Monday, January 28, 2013

Farfalla by Vanita Oelschlager

Good day Readers,
The Queen here with a touching book that deals with loss titled Farfalla. Other books by Vanita Oelschlager often deal with hard issues, and I appreciate her tender stories that help children deal with difficult questions.

This story can open up dialogue between you and your child about death, loss, or when things simply do not go as we expected. Allowing children a chance to air their questions helps them to cope better when difficult things happen.

Happy Reading,
The Queen

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Book Title: Farfalla
Author: Vanita Oelschlager 
Illustrator: Kristin Blackwood
                                                                                                   
Book Information:

Publisher and date: Vanita Books (September 1, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Paperback: 40 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0983290438


Book Theme:
loss, death,

Book Summary
The story is told from the perspective of a young Beetle who, with his mother, meets a crowd of caterpillars in the garden they all frequent. Soon they become friends and he watches in awe as the caterpillars weave themselves into cocoons. A special one catches his attention and Beetle "adopts" it by making all sorts of plans of what they will do together when it hatches. Later, he watches as the cocoons break open one by one and beautiful butterflies emerge and fly away. But the one he counted on to be his playmate does not. He is deeply saddened and understandably confused. Beetle's mother explains gently that young friends like his who can't join him in the garden are with others in the sky. The story ends with Beetle waving to his friend above and wishing happiness.


Activity Adventures:
Activities can include making butterflies using a clothes pin and coffee filter. Paint the coffee filter with watercolors. Fan fold the filter once it's dry, then clip the middle with the clothes pin. Add eyes and pipe cleaner antennae to the clip.

Talk about the life cycle of a butterfly and how sometimes lifecycles don't always complete.
Whether you've experienced death or not, discussing death in a casual manner helps prepare children to handle it better when it does happen.

If your child has experienced recent loss, allowing them to work through their feelings by drawing pictures or writing stories helps. 




Authors Arena





Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,
former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a
graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she
currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence
for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.
Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's
an uplifting story about the wonderful relationship between her
husband Jim, who has multiple sclerosis, and their grandchildren. Vanita has also supported Jim as he built Oak ssociates, ltd. into a highly respected investment management firm.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I Came From The Water by Vanita Oelschlager

Dear Readers,
The Queen here with a touching story young Moses. No, not the one from the Bible, yet, one with a vaguely similar story. This young man survived a flood by being put in a basket. He lost everything, yet grew up in an orphanage, happy. During this story his life, he experienced another flood and an earthquake. Yet, remained even to this day, happy.

I encourage you to read "I Came From The Water" by Vanita Oelschlager for an uplifting story of overcoming tragedy and remaining strong in the process.

Happy Reading,
The Queen

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Book Title: I Came From The Water
Author: Vanita Oelschlager                                                                  Illustrator: Mike Blanc

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Vanita Books (September 1, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 40 pages level:
Genre: Non-fiction picture book
ISBN: 978-0983290445


Book Theme:
Survival, floods, Haiti, orphans, over coming bad situations.

Book Summary
The story is based on the actual experiences of Moses, an eight year-old boy and resident of St. Helene’s orphanage outside Port-au-Prince. As an infant, he was lit- erally plucked from the waters of a nearby river, having been placed in a basket by whom we believe was his grandmother. The rest of his family perished in floods that wiped out their upland village in 2004. He was given his name by the nuns at St. Helene’s. The title is Moses’ reply to the author when she asked where he is from.
After the earthquake of 2010 destroyed Port-au-Prince and much of the surround- ing area, the orphanage was flooded with a new wave of parentless boys and girls. Moses helped these children adapt to their new lives and in so doing displays a fearless hope and determination that may lead to Haiti’s renewal as a self-support- ing nation.
St. Helene’s orphanage is run by Father Rick Frechette known globally for his dedication to improving the lives of poor children across Latin America.
Net profits from I Came From the Water will go to support St. Helene’s and Father Rick’s efforts to help rebuild Haiti by offering a safe place to live and a free education for children like Moses.

For an inside look at the book, three spreads


Activity Adventures:

Find Haiti on a globe. Do a cultural study on the island.
Here's a link for Haiti's flag on Enchanted Learning




Authors Arena


Meet the Author
Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,
former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a
graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she
currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence
for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.

Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's
an uplifting story about the wonderful relationship between her
husband Jim, who has multiple sclerosis, and their grandchildren. Vanita has also supported Jim as he built Oak ssociates, ltd. into a highly respected investment management firm.








Illustrator:
Mike Blanc is a life-long professional artist. His artwork has illuminated countless publications for both corporate and public interests, worldwide. Mike contributes creative direction and illustration to VanitaBooks. He lives with his wife, Gail, in sunny Doylestown, Ohio. They enjoy their four children, and five grandkids.








Thursday, January 3, 2013

On My Way to the Bath by Sarah Maizes

Good Day Dear Readers,
The Queen here with a splash of a story by Sarah Maizes. On My Way to the Bath is an adventure waiting to happen. How often have you had the dreaded dilemma of trying to get your own kids in the tub. After reading this imaginative story, they are sure to look at baths in a whole new light. Add the fun activity adventures in and bath time doesn't have to be a real drenching.

Happy Reading, 
The Queen

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Book Title: On My Way to the Bath
Author: Sarah Maizes                                                                                                             
Illustrator: Michael Paraskevas

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (May 22, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 40 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0802723642




Book Theme:
Bath time, avoidance, imaginations, play, creativity




Book Summary
Baths are boring. Everything is more fun than baths. But when Livi’s mother hollers "Bathtime!"—a call readers and their parents are all familiar with—her imagination takes her on a journey full of daring obstacles and exciting events. She must battle a snake, rule the world, and escape quicksand, all while her mother waits with the bubbles ready. With delay tactics as creative as this, it’s a wonder she ever makes it all the way into the tub.

Bringing together a picture book debut, author Sarah Maizes and illustrative veteran, Michael Paraskevas, this funny, fresh book will be a must for every parent who wants to foster creativity while fulfilling the every day necessities.












Activity Adventures:
Crafty Ideas:
Make your own bubble soap by following this recipe.

Writing Prompts:
What adventures can you have in the tub? Besides being a shark, what are other things you can become while scrubbing the dirt away? Write a short story about your tub adventures.




Authors Arena

SARAH MAIZES is a writer, blogger, comedian, founder of MommyLITEonline.com - a parenting humor website - and a mother of three. Her work has been featured in Los Angeles Magazine, and she is a regular contributor to TODAYMoms.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and CBS/LA.com. She has appeared on "The Today Show," ABC News Now's "Moms Get Real" with JuJu Chang, and NPR's "Tell Me More with Michel Martin." On My Way to the Bath is her first picture book. For more information, her parental musings, and her hilarious blog, go to www.sarahmaizes.com



Illustrator: Michael Paraskevas
MICHAEL PARASKEVAS is an artist best known for creating Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon. With his mother Betty, he has authored 20 children’s books and created three popular animated series for Canadian television. www.michaelparaskevas.com
Michael Paraskevas, a well known illustrator among magazine art directors, has had his work featured in such prestigious publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country and Esquire and has earned numerous awards from industry professionals.