My Dragon

After a much too long period of time not writing, I’ve stopped wallowing in self-pity (for the moment anyway) about how challenging my Parkinson’s disease makes everything and got back on the horse. I’m trying various methods of illustration that can be done by a person with tremors. This is my first attempt.

I also decided to have a bit of fun and use some representational art (the people, the dragon). I hope adult readers will get it.

These are the first three pages of my new picture book for students in grade 5/6 to use in class with their teacher or for parents to share with their age 5 and up children. It is not a story. It is a book to stimulate discussion.

I would like your feedback on the first three pages. If you opened my book and saw this, would you continue looking through it? Please comment in the comment section.

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YouTube Channel for Parents and Teachers

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I must admit my YouTube channel was a disaster, book trailers mixed in with aimless videos, author read alouds scattered throughout, no playlists, and no sections. I finally learned how to organize it and have created three public playlists.

  • Book Trailers: I’m a little behind in this but at least half my books have a promo trailer.
  • Author Read Aloud: I have three full children’s picture books available for viewing and listening. I will be adding some things to this playlist as well.
  • Tips and Hacks for Parents, Teachers & Writers: This is going to be my focus for the next while. I plan to add a new video every couple of weeks focusing on inexpensive or free learning activities that are kind to the environment, encourage active movement, and incorporate more than one learning style. Most will be on literacy. Here’s my first one.

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I hope you can take the time to check it out, give me a thumbs up, comment, or share.

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The Amida Tree – Author Read Aloud

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Does your child like to listen and look at books read aloud on line? Great. I’ve added a second book to my YouTube account. Check it out here. https://youtu.be/-76P__LaGj4

The author reads The Amida Tree aloud for children aged 6 to 9.

Gordon Korman on The Amida Tree “…This piece works so well… There’s beauty in the simplicity of its telling, and the communication between the woman and the tree is hauntingly believable.”

The Amida Tree is this generation’s tree. It will appeal to parents interested in a sustainable environment, healthy emotional bonds, and a balanced life. Discussion questions included.

This book was chosen by publisher Aviva Gittle as the third best indie published book of 2015.

NOTE: Some of these illustrations are not in the picture book.
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A Month of Cinderellas continued – Retell

One of the best strategies you can teach a young child is to retell the story book in her own words. A simple way to help her master this is through play. Children love to dress up and pretend they are someone else. They are born actors.

Once your child has heard the original story of Cinderella enough that you feel confident they know the story, get out your costumes and props. You can go to yard sales, thrift shops, and fabric stores. Use your sewing machine, thread and needle, or glue gun to put together costumes for Cinderella. Your daughter’s favorite fancy dress may already serve well as Cinderella’s ballgown.

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Here are some ideas I put together for my granddaughter.

It can be as simple as props necessary for Cinderella to cook

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clean

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and shop.

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The castle where she meets the prince can be made from streamers, a draped cloth, or a tent.

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The coach can be made from a wagon, a box, or a bench and crazy forts it as I did.

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Make it sumptuous inside.

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It is best to have your child act of the story in order, scene by scene. Retelling aids greatly in reading comprehension. Be sure to have your child mention what the problem is in the fairytale.

While the child is in costume, it is also a good idea to ask them how they think the character feels after each scene.

Most important of all, keep it fun!

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If I Had a Triceratops by George O’Connor. Book Review.

Click here to buy If I Had a Triceratops

The little boy in this picture book is sweet and engaging. The simple cartoon like illustrations convey his emotions perfectly. Most illustrations are full-color two-page spreads.

The little boy wants to do everything with his Triceratops that other children can do with their dog. The results are hilarious.

Part way through the book it would be a good idea to stop and discuss with your child what kind of problems the little boy might have with a Triceratops especially if he continues to try to make it do dog tricks. Any child with the dog will find this funny. Any child who’s wanted an exotic pet will find it even funnier. After you are finished the book, be sure to discuss how their choice of pet would manage the tricks.

A fun, positive book that is sure to be enjoyed by boys and girls alike.

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Never Too Much Red

Whether it is Valentines Day, Christmas, a birthday, or some other red letter day, red is always a fun color to play with. These red activities can stretch over a week.

Start by reading the endearing classic The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse. Give your child a red balloon. Talk about how red makes you feel.

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Go through the house finding all the things that are red. Do some rooms have more red than others? Why?

Read No More Red by Bonnie Ferrante. (Yes, that’s me.) Discuss the uses and importance of red. Do a classifying activity. Find pictures of red animals, flowers, etc.

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Use old catalogs and magazines to help your child find pictures of things that are red. Cut them out and have your child use a glue stick to create a montage like this one.

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Orally sort and classify things that are red. What red things are games? What red things are toys? Etc.

Play with red paint or food coloring. Mix some red with yellow to get orange and mix some red with blue to get green.

There are plenty of other color ideas on the Internet to extend your child’s learning. Of course, if it is nearing Valentine’s Day, cut out red hearts and decorate your child’s room.

Read other great books about red, such as My Red Balloon by Kazuaki Yamada, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, The Little Red Hen by Diane Muldrow, Red Wagon by Renata Liwska, Red is Best by Kathy Stinson, Clifford The Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell, and The Red Book by Barbara Lehman.

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Tell Me Where: Animals and Babies

Click here to buy Tell Me Where: Animals and Babies

Who doesn’t love babies and animals? Help your little one learn spatial concepts like above and below with this endearing and humorous collection of pictures. Also included are ten tips to extend your toddler’s learning.

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Hassett, Ann and John. Come Back, Ben. Book Review.

Click here to buy Come Back, Ben (I Like to Read) (I Like to Read Books)

This “I Like to Read” book uses simple vocabulary and repetitive text. However, it avoids the monotonous tone that some early reading books have.

Ben’s red balloon carries him up through the window, past bees, over the tree, and on until he reaches the moon. Ben fills his pocket with moon rocks in order to return to Earth. He waves goodbye to his sister as she begins her own journey with the red balloon.

The illustrations are bright, simple drawings. Oddly, Ben is a drawn, roughly cut out, and pasted character on each page. The pictures would appeal to children preschool and kindergarten age. However, the humorous tone would engage a six-year-old as well.

This would be a charming gift for a child who is just learning to read.

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