Book Review: ‘Kangaroo Clues’ by Margot Finke


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Australian author Margot Finke’s new bookKangaroo Clues is a masterpiece. The picture book introduces the reader to the Australian outback.

The story is about a kangaroo named Roo being pursued by dingoes. Learning about Roo’s world is very fascinating. The icing on the cake is when the author introduces other wildlife from the Australian Outback.

I enjoyed learning about a kookaburra, an emu, a koala, an echidna, a frillneck lizard, a galah, a platypus, and a goanna. The footnotes explanations made it easy to understand fully the true nature of these interesting critters.

Ms. Finke provides the reader with many adventures, but more importantly, the reader learns about how tough life can be for these animals. She also made mention of religious beliefs of the people from the Aboriginal culture.

Two things stand out when reading this informative book:

  • Use of Language: It takes a very talented author to write in rhymes. Ms. Finke, in my opinion does a fabulous job. This is a big plus for children learning how to read. Teachers can use end rhymes to introduce children to new vocabulary. Here are some great examples:

A few dogs barked; they were safe on land.
None of them swam to give their mates a hand.
They soon slunk off, a beaten pack.
If they were smart they’d not come back.

As Roo leaped past the wattles and gums,
He planned a lesson for those outback bums.
The bush critters fled as Roo hopped past.
None of them wanted to be picked off last.

  • The artwork:The illustrations bring to life the Australian Outback. I have never been to Australia, but the pictures speak loudly to me. The mystical appeal of the illustrations transports me to a land of adventures and excitement.

Young readers will fall in love with this great book. So, if you are like me, and love providing your young reader with quality, well written books, you may want to get a copy of Kangaroo Clues.

To find out more of Margot Finke, visit her website

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Book Review: Fantastic Flight by Barbara Bockman


FF300Reading Barbara Bockman’s award-winningFantastic Flight afforded me a trip back to memory lane. The book reminded me of one very important period in my life, raising three children and allowing them to engage in constructive make-believe play.

Barbara’s book brought a huge smile to my face because it chronicles the importance of make-believe play. After spending one night at Grandma and Grandpa, little Jessica becomes homesick. Grandma suggests that Grandpa takes Jessica on an outing. What follows is a fantastic outing that will help Jessica forget about being homesick.

Having minored in child psychology, I learned that make-believe play is essential for all children. Pretend play has many cognitive advantages. Constructive playtime may include cognitive skills such as decision-making, and problem solving. More importantly, imaginative play helps children develop their imagination and motor skills.

One very important thing for all parents to understand is a child can’t develop motor skills by being sedentary. Getting up and moving around and actively engaging in play is the only way a child will be able to develop motor skills.

Some experts believe child obesity is on the rise because too many kids spend too much time watching TV and playing video games. Pretend play is very healthy and it is risk-free allowing children to venture out in a creative way.

The vivid illustrations by Jack Foster drew me in right away. Fantastic Flight is a great book that both adults and children will enjoy reading. The book can be a great resource for parents and teachers to teach children about the endless possibilities of pretend play.

To learn more about Barbara Bockman please visit her website.

To check out more about her award-winning book please visit here.

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CONTACT:    Mary Sue Roberts, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine

Email:              submissions@guardian-angel-kids.com

Website:          http://guardian-angel-kids.com

For Immediate Release

 

Children’s Ezine Guardian Angel Kids: Imagination – February 2013 Issue

 

A stagnate mind squashes the imagination. To keep one’s creativity and imagination flowing it’s essential to explore the unknown and take chances to think outside the box. Imagine for a moment if everyone thought, worked and acted the same way. What a boring world this would be! Read beyond the normal genre you gravitate to, explore the what if’s of everyday life, enjoy nature and soak in the wonders all around you. Challenge yourself on a daily basis and watch your imagination soar to new levels.

Come explore the world of Guardian Angel Kids www.guardian-angel-kids.com through the thought provoking poetry, short stories and articles to expand your imagination and have fun along the way.

To the dedicated GAK readers and contributors after soul searching her own writing career path, Donna McDine has decided to step down as GAK Editor-in-Chief and dedicate more time to her personal writing and book promotional efforts. This decision did not come lightly, but to be able to expand her imagination and efforts she needed to lighten her work responsibilities. McDine shares that it has been a distinct privilege working with Lynda Burch, Donna Shepherd,Kevin McNamee, and Mary Sue Roberts over the course of the last two plus years. And of course, her daily interactions with the valuable contributors, whom without Guardian Angel Kids Ezine would not exist.

McDine wishes you all the very best in imagination and inspiration throughout 2013 and beyond! She looks forward to staying in touch. Please feel free to drop her a line any time at donna@donnamcdine.com.

We also invite you to stay connected with Guardian Angel Kids through our Facebook Fan Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Guardian-Angel-Kids-Ezine/163785080346247.

Please feel free to drop Editor-in-Chief, Mary Sue Roberts an email at submissions@guardian-angel-kids.com and let them know what you think of Guardian Angel Kids and what you’d like to see in the future. They aim to please.

The Guardian Angel Kids Ezine staff and contributors look forward to your visit. Thank you for your time and interest.

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Book Review: You Are the Best Medicine by Julie Aigner Clark


How do you break the news and tell your children that you have breast cancer? This has to be the most difficult thing a mother has to deal with. Author and breast cancer survivor Julie Aigner Clark’s book, You are the Best Medicine, is by far the best book on the topic of breast cancer.

The author chronicles her experience as she explains to her daughter that she has cancer. Watching a parent go through cancer treatment is not something any child should have to endure. The author does an outstanding job showing how her daughter helps nurture her while undergoing cancer treatment.

I love the soft and sweet tone of the book. The author manages to show how both mother and child need comforting in this difficult time. The title of the book speaks volume, as it is a great reminder that love and kindness is by far a very powerful and most important medicine. I love the positive tone of the story too. The author shows that one should never give up on hope, even in a potentially life-ending situation like cancer. This is my favorite part of the book:

“And then I will be well. And I will think of all the happiest times that we have had, like birthday parties and swimming and hide-and-go seek, and I will think of all the happy times we are going to have together tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that.”

This book will make a great gift for family or friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. The soft illustrations bring the delicate story to life. The author gives a portion of the proceeds to UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The center is well known for its pioneering role in developing life-saving cancer treatments. Learn more here.

Article first published as Book Review: You Are the Best Medicine by Julie Aigner Clark on Blogcritics.

 

Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Winners


I am happy to announce that my book, My Sister Is My Best Friend has been awarded a literary classic award in the female audience category.  I want to thank my publisher, Lynda Burch of Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.  This is  a dream come true.  Thank you Literary Classic!

See the press release  below:

NEWS
For Immediate Release
October 15, 2012

Literary Classics

info@clcawards.org

Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Winners

SOUTH DAKOTA – Literary Classics announced its 2012 selection of top books for children and young adults today.  Award recipients were selected from entries received throughout the world.  The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.

A list of the 2012 recipients follows:

Best First Picture Book, PreSchool, A Box Story by Kenneth Kit Lamug

Best First Picture Book, Early Reader, Terple Always Dream Bigger by Richie Frieman

Best Illustrator, Bella & Harry, Let’s Visit Athens, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Best Series, The Bella & Harry Book Series by Lisa Manzione

Best First Chapter Book, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Gold – Picture Book, Preschooler,  Fantastic Flight by Barbara Bockman

Silver – Picture Book, Preschooler, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep by Kathy Stemke

Gold – Picture Book, Early Reader, Bella & Harry Let’s Visit London by Lisa Manzione, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Silver – Picture Book, Early Reader, Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Cairo by Lisa Manzione, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Gold – Educational, Early Reader, The Great Divide, Suzanne Slade

Silver – Educational, Early Reader, Animal Animalogies by Marianne Berkes

Gold – Environmental Issues, Early Reader, Sea Turtle Summer by Nancy Stewart

Silver – Environmental Issues, Early Reader, One Pelican at a Time by Nancy Stewart

Gold – Non Fiction Preteen, Clara’s Great War by Evelyn Rothstein

Gold – General Preteen, the Casting by Joyce Shor Johnson

Silver – General Preteen, Return to Finkleton by KC Hilton

Gold – Fiction Preteen, the Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Silver – Fiction Preteen, Walking Through Walls by Karen Cioffi

Gold – Fantasy Preteen, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Silver – Fantasy Preteen, Shield Maiden by Richard Denning

Gold – Science Fiction Preteen, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Silver – Science Fiction – Preteen, The Crystal Ship by CJ Carter-Stephenson

Gold – Mystery Preteen, the Stone Child by Dan Poblocki

Gold – General Young Adult, Runaway Twins by Pete Palamountain

Silver – General Young Adult, Young, Funny & Unbalanced by David Smithyman

Gold – Fiction Young Adult, Caves, Cannons & Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure

Silver – Fiction Young Adult, Young Knights of the Round Table The King’s Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello

Gold – Non-Fiction Young Adult, Black & White by Larry Dane Brimner

Gold – Fantasy Fiction Young Adult, Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut

Silver – Fantasy Fiction Young Adult, Drawn by Marie Lamba

Gold – Science Fiction Young Adult, the Limit by Kristen Landon

Silver – Science Fiction Young Adult, the Orphan Ship by Sterling R. Walker

Gold – Mystery Young Adult, Stalked by Kristiana Gregory

Cultural Issues, Clara’s Great War by Evelyn Rothstein

Holiday, Santa & The Little Teddy Bear by Peter John Lucking

Self Esteem, Beautiful Wild Rose Girl by B. Magnolia

Female Audience, My Sister is my Best Friend by Nicole Weaver

Mature Issues, In Memory of Dad by Maranda Russell

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.  Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.

The Literary Classics judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.   To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at http://www.literaryclassicsawards.com.

 

LITERARY CLASSIC FINALISTS


So very happy to announce that my book, My Sister Is My Best Friend is a finalist in the literary classic award program.  Read press release below for details.

NEWS
For Immediate Release
October 1, 2012

Literary Classics

info@clcawards.org

RAPID CITY, SD – Literary Classics announced its 2012 selection of top book finalists for children and young adults today.  The list includes finalists from entries received all over the world.  The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.

A list of the 2012 award finalists follows:

Animalogy: Animalogy Analogies, Marianne Berkes

Fantastic Flight, Barbara Bockman

Black & White, Larry Dane Brimner

The King’s Ransom, Cheryl Carpinello

Walking Through Walls, Karen Cioffi

Shield Maiden, Richard Denning

Terple Always Dream Bigger, Richie Frieman

Stalked, Kristiana Gregory

Return to Finkleton, KC Hilton

The Casting, Joyce Shor Johnson

Griffin Rising, Darby Karchut

The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Drawn, Marie Lamba

A Box Story, Kenneth Kit Lamug

The Limit, Kristen Landon

Santa & The Little Teddy Bear, Peter John Lucking

Beautiful Wild Rose Girl, B. Magnolia

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Athens!  Lisa Manzione

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Cairo!  Lisa Manzione

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit London!  Lisa Manzione

Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes, PHC Marchesi

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines, Beverly Stowe McClure

Runaway Twins, Pete Palamountain

The Stone Child, Dan Poblocki

Clara’s Great War, Evelyn Rothstein

In Memory of Dad, Maranda Russell

Young Funny and Unbalanced, David Smithyman

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep, Kathy Stemke
The Crystal Ship, CJ Carter-Stephenson

The Great Divide, Suzanne Slade

One Pelican at a Time, Nancy Stewart

Sea Turtle Summer, Nancy Stewart

The Orphan Ship, Sterling R. Walker

My Sister is My Best Friend, Nicole Weaver

All final award levels and categories will be announced October 15, 2012.

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children’s literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.  Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses the key elements found in well-crafted literature.

The Literary Classics judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.   To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at http://www.literaryclassicsawards.com.

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