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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

http://pennyreviews-chat.blogspot.com/

See reviews of Ms. Cole's books at

http://reviewsforpenny.blogspot.com/

Her website is www.penelopeannecole.com

Contact Ms. Cole for School Author Visits, locally in-person, or by SKYPE.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Magical Matthew wins Summer 2013 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from NABE

I'm happy to announce that Magical Matthew has won another award -- from NABE (The National Association of Book Entrepreneurs) -- a Summer 2013 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Children's Interest Category!  Celebrate this with me by telling your friends.

 http://www.bookmarketingprofits.com/PinnacleAwardsSummer2013.html

 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Friday, August 23, 2013

"The Owl Who Couldn’t Whoo" By LeeAnna Kail Illustrated by Amy Rottinger



The Owl Who Couldn’t Whoo, by LeeAnna Kail and illustrated by Amy Rottinger, is a cute story of an owl who is different from his fellow spotted owls in the “parliament.” Ollie can’t make the normal “Whoo” sound so the other owls make fun of him. Instead of “Whoo,” Ollie says “Wheere,” “Wheen,” “Whyy,” and “Whaat.” These are silly word sounds for an owl, but later in the story they will become important.

Ollie’s little sister, Pip, tries to help coach Ollie in the proper Whoo owl sound, but he can’t seem to get it. Later, Pip gets lost. Ollie’s special words help him ask the right questions to help guide his search. This story shows kids that being different may be hard, but it can also help – even save the day – in some situations.
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Amy Rottinger’s illustrations are playful and sweet. They help kids, especially those who are learning to read, to see the story vividly. Her animal images are clear, with emotions evident on their faces. The artwork helps move the story from page to page.

Parents and teachers can use Ms. Kail’s story to help children celebrate their differences and see that being different isn’t something to be afraid of or to worry about. Our differences make us special and unique. We all can do things that others can’t. In so doing, we can appreciate our differences as gifts that make us special.

Part of the World of Ink Virtual Book Tour.
 
Published by Halo Publishing. 

Available from Amazon.com.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Lucky's Lick by Mary Esparza-Vela, with Artwork by Denis Proulx



Lucky’s Lick, by Mary Esparza-Vela, with artwork by Denis Proulx, is an uplifting story of a little boy paralyzed due to an accident. When the story begins, Juanito is waiting for his friends to come to his birthday party. He’s in a wheelchair because of the damage he’s suffered – he misses his active life, but his spirit remains positive. 

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Juanito finds things to enjoy in daily living, as his mother tirelessly continues his healing physical therapy – she never loses faith. At his party, he gets the superhero gifts he wanted, but he gets something else, a sweet little puppy from his Uncle Frank. Juanito names his puppy Lucky. The title of the story comes from little Lucky licking Juanito’s toes and that lick shows them something wonderful!

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The artwork by Denis Proulx is cheerful, upbeat, and animated. You see the loving world Juanito lives in. His happy face is wide open for all the world to see. Except for the one picture where he’s sad that he can’t play ball with his friends, most of the artwork clearly shows Juanito’s joy in living.

Children everywhere will empathize with Juanito’s plight – being sidelined due to an injury. What makes this story special is the love that permeates it. Juanito’s family and friends are all there for him in his struggle to regain the use of his legs. Children with disabilities and obstacles to overcome will appreciate Juanito’s struggle and his family’s persistence and support.

Most of Mary Esparza-Vela’s picture books are translated into Spanish and this one will be, too. This is a good one to share the love across international and cultural lines. The message of faith, hope, love, and never giving up comes across loud and clear.

Author: Mary Esparza-Vela www.marysdollsandbooks.com

Available from www.guardianangelpublishing.com/luckys-lick.htm

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Guardian Angel Kids eZine - August 2013 Aviation

 
 
August 2013 Aviation

BOOK FEATURE
Wicky Wacky Things that GO! Hot Air Balloons by Lynda S. Burch

POEM
Dream Flight by Lynda S. Burch

SHORT STORIES
Let Your Imagination Soar by Debra M. Daugherty
Weedpatch Pilot by Shari L. Klase

ARTICLES FOR KIDS
Sisters with Wings by Trisha Faye
Flying Through The Air by Marion Tickner

ACTIVITY 
The Study of Aviation Enhances Classroom Curriculum
by Kathy Stemke