Monday, October 26, 2020

"It Will Be Ok" - a bookwrap


Please meet Giraffe.  He suffers from arachnophobia.  What in the world is that?  This is his story. 


It Will Be OK: A story of empathy, kindness, and friendship

* Ages: 4-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Picture Book:  40 pages
* Publisher:  Sourcebooks, Inc. 
* Pub. Date:  Feb. 2, 2021
* Language:  English 

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

Giraffe and Zebra are best friends.  Each afternoon they walk to the watering hole together.  Today Giraffe has disappeared and Zebra is missing his friend.  Off he goes to discover where his friend may be.  

He calls out for giraffe and twists this way and that but can't find him anywhere.  He then hears a small strained little voice...

"Up here," Giraffe sighed.

Giraffe is way up high sitting in a tree.  How in the world did he get up there and why is he up there? 

Something has frightened poor Giraffe badly and he scrambles up a tree to save himself from some apparent danger.  

This is a sweet story of friendship that exposes the power of friends, kindness, and empathy.  It is a thoughtful story about how friends help you face your fears - no matter how silly they may seem.  I love the exposure of how a true friendship displays a strong bond of caring and love no matter what.  

The illustrations are colourful, expressive and enrich the story greatly. I love the book and I highly recommend it.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author

Growing up as the youngest of eight children, I had a vast imagination to keep me busy. I began my writing journey in third grade with an innocent creative writing assignment set in a haunted house. After 20 minutes had passed, and it was time for social studies or some other such nonsense, I told my teacher I hadn't finished my story and had much more to say. "Well, keep writing then," Mrs. Nagratski said. She let me ignore the rest of the day's assignments and focus on my writing. I haven't stopped since.

Many years later, trying to make my writing passion legitimate, I obtained a bachelor's degree in Journalism and embarked on a career as a technical writer. But I continued to pursue my love of writing. I took every creative writing class I could get my hands on. I started writing short stories, then dove into novels. I took a little pause when my kids were born, and then moved into writing picture books. I also write articles, mostly kid-focused, and personal essays about motherhood.

I live in La Grange, IL in a hundred-year-old Victorian house with sloping hardwood floors, glass doorknobs, and the tiniest bathroom you've ever seen. I have a great husband and amazing boy-girl twins. I'm an active member of SCBWI, where I volunteer as the Social Media Coordinator for the SCBWI-Illinois region. I work part-time as a technical writing consultant to fund my writing conference habit. I am represented by Wendi Gu of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

About the Illustrator

Jaclyn Sinquett grew up playing in her dad’s garden, feeding worms to box turtles and tossing french fries to seagulls at the Jersey shore. She now spends her time painting shells with her little daughter, dancing in the living room with her husband, and illustrating books for children. Her favorite color is yellow ochre.

Jaclyn received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in 2008. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and is proud to be represented by Christy Tugeau Ewers at the CAT Agency.

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