Perfect Picture Book Friday: DEAR RAINBOW BABY Plus Critique & Zoom Chat Giveaway

Hello dear friends! Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday. Today’s featured book is beautiful…but more than that, the message it carries will touch many hearts. The author, the lovely Samantha Gassman, is an amazing person…she shared how she came to write this story:


This book is very precious to me, as the first draft was written in the days following my miscarriage in Nov. 2019. Writing was a way of healing and recovering after the tragedy and forced me to look forward with hope. I learned of the offer of publication a week before my rainbow baby, Kayla, was born in Aug. 2020. She shares her birthday with the book, and coincidentally, National Rainbow Baby Day.

Dear friends, not only did Samantha open her heart and share her sorrow to help others with theirs, she is also offering an incredible giveaway: a Picture Book Critique PLUS a 30-minute Zoom chat. The winner is going to be one very lucky writer, that’s for sure. Please leave a comment at the end of this post to be entered in the giveaway. And if you help make this book’s launch a success by pre-ordering a copy of DEAR RAINBOW BABY via her Linktree link: https://linktr.ee/sgassmanbooks – Samantha is going to send you a signed bookplate

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Happy Book Birthday: GOD MADE YOU, TOO Plus Critique Giveaway

I’m definitely a fan of birthdays! There’s cake! And presents! And, when it’s a book birthday, there’s a new beautiful story out in the world.

Written by Chelsea Tornetto – Illustrated by Kimberley Barnes – Published by Worthy Kids – Feb 22, 2022
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Perfect Picture Book Friday: LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA Plus PB CRITIQUE Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! Today’s featured book is special for me for several reasons…I can really identify with the main character whose hair is often a do-lemma, especially when her mom insists she wear her python in it. Of course, I didn’t have a python, but I did have unruly hair – ultra-curly and frizzy – and I lived in New York City where it’s humid EVERY season of the year. Also, I’m a huge fan of talented author Jenny Buchet. And guess what? Jenny is offering a PB CRITIQUE to the lucky winner of the giveaway. Make sure you leave a comment below – maybe you can tell us how you felt about your hair when you were a kid.

LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA

Written by Jennifer Buchet

Illustrated by Cassie Chancy

Published by Clear Fork – May 11, 2021

Ages: 5-8

Themes: Family traditions, mythology, stay true to yourself

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Little Medusa comes from a long line of snake-loving, serpentine-wearing Gorgons. When she receives her very first snake, Little Medusa discovers that having a snake slither and slide through her hair isn’t so great after all. And to make matters more difficult, she begins questioning if she really wants to scare her friends to stone with her new forever friend. Using her imagination and heart, Little Medusa tries her best to please her family, her best-pet snake, and herself.

Based on Greek Mythology, Little Medusa features Common Core Connections and explores the universal themes of following family tradition and staying true to oneself.

Why I love this book:

  1. Such a great message – finding a way to respect family traditions while staying true to oneself – and I love that there is a bit of mythology that young kids will be exposed to.
  2. Excellent text helps us connect with the main character and cheer her on.
  3. Vibrant illustrations will keep young readers engaged.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

Make a Medusa Head Covering

Photo courtesy: https://www.littlepassports.com/craft-diy/how-to-make-a-greek-mythology-medusa-mask/


WOW…this is amazing! Check out the link for details on how to make this and other amazing crafts: https://www.littlepassports.com/craft-diy/how-to-make-a-greek-mythology-medusa-mask/

For more information about purchasing and/or reviewing MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA:
Publisher :https://www.clearforkpublishing.com/product-page/little-medusa-s-hair-do-lemma
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Medusas-Do-lemma-Jennifer-Buchet/dp/1950169472/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=little+medusa&qid=1617917190&sr=8-1
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57387859-little-medusa-s-hair-do-lemma?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=e0wGPLEjpF&rank=1

Please remember that the best way to tell an author that you love her book is to buy it if you can, review it, tell friends about it, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

And for more wonderful picture book reviews and activities, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Don’t forget that today is the last day for kids to send in their #50PreciousWordsforKids stories via email to me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com And don’t forget to leave a comment below and tell us if you had any issues with your hair-do when you were growing up…maybe attach a photo, if you have one, of what you looked like when you were a kid. And please SHARE this post on social media to spread the word about this wonderful new book!

Come back tomorrow for a fantastic Will Write for Cookies with Brian Gehrlein – and of course, on Sunday, I’ll be posting all of the kids’ stories in a special Mother’s Day blog.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – and a Happy Mother’s Day to all who fill the role of mother in a child’s life.