Family Story Time This Saturday

dandy signing

Hey everyone! I’m taking my dandelion show on the road this Saturday, October 18th, to the Barnes & Noble in Stamford, CT. The fun starts at 11am. I’ll be reading my book, THE DANDELION’S TALE, along with my little bird and flower helpers (aka, my daughters). We’ll have giveaways and snacks for the kiddies. This B&N is part of the Stamford Mall, so the parents can shop and dine after the reading. Hope to see you there!

Schwartz & Wade – It’s All Here

I just saw that  my publisher, Schwartz & Wade, have a site where you can see the covers and selected pages of each of their books. Now, I thought that was cool enough. If someone is looking for a book for their child, this is the perfect place to go shopping without leaving the comfort of their chair, couch or bed.

Even better, I noticed that the banner for the page is from my book, The Dandelion’s Tale. Well, that just made my day!

Stop by the page and see all of the absolutely wonderful books and worlds that Schwartz & Wade has to offer.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/schwartzwadebooks/with/10697365146/

Fish Theme

Hunter Shea:

This is something great to do with the kids on a summer day!

Originally posted on The Girly Reports:

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Fruit and pumpkin purée fishy

With bejeweled craft fish made out of construction paper

Displayed on an under the sea tablecloth I found at the dollar store – that place is amazing –
I recommend walking the aisles and letting the inspiration take over…
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Graham cracker sea treat
The water is cream cheese!

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The making of the fish Reece’s Pieces cupcakes

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Cupcake Fish

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Just posin- they were very proud of their fish!

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Under the sea cake! Gia liked putting the Swedish fish on the cake!

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Taking Cues from Mother Nature

Originally posted on What to Read to Your Kids:

"The Dandelion's Tale" by Kevin Sheehan & Rob DunlaveyJP has decorated his summer journal and is ready to record our adventures (here’s hoping his motivation extends past the first week). Many of these adventures will take us into nature, where there are always metaphors to be discovered about life. Take, for example, our vegetable garden: each morning we wake to budding strawberries, and each evening we return to discover that they have been devoured by the squirrels and cardinals (how dare the latter betray me after I sung their praises right here?!). There’s a lesson somewhere in there about patience and not expecting to get things right the first time. And so we return to bed with renewed hope.

The Dandelion’s Tale (Ages 4-8), a new picture book by Kevin Sheehan and Rob Dunlavey, offers us another metaphor, this one about the fleeting, cyclical nature of life. This gem of a book takes what can be a…

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Little Known Facts About Your Favorite Children’s Books

 

I saw this on the Mental Floss channel on YouTube and just had to share. Some amazing stuff in here. Which fact blew you away the most?

Book Signing Artwork

This past weekend I had a book signing at my local Barnes & Noble (thank you Kelly for all you do for me!). I decided to do a little something different. Come on, I’ll show you.

I pulled up to the store with my family. As always, I was thrilled to see posters about my books in the window. Talk about dreams come true. You spend so much time reading and writing and wishing, seeing your name in a book store window and on the cover of a book never grows old.

Dandelion BN Sign

To gear up for story time, I did a little practice run. This time last year, I didn’t need glasses to read. Those days are over! Funny how the angle of the picture makes the book look HUGE.

Kevin Reading

I asked everyone who came by my table to help build a dandelion. Kids had fun sticking the dandelion’s seedpods everywhere they could. I have to admit, they did a pretty good job.

Dandelion all made

After story time, we all sat down and started drawing and coloring. I have some pretty nice artwork to share. Thank you to the kids who took the time to show us what incredible artists they are!

Great job little Dhruu!

Great job little Dhruu!

I might have to ask Kriya to do the artwork for my next book!

I might have to ask Kriya to do the artwork for my next book!

 

Veronica got it just right!

Veronica got it just right!

 

Star gave us not 1, but 2 dandelions.

Star gave us not 1, but 2 dandelions.

 

Samantha used pen instead of crayons. Very nice.

Samantha use pen instead of crayons. Very nice.

 

New York Times Review for The Dandelion’s Tale

Every writer dreams not only of getting their book published, but someday having that book reviewed in the NY Times (right next to being spotlighted by Oprah!). I almost fell off my chair when my publisher forwarded me the review for The Dandelion’s Tale in a recent issue of the Times.

It was short and sweet, but most important of all, a great review! Here’s what they said :

The pale blue skies and grassy meadows of “The Dandelion’s Tale” beautifully convey springtime’s promise of renewal. One little dandelion, however, has lost all but 10 of her fuzzy white seed pods, and fears she will soon be forgotten. A kind sparrow listens to her happy memories and makes sure they are passed along to the next generation. Obvious analogies to the human life cycle make this lovely-to-look-at, old fashioned tale a little sad and a little sweet, like the best goodbyes.”

Don’t think my feet have touched the floor since I read this. Thank you to everyone who has read the book and passed along your kind words!

Here’s a link to the Sunday Book Review.


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