Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday's Child Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jenny P for her win in the Monday's Child contest. Thank you to all of you who played. The answer of 7 faces was correct and many of you had that right as well. The software program of random numbers actually drew the winning name from all the correct responses. Jenny has been notified via email.
Be on the lookout for Tuesday's Child Contest coming soon.

Also watch here for Friday's blog tour with Suzanne Lieurance and the Lucky Baseball.
See you Friday.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

On the Go with Children’s Author Mayra Calvani

Mayra Calvani
Mayra it is so good of you to stop by my blog today. I'm excited about your new book and I'll bet the schools just love having you come to visit.
I love doing school visits. Last month I had the honor of being re-invited to BEPS International School in Brussels to read two of my books and do a story workshop with the 3rd-year classes. We had a blast!

I brought with me my picture books, Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster ( and The Doll Violinist (

First, they gathered cross-legged on the carpet and I read them Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster. Afterwards—and this is the part they truly loved—they acted out the story! I had them play out the story twice so everybody could have a go at being an actor/actress. When they got stuck, the class or I helped them along. I was like the director. They didn’t read the lines from the book but improvised them in their own way as they remembered them. There were plenty of laughs and giggles.

After acting out the story, they sat down on the carpet again and I proceeded to do a story workshop. In this verbal workshop, they got to create and improvise a story as a group. For example, one kid thought of a character, another of a setting, another of a problem, etc., etc., until we had all the basic elements of a story. Finally we all tried to come up with the perfect title. The result was amazing! Kids are so original, inventive and imaginative; it just takes my breath away.

To finish off and calm them down, I read them The Doll Violinist before leaving. Altogether, it took about an hour. The teacher was always present to make sure the children behaved. I would never try this on my own! LOL. 

This must have been a wonderful and engaging experience they will remember for a good long time. I applaud your creative genius.  Tell us about this new book The Water Cycle -  certainly an adventure worth learning about.

About the book:
The Water Cycle: Water Play Series Book 1, for ages 4-8, follows the water droplets in their journey from the clouds to the earth and back to the clouds again. Written in a lyrical style, the book takes a new angle on the water cycle by showing the feelings it evokes in people. It also has fun learning activities at the end.

What reviewers are saying…
 “Written in Calvani’s delightful prose, “Huddle inside the CLOUD high up in the sky, the water droplets are excited,” While also complemented by the imaginative artwork of Alexander Morris’ fun illustrations, makes this book both easy to read and informative. The author also includes for her young readers a word search and glossary learning activity—a great addition to every teacher and homeschool parents’ teaching library.” –Carol Fraser Hagen, reading specialist and special education teacher.

Purchase The Water Cycle: Water Play Series Book 1 from Guardian Angel Publishing:

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About the author: Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults.  and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. Visit her website at and get the first two lessons of her popular Walking on a Rainbow Picture Book Workshop free! 
Book information:

Title: The Water Cycle: Water Play Series Book 1
Author: Mayra Calvani
Illustrations: Alexander Morris
Genre: Children 4-8
Print ISBN: 9781616332372; 1616332379
eBook ISBN: 9781616332389; 1616332387 

Published: March 15, 2012
Pages: 20
Price: $10.95 print; $5.00 e-Book
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Thanks Mayra, this was a most interesting and enjoyable experience. I wish you much success with your books and certainly you will be a must have speaker for many classrooms from here on out.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Monday's Child Is...

Monday's Child is Fair of Face
The poem, is "Monday's Child" and the first line of the poem is your chance to win a copy of Antique Armor just for playing. Read on to find out how.

No one takes Antiques at "face value" at least, not anyone with any experience in the antique business. June Fabrizio, owner of The Antique Rose Antique Shop is no exception. When a suit of antique armor winds up on her door step, troubles seem to have come calling with it. 

Days later, a note discovered in the suit of armor says "She killed me." Who, where and why? And all those same questions surface about the suit of armor as well.

Monday's child may be fair of face, but June knows things are not always as they seem. Sisters' share parents, genes and even faces, but personalities? Not always. Is June's sister Belinda part of the problem? She has always been in June's face over anything to do with the family. Why is it she seems so obsessed with the antique suit of armor? 

If you write, give your story wide berth and see what faces develop in their wake. You may be surprised.
How many times does the word face appear in this post? (Even if face is the complete word—as long as it is part of a word it counts) Put your answers in the comment section to receive your change to win a copy of Antique Armor, a mystery suspense or if you are a writer and would prefer a print copy of Writing Wide, Exercises in Creative Writing.

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