Monday, October 14, 2019

"Cuddled and Carried - Consentido y Cargado" - a bookwrap

Back by Popular Demand:  Bilingual Picture Book that Explores the Animal World ... Released in New "Stroller Bag" Size 

Educational children's book promotes family attachment and jumpstarts English and Spanish language development


Authored by Dia L. Michels
Illustrated by Mike Speiser

* Ages:  0-4
* Grade Levels:  PS+
* Paperback: 32 pages, 6x8"
* Publisher:  Platypus Media
* eBook available
* Pub. Date:  October 1, 2019.
* Language:  English/Spanish 

Unwrapping some gorgeous illustrations for you

Unwrapping the Book

Platypus Media announces the release of a new edition of their beautiful bilingual ( English/Spanish) children's book, "Cuddled and Carried / Consentido y cargado."  This new "stroller bag" edition of the popular book - perfect for reading on the go - contains engaging new back matter in an adorable grab-and-read-size. 

Originally released in June 2018 in a larger version ( 8.5"x 11").  This size is perfect for group reading and classroom use, but customers also wanted a more portable size.  This new release contains new educational content on animal classification as well as mammalian caretaking strategic in the natural world.  The new size is (6"x8").

The illustrations are colourful, large and delightful.  The book has a collection of mammals from all around the world.  It celebrates the cherished bond between mother and child across the mammal class. The text is simple and the illustrations are engaging and educational.  

The warm paintings and lyrical text resonate with babies as well as older children.  Educators love the fact that it is bilingual helping English Language Learner work towards proficiency, while introducing English speaking children to the concept of bilingualism.  Healthcare and parenting groups are also using this book in their family support programs.  There is an accompanying Teacher's Guide available to download for free at  It includes additional content, vocabulary, and hands-on activities that help children develop cognitive skills and improve literacy.  I once again highly recommend this book in its portable size. 

In the Author's Own Words

" I wanted to show children that animal families are not so different from human ones," explains Michels.  "I want children to think about how each species matures, survives, and what their communities look like - whether pride, flock, or family.  Showing children this type of attachment in the natural world fosters empathy, kindness, and compassion." 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author

Dia L. Michels is an International published, award-winning science and parenting writer who is committed to promoting attachment parenting.  She has authored or edited over a dozen books for both children and adults.  She can be reached at

About the Illustrator

Mike Speiser’s artwork has been featured on the covers of Wild Animal Baby magazine and on fundraising products for science organizations. His paintings have been displayed at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He is involved with efforts to protect the natural world for future generations. He lives next to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Platypus Media

Platypus Media is an independent press that creates products with a broad appeal to diverse families who believe in the importance of close family relationships for the full and healthy development of children,  The publisher is committee to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding, and donates a percentage of profits to goops that work in the field.   

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