Saturday, July 28, 2007

Flying Hugs and Kisses Activity Book Now Available!

Flying Hugs and Kisses Activity Book
By Jewel Sample
Publisher: Lifevest Publishing, Inc.
ISBN 159879377-2

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Jewel Sample’s latest publication, Flying Hugs and Kisses Activity Book offers a message of hope for grieving families, which is designed to accompany her storybook, Flying Hugs and Kisses. The activity book has fun educational coloring and writing activities, games, and puzzles to help elementary age children answer questions about grief and loss with compassion and hope.

Flying Hugs and Kisses is about five children who creatively take on roles of support toward each other while showing their individual feelings about the death of their baby brother to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Sample’s book, Flying Hugs and Kisses won The National Parenting Center 2007 Seal of Approval.”

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval report indicates, “Jewel Sample does a wonderful job of breaking down some of the confusing terms that children hear during times like these and celebrates the love and strength that family provides.” The National Parenting Center’s 2007 Seal of Approval full report is at

Sample’s sensitive story and activity book are a great resource for professionals and families to use to help children cope with the loss of a young loved one. Flying Hugs and Kisses (ISBN 159879119-2) is available in the Spanish language titled, Besos y abrazos al aire (ISBN 159879292-1). The National SIDS/Infant Death Resource Center has selected Sample’s books as a bereavement resource for families with children.

Flying Hugs and Kisses Activity Book and Sample’s other books are directly available through most major booksellers and Lifevest Publishing’s e-bookstore or by calling toll free 1-877-843-1007.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Bouncing Elementary Adventure: "Meghan Rose On Stage!" by Lori Z. Scott

~Jewel’s Reading Excellence Review~

Meghan Rose On Stage!
By Lori Z. Scott
ISBN: 9780784721032, 2007
Fiction: Juvenile, Humorous, Friendship, Christian life, Talent Show
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Publisher: Standard Publishing; $4.99
Publisher site: http://
July 25, 2007

I read Meghan Rose on Stage to my granddaughters who are five and seven years old. My granddaughter's were so enthralled with the story we had to read the whole book in one sitting. When we would come to the "really, really cool" (as my seven year old granddaughter phrased it) illustrations by Stacy Curtis, they would peer over the pages inspecting each character and chat about what was going on.

The book was definitely a hit and they could hardly wait to make a red volcano that Scott suggests along with other activities in the back of the book. Another thing that made this book so special was the "Chatter Matters" discussion questions in the back of the book. One granddaughter chatted about how cool it was to know Meghan prayed when she did not know what to do next. The other granddaughter discussed that it does not matter who you are anyone can share their talent! Sharing with others makes everyone happy.

Now they have a "really cool" memory about a girl named Meghan Rose, while on one of Grandma's play dates and a new phrase definition, "bouncy kangaroo," which they practiced all over my living room. A great adventure story with "bam" (as my five year phrased it) for elementary age children and of course, this Grandma enjoyed the book too.
Thank you so much for a fun read!