Archive for December, 2008

Dec 31 2008

Let’s Get Ready to Reflect on 2008

As I reflect on the past year, 2008 has been another amazing journey for Cedar Valley Publishing and The Kannenberg family.  We have truly been blessed.  So as we celebrate the new year, here is my New Year’s Resolution:

  1. Do more of what I love to do and less of what I hate to do!
  2. Do one nice thing for someone else each day!
  3. Reduce, Recycle and Reuse!

In keeping in the spirit of doing something nice for someone else, I am asking you to pray for this amazing family with newborn baby boy, Stellan, who was diagnosed with so many scary things in the womb that he was not expected to be born alive.  But he is alive!  A true miracle baby!  Please pray for Stellan and his family and read more of this incredible story:  www.mycharmingkids.net

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Dec 25 2008

Let’s Get Ready for a Countdown to an Educational Christmas! Book Recommendation #25

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Bunny Cakes

In his most hilarious escapade yet, Max learns a invaluable lesson–in his irresistible way! For Grandma’s birthday, Max wants to make her an earthworm birthday cake. His sister Ruby is going to make an angel surprise cake with raspberry-fluff icing. When Grandma ends up with two cakes, guess which one she’ll eat first? Full color.

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We wish you a VERY Merry ‘Educational’ Christmas!
from Stacey Kannenberg and family

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Dec 24 2008

Let’s Get Ready for a Countdown to an Educational Christmas! Book Recommendation #24

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Mommy, Where are You?

Mommy, Where are You? was written to help young children faced with the death of their mother. It was designed to help them learn to feel her presence, love and support at times when they were most likely to feel her absence.

About the Author:  Mommy, Where are You? is Mrs. Rockaway’s second book in this series, with the first being Daddy, Where are You?. Barbara Rockaway wrote and illustrated this moving book when her godson, Timm, died unexpectedly in 2001. She wrote if for his young son Taylor and the new son, Timmy, he never met.

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Dec 23 2008

Let’s Get Ready for a Countdown to an Educational Christmas! Book Recommendation #23

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Daddy, Where Are You?

Daddy, Where are You? is a valuable tool to help children cope with an unexpected and unexplained death. It’s a beautiful true story of little Taylor who must begin a new game of hide and seek with his deceased father and finds that love is eternal. A must have for anyone who has lost someone special!

About the Author:  Barbara Rockaway wrote and illustrated this moving book when her godson, Timm, died unexpectedly in 2001. She wrote if for his young son Taylor and the new son, Timmy, he never met.

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Dec 22 2008

Let’s Get Ready for a Countdown to an Educational Christmas! Book Recommendation #22

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Baby Farm Animals

No one has illustrated animals with as much warmth, humor, and realism as Garth Williams. This classic-full of piglets, kittens, calves, and bunnies-is one of his best. Simple, humorous text identifies each fuzzy, furry, or feathery farm animal capering about the farm. This longtime favorite has been reissued for a new generation of kids, who will “pet” the animals on each page over and over again!

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Dec 21 2008

Let’s Get Ready for a Countdown to an Educational Christmas! Book Recommendation #21

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Fancy Nancy

Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy.

How Nancy transforms her parents and little sister for one enchanted evening makes for a story that is funny and warm — with or without the frills.

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Dec 20 2008

Let’s Get Ready for a Countdown to an Educational Christmas! Book Recommendation #20

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Olivia

Come one, come all for this extraordinary debut for both Falconer and his unforgettable porcine heroine. The author/artist begins this day-in-the-life tale with a kind of behind-the-scenes peek at Olivia. Articles from her wardrobe are strewn across the endpapers-red tights, red sunglasses, a red T-shirt and red tank top-until the title page reveals her selection: a red sailor dress with black-and-white striped tights. “This is Olivia./ She is good at lots of things,” the narrator begins, like an emcee introducing the star of the show. The genius of the volume is its economy: the brief text brilliantly plays off the artwork, rendered only in shades of red and black with an occasional background setting; a deceptively simple design unifies each spread. For one such spread, demonstrating “She is very good at wearing people out,” Falconer shows Olivia engaged in a variety of activities in 13 black-and-white vignettes, using red sparingly-for a hammer handle, a yo-yo, a ball, a mixing bowl spatula and a jump rope-as she progresses from energetic to spent. Against a completely white background, these vignettes seem to bob on invisible undulating waves, with the intermittent splashes of red creating a sense of movement and urgency-until Olivia’s collapse at the lower right-hand corner of the spread beneath a single line of text (“She even wears herself out”). The few full scenes amplify the deadpan humor: a beach setting allows for the full impact of Olivia’s spectacular sandcastle model of the Empire State Building; a full-bleed black-and-white image of a tutu- and tiara-clad Olivia bowing to unseen fans answers the narrator’s question “What could she be thinking?” as she stares at her favorite painting, featuring Degas’s ballerinas, in a museum. Whether in full scenes or vignettes, Falconer keeps the focus on his inimitable protagonist. He clearly understands his audience: a standout spread shows Olivia getting dressed in her red-only wardrobe (“She has to try on everything”) in 17 separate fashion poses. Falconer’s choice to suggest Olivia with a minimum of details and a masterful black line allows readers to really identify with her-no doubt, they will. There’s a little bit of Olivia in everyone. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Dec 19 2008

Let’s Get Ready for a Countdown to an Educational Christmas! Book Recommendation #19

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Fiona the Pig

Children and parents will adore the character of Fiona the Pig, whose personality is as charming as that of the beloved Eloise and Olivia. Zany illustrations add extra humor to the generation gap between parents and children in this engaging story of a precocious pig who loves to be neat, and her parents, who can’t understand why she doesn’t want to live like a messy pig. Leigh Hobbs’ illustrations perfectly capture Fiona’s girlish neatness, while conveying a sense that even in her very un-pig-like pursuits, she’s really a bit of a mess.

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Dec 18 2008

Let’s Get Ready for a Countdown to an Educational Christmas! Book Recommendation #18

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Baby Born

Through lovely verse and winsome watercolors, this sturdy lift-the-flap book celebrates all babies, following them from birth, through the seasons, to that joyful first birthday. Each experience contains a surprise under every flap.

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Dec 17 2008

Let’s Get Ready for a Countdown to an Educational Christmas! Book Recommendation #17

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums–and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar’s progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!

Brilliantly innovative designer and artist Eric Carle has dramatized the story of one of Nature’s commonest yet loveliest marvels, the metamorphosis of the butterfly, in a picture book to delight as well as instruct the very youngest reader or listener. Cleverly die-cut pages show what the caterpillar ate on successive days, graphically introducing sets of up to 10 objects and also the names of the days of the week in rotation, as well as telling the central story of the transformation of the caterpillar. The final, double-page picture of the butterfly is a joyous explosion of color, a vibrant affirmation of the wonder and beauty of Nature.

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