Caterpillar’s Surprise by Janet Halfmann (Save if you pre-order before Dec 2, 2021)

Caterpillar’s Surprise by Janet Halfmann celebrates the beauty of change, growing, and friendship.

Caterpillar is eager to win the Blue Ribbon at Owl’s Masquerade Ball, but she fears she can’t fool anyone since she is such a baby. Then Tadpole convinces her that her natural baby disguise of looking like bird poo is a sure winner.

As Caterpillar grows and her looks change, she gets more worried. Thankfully, Tadpole is there to encourage her. Then one day, Caterpillar spins a chrysalis. For weeks she sits unchanging and unmoving. Tadpole wonders if she will break out in time for the ball.

This is a sweet story that is also educational. Caterpillar’s Surprise takes young readers through the physical changes for Caterpillar and Tadpole, while showing how they create a special friendship along the way.

Emily Krueger’s artwork is so vibrant and so full of emotion that the reader is captivated by the images as much as by the prose. The various shades of brown in young Caterpillar’s body, the deep greens of the lily pads, the glorious yellow as Caterpillar bursts forth from her chrysalis to reveal herself as a butterfly, and the golden lights of the fireflies as they illuminate the night sky, will keep readers turning page after page just as much as their eagerness to see who wins the Blue Ribbon.

A perfect gift for lovers of nature, curious minds, and those who enjoy wonderful stories with lessons hidden inside, is what you’ll find in Caterpillar’s Surprise.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Black Rose Writing (December 2, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : β€Ž English
  • Paperback ‏ : β€Ž 34 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : β€Ž 168433845X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1684338450

Pre-order in paperback and hardcover from Black Rose Writing before December 2, 2021 and use promo code PREORDER 2021 to receive a 15% discount.

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.

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.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Publisher ‏ : β€ŽΒ Arbordale Publishing (November 2, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : β€ŽΒ English
  • Paperback ‏ : β€ŽΒ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : β€ŽΒ 1643518224
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : β€ŽΒ 978-1643518220
  • Reading age ‏ : β€ŽΒ 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 β€” 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 β€” the life of a writer.

Perfectly Poppy by Tricia Stone-Shumaker

Perfectly Poppy by Tricia Stone-Shumaker is a delightful rhyming story about inclusivity and the differences that make you exceptional.

Poppy is unhappy because he has a crooked beak and others treat him differently. When his friend, Remi, the one-footed duck comes along, the two embark on a journey where they meet other exceptional animals.

Perfectly Poppy is the first book in Stone-Shumaker’s Poppy’s Adventure series. Stone-Shumaker is a speech language pathologist and advocate of inclusivity for all. She turns her passion into a sweet story for children that reminds them they are not alone and that they are extraordinary. What a fabulous message!

Kim Sponaugle provides the colorful artwork for Perfectly Poppy. I’ve always enjoyed Sponaugle’s mastery. In this story, not only does she use beautiful colors, she captures these characters’ emotions in their eyes, through their expressions, and in their mannerisms. This makes the story of the crooked beak chicken and those he meets extra special.

I look forward to many more Poppy adventures.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Publisher ‏ : β€ŽΒ Poppy’s Adventures (April 26, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : β€ŽΒ English
  • Paperback ‏ : β€ŽΒ 26 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : β€ŽΒ 1736528904
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : β€ŽΒ 978-1736528907
  • Reading age ‏ : β€ŽΒ Baby – 12 years

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