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Episode 17: 10/11/15
Pam spoke with LaDann Hendley author of "Shimmy-Shimmy Shamrock and the Legend of the Leaves" Also joining us the "voice" of the little girl in the book, Jordan Barker, and the "voice" of Shimmy, Bryce Miller.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Yes, four-leaf clovers really are lucky! When his young friend finds the elusive four-leaf clover, Shimmy-Shimmy Shamrock comes to life and tells the tale of how our luck really began.The legend of the cloverleaves takes on a whole new meaning when it begins with the Trinity and ends with the fortunate redemption of those who believe.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
LaDann Hendley, is an ordained minister, public speaker, and “mother to many”. She and her husband, Kevin, raised and mentored at-risk youth for over 16 years. Shimmy-Shimmy Shamrock and the Legend of the Leaves,which is to be released Oct 20th, is the first of her holiday series to be published. The next two books of the series are currently in production. LaDann was born in Dallas, TX, but lived and worked in Virginia, Arizona, and Nevada with her husband before returning to her native state. She and her husband currently reside in Livingston, TX. Her engaging stories for children embrace tradition, revive legendary tales, and introduce deeper truths through colorful illustration and simple text. When she is not speaking or reading to children in libraries or elementary schools, LaDann enjoys traveling, golfing, brushing up on her acting skills, and coordinating family events.
ABOUT BRYCE MILLER:
"Shimmy Shimmy Shamrock and the Legend of the Leaves" is Bryce’s first audio book recording. He is a graduate of AMTC - Actors, Models and Talent for Christ. For over 17 years, Bryce performed as a night club disc jockey and on radio as a producer and voice over talent in several metropolitan cities. He is also alumni from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has performed voice overs, character and cartoon voices, as well as accent voices for commercials and on-air characters. His longtime passion for voices has blessed him to be the voice of Shimmy Shimmy Shamrock in the upcoming Christian Children’s audiobook version of LaDann Hendley’s "Shimmy Shimmy Shamrock and the Legend of the Leaves."
ABOUT JORDAN BARKER:
Jordan is a nine year old actress, model, and stand up comedian who was just recently an award winning graduate from AMTC and she has been busy ever since. She is the voice of the little girl on the audio book for "Shimmy Shimmy Shamrock The Legend of the Leaves." This week alone she did three different gigs - her favorite was being invited to do a small warm up set of her comedy act at the Arlington Improv for her favorite comedian Chris Porter. As a member of The Cast she appears in a coloring book and various YouTube clips as part of a traveling ministry's promotion package. She loves every aspect of the industry and is excited to be a part of this show.
Episode 16: 09/13/15
Pam spoke with Anthonette Klinkerman the author of "Battle of the Grandmas"
About the Author:
Anthonette Klinkerman is a public school English teacher and public speaker. She teaches English at a night high-school for at-risk teens, and conducts her award-winning mobile etiquette school, Courtesy Bootcamp, for businesses during the days. Battle of the Grandmas was written first, but actually is her second published book. Her first book is titled Courtesy Bootcamp: a not-so-gentle reminder to live by The Golden Rule. Married in 1999, Klinkerman was born in San Diego, California, and moved to Colorado in 2000. Her husband, also a teacher, was raised in Littleton, CO. Their one daughter is working on her art skills daily in preparation for mommy’s next book. The family does their best to keep up the visits with the relatives from in-town to those in California over breaks from school. When she is not speaking, writing, or grading papers, Klinkerman enjoys reading, golfing, hiking, and skiing, and exploring the restaurant scene to satisfy her inner “foodie”.
About the book:
In this story of an extended family, three grandmas accidentally buy the same book for their granddaughter, and they then launch into a gift-purchasing battle for supremacy. The well-intentioned grannies race all over the Internet and town to buy the best present, the one that will win the affections of the child. The poor postman is the one left with delivering gifts of clothes, toys, DVDs, and trinkets until the little girl’s home is packed to the rafters with stuff. Finally the little girl emerges as the voice of reason and points out she cannot wear or play with all of the stuff being bought, but instead wants to spend time making memories with each grandma. In this day and age of families with multitudes of relatives, the message that time is more important than stuff comes through loud and clear.
Episode 15: 08/23/15
Pam spoke with Producer/Writer Dave Abbitt who read one of his favorite books called "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein
Dave has produced such movies as "Best Man Down" "True Caribbean Pirates" and tv shows like "Untold Stories of the ER" and "Diagnosis X"
Dave is currently working as a production executive at FOX21 Television Studios. FOX21 TVS produces terrific series like THE AMERICANS for FX and the upcoming DAMIEN for A&E.
About the book:
'Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy.'
So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.
Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.
This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
Episode 14: 07/26/15
Pam interviewed children's author Richard Mastrantonio about his book "The Adventures of Gordon, the Little Duck-a-Bunny"
About the book:
"The Adventures of Gordon, the Little Duck-a-Bunny"
by Richard Mastrantonio
Welcome to Woodland Acres! You will have fun exploring the forest with some very interesting and fun residents who live here. You'll get to meet Skatie Katie, a skunk who loves to roller-skate, and Squat Squirrel, a squirrel who loves to exercise! There is also the mayor of Woodland Acres, Preston Porcupine, and his wife, Priscilla. But the most famous resident is Gordon, the little duck-a-bunny. He is half duck and half bunny. He is very different from everyone else, and he learns that being different is okay! So come join Gordon on his adventures in Woodland Acres.
Episode 13: 07/12/15
Pam interviewed children's author Dina Marie Filippini about her book "The Adventures of Precious Penny"
About the book:
We’ve all heard the old saying, “Find a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck.” But have you ever stopped to consider the adventures that lucky penny has experienced before you picked it up?
The Adventures of Precious Penny is the imaginative tale of a penny who gets to share her travel stories with the other members of the money club. Her exciting round-trip journey from the bank includes a visit to the candy store, some quality time at the playground, a suspenseful ride in a little boy’s pocket, and a thrilling tumble through a washing machine before she returns to the bank after resting inside a piggy bank.
A great read for children ages four to six, The Adventures of Precious Penny will ignite their imaginations and inspire them to create their own stories for the pennies they find. Even adult readers will find themselves reconnecting with the curiosity and joy they experienced as kids and opening their eyes to the magic in their everyday lives.
Forget good luck. Learn from Precious Penny: the world is an exciting and wonderful place, so enjoy it!
Episode 12: 06/28/15
Drea interviewed actor and writer Stephanie Rupe about her Youtube based children's show centered around crafts and original stories.
Kids, craft how-tos, original stories.
About our guest:
Stéphanie Rupe is an actor/writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her latest project, "Stéph's Stories and Crafts", is a YouTube based web series for parents and kids 3-8. The crafts demonstrated on the show are designed to be easy enough for young kids to make with minimal help from their adult, as well as using or recycling materials many families will already have lying around the house. The stories are kid tested, mom approved. Featuring strong morals of kindness, bravery, and smarts. "Stéph's Stories and Crafts" is a passion project of Stéphanie's, inspired by one of her favorite kindergartners, who loves stories and crafts.
Episode 11: 06/14/15
Drea interviewed children's author Bobbie Asad
Her book is called: "Tucker's Story"
About the book:
Tucker, a handsome German Shepherd mix, has a great home, up until he finds himself homeless. This is his journey from homeless to a business logo. This story is fiction based on truth.
Episode 10: 05/24/15
Drea interviewed children's authors Ann Benjamin Zurow and Kim Kesterson Trone
Their book is called "Chicks, Chat & Change: The Money Tree"
About the book:
Come join us on the farm, as Chicks, Chat and Change explore the ways money is both earned and spent. A fun filled learning experience likely to keep children captivated and parents confident with discussing money. The Money Tree teaches children important life lessons under the disguise of a Mother Chicken teaching her chicks about laying eggs. Filled with beautiful artwork and real life activities to do at home, this is meant to be a learning experience for the whole family!
Episode 9: 04/26/15
Drea interviewed children's author Michelle Beber
Her book is called "Angels, Angels, Everywhere"
About the book:
"Angels, Angels, Everywhere" is a non-denominational, multiracial book written in delightful rhythm and rhyme and accompanied by charming illustrations done by Susan Shorter. The themes are constant support and unconditional love. This book teaches children how angels can help them in their everyday lives and empowers them with faith.
Lola at her first book signing. Photo courtesy of Tammy Knorr of Sunbury Press.
Episode 8: 04/12/15
Drea interviewed children's author Lola R. James
Her book is called "Flying Pants"
About the book:
Join Timmy on an adventure to find pants that fit not fly!
Flying Pants is a whimsical story about a magic potion gone awry and the pants that got away.
See the imagination of an 8 year old child unfold in this book about a little boy who just wanted a new pair of pants.
Episode 7: 03/22/15
Drea interviewed the children's authors Jeremy Rose and his 7 year old son Davin Rose
Their book is called "The Frog and the Fly"
About the book:
A hungry little frog is minding his own business when a little fly flies over his head. The frog tries to eat the fly, but he snaps and misses. The cocky little fly taunts the frog time after time. Come find out what happens in this fun little tale of the pond.
Episode 6: 03/08/15
Episode 5: 02/22/15
Drea interivewed actor and author Paul Carafotes about his children's book series "The Adventures of Charlie Bubbles"
Paul read one of the books called "Charlie Bubbles to Fenway"
Paul says: "The birth of my son infused me with a whole new level of creativity as I was able to witness this magical miracle develop right before my very eyes. Every day was a new adventure."
“The Adventures Of Charlie Bubbles” children’s storybook series underscores qualities of love, loyalty, friendship and kindness.
"The Adventures of Charlie Bubbles" is the story of a little boy named Charlie and his magical adventure when he discovers he can blow bubbles! He learns the true meaning of friendship in this heart warming story for the whole family.
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DON'T: Suggest They "Just Ignore It"
A common reaction to bullying is encouraging the victim to ignore the bully. "They just want a reaction," people say, and if you deny them the reaction, they'll go away. That's not always the case. Sometimes, when the bully realizes they are being ignored, they can feel a sense of power over their victim that can actually make the situation worse.
DO: Encourage Them To Speak Up
A recent study of children ages 9 to 12, showed that 56 percent said that they usually either say or do something to try to stop bullying or tell someone who can help (Brown, Birch, & Kancherla, 2005). Make sure your child knows who he or she can talk to if they have something they want to share, whether that is you, a school counselor, a teacher or a coach.
Look online if you need help and one of the really good places to go is:
PACER Center: National Bullying Prevention Center
"Help Your Child Recognize the Signs of Bullying"
Comes on pdf so you can download it. There's a lot more info on this website too so go to:
pacer.org and browse around.
Episode 4: 02/09/15 We had technical difficulties again so be sure to listen cause the show will start after I was able to connect!
Drea interviewed Singer/Songwriter ellee ven.
Played ellee's song "Zeus"
Drea talked about her personal experience with being bullied then gave the parents info about Bullying/Anti-Bullying indications and suggestions.
“They’re just words.” “It’ll only make you stronger.” “Just ignore it.” Chances are, these are the messages your child has received about bullying.
But for many kids, bullying is a reality they experience regularly. Three out of four parents say their child will likely witness a bullying incident at school.
So how do we empower these children? The first and most important step is talking to them and making sure the messages they receive about bullying are the right kind.
Whether your child is the target, bully, or merely a witness, your influence can help change the culture for the better. Here are some DOs and DON'Ts for talking to your child about bullying, brought to you in partnership with Green Giant and PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. With these tips, any parent can address bullying.
Last song played was called "Fill Your Bucket" by the Learning Station (<<<click on Learning Station go to their youtube)
Episode 3: 01/25/15
Drea interviewed Josh & Jodi Carothers - Authors of the children's book - "You, the Magician"
Jodi then read the book for the listeners.
Episode 2: 01/11/15
Drea first played the "Horsey Horse" song by Kahuna Kidsongs
Drea read a poem about a Bumblebee
Drea played the "Little Bumblebee" song by Kahuna Kidsongs
Drea talked about going to the zoo then read the book:
"Zoo on the Moon" by Robin Martin-Duttmann
Drea played "The Alligator Song"
Lastly, Drea told some jokes and talked about pets!
Episode 1: 11/30/14
After technical difficulties! Sorry about that!
Introduced our host, Andrea Eccardi aka Drea.
Drea played 2 songs.
1. Where is Thumbkin?
2. World Goes Around
Next Drea sang the story about ducks.
Then she told a short story about Ruff the Dog.
Lastly, Drea read the book "Madame's Journey Home"written by Mari Osa. The book is available in English and Spanish on Amazon. It's under "Children's Authors" on this website.