SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019) illus by Chris Ewald
Sarah E.Goode was one of the first African-American women to get a U.S. patent. Working in her husband’s furniture store, she recognized a need for a multi-use bed and through hard work, ingenuity, and determination, invented her unique cupboard bed. She built more than a piece of furniture. She built a life far away from slavery, a life where her sweet dreams could come true.
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PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, February 12, 2019), illus by Jill Weber
An enchanting mouse scours her cozy, miniature home for her Passover Seder plate with no luck. Sundown is near and the Passover celebration will begin soon. Pippa Mouse must venture out and be brave to ask a cat, a snake, and an owl for help. To her surprise not only are the animals helpful in tracing her plate to the pond, they become her Passover Seder guests. A spread at the end of the book shows the Passover plate with its six essential symbolic items: zeroah (a roasted bone), beitzah,(an egg), maror and charoset (bitter herbs), chazeret (mortar or paste), and karpas (a spring vegetable).
Available for preorder on Amazon
For a copy signed by the author (and possibly the illustrator), please order from our favorite indie bookstore, Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, NH.
FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, April 1, 2019) illustrated by Mirka Hokkanen
Water wakes. Wildlife greets the day and finds shelter, safety, and fun on the river in this lyrical, ecologically oriented counting book. One willow flycatcher, two dragonflies, three kit foxes, and more thrive in their habitat. As kids count, the day turns from dawn to dusk, and the character of the water changes as quickly as a child’s moods. Animals sing, leap, tiptoe, toboggan, hoot, hunt, flit, flutter, and hover. They ride out a storm, bask in waning rays, and tuck in under the silver moon.
Filled with modern wood engravings, Four Otters Toboggan celebrates wild beauty, encouraging readers of all ages to preserve and cherish our planet. After the story is finished, children can read more about each species in the back of the book, conservation efforts, what causes animals to become endangered, and what people can do to protect wild habitats.
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SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM
THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING
Perfect for Parents and Teachers.
Grandparents and Day care providers
100 Picture Book Recommendations
100 quick and easy craft projects
100 simple child-friendly cooking activities
This is the book I wished I’d had
when I taught kindergarten and raised my own three kids
But it didn’t exist then.
So I wrote it for you!
Recommended for ages 2-8.
“Inspiring guide to reading and planning activities.”
– Katharine Holabird, Creator of Angelina Ballerina
” Wonderful resource to better a child’s learning experience.”
– Norman Bridwell, Creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog
“Fun and practical book to help nurture and foster self-esteem.”
– Joan Fleischer, Co-Founder of Creative Arts Therapy Center, New York City
ORDER DIRECT – FREE SHIPPING – Please send check for $14.95 to me:
Vivian Kirkfield, 34 Old Milford Road, Amherst, NH 03031
And coming in 2020:
MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020)
FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020)