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3/03/2015

How You Can Help a Child That is Dealing with Grief! Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong

Josh Armstrong & Taylor Bills
Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong

  • Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong
  • Illustrated by Taylor Bills
  • Hardcover: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Josh Armstrong (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986237000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986237003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 in.



“Leaving a legacy is the dream of every artist. Josh Armstrong’s tale reminds us that fame and fortune can never replace true love and admiration.
Taylor Bills’ illustrations vividly bring the characters to life and wonderfully enhance this emotional story.”
– Barry Cook, Co-director of Mulan and Arthur Christmas


Synopsis:
In Picture of Grace, six-year-old Grace aspires to be an artist like her grandfather Walt, who is under pressure from the greedy gallery owner Delilah Kain to finish his latest masterpiece. When tragedy strikes, Grace learns about art as an expression of love and grief. Picture of Grace features illustrations by Taylor Bills, whose credits include Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen’s acclaimed children’s book Tear Soup. 




My Thoughts
As an adult it is hard to say good-bye when someone close to us passes away! What can a child possibly be feeling in the same circumstance? I suggest that you read this book before sharing it with a child that has been grieved by the loss of a family member or friend.  If you read along with your child from Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong, allow time for reflection and ample opportunity to engage with the child as she/he expresses their feelings, if they so desire. You may ask questions about the story and characters to get the conversation flowing. Relating with the character Grace and how she was brave during the tragedy may give comfort to your child as well. 


Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong - Illustrations by Taylor Bills

Yes, Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong is an beautifully inspiring and illustrated story about a six-year-old Grace, that desires to grow up and be an artist just like her Grandpa Walt. But there is much more to this story and that is why I recommend Picture of Grace for any child that has questions about dealing with the passing away of a family member, friend or schoolmate. 


Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong  - Illustrations by Taylor Bills


"I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share Picture of Grace," says the first-time author. "I hope each reader finds something to enjoy in the book. But most of all, I hope Picture of Grace helps children who are facing a challenge similar to Grace’s — that it inspires to them to remember, honor and stand up for those they love."
~ Josh Armstrong


Picture of Grace
Josh Armstrong & Beautiful Wife Chelsea



About Josh Armstrong
Josh Armstrong is a bereavement counselor for Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care in North Carolina.  He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the bereavement newsletter, The Next StepPicture of Grace is the authors first children's book. He contributes to The Elkin Tribune, The Mount Airy News, The Weekly Independent and The Winston-Salem Journal.

About Taylor Bills
For over 20 years, freelance illustrator Taylor Bills has been earnestly at work contributing his artist talent to projects like Picture of Grace, Tear Soup, Someone Came Before You, and We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead.  

For more social interaction, please visit Josh Armstrong (www.josharmstrong.com) and Taylor Bills (www.illustrationplanet.com) online. 


Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong can be purchased in hardcover, paperback or on Kindle. It can be found at Amazon and other retailers nationwide. 

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Loving Heart Designs
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a complimentary copy of Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong through Mammoth.

2/19/2015

DKfindout! A new online resource for children #dkfindout

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DKfindout! A new online resource for children 



‘This is the website of teachers’ dreams’ –Elementary school teacher
‘There are so many positives, am genuinely excited about DKfindout!’ –Elementary school teacher

‘Interactive, educational and fun’ –Mother of two



DKfindout! A new online resource for children 

Last month, publishers DK launched an innovative online resource called DKfindout! - a global education website for children, parents and teachers. Supporting the most current curriculum the site is primarily aimed at children aged 7-11, and brings together the very best of DK's unrivalled bank of amazing images and content across a huge breadth of subjects. The site is available at no cost and aims to provide children, teachers and parents with an invaluable learning and reference tool to use both in the classroom and at home.

DK has been at the forefront of inventive illustrated print publishing for over 40 years, providing best-selling and award-winning books for all ages and interests. DKfindout! will provide children and their parents with a wealth of information across core educational topics, from science and mathematics to geography and history. Interactive and immersive, this highly visual resource supports learning both in the home and at school; it also provides teachers with an engaging, educational tool to use when teaching, and a reliable source of information to help with lesson planning.

DKfindout! is a safe, age appropriate online environment for children that brings DK’s inimitable visual approach to the internet. It takes DK’s authority and expertise and expands the printed page to offer online information, enhanced with sound, video animation and quizzes - providing an even richer learning context. Every DKfindout! journey is unique. It allows children to create their own personal experience with every visit, whether that’s completing a homework assignment or playing a quiz, to simply wanting to know more about a subject that fascinates them. Overall the DKfindout! experience helps children learn core facts in a fun and engaging way.

Key features of DKfindout! include:

- Key subject areas in US curriculum are covered 
- Content is easily accessible on all devices, including desktop, tablet and mobile 
- The website caters for every type of learner, from those who prefer to read information to visual learners
- Accurate and up-to-date facts authenticated by experts
- Content will be constantly updated throughout 2015 and beyond, in line with changes to teaching practice
- Includes animations, sounds, videos and thousands of photographs
- Hundreds of quiz questions supporting every topic
- Teacher area in development throughout 2015 - includes a bespoke tool for teachers to create lesson plans
- Parent information and support 
- Powerful search engine allows users to find exactly what they are looking for quickly, easily and visually

As the DKfindout! website has been developed it has been continually tested by children, teachers and parents around the world. Children most importantly, have been exhilarated and highly engaged by the volume of content aimed directly at them, and parents felt assured that their children were in safe hands when using the site. Teachers were also eager to use DKfindout!  - they felt the site supported current curriculum and material they use in class, and were extremely positive about having a visual aid to use when teaching and a comprehensive planning resource for future lessons.




What's in DKfindout! 





“This is pretty awesome…” –Child, aged 9




DKfindout! Stars and galaxies 



My Thoughts

My nine year old daughter and I dabbled around the DKfindout! site. She immediately wanted to learn more about stars. She clicked on the space logo to learn more then proceeded to stars and galaxies. Here she was able to read about the birth of a star, the black hole, the milky way and much more. She found it to be very informative and was amazed with her new found knowledge. 

Your child might be interested in dinosaurs or another category! There is something fun every child to explore at DKfindout!

As a homeschool parent, I look forwards to both the parent and teacher sections to make learning more fun and engaging for my daughter. For the teacher, you can create lesson plans, print and add notes. The parent section plans to offer tips and suggestions for a more exciting learning experience. 

The new DKfinout! has great promise! Since DKfindout! is in it's Beta stages, we have to remember to be patient while new things are being added throughout this year. It prompts your feedback and suggestions during this time period. What an engaging and wonderful way to encourage learning for our children whether at home or school! 

Remember, DKfindout! is free to join! Signing up allows you to find out what's new and coming soon! 



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Holiday Gift Guide: THE BEGINNER'S BIBLE by StarVista


The Beginner's Bible
by StarVista Entertainment

THIS MARCH, THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD 
COME TO RICH, ANIMATED LIFE IN A DVD PERFECT FOR INTRODUCING YOUNG CHILDREN TO THE TIMELESS TALES OF THE NATIVITY, MOSES AND EASTER

THE BEGINNER'S BIBLE

Street Date: March 3, 2015M
DVD SRP: $9.95

Available Just in Time for Easter, the DVD Single Features an Original Theme Song by Kathie Lee Gifford, as Well as English and Spanish
Versions of All Stories!





StarVista Entertainment presents The Beginner's Bible on DVD a wonderful gift choice for the upcoming Easter holiday. This DVD features three of the most popular stories from the Holy Bible:  The Story of Easter, The Story of Moses and The Story of the Nativity. These stories are presented in both English and Spanish with closed-caption for the English version only. And, the theme song is sung by Kathie Lee Gifford.

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Created to help you share the most important lessons from the greatest stories ever told, THE BEGINNER'S BIBLE is a delightful way to introduce young children to the Bible's timeless stories of inspiration, courage and faith.  Featuring an original theme song from Kathie Lee Gifford, memorable songs, vivid animation and heartwarming characters all come together to bring the true wonder and joy of the Bible to rich life in this DVD single from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life.

The three featured episodes include:

The Story of Easter -- Return to old Jerusalem to witness Jesus' triumphant entrance into the city and his eventual capture by Pontius Pilate's Roman soldiers. Then experience the wonder of the fulfillment of God's promise to His chosen people as Jesus ascends into Heaven in the glorious miracle of the Resurrection!

The Story of Moses -- Experience a time in ancient Egypt when Baby Moses is plucked from the reeds of the Nile River and grows up to become the hero of the enslaved Israelites. Then witness Moses' struggle to free his people from the wicked Pharaoh-and their thrilling journey through the wilderness in search of the Promised Land they would one day call their own!

The Story of the Nativity -- Relive the miraculous events surrounding the very first Christmas as Mary receives a heavenly visitor and learns that she, of all women, has been chosen to be the mother of God's son on Earth. Then travel with Mary and Joseph to a lowly manger in Bethlehem and marvel as God's promise to His people is fulfilled and a heavenly host of angels proclaims the joyful news: Jesus Christ is born!

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Running Time: 90 minutes
Genre:  Animation/Kids
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 mono



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Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a complimentary copy of The Beginner's Bible through StarVista and Foundry Communications.

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