Thursday, December 8, 2016

Puppa-na-Wuppa Series - bookwraps









The delightful "Puppa-na-wuppana Series" is modelled after a real live adorable beagle.








This sweet guy is always having  new adventures and invites you to come along with him as he explores his world.  His tales are spun in both picture books and chapter books that kids will love. 




Praise for the books....


" Wonderful!" The students at Middletone Elementary loved hearing from the authors Cindy Koebele and Lori Weaver about the "magical" adventures of Puppa-na-wuppana.  Kids can relate to the joy of getting a new puppy and students couldn't wait to talk about their experiences with their own dogs.  The illustrations captured the story perfectly."
- Bay Shock, Middleton Media Specialist


"This book is so cute and amazing for little ones!  I would highly recommend it for children of all ages!  Teachers would love it too."
-Joseph Tran, Author





Let's unwrap the picture book first...

Both books are authored by Cindy Koebele and Lori Weaver
 Illustrations by Michael LaDuca






"The Beagle with the Magical Nose"

Ages 3-8 



Puppa-na-wuppana discovers he is special.  He discovers that he has a unique magical nose that helps him sniff out endless possibilities but also at times gets him into trouble.  He explains how he was adopted by a wonderful family who loves him dearly and he wants you to come along with him as he explores, plays and interacts with his beloved family members and his world.  In doing so he hopes you will feel that you are part of his family too.  




Unwrapping some extraordinary illustrations for you to enjoy...
















Unwrapping the chapter book...






"Living the Puppa-na-Life"

Ages 6-10

This early chapter book is sure to have your child coming back to read again and again.  The balance of text and amazing pictures is the perfect transition from picture to chapter book.   Puppa-na-wuppana, a lucky adoptee, finds a family that will love him, take care of him, and make him part of their clan.  He describes to people how he sometimes innocently gets into trouble but his forgiving family gently disciplines him and loves him unconditionally... after all he is just a sweet puppy and mistakes are made.  He shares his feelings about being placed in a brand new home away from his mother and siblings and how he makes new friends and has many fun adventures to tell you about.  Join Puppa-na-wuppana for lots of fun.  Who knows what he will be up to next? 



Ready? Here are the illustrations from the book ...



















About the authors...








The Puppa book series has been a long time vision of mine. Living with the "real-life" Puppa has provided my family with countless hours of entertainment, joy and exasperation. I wanted to share this with the world. I asked my best friend, Lori Weaver, to collaborate with me on this project and the exciting Puppa-na-wuppana series was launched. I also own and operate a successful title insurance company in the St. Paul/Minneapolis Twin Cities metro area and providing "over the top" service to my customers is a priority to me in everything I do. I live in the cute town of Mahtomedi, Minnesota with my loving and supportive husband Jon. I have two wonderful sons, Alec and Andre, two beautiful stepdaughters, Paige and Maggie and of course a lovable Beagle with a Magical Nose.









I am a self-employed title closer and share my home in Vadnais Heights, MN with three of my five wonderful children and our adorable rescue dogs, Nala, Marscaponie and Lola. Dog rescue is very near and dear to my heart and I volunteer for a wonderful local organization, SafeHands Rescue. Cindy Koebele and I have been best friends for over 15 years. She is "my person". I was honored when she asked me to collaborate with her in making her long time vision of "Puppa" into a reality. I hope everyone falls in love with Puppa as much as we have!






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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stocking stuffers wrap your mind around








Just to help you choose some "educational" stuffers to mix in with the candy and games stuffers is my focus today on Storywraps.  Here are some for you to consider...


1. Wikki Stix







Wikki Stix are made of yarn coated with wax. They are the perfect medium for creating just about anything! Wikki Stix stick to most flat surfaces and can easily be removed. They are great for “circling” sight words in big books, forming letters or creating characters to retell a story. Wikki Stix are recommended for ages 3 and up.



2. Finger Puppets








Finger puppets invite children to tell stories. Of course a book to go along with your puppet theme is always a winner too.  Kids love puppet play and using their imagination to make their stories come alive. 


3.  Crayon Rocks






These fun rocks are actually writing utensils.  Little ones will happily create and colour with these winning fun crayons.  I love the whole concept of them.



4. 







How cool are these?  The players link the cubes together and create a story to either orally tell or write down.  Many possibilities are available as the cubes are flipped and lined up in a different sequence.  These would be wonderful in a classroom setting.



5.  







Every child loves new utensils to write with.  Whether it be brand new crayons, markers, pens, coloured pencils, even paint and paint brushes... all formats are winners come Christmas morning.  Kids will be excited.  Be sure to include pads of paper, sticky notes, or colouring books for them to use too.


6.  Magazines







There are so many great children’s magazines on the market. You can pick up individual copies at local bookstores. Favorites of mine include High Five, Kids Discover and Your Big Backyard.  You can also include a gift certificate and get a full years subscription to a wonderful magazine.  Kids love the fact they come to your mailbox with their name on it.  They look forward each month to stories, games, puzzles and educational information to enjoy.



7. Bookmark collection






Once children get reading and into books you can start them on a bookmark collection.  It's fun to find bookmarks that define them as a person, or books they love to read, or animals they adore, or just funny sayings and quotes.  They are great to purchase while you are travelling and once started on the collection the sky is the limit.  Bookmarks are reasonably priced and easy to store.  




8. Library Card








This is probably my most favorite stocking stuffer and it’s FREE {in most communities }. Get your child their very own library card. Check your local library for age requirement rules.  After Christmas please make a stop at your local library to allow your child to try out their awesome present.  The holiday season is the perfect time to read loads of books that are offered free from your library.  




I hope this helps out a bit with your Christmas gift giving.  Have a wonderful day everyone.




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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Last Tree - a bookwrap








We are blessed to live in a world where beautiful plants and trees are green, lush and just a given for us.  Think of what it would be like if that was not the case... if our world was a concrete jungle, where just a few blades of grass were an oddity.  Today's featured book talks about a precious treasure... a tender young sapling found in the midst of a sterile grey mass of buildings, high walls and endless roadways. Can the infant tree somehow survive and grow to its full potential all on its own or will its current environment be its demise? 




Unwrapping...







Authored by Ingrid Chabbert and Illustrated by Guridi

Ages 3-8



Unwrapping some illustrations for you to peek at...



























About the book...





When the boy was little and oftentimes bored his dad told him stories about the world when he was young.  Dad's favourite story by far was how he used to roll around in the grass with his best friend, enjoying cartwheels, leapfrog, and kite-flying as the grass tickled his legs.  How different the boy's life is from his dad's.  His world is ceaseless paved roads, massive walls and ugly concrete buildings everywhere, although the bright spot is that he does have a best friend too, named Gus.

Gus comes to find him one day and shares a secret.  Together they hop on their bikes to uncover that secret making it into a reality.  The friends pedal very far to the outskirts of the city. When they reach their destination Gus shows the boy a fragile, struggling sapling that's growing behind a crumbling wall... the first tree that the boy has ever seen.



"It's so beautiful!" I whispered.
"It's the first one I've seen."


"Do you think it's the last tree?"


The boy is totally mesermized by the little tree's vulnerability and beauty.  He makes up his mind then and there to protect it and  replant it somewhere safe so it can thrive and grow to its full potential.   Can he actually do it?  Where will he do it?  Will their secret be exposed and the very life of that little tree be sacrificed and snuffed out?  Oh my!

This book is simple, the pictures stark with just the perfect injections of colour to enhance the narrative, and the message is very, very powerful.  It is wonderful to read a picture book that is such a strong advocate of preserving and appreciating the nature that surrounds us and that we simply take for granted.  The book opens up wonderful opportunities to discuss attitudes and abilities that will make a difference regarding our forests, parks and our many other God-given natural resources.  I highly recommend this book. 





About the author...






Born in 1978 in the verdant Aveyron, Ingrid Chabbert never left the south so dear to her heart ... Rodez, Albi, Toulouse and now the ramparts of Carcassonne. She has been writing since her adolescence but has only dared to read what comes out of her pen for a few months. His very first youth album was born in September 2010.




About the illustrator...






Guridi graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain; since then he has worked professionally in all fields of image, painting, printing, design and advertising. In 1995 he began specializing on graphic arts, institutional, advertising and multimedia. In 2010 His work focused on children's illustration books, posters for campaigns on cultural theater, dance and puppetry. He has taught workshops on illustration and creativity in Bilbao, Pontevedra, Granada, Madrid, Barcelona and Valladolid. Guridi has published more than thirty children’s books, which have been translated in more than nine languages. He obtained the First Prize for the Seventh “Encontro Internacional de Ilustração de S. João da Madeira” in 2014. In 2015 he was awarded with the Best Illustrated Book Award for his book “El Rebaño”.  He has also been selected for several awards such as: Gremio de Libreros de Madrid and Premio Plastilina & Bloggers for his Illustration Trajectory, among others. Guridi’s work is powerful and evocative; it plays with colors and textures creating imaginary worlds inspired by the magic of nature. To see more of his work, visit: http://guridi.blogspot.com/







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