The Story Behind the Story . . . Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree

Meet Isaac.

We love our Kidsbook Friends friends, YOU! Our greatest hope is that Isaac will become your friend too as you read about his adventures through the seasons with his magical sugar maple tree.

The Story Behind the Story

Our first book, Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree, is more than children’s book to our family:
It’s a journey. An adventure. A risk.

… A story written between the hard times of losing my mom to cancer and us entering unforeseen storms in our family— a writing that continues to bring a rainbow to our lives.

Christian, age 6, drawing Isaac’s tree for the talent show.

 

Every one had a hand in the project! (Andrew, 8 months)

Tori (age 4), a constant creative energy source!

Christian developed as much perseverance as he did creativity doing this project!

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New Friend for the New Year . . . Introducing Isaac!

Happy New Year “Kidsbook Friends” Friends,

We hope that you’ve made many new friends this year in the stories that have bedazzled you, made you laugh, and beckoned you to read them again and again. I’ve found many “kindred spirits” this year such as: Juliet and Elizabeth (“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”— Yes, that’s really the title!), Liesel (“The Book Thief”), Claire (“The Son”) . . .  and my kiddos have befriended Percy Jackson, Hermione, Anne (with an E), Fletcher (Julia Rawlinson’s fox), Lizzy (Elisa Kleven’s “Apple Doll” girl), and Hedgie (Jan Brett’s hedgehog) to name a handful.

Our hope this new year is to introduce you and many others to a
NEW FRIEND, ISAAC
in our first published children’s book
ISAAC’S ICE CREAM TREE! 

We are THRILLED to announce that WhiteFire Publishing Company is releasing our book January 15th, 2019!

Please check it out as it just became available for pre-order on Amazon:

Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree.Hardcover on Amazon

Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree.Paperback on Amazon

Synopsis 

Isaac loves the sugar maple in his yard, and he can’t help but feel bad for it when its branches are winter-bare. He decides to give it a gift…and is surprised when the tree returns the favor in the new morning snow, presenting him with balls of…ice cream!

But how long can the magic last with spring on the horizon?

This magical exploration through the colors of the rainbow, the days of the week, and some of our favorite fruits is sure to delight readers of all ages!


The Story Behind the Story 
. . .

I say “our book” because my firstborn son, Christian, inspired me with the idea in the first place when he sketched a tree with an ice cream scoop on top . . . I’m excited to share this story, our publication journey and a few sneak peaks of illustrations by Rachael Koppendrayer with you in upcoming posts.

Thank YOU Friends for taking this journey with us!
Sincerely,

Angela Henderson
Christian (12.5), Victoria (10.5) & Andrew (7)

 

 

 

 

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The Bed Ate My Sock!

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“Where is your sock?”
“My bed ate it,” Johnny said.

Are we the only family that has “sock issues?” Yes, sock issues. You know, when you put 20 socks into the washer and dryer and somehow come out with 17 . . . and since the original 20 that went in didn’t even totally match since my kiddos lost several already, the 17 come out even more “odd”?!

Honestly, it’s so bad in our house that we thought of an invention to take on Shark Tank (our dream show) called “The Sock Lock” to help with this problem! We are that bad.  Anyone else?! 

When we read Cindy Rodella-Purdy’s book The Bed Ate My Sock, we immediately read it again and again . . . The creative approach she takes to a young boy misplacing his sock and the mother urging him to find it begins his imaginative adventure of searching all around his bedroom. He “calls in” the detectives, firefighters, dragons, pirates and more to help him search—but still no sock! Yes, he has quite an imagination and maybe not one that we moms always appreciate at the time. The ironic ending makes the book memorable and humorous. Cindy’s art work adds magic to her story. 

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What a perfect gift idea to pair the book with a pair of socks!

Cindy is one of my favorites to follow on social media as she posts a cartoon-like-drawing daily that is delightful! She is an illustrator, designer, writer, and programmer.

Check her out at: https://www.facebook.com/cindy.rodellapurdy

Dallas Friends, If you’d like to kick off your Thanksgiving family fun in a creative way, check this event out:

Join us at the Goldmark Cultural Center for a November Art Walk on Saturday, November 17, from 12-4pm. 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
1399 Goldmark Drive
Dallas TX 75240
Close to i-75 and 635
Cindy Rodella-Purdy will be joining her artist friends in Studio 141. Come by and do some holiday shopping. 
There will be jewelry, paintings, books and much more!
She’ll be doing a book signing with her recent book. “The Bed Ate My Sock!” 
First 18 customers get a free pair of kids socks with the purchase of a book! Makes a great holiday gift!

 

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SCBWI North Texas Conference

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Poetry Lessons: Haiku and Limericks

Poetry Lessons, Free Printables & Student Poems

Hi Friends,
I’m thrilled to share the poetry lessons my 7th graders just completed. They rocked poetry. As a teacher, I loooove when teachers share ideas with downloadable worksheets, so that’s what you’ll get below! Most of all, I’m excited to publish my students’ model poems. Enjoy the Learning Experience & Leading Examples. 

Poetry is Music & Music is Poetry.
-Angela

Learning Experience: Haiku Poem

Model Texts taken from text book & favorite Haiku online. 

  • Teach syllables: 5,7,5 pattern
  • Teach history of Haiku: Japanese poetry
  • Teach subject matter of Haiku: nature

Leading Examples: Haiku Poems by My Students

Click on the Poem to Enlarge! Enjoy these young poets’ work . . .

Leading Example: Winning Limerick Voted by My Students

  • Teach Limericks: Poetry through the Ages: Limerick at a Glance
  • Students pair up to write a limerick.
  • Put a number on the corner of each group’s limerick.
  • Have another class read and judge the winner
  • Select the top three. Announce by number.
  • Pick Overall Winner from the 1st place poems.

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Check out previous posts: Hero Poem Post ,  Animal/Shape Poem Post and
Emotion Poem  . . .
Poetry Printables included too.

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Poetry Lesson: Emotion Poem, Color “Inside Out” of The Lines!


Poetry Lessons, Free Printables & Student Model Poems

Hi Friends,
I’m thrilled to share the poetry lessons my 7th graders just completed. They rocked poetry. As a teacher, I loooove when teachers share ideas with downloadable worksheets, so that’s what you’ll get below! Most of all, I’m excited to publish my students’ model poems. Enjoy the Learning Experience & Leading Examples. 

Poetry is Music & Music is Poetry.
-Angela

Learning Experience: Emotion Poem

Model Texts taken from The Rider by Naomi Shihab Nye

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Lesson Plan Step-by-Step

 

  • STUDENT WRITING: 
  • Select one main emotion (or complimentary emotions) and create a web:
    • Emotion in the middle
      • Events causing that emotion (personal or in general)
      • Antonyms/opposite emotion
      • Synonyms for the emotion
      • Sensory details for the emotion
    • Create a poem expressing the emotion selected using sensory details, figurative language and an image or color

      Fun kid’s shirt purchased at Target. Wish they had one in my size! I’ll be using this for a prize.

Leading Examples: Model Emotion Poems by My Students

Click on the Poem to Enlarge! Enjoy these young poets’ work . . .

Check out previous posts: Hero Poem Post & Animal/Shape Poem Post
Don’t miss the upcoming posts: Haiku & Limericks!

 

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Poetry Lesson: Animal/Shape Poems

Poetry Lessons, Free Printables & Student Poems

Hi Friends,
I’m thrilled to share the poetry lessons my 7th graders just completed. They rocked poetry. As a teacher, I loooove when teachers share ideas with downloadable worksheets, so that’s what you’ll get below! Most of all, I’m excited to publish my students’ model poems. Enjoy the Learning Experience & Leading Examples. 

Poetry is Music & Music is Poetry.
-Angela

Learning Experience: Animal Poem/Shape Poem

Model Texts taken from Seal by William Jay Smith

Lesson Plan Step-by-Step:

  • STUDENT READING:
  • Read the poem Seal by William Jay Smith aloud together as a class
  • Answer: What questions does this poem answer about the seal?
    • What is the seal’s habitat
    • Who is the seal’s predator? . . .
  • In groups or individually, the students label literary devices/figurative language including the rhyme scheme:
  • Highlight the action verbs (Fun to make it a contest to see who can find the most!)

 

  • STUDENT WRITING:
    • Select an animal to feature in a poem.
    • Answer the same questions for your animal that you wrote above about the seal.
    • Use those answers as a brainstorm to begin the rough draft.
    • Requirements: 25-30 lines, 10 strong action verbs, 3 literary devices, shape or image in, on, or around the poem, add color, enjoy writing!

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Leading Examples: Model Animal/Shape Poems by My Students

Click on the Poem to Enlarge! Enjoy these young poets’ work . . .

So many creative animal poems that it was hard to pick which ones to feature!

Creative 7th Graders

Don’t miss the upcoming posts: Emotion Poem, Haiku & Limericks!

 

 

 

 

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Poetry Lessons: Hero Poems, “Heroes Around Me”

Poetry Lessons, Free Printables & Student Model Poems

Hi Friends,
I’m thrilled to share the poetry lessons my 7th graders just completed. They rocked poetry. As a teacher, I loooove when teachers share ideas with downloadable worksheets, so that’s what you’ll get below! Most of all, I’m excited to publish my students’ model poems. Enjoy the Learning Experience & Leading Examples. 

Poetry is Music & Music is Poetry.
-Angela

Learning Experience: Hero Poem

Lesson Plan Step-by-Step

Model Texts taken from HEROES and SHE-ROES

  • Students brainstorm questions & answers about heroes and she-roes:
    • What do you think of when you hear the word hero?
    • What qualities make a hero?
    • Who is a hero to you, either someone you know personally or someone famous?
    • How can you be a hero?
  • Students read the collection of poetry in model text aloud in groups or with the class.
  • Discuss the figurative language/literary devices discovered in the poems:
  • Write your own Hero Poem! 
    • Select a hero, she-roe, or write about heroes in general
    • Rough draft, peer edit, revise, final draft, add image or draw an illustration
  • (Enter the final drafts of poems in our school’s  PTA Reflections Contest)

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Purchase Model Text on Amazon

Leading Examples: Model Poems by My Students

Click on the Poem to Enlarge! Enjoy these young poets’ work . . .

Mason Horton, Beginner ESL student. Poem in English & Russian Couldn’t be prouder of him!

Reading our model text together:


 

Don’t miss the upcoming posts: Animal Poems, Emotion Poems, Haiku & Limericks!

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