Friday, June 7, 2013

What Goes Up by Paula Bowles

Good Day Dear Readers!
The Queen here. I'm back from a month-long journey into our resident writer's storyland. We had a pleasant stay there, but now it's back to business.

And since we've been off on an adventure, and chasing dreams, I've found a beautifully done book about a dragon, named Martin, who had his own dreams of flying. With the help of some imaginative friends, Martin begins to see the possibilities. I do believe you'll find What Goes Up by Paula Bowles and enchanting tale. See below for some acitivty ideas that will help the book come more alive.

Happy dreaming and reading. Summer is upon us, what is on your reading lists?
The Queen


Book Title: What Goes Up
Author and Illustrator: Paula Bowles

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Tiger Tales (March 1, 2013)
Reading level: pre-k and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: fictional picture book
ISBN-13: 978-1589251199

Book Theme:
Dreams, challenges, achievement, friendship, team work, making your dreams come true.

Book Summary
March 1, 2013
Martin the dragon is sad. He longs to fly, but his wings are just too small. He tries flying like a bumblebee, a leaf, and a cloud. But . . . CRASH! It's no use. “What goes up, must come down,”says Martin sighing. Luckily, the village's children know how to teach Martin to go up and stay up. This beautifully illustrated picture book shows the power of practice, imagination, and most of all believing in oneself!

Page from What Goes Up. Such delightful watercolors

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Make a pair of paper wings. Talk about where you would go if you had no limits. Paint them pretty colors like Martins.

Older Readers:
Make a floating lantern, parachute, or paper airplane. Find out what makes flight possible.

Writing Prompts:
Is there anything in the world you want to do? Write about what one thing you wish you could accomplish. Now, brainstorm a few ways you can make that happen. Share your thoughts with your parents or friends. Get their help in finding ways to help you succeed. Sometimes, we need help from others to achieve our dreams. 

Authors Arena

Paula Bowles graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2005, and now lives and works from Bristol, UK. She works primarily for children’s publishing, and has worked with a variety of publishers including Random House Children’s Bo­­oks, Templar Publishing and CBeebies Driver Dan’s Story Train.

Her first author/illustrator book, Scary Mary, was published by Tiger Tales in Spring 2012, her second book, What Goes Up, was published recently in March 2013. She is currently working on her first author/ illustrator book with Little Tiger Press, and her first picture book title with Bloomsbury Publishing, London.


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