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Time for a game of I Spy!

Time for a game of I Spy!

It’s everyone’s favorite car game–I Spy! Come play I Spy through great Grandma’s garden, it is now in an ebook for you!

I Spy Purple

I Spy…Purple is a fun and interactive ebook game for your family! Now available at Amazon.com for only $1.99.

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8 More Picture Books to Share

Yay! We love new books!

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Over the past month, we’ve explored the picture books on the New York Public Library’s list of 100 Titles to Read and Share.

While writing these book reviews I have definitely found some new favorites!

Here is the last set of picture book reviews. I was glad to see a trend of multicultural books in this part of the list.

Also, you will want to read my criteria for the book reviews, as well as the rating scale.

8 More Picture Books to Share | Book reviews for parents and teachers


#16 Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh

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This book was a conversation starter for my husband and me.

It is a beautiful story, told with complete simplicity. No drama, no politics, no pity, just a story revealing the true experiences of real people—EXCEPT there are no people in this book. All of the characters are animals. Rabbits, chickens, ducks, snakes, and a coyote. And…

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C.S. Lewis on Reading Fiction

Children need brave knights to believe in!

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C.S. Lewis on Reading Fiction

We have more picture books on the way next week, and in 2 weeks I am tackling a stack of folktales & fairytales. I love reading fiction, particularly fairytales, because the story is good vs. evil, there are clear foes, and the brave heroes manage to win. Children need to read fiction if only to experience safely in a book the villains they will surely meet face-to-face in one form or another. Can’t wait to share more books with you!

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I Spy. . .Purple MCF Book #6

Working on Book 6 now–showcasing the color purple in the nations! Getting excited to finally hit the publish button–hopefully we can do it today!

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FREE Children’s eBook, White Went Around the World

FREE Children’s eBook, White Went Around the World

Ready for an adventure? Come with White on his journey around the world in 18 real life photos taken by the author! You’ll discover White in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Nepal! Enjoy the journey!!!

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Random Book Sales Makes My Heart Happy

Random Book Sales Makes My Heart Happy

In so many ways.

Recently on Amazon and CreateSpace, random sales on my book, On Safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia: My Color Friends: Book 5 had made me extremely happy!  This is my needle in a haystack that is actually being found. Random, I know.

Life’s too busy to promo, honestly, so all I have on my side is random google and Amazon searches.  I self-published wishing and praying that some one out there in the world wide web would stumble upon me and buy my book.  I think I was only half aware of the size of the haystack at the time, but nonetheless, I trusted in randomness.

Now, the creation of On Safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia…is divinely inspired.  It doesn’t fit the others in the series (whoops!), it is RANDOM.  But I felt I had to write it.  I was compelled and pushed to write and do it quickly…and as it turns out, it more sellable than the others.  I hoped and wished it would be, since it is based on 1 specific location, a quite famous location that actually attracts a bit of interest!  

Etosha National Park is an amazing place!  And we were so blessed to be able to go there when we were kid free  : ).  No crazy amounts of luggage or snacks, just us, the quiet, nature and our camera. (Sometimes I do miss those days, the quiet!). 

Anyway, I don’t stalk my sales, because I haven’t the time (and have mostly given up), but the other day when I popped onto CreateSpace, there was a dollar amount in my homepage.  Blown away I ran to my husband and said something along the lines “Someone from outside my family actually bought the book–more than 1!”  He had to see the proof, but when he did, two hearts were happy.

I hope the randomness continues : )

 

Chitwan Elephant Festival, Nepal

Happy New Year!

There are some perks living in Asia, and being close to elephants is definitely one of them! This was our third annual  visit to the Chitwan Elephant Festival in Chitwan, Nepal.  It was an amazing up close and personal fun time with elephants.

The Elephant Festival begins the day after Christmas every year. Click here for more details: Chitwan Elephant Festival

Day 1:

First, we were greeted by an elephant parade:

Then we went to the fair grounds and watched the elephant’s soccer match and races.  We had VIP seating in the middle of the action, all for $2 a seat, can’t beat that!

Day 2: How do you stop a charging elephant?

We awoke to the early morning mist, had a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, then went to the Elephant Breeding Center! They have had 3 babies born this year alone and the place was full of all the two years (the same who were playing soccer). We were told that most of the adults were out in the jungle searching for poachers. Every elephant has it’s job.

Unfortunately no one told us just how naughty the baby elephants could be! There were two open areas in the fence and we were casually going in and out to pet the little beasts. The momma’s are chained to a post, so we felt safe.  But when one little cheeky elephant wanted to play with our toddler in his umbrella stroller, he fully came around the fence and charged our son–both my husband and I promptly stepped in between our son and the elephant, leaving us stuck in the middle.  Baby elephants are big and strong!  A Nepali guide came to our rescue and helped us pull our kids to safety while another trainer came over and shooed the elephant back behind the fence, the completely incompetent fence!

Just a little excitement to get our blood going first thing in the morning!

Then we decided to drive ourselves through the jungle–that was fun! We paid for a permit of course and headed out to 20,000 Lakes.  We saw:

We enjoyed our jaunt through the jungle at our own pace!  We kept driving to the next town, had lunch and did some exploring.  We came home in time to watch the sun set over the Rapiti River. Beautiful!

Day 3:

We had along sleep in, enjoyed our gorgeous BB, went shopping and let the kids run wild in KC Restaurant’s garden (our new favorite place to hang out!).

With hammock, swing and lots of room to run, KC’s Restaurant is the most kid friendly place we have found!  Check it out: KC’s

Then we picked up a friend and headed home, 1 hour and half to Hetuada. Since it was Saturday, there was barely any traffic so we just cruised.  Most of us fell asleep on the way home.

Another beautiful holiday in Chitwan National Park.  More pictures for future educational children’s books. 

A family fun holiday that I would encourage you to attend next time you’re in Nepal around Christmas! : )

Read all about the Elephant Festival and learn about Asian elephants in Graceful Grey, Asian Elephants at Work and Play by S. L. Poulton! Now available for Nook, iBooks and more! Click here for Graceful Grey on Kindle!

Graceful Grey Elephants at Work and Play in Chitwan Nepal ebook for Kids!

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