Archive for January, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: FIRST SPRING BY MARGARET ROSE

 

 FIRST SPRING
 Author: Margaret Rose MargaretRoseWrites.blogspot.com
 Illustrations: Marina Movshina info@twopinesstudio

Print ISBN: 978-1-61633-119-1; 1616331194
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-120-7; 1616331208

 

Raising children has its ups and downs, but I believe most mothers make it a point to cherish the fond memories. As children get older, we often let these fond memories lie dormant in the file of our minds until they are brought to the surface.

Reading First Spring by Margaret Rose jarred my brain into relishing once again many happy times I experienced with my three children when they were toddlers.
First Spring is a delightful nursery rhyme about a baby boy who explores Mother Nature with his mother for the first time.

Mothers are special in that they are never too tired to teach and help their children discover the world around them.

The mom in First Spring goes out with her baby and observes her precious bundle of joy as he discovers the world around him. She blows bubbles and the enchanted little boy tries to catch them. Next she teaches him about the budding flower in the ground and the squirmy little bug.

If you are a mother or grandmother reading First Spring will take you down memory lane and remind you of the fun times you experienced when your child was a toddler. If you are not yet a mom, this well written nursery rhyme will give you something to look forward to.

The delicate illustrations by Marina Movshina complement the tale quite well, bringing the story to full life visually.

BOOK REVIEW: SAFARI THROUGH THE LAND OF LANDU BY ANGELA KARANJA

All children love adventure, no matter what part of the world they are from. Angela Karanja’s book Safari through the Land of Landu will enchant a child into seeking his or her own adventures through play. I love this book because the main character Dhahabu meets up with some of her friends with whom she must travel through an underground tunnel.

The author introduces the reader to all of Dhahabu’s friends: owls, rabbits, frogs, hippopotamuses, turtles, meerkats, and monkeys.

The animals raft across a pond and at each new location they meet up with new friends. Written in fun rhyme, Safari through the Land of Landu features the characters traveling together singing fun jingles to keep things cheerful. Finally they arrive at their final destination, only to discover that there is no food. Manku the monkey saves the day by climbing up a banana, pear, and an apple tree and throwing fruit at his friends. Everyone ends up having a great time.

This is a great book that teaches children about helping one another in time of need. It also highlights that each one of us is unique and when we support each other we can accomplish great things.

The hidden message in Safari through the Land of Landu that resonates well with me is that, while we all do not look exactly the same, each one of us is very important. As a school teacher, I often observe how some kids make fun of other children because of how they look physically. This book can be used in the classroom to teach children about accepting each other not for outward appearance — but for who they are inside.

The illustrations complement the story and bring it to life visually.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-safari-through-the-land/#ixzz1BrgFyoqt

Author Ardys Reverman talks about her books

 

Day 3 – Tips for Teachers from Author Ardys Reverman

 

Thank for your following me on Day 3 of my 6-day virtual tour for my books, heart2heart and Turning Points.

 

Turning points is a journey of self-discovery. We’re all connected and we are all different. We are a part of something larger than ourselves. What works! Messy Diversity! All children learn differently, yet we tend to treat them as if they are the same.Good thinkers aren’t born, they just love learning. Some people are thinkers and others are talkers. Some are guided by their feelings while some see the way things work. These ways of thinking are available to all of us. 

 

Obviously, heart2heart and Turning Points were designed for classroom use as a way to supplement the regular learning styles textbooks. The books help students learn about root cause and their own personality puzzle and how we make good fit working together.  But I wanted the books to do more than that. I wanted them to also tell an interesting story that even kids today could relate to in many ways.

HERE”S THE FRIENDLY UNIVERSE SOLUTION:

As we deepen our circle of friends we learn to think thoughts that make us smarter. Playing and laughing together we get far greater creative results.

One of those ways involves bullying. And while bullying can be racially motivated, that isn’t always the case. When we make our differences work together. That’s synergy.

One student said:

“I’m actually paying attention to my brain, because thinking is good for you.”

As a former teacher myself, I also wanted to help teachers and students see how they can use these books to study all sorts of different subjects and issues, providing ways for the brain based content of these books to be used across the curriculum to teach math, science, language arts, social studies, and even home economics (cooking). An intro video is available as a free download at my web site at www.friendlyuniverse.com. I think students will enjoy the discussion questions the guide provides as well as the various activities it outlines.

I love to visit schools across the country to talk about my writing and my books. I particularly enjoy helping teachers and school librarians see how they can use nonfiction to help students write better fiction. Teachers and librarians can find out more about this at my web site, too.

Follow Day 4 of my tour tomorrow at www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com Leave a comment every day of my tour and your name will automatically be entered to win a Gift Box Bundle – filled with books and other goodies – at the end of the month, provided by the National Writing for Children Center.

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DR. LAURIE ZELINGER’S VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR

I am extremely thankful I get to host Dr. Zelinger on my blog today.  Please join me in welcoming her.  Her book on anxiety is a great resource for parents and teachers.  

Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Author/School Psychologist, Dr. Laurie Zelinger

Welcome to Day 3 of the 6-day virtual tour for my new book Please Explain “Anxiety” to Me! This book has been endorsed by Dr. Herb R. Brown, Superintendent of Oceanside Schools, a district in a large suburb on Long Island. He writes, “This excellent book is perfect for parents to read and discuss with their children. It’s also perfect for school professionals to use in the school setting.” Dr. Zev Ash, a pediatrician who also endorsed the book indicated that on any given day, about 30 percent of his patients have anxiety related symptoms. Given this information, it is safe to say that significant numbers of children go to school with anxiety, and are placed in the hands of their teachers for nearly seven hours at a clip. When teachers know how to receive and respond to these children, they can make a world of difference in the day of that student.

 

This book can have relevance to several content areas. When teachers read the book aloud they can relate it to different concepts, depending upon the curriculum for that grade. For example, recently, many schools have utilized the holiday season to examine the differences between needs and wants. As such, pages 6-7 show how food is hard to find, but how dinosaur parents take care of their children’s basic needs by escorting them to the water source and bending down trees so that babies can reach the leaves. Stranger danger can be introduced with pages 9-11 when the threatening meat-eating dinosaur spies a baby dinosaur alone in the grass. Page 10 introduces the child to the freeze-fight or- flight concept while the biological sympathetic nervous system is explained on pages 12-19 and can be incorporated into lessons on the human body.

The take-away message of the book comes on pages 20-21 when anxiety is explained to the young reader, and is also appropriate for units on feelings or for children who have experienced a trauma. Page 22 can be a particularly good overture to a discussion about the various things that worry children, as the examples given are intentionally general and can apply to most children at some time. We write, “Noises, big things or remembering bad dreams can turn on the switch. Sometimes thinking about bad stories, bad guys, staying home alone or being in the dark can scare us. Sometimes school and our family can make us feel stressed, or new things can worry us. And sometimes things that aren’t even real, like monsters, cans scare us. Everyone gets scared of different things.” Nearly every one of a child’s concerns can fit into one of those categories.

Page 24 can be linked to a unit on families, as the connection is made that when we have anxiety, other people in our family likely experience similar feelings. Teachers can provide strategies for dealing with anxiety (i.e. test taking, being in the school play, going on a school trip or dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event) by using pages 26-31 as a resource. Reliance and trust in school counselors is given attention on pages 30-31.  Finally, the lessons offered in the book are summarized on page 35 and the rhymes provided can be chanted as a choral response by the children.

Find out more about me and my book at the National Writing for Children Center, where the book is showcased all this month.

Follow Day 4 of my tour tomorrow at www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com Leave a comment every day of my tour and your name will automatically be entered to win a Gift Box Bundle – filled with books and other goodies – at the end of the month, provided by the National Writing for Children Center.

JEWEL KATS’ DAY 3 VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR

 

I am extremely happy to host Jewel Kats on my blog today, please join me in welcoming her . 

Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Author Jewel Kats

Welcome to Day 3 of the virtual tour for my new book Reena’s Bollywood Dream. Today I’d like to share some tips for ways teachers can use my book in the classroom.

We both know that there are quite a few children’s books in the market about childhood sexual abuse. However, up until now, there aren’t many stories featuring ethnic children enduring such situations. Reena’s Bollywood Dream: A Story About Sexual Abuse is the first book of its kind to put a multicultural family and childhood sexual abuse in the spotlight. It’s about time.

While the West has made strides in speaking up about childhood sexual abuse, many cultures from other parts of the world are slowly following suit—if at all. Families often shy away from the subject of sex. In turn, many ethnic children—even from North American households–aren’t taught childhood sexual abuse prevention apart from what’s learnt in school. This puts teachers in a unique and tough position.

Reena’s Bollywood Dream: A Story About Sexual Abuse is an excellent resource for today’s teacher. Students of different backgrounds will immediately recognize that Reena’s family happens to be American, but is culturally different. Her parents are from India. This will instantly illustrate that sexual abuse can happen to any child—regardless of skin color. Teachers can bring up this point.

The book includes a helpful glossary upfront that explains the sprinkle of foreign words used in the text of the story. Teachers can use this to launch a discussion about the differences found in the homes of his or her students. This will help instil tolerance among peers.

The fact that Reena’s parents don’t initially understand her desire to perform as an actress can be utilized to teach students how express their dreams and wants effectively to grownups. As a result, negotiation, communication and problem-solving skills can be built.

Teachers can give a definition of “grooming” in the context of childhood sexual abuse. He or she can ask students to help pinpoint the types of “grooming” tactics used by Uncle Jessi. 

During the climax of the story, Uncle Jessi asks Reena to do something she’s uncomfortable with. She reacts strongly. He does, too. Reena’s determination and resolve to protect her body can be used as a form of empowerment for students. Teachers can explain what body parts are private and should never be touched.

Teachers can reassure students that sexual abuse is never their fault. Just as in the same manner as Reena’s family does during the conclusion of the story.

Students can also be made aware that they will always be believed when reporting sexual abuse. Teachers can make up a list of people students can report abuse to (i.e. a parent, grandparent, teacher, doctor, counsellor, etc.)

Most importantly, children who have experienced “grooming,” sexual abuse, or who have general questions may feel comfortable enough to speak to their teacher in private. In turn, appropriate measures can be taken.

Find out more about me and my book at the National Writing for Children Center, where the book is showcased all this month.  

Follow Day 4 of my tour tomorrow at www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com Leave a comment every day of my tour and your name will automatically be entered to win a Gift Box Bundle – filled with books and other goodies – at the end of the month, provided by the National Writing for Children Center.

KERIN BELLAK-ADAMS’ VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR

I invite all to join me in welcoming Kerin Bellak-Adams on her day 3 of her virtual book tour.  I am extremely honored to host her on my blog .  Many students face enormous challenges, both academically and emotionally.  I am confident  that Kerin’s book can help prepare students for what lies ahead.

Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Author Kerin Bellak-Adams

Welcome to Day 3 of the 6-day virtual tour for my new book D/HD Success! Solutions for Boosting Self-Esteem The Diary Method Ages 7-17. Today I’d like to share some ways teachers can use this book in the classroom. Teachers can use this book in a variety of ways and are as we speak. The Diary pages are the bulk of the book. These can be used in the classroom as in class assignments. Each child can pick which one that he or she wants to focus on in their age bracket, and work on that one until they reach their goals. These goals have to do with time-management, organization, awareness of self-esteem, and how well they monitor their own development in these ways, just to mention just a few!

Secondly, these students can fill out the self-esteem logs and see if theirs rises after feeling more confident and self-regulated as they work on their individual diary pages.

Thirdly, there are two other exercises that promote self-identification of feelings and promote and channel communication skills with their teachers, parents, and peers. These can be filled out easily in class, and used for discussions afterwards. One exercise is called “How High is My Self Esteem?” The other is “If Your Kids Could Say What is On Their Minds.”

There is a customized Home/School Accountability Form for teachers to fill out. After they have been scanned, they can be emailed to the parent as often as necessary so that the parent doesn’t have to think of what to ask, and the teacher can keep the parent up to date in-between parent/teacher conferences.

I also include legendary quotes from famous people that represent wonderful values about learning are mentioned quite often, and sometimes are funny and can muster up discussions.

Find out more about the book and read some sample pages at http://www.ReachBeyondADD.com. Also, don’t forget to visit the National Writing for Children Center, where my book is showcased all this month. You can listen to my recent interview on Book Bites for Kids there, plus find out what people are saying about my book.

Follow Day 4 of my tour tomorrow at www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com Leave a comment every day of my tour and your name will automatically be entered to win a Gift Box Bundle – filled with books and other goodies – at the end of the month, provided by the National Writing for Children Center.

VICTOR VOLKMAN’S DAY 3 OF VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Victor Volkman on his day 3 of virtual book tour.

Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Publisher Victor Volkman

Welcome to Day 3 of this 6-day virtual tour to promote the wonderful books I am fortunate enough to publish. I’m Victor Volkman, CEO of the fastest-growing publishing company devoted to self-growth, recovery, psychology, and social work books.

Teachers and home schooling parents find our books particularly helpful. They can subscribe to our free month newsletter called Gaining Positive! at http://www.lovinghealing.com/subscribe and we also have podcast interviews with our authors available to listen to any time at http://audio.authorsaccess.com that often include tips for using the books in the classroom.

Several of our new books are showcased all this month at the National Writing for Children Center. Please visit the center at http://www.writingforchildrencenter.com to learn more about them. And, to find out more about ALL of our books, please visit our website at http://www.LovingHealing.com.

Follow Day 4 of my tour tomorrow at www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com Leave a comment every day of my tour and your name will automatically be entered to win a Gift Box Bundle – filled with books and other goodies – at the end of the month, provided by the National Writing for Children Center.