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

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.

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  • 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!

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    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

    The Frog in the Well by Irene Tsai

    The Frog in the WellA beautifully illustrated retelling of a classic Chinese idiom that teaches children about Chinese culture and language is what you’ll find in The Frog in the Well by Irene Tsai.

    The frog happily hops into the well and proclaims that he is the smartest frog in the world; after all, he knows everything about the well. But when a sea turtle crawls to the well and tells the frog all about the big, deep, wide and blue ocean, the frog learns a lesson in humility he won’t soon forget.

    The story of The Frog in the Well comes alive with vivid illustrations from Pattie Caprio. Told in English and translated into Chinese by Joyce Lin, the reader can appreciate the culture and language of China while learning a valuable life lesson. The Note to Readers and Word List compliment the story and help readers to understand what they find within this 36-page picture book.

    With adorable creatures whose personalities shine through from the very start, The Frog in the Well is sure to entertain and educate your young reader.

    Rating:   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: CE Bilingual Books LLC; Chinese-English Edition edition
  • ISBN-10: 0980130514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980130515
  • SRP:  $14.95 (U.S.)
  • Joey Gonzalez, Great American by Tony Robles

    Joey+GonzalezJoey Gonzalez is excited to start the third grade. He’s going to study hard and become a great American. But when Joey and his friends meet their new teacher, Mrs. Glass, Joey finds out he’s not an American at all; he’s a minority and they learn differently. Mrs. Glass assures Joey that he’ll be all right, because Affirmative Action will help him. When Joey returns to school the next day, it’s Mrs. Glass who gets a lesson about Affirmative Action.

    Joey Gonzalez, Great American by Tony Robles, is a beautifully illustrated, well-written story of a child standing up for what he believes is right and true. The reader is almost as saddened as Joey when he is treated so cruelly by his teacher, but rejoices when Joey speaks the truth that he holds inside.

    Written in English and Spanish, this book is an excellent way to teach young people of all ethnic backgrounds that what makes them who they are cannot be helped or improved by any government policy. As Joey and his friends stand up to Mrs. Glass, the reader will be inspired to achieve his dreams because he knows that hard work and determination will make all the difference.

    As a lover of history, I enjoyed Robles sharing how the Spaniards and Africans came to America. And it was wonderful to see the strength and bravery of slaves and the Buffalo Soliders highlighted.

    Amazon.com says this is targeted for ages 4 – 8, but my children, who are in this age group, had a hard time grasping the concept of Affirmative Action, and trying to explain a “race card” to them was almost impossible.

    Joey Gonzalez, Great American is a powerful story that sheds light on the challenges of living with a controversial American government policy.

    Rating:   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: World Ahead Pub Inc; Bilingual edition
  • ISBN-10: 0976726939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976726937
  • SRP: $15.95 (U.S.)