Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"A Song of Four Seasons" - a bookwrap











We, who are blessed to have four seasons in our lives, will understand the joy exhibited in today's featured book.  Come with me as I unveil a sweet book that small kids will surely enjoy.





Unwrapping






Authored and illustrated by
Helen H. Wu



Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations for you to peek at










































About the book


Four sweet teddies take you through the four seasons of the year using rhyme and charming visuals.  

The seasons are beautifully presented as the four engage in seasonal activities. 

In Spring they pick flowers and observe fluttering butterflies and buzzing bees. In Summer the unbearable heat encourages them to take refuge on a sandy beach to play and splash in the water which  cools them off.  As Autumn moves in the wind blows crisp, the leaves turn red and fall to the ground, the geese migrate south and the teddies participate in a fun harvest party.  Lastly, Winter encompasses the earth.  The snow and freezing cold force the four to gather up their warm blankets and snuggle together as the Sandman beckons them forth for a long winter's sleep.  

The illustrations fit perfectly and enrich the melodious text.  The colour pallet is calm and gentle making it a perfect book to read before tucking your little one in for the night.  "A Song of Four Seasons" is a celebration of the diversity of the seasons. 



Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!!!!!







About the author







Helen H. Wu, was born and raised in Hefei, China. Helen took private lessons and studied drawing for more than ten years beginning at age six. She attended Renmin University of China, majoring in Public Management, after that she came to the United States to study Applied Economics. During her school days Helen traveled to many places in Asia, Europe and North America. These journeys exposed her to various cultures and arts, while providing inspiration for her artistic creativity. Helen's love of art is deep rooted. She taught herself graphic design and after graduation she opened her own art studio. Helen started to illustrate children's books in 2011. Currently she is a freelance artist living in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and a lab pup.

"I'm a graphic designer, children's book illustrator and writer. Art is a world that I can escape into that is dreamy, expansive, expressive, and timeless. I enjoy exploring various art mediums which includes: acrylics; pen and ink; pencil; digital and mixed media. My artworks are inspired by the unique elements of everyday life, my Labrador pup Bear, the amazing people I meet, nature itself, novels I read, movies I watch and music I listen to. "
----Helen H. Wu

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Monday, January 22, 2018

"Hooray for Grandma!" - a bookwrap










Unwrapping







"Hooray for Grandma!" 

Authored by Beatrice Masini
Illustrated by Guilia Zaffaroni

Ages:  3-8
Grade Levels:  PS-3



Unwrapping some fun illustrations











































About the book



The little girl who narrates the story simply adores her grandma.  The special bond between grandma and granddaughter is a very strong one.

She explains to the reader why she holds her grandma in such high esteem.  Why even though grandma talks a lot... a lot..., her grandma is very knowledgeable when it comes to words (both of this world and world's beyond), she is physically fit to the max, she loves culture, both movies and art galleries, she has amazing artistic talents herself, she hates cooking and orders in often,  she has plenty of friends (she is the most colourful of them all), and she is a wonderful reader and proponent of bookstores and storytelling, just to name a few. 

Grandma teaches her beloved granddaughter about her life and their family life through the wonderful treasures that she has stashed away in her drawers. These secrets are imbedded in necklaces, bracelets, and a doll the belonged to her daughter.  She relates familial stories to her sweet granddaughter who is eager to listen and learn from the astute matriarch.  The little girl comes to the realization that her grandma is a treasure herself and someone she would love to emulate in her own life.  

This book is part of the "Hooray for Family" series. These books are a celebration of childhood in all its beautiful forms and I highly recommend them. 




Storywraps Rating  -  5 HUGS!!!!! 






Introducing the author







Masini was born in Milan. She is a well-known and successful writer of books for children and teens, translated into over 20 languages, from Finnish to Thai. She works as an editor in an Italian publishing group and has translated books such as the Harry Potter saga by J. K. Rowling. In 2004 she received the prestigious Andersen Prize as best children's author of the year. " " " "Oonagh Stransky was born in Paris in 1967 and currently lives in Tuscany. She has translated fiction, poetry and essays for both British and American publishers. The Watercolourist is the second novel that she has team-translated with her daughter, Clarissa Ghelli. Clarissa Ghelli was born in Italy in 1990, attended college in Rome, and is currently doing graduate work in Art Education at Teacher's College, Columbia University, in New York City.





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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Postcard Happiness Project - an infowrap








Postcard happiness is a site dedicated to encouraging the sending postcards.

The idea is to explore the potential of postcard exchanges in various forms not limited to:
Sending kindness & encouragement where it’s needed most with the postcard happiness project:

Encouraging the world to focus their positive energy onto a small rectangular piece of postcard and sending it to people who could physically and emotionally benefit from a little encouragement or acknowledgement in the form of kind, written words from strangers and friends.




Go to:  http://postcardhappiness.com




Who is responsible for such a great idea?





I’m Tatjana, a graphic designer/ illustrator/ photographer/ adventurer/ with a passion for postcards, travel, ice cream and languages.






Unwrapping what it's all about



The postcard happiness project is a free initiative that enables us to send postcards to others who could benefit from a little postal kindness. It is about potential happiness. It’s not meant to make you sad about challenging times. It’s designed to lift your spirits in the knowledge that there’s something small and inexpensive that you can do to lift a stranger’s spirits in a big way somewhere out there.

· I post stories/ profiles of real people who could do with a little encouragement or support in the form of friendly, physical postcards.

· You and others can check out the website, pick a person you resonate with, take down their postal address and send them a friendly postcard (like in the good old days).

· That person receives a friendly postcard from someone (you) across the globe whom they have or have never met and they feel super happy. Or… even better, that person’s postbox is filled with friendly postcards from people around the world and their spirits are lifted. Mission accomplished.

· It’s free. The only costs to this project is the postcard (which you can make from images or photographs you have at home) and the stamp.


Who does it benefit? 


If you know someone who could do with a little support or love or celebration for any reason right now, send me their story and their postal address. I’ll put the story up on this page and voila, the ball is rolling. We can send happy people postcards too so if you know someone who has recently achieved some great personal goal, send me their details. It would be great if they received congratulations from a bunch of us.
Also if you have any suggestions or feedback feel free to let me know.


Unwrapping one creative idea for the design of your postcard
(many more on the website) 



Creating postcards using Postick:



Extracting the potential postcards that exist in “mundane” objects such as newspaper clippings, photographs, maps, flyers, drawings, packaging (and the list goes on). Turning these object into meaningful postcards by simply pasting a Postick on the back.
Join the postcard revolution :)


Things you could turn into
postcards with Postick:


· Photographs
· Drawings
· Flyers
· Invitations to events
· Fabric
· Vintage photographs
· Collaged bits & pieces
· Beautiful cardboard tea packaging
· Vintage/ used postcards
· Cut-out posters
· Nice gift wrap (but only if it’s nice)
· Torn-off corner of a Parisian paper place-mat 
· Magazine clippings
· Doodles on a paper serviette
· Torn-out page from a daily planner
· Kids drawings
· Paper menus
· Pages from old discarded books
· A section of a map
· Old concert tickets
· Pressed flowers
· Cardboard chocolate packaging
· Baby announcement photos
· Wedding pics



 Tatjana has also designed beautiful postcards to purchase.  















I love the whole idea and implementation of being a goodwill ambassador and sending words of kindness and encouragement to those who need some love in their life's journey.  Please check the website out and please participate if you feel lead to do so.  

What a wonderful caring and challenging project.  Words are very powerful and they can literally change a person's life.  They dispense hope and a sense of care whether they are for someone battling depression or celebrating with someone who has made a great achievement or is having a birthday.  Words of happiness are always in fashion and the right thing to do.     

Great work Tatjana.  Pass happiness on everyone. Let's change our world into a positive and uplifting one by making people feel special and showering them with happiness. 




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