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"Nimoshom And His Bus" - a bookwrap









Cree /ˈkriː/ (also known as Cree–Montagnais–Naskapi) is a dialect continuum of Algonquian languages spoken by approximately 117,000 people across Canada, from the Northwest Territories and Alberta to Labrador. If classified as one language, it is the aboriginal language with the highest number of speakers in Canada.




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"Nimoshom And His Bus"

Authored by Penny M. Thomas
Illustrated by Karen Hibbard


Age Range:  4-8
Grade Level:  K-4



Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy






























About the book




Nimoshom, whose name means grandfather in Cree, is a dedicated and personable bus driver.  All the kids love him and the feeling towards them is mutual.  His daily routines are highlighted and enriched by his beautiful Cree language.  The kids listen up and in so doing they learn Nimoshom's words as he tells silly stories and banters back and forth with his happy captive riders.  

The illustrations look muted and are full of emotion and action.  At the end of the book is a glossary of Cree words used within.  This story documents a man who has a very special relationship with the students and daily interacts feeding them his wonderful language.  I would recommend any classroom or school library to get a copy for their shelves and I look forward to more books like this one being published.  



Storywraps Rating - 4 HUGS!!!!








About the author 








Penny M. Thomas, of Cree-Ojibway background, believes in approaching healing from all directions, with storytelling key to this purpose. She is an advocate for First Nations people and works in the field of psychology and therapy.





About the illustrator





Karen Hibbard is a free-lance illustrator and draws on a long career as a visual artist. Karen has illustrated picture books for Planète rebelle (Montréal) and Annick Press (Toronto), as well as several activity books for youth with Éditions Mango on behalf of the Musée d'Orsay. Karen is currently teaching art at the University of Victoria and Emily Carr University of Art + Design and previously taught at the University of Manitoba's School of Art.






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Twinkle - Just Dance : a music wrap










TWINKLE, THE SUPERPOP KIDS' ANSWER TO LADY GAGA

EXHORTS YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE TO
"JUST DANCE"...


ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVERY TRACK ON HER EXPLOSIVE NEW ALBUM






Twinkle  
"Just Dance"


Date release: 6 October, 2017 
Ages: 4-10

Available at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CDBaby, on Twinkle's website 

www.twinkleandfriends.com



Reviews

"In terms of an all-out kindie pop extravaganza - EDM, hip-hop, pop all rolled into one - it's on an entirely different level than most independently produced kids' music." - Zooglobble

"If we were teleported inside a disco snow globe, it wouldn't be as much of a rush as what's happening in this video.  'Kidz Rock' is like whirling, swirling, EDM, pop, hip-hop, confetti explosion!" -Kids Can Groove


About the artist







Twinkle brings you her colorful, high energy pop concert fusing education, language, arts and pop culture into the hottest kid’s phenomenon to hit the Kid Space scene.

Launched by a childhood saturated with the sound and fury of Top 40 artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Gloria Estefan, Michael Jackson, Prince, Selena, Cher, and Shania Twain, Twinkle has forever experienced a gravitational pull in the direction of performers who create the "whole package," from their infectious melodies and distinctive vocal qualities to their show-stopping presentations and trademark looks.

With her own award-winning albums, raise-the-roof concerts, and one-of-a-kind costuming and make-up, Twinkle follows suit, dazzling kids and families nationwide.

Album highlights include the original version of Twinkle's 2015 kindie hit, "Kidz Rock," featuring the incomparable Mista Cookie Jar, whose spectacular warm-up act is the song's very own, hands-down-ultimate remix produced by Grammy and Emmy award-winner Matthew Gerrard (Kelly Clarkson, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Big Time Rush, High School Musical) and renowned music programmer/producer Peter Amato (NBC's The Voice, LeAnn Rimes, Ricky Martin). Gerrard and Amato transformed the original song into what Twinkle has christened, "a certified EDM monster track for kids!"

The nine original songs on Just Dance riff on positive themes ranging from dancing through life and living in the moment to making math-time fun-time, sailing through the solar system, and Twinkle's personal affirmation that good manners rock. 

Previous albums by Twinkle include Made In The U.S.A. (2012), which was honored with two Global Music Awards (Best Children's Album and Best Children's Song), and Twinkle Time (2009).









In her own words




"My concerts have everything that parents and teens would see watching Gaga or Bruno, but with age-appropriate  messages and lyrics.  Just as mainstream music is accepting of different categories - pop, R&B, hip hop, country, dance, jazz, etc. it's my hope that all genres would be accepted by the kind world, too.  Why not introduce kids to all styles of music?" 

“I want to be like Oprah for the children's market! I realized that kids and parents were listening to the same kid songs that I grew up with. I wanted to hear new sounds, you know, change up the vibe of the kids market,” Twinkle says.

Twinkle met her husband, co-songwriter, and producer James Dallas when they were both under contract to Hollywood Records. (He was the head songwriter/producer of the boy band, Youngtown.) Twinkle says with a smile, "We were the the original Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez."




"Just Dance" Track List


(Running Time: 31 minutes)

*Just Dance

*Better Than You Know

*Twinklematics

*Solar System

*Music

*Life is Beautiful 

*We Got Good Manners Too

*Kidz Rock featuring Mista Cookie Jar (remix)

Kidz Rock featuring Mista Cookie Jar (original version)












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Go to right hand side of my blog (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 Storywrap community even better.  Thanks a million! 


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"Roger Is Going Fishing" - a bookwrap











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Authored and illustrated by Koen Van Biesen

Ages 4-8



Reviews

~Booklist~
“An amusing story; with its repetitive text sure to appeal to kids, and its double-page spreads filled with lively mixed-media pictures that grow increasingly crowded, readers will fall for it—hook, line, and sinker.”



Awesome illustration for you to enjoy



























About the book



Roger needs a break from his busy life.  He decides to pedal off and go fishing for the day.  He scoops up Emily his next door neighbour and places her on the back of his bike. He puts her in charge of holding his coveted fishing pole. He then plunks Bob, his dog, in the front basket of his bike and they are off to the lake. 

"Bumble-de-bump!  Bumble-de-bump!
Roger riding, Bob in the basket, 
Emily in back."

Along the way Emily catches many tokens off of the crowded city sidewalks without even casting the rod.  She snags parcels, a skateboard, three sheep and one cow, just to cite a few!!  Wow... she's very good!!  With each item she hooks she yells...

"Roger, Roger,  I've got a bite...

"No, you can't fish here...
Wait until we're at the lake!"

The angry, disgruntled crowd, all victims of a grab-and-pedal-off thief, start to chase after the three determined to get what's been pilfered from them back.

Everyone ends up at the lake, then in the lake, which cools tempers off and mellows the emotions.  A huge sense of relief is released and the appeased crowd start enjoying themselves. They all end up that evening around a blazing camp fire happily singing kumbaya and enjoying each other's company.


The fun delightful illustrations bring the words to life and the message of the book is positive and up-beat.   I know kids will tackle it with glee.  


Storywraps Rating - 4 HUGS!!!!








About the author/illustrator









Koen Van Biesen (b. 1964) makes musical picture books, for which he creates the words, illustrations and music. His first book was published in 2006 and he has won a Vlag en Wimpel a number of times since then. Roger is Reading a Book put him on the international map: the book is available in ten languages. The hilarious Roger Catches a Fish is the next book in the series. And now it's here to enjoy! 








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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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"Dinosaur Pals - First Day Friends" - a bookwrap









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Dinosaur Pals
"First Day Friends "

Authored by Pat Brigandi
Illustrated by Maine Diaz

Ages 4-7
Grade Level PS-2



Delightful illustrations to explore...

























About the book...





Kids of all ages have a fascination with dinosaurs.  The Dinosaur Pals Series is perfect for young readers as it delivers friendly, happy characters and familiar scenarios for the reader to enjoy.

In "First Day Friends" the setting is the first day of Kindergarten.  Mrs. Gronk the teacher prepares her students for a brand new arrival named Kevin.  Kevin is delivered to the class by his dad who is disoriented and flustered because he got lost trying to find the school causing both he and his little boy to be late. Oh my!   Kevin has first day jitters big time!   He is shy and hesitant to enter into this unfamiliar and scary new environment.

The kids in the kindergarten room sense his apprehension and anxiety and take it upon themselves to welcome Kevin with friendly smiles and TLC.  They show him where to put his backpack, share activities with him and make him feel very special and part of the group.  Mrs. Gronk takes his favourite book that he points out from the reading shelf and reads it to the whole class.

A mishap occurs due to reckless running in the classroom (which is strictly prohibited by the way) and the whole class works together to clean up the mess enabling them to get on with their exciting  show and tell time.

Everyone takes a turn exhibiting what they brought in from home to share except Kevin who has nothing to contribute.  Did the class ridicule him or make him feel bad?  No way!  One new friend  suggests Kevin express his show and tell by telling them something.  Kevin happily rises to the occasion and asks everyone to guess the answer to a riddle.  The kids all cheer and laugh along with him making his new school, new friends, and first day at kindergarten a very successful one indeed!  Hurray!!!!




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







About the illustrator...





Born in La Plata, Argentina, Maine Diaz, grew up drawing and painting. She was often seen drawing with her pencils or crayons in deep concentration. Cartoons captured her imagination early on and realized immediately that she wants to be an animator when she grows up. Her mother, a biochemist and grandfather were truly flabbergasted upon hearing her declaration. At the age of 16 she took a workshop and start animating, working in films like Patoruzito, El Arca (Patagonik, Argentina), Gizaku and Nocturna (Filmax, Spain). Simultaneously, she enrolled in Audiovisual Communication at Universidad DeLa Plata (UNLP). Soon after, she also started illustrating for children’s story books and educational books. In 2002 with Crimsomnia Studio, she was a finalist at Ford’s “Saldras mas” publicity contest, with “Habitos noctunos” short. In 2005 she won first prize for the character design category of Bizpills (Hi Impatc Learning Experiences), España. 
Currently, Maine lives in a tiny green house where she spends time with her two cats, Chula and Lola. She loves tending her garden while Chula eats all the plants and Lola jumps and climbs the trees. Maine prefers to be barefoot while painting and singing in her studio. She is a pretty good cook and sweated several years near the oven and many pans. When not illustrating, she also enjoys swimming, writing, taking photos.





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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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"There's a Dog on the Dining Room Table" - a bookwrap



Is there a dog on the dining room table?



He knows......


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"There's a Dog on the Dining Room Table"

Authored by Elizabeth Maginnis
Illustrated by Annie Dwyer Internicola



Some illustrations for you to peek at


































About the book




A little girl cannot understand for the life of her how a strange dog got into the house and is now in the middle of the dining room table for heaven's sake.  Oh my... how did he get in?  Did someone leave the door open? Did someone invite him in?  What is she to do with him now? 

This rhyming book is full of imagination casting as the little girl envisions different reasons what that canine may be up to.

The illustrations greatly enhance the story and there is a wonderful twist at the end to let the reader know exactly what that dog is doing on the dining room table.

Kids will smile at the ending and ask for the story one more time. 


Storywraps rating -  4 HUGS!!!!







About the author





I was born and raised in western New York State; in fact, my husband and I still live here and raised our family here. I earned a political science degree from the State University of New York, Empire State College, and worked in the legal profession for over twenty years before deciding to switch gears and pursue a writing career. During that time, my husband and I opened up our hearts and our home to numerous mischievous rescue cats and three lovable rescue dogs. At the same time I began my writing career my kids started families of their own, and I saw an opportunity to introduce my grandchildren and other young, emerging readers to the wonderful world of animals and encourage a love of reading by creating animal-themed stories for them to enjoy. My first picture book, There's a Dog On The Dining Room Table, has been published and is now available on Amazon. My second picture book, If a Dog Could Wear a Hat, is scheduled for publication in early 2018. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, reading, photography, cuddling with my cats and dogs, and learning North American fiddle music.







About the illustrator





Annie Dwyer Internicola is an illustrator, designer, and arts educator in Kingston, New York.  She grew up in a small town upstate and studied Studio Art at Skidmore College but is mostly self-taught in her illustration techniques.  She is a proud mama to three children - Jacob, Josie, and Juliette.  In addition to life as a mom and illustrator, she is a music teacher for Catskill Mountain Music together and a board member for Castkill Ballet Theatre and the Kingston Library. 





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Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


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Imagination - a musicwrap




Indie-Pop Artist Jess Penner Releases First Children's EP, "Imagination"

Available from Position Music





Imagination - a musicwrap




Who is Jess?  




Imagination - a musicwrap


Jess Penner is a cheerful and cheeky, creatively ADD artist from Los Angeles. Raised on a banana farm in Hawaii; Jess is also a dinner party throwing, hen raising, people loving, thrift store shopping, self professed tomboy who hates musicals and tilapia but secretly loves painfully slow BBC miniseries and booty dancing alone in her bedroom. 

As a kid, Penner listened to the oldies radio station with her parents, who also enjoyed popular folk rock. "The music we hear as young children shapes our view of the world in really unexpected ways." Her aim is to make sure the messages she's sending are wholesome and hopeful.

With her Songcents blog, Penner shares her knowledge of the industry with aspiring indie artists.  Her YouTube channel features a homespun "Slice  Song" reality TV style series, where she demonstrates a favourite pie recipe and performs a song in her home studio.  "I want kids to dream, saver life, and know that they have the power to do anything they put their minds to. The world can be a tough place; why don't we make sure that the messages kids receive on repeat lift them up and empower them?" says Penner.

  Signing her first record deal at age 15 - Jess has spent the last 22 years making a career as a professional musician via touring, album sales, licensing deals, and working as a songwriter / producer.  She lives and works from her home studio in Los Angeles with her musical collaborator and life partner Kevin Penner.


Visit her at her website : www. jesspenner.com 



Jess's Professional Predigree 


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Numerous placements in TV, commercial campaigns, and web series. Television clients include ABC, CBS, FOX, MTV, VHI, Lifetime, and The OC. Commercial campaigns for brands including : Payless Shoes, Disneyland, JC Penney, Sony Playstation, Bose, T-mobile, Jergens, Ford, Edison, Days Inn, Dannon, and more.
Over 1000 career live performances (including every state in the US), as well as international tours in Europe, The Mediterranean, Canada and Asia. Opened for Tyrone Wells, Ian Archer (Snow Patrol), and FUN..
Featured performer at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

  

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Press Highlights



“Jess Penner is a force to be reckoned with. She has already been quite successful with getting her music placed. However, with the release of her new CD Building Heaven, the networks and studios will have a lot of new material to choose from. Additionally, Penner is setting the bar high for subsequent indie releases in 2014 [...]The songs that have come out of this experience are like golden nuggets from deep in the earth, a true treasure for the discerning listener.” – Bob Leggett, The Examiner

“She’s Jess Penner – a thoroughly 21st century pop star. It’s no surprise advertisers and TV music supervisors have warmed to Penner’s bubbly indie electro-pop ff-kilter quirkiness of The Shins and the ass shaking glitz of Katy Perry. And whereas scoring a popular, radio-friendly hit often comes at the expense of depth, 

Penner manages to weave genuine pieces of humanity along with an element of mood into her songwriting without easantness of the music. What this means to you is that you can listen in the car, with the windows down, bobbing your head, singing along, and still feel good about yourself.” – Jeff Bogle, Popdose 







"Imagination" 
by Jess Penner

Track List
c. 2017 Jess Penner



I've Got No Strings   2:28
I Don't Want To Live on the Moon  1:59
Imagination  2:36
Mr. Sun  1:57
You Are My Sunshine  2:35
Somewhere Over the Rainbow  2:25
Thank You for Being a Friend  2:48
Forever in My Heart  2:45


*** Available from August 11, 2017 through Position Music/Recurrent Records ***







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Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


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"Birds of a Feather" - a bookwrap







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"Birds of a Feather"


Authored by Anita Oelschlager
Illustrated by Robin Hegan

Ages 5-8
Grade Levels K-3


You're going to love these illustrations...




































About the book...




This fun book highlights the playfulness of our English language.  It focuses on "idioms".  What are idioms you may ask?  An idiom  is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning.  

This book will give a young child a good handle on what an idiom is.  Each one is presented in text and visually and then the real meanings are provided upside down in the corner of each double page spread.  (I just wish that font for the meanings had been  bigger because they are a little hard to decipher.  Maybe I'm just old but for me I would have preferred them a bit larger).

Kids will get a kick out of seeing what it looks like when it's "raining cats and dogs", when you're "bringing home the bacon", and acting like a "bull in a china shop," just to name a few.  The silliness of it all will bring giggles I'm sure.  

The illustrations are quirky, full of action and humour.  They will delight the reader with their absurdity.  It's always fun to play isn't it?  To play with words and our language is the best fun ever.  

There is a more comprehensive explanation of idioms featured at the back of the book.  I think this book would be a wonderful addition to any classroom or library.  When it comes to explaining the meaning and understanding of an idiom this book hits the nail on the head.  



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












About the author...





Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. A graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, she now serves as a Trustee of her alma mater and as Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron. Vanita and her husband Jim were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006. She was the Congressional Angels in Adoption award recipient for the State of Ohio in 2007 and was named National Volunteer of the Year by the MS Society in 2008. Vanita was also honored in 2009 as the Woman Philanthropist of the Year by the Summit County Chapter of the United Way.










About the illustrator...






Robin Hegan is a published illustrator of children's books. Robin grew up in the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania where imagination took her and her childhood friends on many adventures. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Integrative Arts, Robin resided in Ohio for several years until her and her husband Matt decided to return to that small town in Pennsylvania to raise their two beautiful girls. In addition to Mother Goose, Other Goose, Robin’s illustrations can also be seen in My Grampy Can’t Walk and The Lizard House Adventure. Published credits of Robin Hegan include Birds of a Feather: A Book of Idioms and Sily Pictures, Mother Goose/Other Goose and My Grampy Can't Walk.










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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 bottom 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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Back to school tips - an infowrap





Back to school tips - an infowrap





Smile Gallery...




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Back to School Tips for Elementary School Students (and their Parents!)











Back to school tips - an infowrap






Move over, summer--a new school year is coming!
With the start of school, families face new organization challenges.
School bells ring--and so do early-morning alarm clocks.
Paper piles swell as hand-outs and homework stream into the house.
Shorter autumn days bring a hectic round of sports, activities and events, and calendars fill with cryptic notes.
Get organized now for the best school year ever! Use these ideas to prepare your home and family for the busy days ahead.


Yes, fortunately ( or unfortunately ) we’re coming up to the end of summer break and that means it is time to head back to the classroom for tens of thousands of students. For some younger students (especially first timers) this can be a scary time.

Gearing up for school can be exciting but nerve-wracking also. For parents, getting kids in the “school day” routine can be an important first step to ensure they are hitting the ground running once they arrive at school. Here is a top ten list of tips from a number of elementary school principals for parents looking to get their son or daughter off to a great new school year start:





Tipping Points...



1 Make sure students are getting back into the bedtime routine – no more late summer nights
 Shop as a family to ensure lunches are both nutritional and palatable  – this will make sure your child ends up eating (rather than trading) what you packed for them at lunch


3 Read aloud to get back in the “book-reading habit” (if they aren’t there already)


4 Brainstorm together a couple of ideas/summer stories that your child can share with the rest of the class – during the initial back-to-school weeks there will be a lot of “sharing what we did on vacation” and being prepared helps


5 Set some goals and targets for learning so your child can hit the ground running


6 Play fun games that reinforce and reintroduce skills learned earlier (counting games, reviewing colors, reading signs). The key is to make sure the games are fun (not stressful)


7 Be enthusiastic about the start of school. Many students, especially younger ones, pick up on their parent’s emotions. If you’re pumped about school, odds are they will be as well


8 Set a good example: if they see you reading, your child is much more likely to also want to pick up a book


9 Make sure you are aware of traffic, parking and stopping so you’re getting to and from school safely


10 Demonstrate safety trumps convenience. Back to school time can be particularly hectic in the first few weeks and if you show your child you are obeying the (road) rules, they likely will too



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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 bottom 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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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess - a bookwrap











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"Macy McMillan And The Rainbow Goddess"
by Shari Green

Age Range:  8-12 years
Grade Level:  3-7



About the book...



Macy McMillan is a lovely little girl, who is deaf.  She faces some tough life-changing challenges in her very near future.  She loves her home but it has a huge For Sale Sign on the front lawn due to the fact that her mom is getting re-married.  They will be moving out to live with a brand new step-dad and his two rambunctious six-year-old twin girls.  

 Her sixth grade school year is terminating and she and her best friend Olivia have had a huge blow-up.  Her teacher, Mr. Tanaka, has assigned as their last project one requesting the students track their genealogy.  She is majorly stressed out about that too.  What genealogy? How can she possibly cope with all these changes in her location? her emotions? and especially her relationships? Oh my!!!!

Her mother sees her procrastination in packing and making the wedding centre pieces she agreed to create, so she volunteers Macy to help out eighty-six-old Iris Gillan who lives next door.  Iris also is experiencing a drastic shift in her lifestyle due to an early diagnosis of  dementia.  She will soon be relocating into an assisted living facility.  Really now... how much can one girl take?

Iris is unable to pack up her home herself and unfortunately cannot communicate with Macy due to the fact that she doesn't know sign language.  How is that going to work out?  Well you might be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  

This heartwarming story unfolds a beautiful bond between the elder "rainbow goddess" and the younger "seeker of comfort".  With each encounter: the passing of personal stories, copious notes written to each other, sorting through shelves of books that need tending to and best of all Iris's yummy cookies to share, a very close and special  friendship blossoms between the two.  

The book is written beautifully in free verse and the characters are well developed.  Will Macy learn some important life lessons and finally belong to the cohesive, loving family that her heart so longs for?  

I highly recommend this book.  The author's previous book, "Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles" is worthy of checking out also.



Storywraps Rating... 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!









Praise for the book...






This deceptively simple novel-in-verse is a beautifully emotional, poetic treasure. Shari Green's writing is captivating and she has created, in Macy McMillan, a complex, true-to-life, sensitive preteen girl....Green's writing is superbly lyrical, touching, and likely to stick with readers for a long time. (Resource Links)



This deceptively simple novel-in-verse is a beautifully emotional, poetic treasure. Shari Green's writing is captivating and she has created, in Macy McMillan, a complex, true-to-life, sensitive preteen girl....Green's writing is superbly lyrical, touching, and likely to stick with readers for a long time. (Resource Links)



[H]eartwarming and heartbreaking all at once?.Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess would be a welcome addition to every school library and school curriculum. Besides being a master class in verse writing, it is also a master class in telling stories about how relationships, and looking beyond the exterior, can change the way we look at the world. (Middle Grade Minded)




About the author...






Shari Green writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. She’s in love with stories and the sea, and can often be found curled up with a good book and a cup of tea, or wandering the beaches near her home on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.








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"Camp Songs" - a musicwrap





Smithsonian Folkways Recording Releases

"Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends"









Available via mail order at 888.FOLKWAYS or 800.410.9815 and via www.folkways.si.edu





Ella in action...






(this song is not included on the album but gives you a flavour of Ella's magical, musical touch with kids)





Ella Jenkins, The First Lady of Children's Music, celebrates 60 years as a Smithsonian Folkways artist with the release of "Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends."  She assembled a group of children, parents, and teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, along with Tony and Kate Seeger from Camp Killooleet, to sing these rounds, nonsense songs and campfire favourites.  This 25-track collection will quickly become your child's favourite songs too.  They include "Michael Row the Boat Ashore", "Kumbaya" and "This Land Is Your Land",  just to name a few.

These selections come from a variety of traditions, among them African-American spirituals, European folk songs, and Jewish summer camps where Jenkins performed. 

The album is produced by Tony Seeger, nephew of folk-music icon Pete Seeger. Tony Seeger also wrote the included liner notes and lyric annotations for all the songs in the 36-page booklet that accompanies the album.  




A bio about Ella Jenkins







Ella draws on her experiences growing up on the south side of Chicago and says, “I was raised with respect for my elders and teachers, which helped me throughout my life.” Her Uncle Flood played the harmonica and was her introduction into music. She also had many musical influences just outside her home. Gospel music and the sound of tambourines were often heard from the loudspeakers of churches across the street. Ella’s family relocated frequently, trying to move “uptown” from their neighborhood. Rhythms, rhymes, and games were different in each new neighborhood. Ella began to create songs for children while volunteering at a Chicago recreation center and subsequent education-oriented jobs. Through her work, she gained an understanding of children from various backgrounds, and today continues to learn a great deal from children.

Her music transcends language and cultural barriers. Ella shares with children of one culture what she’s learned from children of other cultures. She has gained knowledge and inspiration by performing and working with children on seven continents for four decades. She encourages active participation using music from diverse cultures. With her ukulele, usually a harmonica, sometimes a guitar, occasionally a piano, and many small percussion instruments (a kaluba drum, keyboard imitating steel drums, guiro, maracas, a tambourine...) she takes listeners on a multilingual, multicultural journey—teaching the art of communication through music.   

She released her first album for Folkways in 1957, and her 1966 album "You Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song" remains one of the best-selling titles in the history of Smithsonian Folkways.  She received a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award from the Recording Academy in 2004.  Ella turns 93 in August and is still going strong.  



Track List

(62 Minutes   36-Page booklet with song lyrics included)



Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Down by the Riverside

Vive la Compagnie

This Land is Your Land

Tumbalalaika

Shalom Chaverim

TzenaTzenaTzena

Kumbaya

Down in the Valley

Union Maid

One Bottle of Pop

Hill Was Steep and Tall (When I Signed Up for This Hike)

Mrs. Murphy's Chowder

Sipping Cider through a Straw

The Damper Song

To Stop the Train

The Court of King Caractacus

Sweetly Sings the Donkey

The Cuckoo

Michael Row the Boat Ashore

Everybody Loves Saturday Night

I'm on My Way

Sloop John B.

This Little Light of Mind

Goodnight Irene


This is a perfect collection for all year round music magic and participation for the whole family.  I highly recommend this album!!!





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It's a wrap.

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