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When I look for new children’s books, I love to find books that rhyme. Young children gain so much from rhymes. These tend to be the books that they want parents to read aloud over and over.
On An Animal Safari by Sian Moore is an adorable book for young children filled with rhymes. Sian Moore is also the illustrator of this little book. The artwork is truly beautiful! She uses mostly pastel colors and the characters are charming.
There is a softness and whimsy in the illustrations that little ones respond well to. This story features a cute little girl with strawberry blond hair who is embarking on an animal safari with her little puppy. They go from one group of animals to the next with energy and very little fear.
Reading this book makes you feel like you’re taking a visit to the zoo or going on a wild African adventure. The good thing for young children is that this isn’t a scary book at all. Children can even learn a lot about animals and the collective noun names, (for instance: a knot of toads and a journey of giraffes). I loved the book and the positive energy.
Find more about the author/illustrator at her website.
Hybrid Timber Framing has experienced a massive resurgence in modern architecture. The potential for gorgeous personalized design is unmatched. Hybrid Timber Framing done wrong, however, can create ugly imbalance and detract from the overall look and feel. Done right, it goes so far beyond the initial investment, the value is hard to overstate.
The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing explores the link between traditional craftsmanship, with current building styles such as “Craftsman”, “Rustic”, “Modern” and beyond. It is a must-read for Owners, Designers, and Builders who want to influence the look and feel of their project using exposed beam construction. It is rich with ideas, imagery, and instruction to jump start your inspiration and planning.
Naturally, timbers and exposed beams have outsized impact on the aesthetics of building projects. Adding timbers without weighing the structural and aesthetic impacts can magnify any awkward imbalances; proceeding without addressing these important considerations is very risky.
While this is not a technical manual, you will learn how to avoid expensive pitfalls and understand the diverse timber styles showcased in this book. This will help you better communicate your ideas, achieve an enjoyable building process, and maximize your probabilities of getting the right look using hybrid timber framing. This guide will help you plan and build it right the first time!
You will Discover:
• How to achieve optimized beauty by first defining ugly
• Where to draw the line with hybrid timber framing
• Seven chapters portraying diverse and unique timber styles
• How to avoid the over simplified “Hail Mary” approach
• How to accurately predict the cost of hybrid timber framing
Learn from a Master of Hybrid Timber Framing. There is absolutely no need to repeat needless mistakes. Bert Sarkkinen, the author, has explored timber framing from the perspective as a builder, a designer and a researcher. His specialty has been in matching clients’ personalities and tastes, to the ideal timber frame designs to accentuate what is unique about the clients project or theme. The book delves into these relationships between design preferences, and actual Hybrid Timber Frame applications. Structural aspects, timber sizing, the golden ratio, and design/build processes are necessary for a successful the outcome. This book is highly informative, with beautiful photography, and is like a coach in your pocket a with personal touch!
About The Author
When Bert Sarkkinen was 16, he quit his job as a farm hand and went to work for his father as a framing apprentice. This golden opportunity gave him the foundation to become a trailblazer in the hybrid timber framing industry.
Fascinated with the way people tick, Sarkkinen discovered that he could match people to the right timber framing options by understanding their personalities. Ultimately, when their wants and needs are properly analyzed, it results in a personalized Timber Framing experience that exceeds expectations.
He understands nuances in personality types, such as thinkers tend to go for function before form. The way people talk, the vernacular they use, can say a lot about their real tastes.
Through a “Trial By Fire” Bert Sarkkinen built his team and dialed in the best people to take the vision of his company to the next level. As the company gained more traction, and employees took more ownership, Bert became a visionary and a leader, teaching the craft of timber framing to others as well as instilling in them years of expertise as an ally to help them succeed.
Today, Bert Sarkkinen is not only the founder of Arrow Timber, he is also the author of The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing, releasing as a second edition, January, 2021. The book is a guide for people who want to explore Timber Framing, and for those who enjoy the unique aesthetics it offers architecture and homebuilding. It is a look into the amazing world of Timber Framing and it makes for a beautiful coffee table book.
Bert can discuss:
· How Timber Framing can be personalized art
· How one can discover unknown aspects of their personality by their preferences in style and design – the quiz he created for potential clients
· What is personalized art? What happens when it is done right? When it is done wrong?
· What do you mean when you suggest people should focus on outward things and not on inward things?
· Why is it important for people to value their gifts? What words of wisdom can you share about not “downplaying” ones’ self?
· Why do you recommend people to always break a sweat before taking a shower?
· What are daddy long legs?
· Advice to future business leaders about tenacity and perseverance.
Passage from Timber
· What are the four levels of “ugly” and how does this tie into being happy?
“Just as a tree must first expend energy growing roots before upward growth, you must do the same before building.”
Book Title: Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner Category: Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages Genre: Children’s Picture Book Publisher: Mascot Books Release date: Jan, 2021 Content Rating: G for everyone.
In this bighearted book, the real story of a young boy with deafness in his ears is aided by his mother and teachers in navigating new school experiences. Mickey is just like everyone else, except he wears cochlear implants and has to do things just a little differently than most. This charming tale reminds us that we can all find happiness if we lean on and support each other.
Born and raised in Chicago, Michelle Wagner was always a very positive and outgoing woman. Her energetic love for children and zest for life was admired by everyone who knew her. Michelle is a realtor whose career background involved restaurants and always helping other people. She has dedicated time and support to charities and events to help other children with hearing loss and assist families as they work through the different approaches to raising a special needs child in a typical environment.
Join Theo, a young boy who, with the help of his teacher and classmates, is working to reduce the need for plastic use in day-to-day life. From grocery stores to restaurants, read along to see how plastic use can be minimized to help make a plastic-free world for you and me!
What’s your favorite childhood book?
One of my favourite childhood books would have to be James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. It is such a great book that really amplifies childhood fantasy and the importance of it. In our fast-paced world that we live in, I think it’s important to slow down and enjoy these timeless classics. James is a dreamer who when given the opportunity goes on such an exciting adventure where his dreams become reality. It also demonstrates that love and support can come from anyone and families can be formed by who we choose. It truly is a must read for all kids.
Theo’s dad tells him that they are going to grab some pizza for lunch and that he will take some home for Theo’s mom. As Theo’s dad is paying for the pizza, Theo interrupts the clerk and says, “Could you please put the extra pizza we need in this container?” The clerk tells Theo that is fine and helps him put the pizza in the container. The clerk says, “That’s so nice to see. I hate knowing that take-out containers always end up in the landfill!”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tracey Szynkaruk is a young author and mother of one who resides in Grand Forks, British Columbia. She hopes she can inspire people to make plastic-free choices for a cleaner and more sustainable world for her children and yours!
In December 2017, I tried something different: a children’s picture book about a girl who loses her shadow. Illustrated by the super-talented Si Clark, Sarah’s Shadowhas proved popular with kids and parents alike. In 2018 it won Best Children’s Picture Book in the 2018 Book Awards on international book review site Readers’ Favorite. My claim to fame is that the same award was previously won by none other than Jim Carrey, the Hollywood actor-cum-children’s author! Sarah’s Shadow also won Runner-Up in the Book Excellence Awards and received a Purple Dragonfly Book Award as one of the best picture ebooks for children aged 6+.
In 2020 I ran a Kickstarter campaign during lockdown to fund my next book, One Night in Beartown. It was inspired by the Bearmania event that took place in 2011. Thanks to amazing support from businesses and individuals in Congleton and beyond, I raised £4,000 to illustrate and print the book. It was published on 1 December and you can buy it on my online shop, on my publisher’s website or as an ebook on Amazon. For updates, please follow me on social media or subscribe to my newsletter!
Beartown is the host to many creatively decorated wooden bears. One of the wooden bear statues is right in front of Sandy’s house. Sandy is a sweet little girl who loves all bears. She has bear wallpaper, books, and her favorite teddy, Berisford.
She received her teddy from her grandmother and she never sleeps without him. One day she tucked him in her backpack before school. The school bully, Tommy, grabbed the bear and taunted her with it. Tommy made fun of teddy bears and made the classroom children laugh at Sandy.
The teacher punished Sandy by taking away the bear. She told her that she could have the bear back on the following day. Sandy was so distraught! She was having a hard time going to sleep. But, then the magic happened. Or was it a dream?
The bear statue invited her for a picnic in which all the bear statues in town came to life and played together. Sandy had a marvelous time with her new friends. When Sandy told the bears about the bully, you’ll never guess what happened next!
This is a charming book for young children. They’ll learn how bullies don’t win and enjoy a nice make-believe story.
52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II
‘With this book by your side, anything feels possible.’ Jacqueline Brown
Tired of not having a sustainable writing practice? You, too, can get out of your own way and become the writer you’re meant to be!
52 Weeks of Writing:
makes you plan, track, reflect on, and improve your progress and goals for an entire year;
helps you unravel the truth about why you aren’t where you want to be; and
keeps you writing through weekly thought-provoking quotes and prompts.
With this second volume of the 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, writing coach and writer Mariëlle S. Smith brings you the same successful strategies to craft the perfect writing practice as she did in the first journal. The only difference? Fifty-three different writing quotes and prompts and a brand-new look!
A printable PDF is available through: https://payhip.com/b/0YgJ Get 50% off until 31 March 2021 by using the coupon code 52WOW during checkout.
Author Bio –
Mariëlle S. Smith is a coach for writers and other creatives, an editor, and a writer. Early 2019, she moved to Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, where she organises private writer’s retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.
Each week of 52 Weeks of Writing starts with an inspiring writing quote and ends with a writing prompt or exercise designed to make you grow as a writer in all ways imaginable. Some prompts will help train the writing muscle, while others focus on the author mindset. Some will be easy to do, while others might push you right out of your comfort zone, asking you to dig deep and broaden your horizon.