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August 1, 2015

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“End of Summer??!!” I hear you wringing your hands and gasping in dismay from here.


Yes, I know it’s hard to believe that those words could even be coming from my lips, but the truth of the matter is that school starts here in Maryville, TN next week already. Vacations have been achieved, many travel miles have been logged and I feel the lazy days of summer beginning to wind down. So as things come to a close and thoughts begin to turn to the upcoming school year for many families, my focus is shifting to books and activities that will take us into (and through) the colder months ahead.


Instead of being sad to see summer go, I choose to Celebrate! And what better way to do it than with an End of Summer Audrey Press Book Sale. For two weeks only readers can get a great deal on two of my most popular books. But don’t delay; this super special sale ends August 14, 2015!


First book on sale is the extremely popular Waldorf Homeschool Handbook: The Simple Step-by-Step guide to creating a Waldorf-inspired #homeschool. And for a limited time, this best-selling book by Donna Ashton, The Waldorf #Homeschool Handbook is now only $17.95 until August 14th, 2015 !


Waldorf Homeschool Handbook


Enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. AND, it’s on sale until August 14th ! Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!”


a Year in the Secret Garden


Two great children’s books-Your choice, $17.95 each!

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Published on August 01, 2015 03:36

July 30, 2015

Happy belated birthday to Beatrix Potter!  This week Tuesday July 28th marked the 182nd birthday of this beloved and influential storyteller. Her books are well-loved favorites in our house and the milestone of her birthday reminded me of a lovely guest post from a Jump Into a Book reader that I felt was worth revisiting. Enjoy!


Beatrix Potter


Hello Jump Into A Book Readers!

My name is Karen Meacham and my blog is called Little Acorns.


Little Acorns


I am a PreKindergarten teacher at an independent school in the United States, and a mother of three children, ages 14, 12, and 6. As a teacher and parent I am passionate about outdoor education, time for children to play, and reading to children.


In the Spring of 2008, our family had the opportunity to spend a semester in England while my husband was teaching at a local university. We had a fantastic time, and truly felt the semester was a life changing experience for our whole family. Not only did we get to immerse ourselves in a new culture, meeting many kind and helpful people, but we got to see many wonderful places as well.



One weekend in early March, my husband very kindly kept the children, and my best friend Trish and I ventured to a place I have longed for ages to visit, the Lake District. We took the train, with a day stop in Chesterfield, to Windermere Station. Our bed and breakfast was only a few blocks and a short walk away. After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, we headed out to one of my most anticipated destinations, Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top Farm!



To get to Hill Top Farm we strolled through the town of Bowness-on-Windermere and then took the ferry across Lake Windermere. Despite the fact that it was fairly chilly and raining, we decided to take the footpath the couple of miles up to Hill Top Farm. We like hiking and were not going to be deterred by a little rain. Plus we figured Beatrix Potter certainly wouldn’t have had the option to take a shuttle bus, and we wanted to see the area as much the way she did as we could.



The permitted path led us through some lovely wooded areas, along the road briefly, through some farmland, and up the hill (as the house’s name would suggest) to Hill Top Farm! Upon arrival, Trish and I headed over to purchase our tickets for the house. To keep the numbers of visitors inside the house at any given time, manageable, the National Trust sells timed tickets to Hill Top. Trish and I purchased our tickets and spent the half hour or so until our time to enter the house, strolling around the grounds and exploring a bit of Beatrix Potter’s gardens. It even stopped raining long enough for me to take my hat off for a picture!


Permitted Path


We enjoyed exploring the gardens a bit, but because of the time of year, not too much was going on above the surface of the ground. I read that visiting the gardens in the summer is wonderful (late June and early July are said to be the best times to see the garden in its full glory), and that it has a large variety of flowers and vegetables. If you are interested in seeing pictures of Beatrix Potter’s gorgeous garden, there are many available online or you may simply peruse your copy of The Tale of Tom Kitten. Miss Potter used her own garden as a model for the garden in the story!


The Tale of Tom Kitten


 


My name is Karen, and I am a PreKindergarten teacher at an independent school. In our class, we use some Montessori materials and methods, some Waldorf-inspired materials and stories, and some aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach. We also spend lots of time outside in nature, learning and playing! This blog Little Acorns is about my ideas and inspirations, my classroom, and my lovely family! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.


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Published on July 30, 2015 03:52

July 28, 2015

Wow! It’s week NINE of the Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series! NINE…..where did time go this summer?


As you many already know, this series is my way of inspiring parents who are looking for creative ways to keep their kids reading this summer. All of the books I am jumping into feature protagonists are girls or women and most of our showcased authors are women as well.


I will be offering up a combination of themed weeks, great novels, booklist giveaways, and blog post recaps so be sure and stop by to discover more wonderful ways have A Bookjumper Summer while Exploring Our World and Beyond!


Book-Jumper summer Reading


This week I am jumping into another delightful book from another female author. Eleanor Coerr was a Canadian-born American writer of children’s books, including Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and many picture books. She was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, and raised in Saskatoon. Sadly, Eleanor passed away in 2010 but her legacy lives on in the wonder books she has written including Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.


The story goes that Eleanor revisited Hiroshima i 1963 and saw the statue of Sadako in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Impressed by the stories she heard about Sadako’s talent for running, courage when faced with cancer, and determination to fold one thousand paper cranes, Eleanor was inspired to find a copy of Kokeshi, Sadako’s autobiography. The book inspired her to create a biography of Sadako Sasaki, on that American children could read and enjoy.


Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes has been translated into many languages and has moved both children and adults to write plays, perform ballets, compose songs, and collect money for peace statues-all celebrating Sadako and her wish for peace. Eleanor has visited schools all around the world encouraging her audiences to work for a nonviolent world. Folded cranes are everywhere, and always underneath the statue of Sadako in Hiroshima’s Peace Park. SOURCE.


Sadako


Book Review from Hannah Rials
There are many beautiful stories created in this world—stories of love or peace. The story of Sadako Sasaki is a story of love, peace, and hope. Sadako is the best runner in her class, and her greatest wish is to be the best runner in her entire school and to make the junior high team. She is a very superstitious girl who believes strongly in the power of lucky signs—a spider crawling across the floor, a cloudless sky, and paper cranes.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
            Sadako lives in post-World War II Hiroshima, Japan, every day experiencing the effects of the atomic bomb dropped on the city. People are mutilated, and many are now suffering through the “atom bomb disease,” also known as Leukemia. Everyone thinks, especially the children, it won’t happen to me. I’m healthy. I’m strong.

            Sadako is practicing her most favorite activity in the whole world when the dizziness starts, and never gets better, until one day it is all too much to handle. Sadako is admitted to the Red Cross hospital where she is poked and prodded until it becomes routine. Her friends and family visit her every day.

            One day, her best friend Chizuko brings her a beautiful treasure—a golden paper crane. She tells Sadako that if she can fold 1,000 paper cranes, she will get better and live to be an old, old woman. So Sadako sets out, and her older brother hangs the hundreds of cranes from the ceiling of her quiet hospital room, always holding onto the hope that she will recover.
Sadako

Sadako’s story does not have what everyone would call a happy ending. But everyone who reads her story grasp the hope and love that this dear child felt in a bleak post-war time. Her story is simple and beautiful. I was very much moved by Coerr’s writing. I felt the love and the pain, the strength and the hope. There are always two sides to a story. There is always a consequence to every action. We live in trying times, and history is not a vision of peace and tranquility. But if we hope for peace, and show our love, we can make a difference. Sadako and the testament that she has left in Hiroshima demonstrate that.
Sadako

Something to Do
1.    In the back of Eleanor Coerr’s book, she gives easy to follow, step by step instructions on how to make paper cranes like Sadako.
paper cranes

2.     Every year during Japan’s memorial peace day, every one comes out and places floating lanterns in the river. Go HERE to learn how to make your own floating lanterns.
            Sadako
3.     Sadako loved her good luck signs. Here are some more to keep your eye out for:

Rainbows
Crickets
If a ladybug lands on you
Finding a four-leaf clover
A head’s up penny

Sadako good luck signs
What are your good luck signs?
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Published on July 28, 2015 04:00

July 26, 2015

It’s time for Weekend Links! This is my chance to share the best-of-the-best in regards to bookish fun and resources that I have encountered over the course of the week.


Oh my! Can you believe it is almost August already? Summer is slipping by but it’s my hope that all families continue to get outside, experience the world and keep up on their summer reading until that first school bells rings. Speaking of summer adventures and reading, I spotted this on facebook. What a fabulous idea! I gathered a few more for you to enjoy as well. Happy reading!





THE RETURN OF THE FLOATING LIBRARYThe Floating Library is back for its third season this summer, with the 2015 Floating…


Posted by Publishers Weekly on Thursday, July 23, 2015




This last week I was in the lovely state of California and had the chance to enjoy the mighty redwoods. We are so inspired by these incredible trees. They are the oldest, tallest trees on the planet. Some of them are 1000 years old. It’s been a huge challenge to save these glorious trees from the blade of the lumber companies. Muir woods it a save haven for the redwoods. It’s our hope that our booklist will inspire you as well to make a trip to visit these ancient giants and become active in saving them for future generations.


redwood forest booklist


Dance can take so many shapes is a universal language across the globe. My friend Mia at PragmaticMom has a wonderful blog post and booklist on Diversity Dance Picture Books.


Diversity Dance Picture Books


The Logonauts has More Great Picture Books about Ramadan and Muslim



I know this is on the minds of MANY parents–Our Favorite Children’s Books for Back to School


Back to school Books


World Travel from you Couch? Yes, please! Books that Take Kids Around the World


world travel for kids


Global STEM Books for Elementary Students –  via All Donkey Monkey


Global Stem books

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Discover the joys of delving into this timeless children’s literature classic and see the Secret Garden through new eyes and a modern twist!


Kids and nature go hand-and-hand and enjoying the bounty that the great outdoors brings is not just a “summer thing.” The newest book from children’s book authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters teaches families everywhere to enjoy not only the great outdoors with month-by-month activities, but to jump deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!

A Year in the Secret Garden


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Published on July 26, 2015 03:42

July 23, 2015

Welcome to Week 8 of The Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series!


This series is my way of inspiring parents who are looking for creative ways to keep their kids reading this summer. All of the books I am jumping into feature protagonists are girls or women and most of our showcased authors are women as well. I will be offering up a combination of themed weeks, great novels, booklist giveaways, and blog post recaps so be sure and stop by to discover more wonderful ways have A Bookjumper Summer while Exploring Our World and Beyond!


Book-Jumper summer Reading


This week we’re in the Redwood Forest and enjoying Northern California! We are so inspired by these incredible trees. They are the oldest, tallest trees on the planet. Some of them are 1000 years old. It’s been a huge challenge to save these glorious trees from the blade of the lumber companies. Muir woods it a save haven for the redwoods. It’s our hope that our booklist will inspire you as well to make a trip to visit these ancient giants and become active in saving them for future generations.


Enjoy!


redwood forest booklist


RedWoods by Jason Chin


An ordinary train ride becomes and extraordinary trip to the great ancient forests.A subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests. As he reads the information unfolds, and with each new bit of knowledge, he travels–all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy. Crammed with interesting and accurate information about these great natural wonders.


The Tallest Tree by Robert Lieber (a board book produced by the Golden Gate National Park)


redwood tree booklist


The Tree in the Ancient Forest by Carol Reed Jones


Science teachers and ecologically minded parents: this book is a delightful introduction to the habitat in and around old trees. As AAAS Science Books & Films says, “The science is accurate and the book painlessly teaches important ecological lessons.” From lowly fungi to majestic owls, the book connects the web of nature. Repetitive, cumulative verse–a poetic technique that children universally enjoy–aptly portrays the amazing ways in which the inhabitants of the forest depend upon one another for survival. Stunning illustrations by the renowned illustrator, Christopher Canyon, manage to be both magical and true to life. It includes a guide to the forest creatures and their interrelationships, and a concise explanation of an ancient forest.


redwood tree booklist


Who Pooped in the Redwoods by Gary Robson


This edition of Who Pooped in the Park? follows Michael and Emily on a trip to Redwoods National and State Parks in California. Michael tries to deal with his fear of bears as Mom and Dad teach him and his sister about the wildlife in the area–without ever getting close enough to be scared. In their “close encounters of the poopy kind,” the family learns about a variety of animals, and readers will become familiar with their tracks and the droppings they leave behind (scats).


redwood forest book;ist


Operation Redwood By S. Terrell  French


“Sibley Carter is a moron and a world-class jerk,” reads Julian Carter-Li in an angry e-mail message meant for his greedy, high-powered uncle. The fateful message sets him on the course to stop an environmental crime! His uncle’s company plans to cut down some of the oldest California redwood trees, and it’s up to Julian and a ragtag group of friends to figure out a way to stop them. This thrilling, thoughtful debut novel shows the power of determined individuals, no matter what their age, to stand up to wrongdoing.


redwood tree booklist


A Voice for the Redwoods by Loretta Halter


redwood tree booklist


The Sacred Redwood Forest by Dror Shah Levi


It is a very beautifully illustrated children’s book describing the love, peace and contentment that can be experienced in an ancient old-growth forest. With faeries, nymphs, a Forest Goddess, an Ancient Magician, and other colorful characters, we learn through the eyes of a young girl, why these last remaining forests should be saved, and about the senseless destruction already wrought upon them.


redwood booklist


The Ancient One by T.A. Barron


redwood forest booklist


The Wild Trees by Richard Prestin


redwood tree booklist


Redwood Trees by John Prevost


Provides basic information about the redwood, including its structure, economic uses, and the pests and diseases that affect it.


redwood tree booklist


The Ever Living Tree: The Life and Times of a Coast Redwood byLinda Vieira


redwood tree booklist


The Redwood Forest by Lisa Bullard


Have you ever seen a tree as wide as a house? What about one taller than a skyscraper? Get ready to explore the gigantic trees in the Redwood Forests! These amazing forests are located along the West Coast of the United States, from California to Oregon. Just how tall can a redwood tree grow? Read this book to find out!


redwood forest booklist


What amazing redwood forest books have you read?


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Published on July 23, 2015 04:36

July 21, 2015

Today I make my way to revisit an old friend, the redwood trees of Northern California. In celebration of this very fun trip, I’m re-sharing an old Jump into a Book favorite about a great read called Operation Redwood.


This is one of our favorite books and every time we read it we feel that we want to go immediately to visit the redwood trees. Today we’ll be in the Muir Forest doing just that.


Enjoy!


Redwood


Maybe it was the vivid memory of being a 7 year-old and being in a car that my father drove through the middle of a huge tree. Every time I hear the word “redwood” this memory comes immediately to mind. That’s exactly what happened in the bookstore as I saw Operation Redwood by S Terrell French,a new release on the counter at the bookstore.


Operation Redwood


I immediately purchased it, took it home, and started turning pages. This is a story that doesn’t disappoint. Twelve year-old Julian Carter-Li accidentally reads an email he shouldn’t be reading only to find himself in a fight to save an old growth stand of the oldest trees in the world; the Redwoods. The story unfolds with a great sense of discovery. The children discover themselves, their values, and their shared love of an old grove of trees which has become a part of their lives.


There are many twists and turns but ultimately it was the vision and spirit of team work that led this group of young people to a brilliant success. The message is loud and clear, anyone can make a difference.


Redwood2


Redwood3


One of the reasons the children felt so connected to this grove of trees was discovery and the sharing of their discoveries. Julian didn’t know that the redwoods were in trouble. He didn’t even know it was an issue. Robin, her sister,best friend had all shared countless memories in the old grove, as well as , two big brothers who had shared a secret treehouse. Only when their sisters reached a certain age would they be told the secret of how to get up the very tall tree and into the treehouse. Julian, together with his best friend Danny, discover how to stand up for what is truly important.


With that said, it is time for us to take a journey into the woods or forest and see what we can share.


Something To Do


Let’s play ‘Into the Forest”. Here’s how we play:



Go as a family, or a group of friends.
Bring along any or all of these items;a camera,journal,sketchbook,pencils, and crayons
Once in the forest, set boundaries so that no one gets lost. Use the buddy system. No one is left alone.

Now we are ready for our Scavenger Hunt. Have a look at the lists below. See how many things you can find. Be sure to look, touch, smell,listen, and watch as much as you can. Please feel free to write down your discoveries,photograph them, or just sit in wonder of sharing such a grand experience.


Look  


Dead tree               Wild flowers           pine cone        Berries          Vine        Poison Ivy


Stream                    Creek                  grass                clover leaf    Moss       Pine tree


Seeds                      pods                    soil                  eroding soil  rock         mud


sand                        fern                 y shaped twig      Trash            acorn        nuts


pine needles          tree blossoms    hole in a tree        tree stump    pond         dark leaves


light leaves            small pebbles     unusual leaves      colored rocks  different shades of color


dew                   tree fungus           season changes     caterpillars       squirrels    bird


ants                    butterfly             snails                      beetles           feather      salamander


lizard                   ladybug               spider                     spider web      birds nest   insects


deer tracks          raccoon tracks      frog                     leaf eat by insect  proof of animals


proof of people


Listen to:


Leaves under your feet           wind in the trees         sound of a bee


birds singing                           crickets                      Water running


Noises in the forests               Wet mud                     rotten wood


Wind blowing                          rocks hitting water       rocks tumbling in water


Smell:


Pine tree        flowers            Mud        grass          water       fresh air         cedar tree


Watch and share:


Animals eating                   leaves falling to the ground      spider web being built


insect in a spider web         An ant moving something         Wind blowing in the leaves


fish jumping                       moving clouds                          sunlight coming through the trees


sunrise                               sunset                                      stars in the night sky


Lightning bugs                     reflections in water                  trail markers


animal homes                       shelters


After all of your discoveries today sit with your family or group and share all of the wonderful moments you felt, heard, touched and smelled. If you have some photos of your walk into the forest that you would like to share please do so here.


You can also download this list to take with or to create a checklist for your Into the Forest adventure.


For more information about the Redwood Forest and where you can see these trees of size of yourself have a look here:



Big Basin Redwood State Park
Muir Woods National Monument
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Redwood National and State Parks

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Looking for a unique way to keep your kids busy this summer…and engaged with nature? The At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum is available for sale!


At Home Summer Nature Camp eCirriculum


 


This 8-week eCurriculum is packed with ideas and inspiration to keep kids engaged and happy all summer long. It offers 8 kid-approved themes with outdoor activities, indoor projects, arts & crafts, recipes, field trip ideas, book & media suggestions, and more. The curriculum, now available for download, is a full-color PDF that can be read on a computer screen or tablet, or printed out. Designed for children ages 5-11, it is fun and easily adaptable for all ages!


The At-Home Summer Nature Camp eGuide is packed with ideas & inspiration to keep your kids engaged all summer long. This unique eCurriculum is packed with ideas & inspiration from a group of creative “camp counselors.” Sign up, or get more details, HERE


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Published on July 21, 2015 04:44

July 19, 2015

weekend links


It’s time for Weekend Links! This is my chance to share the best-of-the-best in regards to bookish fun and resources that I have encountered over the course of the week. This week I stumbled upon a bounty of booklists just for our boy readers. Some of these are excellent! Enjoy


9 Thrilling Book Series for Teen Boys That They Won’t Be Able To Put Down  via @brainpowerboy


booklists for boys

10 BEST Middle Grade Books for Boys –  via Written Reality (@MitziCSmith)


booklists for boys

50+ Amazing Adventure Chapter Books for Boys  via @JennyEvolution


booklists for boys

The Mighty Boy Reading List: Ages 9-12 at I Think we Could be Friends.


Raise boys that love to read! GREAT suggestions, plus lists for older boys and girls, too!

Wacky Books for Reluctant Readers –  via @imaginationsoup


booklists for boys

40 MORE Books for Boys at the Milk and Cookies Blog


booklists for boys


The Ultimate Book List For Boys at The Modest Mom Blog


Booklists for boys

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Do your young readers love nature and all of nature’s critters? Experience the magical story of a family of foxes that took up residence right in the front yard of the author and publisher, Valarie Budayr. The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden offers an enthusiastically educational opportunity to observe this fox family grow and learn together.


The Fox Diaries


From digging and hunting to playing and resting, this diary shares a rare glimpse into the private lives of Momma Rennie and her babies. Come watch as they navigate this wildly dangerous but still wonderful world. Great to share with your children or students, The Fox Diaries speaks to the importance of growing and learning both individually and as a family unit. It is a perfect book for story time or family sharing. Not only can you read about the daily rituals of this marvelous fox family, there is an information-packed resource section at the end of the book that includes lots of facts and even a few “fox movies” that you can enjoy with your family. Grab your copy of this beautiful and inspiring book HERE.


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Published on July 19, 2015 04:21

July 17, 2015

Author Cornelia Funke is one of our favorites and this week we have been celebrating her Inkheart series and other books from her collection. Earlier this week we jumped into her book The Thief Lord and also a deeper look at her Inkheart series here.


I’m so happy to be giving away her Inkheart Trilogy to bring your summer days alive. These are 3 of our favorite books which have been read over and over again.


Inkheart


Inkheart


One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART– and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.

This is INKHEART–a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.


Inkspell


Inkspell


The sequel to Inkheart.


Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of INKHEART, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past. Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. But the story is threatening to evolve in ways neither of them could ever have imagined.


Inkdeath


Inkdeath


The conclusion to the trilogy.


The Adderhead–his immortality bound in a book by Meggie’s father, Mo–has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants’ only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay–Mo’s fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrenders. First Dustfinger, now Mo: Can anyone save this cursed story?


inkheart trilogy


Giveaway Guidelines:


ONE winner will receive one copy of each book. Giveaway begins July 17th, 2015



Prizing & samples  courtesy of Author of the above books
Giveaway open to US addresses only
ONE lucky winner will win one copy of each of the above books (Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath)
Residents of USA only please.
Must be 18 years or older to enter
One entry per household.
Staff and family members of Audrey Press are not eligible.
Grand Prize winner has 48 hours to claim prize
Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on July 26th, 2015

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Published on July 17, 2015 03:21 • 7 views

July 15, 2015

Welcome to Week Seven of The Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series!


This series is my way of inspiring parents who are looking for creative ways to keep their kids reading this summer. All of the books I am jumping into feature protagonists are girls or women and most of our showcased authors are women as well. I will be offering up a combination of themed weeks, great novels, booklist giveaways, and blog post recaps so be sure and stop by to discover more wonderful ways have A Bookjumper Summer while Exploring Our World and Beyond!


Book-Jumper summer Reading


This week we are celebrating the writing of Cornelia Funke in her Inkheart series. A little while ago we jumped into another one of her splendid novels called The Thief Lord. Her writing style is so inventive. No one book matches another and each one is unique unto itself. If you’ve enjoyed Inkheart, I know you’ll enjoy this one too. Happy Reading


We’ve just finished a very adventurous read by Cornelia Funke called The Thief Lord. Set in Venice, Italy, this magical tale took us on a whirlwind visit to a mysterious and unknown destination.



From Goodreads:

Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious character who calls himself the “Thief Lord.” Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.


This coming of age story places the idea of Identity smack dab in the middle of this adventure. Who are we? How does one see themselves and how are we perceived? What masks do we wear? And what dreams do we hope to fulfill. Our journey took us deeper into the ideas around family and friendship, loyalty and trust, adoption, Venice, Italy, and the mystery of Carnevale/ Carnival .


I highly suggest adding this wonderful book to your Book-Jumper Summer Reading booklist!


Reminder: Don’t forget about our Wildwood Chronicles 3-Book Giveaway that will be ending this week!! Head over to that post ASAP and get entered! Good Luck. :)


Somethings To Do :
 Venetian Masks : Make Your Own Venetian Mask


 


Carnevale/Carnival:


Discover Carnevale 2012


From the Author:
Visit Cornelia Funke’s website
Cornelia’s ABC’s: Happy browsing through Cornelia’s very personal dictionary. Find out astounding and amusing facts about her life and work. Our ABC will gradually grow, so drop in here now and then.
Cornelia’s List of books and audiobooks: All her books that have been translated into English so far. Here they are. Hopefully something for every taste.
Discover Italy:

Fun Facts About Italy. Bet You Didn’t Know from Life in Italy


Italy facts from Kids World Travel Guide



Speak Italian:
Basic Italian Phrases from Fodors Travel
Eat Like a Venetian


Ravioli


Pizza


Gelato


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I was given a copy of this book for this for review. The opinions expressed are purely my own.


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July 13, 2015

Welcome to Week Seven of The Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series! This is my way of inspiring parents who are looking for creative ways to keep their kids reading this summer. All of the books I am jumping into feature protagonists are girls or women and most of our showcased authors are women as well. I will be offering up a combination of themed weeks, great novels, booklist giveaways, and blog post recaps so be sure and stop by to discover more wonderful ways have A Bookjumper Summer while Exploring Our World and Beyond!


Book-Jumper summer Reading


Today I am review and sharing the book Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.


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The beauty of a book’s adventure is that you have to go no further than your couch to experience it. A good story can help you to escape, make you new friends, even give you a thrill or two. We love our books and the experiences they give us. But what if these stories become a reality? What if the villains that we love to read about come knocking on our door? How much do we love the adventure then?


Meggie and her father Mo Fulchart love books beyond what any one word can express. As a living, Mo is lovingly called a book doctor who cares for and fixes the discarded and dilapidated books, and he has passed along his love of books to his daughter. But there is more to Mo’s connection with books than meets the eye, even more than Meggie knows. Mo has the most magical voice that can pull characters out of their world and place them in ours. This “power” unfortunately leaves Meggie without a mother, Mo without a wife, and a few particularly nasty villains following Mo’s every step.


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Another character from this world of villains comes knocking on Mo’s door one night, asking for a particular book and a particular favor that Meggie cannot decode. Warning of the danger of the mysterious “Capricorn,” Meggie, Mo, Dustfinger, and his pet marten Gwin take off to small village where Eleanor, Mo’s aunt-in-law lives. Eleanor’s vast library will be a good hiding place for Mo’s book and a nice cover for Meggie’s sudden absence in school.

This arrival sparks a domino effect of events that one cannot even imagine. Characters being read out of their worlds, Meggie being held hostage, Mo being threatened, escapes, new friends, self-involved authors, and a new ending to a story that was starting to look very dim.


This story illustrates the amazing power of the written word, since “Writing is a type of magic,” as Mo says. I have read many books in my time, and I started way before I read Inkheart in my sixth year of school. But Cornelia Funke’s powerful words made me want to create powerful words of my own. Her characters are so very real and her story so very vivid that for a week, I lived in the adventure of Inkheart right along with Meggie and Dustfinger and Mo. I got lost in the words, in a good way. This second reading, I stretched out my time with the story, thoroughly enjoying it again. And in ten more years, maybe I’ll pick it up again and rediscover its magic. Inkheart is a timeless tale that will never be forgotten.


*Be sure to finish the Inkheart tale with the rest of the trilogy: Inkspell and Inkdeath. You don’t want to miss out on the grand finale!


Somethings To Do


Lynne Farrell Stover has written a simply wonderful extension activity guide for Librarysparks. 


Inkheart Library Lessons


Inside this guide you will find very imaginative and inventive games that will bring this book wonderfully to life.


Round Table Card Game (Parts of a Book)


Decoding Famous Quotations


Also included in an extension activity using cryptography with the quotes.


Fantastic Heroes and Vile  Villains 


Inkheart Library Lessons


Scholastic who actually owns the imprint which publishes author Cornelia Funke, has a great videos of Cornelia talking about what inspired her to write this series of books. You can view the whole video in its entirety or watch it in one of 8 sections. You choose which ones. These are really fantastic videos which give us a behind the scene look into the mind of the author.


Whole Video


Once you’re on the video page, if you look to the right hand side bar you’ll find the individual videos.


As in love with Cornelia Funke’s writing as we are we want you to discover other great reading adventures. Here’s a link to her full list of novels.


I was given a copy of this book for this for review. The opinions expressed are purely my own.


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