Friday, April 12, 2013

Earth Day Celebration Tour Featuring Books by Stephanie Lisa Tara

Welcome to my stop on the Earth Day Celebration Tour. The tour is hosted by CBB Book Promotions.  You can check out all the stops on the tour here.  This tour is for all of Stephanie Lisa Tara's children's books that are to empower kids to care about the planet, themselves and each other!   This tour runs from April 1st-22nd and will feature Gwynne Fair and ShiningSnowy White WorldI'll Follow the MoonLittle Library Mouse and middle grade novel, Eliza's Forever Trees.  The tour also includes enormous giveaways of a total value of $700!  This includes a kindle fire giveaway for reviewers and purchasers only. She's doubling the prize if the name drawn has reviewed one or more of her books (Amazon Gift Cards Giveaway)!

Stephanie Lisa Tara has been nominated for many awards including the Mom's Choice Award, DIY Award, The Chocolate Lilly Award, Golden Ink Award and more.

One night in 2001, about a month after I brought baby Madeline home from the hospital, I noticed something quite strange on the beach in front of our south Florida home. It was late and Mom was tired, doing a last-one-of-the-day bottle feeding on the deck after a long day of new mom activities. As Maddie slurped down the final ounce of her formula with that familiar glup, glup, glup sound, I noticed dark, tiny shapes scurrying across the sand. What was this? I wondered and went down for a closer look. There they were! Baby turtles streaming out of hundreds of small nests, gentle rises in the sand were their markers. The babies made fanciful patterns in the sand as they dashed on little green legs in a remarkable race to the sea. I watched them hop, one by one, into welcoming waves that sparkled under the beautiful moonlight. "I'm coming Mama..." they seemed to be saying, and I realized that I was witnessing one of nature's sacred events, the love bond between mother and child. It is this precious feeling that inspired me to write I'll Follow the Moon, that came into being a few years later.

With love,
Stephanie Lisa Tara

My Thoughts:  I'll Follow the Moon is absolutely delightful.  It focuses on the journey of baby turtles as they are growing in their eggs, hatch, and make their journey to the sea.  The author has written the story in such a way that will capture your child's attention, as the baby turtles journey to find their mother.  In addition to be a wonderful story, I'll Follow the Moon also teaches your child about nature.  As an added bonus, Stephanie Lisa Tara has also provided learning activities in the back of the book that you can do one on one with your child, or in a group.  There are activities for children as young as 3, on up to an older child.  I loved this book and definitely recommend it.  I'll Follow the Moon is a wonderful addition to your child's library.

"What is global warming, Mama?" asked my five year old one day in 2006, "the polar bears, are they in trouble?" I was stunned. How does a parent answer such a question? I did the best I could. Al Gore's wonderful film and book, 'An Inconvenient Truth' had come out, and all the world was talking about this topic. "Yes, humans need to be more responsible," I said to my child, “we need to care about all creatures on the planet; humans and animals." One amazing thing about children is their ability to understand new concepts instantly. Maddie jumped up—eyes wide and heart open, declaring, "Yes, Mama! What can I do to help!" As do all the children I read this story to, at schools, museums and aquariums across the nation. The causes of global warming can be debated by the powers that be, but I do believe as parents and educators, we can make our kids gently aware of what is happening in their world, about issues that they themselves hear about every day. Further, we can empower them with hope as the next generation that can make a difference. Snowy White World to Save, is just such an attempt. Mother bear and her cubs in the Arctic tell the global warming story sensitively, across an array of panorama watercolor paintings. A “Help the Bears” page at the ends lists all we can do to help. Endorsed with a message from actress/activist Sharon Stone.

With love,
Stephanie Lisa Tara

My Thoughts:  Snowy White World to Save is a really fun and entertaining story that has tremendous educational benefits as it teaches your children about global warming.  The story chronicles the journey of a mother polar bear and her cubs, teaching children about the polar bears' habits, their climate, their food, and what can happen when there is no food as a result of global warming, emphasizing effects this has on the bears, nature, and human beings.  The illustrations are amazing and just multiply the message the author is trying to convey, while telling the story in a way that will capture your child's attention.  In addition, Stephanie Lisa Tara has also provided wonderful teaching material for your child to further bring home this message that is geared toward ways to conserve energy and protect the planet. These activities can be adapted for a younger child, on up the older child.  Snowy White World to Save is another great book that would be a wonderful and delightful addition to your child's library.  I definitely recommend it.

About Stephanie Lisa Tara:
I've always believed that magic hides in special places. As a child, people would often stare at my bright red hair, which was very, very bright indeed.
Unfortunately, I developed a bad habit of making up rhymes about all of them, and they soon became funny characters. I didn't have much time to think about being different; fanciful lyricisms danced in my head, and no one was safe!

Since then, I've come to believe that storytelling has the power to inspire a deep love of language and learning. Words tripping off the tongue in somersaults that stick to your thoughts like taffy-- those are the things that stay forever in the mind.

I've lived in many special places: on a farm, in a city skyscraper, on a tropical beach, and in the beautiful country of France. Now I live in northern California, between the redwood forests and the sea. Even though I'm an adult, I'm still as silly as ever.

Many nice words have been used to describe my books, such as fun, engaging, delightful, and whimsical. Some folks say that I deliver timeless messages of love for kids and parents to share again and again; this makes me very happy. I hope that you'll enjoy my stories, too. Captivating children with language is something that I believe in, and I strive to live my life with this always.
--Stephanie Lisa Tara
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  1. These are such cute stories and I am so glad you were able to take part in this tour too. Such a fun tour!

  2. So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop on the tour!


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