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Little Dragon Came To Be

Author Interview
Mr. Andrew Dunne Author Interview

Little Dragon and the Rainbow Poo uses a unique idea to teach children about colors in a fun way. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

When my son was born, he was quite loud and his poo was always different colours. One exhausted night Little Dragon came to be.

The art in the book is very cute. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Ms. Amelia Gleeson?

It was quite fun, I’m not too artistic, so Amelia had quite a lot of freedom with the style. Once she’d come up with a character style we both like, we then started coming up with the scenes for each activity.

My favorite scene from the book was the one where the dragon was scared while watching a movie. Do you have a favorite scene from the book?

I like when little dragon is listening to jazz, but the final scene always gets a great reaction from my kids which puts a smile on my face.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m currently working on Missy M and the quest for oo. Not sure when this will be available, hopefully it doesn’t take too long for me to finish it (got writer’s block)

Author Links: Website | Amazon

Enjoy the colors of the rainbow as Little Dragon poos.

Mommy, Daddy Please Teach Me!

Mommy, Daddy Please Teach Me! (What I Tell Myself) by [Michael A Brown, Michelle Mathews, Zoe Ranucci]

Mommy, Daddy Please Teach Me!, by Michael A. Brown, is an educational children’s story about appreciating what our parents have done for us. Through this book readers will learn to value the things their parents have taught them by exploring various real life examples such as learning to dress themselves and learning to love themselves. The story portrays diverse families in many different situations that children find themselves in on an average day. The author then uses this base to show some simple, but effective, examples of the numerous ways that parents help their children learn and grow.

It’s important to appreciate the things our parents have taught us. They have taught us a lot of things that have helped us become the people that we are today. Our parents have always been there to guide us through life and it is important to think about what we have learned from them. Michael A. Brown inspires this kind of thought and understanding in his exceptional picture book.

Along with the multiple examples given that show how parents educate children, this cute book also helps remind kids to cherish the lessons their parents give them. If the reader were to discover something in the story that they didn’t know about, such as the concept of money, then they’d have something new to discuss with their parents.

Mommy, Daddy Please Teach Me! is yet another brilliant book by Michael A. Brown that uses beautiful illustrations to capture children’s attention and then inserts a lesson while looking over all the beautiful imagery.

Pages: 34 | ASIN : B08K3QQNMG

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Crossing The Digital Faultline

Crossing the Digital Faultline is an informative and engaging book. Anyone working in an upstart company or established business organization needs to read this book. The author digs deep into the corporate culture, change in digital trends, and why companies need to move with the times. The author’s tone when addressing missteps companies partake in is both firm and calm. When reading through the discussions, one gets to understand where the author comes from and why he makes the points that are written in the book. Sri Manchala tries to make his book as compelling to read as possible. The paragraphs are not long and the sentences easy to comprehend. Whenever the author fuses in a story, he ensures that he gives the reader a back story to avoid confusion.

Sri Manchala brings the future to the present. By talking about ways in which a company can win in the age of digitalization, the author gives solutions to businesses that perhaps are not familiar with the digitalization process. The advice given is solid and the examples given are real. Sri Manchala tries to be practical with all the examples he gives in the book. He modestly illustrates different aspects of digitalization and gives the reader a clear picture of how businesses are supposed to be run. A single example given in the book is enough to open one’s eyes regarding the subjects discussed. The author also suggests methods that companies can apply as they embrace digitalization patterns.

Sri Manchala is not just a great narrator, but also an amazing instructor. While reading the book, one gets the impression of attending a master class as the author particularly arranged related topics, and how modern trends impact the development of businesses. To understand the concepts in the book, one has to read keenly as sometimes the author uses technical words that may not be understood by the average reader who is not familiar with digitalization and related trends. The explanation the author gives is however enough to make a newbie master the jargon and key lessons.  Some of the most impactful discussions in the book talked about customer behavior and disruptive technologies, global markets, a leader’s role in handling a crisis, digital transformation and evolution, and encroachment by the tech industry.

The author is insightful, unbiased, and informed. The beauty of reading a book whose author is neutral in the subject matter is that you are able to form your own unbiased opinion. The author focused on informing people about the importance of digitalization and the rules to follow for a company to advance. There are immense lessons that leaders can take from the book and share with their subordinates and fellow leaders in similar positions.

Pages: 331 | ASIN: B089D9DLSS

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Jack

Jack is stuck at home with the measles, but he is still up for adventure. When his mother insists that he rest and takes away his television and game privileges, he is stuck with books–his least favorite things. Imagination, however, is stronger than even Jack realizes, and soon he finds himself lost in one world after another as he gazes out his window. Will Jack put two and two together and figure out what his teachers knew all along?

Jack, written by Norman Whaler and illustrated by Nina Mkhoiani, stresses the importance of books and the impact they have on our lives without ever stating it outright. Whaler uses Jack to demonstrate the effect stories have on children and how, when instruction is administered effectively, they never truly realize how much they are learning. The way in which Whaler uses the changing clouds to spark Jack’s imagination is quite ingenious. The illustrations by Mkhoiani are vibrant and eye-catching and convey the story line well.

I recommend this short children’s picture book to any teacher in grades K-3 who wants to impress upon students the fantastic wealth of information that can be found in books. This quick read would make a wonderful read-aloud to kick off the new school year.

Pages: 24 | ASIN: B07B2DNQPX

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A New Alphabet for Humanity

A New Alphabet for Humanity : A Children's Book of Alphabet Words to Inspire Compassion, Kindness and Positivity by [Leesa McGregor , Daniela Sosa ]

A New Alphabet for Humanity is an inspiring children’s picture book that introduces kids to new ideas and concepts by using encouraging and uplifting words. The book goes through each letter in the alphabet, gives the letter along with an accompanying explanation, a beautiful image to reinforce the message, and a short description of the words meaning. All of these words come together to encourage children to think globally, socially, and positively.

Leesa McGregor introduces young readers to new words, some may be beyond their reading level, but not beyond their comprehension. This wonderful children’s book will inspire kids to think about new ideas, and give them a vocabulary for ideas they may already have and just don’t know how to express. The short but impactful descriptions of the word’s meaning are helpful, not just for children, but also for the adults that may be reading this book with their children. The illustrations by Daniela Sosa are bright, colorful, and focused on action which helps to keep kids engaged. The cute smiling faces of diverse children scattered throughout this book were to numerous to count. I think this is a better way to teach children about the alphabet. Instead of Apple, Cat, and Dog. Leesa McGregor uses empowering words like Abundance, Bravery, and Compassion. These are words that children have to think about more deeply, and because of that, the words and letters will stick much easier.

I have never read a book that embraced humanity with such positivity before. It’s refreshing seeing it accomplished so magnificently for young readers. This is a book for children, parents, teachers, and anyone looking for a new, empowering, alphabet.

Pages: 34 | ASIN: B089ZGG6NM

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Co-Teaching: The Professional Behind the M.A.S.K

Co-Teaching: The Professional Behind the M.A.S.K.: TMS’ Guide to Managing Accepting Strengthening Keystones by [Regina Christian-Massey, Teacher Mod Squad, Sandra T. Alexander]

Co-teaching is when two teachers collaborate in order to better serve the student needs in a classroom. As is to be expected, both teachers will have different styles. They will have different opinions and visions for their teaching outcomes. It is therefore expected that both teachers will disagree with each other from time to time. Co-Teaching: The Professional Behind the M.A.S.K. is a guide to ensure that it remains a collaborative effort despite a difference of opinion and vision. This book helps people in a co-teaching situation to properly utilize and use everyone’s talents, expertise, and styles in a way that best benefits the class.

Co-Teaching: The Professional Behind the M.A.S.K. is very useful for teachers who are already certified and those yet to receive their final push into the field. Teachers for when they find themselves sharing a space with another teacher. Prospective educators for when the time comes for them to practice in co-teaching situations. This book shows you the correct way to respect and value another person’s opinion and style without discrediting or being cavalier about it. It teaches the value of a partner in a co-teaching situation. You learn about your role and the role of your partner. Knowing your role in a partnership means that you can better meet the expectations of your partner and have them meet yours. It makes it easier to carry your part of the load.

This book is very clear. It has proper examples of situations that you might be handling wrong. It is also very practical. The author’s experience and ability are seen clearly through the way the message and subject matter are conveyed. These are two very important qualities in a guide book especially one that covers such an expertise-based profession.

Co-Teaching: The Professional Behind the M.A.S.K. is very relevant for co-teaching professionals, but some of the tips can be applied to other types of partnerships. Respect for each other and appreciation of the differences between each are the building blocks of a good successful partnership. The author understands this and it is clearly seen in this book. Many stars for the sheer simplicity of this book. The author does not make it too complicated. The seriousness and importance of the subject matter are well conveyed by the tone and voice of the book.

Pages: 94 | ASIN: B07ZQYJW33

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From Tree to Twelve

 

 

 

From Tree to Twelve by Dr. Quooz is an adorable counting book for children that follows a little boy and his monkey friend as they count from one to twelve on a road trip adventure. This book immediately captured my child’s attention with its bright colors and cute monkey. This educational children’s book becomes more than a simple counting book by showing kids how these numbers come together in simple math equations. Throughout the book kids are given examples of numbers, how they appear in our lives, and gives them bright objects to count.

The book is written in a way that is easily understandable by younger children and makes it a fun read. Additionally, it is beautifully illustrated and grabs the attention of children. Not only does this book teach valuable math skills, it can also help develop other areas of thinking. For instance, teachers and parents could use this book to teach about various colors, explore words, or even use it as a jumping-off point to teach about time. Overall, I would highly recommend this book for children, parents, and teachers.

Pages: 15 | ASIN: B07PPTR8CN

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Hurtsy: The Harrowed Hedgehog

Hurtsy: The Harrowed Hedgehog by [Graves, Cindy]

Hurtysy is dealing with a unique hedgehog problem. Anyone that touches her gets hurt by her quills. And because of this, Hurtsy is sad and feels bad. In this story Hurtsy meets several animals that are hurting one another and Hurtsy wants to show them how to love, but she can’t because of her sharp quills. Hurtsy must use some bravery and ingenuity to solve this prickly problem.

Every page of this wonderful children’s book is artistically drawn and each piece of art is bright and colorful and fits the tone of the story. Throughout the story Hurtsy is followed by a thought bubble which shows her inner feeling; which is often different from what she is showing to others. I thought this was a unique way to show kids how sometimes our external appearance hides our internal emotions. I really like how this book was able to help kids visualize a complex idea like this.

The story is told in rhyme which flows nicely. The words are easy to understand, but this is a book that adults will want to read to kids because of the aforementioned complex emotional ideas delivered in this book. Sometimes it’s not easy to discern the thoughts from the person as Hurtsy interacts with her own thought bubble.

This is a very cute story that delivers an important message in a unique way. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to teach their kids about emotions, talking about them, learning tough lessons, and reconciling differences between people.

Pages: 26 | ASIN: B07D734LK3

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