Sunday Special

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More book reviews for your Sunday 🙂

7 days of awesome

7 Days of Awesome

Written by Shawn Byous and Illustrated by Colin Jack

Join a colorful and crazy cast of creatures, as they rhyme their way through the seven days of creation. Hear the creation story in a new way, as you learn of God’s power and wisdom. Seven awesome days, in one awesome book!

Shawn Byous and Colin Jack have created a delightful retelling of creation in “7 Days of Awesome”. The rhyme and verse is clever and creative, and flows wonderfully. The illustrations are bright and fun, and will certainly keep children engaged. If you are looking for texts to introduce your child to the Bible, this is one that will definitely get them excited to hear more Bible stories. A fun read for children of all ages.

rainbow egg

The Rainbow Egg

Written by Linda Hendricks, M.D. and Illustrated by Christine Greer, R.N.

Hope is a chicken who lives in the woods. One day, she discovers she’s laid an egg. A rainbow egg! She carries the egg with her everywhere since she has no nest. The egg is heavy and makes her tired. What will she do with this egg? Can she find a nest for her egg?

At first, “The Rainbow Egg” seems like just a cute story about a chicken and her oddly colored egg, but soon it becomes apparent the story carries a much deeper meaning about adoption. While the message may be too subtle for young children, this story will likely spark questions from older children. I admire, the author’s attempt to tackle a sensitive issue and think this text could be a great resource for parents wishing to discuss adoption with their children. The illustrations are cute but not spectacular. A good read for those needing an analogy when approaching the topic of adoption.

I received complimentary copies of these books from BookLook Bloggers and HarperCollins Christian publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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(Three) Story Saturday

I just got back from Cincinnati, where I visited the circus and saw the elephants for what might be the last time. As many may or may not know, the elephants will be retired in May. It’s a sad time for my friends, and many others, who love the elephants more than anything and have devoted their lives to caring for these magnificent creatures.

There is so much I want to say on this topic and I wish people understood more about the amazing bond between the elephants and their handlers, but I will post more about that later.

I didn’t get my post up this week because of the trip, but I will have lots of elephant pictures for you in the next post.

I am back home, but my friends are in the midst of a three show Saturday!

I’ll be drawing from a couple writing inspirations today for this story Saturday.

  1. The circus
  2. This wonderful post from Linda Ashman about dialogue only stories.

I urge you to check out Linda Ashman’s post at Carrie Charley Brown’s blog where Reading for Research in going on this month. There are a ton of great posts about structuring picture books, along with tons of great recommendations for mentor texts. I am learning so much and getting inspired!

Today, these prompts are all about dialogue! Three prompts in three categories. Use as many, or as few, of the prompts from each category to craft your own “dialogue-only” story. If you want to write in true picture book form, give yourself a word limit…200 or 300 words or less.

Now, I present….inspiration for your Story Saturday 🙂

Scene

  1. The show’s about to start, your characters are backstage but they are missing an essential prop for their gag.
  2. Your characters are visiting a circus for the first time.
  3. Your characters have never seen an elephant before!

Characters

  1. The Ringmaster, and a clown
  2. Little girl and her grandpa
  3. The tiger trainer, the elephant trainer, and the camel trainer

Dilemma

  1. The clown’s shoes have been stolen.
  2. The tent isn’t up yet and the show will start soon.
  3. The camels don’t like their new costumes.

Hope these prompts spark some fun dialogue! As always, I would love to hear how your story turned out or your thoughts on “dialogue-only” stories.

May all your days be circus days!