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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 17, 2012

The Cloud Spinner

By Michael Catchpool; Illustrated by Alison Jay

The Cloud Spinner is, as its title suggests, about a boy who makes fine clothes spun from clouds “just as his mother had taught him.” When the greedy King learns of the boy’s talents he demands many outfits be made. Using repetitive and cautionary words, the boy explains over-and-over: “It would not be wise … Your Majesty does not need them.” The clouds eventually disappear and action must be taken. Alison Jay’s signature paintings with the crackle varnish lend themselves well to this clever and fantastical, “green” fairy tale told by Michael Catchpool—the crackling provides an aged feeling of wisdom, while her bright pallet and fanciful placement of animals add a level of freshness that draws young readers in easily. When it comes to delivering a message of conserving resources for our future, a story driven by a child protagonist is the perfect antidote—as gentle as a floating cloud overhead, Catchpool’s tale gives power to the young people!

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 12, 2010

No matter how hard we all try to be the best moms (and dads) that we possibly can, we all have moments in which we lose our patience with our most treasured gifts: our children. When I read these two picture books: Who Loves the Little Lamb by Lezlie Evans and The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade by Deborah Diesen, there was no mistake in my mind that a family story time with these books would offer just as much joy and reassurance to moms (and dads) as it would to their children.

By Lezlie Evans, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 12, 2010

Children’s Book Author and Mother of Six, Demonstrates Unconditional Love In Who Loves the Little Lamb

Ashburn, VA – Lezlie Evans reflects her love of children’s literature, family values and appreciation for different cultures in every book she releases.  Whether it is learning phrases in different languages or a family picnic, the nine-time published, award winning children’s book author, and mother of six, portrays the significance of communication in problem solving between parents and their children.  Lezlie’s latest title Who Loves the Little Lamb, exemplifies the effects of a mother’s calm reassurance, as she guides her misbehaving little one to better choices.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children's Book Review Published: June 21, 2009 When Papa Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli (Author) and David McPhail (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 1- 5 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (April 28, 2009) What to expect: Father and child, Rhyme, Bedtime The smooth