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Cleo Can Tie A Bow Book CovereCleo Can Tie a Bow: A Rabbit and Fox Story 

Written by Sybrina Durant

Illustrated by Pumudi Gardiyawasam

Age Range: 4 and up

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Sybrina Publishing

ISBN-13: 978-6978197225

What to expect: Fairy Tale and Learn how to tie a bow

Cleo Can Tie a Bow is part of the A Rabbit and Fox Story series that teaches kids how to tie knots (and bows). This sweet picture book illustrates the lifetime skill of tying a lovely bow—a confidence-building, developmental milestone that improves fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Cleo loves bows. She wears them in her hair, on her dress, paints them on her fingernails, and ties her shoes with them. Bows also decorate her room. Bows of every kind are everywhere: inside-out bows, pinwheel bows, side loop bows, double ruffle bows, and twisted boutique bows. Her favorite is possibly the ‘bunny ear bow’ and she has a story to help her remember how to tie it: A fox helps a bunny learn how to keep its long ears from dragging along the forest floor. Step-by-step, beginning with an x and a series of loops, both the fox and Cleo demonstrate to readers how to tie an utterly charming bow. The story ends with a sweet song that readers can listen to and watch on YouTube—the link to this short video is provided in the book.

Author Sybrina Durant is quite brilliant—Cleo Can Tie a Bow is like two sweet stories in one, comprised of a tale about delightful, little Cleo who loves bows and a story about an adorable bunny with a problem to solve. Learning new skills can feel overwhelming to kids, however, this bow-tying lesson is wrapped in an enjoyable story. The ‘how-to’ information is presented with text and illustrations that readers will be eager to implement.  Thanks to adorable doe-eyed characters, a clear-cut delivery, and a catchy song, kids are sure to remember this story every time they tie a bow.

Young readers ready to try something new are very likely to walk away from this interactive story time with a new skill that will stick.

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About the Author
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Sybrina Durant

Sybrina Durant writes both factual and fanciful books.  Her works include the Blue Unicorn series as well as the Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox series. Her entrepreneurial enterprises include several online book and gift shops inspired by her books.  Unicorn Reader/Unicorn Writer gifts which can be purchased at Sybrina’s Unicorn Book Store.  Bow-themed gifts can be purchased at the Girls Love Bows Gift Shop.  Browse both shops at https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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