Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Warm Winter's Tale ~ Author Week: Carrie A. Pearson

The next few days we are focusing on a NEW Children's Author on CCB. Carrie A Pearson has written a wonderful book "A Warm Winter Tail" and published it through one of my favorite publishers: Sylvan Dell Publishing. Be sure to visit this week - we'll have a fun activity or two for your family or classroom to enjoy, a mini interview with Carrie and possibly a giveaway. Read on:
bookpage.php?id=WarmWinterA Warm Winter's Week
by Carrie A. Pearson
Illustrated by Christina Wald
$9.95 (softcover) 9781607185383
$17.95 (hardcover) 9781607186809
(Click title to order)

About the Book:
Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter? Well, they wonder how humans do too! In a twist of perspective, wild creatures question if humans use the same winter adaptation strategies that they do. Do they cuddle together in a tree or fly south to Mexico? Take a look through an animal’s eyes and discover the interesting ways animals cope with the cold in this rhythmic story.

My Thoughts:
A Warm Winter's Tale begins with a very important question:

"How do humans keep warm in the winter, Mama?"

and goes on to describe how various animals keep warm in the winter. Your child will learn about red foxes, box turtles, black capped chickadees, black bears, deer, honeybees, squirrels, monarch butterflies, mice, frogs, hummingbirds, and humans. The pictures are descriptive, interpretive and encourage conversation and learning about the world animals live in. It's a wonderful opportunity to extend the lesson in the book and talk about how God created each animal to protect itself from it's environment, keep it warm in the winter and even what they eat. Each page also includes a small vignette showing a human child trying to stay warm like the animal on that page. An example would be: a human mother and 2 kids cuddled up in a nest to stay warm while the family of squirrels who live in a drey cuddle up in a nest of leaves.

At the end of the book is a wonderful section about animals and how they adapt in the winter. Full of fun facts hibernation, what kind of food they eat & do they gather nuts to eat in the winter, do they grow thicker fur or do their bodies freeze up under the water? There is also a great animal matching and also another 40 pages or so online that you can download. Teaching Activities

This book is wonderful for kids 3 and up. The text is easy to read and even catches the younger 3 year olds attention with it's simplicity. Older children are able to look for details and discuss what they see and hear and even use what they've learned during their play. It would be really cute as a play for children to do.

About the Author:
Carrie A. (Ann) Pearson is originally from Hillsdale, Michigan, and now lives in Marquette, Michigan on the sandy shore of Lake Superior. A former early elementary teacher, she is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is the winner of the coveted SCBWI-Michigan Picture Book Mentorship Award. Her nonfiction work has appeared in Michigan History Magazine. Currently she is working on several picture book manuscripts as well as an historical novel for middle grade readers set in an abandoned orphanage. Along with her husband and their three daughters (and their two Labradoodles), she hikes, bikes, runs, and skis in the woods, windsurfs, kayaks, stand-up paddles, and swims in the chilly water and writes about what she experiences around her. The idea for A Warm Winter Tail, her debut picture book, came from an encounter with a whitetail deer on a wintry day. Stop by Carrie’s website www.carriepearsonbooks.com to learn about her school and library visits or view her school visit flyer.

WIN 1 of 3 Copies of A Warm Winter Tail!

Today we are starting our Author Section featuring Carrie A Pearson & Sylvan Dell is offering a copy of A Warm Winter Tail to 3 of our readers! Are you ready? This giveaway will run until Sunday night (Nov 11) @ Midnight - Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of A Warm Winter Tail to read and review on CCB. I was not required to write a positive review and no money exchanged hands.


  1. I would get Paws, Claws, Hands and Feet for my daughter!

  2. I can't choose! My daughter loves animals (she's almost 2) - probably Big Cat Little Kitty

  3. we would love to read Animals Are Sleeping and Day on
    the Mountain :-)

  4. I like "Fur and Feathers" and "If You were a parrot".
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. My granddaughter loves owls so she would like "Happy Birthday to Whoooo?"

  6. I would probably do Solar System Forecast

  7. The Most Dangerous (the kids at my school love books like this).
    Three Little Beavers (this would go well with the beaver chewed log I have in my library).

  8. I'd have to get If You Were a Parrot! :) My 6 year old daughter is obsessed with everything parrot!

  9. So man great ones...Baby Owl's Rescue.

  10. Oh gosh--so many cute choices. For my nephews I would choose paperback copies of Newton and Me, and Big Cat, Little Kitty.

  11. I'd pick Animal Helpers, Baby Owl's Rescue and The Penguin Lady.

  12. Thank you! I'm so excited to read the book to my daughter!