Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I received a wonderful review for the book I wrote and illustrated: The Star Giver.
I hope it will be an invitation for many readers to download, or purchase or ask their bookstore for a copy.

Editorial Reviews

Review

Midwest Book Review

"The Star Giver" tells a story from Native American lore of the far north answering Little Bear's question: "Where did the stars come from?" A beautifully illustrated bedtime story, "The Star Giver" depicts a mysterious being from a deep dark cave who carries the lights of all the stars hidden under an enormous cloak. Each evening the Star Giver travels the dark forest pathways to the sea, where he opens his miraculous cloak and tosses the sparkling stars into the sea. The sea tosses the stars on waves to the sky where they twinkle on all creatures below who spend the night in peaceful sleep. The Star Giver waits quietly by the sea until morning, then he opens his cloak and calls the stars home to him. Before dawn's light strike the sandy seashore, he travels home to his dark cave with all the stars under his cloak until the next evening. Nothing can keep the Star Giver from his nightly pilgrimage. After a succession of stunning, darkly swirling, sparkling pictures, the closing page shows Mother Bear with sleeping Little Bear, saying, "Now go to sleep, Little Bear, under this blanket of stars, and wait with the Star Giver for a new day to begin."

Children's Bookwatch: July 2014 

Friday, June 20, 2014



This morning I packed up Five copies of Half Past Winter and sent them first class to the five lucky winners of the drawing for this book.  I hope those five families enjoy the story as much as I did creating it.  These little cubs remind me a lot of children I know and have known.  Children are always curious about so many things.  They love to find new ways to explore and have many questions that need to be answered.  Clarence and Alexander decided to find out on their own what SNOW was like.
When they found it they also encountered a few problems.
Getting lost in a super snow storm was one of their problems.  Finding the best route home, they decided to climb into the branches of a strong tree.
They crept WAY out to the end of the high branches for a better view.
But it really looks like that was not such a good idea after all.

Half Past Winter  ...  is available on Amazon.com in all three versions, Hardcover, Paperback and Kindle.


Friday, May 9, 2014

It was such a pleasure to read this review of the STAR GIVER.


"5.0 out of 5 stars
 Exquisite paintings and flowing wordsApril 18, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: The Star Giver: A legend from the far, far north (Kindle Edition)
I read a lot of picture books, and this one bowled me over!
The illustrations are amazingly beautiful. The text is lyrical, and children will enjoy the story - especially at bedtime!
I purchased this book as a Kindle ebook, for two reasons. Firstly, to see what a good picture book looks like on Kindle (from following Ginger's blog and looking at the sample, I could tell it would be good!) Secondly, because I can see it immediately and not pay for postage to Australia.The Kindle edition works well on the Kindle app on my laptop and Android phone - though the text doesn't resize, you can zoom the pictures a little larger. On my Kindle Touch, which is only black and white, some of the images work well but some don't have enough contrast to be easily read in greyscale.
I'm very happy to have this lovely ebook."
Recently a friend suggested I make more use of Pinterest.  So I have updated two boards with images and books I have either written and illustrated or illustrated for other authors.
This is the page of illustrations I wanted to share.



and This is the page that contains a list of my books.

I am new to GOODREADS as well and there I will be taking part in a giveaway of the book
HALF PAST WINTER .  The giveaway window is from May 8 until June 19. Once that window closes, Goodreads will choose 5 lucky winners and I will mail each a signed copy of the book.



Friday, April 4, 2014

Making Flying Tissue Paper Fish


I start with a large size tissue paper. You need two sheets to start.
On one sheet draw the outline of a fish. It doesn't need to be perfect, just kind of "fishy" looking.



 Next I cut out the two pieces and glue just the top edges together. You can use a small amount of Elmer's or a tombow glue applicator ( available from scrapbook Pals at a discount )


Then I start on the top layer at the back end and glue on tissue paper rounds that I cut from the multicolored tissue leftovers I have. Or you can order a whole pack of tissue in various colors from any art supply place or buy several colors at a gift and card aisle.  By working from the back to the front you can layer the tissues as if they were scales.


When you finish one side and place an eye where you want it, you turn the whole thing over and do the other side.  The fish is still open at the front, back and bottom.  Once you finish both sides, stuff the fish with left over scraps of tissue or thin newsprint or even news paper. Then gule the Bottom ONLY...leave the mouth and tail ends open for now.




I like to cut long strips of tissue to make a fancy tail. Since the tail end it open still it is easy to insert the strips inside the tail end.

To finish off the fish I poke a hole in the mouth end and put a string in there about 3 feet long. Then I tie the string to a balloon stick or any stick and if you lift the fish up by this you can "fly" it around.


Another option is to hang some of the fish on a porch or balcony in good weather and let the wind blow them around.  Our little ones like to "fly" them as they run through the yard on a sunny day.



You can make ANY size,  big, little, medium  or even teensy and have a lot of fun making them.
Actually the most fun IS in the making and enjoying the fun you can have together.

I have made these with a room full of adults and children and the results are always amazing on so many levels.  It is fun to see parents, grandparents, caregivers and children enjoying the process.

HINTS and Words to the Wise:

Don't over use the glue if you are using Elmers
If you are using the tombow applicators .. go lightly so you don't rip the tissue. Little ones may need help with either. 


You should be able to click on this page of fishy eyes and then drag it to your desktop for printing, or maybe you would rather make your own funny eyes.
Whatever you decide, I hope you have a lot of fun!



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Here is a link to the trailers for my two new books. These are a first for me as I wrote, illustrated and published both. There are more to come, but for now enjoy these two labors of love....Half Past Winter ~ Two curious cubs off to find their first snow




The Star Giver, A legend from the far, far north.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The newest adventure in my own books as author and illustrator is now available on Amazon.com
The Star Giver is the legend of the very far, far, far north that answers Little Bear's question: "Where did the stars come from?"  When Mother Bear settles her little one down for the night's rest, she tells him of the legend that has been handed down from bear to bear since bears first walked the earth.

"Deep in the forest 
Where the wind never blows
In a far away cave
Where the sun never shines
Lives a man made of stars
And the branches of pines."

The Star Giver will soon be available as a hardcopy book as well.  
There is also a Kindle Version of the book, but having the book in your hands is worth the few extra dollars.

There has always been something about the magic of a quiet starlit sky that creates a peaceful world for the creatures below.

You can find more on my facebook page and website.