Monday, May 1, 2017

Book Review: I WANT TO GROW by Ged Adamson (C)


by Ged Adamson
Expected release date: March 7th, 2017
Published by Boyds Mills Press
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover 
Format read: Hardcover from Creative Authors
My rating: 5 Stars 


SUMMARY

A dinosaur named Herb has noticed something about his friend Muriel: she's getting taller. 
Herb is not. 

Desperate to catch up to Muriel, Herb tries every method he can think of to grow. He plants himself in the dirt like a flower, but that just leaves him muddy. He has Muriel roll him out like clay, but that just makes him dizzy. He wears platform shoes and a top hat, but he just falls over. Nothing Herb tries works!

When will he finally grow?

This humorous approach to the topic of growing taller will resonate with many children who struggle with this same issue. 


MY REVIEW

I WANT TO GROW is about a small dinosaur named Herb who has noticed that his best friend is growing, but he is not. He tries numerous ways to force himself to grow and catch up, but does not succeed... or does he???

This book came at such a perfect and fun time! Not only did my kiddos recognize that this book is the same author and illustrator as DOUGLAS, YOU NEED GLASSES, but we also knew that this book was going to serve more than one purpose around here... 
My three year old has been telling us that he doesn't want to grow up, lol! Although this book is to encourage patience and understanding on how we are all different and how we all come into our own milestones at different times - sometimes on our own schedule, completely different than what is expected from others. But what my toddler took away from Herb's story is that it is okay to grow up too! It's okay to be scared and worried about growing up and doing things that he's never done before. And that it won't happen all at once, that he will learn as he grows too.

It is quite amazing to see how little minds grasp onto their own understandings - the book may look the same to everyone, but no one will ever read it in the same way!

A wonderful book to gift/read to little ones who are just starting to understand that their worlds will change and that it is okay to want more! A definite favorite in this household!

*I received a hardcover copy of this book from the literary agency as a gift.
All thoughts are my very own.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Ged Adamson

Ged Adamson is a writer and illustrator. His first two books, Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser and Meet the McKaws, are both published by Sky Pony Press. A third, Douglas, You Need Glasses! will be published in May 2016 by Random House. He sees two books published in 2017 - Shark Dog in Summer 2017 and published by HarperCollins and I Want to Grow will be released in Fall 2017 by Boyds Mill Press. 

His cartoons have appeared in magazines such as Punch and Prospect, in books and on film. He's been a storyboard artist and a caricaturist. He also works as a composer for TV and film. 

He lives in London with his partner Helen and their son Rex. 


Links: Website / Instagram / Twitter

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 2017 Book Haul, Wrap-Up and May TBR!


Hello, Bookish Friends!!!

I'm very excited to get back into book-blogging, and what better way to start off than with a huge book haul :) 
These are all the books I've accumulated through April...
as you can see, I did splurge quite a bit on myself, lol! It's what I do to try to relieve myself from stress/anxiety - I go on Amazon and Book Outlet and fill my cart up to hundreds of dollars and then slowly delete the most expensive books until I get to under $20 and then I "treat myself", lol! Please tell me I'm not alone in this!





My April Book Haul

*What I received to review...
- ONE GOOD THING ABOUT AMERICA by Ruth Freeman (MG/HB) from Holiday House Publishing.
- A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jared Reck (YA/ARC) from Random House Teens.
- THE HISTORY OF BEES by Maja Lunde (Adult Lit/ARC) from Touchstone Books. 
- INTERNET FAMOUS by Danika Stone (YA/eARC) from Swoon Reads/Macmillan.

From First Second (graphic novels):
- SPILL ZONE by Scott Westerfeld (YA/HB)
- THE NAMELESS CITY by Faith Erin Hicks (MG/PB)
- THE STONE HEART (Nameless City #2) by Faith Erin Hicks (MG/PB)
- THE AMAZING CRAFTY CAT by Charise Mericle Harper (MG/PB)
- DECELERATE BLUE by Adam Rapp (YA/PB)

*Books I received as gifts or from giveaways...
- THE ADVENTURES OF RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY by Johnny Gruelle (Wordsworth Classic PB)
- STARTUP by Doree Shafrir (Adult Lit/HB) from Book of the Month Club

*Books I received through #booksfortrade on twitter...
- SINNER (Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) by Maggie Stiefvater (UK ARC)
- EVERLAND by Wendy Spinale (YA/ARC)
- OF FIRE AND STARS by Audrey Coulthurst (YA/HB)
- UPROOTED by Naomi Novak (YA/HB) 

*Books I purchased this month... 
- STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor (YA/HB)
- SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo (YA/HB)
- SPINDLE FIRE by Lexa Hillyer (YA/HB)
- LAS CARRERAS DE SCORPIO (The Scorpio Races) by Maggie Stiefvater (Spanish HB)
- CINDERELLA, or THE LITTLE GLASS SLIPPER by Camille Rose Garcia (HB)
- EVERY HEART A DOORWAY (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire (YA/HB)
- KISSES AND CURSES by Fierce Reads (YA/PB)
- THE MERMAID'S DAUGHTER by Ann Claycomb (Adult Lit/PB)
- THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (YA/UK PB)
- PETER PAN AND PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS by J.M. Barrie (Wordsworth Classic PB)
- THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine De Saint Exupery (Macmillan Collector's Library HB)
- WE'RE ALL WONDERS by R.J. Palacio (Children's Picture Book/HB) 


My current collection of THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater :)


What I read in April

- WE COME APART by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan (YA/ARC)
- OUTSIDE SHOT by Fred Bowen (MG/HB) 
- ZEBRA ON THE GO by Jill Nogales (C/HB) 
- PRINCE RIBBIT by Jonathan Emmett (C/HB)
- WE'RE ALL WONDERS by R.J. Palacio (C/HB)
- SPILL ZONE by Scott Westerfeld (YA/Graphic Novel)
- THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF CRAFTY CAT by Charise Mericle Harper (MG/Graphic Novel) 
- THE NAMELESS CITY by Faith Erin Hicks (MG/Graphic Novel)
- VAMPIRINA AT THE BEACH by LeUyen Pham (C/HB)
- THE STONE HEART (The Nameless City #2) by Faith Erin Hicks (MG/Graphic Novel) 
- THE NAMES THEY GAVE US by Emery Lord (YA/ARC) 
- DECELERATE BLUE by Adam Rapp (YA/Graphic Novel) 
- WINDFALL by Jennifer E. Smith (YA/ARC)



What I plan on reading in May

First, I hope to finish reading: 
- CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (YA/HB) - I keep procrastinating finishing this; I'm so scared to see how it finishes and not like it :(

- KISSES AND CURSES by Fierce Reads (YA/PB) - I've only been able to read the first short story. I may just try to read at least one short story every weekend.

- THIS SAVAGE SONG (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab (YA/HB) - Only a few chapters in... and I am very intrigued!

And then, I hope I have enough time to possibly read a few of these: 
- A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas (YA/HB) (- SWOON!!!)
- STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor (YA/HB)
- EVERY HEART A DOORWAY (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire (YA/HB) 
- STARTUP by Doree Shafrir (A/HB BOTM)
- ONE GOOD THING ABOUT AMERICA by Ruth Freeman (MG/HB)
... and probably a few more picture books and graphic novels!



Thank you sooo much for stopping by!
Please let me know in the comments what you're reading... and leave your blog or book haul links too!

And FYI, I have scheduled reviews for almost everyday in May!!!
Please remember to stop back and take a peek at my thoughts on all kinds of books that I have read this year - lots of YA, picture books, graphic novels and a book or two on adult lit as well!!!

Happy reading???


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Bumbles and Fairy-Tales Update!

Hello everyone!

It seems that I fell of the blog-o-sphere again, lol!
Truth is, between not having a computer/laptop since last November and trying to get in control of my anxiety issues - I just haven't been able to post any of my reviews, hauls, etc. It's not easy trying to do everything from an iPhone and small kindle... quite stressful and eye-straining. But, I'm happy to say that I finally have a home computer again - one that I LOVE! And I am really looking forward to FINALLY catching up! I can literally post a review every day for the next 3 months straight - that's how many books and notes I have written down, lol! I won't be able to post everyday, but I'm definitely going to try my best to share as often as I can - I really do miss blogging, so much!!!


I'm very thankful for everyone on Instagram! That's my favorite app and where I have been trying to keep up with the bookish world the most! (If we dont' already follow each other on Instagram, what are you waiting for??? I'm @thebumblegirl ;)

Other than Instagram, I have been reading, planning and writing! I never thought I would write more than poetry or short stories for myself, but I am attempting to outline 2 books right now... and I am in heaven! I'll probably share more when I have more of a solid idea as to where I'm going with my stories, etc. 

I hope you all are doing well! I miss you all so much!
I'm really looking forward to catching up with all of you really soon!!!
xoxo

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book Review: WHEN YOU'RE FEELING SICK by Coy Bowles (C)


by Coy Bowles 
Release date: January 10th, 2017
Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover 
Format read: ARC
My rating: 4 1/2 stars 


SUMMARY

Sneezing? Coughing? Taking a sick day?

Don't worry, you'll be feeling better soon thanks to this hilarious picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band. Full of encouraging - and super silly - rhyming advice on how to face sick days with courage and a positive attitude. 
When You're Feeling Sick is just what the doctor ordered!

Comes with a sheet of stickers to bring a smile to every sick kid's face.


MY REVIEW

A super fun, silly and interactive book that will cheer up the boogiest kid in the world!

A very funny story about the things that happen when you get sick and what you should and shouldn't do to get better. Full of hysterical anecdotes and matching colorful illustrations - your little patient will definitely crack a smile if not laugh out loud and shoot snot-rockets out of their nose! 

The rhyming is fun and oftentimes gets a bit off track with silly strings of no-nonsense tongue-twisting run-on sentences that will sure be fun to go over and over until you get it right. The illustrations are bright and cartoon-like making it seem like you're watching a tv show and in their world.

Written after the author and his father spent a long time at his mother's bedside at the hospital and meeting an old high school friend's sick daughter, he wanted to write something that would not only entertain children while they are sick, but to also encourage them to stay strong, to take their medicine and to be hopeful that one day they will be better. 

I do believe that this book is wonderful for any child going through any type of illness. It talks about not letting the germs win, doing the right things to get better and in the end, everything will be alright as it is intended to be. 

This bright and colorful book will definitely be remembered and very much requested whenever your kiddo is sick!


*An ARC was sent to me by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Coy Bowles

Coy Bowles plays guitar and organ and writes songs for the multi-platinum Zac Brown Band. They have won three Grammys and since 2009 have earned 55 award nominations from the Grammys, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, and Country Music Television. 

Born in Thomaston, Georgia, Coy was raised on love, support, and the idea that he could do anything he put his heart and soul into. 

After earning a degree from Georgia State University's Jazz Studies program, Coy formed the band Coy Bowles and the Fellowship. In 2006, they opened for the Zac Brown Band, and soon after Zac asked Coy to join his band full time. 

Coy's first book, the self-published Amy Giggles: Laugh Out Loud, teaches kids to accept themselves as they are. 

Links: Website / Goodreads

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blog Tour (Review): THAT'S ME LOVING YOU by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (C)


by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Release date: December 27th, 2016
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover
Format read/reviewed: Hardcover from the publisher.
My rating: 4 1/2 stars


SUMMARY

From the author of the New York Times bestseller I Wish You More, comes a book that promises continuous love and makes the perfect gift for fans of Emily Winfield Martin's The Wonderful Things You Will Be and those looking for something new to add to their shelves next to the classic The Runaway Bunny

Wherever you are, 
Wherever you go, 
Always remember 
And always know... 

That feeling you always have in your heart?
That's me loving you.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal captures parents' desire to be ever-present in this simple and touching poem offering reassurance of their love. Signs of affection can be found in the natural world around us - from a soft breeze to a shimmering star. 


MY REVIEW

A very sweet and gentle story to be read to little ones while snuggled up in their favorite jammies and blanket... the book is filled with colorful, warm and connecting illustrations that will encourage your child to interact and ask questions, and/or will give them the courage and peace they seek from whatever they may be feeling at that moment... 

The story itself flows and will bring serenity over everyone, the reader and whoever is listening. It gently soothes all involved; allowing everyone to believe that they're not alone. It encourages children that no matter what situation they may be, whether they are in school, with the babysitter, or if a loved one has gone away for a long time or has passed away, they are never alone. That a small part of that person is/will always be with them just as long as they take a moment to remember that they are. There are little ways to remind your child to seek through their surroundings to connect to you or whomever they are missing to find reassurance, safety and love.

It is often hard for young children to remember self-coping methods when they are feeling disconnected, lonely or suffering from separation anxiety... if there is anyway to remind them of a favorite line from their favorite book, an illustrations, a toy, etc. they can eventually learn to remember on their own that someone is always thinking of them, loves them for always - and eventually they will learn to work through their feelings themselves. 

An unforgettable story told from the heart! Definitely for those who adore The Kissing Hand, Guess How Much I Love You and I Love You Through and Through!

*I received this book from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the author of over 20 children's books. Her titles include Uni the Unicorn, Plant a Kiss, Little Pea, Spoon, The Wonder Book, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and Duck! Rabbit!

A long-time contributor to NPR, she is currently the host and creator of MissionAmyKR.com produced by Chicago Public Radio. 

Amy lives with her family in Chicago.

Links: Website / Goodreads


ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR - Teagan White

Teagan White is a freelance illustrator specializing in playful watercolors and illustrated typography.

Originally from Chicago, Teagan now lives and works in Minneapolis, where she received a BFA in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2012. 

Links: Website / Goodreads

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hello friends!!!

Hello and happy (belated) new year to you all!!!
I have missed you! And, books, blogging, EVERYTHING! SO very much!
I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things this year... 


The last 2 years have been so hard to keep up with bookish things... during this time, I made quite a few mistakes with broken promises to read, review and participate in a few blog tours and challenges. On a daily basis, my introverted-self struggled to having to communicate with my bookish peers that I couldn't go through with my commitments. Many lessons have been learned! And I am so glad to have been able to keep in contact with so many understanding and caring people in the community - I am so very happy to be a part of it!

In the last year, my family and I have moved again, lol! But this time, it is OUR home! And hopefully permanent for many, many years to come! We have a lot of renovations that need to be done this summer, thankfully, the majority of it all is mostly just trying to make all of our space livable and usable... My boys are more active and have a lot of things going on - and as you all know, my family always comes first. I've also been dedicating more time to my other hobbies - planning, writing and sewing! 

With so much going on this year, I am keeping an open-mind but very realistic and flexible blogging schedule. Being more communicative with my peers and followers. And, most importantly, having fun!!!


On that note, a quick recap of my bookish things from last year... 

I was able to read a total of 50 books!
However, I do count ALL and ANY books that I have read - including picture books, graphic novels, etc. Out of those 50, only 2 were re-reads. And the majority of the books that I read were fairytale retellings and fantasy. 

The best book that I read in 2016 was AFTERMATH by Clara Kensie!!!
It's powerful, intense, heart-wrenching! A definite must read! If I could have given it more than 5 stars I would have!!!

And, you will all be so very proud of me!... I finally started reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy!!! I'm in the middle of book 2, Days of Blood and Starlight, right now.

There are a few books that I wish I would had read last year that I am determined to make time for this year... 
- Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

And, some books that I want to re-read this year...
- The Snow Child  
- Alice in Wonderland 
- Little Women 

And the books I am most excited for in 2017 are... 
- All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (<--- already pre-ordered!!!)
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber (<--- reading this now!!!)
- RoseBlood by A.G. Howard (<--- already read this and gave it 5 stars!)
- A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas


Overall, I really do wish to get back into reading more and blogging regularly again. I am still trying to clear the cobwebs and figure out a doable schedule; but I have promised myself to be aware of what I can and can't do. Not to get intimidated by others. To stick with my favorite genres (young adult fairytales/retellings, fantasy contempoary... some middle grade retellings and magical realism... a lot more picture books and graphic novels... and for fun, a few adult lits and maybe a little romance, lol!). 
And to remember to keep things light, simple and fun!!! 

Thank your all for your love and support!!! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Blog Tour (Guest Post and Giveaway): HAPPY MAMAS by Kathleen T. Pelley (C)


Welcome to the HAPPY MAMAS Blog Tour... 
"A perfect ode to motherhood!"

Hosted by TheChildrensBookReview.com
by Kathleen T. Pelley
Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper 
Release date: October 10th, 2016
Published by CWLA Press 
Genre: Children ages 3 - 6
Format: Hardcover


SUMMARY

A lyrical read aloud that pays tribute to mothering in the animal and human kingdoms. 
Charming illustrations depict activities that bring joy to a mama and her baby over the course of a day: feeding her little ones bundles of bamboo shoots; teaching her calf hot to trumpet a loud jungle cheer; playing peek-a-boo; watching her little ones fly from the nest; singing a serenade to the man in the moon; or crooning owly lullabies through the deep dark woods. But as the moon glows and the stars shine, what is it that makes all mamas - from desert jungle, from forest to field, from land to sea - happiest by far? 

Mamas and babies everywhere will delight in this happy romp - a perfect ode to motherhood.

Perfect for one on one sharing or for use in the classroom. 

GUEST POST
Importance of having a Spanish version of Happy Mamas

We Celts love our circles – long ago we worshiped the moon and the sun, we sat in a circle to tell our stories, and when St. Patrick brought us Christianity, he took our beloved circle and placed it around the Christian cross, giving us the Celtic cross.   Most stories are circular too in their structure – that last page will often circle back to some character, scene, or concept from the first page, and reveal some shift or change that has taken place.  And of course, just as circles are seen as ways of connecting, so too are stories: stories connect us to other cultures, to other places, to other people and even to our ancestors and descendants.  That is why they are such an effective way of teaching children compassion and empathy: stories allow children to see the world through another’s eyes, to touch it with another’s skin, or to feel it with another’s heart.

But before children can relate to other cultures, they need to develop a strong connection to their own, which means they need to see themselves reflected in the stories that are read to them.  In this way, they can develop a strong sense of pride and honor about their heritage, language, and traditions.  From my own experience of growing up within a Scots/Irish culture (I was born and raised in Scotland, but spent most of my summers on my grandparents’ farm in Ireland) that was often undermined by the overall dominant English influence, I can totally relate to this need for honoring one’s own language and traditions.  Back in those days, the only kind of accent heard on radio or television, was the “Queen’s English.”  Scottish or Irish accents were branded as uneducated or inferior, and it was not until fairly recently, that the trend came full circle and now these regional accents are much more in vogue.

 Later, when I came to America, I experienced a certain loss of my cultural identity that is common amongst many immigrants.   I craved time with other Scots/Irish people – our accent and dialect, our traditions and common cultural roots gave us an immediate and lasting bond.  When I visit children in schools, they love to learn about the differences between Scots English and American English, and delight in some of our lovely Scottish sayings such as, “Lang may Yer Lum reek” or “the best laid plans o’ mice and men gang aft aglae.”   I like to show children how our language is so tightly connected to our identity and how this explains the need for a new American dictionary that came into existence after the American Revolution.

Of course, some may argue the danger of immigrants who maintain strong ties to their native land, is that they will never totally assimilate into their host country.  However, I think the opposite is true: when children have a strong bond to their native land, it can help them be more open to learning about the culture where they live and so ultimately strengthens their sense of belonging to two cultures.

As we know, this sense of not belonging is at the root of many or our societal woes, but when I talk to children about writing, I explain that sometimes we can actually use this feeling of not belonging to help our writing.  William Trevor, the Irish novelist, who was one of those rare breeds – a Protestant living in the south of Ireland (predominantly Catholic), attributed his literary success to his experience of always being “other” and not belonging.   As I tell children, when you come from another land, it is easy for you to observe things that the native people cannot see, and so it helps you to become a better writer.

In recent years there has been much discussion in the publishing world about the need for diverse books.  Rudine Sims Bishop noted, “When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.”

Again, from my own experience of over twenty years of reading picture books to children – Kindergarten – 8th grade at an inner city school serving the Hispanic community, I witnessed this phenomenon first hand.  Over and over again, when I managed to find a wonderful picture book, featuring Spanish speaking characters or depicting some aspect of life in Spanish speaking countries, I could see the children literally sitting up in their seats, saucer eyed and mouths agape. Their excitement at connecting to these characters was palpable.  The perennial favorite for all grades from 1st -8th was The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart and David Small, featuring a little Mexican immigrant girl in the 1950’s.

No wonder then, when I heard my Happy Mamas was also going to be a Mamis Felices, I was a very Happy Author!

Picture books are meant to be read aloud – they should be a veritable auditory feast filled with fresh, juicy, alliterative words, onomatopoeia, and rhythmic, playful language – all the better to enchant young readers into an early love of literature.  The first sound a child hears in the womb is the beat of the mother’s heart and so naturally we humans feel soothed and lulled by rhythmic patterns be it the pitter patter of rain, the click clack of knitting needles, the tick, tock of a clock, or the lovely lilt of a tale well told. 

 I fell in love with stories before I could read or write, by listening to them – on the radio, around the peat fire in my grandparents’ farmhouse, and later on, when we finally acquired a television in our house, from the voice of Roald Dahl himself reading aloud Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – yes, really!  When I write a story or read it aloud, I want to bask in the beauty of words and the wonder of language.

So, imagine my delight, when we found our talented translator, Gloria Garcia Diaz, an immigrant from Mexico, and translator of acclaimed author, Laura Resau’s book Star in the Forest.  Now, I have to admit, I can speak only a small smattering of Spanish, but like most Scots educated people, I did study French, German, and Latin all the way through high school, and even continued with my Latin through university.  All of that to say, I know enough about the translating process to understand that a good translation, especially of a children’s picture book, requires a translator who is willing to breathe her own life and love into the text, and thus retain the rhythmic, playful language that makes it a joy to read aloud for any parent.  Gloria’s labor of love now means that Mamis Felices will have a wider circle of children and parents who can enjoy this book and celebrate a Mama’s love.

Newbery Award winning author, Katherine Paterson, maintains that in every children’s book there should be “the wonder of language and the wonder behind and beyond the story that ties us to the mystery of the meaning of our lives and all of creation.”

And that is the magic of literature – it links us together, like letters in a word, or words in story no matter our race, culture, religion, age, or language.

Gracias, Gloria for our Mamis Felices!

·        Lang may yer lum reek – old Scottish blessing for newly married couple, meaning long may your chimney smoke – may you always have enough money to put wood in your fire!

·        The best laid plans o’ mice and men gang aft aglae”  the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry- from Rabbi Burns, Scottish Bard, To a Mouse.

Rudine Sims Bishop’s article, 1980 “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors.” http://weneeddiversebooks.org/mission-statement/



GIVEAWAY

- Enter to win an autographed 6 picture book prize pack from acclaimed author Kathleen Pelley. The prize pack includes finger puppets, adorable stuffed animals, and HAPPY MAMAS.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:
Value: $150.00+
Three (3) runner-up prize winners receive:
  • A copy of Happy Mamas autographed by Kathleen Pelley
Value: $14.95

- Giveaway begins October 10, 2016, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 10, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. PST. Open to US and Canadian addresses only. (Prizes and samples provided by Kathleen Pelley.)

(Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost, unclaimed, damaged, etc. prize(s).)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Kathleen T. Pelley

Kathleen Pelley was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but spent most of her childhood summers playing on her grandparents' farm in Ireland. Her passion for stories stemmed from listening to them on the raiio during the BBC children's story hour. Later, her gentle Irish father fanned the flame even more by feeding her his tales of fairies, leprechauns, and banshees. 

So much did Kathleen love stories, that off she went to Edinburgh University and earned a degree in HISTORY. She didn't much care for all the facts and dates and numbers, but how she loved the stories of Rasputin, Napoleon, and Bonnie Prince Charlie! One character in particular captured Kathleen's imagination - Florence Nightingale. After completing her degree, Kathleen studied to become a children's nurse, but it was brief and disastrous dalliance. For much as Kathleen loved children, she did not like to see them sick and suffering. However, decades later, Kathleen now sees herself as a kind of a nurse, because she believes that stories can heal the hurts in our hearts. 

As a former elementary teacher, Kathleen enjoys sharing her passion with people of all ages. She has been a regular speaker at Regis University on "Nurturing a Passion for Stories," makes frequent presentations at schools and conferences, and has been telling stories at an inner city elementary school for the past 20 years. She believes that one of the best ways to teach our children empathy is through stories that help them "walk a mile in another man's moccasins." When she's not reading, writing, telling, or listening to stories, Kathleen enjoys knitting, Scottish music, and hiking with her husband and two Golden Retriever dogs along the trails of sunny Colorado. 



 
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