Now you know I have to start with news, so get your mocha and settle in. I’ve waited for a long time before showing you this and it’s good!
How do you like my new book trailer? WOOT!!
Thanks Lightning Books Promotion! I love it!
And if you didn’t see it on Tuesday, I’m on Amazon now, too. Hurray!!
And now for an about face.
What Rosi Hollinbeck, one amazing author does, and I would like to do on a regular basis, is show links that have been helpful to me the previous week. All it takes is some thoughtfulness. http://rosihollinbeckthewritestuff.blogspot.com/
Here’s a start on my giving sites that have helped me this week. This one is about your Amazon author page.
Here’s another on how to make your blog post’s title stand out. Don’t be taken in by this title though.
Let’s see if I can meet this goal in the New Year.
Now I hope you have your Mocha, and that’s it hot because here, finally, is the show stopper! 🙂
Perfect Picture Book Friday / Prairie Christmas
Title: Prairie Christmas
Author and Illustrator: Elizabeth Van Steenwyk/ Ronald Himler
What the Jacket says: Eleven-year-old Emma is disappointed when she learns her mother has to deliver a baby on Christmas Day. But when she arrives with Mama at the house, Emma realizes she isn’t the only on whose Christmas has been interrupted. Young Hansie and Will are sad about missing the holiday and anxious about their new sibling’s arrival. Overcoming her own feelings of frustration, Emma works to create a special Christmas that the two young children won’t forget.
With warm pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, this Christmas story offers a glimpse of life on the prairie in the 1880’s.And, like Emma, young readers will be reminded that easing someone else’s pain can often help ease their own.
Published in 2006 by Eerdmons Books for Young Readers, fiction
Themes: Christmas , Mothers and daughters, doctors, prairies, relationships, co-operation, working together, Self control, Self esteem, Self worth, reassurance, comfort, problem solving, kindness, compassion, generosity, Historical Fiction, helping others , kindness, growing up,
Suitable for: Grades one through four
Resources: Look here for homemade gifts you can make with your child. http://www.raisingarrows.net/2012/11/a-little-house-on-the-prairie-christmas/
You may have to hunt a little but http://teach.simonandschuster.net/4-6 has many kinds of teacher guides for all their books. Most resources I found were for Laura Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie and I wasn’t sure if it was kosher to put them here but here is one: http://littlehouseteachersguides.blogspot.com/2008/10/little-house-on-prairie-chapter-guides.html
First sentences: A knock on the door wakes me in the night. I listen as Mama opens it.
“I’m John Cooper, a neighbor of the Van Der Meers,” a man says. “They say to hurry because their baby is coming.”
“It’s too soon.” I hear the worry in Mama’s voice as she closes the door.
Why I Love it: Because it’s about a woman doctor in the 1880’s and shows how a ten year old girl helps the siblings by taking their mind off their worries and the birthing mother. She celebrates the spirit of Christmas by helping the siblings decorate their tree with strands of horse hair and ribbons. At first she is upset because she realizes her Christmas plans have been derailed. Then she sees the younger siblings and realizes they aren’t having much of a Christmas either. She makes Christmas pudding because they didn’t get dinner and soon is offering comfort and sharing her lap with them. Emma sings songs to lighten the sounds of birthing and the cries of the baby bring a lump in my throat as I realize the baby is here and is OK. This the perfect story for new families and mothers and daughters everywhere. Especially at Christmas.
As Robyn (http://robyn-campbell.blogspot.com/2012/03/perfect-picture-book-friday_16.html) says “Go check out more favorite picture books over at Susanna Leonard Hill’s house. You’ll be glad ya did.
Have a safe and lovely weekend, y’all. Xoxo”