Skinny Snowman & Learn How to Draw a Snowman.



Help me quick!
Is my snowman sick?
His body is wasting away!

He used to be fat
With a belly to pat,
But now he gets slimmer each day.

He doesn't work out,
He just stands about.
So why is he still losing weight?

With temperatures higher
He seems to perspire.
Let it snow before it's too late!


By Donna J. Shepherd © 2005
Illustration by Kevin Scott Collier.


For a fun, interactive way to read Skinny Snowman, click HERE. Intellitools has a a simple click-through storybook for the winter season with silly graphics complementing the poem.
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NEW! Now you can learn to draw a fat or skinny snowman of your own!

THRIFTY BOOK BUYS - Books on CD are GREEN - They Save Trees!

Donna J. Shepherd wants you to know: Children's e-Books on CD or Download are the Bargain of the Year!
Cheaper than paper, they are the epitome of "GREEN." These are QUALITY BOOKS - fun, inspirational, and educational.
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BUY a "green" CD and save a tree. Do your bit to save the planet!
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Kids Are Computer Savvy! A book on CD can distract kids before a doctor or dentist appointment, on rainySundays, holidays, or in the back seat on long car trips.
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Donna's Children's BOOKS on CD:
Chizzy's Topsy Tale
No More Gunk!
Ouch! Sunburn
The Lonely Lightning Bug

Hard copy also available for most titles.
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For more information, visit Topsy Turvy Land.
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Visit Guardian Angel Publishing
Find a wide range of wonderful children's books, by authors who care about children.
On Download, CD, and . . . . . Hard Copy!
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Skinny Snowman & Learn How to Draw a Snowman.



Help me quick!
Is my snowman sick?
His body is wasting away!

He used to be fat
With a belly to pat,
But now he gets slimmer each day.

He doesn't work out,
He just stands about.
So why is he still losing weight?

With temperatures higher
He seems to perspire.
Let it snow before it's too late!


By Donna J. Shepherd © 2005
Illustration by Kevin Scott Collier.


For a fun, interactive way to read Skinny Snowman, click HERE. Intellitools has a a simple click-through storybook for the winter season with silly graphics complementing the poem.
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NEW! Now you can learn to draw a fat or skinny Snowman of your own!

Would You Like to Learn to Draw?

I want to introduce you to a new page for kids who like to draw. Kevin Scott Collier has taught illustration classes, giving kids art tips for almost 30 years. Now he is taking much of that to the internet via YOUNG ARTIST WORKSHOP.

http://artistworkshop.blogspot.com

It's casual, and new video entries will appear every week.

Coloring Page of Chizzy

Where's Chizzy? Dotty sure looks scared, doesn't she?

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.


Stories for Children Magazine

MARK YOUR CALENDARS ... For a September First visit to Stories for Children Magazine and check out what the BUZZ is all about regarding September's FEATURED GUEST!

Go to: http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org/

First HINT About SFC's MYSTERY FEATURED GUEST for September: This person co-authored a Children's Fiction Story based on a true story for our September issue.

Two more CLUES about our Mysterious Featured Guest:
1) The rest of this person's books are for adults and NOT children. So...what is this person DOING in a children's magazine interview?
2) This person is BELOVED by CHILDREN in a certain area.

TWO MORE HINTS ABOUT SFC'S FEATURED GUEST:

1) This person commanded many planes to land and take off.
2) This person has much to teach children and adults alike.


Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!

Kevin, the Topsy Turvy Illustrator, Hosting His Own Show!

Kevin Scott Collier will star with his son, Jarod, in a new KICKS Club television show now in development for early 2009. The program will be nationally and internationally broadcast on major Christian networks. "KICKS Club" is broadcast on cable networks Daystar, Golden Eagle, TCT, KTV, God's Learning Channel, WTVE TV, Lamb Broadcasting, CTN48 - Knoxville, and SuperChannel.

Tentatively titled "Drawing for Kicks," the educational art of illustration program will begin shooting this fall at Studio 85 in Sunsbury, Ohio. Segments will also be shot in the Collier's hometown of Grand Haven, as well as other western Michigan locations. 26 episodes are initially planned. The program is targeted to debut in the Spring of 2009. Leading up to their program's debut, the Colliers will be making frequent guest appearances on "KICKS Club" beginning this fall.

How exciting! And Kevin has already invited me to appear on the TV show sometime in the future. Won't that be fun! Stay tuned for more updates! Visit the KICKS Club homepage. View Elmer/Kicks Club videos online.

Coloring Page of Dotty and Keela


Dotty has lots of friends in Topsy Turvy Land. Can you tell me what's different about this toucan that Kevin drew? *Hint - look at his bill!

Click
here to see 'regular' toucans.

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Dotty's Topsy Tale - Coming Soon!


Dotty's Topsy Tale, written by Donna J. Shepherd, illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier, the long awaited print sequel to Topsy Turvy Land, introduces a purple baby hippo named Violet into the inspirational series to explore the topic of discrimination. Kevin created 14 fun, colorful illustrations for the book.
Coming soon from Guardian Angel Publishing.
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Hidden Picture Puzzle for You!


Liz Ball has a brand new book out called Frog Fun! Here's a sneak peek at one of the puzzles. Have fun!

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Dotty's Topsy Tale - Coming Soon!




Dotty's Topsy Tale, written by Donna J. Shepherd, illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier, the long awaited print sequel to Topsy Turvy Land, introduces a purple baby hippo named Violet into the inspirational series to explore the topic of discrimination. Kevin created 14 fun, colorful illustrations for the book. Coming soon from Guardian Angel Publishing!

Topsy Tales Coloring Page!


Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Here's a coloring page by Kevin, illustrator of the book, Topsy Turvy Land. Chizzy's peeking out of the flower garden, happy that spring has finally sprung in Topsy Turvy Land! Enjoy!


*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

A Coloring Page for You!



Isn't Dotty cute? She's doing one of her favorite things - playing in water. Kevin Scott Collier, the illustrator of Dotty's Topsy Tale drew this. Have fun!

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Hey, kids (and grownups, too!) - see how Kevin creates!

Topsy Turvy Tales have a unique look created by artist and illustrator, Kevin Scott Collier. Here are examples from a work-in-progress called Chizzy's Topsy Tale.

First, Kevin draws the image on white paper using a black marker.



After scanning the art into his computer, Kevin "inverts" the image, making it a "negative."


Next, using rbg color and paint buckets in Adobe Photoshop, Kevin colors the images.


Finally, each color area is individually selected and a "lighting effect" added to create shadows and dimension.


The illustration is complete!

The Book that Started It All - Topsy Turvy Land!



TOPSY TURVY LAND
by Donna J. Shepherd
Illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier
(Hidden Pictures by Liz Ball)

Come visit a place of peace and whimsy where green monkeys and singing snakes live. Children will delight in the lyrical rhymes and vibrant illustrations while searching for the hidden hearts. Full of fun from beginning to end!

ISBN: 0967815967
Format: Paperback, 16pp
Pub. Date: July 2005
Publisher:
Hidden Pictures Publishing
P.O. Box 63
Tipp City, OH 45371

Retail price: $6.99

To order directly from the publisher, click here!

To order from Amazon:



Excerpt:

"He made the giraffe with his very long neck,
And the toucan with gigantic beak,
God must have had fun,
Creating each one,
And all in just under a week!"

© 2005 Donna Shepherd

The publisher has a blog, too. Check it out! Click here!

No More Gunk! Picture Book for Ages 4-8

No More Gunk! is a Double Doozie - two books in one! This book is the first for a new imprint of Guardian Angel Publishing. The Health & Hygiene line features books teaching children about taking care of their bodies.

In No More Gunk! by Donna J. Shepherd, short, playful rhymes and Kevin Scott Collier's humorous illustrations help children learn in a fun way the importance of proper dental hygiene. Tooth Tips encourage children to take care of their teeth.

In the bonus book, Ouch! Sunburn!, Donna J. Shepherd's snappy rhymes, along with the 15 colorful and fun illustrations by Kevin Scott Collier, help children see the need to protect their skin in the sun. Sun Safety Tips in the back of the book reinforce the book's theme.

Click HERE to order directly from Guardian Angel Publishing.

For LIBRARIES, SCHOOLS and INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES requesting wholesale print books contact: directorders_libraries_schools@guardianangelpublishing.com




CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW
BY: Gayle Jacobson-Huset, Assistant Editor
Stories for Children Magazine

BOOK: NO MORE GUNK and OUCH! SUNBURN
BY: Donna Shepherd
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Kevin Scott Collier
PUBLISHED BY: Guardian Angel Publishing (Health & Hygiene Children's Book) DOUBLE DOOZIE – TWO BOOKS IN ONE!
ISBN: PRINT: Double Doozie: 13-978-1-933090-91-8
E-book: NO MORE GUNK: 13-978-1-933090-91-7
E-book: OUCH! SUNBURN: 13-978-1-933090-60-3
READING LEVEL: Ages 3 on up

"This is a fun "book" to review since it is actually two books in one! Guardian Angel Publishing has come out with their Double Doozie line of books and now has a Health & Hygiene Line.

In NO MORE GUNK, author Donna Shepherd has written a very humorous yet factual storyline on taking good care of your teeth and how to do so, in rhyming prose. Combined with the awesome and very funny artwork of Kevin Scott Collier, this book is quite the attention-getter for your child and will help you to teach him/her good health habits in a really fun way.

I particularly enjoyed the "No More Gunk Tooth Tips" at the end of the story – even the tips rhymed! Good job, Donna! My favorite tip: "They're your teeth, so be the boss. Always take the time to floss."

This was like reading a terrific poem full of FUNNY illustrations that your child will want you to read to them over and over and over! This is a keeper and gets a high five, especially when coupled with a SECOND free book!

OUCH! SUNBURN is also a terrific learning experience for your child, and one that hit home hard to me personally. Back in the age of the dinosaur, aka - when I was a small child, we didn't know much about the dangers of the sun and how it damages your skin, and nobody knew what sunscreen was. I grew up by the ocean, so I was either always at the beach, or at our local pool where I swam competitively. I am blonde and fair-skinned, and I had some whopper sunburns as I grew up. I've been "out of the sun" for 40 years now, but it doesn't matter – I still ended up getting skin cancer from those early exposures as a child.

So, I can tell you firsthand, that everything Donna says in this book is absolutely positively the truth, and I hope its message really hits home to young readers. The charming rhyming prose Donna uses along with Kevin's fun, colorful illustrations, make this book lots of fun for children to learn how to protect their skin from sunburns.

At the end, Donna again gives Ouch! Sunburn Extra Tips, of course, in rhyme. My favorite: "When you're out from ten to two. Play in Shade. Smart Kids do." WHERE WAS THIS BOOK WHEN I WAS GROWING UP? This is a must-have to teach your child safety in the sun at an early age.

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A new review just went up on Reviews by Heidi for No More Gunk! & OUCH! Sunburn. Thanks, Heidi!

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/ReviewsbyHeidi/524158/

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Hidden Picture Puzzle for Summer



Example from - Hidden Treasures: Summer Fun by Liz Ball: $5.95
ISBN #0967815940

A hidden picture puzzle for Easter by Liz Ball. To order books with her hidden picture puzzles, click HERE. Enjoy!

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Topsy Turvy Time!


The February Devo for Kids is up on CWAHM. Click HERE for Topsy Turvy Time!
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Topsy Turvy Land