Thursday, March 31, 2016

Willow's Smile - a bookwrap

Quotes about smiling...


Authored by Lana Button

Illustrated by Tania Howells

Unwrapping some illustrations to peek at...

About the book...

Willow can smile sometimes.... it is so easy to do.  

"But sometimes, when she wished she could, and knew she should, her smile slipped straight off her face."

Picture Day is fast approaching at school and Willow starts to get anxious.  What if she can't smile? At home she studies her smile in the mirror and dresses it up with this outfit and that outfit but it is as fleeting as her numerous costume changes.  Oh my!  

On Picture Day Dad ties pretty red ribbons in her hair and encourages his daughter by telling her, "I'm sure your picture will be perfect."

The excitement at school is electrifiying with everyone making sure every inch of them is picture perfecto.   There is such patting of hair, jangling of bracelets, twirling of bodies and flat out boasting and that makes Willow even more self-conscious .   Willow notices in all this exhilaration that her friend Tianna has forgotten about Picture Day and is crying and sad because she had wanted to wear something special for her picture.  

Willow reaches out to her friend and manages to cheer her up, bringing a smile to both her friend's face and her own.  Unfortunately her smile disappears again when her class is called up next to get their photographs taken.  

Will Willow find her smile or will her smile be lost forever?  How in the world can she retrieve it in time for her photo?  Is it even possible to do so?   With encouragement from the sensitive photographer, her kind teacher and her classmates cheering her on,  magic happens.  Smiles are infectious and when you see other faces  beaming it is easy peasy to light up and SMILE BIG right back at them!  Yes!!   Success!!

I loved the main character, Willow.   I loved the positive message of the book that when you are kind and give to others you get rewarded in return.  The illustrations are full of activity and expression which visually bring the text to life.  I highly recommend this book. 

About the author...

    Lana Button works in early childhood education. Her writing has been published in Lady Bug magazine and Today's Parent. Willow's Whispers is Lana's first book for Kids Can Press.

About the illustrator...

Tania lives in Toronto with her husband and son, Finch. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1997 and has been a freelance illustrator for 15 years. Tania has done work for clients such as Today's Parent magazine, Chirp, Holt Renfrew, The National Post and many others. She is currently a stay-at-home mum, and after bedtime, she works on her drawings. In another life, Tania might like to be a fabric designer, a librarian or even a small-town cafe owner. She sometimes has trouble saying things out loud, just like Willow. She likes coffee and tea, walks, reading books, daydreaming and baking things. Instagram: @taniahowells
Twitter: @taniahowells

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