Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer bookwraps ... enjoy!

Today is a Civic/Provincial holiday in Canada and it gets me feeling patriotic and thinking about books and all the fine talented authors and illustrators we have that are Canadian.  Here are a few for you to check out.  Oh Canada (and the world)...  please read on!!!

Ben Says Goodbye

Written by Sarah Ellis
Illustrated by Kim La Fave

Ages 3-6      Grades 2-3

Friendship | Moving | Loss | Imagination | Emotions

When Ben’s best friend, Peter, moves away, Ben moves, too — into a “cave” under the dining room table. Caveboy doesn’t need any friends except his stuffed lion. He hunts for his food (left on a plate by Mom and Dad) and communicates in grunts. In his cave, Ben can imagine a world where friends control their own destinies and distance is no obstacle.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Written by Lindsay Mattick
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

 Ages 4-9    Grades 2-3

Winnie the Pooh | Biography | Canadian History | World War I | Compassion

In 1914, on his way to tend horses during World War I, Captain Harry Colebourn rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. Naming the bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, he took the cub to war. Lindsay Mattick, Harry’s real-life great-granddaughter, recounts their journey to an army base in England — and finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie met a boy named Christopher Robin.

How to Mend a Heart
Written and illustrated by Sara Gillingham

Ages 4-8    Grades 1-3

Friendship | Kindness | Sadness | Heartbreak

A charming arts-and-crafts approach to dealing with moments of heartbreak. Be it caused by a lost pet, a friend’s moving away or simple childhood injustice, little hearts can be quick to break. This book provides the gentle touch needed to soothe a sore heart — a little thread, a bit of paste or a bandage — there is a remedy for hurts big and small.

Sing a Song of Bedtime

Compiled and illustrated by Barbara Reid

Ages 1-5    Grades 1-3

Lullabies | Songs | Poems | Mother Goose

In this beautiful companion to Sing a Song of Mother Goose, Barbara Reid’s bright and tactile images illuminate a variety of bedtime rhymes and lullabies. From “Little Boy Blue” to “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,” these classic songs, poems and lullabies are perfect for bedtime or any time. This title is also available in French as Comptines pour faire dodo.

(Imagine a World…, Book 4)

Written and illustrated by Rob Gonsalves

Ages 6-10     Grades 2-3

Imagination | Possibilities | Poetry | Magical Realism

Can you imagine a world where the sky becomes the Earth? Or where you can cut mountains out of curtains? Or ships sail into the sky? This is the amazing world created by artist Rob Gonsalves. This fourth instalment in the Imagine a… series explores a world that is boundless and beautiful, inviting readers to imagine a world of possibilities — to imagine this world.

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour
Written by Anne Michaels

Ages 6-10     Grades 3-5

Cats | Adventure | Humour | Short Stories | Whimsy

Miss Petitfour is an expert at baking and eating cakes. Her favourite mode of transport is by tablecloth, and she takes her 16 cats out for an airing daily; this often involves outings such as a search for marmalade or a trip to the Festooning Festival. Fetch a tablecloth and join Miss Petitfour and her feline friends for five magical adventures!

The Enchanted Egg
(Magical Animal Adoption Agency, Book 2)
Written by Kallie George
Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

Ages 7-10      Grades 3-4

Magic | Pets | Responsibility | Imagination | Fairy Tales

A mysterious giant egg has arrived at the Magical Animal Adoption Agency, and neither Clover nor Mr. Jams, the owner of the agency, can tell what sort of creature will hatch from it. Mr. Jams decides to visit a Magical Animal Expert, leaving the egg in Clover’s care. Since the egg doesn’t appear ready to hatch, what could go wrong?


Curl up with a good book in your home, in your shady backyard, as you experience liftoff in an airplane, at your lakeside cottage or soaking up the sun laying on a towel on the beach.  Books are the best because there are no commercials and the benefits of a good book lasts a lifetime.  Have an awesome day... all day... everyone!   Thanks for stopping by Storywraps, the little blog where you are always welcome. 

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