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"Sammy in the Spring" - a bookwrap








Every one who is fortunate enough to experience the fabulous four seasons can relate to the joy and happiness that Spring brings.  Spring is a grand announcement that finally the cold winter is tucked away and warm weather, outdoor fun and new growth is on its way.  Hurray for Spring.  It's my most favourite season.




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Ages 2+
PS+


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About the book



Finally Spring has arrived and Sammy and his stuffed horse Hob can go outside to enjoy the warm weather and be more active.  They are set free to ride Sammy's bike, smell the fragrance of new blossoming flowers, wake up a family of hedgehogs from their winter hibernation, pet some fluffy newborn lambs and work in the garden, just to name a few. 

Of course his BFF Hobs is included in everything he partakes in that day.  Finally, tired after of all the busy activity, they head back inside, wash their hands ( of course Hobbs washes his hooves as he has no hands ) and they munch on lovely fresh produce both very, very happy to have played outdoors once again.   


This book is perfect for toddlers and shows the unleashing of Spring through a child's eyes.  It is a book with half pages that hide and reveal how Sammy engages in outdoor activities in Spring.  

The illustrations are bright, vibrant and detailed.  Young ones will find them very appealing, full of activity, expression and engaging.  




Storywraps Rating -  4 HUGS!!!!









About the author/illustrator





Hi! I'm Anita. I was born in 1961 in The Netherlands. My entire life, I have loved reading. As a child, I could spend hours thumbing through books, looking at the pictures and hoping I could one day make such beautiful illustrations myself. I studied the images down to the smallest detail and made up my own little stories to go along with them. After high school, I took drawing and painting lessons in small galleries in my neighborhood. And I learned a lot from drawing and paintingbooks. But I also mastered many techniques simply by experimenting with them on my own. When my children were still young, I read them a bedtime story every night. I rediscovered that some picture books are real pieces of art. That's when I got the ambition to make my very own picture books. I was remarked by the jury of the Key Colours International Illustrators Award 2012. The book Whose Hat is That? was published by Clavis Publishing and every book I have made since has been even more successful.






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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

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


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"My Bed" - a bookwrap







Every living thing, whether human or animal, loves that feeling at the end of an exhausting day when they finally can bring their world to a halt and at long last crawl into bed and just drift away. The book today is about that delicious feeling from a group of animal friends who decide its their bedtime.  I am sure you will enjoy it. 







"My Bed"
Created by Anita Bijsterbosch

Ages 2+
PS+



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About the book




The author has created a lift-the-flap book that toddlers will adore.  Reindeer has come to the end of his day and desperately wants to curl up and get some well deserved sleep.  He tries to lay claim to many of his friends beds but he is always moved along because those beds don't belong to him.  

He tries the mole and mole bunk beds but no they are not his.  He continues his search viewing different beds such as hammocks hung side by side where two adorable little mice are snoring away, a cozy fancy bed that he finds out belongs to fox, and a racecar bed where rabbit parks himself for the night,  just to name a few.  Oh my... will he ever find a bed for himself to sleep in?   

Finally his friend owl, who is nocturnal, finds the perfect solution to the problem.  Can you guess what that might be?  After taking owl's advice, reindeer snuggles in his warmed up bed just as Mr. Sandman lures him away into Dreamland.  

This fun book introduces toddlers to different animal's names and reassures them that their very own bed is the best.  The illustrations are colourful, sweet and expressive.  This book is a perfect bedtime read... shared of course cuddling together under the covers of your child's very own favourite bed. 



Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!!!!!





About the author/illustrator




Hi! I’m Anita. I was born in 1961 in The Netherlands. My entire life, I have loved reading. As a child, I could spend hours thumbing through books, looking at the pictures and hoping I could one day make such beautiful illustrations myself. I studied the images down to the smallest detail and made up my own little stories to go along with them. After high school, I took drawing and painting lessons in small galleries in my neighborhood. And I learned a lot from drawing and painting books. But I also mastered many techniques simply by experimenting with them on my own. When my children were still young, I read them a bedtime story every night. I rediscovered that some picture books are real pieces of art. That’s when I got the ambition to make my very own picture books. I was remarked by the jury of the Key Colours International Illustrators Award 2012. The book Whose Hat is That? was published by Clavis Publishing and every book I have made since has been even more successful.





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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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"The Girl Who Said Sorry" - a bookwrap







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Authored by Hayoung Yim

Illustrated by Marta M. 

Ages: 5-12

BIS Categories:
JUV039140  Self-Esteem
JUV01-4000  Girls & Women



Quotes about the book


‘What a terrific message... [The Girl Who Said Sorry] definitely addresses an outdated way of treating girls that is hopefully on the way out.’
—Laurie Wright, author of “I Can Handle It” (Mindful Mantras series)



‘Girls get often mixed messages from well-meaning parents, friends, teachers, and the media. [The Girl Who Said Sorry] encourages girls to think on their own and accept their uniqueness. It’s a refreshing book with captivating illustrations.’ 

—Cynthia Chin-Lee, author of “Operation Marriage”




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About the book



This book is all about teaching young girls how to express themselves with confidence and - without apologizing.  This important relevant subject is introduced in approachable rhyme.  The illustrations are subtle yet so powerful to the reader.  The incessant suggestions to change and try to please everyone are drilled over and over again until the little girl in the book can take it no longer.  

She is told she is too girlish, then too boyish.  She is diagnosed as being too thin then reprimanded when she eats a cookie.  She is supposed to excel at winning but not make others feel inadequate.  She is told to speak her mind but not be bossy... the swirl of criticism and being told what she is to think and do constantly finally is too much for her to bear.  She hits her melting point when after saying sorry to all the things she is accused of she hears herself saying sorry for saying she is sorry.  That's enough!!!!

Girl power rises and she takes a stand. She makes a decision right then and there...

"If something is my fault
If it was within my power,
I will own up to my mistakes
Without ever being sour.

But for my words and choices
That don't hurt anybody else,
I will not say "Sorry"-
They're expressions of myself." 

She bravely puts aside all the gender expectations and evolves into 'herself' without apology!  She frees herself to express her thoughts and actions and make her own personal choices without having to say sorry. 

This is a wonderful book that encourages girls to think for themselves and to celebrate their individual uniqueness.  50% of the book's profits will be donated to "Girl Up" a United Nations Foundation campaign dedicated to empowering young girls to take action on global issues.  I highly recommend this book.



Storywraps Rating...  5+++ HUGS!!!!!







About the author



Hayoung Yim is a third-wave feminist, environmentalist, advocate for evidence-based public policies, and diverse writer. She lives in Toronto, Canada, where she dreams about implementing social change through popular culture.
In her spare time, she likes to travel through time and space.








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"Baseball Bats for Christmas" - a bookwrap








Naujaat - ᓇᐅᔮᑦ - 'Seagull nesting place'
The hospitable hamlet of Naujaat is situated on the Canadian mainland at the northwestern limit of Hudson Bay near Foxe Basin. It is located right on the Arctic Circle, at the north end of Repulse Bay on the southern shores of Rae Isthmus. The Inuktitut name of this community is 'Naujaat' ('seagull nesting place') for a cliff area nearby where fledgling seagulls are born each June. Its people are the Aivilingmiut ('people of the walrus place'), direct descendants of the ancient Thule people, known for their excellent dog teams and walrus hunting skills. It's a great place for viewing polar bears and for whale watching excursions, plus it is located close to beautiful Ukkusiksalik National Park, which is a 15-minute plane ride away.


Naujaat enjoys constant 24-hour sunshine from June 4 to July 9. Summer temperatures range from 10°C to 25°C. The prevailing wind direction is from the northwest, averaging 17 kph (11 mph) yet sometimes gusting to 100 kph (62 mph). The winter temperature drops to -45°C. Snowfalls can happen at any time in the spring, fall and winter months.





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"Baseball Bats for Christmas"


Authored by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak
Illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka

Ages: 9-11
Grade Levels:  PS +




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Editorial reviews



The original edition received the following honors:

• Greatest Canadian Books of the Century List, Vancouver Public Library 

• 100 Best Books List, Toronto Public Library 

• 100 Best Canadian Kids’ Books, Today’s Parent Magazine 

• Ruth Schwartz Award finalist



“Kusugak’s first-person narration is warm, energetic, and wonderfully humorous. The story sprawls out anecdotally ... a stand-out season winner.” ―Quill & Quire --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



About the book



The setting of the story is Repulse Bay, "Repulse Bay is smack dab on the Arctic Circle - way up at the north end of Hudson Bay."  The year is 1955 and a mere 100 people reside there.  In the winter they inhabit igloos and sod huts and the only way to deliver needed goods is by plane.

A little asthmatic boy named Arvaaluk, just seven years old, narrates the story. He's a precious little guy who dearly loves Christmas.  He delves into the habits and customs of his life living in the far north and focuses on one special event that made all the children in the area very, very happy.

He tells us that when you look around the landscape there are no "standing- ups" or as we know them, trees, because of the harsh weather they experience there trees will not grow.  

One day the Union Jack flag is raised up high in front of the Hudson's Bay company store signally to everyone that a plane is about to arrive and deliver some goods to them.  

Rocky Parson, the settlement's hero and pilot, drops off some green things with spindly branches sticking out all over them.  He drops off six right in front of Arvarrluk's hut. Whatever could those strange things be?   

"What are they?" Jack asked.
"Standing-ups," Peter said confidently.  "I've seen them in books at the church. Father Didier showed them to us."

Now that the kids have identified them as trees what on earth are they going to do with them?  They did not have much time to figure that out because Christmas festivities were about to begin.  After a midnight church service and the exchanging of their most favourite thing in the world between best friends.... the lightbulb comes on bright and shiny!  Cleverly the friends decide exactly how to put those six trees to good use. Their brilliant plan will include all the kids in the village so everyone can join in on the Christmas merriment.   Wonder what they came up with to make that Christmas magic happen for this year and in the years to come?  

The illustrations are just beautiful.  Vibrant colours and expressions of the characters so enrich the text.  I really love them especially the colour pallet chosen.  I highly recommend this book. 


Storywraps Rating -  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!





About the author



  Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak grew up in Repulse Bay, a small village in the Northwest Territories. His family followed the traditional Inuit life-style, traveling by dogteam, living in igloos in the winter and tents in the summer. He had no access to books as a child, and didn't speak a word of English until he was seven years old. "Every night my grandma would tell us a story to put us to sleep."
  
  In 1955, a floatplane whisked Kusugak off to a residential school in Chesterfield Inlet. "When you're seven years old and hauled away from your parents, it's very hard. I cried the whole year I was there." The next year, when the plane came again, Kusugak hid in the hills. "I didn't go to school that year." In spite of his truancy Kusugak went on to become one of the first Inuit from the eastern Arctic to finish high school. He went to work for the government and spent 15 years in a variety of positions including Director of Community Programs for Arctic College.
  
  Kusugak had enjoyed writing stories and poems but had never considered becoming an author until he met Robert Munsch. "He stayed with us during Book Week once, and I told him all kinds of legends. He suggested that I write them down." They took one of those stories and worked on it together. A Promise is a Promise by Michael Kusugak and Robert Munsch was published by Annick Press in 1988.
"That story is based on a childhood memory. I like to write about my Inuit experiences. I like to take things that are native to me and create a story around them."

  Kusugak has since published six other books about the legends and myths of the Arctic as well as his own personal experiences.
  When he is not writing, he travels throughout North America visiting schools and enthralling students and teachers alike with his stories and traditional string tricks.
  He still lives in the Arctic. "I've always been close to the land, the sea, and the animals. I want to share the things I know about life here in the Arctic."




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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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Our Gift-Filled World - a bookwrap



Our Gift-Filled World - a bookwrap


When we look around our beautiful earth we discover so many things to be thankful for.  It is continually giving us food, shelter and beauty every single day.  Kudos to an extraordinary terrestrial  planet that is a gift to us that keeps on giving......




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Our Gift-Filled World - a bookwrap


Authored by Eun Hee Na
Illustrated by Ha Jin Jung

Ages: 3-5
Grade Level: PS-K
TanTan Publishing




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About the book




The Earth quietly and unassumingly bestows gifts to its residents each and every day.  This book is a reminder to us all to be very appreciative of those gifts which are given to us freely.

The story touches on how our salt is gathered (from our ocean), how glass is made (from earthy sand), how cotton grows (to provide us with material for clothing) and the importance of our grass (for cows and other animals to indulge so we can have food),  just to name a few.

The illustrations visually enhance the narrative making this book by Korean author Enn Hee Na educational as well.  They will spark conversations about the bountiful contributions that we are receiving from "Our Gift-Filled Earth". The foldout pages are perfect to extend and get lost in.  They are a lovely addition that adds a deeper quality to the book's presentation and I'm sure that kids will find delightful.  

I love the last page the best as it will spark conversations between those who share the book together ...

"All these are gifts that Nature has given.
What gifts should we give to Nature?" 



 Storywraps Rating -  5++ HUGS!!!!!!!



Our Gift-Filled World - a bookwrap






About the author and illustrator


Ha Jin Jung contributed illustrations for Spin, Spin, Spin Around, The Cleaner Travels with Mold, and Nursery Rhymes We Share with Children Who Are Learning to Speak


:Eun Hee Na has written Ecology of the Four Seasons,12 Months of Nature Play, Belly Button Hand, Why Is That?, The World’s Scariest Monster, Let’s Play in the Forest, and Foolish Wolf’s Book Exploration.




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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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"Make A Face" - a bookwrap










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"Make A Face"

Authored by Ricardo Algeria Jr.
Illustrated by Anya Kuvarzina

Ages: 2-5
Grade Range:  PS-K
Launching October 10, 2017



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About the book




This delightful book is interactive and concept driven.  It showcases how kid's facial expressions connect with the emotions they are feeling by pairing them with animals who magically become animated as kids make their facial expressions change.  

Kids are challenged to make different faces such as happy, serious, bashful, playful, sleepy and frightening, just to name a few.  Making a "playful face" triggers dolphins to gracefully leap out of the water and their very scary, " frightening face" unveils a huge grey elephant scared to death of a teeny, tiny mouse.  

The vibe of the book is happy, inclusive and just plain fun.  Young readers will learn how their face expresses feelings and concepts and I know they will be excited to turn every page to see how the animals respond.  

The book is a very imaginative and creative approach to self-discovery and sure to both challenge and promote lots of giggles too.  


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







About the author






Born in El Salvador, Ricardo Alegria Jr. came to New York with a lifelong love of stories, poetry, music, and art. He was proud to become a US citizen, having ardently admired the nation's values and its abundant opportunity. He now lives in a sunny home in Palm Bay, Florida, part of a region known as "Space Coast", where his windows are often rattled by rocket launches and the occasional sonic boom from NASA's testing facility a few miles down the road. Inspired by his love of classic children's books like The Cat in the Hat, and Homer Price, Ricardo now writes innovative, whimsical stories he hopes will make kids laugh for generations to come. 



About the illustrator 



Born in Russia, Anya Kuvarzina always loved ‘testing out’ various pens and pencils at her mother’s stationary shop. She later moved to England at the age of sixteen, initially to study business, but was introduced to graphic arts almost by accident through an inspiring art tutor and decided to change her career path. After graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Anya worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer.
She now lives in London and also lectures in the Masters program in Art and Design at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts. Her work has been exhibited in London and Cambridge. As a child, she read constantly, and was enchanted by the animal illustrations of Russian illustrator, Yevgeny Charushin.








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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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"Open the Suitcase" - a bookwrap









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Created by Ruth Wielockx
Ages 3+


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About the book



This delightful interactive book will have young kids asking to turn the page from the get-go.  Adorable cartoon characters Horse,  Rabbit, Dog, Cow, Piggy and Cat all show off their belongings as their suitcase opens up and is ready for inspection by the reader.  Kids always love and are entertained by a lift-the-flap format, one that will have them coming back again and again for just one more peek.  

The book is sprinkled with lots of engaging questions to get curious minds thinking and focused on what they are reading.  Their discoveries in the suitcase will enhance vocabularies and give kids some insight into the careers this variety of animals chose to pursue.   

The illustrations are happy, expressive and emotional with vivid coloured backgrounds that pull the reader into the narrative.  The last page makes the story very personal. 

 Piggy is off to a sleep over at his Grandma and Grandpa's....

"Do you see what Piggy is taking in his little suitcase
What would you put in your suitcase?"

The text, the illustrations, the opportunity to interact are spot on for this age-group and I would certainly recommend getting a copy of the book to enjoy.


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



Packed my suitcase to go....Don't think I forgot anything!





About the author





On January 11, 1971 I was born in Mol. My childhood and youth I spend in Balen. Tinkering and I like to draw. Occasionally I find sometimes drawing on an old attic from that period! A special discovery was the drawing of a clown ... I was five years old when I made them.

Or somewhere I 'artistic education' take? 
Yes! In 1977 - I'm six - write my parents for me in art class at the Municipal Academy Mol. Despite the nice report I have enough after one year. What I hate scrubbing brushes!
Then I sign barely. After primary school in Balen I go to high school in Mol. I choose Latin-mathematics and I study further afterwards. I follow nutrition and dietetics, first at the Rega School and later at the University of Leuven, where I Licentiate Achieve. The last year of this study, I spend as Erasmus student at the University of Southampton, England. I follow a course to be allowed to teach.

I'm not teaching but start working at Janssen Pharmaceutica. First as a medical writer, then as Quality Engineer. Meanwhile, I'm married to Bart and we have two wonderful sons - Lander and Robbe - welcome to our family. When Robbe is 6 weeks old, we leave for New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Bart doing postdoctoral research at Yale University, and I ... I do the housework! Despite this busy activity I miss something: a job, a challenge ... and something for myself. Then Bart comes up with the brilliant words: 'even write a little book. "

After some research and a few phone calls, I knew it! I sign up for the contest "the city of Hasselt Price" now renamed the 'Key Colors' and I draw a picture of ... a clown! The drawing will be selected for the corresponding exhibit. During the exhibition I hear on the open illustrator days' organized by Clavis. I absolutely must go!

No sooner said than done. 

With one drawing - a clown (again) - I'm going to Hasselt. I have to wait a while because there are many people there who all enter with bulging covers. It saves her but if I go back outside! Still, I manage to listen carefully to what I am told. On the scenario, the illustrations, the interaction between the two ... while I am really only concerned with good getting my inkleurwerk '... It encourages them to continue! It takes a long time before I picked everything: paint, brushes, paper, art ... but practice makes perfect!


Meanwhile, we are from New Haven to Jumet moved in Wallonia, I quit my job at Janssen Pharmaceutica and I give biology at a school in Halle. But drawing and inventing stories bit me ... do not let me go. I re-enrolling for the price illustrator of the city of Hasselt. This time with the Masks off, "a story about a rat who falls in love with a mouse. The story is set in Venice ... And again my drawing is selected for the exhibition. More than that I win the audience: "Child Prize '! Even my first picture book is published later, "Wiebe is in love." Meanwhile, we moved back to Bale, I have a class time given in Mol, a job that I quit to do what I love to do: think of picture books and illustrated.

Yes, I can say that I feel so happy in my work as a child of five to draw a clown with yellow and red eyes and a flower on his hat. Sometimes dreams do come true!






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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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"Polar Bear Postman" - a bookwrap






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Authored and Illustrated by Seigo Kijima

Translated by Mariko Shii Gharbi


Age Range: 4 - 8





Editorial Reviews



"It’s lots of fun watching the postal bear stamp pieces of mail at his desk and pedal his delivery bike through small villages; delicate silhouettes of plants and flowers offer contrast." —Publishers Weekly

"Using heavy black outlines for his characters, Kijima works in a rich array of habitats, evoking them with slashes of color and whispering swipes of clouds." —Kirkus Reviews

"Inspired by the antics of a real bear residing in the Kushiro Zoo in his native Hokkaido, artist Seigo Kijima incorporates the beauty of Japanese wildlife and landscape in a charming tale of love, hope, and community." —Pallas Gates McCorquodale, Foreword Reviews





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About the book




"This is Milk, the postmaster at the Polar Bear Post Office.  All the animals in the forest know they can count on him."  What a beautiful character resume he has.

One morning while Milk is stamping the mail he notices a postcard addressed to him.  That's odd he thinks and quickly he reads it.  It is from the Red-Crowned Cranes in District 1.  They desperately need help as their baby chick has been missing for three days.  The family got separated while looking for food together in the marsh.  They respect and revere Milk so much they just knew he would help them find their missing little one.  

Milk's heart is deeply troubled at their loss and deeply touched by the fact they trust him enough to get him involved.  He immediately gets on his bike and seeks out his friends: the Red Fox, the Sika Deer, the Siberian Chipmunk and at night he goes deep into the forest to tell the old Blakiston's fish owl about the Red-Crowned Crane's plight, just to name a few.  The answer from each creature is always the same.  "My goodness this is serious! I'll tell all my friends." 

A missing baby crane alert goes out throughout the forest but unfortunately goes unanswered.  Seasons pass by and still nothing. The little chick seems to have just disappeared into thin air.... or has he?

Milk never gives up looking for that little guy. Relentlessly he searches on.  Then one morning a true miracle happens.  Milk notices another postcard addressed to him with great news sent from the Red-Crowned Cranes in District 3.  They write that some time back they found and raised a lost baby chick but they cannot find his parents.  They ask Milk to please help them locate their whereabouts so they could deliver the little guy to his rightful parents.  Do you think the reunion is successful, that that miracle was fulfilled and they all lived happily ever after? 

This book speaks to the themes of cooperation,  having a loving, caring community to live in, working together no matter what your differences to solve a serious problem,  and never ever giving up.  The illustrations are strong and vibrant enriching the storyline greatly. 

I love the message of the book and highly recommend it. 




STORWRAPS RATING -  5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author/illustrator

木島誠悟



Seigo Kijima was born in Kushiro City, Hokkaido, Japan. He started exhibiting his illustrations while still a student at Tokyo Design College. In 2013 he received the Japan Picture Book Awards Readers’ Prize for the first picture book he illustrated. One day Kijima was at the zoo when he saw a polar bear walking on its hind legs. The artist imagined the bear as a postman, and the result is Polar Bear Postman—the first book he both wrote and illustrated.





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"Precious Home" - a bookwrap













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"Precious Home"

Written by Ji Hyun Lee
Illustrated by Jin Hwa Kim

Ages: 3-5
Grade Level: PS- Kindergarten





Unwrapping some very interesting illustrations





















The Real Homes




















About the book


Anyone can buy a house but it takes love and care shared by the people and pets living inside to make it a real home.  A home is a place for shelter from the elements, for resting peacefully, for playing and working hard, and a place for family members to share their love and happiness with each other each and every day.

Houses all over the world take on different shapes and sizes but it's the inhabitants within those houses that bring that special spirit of love and fulfillment into the shell of the structure to give it a soul that is unique to their own specific family. 

The author and illustrator skillfully document houses in Thailand, Mongolia, Togo, Russia and Greenland making the book very educational and interactive to the wee young readers.  Kid-friendly illustrations with interesting explanations of how that household thrives and survives make this book one that kids will come back to time and time again to learn more details about that particular  home.  This book would be a great asset in a classroom or elementary school library setting as well. 

The author skillfully wraps up the book by saying...

"There are houses wherever people live. 
Even though houses have different
appearances in every country, each one is
someone's precious home."

I highly recommend this book and gave it...



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





About the illustrator 



Jin Hwa Kim has illustrated several books for children, including I Need a Friend, I Love Cars, Dad is Always First Place, Sparkling Healthy Eyes, and others. The illustrations for this book were created using paper carvings and collages to portray the feeling of warmth in homes. Ji Hyun Lee is the author of I Wonder Who Lives Next Door, My Runaway Dog, The History of Our Pottery, If There Was a Tree in Our House, and The Very Beautiful Field, among others.









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"Chirp" -a bookwrap








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Ages: 2-5




Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you to enjoy

































About the book




Chirp is an adorable, curious, adventurous little chick that decides to explore his world away from the rest of his family.  He hops off Momma's head where everyone is napping and heads out into the unknown world saying...

"I'll be back before they know it."

He slips between the slats of the fence, dodges a cat, two very large birds and then suddenly a gust of wind picks him up and lands him in a pot of blue paint.  Oh my! Luckily for him a little girl rescues him from the eminent danger.  He tears off back home with his new look and his siblings don't even recognize him, after all he's entirely  blue not yellow like the rest of them.  Now poor little Chirp is blue both inside and outside.  Oh my, my!

Thanks to a shower of raindrops and a true Momma's heart (who knows her kids inside and outside) he is reinstated back into the fluffy fold and they all live happily and safely ever after.  

This is a sweet story that I'm sure small kids will love.  It's simple, the illustrations depict little yellow puffs of love and a nurturing Momma who loves her little flock dearly. 






Storywraps Rating... 4 HUGS!!!!









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"Sammy in the Spring" - a bookwrap"My Bed" - a bookwrap"The Girl Who Said Sorry" - a bookwrap"Baseball Bats for Christmas" - a bookwrapOur Gift-Filled World - a bookwrap"Make A  Face" - a bookwrap"Open the Suitcase" - a bookwrap"Polar Bear Postman" - a bookwrap"Precious Home" - a bookwrap"Chirp" -a bookwrap

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