A Rainbow of Birds by Janet Halfmann

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Papa Cardinal tells his chicks a story of how birds gave the world the rainbow in a story that has been passed down through generations.

A Rainbow of Birds by Janet Halfmann is a vibrant story of color that celebrates the tradition of storytelling. In this imaginative idea that capitalizes on legends and the ancient art of storytelling, children find a fanciful and fun story of how birds came together–sometimes after a squabble–to create the world’s first rainbow. In her trademark habit of educating and entertaining, Halfmann has included fun facts about rainbows, the magic of leprechauns, and rainbow activities and crafts.

Artist Jack Foster has truly outdone himself with the vibrant and occasionally zany characters depicted in this story. I always enjoy Foster’s work, but this book is so stunning it warrants special mention. Coupled with Halfmann’s delightful text, I could imagine and almost hear the story taking place through my office window.

Nature lovers, lovers of legends, and those who enjoy books where storytelling plays a role will want to snatch this one up right away.

Highly recommended!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Paperback: 20 pagesrainbow inside
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (February 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616334622
ISBN-13: 978-1616334628

 

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

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep by Kathy Stemke

 

Welcoming a new sibling isn’t always easy. Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep by Kathy Stemke is sure to help.

Zachary isn’t always fond of his baby sister, Layla. Everything is always about her. But when Zachary puts on his special black-framed glasses, he can do anything. He turns into a superhero who can protect his sister from anything.

I love this book! It’s delightful. It’s fun. And it teaches kids about consonant blends. This is Stemke’s second children’s book, the first with Guardian Angel Publishing.  Proving its commitment to entertaining and educating children, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep is the perfect addition to GAP’s Academic Wings line. Readers are treated to an engaging story that helps them deal with introducing a new sibling into the house, while getting a chance to improve their reading skills.

Jack Foster provided the artwork for this one. I’m a huge Foster fan. I have loved everything he has ever done, and Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep is no exception. His use of bold colors attracts young readers. The green in the leaves is so deep, you would swear they were real. The eyes on the characters also have a distinctive shape. All I have to do is look at a character’s eyes to know that Foster worked on a book.

Included at the end of Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep is a Teacher Supplement with questions, a song, games, and other fun activities.

All summer reading should be this fun!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10:1616331569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616331566
  • SRP:  $10.95

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

Signs of Trouble by Janet Ann Collins

Amy and Kim get separated from their Special Education class while on a field trip to the mall. Can what they’ve learned at school help them reunite with their group?

In this entertaining and educational story of two lost girls, children’s author Janet Ann Collins helps children remember the important rules if they ever get lost:

  • Stay where you are and your group will come find you.
  • Beware of strangers.
  • In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
  • It’s okay to talk to those who are supposed to help you, like police officers.

Jack Foster’s artwork is the perfect complement to this story. His vivid characters and their surroundings truly bring this story to life in a visual way.

Kids from all walks of life can stand to hear these rules over and again.  Also included are fun activities, games, and discussion questions. I applaud Collins for writing such a wonderful book that will help keep kids safe. I’ll be sharing it with my children soon.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616331119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616331115
  • SRP:  $10.95


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    Klutzy Kantor by J. Aday Kennedy

    Klutzy Kantor is a magical and fun story your little ones will enjoy.

    Kantor Pegasus is tired of being such a klutz. When he discovers the leprechaun Cobbledom McSweeney will grant a wish to the winner in a battle of wits, Kantor decides he just has to do it. With the help of his friends, Kantor trains to beat the lucky leprechaun who has won 321 battles. With a bit of faith in himself, Kantor just might do it.

    This is a charming story of friendship and determination. J. Aday Kennedy draws readers in with characters they’ll love and understand, and they’ll be rooting for Kantor all the way.

    Artist Jack Foster provided the illustrations for Klutzy Kantor. I can honestly say I have never seen a book he’s worked on that I didn’t love. The bright colors, the big round eyes, and the expressions he manages to capture on his characters’ faces, make me enjoy the book even more.

    I’m sure your children will be delighted by this one. I know I’m eagerly awaiting Kennedy’s next book!

    Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616330511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330514
  • SRP:  $10.95


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    Coming Soon! Shoo Cat by Shari Lyle-Soffe

    Are you a cat lover? Do your children love cats? If so, you’ll want to pick up Shoo Cat, the latest by Shari Lyle-Soffe. 

    Ethan wants a dog. He has a cat, but they aren’t loyal like dogs. Cats aren’t faithful like dogs and they certainly don’t like water. When Ethan gets a chance to trade his cat for a dog, it’s an adventure he doesn’t expect.

     I have a feeling that Shoo Cat by Shari Lyle-Soffe is going to end up being a favorite of mine. Our family has come to know the joy of loving cats, and I can’t believe that there is a dog more loyal than our Tiger, who follows us on our walks through the neighborhood and kills any furry rodent who makes the mistake of putting his paws on our lawn.

     The poor cat in Shoo Cat spends his time showing Ethan what a great friend he can be, but the stubborn boy can only think about how great it would be to own a dog. It’s cute to see the interaction between the two—or lack there of, because Ethan is pretty much oblivious to everything the cat is doing until after he gets the coveted dog and sees things differently. 

    Jack Foster has done a spectacular job illustrating Shoo Cat. Foster has a style that is definitely his own. I could tell right away that he did the artwork on this book, without having to look for his name. 

    There’s so much to love about Shoo Cat that your children will wear these pages out from reading the book so often. You’ll probably enjoy reading it too. It’s truly a book for cat lovers everywhere.

     Shoo Cat by Shari Lyle-Soffe — coming soon from Guardian Angel Publishing!

    Print ISBN 13: 978-161633-0

    eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-0



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    Poodle & Doodle by Donna Shepherd

    Here’s a book that both you and the kids will enjoy. Poodle & Doodle by Donna Shepherd tells the story of a prissy poodle that is all upset when her owner brings home a mangy mutt to join the family.  Wasn’t she dog enough? Especially when Leah has brought home Scruffy, a large, clumsy and sloppy Labradoodle.

    Kids will love following along on this rhyming adventure, made complete with funny and charming illustrations created by Jack Foster. Parents will enjoy the easy way they can teach their young children about acceptance and friendship. And while the characters in this one are dogs, parents could easily relate this story to siblings and the many wonderful quirks brothers and sisters put up with out of love.

    Poodle & Doodle will snuggle their way into your child’s heart, just like they did with each other. This is a book that won’t stay on the shelf long because your children will want to read it over and again, just like in our house.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616330171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330170
  • SRP:  $10.95


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    December Releases from Guardian Angel Publishing

    As I Watch, a Littlest Angels by Author, CHITRA SOUNDAR and artist SAMANTHA BELL. Read about how a tiny egg changes into a creepy crawly and then into a colorful, elegant butterfly. The repetitive text helps young readers to join in the reading.
     
    The Sister Exchange, a Littlest Angels by author KEVIN MCNAMEE and artist KIT GRADY. Dealing with sibling rivalry in a fun and creative way, The Sister Exchange reinforces the bond between siblings, and increases reasoning skills through comparison.  
     
    Poodle & Doodle a Guardian Angel Animals & Pets, by author DONNA SHEPHERD and artist JACK FOSTER. Angel thinks her life is ruined when Leah brings home a new dog. Will her worst fears be realized or will the new arrival make life better than Angel could have ever imagined? www.guardianangelpublishing.com/poodle&doodle.htm
     
    Circulation Celebration: The Sum of Our Parts Series, an Academic Wings, by author BILL KIRK and artist EUGENE RUBLE.
    www.guardianangelpublishing.com/circulation.htm  “Circulation Celebration” is an anatomical rhyme which is all about the blood inside you and how the heart keeps it circulating so all of your tissue cells get fed and stay healthy.  



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    We’ll be reviewing Poodle & Doodle and The Sister Exchange, along with If I Could Be Anything by KEVIN MCNAMEE, which was released by Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.