Word of Mouth

                          What do parents, children, and think? Watch & Read.

Fourth Grade Figuratives

Participatory Learning

Working alongside their teacher,

fourth graders create original 

Figures of Speech, after hearing

Mary read When the Camel Sneezed.


Fourth graders studied alliteration 

by reading A Hullabaloo of Hippos:

A Lollapalooza of Language from A to Z


Students share their simile with their classmates.

"My roof is as steep as a cliff."

An original simile written by

Harding School Fourth Graders


Students laugh while creating crazy comparisons.

 "Our teacher is a cat, stalking 

us on the playground."


Illustration by Sam Moodey, from When the Camel Sneezed

"I mean what I sound; I sound what I mean. Crash! Boom! Bang! and Clang-a-lang!

Example from When the Camel Sneezed

Canine Convention

Pup Literacy

At the www.eriekennelclub.com Annual Dog Show, Sheldon's cousin compares his harness to Harold's in Sheldon and the Hot-Nosed Husky, during a Show Time Ring break.

Listen to the Rhythm

Sheldon's cousin, a www.snoebearssiberian.com husky,

sniffs a treat in Mary's hand, while

she reads, "A tail swept left. 

Shh shh shh. A tail swept right. 

Shh shh shh."


When the Camel Sneezed

Zara shares her chair with all the beasts-final spread

A great story about how to cross 

that "great divide, rather than making it wider.

-- Joyce Miller, Ph.D

 Keystone Research Corporation

A Hullabaloo of Hippos: A Lollapalooza of Language from A to Z

Expect the unexpected in a most delightful way in A Hullabaloo of Hippos: A Lollapalooza of Language from A to Z.  Surprising ear-candy on every page! 

-- Roberta Barilla, Education Professor Emeritus, Gannon University

Goin' Explorin'

After hearing the story, a 1st grader drew a picture and sent it to the author.

A story filled with excitement and wonder. Funny, yet heartwarming and thought-provoking, promoting a love of nature, close family relationships.

-- Rosemary Omniewski, Ph.D, Early Childhood Education & Children’s Literature, Edinboro University

A Hero at Three

A Hero at Three sings in the ears. Books like this, read again and again by parent and child, guarantee the child will grow into a lover of language and reading.

-- John Taylor, Waldorf Teacher, Western Australia

Christopher Counts The Constellations

From reading to drawing: students transform a parking lot into the night sky, unsing sidewalk chalk.

A huge hit with my two boys! Well written, entertaining, and educational. We need more books like this as teaching tools 

for our young ones. 

-- Chris Bates, Father, Occupational Therapist, Florida