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"Grandpa Max's Wurst" - a bookwrap








Unwrapping







"Grandpa Max's Wurst"

Authored by ran Ju Kim
Illustrated by Dorian Tessman

Ages: 4-8
Grade Level: PS-3



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About the book



"Hallo!" What a pleasure to meet you." Hans, who lives in Germany, greets the reader as he begins his story.  He proudly expresses that he comes from a family who has been making sausages for generations and he is very proud to be part of that hardworking family.  

Han's Grandpa makes the best sausages around but alas business is slowing down and his customer's numbers are dwindling.  Han's father comments that perhaps they will have to close the store if this persists to which Grandpa responds, "We just need to take better care of our store."  But will Grandpa's idea make the customers materialize and will taking better care of the store take care of the problem?  

Han's dad goes into Munich on business because he, being a visionary, has a plan that just might keep the store up and running and better yet make their profits higher than ever before.  My goodness what could he be scheming?  Do you think his plan will come to fruition and the family can survive thus stabilizing their income and their very survival in the sausage-making industry?  

The illustrations are displays of colourful collages and full of delightful details and expressions. This book originates from Korea and does a fine job of defining German history and culture that young readers can understand.  The back of the book gives more detailed facts about Germany in more of a text-book style, propped up by actual photos.  This section would be a great help to young kids doing projects about that specific country.  I liked the book a lot and enjoyed the theme of a loving, caring family working together when times are tough and the message that endurance and determination can solve problems and bring about success.  



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!






About the author and illustrator 



Ran Ju Kim studied creative writing in college and received The Korean Award for Hans Christian Andersen. She has written Hug Tight, I’m a Microbe Cook, and Two Violins. She has also written a script for the children’s animation Fantaru. 

Dorina Tessmann studied illustration in Berlin. She has published several books in Korea, including; Pelé—The King of Football, Lincoln—The President Who Freed the Slaves, and To My Worrisome Dolls.



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"Woolly and Me" - a bookwrap







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"Woolly and Me"
 Created by Quentin Gréban

Ages 4-7
Grade Level: PS-2



Unwrapping some fantastic illustrations 



( I honestly couldn't choose just a few to show you as they all are so amazing. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  They are just my cup of tea )



















































About the book




This charming book is packed full of playful imagination and lots of love.  A little girl has a woolly mammoth for her best friend.  She plays with him and nurtures him and includes him in everything that she does. 

They ride in the car, (a convertible of course), grocery shop together, paint fun pictures, go biking outside, take ballet lessons (both wearing a tutu), and teaches him how to use the bathroom properly.  She gently comforts him when he is frightened of monsters at bedtime or gets scared on the roller coaster at the local fair.  She bandages up his many boo boos when he has been hurt.  

The twist at the end of the story will surprise and delight the wee reader sparking both conversion and laughter.  

The illustrations are whimsical, witty and just plain fun.  I so enjoyed the book and I highly, highly recommend it.  




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












About the creator







ThQUENTIN GRÉBAN (Brussels, Belgium) studied illustration at the Saint Luc Institute in Brussels. Quentin has published more than 40 children’s books for French, Belgian, German, and Greek publishing houses since 1999. His books have been sold into Germany, Denmark, Hungary, England, Canada, Greece, Korea, the United States, and other countries. He received the Saint-Exupéry award in 2000 for Les contes de l’Alphabet, and his work was selected in 1999, 2001, and 2008 for the Annual of the Bologna Children’s Bookfair. Woolly and Me has been published in 11 languages.







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"The Santa Thief" - a bookwrap








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"The Santa Thief"

Authored by Alane Adams
Illustrated by Lauren Gallegos

Ages: 4-8
Grade Levels - PS-3



Editorial Reviews 



"The appealing illustrations glow with lamplight and provide many small details that ground this story in a Pennsylvania farmhouse in the 1920s, and Georgie’s dark eyebrows and freckles give him personality. VERDICT A pleasant, if slight, slice-of-life tale.”
School Library Journal


"A delightful take on the theme of a boy and his dog, full of detailed―and frequently funny―images and a valuable message about paying attention to the needs of your neighbors." 
Kirkus Reviews
About the Author

Alane Adams is a children’s author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens and writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.



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About the book



This heartwarming book is a perfect read for Christmas or to give as a gift.  

The setting is rutal Pennsylvania in the year 1929.  Georgie and his hardworking dad, the day before Christmas, set out to cut down the perfect Christmas tree for the festive occasion.  Georgie is excited because he has sent a letter off to Santa requesting a brand new pair of ice skates because his old ones are too small. He assures his father he is worthy of a new pair because he has been a good boy, he did all of his chores like he was asked, and he got very good marks in school so it's a ringer that his request should be granted.  Georgie's dad's reply makes him very sad indeed...

"Papa patted his shoulder." I don't know if Santa's coming this year, Georgie.  Times have been tough, even for Santa.  Maybe next year."

Georgie is devasated.  What's the use of having Christmas at all then if he can't get his skates. Might as well just cancel it.  He refuses to help his mom decorate the new tree and is sent to his room to think about what Christmas is really all about.

"Christmas isn't about the gifts," Mama scolded. "It's about doing something special for others. Why don't you go to your room and think about that?"

Poor George, Christmas is ruined for him... or is it?  While laying in his room he has an epiphany and decides to make Christmas a happy, memorable time for his parents instead of wallowing in his self-pit and woe.  He stays up most of the night designing himself a Santa suit from dad's old long johns and he creates perfect gifts to give to both his mom and to his dad.  Will Georgie get rewarded for his transformation from a Grinch's heart into one of unconditional sharing and giving?  

Georgie finally discovers the true meaning of Christmas and gets his just reward. 

The illustrations are life-like, colourful and so expressive.  This is the third picture book by award-winning Alane Adams and illustrator Lauren Gallegos, in the series of "Thief" stories.  This book will be a delightful and meaningful start to your holiday season.  I highly recommend this book. 



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






About the author





Alane Adams is the author of the Legends of Orkney™ series for middle grade readers, and The Coal Thief and The Egg Thief, historical picture books set in the 1920s. When Alane is not writing or talking to kids in schools about Reading Is A Superpower, she’s out hiking somewhere in the world or hanging out with her three boys in Southern California.


Alane is proud to be a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the International Reading Association, The Literacy Research Association, and the California Reading Association.







About the illustrator








Lauren Gallegos earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration from Cal State Fullerton in 2009 and has been freelance illustrating ever since. When it comes to children’s stories, Lauren has always loved books that warm the heart and touch the soul.
As a young girl she loved to pour over illustrations that were rich and full. Lauren still loves to create illustrations that take you to mysterious places and let your imagination run wild with possibilities. Her biggest illustration influences are Chris Van Allsburg, Loren Long, Chris Sheban, and Scott Gustafson to name only a few. Lauren has illustrated several children’s books already, and continues to look for opportunities to illustrate great stories with the desire to see how her work will impact the young minds of our future.





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"Nursery Rhyme Time" - a bookwrap









Excerpts from Saturday's post...



Unwrapping some wisdom


Do you know what’s one of the best predictors of how well a kindergartner will learn to read? It’s if he knows his nursery rhymes.
Jack and Jill went up the hill. 
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. 
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Jack Sprat would eat no fat. His wife would eat no lean.

All those nonsensical verses from your childhood really do matter.  They matter, because they rhyme.  Rhyming is fun.  And it’s a very important part of reading success.


In her book, Reading Magic, acclaimed Australian author, Mem Fox states that “Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.”


Paediatric Speech Pathologist and literacy specialist Rebecca King from Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney agrees. She says that “international research has shown that children who learn nursery rhymes and songs reap numerous language, learning and social rewards.”

“Studies show that children learn more in their first eight years than at any other stage in their lives. Songs and nursery rhymes give kids the chance to develop the language and learning foundations needed for good reading, writing and literacy skills later on.”




Unwrapping today's featured book



"Nursey Rhyme Time"
Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

Illustrated by Amy Mullen



Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you to enjoy


































About the book




The illustrations in this book are sweet and very kid-friendly.  The colour pallet is soothing and calm and toddlers and wee learners will gobble them up.  

The collection of nursery rhymes that Mullen has selected to illustrate features such classics as Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, The Little Girl with a Curl, Jack and Jill, Three Blind Mice, To Market, and Baa Baa Black Sheep, just to name a few.   She cleverly includes some less known ones for both you and your child to learn off by heart... and that is where this rhyming fun will nestle... in your heart probably for your entire lifetime. 

This book is one that your child will go back to again and again as the tripping-off-the-tongue language flows off his tongue.  




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!










About the illustrator






Amy Mullen is a self-taught digital illustrator living and working in the Washington, DC metro area. She graduated from Sweet Briar College with a BA in Dance and a minor in English & Creative Writing. She is a member of SCBWI and has an affection for all things related to the children’s illustration market. In 2009, Amy created Mint Parcel, a line of affordable art prints for kids featuring animals, monsters, pop culture figures and famous literary characters.














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Nursey Rhymes for kids ... an infowrap










The Importance of Kids Learning Nursery Rhymes



Did you know?

Do you know what’s one of the best predictors of how well a kindergartner will learn to read? It’s if he knows his nursery rhymes.
Jack and Jill went up the hill. 
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. 
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Jack Sprat would eat no fat. His wife would eat no lean.
All those nonsensical verses from your childhood really do matter.  They matter, because they rhyme.  Rhyming is fun.  And it’s a very important part of reading success.


Why rhyming is important  
(source- www.mouthsofmums.com.au) 


1. Rhyming teaches children how language works.  It helps them notice and work with the sounds within words.
2. Rhymes help children experience the rhythm of language.  As they recite nursery rhymes they learn to speak with animated voices. Someday they’ll read with expression, too.
3. When children are familiar with a nursery rhyme or rhyming book, they learn to anticipate the rhyming word.  This prepares them to make predictions when they read, another important reading skill.

4. Rhyming is important for writing, too.  It can help children understand that words that share common sounds often share common letters.  For example, the rhyming words cat and bat both end with –at.

5. When listening to rhyming songs and poems children create a mental picture, expanding the imagination.
6. Because rhyming is fun, it adds joy to the sometimes daunting task of learning to read.

In her book, Reading Magic, acclaimed Australian author, Mem Fox states that “Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.”

Paediatric Speech Pathologist and literacy specialist Rebecca King from Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney agrees. She says that “international research has shown that children who learn nursery rhymes and songs reap numerous language, learning and social rewards.”









“Studies show that children learn more in their first eight years than at any other stage in their lives. Songs and nursery rhymes give kids the chance to develop the language and learning foundations needed for good reading, writing and literacy skills later on.”



Rebecca says that rhyme is important in developing phonemic [hearing] awareness in children.



“I support many primary school aged children who have literacy problems because, as preschoolers, they missed out on receiving the oral support that nursery rhymes offer. Nursery rhymes are part of kids’ pre-literacy skills and their value to children’s cognitive development cannot be under-estimated.”



Along with building memory, articulation and understanding of concepts, Rebecca says that nursery rhymes help children to paint pictures in their heads.

“In this age of TV, video games and handheld digital devices, the importance of building kids’ imaginative skills has never been more critical.”

“A parent or teacher who tells stories, recites rhymes and sings songs helps kids to develop creativity and this is a very powerful learning tool. 








Many children’s later literacy problems could be averted if parents simply took the time to read and talk with children from birth so that the child gains a solid oral language base.”

Rebecca says children gain many other benefits when they learn nursery rhymes.

“Learning nursery rhymes by heart helps children to engage in social routines that encourage skills like turn-taking and listening, which are vital for the development of conversation.”

Children who enjoy nursery rhymes also learn to predict and anticipate what’s coming next. 

“Although nursery rhymes like Three Blind Mice can be a bit gruesome if we really think about their storylines, the reality is that Jack and Jill who go up the hill and Humpty Dumpty who falls off a wall give kids great opportunities to not only develop their vocabulary, but also build memory and comprehension.”

“An extra benefit of these simple songs is that they teach children how to articulate words, modulate their voices and enunciate clearly”

According to Rebecca, before children learn to read, they need to understand spoken language.

“Concepts like bigger, smaller, behind, in front, first and last have relevance in all areas of learning. The words used in nursery rhymes and songs help a child develop language comprehension because they teach kids to associate key words with people, objects and events in their daily lives”


Sing to your children







When you sing nursery rhymes to your children, you may be telling the same poems and tales that, in some form, were told by firelight from parents to their children centuries ago, perhaps even as far back as the Middle Ages. Determining the origins of these famous tales before they were written down is impossible, but many have made guesses about their early roots. “Ring Around the Rosy” may refer to the swollen cysts that afflicted the sick during the Black Death. You might be recalling an ancient Welsh king in “Old King Cole” who drowned in a swamp 1700 years ago, and in “Little Miss Muffet” the daughter of a bug expert in Shakespearean England, or a queen beheaded for her Catholic faith in “Mary Mary Quite Contrary.” These stories have undergone so many changes over the centuries that these meanings –if they did originate in these long-ago dark circumstances –are mostly obscured.

“Many of these songs were not originally for children,” says Kay Vandergrift, Professor Emerita of Children’s Literature at Rutgers University. Most of these songs were part of an oral-based society that relayed news, spread coded rumors about authority figures, and worked out its moral dilemmas (for kids and adults) in rhyme and song. And existing nonsense rhymes that were part of this oral tradition could be used or adapted to make references to current events. It was in the nineteenth century, when Victorian society sentimentalized childhood and romanticized “quaint” times from the past, that most nursery rhymes were written down and presented as for children only.

How are these poems—inhabited by kings, queens and peasants of a rural past predating electricity, television and computers—still relevant to twenty-first-century kids and parents? If we are so far removed from the world that hatched these rhymes, why should we still read them? Some of the reasons people sang nursery rhymes to each other in the past remain good reasons to do so today.

Nursery rhymes preserve a culture that spans generations, providing something in common among parents, grandparents and kids—and also between people who do not know each other. Seth Lerer, Humanities Professor at the University of California San Diego and expert in the history of children’s literature, says that reading nursery rhymes to kids is, in part, "to participate in a long tradition … it’s a shared ritual, there’s almost a religious quality to it.”  One should not let any supposed deeper meanings or origins to nursery rhymes obscure their true value: the joy of a child’s discovery of an old, shared language.



 And Finally


The Top Five Rhyming books
from Listopia - Goodreads.com




     


CLASSIC NURSERY RHYMES TOLD IN THE ZAPPLE WAY! Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Three Killer Mice, The Three Little Pigs, Humpty Dumpty & Jack and Jill! 

      NEW RHYMES! 
      Rhymes about a killer slug, a genius slug, a murdered slug, how best to eat a slug and much, much more including a rhyme about a sarcastic dog! 









    The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book
      by Iona Opie, Peter Opie

      The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book contains 800 nursery rhymes and ditties which are the heritage of our oral tradition. All the well-known rhymes are included as well as many rare ones. Special sections are devoted to lullabies and dandling rhymes, toe rhymes, catches, charms, traditional street cries, riddle verses, nursery maxims, and humorous ballads.









      My Very First Mother Goose (Mother Goose Series)
     by Iona Opie (Editor), Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)

     To a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved, venerable words of Mother Goose. Now folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest form. From "Hey Diddle, Diddle" and "Pat-a-Cake" to "Little Jack Horner" and "Pussycat, Pussycat," these are familiar verses that have been passed from parent 









      The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes
      by Iona Opie (Contributor), Peter Opie

      Here is a brand new edition of the classic anthology of nursery rhymes--over 500 rhymes, songs, nonsense jingles, and lullabies traditionally handed down to young children. Included are all of your favorites, ranging from "Yankee Doodle Came to Town" and "A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go" to "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," Jack and Jill" and "Old Mother Hubbard.”







      Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose
      by Scott Gustafson (Goodreads Author) (Illustrations)


      From nonsense to lessons learned, these 45 rhymes include the very well known (Itsy Bitsy Spider) and the somewhat familiar (Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen). The truly fantastic pictures speak more than a thousand words as artist Scott Gustafson riffs in paint on themes present and imagined in each verse.




Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  See you back at Storywraps on Monday!  Cheers!





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Kikuchi's Sushi - a bookwap




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Kikuchi's Sushi - a bookwap

Authored by Myung Sook Jeong
Illustrated by Sul Hee Kook

Ages: 3-7
Grade Levels: PS-2



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About the book


Ohayou!  That means "good morning" in Japanese.  Fox lives in Hokkaido, Japan and he sits on the top of a hill overlooking the village watching people line up to visit Grandpa Kikuchi's house.  Why?  Grandpa Kikuchi makes the best sushi in the village every one claims. Their smiles prove its true as they walk out the door  with their bellies filled by his grand chef-wizardry. Curious Fox decides he must go and have a taste of that sushi and find out for himself.  

Late at night when all the customers have left Fox quietly opens the door of Kikuchi's restaurant and enters inside.  Startled to see a Fox Kikuchi discovers that Fox has brought him a basket of acorns that he has carefully gathered to trade for a taste of those sushi delicacies.  His offer is declined but the old man tells Fox if he can find the most delicious spring water Kikuchi will give him his heart's desire.  Fox knows just where to find that water and it follows that he got his belly filled with a tuna belly sushi. This is his response to that delectable morsel: 

"Oh! So this is what sushi tastes like!" I was delighted by the taste of sushi melting in my mouth."

Fox returns again and again to sample more and more of the delicious sushi. Fox tries different combinations of special ingredients that the chef uses to make his famous sushi and each time it tastes better than the last.  

Kikuchi laughs when Fox thinks sushi is easy to prepare and wants to try to make some all on his own.  With over-confidence Fox tries... hard... but alas fails to make it appetizing just creating a huge mess.  The pro-chef steps in to save the day and skillfully makes the sushi perfectly, as only he can.  A friendship emerges between the two and one day Kikuchi shows up in the forest where Fox resides and invited his friend to attend a local matsuri festival.  Matsuri is a time when people pray for things like their family's health, for the harvest to go well, to catch a lot of fish, or for their businesses to prosper.  

Fox is greatly touched by the offer and agrees to accompany his mentor to partake in the merry festivities.  

The illustrations are detailed, colourful and full of activity.  They enrich the narrative greatly.  The author has inserted facts throughout the book concerning Japanese culture and provides added more in-depth information about Japan and sushi at the back. 

I love the book.  It is a very good story plus the added educational details make it a great book for older kids to read or use for a project on Japan.   I highly recommend it. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!



Kikuchi's Sushi - a bookwap


About the author and illustrator





Myung Sook Jeong has worked as a reporter in Australia and has written poems, fairytales, and picture books while traveling worldwide. Her other books include Seeing World History Through Painting, First Step Art, First Step World History, and National Treasure Story. 


Sul Hee Kook studied western painting in college, and has shown work in exhibitions. Her works include Oh, Back Off Now; The Dream That Fly in the Sky; Let's Share a Warm Feeling; Yellow Mailbox; and others.



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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 Bigger Together" - a bookwrap







💫💫💫💫 Imaginations Make Magic 💫💫💫💫💫





Unwrapping 




Authored by Casey Rislov
Illustrated by Stephen Adams 

Ages 3-8
Grades PS-3




"With lively visual charm and an engaging text, this tale encourages children to explore worlds of their own imagining." --Kirkus Reviews



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About the book




An excerpt from the book reads:

Imagination brings us together, stories, treasure hunts, travel, and laughter.
There is no limit to all we can see.  One idea will lead to another.
Just imagine the places we will visit, all the more fun because we're together.
So here we go!


This book is a celebration of imagination and creativity all centred in one's own brain.  It's a call to our kids to put down their technology and wake up their brains for playtime.  When it's awake they can then design fun personal adventures all on their own.  But wait?  Imagination is bigger and better if friends play along too right? 

This tale stars four friends: 2 bears, 1 moose and one bluebird.  They strap on backpacks chucked full of props and follow a map they find.  They interact and share ideas creating life-long memories together.  They imagine they are dastardly pirates, float away on a boat discovering magnificent waterfalls and tucked-away mountain towns, fly high in a hot air balloon, find precious hidden gems as they go on a rock hunt, get muddy and dirty slinging mud at each other, ( love to do that one myself ) and excavate for tailbones and skulls of new undiscovered dinosaurs, just to name a few.  All these scenarios take place right in their own backyard which is a wonderful bonus.  

The illustrations by Stephen Adams are truly beautiful and bring a strong visual component to the text. They are full of action and colour and invite the reader along for the ride.  Kids just fall right into the scene.  They join in the adventures experiencing that imagination truly is bigger together.  

Hopefully the book will inspire kids to enjoy the magic of their imaginations and get them outdoors involved in creative, imaginative play with friends.  This is Casey Rislov's fourth picture book. All of her books are amazing.  I highly, highly recommend "Imagination Bigger Together".  




Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!






About the author







Casey has 4 award winning children's books. Time Together, Time Well Spent! is her big debut, Love is Forever has gained international attention, Come In: Open the Doors to You encourages children to try new things, & Imagination Bigger Together has just arrived!

Her passion has always been centered around children. Casey has actively been involved with children in sports and academics from preschool age to high school for over 25 years. These moments have added to her love of all things picture books. As who doesn't love a great story during some quiet time. In 2011, she finally decided it was a good time to start on her new creative outlet.

Casey has a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University. She is endorsed in early childhood and special needs. Casey has taught for many years. The last 5 years have been devoted to writing, reading, & sharing the love of these arts with children.



About the illustrator







Born in Montreal, Steve Adams finished his studies in graphic design in 1994. He then traveled to Europe for an advanced training course in design. Steve has received numerous accolades for his illustration, from organizations such as the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and the 3×3 International ProShow. He has collaborated with a wide range of publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and has also illustrated many children’s books. Steve taps into his nostalgic sensibility and his own childhood memories for inspiration. He now lives in Montreal with his wife, two kids, and their cat.






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"A Stick Until..." - a bookwrap







Some people are so clever.  They look at something as simple as a plain old stick that's just laying on the ground, think on it a while,  and then make a wonderful kid's storybook out of it.  Today's author did just that.  I think you will enjoy both her story and her illustrations all created out of a plain old stick.  Enjoy! 




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"A Stick Until... "


Authored and Illustrated by Constance Anderson

Ages 4-7
Grade Levels PS-Gr.3



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About the book




If I were an art teacher I would want this book to introduce an imaginative, fun art lesson.  I would hold up a stick and get the kids to name what it is. Once identified I would use that as a perfect segue into reading the class the book aloud.  I would then hand out paper and get them to draw a picture of what they think a stick might be used for thus igniting their imaginations through their artistic skills.  The picture they make could use the stick either for a tool or for toy purposes. Sharing time about their creations to the entire class would follow. (If anyone got stuck I'd let them reproduce one of the pictures from the book.)

This book shows the reader not only how humans but animals  incorporate a simple stick into their lifestyle.  It showcases an Asian elephant using a stick (with some leaves attached to it) swatting away flies, a chimpanzee using it for a spoon, a great male egret presenting a stick he finds to a female and upon accepting it they nest together (ahhhhh), children using a stick to draw in the sand on a beach and one enabling them to play a hoop game, just to cite a few.

The illustrations are vibrant and colourful, catching and keeping kids engaged with the narrative from beginning to end.  The author contributes additional information to deepen the understanding of  inquiring curious minds.  I love the book and highly recommend. 




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author/ illustrator




Constance Anderson is the illustrator and writer of the children s picture book Smelling Sunshine, a story about one world doing an ordinary chore of hanging laundry (Star Bright Books, 2013). Her newest picture book, A Stick Until..., follows a stick on its transformational journey as a tool (Star Bright Books, July, 2017). Her writing reflects her interest in connecting people to one another, and to the environment.

Constance often combines paint and paper in her narrative images, a process reminiscent of hours spent as a child making paper dolls and the stories that went with them. Her illustrations have appeared throughout the San Diego Zoo, in science journals, cookbooks, and children s magazines, and at California galleries and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay area where she volunteers at the environmental educational organization, Audubon Canyon Ranch.






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"The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels" - The Creepy Campers - a bookwrap









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About Boys Town Boys Town is a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs across the United States. Founded by Father Edward Flanagan in 1917, Boys Town is now more than 90 years strong.
Our Mission:
Changing the way America cares for children, families and communities by providing and promoting an intergrated continuum of care that instills Boys Town values to strengthen body, mind and spirit.
The nonprofit, nonsectarian organization provides the right services at the right time based on a child’s or family’s needs. Boys Town offers children and families services in their own homes, or, when necessary, family-like out-of-home services to children with special treatment needs. Boys Town works with communities and schools in order to meet the growing and more diverse needs of today’s children and families.
All the revenue from Boys Town Press book sales goes to supporting the many Boys Town programs that serve at-risk youth, families, and communities. 
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"the Misadventures of Michael McMichaels"
the Creep Campers

Authored by Tony Penn
Illustrated by Brian Martin

Ages 6-10
Grade Levels 1-5



Some fun illustrations to ogle
















About the book





"Creep Campers" is the third book in the Misadventures of Michael McMichaels.  It's targeted at kids in grades 1-5.  It's about 90 pages long and has illustrations that enrich the story greatly.  Each book in the series provides a strong message geared to helping kids make strong, morally sound choices which I'm sure you will agree are greatly needed these days.  

Michael and his best friend Kenny fly off to a summer camp in New Mexico.  Upon arrival they discover it is a very competitive camp with tough challenges to overcome.  Michael gets caught up in the competing and (winning against all odds) spirit of the activities and decides to cross a few lines so he can win.  He does it once and from then on it gets easier and easier to be deceptive.  His conscience weighs heavy on him and once he accepts the fact that cheating is not the way to proceed and has dire consequences, he makes the right choice to morally do the right thing and change his dastardly ways.  But can he follow through with that decision?  It feels awfully good to be a winner and have accolades from those around you.  Making up your mind and actually doing it is tough. 


I love the familiar up-to-date language in the book that modern kids will so easily identify with.  Michael is smart, witty, funny, and deep down inside a very good little boy.  Every one daily has to make choices between making things easy and doing the right thing.  It's lovely to have a series of books that can be discussed and to guide young minds to realize that right is always the best way to go in life.  I highly, highly recommend this book and the entire series.



The other two books in the series 







Storywraps Rating - 5 +++HUGS!!!!!






About the author







A native New Yorker, Tony Penn teaches French at an arts high school in Manhattan. He is the author of the popular and humorous Michael McMichaels' series of books for young readers. Tony has also taught English and reading at the elementary and middle school levels. He has earned an MA in Education as well as an MFA in Creative Writing.







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"Blue Round Earth" - a bookwrap






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"Blue Round Earth"

Authored by Chun Young Lee
Illustrated by Sun Young Kwak

Ages 3-5
Grade Level  PS-2



Unwrapping some whimsical pictures to enjoy




























 About the book




This book is both a celebration and an appreciation for our wonderful planet Earth.  The author dubs it, " a big house" for our land.  "We all live in harmony on the land."

He writes that there are a variety of lands, climates, inhabitants and activities that take place daily on this wonderful globe where we all reside.  The Earth gifts us with refreshing water, fresh air to breathe, warm sunlight, a variety of food, and exquisite beauty for us to take in.  He goes into further detail saying we are blessed to experience ice and snow in the North and South Pole, hot and humid temperatures in the tropical rainforest,  four seasons in the temperate regions, hot dry climates with sandstorms in the deserts, and the sprawling grasslands which receive sparse rain.

He explains about the Earth's water cycle and how the surrounding air allows all living things to breathe. "The air is like the Earth's clothes." "It traps the solar heat and prevents the heat from escaping into space.  That's why the Earth is not too hot and not too cold. That's why plants, animals, and people can live on Earth. The air protects the Earth."  He points out how it orbits the sun once a year creating the seasons.

Lee wraps up his story by stating that the Earth is teaming with living things: humans, animals and plants. He encourages all to be very grateful and commit to nurturing this beautiful planet that they  call home.

The illustrations are full of detail, action and vibrant colours.  They are sure to keep kids engaged from beginning to end. With all the wonderful detail kids will come back again and again to discover more of the illustrated hustle and bustle that takes place daily.  I found the book informative and definitely age-appropriate I would extend the age level to 7 or 8 as some of the concepts are a bit difficult to grasp as well as some vocabulary.  

The last page sums it up perfectly ... "Thank you, Earth!"  

May we all appreciate our magnificent Earth and commit to being good stewards of it and encourage others around us to do the same. 



Storywraps Rating - 4 HUGS!!!!






About the author and illustrator


Chun Young Lee is the author of The Car That Can Do Everything Quick and Fast, Would the Bread Pop?, A Very Special Toto’s Story, and The Sea Bream’s Wife with Great Integrity


Sun Young was awarded the gold prize at the West Coast Art Director’s Club, and her illustrations were published in American Illustration, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Opera.






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