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Fizzopolis #3: Snoodles! bubbles over with belly burps-and belly laughs

Fiozz“Carman’s wacky words and Sheesley’s loony artwork go together like soda pop and belches!” (Jim Benton, New York Times bestselling author of the Franny K. Stein and Dear Dumb Diary series)

Bestselling author Patrick Carman and Emmy Award-winning illustrator Brian Sheesley will have fans of Big Nate and Timmy Failure bubbling over with laughter in this third installment of the Fizzopolis series.

Help! Gone missing: 100,000 bottles of Fuzzwonker Fizz!

Harold Fuzzwonker and his best good buddy, Floyd, find Fizzopolis in a state of emergency. No Fuzzwonker Fizz! Only one villainous and crummy candy family could have stolen it: the Snoods. Harold and Floyd go on their wildest mission yet and must rescue all the Fuzzwonker Fizz bottles to save Fizzopolis. Burps everywhere are counting on them!

“Fizzopolis bubbles over with belly burps-and belly laughs.” (Tom Watson, New York Times bestselling author of the Stick Dog series)

 

Christmas to Color – Capture the joy and warmth of the holiday season through coloring!

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Step into a wintry wonderland with illustrator Mary Tanana’s intricate, gorgeous illustrations of Christmas magic, lovingly represented in this delicately rendered coloring book: Christmas To Color.

From snowflakes to stockings, reindeer to wreaths, every aspect of the holidays is waiting to be brought to life through your creativity. With nearly one hundred pages of pen-and-ink drawings, the wintry coloring book fun will last you well into the new year!

Amazon review:

Christian to ColorThis hand-drawn Christmas designs coloring book may be the best designs of the genre that I have ever purchased. The artist is Mary Tanana and, in the first few pages, she explains her methodology for drawing these lovely designs. While I wish that the book had been printed on a single side, I am still extremely pleased with it. The designs cover so many facets of the Christmas holiday, including: trees, stockings, ornaments, gift cards, wreathes, reindeer, snowflakes, and much, much more.

The book is printed on a good heavyweight white paper. All of my markers bleed-through on this paper; however, none of my gel pens do. As the book is printed doubled sided on non-perforated paper, I will probably be using my gel pens and colored pencils or will purchase a second book if I feel compelled to use my markers. The binding is glued rather than sewn, so patience or an exacto knife is needed to remove pages from the book.

At a very young age, Mary Tanana was experimenting with all kinds of crafts. She did embroidery, needlepoint, counted cross-stitch, quilling, crochet, starting at age 6, all self-taught. Her parents were so wonderful, they gave into her every craft whim! Coming from a family of engineers, she is so thankful for their support as she pursued a career in the arts.

Mary’s style is defined by very intricate pattern work. She loves to sketch in a variety of mediums, and often refers to her many sketchbooks, both old and new, for inspiration. She is fascinated with henna designs from India, folk art from the Ukraine, Russia and Poland, and loves Zentangle art. She has traveled extensively, and takes a lot of photographs wherever she goes. Mary tries to translate textures that she sees in landscapes, nature, or architecture into something fresh, eye-catching, and colorful. Mary is also an avid gardener and collector of orchids, loves looking at flowers and plants, and the variety of textures and colors that come from them. Mother Nature is always an inspiration to her.

Mary currently resides in a sunny loft with her husband and quirky kitties in Providence, Rhode Island, known as the “Creative Capital”. A very appropriate city for a very special designer.

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Help Children Explore the World of Books and Develop a Love of Reading

PeteHarperCollins’s I Can Read! books and PBS KIDS are collaborating on a national I Can Readathon campaign. Now in its second year, the campaign is designed to get kids learning every day through fun, engaging activities that encourage them to explore the world of books and develop a love of reading.

From now through spring 2016, families are encouraged to visit participating retailer events to take part in the I Can Readathon program. Children attending these events will receive activities from PBS KIDS, along with an I Can Readathon reading log, certificate, and activities designed around I Can Read! books. Widely recognized as the premier line of beginning readers, with hundreds of titles, including many award-winners, I Can Read! books have taught generations of children how to read.

In addition, HarperCollins has made a donation of over 8,000 books to First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides access to new books for children in need. Through a distribution program with PBS KIDS, the books donated to First Book will be provided to PBS member stations’ local partners, including local Head Starts, Title I elementary schools, United Ways, public libraries, local housing authorities, and others. The distribution will ensure that the books reach kids who are most in need of reading resources. To date, First Book has distributed more than 130 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.

“We are thrilled to be working with PBS KIDS,” says Matt Schweitzer, Senior Director, Integrated Marketing, HarperCollins Children’s Books. “They are one of the most trusted brands by educators and parents and a supportive team in helping to spread the word about the importance of early reading.”

“PBS KIDS is committed to providing media resources to support children’s love of reading,” says Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “We know that parents are looking for ways to support their children’s learning and development, so we’re thrilled to be working with partners like HarperCollins’s I Can Read! books and PBS member stations to provide families, especially those in underserved communities, with fun activities and content that encourage literacy.”

By pledging to read every day, new readers grow more confident and can enjoy reading on their own. For a complete list of participating retailers and PBS partner events, parents can like I Can Read! books on Facebook or visit http://www.icanread.com/pbs.

Illustrators Introduce a New Generation to Margaret Wise Brown

Good Night MoonHarperCollins Children’s Books announced the acquisition of New York Times bestselling and award-winning illustrators Anna Dewdney, Loren Long, Jerry Pinkney, Greg Pizzoli, and Christian Robinson to illustrate several works from Margaret Wise Brown, the beloved storyteller who brought us Goodnight Moon. Starting in 2016, readers are invited to explore the world of Margaret Wise Brown with two reillustrated books and one never-before-published book. These newly illustrated stories will introduce a new generation of readers to Brown’s beloved picture books.

The program will start with The Dead Bird, reillustrated by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, and will continue with Christmas in the Barn, reillustrated by Anna Dewdney, and the never-before-publishedNorth, South, East, West, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. Additional titles with illustrations by Loren Long and Jerry Pinkney are slated for fall 2017 and winter, 2018 respectively.

“We are honored to have such distinguished illustrators imagine the words of Margaret Wise Brown from their unique perspectives,” says Kate Jackson, SVP and Editor-in-Chief. “We’re thrilled to offer a whole new generation of readers the same excitement many of us felt when we first discovered a Margaret Wise Brown story.”

Cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, Margaret Wise Brown transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, Nibble Nibble, My World, Where Have You Been?,and Sneakers, the Seaside Cat.

Anna Dewdney is the author/illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Llama Llama series, among others. All her books focus on the emotional experiences of the small child in a big person’s world. Ms. Dewdney is thrilled and honored to be illustrating the work of Margaret Wise Brown, whom she has always felt was a kindred spirit. Visit her at www.annadewdney.com.

Loren Long is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of such titles as Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, Drummer Boy, Toy Boat by Randall de Sève, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. He’s also had the opportunity to modernize the classic The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and had the distinct honor of illustrating Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama. A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Loren lives in Ohio with his wife, Tracy, and their two sons. Visit him at www.lorenlong.com.

Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children’s book illustrators of all time. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion and the Mouse. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times and the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and he has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He was also the first children’s book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. Visit him at www.jerrypinkneystudio.com.

Greg Pizzoli is the author and illustrator of several picture books, including The Watermelon Seed, which received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. His other picture book titles include Number One Sam, Templeton Gets His Wish, and Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia. Visit him at www.gregpizzoli.com.

Christian Robinson has worked with Pixar Animation Studios and the Sesame Street Workshop and has illustrated a number of award-winning picture books, including Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, which won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, a Robert F. Sibert Honor, and aBoston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor; and Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, and Amazon. His latest book, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, is a New York Times bestseller. Visit him atwww.theartoffun.com.

Bedtime for Chickies: Perfect for bedtime or story time!

Cheep cheep cheep! What does it take to get little Chickies to sleep? Meet the Chickies in their very first padded board book! With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, these books are perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy. Young readers will love to fall asleep along with Bedtime for Chickies board book  by Author, Illustrator Janee Trasler.

Bed Time

Cheep, cheep, cheep!

What does it take to get the chickies to sleep?

Fall asleep with the chickies in this hilarious bedtime book!

Amazon Review:

Bedtime for Chickies is a rollicking fun read aloud that is perfect for young toddlers and preschoolers. It’s a solid board book with padded covers, filled with charming animals all trying to get some sleep. Everyone’s ready for bed except three little chickies who just aren’t quite there yet. They still need a drink, a story, and of course a visit to the potty.

The repeating refrain is catchy and will soon have young listeners chanting along. The shows all the animals sleeping peacefully, which send just the right message for bedtime. The nice read aloud flow invites audience participation, and even though the book is a little on the small side for group sharing, the bright, simple illustrations ensure that all young story time listeners will be able to see what’s going on.

Bedtime for Chickies is a great choice for toddler story time or for any young one struggling to get into a bedtime routine. These chickies are sure to make going to bed a lot more fun for everyone!

Ella Enchanted Study Guides and Book Trailers

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Ella Enchanted is a Newbery Honor book written by Gail Carson Levine and published in 1997. The story is a retelling of Cinderella featuring various mythical creatures including fairies, elves, ogres, gnomes, and giants. In 2006, Levine went on to write Fairest, a retelling of the story of Snow White, set in the same world as Ella Enchanted.

At birth, Ella of Frell is given the gift of obedience by the well-meaning but misguided fairy Lucinda. As a result, she cannot disobey a direct order given to her, though her mother Lady Eleanor and the family’s cook Mandy protect Ella throughout her childhood. Ella is close to her mother and they share the same free-spirited nature, but when Ella is nearly fifteen, Eleanor dies. At Eleanor’s funeral, Ella meets and befriends Charmont (Char), the Prince of Kyrria.

First, take a look at this Ella Enchamted Film Study Guide. Here is the link:   http://www.filmeducation.org/pdf/film/EllaStudyGuide.pdf

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Not long afterward, Ella’s father Sir Peter sends Ella off to finishing school with Hattie and Olive, the daughters of the wealthy Dame Olga. However, Hattie soon discovers that Ella is unable to disobey direct orders and she takes advantage of Ella. At school, Ella becomes friends with Areida, a girl from the neighboring country Ayortha. When Hattie orders Ella to stop being friends with Areida, Ella runs away and learns that her father is attending a giant’s wedding. After various misadventures, she finds Lucinda at the wedding and tries to persuade her to take back her gift. Instead, Lucinda misunderstands and orders Ella to be happy with her gift. Upon returning home, Mandy reverses the order upon Ella.

 

 

After failing to find a rich husband for Ella, Sir Peter decides to marry Dame Olga in order to pay off his debts. Ella renews her friendship with Char at the wedding and they begin writing to each other frequently after Char leaves on a diplomatic mission to Ayortha. When Sir Peter leaves to continue his business, Dame Olga and her daughters quickly reduce Ella to being an obedient servant in their home. Ella and Char fall in love through their letters, but Ella rejects him when she realizes her gift of obedience could be used to harm him. She tricks Char into thinking she has eloped with another man, leaving Char heartbroken.

 

 

When Char returns to Kyrria, a three-night homecoming ball is held in his honor. Ella, who still loves him, goes to the ball in disguise with help from Mandy and Lucinda, who now realizes the terrible nature of her gifts. On the third night of the ball, when she is dancing with Char, a jealous Hattie unmasks Ella, forcing her to flee. Returning to the manor, she and Mandy attempt to run away, but are thwarted by Char’s arrival. Char unwittingly orders Ella to marry him, causing Ella to will herself to defy the order out of her desire to protect him and the kingdom from her curse. Her unselfish desire allows her to succeed and refuse his proposal. Free from the spell, she accepts Char’s hand in marriage. A month later they were married and they both lived happily ever after.

 

 

Amazon.com Review:

Every child longs for the day when he or she will be free from meddling parents and bossy grownups. For young Ella, the heroine of Gail Carson Levine’s Newbury Honor-winning debut novel, this is more than a fanciful wish; it could be a matter of life or death. Placed under the spell of a blundering fairy, she has no choice but to go through life obeying each and every order–no matter what the consequences may be. “If you commanded me to cut off my own head, I’d have to do it.”

Eden Riegel (As the World Turns, Les Miserables) uses her youthful, energetic voice to lead the listener into a familiar world of fairy godmothers, wicked stepsisters, and handsome princes. But this imaginative retelling of the Cinderella story comes with a welcome twist. Instead of a demure heroine patiently awaiting a prince who will carry her off, this Ella is a feisty ball of fire with the courage and ambition to take matters into her own hands.

Riegel narrates in a youthful, energetic tone that is perfectly suited to Ella’s character. Her voice adds charm and immediacy to a wonderful story already rich with excitement, adventure, romance, and mystery. (Running time: 5.5 hours, 4 cassettes) –George Laney

 

Charlotte’s Web Study Guides

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Charlotte’s Web is a children’s novel by American author E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams; it was published in 1952 by Harper & Brothers. The novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as “Some Pig”) in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live.

Written in White’s dry, low-key manner, Charlotte’s Web is considered a classic of children’s literature, enjoyable to adults as well as children. The description of the experience of swinging on a rope swing at the farm is an often cited example of rhythm in writing, as the pace of the sentences reflects the motion of the swing. Publishers Weekly listed the book as the best-selling children’s paperback of all time as of 2000.

Charlotte’s Web was adapted into an animated feature by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions in 1973. Paramount released a direct-to-video sequel, Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure, in the U.S. in 2003 (Universal released the film internationally). A live-action film version of E. B. White’s original story was released in 2006. A video game based on this adaption was also released in 2006.

Study guides divide each literary work into manageable reading assignments, focusing students on vocabulary, elements of literature, the techniques of an author’s style, inferences and theme, according to  Janice Montgomery .
At the conclusion, summary questions help students apply, synthesize, analyze and evaluate each novel. Enrichment activities are listed at the end of in each guide are great for teachers looking for multi-disciplinary extension. Written by teachers such ready to use materials provide an easy vehicle to teach literature appreciation and analysis to all students. Questions are designed to test student comprehension and draw the reader into higher-level thinking. Use of these materials will generate creative and critical thinking and application to the reader’s personal life. The questions are open-ended rather than focused on a definitive answer. These materials make reading and discussing literature stimulating and fun for both the teacher and the students!

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This Charlotte’s Web study guide contains a biography of E.B. White, 100 quiz questions, a list of major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

The Charlotte’s Web Summary & Study Guide from Bookrags.com  consists of approximately 16 pages of detailed chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more – everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Charlotte’s Web.

With the Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide from Scholastic.com, students will:

  • Explore character, setting, and story events, and organize a variety of these elements to construct story-related comic strips
  • Use text, images, and dialogue to reconstruct story events and make up their own storylines or messages
  • Use word analysis skills to identify parts of speech and to identify plural and singular nouns, synonyms, prefixes, and word meanings
  • Learn about and discuss thought and decision processes used to produce a film version of a popular children’s book
  • Cooperatively work with a group of peers to develop a plan for and write a story-based script to perform for others

This Charlotte’s Web novel study is from books4results.com.

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