Did you know that my 5-year old granddaughter’s name is Sophie? She’s a ball of fun and energy…and she LOVES books and hearing stories and having the mailman deliver envelopes with her name on them. And so, when one of my dear friends and critique buddies, Amber Hendricks, wrote a story called Sophie and Little Star and it got published, I knew I’d be getting a copy for her. And of course, sharing it with all of you for Perfect Picture Book Friday!
And guess what? This talented and generous author is gifting some lucky reader with a Picture Book Manuscript Critique…yes! Just make sure you leave a comment and you will be entered into the giveaway.
SOPHIE AND LITTLE STAR
Written by Amber Hendricks
Illustrated by Raissa Figueroa
Published by Clear Fork/Spork (2018)
Themes: Friendship, helping one another, determination
“Every night, when the sun had set and the stars gathered in the heavens to shine their light on the world, Little Star watched, wishing she could join.”
“Sophie and Little Star is a delightfully charming tale about friendship and finding where we belong. A wonderful bedtime treat!” -Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles
When a little star falls from her home in the sky, she finds help from an unexpected friend. Together, the new friends search for a way to send Little Star home, but soon discover that not everyone you meet is kind, or helpful. Little Star begins to wonder if she’ll ever find a way home, and if she does, will she be able to leave her new friend, Sophie, behind?”
Why I like this book:
- I love stories about friendship, especially those with a bit of pixie dust and magic woven in.
- I love stories where the main character shows determination – and this one is a mighty girl who just isn’t going to give up until she helps her new friend, Little Star.
- The illustrations are beautiful and Raissa captures the dreamy night-time feel throughout the pages.
- I love sweet bedtime stories and so do kids!
Photo courtesy: https://www.powerfulmothering.com/10-star-crafts-for-kids/
STAR PROJECTS FOR KIDS: For detailed instructions, please go to: https://www.powerfulmothering.com/10-star-crafts-for-kids/
Bundle up and go out in the evening to look up at the stars. Get a book for kids on the constellations and see how many you can identify. Check you library for Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky by Michael Driscoll.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Please make sure you leave a comment to enter the giveaway…and come back tomorrow when Amber visits Picture Books Help Kids Soar and shares her writing journey and a very special No-Bake cookie recipe from her mom.
This post joins all the others on Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up where bloggers review their favorite picture books.
And please don’t forget that our favorite authors need our help to spread the word about their books. BUY THEM! REVIEW THEM! TELL OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT THEM!
Perfect Picture Book Friday: Scarlet’s Magic Paintbrush PLUS PB Manuscript Critique Giveaway and Book Giveaway
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday! Picture books are magical…especially when they are about a magical item. And Perfect Picture Book Friday posts are magical when they have DOUBLE GIVEAWAYS. Yes, author Melissa Stoller is donating both a pb manuscript critique AND a copy of her brand-new picture book! Woo-hoo!
SCARLET’S MAGIC PAINTBRUSH
Written by Melissa Stoller
Ilustrated by Sandie Sonke
Published by Clear Fork/Spork (October 2018)
Themes: Creativity, be yourself, self-esteem
“Years ago, Scarlet found a magic paintbrush and everything changed.”
Synopsis: From Amazon:
What would it be like to have a magic paintbrush?
She paints perfect pictures . . . until her brush disappears.
Will she ever be
able to create another
masterpiece without it?
Why I like this book:
- The element of magic appeals to kids…who wouldn’t want a brush that magically draws perfect pictures?
- I loved seeing Scarlet come to the realization that her own creativity is important.
- The illustrations are full of color…perfect for a book about a girl who loves to paint.
Painting With Kids
Photo courtesy: https://artfulparent.com/painting-activities-kids-60-ideas/
For detailed instructions for 50 painting projects: https://artfulparent.com/painting-activities-kids-60-ideas/
Ask your kids, what would they draw if they had a magic paintbrush? If they could imbue any item with magical powers, what would it be and what would it do? And wouldn’t we all like to have an item that had magical powers? What item would you want to be magical?
Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in this double-your-pleasure giveaway. And, when you read Melissa’s book, don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or other review sites. Reviews are like a birthday gift to your favorite author!
And speaking of picture books, for more wonderful recommendations and activities for kids, please hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up.
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends. Safe travels if you are away from home.