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"Did Dinosaurs Have Dentists? " - a bookwrap










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Authored by Patrick O'Donnell
Illustrated by Erik Mehlen


* Age Range: 5-8
* Grade Level: 1-2
* Publisher : Schiffera; 8 edition 
* Pub. Date: September 28, 2018
* Language: English




In His Own Words




The idea for "Did Dinosaurs Have Dentists" came while I was taking my youngest son to have a cavity filled. He was scared, dreading the drill, and kept trying to convince me that he'd be fine if we just "let it go." Not wanting to delve into Disney tune territory, and unwilling to run all his food through a blender for the foreseeable future, I played around with a little alliteration to occupy his mind. It worked wonders, and I soon found myself jotting notes on a cell phone while we sat in the waiting room. 

Within a few weeks those notes turned into a first draft, and I read it to my captive audience. My boys each gave me two thumbs (and two big toes) up. With positive reviews like that, I went in search of an illustrator. 


I was doubly blessed when I discovered Erik Mehlen -- one, because he's a fantastic artist and not only got my vision, but improved upon it; and two, because it turns out that Erik is a nephew I never knew I had. But that, as they say, is a story for another time ...



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About the book





This is a sweet book marrying two very unlikely themes... dinosaurs and dentistry.  A young child is pondering if dinosaurs brush their sharp pointy teeth, floss, ever have to get braces or do they use toothpaste and mouthwash to keep their teeth shiny and pearly white.  All these  questions swirl around and around his head while en route to a routine dental checkup.  


" Did a Megalosaurus's molars need cleaning?

" Did a Brachiosaurus ever need braces?"

"Did a Camarasaurus ever get a crown?"

"Did a Stegosaurus like to floss?' 

" Did a Centrosaurus ever get cavities?" ... to cite a few.


 This fun picture book with it's whimsical illustrations presents eleven "tooth terms" that kids will be familiar with and at the back of book includes an Oral Hygiene Glossary and a Bibliography of some online sources to help clarify names, pronunciations, and facts about the dinosaurs starring in this book.  I always find these add-ons are wonderful for kids to go deeper and explore the themes further if they so wish. 

Shining the light on dinosaur dental hygiene is a subliminal way of encouraging kids that taking care of their own teeth is a  very good thing to do.  This book can be a catalyst for discussions regarding care of your teeth.  




Storybook Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!












Meet the author








Patrick O’Donnell has been writing stories since he was eight years old, and he’s only ever had two cavities. He’s held many jobs, including copy editor, cook, landscaper, photographer, and even small-engine mechanic, but his favorite jobs are writer and father. His two boys used to be afraid of the dentist, but they love to visit now. They also love, in no particular order, dinosaurs, spaghetti and meatballs, leaving laundry and Legos all over the floor, and story time.








About the illustrator





Raised by wolves in the deep jungles of India after a tiger attack separated him from his family . ... wait a minute, wrong bio. Okay, here we go: Erik Mehlen is an American illustrator who has received awards from the Society of Illustrators and has been recognized with three ADDY awards for his illustrations. He studied at Atlanta College of Art and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.









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Grandad Mandela - a bookwrap











A book from the family to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday!  

"Ubuntu... means I am because we all are. " 



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"Grandad Mandela"

Authored by Ambassador Zindzi Mandela 
(Zazi Mandela and Ziwelene Mandela)

Illustrated by Sean Qualls

* Age Range: 6-12
* Grade Level: 1-3
* Publisher: Lincoln Children's books; lll edition
* Pub. Date: June 21, 2018
* Language: English



Editorial Reviews



“…beautiful and inspiring… A gorgeous and personal tribute to Mandela’s legacy.” –Kirkus Reviews
- Kirkus Reviews

"...profoundly moving..." -Publishers Weekly

- Publishers Weekly



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'Did they make your lives sad too?' asked Ziwelene.
'Yes,' Grandma Zindzi replied. 'Every time Big Mummy sent us to school, the apartheid police would come and throw us out. Even if we changed our names and pretended we were someone else, they would still find us.  











'Where did Grandad Mandela grow up?' asked Zazi.

'Well,' said Zindzi, 'he was born in Mvezo, but he grew up in Qunu.' 'I’ve been there!' said Zazi. 'I know you have,' said Grandma Zindzi. 'When he grew up, Grandad lived in a traditional home made out of clay with a thatched roof. He had to get water from the river and cook in pots on the fire.











'Do you miss Grandad Mandela?' asked Ziwelene.

'Of course!' said Grandma Zindzi. 'But I know a good way to remember him. Do you know what volunteering is?' 'Yes,' said Zazi. 'We volunteer to say we care about everyone, to make them feel happy and not make them feel like they don’t belong anywhere.' 'That’s right, Zazi!' said Grandma Zindzi. 'Do you know what that means?' 'What?' said Ziwelene.





About the book




This book is a lovely history lesson of a living legend known worldwide for his message of peace and forgiveness.  Nelson Mandela is that man and his life is retold by a question and answer session between his two great-grandchildren and their grandmother, Mandela's youngest daughter.  

They learn that their great-grandad was held in prison for 27 years and the reason that he was placed there.  He fought for justice and equality for his race in South Africa.  The book highlights the struggle and brute determination he exhibited. He never gives up fighting the good fight to eradicate apartheid in his country. 

The children learn from their grandmother the pride and joy of seeing her father release from prison and being made President of South Africa. He also receives the Nobel Piece Prize.  She encourages them to follow in their great-grandfather's footsteps by volunteering so they too can change the injustices found in the world. This story is told through the eyes of  his beloved grand children.  His loving family wants to keep the legacy of such an inspirational and honourable man alive.  "Grandad Mandela" is told to celebrate Nelson's Mandela's 100th birthday.  He was born July 18, 1918 and died December 5, 2013. 

"Do you now what Ubuntu means?" she asked.
"I think I used to..."said Zazi.  "It means,  'I am because we all are.' This is what we believe as African people: we believe in treating people the way we want to be treated.  This is what inspired Grandad to fight for his people, and what helped him to forgive his enemies too."  

A perfect summation to a wonderful, exhalting book.  I highly recommend it with its beautiful paper-collage illustrations that are simple, yet very powerful to the story.   




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







About the author






Ambassador Zindzi Mandela is a South African freedom fighter, diplomat, writer, speaker, cultural advocate and favorite Grandma. She is the last born child of Mrs Winnie Madikizela- Mandela and President Nelson Mandela, and was only 18 months old when her father went to prison. In 1985, when she was 25 years old, she read Nelson Mandela's famous refusal to accept the offer of conditional release from President P. W. Botha to a packed football stadium in Soweto, saying his words, 'I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I and you, the people, are not free.' The Ambassador lives in Copenhagen where she serves as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark.







The supporting cast of characters




Zazi Mandela (8) and Ziwelene Mandela (6) are the great-grandchildren of Mrs. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and President Nelson Mandela. Zazi is a storyteller and an aspiring performer. Ziwelene is a storyteller and a maverick. 


Sean Qualls is an award winning, Brooklyn-based, children’s book illustrator, artist and author. He has illustrated a number of highly acclaimed books for children, including Giant Steps to Change The World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis-Lee, Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade, and Before John Was a Jazz Giant, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor. Sean also created the art for Dizzy by Jonah Winter and Skit Scat Raggedy Cat by Roxane Orgill. His work has received two Blue Ribbon citations from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Qualls has created illustrations for magazines, newspapers, and advertisements and his work has been shown in galleries in New York and across the country. 





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"Little You" - a bookwrap












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Author: Richard Van Camp
Illustrator: Julie Flett




* Board Book
* Publisher: Orca Books Publishers
* Ages: 0-3
* Grade Level:  PS
* First published in 2013




From the Publisher




Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that celebrates the potential of every child. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way!



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💜 a wonderful read-aloud story for babies and toddlers 
💜 a soothing book to calm and cuddle a fussy child
💜 use as a bedtime story or sing as a lullaby
💜 personalize the story as you read and serve with lots of hugs and love



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About the book





This is a gentle board book that is perfect to share with your little one at bedtime or anytime.  It is a celebration of a precious  new life that has gifted a loving couple.  

"Little You" features endearing rhythms and beautiful simple illustrations that are created with clean curvy lines, collage-like images and a calm soothing colour pallet.  It clearly expresses how the parents feel about their beloved child and the incredible joy the child brings to them daily. 

The book is written with heart and oozes love.  The message will resonate with both the reader and the child long after the story is ended.   Both collaborators are of aboriginal Canadian descent and it is a dual-language book from the publisher Orca.  The original English text is paired with a translation in Plains Cree which is so fascinating to see.  "Little You"  is an introduction to invite little readers to explore other languages while reading their favourite books!   

The last page sums up the message of the book perfectly:

"You are the birth of everything new
you are perfect
you are you!" 

I highly recommend this book.  




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









 About the author





Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, Canada. A graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing BFA Program, and the Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, He taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia, worked as a creative-writing and storytelling instructor with the Emily Carr University of Art + Design and was the writer in residence at the University of Alberta for 2011 and 2012 and at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2013 and 2014. His novel The Lesser Blessed is now a movie with First Generation Films.








Meet the illustrator







Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor Genera’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alphabet di Michif). Julie is Cree-Métis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.





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"Rosie's Glasses" - a bookwrap













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"Rosie's Glasses"
Authored and Illustrated by Dave Whamond

* Ages: Everyone
* Publisher: Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date: September 4, 2018
* Language: English



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About the book



This wordless picture book ignites a thousand+ words.  Rosie's day begins with a cloud of doom over her head and it escalates as her day progresses.  She is unable to find the proper clothes for school, her little brother annoys her at the breakfast table, a fast moving car splashes a tidal wave of water all over her as she heads off to school and it starts to rain big time.  Oh my!! These misfortunes blacken her mood even more. 

The school day finally ends and on her way home she makes an amazing discovery.  She finds a random pair of red-rimmed glasses  which she puts on.  When she does her drab, black and white world disappears and the world she sees from behind those magical glasses is vibrant, colourful and full of happiness.  Her black cloud dissipates and Rosie engages with the love and laughter expressed by those around her.    

This wonderful book is a catalyst for discussion and because it is wordless imaginations are stoked and endless possibilities reign. The message is positive and uplifting ... how you view your days ( and your life)  are often a personal choice and changes can be made, so please choose happy alternatives.  I love the whole vibe of the book. The illustrations are detailed, emotional and packed with heart.  I fell in love with the cover immediately and was so pleased that a wordless book could generate so many words by readers of all ages.  I highly recommend it. 



  Storywraps Rating - 5++++HUGS!!!!!






Live your life in colour! 



About the Dave Whamond









Dave Whamond grew up wanting to be an illustrator-cartoonist as well as a writer. In school, he couldn't wait until creative writing class or art class, so he decided that he had to find a way to do it for a living. After he graduated high school, Dave took a four-year course in visual communications at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Dave loved it and really found his people there.
After graduating from art college, Dave worked as a professional illustrator for many years. One of his dreams was to have a syndicated comic and after many attempts, he finally struck gold! Dave's comic, Reality Check, has been syndicated for 23 years now, which means he's been drawing a new comic every day for 23 years.
Dave has two kids and when they were younger, he would read books to them every night. Dave remembers thinking to himself, "Why don't I make a children's book?" His kids thought he should make a children's book, too. Dave had illustrated other people's books but had never written and illustrated his own.
Breaking into the children's book market was almost as difficult as getting a syndicated comic. But Dave doesn't give up easily. He looked at each rejection letter from a publisher as one step closer to his goal. After many attempts, Dave's first book, My Think-a-ma-Jink, was published in 2009. Dave was even more surprised when it won the Blue Spruce Award, which is voted on by readers like you! Dave is now hooked and wants to write and draw books full time.

Twitter: @DaveWhamond




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"The Truth About Dinosaurs" - a bookwrap









Such a lovely collection of dinosaur eggs. The title is about dinosaurs right?  So why is a chicken included on the cover of today's book?  Very strange and weird....but is it really?  Not according to the chicken and here's why.  Enjoy! 



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"The Truth About Dinosaurs"
Authored and illustrated by Guido van Genechten

* Ages:  5-7
* Grade Level:  1-2
* Publisher: Clavis 
* Pub. Date: August 11, 2018
* Language: English



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About the book





The chicken included on the cover of the book is convinced that she is a descendant of dinosaurs and she has the proof right in her scrapbook. 

The narrator refers to Ms. Chicken as ... well as a...chicken and she gets terribly offended. She declares she is a dinosaur and proudly declares that she is not a mere chicken but a GALLUS GALLUS DOMESTICUS!  The narrator is not one bit convinced of that declaration so the indignant hen rushes off to get solid evidence and vindicate herself. 

She thumbs through her family heirloom photo album and points out to the reader the similarities found between the two.  She and the Velociraptors have the same feet, feathers and both cannot fly.  The Iguanodons lays eggs.... see?... just like she does.  

" The Stegosauruses are my favorite relatives.  Aren't they great? 
We look a lot alike, don't you think?
My grandpa told me that Stegosaurus loved to eat plants.
I wonder if they liked corn as much as I do!' 


After the book tour she struts off and climbs aboard a humongous egg.    

"I have an egg to hatch.
Maybe it will be a cute little Triceratops chicken.
Or a sweet Dipolodocus...
Wait a second...
Could it be...?"

Four weeks later she gets her answer... and it's not quite what she was expecting!   Oh my!!! SHE HAD BETTER RUN...............!

The illustrations are amazing and full of detail, emotion and activity.  Factual information is embedded into the story and "tickets" are attached to weigh in the poundage of each dinosaur featured. 

If your child is a dinosaur lover this book will be a winner.  A fun and informative book to add to your collection.  




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!






Meet the talented author/ illustrator





Guido van Genechten (1957, Belgium) studied drawing and painting, graphics and photography. Afterwards he worked for many years in the graphic industry. Now Guido works as a fulltime illustrator of children's books. In 1998 he won the international Illustrator's Award City of Hasselt with his picture book Ricky. This prize was the beginning of his international career as a children's book illustrator. Since that moment, Guido van Genechten has created many best-sellingstories and received several awards. In 2007 he was the winner of the Reader's Digest Award for Best Children's Book Illustrator. And in the past ten years his books were published in 30 countries around the world.







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"We Are One" - a musicwrap




TUNEFUL WISDOM FOR HUMANS OF ALL AGES

"WE ARE ONE"

from





"This quartet of musicians-educators writes catchy, funny songs about animals that explore themes of friendship and community." 
- Chicago Tribune



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 *We Are One will be available at iTunes, CDBaby, Bandcamp, and other major outlets. 

* We Are Oneset for release on August 24, 2018.




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Animal Farm is a popular band that creates family-friendly music. Supercharged with the success of their critically praised debut album, “Run Free” independent family music band Animal Farm is ready to take center stage on the national kids’ music scene with album number two. 


The message of Animal Farm is all about bringing people together through, like Aesop’s Fables, the use of animal characters.  Whether it’s something humorous like a baby bat who is afraid of the dark or something more serious like a monkey witnessing deforestation, these songs talk about our shared humanity.


Heading up Animal Farm are Chicago-based musician-educators David Ladon and Seth Adams, who met in 2008 while honing their skills as part of Boston’s indie music scene. Driven by a desire to write thoughtful, interesting music for families to enjoy together, they pooled their songwriting and performing talents and began the Animal Farm project in the winter of 2010.


We Are One draws from a range of influences including rock, jazz, folk, Klezmer, Afro-pop, Latin, and Tin Pan Alley, to explore themes of social/emotional learning, self-expression, relationships, and community. The songs are layered, both musically and lyrically, so that younger listeners can sing along to accessible melodies like the chorus of “Awesome Possum” or shout animal noises in “Cranky Pants,” while their older siblings can pick up on the complex ideas and sophisticated wordplay embedded in the material.




In their own words



Seth Adams:  "What has kept this project going for more than seven years across two cities is that David and I aren't just creative and business partners, we're best friends who value community, harmony, and the natural world." 

Adds David Ladon: "We've worked with many great musicians along the way, but after we both moved to Chicago and started performing with the talented husband-and-wife team of Thor Bremer on drums and Stephanie "Sly" Young on violin; things really started to gel in a very exciting way." 



Album Details


"We Are One" 
Release Date: August 24, 2018
Label: Bespectacled Records
For all ages, and especially appropriate for ages 3-9
Run Time: 54 minutes


"We Are One" Track list

Snow Bird
Awesome Possum
Slow Down (Snail Song)
Ear Worm
Cranky Pants
It Always Could Be Worse!
Totes McGoats
Paws and Think
Two-Headed Tortoise
Screen Time
The Abyss
Nocturnal Me
Monkey See, Monkey Do
We Are One



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Visit Animal Farm website for performance highlights- Summer 2018 and for more information on the band at:

animalfarmband.com





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"The Steves" - a bookwrap







Hello, I'm Steve.  




Oh, oh... there's another Steve.  Come join them as they figure out who is the Stevest Steve?  You going to love this one.



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Authored and illustrated by Morag Hood

*Age Range:  4-8
* Grade Level:  1-4
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
* Pub. Date: September 4, 2018. 



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About the book



Steve the Puffin has met his match... another Puffin named Steve.  Really?  Two Steves?  Oh my.  Let the competition begin.  Each try to out-Steve the other by touting their abilities.  A huge argument ensues with shouting and name-calling.  I'm the oldest, the wiser, the taller, I can catch more fish than you.  I'm the fastest, the strongest...  therefore "I AM STEVE".  

Attitudes and their words take a deep dive.  The Puffins get more personal and insulting.  One Steve accuses the other of having WEIRD FEET and the other Steve fires back that his adversary smells like poo so he is POO STEVE.  Oh goodness,  this is getting way out of hand and both their feelings get hurt because those mean words cross the line. 

Realizing how hurtful their words have become they decide to call a truce, apologize to each other, and become friends.  What could they do together that would heal their tattered state of minds and hearts? Ahhhh... bowling is just the thing!  The author adds a wonderful twist at the end of the story that will make kids (and adults) giggle. 

This scenario is very typical of kids at this age level as they vie for superiority amongst their friends.  The book lends a wonderful positive message that although you may argue and disagree with one another it is always possible to make amends, gain peace in a relationship and ultimately make a new friend. This book is a perfect catalyst for a discussion on civility, acceptance and friendship.  I highly recommend this book.  I love it.  





Storywraps Rating-  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!








About the author/illustrator








Morag Hood has a unique voice. Her idiosyncratic, wry humour permeates everything she does, creating books of style and irresistible charm. Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea was a runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration, marking a glorious picture book debut. Morag spent her childhood writing stories, painting, and dreaming of having a pet duck. Following a degree in Costume Design from Wimbledon College of Art, and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, Morag returned to live in her native Edinburgh with her husband. She still likes making stories, printing, cutting and sticking, and freshly sharpened pencils. The pet duck is yet to make an appearance.







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Cuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrap





Cuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrap




Snuggles from a loving mother and father is a perfect way to say, " I love you." 



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Cuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrap



Authored by Dia L. Michels
Illustrated by Mike Speiser


* Paperback, Hardback, ebook 
* Ages: 0-4
* Grade Range: PS
* English/Spanish
* Publisher: Platypus Media
* Pub. Date: Oct. 7, 2018




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Cuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrapCuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrap





Cuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrapCuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrap





Cuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrapCuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrap





Cuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrap



About the book 





Babies of every species are created to be cuddled, nurtured and loved.  This charming book with its beautiful illustrations will highlight how different baby animals are taken care of and treasured by their parents.  

This book is a celebration of love and caring as young baby animals are doted upon, nuzzled and carried whether in snowy caves, cozy nests or perhaps right in your own home... it's a lovefest to be honoured.

Written in both English and Spanish the simple text and the gorgeous illustrations make a perfect marriage.  The book is a wonderful introduction to animal families and their habitats.  There is a comprehensive Teacher's Guide available for download in both languages which is sure to get kids wanting to learn more about these animals habits.  

You can obtain a copy at: www.PlatypusMedia.com. 

This charming book is very sweet and perfect to share with wee ones.  I'm sure after the last page is read a wrap around hug is the perfect way to seal its message into the hearts of all who partake in this tender story.  I highly recommend this book.





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



Meet the author 




Cuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrap


Dia L. Michels is an International published, award-winning science and parenting writer who is committed to promoting attachment parenting.  She has authored or edited over a dozen books for both children and adults.  She can be reached at Dia2PlatypusMedia.com








About the illustrator



Cuddled and Carried/ Consentido y Cargado - a bookwrap


Mike Speiser’s artwork has been featured on the covers of Wild Animal Baby magazine and on fundraising products for science organizations. His paintings have been displayed at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He is involved with efforts to protect the natural world for future generations. He lives next to the Black Hills of South Dakota.








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"Team Steve" - a bookwrap


















"HI! It's me Steve. 
I'm going to share a secret with you - the secret to WINNING. I'm the WINNINGEST animal in the forest.  Isn't WINNING the best?"








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"Team Steve"
by Kelly Collier

* Ages : 3-6 
* Publisher: Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date: September 4, 2018
* Language: English 




Steve continues... 



"You probably couldn't help but notice that I am built for running. It's my super-long neck, super-long legs and super-strong (Ahem) bum muscles.  So every year, I take first place in the forest RACE-A-THON.  Did I mention how much I LOVE WINNING?  Yup.   The secret's out if you want to win be on my team."  











Unwrapping some great illustrations for you to enjoy
















































About the book






Steve the horse is full of self-confidence and he doesn't mind reminding everyone (constantly) how great he is.  Steve is a winner!

It's time for the annual Race-a-thon and he is super excited and ready to win again because he wins every year.  He is a powerhouse (or should I say powerhorse) that is built for success.  Every part of his anatomy sets him up to be a winner. He eagerly trots over to sign up for the race and finds out that the rules have changed. 

This year the race will be a relay race and the teams have already been established. He discovers that he is stuck with a Turtle, a Duck and a Snail, the slowest animals in the forest.  Oh my!  Poor Steve's confidence is shattered.  How can he possibly be a winner with this sad team?  Can he rally his troops and coach them to be winners too just like him?  What will happen to Steve's self-assurance and morale if he loses for the first time ever?  

This book is so fun to read and share.  You will love Steve the horse even though he is full of pride and his ego is huge.  Each page has interacting wordplay with the illustrations and introduces some challenging vocabulary also.  It's a perfect read aloud and will spark great discussions on good sportsmanship and teamwork. This is the second Steve the horse book and I hope the author continues writing more books about him for his readers, both young and old, to enjoy. I love this guy!  I highly recommend this book.  



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








Meet the author/illustrator





Author-illustrator Kelly Collier was born in Ottawa and grew up in Toronto. She has an identical twin sister and an older brother. As kids, Kelly and her sister drew all the time, mostly in an effort to "outdraw" their brother. Kelly studied illustration in college and has had lots of editorial work published, but has always wanted to create a children's book. The idea for A Horse Named Steve came from a doodle she did to fill a small empty frame at home. Kelly married a fellow artist who doesn't complain when her projects take over the entire house, she has a dog who sort of resembles Steve and she really loves gold.








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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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Have a wonderful weekend everyone.   Please come back Monday for another week of awesome book discovery!  Cheers!  

"Lunch Box Notes" - an infowrap






Lunchbox Notes













Today I want to inspire you to check out lunch box notes to include in your child's lunch.

At some point little ones grow up and we entrust them into the hands of educators for 4-8 hours a day when they go off to attend school.  Sometimes they grumble. Sometimes they complain.  School is a haven where they can learn, grow and be challenged daily.  

How can you remind your children that throughout their long day at school you are thinking of them and that they are loved.  I think the perfect solution to that problem is Lunch box notes!  









Who has time to do that every day you might ask?  Fortunately others have asked the same question and it's free, downloadable lunch box notes to the rescue!!  There are tons of notes available.  There are a variety of different reading levels and themes to choose from. Here are just a few themes for you to consider:


* encouragement
*jokes
* daughter / son 
* inspirational 
* superhero
* pre-readers
* non-readers
* kindergarten +
* notes in poem forms
* special occasions (birthday Halloween, Christmas etc.) 


Small love notes tucked inside a lunch box (or book bag ) can really bring a smile to your child's face. In addition to reinforcing reading skills, you're also modeling the power of writing.  I know how much a little note brightens my day and makes me feel loved. It's a delightful feeling to know someone is thinking of you and cares enough to say so with a note.  




















Please  remember that simple notes can encourage, create smiles, and perhaps even produce giggles as they are digested along with their lunches.  I purposely didn't not cite specific websites as each child is so unique and you want to choose notes that fit your child's particular lifestyle and personality.  There are so many types to choose from so take a minute to Google "lunch box notes" and start downloading to your heart's content.  It's a wonderful thing to share your love with your children over lunch,  and I'm sure lunch box notes will make their much day happier having that written contact from a loving home.  I highly recommend them. 




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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
Read always
It's a wrap! 💜💜💜





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