Sunday, August 27, 2017

Teaching Children Respect for Animals...

Visitors to my Facebook and Google Plus pages often see posts with animals. Sometimes funny, frequently poetic, and often reminders that our furry friends have rights and feelings, too.




A love, value, respect, and responsibility for animals and their rights begins at an early age. Listed below are some releases in children's books, aimed at friendships between little ones and animals. By reinforcing a bond, and teaching children to have a regard for animals and their welfare, children also learn to respect, appreciate, and forge friendships with other children.



Lola Gets a Cat
by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw



Lola wants a cat, but Mommy says taking care of a pet is a lot of work. So Lola does her homework. At the library she finds books about cats and pet care and she and Mommy learn as much as they can. She pretends her stuffed kitty is real and practices taking care of it. When the time comes, Lola is allowed to pick out her new friend at an animal shelter. With patience and care, her kitten settles in at home.

Buy Links:

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Lola-Gets-Cat-Anna-McQuinn/dp/1580897363/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lola-gets-a-cat-anna-mcquinn/1123809815

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lola-Gets-Cat/Anna-McQuinn/9781580897365


Friends
by Aiko Ikegami



A girl from a faraway place begins her first day at school. She doesn’t speak the language and she looks different. She just doesn't fit in. But one day, she makes an unexpected friend—a squirrel! Then a rabbit joins them. Soon the girl’s fuzzy woodland friends are followed by human ones and school becomes more fun! When a surprising new student joins the class, the girl and her new friends know just how to make him feel at home.

Buy Links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Friends-Aiko-Ikegami/dp/0807525502/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/friends-aiko-ikegami/1122642862

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Friends/Aiko-Ikegami/9780807525500


Lucy loves Sherman
by Catherine Bailey and Meg Walters



Lucy loves Sherman from the moment they meet at Flotsam’s Fish Market. Oh sure, he’s an eighteen-pound, eighty-year-old crustacean, but he’s also polka dotted. And blurble-y. And he smells like the ocean! Unfortunately, Nana is not hooked on the idea of a pet lobster.

Things only get worse when Lucy meets Chef Pierre and discovers that Sherman’s fate is on a plate! She must rescue Sherman, even if it means getting into hot water with all the grownups. So Lucy takes action. But will the efforts of one little girl be enough to save Sherman from the bib and butter?

As humorous as it is inspiring, Lucy Loves Sherman explores an unlikely, yet utterly charming friendship, and the challenge and thrill of finding your voice and being an activist.

Buy Links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Loves-Sherman-Catherine-Bailey/dp/1634507053/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lucy-loves-sherman-catherine-bailey/1123362564

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lucy-Loves-Sherman/Catherine-Bailey/9781634507059


Strictly No Elephants
by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo




Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend.

When the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals in this sweet and adorable picture book.

Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet.


Buy Links:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Strictly-No-Elephants-Lisa-Mantchev/dp/1481416472/

B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/strictly-no-elephants-lisa-mantchev/1121191063

BAM:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Strictly-No-Elephants/Lisa-Mantchev/9781481416474


Have a good week, Everyone!


(wolf photo c/o facebook.com/WolfSanctuaryPA)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Head to the "Jersey Shore..."

Since my birthday is in August, while I was growing up my dad would always take my birthday week as our family vacation. Living in Philadelphia, the most natural place for vacation was one of the many New Jersey beach resorts.




I included the New Jersey "shore" (as we call it in Philly) in my short story "Burgers and Hot Chocolate" for the Winter Wonders anthology, and in my novel, Magic Moment. Although the name of the town I penned, "Magic Lake Island," was fictional, inspiration came from childhood retreats in Wildwood and Cape May. 

Here are several of my favorite "shore" spots.




Wildwood



Best Boardwalk! You can sit with a treat and "people watch" for hours...



Cape May


The southern tip of New Jersey beach resorts.


Ocean City



Best Day Trip Destination...a simple hop, skip, and a jump from Philly.


FMI, check out the following websites:

www.wildwoodnj.org

www.capemay.com

www.ocnj.us


Have a great week, Everyone!


(photos c/o facebook.com/snoopy,
 facebook.com/dowildwood,
 facebook.com/CapeMayCity,
 facebook.com/OceanCityNJVacation)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Birthday, Snoopy...and, me, too!


Growing up, I always felt a "kinship" towards Snoopy. At first, I just thought it was because I l-o-v-e dogs.



Last year, while making my daily visit to Snoopy's Facebook page, I discovered that Snoopy's birthday, is August 10th. We're both Leos! 😊

So, Happy Birthday, Snoopy! Enjoy your special day! Me? I'm taking two weeks off from blogging to enjoy our birthdays!!!

Enjoy August, Everyone!


(photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)