BOOKS

Festeva's Holiday Cheer

What happens when the world is overwhelmed and sad?  If you’re Eva, a normal dog by day, you turn into Festeva and begin an adventure of spreading holiday cheer!  Join Festeva as she makes her way through the day and helps the humans she encounters feel the holiday spirit.  

Review:

Festeva's Holiday Cheer:  5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story!

"Not just for kids, this is a great heartwarming story for all ages!"--Amazon Review

Emma's Dilemma

Have you ever felt like others would think that you're different? That’s exactly the way that Emma feels when her teacher announces the class project to create a family tree. Emma is certain that everyone in her class won't understand and accept what it means to be adopted. Can she solve her dilemma?

 

38 pages

Ages 3-9

Includes Chinese symbol scavenger hunt, vocabulary study, create-your-own family tree page, and a page to draw your family.

Review:

"EMMA'S DILEMMA is an endearing look at what it means to be a family. Discover Emma's secret as she imagines the many kinds of families she might be a part of, but ultimately learns that it is the family of the heart that matters."

"I fell in love with Emma and her imaginative look at families. Who doesn't love a monkey wearing glasses, or an alien on a hoverboard? The illustrations are charming, perfectly bringing to life the author's important message that families come in all shapes and sizes. This is a wonderful story to share with children of all ages who feel that they might not fit in, and it highlights the fears of adopted children especially well. Bravo! to the author for addressing this topic in a heartfelt and child-friendly manner. This book is sure to start the conversation you've been waiting for!"

--K.B. Nelson

"Emma’s Dilemma provides a simple story for ages 3-9, telling of a young school girl's dilemma over a school-assigned family tree project.

 

As she contemplates some fantastic solutions to her problem, Emma begins to get a real sense of what the project is actually all about - and an idea of how to handle it by applying some, simple out-of-the-box thinking.

 

A semi-rhyme structure juxtaposes colorful drawings with pages containing no words, breaking up the usual picture (or early chapter) book structure. Young readers receive all the possibilities in Emma's mind, from monkeys and spaceships to royalty: but no matter how much she muses, she still faces a predicament.

 

The answer to her problems lies not in a fertile imagination alone; but in the application of healthy dose of reality: a process that will delight young readers with good fantasy but, in the end, brings it all home - including vocabulary material, discussion questions, a Chinese symbolism game, and more."

--D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

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“Emma’s Dilemma is a book about a little girl who is asked to do a project about her family tree. The problem is, Emma is adopted and doesn’t know what to write about her family tree. The book does a wonderful job of showing how Emma works through this problem with her family and helps bring light to issues that children who are adopted can face. Ms. McCluskey-Shipman does a great job of writing with compassion. This book is great for families to read and discuss together. Emma’s Dilemma is a must have for teachers, administrators, or any families that are fortunate enough to have an adopted child. Ms. Mc-Cluskey- Shipman does a great job of bringing up a delicate issue.”

 

--Kathy Mason, Curriculum Coach

Shawnee Mission School District

"Emma’s Dilemma is a book for elementary children who feel they don’t fit in.  Emma felt she was different from her peers and didn’t fully understand this emotion.  The book is well written and has great illustrations for helping visual learners understand Emma’s dilemma.

The psychological need to listen and share is an important component of the book.  Emma looks at fantasy, real life situations, and guidance from her family to find solutions for her dilemma.  Vocabulary materials, discussion questions, and games provide readers the opportunity to explore different options.

In the end, Emma has a better understanding of her family tree, her family and children who are adopted."

 

--Charles Jackard, ED.D.  Educational Consultant

El Dilema de Emma: SPANISH EDITION

¿Alguna vez has sentido como otros pensarían que eres diferente? Eso es exactamente la forma en que Emma se siente cuando su maestra anuncia el proyecto de clase para crear un árbol genealógico. Emma es cierto que todo el mundo en su clase no va a entender y aceptar lo que significa ser adoptado. ¿Podrá resolver su dilema?​

Emma's Dilemma: Audio Book

Have you ever felt like others would think that you're different? That’s exactly the way that Emma feels when her teacher announces the class project to create a family tree. Emma is certain that everyone in her class won't understand and accept what it means to be adopted. Can she solve her dilemma?

 

38 pages

Ages 3-9

Includes Chinese symbol scavenger hunt, vocabulary study, create-your-own family tree page, and a page to draw your family.

The BIST Bunch

 

Utilizing characters, this book is designed to teach students about The BIST Model. This book is an ideal tool for reviewing the BIST Language and practicing the BIST Continuum. Although designed for primary students, this book can be used by older peer buddies to read to younger students and practice together!  (www.BIST.ORG)

 

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