Susanna Leonard Hill commissioned me to create a badge for her Spring blog event, Short & Sweets.
I have updated both my Imagekind and Zazzle shops with new art. Imagekind is having a promotion for 25% any purchase using the code KISSKISS25. Zazzle is also having a discount promotion of 15% off any product using the code HAPPYLOVEDAY.
Here is a new painting I have created just for fun. I will have it available to be purchased as a card in my Zazzle shop.
I had the honor of being commissioned by author Susanna Leonard Hill to create the email header for her new writing course,”Making Picture Book Magic“. If you have always wanted to write a picture book, or wanted to learn more about creating one, then sign up today for this very affordable four week course. Each day, for four weeks you will receive a lesson in your inbox. Most lessons only take 15-20 minutes, so this is a perfect course for the busy schedule. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s website. But, hurry, the course starts Feb 1!
My new Zazzle greeting card, “Home Tweet Home” was featured today on the blog, Inspiring Gifts. Please visit Inspiring Gifts to view the article. To see my “Home Tweet Home” card as well my other line of greeting cards, please visit my Zazzle shop. I am planning on adding more cards this week so please check back.
This week for Perfect Picture Book Fridays I chose the book Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Wind Blows by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jill Dubin.
Author: Marianne Berkes
Illustrated: Jill Dubin
Publisher: Dawn Publications 2008
Ages: 3 and up
Themes: Nature, Animals, Counting
Publishers summary: A counting book in rhyme presents various Arctic animals and their offspring, from a mother polar bear and her “little cub one” to an old father wolf and his “little pups ten”. Includes related facts and activities.
Over in the Arctic
Where the cold waters run,
Lived a mother polar bear
And her little cub one.
“Roll,” said the mother.
“I roll,” said the one.
So they rolled on the ice
Where the cold waters run.
Winner of the 2009 Mom’s Choice Gold Award
2009 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist
Winner of the 2008 IParenting Media Greatest Product Award
There are quite a few ideas and activities in the back of the book! It was really neat to see a publisher take the time and space to add activities from both the author and illustrator. There also is a sheet of music to use along with the book.
The Alaska Sea Life Center offers a .pdf curriculum download of the life cycle of Salmon
This book would be great for an art or music lesson.
What I liked about this book: I loved the familiar rhyme of this book (“Over in the meadow”). I enjoyed how the author used the terms for each of the young animals. This would be helpful when teaching children about animal family groups and basic counting. The artwork was created in collage format that was fun and interesting. Each page will captivate a child when reading aloud. I love picture books that are both entertaining and educational. They make a great resource for engaging a child in learning.
Here is a video of “Cookie” the little penguin at the Cincinnati Zoo. Isn’t Cookie adorable?
Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.
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