HOT in the 4RV Bookstore

Yvonne’s story follows a path from personal devastation to personal triumph through God’s call to mission and serving others through ministry. Her fears, disappointments, and heartaches are all detailed in this adventure about how God’s calling beckons her to continue on her mission no matter what troubles arise. Ultimately, God shows her how to turn her mountains into molehills.

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: 4RV Biblical Based
  • (August 10, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940310687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940310688

In 1871, Jonathan Calhoun lives an unfulfilled life working for his father’s magazine company in New York City and attending pretentious social events with his fiancée . Longing for one thrilling adventure in his life before he settles down, he jumps at the job opportunity at the Cripple Creek Cattle Ranch in Armadillo Flats, Texas. He soon realizes this venture might be more than he expected as he changes from an “Easterner” into a real cowboy.

Will he survive the challenges of the change?

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: 4RV Publishing – Fiction
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-940310-61-9
  • Dimensions: 5 X 8

Merry Tilda discovers a small evergreen growing by her house. As years pass, the tree become larger and more important to her, her family, and her neighbors. She, with the help of grandchildfen and their friends, decorates the tree each winter with goodies for the birds and animals. The tree becomes a winter fairy tale.

  • Age Range: 2 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: 4RV Children’s Corner (June 29, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940310636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940310-62-6

Spearfinger, a witch, terrorizes the Cherokees of the Smokey Mountains. No one can stop her. A little boy named Chucha battles her. Can he discover her secrets? Can he put an end to her rampages?

Cherokee/English Bilingual Edition.

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: 4RV Children’s Corner (June 13, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940310563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940310565

For these and more books from 4RV Publishing, please visit www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com

Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

escuchaEscucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nuñez is a charming bilingual that introduces babies and toddlers to the sounds of their world. From the honking of a truck’s horn to the banging of men working and from barking dogs to the chirping of birds, children will explore the sounds around them with this beautifully illustrated book.

There is such a great need for quality bilingual books, especially in a community like ours with a children’s hospital filled with patients of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. Eschucha Means Listen is lyrical with a reptitive prose that will make it easy to read as your child grows. The stunning artwork provided by Dina Ashraf Helmi is the perfect complement to the story. With soothing colors and soft lines, people, animals and things come alive. I could see this as a great book to take outside as your child ages, so both of you could walk along and match sounds from the book to sounds you hear on a walk together.

I look forward to seeing more of Aikens-Nuñez’s work.

Highly recommended.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Word Count: 239
ISBN: 978-1-61937-590-1

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Guest Blogger: Nicole Weaver, Author of Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle

  Today’s special guest is Nicole Weaver, author of the trilingual book, Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle/María y su amiga la Tortuga del mar/Marie et son amie la Tortue de mer.

This story is about the love that developed between a little girl named Marie and a stranded sea turtle. The story tells the struggles Marie had as she helped the sea turtle back out to sea.

Esta historia es sobre el amor que se desarrolló entre una niña llamaba María y una tortuga que vino a tierra para poner sus huevos. La historia cuenta las dificultades que tenía María para regresar la tortuga de nuevo al océano.

Cette histoire est au sujet de l’amour qui s’est développé entre une petite fille qui s’appelait Marie et une tortue de mer qui est venue sur le sable pour pondre ses oeufs. L’histoire raconte les difficultés que Marie a rencontrées pour remettre la tortue dans l’océan.

The Challenges of Writing for Children by Nicole Weaver

I once heard the statement “Writing children books is a lot easier than writing novels and other books.” I cringed and thought to myself, the opposite is true. Unfortunately this is the sentiment of many people who are not familiar with what it takes to write an engaging book for children.

My challenges as a children’s author are numerous. The pressing challenge for me is making sure my manuscript is well written in English. I get tons of ideas, but as a non-native speaker of English I have to make sure the way I write is clear and concise. Once my script is ready I can easily translate it to French and Spanish. I grew up speaking French; consequently it is very easy for me to translate the text. I learned Spanish as a fourth language. French and Spanish are similar because they both are derivatives of the same root language–Latin. I recently read Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul. This book is a must for anyone serious about learning the craft of writing for children. I am about to start reading the book Picture Writing by Anastasia Suen.

A second challenge is finding time to write. I am a full-time French and Spanish teacher at the middle and high school levels. I am quickly finding out in order to stay abreast and get better as a write, I need to write every single day. It is not good enough to write during my summer vacation, spring break and Christmas vacation. Writing every day has afforded me more fluidity with my thoughts. It takes less time to write a manuscript. I always carry a little notebook with me. Once I get an idea I write it down and during my lunch period I start working on the manuscript. My second children’s book due to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing was written during my lunch. After I visited my half-sister for the first time, I could not help but wonder why destiny kept us apart for so long. Thinking about the fun we could have had if we were raised together led me to write a story about her being my best friend. My Sister is My Best Friend will be published in 2011

A third challenge is finding time to promote my book. Getting published is great, but the real work starts with promotion. No one will buy your book if you do not promote it. I promote through many channels. I use Facebook and Twitter, and I post media releases on free sites. I have joined various writers groups as well. To date, the most important step I took towards self-promotion is when I joined The National Writing for Children Center. The founder, Suzanne Lieurance, makes available weekly teleclasses on many useful topics on promotion. Suzanne is a great coach, and the rest of her team is pretty good as well. The members are all very helpful and supportive of each other. I have learned so much since joining the group.

Lastly, creating a good website is an essential part of promoting a book. I knew very little about blogging and creating a web presence. Thanks to fellow authors from Guardian Angel Publishing I have learned a ton about blogging and creating a web presence. I work hard every day to overcome challenges, but I still have a lot to learn. I am thankful to my friends at Guardian Angel Publishing and The National Writing for Children Center. Without their unrelenting support and help I would be totally lost.

Nicole Weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children’s trilingual picture book titled Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.

The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti. Her second trilingual children’s picture book will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing. The book titled, My Sister is my Best Friend, will be published fall 2011.

You can visit Nicole Weaver’s website at http://www.melangeofcultures.wordpress.com and her book’s blog at http://marieandherfriendtheseaturtle.blogspot.com/.  

Interview with Children’s Author and Artist Naomi C. Rose

In February we reviewed Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World by Naomi C. Rose. Today, we sit down to chat with Naomi about her work as an author and artist, including an exciting new program that she’ll tell us more about.

Welcome to The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection, Naomi.  It’s wonderful to have you here.

Hi Cheryl, Thank you so much for your generous review of Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World. I really appreciate your kind words! Thank you for this opportunity to share with your readers.

Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?  

I have always drawn a lot of inspiration from nature, and have been fortunate to live in many beautiful places in my life.  I now live in Sedona, Arizona with my husband. Living and hiking among the red rocks is a real highlight of my life. 

I also draw a lot of inspiration from my intention to be of benefit to others. This intention guides my life and my work, and keeps me focused on what really matters. 

When did you decide to pursue writing as a career? 

I don’t think I ever reached a decision point. It sort of slipped up on me. I have always enjoyed writing. I wrote poems and stories as a child and throughout my early adult life as a way to express myself. In my thirties, I worked as a technical writer for a software company.  Then I had nighttime dreams showing me going to art school so I could illustrate children’s books. I had never considered this profession before, but the dreams intrigued me. I finally enrolled in an art school and found I loved it.  At the same time, I met a Tibetan teacher who asked me to turn adult Tibetan tales into children’s stories. Thus began my career writing and illustrating children’s books. This beginning did not immediately produce results, I might add. It was ten long years before my first book TIBETAN TALES FOR LITTLE BUDDHAS was published. 

Your books for children retell stories that were once told in Tibet. Why do you focus on this culture? What do you hope readers will learn from your books? 

The Tibetan culture has many ways to practice peace, and I found those ways to be very helpful in my life. The more I learned about Tibetan wisdom and their ways of peace and kindness, the more I thought it could be useful for our own culture. I’ve heard from many adults and children how the stories in my books have helped them experience life in a more peaceful way.  And when I visit schools and present my Taste of Tibet program, the children become very happy learning about this peaceful culture. I can see it gives them hope. It also gives them new ways to meet their own challenges. That is my hope for readers; that in some way, they find the wisdom in the stories inspiring and useful.
Can you please tell us about the illustrations used in Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World?

While I painted these illustrations, my studio was full of Tibetan images, and the sounds of Tibetan music. I painted the illustrations with acrylic paint on canvas board. With each stroke of the brush, I tried to keep my mind and heart focused on my intention for the work to be of benefit to others.  

You have several upcoming books. Would you like to tell our readers about those?
I’m currently working on the illustrations for CHUKI AND THE TIBETAN FLOWER CURE (Lee and Low Books, 2011). The story is based on real-life events of a Tibetan-American family and how the kindness of a community brought healing. I worked on the story for five years, so it’s exciting to finally be at the illustration phase. 

ESCAPE TO FREEDOM; THE DANGEROUS TREK OF TIBETAN YOUTH (Paljor Publications, 2010) is a nonfiction book.  The book tells the story of the thousands of Tibetan youth who risk their lives to escape Tibet in search of freedom and a good education. 

I’m also completing WHERE SNOW LEOPARD PROWLS; WILD ANIMALS OF TIBET, a wonderful picture book about animals of the Tibetan plateau. 
Is there anything you would like to add? 

I have developed a program called Taste of Tibet for schools, libraries, and other venues. I arrive in Tibetan costume with a basketful of Tibetan treasures. The program includes storytelling, chanting, and optional art projects. We all have a lot of fun learning about Tibet’s enchanting culture and wise ways of peace. 

I invite your readers to visit my Youtube site www.youtube.com/user/naomicrose where they can watch a short trailer of my book as well as a video of me storytelling a Tibetan wisdom tale. 

My website www.naomicrose.com also has a lot more information about me and my work.

Thank you for joining us today, Naomi.  We wish you much success.                                                                      

Thank you, Cheryl, for taking the time to learn about my work!



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Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World by Naomi C. Rose

 

Come experience the world of Tibet through the simple, yet charming tales told in Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World by Naomi C. Rose.  

This delightful collection includes three ancient tales that offer simple wisdom and show us how to live in peace and kindness. In “Prince Jampa’s Surprise”, children read of Prince Jampa, a brave young man who has been misled about the Varasi by years and years of stories telling of their bloodthirsty ways. Thinking the Varasi are out to destroy his people, Prince Jampa leads a war party into battle, only to discover that things might not be as they seem.

“Sonam and the Stolen Cow” shares the the story of Sonam, a young nun who is falsely accused of stealing a cow. Treated poorly by her accusers, when Sonam sees a chance to escape, she runs off. Very hungry, she meets up with a monkey in the woods, who reminds her of a time her cousin was falsely accused for something she did, which leads her on  a path to finally make things right.

The last story in this collection is “Tashi’s Gold”. Tashi is a lazy worker, who spends much of his time napping. When he overhears two men talking about the magical lake loaded with gold, Tashi decides to go to the lake. If he were rich, he wouldn’t need to work on the farm anymore. He meets with the guardian of the lake, who tells him that riches never come from gold, but the greedy Tashi takes some anyway. But Tashi and his family soon discover the meaning behind the guardian’s words.

Each of these tales is told in a lyrical, flowing prose that draws the reader in.  The author has studied Tibetan culture and wisdom since 1994, and her knowledge and passion to share this wisdom is evident right from the very beginning. Rose also provided the stunning illustrations for this book, making Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World a beautiful piece of work. The stories are told in English and Tibetan. There is a Preface from actor Richard Gere and the Dalai Lama provides the Foreword.  Rose’s previous book, Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas, won a Nautilus Book Award. It will not surprise me if Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World garners her more accolades.

A truly inspirational reading experience awaits you and your child in Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World!

You can find a trailer for this book at the author’s website.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Clear Light Publishing
  • Language: English, Tibetan
  • ISBN-10: 1574160893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574160895
  • SRP: $19.95


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    New Book Bundle Available at Laughing Zebra – Books for Children!

    Zooprize Bundle Pack

    NEW BOOK BUNDLE NOW AVAILABLE FROM LAUGHING ZEBRA – BOOKS FOR CHILDREN!

    This book bundle includes an Activity Book and a set of bilingual flashcards for hours of fun.  There are other book bundles available, so please stop by their book store and discover new ways to make reading fun!

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    Zooprise Party by Rebekha Delgado

    A delightful and entertaining bilingual story of friendship is waiting to be discovered in Zooprise Party by Rebekha Delgado.

    Mori the okapi is celebrating a birthday, but no one seems to care–not even his nozy neighbor, Lito the gerenuk. What do Lito and Elvis the king vulture know that Mori doesn’t?

    This is a wonderful book that will be enjoyed by young people (ages 3 – 8) in many parts of the world. Told in English and Spanish, your child will learn about friendship and a variety of interesting animals. The author’s love and knowledge of animals is obvious throughout the book as she assigns human traits to these zoo creatures whom your children will love and adore.

    Illustrator Joy Delgado did an excellent job of bringing these characters to life. Her attention to detail and the fun and lighthearted appearance of Mori and friends will be a big hit with young readers. And through most of the pages there is a wild rabbit hopping around. Though not mentioned in the book, I wondered if he/she has a story of his/her own to tell.

    The text is large and clear so that children who are reading on their own will have no problem understanding the words. My girls (ages 7 and 5) picked up on the fact that each main character has his own colored text in the story, so that the words “Mori” and “okapi” always appear in purple, “Lito” and “gerenuk” in green, and “Elvis” and “king vulture” in red. This allowed them to relate which animal went with which name easily.

    Also available is the Zooprise Party Activity Book, filled with crossword puzzles, color by number pages, search-a-words, and connect the dots, and mazes. There are also coloring pages that ask questions about the book and the back page has bookmarks for your child to cut out and share with friends.

    There is also a Teacher’s Guide that will help educators introduce children in Grades K – 3 to a variety of topics that coincide with the book. From Language Arts to Math and Science, this guide will provide educators with many ideas to help children learn about themselves, others, and animals.

    You’ll find more activities, crafts, recipes, and animal facts at http://www.laughing-zebra-children-books.com/index.html

    Zooprise Party by Rebekha Delgado is a book that should be on every young reader’s bookshelf, though I doubt it will stay there long because they’ll be too busy reading it.

     

    Rating:   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Title: Zooprise Party
    Author: Rebekha Delgado
    Publisher: Laughing Zebra – Books for Children
    ISBN: 978-0-9755454-1-6
    U.S. Price: $11.95

    Title: Zooprise Party Activity Book
    ISBN: 978-0-9755454-2-3
    U.S. Price: $4.95

    Title: Zooprise Party Teacher’s Guide
    ISBN: 978-0-9755454-3-0
    U.S. Price: $8.95