Friday, July 24, 2020

Sir Tim Has a Secret - a bookwrap









What's this?  Why is it a knight's cape.  It belongs to Sir Tim and he adores it and wears it constantly.  This is his story...



Unwrapping 





Sir Tim Has a Secret 

Authored by Judith Koppens
Illustrated by Eline van Lindenhuizen


* Ages:  4+
* Grade Level:  PS - 2
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Clavis
* Pub. Date:  July 17, 2020
* Language:  English 



Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations 




















The Book 




Honesty is the best policy and Sir Tim, the wanna be knight,  has to learn that very valuable life lesson through experience. 

Sir Tim has a red knight's cape that he adores and it is on him constantly.  One day while playing with his friend Max at the playground he flies down the slide and accidentally snags his cape on a nail and it rips.   When mom asks him what he did to his cape Sir Tim blames the tear on his friend Max.  Oh my that is a dishonest answer.  

Mom tries to cheer him up by offering him a beautiful slice of strawberry short cake that she has whipped up to share together later.  Tim perks up significantly and can't wait to indulge in his favourite cake.  Mom leaves for a few minutes to gather up the groceries from the market that she has left in the car. 

Temptation overcomes Tim and he decides to eat just one little red strawberry.  Yum! Tasty!  Then he loses total control and scarfs down the whole cake!  What will his mom say when she discovers the cake has totally disappeared? Will Tim make up another falsehood to cover up what really happened or will he be honest and tell her the truth?  

I love stories with a moral.  Moral messages shape and make people better as they journey through life.   I like when mom hears Tim's truth.  She handles it not as a punishing moment but as a teaching moment.  Her reaction to her little boy in meltdown mode is sweet, caring and relatable.  The author makes this important value clear and easy for kids to understand.  I highly recommend this book. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!





Meet the Author







Judith Koppens has been an author and illustrator for many years. Children are her most important source of inspiration. Their enthusiasm and honesty are always part of her work. Judith lives in the Netherlands and works as a teacher at an elementary school. Eline van Lindenhuizen was born in Meppel (Netherlands) on June 29th in 1983 and now lives in Kampen. From 2001 until 2006 she studied illustration at the Minerva Academy in Groningen. She loves drawing, books and flee markets.





About the Illustrator





Eline van Lindenhuizen was born in Meppel (Netherlands) on June 29th in 1983 and now lives in Kampen. From 2001 until 2006 she studied illustration at the Minerva Academy in Groningen. She loves drawing, books and flee markets.
Clavis Uitgeverij discovered her talent for drawing at Illustrator’s Day, an open house for illustrator, in Hasselt and in Amsterdam. On Illustrator’s Day young artists can come to the publishing house to show their portfolio and receive feedback from the publishers. Clavis Uitgeverij is one of the few publishing houses that puts so much time and effort in acquisition. Put it pays off, because Clavis Publishing discovers young and new talent time and again.





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