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Any kid who’s ever waked up on a glittering morning, to find that a blizzard has transformed the neighborhood, knows the thrill of a snow day.

And any kid who lives where it doesn’t snow deserves to find out how much fun a bonus day off from school in the winter can be!

 So…join Jo and her friends as they pack the day with outdoor fun! Espy her thoughtful moments, pondering the beauty of the morning, her chicken noodle soup at lunchtime, and the snowlight as she falls asleep at the end of a perfect day.

 

And there’s another bonus tucked into the book: two dozen poem forms that will slip like Jo on an icy sidewalk into the minds of young readers and of little kids being read to.

Most people know that babies learn to understand the spoken word through repetition of sounds. And that the musicality of nursery rhymes helps toddlers to remember them, when read to. I think older kids can enjoy more complex poetic forms as long as there’s a good children’s story in the meter and rhyme.

So, I decided to indulge my love of winter and classic forms, and write a tale which is carried along from poem to poem.

My goal was to create a storybook that could be read to young children (and enjoyed by the adults reading it to them), as well as being a good Easy Reader for older kids.

I wanted it to be funny, because who doesn't love funny? And I also did my best to capture some moments and feelings about a snowstorm's sheer beauty, which I remember from when I was little myself, and from snow days with my daughter.

 Also, there’s an Ice Dragon named Zephyryll, a dog called Dust Mop who dreams he’s ThunderSnow, lead sled dog of TV and movie fame, and Jo’s two best friends, Violet and Suzi. Oops! We can’t forget that Mom and Dad and baby brother, Sam, are part of the action.

 

I chose 24 different, classic forms of poetry. There’s an index and guide to each poem form, with meter and rhyme and themes spelled out, following the story. Some are simple enough that kids will be able to try writing them, right away. More complex forms will introduce the concept of writing poetry as a brain game. And stick with kids. As they get older, they'll have the idea firmly in their heads that poetry speaks to everybody, and doesn’t have to be about love (ick!), or boring wandering clouds or silly flowers. You don’t even need a quill pen to write it!

Index of Poem Forms, meter and rhyme and theme.
Index of Poem Forms, meter and rhyme and theme.

 

Something to delight kids, their grown-ups and teachers!
Something to delight kids, their grown-ups and teachers!

 

Beautiful Gloss 48-page Hardcover Book with a Dust Jacket
Beautiful Gloss 48-page Hardcover Book with a Dust Jacket

 

Bookmark and Bookplate
Bookmark and Bookplate

 

TEACHERS & OTHERS Poster #1 Play a Brain Game
TEACHERS & OTHERS Poster #1 Play a Brain Game

 

TEACHERS & OTHERS  Poster #2 Hilarity...Poetry!
TEACHERS & OTHERS Poster #2 Hilarity...Poetry!

 

TEACHERS & OTHERS 10 Printable Pages to Color with Room to Write a Poem.
TEACHERS & OTHERS 10 Printable Pages to Color with Room to Write a Poem.

 

A Poem About You! (Example)
A Poem About You! (Example)

 

 

Get in the Picture Poster & Bookplate (Example)
Get in the Picture Poster & Bookplate (Example)

 

Risks and challenges

I’m happy to say that there really haven’t been any risks involved in producing Snow Day! and the coordinating products. As a writer, illustrator, and graphic designer, it was all a delightful way for me to lose myself in creativity.

The biggest challenge was in finding time to work on the book, while keeping up with my professional commissions. But now I’m glad that it took as long as it did, to complete. In my little minutes here and my hour or two there, I finessed every jot and tittle. Snow Day! is immeasurably better for having been a labor of love, squeezed into my days (and nights!), between projects I worked on, to pay my bills.

I must admit that publishing, in itself, is a challenge to figure out. But I've partnered with Beaver's Pond Press, a publisher near me, where I can talk to helpful, creative people and get those details buttoned down.

The last challenge is financial. I’ve never made a lot of money, so coming up with an investment isn’t easy. That’s why this Kickstarter campaign is so great! People who simply want to buy the book can do so at a price comparable to what they would pay at a bookstore. And if someone is a bit of a patron of the arts or education, that person will find a vehicle to help out, too.

And if there’s one thing I can assure you, it’s this: you’re not taking a risk, in supporting Snow Day! A Story Told in 24 Poem Forms. Ask anyone that I’ve worked for, over the past forty years. I deliver. I won’t let you down!

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    Using photos you provide, I will illustrate you as a child, or illustrate your child or grandchild, or any other child you choose (please not a public figure), and transport that character into the world of Snow Day! to sit with Jo in her big, cozy reading chair.

    Includes an 11X17" CUSTOM, ORIGINAL-ILLUSTRATION POSTER, suitable for framing, plus one beautiful gloss, 48-page hardcover book, a bookmark, and a SIGNED, CUSTOM BOOKPLATE (featuring Jo and her new friend), which I will dedicate to Jo's new friend.

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