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When I finally discovered how to read, I was hooked. I am so thankful that my parents always took the time to read to me at bedtime, although they probably never knew how often I read by flashlight long after they had said good night to me. One evening, I tried to read with my book and bedside lamp under my quilt. In the middle of an exciting chapter, I smelled something burning. I quickly pulled away the quilt and discovered that the light bulb had burned a big dark brown patch in the middle of my new yellow quilt. For years, I made my bed carefully; placing my pillow to hide the hole from my mother. I confess I have even read by rolling a glow in the dark ball across the pages in an appempt to read after "lights out." Amazingly, I still have my eyesight.
I loved books but I had no ambitions to become a writer. However, I did decide very early on that I wanted to illustrate books. Only after illustrating other people's books for many years, did I have the desire to write as well as illustrate my own stories.
I wrote my story, Why Did We Have to Move Here? when I first moved to the United States a few years ago and many of the scenes from the book are based on events that actually happened to me. My own childhood was filled with moving vans, new schools, and new friends. Once, my family moved to Ottawa, Ontario, in the middle of the school year. It seemed that everyone at my new school had a best friend except me. I was also disappointed to learn that another student was considered the "best-artist-in-the-class." At my old school, everyone loved my drawings. This book is a humorous story about the challenges of moving to a new place.
The song lyrics form the text of this picture book about the many different types of houses for people and animals. It begins, "There are anthills and apartments, beehives, and mansions, houseboats and fish ponds, and homes that you can see." And the refrain of the song echos throughout the book: "It's the heart that makes a house, a home, a place to be. It's who you love and who you live with that makes a house a home." This book is part of the Rockin' Readers series.
Matthew can't believe it. His best friend, William, has moved away for good. The only kid left on Matthew's street is his irritating big sister, Ella. Worst of all, the kids at school are all busy with their own best friends. What will he do without William? Then someone rolls a ball of snow in front of William's old house. Soon a monster is standing guard. What could it mean? In this companion to Why Did We Have To Move Here? readers will eagerly follow along as Matthew tries to solve his problem. Anyone who has ever swallowed hard and taken the first step towards friendship will identify with Matthew's fears and the way he overcomes them.
Why Did We Have to Move Here?
1997 ages 5 to 9 Hardcover Lerner Publishers/Carolrhoda Books 1-57505-046-3 $14.95
Children's Literature Choice List for 1998
American Booksellers Association "Pick of the List" for Fall 1997
Early Literacy and Reading Award, ACEI 2000
William finds himself in a new town, missing all the old familiar things. He is forced to share a bedroom with his obnoxious brother, school is very different, and he wonders if he'll ever make any friends. When the kids from school go skating on the pond and forget to invite him, he devises an imaginative and hilarious solution that wins the admiration of his new classmates. William discovers that maybe, just maybe, this new place could feel like home. Anyone who has ever had to leave all that's familiar and start over in a new place will empathize with William in Why Did We Have to Move Here?
I wrote this story when I first moved to the United States four years ago and many of the scenes from the book are based on events that actually happened to me. My own childhood was filled with moving vans, new schools, and new friends. Once, my family moved to Ottawa, Ontario, in the middle of the school year. It seemed that everyone at my new school had a best friend, except me. I was also disappointed to learn that another student was considered the "best-artist-in-the-class". At my old school, everyone loved my drawings. This book is a humorous story about the challenges of moving to a new place.
"This lovely picture book encapsulates, with humor and grace, the trials and tribulations of moving for a school-age child....extraordinary and loving."
The Block Party
Neighborhood families bring wonderful, exotic food dishes from their native countries to the block party. But who ordered the pizza?
Bubsy has a problem --- his older brother bullies him all the time and their parents don't seem to be aware of what's happening. The best solution would be for Bubsy to get a room of his own, but how can he convince his parents? Bubsy's hilarious adventures (and misadventures) will have every reader chuckling in delight as the plan unfolds.
Corey's Story: Her Family's Secret
Most of the time Ezzie is very happy. She has good friends and a loving family who never make her feel that she is "fat". But sometimes schoolmates tease her, and no matter how much she tries to ignore their taunts, she can't completely. Instead, Ezzie loses her temper, hitting out at everyone. One day, she notices a dangerous looking dog heading for her neighbor's baby. Ezzie's act of courage makes others realize that she is simply not the "fat" girl, but someone to be valued and respected.
"A realistic and sensitive portrayal of family dynamics in an alcoholic's home..."
Folk Rhymes from Around the World
A collection of children's riddles, tongue twisters, rhymes for skipping, counting, and games from almost twenty different countries. The rhymes are written in their original language, in a transliteration and a translation.
"...illustrations, masterfully created by Sally Davies...evoke the sense of play and pleasure generated by the rhymes."
Jeremy and the Aunties
Jeremy can't believe his eyes --- or his ears. The mannequins of elderly women that his artistic mother had sewn had come alive and were causing him a lot of trouble. What made things especially difficult was that they only came alive in front of him. Everyone else thought they were just cute "little-old-lady" dolls. But they had a deep, dark secret that was leading them all, including Jeremy, into a mystery that was getting more dangerous by the minute.
Jeremy and the Air Pirates
Those "little-old-ladies" are back! The mannequins of elderly women had come to life for Jeremy and were causing him a lot of trouble again. This time Jeremy must rescue them before they are lost in virtual reality forever. A rollicking companion to Jeremy and the Aunties.
People Say Hello
Written by Will Barber
1996 ages 5 to 7 Paperback Creative Teaching Press 1-57471-123-7
Children in different countries around the world say hello in their own language. Part of the Learn to Read Series.
Written by Frances Minters
1996 ages 5 to 7 Paperback Simon & Schuster 0-8136-2076-7
Stan gets ready for his trip by packing all his toys but forgets to pack some very important items. Part of the Ready Readers Series by Modern Curriculum Press.
This funny and magical picture book which tells the story of Lizabeth, an active eight-year-old who is confronted with an imaginary obnoxiously perfect child - her mother - called Wheniwasalittlegirl. When this irritating visitor becomes a constant companion, Lizabeth phones her grandmother. Grandma understands the predicament and comes immediately to remind her own daughter, that in fact, she was nothing like Wheniwasalittlegirl, but much more resembled the playful and active Lizabeth.
"Davies, who illustrated the book, has a wonderful sense of humor, and a wonderful sense of daily drama."
"Children, parents and grandparents will find a place to laugh in recognition ... The illustrations are also delightful."
"The colors and textures of the striking illustrations by Sally Davies enhance the story."
"... an appealing theme and attractive soft-colored illustrations make this a worthwhile purchase..."
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