Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Black Bull of Norroway

Hi Friends!

 

Welcome to another Perfect Picture Book Friday or  PPBF today. Fall is really here now in mid – October. Perfect for a fairy tale and I have the perfect  one for you. Did you eat your fill of the something  chocolate over at Susanna Leonard  Hill’s? Where all the other participants of Perfect Picture Book Friday go to collect their reviews by theme and categorized in order? If not,   go fill up, come back, and read this one.

The Black Bull of Norroway book cover

The Black Bull of Norroway book cover

Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Black Bull of Norroway

Title: The Black Bull of Norroway

Author/ illustrator: Charlotte Huck/ Anita Lobel

Publishing info: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2001

Theme : A retelling of a Scottish tale set in Norway, Girl Power, fairy tale,

Summary : ‘Long ago in Norway, three sisters were talking about marriage. The eldest wanted titles and money. Peggy Ann, the youngest, only wanted a kind husband who loved her. “I’d even be content with the Black Bull of Norroway,” she said. And so begins a classic fairy tale of enchantment, adventure, bravery, loyalty and love. Charlotte Huck’s spunky heroine and Anita Lobel’s lush paintings combine to create an experience to be savored over many readings.”

 

Resources: a free study guide if you belong to kindle unlimited is here :

And for a teachers guide you pay for go here:

Content for University of  Oklahoma  for a course in Mythology and fairy tales is here:

Wikisource calls it a Blue Fairy Tale and you can learn more by going here  :

And Why  I  love this book:  I love this  book because of the art. Anita Nobel really captures the story and gives a magical feel to it. I Love the story because it was about girls. It really is a Girl Power! Girls instead of boys leaving home to find their fortunes and husbands instead of their brides. And the one who says she would marry for love really did. She showed loyalty and love by sticking with the bull, doing him a kindness, thereby breaking the evil spell and he turns into a prince. Then losing him again and after a long hard journey finding him again and finally marrying him. This is a fairy book that could be an archetype for modern romances.

Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books site where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!

And my books?

Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. Check out the reviews!! :)

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

 

 

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Clarbojahn Presents: Darlene Foster, Again!

Hi Friends!!

"Amanda in Alberta, The Writing on the Stone"

“Amanda in Alberta, The Writing on the Stone”

Have I ever got a treat for you!! One of our own. In this blogging circle. Darlene Foster, Dreamer of dreams and Teller of Tales.

Clarbojahn Presents Darlene Foster Again because I featured her once before. But she has another Middle Grader fantastic read out. And I wanted all of you to know what that was. “Amanda In Alberta, the Writing on the Stone” Here is my review. And you can find it on Amazon.  

This middle grade mystery novel is part travel log and mystery together with engaging teen characters. Darlene Foster’s main character, Amanda lives in Alberta and her traveling friend, Leah, visits her. Leah gets  taken all around Alberta Province to see a rodeo, a ranch, a carnival, and Indian Village among other places. And in the middle of a parade finds a valuable prehistoric petroglyph that is, in the end of the book, after all the plot and conflict, given to the Royal Tyrell Museum to complete a First Nation’s mural. 

I really liked how the middle graders/ preteen’s used their instagram and computers in the book, making it truly contemporary. The beginning of the book nicely set up for the conflict later on. I think this is a valuable addition to every preteen library.

Now, let’s switch to asking Darlene a couple of questions about this book, shall we? 

Darlene, what is your favorite part of “Amanda in Alberta?”

My favorite part is the old abandoned house the girls discover in Red Rock Coullee. When I was a young girl growing up on the prairies, my aunt and I found an old house just like that. It was as if the people who lived there just up and left in the middle of supper. It was very scary. I knew I had to fit it into a story one day.

 

Darlene, what is your writing practice like?

Up to now I have been working full-time, so I write two hours every evening after work. It is now a habit and if I don’t write everyday I feel like something is missing.

 

How long did it take to write “Amanda In Alberta?”

It took eighteen months to write Amanda in Alberta. I try to write a chapter a month, sometimes more if possible. My books are approximately twenty chapters long. It took me three years to write the first book so I guess I’m getting faster at it. My goal is to write a book a year.

 

What was your publishing journey like?

It took me five years to find a publisher for my first book, Amanda in Arabia. I sent it out to many, many publishers all over the world. I eventually found my wonderful publisher here in my neighborhood. Go figure. She attended a meeting of my writer’s group to tell us about e-publishing. I told her about my book and she said she would love to publish it as an e-book. I was delighted. A few months later she decided to publish it as a print book as well. Central Avenue Publishing has published all four of my books and I couldn’t be happier!

Blurb for Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone

Amanda is delighted to show Leah around Alberta during her visit from England. They take in the Calgary Stampede, go on a cattle drive, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, spend time with the dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and explore the crazy Hoodoos.

 

When Amanda finds a stone with a unique mark on it, she doesn’t think it’s important until everyone seems to want it – including a very ornery cowboy. Is this stone worth ruining Leah’s holiday and placing them both in danger?

 

Spend time with Amanda as she explores her own country while attempting to decipher the mysterious writing on the stone and keep it from those determined to take it from her.

 

Author Darlene Foster

Author Darlene Foster

Darlene Foster’s  bio

Darlene Foster is a writer of children’s stories, an employment counsellor, an ESL tutor, a wife, mother and grandmother. She loves travel, reading, shoes, cooking, music, chocolate, walking on the beach and making new friends. Her grandson calls her “super-mega-woman-supreme”. She was brought up on a ranch in southern Alberta , where she dreamt of traveling the world and meeting interesting people. She lives on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada with her husband Paul and their black cat Monkey. Darlene has always had a desire to write and has won awards for her short stories. She has published a series of travel-adventure books for middle readers, Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask, Amanda in Spain – The Girl in The Painting, Amanda in England – The Missing Novel and Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone. Readers from seven to seventy enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another.

 

Great Huh!  Sound good? go out and buy the book: here:  

amazon links. 

Kindle edition  :

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LLNRFO4/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb 

Print book edition:

http://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Alberta-Writing-Darlene-Foster/dp/1771680199/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412426319&sr=1-1

 

See all Darlene’s books:  

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Darlene%20Foster&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank

 

Thanks so much, Darlene! For a wonderful ride introduction of your book, Amanda in Alberta, The Writing on the Stone, We wish you luck with your next book. And I think a little birdie told me it was going to be an Amanda adventure down the Danube River. I can’t wait!! :)

Thanks for reading folks! See you here on Tuesday for another Perfect Picture Book Friday adventure.  

XOXO

 

Here are my picture books: You can purchase them here:

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

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Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Confessions of a Former Bully

HI Friends!

 

Welcome to PPBF for anti bullying week! I have a great book for you. One I am delighted to bring to you. Trudy Ludwig was introduced to me by Patricia Tilton, and her blog “Children’s books Heal ”. She suggested I do this book in her comments one day. And when I started reading this book, I was blown away by it’s brilliance. So why was it so good? Wait and see.

 

downloadConfessions of a former bully book coverTitle: Confessions of A Former Bully

Author/ Illustrator : Trudy Ludwig/ Beth Adams

Publishing info : Tricycle Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, www.randomhouse.com/kids

 

Summary: Ten – year – old Katie’s consequences for bullying classmates includes making up for the hurt she has caused, and so she decides to write a book about bullying, why it is not okay, and how to start being a better friend.

Themes: Bullies, schools, behavior, experiences of every child, relationships

Ages appropriate : All ages

 

Resources : www.bullying.org  This informative website for adults and children includes antibullying commercials, drawings, stories, music, and films. It also allows users to share experiences with others who have witnessed and been involved in bullying.

 

www.cyberbully.org

Created by the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, this website offers Students, parents, and educators valuable information and resources for combating online social cruelty.

 

www.eyesonbullying.org

Created by the Education Development Center, this website is both informative and user-friendly. Check out their wonderful Toolkit, in PDF format, which includes insights, strategies, activities, and resources to address bullying for caregivers, parents, and youth.

 

www.netsmartz.org

This interactive educational resource is provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. It addresses a variety of Internet safety issues for kids ages five to seventeen, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement officers.

 

These are just some of the websites and resources mentioned in the prolific backmatter of this book. There are other organizations, books for adults and books for kids.

 

Why I really loved this book : This book could be for all ages. It appeals to both kids and adults and I found it fascinating. At first the reader is made to think it is about a bully but then it switches to talking about the whole bullying scene, from targets, to bystanders, to how to be a good friend. It leaves no stone unturned. Trudy Ludwig has brought a real keen technique into play, that of writing a book aimed at her peers of ten –  year- old students, about bullying and this is the  technique she uses to explore the whole bullying landscape. Even cyber bullying.

 

I think this book is more important than any other book I’ve read or reviewed for PPBF yet. I asked my husband to read it and bought a copy for my grandson who is eleven and his mother. I want all of you to tweet about this book. It is Anti – bullying week, after all. And you will be doing all moms, students, teachers and librarians a big favor by doing this. And put it on your facebook page. Here’s a big thank you in advance!

 

Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books site  where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!

 

And my books?

Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. See below for the jackets. And where to purchase? Amazon of course!

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

 

 

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Changing Genres, and The Effect on Authors

Changing Genres, and The Effect on Authors

 

Credit Creative Commons _Flicker

Credit Creative Commons _Flicker

HI READERS!

 

Okay! Most of you readers know me as Clarbojahn, Children’s book author, or Clara Bowman-Jahn, author. Some of you may know that in addition to writing picture books I have started a memoir, “Spiraling: My Battle With Bipolar Disorder or the more tame “Spiraling, My Journey With Bipolar Disorder”. What happens to my brand with switching genres?

 

Erin Bowman, no relation  but same last name, but who blogs over here at Publishing Crawl , says “Remember: Labels are a result of bookstore and library shelving. They are a necessary evil of the industry. But readers just want good stories. So go write good stories, genre be damned. “

This particular article was such good advice for me but only in relation to brand. Not in relation to genre. I have to go with the quote above that came at the end of the article and talks about labels.

Now are we all set about what we mean about brand? Brand as in our author name and not the books or rather the product of our brand? Like Nike the brand puts out products like their sneakers and gym clothes that could be restated as saying they are their books.

So when I ask if switching genres can hurt me as an author I mean to ask if it can hurt me writing memoir since my  readers know me as a children’s author. I think it can. People will ask. “Really? Now she wants to write memoir?” After they have invested me as a children’s author.

I feel like I have to start all over again branding myself as also being one who can write memoir.  People have to trust me as someone who can write in two genres. And I do have to learn the craft. Just like I took courses in children’s picture books now I need to take classes in how to write memoir.

Last winter I took a class in Write your Memoir in 6 Months or wymi6m with memoir author and teacher, Linda Joy Meyers and publisher guru and writing coach, Brooke Warner. Along the way during that time I also took classes in well known memoirs of “ Wild,” “Glass Castle” and “Eat Pray, Love”  and now I’ll be taking one in “Angelle’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt.

Plus going to different blogging sites and taking a class in scene writing to learn the craft of fiction writing. so yes, I feel like I have to earn my reader’s trust. Trust that I can do the job of writing in two genre’s.

What about you? Do you think I have to earn my reader’s trust to write in two genres?

And another more central question I ask is since the memoir audience will be different than my picture book audience, should I publish under a different name? Should I publish my memoir under Clara Bowman-Jahn, the name I go by for my picture books or as Clarike Bowman-Jahn, the first name being the one I went by during the ten-year period of my memoir? Similar yet different.

I really will appreciate your input here. So go ahead, Make me smile!

XOXO

A post on writing in two genre’s a while ago is here:

See you at Perfect Picture Book  Friday! On Friday. At you’ll  have to be sure and come back here next Tuesday for a book review and visit from Darlene Foster’s “Amanda In Alberta, the Writing in the Stone.”

And for my two  picture books?  Here you go! You can get them from   http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/categories/Children%27s-Titles/

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

 

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Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Barack

Hi Friends,

 

It was with trepidation that I looked through the list of Perfect Picture Books on Susanna Leonard Hill’s site for this one, thinking of course someone else had already done it.  It was with surprise it hadn’t. So I am delighted to bring this to you.

 

Barack/  Book Cover

Barack/ Book Cover

Title: Barack

Author/ Illustrator : Jonah Winter/ A. G. Ford

Theme: History, nonfiction, president

Publication by Collins, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2008

Resources:

 

Teacher Guides for Barack are here:

And for Barack Obama as United States President here:

Summary: This is a biographical picture book of Barack Obama up to his Senate Career,  One the last page it says something about him being nominated for President. Here is the summary from inside the jacket. “”This is a journey that began in many places. It began in Kansas, home of Barack’s mother. It began in Africa, home of Barack’s father. It began in Hawaii one moonlight night, the night that Barack was born.

 

Sometimes it was a lonely journey. Sometimes it was an enchanted journey. But throughout the most unusual ride, this boy often wondered: Who am I? Where do I belong?”

 

Why I love it: In this stunning picture book, Jonah Winter and AG Ford re-create the extraordinary story behind the journey of our president, Barack Obama. And they do it very well. I Just loved seeing his young life in living color while Jonah Winter described it. I have yet to read Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope, but maybe I’ll find time now. No matter how one feels about our current president  his life is one of courage and hope. I really enjoyed reading this Perfect Picture Book for Friday.

 

Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books site

where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!

 

And my books?

Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. See below for the jackets. You can purchase them and find more information here :

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

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Looking Forward In Life Rather Than Back at Memoir

My husband and I in Washington DC one spring day.

My husband and I in Washington DC one spring day.

Hi Friends,

My memoir classmate, Ann Jewett, has unwittingly spoken something Eleanor Roosevelt said as well. Eleanor Roosevelt didn’t want to linger in the past. She was impatient with it. Eleanor Roosevelt said she just wanted to look forward and that there was so much to do.

Ann Jewett has cancer. And I was shocked to hear this. My prayers go out to her.  Another thing about her shocked me.

She deleted her memoir because she doesn’t want to look back any more. This announcement greatly affected me because I know how hard she worked on it. Also because I am still hard at work with mine. My memoir, “Spiraling, My Battle With Bipolar Disorder, still has three more chapters to go. I still need to look back to finish it.

Here is Ann Jewett’s blog post on where she says Cancer doesn’t define her.  And again it gave me pause. Because even though her disease doesn’t define her, mine does define me. Bipolar Disorder does define me in many ways. I have to struggle daily in keeping a schedule and be religious in taking my medicine. But Ann made me think in other ways as well.

She is influencing me to work harder on my memoir. Yes, I have to look back to finish it but meanwhile I can begin to help people. I am really happiest when I am helping people. I guess that is partly why I chose nursing as my profession. I would have stayed in it longer if not for my back pain and consequent back surgeries. See how I conquered it here.

 

So my goals have changed somewhat. I am going to work harder than ever on finishing my memoir. Yes, and look back while I’m doing this. And also I can start looking forward at the same time.

 

To begin with, I reupped my commitment to my ESOL, English as a Second Language, volunteering I was doing before summer came. And in the department of mental illness I am going to sign up to walk for it in our neighborhood in October. I saw the announcement in our Parks and Rec Center where I take Pilates. Then I am going to pay better attention to the NAMI, National Association for the Mentally  newsletters I get in my inbox.  In them I hope to see some other ways I can help locally. And I will seek out my local members and ask if there is anything I can do.

 

I am not going to do this all at once because I still want to focus on my writing. I still need time to finish that darn memoir. But maybe   I don’t need to spend all my time on it. I can be more structured. I can make a schedule.  So now you know my hopes and goals. Look forward.  Thanks, Ann.

 

Have any of you had that time where you realized looking back was not working for you? And maybe you just had to start looking forward? Maybe you were depressed and needed a new attitude? Let me know in the comments, okay?

 

And here is a link for my writer friends.

Here is a link for us memoir or middle grade authors: What to do to write a Gut Wrenching Scene from K. M. Weiland

 

And for a look at a logo my friend Margot Finke made me? Here it is about my two picture books.  We are still waiting for the print version of Edmund Pickle Chin. It is in e -version on the publisher’s web site though. Susan and I got a proof of Edmund Pickle Chin last Wednesday and corrected the errors for our publisher. Now to get the final one in the mail. We are more than eager to see it in print… It has gone on much too long.

 

http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/edmund-pickle-chin-by-clara-bowman-jahn-and-susan-april-elwood/

Thanks for reading friends!

XOXO

See you Friday!

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

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The Librarian of Basra, The True story From Iraq

Hi Friends!

I am delighted in showing another book for Perfect Picture Book Friday. One that is dear to my heart. For all you interested in midatlantic SCBWI? Here is the link to go to register for the conference on October 25, 2014 with intensives on Oct. 24. The manuscript evals have gone in the mail previously.

And the links for my writer friends:

For those of us trying, yes, trying to use Scrivener, here is one for using it to write picture books.

and another that my mentor and friend Julie Hedlund gave one Monday and I had to almost try it right then is this here:

 

Book cover of THe Librarian of Basra, a True Story of Iraq.

Book cover of THe Librarian of Basra, a True Story of Iraq.

So let’s get on with the show,

 

PPBF/ The Librarian of Basra

title: The Librarian of Basra, The True story From Iraq

Author/Illustrator: Jeanette Winter

Published by Harcourt, Inc, nonfiction, 2005

 

Summary: Alia Muhammad Baker is the librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until Now. Now war has come, and Alicia fears that the library — along with the thirty thousand books within it — will be destroyed forever.

 

In a war-stricken country where civilians – especially women – have little power, this true story about a librarian’s struggle to save her community’s priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries.

 

Resources: This resource is about talking to students about the war in Iraq and why it has been in the news and showing the cover and back. Asking what they think the book is about. A good resource. At the bottom it says

  • If your students want to help Alia rebuild her book collection, they can contribute to a fund administered by the American Library Association. Make checks payable to ALA with “Basra Book Fund” on the memo line, and send them to International Relations Office, ALA, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. (For more information, contact the ALA’s International Relations Department at 1-800-545-2433 x 3201.)

Why I love it: I found this book among the banned books in a shelf with a yellow band around it saying it was banned. When I asked why, the librarian did not know but told me a committee had decided it so. I imagine it was because if was about Iraq, a country we were at war with. And that America might have been the reason the library was burned down.  And then I found this on banned books,

 However the bravery of this librarian to save her loved books is one of courage and showed me how truly lucky we were.  I have a gigantic library in my community that holds over this amount of books easily and the hours it is available is friendly to all kinds of people. There is a teen center where teens can go and get drinks while playing games on the computers. There is kid section with a room just for telling stories. The stacks are short and kid friendly. There is a computer section. All along the walls are rooms one can go in and study with computer hook ups. Not to say about the conference rooms and tables where one can sit or the easy chairs one can go and read in while visiting or waiting. Needless to say, I love my library!! :) and I go at least twice a week.

So when I read this children’s picture book I was in love sight unseen. And I marveled at Alia who has her books in her home for the future.When there is a better place for her books. I Dearly hope the time is now. That now she can look forward to having a building to house her books and her community can meet and read again.

 

Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books site  where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!

 

And my books?

We got a pdf of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story, proof and emailed off the corrections for a print proof copy, We are really eager to get this done!!

 Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. See below for the jackets.
My Picture Books

My Picture Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

See you on Tuesday with another post about my journey in my memoir “Spiraling: My Battle With Bipolar Disorder” :)

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