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Isadora Moon- Goes to the Ballet - a bookwrap
















Unwrapping Isadora Moon





Isadora Moon is special because she’s different. Half vampire, half fairy, she’s totally unique!
Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both. Isadora loves the night, bats, and her black tutu, but she also loves the sunshine, her magic wand, and Pink Rabbit. She is proud to be different, but with parents like hers, everyday activities don't always go to plan!



 Praise for Harriet Muncaster's Isadora Moon


"A charming story about self-acceptance." 
                   -KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Perfect for early elementary-schoolers who love life to the beat of their own drum or are trying to feel comfortable in their own skin." 
                   -BOOKLIST


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"Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet"

Paperback – January 23, 2018
by Harriet Muncaster (Author/Illustrator)

Ages: 6-9
Grade Levels: 1-4



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About the book


This book is the third installment in the "Isadora Moon" series and will be published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback on January 23, 2018.  It is an easy read chapter book full of magic and delightful supernatural  characters.  

Isadora is such a lovable little character with her unconventional family and they are accepted by all.  She has an adorable little stuffed rabbit that her fairy mother brought to life with a swipe of her magic wand and the two are inseparable. They both love to hang out constantly and especially perform ballet shows.  They are very adept at performing quality stage productions and showing off their dancing talents to Isadora's parents and her baby sister Honeyblossom.  

As luck would have it her teacher, Miss Cherry, has arranged a field trip with her entire class to see a performance of Alice in Wonderland starring her most favourite (and famous) prima ballerina, Tatiana Tutu.   Her  eccentric parents decide they need to get more involved with Isadora's school activities so they volunteer to chaperone the trip.  Whenever the two parents get involved things don't always go as planned as you can well imagine.

Everything does goes rather smoothly and the groups arrive unscathed at the theatre.  It is then that Isadora discovers that her beloved Pink Rabbit is no where to be found. He's missing!!!  Oh my!!!  She is very upset and off she goes to retrieve her coveted friend.  Can she locate her best buddy before the opening curtain ascends and the performance begins?   Poor Isadora just has to make that happen.

This book is quality through and through.  The storyline is engaging and the illustrations are full of imagination, expression, action and fun.  This book will delight kids who love fairies, vampires, magic and fantasy.  I highly, highly recommend it and all the other books in the series as well.  Kids will be enchanted I am sure. 



Storywraps Rating... 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!







Meet the author/illustrator 






HARRIET MUNCASTER is the author/illustrator of the picture books I Am a Witch's Cat, and Happy Halloween Witch's Cat! She holds two degrees in illustration and has lived on the same hill in Hertfordshire, England, for as long as she can remember. Isadora Moon is her first chapter book series.










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"Stone Painting for Kids" - a craftwrap









The book begins here...



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Stone Painting for Kids: Designs to Spark Your Creativity

By: F. Sehnaz Bac   Paperback – January 16, 2018

Ages 8-12
Grade Level:  3-4
Publisher: Dover Publications



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About the book





This book is a follow-up to the bestselling "Art of Stone Painting."  It is a book that will inspire, ignite imaginations, and cultivate creative thinking and artistic skills.  

The very talented author offers step-by-step instructions as to how kids successfully can choose some blank bland stones and turn them into works of art.  She explains how they can select the type and shape of stones needed, the paint and tools necessary and the best workspace in which to engage in this delightful activity.  She offers simple, understandable techniques to ignite minds and hearts thus becoming a master stone painter.  

She displays a wonderful gallery of patterns:  animals, human faces and bodies, numbers and letters, plus images found everywhere in nature.  She features how stone painting can be used to play games and for storytelling.  

The 96 page book is filled with amazing ideas that will get kids thinking, designing and kept very busy and happy.   It is a perfect introduction to this form of art and features bold, vibrant colours that kids will love working with (and adults too!).  I highly recommend this book. 




Storywraps Rating ...  5+++ HUGS!!!!!







About the author/illustrator




Sehnaz Bac is an artist living in a small city on the Adriatic coast in Italy. She studied archeology at Ege University in İzmir, then she had master degree on restoration and conservation at Faculty of Architecture.She worked at many different archeological excavations as archeologist and draftsman in Turkey with Turkish and foreign excavation teams for almost 20 years. Making technical drawings of smal finds in archeological excavations as fragments of pottery and ceramics, helped her to improve her skills about observing small details. Her curiosity and imagination inspires her to create detailed artworks. She loves to use bright and bold colors, very fine line drawings and stylized designs inspired from nature. Lately she is well known by her painted stones with the name of “I Sassi dell’Adriatico”, means Adriatic Stones in Italian.She began to paint sea stones after her completely recovery from a Lymphoma at 2009, then it turned to a passion for her.Paintings of Sehnaz, show a very different style, totally stylized figures and motifs with very fine details and a huge variety of colors.She shows her painted stones on www.facebook.com/ISassiDelladriatico and sells them on www.isassidelladriatico.etsy.com





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"Petra" - a bookwrap









Hi, I'm Petra. Welcome. Glad you are here.  Come and stay with me a while and I'll tell you my story.  My story rocks! 








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"Petra"

Authored and illustrated by Marianna Coppa

Ages 4-8



Editorial Reviews


"Meet Petra, a smooth grey oval of possibility… a pleasantly intelligent book." --STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

"[S]imple, smooth, and stylish… Change may be the only constant in Petra’s peripatetic existence, but her bubbly optimism is as solid as a Gibraltar." --STARRED REVIEW, Publisher's Weekly --




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About the book





 This is Marianna Coppo's debut book. What a delightful little tale she spins.  Petra is an adorable rock who is literally between a rock and a hard place.  You see she never knows what is going to happen to her, where she may end up, or what she may end up becoming.   She takes all of her experiences of morphing with a positive and adventurous attitude. 

She is a smooth, egg-shaped rock and nothing can move her, not the wind, not time and she cannot go anywhere on her own only have everyone come to her.  She sees herself as strong, fearsome, fearless, mighty, a magnificent rocky mountain. Then one day her whole world changes.

Through many experiences beyond her control she is picked up and transported into a bird's nest disguised as an egg and then into a pond where she imagines she is an island, just to name a few.  With each shift Petra remains upbeat: "Whatever I become, I'm bound to be amazing!" She is finally discovered by a child who thrusts the tiny rock into her pocket and takes her home.  What new identity will appear now she wonders?  Why she is slathered in paint and becomes a cute green elephant with a long trunk, floppy ears and even feet.  Yes!!!  Does Petra worry about her new makeover?  No way... "What will I be tomorrow? Who knows? Well, no need to worry.  I'm a rock, and this is how I roll!"

The creator has made simple yet pleasing illustrations using a cocktail of tempera, pastels, and digital collages.  Petra is an extremely adorable character with many expressions that enrich the text greatly.  The book is full of imagination and humour which kids will relish.   I love the book and highly recommend it.  And my advice to Petra? .... rock on............




Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!









About the author/illustrator








MARIANNA COPPO is an author/illustrator from Italy. She studied editorial illustration at MiMaster in Milan, and now focuses on freelance illustration in Rome. She is one of the curators of Tentacoli, an independent label which specializes in fanzines and handmade products. Petra is her first picture book.










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"The Bee Sting" - a bookwrap








Can anything good come out of a painful bee sting?  The pain inflicted is severe and the fear afterwards of bees is very real, and rightly so.   Perhaps if your child is unfortunate enough to be stung she may feel better if she knows why a bee stings and then goes on to study all about their life cycle and habits.  These necessary and important insects are imperative for our very existence!  


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Lima and Ina

"The Bee Sting" 

Authored by Mason Nassah
Ages 8-12


Unwrapping some general info about the book


* Lima and Ina is a book series 
* Story is for educational and entertainment purposes
* Very short book with no illustrations
*Chaper book (5 Chapters) that can be read solo by child or by parents at bedtime  
*Highlights how research can help conquer fear of bees and be a template for any phobia
*Encouages readers to address their fears by reading more, asking questions, and spending time learning about what makes them fearful
*Can be read in around 20-30 minutes





About the book


Two sisters, Ina who is ten and her younger sister Lima who is six, are playing outdoors.  Sadly Ina gets stung by a bee.  The pain is excruciating and her fear of bees escalates.  Through her recovery she, along with her loving supportive family, learn and understand  more about the importance of bees in our world.  Brave Ina takes a very bad situation and turns it into an educational one.  This helps her cautiously overcome her fear of bees by learning about these flying insects who are vital to the survival of our ecosystem.  

I like the fact that the short story is broken up into chapters and contains educational information about the contributions that bees make, and their importance, to our society.  Teaching children through reading a story followed by discussions about their feelings is a wonderful teaching tool.  Both girls through asking questions, finding answers and dedicating their time learning about bees overcame their fears. 

I feel the content is very very good but I think a few illustrations throughout the story would have visually helped the text come alive and driven the author's points home better.  The cover picture is excellent, kid-friendly and draws the reader in.  Well done!  



Storywraps Rating - 4 HUGS!!!!







About the author





Mason Nassah writes children stories that teach simple lessons. He shares those stories through the adventures of Lima and Ina—two young sisters who learn something new every day. 


His books are short and are designed to be read in one sitting. They take an average reader around 20 to 30 minutes to finish, and they make great bedtime stories for parents to read aloud to their children.





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"Is a Worry Worrying You?" - first bookwrap of 2018








Excellent advice Charlie Brown and dove-tails with today's book on worry.  Don't worry... be happy! 



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Authored by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz
Illustrated by Marie Le Tourneau


Ages: 4-7
Grade Level: PS-2



Reviews for you 


Is a Worry Worrying You?…offers a lighthearted way for kids to confront, and then get past, their anxieties.”
— Teacher Magazine

“Mixing serious and silly examples, the authors define ‘worries’ and suggest some coping stategies. This doesn’t stray all that far from everyday situations, and may provide some anxiety-ridden children with something to think about.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Highly fun and thought-provoking, this worry-less book is a must for today’s overstressed kids.”
— Copley News Service

“Whether the worries are big or small, real or silly, the central message of this book shines through: that things seem less worrisome when put into perspective, and a little creative thinking can solve most problems. The Worry figure, lurking somewhere in every illustration, brings an element of humor that will entertain kids while providing them with lessons of coping that will last a lifetime.”
— Patty Aubrye, President, Chicken Soup for the Soul



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About the book


"What is a worry anyway? A worry is a thought that stops you from having fun, from feeling good, from being happy."

This wonderful book deals with kid's worries and anxieties.  The  co-authors have successfully personified them and made them visually clear so a child's mind can grasp what one may look like.  Even though worries are invisible to the naked eye they seem very real to a child. 

Worries can drag you down and make you feel tired, sad, or even make you feel ill.  They are not polite and have no manners. They barge into your life and can make you feel paralyzed and threatened.   Most of the time the things worried about never materialize but if they do the authors have unveiled strategies as to how to overcome them and get of them out of your life. 

How to get rid of a worry:  

"You can imagine it away. Put it in a suitcase and send it packing.  Seal it in an envelope and mail it away.  Stand it in the corner while you have fun.  Hide it in a closet and close the door."  

In reality you can: 

* Face it and see if it makes any sense
* Tell it to go away
* Discuss it with someone else
* Work on the thing that's worrying you
* Think another thought
* Remember a good time you had
* Think about what you are doing and not about what might happen.  Replace a worry with a happy thought. Let a worry thought remind you to smile.  

The resolve to the worry problem as told by the authors...

"You can get rid of a worry any time you want. It just takes a little patience."  "Don't worry. You can do it!"

The book not only defines worry and anxiety but offers help to kids so they can manage those worries.  The illustrations are clouded in darkness which represents a shadow or foreboding that envelops the characters who are anxious.  The monster-like worries depicted are not scary.  The book offers imaginative humorous solutions.  It can open up a dialogue so kids can discuss their feelings if feelings of worry plague them.  I would recommend this book be in classrooms and school libraries for kids to access if they experience worry and anxiety in their own lives.  



Storywraps Rating ...  5 HUGS!!!!!






About the authors




Ferida Wolff is the author of sixteen children’s books, including Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah, and resides in Cherry Hill, NJ, near Philadelphia.







Harriet May Savitz is the author of Run, Don’t Walk and The Lionhearted among many others and lives in Bradley Beach, NJ.







Marie Letourneau was born in Queens Village and raised in Babylon, NY. Growing up, she loved to draw, paint and engage in art activities of all kinds. She knew from an early age that she would like to one day write & illustrate picture books. Now, she is author and illustrator for kids!
Marie currently works from her home studio in New York where she resides with her family, two dogs, and cat.



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A brand new year has begun - a funwrap for New Year's Day!



A brand new year has begun - a funwrap for New Year's Day!





Happy New Year 2018!!


Both kids and adults excitedly participate in the New Year activities.  They get involved with their whole hearts knowing a brand new year is about to begin. Families and friends enjoy cultural events and wait for that clock on New Year's Eve to strike 12. A new year is ushered in with all it's possibilities. 

Kids often celebrate by exchanging pretty gifts and greeting cards to one another.  Tucked in these cards and notes are words that inspire and bring hope of great things to come in the future.  

I have collected some New Year poems to share with your little ones. Poetry is a fun and creative way to spread cheer no matter what the occasion or season.  Enjoy.




A brand new year has begun - a funwrap for New Year's Day!



Hooray! Hooray! It’s New Year’s Day

Hooray! Hooray! It’s New Year’s Day!
The day we start anew.
So this year I’ve decided
to become a kangaroo.
Or maybe I will learn to fly,
or how to walk through walls,
or how to turn invisible,
or surf on waterfalls.
I’ll make myself elastic
and I’ll teach myself to shrink.
I’ll turn into a liquid
and I’ll pour me down the sink.
I’ll visit other planets
and meet aliens galore.
I’ll travel to the distant past
and ride a dinosaur.
I’ve got so many wondrous plans.
I’m starting right away.
Yes, this will be the best year yet.
Hooray! It’s New Year’s Day!

 --Kenn Nesbitt
Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 2




Let us try to be good and content,
Kind to each other,
Healthy and gentle and brave,
Obedient to Mother.
For of such were the heroes of old –
Patient in learning,
Seldom rude, seldom cross, never cruel,

From the truth never turning.

-- A. E. and M. Keary




Happy New Year to you!

May every great new day
Bring you sweet surprises–
A happiness buffet.
Happy New Year to you,
And when the new year’s done,
May the next year be even better,
Full of pleasure, joy and fun.

– Anonymous



New Year 

A year to be glad in, 
And not to be sad in, 
To gain in, to give in, 
A happy new year. 
A new year for trying,
 And never for sighing, 
A new year to live in, 
Oh, hold it most dear.

--Author Unknown 


January 


January opens 
The box of the year 
And brings out days 
That are bright and clear. 
And brings out days 
That are cold and gray, 
And shouts, "Come see 
What I brought today!”

-- By Leland B. Jacobs 





Happy New Year To Everybody 


A starry night
Heaven kisses the earth
One year disappears
The night is going to burst

A newborn year, is waiting for us
The earth breathes with calm heart rate
Days come and days go
Make it a peaceful year

Where paper and pens are magic
Thank you for your smile and tears
and many good moments

Happy New Year to everybody




HAPPY NEW


Joe yelled, “Happy New Year.”
The cow yelled, “Happy Moo Year.”
The ghost yelled, “Happy Boo Year.”
The doctor yelled, “Happy Flu Year.”
The penguin sneezed, “Happy Ah-choo Year.”
The skunk yelled, “Happy Pee-yoo Year.”
The owl hooted, “Happy Too-woo Year.”
The cowboy yelled, “Happy Yahoo Year.”
The trainman yelled, “Happy Choo-choo year.”
The clock man yelled, “Happy Cuckoo Year.”
The barefoot man yelled, “Happy Shoe Year.”
The hungry man said, “Happy Chew Year.”
There were more “Happy Ooo-Years”
Than you ever heard
At our New Year’s party…
Last June twenty-third.


--by Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)


“Happy New” appears in Shel Silverstein‘s posthumous collection Everything on It (HarperCollins, 2011), available at Amazon.com.





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A brand new year has begun - a funwrap for New Year's Day!

Trybal Gratitude Journal - an adult bookwrap





Trybal Gratitude Journal - an adult bookwrap






As you turn the leaf for another new chapter in your life, a promising new year awaits you. Another 365 days of hidden opportunities that you would be exploring as you go along the new year 2018. This is a time to embrace the gift of life, to show gratitude towards your dear ones - your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and relatives for being there for you, to make new year resolutions and check the boxes as you embark on the new life's journey. 



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Trybal Gratitude Journal - an adult bookwrap


"Trybal Gratitude Journal"  
manifesting the life you are meant to live

Authored by Alexsys E. Thompson



Reviews of Praise


"I love how this book teaches us to be grateful and graceful... Allow this book to be your daily companion and you will soon experience the magic of gratitude."

- Barry Spilchuk, Coauthor of a Cup of Chicken Soup For The Soul


"The Trybal Gratitude Journal shows you how to cultivate, master and maintain an essential attitude of gratitude.  Alexsys Thompson has provided structure, practices, ideas, insight and steps to bring gratitude into action in a fun, easy to use journal format. A must have guide and a great gift!"

-Suzi Pomerantz, CEO of Innovative Leadership International, #1 Bestselling author


"This journal is a meaningful and organized way to centre ourselves in the daily practice of gratitude, awareness and growth.  It is both practical and magical!"

-Kay Taylor, Author of Soul Pathway


Empower yourself to step into your flow and begin manifesting the life you are meant to live with the Trybal Gratitude Journal. All you need is 10 minutes a day and a pen or pencil to unlock all the treasures of the world inside you.




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Trybal Gratitude Journal - an adult bookwrap





Tryb is all about:  Living a life of gratitude, self-care, connection, and abundance OUT LOUD!  The world needs more of these things and YOU ARE THE ANSWER.  This book is a perfect way to start a band new year.  I intend to start the journal myself.  I am very impressed with this whole idea of thankfulness and positivity that will be threaded every day throughout 2018.  

"365 days in a year. 21 days to form a habit. 1 tool to make it all count.
Gratitude is free, unlimited, and always at your disposal."


What if building a gratitude practice was all you needed to unlock your best self? Your best life? What if you spent less time complaining and more time enjoying life? You have everything you need to manifest more of what makes your life wonderful. All you need is a little guidance! Your Trybal Gratitude Journal will be there for you, through thick and thin, to remind you to stay curious, be open, and give yourself grace.




About the Author



Trybal Gratitude Journal - an adult bookwrap



My latest project, the Trybal Gratitude Journal, is a culmination of a lifetime of practice, failure, and more practice. It feels great to be able to share some concepts and rituals I have developed to live my authentic life. Should you choose to take this journey of introspection through the window of a gratitude practice, you, too, will inevitably unveil your authentic self.

My wish for you is to experience the multifaceted magic of gratitude.

Which is exactly why I created the Trybal Gratitude Journal, and why I speak about Gratitude at a variety of events. It was, and continues to be a game changer in my life. If you so choose, it can be in yours, too.


I also founded a company called Trybal Performance. At Trybal, we help you unleash the vibe of your Tryb! We even offer downloadable gratitude coupons you can use to spread the gratitude. To learn more, please visit us at www.trybalperformance.com





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Time is like a flowing river, no water passes beneath your feet twice, much like the river, moments never pass you by again, so cherish every moment that life gives you and have a wonderful New Year.



Trybal Gratitude Journal - an adult bookwrap





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"Fox and Raccoon" - a bookwrap












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Fox and Raccoon
By LESLEY-ANNE GREEN
Part of Juniper Hollow


Jun 19, 2018 | 32 Pages | 3-7 years



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About the book



Fox and Raccoon live in a quiet little corner of Juniper Hollow.  They have been best friends and neighbours forever and love spending each day together.  They play games and often take a time out to just lay in the grass and relax.  Ahhhhhh!

One day things change.  Raccoon comes calling on his good friend and finds that Fox is a very very busy lady and certainly not ready to play the day away with him.  He immediately steps up and helps her with all her chores and errands that she is juggling so they can spend time together like usual.  Each time he comes back fulfilling her requests she has moved on to another project.  Poor Raccoon wonders if they will ever play today at all?  Why is Fox so busy?  What is she up to that he doesn't know about?  

Finally he discovers she is preparing a wonderful surprise exclusively for her best best... Raccoon himself!!!  He is over-the-moon happy and grateful to have such a wonderful bestie who cares for him so much.  

The illustrations are detailed and oh so beautiful. Lesley-Anne has created adorable felted animals and fanciful paper sets that invite the reader to come along and be part of life in Juniper Hollow.  She has designed a world that kids will want to visit again and again.  

This is the first book in a picture book series.  "Fox and Raccoon" highlights the themes of friendship, sharing, working together, generosity and kindness.  I highly recommend this book. 




Storywraps Rating - 5++HUGS!!!!! 








Introducing the author/illustrator










LESLEY-ANNE GREEN is a textile artist who creates her adorable creatures using wool, thread, fabric and love. She lives in Toronto with her family, including an incorrigible pug named Lola. This is Lesley-Anne’s first book for children.













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Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap





Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap


Christmas is but one day but the holidays last for weeks.  So here are some ideas to keep your kids busy and engaged over the holiday season.  


Activities are compliments of: www.thespruce.com




Put on a Talent Show 




Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap



        A show can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. This might mean sets, costumes, an original script and live music. Or absolutely none of that! Figure out what works best for your family. And if all your kids aren’t born performers, they can still enjoy writing, directing, set building or designing costumes.



Bake


Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap



        From toddlers to teenagers, kids love the mixing and the measuring, but most of all, they love the treats at the end. As you teach kids to bake, scale holiday baking projects to your kids’ abilities and ages. Add activities to keep little kids engaged while you are doing more complicated baking tasks or simplify baking projects so that more experienced kid bakers can take the lead.


Don't Miss Local Holiday Events


Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap


        Drive through the lighting displays around town; go to firehouse train gardens; see a Christmas show at your local theater; take advantage of holiday deals, discounts, and free events. There are countless special events this time of year, and many of them only come around once a year, so don’t let the holiday break slip by without stepping out. 


Go Shopping



Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap




        Shopping! Haven’t I done enough shopping already?” you say. This time, though, instead of shopping for the kids, shop with the kids. If you can pull it together to shop with the kids before Christmas to let them pick out of gifts, I applaud you.
But for many, taking kids shopping at the after-Christmas sales is a better bet. Funny how kids who think shopping is torture, change their tune when they have gift cards or cash they received as presents to spend.


Watch Television Together


Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap


        Keeping your kids from watching too much TV over Christmas break is always a challenge. But TV isn't all bad if you watch together--especially today when all family members could be watching on separate devices! Choose something you want to watch--a sport like football (there’s plenty this time of year!), a cooking show, favorite holiday film or documentary and you use this as an opportunity to share your interests and knowledge with your kids. And they may develop an interest too. Or pick a favorite movie that you want to introduce them to. Happy family memories are forged during the holidays, so the time is ripe for them to look fondly upon the things you love.


Try a Winter Sport


Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap


        Ice skating, skiing, sledding and snow tubing are great ways to enjoy sports in the winter. Of course, these depend on the weather and how close you live to winter recreation areas. Probably the easiest and cheapest to try out is ice skating, since many cities have indoor rinks or seasonal outdoor skating areas especially around the holidays. Just bundle up and get moving!
 

Try an Indoor Sport


Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap


        Roller skating, swimming, basketball, ping pong and pool are a few indoor activities to try over your holiday break. If there’s a roller rink nearby, then it’s easy enough to find a place to skate. And some kid-friendly restaurants and arcades have ping pong and pool tables. However, it could be tricky—but not impossible-- to find places for indoor swimming and basketball unless you belong to a sports club. Some health clubs and YMCAs will sell day passes or trial memberships.


Create Art


Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap


        Art is one of those wonderful activities that can be scaled to almost every age and ability level. And depending on the project, it can be done with or without adult supervision. So you can work at home while the kids create art or you can roll up your sleeves and get messy too. Art projects can become gifts for relatives or decorations for the house. Setting up a dedicated art space makes set up and clean up easier.

Take a Hike


Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap


        If you live in a warm weather climate, this is probably a more obvious thing to do during Christmas break. But even those of us in cold weather climates can hike in the winter. The leafless trees reveal very different vistas than in summer. Bundle up and be careful never to get too far from the car or another place to warm up. This is an especially good activity to keep kids busy (and tire them out) when they're excited about the upcoming holiday.



Play Games



Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap




       Before Christmas pull out some of the old games; after Christmas the new ones. Kids games run the gamut from old-fashioned Candyland to video games. But one thing that is universal is kids like it when the parents play.


Read a Book Together


Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap



        Even if you regularly read together, change things up a little during Christmas break. Choose something a little different from your ordinary reading material so it stands out as a holiday tradition. Maybe try a book of Christmas poems or a classic novel read in daily installments. And if reading together is not part of your routine the holiday season is a great opportunity to start.



FYI


Kid's activities for the holidays - an infowrap




The New York Times Book Review has revealed the 10 titles on its 65th annual list of Best Illustrated Children’s Books. 


The 2017 Best Illustrated selections are:


Feather by Rémi Courgeon (Enchanted Lion)

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, illus. by John Parra (NorthSouth)
King of the Sky by Nicola Davies, illus. by Laura Carlin (Candlewick)

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin, illus. by Evan Turk (S&S/Atheneum)

On a Magical, Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna (Harper)

Plume by Isabelle Simler (Eerdmans)

A River by Marc Martin (Chronicle)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter, illus. by Stacy Innerst (Abrams)

Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illus. by Sydney Smith (Groundwood)

The Way Home in the Night by Akiko Miyakoshi (Kids Can)

Maria Russo, children’s books editor for the New York Times Book Review, convened this year’s panel of judges: Steven Guarnaccia, Marjorie Priceman, and Louise Lareau.


Enjoy everyone!  Hope this review was helpful.




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"Tilly and Tank" - a bookwrap










Today's book is a sweet and humorous tale that let's us take a peek at a budding friendship between two very unalike but very alike species.  The book encourages kids to step out and make new friends, not war. 




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Authored and illustrated by Jay Fleck


                 
            Jan 09, 2018 | 48 Pages | 3-7 years
Age Range: 3 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 2




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About the book


This is a sweet tale about Tilly the elephant.  One day she is out taking her morning stroll when she happens to spot something unusual in the distance.  She carefully studies the silhouette and concludes by its shape that it must be another elephant.  It certainly looks like it has a trunk and a tail just like her but it is army green instead of blue like her.  

Happily Tilly approaches the stranger and the alien's alarm sounds, 'WEE-OOO!WEE-OO! WEE-OO!" Unafraid of the loud noise Tilly walks closer and closer to the noisy green elephant and inspects him from head to tail. He certainly is different from her.  She clears her throat and says, "Hello."

"BOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOM!!! was his reply.  Badly frightened Tilly runs for cover with her eyes closed.  In her safe space she peeks out and analyses just what happened.  Perhaps that is how the new elephant says hello in his own language she reasons.   After another try of approaching him she receives the same results..."BOOOOOOOOO OOOOOM!!!  Oh boy, Tilly heads for the hills!!!!  

 Determined Tilly doesn't give up.  One last try brings victory to both Tilly and that strange elephant who really is a tank on patrol.  A beautiful friendship blossoms between the two and they find lasting companionship even though they are very, very different.  The message is very clear... through kindness and tolerance, friendship and peace can become a beautiful reality. 

The simple illustrations are full of expression and action greatly enriching the story.  I love the book and would totally recommend it  It is very creative thinking. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







Introducing the author/illustrator








Jay Fleck is a Shorewood, IL based illustrator and author. His artwork is bold and imaginative, featuring whimsical animal pairings, images of faraway lands and fantasy playgrounds, or just beautiful compositions of color and shape. He is inspired by old memories from childhood along with new experiences with his two young children.

He drew a lot as a child but grew up to pursue other things, like a degree in computer engineering. After submitting several T-shirt designs to Threadless.com however, he got hooked on art and illustration. His artwork has been selected for print at Threadless.com, has been featured on products at the GAP, Papyrus, on the front page of Society6.com, FAB.com along with a number of other brick and mortar and internet stores.



He lives with my family south of Chicago, which he believes is the best city in the world. (Just ask him about the hotdogs!) He spends his spare time running and reading (but not at the same time).




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