What was I thinking???? The first biography ----silly, inane, pompous! What nonsense--college, major, English teacher---even I don't care.
BUT I do care about kids. Most importantly, I care about kids' reading. My nine kids read. Their twenty kids read (or are in the process). And their nine children will read (hopefully, I'll be around to make sure).
If you're reading this 'biography" you have an interest in a child---a child you want to be a reader. We are one in that desire. Let's work together!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I created the persona of Mrs. Ima Wordlover a decade ago because I wanted to write books for children. Loving words and reading have always been linked in my mind. I didn't know any man named Ima so my character is a woman. She's probably a composite of the four elementary teachers who contributed to my early educational development, especially in reading. I remember them as special---caring and committed teachers.
And I had all these grandchildren who enjoyed reading. I wanted them to enjoy reading what I had written.
I had, and have, some friends who were and are very successful writers of children's books. I sent them my materials for review. The opinions were nearly unanimous, "These are not books for children, but adults will find them clever and amusing." I believe that's called damning with faint praise.
So I put my writing ambitions aside. But on computer after computer, I kept my files. And as I learned, I revised, looking to create material children could enjoy and be encouraged to read more.
Over the years I followed the various solutions to teach reading in our schools: look/say, phonics, accelerated reading programs, read-aloud; and the list goes on. I kept track of the research. And I concluded that the key to having a child who is a competent reader is an active parent. One who is involved in the child's language acquisition, who models reading behavior, and who supplies reading materials. Ah, it sounds so simple and straightforward.
the lion bears the title, king of the jungle, his mane is kingly. he is big. his roar is heard for miles. but he is not the biggest cat. the world’s biggest cat is the tiger. he’s big enough that he doesn’t roar at other animals. when he’s on the attack, the prey hears a hiss or a huff, not a roar. he lives alone. he hunts alone. he’s big enough to do both.
Mrs. Wordlover continues presenting idioms to her students. In this story, she doesn’t use a word game.
She introduces peafowl. And she actually uses some photos. She supplies the facts. Then she lets the students apply these facts. They ocome to an understanding of the idiom.
Her idiom of the day is “proud as a peacock.”
yes, i am a word lover. i’m a teacher. i’m a storyteller. sometimes, i play word games with my class. now, we’ll laugh together at my use of old idioms to create class rules. it’s the first day of our class. turn the page and meet me.
The bald eagle lives only in North America. It was almost lost to the continent. It was hunted. Pesticides killed its eggs. Chemicals coming into the waters poisoned the fish it ate. The hunting stopped. The pesticides are banned. The chemicals are controlled. The bald eagle has recovered.
Cynthia and the Amazing Bunny
on Jan. 25, 2014
The premise of the book is a good one. But the book has flaws that editing could fix. First, on my device the font size changes. Second, the outside quotes will make no sense to a young reader. Third, I would have included more pictures of cuddly bunnies. Fourth, I would make sure that the language and sentence structure used by a five year old is what a five year old uses. I hope that author has time to edit and revise---the premise is a good one.
The Itty Bitty Princess's Lost Toy
on Jan. 25, 2014
A charming story for the young. It does lack one thing---some illustrations. Examples: a child stooping and looking under a bed; a room turned upside down; toys scattered; the red fire truck in the King’s hands. If the book is read to a child, she will listen, But I suspect she’ll ask about pictures. An art student can do illustrations for her book
Seagulls Love Donuts
on Jan. 26, 2014
The grandkids enjoyed the book, the 11 and 12 year olds more than the five and seven year olds. The older two read the book; the younger two had the book read to them. Perhaps some pictures might have helped. It’s always nice to see a book that entertains and teaches.
I See in color
on Feb. 08, 2014
To begin, the illustrations are good. More importantly, beginning readers need a "supply" of sight words--words recognized without having to do the sounding out. The author knows what she's doing. Visit her books often and give your child a head-start in learning to read. Sitting on my lap, my five year old, with help, got through the book.
on Feb. 08, 2014
got caught by the “inside an average, suburban house.” So I wasn’t surprised by the apparent normalcy of the scene. Then the blowing out of the candles occurs. Things change.
I need to stop the details to avoid giving away the final scenes. You will puzzle; you will think; you will join me in saying, “I like this book.
(review of free book)
A Memory Of Long Ago By Julius
on Feb. 11, 2014
A tough book to review. The reader isn't sure where he fits, where he is in the story, or where the story is going.
BUT the language and the imagery are excellent. The sense of mystery, the sense of peril, the sense of a good book on its way are all there.. I'll watch for the completed book and I'll buy it.
The Tale of the Mogollon Ghost Tribe
on Feb. 14, 2014
I suspect that boys who hike and camp will like the story. It has the feel of familiarity. What isn't familiar is the charming Indian ghost story. Rescue by the good but not always seen is the way to bring mystery to the familiar--that's the way it works best.
on Feb. 14, 2014
To begin, the author writes well. His choice of words creates the mental picture he wants or the emotional state he desires. The story touches the heart. A youngster or an oldster like me can enjoy the moment. And I always like a lesson learned, particularly when it flows from the story.