Thursday, June 29, 2017

Me, Me, Me - a bookwrap

A very valuable life lesson is learned in today's featured book. Newsflash!!!! It's NOT all about you in life.   I think you will enjoy this book.


"Me, Me, Me"

Authored by Annika Dunklee
Illustrated by Lori Joy Smith

Ages 3-7
Available from Kids Can Press (Sept. 5, 2017) 

Some great illustrations to ogle...

About the book...

Three best girlfriends, Annie, Lillemor and Lilianne are thrilled when it is announced at school that there is going to be a talent show.  All three girls love to sing so at Annie's prompting they decide to enter as a girl's singing group.  They hurriedly plan a business picnic meeting and that's when things start going south.  They have to agree on the song they will sing, the costumes they will wear and the singing roles they will perform.  

Annie shuts down all their input because she demands to be in charge as this whole group singing thing was her idea.  That does not fly well with her friends and they finally tell her enough is enough!  They do not want to be part of the group any longer and they quit.  Oh my! Annie's, me, me, me attitude causes a split and she figures fine, no problem, I'll go solo.  

Through trials and tribulations Annie discovers she isn't doing well on her own and she misses her friends.   She fears she has made a huge mistake by breaking up the group because of her selfishness and her friend's duo act they are creating is greatly lacking in lustre.  The girls have to swallow their pride, forgive each other and work in unity so they can give their best performance at the talent show.  Will it happen do you think?  

 Empathy, diversity and cooperation are featured.  The illustrations are expressive and vibrant making them kid-friendly and alluring.  Friendship is a two-way street (in this case a three-way street) and everyone in that relationship has important things to say, share and   are to be respected.  Teamwork within a group is essential for it to succeed and for everyone to feel a sense of ownership.  It is a wonderful book to share with your kids.

Storywraps rating...   5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author...

Annika Dunklee was born in Uppsala, Sweden, to a Scottish father and a Swedish mother. She bases a lot of her stories on her own childhood memories. My Name Is Elizabeth! was inspired by anyone who dislikes having his or her name shortened, lengthened, mispronounced or mangled in some way.

Lori Joy Smith is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and the United States. Her illustrations have appeared on greeting cards and in Chirp, American Girl, Teen and Today's Parent magazines, among other places. Lori enjoys knitting, drawing and sewing. She lives with her family in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

About the illustrator...

As a young girl, Lori Joy Smith made weekly trips to the nearby children's library with her father. These trips sparked her love of reading and children's books. As a teenager, Lori lived in Italy and visited some of the most beautiful museums in Europe, which left her wanting nothing more than to make art. Now she gets to put these two loves together every day, working as an artist and illustrator.

She loves making art, walking in the forest, looking at the stars, drinking coffee, growing flowers and, most of all, reading to her own girls every night before they go to sleep.

Lori lives in a cute little house on a beautiful little island with her husband, two daughters, two cats and a dog. Her work has appeared in Chirp and American Girl magazines. She has illustrated four books for children and has more on the way!

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