Monday, November 23, 2015

JOSEPH'S CRADLE BOOK TOUR

Quote for the week: If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

I am delighted to host Stephanie Burkhart on the Book Tour for her latest picture book JOSEPH'S CRADLE.


The cover is lovely and I want to know more about the cradle.
 
COVER BLURB FOR Joseph’s Cradle:
Joseph and his wife, Mary, expect a baby. With all that is happening, including the government requiring a census, Joseph feels a little overwhelmed and a bit left out of the preparations for the baby. Is there something he can do?
 
 
Reviews: “Artist Mathew Hughes' soft, time-friendly paintings take us back to Biblical times. This is a sweet Christmas book that could start a discussion about what a young child might like to give the Christ Child for Christmas.” – Patricia Karwatowicz
 
 
SHORT ESSAY ON JOSEPH’S CRADLE:
The Christmas story about the birth of Jesus is one of the most popular and well known stories around the world. We can only imagine how anxious Joseph and Mary were when they arrived in Bethlehem. Throughout the story, Mary carries herself with dignity and grace. Joseph is steadfast and loyal. Becoming a parent isn’t easy and both Mary and Joseph have to find their own way.
 
 
5 SHORT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR STEPHANIE:
 
#1: What inspired you to write the story?
 
STEPHANIE: I wanted to write the Christmas story from the view of being expectant parents.  I wanted to show how Joseph grew into fatherhood. I think these are all aspects of life we all can identify with.
 
#2: How long did it take?
 
STEPHANIE: The story took about a day to write.  After editing, I’d say it took about a week.
 
#3: Did you pick the illustrator?
 
STEPHANIE: No, I did not.  4RV Publishing selected the illustrator.  I think Matthew Hughes did a fantastic job with the illustrations.  They have a very soft hearted feel and compliment the story well.
 
#4: What makes this book special?
 
STEPHANIE: It’s a look at the Christmas story from a different perspective.
 
#5: How long have you been writing children's books?
 
STEPHANIE: About 5 years now. My first children's book, "The Giving Meadow" was published with 4RV Publishing in 2010. It has a great message about sharing and caring for young children as well as telling about Caterpillar's transformation into a butterfly. It's perfect for Easter as it helps young children understand Jesus' story.


 
Author Bio:

Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire.  Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son's Cub Scout Den.
 
JOSEPH’S CRADLE:  is available in print from 4RV Publishing.
 
BUY LINKS:
 
4RV PUBLISHING BOOKSTORE: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/burkhart.php
 
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Josephs-Cradle-Stephanie-Burkhart/dp/1940310342/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1446519672&sr=8-18&keywords=stephanie+burkhart
 
 
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LONG ESSAY:
 
A Different Perspective
By: Stephanie Burkhart
 
Have you only believed there was one way to do a task and when you learned there was another way, you were surprised? That’s happened to me a couple of times. Every time I’m always amazed. “Why didn’t I think of that?”
 
The Christmas story with Mary ad Joseph is one of the oldest, memorable stories in the world. In the Bible, Luke and Matthew share their accounts. We know Mary and Joseph traveled a good distance while Mary was about to have her baby. What an inconvenience that must have been! We discover how Mary embodies dignity and grace and we learn the depth of Joseph’s faith when he listens to the angel who visits him. Once they say ‘yes’ to God, what happens next?
 
I wanted to show another perspective of the story, one more personal and one we can all relate too. Mary and Joseph are going to be parents. The thought can be overwhelming. What must it have been like for them preparing for a baby? “Joseph’s Cradle” shows how Mary and Joseph approach parenthood. I hope you enjoy the story!
 
 
Question for you: What gift would you give Jesus for Christmas?
 Thank you, Stephanie for writing a lovely story. Now for my thoughts.
 

JOSEPH’S CRADLE Review
Story by Stephanie Burkhart
Art by Matthew Hughes
 
Expecting a new baby in the family, whether in times past or in today’s world, is a big event. Mom prepares for the baby’s arrival by sewing little outfits or buying the latest styles for him or her to wear. Dad makes sure the soon to be addition to the family has a crib or cradle to sleep in, as well as other items to make the little one comfortable.
 
In Author Stephanie Burkhart’s newest picture book, JOSEPH’S CRADLE, Mom and Dad do the same. Dad builds a new cradle for his child. Mary knits booties and clothes for the baby. And so they wait for the happy day to arrive. This is a sweet and gentle story about the parents of Jesus and how they might have passed the time in the months before his birth.
 
The artwork by Matthew Hughes is realistic for the timeframe of the story, with beautiful, soft pastel shades for the scenery and characters that very well could be from hundreds of years ago. The illustration at the end of the story is my favorite in the book. 
 
A lovely story for this special time of year and for anytime, in fact. Children should enjoy learning about the Christ Child’s family. This book would make a nice addition to school libraries, public libraries and of course your own library.
 
Happy Reading.




 


28 comments:

  1. What a beautiful story and message! Thanks for sharing, Beverly, and many congratulations to you, Stephanie!

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    1. It is a wonderful story, Karin, about the love Mary and Joseph had for Jesus. Thanks for stopping by. I like the different point of view.

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  2. A wonderful story with the message coming over.
    I think you must have had me in mind when you wrote that qoute of the week.
    Have a great week yourself.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Ha, ha. I know what you mean about the quote, Yvonne. Sometimes my attitude isn't what it should be. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. A great way to take the view point, congrats indeed!

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    1. It is a different point of view, Pat. A nice change in the Christmas story. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

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  4. Congratulations, Stephanie! That was certainly a new viewpoint on the story.

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    1. Stephanie did a wonderful job, Alex, of giving us a different perspective to the story.

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  5. What a nice cover, and the story sounds lovely. I often meditate upon Joseph, wondering what the thoughts of that silent, holy man must have been!

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    1. It is interesting to see the story from Joseph's viewpoint, Faith. Very clever of Stephanie. Though a lot isn't said about Joseph, he surely had deep emotions about the child, as the book shows us.

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  6. Beverly, thank you so much for your patience with me. I'm at work today and this is the first time I've had to pop in. Thank you so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I enjoyed exploring the Christmas story through Joseph's eyes.

    Smiles
    Steph Burkhart

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    1. My pleasure, Stephanie. You've written a lovely story. Stop by anytime. You're always welcome.

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  7. I love Christmas stories! Congratulations to Stephanie.

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  8. Congrats on your children's book! How amazing to write something for children! All the best!

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    1. Stephanie did a lovely job, Melissa. Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. What a sweet story, Steph. Congrats!

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    1. I agree with you, Keena. Steph will be happy to hear you say that.

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  10. This sounds wonderful! And the expectant parents angle is great. This is the perfect story for this time of the year. :) Congrats to Stephanie!

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    1. Absolutely, Chrys. Reading this book and others is giving me the Christmas spirit, for sure.

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  11. This sounds wonderful! And the expectant parents angle is great. This is the perfect story for this time of the year. :) Congrats to Stephanie!

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  12. This sounds like a wonderful story.

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    1. It is lovely, Kelly, told from a different point of view than most Christmas stories..

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  13. Wishing you well with this, Stephanie. Thanks for sharing it Beverly. This sounds like a sweet book for Christmas.

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    1. My pleasure, Janet. This is a lovely story and people should hear about it.

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  14. Nice interview with Stephanie, Beverly. This book would make a great Christmas gift! :) I love the cover! I hope it's a great success for you, Stephanie!

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    1. Yes it would, Stepmom Shawn. I hope a lot of little ones' stockings are filled with it and other good stories.

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  15. Great to learn about Stephanie and get to know her. Wishing her the best of luck. Sounds like the perfect time of year for her book. :)
    ~Jess

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