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We have a winner of The Road That Trucks Built!

It’s been a busy month of July here on Polilla Writes, and it’s been a great experience to be involved in the blog tours of When Your Lion Needs a Bath, When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles, and The Road That Trucks Built – all written by Susanna Leonard Hill. We’ve met her two illustrators – Daniel Wiseman and Erica Sirotich. We’ve learned some crazy, fun, surprising things about Susanna who shared recipes and crafts with us, and we’ve had three giveaways, one for each book, which brings me to …

the pleasure of announcing the winner of The Road That Trucks Built!

Using the random name picker thingie, I learned that ….

the winner’s comment included this: If I were one of these construction vehicles, I’d be a roller. 

And that person is …

DANIELLE!

CONGRATULATIONS,  DANIELLE!

You can expect a book in the mail from Susanna; just give her a little time. 🙂

Huge thanks to everyone who came to read and learn, participate and encourage. It means a lot to me that you came to visit my blog, and to Susanna, Daniel and Erica that you came to learn about their work.

I hope you all go purchase at least one copy of each of these fun books. (I’ve even made it super easy for you to find them by going to BUY THE BOOK here on my blog.) There are children out there who’ll enjoy them. Perhaps you’d like to donate a copy of one, two, or all three to your local school library or public library or day care. Books are meant to be shared and loved.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

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Last chance to win The Road That Trucks Built – by Susanna Leonard Hill

Hi, Picture Book Lovers!

I am adding my last extra blog post into my busy all-about-Susanna-Leonard-Hill-&-her-books-and-illustrators-in-July schedule. This is to remind you that today – at 9 PM EST – your chance to win, here on my blog, a copy of The Road That Trucks Built .. brakes to a halt … red light, over.

You can go HERE to read my interview with illustrator Erica Sirotich and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Susanna Leonard Hill‘s children’s book The Road That Trucks Built.

Take a look at this fun illustration created by Erica:

 

 

 

Text copyright © 2017 by Susanna Leonard Hill
Illustration copyright © 2017 by Erica Sirotich
Used by permission of Little Simon

If you want to enter the draw, just leave a comment on the July 20 interview post telling us which truck you would want to be or drive – the bulldozer, the scraper, the grader, the paver, the roller, or the paint marker – and your name will go into the random name picker tool I use to determine who is the winner … of a book, not of permission to drive the truck.  🙂  It’s fair and easy!

The month is coming to a close – can you believe it! – ending my part in Susanna’s blog tour for Trucks.  Thanks to Susanna (author), Little Simon (publisher), and Erica Sirotich (illustrator), and – of course – to everyone who enjoyed this with us. We greatly value your interest and comments. 🙂

Be sure to check your email tonight if you entered the draw. In the next post (on July 30) I will announce the winner of The Road That Trucks Built.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂  

Elephant snacks from Susanna Leonard Hill for when you & your elephant have the munchies; book winners

It’s been a busy blog tour for Lion and Elephant! And, of course, for Susanna Leonard Hill

Because it was originally my plan to announce the winners of Lion and Elephant books on this date – and then I gave them each their own day of glory – I’ll congratulate the winners today anyway: Happy Congrats to Teri for winning a copy of When Your Lion Needs a Bath and to Debra for winning a copy of When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles!  Yay!

Actually, everyone wins because of the fun extras Susanna has been sharing with us. To linger in the excitement of the release of When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles, here’s something yummy sent by Susanna …

… an elephant recipe 😊

Elephant Sugar Cookies

You will need:

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsps baking powder

2 3/4 cups flour

An elephant-shaped cookie cutter

Raisins or chocolate chips (for the eye)

Sprinkles, small candies, colored sugar, a little icing, etc. for decoration

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar.

Add egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients then add slowly to butter mixture until all incorporated.

Roll out on lightly floured board to desired thickness (probably about 1/4 inch or so)

Cut out elephant shapes with cookie cutter.

Press a raisin or a chocolate chip in place for the eye.

If decorating with colored sugar or sprinkles, sprinkle on top and press lightly with the bottom of a glass before baking.

If decorating with small candies, press lightly into elephant before baking.

Bake at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes until light in color with light browning on the edges.

If using icing, add after baking.

If you missed earlier news and fun you can check all of my July posts for fun events, including reviews, interviews and giveaways.

So ends my participation in When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles blog tour. Huge thanks to everyone for adding to the fun through your visits and comments. Especially, many thanks to you, Susanna, and to Little Simon and Daniel Wiseman. 🙂

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

We have a winner of When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles!

Today I get to announce the winner of a copy of When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman!  yay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I put the names into the random name picker tool and it selected ….

DEBRA!

CONGRATULATIONS, Debra! I sent you an email for your info. 🙂

Debra is the winner with this comment: “I would amuse my elephant by reading him a book and showing him the pictures that were drawn by Daniel Wiseman. They are whimsical and fun and would totally get my elephant’s mind off of his cold.”

Thank you so very much to everyone for participating. I really enjoyed your visits and comments. Please feel welcome to stop by even when there is no blog tour going on.

There is one more post here associated with Elephant; Tuesday come back for  snacks from Susanna. 🙂 And in the meantime, you can also enter the draw for your chance to win a copy of Trucks.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂 

Last chance to win When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles by Susanna Leonard Hill

Hi, Everyone!

I am again sneaking an extra blog post into my busy all-about-Susanna-Leonard-Hill-&-her-books-and-illustrators-in-July schedule. This is to remind you that today – at 9 PM EST – your chance to win on my blog a copy of When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles comes to a close. Don’t blow it!  (See what I did there? 😉 )

Anyhoot … Check out all my July posts if you want to learn more about 1 author: Susanna, 2 illustrators: Daniel and Erica, 3 new books: Lion, Elephant, Trucks. You can count on Susanna to bring you fun things to do, too, such as crafts and recipes.

As extra incentive, in case you haven’t yet entered the draw to win a copy of When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles – that you can donate to a school or library if you prefer – look at this wonderful illustration created by Daniel Wiseman.

 

 

 

Text copyright © 2017 by Susanna Leonard Hill
Illustration copyright © 2017 by Daniel Wiseman
Used by permission of Little Simon

All you have to do is leave a comment on the July 11 interview post telling us how you would take care of your elephant when it has the sniffles and gets bored – and your name will go into the random name picker thingie I use to determine who is the winner. 🙂 Can’t be any easier than that!

And this is the end of my part in the promotional blog tour for Elephant. Thanks to Susanna (author), Little Simon (publisher), and Daniel Wiseman (illustrator), and – of course – to everyone who came to visit and participate. We sincerely appreciate your interest and comments. 🙂

Next post is July 23 to announce the winner of When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂 

We have a winner of When Your Lion Needs a Bath!

It’s been a busy time around here! Lions, and Elephants, and interviews … oh my!  And it’s not over yet.

Now it is my pleasure to announce the winner of a copy of When Your Lion Needs a Bath, written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the random name picker tool, one name was chosen.

Congratulations, Teri! You’re IT! 🙂

This was her comment:

I figure that I like lavender bubbles in my bath to calm me, so I would place a shady acacia tree in the bath to help my lion feel at home and relaxed.

Teri, I’ve let Susanna know you won, and one of us will be in touch with you about how you want your copy of When Your Lion Needs a Bath to be personalized. Exciting!  🙂

Thank you so very much to everyone for participating. I really enjoyed your visits and comments. Please feel welcome to stop by after the blog tour is over.

Next Saturday, July 22, someone leaving a comment HERE will win a copy of Susanna’s When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles. So, let us know … how would you care for your elephant if he has the sniffles and gets bored?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Book Review: When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles – by Susanna Leonard Hill; fun activity, & announcements!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book: When Your ELEPHANT Has the SNIFFLES
Author: Susanna Leonard Hill
Illustrator: Daniel Wiseman
Publisher: Little Simon
Date: July 11, 2017
Genre: children’s – age 2-4; Preschool & up
Pages: 26; board book
Price: $7.99 US; $10.99 CDN
My rating: An enjoyable story for picture book lovers of all ages

This is my fourth post (I’ll have 12) as my part in the back-to-back blog tours for Susanna Leonard Hill‘s three books coming out this month.

When Your ELEPHANT Has the SNIFFLES, written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman is the second delightful story just right for little ‘uns in the new series of When Your … books.

The very exciting thing is that – as of TODAY – both books are available for purchase!

As with When Your LION Needs a Bath, the first thing you’ll notice about this board book is the adorable illustrations. On the front cover is a miserable-looking elephant with flushed cheeks and lots of tissues. He obviously is not well. Oh dear.

From the beginning of the story you know this little elephant needs some loving care. He is sniffling and has a fever, and the reader is informed that “you don’t want your elephant to start sneezing!”

The little girl in the story sets out to care for her elephant. She removes anything that will make him sneeze. The illustrator, Daniel Wiseman, came up with a funny idea for this visual included below; see it? She tucks her elephant into bed and makes sure he has all he needs. The clever touch you will notice as you read this book is his favourite stuffed toy is … the lion from the first book!

 

 

 

 

Text copyright © 2017 by Susanna Leonard Hill
Illustration copyright © 2017 by Daniel Wiseman
Used by permission of Little Simon

The real challenge begins when Elephant becomes bored as a patient but who is not yet well enough to get out of bed. The little girl is reminded to not make him sneeze as she tries to entertain him with props she chooses. But what if it happens anyway? You find out on the very last page. It’s a cute ending – an awwww moment – that will make you smile with Elephant.

This story, as with the first one, is not written in little words, or only three or four per page. It is written to be read to little ones. The uncomplicated, muted – with occasional splashes of bold colour – illustrations are well-suited to calm the child who is sick with the sniffles. When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles has definite child appeal so the child can fully appreciate what is being told. It will be fun for beginning readers to figure out the bigger words through remembering the story while feeling accomplished with the easier words. This story is for everyone’s reading pleasure.

When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles is the second book in the When Your … series, and there are already two more being released later with more planned.

BONUS: To add to the fun, Susanna has provided us with an elephant game! 

*** Elephants On A Tightrope Game

This is a fun activity for a group of preschoolers – at home, at the playground, or at school.  (Plus they’ll think it’s a game, but they’ll actually be practicing their balance and coordination 😊 ) It can be played indoors or outdoors.

Make a “tightrope” line with chalk or tape.

Start with one child balancing on the line while everyone sings: (to the tune of 5 Little Ducks)

“One elephant went out to play

On a tightrope string one day.

He had such enormous fun

He called for another elephant to come!”

The child calls out the name of another child who comes and joins him/her on the “tightrope”

Then the song starts again with:

“Two elephants went out to play

on a tightrope string one day…” etc.

The cycle repeats until all the children are balancing together on the “tightrope” and the last singing verse ends with:

They had such enormous fun

The tightrope broke and they all fell down!”

And all the children can collapse on the floor 😊

If you want to make the game a little harder, or appropriate for kindergartners or slightly older kids, use the raised edge of a sidewalk or patio or wooden border at the park or around landscaping or a floor-level preschool balance beam if you have one as the “tightrope”. ***

Wait! Before you go I have two other important things to tell you.

Come back on Thursday, July 13, for my first interview with an illustrator! Daniel Wiseman, illustrator of Susanna’s Lion and  Elephant books, shares some fascinating info. And we’re having a giveaway! (Be sure to follow the fun and easy rules to get into the draw.)

Exciting things are happening all month! Read about it HERE

We look forward to your supportive comments.

You can find When Your ELEPHANT Has the SNIFFLES by Susanna Leonard Hill on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, and on Chapters.Indigo if available there. 

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂