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REVIEWER
Penelope Anne Cole

Award Winning Author of Magical Matthew and Magical Mea.

"Kangaroo Clues"

By - Margot Finke
Illustrated - by Mustafa Delioglu

Guardian Angel Publishing

Margot Finke's new release, Kangaroo Clues, is a sneaky book. You think it's going to be a rhyming ode to Kangaroos and other Australian Outback critters. But no, it's an exciting survival story of how tough life can be for these amazing animals. The "clue" here, is that this is another book in Ms. Finke's "Wild and Wonderful Series." Along with her Mama Grizzly Bear, this story takes the reader to the wild world - animals in their natural habitat.

The story opens innocently enough. There's a mother Kangaroo with her baby joey in her pouch. We are introduced to the Dreamtime Spirits, also called Aboriginal Spirits -- which I remember from Ms. Finke's Taconi and Claude story. We meet some more Outback animals as we get further into Kangaroo's world. A kookaburra, an emu, a koala, an echidna, a frillneck lizard, a galah, a platypus, a goanna -- all make their appearance with footnotes explanations. But the creatures they all dread are a pack of wild dingoes. It is up to Old Man Kangaroo to fight these deadly animals.

Now comes the real excitement and adventure. The cover art is also a clue. There you see a fierce kangaroo, kicking with his powerful back legs. This shows the strength and determination of the kangaroo -- to protect his home and family from the marauding dingoes. All of the artwork by Mustafa Delio?lu is totally appropriate to the story. As you move through each page, reading the rhymes, it's the artwork that grabs and holds your attention.

This book is not for the faint of heart. This is a story with powerful images and strong action. Ms. Finke is famous for coaxing the reluctant boy reader. With this book, no coaxing is necessary. It's an exciting story, with strong images, yet softened somewhat by rhyme and references to the Dreamtime spirits. Perhaps it was all a dream. You'll have to get it to see for yourself. However, be forewarned, the lovely artwork and descriptive rhyme harbor a sneaky, true-to-life story.

Published by: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/kangaroo-clues.htm/

 

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REVIEWER:
Nicole Weaver
for Blog Critics

'Kangaroo Clues'
by Margot Finke


Australian author Margot Finke's new book Kangaroo Clues is a masterpiece. The picture book introduces the reader to the Australian outback.The story is about a kangaroo named Roo being pursued by dingoes. Learning about Roo's world is very fascinating. The icing on the cake is when the author introduces other wildlife from the Australian Outback. I enjoyed learning about a kookaburra, an emu, a koala, an echidna, a frillneck lizard, a galah, a platypus, and a goanna. The footnotes explanations made it easy to understand fully the true nature of these interesting critters.

Ms. Finke provides the reader with many adventures, but more importantly, the reader learns about how tough life can be for these animals. She also made mention of religious beliefs of the people from the Aboriginal culture.Two things stand out when reading this informative book: Use of Language: It takes a very talented author to write in rhymes. Ms. Finke, in my opinion does a fabulous job. This is a big plus for children learning how to read. Teachers can use end rhymes to introduce children to new vocabulary. Here are some great examples:

A few dogs barked; they were safe on land.
None of them swam to give their mates a hand.
They soon slunk off, a beaten pack.
If they were smart they'd not come back.

As Roo leaped past the wattles and gums,
He planned a lesson for those outback bums.
The bush critters fled as Roo hopped past.
None of them wanted to be picked off last.


" The artwork :The illustrations bring to life the Australian Outback. I have never been to Australia, but the pictures speak loudly to me. The mystical appeal of the illustrations transports me to a land of adventures and excitement.
Young readers will fall in love with this great book. So, if you are like me, and love providing your young reader with quality, well written books, you may want to get a copy of Kangaroo Clues.

To find out more of Margot Finke, visit her website

 

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REVIEWER:
Janet Ann Collins
of
On Words Opening Eyes, Opening Hearts

'Kangaroo Clues'
by Margot Finke


Some kids I know will be studying the culture of Australian Aboriginals this week in VBS. I wish I'd known about Kangaroo Clues soon enough to order a copy for them because it's the most informative book I've ever seen on the topic for young children.The picture book tells a creative story about a kangaroo being pursued by dingoes. Will the roo be able to escape the pack of hungry animals?The author, Margot Finke is an Aussie native. She incorporates the religious beliefs of the people from that culture and information about the other wildlife and the environment into the story in an entertaining way.There are footnotes on many of the pages that give more factual information which will be helpful to older kids wanting to learn more about the culture. The illustrations by Mustafa Delioglu capture the mystical and exciting feeling of the story very well.


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REVIEWER:

Nancy Stewert
Award winning author and blogger

of
Nancy Stewart Books


Kangaroo Clues -
a Lyrical Children's Book,
by Margot Finke

Who sewed the pouch on the Kangaroo
And placed her Joey in there, too?
Was it a Dreamtime spirit-man
Who made up creatures from a plan?

These lovely and lyrical words begin the very special children's book, Kangaroo Clues, by Margot Finke. The glorious illustrations were done by Mustafa Delio?lu. The book was published by Guardian Angel Publishing.The book is told through Australian Aboriginal eyes and tells the story of the Dreamtime, where all things come from and where they go back to when their time on earth is finished.

Aboriginal spirits made all things,
Like kangaroos and birds with wings.
But I've a tale that's just for you.
It tells the secret of Old Man Roo

The book conveys a tale of bravery on the kangaroo's part. Is it true, or is it fable? No matter. The story is what counts. The imagery. The mysticism. The beauty. And the dreamlike quality of of the allegory itself.

Perhaps spirits gave Kangaroo some smarts,
Allowing him to lose dogs in watery parts.
I'm told it's true, so you have a choice-
To believe or not in the Dreamtime's voice.

This joyous book contains explanatory notes on each page, so the reader is always informed on the text.Margot Finke is a master story teller, and this time she has outdone herself in the sumptuous work that would be a gorgeous gift for adults as well as for children. And in Margot's Australian words, Well done, Mate!

You may get your hands on Kangaroo Clues and/or more of Margot's wonderful books at:
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Website: http://www.margotfinke.com
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REVIEWER
Penelope Cole

Review Site - October 2012

+ Goodreads

Mama Grizzly Bear, by Margot Finke, with artwork by Gloria Gualkie Swan, is a fun rhyming book. It's also an educational book which presents a year in the life of Mama Grizzly bear and her cubs. I enjoyed this book for several reasons.

To begin with, this book can be used to teach about North American Grizzlies -- how they survive in the wild -- their habitat, diet, hunting and "cub rearing" practices. Children need stories such as these to learn the importance of preserving wild animal habitat and saving endangered species, such as the great grizzly bear.
This book is beautifully illustrated by the late Gloria Gualkie Swan. The richly detailed pictures complement and enliven the story.

Children will enjoy the pictures as much as the rhyming story and interesting facts. It's a perfect "read aloud" book to enrich the science and ecology curriculum. Rhyming books about animals are a real treat for me, especially when coupled with such expressive artwork.
Teachers and parents are provided with additional references and resources to further explore this important subject. There is also a word search puzzle for kids to complete.

Children are encouraged to get a grizzly screen saver, send ecards, and take a grizzly bear quiz on what they've learned.
I recommend this book to teachers and parents to help children expand their knowledge about conserving wildlife habitat, protecting endangered species, and preserving our wild lands for future generations. I look forward to more books in Margot Finke's "Wild and Wonderful" series.

Guardian Angel Publishing

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REVIEWER -
Patricia Tilton

of
Children's Books Heal

"Mama Grizzly Bear"
Margot Finke, Author
Gloria Gaulke Swan, Illustrator

Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc., October 2012
Suitable for: Ages 6-12 yrs.

Themes: Grizzly Bears, Conservation,Nature, Threats, Protection


Opening/Synopsis:
"The great grizzly mama is awesome and wild
She'll tear you to bits if you threaten her child
With her shaggy coat flying, she hunts down a meal
Her sharp teeth and claws make it look like a steal."

Follow Mama Grizzly bear through the year as she hunts for food, prepares for winter hibernation and gives birth to her cubs. By spring the cubs are ready to play and explore their new world. But, Mama will spend the spring and summer teaching them lessons in survival, foraging for food and fishing.

Why I like this book: Margot Finke is known for her beautiful rhyming picture books. She has written a charming and informative book for children about Grizzly bears. It is a great classroom book to teach children about the North American Grizzly bears. Finke's goal is to inspire a new generation of children to feel compassion towards animals that are threatened or endangered. She hopes that some day they will want to take an active role in protecting them from their fiercest enemy - man - who cuts down their habitat. The illustrations by the late GLoria Gaulke Swan, are rich and warm in color, and the detail is inviting.

Resources: Margot Finke has created a fun section For Cool Kids at the end of the book where children can find resources on conservation for Grizzly Bears, free Grizzly Screensavers, and Grizzly Bear eCards. The last page of the book is a Word Puzzle. She also has a fun place on her website called Wild US Critters, where children can learn about grizzlies and other US animals.

 


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REVIEWER

Penelope Anne Cole
for Goodreads

"Mama Grizzly Bear"
By Margot Finke

5 of 5 stars
bookshelves: children

Mama Grizzly Bear, by Margot Finke, with artwork by Gloria Gualkie Swan, is a fun rhyming book. It's also an educational book which presents a year in the life of Mama Grizzly bear and her cubs.

I enjoyed this book for several reasons. To begin with, this book can be used to teach about North American Grizzlies -- how they survive in the wild -- their habitat, diet, hunting and "cub rearing" practices. Children need stories such as these to learn the importance of preserving wild animal habitat and saving endangered species, such as the great grizzly bear.

This book is beautifully illustrated by the late Gloria Gualkie Swan. The richly detailed pictures complement and enliven the story. Children will enjoy the pictures as much as the rhyming story and interesting facts. It's a perfect "read aloud" book to enrich the science and ecology curriculum. Rhyming books about animals are a real treat for me, especially when coupled with such expressive artwork.

Teachers and parents are provided with additional references and resources to further explore this important subject. There is also a word search puzzle for kids to complete. Children are encouraged to get a grizzly screen saver, send ecards, and take a grizzly bear quiz on what they've learned.

I recommend this book to teachers and parents to help children expand their knowledge about conserving wildlife habitat, protecting endangered species, and preserving our wild lands for future generations. I look forward to more books in Margot Finke's "Wild and Wonderful" series.

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REVIEWER

"Mama Grizzly Bear"
By Margot Finke

5 of 5 stars
bookshelves: children

Patricia Tilton -
for Goodreads

 

5 of 5 stars

Margot Finke is known for her beautiful rhyming picture books. She has written a charming and informative book for children about Grizzly bears. It is a great classroom book to teach children about the North American Grizzly bears. Finke's goal is to inspire a new generation of children to feel compassion towards animals that are threatened or endangered. She hopes that some day they will want to take an active role in protecting them from their fiercest enemy -- man -- who cuts down their habitat.

The illustrations, by the late GLoria Gaulke Swan, are rich and warm in color, and the detail is inviting.
Margot Finke has created a fun section For Cool Kids at the end of the book, where children can find resources on conservation for Grizzly Bears, free Grizzly Screensavers, and Grizzly Bear eCards. The last page of the book is a Word Puzzle. She also has a fun place on her website called Wild US Critters, where children can learn about grizzlies and other US animals.

 

 


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Mayra Calvani
Author, reviewer and columnist.

Rattlesnake Jam
by Margot E. Finke
Illustrations by Kevin Scott Collier

Publisher
Guardian Angel Publishing

e-Book ISBN 13: 978-1-935137-24-5
Print ISBN 13: 978-1-935137-00-9
MAY 2008
Paperback, 28 pages, $10.95
Ages 4 & Up

Rattlesnake Jam is a hilariously funny children’s picture book about an old couple who share an irresistible affection for rattlesnakes. There’s only one problem: While Pa would rather have the rattlesnakes turned into fritters or pie, old Gran prefers them turned into jam… disgustingly green, sweetened, gooey rattlesnake jam!

So no matter how cold the weather is, there goes brave Pa hunting after the snakes. And as he hunts them, he fantasizes about the various ways Gran could cook them—hot on a plate, fried, sliced on white rice, hmmm… But no way will his dreams ever become a reality, for as readers will learn “…snake cooked for Pa was not in Gran’s plan. She dreamed of them sweetened and made into jam.” Though Gran swears her special jam can cure colds, gout and wheeze, not to mention “troublesome knees”, everyone dislikes the taste of her ghastly creation. Will Gran ever stop? And what would happen to Pa, if she ever did?

Colliers’s colorful, wacky illustrations complement Finke’s humorous rhyme perfectly. Gran is grossly comical with her toothless grin, warts, bell pepper nose, and tough exterior. The reader will feel sorry for Pa, who seems completely under Gran’s control. The book has 28 pages in all, and each story page has an illustration with a short text at the bottom—a two or four line rhyme, like this one:

Drop in chunky slices, stir well with a spoon.
Add mysterious spices! Gran hummed a wild tune.
The way to Gran’s heart was through rattlers galore—

Making rattler jam bubble, ‘til it flowed on the floor.

The song-like cadence will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Snakes are reptiles that inspire both fear and fascination, especially in children, and it was clever of the author to use them as victims instead of villains in this book. This is a fine addition to Finke’s series of rhyming books about animals. Whimsical and amusing, Rattlesnake Jam is one of those books young children will beg their parents to read to them again and again.

 

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RATTLESNAKE JAM

 

“Whoever heard of rattlesnake jam? Horrid! Disgusting! And how perfect for the imaginative child with a sense of adventure! This rhymed and well-metered tale of a grandma set on making rattlesnake jam, as if it were on everyone’s breakfast menu, will have youngsters squealing and squirming with delight. They’ll follow the hapless Pa into the field in search of the critters, and back into Gran’s kitchen where she cooks up a rattling brew for folks near and far.

 

Rattlesnake Jam? Naturally! Children will ask for second, third and fourth helpings of this lively story. Enchanting illustrations by Kevin Collier.”


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RATTLESNAKE JAM

 

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RATTLESNAKE JAM
by Margot Finke
Illustrator: Kevin Scott Collier

•Reading level: Ages 6-10
••Ebook (Flipbook or pdf)
•Paperback: 28 pages
•Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (May 15, 2008)
•ISBN-10: 193513700X
•ISBN-13: 978-1935137009
•Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches

Genna Says:


If you liked “How to eat Fried Worms” you’ll love “Rattlesnake Jam.” This story is gross and funny! Not the body parts of the jam, it’s the green parts that looks like slime! Eeew! I like the pictures because they look fun and they are colorful. Pa is my favorite character. I like the picture of him, when he’s picking a flower and he has hearts all around his head and the rattlesnakes are sneaking out of the bag. I also like the picture of Pa when he is hearing a smell! And I also like the picture where Pa is smelling the smell instead of hearing it. I think it’s pretty funny to hear a smell. I think this would be a good book for boys, but I had fun reading it too!

Kim Says:
(she is Genna's Mom )

In “Rattlesnake Jam,” Margot Finke and Kevin Collier team up to create a delightfully quirky tale with colorful illustrations. The rhyming text is smooth: “She’d offer them spoonfuls of rattlesnake brew/ Too chunky for sipping, and too tough to chew.” Gran’s obsession with Rattlesnake Jam keeps the pace of this tale going, while poor Pa struggles to keep up. Very fun!

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RATTLESNAKE JAM

 

Take Root and Write

Reviewed by Heidi Strawser

What do you think of that title?! It's another edition of "Tuesday with the Tots" and this week's feature review is another book by Guardian Angel Publishing, called Rattlesnake Jam by Margot Finke. Now, I don't know about you, but I think Rattlesnake Jam sounds disgusting and repulsive! But, it certainly makes for a fun little book.....

Rattlesnake Jam is a rhyming romp, with crazy old Gran and Pa arguing over how to cook up the rattlers he catches. Gran wants to boil and bottle them into her cure-all Rattlesnake Jam, but Pa longs for a rattlesnake pie. Who do you think will get their own way in the end? You'll just have to read the book to find out.

Though my 8-year-old Gracie read this book and called in "pointless", I happen to be a sucker for a good rhyming book! So, although the storyline is a little goofy, the rhymes are enjoyable, and gave me a laugh while reading through the book.

The author, Margot Finke, is an Aussie who writes mid-grade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. For many years, she has lived in Oregon with her husband and family. She didn't begin serious writing unti the day her youngest left for college. This late start drives Margot, and pushes her to write every day. Gardening, travel, and reading, fill in the cracks between writing. Margot has a website that you are welcome to visit to learn more about her and check out some fun information.

The illustrator of Rattlesnake Jam, Kevin Scott Collier, has recently become a favorite illustrator of mine, as I've had opportunity to work with him on some projects for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. (If your kids participated in our Summer Reading Splash program, you may recognize our mascot, Splish - Kevin illustrated Splish for us!) Rattlesnake Jam is filled with Kevin's trademark illustrating talents - a colorful, cartoon style.

If your child is a realist, like my Gracie, this book might not be for your family. However, if you've got a child with an adventurous side or a good sense of humor, then Rattlesnake Jam might be just the ticket for some fun reading at your house!

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RATTLESNAKE JAM

 

From

Attornery Legal Blog
Reviewed by Donna McDine

Title:
Rattlesnake Jam

Written by: Margot Finke
Illustrated by: Kevin Scott Collier
Ages: 5-12

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-935137-00-9
Published: May 2008
Hardcover: 27 pages
Price: $10.95

Without a doubt jam lovers will be shocked to hear of the concoction, Rattlesnake Jam.

Why would anyone even attempt such a recipe? Let alone actually eat it. Old Gran, that’s who. Much to the chagrin of Pa, he’d reluctantly go rattlesnake hunting to provide old Gran with her ingredients for her latest scam. Even though he knew he wouldn’t get his long awaited rattlesnake pie.

Curiosity fills the kids from the village and they spy on old Gran in hopes of discovering what she was up to now. Using them as her testers, she offers them up spoonfuls of rattlesnake brew, until she finally comes up with her Rattlesnake Jam. To the amazement of Pa, “Gran sold off her mixture to folks near and far.”

Kevin Scott Collier’s illustrations bring Rattlesnake Jam to a life in comical and colorful scenes, which will surely mesmerize the youngest to the oldest.

Margot Finke’s beyond your imagination writing will have you chuckling out loud. Written in rhyme and well-metered verse, this wonderfully written tale may just convince everyone to stock up on Rattlesnake Jam.

Margot Finke is a transplanted Aussie who writes mid-grade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. Visit Margot to learn more about her exciting writing career and Manuscript Critique Services.

Kevin Scott Collier is a Christian youth fiction book author and illustrator. Explore his techno-colored world at:

Donna is an award winning childrens author, placing 12th in the 77th Annual Writers Digest Writing Competition in the category Childrens/Young Adult Fiction. She recently signed her 1st book contract with Guardian Angel Publishing for her manuscript entitled, The Golden Pathway. Her additional publishing credits include 25 print and ezine publications and is a graduate of the Institute of Childrens Literature and is a member of SCBWI and Musing Our Children.

Learn more about Donna’s writing career


Article Source: EzineArticles.com

 

 

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"Ruthie and the Hippo'a Fat Behind"

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RUTHIE and the HIPPO'S FAT BEHIND

 

June 2010
Reviewed for: Mayra’s Secret Bookcase
Reviewer: Mayra Calvani

for the
The Red Room, American Chronicle etc.

Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-059-0
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-060-6
Copyright June 2010
For ages 5-12


New children's book explores 'big changes' in a child's life

Young Ruthie’s mood changed overnight, her smiles slunk off in gloom.
She wouldn’t talk to Mom or Dad. She refused to leave her room.
Her parents scolded, begged and coaxed, but Ruthie paid no mind,
Her moods grew big and ugly, like some Hippo’s fat behind!

Watch the fun trailer:

Thus begins this humorous rhyming picture book about the effect that a major change can have in a child’s life and the selfless love that can bring about healing and joy once again.

Ruthie isn’t happy—not happy at all. In fact, she feels as big and ugly as a hippo’s fat behind. That’s because she’s moved house, and that means leaving her old home and her best friend behind. It also means fitting in a new school and going through the stress of making new friends, something Ruthie isn’t willing to do.

Her parents try many things to make Ruthie feel better, but nothing seems to work. One thing is for sure: Ruthie is getting from bad to worse. She hates her dad’s jokes; she hates her mom; she refuses to do her chores. She even decides to dress like a crazy person, with a wild hairdo and socks that don’t match, anything to show her anger, sadness and frustration. Then one day, while Ruthie is sitting alone on the porch, she receives a visit from an unexpected guest and this changes her life forever, transforming her back into the caring, affectionate child she originally was. Want to know who that unexpected visitor is? You’ll have to read the story to find out!

Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind will keep young readers giggling until the end. It is a funny, sweet story of change, one most children will relate to. Author Margot Finke has a gift for rhyme and it shows in the smoothness and wittiness of her verses. Oregonian artist K.C. Snider’s illustrations add their own touch of humor, complementing the tone and mood of Ruthie’s tale.

A parent-teacher guide at the end of the book will make discussing the story and exploring its theme easier. I highly recommend reading this to a child who has recently experience a ‘big change,’ such as moving house, welcoming a new sibling or step parent into a home, or going into a new school.

Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind
By Margot Finke: http://www.margotfinke.com
Illustrator: K.C. Snider
Guardian Angel Publishing:

Reviewer Mayra Calvani:

 

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REVIEWER

G. A. Bixler
for
BOOK READER'S HEAVEN -


"RUTHIE and the HIPPO'S FAT BEHIND"

 

Margot Finke provides a Parent Teacher Guide in the back of her book which gives a list of questions that can be used to have a discussion with a child/children. One of the questions was: "Did you like the Hippo? Do you think he stole Ruthie's story."

At first my response was "yes" because I couldn't "see" the connection between the title and the story. But then I realized--I'm no longer a kid! And kids always love pictures of animals! And I must say that the Hippo is indeed very cute--thanks to the wonderful work of K. C. Snider who illustrated Margot's book, Ruthie and The Hippo's Fat Behind!

Ruthie has moved far away from her home and friends.
And, as they say, she was not a happy camper!In fact, she had become downright rude!

Here's how it all started:
Young Ruthie's mood changed overnight, her smiles slunk off in gloom...
Her moods grew big and ugly, like some Hippo's fat behind! (p. 1)


Now you may not have noticed it so much since I only shared two lines...but this whole book is told by Margot...in rhyme! And I must say she's very good at rhyming! She's also very good at highlighting possible problems when a child's personality and normal behaviour has drastically changed, perhaps because of a family's relocation. And then she explores not only one great option to consider, but, as mentioned earlier, has an entire list of thoughts and suggestions for a parent or teacher to consider when a child has gone through a big change. Simple message, straight forward, but in such a colorful poetic manner! Adults can use the book to discuss not only Ruthie's change of moving from home, but as a guide for any change that might be upsetting a child.

Margot writes mid grade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books, and was transplanted from Australia, so she knows about drastic moves... She's got an adventure book for boys set in the Aussie outback coming out soon...that should be fun. She gives her email address on the back of her book and says "I love hearing from kids." So kids can write directly to her after enjoying Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind!
Well, mates, I just have to say that I enjoyed this book and believe it is an excellent read for children 5-12, and provides a fun and easy basis by which parents can explore "change" that occurs in a child's life!

Highly recommended

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Available from G.A.P Publishing
(Guardian Angel Publishing)

Amazon - B and N - Powell's Books etc

in Soft Cover - CD – eBook download.
(Parent-Teacher guide included)

Author: Margot E. Finke
Illustrations: K.C. Snider
** Snider is a well known fine artist who regularly shows
her work in galleries, as well as known for her book illustrations.

Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-059-0
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-060-6



B&N, Target and more.


From
Margot Finke

** A Personal Autograph comes with each hard copy
bought from Margot's website

 

 

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REVIEWER

Jill Osborne
of
Writing and Play Therapy Page

RUTHIE and the HIPPO'S FAT BEHIND

 

 

“Snotty Kid. Be Gone!”

"Young Ruthie's mood changed overnight, her smiles slunk off in gloom.
She wouldn't talk to Mom or Dad. She refused to leave her room.
Her parents scolded, begged and coaxed, but Ruthie paid no mind,
Her moods grew big and ugly - like some Hippo's fat behind."

At the end of my first read through, of “Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind,” by Margot Finke, I thought “this is perfect for so many of my kids!”

When Ruthie moved, and left all her friends and old home behind her personality and moods completely changed. She sulked, and became rude to her parents, argued, and had tantrums. Finally, she drove her parents crazy and her father said, “Snotty Kid. Be Gone!” Then, she had a Magic Moment that helped her reconcile with her parents. It ends on a positive note, and Ruthie feels happier.

Changes can affect children in many ways, especially a move far away from friends. Ruthie’s story is like so many children who deal with changes in every day life, and often parents become frustrated themselves. Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind, by Margot Finke, Illustrated by K.C. Snider, is a light hearted, realistic look at how children often express their emotions. The rhyming feels comfortable to read, and the story has a good pace. It kept my attention throughout. There is a short teacher/parent guide in the back to help adults talk to children about their feelings and also other resources for parents.

Many children who are angry, going through change or a move of any kind would benefit from this story. Ruthie captures these feelings on many levels, including showing anger through arguing and tantrums, and also sulking and feeling bad about herself. As a child therapist, I see many children go through lots of changes and reflect behaviors and emotions like Ruthie. I would recommend this book therapists and parents alike for any child going through change.

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RUTHIE and the HIPPO'S FAT BEHIND

 

August 29, 2010 by

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Title: Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind
Author: Margot Finke
Illustrator: K. C. Snider

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
ISBN (Print): 13: 978-1-61633-059-0
ISBN (eBook): 13: 978-1-61633-06

Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind is a delightful children's picture book that deals with a "big change" in a little girl's life. And, with the first line the reader is immediately hooked: "Young Ruthie's mood changed overnight, her smiles slunk off in gloom."


What a great introduction to a children's story. The stage is set, Ruthie's "smiles slunk off in gloom." Right there on the first page, in the first sentence you know Ruthie has a problem . . . a big problem.


Due to a family move, Ruthie had to leave her school, her neighborhood, and worst of all, her friends. Everything she was familiar with was gone. And, like most children, Ruthie was having a very hard time dealing with the situation . . . the loneliness . . . and the adjustment to new surroundings.


Then one day, out of the blue, something changes Ruthie's mood: "A whimper came, and then one more. Frowns melted into smiles. A Magic Moment, swirling fast, zoomed in and worked its wiles." This is great writing.
As the title depicts, Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind explores Ruthie's unhappiness and resulting reactions in a lighthearted and amusing manner. With rhyme and vivid description, Finke brings the reader along on Ruthie's plight of loneliness, sadness, and anger with a twist of silliness: "Her moods grew big and ugly, like some Hippo's fat behind!"


In addition to a great story, the book is filled with outstanding full page illustrations that are bold, colorful, and full of life. This combination will have kids wanting to read it over and over. Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind is a book that children will absolutely love, and benefit from.

To add to the value of the book, Finke includes a PARENT TEACHER GUIDE. This section offers useful tips and strategies to help children who are facing a "big change." It also includes three links to websites that provide additional help and resources.

I am a huge fan of Margot Finke's work, including Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind. With her expertise in rhyme and story telling, she has a knack for cleverly conveying what children may be feeling in a manner that engages, entertains, and is filled with humor. She also has a knack for magically weaving rhyming content into wonderful images that take the reader on an amazing journey.


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RUTHIE and the HIPPO'S FAT BEHIND

 

Reviewer: Donna Mc Dine

Written by: Margot Finke
Illustrated by: K.C. Snider
Soft cover: 18 pages
Ages: 5-12
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-059-0
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-60633-060-6

Published: May 2010
Print Price: $10.95
eBook Price: $5.00

Much like “the elephant in the room” and in this case the hippo’s fat behind, no one wants to acknowledge the sudden change in Ruthie’s behavior and what to do about it. Told in perfect rhyme, Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind! explores one child’s woes in moving. Once content and happy, Ruthie becomes unbearable to live with after her family moves clear across the state.

Determined not to accept her new home and surroundings, Ruthie embarks on a downward spiral of rude behavior towards all who cross her path, each day worse than the one before. Until the day an unexpected visitor pays Ruthie a visit. Will Ruthie accept this unconditional love or will she continue to self destruct? Find out today and purchase Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind!

Coupled with a Parent Teacher Guide Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind! provides the perfect opportunity to get our children and/or student’s into a lively discussion of what change means to them and how they’ve handled it and what they can do to make transition easier in the future.

Author: Margot E. Finke
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RUTHIE and the HIPPO'S FAT BEHIND

 

October 25th 2010

BIBLIO Children's Book Review.
Reviewer - Lisa Barker.


Author: Margot Finke
Illustrator: KC Snider
Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (May 27, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616330597
ISBN-13: 978-1616330590

Book description: Moving far from friends and familiar places made Ruthie act bratty and miserable. She sassed her parents and disobeyed all the rules. Their darling girl was gone, replaced by a kid with moods as big and ugly as a hippo’s fat behind! Then came the magic moment that brought back their darling girl.

Book review: Poor Ruthie! She’s moved and left everything familiar behind. What child cannot relate? What really makes this book unique is Margot Finke’s clever use of a ‘hippo’s fat behind’ to elicit a chuckle and help readers see the brighter side of things. Moving isn’t so bad, especially when you make a new friend. This tale is told in rhyme and is fun to read. I recommend it.

 


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Reviewed
for the Picture Book Depot
by Rita Lorraine.


I think I fell in love with this book the moment I spied the little boy on the cover with the "deer-in-the-headlights" expression on his face.

Horatio Humble Beats the Big D by Margot Finke, is a book about a little boy with a BIG challenge. Horatio is a whiz in school…in Math and History, that is. But Reading? Not a chance! For Horatio, words come tumbling out like an "alphabet salad," and any attempt at reading leaves his classmates sniggling and Horatio in an embarrassed funk. In fact, he makes such a mess of reading, he's sure he'll be grounded for life.

But a parent-teacher meeting is eventually scheduled, and that's when he hears it; a new word, funny-sounding and a little scary! The word is "dyslexia," and apparently, Horatio has it!
Now that Horatio's problem has a name, things should be easy-cheesy-Louise-ee, right? Wrong! Because Horatio discovers that addressing the problem means going to the special class…and there's no way he's going there.

Horatio Humble Beats the Big D has it all: It's relevant, it's age-appropriate, the characters are realistic, and the setting is only too real. As a former Special Education teacher of over 15 years, I've observed and worked with more "Horatio's" than I can count: Anxious to excel, afraid to be put on the spot (when reading), and furious at being assigned to the special education room.

Finke's knowledge of her subject matter and skill in writing shines in this book, and I believe Special Education teachers and Reading Teachers everywhere would do well to have a copy or two at their disposal. Illustrator Ellen Gurak hits the mark with Horatio's expressive face, and I love - and pity - his bewildered eyes as he gazes in fear at the humongous stack of sinister books that crowd around him, waiting to be read. But I also love the expression of love and relief on Horatio's mother's face when she finally learns that her son's problem has a name.

Finke includes tips on how to help your dyslexic child thrive at the end of the book. She also includes common symptoms to watch for if you believe your child may be dyslexic, and "definitive" articles you can read to become more knowledgeable on the subject. But that's not even the best part of this wonderful little book: Finke also provides a link that readers can click to hear Finke herself reading excerpts from the book! How cool is that?

Here it is, just for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7WaY4qTpuQ

For a wonderful read about a confused but courageous little boy with a big, BIG problem, pick up a copy of Horatio Humble Beats the Big D.
Best wishes and happy alphabet salad…I mean, reading!


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the BIG D
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HORATIO HUMBLE BEATS
the BIG D
- dyslexia

 

Picture Book

Reviewed for Family Literacy and You
by Tina Peterson

Author: Margot E. Finke
Illustrator: Ellen Gurak
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc

Print ISBN: 978-1-61633-101-6; 1616331011
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-102-3; 161633102X

Reading Age: 9-12
16 pages, $9.95 (Amazon)

Horatio Humble Beats the Big D is the story of a little boy learning to read and struggling around the letters that don't make any sense. "The letters all clumped into frightening herds" and when he tried to read aloud all he heard were the "giggles and snorts."

Horatio has Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a problem with the brain’s ability to translate written images into meaningful language. It is the most common learning disability in children. When Horatio's parents and his teacher meet at school and talk about Horatio's struggle to read he overhears them talking about Dyslexia and that he needs a special class to help him. And of course, he decides that "special class is for nitwits" but by the end of the class he discovers that he can read!

This book is ideal for all families to read. If your child is having trouble reading they will learn that others are having trouble too and that there are ways to make it easier. If they have classmates who are having trouble your child will learn to empathize with them and will be more understanding and helpful to them. There are two pages for parents at the end of the book that explains what Dyslexia is, common symptoms to watch for and also articles and websites you can use to get more information.

One thing I would suggest for parents and teachers to do before reading this book to their children is to make up a list of "tools" or ways your child can work with their disability - or help others that are struggling to learn to read. Encourage your children to help you make up the list if you'd like but be sure to give them some ownership and control over what's happening to them or their friends.

Do you need tips and activities to work with your dyslexic child/class? Dyslexia Parents. This site covers symptoms, letters & math help, activities, what to do with bullying, letters you can use to explain your child's needs and help if you are an adult with Dyslexia.


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HORATIO HUMBLE BEATS
the BIG D - dyslexia

 


REVIEWED
for Jen's Blog
by Jennifer Gladden ( author, reviewer, mother)

 

Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” is a humbling rhyming picture book about a tough topic. The “Big D” turns out to be Dyslexia, which is a common learning disability involving reading.

Author Margot Finke tells the tale with witty rhyme and illuminating words. In the picture book, Horatio runs into reading problems such as words clumping “into frightening herds” and his tongue jumbling “words without success”. This is just a sample of the wonderful mosaic of words Margot Finke presents in the story.

As a reader, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the emotions with Horatio as he dreaded the looming parent-teacher conference, learned what Dyslexia is and unwillingly attended “special class”.

Margot Finke handled the rhyming well in this smooth reading picture book. I barely noticed the rhyme as I rooted for Horatio to overcome the “Big D”. Horatio is a character I won’t soon forget.

I fully recommend this book for any child battling the “Big D”, but also for all children who can identify with reading problems. In addition to this wonderful story, more information and resources are listed at the end of the book on Dyslexia. As a parent and a teacher, I find this book a great addition to the bookshelf.

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HORATIO HUMBLE BEATS
the BIG D
- dyslexia

 

REVIEWER:
Cheryl C. Malandrinos

for
The Children's and Teens' Book Connection

 

Horatio Humble Beats the Big D - dyslexia.

Math is a breeze and history is easy, but when it comes to reading, Horatio Humble just can’t get it right. All the letters mix together into one big mess. When Mom and Dad meet with his teacher and he hears the words “Dyslexia” and “Special Ed” floating through the air, Horatio is determined not to enjoy reading books.

Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” is another fun rhyming story from Margot Finke. Published many times over, and focusing on reluctant readers, this talented author has a way with rhyme that begs you to pick up one of her books. With her fabulous sense of humor, Finke has created yet another book that youngsters will enjoy reading time and again.

Confronting a disability like dyslexia can be frightening for parents and kids, but Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” can help by offering hope that the challenge can be overcome. This book tackles the issue in a way that is entertaining, not scary.

Award-winning designer, illustrator and artist Ellen Gurak provided the illustrations for Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D”. I believe this is the first time I’ve seen her work. Following with the comical, rhyming theme of Finke’s text, Gurak created a series of illustrations that are cartoonish, but also managed to capture the emotions Horatio experiences throughout the story, whether that emotion be joy, sorrow, anger or fear.

I believe Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” would make an excellent addition to a school library, a language arts classroom, or psychologist’s office. With two pages of reference material included at the back of the book, not only is it fun, it is educational. I applaud Finke’s efforts to help children with dyslexia thrive.

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HORATIO HUMBLE BEATS
the BIG D - dyslexia

Word Count: 474
December 7, 2010

Reviewer: Karen Cioffi-Ventrice
Author, ghostwriter, freelance writer, reviewer
Acquisitions Editor Intern with 4RV Publishing
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Author: Margot Finke
Illustrator: Ellen Gurak
Paper ISBN: 13: 978-1-61633-101-6
eBook ISBN: 13: 978-1-61633-102-3
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing

Horatio Humble Beats the Big "D" is a children's rhyming picture book that tackles dyslexia. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, dyslexia, according to the Mayo Clinic, "is an impairment in your brain's ability to translate written images received from your eyes into meaningful language." And, it is the most common learning disability in children.

Margot Finke, in her usual insightful and playful way, shows the academic and emotional affects that dyslexia carries with it. Horatio, like all children with dyslexia, wants to read like his peers, but just can't. "He wanted to read and dive into books, to snuggle in bed, reading stuff about crooks. But something was wonky within his poor head, so words in his books stayed a mystery instead."

The author captures the emotional impact a child feels when he can't read like others, which leads to: the need for special resources, tutoring, low self-esteem, and even anxiety. "Special class is for nitwits," he whined to his Mom. "Every one of my friends will think that I'm dumb!"

With vivid full page illustrations Finke brings Horatio through the process of "special class" and shows the outcome that can be attained with proper instruction. "Words came unscrambled and flowed smooth and clear. "Hey, I'm reading books!" He yelled with a cheer."

I've mentioned it before, and I'll do so again, I'm a fan of Margot Finke's work. She has a unique talent for approaching topics that children can use help with, such as moving away from familiar surroundings and friends, as in her book Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind, and now with dyslexia. What's wonderful about Finke's books is she addresses these issues with lighthearted rhyming fun.

Horatio Humble Beats the Big "D" is a book every parent of a child who is struggling to read should get. It's important for children to know they're not alone in their struggles, and that dyslexia is a problem that CAN be overcome.

Included at the end of the story is a resource page that provides information on dyslexia and also offers links to pertinent articles, along with book suggestions. Listed in the information is the advice that encourages parents of children who have or are suspect of having dyslexia to let their children know it is not a sign of a lack of intelligence. These children should be told that actors/celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom, Oprah Winfrey and Magic Johnson overcame dyslexia, as did Bill Gates and Albert Einstein.

According to statistics, one in five students (around 20% of the population) has a language based learning disability. And, less than one-third of the children with reading disabilities receive school services to help with their disability.

Reading Horatio Humble Beats the Big "D" with your dyslexic child is a valuable strategy to help with your child's self-esteem and motivation.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dyslexia/DS00224
http://www.learning-inside-out.com/dyslexia-statistics.html



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HORATIO HUMBLE BEATS
the BIG D
- dyslexia

 

Reviewer:
Jill Osborne

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Author: Margot Finke
Illustrator: Ellen Gurak
Paper ISBN: 13: 978-1-61633-101-6
eBook ISBN: 13: 978-1-61633-102-3
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing

 

"When Horatio has difficulty reading, his parents meet with the teacher to discover why. Horatio hears the words Dyslexia and Special Ed. "No way! Kids will think I'm dumb." But he does go and with amazing results."

I just received a new book by Margot Finke, Illustrated by Ellen Gurak. Horatio Humble Beats the Big "D," is a book for children dealing with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a common learning disability among children where the brain has difficulty processing written words.

Horatio is an intelligent boy who makes good grades in many school subjects, except for reading. He just can't make since of all the words. Horatio and his parents go to meet with his teacher and he finds out he has dyslexia. Horatio has many thoughts and emotions about this, and also is worried about what others will think when he has to attend a special class. To his delight, Horatio begins learning ways to read books and even begins to write!

I enjoyed reading this book. The rhyming has a comfortable pace, and the illustrations are colorful and vivid. Margot does a wonderful job of including the symptoms of dyslexia along with common emotions and thoughts a child might have when discovering they have this problem. It also includes a teacher, parent guide in the back with resources and also signs a child might be experiencing dyslexia.

I would recommend this book for anyone working with children who have learning disabilities, and plan to use it for my own clients.

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HORATIO HUMBLE BEATS
the BIG D
- dyslexia

 


REVIEWER: Donna Mc Dine
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Written by: Margot Finke
Illustrated by: Ellen Gurak
Soft cover: 18 pages
Ages: 5-12
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-101-6
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-102-3

Published: November 2010
Print Price: $10.95
eBook Price: $5.00

Math equations and history lessons were a snap for Horatio and he flourished in those classes. Put him in English class and the letters would swirl through his mind making no sense at all. Frustrated to no end, Horatio feared being labeled dumb. Until the day his teacher and parents held a meeting and shared their discoveries. He would need to be taught life skills to control and overcome his Dyslexia.

Children's author, Margot Finke brings to the forefront the learning disability dyslexia in expert rhyme and compassion. For one to discover they are not alone and the wealth of resources available to them will surely pave the pathway to success.

Ellen Gurak's delightful illustrations bring Horatio's story to life of overcoming adversity.

 

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Author: Margot Finke
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Review by Writer Suzanne Marion

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This charming tale, written in rhyme, is about a young schoolboy named Horatio Humble who excels in math and history, but finds himself totally mystified by words and letters. When he tries to read aloud in class the other children snort and giggle at his efforts to make sense of the written words, which seem to jump around and “clump together in frightening herds.” He longs to snuggle in bed and read exciting stories about crooks, but words continue to remain a mystery to him. At last his teacher and parents schedule a conference, and the word ‘dyslexia’ is mentioned.

From then on things rapidly improve for Horatio, who is enrolled in a Special Class to help him overcome this problem. Soon he is living his dream of reading! This delightful book will not only be fun for children and parents to read, but offers encouragement and hope for overcoming dyslexia. Author Margot Finke has included practical information to help students, parents and teachers facing the problem of dyslexia. There is a section listing ways to help your child combat dyslexia, common symptoms of dyslexia, and definitive articles on the subject.

Margot Finke’s rhymes are fun to read, and Ellen Gurak’s colorful illustrations charmingly depict Horatio in his many moods from initial confusion and embarrassment as he tries to read to proud delight as his reading dream is realized. This fine book offers practical advice and insight to anyone dealing with the problem of dyslexia.


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