Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Don't Be Afraid to Drop - a bookwrap


BOOKENDS with Julia Cook:  Don't Be Afraid to Drop


Don't be Afraid to Drop! 

Authored by Julia Cook

Illustrated by Anna Laura Sullivan


 * Ages: 4+
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Paperback or hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  National Center for Youth Issues; Illustrated edition
* Pub. Date:  January 7, 2021
* Reading age:  4 - 8 years

Editorial Review

"This whimsical and lighthearted "children's" book promises readers of all ages some powerfully important messages about spreading one's wings and expanding ones horizons. Most of all, it reinforces the fact that each of us has within us a valuable gift to share with the world. "--Laura Jana, MD - Editor of the Bookshelf Department, Contemporary Pediatrics

From the Back Page

Tips For Encouraging Children to Accept Change and take Risks

"Change is a constant part of life.  It's the one thing we can always count on happening.  And often, we are unprepared for change, which causes discomfort.  Teaching Children to accept and cope with change is a very important skill."  The author them lists a few tips that parents, caregivers and teachers may find helpful.   

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This book is relevant and helpful to all age groups.  Its inspiring message promotes bravery and builds both self-confidence and self-esteem. 

A tiny raindrop loses heart when his father suggests that he let go of his comfy cloud and free fall to the ground below.  He becomes frightened and insecure and a huge knot of fear fills his tummy.  He has never been asked to plummet to the earth before and the whole idea scares him to death.  He is very content living inside his cloud where he relaxes, plays with his raindrop friends, and feels very safe.  

Wisely his father gently persists until finally with fear and trepidation  the little guy builds up enough courage and parachutes into the unknown.  What valuable life lesson will this tiny raindrop learn by letting go and having such a great bold adventure? 

The book is sure to spark meaningful conversations on change, moving out of one's comfort zone, taking risks even though you are frightened and giving back.  The illustrations are spot on,  bright, vibrant and full of emotion.  The author has included some very helpful parent/caregiver/ teacher tips at the end of the book.  This book would be a lovely gift to give if a child is going through a life change such as a graduation or even a divorce.  I highly recommend it.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author

Julia Cook, M.S. is a national award-winning children's author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools nationally and internationally, regularly speaks at education and counseling conferences, and has published children's books on a wide range of character and social development topics. The goal behind Cook's work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the "what to say" and the "how to say it.”

About the Illustrator

My name is Anna-Laura Sullivan and I’m a freelance illustrator originally from Omaha, Nebraska. I earned my BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design in June 2020.

 My passions lie in children’s books and graphic novels. I love to illustrate things that put a smile on people's faces and make the world seem like a friendlier place.

Previously, I have worked with National Center of Youth Issues, Rogue Buddha Gallery, Omaha Yoga Garage, and the Disney Imagineer's Competition.

I have self-published a graphic novel "Trust Fall" and my work has been exhibited in galleries in Minneapolis, Lacoste, and Hong Kong. I am always looking for exciting new projects that encourage others.

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