Monday, May 27, 2013

Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love, Affirmation Series Book #3, written by Kathryn Cloward, illustrated by Christine Winscott

Kathryn the Grape's
Piece of Love

Written by Kathryn Cloward
Illustrated by Christine Winscott
Story created by Kathryn Cloward
ISBN 978-0-9829277-2-4
Kandon Publishing
32 page hardcover picture book
Ages 4-8
Affirmation Series Book #3

Where to purchase:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble

This story empowers children with personal accountability and responsibility.

- Mom's Choice Awards SILVER medal winner for excellence in family-friendly media.

Through Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love, children learn about:

• Contributing their piece to creating peace.

• How their thoughts, words, and actions have a ripple effect.

• Being loving, kind, and accepting of themselves and others.

• Removing worried thoughts to be in the flow.

Story Description

Did you know you are LOVE? Join Kathryn the Grape and her classmates as they connect their puzzle pieces together. Maggie helps Kathryn the Grape get into the flow of her creativity to share about rippling loving kindness. Everyone has a piece to contribute. What is yours? When children read this peace building story, they will learn that we all have a piece to share to creating peace, and that everyone is love! 

~The characters in this story are based on real people
~$1 from the sale of this book will be donated to Kids for Peace.

Author Kathryn Cloward

Kathryn is purposeful about rippling messages of loving kindness, compassion, and acceptance into the world. Bringing her childhood nicknameKathryn the Grape, to life has been the most fulfilling projects in her life thus far, and is the manifestation of living out her true purpose. An award winning author and songwriter, Kathryn is passionate about creating and writing engaging stories and lyrics with the intention of helping children develop authentic self-love. She is the founder and president of Natural Kidz, Inc. and Kandon Unlimited, Inc., which is home of Kandon Publishing and Kathryn the Grape Company. Kathryn has been recognized for her entrepreneurial endeavors by being honored as one a San Diego Magazine's Woman Who Moves the City (2012), the featured Mompreneur on the cover of San Diego Family Magazine (May 2011), honored as an Inspirational Woman by the Speak for Success Women Changing the World Awards (2010), and was selected as one of San Diego Metropolitan’s top 40 Under 40 (2010). Kathryn lives in her native San Diego with her family where she enjoys going for long walks, kickboxing, and spending time in daily meditation.

Illustrator Christine Winscott 

Christine is the award winning illustrator of the Kathryn the Grape series and is a partner with Kathryn in Kandon Unlimited, Inc. It has been through her creativity and detailed work that she has helped Kathryn the Grape become a loved character with children and parents. Christine is an artist with a diverse background whose enthusiasm for creating has led her to explore various media over the years. From paint to pencil and computer graphics to photography, she has been a commercial artist for over 26 years. Christine is most passionate about her family, friends, and the ongoing pursuit of art that makes people giggle. Bringing Kathryn the Grape to life has fulfilled her lifelong dream of illustrating a children’s book. She also designs the Kathryn the Grape marketing material. Christine lives in the Chicago-area with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

My Thoughts

Kathryn has an adventurous imagination.  From pretending to be the star of a circus act to being a pirate on the high seas.  Yet when she is given a class assignment asking, "What is something helpful you do for our planet and others?", her mind goes blank and she begins to worry she will not be able to do the assignment.  What could be the problem?  She has a great imagination surely she can think of something.

Her friend Maggie the magical butterfly gave her some very good advice. Now she was able to clear her head and solve the puzzle.  

The author teaches how worry and fear can cause us to doubt ourselves.  She explains how we can let go of our worries and fears, which gives us confidence and to do amazing things. 

The illustrations are lively and bold which is pleasing to young readers and will hold their attention.

I love the lesson of the puzzle and helping the planet and others!  It is strange how when put under pressure to do an assignment we tend to panic and doubt our ability to tackle the task.  I hope many children will read this book and realize they are not alone and can overcome.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the Author/Bostick Communications for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.
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