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Preface: from the featured Author, Holly Stacey
People always ask me how I come up with my stories. The problem has never been what to write next, but which one to write next. With a background in archaeology (digging up ancient stuff is great inspiration) and museums (galleries filled with items; each one a wealth of tales), it’s not difficult to find inspiration. Okay, okay, and BOOKS. Lots and lots of books. It’s what got me interested in history and folklore, dragons, adventure, travel…
Books from my childhood mostly came from the library; a small, ramshackle place called Ruth Bach Library. It was located (kid you not) in a park. Getting there meant walking a bit past a grove of trees, over a bridge, a small field (well, baseball field), up a path and then into those glistening glass doors to where a whole world of adventure awaited. Small booklets, heavy tomes, cooking books, cuddly toy books, archaeology books (my personal favourite), fairytales…
So if, like me, you long for adventure, just sit back, relax, grab your favourite cuddly toy and a warm cocoa. Then pick up your latest knowonder! anthology and step into a portal of magical fun.
Holly Stacey // Staff Writer
Here is a thumbnail sketch of each of the 30 stories in Volume 3:
p. 6. Nerissa’s Celebration, by Holly Stacey (featured author).
Mermaid Nerissa wants pearls for a new gown to wear to the festival. But in her impatience, she encounters an adventure. She rescues the oysters from bad men and the Red Tide. And though the oysters give her their pearls, she finds that it is better to have friends than a new dress.
p. 13. Just Plain Sarah Jane, by Nancy Julien Kopp.
Sarah Jane saves to buy a pretty dish for Ma. But a boy gets it and gives it to Annabelle, who doesn’t really appreciate it. Sarah Jane may be plain, but she plainly deserves the dish. Do you think she gets it?
p. 22. I Want My Own Monster, By Susan Sundwall.
Teena makes a list of qualifications and gets her own monster, Trevor.
p.27. To Be or No To Be a Princess, by Kathy Stattem Rygg.
Jetta Rose is a different princess every day: Like Cinderella she walks with one shoe; like Rapunzel she wears a yellow hair ribbon for hair; like Sleeping Beauty she sleeps all day. But if she were really a princess what are her specialties? Twirling, gliding, bowing.
p. 32. Kabungo and the Pumpkin, Part One, by Rolli.
Quote: “ I actually hadn’t seen too much of Kabungo since she’d fallen in love with Bun, her new kitten. … I’ve noticed that when people are in love they act like they’re in a snow globe. You can shake it as hard as you want and they just go on floating and smiling. Well, it’s the same with cavegirls and kittens….” Beverly and friend, cave girl Kabungo, go to Miss VeDore’s for pumpkins; both Miss VeDore and Kabungo disappear, so Beverly goes into the house, nervous … to be continued.
p. 39. Dance Walking, by Kevin J. Doyle.
Ella finds she can do something new because her friend Marley stands by her.
p. 46. Roly-Poly Fat Cat, by Rolli.
This Very Funny take on the Gingerbread Boy story is hilarious.
p. 51. Ellie the Zoo, by Tracy Helixon.
Ellie pretends to be different animals, but her brother doesn’t want to play along. Will honey with biscuits lure him into becoming a bear?
p. 55. Bot-in-a-box, by David Welsh.
Alva throws away the directions for Box-E, so what kind of robot will emerge from his impromptu workings?
p. 63. Blackbird and Owl, by Tracey Glasspool.
This is a sweet soft story. Two opposites become friends and find a way to be together.
p. 67. Princess Piggy, by Holly Stacey.
A spoiled princess gets taught a lesson by her fairy godmother. A MOST unexpected ending. Beautifully written.
p. 72. Zora Zooms from Planet Zot, by Teresa DiNicola.
In her anger (that Mumby spends so much time with baby Nog), Zora flies away in her mini-rocket pod, but returns home to Mumby’s loving arms.
p. 75. The Small World, by Rolli.
Life is tough in the Tall World. But the secret is that there’s a Small World, too. And it’s even better.
p. 77. The Boy With the Lead Boots, by David Turnbull.
Finally Mike lets his new friends Marco, Kaz, and Emma, join in the fun of the secret of his lead boots.
p. 86. Mirinda’s Gift, by Holly Stacey.
With only three shells in her mer-purse, Princess Merinda, a mermaid, has to get a job to make her father a new robe.
p. 92. Where are the Ducklings? By Adelaide B. Shaw.
Eleven baby ducklings fall into the story drain. How will frantic Molly Duck get her babies back?
p. 96. A Damselfly in Distress, by Erin Fanning.
(Pretend )Knight Ian rescues a damselfly that got sloshed by water churned by his kayak.
p. 100. The First Snowflake, by Elliot Anderson.
Buford Bear is the slowest animal in the forest. Does he have a chance to catch the first snowflake with so many fast friends competing in the annual contest?
p. 109. A Puzzling Surprise, by Kathy Stattem Rygg.
When Lucy and Alex put their giant floor puzzle together, Pirate Captain Buzzard, and his parrot, Pickles, step out of it.
p. 114. Martian Cookies, by Tina Holt.
Schoolgirl, Maddie, goes to her sitter’s house after school because her mother has a new job. The day goes nicely for her when she pretends Miss Becky is a Martian and serves her Martian cookies.
p. 118. Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat, by Rolli.
Here is a fanciful way of telling how Dr. Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. And all because he needed to cure his cat from being staticy.
p. 126. A Dark and Stormy Night, by Christine Collier.
Calla visits her grandmother, and on a dark and stormy night, she solves an old mystery and makes her grandmother very happy.
p. 131. Robert’s Shirt is Gone, by Laurel T. Sheridan.
It’s hard for Robert to admit that his favorite green t-shirt—the one he wears all day, to eat in, to play in, to sleep in—has stretched WAAAY to big.
p. 134. Beware of the Dragon! by Teresa DiNicola.
A LITTLE lizard causes a BIG commotion, but friendships are made in the end.
p. 137. Polly Porcupine’s Prickly Problem, by Max Elliot Anderson.
Polly wants to eat clover, climb trees, and shoot quills like the “other” porcupines. But she eats bugs, cannot climb and her quills are stuck tight. But wait … she’s a —–!
p. 144. Kabungo & the Pumpkin, Part Two, by Rolli.
Remember, we left Beverly as she was just entering Miss VeDore’s house. Once inside, she finds Kabungo having tea with Miss VeDore. After tea, Beverly and Kabungo take their pumpkins home (well, Kabungo’s goes to her cave).
p. 152. Harry, A Prince of a Dog, by Suzanne Purvis.
If one kiss can break one spell what can two kisses do? Read this highly original and heartwarming story to find out.
p. 161. Ellie’s Art Rocks! by Kai Strand.
Check this story out for a fun craft for your kids.
Don’t have enough money to buy a pass to the pool? Ellie paints rocks to sell to earn the money and has fun doing it. Ellie’s art, rocks.
p. 166. Sapphire and Weld, by Holly Stacey.
Another of Holly’s enchanting and enchanted mermaid stories. The good girl is rewarded with pearls and the selfish girl punished by having a frog attached to her head.
p. 174. The Grasshoppers Who Learned to Sings, by Lisa Barrass.
Lots of adventure when Cup Cake Sally sprinkles fairy dust on Polly, Lucas, and Ella when they visit Tickle Belly Alley Cottage.
What is a Read-Aloud story?
knowonder! stories are Read-Aloud stories.
In fact, the whole knowonder! Literacy Program is built up around this core difference.
Read-aloud stories and picture books are very different from each other. Both are needed, but they provide very different benefits. Picture books are a wonderful literacy tool, but consider for a moment how reading stories out loud to your children from a young age can provide these key benefits:
Consider these key benefits of read-aloud stories:
- Listening skills are built
- Concentration improves as children learn to sit still and focus
- Comprehension and understanding of events (cause and effect relationships) is
- Imagination is actively exercised as children imagine the scenes, characters and
worlds the words create
- Vocabulary is increased as children discover new words
- A child’s ability to guess meanings of new words grows
- Children become more confident because they know they are cared for and loved
and because they can express their thoughts and needs
- Children are better-enabled to make friends and good relationships because their
communication skills are increased
- Learning in all subjects becomes much easier because the brain is literally being
wired to learn and take in new information
- Family bonds are strengthened and reinforced, creating an atmosphere of love, trust
and communication in the home which will last a lifetime
While it can be said that many of these benefits come from picture books, most of them are developed much better, faster, and deeper with read-aloud stories. When you consider the sum-total of all these benefits, it’s easy to see why reading to your child every day from birth is the single-most important thing a parent can do to ensure a child’s success in life, socially, mentally and financially.
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