Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Review: PawPrints on Your Heart by Becky White, Illus. by: Darren Cranford;

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Vision Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

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pawprints on your heart cover

Synopsis: 
When debut children’s author Becky White couldn’t find the right book to read to her young sons at night, a book that would teach them lasting values in a fun, inspirational way they could immediately connect with, she decided to write one.

The result is her newly released collection titled PawPrints on Your Heart, which features three best friends who learn a variety of important life lessons and values at home, at school, and in public in the book’s twenty-five mini chapters.

Among the values taught in PawPrints on Your Heart are these:
  • Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes
  • Making a good first impression
  • Choosing not to join in bad behavior
  • Being prompt and on time
  • Expressing thanks and gratitude
  • Saying you’re sorry when you’ve goofed
  • Tackling problems thoughtfully
  • Taking good care of animals
  • Respecting the elderly
  • Being a good sport
  • Planning your time
  • Respecting individual gifts and talents
  • Thinking before you speak
  • Being content with what you have
  • Being authentic
  • Realizing that beauty is only skin deep
The stories feature a variety of situations that children everywhere can relate to, while colorful illustrations by Darren Cranford and a focused "PawPrint" value at the end of each chapter guide children toward making wise and thoughtful choices now and for the future.

White comments, "This is a keepsake book of fun, inspirational stories that can be passed from generation to generation, while the mini chapters make it easy to slip in a bookmark and keep reading the next night." She adds, "My goal is for these stories to leave PawPrints on the hearts of readers."

Review:
This is a wonderful book- the stories are short- one page- and each feature a 'pawprint' with the moral of the story. For example,  on death it says" Death has to happen to all of us, and those we love, but it is not the end. Angels are always looking over us, memories remain in our hearts and minds, and some day we will understand and 'get it'. You will note that the pawprint was not 'Christian' per se, but the core value was based on Christian teaching. The other pawprints are the same. So for us, when we read the book, I used the 10 Commandments as an additional guide, and Miss Grace and I had some wonderful discussions. In fact, I would recommend this book for a Sunday school class, as a starting point, and a way to bring in biblical references to a modern example! This would also be an excellent book to give to parents of toddlers, to have as their children grow up! The illustrations are bright and will engage kids as well, as you can see!

PawPrints on Your Heart sample


About the Author:
Becky White grew up in North Carolina in a very traditional family, which allowed her to enjoy the simple things in life while continuing to dream and grow. After college, she moved around, living in Toronto, San Diego, Boston, and Tampa-Clearwater. Each location represented a different "chapter" in her life with many learned lessons, an abundance of happy moments, and few regrets. Being the youngest of four children with very consistent parents taught her to stay grounded while embracing visions and expectations. 

The PawPrints on Your Heart values Becky learned have guided and helped her to raise her two boys alone after the heartbreaking loss of their father. Becky currently practices real estate "back home" in North Carolina following a long career in dentistry. She is passionate about the people in her life and a variety of hobbies and interests, including writing.

About the Illustrator:
DARREN CRANFORD grew up in Newfoundland, Canada where he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts at Memorial University, majoring in painting. He moved to Ontario, where he worked at a number of animation studios before founding Keyframe Digital Productions, Inc., an animation studio specializing in 3D animation and visual effects for movies and television. When not directing, Cranford continues his passion for illustrating children's books. 'I draw inspiration from what the author has written and try to capture the expanded worlds these characters live in; not just illustrate the words verbatim. I want the reader to see the personality in the characters - to understand that they're feeling.' Cranford lives in Niagara Falls with wife, Michelle, and their three children, Tanner, Mason, and Logan.




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