Yay for Big Brothers! by Janet Halfmann

It is time to celebrate big brothers with Yay for Big Brothers! by Janet Halfmann.

Yay for Big Brothers! celebrates the similarities between animal big brothers and human big brothers. Each colorful page shares a big brother animal talking about their family and their little siblings. That is followed by a question to engage the reader. The book also includes a glossary, fun facts, and more! The vibrant artwork from Shennen Bersani will captivate children.

If your youngster likes animals or if you’re looking for a fun way to talk about siblings, Yay for Big Brothers! is perfect for your family’s library.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Arbordale Publishing (November 2, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643518224
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643518220
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 – 8 years

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

A Chat with Children’s Author Faye Rapoport DesPres

Faye Rapoport DesPres earned her MFA from the Solstice Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College and has published creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry in a variety of literary journals. Faye’s first book, Message From a Blue Jay, is a personal essay collection published by Buddhapuss Ink in 2014. A lifelong wildlife advocate and animal lover, Faye donates a portion of the proceeds from her children’s books, the Stray Cat Stories series, to non-profit animal rescue organizations. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband Jean-Paul Des Pres.

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Welcome to The Children’s Book Connection, Faye! When did you begin writing?

I started writing diaries as a very young child and have continued writing in dairies and journals throughout my life. I started writing poems as a pre-teen and stories as a teenager. At the start of my more adult writing life I focused on poetry for a while, and I also studied journalism and worked in journalism and public/media relations. It wasn’t until I pursued an MFA in Creative Writing a bit later in life that I pivoted towards creative nonfiction, and eventually some literary fiction.

What is your latest children’s book about?

Frazier: The Very Special Cat is based on the true story of a big orange tom cat I rescued from a difficult life as a stray. Frazier used to visit a feeding station in our yard for feral cats, and when I noticed he was injured I got help from a rescue organization to safely trap him and get him to a vet. He ended up with only one eye, one of the things that makes him very special (and cute). His tale is heartwarming, the illustrations are charming, and Frazier’s story has a very happy ending!

What inspired you to write it?

Rescuing the real-life Frazier inspired me to write a book about him. All three of the Stray Cat Stories children’s books are based on true stories about real cats I rescued.

What was it like working with an illustrator and how much control did you have over the artwork?

I have known my illustrator, Laurel McKinstry Petersen, since we were in high school. She is a really talented artist, and I love her work. I had almost no control over the artwork — Laurel and the publisher handled that side of things. I did have an opportunity to look at the illustrations and make comments or suggestions, and if something was really important to me I was able to say so.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

Frazier: The Very Special Cat is available on online at Amazon and BN.com and other online bookstores. Readers can also support their local independent bookstore by walking in and asking them to order copies from Ingram.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

Work hard to learn and practice the craft of writing, whether that’s through classes, a degree, a writing group, or whatever avenue you can find that fits into your life. Read a lot, write a lot, and don’t give up. Believe in yourself and your own voice.

What is up next for you?

Once Frazier launches, I will be back at my desk journaling, dreaming up new projects, and sending out work when it’s ready — the life of a writer.

Where Did Panther Go? by Vivian Zabel

Join along with Katie and Panther as that curious black kitty gets into all sorts of mischief.

One day, Uncle Chris brings Katie a new friend. Panther is a black kitten with mint-green eyes and a white spot on his tummy. They like to play games together, and Katie makes up a song when they play hide-and-seek that makes Panther jump out. But, one day, Panther is lost, and Katie fears he won’t be found.

What a cute story! Where Did Panther Go? by Vivian Zabel is perfect for cat lovers of all ages. The first of Panther’s adventures, this series is sure to delight young readers.

Artist Carrie Salazar provides the adorable artwork for Where Did Panther Go? That mint-green cover, the inside of Katie’s room, and Panther stretched out on the grass are some of my favorite images.

Zabel includes Panther’s Song lyrics, cat facts, and more! If you like cats or sweet stories, Where Did Panther Go? is the perfect choice.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 4RV Children’s Corner (September 19, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 56 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1940310709
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1940310701

I purchased a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Who is Singing? by Janet Halfmann

Who is Singing? by Janet Halfmann is the perfect way to inspire a love of birds in your youngster. This beautiful book filled with colorful illustrations from artist Chrissy Chabot, brings the reader along asking the question, “Who is singing?” as each bird makes it own unique sound. From the Blue Jay to the Robin to the Nuthatch and more, this delightful story will charm young readers. The story is followed by Birdsong Fun Facts & Notes, making it entertaining and educational.

Children will enjoy reading Who is Singing? time and again. It can help you foster a love of nature and a desire to explore the world around them. It also encourages youngsters to come up with their own words and sounds for the bird songs they hear.

Who is Singing? by Janet Halfmann is a great addition to any personal or school library.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B099X8GT7C
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pen It! Publications, LLC (July 19, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 19, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6509 KB
  • Print length: 34 pages

I received a free copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Coming This Summer: Big Bill Returns by Vivian Zabel

Louie’s older brother wanted to travel. He didn’t want to stay at one lake all his life. One day, he flew away with some visiting ducks and only came to see his family once in a while. Louie told his friends about Big Bill one cold winter day. Gus wanted to know why he never heard about Big Bill before. After all, he and Louie were best friends.
 

When Big Bill came home and told Louie that he would stay, Louie thought his life would be so exciting. But, would his life be any different? Why did Big Bill have time for little brother Quacker but not for Louie? What good was having a big brother?

LOUIE THE DUCK SERIES BY VIVIAN ZABEL

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Vivian Zabel taught English and writing for nearly 30 years, but she has written herself since a child. When she shared her goal of becoming an author with a friend in the seventh grade, the friend laughed. She didn’t share her desire with anyone again, but she worked to become an author.

She and her late husband married in 1961 and had four children, three who lived. As an Air Force brat, she traveled from Guam to Morocco, and from Texas to Maine. But, Oklahoma was always home.

Zabel has been a member of OWFI since 2002 and the OWFI Grant Director since 2016. She was honored as the Lifetime Member in 2013. She and a friend founded an OWFI affiliate, Pen and Keyboard Writers, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Her home has been in the Edmond area since 1983.

As a former teacher, she finds the teacher in her continues to erupt. She often presents workshops and sessions at conferences concerning writing around the nation, including the Alaska Writers Conference and the OWFI conference. She has held workshops for different groups and for OWFI affiliates.

Zabel has attained her goal of authoring several books, which include YA books The Base Stealers ClubCase of the Missing Coach, and Prairie Dog Cowboy. She has four children’s books released, I Like PinkWhere Did Panther Go?: A Panther AdventureA Baby Doll from Santy Claus, and Wave Excitement: A Louie the Duck Story. Her novels are Stolen and Midnight Hours. Vivian also contributed to a book of short stories with another author and one of poetry with six others.

To learn more about Vivian Zabel and her books, go to her website VivianZabel.com.