Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Review with Giveaway: Please Explain Terrorism to Me: A Story for Children, P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom for Their Parents by Laurie Zelinger and Ann Israeli

A Story for Children, P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom for their Parents 

Complemented by exquisite, colorful artwork, Dr. Zelinger skillfully crafts an easily relatable children's story using everyday situations, around the oppressive concept of Terrorism in the news. With masterful understanding of the child's world, new and frightening concepts are introduced carefully and gently, with the child's perspective in mind. Dr. Zelinger provides parent coaching to further the dialogue in her P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom section (Prepare, Explain, Answer, Reassure, Listen, Safeguard) where caregivers are given scripts to guide them, as well room for individuality. This pioneer book helps children and parents face a critical, often avoided topic with reassurance and calm.

"This book provides the 'PEARLS' of wisdom for parents and children to discuss a scary topic like terrorism in ways that promote healthy and authentic parent-child conversations that yield to mutual respect and bonding." 
--Marc A. Brackett, PhD., Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

"Deep and yet accessible, her remarkable deciphering of the psychological factors that hinder the free communication between parents and children on terrorism is compelling. This fascinating guide amounts to a riveting lesson of clarity and to a masterpiece in bridging the unbridgeable." 
--Hon. Yehuda Lancry, Former Ambassador of Israel to the U.N.

"Please Explain 'Terrorism' to Me is a straightforward and down-to-earth treatment of a difficult subject. Dr. Zelinger uses common sense, a simple clarification of the basic issues, and reassurance to provide a deeper understanding of terrorism for kids--without a corresponding rise in anxiety." 
--Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., Psychologist/Author,

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Book Review
Trying to explain terrorism to my children before reading this book seemed a bit difficult because as a parent I just want to protect them from all the evil in the world. Even though terrorism is a difficult subject to talk about, I believe that children should be aware of what it is and what they can do to try to be as safe as possible. Please Explain Terrorism To Me makes it easy to have that conversation. It kept the attention of all my children, even my 4 year old! When I finished reading the story to my children, I had a conversation with my 9 year old daughter about what she thought of the book and about terrorism with the help of P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom at the end of the book. This book is so helpful for parents that want to talk about terrorism to their children but are unsure of where to start. 

I give it 5 stars!

My daughter telling me what the book is about.

More books by the author

About the Author
Illustrator, Ann Israeli, and
author, Laurie Zelinger
Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Diplomate, is a Board Certified Psychologist with a specialty in School Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapist with forty years' experience. She is a licensed New York State psychologist who recently retired from a Long Island public school system and is now devoting her time exclusively to writing, consulting, and her busy private practice. Dr. Laurie's previous books include: "Please Explain Anxiety to Me: Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents," The "O MY" in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery (in its second edition), A Smart Girl's Guide to Liking Herself Even on the Bad Days for American Girl, and a chapter on selective mutism in the compendium, School Based Play Therapy (second edition). She is also credited with being a consultant for the Bitty Baby book series by American Girl where she assisted in the development of the "For Parents" sections, as well as editorial development of another American Girl book. Dr. Laurie's interest in writing began in 4th grade, when a play she wrote was performed by students in her public school. Dr. Zelinger is a fellow and elected officer in the nationally based American Academy of School Psychology and spent four years on the Executive Board of the New York Association of Play Therapy. As a media referral specialist for the American Psychological Association, she has contributed to nearly 200 venues regarding child development. Dr. Laurie and her psychologist husband, Dr. Fred, are both certified Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers. They have been happily married for over thirty-five years and have raised four children. You can learn more about Dr. Zelinger and her books at DrZelinger dot com. 

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Ann Israeli graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and began her art career as a textile designer. She worked designing wallpaper and home furnishings before moving on to a career in Women's and Children's knitwear designs, where she won many awards. She began a second career as an art teacher in the Rockville Centre School District on Long Island, New York and earned her Masters of Art degree from Adelphi University (New York). Currently, Ann enjoys visiting her newest grandson in California and spending time with her husband, children, family, and friends. She also relishes her time working on oil painting and hopes to continue on her new path as an illustrator.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Adventures of Fawn by Al E. Boy

Book Genre:  Children’s Fiction
Print Length: 517 pages
Publisher: Al E. Boy (October 1, 2014)
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Language: English


The Adventures of Fawn is a 'coming of age' series set in the magical world of Santa's North Pole! The year is 1849, and legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen have a young daughter, Fawn. In this first book, 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls' the young reindeer spends far too many days alone in the stable at Santa's Village with no friends and nothing to do.

While her parents caution her she's much too young and inexperienced to go exploring outside Santa's Village by herself, Fawn disagrees. Declaring, “I want some fun and excitement! I don’t care how dangerous it is!” she begins sneaking out each day in search of friends, excitement and adventure. She'll find them all...but also find herself facing dangers like a fierce hungry wolf, a freezing North Pole blizzard, and the treachery of a sea captain capturing animals of the arctic to sell to a zoo in New York City.

Along the way, she'll also learn some valuable lessons about what's really important in life. The Adventures of Fawn are filled with fun and excitement for all ages!​

Excerpt #1 from ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls

Today was going to
be the day!
Fawn had it all
planned out. The young reindeer would wait until her dad and mum,
Comet and Vixen, came home to the stable, and she was going to calmly
explain how unhappy she was.
mentioned it before, (more like every other day), but each time her
bad mood had gotten the better of her and she’d wound up arguing
with her parents. Each time they had told her she wasn’t old
enough…not mature enough…to be going out on her own.
Fawn had often
pondered over their words.
Not mature
She wasn’t
exactly sure what that meant…but just the same she didn’t like
the sound of it!
I think it’s
like saying I’m still a baby
! Darnit! I’m four and
a half months old
Fawn was convinced
fun…excitement….maybe even friends could be hers to enjoy if she
was free to explore the world outside Santa’s Village.
I blew it those
other times by getting too excited
. If I can plainly and
calmly explain to mum and dad how bored and lonely I am
I need some friends
surely they’ll see how much
I’ve changed
how much more ‘mature’ I am nowwhatever
that means
! I’ll wait for them to come homeand
then I’ll show them
Yes, indeed! She
had it all planned out!

But sometimes even
the best laid plans can fall apart.  

Excerpt #1 from Book 2- The Ona Pendulum

It was at that
very moment…something very strange occurred.
Santa and Wajic
suddenly became motionless, and their faces appeared in energized
broken patterns…almost like shattered, electrified pieces of glass.
Every angle of the fractured pattern sputtered and flashed likenesses
of them……but each one different. In some they looked younger…and
in others, older…….and older still.
Fawn, Bunny,
Snowboy and Doctor Weather were all quite surprised and taken aback.
They had absolutely no idea what was happening…or what they should
do. The only choice they had was to stand there powerlessly watching.
Then, just as
suddenly as it began, it stopped.
Looking a bit
overwhelmed, everyone just stood there…watching Santa and Wajic.
“Are you
alright?” asked Fawn.
fine.” Santa answered. He noticed the concerned looks on everyone’s
face, and added, “Why do you ask?”
The Doctor
explained, “Well…something just happened a moment ago. Very odd!
You didn’t notice? You didn’t feel anything?”
Wajic stretched
his arms and yawned.
“Come to think
of it…I am a little tired all of a sudden.”
Santa brought a
gloved hand up to cover his mouth, as he also yawned.
“Me, too! Hmmm.
That’s very strange! What was it you saw?”
Fawn, Bunny,
Snowboy and Doctor Weather gave them the details of what they’d
seen, and with each piece of information, Wajic looked more and more
Santa noticed.
“What is it, old
“I’m not quite
sure, Kris. It could be nothing…or….it could be something! When
we get back to the Village, I’ll head to my workshop and look into
As he yawned a
second time, Santa said, “Let’s just hope it’s nothing

Excerpt #1 from Book 3-Far And Yet So Near

“A little snow
shouldn’t be a problem, eh?” Doctor Weather called out to Foddle.
For the umpteenth
time, she brushed snow off Hutch that probably measured a couple of
inches thick.
Foddle looked at a
loss for words, as he flicked snow off his beard and face.
“What can I
say?” he replied. “How could I have known?”
Bunny was
completely covered in snow, and shouted angrily at Snowboy, “A
little snow never hurt anybody! Isn’t that what you said?”
Snowboy couldn’t
think of anything to say, except, “I’m sorry! Really! I am!”
He took a moment
to look down at himself and then blurted out, “Hey! I think I’m
getting bigger again!”
Once again, Bunny
pointed a paw at him. “Stop that!!”
Snow was falling
so heavily, it was difficult for anyone to even see the end of the
dog teams.
Perched on Fawn’s
back, Bunny cleaned snow off herself as best she could, and shook her
head disgustedly.
“A drop-off into
nothingness…Hangnail Pass…a Bridge with a mind of its own…playing
‘catch-up’ with a bunch of wandering reindeer…and now a heavy
snowfall! What’s next? An earthquake?!”
Fawn’s eyebrows
came down heavy over her eyes as she looked at her friend.
“Shh! Don’t
say that! Don’t even think it! When folks say ‘Things could be
!’’re not supposed to help things get that way!”

Through almost 40 years as a Santa Claus, Al E. Boy developed quite a repertoire of tales to explain and answer the many questions children ask about Santa, the North Pole, his reindeer, and his friends, the elves.

​It was this collection of tales which prompted him to begin writing The Adventures of Fawn. Through the young daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen, he's been able to weave an exciting, colorful, imaginative world which will delight readers of all ages!

Mr. Boy not only hopes you enjoy these tales, but make reading them part of your Christmas traditions, as well.