Good Day Folks.
Have You Ever Seen a Firefly? By Debbie Estrem
Illustrated by Kim Sponaugle Adventure!
Have You Ever Seen a Firefly is a fun read for preschool to early reader. Is a sweet book that asks if you have seen or done things? It explores the adventures and questions that kids have. I like the ending. “Have you counted the stars at night” It encourages dreaming, adventure and exploring and could lead to learning and discussions of the little exciting things young ones experience. The illustrations by Kim Sonaugle are beautiful and full of the little adventures we all have ,even enjoying chocolate pudding. They really enhance the book.
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Good Day Folks,
I was looking at music and came across Steppenwolfs’s song Born to be wild. Listen to it. We are Born to be wild.
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way”
Like a true nature’s child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never wanna die
Born to be wild
Born to be wild
I was recently adopted for Adopt a Author Event on FB. Brittany The-BookNerd Carrigan, She has set up a 3 month event on Facebook. She is a blast to work with and helps us authors. Here is the event page if you would like to join. Wendy and Rachel’s Promotion- Palooza
I have an event February 13th for our local Festival of the Arts at the Library. It is an interesting event, for an entire month we get to explore different types of art.
I am a guest speaker to discuss children’s literature. As I was writing my presentation I realized children need to be wild. They were born for adventure.
When I wrote my first book James Saves the Moon. We were in the middle of a wonderful fun adventure. We were living in Iceland. My son was 7 learning in Icelandic. I was keeping him up on his English. He is a gifted child especially when it came to being a gifted speaker and adventure. He was a early talker and storyteller. He was speaking in full sentences by the time he was two. Today at 15 he is still gifted in speech. His command of language is unbelievable to me. While I was continuing his education at home to read in English. We discovered many books were boring no adventure. We did discover Tintin. My son loved those books. All about adventure and he could read them both in English and Icelandic. On my last trip to Holland, I picked up a couple that were in Dutch. Now he is exploring music. My twin daughters are more the hands on explorers. They want activity, risk takers. I find them on roofs, up trees, swing set poles. They have little fear of the unknown. They were climbing mountains, cliffs, soccer nets at two. I could not have blinds or drapes in their windows when they were toddlers. I could not have open windows either.
I think this why a little place in my brain was unlocked with adventures, when my son one day said . “Look Mom the moon is on the mountain. I am going to touch it tonight. We all ran to the window in his bedroom to look.
“Let me tell you it was on the mountain, huge and it seemed we could feel the moon beams shooting through us. I had a dream that night. The next day I wrote the first draft. Since then I have had many dreams and written many things. The hard part is focusing long enough to finish a story. I love having this part of the brain free to explore , dream, share the adventures that were locked up for so many years.
The most important thing for a child is being able to go on an adventure. Children’s books should have an adventure no matter what. They want to explore touch, feel, take apart, figure things out as if always on a adventure. I think the most gifted educators are the ones to take a child on an adventure every day in class no matter what the subject is. Let’s, allow children be born to be wild it is there gift to us and our future. Exploration and Adventure is a good thing.
My children’s books are all about adventure my reviews and private messages have brought me pure joy when mothers tell me, my goodness my kids could not put it down. My son wants to ride the dragon. My child with ADHD or Autism was captivated with your story. Kids need to let their imaginations fly. The illustrations have a dragon on every picture. I am lucky I have worked with two wonderful illustrators. Jim Weidman and Kelly Murray. I came to Anchor Group Publishing with my own illustrators and my poor grammar skills. They embraced my adventures. Working with Anchor Group and the authors of Anchor Group has been a wonderful adventure. All the authors are so talented and take you on adventures. The lil anchors (kids authors) have fun adventures. We help each other, encourage each other to be our best. Adventure and Exploring is in my opinion the trail to happiness.
ENJOY YOUR ADVENTURE, WB
New Release Helga Returns is only available E-Book print should be available March 1
If you see Helga Returns with out the green frame do not purchase it. I keep trying to get amazon to remove it.
I learned earlier in the week via my lovely children. Every month that starts with a Sunday there is a Friday the 13th in that month. Always feel lucky when I learn something new.
13 has always been a lucky number for me.13 looks cool too. Many of us begin the adventure of change from child to adult at 13. It is truly a magical number. So enjoy the adventure.
As you know from my previous post. I signed on with Anchor Group Publishing. My books are scheduled to be released in 2013. Two of my kids books have 13. The first one has 13 illustrations and Tomfoolery has 13 Icelandic yule lads and 13 illustrations. I guess Helga Returns just needed 16 illustrations to make the story come alive.
I am heading out to purchase my 13 lotto tickets.
Have a lucky adventure today. WB