Saturday, September 11, 2010

Coloring Page - Topsy Turvy Trick or Treat

Where's Chizzy? Dotty sure looks scared, doesn't she? Chizzy is the monkey featured on the cover of Topsy Turvy Land (Hidden Pictures Publishing). Dotty and Chizzy both make appearances in the other Topsy Tales, too (Chizzy's Topsy Tale, Dotty's Topsy Tale, and Sully's Topsy Tale.) 

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Star Search in the Jungle

New Review for Sully's Topsy Tale!

What’s worse than a giraffe with a sore neck? A singing snake with a sore throat! Meet Sully, the sensational star of Donna Shepherd’s new Topsy Tale. You name it, Sully sings it--solos, arias, and even scats. But what happens when the bane of all serious singers, a sore throat, silences Sully’s beautiful music? Lemon tea, honey…Sully’s well-meaning (and familiar) friends, Chizzy and Dotty, offer up home remedies. Sully’s sure the rest cure will work, but wait! The show must go on, so it’s Star Search in the jungle. Who can stand in for Sully? Will he ever sing again?

There’s a nice message on patience tucked away in this story, and also true friendship. Need to brush up on your musical terms? See the glossary on the back cover, along with a recommendation from a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Seems Sully can help children say their ‘s’ sounds! If you’re looking for a warm, bright book that kids will love, Sully’s waiting patiently for a new home.

-- Stephanie Reed, author of The Light Across the River

Another Famous Snake - Kaa

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Reviews for Sully's Topsy Tale by Donna J. Shepherd, Illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier

Charmed by a Snake!, June 14, 2010

Donna Shepherd has created another delightful character! Sully the snake is full of personality -- and musical talent! Unfortunately, he must give up singing when he develops a sore throat. It's a good thing he had lots of cute animal friends to help him through his difficulties. By the time he's ready to sing again, he's learned a wonderful lesson about friendship.

Children will love this charming character and relate to his rhyming story. The colorful and lively illustrations add to the fun. They even include hidden hearts for kids to search out! - Diana R. Jenkins, children's author

Sore Throat Silences Snake!, June 10, 2010

Sully's Topsy Tale is a wonderful rhyming story about a solo singing snake with laryngitis. Children will be thrilled as Sully's friends all try to help him with his problem. In the end Sully recovers and discovers in the process that it is good to have friends as they make beautiful music together.

Donna J. Shepherd's rhymes are delightful and have a wonderful message about friendship. Kevin Collier's illustrations are colorful and humorous, and will definitely make children giggle. Donna and Kevin are a winning partnership. I received the book free for review, but it doesn't affect my opinion of the book. I don't recommend books that I don't like.

The back cover includes definitions of musical terms used in the book. I always love a book with an educational element. - Shari Lyle-Soffe, children's author

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Speech Therapy for Children

Sully's Topsy Tale has been endorsed by licensed and certified speech-language pathologist Victoria Ryan, MS/CCC-SLP. Here's what she has to say about the book: "Sully's Topsy Tale could be utilized "at the beginning of articulation therapy to read to children who have problems making the “s” sound so they can hear (often) how a correct “s” sounds; during articulation therapy with children who are practicing making the “s” sound at the reading level; with children in voice therapy as a way to talk about healthy and unhealthy vocal habits."

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Coloring Page - Sully's Topsy Tale

Kevin Scott Collier, illustrator, sent me a hot-off-the-drawing board coloring page of Sully from our newest collaboration, Sully's Topsy Tale. Have fun!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sully's Topsy Tale Sneak Peak

Kevin (Scott Collier) has been cracking me up all day sending me illos for Sully's Topsy Tale. So colorful and funny. Here's one he has already posted on his blog. There are new characters and hidden hearts throughout the book. Coming soon from Guardian Angel Publishing.