Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Author Marsha Cook is someone you should know. Whether you are a parent or grandparent wanting to find the perfect book for your child or a writer wanting to learn from other writers, Marsha Cook has it all.

Author of The Busy Bus, Snack Attack, and The Magical Leaping Lizard Potion just to name a few, Marsha also runs a literary agency and  media company which promotes other writers. She also supports numerous charities and helps to find publishers for the writers she promotes. Visit http://www.michiganavenuemedia.com/about_marsha.html for more information about this wonderful author.

Visit here for a book trailer on her book Snack Attack.

http://wn.com/Snack_Attack_Book_Video_Trailer_By_Marsha_Casper_Cook

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tips for Traveling with Pets this Holiday

Helpful tips for traveling with your pet: 
·         Consider your pet’s needs.  Distance, location, temperature, mode of travel, your pet's health, age, etc. are all important factors to consider before traveling. Remember that your pet is very sensitive to change, and when stressed, the immune system is likely to become weakened, so be sure to boost immunity prior to travel.
·         Packing & preparation. Remember the essentials like medications and medical records, food and bowls, a pet first aid kit, bedding, carrier, tags, and toys.
·         Before any trip, make a quick stop at your vet to have your pet examined to make sure vaccinations are up to date, and to get any medications your pet might need, etc.
·         Relaxing your pet.  Anxiety and car sickness are two of the most common concerns amongst pet owners. For anxiety, take your pet on short trips regularly to help accustom him to traveling, and remember to bring a favorite toy or blanket. If traveling by car, make sure the vehicle is well-ventilated, and open a window if necessary.
Helpful tips for boarding your pet:
·         Make a reservation. Boarding facilities become hectic during the holiday season, so be sure to book in advance.
·         Find out what’s permitted. Certain toys may be dangerous for other animals and prohibited.
·         Leave favorite items at home. Keep in mind that boarding facilities deal with many pets and owners a day, meaning that your pet’s favorite item may end up in someone else’s hands.
·         Leave your emergency numbers. Always provide your personal contact info, and even the hotel or house you will be staying at just in case.
·         If your pet is on medication, verbally tell someone in the facility about medication needs and also leave instructions.
·         Bring the essentials. Include a list of feeding instructions for your pet along with an unopened bag of food. In some cases, there may be times when another animal eats out of your pet’s dish;  sending a fresh bag of food will ensure your pet has enough of his/her food to last while you are away.


Allison McCormick
Public Relations Manager
TransMedia Group

Friday, December 17, 2010

Meet Tom Angleberger

Families Matter: December Guest Interview – Tom Angleberger
Interviewed by: D.M. Cunningham





There have been many great books released this year in the middle grade genre. One of those books, and for the record a top five pick of mine, is Tom Angleberger’s The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. The story tells of Dwayne and his talking finger puppet, an Origami Yoda, who doles out advice to his fellow students while struggling with his own journey. Tom is one of the most down to earth people I have had the pleasure of getting to know and he is also an outstanding writer. If you are looking for a perfect book for the young reader in your family, I can’t recommend this book enough.  Tom was nice enough to pay us a visit here at Families Matter to talk about the book and his writing.





Can you tell us what a typical writing day is like for you?

Tom Angleberger: I don't really do that sort of writing. I think about ideas and let them stew for a long time. Then when it's ready I'll feel like I've just got to sit down and write. Hopefully, it will be possible. But it may be late at night or very early in the morning. (4:30 a.m. is a good time for me.)

What draws you to writing for children and what do you enjoy most about it?

TA: I think I basically write whatever comes out of the stew (see above) and it usually works best as a mid-grade novel. But I'd like to think that what I write will be of interest to some adults as well, it just isn't packaged for them.






Origami Yoda seems to building quite a fan base. Did you expect this kind of response because of the massive Star Wars following, or has it been surprising?

TA: It's been amazing. I knew the Yoda connection would make people pick up the book. And once they opened it, they would see that it was about people like themselves, like me -- nerdy Star Wars fans. What's been great has been seeing a whole bunch of these people -- my people -- together at one time... as happened at the Decatur Book Fest. I really felt the power of The Force at that one. And it's also great meeting kids individually that have really dug the book, because they -- like me -- see themselves in Dwight.

What can we expect from the second book in the series?

TA: Exploding Pizza Bagels of Love!

Can you tell us what happens to the writer once your new book releases? How much of the publicity is up to you?

TA: For my first two books, just about 100% of it was up to me. And it showed.
Now, with Amulet, it's very different. They have a great publicity department that does a lot for me and my books. But it's still a partnership. They come up with an idea or an opportunity and I still have to put in the work to make it happen. Like when they suggested I fold 1000 Origami Yodas to give away with the ARCS. I folded them and they got them to the right people

Do you make school visits? If so, please describe a typical school presentation and how schools can contact you for future visits.

TA: School visits are the best thing ever!!! I love them.
Here's my show in a nutshell--
-Greet kids as they walk in.
-Juggle WITH the audience.
-Attempt to settle kids down post-juggling.
-Lively reading of "Origami Yoda and the Embarrassing Stain."
-Everybody folds a Yoda. Every kid gets a piece of paper and one volunteer helps me fold a giant piece of paper as a demonstration.
-Giant Yodas and Q&A combined. Theoretically, kids throws giant Yodas the in air, I answer questions, kids catch giant Yodas on a string.
-I sign books and the Yodas the kids folded.
(And schools or anyone else may contact me at tom@origamiyoda.com.)






What kind of writing advice would you give to me if I was 10-13 years old and told you I wanted to be a writer?

TA: Don't just spew a lot of typo-ridden nonsense on a blog ... like I do.
Learn to put some effort into your writing. Learn to rewrite, to polish, to cut, to give-up, to delete and to move on. And don't write anything that isn't True. Even fiction -- good fiction -- must be True.
I couldn’t agree more with you. I constantly hear editors, authors and publishers talk about grounding the story in reality and truth. Great advice.
Tom, we can’t thank you enough for stopping by and sharing with us. If you want to learn more about Tom and his books please visit - http://origamiyoda.wordpress.com/




Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It Is Better to Give Than Receive





The holiday season presents the perfect opportunity to help a child understand the meaning of the phrase “it is better to give than receive.”  My friend started a charity with a colleague of hers about a decade ago in New York City that helps families in shelters for the holiday season and it has such a unique approach in assisting these families.  They distribute wish lists to the shelters and ask the families to fill out three wishes that they would like to receive.  There are toys and electronics on the lists but there are also requests for warm coats, clothes and basic necessities.  This allows the parents to have some gifts "brought" by Santa on Christmas morning but they also have a chance to “give” a gift that their child requested.  Most importantly, a parent gets to be a hero in the eyes of a child. 
This is a huge undertaking and every December volunteers gather in a donated space to shop, wrap, log and label all the items that are bought and delivered to the shelters in time for the holiday.  To see all these people furiously trying to make everything come together for someone else to have the perfect holiday feels like the true spirit of the season.  When my older child was in kindergarten, I brought him with me to witness the closest thing to Santa’s workshop he will ever see.  Sure, we have spoken at holiday time about how some people have more than others, but for him to walk in a room and see a hundred and sixty kids’ bikes lined up, waiting to be given bows for the handlebars, it really made an impact on him of how many children would be without these if my friend and her charity didn’t perform their magic every year.   
My son and my friend’s daughter chatted and worked with the volunteers that day as these generous people spent hours working in some drafty warehouse rooms.  Then my son and I had dinner at a restaurant decorated for the holiday with red velvet bows and white lights and we talked about all the families who were going to have a happy holiday thanks to my friend’s charity and all the hard work of the volunteers.  Find the ways to help a child understand what compassion is at holiday time and all year long and you will give them a gift that can’t be wrapped in a box.   My friend’s name, by the way, is Joy.

Peace on Earth.
Be well, 
Alice

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Interview with Children's Author J. D. Holiday

As part of the tour please enjoy part of an interview done with J. D. Holiday. I think you will enjoy learning more about this children's author and gain some writing inspiration too.


 How long have you been writing?

It's about 30 years now. A friend asked me to help her write a book she was working on. I did and went we were done with it, I started writing one of my own. Once in a while I would stop for a few months and then get back to it.

 What is a typical writing day like for you?

I write and paint my children's books so some of my days can be spent between writng and the artwork. I spend about 2 to 4 hours a day doing one or the other,or both.

 Is your family supportive of your writing?

Yes. They didn't always, but it's been going on so long now that it is now a way of life for us all.

Do you consider yourself a born writer?

No, but I was conditioned by watching my father write his stories and typing away on his typewriter every weekend all my childhood.


 What was the first thing you ever had published?

I sure can. It was short story basic on a loved neighbor of mine who had to decide if she could stay in her own home once she she could not take care of it by herself. In the story a new feline friend and some of her human friends make it an easy discussion. The short story was called, 'Where The Heart Is,' and it was  publishing in a literary magazine called Legacy in 1992.


What do you enjoy most about writing?

The accomplishment I feel after completing all I set out to do in a story.

 What is the best writing advice you ever received?

That would be, Edit, Edit and Edit. A writer must learn to do it mostly themselves
or find or hire an editor to do it for them. It is not only important to catch spelling and grammar errors but you can clean up story problems as well that could stand in the way of a great story.

 What would we be surprised to learn about you?

That I was probably dyslexic as a child. I don't believe they knew about it. For many years writing and spelling were difficult. In school reading was a major problem. I found, early on, that if I listened in class and could remember then I could pass a test. I could not pass a test with studying at home or just reading chapters.


 What tips can you give writing parents with children at home to help them see publication?

Use what writing time they have wisely. In those moments when they are "alone" on occasion, they should spend some of it researching their market and the publishing route they should take.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Meet Marsha Cook- Author and Agent


Meet Marsha Cook. Her three published books for kids are fun. Great gift ideas for the kids on your list. Here is more information about the author.

Marsha Casper Cook is the author of six published books and 11 feature-length screenplays, a literary agent with 15 years of experience and the host of a radio talk show about the business of writing and entertainment, “A Good Story is a Good  Story,” on the Red River Radio network.

 She and her guests discuss writing and what’s new in the entertainment field. This year, she also began hosting another talk show “The Whole Truth”; on this show she and her guests discuss day to day issues that effect family life. Marsha has also appeared as a guest on other network shows and will continue to make frequent visits to other shows.

Her published works include “Love Changes,” a romantic novel about a family in crisis, and “Sala, More Than a Survivor,” a non-fiction biography about surviving the Holocaust. She has also written three books for young children, including the short stories “Snack Attack” and “The Magical Leaping Lizard Potion” and the poetry collection “The Busy Bus.” She has just completed the fourth book in her children’s series. Marsha has also published a book version of her romantic-comedy screenplay, “It’s Never Too Late.”
 
Marsha’s other screenplays range from romantic comedies to crime thrillers to family dramas. Her scripts “Grand Central Station” and “Romancing Gracie” were optioned by movie studios, and the latter was named a finalist at the ASA, Houston and Chicago Film Festivals.
 
Wanting to help new writers reach their goals, Marsha founded the literary agency Marcus Bryan & Associates in 1996, and achieved signatory status from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) within two years. In that capacity, she has represented more than 100 screenwriters and authors, and has also optioned books to movie production companies. Marsha has spoken about her work and the craft of writing to a wide range of audiences including bookstores, schools, museums and local cable and will continue to speak to the media.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents


Please Explain “Anxiety” to Me: Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents
By: Laurie Zelinger, PhD & Jordan Zelinger
illustrated by Elisa Sabella
Published by: Loving Healing Press   Date: 2010     
ISBN: 978-1-61599-029-0 (paperback); 978-1-61599-051-1 (hardcover)
Price: $21.95 (paperback); $32.95 (hardcover)
Ages:  8-12
Rating:  5 stars
Reviewed by: Nancy Messmore

Synopsis: Dinosaurs reacted to their environment with anxiety.  It was a way to alert them that they needed to fight or run away from danger.  Today, we have the same reaction to stress but most of the time we aren’t in peril like the dinosaurs were.  So how do we deal with those feelings when there isn’t a real emergency?  According to the authors, “you can train your brain!”  Simple rhymes are offered to help remember how to calm down. 

Overall thoughts: Dinosaurs have universal appeal to children.  By choosing dinosaurs to explain anxiety, the authors have hooked their readers on page one.  Further discussion of the biology and psychology of anxiety is explained in terms accessible to even preschool children without condescending.  As the story concludes, four rhymes are presented to help remind an anxious mind to calm down.  The authors also recommend that children re-read the book to determine which ideas will work best for each individual.  In fact, Dr. Zelinger offers a letter of personal experience at the beginning of the book to let children know that she has felt the same things they have felt.  In conclusion, a note to parents offers further resources to help children overcome struggles with anxiety issues.

Sabella’s illustrations are gentle yet accurately portray the emotions expressed in the text.  The use of an on-off switch to depict the sympathetic nervous system is carried throughout the book—from the dinosaurs to the child who is working on the rhymes to train his or her brain.  What a terrific visual for children who may not grasp the concept of changing thought patterns!

As a parent of an anxious child, I immediately recognized the power of this book.  The authors have offered personal experience, accessible explanations of the biologic response, and realistic exercises to overcome the feelings of anxiety.  While I imagine the book was written for early elementary aged students, I believe it can be effective with preschoolers as well as older children.  My child is a tween and I think she will benefit from the simple explanation of her anxiety as well as the rhymes to remind her to distract herself from her irrational thoughts.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

J.D. Holiday..Slices from The Great Snowball Escapade

Come take a closer look at the new release from author J.D Holiday. It is a thrill to present this book to you  before the holidays. Take a peak at the picture and paragraghs here and then grab a copy for a wonderful gift idea this holiday. The book has real life characters that kids will relate to and what better way to get them reading.

The Great Snowball Escapade
Author: J. D. Holiday
Chapter book

Synopsis:
Wilhemena Brooks’ cousin, Bud Dunphry come to live with her family. Wil, as she likes to be called, finds her pink pencil sharpener is missing after Christmas. Wil knows Bud has it! Who else would have taken it? Her mother told her to be nice to Bud and to treat him like she would like to be treated. If Wil treats Bud nicely does that change anything for her?

Here is a sample few paragraphs of this chapter book.
      The afternoon was ruined. Wil was lying on her bed looking out the window. Snow was falling again. She should be outside with her friends right now. But because of Bud she was stuck in her room.
Bud was in Jason's room. He was making pretend noises. It sounded like he was playing with cars. The car raced around crashing into things.
The pencil sharpener was on Wil's pillow. Her mother found it. It had never been used. All this time the sharpener was next to the music book on the piano. Her mother said it must have been there since her family sang carols on Christmas Day.
 Wil remembered now. She placed the sharpener on the piano while she sang

'Jingle Bells' with her brother, Jason who was home last week for the holiday.

All this time Bud did not have her sharpener. He had told the truth.

My take on it : This book is a story which includes characters who face a bully, make judgements without facts, and learn to get along together. The black and white illustrations are simple yet add some dimension to the story though the story-line stands alone. The characters are likeable and the theme is a common one amoung peers- learning to trust, get along, and compomise. Young readers will enjoy the story and leave with the satisfaction that all is not what it seems. I give the story a thumbs up. 







Author Bio (written in 3rd person): J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of two children’s books: Janoose the Goose, picture book and a chapter book for six to eight year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE. A chapbook of her short stories called, Trespasses was published in 1994 and she has had short stories printed in literary magazines and numerous articles about writing and publishing published.  She is a member of both The Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, (SCBWI) and Small Publishers of North America, (SPAN.)  J.D. Holiday lives in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Presents for Children Which Will Last A Lifetime

Christmas Presents for Children Which Will Last a Lifetime

Grace Saunders, author of the Fabulous Mum’s Handbook, gives the inside track on Christmas presents for children that will stand the test of time.

I have a confession to make: Christmas presents for children make me nervous. It’s not because I don’t adore spoiling my own children, but so often other people get it wrong.

Do I sound like an ungrateful brat? Let me explain. Nine times out of ten, instead of a well-designed, age-appropriate kid's toy, my children are inundated with junk.

Bead sets that are marked ‘for age 10-plus’ – my daughter is five – weapons that wouldn’t look out of place in the armed forces and soft-toys based on cartoon characters. Never mind the children, no wonder parents occasionally lose their minds over kids’ toys.

Call me old fashioned, but my ethos is simple. Source beautifully crafted kids’ toys that aren’t just one-hit wonders. Anyone can spend a tenner on the latest TV must-have, but wouldn’t it be nicer to invest in illustrated books or finger puppets that are unisex and great for a child’s imagination?

Even if you choose the cartoon they actually like, they probably already have the duvet/ lunch-box/ plastic figures. If not, they won’t care, or – gasp – will have cared, but that was six months ago and now they think you’re treating them like a baby. Believe me, on Planet Child there’s not much worse than that.

The most successful Christmas presents for children look gorgeous and come with guaranteed longevity. My daughter’s jewelry box with a wind-up dancing clown is played with every night before she goes to bed, unlike the plast

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Stanley and Tyke

The holiday season is quickly approaching. Here in Storyville, Tyke and I are eager and excited to participate in the upcoming festivities. There are many activities that have become traditions in our family. For example, each year we write letters to Santa Claus telling him our hopes and requesting our desires for Christmas. We enjoy getting together with others to go caroling around Storyville. On Christmas Eve we listen to a reading of The Night Before Christmas. These are traditions we enjoy each and every year.

Traditions are important family bonding rituals. They help to make the holidays special and memorable. What are your yearly holiday rituals? Do you cook a special dish or dessert? Do you play a certain game? Do you exchange gifts? Do you attend a religious ceremony? Family traditions play a significant role in holiday celebrations.  As a family, brainstorm, discuss and record the traditions and celebrations of your family. Is there a new tradition you would like to start this year?

Parenting Tip:

Children often do not realize the wide variety of traditions, cultures and celebrations throughout the world. Take the time this holiday season to explore your family celebrations as well as those around the world.  I’ve included a list of books you may enjoy reading with your child as you explore Christmas around the world.

Christmas Around The World by Mary D. Lankford
Christmas Around The World: A Pop-Up Book by Chuck Fischer
The Night Of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanza Story by
Light the Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas by Margaret Moorman
My First Ramadan by Karen Katz
Lighting A Lamp: A Diwali Story by John Zucker
Bringing In The New Year by Grace Lin
Holidays Around The World series

Monday, December 6, 2010

J.D Holiday Guest Author on RRRadio-RFK: Stories for Children –December 6th

For Immediate Release

J.D Holiday Guest Author on RRRadio-RFK: Stories for Children –December 6th  

Come listen in at RRRadio’s newest show, RFK: Stories for Children as the hosts (VS Grenier, D.M. Cunningham and Tiffany Strelitz Haber) chat with J.D. Holiday about her newest book “The Great Snowball Escapade,” and what it has been like doing the World of Ink Author/Book Virtual Tour. J.D. Holiday will also be sharing writing tips, trials and tribulations of the writer’s life.

The show will be live at 11am MST (10am PST, Noon Central and 1pm EST). You can tune in at the RRRadio’s site at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio or you can listen/call in at (646) 595-4478.

In addition, Stories for Children Publishing will be touring J.D. Holiday’s book, “The Great Snowball Escapade,” all month long. You can find the World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/J_D_Holiday_WorldofInkTour.aspx. Make sure to stop by and interact with both the hosts and J.D. Holiday at the different stops by leaving a comment and/or question. Both will be checking-in throughout the tour.

J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of two children’s books: Janoose the Goose, picture book and a chapter book for six to eight year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE.  A chapbook of her short stories called, Trespasses was published in 1994 and she has had short stories printed in literary magazines and numerous articles about writing and publishing published.  She is a member of The Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, (SCBWI) and Small Publishers of North America, (SPAN). 

Not only will you have the opportunity to meet Holiday, but this will be the perfect time to meet and learn about the hosts VS Grenier, D.M. Cunningham and Tiffany Strelitz Haber, and their new show on RRRadio-RFK: Stories for Children and their exciting writing careers, along with Stories for Children Publishing and its many divisions.


Learn more about Stories for Children Publishing, LLC at: http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Solutions for Boosting Self--Esteem


AD/HD Success!  Solutions for Boosting Self-Esteem: The Diary Method (ages 7-17)
By: Kerin Bellak-Adams       
Published by: Loving Healing Press   Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-61599-024-5
Price: $19.95
Ages: 7-17
Rating:   5 stars
Reviewed by: Nancy Messmore

Synopsis: Kerin Bellak-Adams is a former teacher of children with AD/HD.  The concept for this workbook came from her experiences “in the trenches,” so to speak.  She discovered that boosting self-esteem and developing self-awareness were keys to success for children with AD/HD.  As the book opens, background about the author and the disorder are presented.  Then caregivers and teachers are presented with information for using the workbook.  Even the children and teens receive instructions.  All of the directions are easy to follow and are explained in depth, which help the users succeed in using the workbook and diary pages. 

The first section, “Getting Started,” includes a reproducible “Home/School Daily Accountability Sheet.”  What a great way to provide continuity in assessing a child’s progress and/or identifying when or where problems begin.  The final pages of the book provide suggestions and questions for parents and teachers to use to facilitate the development of self-esteem.  Tips and resources are also provided.

The next section is for the child; it is the diary.  A questionnaire assessing self-esteem is to be copied and filled out before starting the daily diary.  In the future, self-esteem can be reassessed and compared to the benchmark results.  The meat of this book is this diary.  Each entry starts with a quote.  Then a single question is posed followed by space for a short-response to finish a thought-provoking question.  To end the daily diary entry, the child ranks his or her feelings for the day on a scale of 1-10.

Overall thoughts: Well, here’s another testimonial from personal experience.  Both of my children have ADD or AD/HD and we were blessed to work with an occupational therapist who recommended similar activities.  However, had this book been available at that time, it would have made our lives so much easier!  I found it hard to keep track of all the daily activities we were to use.  Writing daily notes to the teacher was cumbersome and some days I dreaded the return notes.  The correspondence for parents and teachers in this book are slanted toward reinforcing positive behaviors and offers a structured space for responses; I would have looked forward to these notes!  This volume provides a single location for parent, teacher and child input.  When a child has issues managing time, organization and himself or herself, having a single item to keep track of reinforces responsibility in an easy to manage way.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Review of Reena’s Bollywood Dream by Jewel Kats

Reena’s Bollywood Dream
By: Jewel Kats
illustrated by Richa Kinra
Published by: Loving Healing Press   Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-61599-014-6 (paperback); 978-1-61599-059-7 (hard cover)
Price: $15.95 (paperback); $29.95 (hardcover)
Ages: 8-12                                  
Rating:  5 stars
Reviewed by: Nancy Messmore

Synopsis: Reena dreams of being a Bollywood star but it seems no one in her family—not Mommy, Daddy, nor Nani—thinks it’s an appropriate dream for an eight year old.  When Uncle Jessi, Reena’s pen pal, joins the family in America, he encourages dreams of Bollywood.  In fact, Uncle Jessi offers to make a video of Reena dancing and acting like the Bollywood actresses from India.  However, playing the part begins to feel wrong and Reena runs away in tears.  She recognizes that Uncle Jessi was trying to get her to do things that are wrong, so she takes the videotape to her parents.  Although they are shocked by what they see on the screen, they praise Reena for her courage in doing the right thing.  In the end, Reena trades in her Bollywood dream for the real-life drama club at school.

Overall thoughts: Sexual abuse is a difficult topic to discuss with children and even harder to write about.  Remarkably, Jewel Kats has written about abuse in a sensitive yet thorough manner.  In fact, the story could happen in any family or in any neighborhood.  But by telling the story of Reena’s Bollywood dream, the author not only offers an opportunity for families to discuss abuse but also a chance to glimpse another culture.  A glossary of terms on the dedication page is a wonderful introduction to this multicultural book.  Richa Kinra’s illustrations enhance the story, especially with facial expressions that mirror the emotions articulated in the text.  The rich colors reflect the culture of this family that has relocated from India to America.

During my tenure in an elementary school library, the guidance counselor often requested books on a variety of topics.  I never had well-written or visually engaging books on sexual abuse.  This title would fit the bill perfectly.  Aside from guidance counselors, families looking for a way to discuss recognizing inappropriate physical contact and how to react to it will want to read this book together.

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*Stories for Children Publishing, LLC. (SFC) and its divisions do not receive any compensation for product reviews beyond a sample and/or limited access to a paid website. SFC donates all books sent for review to a charitable organization. SFC may do a contest or giveaway of samples we receive. SFC does not review any samples sent without a request for review to the Blog Editor, VS Grenier. SFC's staff members will not return unauthorized samples to the senders, but will donate them without review.