Books and Instructional Materials:
|Sunbelievable by Jo Ann Kairy
MOM’S CHOICE AWARD 2012! Sunbelievable is a humorous, educational/science children’s picture book about the Sun for ages 4-8. Does the Sun ride roller coasters? Teach fireflies to shine? Take bubble baths when eating pizza? To help her younger sister Leen fall asleep at bedtime, YaYa tells her about the Sun’s amazing exploits. Skeptical Leen challenges YaYa’s tales and invents her own hilarious twists and surprises. Together, they create not only a wildly funny story, but also discover the power of shared imagination. The illustration style, using digital photo collage, features real children whose dialogue unfolds in brilliant, magical landscapes. An educational piece with facts about the real Sun is contributed by NASA’s Chief Technologist. Sunbelievable is uniquely geared toward young readers, helping them connect storytelling with science and nature. If the Sun can ride roller coasters, anything is possible!
While living in the Deep South, Christi Mitchell was asked to create a lesson plan as a teaching artist for the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education, so she enlisted the best storytellers she knew who also happen to be her sisters Anita Mehus and Annette Marsico. Anita was blessed with a whimsical talent for joyful art while Annette has a marvelous finesse for storytelling. Together they collaborated on “The Lunch Box Lady,” which is a story that celebrates creativity, kindness and nutrition.
Mable, The Lunch Box Lady, designs lunch boxes for a living while encouraging children to eat healthy. Her boss, Mrs. Cruncherton, puts the kibosh on Mable’s creativity due to her own insecurities with change and choices. When Mr. Munch, the owner of the Lunch Box Factory, finds out what Mrs. Cruncherton has done, he stands up for Mable’s creativity. In response to Mrs. Cruncherton’s meanness, Mable embraces the golden rule and gives her a heart-shaped lunch box filled with Mrs. Cruncherton’s favorites—water, onion soup, and crunchy carrots.
Celebrating creativity and kindness, this is a must-have book for kids of all ages! Order your copy today for only $14.99 plus shipping and handling.