Saturday, February 14, 2009

Best of Stories for Children Magazine Volume 1 Review

I just finished reading this book and am excited to tell you about it, so read on.

Best of Stories for Children Magazine Volume 1

Editors VS Grenier, Gayle Jacobson-Huset, Wendy Dickson, and Angelika Lochner


From poetry, fiction and nonfiction, to activities, crafts and recipes, this anthology of work taken from Stories for Children Magazine will delight young readers and their parents, older brothers and sisters, too. The book, divided into two sections, Spring and Summer, Autumn and Winter, contains over 20 poems, stories and articles by leading children’s authors and illustrators.

As we stroll through the pages of this book, we meet a hungry boy in Lisa Lowe Stauffer’s fun rebus, “Hungry Helper,” artwork by Steve Cartwright. “The First Teddy Bear,” by VS Grenier, relates the history of this popular stuffed animal. Follow along with Donna J. Shepherd and illustrator Kevin Scott Collier on a “Topsy Turvey Tour” and meet some very unique critters. For young artists, VS Grenier has written a recipe for making your own finger paints. And these are just the beginning.

“King of the Mountain,” by VS Grenier, artwork by Marie Letourneau, gives us a loveable hero. And if your parents sometimes haven’t a clue what you’re doing, “Mistaken Identity” by Gayle Jacobson-Huset, artwork Kimberly Sponaugle, is the story for you. Guy Steward wrote a fun tale about an iguana and a cockatiel, “Marcus and Eggplant Save Patokay,” artwork by Brooke Henson Lovell. Then there’s Gayle C. Krause’s “Cookie Lessons” about, what else? talking cookies, artwork Angela C. Hawkins.

Do you enjoy a good mystery? Then help Detective Peyton find the clues in Cynthia Sherwood’s “The Store Detective,” but be sure to turn on the lights when you read “There’s a Monster in Cabin Eight,” by Gayle Jacobson-Huset, artist Zariah. Mary LaFleur Langdon’s “The Pumpkin Festival Mystery,” Steve Cartwright, artist, will have you puzzling over what’s happening to the pumpkins. And can you solve the mystery of the snowman in “Snowman’s Face is Missing!” by Rachel A. Hamby, Beverly Luria, artist? Sounds great, huh? Read on.

For the cooks in the family, try making some of the simple, yet yummy recipes. “Granny Gayle’s Summer Chicken Salad,” Gayle Jacobson-Huset, is on my recipes-to-try list. If you’ve ever wanted to leave a treat for Santa’s reindeer, the reindeer are sure to love the treats in “Magic Reindeer Food,” VS Grenier. Or whip up a batch of Gayle Jacobson-Huset’s “Christmas Tree Treats” for gifts or holiday decorations.

Is poetry your favorite read? Then take a look at Evelyn B. Christensen’s poem, “Garden Gripe,” artwork by Nicole Falk. Check out Becky Becker’s poem, “April Fools Day,” illustrated by Angela C. Hawkins. Or you can sail away with Carol Crowley’s “Sail Away,” artwork Candace J. Hardy.

Do you know the purpose of totem poles? I didn’t until I read “Magnificent Totem Poles,” by Randi Lynn Mrvos. You’ve heard the old saying “Sticks & Stones Won’t Break My Bones?” Nidhi Kamra’s article with that title tells all about your bones and calcium. What a cool read.
Have you ever wanted to speak another language? Or perhaps you do. I learned a few Arabic words in Gayle Jacobson-Huset’s and Dara Becker’s “Anisah Celebrates’EID AL-ADHA’,” illustrated by Candace J. Hardy. “Assalaamu Alaikum.” This means “Peace be upon you.”

Stories about penguins, elves, turkeys, and scarecrows, so much more I want to tell you. But I must stop now. I recommend this anthology for all ages. Parents, read it to your children. Children, read it to yourselves and to your pets. You’ll be glad you did.

You can purchase this anthology at http://www.storiesforchildrenmagazine.org/

Happy reading.

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