be an overwhelming topic to explain to young children — which information do you focus on and how do you start? This book provides a gentle introduction, focusing on the symbolism of poppies and why we wear them every year. At the back of the book, there is more information about the poppy and Remembrance Day, making it a rich book for older children as well. As a child who was fascinated with Remembrance Day and spent hours leafing through my father’s books about war, I wish this picture book had been available when I was growing up — it provides the history in a format accessible to young children. Recommended for Grades 1 and up.









A Bear in War




Suitable for Grade 2 and up, this picture book tells the story of Teddy — a bear now on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Teddy belonged to a young girl from Quebec named Aileen. Her father enlisted during the First World War and Teddy was sent to him as part of a care package. Teddy and Aileen’s father experience some of the First World War together before the battle of Passchendaele. After being found on the father’s body, Teddy is returned to his family in Quebec. There is also a sequel, Bear on the Homefront, in which Aileen becomes a nurse in the Second World War. Both stories are fairly gentle, and many children will understand the gesture of giving a teddy bear to someone to help them when they’re scared or lonely.








Midnight




This heartbreaking story, for kids five and up, is accompanied by beautiful, painted illustrations that lend a gentle poignancy to a tragic war story. A mare named Midnight is raised by a young Australian man a few years before World War I begins. They are both sent to Europe, separated, and then reunited for what would be one of the last cavalry charges in military history. Told with honesty and simplicity, this story may help children place the significance of this war into a context they understand. (While showing war has violent and tragic consequences is part of teaching the importance of peace, some readers may be quite upset at the death of the horse — parents will need to consider whether their children are ready for this book.)










Poppies From Iraq




This is a non-fiction graphic novel about the author’s coming of age in Iraq during a time of great political upheaval. Drawn by her husband, a famous French cartoonist, the relatable format is similar to other popular graphic novels geared to Grades 7 and 8, like Raina Telgemeier’s Smile and Sisters. This book is a great way to remind us all people are people — no matter where they live. It may help readers gain an understanding of the effects of the war in the Middle East on those who live there.










Two Generals




This graphic novel retelling of the author’s grandfather’s World War Two experience captures the youthful energy and naiveté of the soldiers before their first battle, essentially champing at the bit to fight — before following it up with the shocking reality of war. This could serve as an important reminder to readers who want the ‘thrill’ of war-based video games. The art is largely monochromatic in camouflage greens but with occasional use of red, capturing the historic story and scenery. Younger readers might be taken aback by scenes of dismembered limbs, but they are nonetheless necessary to stress the severity (and some of the edge is taken off by the somewhat ‘cartoony’ style). Recommended for Grade 7 and up.

-source:  www.cbc.ca/15books-to-help-your-child-and-you-to-reflect-on-remembrance-day (with thanks)








Flanders Fields



Red Poppies in Flanders today. The poppy became a symbol of Remembrance Day thanks to the famous poem In Flanders Fields, written by Canadian John McCrae (photo by Joseph Moore).






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"My Teacher's Not Here!" - a bookwrap










Unwrapping some cartoons to make you smile












Unwrapping today's featured book






"My Teacher's Not Here! "


Authored by Lana Button
Illustrated by Christine Battuz

Ages: 5-6
Grade Level:  PS-2




Unwrapping today's sweet illustrations
















































About the book





"There's Trouble at school!  I can tell right away.
Miss Seabrooke? Where are you? Are you HERE today?"

Smiling Miss Seabooke should be here to meet me.
But my teacher is missing and NOT here to greet me.

Being a former Kindergarten teacher myself I totally understand the nervousness and apprehension in Kitty's voice as she shows up for school and her routine has been shaken.  Her teacher is missing and not there to greet her good morning.  

She remembers her teacher has been coughing a lot and she speculates that she is likely home sick trying to get better.  So what is Kitty supposed to do?   Should she go home too?  Oh, oh the bell is ringing and classes are filing into the school just as usual. Oh my!  This is very scary indeed. 

 Kitty tries to be brave and but has flashbacks of needing Miss Seabrooke to open up her thermos when she was unable to do so.  She needs her to unstick her coat zipper when it is jammed.   But most of all she needs Miss Seabrooke's hugs, the ones that she gives away so freely to her darling students.  How will the kids keep on track as they go through their day together without her expert guidance and care?  Oh my... my... my!  This is just too much for a fragile kindergartener to figure out all on her own.  

Her fears escalate even more as she peeks into her classroom and sees a strange guy inside with a deep voice beckoning them to enter.  He is the exact opposite of her beloved teacher.  He's tall and skinny and he's a ... MAN!!!   Mr. Omar is his name and right away he shares a note from their teacher which confirms that she is indeed ill and will not be in for school today.  She asks for the class to co-operate in helping Mr. Omar out in any way that they can and to please be kind and helpful to each other too.  After they digest her written words the class settles down and her wisdom sinks into their minds then hearts building up their confidence that yes, they can do this without her.  

Kitty's positive confession at the end of the school day says it all:

"It's the end of the day rush
matching kids with their things.
But we're ready for home
when the final bell rings.

The school bus is here!
I made it! I'm done!
I survived the WHOLE day.
(I even had FUN.)

 The illustrations are adorable and full of expression that kid's can totally relate to. This charming book, told in rhyme, will instill self-assurance into little ones as they come face-to-face with unexpected changes in their familiar (and safe) routines that they look forward to each and every day as they head off to school.  I highly recommend this book.  





Storywraps Rating  -  5 HUGS!!!!!





About the author





Lana Button was born and raised in the tiny border town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, where she transformed all of her rubber skipping ropes into microphones, and sang to large crowds of imaginary people in her bedroom. Growing up, Lana took any opportunity to perform. She studied theatre performance at Concordia University in Montreal and spent some time in Vancouver acting in TV and film.
Lana fell in love with the magic of picture books while studying early childhood education. Today Lana lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband, her three incredible daughters and her cat, Rocco, and she spends much of her day singing and reading to small crowds of preschoolers

Students get into a routine. And that routine can be quite shaken when the teacher is out sick. This story looks into that situation in a fun sing song way. The rhymes flow quite nicely, as our little cat learns how she will be through the day without her usual teacher.






About the illustrator







Christine Battuz was born in France and currently residing in Bromont, Quebec, Canada. She started drawing at 3 when she was able to hold a pen. Growing up, Christine was inspired by her mother’s collection of painting all over her house. She studied in Italy and received her Masters of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia. After graduating, she was uncertain as to what to do with her diploma. A good friend who is a designer predicted and convinced her that she was an illustrator. Interestingly enough, this wonderful friend later turned out to become her husband. She has illustrated over sixty children books, published in North America, Korea and Europe. Her work appears in educational books, magazines, toys and toys packaging. She teaches art to adults and children of all ages. When not illustrating, she loves trail running and skiing with her husband and son.





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"Bim Bam Boom" - a bookwrap






I remember doing this as a young child.  Mom's lower cupboard doors were swung open and all her pots and pans were strewn  across the kitchen floor as my sisters and I made fabulous music sharing our talents together.  It kept us entertained for ages. Oh the simplicity and wonderment of something so simple being so awesome!  Today's book is all about creative play and the happiness it brings.  Enjoy!  




Unwrapping





Authored by Frédéric Stehr

Origin : France
Ages 1+

Available January 1, 2018
Grecko Press Publishing



Some sweet illustrations for you to enjoy























About the book




Baby owl discovers that a pot and two wooden spoons makes a lovely drum and creates musical sounds she loves.  "BIM BAM BIM BAM BIM."  Her friend canary wants to join in so off she goes and finds two pot lids - ''TISH TISH TISH!"  Sparrow decides to get on board and brings along a bowl and laden - "BOOM BOOM BOOM!" Chick and Raven add to the jug band beat with instruments that they have concocted also. And the beat goes on.... a loud and heavenly beat to the musicians but an annoying, joyless sound to poor Mrs. Owl's ears.  Oh my!

She gathers up all their make-shift devices and swaps them for a lovely cake that she has baked.  Hurray!!! So much for the jamming session.  The little ones are ecstatic!  What can be better than a yummy cake finale?

After they indulge raven asks the question, "Now what shall we do?"  Chick suggests painting? But with what?  Baby owl locates the perfect medium to share with her friends to get their creative juices flowing once again.  Painting it shall be!!!

The illustrations in this board book are simple line drawings and the text is varied in size and font which makes for an exciting read.  The action and expressions are kid-friendly and spot on.  The book points out to us that rhythm and sound can be pleasurable to some but definitely not to others and that the interpretation is in the ear of the beholder.  




Storywraps Rating -  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!






About the author/illustrator








Frédéric Stehr was born sixth in a family of seven children. He studied fine arts in Paris, where he spent hours painting in the public gardens, and he worked as a carpenter and painter. Then he discovered picture books, publishing his first book in 1983, and he now has more than 60 books to his name.







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"Creature Files: Reptiles" - a bookwrap











Dragon's teeth, tiger's claws, and snake's fangs - oh my! The Creature Files series will answer all of your questions about predators in our world and the mythological realm as well.




Unwrapping






"Creature Files: Reptiles"

Come Face-to-Face with 20 Dangerous Reptiles




by L.J. Tracosas




Age Range: 8 - 10 years




Unwrapping some awesome illustrations 
































About the book




This excellent non-fiction book is part of a series that I am positive kids will enjoy.  It is packed full of detailed photos and reptilian profiles that will bring these extraordinary creatures to life right in front of your eyes.  

The book highlights twenty infamous reptiles and elaborates on how they use their fangs to crush, pierce, munch or even poison their meals.  The photos are very graphic and prove that a picture is worth more than a thousand words.  Some of the documented  reptiles you will be familiar with and some will be foreign but all in all after reading the book you will understand why those specified are in the top 20 range.

Reptiles have survived for thousands, perhaps million of years,  using their unique survival skills to do so.  Some of the reptilian species use camouflage to hide in plain sight while others use their brute power and might to live on another day.  


This book is very interesting as well as educational and it would be perfect to use as research for a project on reptiles.  Kids will return again and again to ogle the magnificence of these cold-blooded, mostly egg-laying, super fascinating creatures.  Some will find them creepy, others will find them downright scary, but I am convinced that all kids (and adults) will agree that reptiles are truly amazing to behold. 






Other books in the series are:








Storywraps Rating... 5 ++ HUGS!!!!!






About the author




L. J. Tracosas writes books for curious kids and edits anything she can get her hands on. She’s published ten books for young readers, including the bestselling Creature Files series, as well as licensed titles with Mattel, WWE, and others. L.J. lives in Atlanta with her husband, son, and two cats.





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"I Got A Chicken For My Birthday!" - a bookwrap








Everyone loves getting presents for their birthday right?  But a chicken?  Really?  Come laugh along as you turn the pages and discover that maybe for your next birthday you may ask for one too.  Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.




Unwrapping







"I Got A Chicken For My Birthday"

Authored by Laura Gehl
Illustrated by Sarah Horne

Ages : 5-6
Grade Level: 2+




Some fun illustrations for you to ogle 






































About the book





This is a delightful book about how Ana's birthday wish takes a strange turn indeed.   Ana has her heart set on receiving tickets to the amusement park and she asks her Abuela if she could please grant that wish.  Abuela is the Spanish word for grandmother.

Her wish gets granted by clever Abuela but not at all how Ana expects.  Her grandmother sends her a chicken.  Well that certainly isn't what she had asked for is it?  Now what in the world is she going to do with that strange bird?

Well she knows she has to feed it daily.  She discovers how clever and resourceful this special chicken really is.  Not an ordinary one indeed. This chicken has plans... BIG PLANS... and knows how to get those plans implemented.  She recruited her friends, Ana's dog, Ana's cat, and even her hamster to make that birthday wish come true.   How splendid of her!   

You know what my take-away is from this very imaginative tale?  Next year I'm asking for a chicken.  

The illustrations are whimsical and the florescent colours are vibrant and eye-popping.  They embellish the narrative so much  adding both wit and humour.  I  recommend this fun book for you to check out and perhaps read you will include a plucky poulet on your birthday wish list too.  It's certainly worth a try.






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





About the author







Laura Gehl is the author of popular picture books including One Big Pair of Underwear and the Peep and Egg series. She lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband, four children, and zero birthday chickens (so far).












About the illustrator






Sarah Horne grew up in snowy Derbyshire, UK with some goats and a brother.

She learnt to draw whilst trying to explain her reasoning for an elaborate haircut at the age of nine. Sarah then honed her skills on the mean streets of Falmouth, studying Illustration. Here, there were daily street battles of scribbling resulting in many paper cuts, but some very nice drawing.

Alongside working on some very funny children’s titles, Sarah has also worked on commissions for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Kew Gardens, Sesame Street and for IKEA as their Children’s Illustrator In Residence.

She now draws, paints, writes and giggles from underneath a pile of paper at her studio in London.

Sarah’s books have sold internationally in Mexico, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Germany, US, Australia and NZ.







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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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"Bugs Blonksky and His Very Long List of Don'ts" - a bookwrap







I am introducing to you a rambunctious, wiggly, distractible little guy named Benjamin although every one just calls him Bug.  He is always super engaged in life and you know what?  You just fall in love with this little fella. One look a him and he just melts your heart.  Let's take a peek at today's book shall we?  Enjoy! 




Unwrapping 




"Bug Blonksky and His Very Long List of Don'ts"

Authored and Illustrated by E. S. Redmond

Ages: 6-9
Grade Levels:  1-4



Review

Some humor writers have a rule of thumb: always make the jokes funnier than they need to be... the jokes work, and most of the time, they work twice as well as necessary.
—Kirkus Reviews



Unwrapping some amazing illustrations 
( truly love each and every one, so fun, in random order ) 
































About the book




This book drew me in with it's fabulous illustrations... illustrations which can stand all on their own.  Their style is just my cup of tea. 

You immediately fall in love with this lop-eared, seven year old, who is forever on the move and no one seems able to pin him down except when he is ordered to go to his quiet chair to think about the choices he makes.  

He is a typical boy through and through, full of mischief, activity  and curiosity.  His mom calls him wiggly, his dad says he's impulsive and distractible and his big sister says he's plain super annoying.  He's not malicious or vindictive, just a small boy happily engaging in his life, a very similar character to Dennis the Menace.  

He seems to have a propensity to stumble into trouble and he dabbles in it over and over again.  Scenarios of his antics are portrayed within his home among family members and at his school with his teacher and surrounding classmates.  The book is witty and very funny.  The ink-and-watercolour illustrations are animated, detailed and very, very kid-friendly enriching the humour  of the book greatly.  

"Bug Blonksky and His Very Long List of Don'ts" touches on what's it's like to being a superhero (for him Bug boy with the Power to Annoy), making unacceptable body sounds (which kids certainly love, causing them lots of disguised disgust but hearty giggles ensue), and even a sprinkle of romance for Bug, courtesy of Peggy Pinkerton.  This early reader will be a hit with reluctant readers (especially boys who certainly can relate) and it is a perfect read aloud.   I highly recommend this book. 




Storywraps Rating - 5 ++ HUGS!!!!!








About the author/illustrator





I am an author and illustrator. I am also a mom.

People always say to "write what you know," so I guess it's no coincidence that my books are about 
boogers, bad manners and a boy named Bug who just can't seem to keep himself out of trouble. 


It is also no coincidence that my favorite sound is laughter, (a good old fashioned belly laugh, not an annoying high pitched giggle) and that I look for the humor in most any situation, especially difficult

ones, which there is definitely no shortage of when you're the mother of a stinker or two. So, if you like

a good belly laugh or just happen to be a stinker yourself, check out my books!







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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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"The Ice Sea Pirates" - a bookwrap






Unwrapping




"The Ice Sea Pirates"

Authored by Frida Nilsson
Illustrated by David Barrow
Country of Origin - Sweden

Ages: 8-12
Grade Level: 5+



Unwrapping some Media Reviews


      Radio New Zealand – October 12, 2017:
A raging, pirate-infested adventure


Kids’ Book Review (AUS) – September 6, 2017:
A junior version of the Iliad… a hypnotising read-alone for confident middle graders or a perfect bed-time story for any age.


James Norcliffe, The Sapling (NZ) – September 6, 2017:
The Swedish Daily News described The Ice Sea Pirates as a ‘modern classic’ and while that is an overused term, in this case it is more than justified.


Go to geckopress.com and read the first chapter.

Booksellers NZ – September 6, 2017:
An invigorating read



Unwrapping some illustrations for you















  

About the book 




This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time.  When people say, " I  couldn't put it down".... include me in that group.  I so longed for a class to read it outloud too. It's one of those books that you just disappear into and don't exit until the last page is read.   Every word holds your interest and makes you long to turn the page so you can find out what happens next.  No wonder it's being dubbed as a modern day classic because I am sure it will be. In fact I like it so much that I wish I knew some Hollywood producer that I could send it to and it be made into a movie.  It is so film-worthy.  Let me tell you a bit about "The Ice Sea Pirates".

Siri is a ten year old girl who lives with her father and little sister in an Arctic archipelago in the imaginary Ice Sea, a frozen land that is bitter and cold.  Life is hard and everyone in the family must pitch in to work together to survive.  

One day Siri and her little sister Miki are out gathering snowberries when the worst possible thing happens.  Miki is kidnapped by an evil pirate, Captain Whitehead, who abducts small children and takes them to his diamond mine to work incessantly for him.  Everyone fears this monster of a man whose hair is white as the snow around them and a heart that is empty as an ice cave.  Siri is horrified that her sister is taken and determines with all her heart to get her back.  She feels she was responsible for her sister being taken as she was snatched away under her watch.  To be taken to that dangerous mine to work until your back and mind is broken is the worst thing that can happen to any small child.  These poor, innocent children are never seen by their families again. 

Siri's father is heartbroken over the loss of his child and decides he will be the one to retrieve her but Siri has other plans.  Bravely she sets out on her own to face an adventure full of pirates, wolves, mermaids, treacherous terrain and shady characters who want to do her harm and even do her in.  

You experience her dangerous plight on every page and the story is so beautifully written you feel you are right beside her cheering her on to victory.  It is a story told with love and heart... a small girl who never loses sight of her plan and never gives up.  I love "The Ice Sea Pirates" and I know it will be one of those books that will remain in my heart long after I put the book on my shelf.  Teachers take note... this is a perfect read aloud for ages 9+ and I know you too will love reading it again and again.  The book is written not only with heart but with magic and awe woven all through it's pages.  

The original novel was published in Swedish a couple of years ago, and this year sees the English version released. It has been beautifully produced by Gecko Press and has been translated by Peter Graves with a number of black and white illustrations by David Barrow. This is an excellent book which I am excited and so happy to recommend.  Please get a copy and read it.  I know you too will feel the same way. 



Storywraps Rating - 

💫💥💫 5+++ and beyond HUGS!!!!!💫💥💫





About the author









Frida Nilsson is a leading Swedish author, who has been an August Prize nominee three times and won the Astrid Lindgren Prize in 2014.

Born: January 16, 1979 (age 38)









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"Take a Look. More Fun Together!" - a bookwrap










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"Take a Look More Fun Together!"

Authored and Illustrated by Liesbet Slegers
Ages 18 months + 



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About the book 


This sweet board book will have little ones coming back again and again to take a peek and play with the characters within.  It's an interactive slide and see book that I am sure they will love from cover to cover.

Being alone is fun but sharing your fun with others is much, much more fun.  Little ones will discover that the bear is not alone... he has a friend hiding in the grass,  that the bunny has five little ones waiting for her in her burrow... that mommy elephant is splashing in the water with her baby... and that the little boy is not walking in his pretty garden alone either but introduces his girl friend to us who has a lovely flower for him,  just to name a few.  

This is a playful, interactive book all about family and friendships and is perfect for that age level.  It stresses the fact that being together is always a celebratory time.  The illustrations are vibrant, colourful and very kid-friendly.  I highly recommend this book.


Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS !!!!!








About the author/illustrator







Liesbet Slegers (1975, Belgium) studied Graphics and Illustrations at the Saint-Lucas institute of Antwerp. She works as a fulltime graphic designer and illustrator. With her simple, recognizable style and vivid colours she knows how to attract the attention of every toddler. In her many books, Slegers frequently focuses on the first experience of a toddler," a time she characterized as "exciting but also very scary! I try to help them with my books," she added, "and also try to give the parents or teacher some assistance!"






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The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap





The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap




Ever have those nights when you just can't settle down and get to sleep? You toss and turn, pound your pillow and try to find that perfect position to curl up and be gone.....

Today's book is about a shark who is not sleepy and what she does to finally get to the point that she succumbs.  Enjoy! 




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"The (Not) Sleepy Shark"

Authored and illustrated by Tamia Sheldon
Ages 3-6
PS- 3


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The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap




The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap




The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap




The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap




The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap




The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap




The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap




About the book


Amelia, a shark, although tired just is not ready to go to sleep.  She decides to go for one last swim and along the way she meets many of her friends who are up too strangely enough.  

She asks her friends why they are awake and each one gives her a reason.  Her friend May, a seahorse, is worried about having a bad dream.  Ada, a sea turtle, is too cold.  A large school of fish are hungry and looking for their dinner, and Olivia, an octopus, has so much to see and do she just doesn't have time to rest, just to name a few.  Each time Amelia gives her friends good advice as to how they can overcome their problems that are causing their insomnia.  But what about her?  She's wide awake too.  Who can help her?

Lucy, a whale, comes along and suggests that perhaps Amelia could try circling around a few time then sleep upside down.  Oh goodness who ever heard of that technique?  Amelia is not convinced that that is for her and decides to swims home.  After all her friendly encounters her eyes become heavy, her fins feel tired and huge yawns signal to her it's time.  She joins the other creatures in the ocean and rests her mind and body along with the others.  In the morning they will wake up full of energy because they have been recharged and rested.  Ahhhhhh! Blessed sleep feels wonderful! 


This book is from the author of "The Hungry Shark."  The message highlights positivity, helping out your friends, showing kindness and respect to others, and problems solving.  The illustrations are colourful and expressive.  I felt the story was a bit repetitive but overall kids will learn the names of some sea creatures and their habits.  



Storywraps Rating  - 3 HUGS!!!



The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap


About the creator


The (Not) Sleepy Shark - a bookwrap


Tamia Sheldon is a freelance illustrator and designer working outside of Seattle, WA.
She loves making up stories for her funny kid and spends all her free time drawing, reading and taking pictures. With a B.A. in Design and Culture Studies she is intent on creating work that has a positive impact on the world.









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"Ten Cents a Pound" - a bookwrap







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"Ten Cents a Pound"

Authored by Nhung N. Tran-Davies
Illustrated by Josíe Bisaillon

Ages: 7-10
Grade Level: 4-6



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About the book


"Ten cents a pound is what I'll earn,
To buy these books and set you free."

Thus is the mantra of a very loving mother as she sacrifices herself to give her daughter a much better future.  

We are privileged to listen in to a very intimate conversation between the two.  The little girl sadly looks at her mother's worn feet and hands because she daily picks coffee beans and receives a measly ten cents a pound for her backbreaking labor.  The little girl has so much empathy for mother and insists she should stay home to help her survive the often unbearable conditions.  Unconditional love flows from her mother's heart and she insists that her daughter look beyond their simple village life and the barrier of mountains, read educational books and dream big.   Her mother tells her that she can achieve a much better quality of life than what is offered to her now if she does so.  

The little girl cares for her mother so much.  She wants to stay and help her.  She sees that her mother's back is always bent and aching from incessant toiling and her eyes can no longer thread a needle or count her meagre coins at the end of the day.  Her mother's response back is pure love...

"My child listen with your ears if you refuse to see.
I am bound to these mountains and our villages,
Where the coffee grows, row on row,
For ten cents a pound is all that I know" ...

"Yes, where the road winds high and low,
Is where a spirited flower like you should grow,
The sights beyond these mountains and villages
Are for you to behold."


Does the little girl heed her mother's wise advice and leave the poverty that they now live in?  Will she receive an education and  never return to her village and her mother once she is freed?  Sadly, sometimes that happens. What will she choose to do? 

This gentle, heartfelt story will pull at your heartstrings and you will realize how blessed you are not to have to make those difficult and challenging decisions with and for your child.  How totally beautiful that this precious mother will give up everything in her world to see her daughter escape from their cycle of poverty and achieve a fulfilling and prosperous life.   If her daughter chooses to go it will make her mother's dream for her come true and her heart will be filled with joy.    I highly, highly recommend this book. 



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





About the author









        NHUNG N. TRAN-DAVIES is a physician and advocate for social justice through education. Her family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam in 1979, and in 2013 Nhung founded the Children of Vietnam Benevolent Foundation. She spoke at the UN’s International Organization on Migration in Geneva as part of their “I am a Migrant” campaign to help reduce hate speech and promote tolerance. Nhung and her family live outside of Edmonton, Alberta.



About the illustrator





          JOSÉE BISAILLON has illustrated more than 20 picture books and has produced numerous editorial illustrations. Her work has received recognition from Applied Arts, American Illustration, and The Society of Illustrators. She has been shortlisted twice for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards. Josée lives near Montreal, Québec with her family.




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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!
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