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Book Title: BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Jan 10, 2023
Content Rating: G for all kids.
Rose loves to write, draw, and play―but what happens when she has to face a project she’s never done before?! With encouragement from her best friend, Brady, and some brainstorming with Dad, does Rose’s rocket launcher project turn out to be less than stellar or out of this world?!
As a former second grade and elementary art teacher, Lauren Piland is a Louisiana native turned Texas homesteader who knows the importance of engaging read-alouds both in class and at home. After taking a step back from the classroom to raise her second child, she realized the gap some campuses face between the undersupported emotional struggles of students and the overwhelming responsibilities of teachers. “When we can use tools such as books and relatable characters to open up those more meaningful conversations, both at home and in the classroom, it aids in that process of peeling back layers of getting to know each other better and building trust,” says Piland. “Children need to feel seen, feel heard, and feel protected. And we do that by tapping into our emotions.”
Piland also wanted to further support teachers by including ready-to-use, curriculum-based exercises to go along with each book that focus on learning objectives such as reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary building and word mechanics exercises, writing prompts, whole group projects and STEM exercises with differentiated versions for students in Pre-K all the way to fourth grade.
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Blooming Rose Blasts Off! was written by a teacher and before and after the story there are many teaching resources that can help teach the concepts in the book. In this sweet story, a little girl named Rose is in elementary school and has been given a new assignment. She is not interested in doing the project, but tells her parents that it’s due Monday. Her father uses her attitude about the work due to teach her some great lessons. The book aims to teach children that if something seems difficult, that’s the time to put in the work and complete that. The book is beautifully illustrated and can be a great asset for parents and teachers.