Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. One of my favorite moments is when a book is published that I saw as a rough draft years before. It’s a great feeling to know that my feedback might have helped shape the story. If you are a writer, do you share your manuscripts with critique buddies? I hope the answer to that is a big YES…because IMO, critique groups are a crucial ingredient in paving a successful path to publication. And today’s featured book is by one of my long-time critique partners, author and editor Alayne Kay Christian.
THE WEED THAT WOKE CHRISTMAS: The Mostly True Tale of the Toledo Christmas Weed
Written by Alayne Kay Christian
Illustrated by Polina Gortman
Published by Blue Whale Press
Themes: Kindness, Christmas, community spirit
Synopsis: From Amazon:
The The Weed that Woke Christmas: The Mostly True Tale of the Toledo Christmas Tree is the story of a small gesture that turned into a phenomenon that was seen around the world. Partly truth and partly fiction, it is based on the inspiring true story of how a weed on a Toledo street corner helped spread the giving spirit far beyond its traffic island home. All Weed wants is to be seen, but people are in too much of a hurry to notice each other, let alone Weed. Weed watches, wishes, and waits until finally someone does see it. But Weed discovers that there is something far bigger and more important than a little weed being noticed.
Why I love this book:
- We need books like this that encourage kindness and compassion and caring about others.
- A new Christmas story – hooray – and this one is based on a true event.
- Wonderfully warm illustrations.
And here’s a bit about the author and illustrator and how you can connect with them:
Books like this one are so important, especially these days. We need to thank authors and illustrators for creating them…and the best way to do that is to:
Seeds can provide all sorts of fun-filled activities for kids…from planting them to doing arts and crafts activities. Check out this wonderful link for 35 great projects: https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/35-seed-activities-for-young-kids.html
For more great picture book reviews and activities, head on over to Susanna Hill’s blog for her Perfect Picture Book Friday linky list.
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Holidays can be a challenge – and now with millions of people dealing with Covid restrictions, hours cut, jobs lost…the challenge is intensified. I know many of you are already doing what you can to help. I’ll be selling my car soon and plan to donate a chunk of the money I receive to the local food banks here in Southern New Hampshire. Any ideas on how else I could help?