Home by Carson Ellis: It’s Anywhere You Want it to Be

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Home

•   Targeted Audience: Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 4-8)
•    Genre: Fiction, Picture Book
•    Author/Illustrator: Carson Ellis
•    Publisher: Candlewick Press
•    Publication Date:February 24, 2015
•    Binding: Hardcover
•    Dimensions: 10″ x .12″
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length:40 Pages
•    Retail: $16.99
•    ISBN: 978-0763665296

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HOME. Text and Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Carson Ellis, Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

How This Book Came to Be

Carson Ellis had been illustrating other authors’ books for nearly ten years when she decided it was about time she wrote and illustrated her own book. She liked the thought of letting the illustrations tell the story rather than telling the story first and then illustrating it. The idea came to her to write Home because she loves looking at architectural styles and drawing different types of buildings. What better buildings to draw than houses? And what more variety of buildings can there be than houses?

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HOME. Text and Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Carson Ellis, Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

Home Sweet Home

indexHome can be a house in the country, an apartment or even a palace. It can be a clean or messy home, short or tall home, Home can be living on the road or even underwater, in a shoe or a house on the moon. Home can be wherever you want it to be – real or imagined.

HOME. Text and Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Carson Ellis, Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

A Visual Wonderland of a Book

Starting with its roomy trim size, (10″ x 12″) Home makes a bold statement. The cover is so inviting that Candlewick Press chose to feature it on their Spring 2015 Catalog. Carson uses goucahe and ink on watercolor paper for her illustrations and even hand letters the simple text. The book is printed on sturdy matte paper, and with each sizable two-page spread comes an awe-inspiring reading and visual experience. Her creativity in depicting houses from real to absurd inspires readers’ imaginations to soar to new heights.

 

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HOME. Text and Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Carson Ellis, Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

Why You Should Buy This Book

Home teaches children that people live in many different ways and many different places. Young children love looking for little details in illustrations, and they’re sure to find them here. You’ll be smitten with the way Carson Ellis uses people and animals in her pictures. Her sheer creativity in the different structures she comes up with and the humans and animals who occupy them is extraordinary. Home is beautiful and whimsical and just a perfect, original picture book that entertains, educates and delights.

Buy Home Here

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About the Author

artistCarson Ellis previously illustrated The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket and Dillweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide. She also collaborated with her husband, Colin Meloy, on the best-selling Wildwood series. Carson Ellis lives with her family outside Portland, Oregon.

Further Learning

  1. Read the Author’s Note.
  2. Learn more about different cultures on Time for Kids.
  3. Get some ideas about teaching architecture to kids from KinderArt.

Edward Hopper Paints His World and He Will Paint Yours Too

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 Edward Hopper Paints His World

•        Targeted Audience: Lower and Upper Elementary School (Ages 5-10)
•        Genre: Nonfiction
•        Author: Robert Burleigh
•        Illustrator: Wendell Minor
•        Publisher: Henry Holt
•        Publication Date: August 19, 2014
•        Binding: Hard Cover
•        Dimensions: 10″ x 10″
•        Printing: Full Color
•        Length: 40 Pages
•        Retail: $16.99
•        ISBN: 978-0805087529

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“America was changing, and Edward was eager to make art in a fresh, new American way. There was one big problem. No one wanted to buy his paintings. Still, he didn’t give up.”

Note: All images on this post are © copyrighted material and are not to be used without permission from the publisher, Henry Holt.

EH spread 28-29I’ve always admired the work of Edward Hopper, and then while visiting Boston in 2007, I happened upon an extraordinary Hopper Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. I was so enamored with his work, and how he used shadow and light, that I couldn’t tear myself away from the exhibit until I was literally asked to leave at closing time. I left that day with a beautiful box of Hopper note cards, which I use sparingly, and only people I truly respect and admire have ever received a note from me on one of those treasured cards.

The Story of One of America’s Greatest Artists for the Youngest Readers

Lately I find myself saying, more and more, how wonderful it is that there are new EH spread 4-5biographies popping up in picture book form. Traditionally, biographies have been available only for older children and adults, but that’s all changing. Edward Hopper Paints His World is a gloriously sophisticated picture book that takes illustration to a level of soaring heights. Veteran author Robert Burleigh knows how to write for a very young audience, and does so in such a way that children can  understand what he’s saying and at the same time be challenged intellectually. (Very young children will want to read and discuss the book and vocabulary words with their parents.) Pairing the clever text with the paintings by Wendell Minor results in the most beautiful picture book I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen many.

A Man of Courage, Resilience and Determination

EH studio artEdward Hopper wrote, “Edward Hopper Would Be Artist” on his colored pencil box when he was a small boy. He was a quiet and gentle child who enjoyed spending time outdoors painting the natural beauty around him. As an adult, he set out for New York City to study art. He worked tirelessly at his craft to become the painter he longed to be. He even traveled to Paris to visit art museums and broaden his artistic horizons. Back in New York he worked  as an illustrator for magazines to pay his bills, but he just wanted to paint. The problem is that no one wanted to buy his paintings. Edward Hopper Paints His World is the story of how this quiet determined artist persevered and dedicated his life to painting what he saw and what was not commonly painted by other artists.

Illustrations Worthy of Hopper’s Original Art

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If you’ve had the chance to read my interview with Wendell Minor, then you know the caliber of his artistic abilities and his admirable integrity. Wendell has taken the artistic genius of Edward Hopper and put his own mark on it through the many paintings he completed to illustrate this book. His use of color is astounding. Wendell explains in the back of the book how Edward Hopper influenced him as a EH Sunday Morningpainter from the start of his own career in his use of light, color and composition. In addition to many magnificent full-color paintings in the book, there are  also gray scale sketches, giving the reader a varied view of the world of Hopper as a celebrated artist. Also in the back of the book are images of four of Hopper’s original paintings, so children can compare and contrast them to Wendell’s illustrations. There simply aren’t enough adjectives to describe the magnificence of Wendell’s work here.

What This Book TeachesIllustrator Hopper

Edward Hopper Paints His World teaches children about the long road Edward Hopper took to success, and how he achieved that on his own terms, painting exactly what he saw in the exact way he wanted to paint his subjects. Children will learn that passion, patience, determination and persistence are commendable and necessary qualities for achieving great things and that people who are talented often don’t always get noticed right away. They will discover the importance of Hopper’s extraordinary work and perhaps embrace their own uniqueness. Robert Burleigh explains more about Edward Hopper’s life in the back of the book and also includes some notable Hopper quotes. I love books like this that engage readers so much that they can’t wait to do more research on their own.

Why You Should Buy This Book

EH at Good Harbor Beach art Edward Hopper Paints His World is an incredibly inspiring true life story. All children can appreciate beauty, and Hopper’s work and the way this author and illustrator depict it, is quite simply beautiful. You never know what will ignite a child’s interest, and if you ask any artist – including Wendell Minor – he or she will tell you the passion was there at a very young age.  Edward Hopper is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding biographies for young readers. It is to be read, studied, admired and kept safe in your home or school library. I will not be parting with my copy and I am certain, once you and your child read this book, you too will want to treasure it for a lifetime.

Buy Edward Hopper Paints His World here.

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About the Author

bobBurleighRobert Burleigh earned his undergraduate degree from DePauw University and his Master’s in Humanities from the University of Chicago. He has written more than 40 picture books on many different subjects, including several illustrated by Wendell Minor – Abraham Lincoln Comes Home, If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond and most recently, Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue. In addition to writing, Robert paints under the name of Burleigh Kronquist. He splits his time between Grand Haven, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois.

About the Illustrator

Wendell Minor is the illustrator of over fifty children’s books including The Last Train, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADaylight Starlight Wildlife, Sequoia, How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow and most recently, Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue. He works in oil, acrylic, gouache and watercolors in his beautiful studio in rural Connecticut. His interest in nature and the environment has taken him and his wife, Florence from the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in between. Wendell’s outstanding artwork has been exhibited in universities and museums and has been acquired by private collectors. An exhibition of 25 years of his children’s book art, entitled, “Wendell Minor’s America,” was on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum from November 2013 through May, 2014.

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Read my in-depth interview with Wendell Minor
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Further Learning

  1. Download the Teacher’s Guide for this title.
  2. Visit the Edward Hopper House.
  3. Find an art museum housing Hopper paintings or possibly a traveling exhibit.

Explore 360° Pompeii With Extraordinary Book and CD

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© Image of The House of the Faun’s four-page spread courtesy of Barron’s Educational Series

Buried and Almost Forgotten

Pompeii and other nearby cities were buried under the rubble of Vesuvius for centuries, as olive groves and vineyards covered the cities below. In 1709 a well-digger discovered marble from a theater in Pompeii’s neighboring town of Herculaneum. Uncovering that treasure resulted in a series of more discoveries until Pompeii was excavated in 1748. The book covers both the before and after destruction eras.

“It was usual to have three couches in a dining room…Places on the couches were arranged by status. The most important guest was positioned on the left side of the central couch. The host reclined on the right side of the left-had couch. The couch on the right was for the lowest ranking guests. Diners leaned on their left elbows, eating with their right hands.”

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A Fascinating Lesson in History, Culture and Architecture

Explore 360° Pompeii is a gem of a book, with pages of historical facts, illustrations and amazing photographs. Each spread includes a short introduction plus text boxes that make reading fun, perfect for the age group. Some of the pages open up to glorious four page spreads that are 38 inches wide! We learn about: how Vesuvius erupted; how the city was covered with ash and forgotten for centuries; how the city is laid out; the architecture of a wealthy Roman’s house; how the wealthy entertained and dined; details about treasures found in these homes; Roman gardens; the Forum or main square in Pompeii; bars where the poor ate and where gambling took place; how cloth was manufactured in fulleries; how bakeries were set up; public baths; toilets and water supply; theaters and gladiators. Some of the facts will absolutely astound you, and the way the Romans lived 19 centuries ago was impressive.

“The first stage in cleaning cloth was to soak it in urine. This was collected in pots, left in the street for passersby to pee into. The cloth was then washed and stamped on in bronze basins containing water and fullers earth, a clay that absorbed grease.”

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© Image of the exterior of the Palaestra Baths courtesy of Barron’s Educational Series

3D CD Tour Makes You Feel Like You’re Right There

DSC_0003After reading the book, pop the interactive CD into your computer for a fun and educational learning experience. What child wouldn’t love that? 3D model animations take you on a meticulously detailed tour of the ancient city Pompeii, making you feel as though you are right there. Use your mouse and arrows to view all around a room, up at the ceiling and down at the floor.  The sites featured here include the Forum, House of Faun, Baths, Amphitheater, Bar and Bakery.

“The grain was ground in tall mills made of volcanic stone. The upper stone would be turned by a pair of donkeys or mules, chained on each side. They wore blinkers over their eyes to prevent them from being distracted.”

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Why You Should Buy This Outstanding Book

As a former writer for luxury cruise lines, I did my fair share of reading about Pompeii. But it wasn’t until after reading Explore 360° Pompeii that I realized I didn’t have a true grasp on what it really looked like. The quality of the book alone, including its printing, photographs and drawings should be enough to make anyone want to buy it. The text is well written, fascinating and enlightening. Then add to that the phenomenal CD offering a mesmerizing 3D interactive experience that will capture any child’s attention, and you’ve got a wonderfully unique learning experience.  How the publisher can offer all this for a mere $18.99 retail price is beyond me. It’s so important that our children learn about geography and culture, and Explore 360° Pompeii is the perfect way to do that This is not your every day nonfiction book. Rather it is a book to be treasured and a testament to the quality and care that goes into Barron’s Educational titles to educate our children.

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Buy Explore 360° Pompeii here

About the Author

Peter Chrisp is a renowned author of history books for children. He has written over 80 books, many on the topics of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. He lives by the sea in Brighton, U.K.

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Giveaway #14 of the 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways: Crafting for Mom

Holiday Giveaway Winners Have Been Selected! Congratulations to:

Giveaway 2 Adopt Me-Piper Smith from WI
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Giveaway 7 Pirates-Kristina Carter from NC
Giveaway 8 Creative Christmas-Nicole Lancasteer from AZ
Giveaway 9 Cultural Xmas-Adrianne Braun from MI
Giveaway 10 Fairy Tales-Silvia Rodriguez from IL
Giveaway 11 Christmas Spirit-Robin Marshall from MD
Giveaway 12 Peace on Earth-Laura Zeigler from IN
Giveaway 13 True Meaning-Nikki Watkins from FL
Giveaway 14 Handicrafted Christmas-Christy Hawkes from UT

It’s the final day and the final giveaway of the 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways and this one is all for you, Mom!

This giveaway includes a beautiful Christmas crafting book plus a pair of Christmas tree earrings I handmade from corrugated paper and glass beads. There are only three days left to enter this and all the other 12 giveaways still open for entries.

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Giveaway #1 – Happy Hanukkah! (Winner Already Chosen)

Giveaway #2 – Adopt Me! Books

Giveaway #3   – Loveable Characters

Giveaway #4  – Comic Strips

Giveaway #5 –  Stories for Christmas Eve

Giveaways #6 – Essential Classics

Giveaway #7 – Pirate’s Christmas

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 Handcrafted Christmas: Ornaments, Decorations and Cookie Recipes to Make at Home

•    Targeted Audience: Adults
•    Genre: Adult Craft Book
•    Author: Susan Waggoner
•    Photographer: Dane Holweger
•    Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang (Imprint of Abrams Books)
•    Publication Date: October 14, 2014
•    Binding: Hard Cover
•    Dimensions: 7 x 9
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 144 Pages
•    Retail: $19.95
•    ISBN: 978-1617690563

A Creative Christmas Awaits

DSC_0019I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new crafting ideas – especially when it comes to making Christmas crafts. Handcrafted Christmas appeals to the creative ones who adore nostalgic looking crafts, with 40 original projects created for the home crafter. There are a few delicious cookie recipes too you can make before you get started crafting so you having something to devour while you create an original Christmas gift or something for yourself or your home.

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Unique and Beautiful Ideas

Author Susan Waggoner has written numerous non-fiction titles for DSC_0023making Christmas brighter, and after reading this title, I’d love to check out the others. In this book, find 40 unique vintage-style projects, with detailed, clear instructions, detailed supply lists and beautiful photographs. Create a sparkly Christmas cottage, a pine cone wreath, tabletop tree, holiday charm bracelet, needle-felted snowman and many more projects. In addition to the directions, the author shares interesting facts about Christmases of the past. It makes for great reading.

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What You’ll Love About This Book

DSC_0021The 40 projects included within the 144 pages of Handcrafted Christmas are not the quintessential crafts you so often see in Christmas books; these are original, out-of-the-ordinary and because there are so many different types of projects, this book appeals to a wide range of crafters. The high quality book itself is so lovely and made to last, so you can take it out every year and try something new. The recipes look delicious and are present beautifully in the photographs too.  Handcrafted Christmas is truly a keepsake for the dedicated Christmas crafter.

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About the Author

Susan Waggoner has written numerous fiction and non­fiction books. She is the author of STC’s It’s a Wonderful Christmas, Under the Tree, Christmas Memories, and Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas. She lives in New York City.

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Giveaway #8 of the 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways: Creative Christmas

Holiday Giveaway Winners Have Been Selected! Congratulations to:

Giveaway 2 Adopt Me-Piper Smith from WI
Giveaway 3 Lovable Characters-Janet Coffield from NC
Giveaway 4 Comic Strips-Debra Hays from LA
Giveaway 5 stories for Christ Eve-Amy Burbol from TX
Giveaway 6 Essentia Classics-Cassandra McCavy from MA
Giveaway 7 Pirates-Kristina Carter from NC
Giveaway 8 Creative Christmas-Nicole Lancasteer from AZ
Giveaway 9 Cultural Xmas-Adrianne Braun from MI
Giveaway 10 Fairy Tales-Silvia Rodriguez from IL
Giveaway 11 Christmas Spirit-Robin Marshall from MD
Giveaway 12 Peace on Earth-Laura Zeigler from IN
Giveaway 13 True Meaning-Nikki Watkins from FL
Giveaway 14 Handicrafted Christmas-Christy Hawkes from UT

The books and games in this wonderful pile from Thames & Hudson are so incredibly creative and original, I am tempted to keep them myself! This publisher releases only the highest quality titles, and there’s no other publisher with a brand anything like Thames & Hudson. There will be one very fortunate winner for this four-book giveaway, and the child who receives these treasures will be joyous indeed!

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Giveaway #1 – Happy Hanukkah!

Giveaway #2 – Adopt Me! Books

Giveaway #3   -Loveable Characters

Giveaway #4  – Comic Strips

Giveaway #5 –  Stories for Christmas Eve

Giveaways #6 – Essential Classics

Giveaway #7 – Pirate’s Christmas

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My Big Art Show

•    Targeted Audience:  Lower & Upper Elementary (Ages 7-10)
•    Genre: Children’s Game and Art Book
•    Author: Susie Hodge
•    Publisher: Thames & Hudson
•    Publication Date: September 30, 2014
•    Binding: Box with Paperback
•    Dimensions: 9 x 6
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 60 Pages
•    Retail: $16.99
•    ISBN: 978-050065039

Never to Young to Be an Art Curator!

My Big Art Show is actually a game that comes in a beautiful, sturdy 9 x 6 inch box with a  book of rules, info about artists and their works and answers to questions, and a big set of cards containing images of beautiful famous paintings. Here’s how the Publisher describes how the game works:

Each card represents a work of art as well as key information, such as artist and date. The cards also use symbols and colors to indicate which movement and theme the work represents. There are twelve movements: Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Pop Art, and six themes: People, Places, Objects, Animals, Story, and Religion. The aim of the main card game is to be the first to “put on a show,” or collect three and four of a kind. The game encourages children to become familiar with great art works and movements from the last five centuries, and helps them recognize the styles and themes that paintings share. The cards show reproductions of over fifty major works of art—by Michelangelo, Velázquez, Degas, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Picasso, Dalí, Warhol, and others.

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Why You’ll Love My Big Art Show

Part of being a smart, well-rounded child includes a cultural education. Learning about famous artists and their works of art makes children more worldly and teaches them to appreciate the beauty in paintings. It also gives them a lesson in history and geography, builds memory skills and teaches them to follow directions. The box and everything in it is made from the highest quality materials. Your children will be proud to show you all they know about art history after they play the My Big Art Show game. What a brilliant idea to teach kids about art!

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Funny Face! Find the Surprises! Draw, Color and Fold!

•    Targeted Audience:  Lower Elementary (Ages 5-8)
•    Genre: Children’s Activity Art Book
•    Author: Jacky Bahbout
•    Illustrator: Hannah Warren
•    Publisher: Thames & Hudson
•    Publication Date: November 11, 2014
•    Binding: Paperback
•    Dimensions: 9.5 x  8.5
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 64 Pages
•    Retail: $18.95
•    ISBN: 978-0500650363

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Funny Face! is not your every day kind of activity book. There are many cut-outs in the pages, and the book is meant to be turned upside down and sideways, and the pages are meant to be folded backwards and forwards in places. There are arrows indicating just where to do this. Not all the pages are full size either, and there’s a reason for every time you see a partial or divided page. Kids use crayons or markers and their imaginations to color in faces, then manipulate the pages to see what surprising results unfold. Every child loves funny faces and these turn out to be the most clever and witty gags. Doodle through a die-cut and shaggy eyebrows on one picture turn into a droopy moustache on the picture beneath. Open a gatefold to make a little boy’s tiny ears become gigantic. Draw pictures on split pages to create faces with different hats, noses, and beards. Turn the pages back and forth to find all the tricks and make all the funny faces.

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Why Your Child Will Absolutely Love This Book

Children love to draw and doodle even if they aren’t all that interested in becoming artists themselves. Funny Face! is so cleverly put together, it entertains kids and really gets them excited about how their art will be transformed next. The book is beautifully put together and printed and directions are straight forward and easy to follow. This is a must have book for bringing out the artist in all kids.

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Make Art With Your Hands and Feet: Draw Aroound Your Hands and Feet to Make Pictures

•    Targeted Audience: Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 2-5)
•    Genre: Children’s Activity Art Book
•    Author: Jacky Bahbout
•    Illustrator: Momoko Kudo
•    Publisher: Thames & Hudson
•    Publication Date: September 16, 2014
•    Binding: Paperback
•    Dimensions: 14 x 11
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 64 Pages
•    Retail: $17.95
•    ISBN: 978-0500650387

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Hand and Foot Art Taken to a Whole New Level

Make Art With Your Hands and Feet! goes way beyond hand turkeys, not that there’s anything wrong with those. Kids trace around their hands and feet to complete 32 different wildly creative pictures. There’s a little round key on every page indicating whether to use your hands, fingers, feet or toes. Complete a picture with your toes to draw the people inside the windows of an apartment building.  Use your fingers to draw the teeth inside a shark, with its mouth wide open, use your feet to finish a waddling penguin or your fingers to put ears on some rabbits.  The pages are printed on only one side so they can be torn out and hung on your walls, framed or made as gifts.

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There’s a lot of empty space for kids to add their own personal touches on every picture; they’re only limited by their imaginations. Make Art With Your Hands is simply a vessel for kids to be super creative and make pictures they can be proud of. Art is an important part of learning, and it develops many different skills for students to be successful in academics. This book is original and fun and would make an excellent gift for toddlers and kindergarteners on your shopping list.

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Okido Let’s Play a Game

•    Targeted Audience:  Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 4-8)
•    Genre: Children’s Activity Art Book
•    Created by: Okido
•    Publisher: Thames & Hudson
•    Publication Date: September 16, 2014
•    Dimensions: 9.5 x 13
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 64 Pages
•    Retail: $24.95
•    ISBN: 978-0500650400

Six Clever Games in One

71CLH1HYQwLThink of OKIDO’s Okido Let’s Play a Game as six board games all rolled into one. Each game can be played with two or more players. All the rules are printed on the inside cover separated by boldly colored boxes. Remove the three reversible game boards from the slot in the box, unfold them and begin to play. The games include: Space Race (steer your rocket through outer-space obstacles back to Earth); Noisy Game (make body noises as you match them with their body parts); Slither and Climb (go up and down as you meet all the animals); Ready, Steady, Disco! (follow the actions to make dance sequences); and Superbuzz! (how long will you fly between the flowers before you get eaten by a bear or caught in a spiderweb?).

Why You’ll Love This Game Set

Okido Let’s Play a Game is the most portable, sturdy set of games I’ve ever seen. The entire game is housed in a one piece, two-sided cover made from thick, sturdy card stock. The games help develop math, memory, reading and hand-eye coordination skills. And as with all Okido products, this one is beautiful too. Okido is collaborative effort from London-based designers, illustrators, and authors who create an art and science magazine of the same name for young children.

Enter for a Chance to Win All Four Thames & Hudson Titles on this Post and Be on the Lookout for Many More Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways All Week Long

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  1. Enter the giveaway by Liking our Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and sending us an email to smartbooks (at) comcast.net with your name and mailing address. In the subject line of the email write Creative Christmas Giveaway.  We will not share your email or address or use it for any other purpose than this giveaway. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not include your mailing address in your email your entry will be discarded.  (We only require addresses so books can be mailed quickly and in the past we have found it difficult to contact winners to obtain their mailing addresses.)
  2. You may enter any or all of our 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways but no person will be eligible to win more than one giveaway this week – we’d like to spread the cheer to as many readers as possible.
  3. Optional: You will receive one extra entry for leaving a valid comment on this post on this website. Tell me about your favorite art projects when you were a child or ones you do with your children now.
  4. Optional: You will receive two extra entries for following me on Twitter.
  5. Optional: You will receive FIVE extra entries for sharing this giveaway from our Facebook Page. Go to the Facebook page and from there, click share on the link to this giveaway. If you share it from your own Facebook status and not from the Smart Book Facebook Page, I will not know about it, so it will not count.
  6. There will be one winner for this four-book/game giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA. No books will be mailed outside the USA.
  7. This giveaway starts on Thursday, December 11, 2014 and ends on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 5 pm.
  8. The winner will be notified via email on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
  9. Books will be mailed by Thursday, December 18,, 2014.
  10. Follow us on our Facebook Page to learn about more giveaways and read reviews and interviews.

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