How silently they tumble down And come to rest upon the ground To lay a carpet, rich and rare, Beneath the trees without a care. “Elsie N. Brady”

I was wondering how to welcome this fall in 2020 when so much is going on around the world. I do know people wonder for so many issues coming unexpectedly without any notice and they think life is like a leaf flying here and there, disappearing and changing from gold to yellow and then to orange. There are people of any age and especially kids who travel a lot nowadays, pondering and wandering and searching for a corner to rest and feel the moment of time leaving us.

If you’re shaking like a leaf then you may need to reconsider your potential.

if you linger like a leaf then do take action to go further and don’t think of obstacles.

If you twirl like a leaf then take a breath and think of how life can be in serenity.

If you lie like a leaf on the stack of golden hues you do need to get up and find your life’s menaing.

In case you still wander about leaves and their energy then here are some good children’s books to choose and read aloud on a heap of leaves in the forest. Let the smell and the air fill your nostrils and get to know the magic power autumn leaves carry. Till next Rock Post enjoy the moments you have with your beloved persons and find tranquility in nature with amazing moments of joy! Here is the template for LeafSunCatchers that you will surely find unique! https://www.funathomewithkids.com/2014/08/fall-window-art-leaf-suncatchers-free.html


Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.

As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows–autumn is on its way!
Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.

The acclaimed interactive picture book about the changing seasons. “Like Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, Matheson’s Tap the Magic Tree proves you don’t need apps for interactivity,” praised the New York Times.

Every book needs you to turn the pages. But not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it, or even blow it a kiss. Innovative and timeless, Tap the Magic Tree asks you to help one lonely tree change with the seasons. Now that’s interactive—and magical!

It begins with a bare brown tree. But tap that tree, turn the page, and one bright green leaf has sprouted! Tap again—one, two, three, four—and four more leaves have grown on the next page. Pat, clap, wiggle, jiggle, and see blossoms bloom, apples grow, and the leaves swirl away with the autumn breeze. The collage-and-watercolor art evokes the bright simplicity of Lois Ehlert and Eric Carle and the interactive concept will delight fans of Pat the Bunny. Combining a playful spirit and a sense of wonder about nature, Christie Matheson has created a new modern classic that is a winner in every season—and every story time!

Discover the magic—and the science—behind fall leaves with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow.

With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre explores the transformation trees undergo in fall. The book takes readers through the leaves’ initial change from green to red, yellow, and orange, the shedding of the leaves, and the leaves crumbling as winter approaches. Extensive back matter explains the science behind this process to the youngest of budding scientists.

Lauren Stringer celebrates the coming of autumn in this exuberant, joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals are preparing for winter.

Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows raise their voices joyfully from the bare branches, and squirrels busy themselves preparing their nests for winter. This lyrical celebration of the beauty and fun of autumn is sure to become a perennial fall favorite.

From award-winning author Louise Greig and acclaimed illustrator Júlia Sardà comes an uplifting story about how to confront big emotions.

Ed’s bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town.

Can Ed sweep his troubles away?

Explore AUTUMN in the forest with this lively, interactive Lift-a-Flap Surprise board book! Little ones will love learning all about fall fun in the forest while following an adorable little chipmunk busy collecting walnuts, acorns, and buckeyes prepping for winter. The pumpkins are growing and the trees are full of apples and pears ready for gathering. Nuts of all kinds have covered the forest floor. And one little chipmunk is snug in its burrow. What a wonderful day to be a chipmunk in the forest! A perfect way to celebrate the season with your toddler!

  • Look for the Lift-a-Flap Surprise! It’s a Lift-a-Flap and pop-up all in one book!
  • Interactive, beautifully illustrated board book with lots to explore ideal for keeping toddlers entertained and engaged.
  • Perfectly sized for little hands and fingers to open and close the flaps. Sturdy flaps are extra strong so your little one can open and close again and again without any signs of wear.
  • Lifting flaps encourage the use of fine motor skills and the content-rich text builds vocabulary.
  • Collect all four books in the SEASONS Lift-a-Flap Surprise series!

“Make a wish, look inside your dish Inside your dish, there’s candy fish Candy fish in chocolatey goo inside the goo are marshmallows too.” (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!)

July is here and heat goes up! Nothing better to do than read a book with icecream theme or play games online on making tonnes of icecreams!! https://www.agame.com/games/ice-cream-games

Ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin nor inventor has been undisputably credited with its discovery. We know that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar. Biblical references also show that King Solomon was fond of iced drinks during harvesting. During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar (A.D. 54-86) frequently sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was then flavored with fruits and juices.

Over a thousand years later, Marco Polo returned to Italy from the Far East with a recipe that closely resembled what is now called sherbet. Historians estimate that this recipe evolved into ice cream sometime in the 16th century. England seems to have discovered ice cream at the same time, or perhaps even earlier than the Italians. “Cream Ice,” as it was called, appeared regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17th century. France was introduced to similar frozen desserts in 1553 by the Italian Catherine de Medici when she became the wife of Henry II of France. It wasn’t until 1660 that ice cream was made available to the general public. The Sicilian Procopio introduced a recipe blending milk, cream, butter and eggs at Café Procope, the first café in Paris. https://www.idfa.org/the-history-of-ice-cream

Suggested books for our little friends to spend their summer mornings or afternoons.

Isaac loves the sugar maple in his yard, and he can’t help but feel bad for it when its branches are winter-bare. He decides to give it a gift…and is surprised when the tree returns the favor in the new morning snow, presenting him with balls of…ice cream!

But how long can the magic last with spring on the horizon?

This magical exploration through the colors of the rainbow, the days of the week, and some of our favorite fruits is sure to delight readers of all ages!

What’s the Scoop?

Americans eat more ice cream than people in any other country (on average 48 pints per person a year). Where did this cool treat come from? And how did its popularity spread? If you’re curious about all things ice cream, this fun, visual 8 x 8 developed with the food curators at the Smithsonian is now on the menu!

It’s just another summer day until Teddy visits the new ice cream shop in town. Magically, he enters a kingdom of ice cream fountains, whipped cream lanes, and volcanoes that erupt with vanilla fudge! In this land of frosty treats, Teddy rules as the Ice Cream King. He can eat as much ice cream as he’d like, sail an ice cream sea, and even zoom to an ice cream moon. But something very important is missing. What could it be? Dig into this delicious adventure that serves up a gentle lesson in sharing!

Join Splat and his class on a field trip to an ice cream factory in this delectable I Can Read book from New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton.

Splat can barely sit still during the bus ride. He’s imagining the mountain of ice cream he thinks he’ll get to eat! But when Splat gets there, that mountain becomes more of an avalanche. It’s up to Splat and his classmates to save the day! Beginning readers will practice the –eam sound in this easy-to-read addition to the Splat series. Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

Check the following site for more bedtime stories icecream for kids.

https://www.storyberries.com/bedtime-stories-the-worlds-best-ice-cream-stories-for-kids/

Try this incredible receipe https://www.anightowlblog.com/shark-frenzy-ice-cream/ and have as much icecream as possible.

“Embrace and kiss each other sweetly, lip on lip let friend and foe proclaim, ‘Christ is Risen!” Dionysios Solomos.

You may wish once in your life to come to Greece for the islands and the food but if you don’t experience the Greek Orhtodox Easter you aren’t going to discover the Divine Mystagogy of the Anastasis on Great Saturday and its deep meaning! The following article on the site : https://trigiro.com/traditional-easter-greece/ best describes the ambiance in and out of the church!

Holy Saturday The Eternal Flame arrives to Greece by military jet and priests carry it to their churches. The service starts at 23:00 and people start to gather at their local churches holding the “labatha” (a big candle) that is only used for that Easter midnight service. A few minutes before midnight people and priests gather outside the church and exactly on midnight priests call out “Christos Anesti” (Christ is risen) and pass the holy flame to those nearest him and one passes to another. Fireworks begin to light up the sky and people exchange traditional Easter wishes (“Christos Anesti – Christ is risen and in response, “Alithos Anesti” – truly, He is risen). It is custom to carry the Holy flame back home and smoke the doorframe to bless the house. Once home, family and friends gather to eat the traditional soup “maghiritsa” and crack red eggs that symbolize the opening of the tomb.

Except for my short story that is included in my future to be Anthology, written in Greek, and I post here on my blog, I have chosen some Children’s books on Greek Easter starting with Catherine’s Pascha!written by an exceptional friend, Charlie Riggle!

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It’s Pascha, and Catherine is determined to stay awake all night. Can she do it? Will she remember how to say “Christ is risen!” in Russian? Will her best friend Elizabeth remember how to say it in Greek? Will their parents let them play with burning candles, smash hard-boiled eggs, and eat sweets until the sun rises on Pascha?

Check more on Charlie on her blog, an abundant source of info on activities for kids, Greek Orthodox customs plus info on books fro kids with disabilities!https://charlotteriggle.com/pascha-queen-lady-days/

The Lucky Egg: A story about Orthodox Easter


Billy can’t wait for Easter! His family celebrates with special foods, but he looks forward to the most exciting part: cracking red eggs with his family. Billy hopes his egg will be the lucky one so he can have a year of good fortune. But Billy quickly remembers how fortunate he already is. Follow Billy and his family in another holiday adventure as he learns the story behind Easter and some beloved Greek traditions.
The Story of Easter (Little Golden Book) by [Jean Miller, Jerry Smath]

This gentle introduction to the biblical account of Jesus’s final days on earth, and Resurrection, is perfect for preschoolers. Lush, colorful illustrations of the Last Supper, Jesus carrying his cross, and the angel in the empty tomb are accessible to little readers who are just learning about Easter. At the end of the book, Easter traditions from around the world are introduced, from Ukrainian painted eggs (Pysanky) to the greeting of the Easter sunrise in the British Isles. It’s a perfect first book about an important holiday for many, and an ideal Easter gift.”

Easter Love Letters from God: Bible Stories by [Glenys Nellist, Sophie Allsopp]

Jesus came to teach people how to love. He came to heal us from everything that hurts us, and to fill our lives with joy, hope, forgiveness, and peace. And the more you get to know Jesus, the more you’ll discover that this can be your life too.

Easter Love Letters from God, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp, guides children and families through Holy Week with seven beautifully illustrated Bible stories. Following each story the child will find his or her own letter from God. Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how the letters elaborate on the Bible stories being told. Each message gives the child a sense of wonder as they discover what happened leading up to Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words to You will accompany each story and letter. Much more than a memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God’s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope.

Little One, God Loves You by [Amy Warren Hilliker, Polona Lovsin]

A sweet and accessible book inspired by a key concept in The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren, that we are created by God to be loved by God. Little One, God Loves You, written by Amy Warren Hilliker and inspired by the New York Times #1 bestseller The Purpose Driven Life, is a cute and cuddly board book that lets children know God made them solely for the purpose of loving them.

Little One, God Loves You:

  • Features sweet animal illustrations children will love
  • Perfect board book for parent-child read-aloud
  • Ideal for children ages 2-5
The Story of the Easter Bunny by [Katherine Tegen, Sally Anne Lambert]

New York Times bestseller!

Everyone knows who the Easter Bunny is. Each year, he comes with a basket of painted eggs and chocolates for children. But not everybody knows where he comes from. On a snow-cold day in a snug little house… So begins the true story of the Easter Bunny! With gorgeous and peaceful art, this fresh, innovative story describes how one little rabbit became a legend.

Απόσπασμα από συλλογή Διηγήματων μου για το πιο όμορφο Πάσχα μου! 


Δεν υπάρχει καλύτερος τόπος για τον καθένα μας από το χωριό του, την άνοιξη που οι μυρωδιές των λουλουδιών, του φρεσκοφυτρωμμένου γρασιδιού σε ζαλίζει μαζί με το βουητό της μέλισσας που βιάζεται να αδράξει χυμούς. Δεν υπάρχει καλύτερο χάδι από αυτό το αεράκι που σου ξεδιαλλέγει τα μαλλιά και σε νανουρίζει μαζί με τον μακρόσυρτο ήχο του θροίσματος των φύλλων από κάθε λογής δέντρο. Μέχρι και τα νεογέννητα φυλλαράκια στους κατσαρωτούς θάμνους, τα σκίντα όπως τα ξέρω εγώ, σε καλούν με ένα ρυθμικό καλοσώρισμα να πας κοντά τους και να τα χαιδέψεις.
Δεν υπάρχει καλύτερη ανάμνηση από το Πάσχα στην κορυφή του βουνού με τον παππού Γαβρίλη τον ερημίτη και την γιαγιά Αθανασία,(η οποία κοντεύει τα 97 τώρα αλλά είναι ή ίδια νόνα σε όλα της όπως τότε) σε ένα σπίτι χωρίς ρεύμα και με νερό από την πέτρινη βρύση μακριά από το σπίτι κρυμμένη μες στα εκατόχρονα πλατάνια. Κάθε φορά που γύριζες από την βρύση με το νερό στο μπότι κοίταγες τον κάμπο, σκαλωτά χωράφια,λιβάδια, κατσικούλες, πρόβατα, τα δέντρα με όλες τις αποχρώσεις του πράσινου που καμμιά παλλέτα δεν μπορεί να φτιάξει! Όσο όμως και να απολάμβανες τον ήλιο και το χωράφι του παππού πνιγμένο στις παπαρούνες και τα χαμομήλια να εναλλάσονται και να σε πηγαίνουν ως το λαγκάδι και πάλι πίσω στο μονοπάτι της ανάβασης για το σπίτι, το εκκλησάκι του Αι-Δημήτρη σε καθήλωνε! Ένα απλό εκκλησάκι μες το πουθενά μες την άγρια φύση με ένα μικρό νεκροταφείο αλλά τόσο θαυματουργό μέρος. Η βόλτα μας πρίν την Ανάσταση ήταν να κατέβουμε το μονοπάτι πνιγμένο μες τα αγριόχορτα τις πρασινογάλανες σαυρούλες και τα αγκονάρια , τις πέτρες που ήταν μεγαλύτερες από εμάς. Κατεβαίναμε σχεδόν μπουσουλώντας για να φτάσουμε στο κρυμμένο ξέφωτο και στην λαγκαδιά με το γάργαρο νερό για να πάρουμε μια μικρή ανηφορίτσα και να πάμε να ανάψουμε τα καντήλια μέσα στο εκκλησάκι και έξω στα μνήματα. Οι χωριανοί ξέρανε πως ο Παππούς Γαβρίλης φύλαγε τον Αι-Δημήτρη σαν τα μάτια του. Δεν υπάρχει καλύτερη θύμηση από το Πάσχα όταν ήμουν στο γυμνάσιο, το 1982 θατανε θαρρώ, 38 ολόκληρα χρόνια πρίν! Έπρεπε να πάμε περπατώντας από τον κεντρικό δρόμο που μας άφησε το λεωφορείο, φορτωμένοι με σακκούλες με ψώνια και τα ρούχα μας πάνω στην ανηφόρα, στον χωματόδρομο, μες τα αγκονάρια να γλυστράμε και να περνάμε τα υγρά μονοπάτια, τα μικρά ρυάκια και να βουλιάζουμε στις λάσπες να γινόμαστε χωτοί που λέει και η μάνα μου! Μιάμιση ώρα ανάβαση στην καλύτερη αγκομαχώντας πραγματικά με τα παράπονα στο στόμα,”είναι η τελευταία φορά δεν ξανάρχομαι, να βλέπω τον παππούλη να σβάζει τα αρνιά και να τα γδέρνει μπροστά μας, αντε τώρα να ξεπαγιάσουν τα χέρια μας για να καθαρίσουμετα πατσαλικά, να μαζέψουμε και να βοηθήσουμε να φουρνίσουμε τόσα ταψιά για τους ξένους που θα έρθουν περπατώντας μέσα από τις λαγκαδιές και να κοιμηθούμε χάμω 10 άνθρωποι,θείες,ξαδέλφια στα σαίσματα που δεν θα φτάνουν για όλους.” Κανένα όμως από εμάς τα παιδιά δεν σκεφτόταν αυτά μόλις πήγαινε στον Αι-Δημήτρη, ούτε όταν χάζευε τις ανθισμένες αμυγδαλιες που έκρυβαν το δύσβατο μονοπάτι για το εκκλησάκι. Ξεχνιέται η εικόνα από τα αγριοθύμαρα και τις ίριδες που μας άνοιγαν πέρασμα και δεν τολμούσαμε να τις αγγίξουμε για να μην χαλάσουμε την μαγεία της στιγμής! Δεν ξεχνιέται και το Πάσχα εκείνο που ο παππάς θα ερχόταν κατά τις 9 με 10 το βράδυ για να ψάλλει την Ανάσταση για εμάς πρώτα μιας και έτσι είχε συμφωνήσει με τον παππού, αλλά όσο και να βγαίναμε στο ύψωμα με το φακό δεν τον βλέπαμε να έρχεται μες το σκοτάδι. Κάπως έτσι πήραμε την απόφαση και φύγαμε όλοι μες το πετροσκόταδο, με τους ήχους της νυχτιάς για συντροφιά και ακολουθώντας ο ένας πίσω από τον άλλο πήγαμε και ψάλλαμε το Χριστός Ανέστη, προσκυνήσαμε τις εικόνες, ο αδελφός μου ο Δημήτρης χτυπούσε την μικρή ασημένια καμπάνα χωρίς σταματημό, κάτω από έναν ουρανό που μας έλουζε από το φως! Τι και αν είμαστε εμείς και ο Θεός μες την ερημιά με τον θείο Φίλιππα να ρίχνει σκάστρες ανελέητα στο μικρό προαύλιο για τα χρόνια πολλά! Γιορτάσαμε την Ανάσταση μέσα από την αγαλλίαση της ψυχής και το μύρο της φύσης που μέσα στην νυχτιά έγινε λάμψη φωτός και χαράς. Καλή Ανάσταση όπου και να είστε και με όποιες συνθήκες και να βιώνετε, μην χάσετε την χαρμόσυνη Ανάσταση και το κάλεσμα για Ζωή και Ανάσταση πραγματική!

“With every falling flake,a unique spark from interest falls from Heaven.” Percy Miller

Icy crystal droplets on ground and tree branches,

light’s shafts bringing life,

crystals in different shapes

freeze and thaw

with the wind’s subtle touch.

Fed by the cold air,

shadowed by the icy branches.

Copyright Agatha Rodi

Winter welcomes the New Year, 2020 with snow flurries and snow qualls or thundersnow. Wherever you live on this beautiful planet, remember to enjoy the new day coming with promises and hope. Frost on the grass and the edges of petals, the hoarfrost loosely attached to leaves and branches. Featherly crystals on birch trees and ferns. Snow carpets on sleepy Greek forests and slopes!

kalavryta snow forecast
KALAVRYTA slopes, Achaia, Greece.

Enjoy nature and love the moment along with my last post for this year choosing children’s books you will adore reading.

“Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied.” — Wilson Bentley (1865-1931)
From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist’s vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Medal.

Bear never asks for anything. So when a letter arrives for the little chipmunk Izzy, urgently requesting her presence, she can’t refuse–even if there is a blizzard on the way! This heartwarming tale of friendship from bestselling author Brian Lies will melt even the chilliest of hearts.

Bear never asks for anything. So when she sends a note to Izzy urgently requesting her presence, Izzy can’t refuse! But a blizzard begins and slows Izzy’s progress.  As the snow accumulates, so do her friends, helping her on her way to Bear’s place.  
This heartwarming tale from best-selling author and illustrator Brian Lies shows readers the rewards of counting on friends to get you through, snowstorm or not.


In this almost wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child’s sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, RED SLED will become a wintertime favorite.

From Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and acclaimed painter Laura Dronzek, the bestselling and award-winning creators of When Spring Comes and In the Middle of Fall, this picture book about winter celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. Snow falls, animals burrow, and children prepare for the wonders winter brings. Caldecott Medalist and award-winning author Kevin Henkes’s striking text introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the winter season. Laura Dronzek’s expressive paintings beautifully capture the joyful wonders of winter.

This is an engaging companion to the best-selling When Spring Comes and In the Middle of Fall. Winter Is Here is an ideal choice for story time, seasonal curriculums, and bedtime reading.

From bestselling author-illustrator Keith Baker, explore the wondrous world of winter in this charming story now available as a Classic Board Book!

No two snowflakes are alike,
almost, almost . . .
but not quite.

Follow a pair of birds on a snowflake-filled journey though a gorgeous winter landscape to explore how everything everywhere is wonderfully unique—from branches and leaves to forests and trees to friends and loved ones.

One cold morning a lonely boy wishes for something to do. His animal friends are hibernating, and he has nobody to play with―even all the birds have flown south. When he meets Jack Frost, the last thing he expects is to make a new friend . . . or to discover how enchanting winter can be!

Look out. Now look up. From the sky one flake falls, then another. And just like that—it’s snowing.In this beautiful book from debut creator Bomi Park, a young girl wakes up to the year’s first snowy day. From her initial glimpse out the window to her poignant adventures—rolling a snowman, making snow angels—the girl’s quiet quests are ones all young readers will recognize. Simple, muted text and exquisite, evocative art conjure the excitement of a day spent exploring the wonder of snow—and the magic that, sometimes literally, such a day brings. As subtly joyful as a snow day itself, this book will find its home in the hearts of young adventurers everywhere.

Blizzard is based on John Rocco’s childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought fifty-three inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island. Told with a brief text and dynamic illustrations, the bookopens with a boy’s excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window. It ends with the neighborhood’s immense relief upon seeing the first snowplow break through on their street. In between the boy watches his familiar landscape transform into something alien, and readers watch him transform into a hero who puts the needs of others first. John uses an increasing amount of white space in his playful images, which include a gatefold spread of the boy’s expedition to the store. This book about the wonder of a winter storm is as delicious as a mug of hot cocoa by the fire on a snowy day.

Best wishes for a prosperous 2020 with Health, Success and Gratitutde to others! Till next Rock Post:

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Amelie Gets Busy! Thank you for the reviews!

 Sweet Rhyming Story Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2019, by LUZDELMES Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase Amelia seems impressed with all the wonders around her at the village’s farm with her Greek grandma, yiayia. Visiting Grandma is an opportunity to enjoy nature, flowers, plants, birds and farm animals. The lovely yiayia protects Amelia with affection and care. The children story ends with a fond display of yiayia’s favorite keepsake box where she keeps the reason to be impressed of farm’s life.
The author Agatha Rodi uses elegant rhymes to make the story dances with poetic structure. Soft pastel illustrations depict the simple and beautiful gardening and farming’s life style.
I highly recommend this book for children ages 5-8 years old.


  Jonathan  after a long and full day of gardening and eating delicious foods – like pink crusted biscuit cake – Amelie takes some of … January 6, 2016 Young Amelie is very impressed! She announces this right up front, in case there was any doubt, but to discover by what exactly she is impressed, one must read on.  

Amelie spends her days in the village farm with her yiayia – Greek for ‘grandma’ – and with all of the plants and birds and animals therein.

She is a bit trepidatious at first, but yiayia is there to comfort her and to show her the wonders of life in this small, Greek village.

The flowers, the hedgehogs, the birds feeding their young, they all contain wonder.

Here I come, blooming garden! Oh, I am so impressed!

Finally, after a long and full day of gardening and eating delicious foods – like pink crusted biscuit cake – Amelie takes some of the treasures she has collected and forms a keepsake box so that she can keep the wonderful – and impressive! – memories.

A jay of yiayia’s favorite cherry jam
Some pieces of spinach pie and feta cheese
Full of spices and crispy dough.
I always take my village with me,
The blue light and the hues of the rainbow
That make me say wow!
That’s why I’m so impressed!
 

Kristi In this charming picture book, Amelie spends a day at the village farm and is impressed by all that she sees. The animals trees, the garden, and the food is impressive to her. The love between her and her grandmother is evident throughout this book. The illustrations are nicely done. Good read!

 Lisa’s Book Reviews  Lovely Story Written In Poem June 24, 2015 A story set in rhyming poetry with a young girl named Amelie, who becomes impressed with all she sees in the village of her grandmother’s farm. Chickens and pigs greet her. At first she is afraid. Her grandmother is close by to protect her and reassure her the animals mean no harm, they merely wish to be fed.

There are beautiful birds flying overhead while bees buzz to drink from a garden with roses. A hedgehog Amelie sees when watering the roses she believes is cute and adorable. She takes time to eat a piece of luscious cake.

Amelie is so impressed with all she sees, hears, and now knows. To learn what else she becomes impressed about you’ll have to read the book.

As this story is written in the form of poetry, it is a creative art whereby its words are an inspiration and beauty expressed in the most joyful collection of words having underlying meaning and a show of thought and feeling.

The artwork is soft and kind, adding just the right feel to the storyline.

As this story is written about a Grecian young girl, the words are of that culture and the reader can experience a touch of Grecian life through the eyes of Amelie, who enjoys her very first visit to her grandmother’s farm.

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“Amelie gets Busy!” is a simple, yet powerful poem about Amelie and her “yiayia”. Living in a fast-paced world, Amelie’s story is a colorful reminder of the small, everyday joys of life. And every time Amelie is presented with a new surprise, she smiles with us “I’m impressed”! Garden trees, hedgehogs, roses, eggplants, rosemary and basil come together to give Amelie the perfect treat in this delightful poem that celebrates life!

Educating the Mind without educating the Heart is no Education at all.(Aristotle)

The First Day of  School seems to be the milestone in a student’s life. Every student develops a different approach about school, either becoming excited or really apprehensive of the surroundings and the teacher who invades his life. Reading picture books aloud with your child about starting school is a good way to prepare the student to be, for the challenge ahead. Through the stories about School, students start realizing what happens in a school day and what to expect.  So this means less stress and more self-esteem while being away from familiar surroundings.

  • Once school starts students have to know before hand about that new transition in their life. Activities related to the new program they have to follow every day is a good way to make them feel secure about this new change.
  • Organisation is another way to make students think of preparing their own bag, take the initiative in doing so, is a major step to become independent and take on responsibility. Organisation is a good example of being taught to deal with school demands in the future, even placing their lunch box is an easy and practical way to have a task to complete.

Thinking of those students with learning difficulties or special needs then both parents and teachers need to work together on an individual learning plan. Teaching charismatic students with Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, the last ten years, has taught me that the teacher has to comply with the student’s existing skills, set realistic goals to make progress happen, and modify the curriculum as many times as it is needed. Reading aloud, incorporating drawing and painting is a good strategy to help the student find his path in the learning process.There are no magic tricks, the teacher has to be aware of the student’s strengths and weaknesses and promote reading by choosing specific books that attract his interest.

I hope the new School year brings the best results and that teachers help students to trace their strong points, love books and show their creativity. Till next Rock Post, have a good start, enjoy the books below and have fun at school, all year round!

It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?

The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he’s not the only one going through first-day jitters.

Rosie can’t wait to start kindergarten—she’s had her pencils sharpened and her backpack ready for weeks. But suddenly, on the night before the big day, her tummy hurts. Rosie’s mom reassures her that it’s just butterflies in her belly, and she’ll feel better soon. Much to Rosie’s surprise, when she says hello to a new friend on the bus, a butterfly flies out of her mouth! As the day goes on, Rosie frees all her butterflies, and even helps another shy student let go of hers, too.

A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown.

The morning sun blares through your window like a million brass trumpets.It sits and shines behind your head–like a crown. Mommy says that today, you are going to be the King of Kindergarten!

Starting kindergarten is a big milestone–and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He’s dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes, and can’t wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jam-packed, but he’s up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm! And afterward, he can’t wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements–and then wake up to start another day.
     Newbery Honor-winning author Derrick Barnes’s empowering story will give new kindergarteners a reassuring confidence boost, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton’s illustrations exude joy.

Award-winning poet Alexander compares reading a book to peeling the gentle skin of a clementine, digging in to its juiciness, enjoying it “piece by piece, part by part,” until you can “watch a novel world unfurl right before your eyes.” And who better to illustrate this delicious poem than Caldecott Honoree Sweet. The artwork is done in watercolor, gouache, mixed media, handmade and vintage papers, found objects including old book covers, and a paint can lid. Not a splash of color, a piece of paper, or a line is out of place. Starting with the initial collage that incorporates the building blocks of reading (the letters A to Z) and the lines from a poem by Nikki Giovanni that careful readers will have to pay attention to see, the tone is set. “So get/real cozy/between/the covers/And let your/fingers wonder/as they wander…” for there is much to relish in this poem and its exuberant images. “Squeeze/every morsel/of each plump line/until the last/drop of magic/drips from the infinite sky.” The book includes a note from both the poet and the artist. VERDICT A beautiful book not to be rushed through, but to be enjoyed morsel by tasty morsel.

This humorous new book in the beloved HOW TO . . . series takes readers through a fun and busy school year. Written in tongue-in-cheek instructional style, a class of adorable students gives tips and tricks for getting a teacher ready—for the first day of school, and all the events and milestones that will follow (picture day, holiday concert, the 100th day of school, field day!). And along the way, children will see that getting their teacher ready is really getting themselvesready. Filled with charming role-reversal humor, this is a playful and heartwarming celebration of teachers and students, and the perfect gift for back-to-school readiness or graduation.

Spend the day at school and join the little girl in everything she does in a day—from breakfast to bedtime. Meet her classmates and try to spot what each friend is up to in every lesson throughout the book. Can you guess what they want to be when they grow up? This reassuring introduction to the school day for little ones has bright, friendly artwork and is perfect for children about to go off to school for the first time.

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. 

Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

A delightfully funny story that will reassure every child anxious about starting a new school or nursery.

Bears are clumsy. They don’t sit still. They’re much, much bigger than teachers – and they eat SUCH a lot of lunch! Yes, taking a bear to school is a BAD idea. But will this little boy find the courage to face the first day of school alone?

With so much to do, like painting, dressing up, storytime, and making new friends, he just might! And Bear? He’ll always be waiting at the end of the day, with a great big hug!

In this exuberant companion to If I Built a Car, a boy fantasizes about his dream school–from classroom to cafeteria to library to playground.

My school will amaze you. My school will astound.
By far the most fabulous school to be found!
Perfectly planned and impeccably clean.
On a scale, 1 to 10, it’s more like 15!
And learning is fun in a place that’s fun, too.

If Jack built a school, there would be hover desks and pop-up textbooks, skydiving wind tunnels and a trampoline basketball court in the gym, a robo-chef to serve lunch in the cafeteria, field trips to Mars, and a whole lot more. The inventive boy who described his ideal car and house in previous books is dreaming even bigger this time.

A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.

Sweet Moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams. Shakespeare (Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Last night Moon’s dazzling light from my balcony made it seem almost as radiant as the sun, and turned our night into a never-ending twilight. Archaeological sites throughout Greece stayed open well after midnight, the  entrance was free, for visitors to enjoy the beauty. Lucky those who saw the brilliant white marble of the Acropolis, glowing in the moonlight, or the moon, hanging low over the sea and spent the night on the Aegean beaches. A recent article on Smithsonianmag refers to the Greek Philosopher Anaxagoras and useful info on the Moon.

”Close to the north pole of the moon lies the crater Anaxagoras, named for a Greek philosopher who lived in the fifth century B.C. The eponym is fitting, as Anaxagoras the man was one of the first people in history to suggest the moon was a rocky body, not all too dissimilar from Earth. Streaks of material thrown out during the impact that formed the crater extend 560 miles southward to the rim of another crater, this one named for Plato.” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-greek-philosopher-was-exiled-claiming-moon-was-rock-not-god-180972447/

If you ever happen to visit Greece in August, do take part in the festivities, including singing, dancing, musical performances and poetry reading, food abundant and wine flowing, under the light of the moon. Down below find and buy for your little children one of the amazing books I suggest and enjoy the beautiful illustrations as well as text! Best summer wishes till my next Rock Post!



From writer Stacy McAnulty and illustrator Stevie Lewis, Moon! Earth’s Best Friend is a light-hearted nonfiction picture book about the formation and history of the moon―told from the perspective of the moon itself.

Meet Moon! She’s more than just a rock―she’s Earth’s rock, her best friend she can always count on. Moon never turns her back on her friend (literally: she’s always facing Earth with the same side!). These two will stick together forever. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Moon in this next celestial “autobiography” in the Our Universe series. Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully brought to life by Stevie Lewis, this is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years and Sun! One in a Billion.

A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more. 

Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky’s most brilliant features–such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets–as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book.

When the day has ended and everyone else has fallen asleep, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure with his friend the Moon. Their unusual journey is described in lyrical verse, creating a enchanting story that celebrates the serene beauty of the world at night. Jay’s trademark oil paintings with their crackled finish reveal charming details not mentioned in the verse: the moon loses one of its red slippers on the church steeple, for instance, and the boy recovers it in the next spread. The artist successfully marries the cool royal blue of the evening sky with the warm orange-reds of the buildings, many of which seem alive (two arched windows and a clock on the church tower form a face), alongside trees that appear to dance on curvy trunks. Boy and moon eventually link arms and accompany each other to their respective realms: the moon descends to skip across a bridge with the boy; boy and moon sail over a playground, and readers are treated to a bird’s-eye–view of a fanciful landscape. Endnotes for this soothing lunar lullaby contain facts about the moon’s phases and nocturnal animals.

nnie is preparing for Career Day at school, and is trying to follow her teacher’s directive to keep her career choice a secret. Every evening she works on her costume while her family asks for hints. Grandpop gives her a camera in hopes she will aspire to be a journalist like him. Grandma tells her about her days winning awards for her desserts and lets Annie borrow her mixing bowl and oven mitts. Dad is convinced that she’ll wants to be a mountain climber like him; and when Mom asks for a hint, she gives Annie some high-top sneakers hoping Annie will be a basketball player like she is. Annie does not commit to any of her family members’ career choices, but in the end shows that she can blend something from everyone and make it her own. Readers will have no doubt that Annie is well equipped to follow her dream to travel into space. The illustration of her room shows planets hanging from the ceiling, stars and moons on her bedspread and tissue box, space posters on the walls, and a telescope for stargazing. Tadgell’s watercolor illustrations are kid-friendly and complementary to Slade’s concise storytelling. Back matter gives a short biography of four female astronauts, information about the phases of the moon, and a list of sources to learn more. 

On time for the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, this father-daughter story celebrates a small community’s big contribution to one of America’s greatest accomplishments.

Marthanne and her father sit side by side, looking out over their mill village as the moon glows in the sky. Marthanne hopes that one day, man will walk on the moon, and she knows her father is helping America accomplish this mission: The fabric he weaves forms one layer in the astronauts’ spacesuits. Papa insists he’s only making a living, but Marthanne knows his work is part of history, and she’s proud. She tries to be patient, but she can’t stop imagining the moon mission: the astronauts tumbling through space, the fabric her papa made traveling all the way up into the sky. When the astronauts blast off and Neil Armstrong finally takes his first steps on the moon, Marthanne watches in wonder. She knows her papa put a man on the moon.

A stunning picture book that addresses the question: do any of us “own” nature?

 When a curious cat asks the question, “Whose moon is that?”, a panoply of animals try to stake their claim. The wolf, the owl, and the starry sky all have their reasons, but the moon ultimately answers for herself — her light is meant to be shared by everyone.  Many stake a claim on the orb, from a bird, a bear, and a wolf to a tree, a mountain, and the starry sky. In the end, the moon says it shines “for one and all, and none, throughout eternity.” Told in the “Alouette” verse form, this is an original tale. Full spreads bring the nocturnal world alive, with the night sky backgrounds in watercolor with a palette that incorporates the magical colors and movement of the aurora borealis. Each spread focuses on one particular subject and its connection with the moon. Krans’s signature intricate pen-and-ink illustrations are larger-than-life, such as an image of a bear looking straight at readers, the moon dropping behind her as she says she found the moon first and doesn’t “like to share.”

Kim Krans’s stunning ink-and-watercolor illustrations beautifully illuminate this simple exploration of our relationship to the world around us and our place in it.

“In this playful book, the anthropomorphized moon watches humans from afar and eagerly notes as they invent the first airplane, build rockets and prepare to take the first tentative steps on her surface. Through text and informative back matter, young readers learn fascinating facts about the moon, astronauts and the space program.

Pedal it! Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul!

Summer frenzy of this year, in my neighbourhood is the presence of new bikes with kids of different age groups, coming and going all day long! There are such unbelievable places to go ride your bikes here in Greece, all over the place, at beaches, hills and undiscovered paths, beautiful scenic routes at the Aegean islands, countless unexplored villages on the top of the mountains in Central Greece, where the sky meets the trees.

Kids need that thrill of freedom and adventure a bike offers. Rides in places they discover for the first time add to their spicy incidents that make the summer holidays an unforgettable time in their life.

“Stathis Stasinopoulos, the founder of Folding Project and manufacturing company Velo Lab, is a passionate cyclist. The company’s bicycle is manufactured in Greece and sold internationally for serious bicyclists that regularly travel long distances, designed in a “cross frame” pattern.

Stathis Stasinopoulos bike on Kalymnos island, of the Aegean Sea!

Stasinopoulos says, “It combines the behavior of a Road Bike with the attitude of a City Bike.” It weighs less than 12 kilograms, yet maintains the standards of top riding quality and comfort. The 26 inch wheels and geometric design contributes to the bike’s agility and speed on the road. Folding only takes a mere 5 seconds and the bike can be rolled when folded, rather than carried. The company asserts that the majority of other folding bikes are heavier, take much longer to fold, and ride much less smoothly.” Find more on this interesting article on : http://greektv.com/soar-through-the-city-with-the-greek-engineered-folding-project/

If your summer destination is Greece, then check here for some of the iconic places to find bliss and relaxation : https://theculturetrip.com/europe/greece/articles/spectacular-places-to-cycle-in-greece/

What you shouldn’t miss is to read one of the following PBs to your kids!

This inspirational story follows the life of Big Red, a treasured bike. It starts its life in North America as a young boy’s prized possession, but when the boy grows up, he realizes that he has outgrown Big Red and decides to donate it to someone who truly needs it. Big Red’s life takes a dramatic turn when it gets sent to Africa, helping people to access the market, deliver medicine, and take people to the hospital. The author includes a section to help guide children in making donations and volunteering, making this a truly valuable book for broadening children’s worldviews. (With large amounts of text on each page, I recommend this for upper elementary students.)

Cycling rules the road in Amsterdam today, but that wasn’t always the case. In the 1970’s, Amsterdam was so crowded with vehicles that bicyclists could hardly move, but moms and kids relied on their bicycles to get around the city. PEDAL POWER is the story of the people who led protests against the unsafe streets and took over a vehicles-only tunnel on their bikes, showing what a little pedal power could do! Author and illustrator Allan Drummond returns with the story of the people that paved the way for safe biking around the world.

Want To Know! This series of informative picture books answers the many questions young children have about the world around them. Some subjects are familiar, but others are less so. Chock full of well-researched facts expressed in accessible and interactive ways, these books tell children what they want to know

Do you want to know all about the bicycle? What did the first bike look like? How many kinds of bikes are there? How can you chose the best bike for you? What kinds of cycling sports are there? Who are the most famous racing cyclists? 
These and many more subjects are discussed in this book. You will also find fun rhymes, a large fold-out page and a mini-quiz, and you learn how to repair a flat tire. By the time you finish this book you’ll be a real expert on bicycles!

The Cycling Wangdoos is an imaginative, fun to read rhyming tale of a Tibetan racing team who ride on a six-seater bicycle with a wacky yak on back. They have a long record of winning races by working together, until the smallest Wangdoo begins to think he’s pulling more than his fair share of the weight. Find out what happens when his discontentment quickly spreads through the team and the Wangdoos’s race takes a dangerous turn. When the race is over, the riders are left with a hard-learned lesson―that teams work best when everyone does their part. Laugh-out-loud illustrations bring this delightful story to life.

When little Etta the Elephant goes to her Aunt Ellen’s house, she takes a journey through bicycle-filled Cycle City, a town filled with bikes of all kinds! At the end of the day, a special surprise awaits Etta—the most amazing bicycle parade imaginable. Detail-rich illustrations in this fun seek-and-find book paint the colors of this unusual town where everyone rides some kind of bike—whether a penny-farthing, a two-wheeled unicycle, or a conference bike, everyone is on wheels! Packed with prompts and lots to see on every page, this is a sweet story for the sharpest of eyes.

Whether you are in the woods or at the beach, riding your bikes is the only way to feel the freedom of the moment. Till next Rock Post, enoy your rides with a book on bikes and be inspired to write a story!

Keep Smiling, because Life is a Beautiful thing and there is so much to Smile about.”Marylin Monroe”

Once a writer is dealing with many issues then writing habit comes to a halt. So much energy is wasted in tension and worry because life engenders issues that humans, (writers included, here) seem unable to solve. As months go by and time shrinks life still plays games and as usual doesn’t seem to cooperate and offer answers. That moment is the AHA! moment, when the human -writer we are discussing finds out that he/she has to have a chin up, show Faith and continue the writing journey.

All these previous months I was reading on different sites about time handling, postponing to write, anxiety adorned with excessive stress, blocking writers to express themselves and go on their set goals.Once I made the decision to have my monthly post I stumbled upon articles having the title: Understanding the way I feel. Then I realized the people around me are compassionate and think of me but I need to understand the way I feel! This kind of revelation woke me up! Because

(enjoy & download the Lesson plan from https://heartmindonline.org/resources/lesson-plan-the-way-i-feel) has to be the one related to

Feelings are difficult to decipher especially for a teacher like me, when my day is spent helping parents and kids to find a way to interpret their own ones! While teaching others on learning how to examine their feelings and understand their meaning, I forgot to leave some space free for examining and exploring the feelings created when writing takes place.

” Being alert and engaged is the ability to manage and direct one’s own feelings, thoughts and emotions. In general, the ability to be ‘present’ and to exercise self-control.” The above motto found on Heartmindonline site is the best reminder to be alert and always try for the best.

The books I chose to present in this Rock Post remind us feelings and carry specks of optimism. Enjoy reading them and let your feelings show you what comes next. There is always room for changes and new beginnings while being faithful to your past and to your inner voice. Till next Rock post take care, read a lot and think of reading your favorite book to kids in open spaces so they express their feelings in abundance.

Sometimes I’m Bombaloo!

The feeling of anger or frustration running out of control can be downright scary for kids. Katie’s temper makes her feel like a totally different person, and Bombaloo, who uses fists and feet instead of words, is a frightening person to be. Fortunately, firm but caring people in Katie’s life ensure that Bombaloo gets both the time to calm down and the love that she needs to turn into Katie again. And once that happens, Katie knows she can find ways to make up for the mistakes she made.

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

Sometimes my heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright. I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast, I feel as if I could take off into the sky. This is when my heart is happy.

Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness…our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. With language that is lyrical but also direct, toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this unique feelings book is gorgeously packaged.

Today I fell silly and other moods that make my day!

From silly to angry to quiet and sad, this little girl goes through them all…and is reassured that moods come and go, and that it’s okay to feel what you feel. An interactive page at the end that asks “How do YOU feel today?” comes complete with a wheel that allows you to change the expression of a face’s eyes and mouth. This light, fun book is written in exuberant rhyme that lends itself to being read aloud.

A smart Girl’s Guide:Worry

Every girl worries from time to time. Maybe it’s an argument with a friend, or a big test, or a performance in front of a crowd. Maybe it’s her body. Maybe it’s even something fun, like a slumber party or overnight camp — or something really big, like moving away or her parents’ divorce. For many girls, even small worries can take on a life of their own and get in the way of enjoying life. But this book will help take charge over your worries. You’ll learn tried-and-true ways to overcome fears and create a sense of calm. The book is packed with proven techniques for handling worry and creating confidence — freeing you to be the girl you’re meant to be.

My Happy Life.

Even if kids have more than one reason to be sad,  it’s important for them to know they can move forward despite it all. Dani’s first days in school are brightened by a new friend…until Ella moves away. Dani wonders if she’ll ever get over feeling sad about her lost friend, but remembers that, even though she was deeply sad after the mother died, she eventually found other ways to be happy again. This early chapter book handles difficult subjects with a gentle and optimistic touch, perfect for reassuring kids that they can make it through their own struggles.

“Where Am I From?” Enjoy my review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

A tweet on May 1st, 2016 as an answer to Maritza M. Mejia, #LuzDelMes http://www.luzdelmes.com/ldm.php?ldm=books is the reason for becoming a reviewer for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, at first place! Three years later I am the Global Co-Host for Greece, https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/ and that’s an honor!

Celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day is an awesome way to connect people from all over the world and I am really happy to know so many wonderful #Greekwriters. I was so curious to trace Elisavet Arkolaki and talk with her, and here I am reviewing her unique book “Where am I from?”I hope you enjoy this beautiful book and get inspired as I did! You may consider my review long but believe me, the Artist, Platon Mortis, Platonas-Πλατων https://www.facebook.com/platon1997/, as well as Elisavet Arkolaki, have done an exceptional work!

Book Title: Where am I from? – World’s 1st graffiti illustrated picture book for children, in the making! Crafted for children roughly from 3 to 8 years old artist Platon Mortis, Platonas-ΠλατωνAuthor Elisavet Arkolaki, Malta MumPublisher Joanne Micallef, Faraxa Publishing:
The book I am reviewing this year is the very first graffiti illustrated book for children and it will be published in the summer of 2019! When Maria Kamoulakou referred to Elisavet Arkolaki, the Greek young woman who had this brilliant book project idea, I got smitten and I knew I had to find more about her.

Elisavet (aka Liza) had the idea of writing a story that gives a universal answer to the burning question “Where am I from?”, and to combine it with street art illustrations. The story portrays children from different racial backgrounds, living in countries from all six inhabited continents. The children gather together and try to find a universal answer to the burning question Where am I from? an answer which isn’t true just for them but true for everyone. The writer launched a Kickstarter campaign in July 2018 to bring this book to life and they raised about 10,700 euro. In fact, all the book characters will be painted based on real children, a mum, and a baby from the backers themselves who commissioned the art, and all except one are of mixed cultural backgrounds. How cool is that?

The writer, a real traveler of the world, living in Thailand while this review is written for the European winter months, she has experienced herself multicultural societies and their cultural identities. She has lived and worked in 6 different countries while also spending a good amount of time traveling. How did she choose which countries and how many to include in her book? Here is the answer Elisavet gave me:

“Where am I from? is a fairytale for young children so I’ve kept it short and sweet. I chose countries from all 6 inhabited continents. The choice was made based on countries that are dear to me like Malta and Norway where my children have been born, countries where friends of mine have been born or live in like Venezuela and Nigeria, and others like China that I would love to visit one day. I felt the words would flow nicely within the story with this choice of countries and that the graffiti art would be captivating. 
Australia is where the seed for this story got planted. Many years back Roy, my husband, and I were backpacking and while in Australia, during a bus ride, I was listening to a local radio station. A journalist was asking tourists from where do they come from. I heard all sorts of cities and countries until he approached a mum and her young boy. He asked the boy ‘So, where do you come from?’. The boy replied the obvious, ‘I come from my mum’s belly’. It must have been in the autumn of 2009. I never forgot that phrase. What I obviously didn’t know back then was that I would use it in the future as a starting point to develop a children’s story.”

Elisavet writes about the children of this world spreading a message of Unity and Solidarity. What appears as a simple question, “Where Am I from?”, can be quite complex for someone of a mixed cultural background. As the young child reads the book, a feeling of unity and harmony comes together, leaving a sense of connection. The book’s message is so powerful. Just try to think of how many kids from various countries use their country’s cultural bond to show their Uniqueness and Similarity at the same time! This World of ours is so much in need of our Children to feel the Love and Acceptance of Diversity, our Oneness, so that Communities and Countries tie better together with their common pursuits, and raise the future Citizens of the World. Whatever the distance and the miles, one thing remains the same and children find that out after reading Elisavet’s beautiful writing. They know they are the piece of a Thread connecting and keeping the Globe’s Kids together. This is what I like the most, the idea of being together and feeling accepted of who we are no matter our country(ies) of origin.

This book deserves every praise. Elisavet, not only did she run a successful Kickstarter campaign (you can read more here about what has been achieved so far, like securing funding and being endorsed by 3 public sector institutions, one in Norway and two in Malta) but she literally wrote one more book, the essential guide ‘How to Raise Confident Multicultural Children’ with full chapter contributions from professors, psychologists and experts in the field, which was given as a free gift to our community during her Kickstarter campaign. https://www.kickstarter.com/…/where-am-i-from-worlds-1st-st…

She also had the fantastic idea of collaborating with a graffiti artist, Platon https://www.facebook.com/platon1997/ who makes use of his street art to share messages with the world, painting his murals mainly in Athens, Greece. In this case, a European capital city will host in her walls and will embrace a children’s book with a universal message of peace, unity, and acceptance, hoping to make a lasting impression in people’s minds.

End of May 2019 – Platon will complete all murals.

End of July 2019 – the book production will be finalized.

August 2019 – the book will be printed, mailed to the Kickstarter backers, an official book launch in MaltaI would also like to share with you some of Elisavet’s words that really hit an emotional chord in me:

“Words and paintings are the physical expressions of ideas. Art is what makes us human and being human is a political act itself. Street art, in particular, is a tool for asking the difficult questions and expressing concerns on crucial matters for the society which is on par with the story. ‘Where am I from?’ brings home the concept that we are more alike than we are different. What better way than a picture book with a universal theme and positive message, packed with lovely street art, to introduce such concepts to our young ones?”

As for the artist, Platon’s belief is that: ‘A work of Art is found between the sound and silence, the endless possibilities a palette offers (sound) and the free disposal of an empty wall (silence). In every essence, a work of Art constitutes an Action through which and by which sound and silence help speech to crystalize.’

Exclusive offer only available with Where am I from? pre-orders:● 1 Hardcopy + 3 ebooks:● How to Raise Confident Multicultural Children, a 40 pages guide written with the input of professors, psychologists, and experts in the field,● The Magical Land of Sunny, a short story, and● Filling the Parcel, a short story.

The eBooks will be sent to you shortly after you preorder Where am I from? here: https://bit.ly/2ATXBAn
Join the Facebook group ‘Elisavet Arkolaki’s Behind The Book Club’ to follow this book’s journey.


Here are some great diversity and tolerance quotes for kids:

“In diversity there is beauty and there is the strength.” – Maya Angelou “Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.” – Anonymous

“Different is beautiful –The Happy Soul Projecto Difference is of the essence of humanity.”

“Difference is an accident of birth and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity.” John Hume

“Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.” – Mikhail Gorbachev

“The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?” – Pablo Casalso

“We are of course a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak. They’re the source of our strength.” – Jimmy Cartero

“When I see you through my eyes, I think that we are different. When I see you through my heart, I know we are the same.” – Doe Zantamatao

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreauo

“United we stand, divided we fall.” – Aesop (620 -560 B.C.)

“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.” – Kofi Annan

“The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.” – Thomas Berry

“We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” – Jimmy Carter

“We all live with the objective of being happy: our lives are all different and yet the same.” – Anne Frank

“Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one.” – Elbert Hubbard

“The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.” – Donald Williams


http://www.inspiremykids.com/…/great-quotes-kids-diversity…/Articles worth reading and sharing in order to further promote cross-cultural understanding!
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/…/how_students_benefit_fro…Various programs to familiarize with diversity and have families interconnected with it as well as their childrenhttps://www.parenttoolkit.com/…/teaching-kids-ages-5-8-to-r…
● Cultural diversity and children’s wellbeinghttps://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/…/why-culture-matters-childre…http://www.aldenhabacon.com/13-tips-how-to-talk-to-childre…/“I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do. But they’re really saying I love you”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-T6aaRV9HY

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