Sunday, June 15, 2014

Book Review: How the Moon Regained Her Shape by Janet Ruth Heller

How the Moon Regained Her Shape by Janet Ruth Heller/ Illustrated by Ben Hodson

"Influenced by Native American folktales, this story teaches the phases of the moon while emphasizing how to deal with bullies. After the sun insults her, the moon is hurt and disappears. With the help of her many friends, the moon regains her self-confidence each day until she is back to her full size.

2006 Children’s Choices Award (Children’s Book Council and Int’l. Reading Association) 2007 Ben Franklin Award (Publishers Marketing Association) 2007 Moonbeam Gold Award"
~Excerpt taken from Amazon.
Family Rating: 5 out of 5 "Moons"
From the emotionally engaging storyline to the beautiful illustrations, "How the Moon Regained Her Shape" was a delightful tale to share with my little ones. Janet Ruth Heller works magic with her storytelling skills, and Ben Hodson does an superb job bringing those words to life.

"How the Moon Regained Her Shape" merges Native American folktales with an anti-bullying message. The story begins with the moon happily dancing along the sky until she gets in the sun's way. The sun gets angry and says some very mean things to her causing her to feel unimportant. As a result, she retreats from the sky by shrinking. In order to bring her back, her friends try to help her realize how important she is. In addition to this wonderful story, the author includes a few pages dedicated to educating children about the moon, as well as a great tip sheet for dealing with bullies. Overall, this is a great book and we recommend adding this to your bookshelf.

 You can buy it here on Amazon: "How the Moon Regained Her Shape" by Janet Ruth Heller

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Monday, June 9, 2014

The Life of an Aspiring Author.......

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.......talking to your characters to find out how they will react in certain situations.

.......people thinking you are crazy because you are having conversations with your characters.

.......having fights with your stubborn characters because they refuse to do what you expect.

.......people avoiding you because you have weird conversations with yourself.

.....inspired at a restaurant, but the only available writing material is the napkin in front of you.

....grabbing your child's crayon to write out the scene as fast as you can.

....your child cries because you took their crayon, so you stop the waitress to ask for an extra pen.

....leaving the restaurant with a stack of napkins that contain your story.

.....sitting at the computer, trying to piece together your story which now lies in piles of napkins, stickers, notebook pages, and grocery store receipts.

....saving the piles of napkins, stickers, notebook pages, and grocery store receipts just in case.

.......constantly showing your significant other the newest sentence you wrote.

.......laughing out loud at your latest sentence while your significant other gives you a concerned look.

.......watching your significant other running out the door before you have the chance to show him/her your next sentence.

.......chasing your significant other down the street while shouting your latest sentence.

.......revising, editing, revising, editing, revising, editing..... the internet to make sure you are following the grammar rules.

.......getting confused when other bloggers say there are no rules.

.......realizing that there are rules, but now you have to figure out writing styles.

.......trying to convince yourself you are a writer.

.......trying to tell others you are a writer without feeling insecure.

.......finally realizing you are a writer simply because you regularly write and improve your craft.

......still feeling unsure about calling yourself a writer.

.......trying to decide whether to self-publish or go the traditional route. are a control freak so you decide to self-publish. realize the stigma surrounding indie authors. decide to try the traditional route, but after going through all the hoops, you realize it is better to self-publish.

......when you tell people you are self-publishing, they think less of you as a writer. ignore those people, find an editor, learn about the business side of writing, and attempt to prove them wrong.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Book Review: A Zoo in the Castle by Andrea Carrera
Rating: 5 out of 5 Giggles
Today, my youngest children and I had the pleasure reading "A Zoo in the Castle" by Andrea Carrera. This interactive book asks the readers to help the main character, Mia, find her lost animal. After going through Mia's zoo, we discover an empty cage. Then the kids have to guess what kind of animal is missing by the clues given.
I read this with my one year old and four year old, and it is an understatement saying they loved this story. Throughout the pages, my kids squealed with delight as we went from page to page. Ms. Carrera does a wonderful job with her cute animals and adorable illustrations. When we were finished, the kids wanted to read it again and again.
I would recommend this book to any parent looking for a quick read for their children.
Please check it out here: "A Zoo in the Castle" by Andrea Carrera
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