Dream it & Do It by Holly Sharp
Category: Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 216 pages
Genre: Children's Non-Fiction
Publisher: Dream It & Do It LLC
Release date: Nov 2020
Format available for review: print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Jan 6 to Jan 22, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
Dream It & Do It introduces children to a wide range of career possibilities at a young age. Readers will explore 100 stories featuring 100 role models, each one showcasing a different career choice. Dream It & Do It was recently awarded a coveted Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review from the largest fully-accredited book review platform, 1st place for short stories (Royal Dragonfly Book Award) and a Gold Mom’s Choice Award.
“Dream It & Do It by Holly Sharp is a perfect book for young kids who want to find their place in this world and what they’d like to be when they are older.” (Readers’ Favorite).
Readers will continued to be inspired through the coordinating Activity Book wherein 100+ activities teach your child about today’s career paths. Book can be purchased as a full collection or in 3 individual volumes. Find the paperback version on Amazon.com and hardcover on dreamitandoit.com.
Buy the Book: Amazon.com ~ Dream It and Do It ~ LuLu
REVIEW By LAWonder10:
Dream It, Do It is a wonderful, "easy reading" book for Elementary and Middle Grade aged children but YA and adults may find it very interesting to. It contains a lot of useful information and ideas. It is a great resource for group/family discussions.
This book contains little known facts about Dr. Seuss, some information on the Sherman Brothers who created the song for many of Disney's movies, such as what inspired the lyrics for 'Let's Go Fly a Kite' from Mary Poppins. It, also, highlights many other writers, performers, sports men and women, professional business people and those who serve and uplift.. This book doesn't stop there... Many other successful people of various occupations are highlighted in very short stories, 100 of them!
There are many helpful tips intermingled within the ten sections. Encouragement and inspiration is in every part of this book. It urges young children and older youth to "Dream" and ways to approach fulfilling those dreams.
The author has been very thorough in creating this book, yet the scenarios are short and motivating.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
Holly A. Sharp uses short stories to help parents inspire their kids during Covid-19.
I am a new mother who was unemployed in the third trimester of my pregnancy. This gave me time to think a lot about the things I wanted for my new baby. Books were one of those things. I tried to find a book about career choices for kids and came up a bit empty handed.
Dream It & Do it is a collection of 100 short stories about modern day role models. Each story features a different career path. These two-paged stories make for easy “reading recesses” and activities that kids can do at home. This idea of “reading recess” helps kids take needed breaks that fuel more focused learning.
According to a 2016 study out of Carnegie Melon, small, but frequent breaks actually make it easier for elementary school kids to focus on the task at hand. Parents with kids who are distance learning have been asking for ways to help their kids take these short breaks from screen time or to have something for them to do if they are a “fast finisher”. Two paged short stories are a great way to do both.
In addition to “reading recess, “there are a lot of ways that parents can use this book to support at-home learning.
Activities that fuel interests: Each story ends with a suggested activity that kids can do to learn more about that specific career.
Discussions at Dinnertime: If kids are using the short stories during the day as a way to take quick breaks or when they finish before other students, use the book as a discussion starter over dinner. Who did they learn about today? What did they like about the job they learned about? Could they ever see themselves doing this job?
Learning Supplements: Discuss what topics they are learning and read stories together at bedtime that relates back to the subjects that kids are studying. Help them to see how the subjects they are learning about today, lead to the real world careers that people are doing today.
Each book covers careers in the arts, sciences, technology, service, business and product development. There is certain to be one job that might start inspire your child to not just have a dream, but to go out and do it.
Meet the Author:
Sharp spent the bulk of her career in new product development—dreaming up intuitive ideas from how to kill bugs to new ice cream forms to hit grocery shelves. A self-proclaimed problem-solver, she loves to think about the things that the world needs and figuring out how to make those things come to life. “Knowing in high school what I wanted to do with my life set me up for the right path. I wanted the same for my child and searched for books to guide her, but came up short,” Sharp said. “That’s when I thought, ‘why not write the book for my child that she needs and that will also help others?”
connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram
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Autographed copy of DREAM IT & DO IT
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MC Plays Hide and Seek: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer by Eva Grayzel
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 64 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book | Content Rating: G for everyone.
Publisher: Mascot Books | Release date: Jan 5, 2021
Tour dates: Jan 5 to Feb 1, 2021
M.C. is a cancer cell who shares just enough information about the nature of the disease to promote dialogue and minimize fear. The scary part of cancer is the unknown. Learn about doctors who look for cancer. Understand feelings children experience and learn ways to cope. Empower children with knowledge and how to make a difference. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek strengthens communication and builds emotional health.
Buy the Book: Amazon.com ~ Eva Grayzel ~ B&N
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Cancer is so widespread and is devastating. It drastically disrupts lives and often, the impact it has on young children is overlooked. Author, Eva Grayzel, has creatively found a way to address the emotions and confusion young children may feel with this informative, fun picture book. This is a colorful book, beginning like a fun activity story, then eases in to a description of the cancer cell and the various types of doctors one may go to... doctors who "Seek" out what is "Hiding". It is also a great book in preparing a child before going to the various types of doctors to alleviate "fear of the unknown".
I also, highly recommend the authors Blog-site which is very interesting and informative in effectively using this book.
My only negative thought is, it never really stated what the "M" in the title stood for while stating what the "C." stood for. Also, it still felt a little vague, while using difficult terms for the different types of doctors. The rest of the book wording was perfect for the age group.
I offer a Four Stars rating
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review.
How To Jump-start The Cancer Talk With Children By Naming Emotions
- When cancer comes around and uproots routines, new and unfamiliar emotions are triggered. Children are not equipped to say how they feel so they act out. Every action is a result of an emotion. The sooner the emotion is named, validated and discussed, the easier life will be for everyone.
Children can have many different emotions that include: fear, anxiety, confusion, frustration, anger, jealousy, resentment, guilt, sadness and grief over the loss of their ‘normal ’life. There is no way to ‘fix’ the emotions a child feels when someone they love has cancer. However, there are steps you can take to help children cope. Dull the feeling by naming it. Ask: • Do you feel sad because I am sick? • Do you feel jealous that other kids don’t have to deal with a sick parent and you do? • Do you feel angry that I don’t have the energy to do things with you? • What is frustrating you right now? • Are you mad at me for being sick? • Are you confused about what might happen to me? Remind your child their feelings matter. It’s okay to feel the way they do. Let them know you understand their feelings. Reassure them it is not their fault that you are sick. Guarantee them you are doing your best to get better.
There are resources to help. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek is a 5-star rated book to help children understand what cancer is, the roles doctors play, the feelings children experience, and ways to make a difference.
If you make a post about the book, Eva will send you Mr. C The Globetrotter, the first book in the series! Emotions are like a filter on a camera lens — they affect how we see the world. Your child may be scared you will die when in reality the chances are slim. If the fear is never named, validated, and discussed, they will live in constant and debilitating fear. Talking about emotions helps children see their world clearly and understand it as best they can for their age. You got this!
Mr. C the Globetrotter
Meet Mr. C, a cancer cell, up close and personal, as he visits countries around the globe. He introduces readers to children who have a family member with cancer. Each child shares his or her name, it s meaning, and how they ve been coping since Mr. C came to visit. Readers are empowered with ways to help themselves and others. Don t hide a cancer diagnosis from children - seek out the Talk4Hope Family Book Series!
Meet the Author:
Eva Grayzel is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and cancer survivor. When her children were five and seven years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. Their fear of losing her was deep, real, and suppressed. When she got a second chance at life, she created the Talk4Hope book series to help children understand cancer and make it less scary.
connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram
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