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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 28, 2010

Thanks to Douglas E. Richards, we have 4 signed copies of The Devil’s Sword to give away. It’s been described as “a fact-paced thriller sure to grab young readers” by a book reviewer from the St Louis Post-Dispatch. Giveaway begins October 28, 2010, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 30, 2010, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 9-Adult

Paperback: 272 pages

Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 28, 2010

Reg Down

Reg Down is the author of The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly series, a collection of vivid nature- and spirit-filled stories.

TCBR:  You are a father of three and have taught in Waldorf schools in Australia, Canada and the United States for many years. How much of your teaching background would you say inspired your Tiptoes Lightly book series?

Reg Down: They are the literary version of stories I used in my lessons for kindergarten and the younger grades. I think this is the reason kids love the series—the content has been tested with children, in some cases for decades. In real life, a story that does not work in the classroom gets dropped – quickly! I teach eurythmy, a moment art that incorporates language, music and gesture. It is a wonderfully active way to weave story, song and ‘dance’ together. Imagine a large, beautiful room with no furniture, a good hardwood or carpeted floor to move around on, a piano and pianist tucked out of harm’s way, plus you, plus a class full of energetic children. Now what?!

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 14, 2010

The two lucky winners of  When My Grandma Sings are:

Stephenie said: I teared up just reading the blurb. My grandmother was my hero and she was taken from us with this terrible disease. As she sat in church the last Sunday she spent on earth, she was able to sing every word…the one thing she didn’t forget was the words to her favorite hyms. She loved to read and taught many children a love for books in her 36 yrs of teaching. I am now blessed to have a classroom of my own and would love to share this book with my class.*

Nancye Davis said: This sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance!

Beginning October 19th and continuing until October 23, this book will be available from Vintage Reflections with free shipping to anyone in the continental United States. Limit two books per order.

By Mark McDonald, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 14, 2010

The story of Henry the Hermit Crab is about one crab’s journey to simply fit in.

PRLog (Press Release)Sep 24, 2010 – For anyone who has ever felt a little lost, or does not quite fit in where they live, then you’ve found the right place!  The story of Henry the Hermit Crab is about one crab’s journey to simply fit in.

Henry is a hermit crab living in New York City, where his favorite food is pizza and his best friend is the pizza chef Rocco. The only down side of pizza is that it makes Henry grow and grow until he ends up the size of a house. Luckily along the way while living in a mailbox he finds a post card from Samoa, with a picture of a hermit crab under a palm tree on the front. Could this be his home? With help from Rocco, Henry writes a letter to the mayor of New York asking for help to get to his true home. First the mayor ignores the letter, but Henry gets so big the city can no longer house him. Now the mayor has no choice but to help Henry get back to the warm island of Samoa.