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"Sloth at the Zoom" - a bookwrap















Here's our star character today.  Read and enjoy!  




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"SLOTH AT THE ZOOM"


by Helaine Becker and  illustrated by Orbie


* Ages:  3-6
* Grade Levels: Ps-2
* Publisher:  Owl Kid Books
* Pub. Date: August 15, 2018. 



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About the book



This delightful book will have both young and old reflecting on their own life-style.  A sloth is delivered to the Zoom and not to the Zzzzzoo where she was intended to be taken.  

 Once planted she discovers that every animal there is in a hurry and doesn't have time to engage with each other... barely time for a short greeting... them off they zoom again.  

“The monkeys climbed so fast they forgot to stop at the treetops. / And the parrots flew so fast their tails drew rainbows across the sky.

Resigning herself to a life of loneliness and despair Sloth sighs...

"No one here has any time."

To her utter amazement (and joy)  a tiny voice agrees with her.  Now who has the time to listen and respond to her lament?  A  Snail takes it upon itself to invite Sloth to share a snack and spend some time together. Sloth is overjoyed at the prospect of spending quality time together and perhaps (claws crossed) finding a friend in this fast-paced environment.  

Hallelujah!!!!  They are a match made in heaven and soon the other hurried and harried animals take note and want to join in on their peaceful and calm time-out sessions.   

The illustrations are very well done and make the text come alive.  The Sloth is a very endearing character. The message of the book is positive and necessary in today's busy world.  All of us,  both young and old get bogged down with the fast pace of life and we must remind ourselves what is important and take the time to stop and smell the roses as the old saying goes.  I highly recommend this inspiring book.  



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









Meet the author









Helaine Becker has written over 70 books, including the #1 National bestseller, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree,and its sequel, Dashing through the Snow, Sloth at the Zoom, Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, the Looney Bay All-Stars chapter book series, non-fiction including Counting on Katherine, Worms for Breakfast and Zoobots (all Junior Library Guild Selections), Monster Science, You Can Read, Lines Bars and Circles, and Boredom Blasters, plus many picture books and young adult novels. She also writes for children’s magazines and for children's television. Her show Dr. Greenie's Mad Lab was a finalist at MIP.com Junior in Cannes. 
She has won the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing for Children twice,once for The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea and once for The Insecto-Files, and the Picture Book of the Year Award from the Canadian Booksellers Association for A Porcupine in a Pine Tree. She has also won three Silver Birch awards and a Red Cedar award.

Helaine Becker holds U.S. and Canadian citizenship. She attended high school in New York, university in North Carolina (Go Blue Devils!!!!) and now lives in Toronto with her husband and dog, Ella. She has two really handsome sons.







About the illustrator







Orbie is Quebec Canadian author and illustrator. She works mostly in youth book, comics, press cartooning, poster and advertising.
She illustrated the books “The little pig, the bicycle, and the moon” (Library Prize 2015, 0-5 years) with Simon & Shuster, “Sloth at the zoom” with Owl kids books, and few other french kids books.
For several years, she has produced a monthly cartoon for the Graffici newspaper. She shares her passion for illustrating books and comics with school workshops and she loves it.

Since 2014, she has devoted herself to her baby factory (which often inspires her with a new comics on her French blog )









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"Sleep, Sheep!" - a bookwrap










It's sleep time... or is it? 



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Sleep, Sheep!
Authored by Kerry Lyn Sparrow
Illustrated by Guillaume Perreault


*Ages: 4-7
*Grade Level: PS-2
*Publisher: Kids Can Press
*Pub. Date: October 2, 2018
*Language: English




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About the book





This is the author's debut book and it is delightful.  Duncan likes the prep before bed... brushing his teeth with bubble gum toothpaste, changing into his jammies, cuddling with mom as she reads him his bedtime story but the thing he dislikes most?  He doesn't like to drift off to sleep.

He tries every trick in the book to keep the day going but his clever mom has a few tricks of her own to share.  Finally mom has had enough of his dawdling and stalling and she advises him to try counting sleep as that is a magic strategy that will work.

Duncan settles down under his covers and the sheep marathon begins.  When he gets to sheep #68 there's a problem.  This nervous, anxious little sheep can't get himself together to make that heroic leap over Duncan's bed to join the rest of the flock.  Oh my!  Sheep #68 needs a glass of water,  then needs to use the bathroom because of all the water he consumes, has the other sheep clear a pathway for his leap, thinks maybe using a step stool might be in order, or perhaps if he borrows Sheep #23's running shoes that may help him jump over the bed. Do these stalling tactics sound familiar?  Does Duncan find a solution to the hesitant sheep's dilemma and can Duncan finally settle down and float off to Dreamland?  

This fun book is full of humour and truth.  A lot of kids use exactly  the same tactics to avoid sleep at bedtime.  They will enjoy reading all about those pre-bedtime tricks and how Sheep #68 exhibits the same anti-sleep rebellion as Duncan does.  

The illustrations are extremely well done with a soft colour pallet and lots of expression, emotion, and wit.  This is a perfect, funny read-aloud for bedtime.  I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more of this talented author's creations.  



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









Meet the author







Kerry is an elementary school teacher who lives on a farm in Antrim (blink and you'll miss it!) in the Ottawa Valley with her husband, Neil, their two young boys, Robert and Ole, and their dog, Lily. A city girl most of her life, she has grown to love muddy creeks, rogue cows and, yes, even John Deere tractors.
Sleep, Sheep! is Kerry's first published book. She wrote the first draft of it in 2011, when she was teaching an amazing group of grade-four students in Arnprior. The class, teacher included, would write for ten minutes a day about whatever topic inspired them in whichever form they chose. Between the poems, letters and newscasts the students came up with each day, Sleep, Sheep! was born.

Kerry's mom was the first to read Sleep, Sheep!, shortly before she passed away in 2014. Inspired by her mom's faith in her ability as a writer, Kerry decided to submit her manuscript to a publisher. On a cold winter day, ice-skating with the kids in the barn (yes, the barn!), she got an email from Kids Can Press that began a new adventure for her as a published author.





About the illustrator







Biography
Guillaume Perreault was born in Rimouski, Quebec, in 1985. After studying graphic design in Ottawa, he worked for a time as a designer before returning to his roots in illustrations. He now works primarily in children's books but also illustrates for a variety commercial and cultural clients. Also known as an author, he won the 2016 Pépite catégorie petits lecteurs at the Book fair in Montreuil and was nominated in the youth category for the Prix des libraires du Québec for his book Le facteur de l'espace.
Guillaume's work is often described as being precise and meticulous while showing life and great depth of character. He introduces us to lively worlds full of humor that will delight the young and the not-so-young.








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"I Am Small" - a bookwrap






Being small has its perks....come and meet adorable Mimi! 










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"I Am Small"
Authored and written by Qin Leng


* Age Range: 4-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Publisher:  Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date: October 2, 2018
* Language: English 


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About the book





Mimi is an adorable little character that readers will fall in love with.  She says she might as well be called mini because she is so tiny which makes the world around her a challenge.  All her family members tower over her... even her dog Gus. Oh my!!!

She mentally runs though a list of cons regarding her minute stature:  all my friends are taller than me, crowded sidewalks are scary because nobody notices me, my feet barely reach the edge of the seat on the bus which is dangerous, and at Pete's butcher shop, the sausage links are longer than me... just to cite a few.  Her good friend Remy encourages her about the advantages of her size saying:  you always get to be first in the cafeteria line, you always win at hide-and-seek because you can tuck away in secret places and you always get to sit in the front row for class pictures.  See?  Being small does have lots of advantages.

Mimi is frustrated because she wants to be like all the other kids her age and do all the things that they can do.  Upon deeper reflection and all the positive encouraging things that people around her have been saying she thinks maybe she isn't that bad off after all.  

One day her dad comes to pick her up from school and tells her there is a surprise waiting for her at home.  

"There's a surprise at home," he tells me.
A surprise?  I love surprises!
What could it be?"

Her imagination ignites as she explores many possibilities of what might be waiting for her.  She never in all her wildest dreams expects that ever-so-special surprise to be so extraordinary and even life-changing for her.  

This is award-winning illustrator Qin Leng's authorial debut and "I Am Small"  is a winner indeed.  The illustrations are full of activity, emotion and heart and they greatly enrich the text.  This book touches on themes of self-acceptance, growing up, and the event of when a new sibling arrives into the family.  It is a wonderful book that will ignite conversations about self-esteem and  personal development.  I highly, highly recommend this book.  





Storywraps Rating -  5+++ HUGS!!!!!






Meet the author/ illustrator






Prolific kidlit artist Qin Leng joins the ranks of author-illustrators with her picture book, I Am Small (Kids Can, Oct.). 


"When I was growing up in Bordeaux, France, in the late ’80s, early ’90s, it felt very local: you went to the butcher, you knew each other, you walked down the street to the fishmonger, he gave you tips on recipes. There’s a lot of nostalgia in this book. I remember having conversations with the fishmonger and him showing me the craziest fish he had. I like the idea of the character going by herself – her parents feel it’s safe and that the child needs this experience. Yet, at the same time, it was terrifying because you’re on your own and everything is so huge."




Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award.

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award.






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"The Reptile Club" - a bookwrap



This is Rory...







And these are his most favourite things in the whole, wide world...







Why are these favourites important?  Let me tell you why today on Storywraps.  



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 "The Reptile Club"

Authored by Maureen Fergus
Illustrated by Elina Ellis

*Age Levels:  3-8
* Publisher: Kids Can Press 
*Pub. Date: September 4, 2018
* Language: English



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About the book




Rory is an adorable little character who discovers there are lots of clubs to join in his brand new school but none lure him in.  He talks about his problem to his parents and they suggest that perhaps he should start his own club.  His dad advises him to make it about something he loves. Mmmmmm... 

He is very passionate about reptiles so... a Reptile Club it is!  He prints off flyers to get the word out and he and his dad bake lizard-shaped lemon cookies the night before to hand out to the club members. Oh boy, he'll get lots of kids now. 

 When the lunch bells rings on Friday Rory is raring to go.... but alas no fellow reptile enthusiasts arrive to join.  Oh no! How can you have a club with no people?   Then just as he was about to give up he hears whispering in the hall and with heart thumping he runs to the door to see what's happening on the other side.  He gets the surprise of his life!  He comes face-to-face with a crocodile, an anaconda, and a gecko. They are Rory's first new members!  What a delightful surprise. 

Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author who spins the magical tale.  I love books that offer a clever twist and a play on words to catch the reader off guard.  So fun.  Throughout the book she weaves reptile facts such as: Raoul the crocodile sweats through his mouth, Miriam the anaconda weighs 514 pounds and can gulp a human down in one bite, and Pierre the gecko has no eyelids so he licks his eyeballs to keep them clean and moist.  Who knew?  Kids will love learning about these fascinating critters.  

The illustrations are amazing.  They are detailed, colourful, kid-friendly and engaging.  They pull the reader right into the story and enrich the text perfectly. "The Reptile Club"  is a delightful, inspiring book that encourages kids to confidently step out on their own and initiate the things that they are passionate about to others.  I love the book and highly recommend it. 





Storywraps Rating -  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!





Welcome to the Reptile Club! Hugs! All are welcome. 




Meet the author




Maureen never planned on becoming an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. As a kid, her favorite subjects in school were science and math; she dreamed of becoming a doctor or an airline pilot. At university, she got degrees in science and business; afterwards, she had jobs in the aerospace, biopharmaceutical and financial services industries. She even taught business at college!
It wasn't until after she'd had her first baby that Maureen even thought about writing. The first time she sat down to give it a try, the most amazing thing happened: as she reached her hands toward the keyboard, it felt as though she were slipping on a pair of gloves that had been waiting for her since forever. She knew in a heartbeat that she was meant to be a writer, and from that moment until this, she has never stopped writing.

Maureen finds writing exhilarating, frustrating, satisfying, exhausting and hard. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. Her novels include Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero, The Gypsy King trilogy and Ortega, which won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People award. Her picture books include the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, InvisiBill and The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, which won the Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award. Her books have been nominated for such prestigious national awards as the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, the Canadian Children's Book Centre Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Joan Betty Stuchner --- Oy Vey! --- Funniest Children's Book Award.




About the illustrator










Elina Ellis draws both digitally and using traditional media, creating her own books and illustrating books for others. She lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.









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"A Drop of the Sea" - a bookwrap








Please meet Ali and his great grandmother today.  This is a heartwarming story that you will remember long after the story is read.  







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"A Drop Of The Sea" 

authored by Ingrid Chabbert
illustrated by Raúl Nieto Guridi


* Age Range:  4-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Publisher: Kids can Press
* Pub. Date: October 2, 2018
*Language: English



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About the book




Ali lives with his great-grandmother in a tiny clay house at the edge of the desert.  Just her and him. Just him and her.  Together they are happy but Ali can't help noticing that his beloved great grandmother's health is deteriorating and how much older she looks.  

One day just out of the blue he asks her a question that she takes a  little while to answer.  He wants to know if all of her life's dreams have been fulfilled.  She has to reflect back on her life  and when is satisfied she answers... yes, all but one.  She goes on to tell him that she always wanted to see the sea but sadly at her age and with her weak legs that dream is an impossibility now. Sigh!

The next morning brave Ali departs from their humble abode on a mission of love.  He scoops up a small pail and off he treks to the seaside, a two day walk away from their home.  He spends a near-frightening night under an unfamiliar palm tree but he is determined to see that his  great grandmother's wish is granted.  If she cannot go the sea then he will bring the sea to her.  Will Ali succeed and bring happiness and contentment home to her in his little pail?  

This intergenerational story with its very different but hauntingly beautiful illustrations is all about family bonds, unconditional love, perseverance and dreams coming true.  I adore the deep love and kindness that Ali shows for his great-grandmother and how heroic he is to brave that solo journey to fulfill that one last dream for her when he is so young to do so.  

It is a very heartwarming tale and even tho Ali and his great-grandmother have very little materially in their life.... emotionally and spiritually they have everything that money cannot buy.  Any story that highlights kindness, compassion and courage should be read to kids of all ages.  My heart is touched by the story and I highly recommend it.  



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





About the author







Ingrid Chabbert is a children's author and graphic novel writer with dozens of books to her name. She lives in France.









Meet the illustrator









Guridi has illustrated numerous book covers and children's picture books. He lives in Spain.













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"Babies Nurses/ Así se alimentan los bebés" - a bookwrap











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"Babies Nurse / Así se alimentan los bebés" 

Authored by Phoebe Fox
Illustrated by Jim Fox



* Age Range: 4-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Paperback: 32 pages
* Publisher:  Platypus Media: Bilingual edition 
* Pub. Date: June 2018
* English-only edition available October 1, 2018













 Editorial Reviews




Simple, rhyming, bilingual text and gentle, quiet illustrations introduce the very youngest reader and listener to that most natural and loving of activities―mothers nursing their offspring. Mothers and babies of the fields, jungles, air, and water are all portrayed, demonstrating that all mammal babies are nourished in the same way. This book will be invaluable in presenting nursing as something completely natural, normal, loving, and good for both babies and mothers. (Wendy Watson, author and/or illustrator of over 60 books for children)

What a gentle book! It nurtures a child's empathy for others and opens their eyes to the world of nature. Very sweet and educational. (Harvey Karp, M.D., FAAP, author, The Happiest Baby on the Block)

Animal mothers of all shapes and sizes lavish their little ones with love and affection in a series of sweet poems celebrating nature, wildlife, and the special bond forged through nursing. Tigers, seals, dolphins, pandas, and other mammals softly take shape in peaceful watercolor portraits. Perfect for reading aloud to find out which mamas nurse their babies in the snow, underwater, on the beach, or upside down. (Foreword Reviews)

It is extremely important for children to learn that nursing is natural and normal. With its gorgeous illustrations, Babies Nurse beautifully represents the art of breastfeeding. (Katie Finney, R.N., NICU Nurse)


This beautiful book magnificently demonstrates the natural and instinctual connection between a mother and her offspring. Breastfeeding is the first step in cultivating a healthy mind, gut and spirit for both mommy and her little ones. As a pediatrician and mother, I appreciate the simple text paired with the lovely illustrations. Brilliant and inspiring! (Kristin Struble, M.D., author of How to Be a “Poop” Detective)




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About the book





This rhyming bilingual book (English and Spanish) is a delightful display of loving mothers nursings their babies.  Children get to see how baby mammals suckle their nourishment in order to grow and be healthy. 

The author has chosen to highlight 13 mammals that inhabit the land, the sky and the sea. The prevailing overall theme is the art of breastfeeding their young.

The tender, warmth of the colour pallet is done in watercolour.   It enriches the message of the text by portraying nurturing, cuddling and a mother's unbreakable bond towards her tiny infants.   

The book is a catalyst to converse about parenting, biology, habitats, survival instincts, and classification.  It...



"creates positive images around breastfeeding"


The author has included engaging facts and keywords about the selected animals at the back of the book to extend the learning.  

The accompanying Teacher's Guide extends the book's effectiveness. Written by Paola Segnini,  ESL teacher and La Leche League leader, the Guide includes additional content, vocabulary, hands-on activities and games to develop cognitive skills, teach science concepts, and improve literacy.  It is available for free download, in both English and Spanish, at : PlatypusMedia.com
I highly recommend this book. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!










About the author






Elementary school librarian, children’s book author, and mother of three, Phoebe Fox wrote Babies Nurse to show children that all mammals provide milk for their babies. Fox sought to emphasize the warmth and beauty of nursing while demonstrating that all mammals share certain approaches to feeding, protecting, and teaching their young. With degrees in Early Childhood Development and Curriculum Instruction, Phoebe was particularly well positioned to present this information in a way that young readers will respond to. Drawing on her own experiences as a breastfeeding mother, and wanting to present clear and accurate information about this “natural art,” she consulted zoologists and pediatricians to put together this deceptively simple introduction. She is also the author of Starry’s Haircut, Starry Gets Lost, and Up Up Up (winner of the 2015 First Edition Children’s Book Contest). Visit her at mamafoxbooks.com. Fox lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and their three sons. She can be reached at PFox@PlatypusMedia.com






About the illustrator





When it came time to find an illustrator for the book, Phoebe asked her father-in-law, Jim Fox, if he would accept the task. Retired from the NBA where he played for the Phoenix Suns, Jim was himself a recipient of plenty of his own mother’s milk and says the benefits are obvious: he is 6’ 10”, healthy, and has produced wonderful kids and grandkids. The grandfather of five believes that nursing is a child’s best start in life. Jim lives in Phoenix with his wife, Mary Alice. This is his first book. He can be reached at JFox@PlatypusMedia.com







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"Me And My Fear" - a bookwrap










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"Me And My Fear"
Created by Francesca Sanna


* Age Range:  3-7
 * Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover: 40 pages
* Publisher: Flyng Eye Books
* Language: English


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 Unwrapping some Editoral Reviews



Me and My Fear is a lovely reminder that we all have our fear with us, especially in new situations, which all of us have to face at some point. It serves as a wonderful visual representation of the anxiety an immigrant child might be experiencing and hopefully help them recognize that it doesn't have to rule the day. The illustrations are clean and bright and just right.”—Luan Stauss, Laurel Bookstore, Oakland, CA

"a raw, tender story..."–Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast



About the book




This book is a companion to the award-winning picture book, "The Journey."  A young immigrant girl finds herself in a brand new country after she and her family flee from their war-torn homeland.  She is trying hard to adjust to her new environment but is overwhelmed with fear because she is unfamiliar with the  language and culture that surrounds her.  

Her friend Fear grows bigger and bigger as he tries to isolate and protect her from taking risks and fitting into her new surroundings.  She wants so badly to go outside and discover her neighbourhood but Fear blocks the door and won't let her leave.  When she has to go to school Fear doesn't want her to go.  Fear, although he thinks he is keeping her safe, is really holding her back from moving forward into her new life.  Fear keeps growing and growing bigger and stronger always takes charge and trying to stop her progress.  

The emotional little girl gets more lonely every day and she worries it's because no one likes her.  Is there any way that she can break free from Fear and begin making her own decisions as to what she wants or does not want to do.  Can she transform her apprehensions into positive actions?  Luckily she is able to rise up, shake off her worries and anxieties and take control. Finally her fragmented emotions are conquered and she stesp out all on her own.... a brave  step that totally changes her life for good and forever.  

The illustrations are such an integral part of the storytelling and are full of emotion and detail. They are whimsical in nature and I love the colour pallet. This book is written with heart and gives hope to those trapped by their fears.  This book would be an excellent resource in a classroom and/or elementary school library.  I highly recommend it.  




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!






About the author/illustrator







Francesca Sanna is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer based in Switzerland. After she finished her studies in Cagliari, the main city of her beloved Mediterranean island (Sardinia) she said goodbye to her family and her cat (Berta) and moved to Germany before and Switzerland after, in order to follow her dream and be able to work as illustrator. She graduated with honors in 2015 the Lucerne School of Art and Design, with a Master of Design with focus on Illustration.
Contact her at:  https://francescasanna.com.










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"¡Hola! - Let' s Learn Spanish: - a bookwrap













Today's featured book is an easy and fun introduction to learning the Spanish language. 



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¡Hola! Let's Learn Spanish
Authored by Judy Martialay


*Paperback
*PoliglotKidz Press
*Language: English 
*For audio, go to http://polyglotkidz.com





Editorial Reviews



¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish  Visit New Places and Make New Friends is a children's language book unlike any other. It is an easy, fun, and exciting way to give kids a head start in Spanish or widen their already existing vocabulary.
~ Faridah Nssozi for Readers' Favorite


"HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish Visit New Places and Make New Friends!"introduces children ages 6 through 10 to the Spanish language and provides an enjoyable experience learning the language as well as to teach them a useful skill. "HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish" begins with an introduction, where Pete the Pilot invites children aboard his magic plane for an imaginary trip to Mexico.On board, children are given some basic words and expressions to learn. It is thoroughly 'user friendly' in content, organization and presentation, making it especially useful for parents who are home schooling their children, as well as an ideal language studies elementary school classroom curriculum text. Very highly recommended for school and community libraries. 
 ~ James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Diane Donovan, Editor, Midwest Book Review, The Education Shelf






In the Author's own words






"I wrote ¡Hola! Let's Learn Spanish to give children from the English-speaking world the opportunity to begin study of a language at an early age.
Young children have more time to master a language, so that they will have a marketable skill by the time they enter the workforce, along with the amazing benefits of being bilingual: greater cognitive ability, thinking skills, better memory and concentration, appreciation for other cultures and our own, appreciation and respect for diversity.
One of the most rewarding features of knowing another language is the ability to make friends around the world.
You can learn a language at any age, but children have the unique ability to hear and reproduce the sounds of another language like natives."



There are lots of resources on the website polyglotkidz.com to enjoy!  Please visit to find: 



* An audio version of the book.  Please download before using to ensure great pronunciation
* tips for parents
* Downloadable activity sheets
* downloadable pages from the book
* family friendly recipes from the Spanish-speaking world
* downloadable game  





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About the book





Pete the Pilot boards the children on his plane and off they zoom to Mexico.  While on the plane the children learn some basic Spanish words and phrases so they can speak with the Mexican people when they reach their destination.  

The children meet up with Panchito, an adventurous Mexican jumping bean who is very excited and happy to accompany the children as they experience Mexican culture at it's finest.  

This educational and fun book contains both English and Spanish words.  The Spanish words and phrases are printed boldly allowing the young readers to differentiate between the two languages.  The fact that the book is not in text-book form but woven into a lovely story will be a great hit with children learning a new language.   

The author has added additional activities to accompany the story:  a list of words and useful expressions that are contained in the book, instructions and a template to help children create a mask, and encouraging words to help children perform a skit so they can   practise their new found language to family and friends in Spanish, just to name a few!

If your child is interested in learning a new language this book is a gentle, interesting and educational way to get them started.  




Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!!!!!








About the author





Hi, I'm Judy Martialay. I live in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with my husband. My daughters are grown up. I have a toddler granddaughter.
I have lots of interests; I am a guitar jammer, a painter, gardener, knitter, volunteer, and I love to cook (but have to watch my sugar). I studied Japanese, but had to give that up when my Japanese friend with whom I exchanged lessons moved away.
I retired from teaching foreign /world languages, and now I devote time and energy to advocacy for foreign language study for the Public Advocacy Committee of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT). 
Foreign language learning is an uphill battle in the English-speaking countries. I think, though, that more parents are becoming aware of the many benefits of being bilingual, and they want their kids to learn languages.
I wrote the books ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Languages and Bonjour! Let's Learn French because I want every child to have the opportunity to learn a world language at an early age. This is the best time to start learning a language. Children's brains are wired for learning languages. They have a better chance for acquiring native pronunciation, and they have ample time to become truly proficient in the language. 
I often hear the comment from teachers of young children:" Children absorb languages like sponges."
My granddaughter hears Spanish every day; she has an au pair girl who speaks to her in Spanish. She understands everything.
I want children and their parents to enjoy the experience of learning languages. It is an adventure into the soul of another world. 

If your child continues study of a language, he or she will have a skill that will provide life-long benefits.




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Preschool in Sweden - an infowrap








From time to time I will feature different countries and how they approach their Early Childhood Education programs.  It's always fun (and educational) to see the varied approaches used.  Today I am featuring Sweden.   

















In North America Sweden is known for Abba, Ikea and its delicious meatballs.  This modern-day little Nordic country is famous for its openness and welcomes people with all sorts of different views and backgrounds.  So how do they conduct their preschool education programmes?  Let's take a look shall we? 










Sweden has a comprehensive system for children from ages 1-6.  Here are some documented facts that are very interesting.
   



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* They have very well trained teachers.  Preschool teachers have an average of three years university and are valued as important educators.

* There is a low teacher to student ratio. They ratios are about 1:6 (can you even imagine that in North America... sounds like heaven to me. I used to have 20-25 per class and two groups a day ( one morning and one afternoon) when I taught Kindergarten in Canada). This lower ratio allows teachers to observe, interact, and focus on each child's style of learning and development.  Amen. 


* Play.  Swedish preschools spend much of their day playing inside and outside.  Integrating the outdoors with all of its rich learning materials is very important to their curriculum and to the overall health of the children.





















* They implement universal curriculum with local interpretation.  The curriculum lays out goals and guidelines with no specific benchmarks or standards.  The Swedish system trusts their educators to use these goals and guidelines to be a framework, not a checklist.  

* They focus on fundamental values. One of the focuses is on norms and values.  This is stressed to respect to all children and their families.  It teaches children conflict resolution respect for everybody's intrinsic values, and for the environment.  Gender equality and fighting against gender stereotypes is a concerted effort as well.  Here is one of their quotes:

"An important task of the preschool is to impart and establish respect for all human rights and the fundamental democratic values on which Swedish society is based.  Each and every person working in the preschool should promote respect for the intrinsic value of each person as well as respect for our share environment. The inviolability of human life, individual freedom and integrity, the equal value of all people, equality between the genders, as well as solidarity with the weak and vulnerable are all values that the preschool should actively promote in its work with children."

* Free preschool and affordable care is offered there. Preschool starting at age three is free for everyone for up to 3 hours a day, including stay-at-home parents.  For working and studying families the hours are extended. Then, at age six all children can attend "Preschool class" which is a pre-primary year designed to get children ready for the start of compulsory education at age 7.  94% of children between ages 3-5 are enrolled in the preschool system. 

* The program is evaluated, not the child.  There is no formal testing of children in Sweden until third grade.  If you read the national curriculum document you may have seen this under the preschool teacher's responsibilities:

"that each child's learning and development is regularly and systematically documented, followed up and analysed so that it is possible to evaluate how the preschool provides opportunities for children to develop and learn in accordance with the goals and intentions of the curriculum." 

The child is not being tested.  The aim is to respect each child's development and therefore evaluate how the school and the program meets their needs.  This is a great example of child-centered learning.  

* Strong ties to family is greatly emphasized.  Parents are expected to be participants in their child's care when they are not present.  Teachers are expected to be responsible for creating the bridge to make that happen.  This is interwoven with the focus on respect because each child's home life should be respected and, therefore, incorporated into their preschool experience. The low teacher to student ratio mentioned above helps with this aspect greatly.

Learning more about preschool programs in other parts of the world is important and may help preschools in our own countries.  

If you have taught in Sweden I'd love to hear your thoughts on your experience.  I would value input from someone who has been there and done that.  North America struggles with the importance of Preschool to this day and the battle is still going on as to what is best.  Hopefully we can learn from others as to what works... not only for the good of our children but our eventually for the good of our country.  















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"Time to Rhyme" - a bookwrap




Get ready for a treat today...








As Summer fades to Autumn,
Golden leaves fall from the trees,
And my shadow starts to flicker,
Like a candle in the breeze.

(Nigel Tetley)




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'Time To Rhyme’



by Nigel Tetley and Peter David Scott (Illustrator)


Ages:  2+ 

Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Pub. date: May 3, 2018
Language: English 






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About the book 






This book is a unique resource for Early Year's Literacy classes. It creatively features three variations on the theme of time which together introduce young readers to the cyclical rhythms of the seven days of the week, the four season, and the twelve months of the calendar year.  It contains 24 matching gorgeous illustrations that are catalysts for discussion as the story unfolds in perfect rhyme.  

The illustrations are beautiful enough to be framed and mounted on a wall and when talking with the author he suggested perhaps a calendar format of , "A Year and a Day" might be a possibility.  I encouraged him to make that a reality as it would be such a lovely  addition in any home and certainly make a splendid gift.  The ever-shifting scenery of the English countryside is the setting for this gentle and lyrical depiction of the passing of time as refracted through the prism of a child's imagination.  I highly, highly recommend this book.  It is one to be treasured by both young and old alike.  



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







In Nigel's  Own Words


 " This book is something of a departure from my other publications in that it is an attempt to introduce young children to the poetic use of language without the use of humour to keep them engaged. The focus is on both textual and visual imagery. I have decided that if I make it to the eternity of heaven, then I will spend my first million years looking at Peter David Scott’s illustrations. "





About the author









Since qualifying as a Religious Studies teacher in 1989, Nigel Tetley has worked in a variety of schools, spanning middle and secondary age groups in both the State and independent sectors. At the beginning of his teaching career, he also spent a year in Greece teaching English as a second language. In 2001, he started writing children's poetry at the suggestion of a colleague. He is also the author of Two Fat Cows,  The Grumpy Crocodile, Order! Order!, and When Bees Flew in for Breakfast.










Meet the Illustrator





Peter is an award winning book illustrator whose distinctive and recognisable artwork is sought out by top international publishing houses. In addition to successful series of solo books for Usborne, Templar, Quarto, Q.E.D. and Orpheus, his other well known clients include Reader’s Digest, Harper Collins, Time Life, Random House, Athena, Virgin, Disney, the R.S.P.B. and Dorling Kindersley. His artworks are also used in advertising, television and one of the Guardian newspaper's popular wallcharts. American scientific journals 'Current Science' and 'Wired' have featured his work, as has design periodical Creative Review and B.B.C. Wildlife magazine.
Peter also drew and co-designed the alien creatures for National Geographic’s successful two part C.G.I. documentary ‘Extraterrestrials’, the resulting designs appearing in the 'Radio Times'
and as part of the 'Science of Aliens' exhibition which toured the world. His recent work has included regular illustrations for 'How it Works', 'All about History' and 'World of Animals' magazines.
Peter's knowledge of his subject and attention to detail make his illustrations scientifically accurate as well as
visually appealing.






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