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"The Waiting Song" - a bookwrap










What is Autism?  

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, impaired verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life.


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"The Waiting Song"

Authored by Natasha Barber
Illustrated by Rayah Jaymes

Ages: 3-7
Grade Level: PS-2



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About the book


This is a sweet little book with a huge message.  Nigel, is an adorable four-year old hedgehog, who loves toys and cookies like all the other kids in his class but his behaviour is different.  You see Nigel has autism.  

His vocabulary is limited and he has difficulty using his manners and especially waiting for his turn to arrive.  This causes a lot of friction with both his classmates and his little brother at home.  He thinks he can just take their toys away and use it without asking and he gets upset when time and time again he is confronted with the loud response... "MINE!"  Tears flow and he feels rejected and downhearted. 

His patient teacher Miss Little and his loving Mother all work with him to overcome this behaviour.  The results of Nigel 's actions need to be rectified but how?  

Nigel takes some time out and he thinks and thinks until he has a eureka moment!!! He creates a Waiting Song.  Yes, this could be the answer he is looking for.  He puts his song into practice and low and behold it works!!!!  By singing his song he is able to keep his impulses at bay, be more polite, and wait his turn. 

The illustrations are big, bold, vibrantly coloured and very expressive.  Each character portrayed is truly adorable.   

"The Waiting Song" highlights the struggle of a child with autism and how loving, caring people around him can help him make sense of his world and become more a part of it, accepted and valued.  I highly recommend this book. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!





About the author





Natasha Barber, mother of a child on the autism spectrum, is the founder and manager of "Autism Moms Know Safety". She has appeared in numerous parenting blogs such as "Mobile Mommies" and "Paradigm Behavior" and she also has had multiple safety articles featured in "Autism Parenting Magazine". She is a recognized author of the Tommy's Lessons Children's book series. Books in the series include "My Tomato, Guacamole and Onion Sandwich", "My Magic Pet Fish" and "My Super Cool Ant Farm”








About the illustrator





Rayah Jaymes is an illustrator, chef, and musician. She comes from a large multicultural family which inspires her art, creativity, and storytelling. She has illustrated over 15 children’s books and continues to write and illustrate books with a focus on humane education—teaching empathy, understanding, and respect for people, animals, and our environment. Her goal is to encourage children and their parents to learn about the diverse world around them and how they can make it better every day in everything they do. You can find more of Rayah’s work at vcartist.com.













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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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"In My World" - a bookwrap







Autism. 

 Come learn more about it today through the eyes of a little boy who is different from others.  The book shines a light on how he experiences the people and the things around him in real time and what he wants you to know about the world that he lives in.  Enjoy and learn. 




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"In My World"

Authored by Jillian Ma
Illustrated by Mimi Chao


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About the book





This book will pull at your heartstrings.  An adorable little boy with autism reveals his magical world to the reader as he goes on exciting adventures with his friends, has infinite dreams, dances ecstatically in rain puddles, soars on an airplane, and sings with his feathered friends, just to name a few.  He is seen, heard and loved in his world as he partakes in the deliciousness of his life.  He interacts with the people around him who accept him and make him  feel that he can conquer whatever life brings his way.  All his dreams come true there. The illustrations ooze happiness, engagement and bright colours. 

Then in contrast there is a dark, empty page where the little boy is standing all alone... his only friend being his teddy bear. This is the hard and very sad truth of his life... this is his reality.  

"In your world... I have autism." 

This book carries a very touching message.  Each page contains one simple sentence nestled in a beautiful illustration which makes it easy for early readers to digest.  The words are simple but pack a powerful message.  It's a rhyming book which is perfect.  In sharing   it can become a catalyst for lots of discussion afterwards. 

Your heart will drop when the happy, colourful boy in his world is reduced to a sad grey outline of himself in his real life.  In the end the boy encourages you to come along side of him and help him achieve his dreams as he has hopes and desires too just like all the other children.  

This is an exceptional book.  I highly, highly recommend it. 




Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!






About the author






    Jillian Ma is a resource teacher in British Columbia, who has dedicated her life to working with special needs children. She was first exposed to working with special needs children as an educational assistant, and later became a Behavior Interventionist before turning her attention to education. Her students are some of the happiest, strongest and most carefree people she has ever met and they continuously inspire her to become a better person.





About the illustrator 




Peruse Mimi Chao's illustrations and you will be struck with a longing for youth. The freelance illustrator's work invokes memories of childhood adventures, playful curiosity, and pure marvel. Whether it's wanderlust or wonderment, Mimi's illustrations pull at your heart strings. She's working hard on individual commissions, personal projects, storybook illustrations, and more. Although not formally trained in art, Mimi pursued her talents and encourages others to follow their dreams. 







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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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"Kit and Kaboodle" - a bookwrap







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"Kit and Kaboodle"

Created by Chris Robertson

Ages 2-5
Grade Level:  PS - K



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About the book



This delightful book will have kids giggling as a serious, kind of grumpy, elephant (Kit) munches on his bag of peanuts and gets more and more annoyed at a spirited little monkey (Kaboodle) who wants to share his bounty.

Kaboodle tries everything possible to change the elephant's mind, he:  juggles china cups and plates to persuade him.... No!!, actually places his head inside a lion's mouth.... NO!!,  flies a plane upside down showing off his aerial expertise... NO!!, and he even performs dangerous bungie jumping exercises. But alas the elephant's response is still an emphatic... NO!!! 

Finally Kaboodle learns the secret to having that yummy peanut released for him to enjoy.  Can you guess what it might be?  The book contains a valuable life lesson for little ones and if put into action many wonderful things will be granted to them and they will be held in high esteem by all.  There is an added twist at the end of the book that will make kids laugh. 

I love the simple, uncluttered illustrations and the expressions portrayed by both characters.  The colours are bright and cheery and imagination reigns.  I love the book and highly recommend it.  "Please" get a copy of the book to share and enjoy.  "Thank you very much!" 





Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author/illustrator




Chris Robertson is just a big kid at heart who happens to write and draw Children's Picture Books. His first Little Golden Book, "The Tickle Book" by Heidi Kilgras debuts in May '17. "Giraffes Ruin Everything" by Heidi Schulz from Bloomsbury Publishing and "Where Do Pants Go? by Rebecca Van Slyke from Sterling both were released in Spring '16. 

His book, "Harry and the Hot Lava" speaks directly to the imagination of a child, while "My Yellow Umbrella" hit the #1 spot on Amazon's Bestseller list for Baby & Toddler Color Books, Bedtime and Dreaming and Children's Game Books.

Chris's other books include the Amazon's Best Sellers, "I'll Trade My Peanut-Butter Sandwich" and "Kit and Kaboodle". He broke into the Children's book field in 2005 with "Little Miss Liberty" published by Chronicle Books then subsequently by Scholastic Books in paperback. 

Chris's whimsical cartoon style feels light-hearted and carefree which seems to perfectly match his humorous writing style. He lives in Pasadena with his wife and three boys.





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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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"My Favorite Animal: Dolphins - a bookwrap






I love this animal!  Dolphins are so smart and playful and loving.  Today's featured book is a non-fiction about this 💫💫💫magical 💫💫💫 creature.  Enjoy!






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My Favorite Animal 
"Dolphins"

Created by Victoria Marcos
Ages 4-8


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About the book



Kids will love to learn about this magnificent sea creature.  The book is full of fun and educational information.  This book is one in the "My Favorite Animal Series" - all so worthy of reading.  It's important to include non-fiction books in your child's book collection and this one would be a wonderful addition.  

The reading level is higher but the illustrations will have little ones hooked as they watch the Dolphins swimming effortlessly with their pods, obtaining their daily food and interacting playfully with their world and others around them.  

I love the fact that the author includes "quiz yourself" pages that encourages the reader to retain the information that has been presented to them.  The book is well-written for that age level and the wonderful images enrich the presented text.  Another plus is the glossary that is found at the end of the book along with the answers to the quiz questions.  

This is a high quality book to which I give a high five and I highly recommend it. 


Storywraps Blog... 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!


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Because I could not find any info on the author or her picture I am leaving you with these fabulous images of Dolphins to enjoy. They certainly are poetry in motion.























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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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"Dentists and What They Do - a bookwrap









How to maintain and keep a perfect smile is on tap today with today's featured book.  Teeth are very important for chewing your food, word articulation and your looks.  You can't start too early with your child to teach him the importance of daily looking after those pearly whites.  Enjoy! 




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"Dentists and What They Do"
Created by Liesbet Slegers

Ages 2+
Grade Levels:  PS-1


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About the Book




This sweet book is a perfect read to share with a little one who is experiencing his first visit to the dentist.  The whole vibe of the book oozes happiness and the brightly coloured illustrations are kid-friendly and cheerful.  

The book explains in clear terms the process of the visit lessening anxiety and worry.  It highlights the tools the dentist will uses, getting an X-ray, and the conversation the dentist will have regarding regular tooth-brushing and eating the correct foods to keep teeth healthy and well maintained.  

"Dentists and What They Do" is a great time to highlight the role of professionals in your child's life ( doctors, nurses, therapists etc.) that your child may encounter in their life's journey and defuse any apprehension or nervousness they may experience having to visit them.  

I love the book and would highly recommend it for a home collection.  I feel a copy would be very beneficial in a primary  classroom or the school library.  Well done! 




Storywraps Rating:   5 HUGS!!!!!




About the author







Liesbet Slegers is a graphic designer, a children's book illustrator, and the author of numerous books including others in this career series - TEACHERS AND WHAT THEY DO, DENTISTS AND WHAT THEY DO; and EATING, FUNNY EARS, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!, MOVE!, and the Kevin and Katie series.
Born: July 26, 1975 (age 42), Geel, Belgium





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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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"Fast Farm and Slow Farm" - a bookwrap











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"Fast Farm and Slow Farm"

Illustrated by Valeria Cis, By Min Jee Jung


Ages: 3-5 years
Grade Level: PS-K





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About the book




This book is about two farmers, Thump Thump Giant, and Grandma Snail, who co-exist on their respective farms. Thump Thump Giant wants quantity rather than quality when it comes to his foods and he uses chemicals on his plants and in his animal's food to churn out more and more produce and of course to make more and more money regardless of the consequences.  

Grandma Snail on the other hand works thoroughly and slowly on her farm and aims for the highest, healthiest quality.  She treats her animals and her crops like her very own children. She wants to farm naturally no matter how long it takes. Her mantra to her charges is:

"You must grow in happiness to become good food!" 

Thump Thump Giant is so impatient that he starts manufacturing ready-made meals for those not wanting to cook or are in a rush for a make-shift meal.  All the meals include preservatives so they don't spoil and have a longer shelf-life.  He indulges in these meals himself and experiences feelings of nauseousness, itchy skin and his stomach constantly gurgling and bubbling.  Oh my!  

Kind Grandma Snail worries about Thump Thump Giant's health and the caustic food he is subjecting his customers (and himself) too.  Will there be some tipping-point that will lead Thump Thump Giant to realize the danger of his decisions to use those nasty chemicals in his food chain that he sells to the public? 

Grandma Snail is a true inspiration as she shares the benefits of eating simple, fresh, healthy foods right out of your own garden or purchased from the local farmer.  

The illustrations visually enrich the narrative and the author has wisely included "TANTAN COOKING NEWSLETTER" at the back of the book, containing the history of the cooking movement, instructions as to how you too can make a small farm at home, and a quiz about setting a healthy table.  All-in-all kids will learn that foods charged with chemicals are not a beneficial choice when it comes to eating wholesomely and should be avoided if you want to stay in good health and live a much longer robust life.  I like the book and recommend it. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!


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About illustrator and author


Valeria Shis was born and raised in Argentina and is the author and illustrator of Bee Grandfather; When Veronica Knits, and others. 


Min Jee Jung is the author of Happiness at Mully's Circus; An Adventure Story of All the Explorers; It's My Poop, Don't Eat It!; and others.




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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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"Are You My Dad?" - a bookwrap







Ready for to-day's featured book?  







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"Are You My Dad?"

Authored by Leslie Kelley
Illustrated by Kirk Werner

Ages:  4-8
Grade Level:  PS-3



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"Werner's soft lines balance cartoon approachability with animal accuracy perfectly for the age group, and Kelly's gentle telling is sure to require rereads. A delightful addition to the "are you my" category." Kirkus Reviews

"Leslie Kelley's Are You My Dad? Is a lovely introduction to the creatures of the Antarctic..." Foreword Clarion Reviews



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A message from Leslie Kelley, author of Are You My Dad?...


I have been a lover of children's picture books my entire life. After reading the children's picture book, The Emperor's Egg, I became fascinated with emperor penguins and Antarctica! How could any animal possibly survive in such a cold and desolate climate, especially a tiny penguin chick?! And the male bird cares for the egg until it hatches, which is very unique in nature... 

My first children's picture book, Are You My Dad?, began to take form shortly after. Based loosely on P.D. Eastman's book, Are You My Mother?, my book follows an adventurous baby penguin on a trek to find her lost father. Spoiler alert: I'm a sucker for a happy ending! ~Leslie Kelley





About the book



This delightful book with its adorable main character is a delight to read and to share.  

A baby Empire Penguin chick after wiggling and twisting herself rolls her egg right off of her dad's feet and down a small hill!  The wind picks her up and pushes her egg and it rolls down a BIG hill.  Pop!! Out she comes ...  

"Where is my dad?" she asked.  She looked left. She peered right. She glanced behind and gazed in front...
"My dad is lost!" she cried.  "I must go find him," and away she went.

 She slips, slides, and waddles along encountering an albatross, an orca, and an elephant seal, just to name a few.  Each time she asks them the same question... "Are you my dad?"  Sadly they have to answer no.

"My dad is very lost.  Where can he be?!" she worried and began to 
waddle faster..."

She discovers a strange thing climbing out of the sea. Something that knows how to swim and has flippers but does not know how to fly. 

"Dad? Dad? DAD! I found you! she squealed.

The stranger stops, lifts an object to his face and starts clicking his camera madly.  Realizing it is not her dad but a "clicker" (her sweet word ) she slides quickly away.

Will the poor little chick ever get reunited with her beloved dad?  With brute determination and a never-give-up-spirit (my words), she finally experiences success and it's hard to tell which penguin is happier for their reunion.  Dad snuggles in his precious baby girl and holds on to her ever so tight.  He has a HUGE contented smile on his face and in his heart too I'm sure.

The illustrations are cartoonish, kid-friendly and extremely heartwarming.  I know that kids will love the story and will learn some names and characteristics of animals residing in Antarctica.  I love the book and highly recommend it. 
  


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





About the author







 Leslie Kelley has been a book lover her entire life. As a child, she would borrow the maximum books allowed during weekly summer visits to the local book mobile, as her small town of Seabeck, WA did not have it's own public library. This love of books lead her to a love of story writing as a small child, and today, she is thrilled to FINALLY be publishing her first children's book, Are You My Dad?! When she's not writing and dreaming up lovely animal stories, Leslie is adding color to people's homes, businesses, or designs through her small business, Leslie Kelley COLOR, in Kirkland, WA. She also loves spending time with her husband, Sean and their two grown children, Connor and Natalie- boating on Lake Washington, hiking, walking their little dog Kermit, cooking healthy and delicious meals, or traveling the world together.





About the illustrator 










A published children's book author himself, lifelong Washington state resident Kirk Werner considers himself to be, first and foremost, an illustrator as drawing has always been his first passion and is something that he began doing well before he ever learned to read or write as a child, and creating visual art (as both an illustrator and graphic designer) is something he has continued to do in his adult life because it brings him great satisfaction--without the stress associated with being a writer and worrying about such weighty matters as run-on sentences.




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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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"Little Detective At Home" - a bookwrap










 As a kid I loved to play the "I Spy With My Little Eye" game.  It filled in many boring hours and the whole family participated.  Today's book is similar to the "Where's Waldo?" or the "I Spy" books.  Kids will spend loads of time trying to locate objects on the pages and have great fun pretending to be a detective. I suggest you go to the Dollar Store and purchase a spy glass to make the book even more entertaining while reading and exploring it together. 





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"Little Detectives At Home"
Created by Sonia Baretti

Ages 3+
Grade Level PS-1
Board Book



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About the book




I am a big fan of this style of book.  Kids can spend countless hours searching for suggested objects and then show pure delight when they are discovered.  These are books that the whole family, young and old, can participate in.

"Little Detectives At Home"  is targeted to wee ones and the home that they reside in.  Each page features one particular room and it's jam-packed full of  familiar objects that a young child can easily recognize. 

Kids can put on their detective hat, grab their magnifying glass and hunt away.  The busy pictures are bursting with vibrant colours and lots of action which I'm sure will bring plenty of amusement and fun.

At the end of the book are more activities that challenge the reader to go back and dig deeper to discover even more.  At the bottom of each page is an illustrated list that points out which objects to find. Look and find books help kids expand their vocabularies and increase their ability to focus and observe the world around them.  




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author/illustrator






I’m a freelance Children’s Illustrator from Italy.
I studied illustration at the International School of Comics in Florence.
I love my job because drawing is my life.
I put passion and professionalism in every project.
Contact me at any time if you want to collaborate with me.
Together we can create beautiful projects!




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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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"My Secret Dog" - a bookwrap







Everyone at one time or another tries to keep a secret.  It's a tough thing to do because sometimes you have to be deceptive and sneak around trying not to get discovered.  Today's book is about a little girl who does just that.... I know you will enjoy this and it will bring a smile to your face. 




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"My Secret Dog"
Created by Tom Alexander

Ages 3-7
Grade Levels:  PS-2



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About the book




This fun book will delight kids because they so readily can relate.  An adorable dog follows a little girl home and she opens the door to let him come inside.  That's where her secret begins.  She has always wanted a dog of her very own but has been told by her Mum that they don't have enough space to keep one.  She then creates a variety of ways to keep him hidden.  Think she can do it? 

At first she thinks she'll just give him some food because he is so hungry but as she spends time watching him eat her heart melts and she can't tell him go.  She decides to take him to her room, conceal him in her cupboard and make him a secret.  Oh my!  Will this idea work do you think?

She plays with him at night, packs him into a suitcase and wheels him off to school the next day with her, then hides him in the cloakroom. Thankfully he is well-behaved all morning. She plays games with him at lunchtime but after games and an outdoor romp he refuses to get back into the box because he is having so much out-of-the-box fun!  Luckily she gets him back into the suitcase, back inside the school and back into the cloakroom. Whew! This dog is a lot of work!  Then things go downhill from there:

"He ripped up a scarf... ate a pair of gloves.. and I probably shouldn't mention what he did in those wellies." 

Her angry schoolmates riot. She gets sent home with a note. 

When the little girl arrives at home the dog did not want to go back into the cupboard so she tells him to hide under her bed.  She did not sleep a wink all night because she was so worried her Mum would discover him.  


The next morning Mum observes how tired her little girl is from her nighttime (and daytime) antics and asks her if she is ok.  Still the little girl will not confess.  

The following day she decides to leave the dog at home so she will not get into any more trouble at school. But alas she spends the day worrying about him being all alone which adds to her exhausted demeanour.  The teacher, seeing she is not looking well sends her home with another note.  What she finds when she goes inside changes all of her plans for permanently harbouring the dog and forces her to tell her mom what she had been up to.  The story does have a happy ending for both her and her secret dog ( and Mum ) and the author has tucked in a lovely twist on the last page that will make you laugh.

The illustrations are simple, black and white, uncluttered and work extremely well with the text.  The little girl discovers that secrets can be very hard, and exhausting to keep.  I like the book a lot and recommend it. 

 
Storywraps Rating...  5 HUGS!!!!!





About the author


Tom Alexander writes stories, draws pictures and makes weird little things out of paper. He lives in London with his wife and cat.




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"Open the Doors to You" - a bookwrap













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"It's rare to see a picture book about love that begins with easy admonitions that focuses on how to identify acts of love in the world and how to 'pay it forward'- but Open the Doors to You is such a read, and is so well done that it lends to both parental read-aloud and pursuit by picture book readers who already have basic reading skills under their belts, and the maturity to understand the wider concept of understanding generosity and giving." 
                                                           - D. Donovan, Senior Book. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review



Unwrapping today's book...






 "Open the Doors to You"

Authored by Casey Rislov
Illustrated by Allie Strom

Ages: 5-10 
Grade Level: K-5


Unwrapping some amazing illustrations for you















"So if you ever find yourself stuck and upside down, ask:
What am I going to do? Is there something else to learn?
Can a friend show me something new?
Which door is the one I haven't visited in awhile?"


About the Book


This is the author's third children's book.  This picture book is all about love and how to identify acts of love in the world.  It is written to encourage kids not to be afraid but to go ahead, open up the doors before them, walk through, and try new things.  

Throughout their lives kids will come face to face with many doors that will either block them, if left unopened,  or allow them to pass through thus becoming more knowledgable, creative and free.  Should they be fearful and leave them closed or should they boldly swing them  wide open and go where they have never gone before?  Kids are encouraged by the message to go ahead, be courageous, open up those doors and see what exciting adventures and possibilities lay ahead. 


"Open the Doors to You is an unique and comforting book that will take readers through many metaphorical doors to explore all the different aspects that make up each of our lives: family, neighbourhood, charity, friendship, education, creativity, sports, and nature."

The book highlights many life lessons and lends itself to both parental read-aloud and pursuit by picture book readers who already have some basic reading skills.  By exposing and engaging in their world kids wrap their minds and hearts around brand new positive and exciting experiences.  Just to give you a flavour of the story here are some excerpts from the book:

"The door to home opens to comfort, love, and fun."

"The door that leads to helping others is a door that needs to be opened more."

"Old friends and new friends are waiting behind every door! 
  Friends are the ones you can share with and dream with.
  How are you a good friend to others?"

"The school door leads to knowledge, growth, and so much more."


The author then goes on in more detail to explain the significance of opening up those doors in one's life.  Her  inspiring message encourages kids to make a decision to be fearless and discover new and very interesting adventures in their lives by passing over the threshold and stepping into something unfamiliar to them. 


By being exposed to numerous novel experiences children gain a deeper understanding of others and themselves.  Child development studies show that sensory experiences shape how a child's brain develops and grows. Children who are exposed to a variety of new experiences have increased confidence, feelings of security, and learn how to deal better with challenges later on in life.

Casey received the 2015 Silver Medal in the Living Now Book Awards for, "Open the Doors." 


Storywraps Rating:  5+++ HUGS!!!!!






About the author







Casey Rislov holds a master's degree in elementary education and is endorsed in early childhood and special needs. She taught for many years at a local developmental preschool and currently stays home with her two young children. Casey's first book, Time Together, Time Well Spent! (November 2011), allowed her to share her love of reading and teaching with many local students. And she is excited to now share a tender side of herself through her new book, Love is Forever. 

Casey lives with her family in Wyoming, where she enjoys spending time in the mountains, downhill skiing, boating, and water skiing- and reading and writing, of course!





About the Illustrator





Allie Strom has spent her entire life drawing things. Her work has appeared in Wiseturtle Publishing's roleplaying guide OVA (2005), LowOrbit Anthology (2006)and on the covers and pages of Rachel Robert's Avalon Web of Magic series (2006-2010). 
Most recently, she finally graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a degree in Illustration.
Allie uses a whole lot of different things in making her artwork. You can follow along with whatever she's up to on her process blog http://alliebirdseed.tumblr.com/




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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!
It's a wrap.

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