Friday, April 28, 2017

"The Rock that Rolled Across the Ocean" - a bookwrap










Unwrapping some quotes about "PURPOSE IN LIFE"











Unwrapping...







"The Rock that Rolled Across the Ocean" 

Authored by N.D. Byma
Illustrated by Maddy Wagar
Ages 3+



Unwrapping some adorable illustrations for you to enjoy... 



























About the book...




According to Amazon...


"The story of a little seaweed and barnacle covered rock that ventures across the ocean to find its purpose. With adventure, laughs and a subtle lesson of perseverance and hope; this story will surely warm the hearts and stoke the imaginations of readers young and old." 





My Take...



This book to me was like a modern day parable.  An insignificant, barnacle-infested, seaweed-bound, tiny rock living in a dreary, God-forsaken (or was it?) beach is discovered by a kind and loving stranger.  The stranger gently picks up the sad wretched rock and challenges him to discover his purpose in life.  He tells him a greater life does await him if he seeks it with all his heart.  

Those encouraging words go deep into the little rock's heart and he decides to risk it all and follow the stranger's advice.  With brute determination and a little help along the way the courageous rock rolls across the ocean floor to victory.  He cannot contain his happiness as he once again finds himself in the gentle hand of that stranger and is strategically placed in a thriving oasis-like garden surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers.  He, himself refreshed and feeling brand new inside and out, shines where he has been planted.  He indeed has found his purpose.  

This story is inspiring and heartwarming. The illustrations enrich  the narrative greatly.  We all have adversity in our lives and this positive message of hope and love will lift your spirit and encourage you to find your true purpose in this life... it's there for the finding if you never give up!  Happiness and fulfillment can be yours if you do.

This is N.D. Byma's fourth picture book.  I have reviewed each one and they are highly recommended. 





Storywraps rating -  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!










About the author...



N.D. Byma is a writer and storyteller from Beaverton, Oregon with a passion for creating stories that speak to both children and adults at the same time. 
His books can be found in churches, schools, libraries hospitals and other locations around the country.








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Thursday, April 27, 2017

"It's Hard to Swim" - a bookwrap






Eden is sooooo excited!  Her best friend Ellie's new book has arrived and she can't wait to read it and see what Ellie is up to now. She is ready to dive in....





Oh look!!!! Ellie wrote her a note in the front of the book.... but of course....Ellie would send her love... that's what good friends do right?  They are both dachshunds and love each other so. Eden's blushing under all that fur and tickled pink. 




I help Eden unwrap her book... she can't wait. "Bark! Bark! Bark!"





"Hurry up please!!!! Ellie is waiting to talk to me...."



Unwrapping...






 "It's Hard to Swim"

Authored by K. J. Hales
Illustrated by Serene Wyatt

Ages: 3-5
Grades: PS - K







Eden is all cozy ready to look at the pictures because you know she cannot read the words...yet!  

Here's what she discovers...






Unwrapping some fantastic pictures for you to enjoy with her...



















About the book... (this part is mine because I can read the words)




Ellie has surfaced once again to share Life's Little Lesson #2, "It's Hard to Swim".  Just as adorable as ever, this spunky pup with personality plus, learns what it's like to leave the land behind and become a sea hound.  Oh my! 

She is quite comfortable being a landlubber chasing balls, running and fetching and staying dry.  But then one day the power of her people (who love her dearly) force her to go beyond her comfort level.  They wrestle her down, wrap her in a bright yellow lifejacket contraption and in she goes!  

Ellie is scared and shaking and has to come to terms with her fate.  Will she sink to the depth of the sea and be bait for those underwater creatures that are lurking in the deep waiting for a fat little dachshund to devour?  Her other choice?  Ellie can face her fears, let go of her anxiety and go with the flow.  Will she decide to do it?  Can she succeed successfully?

The illustrations are vibrant, bright and ooze with still-life animation and pure fun.  Kids will love all the antics and expressions that this little gem of a dog can deliver and she does so on every page.  Written in rhyme this book is delightful. I highly, highly recommend it.









"I was cheering for you Ellie!  I knew you could do it my friend.  Way to go. Now you can come and teach me how to dog paddle in the deep.  I can't wait."







Storywraps rating - 5 High-paws AND BEYOND!!!.....








About the author...




Kim Hales is the founder of Open Door Press, Inc. and the author of the children's book series Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Wiener Dog

After a career in the corporate business world, she was inspired to return to her passion for story and art, by of all things - her wiener dog. Shortly after Ellie came into her life, Kim picked up a yellow note pad and began writing humorous stories and doodles about the daily problems and perils of being a ''wiener dog.'' 

As the number of stories grew so did Kim's desire to share ''Life's Little Lessons'' with the world. She established Open Door Press to do just that. 

Kim lives in Southern California with her husband, her muse Ellie the Wienerdog, and Ellie's little sisters, Ruby and Pepper.






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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Poetry For Kids: Walt Whitman - a bookwrap











According to Wikipedia:


Walter "Walt" Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Wikipedia







Unwrapping...






~ Poetry for Kids ~
Walt Whitman
Ages: 9-12
Grade Level: 3-8


Unwrapping some illustrations for you...
Kate Evans is the illustrator












About the book...


This beautiful book of poems is a perfect introduction to the famous American poet Walt Whitman.  There are 35 carefully chosen poems for kids to enjoy.  The poems are presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbiener, PhD, a Whitman expert.  

Each poem features commentary on its content, definitions of perhaps unfamiliar words to a child, and an enlightening forward that gives educational background on the poet himself and how the book is designed.  The illustrations make the words come alive contributing a visual form of poetry themselves.  

The collection features a variety of poems that are kid-friendly and describe life as Walt Whitman saw it.  I love at the end of the book a section entitled "What Walt Was Thinking". 


Here is a taste of one of his poems...


A Woman Waits For Me (excerpt)  


They are not one jot less than I am,
They are tanned in the face by shining suns and blowing winds,
Their flesh has the old divine suppleness and strength,
They know how to swim, row, ride, wrestle, shoot, run, strike, retreat, advance, resist, defend themselves,
They are ultimate in their own right -- they are calm, clear, well-possess'd of themselves






Jot: bit (Walt is thinking of tiny drips from his pen)
Suppleness: flexibility


At the back of the book from: What Walt was Thinking


A Woman Waits for Me (1860): 

Women's rights and abolitionism were two revolutionary movements that developed simultaneously in the mid-nineteenth century.  In his journalism, Walk had long defended women's rights for fair salaries and equal treatment.  This poem celebrates their strength of character as well as their physical bodies.  His ideas were considered so progressive that this pen was banned from publication in 1882. 

I highly recommend this book (and this series).  It would be a beautiful collection to own and what better month to start than April when we celebrate National Poetry Month.  


Storywraps rating.... 5+ HUGS!!!!!


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More about Walt Whitman...






I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.
I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.
You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

– Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass


Walt Whitman was one of the most influential poets of the 19th century. Completely self-educated, Whitman read the works of Homer, Shakespeare and Dante as a child. At age 16 he became a school teacher and founded a newspaper at the age of 19. In 1840, Whitman had his first novel published and several short stories. In 1855, Whitman published Leaves of Grass – the work for which he is certainly best known. The collection of poems in Leaves of Grass are celebrations of the harmony between the human body, spirit, and senses, in combination with the natural world. “Song of Myself”, “I sing the Body Electric”, and “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” are among the most highly regarded of the poems in Leaves of Grass. Walt Whitman had great admiration for Abraham Lincoln and dedicated the poem made famous in the movie Dead Poets Society, “Oh Captain, My Captain”, to the fallen president in Leaves of Grass. Today, Whitman remains inspirational to modern day poets not just in America, but in Latin America and France as well. 




About the author/illustrator


  Karen Karbiener is a Whitman scholar at New York University. She has published widely on Whitman's life and work, and edited Leaves of Grass: First and Death-bed Editions for Barnes & Noble Classics. She is a recognized public scholar and has been featured in radio, television, and online programs, authored two audio books on Whitman's cultural legacy, and hosts New York City's annual "Song of Myself" Marathon. She lives in New York City.


  Freelance illustrator and fine artist Kate Evans has worked for many high-profile clients, including Random House, HarperCollins, V and A Magazine,The Guardian, and National Geographic. Her illustrations have been published in many countries around the world.Combining delicate line drawings with watercolor washes, Kate produces images that reflect the richness of their subject matter. Her illustrations suggest subtle emotional states and have been frequently used by publishers to capture the complexity of particular places and situations.








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