Monthly Archives: June 2017

Book Review: Turkey Tot – by George Shannon

 

 

 

 

Book: Turkey Tot
Author: George Shannon
Illustrator: Jennifer K. Mann
Publisher: Holiday House
Date: August 31, 2014
Genre: children's picture book; 4 - 7 yrs, Preschool - 1
Pages: 32
Price: $16.77
My rating: wonderful story to encourage ingenuity

 

Turkey Tot by George Shannon is an adorable story reminding one of the story of the Little Red Hen.

Turkey Tot had three friends, Chick, Hen, and Pig. One day they spied juicy berries on a bush, but they were too high to reach. The friends sadly went on their way to the pond, but then Turkey Tot came up with an idea. If they could find … something … it would help them reach the berries, but his friends said no, they won’t find that, he’s being silly, and he has been different from the day he was hatched. 

Turkey Tot was not one to give in to defeat. He kept coming up with ingenious ideas. His friends continued to reply the same negative way. Finally, they refused to listen to more of his schemes, so Turkey Tot worked at a plan alone with a variety of things he did manage to find.

When Turkey Tot appears in a way they never expect to see him – and with juicy berries to share – they marvel over his cleverness. After all, they decide, he has been different from the day he was hatched!

This is a cute story with bright, bold illustrations created by Jennifer K. Mann. The images give such expression to the story, each little character has its own personality and appeal. For little people learning to read, the font is large and dark for easy reading.

Children will enjoy this story, and very possibly be prompted to make things themselves.  It’s a great way to encourage creativity and to encourage children to trust themselves, to not be discouraged by other people’s negativity, and to not give up trying.

You can find Turkey Tot by George Shannon on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, and on Chapters.Indigo if available there.

Your comments for authors and illustrators are greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: A Northern Alphabet – by Ted Harrison

 

 

 

 

Book: A Northern Alphabet
Author/Illustrator: Ted Harrison
Publisher: Tundra Books
Date: Board book edition Feb. 28, 2017
Genre: Children's board book  
Pages: 28
Price: $12.99 (US $8.99)
My rating: A charming, beautiful work of art 

 

I “discovered” Ted Harrison a few years ago when I came across a poster of his work. About a year ago I donated it to the local elementary school, and then the librarian sent me a book to read about him. I was hooked!

I received a copy of this book – A Northern Alphabet by Ted Harrison – from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.

This edition of A Northern Alphabet is a board book. It’s a very nice size – 7″ wide, 9″ high (22.9 cm x 17.9 cm) – for little hands.

Ted Harrison (1926-2015) was born in England but when he came to Canada he fell in love with the northern part of the country and stayed for the rest of his life. His paintings changed to capture the beauty of the Yukon and its people, as shown in this book. He was famous for his remarkable bold-coloured paintings and in later years he was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian culture through his paintings and books. 

In A Northern Alphabet, for every letter of the alphabet Mr. Harrison illustrated with paintings from what he saw and experienced around him in the Yukon. His work is simplistic and meaningful, delightful and full of colour.

Two examples: H h The husky is watching the boys play hockey. N n  The northern lights shine in the sky at night. The art illustrating those letters gives readers an education in some of the culture of Canada, as it does throughout the book.

A Northern Alphabet by Ted Harrison is a beautiful book for young children to learn both the alphabet and something about the culture of the Canadian far north. They will love that the renowned artist chose to paint a moose a deep pink, a bear orange, and the sky always in bands of bold colour. They will even learn new words such as anorak, Inuit, muskeg. This is an excellent book to introduce children to art that looks as if it was made just for them, and for anyone who wants to know more about Canada’s north.

You can find A Northern Alphabet by Ted Harrison on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, and Chapters.Indigo if available there.

Your comments are very much appreciated.

Thank you for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

 

 

9 tips for reusing a common item in your household

Today I have something different for you, creatively different.

 

 

I’m quite sure that every now and again you have empty toilet paper rolls to toss into the garbage or recycling. If you’ve ever wished there were good uses for them, here are some great ideas I found

You now no longer need to throw away every one of those. They still can be useful. 

Have you used your empty toilet paper rolls for any of the tips shown? What is your favourite of those tips, or do you have one of your own you’d like to share with us?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂 

Book Review: The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart – by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 

Book: The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart
Author(s): Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton
Illustrator: Christine Davenier
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date: January 1, 2013
Genre: children’s picture book: 3 – 6 yrs; Preschool – 3
Pages: 32
Price: $16.99
My rating: a sweet story to help a child build confidence

The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart, written by the mother-daughter team Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton, is book six of the The Very Fairy Princess series.

Gerry believes in her heart that she is a princess because she can feel the sparkle inside. Valentine’s Day is coming up and that day is a favourite for Gerry. She worked hard making sparkly valentines for everyone in her class, even for the boy who pulls her hair.

Her mommy gave her a folder like her daddy’s to keep all her special valentines safe, and on Valentine’s Day morning Gerry got all dressed up, grabbed the folder, and rushed out to catch the bus to school.

Gerry could hardly wait for when their teacher says it’s time for everyone to give out their valentines. She was so excited, so when it was time to pass out the valentines she eagerly opened her folder. Oh-oh! – she had one of her daddy’s folders filled with his work papers! She must have mixed them up. Her day quickly went from sparkly to un-sparkly. Although Gerry was very sad about the mistake, she came up with a special idea for each person in the class. This is another adorable story in the The Very Fairy Princess series by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton. The story is told in a way that encourages the child reader to share from the heart, and is illustrated by Christine Davenier in bright and sweet images with lots of sparkle.

You can find The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, and on Chapters.Indigo if available there.

 

Your comments for authors and illustrators are very much appreciated. Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Book Review: Onward and Upward in the Garden – by Katharine S. White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book: Onward and Upward in the Garden
Author: Katharine S. White; edited by E. B. White
Publisher: various
Date 1977; reprint editions available
Genre: gardening
Pages: 392
Price: $17.95 and up
My rating: impressive collection of very interesting essays 

 

Katharine S. White was an editor at the New Yorker for thirty-four years. Near the end of that job she began writing garden pieces in a column called Onward and Upward in the Garden, and over the next twelve years her series grew to fourteen pieces in print. Katharine had become a well-respected garden writer who researched thoroughly for each piece.

Katharine was convinced by a writer friend that her garden essays were worthy of being published as a book, but it wasn’t until after Katharine’s death that it happened. Her husband, E. B.White – author of Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and other books – collected, edited, and, in 1977, published his wife’s work into the book Onward and Upward in the Garden, named after the column that started it all.

This is not my usual reading; however, I found it very interesting. It’s almost a memoir, although the author revealed very little about her personal life in her writing. Her focus was centered on varying aspects of gardening, and she wrote with humour in all the right places. The historical and detailed information she shared is impressive.

Mrs. White wrote a critical, but not harsh, review of the seed catalogues current at the time. As a passionate gardener, she expressed her joy of some specimens, her disgust of a few others, and her ideas of how to improve both the catalogues of seeds and plants and the gardens into which they would be planted.

Found at the beginning of the book is a very fitting introduction written by E. B. White. Following the fourteen chapters listed below is an afterword by Jamaica Kincaid – novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer.

Chapters of Onward and Upward in the Garden:

  1. A Romp in the Catalogues
  2. Floricordially Yours
  3. Before the Frost
  4. The Changing Rose, the Enduring Cabbage
  5. War in the Borders, Peace in the Shrubbery
  6. Green Thoughts in a Green Shade
  7. For the Recreation & Delight of the Inhabitants
  8. An Idea Which We Have Called Nature
  9. The Million-Dollar Book
  10. The Flower Arrangers
  11. More about the Arrangers
  12. Winter Reading, Winter Dreams
  13. Winterthur and Winter Book Fare
  14. Knots and Arbours – and Books

Following the Afterword is listed a section called Seedsmen and Nurserymen, which precedes the section Books in Print.

For anyone who loves gardening and a quiet informative read, Onward and Upward in the Garden by Katharine White is a book to enjoy. It is full of information about flowers, flower selection, seed catalogues and nurseries, flower shows, historic facts about people and plants, and the feeling of listening to a friend.

You can find Onward and Upward in the Garden by Katharine S. White on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, and on Chapters.Indigo if available there.

Your comments are very much appreciated.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Video: Bride sings at her own wedding

It seems that each year many of the weddings that take place are plentiful in June, although not in my family. Maybe one of my daughters will choose that month, but not yet. The weddings in my family (my husband’s parents, my parents, and our siblings included) have been in May, July, August, October, and we have one coming up in September this year.

This video is of a bride singing with her dad at her wedding. I hope you enjoy it.

Did you do something bold like that at your wedding, or is there another wedding that stands apart in your memory for some special reason?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

 

 

Book Review: Buster the Little Garbage Truck – by Marcia Berneger

 

 

 




Book: Buster the Little Garbage Truck
Author: Marcia Berneger
Illustrator: Kevin Zimmer
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Date: April 1, 2015
Genre: Picture book; age 3-6; Preschool - 1
Pages: 32
Price: $14.99
My rating: A good story to encourage children to be 
confident and brave

 

Buster the Little Garbage Truck, written by Marcia Berneger, is a story young children will relate to and understand.

Buster admired his father and all the other trucks who were big and capable. He wanted so much to be just like his father. He even practiced doing big truck things like lifting and beeping when he played with his best friend, Kitty, a small kitten.

One day his father took Buster along when he went to work. Buster was excited until all his dad’s friends came over and welcomed him with their loud honks and beeps. He was so afraid of the noise that he skidded to his daddy’s side and wouldn’t leave him all day. His dad didn’t know what to do about him.

At home again Buster tried to get unafraid, but he didn’t know how to not be scared by loud noises. How could he ever be like his dad and work with other big trucks if he is afraid?

One day Kitty was in danger. Buster tried to beep a warning, but he couldn’t be heard. He had to save his friend!

Buster the Little Garbage Truck is sweetly illustrated by Kevin Zimmer. Children will love the bright friendly tone of the pictures and will also enjoy finding out how Buster’s courage comes out. This is a very well told story to encourage little children that they, too, can overcome their fears.

You can find Buster the Little Garbage Truck by Marcia Berenger on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, and on Chapters.Indigo if available there.

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Thank you for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂