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Reminder – Last Day for Goodreads Giveaway for The Golden Rule!

The Golden Rule - Treat others the way you'd like to be treated.

The Golden Rule – Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

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The Golden Rule by Sherrill S. Cannon
The Golden Rule
by Sherrill S. Cannon

Released February 02 2016
Giveaway ends in about 12 hours (March 31, 2016)

1 copy available, 484 people requesting
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Please Meet My Kid Reviewer, Tristan!

Tristan remembers to be nice!

Tristan remembers to be nice!

Thank you, Tristan, for your great review and photos!  I’m so happy you understand the message of The Golden Rule!

Here is Tristan’s review:

Tristan review: “I like this book because it’s fun and has lots of colors. It helps me to remember to be nice.”

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Plus a nice message from Tristan’s mom:

“Thank you so very much Sherrill, you are very thoughtful and I’m grateful we know you!”

Tristan is one of my very special CureJM kids…

Please also remember that you can purchase through the CureJM Fundraiser: http://sbpra.com/CureJM where 50% of the cost of the books goes to the CureJM Foundation to help find a cure for Juvenile Myositis, an incurable (so far…) children’s disease.  Please help find a cure!!

100 Stars for a 100 Star Review!

Treat others the way you'd like to be treated

Treat others the way you’d like to be treated

This is an awesome review and means a lot to me – not just because it’s an extremely positive review, but because it captures so perfectly the intent of the book!  I always try to teach something with my books, disguised as fun stories of course, but this one is more specific…The Golden Rule is all about being kind to one another, with examples of how to do so.  My heart is smiling!

The Golden Rule IS the Golden Ticket!!
By Rita K. Vetsch on March 21, 2016

“The Golden Rule is a powerful piece of children’s literature that asks each child to treat others how they would want to be treated themselves. Sherrill S. Cannon does it yet again with another meaningful children’s book written with a touch of genius! This book is written in a fun rhyming manner which immediately engages the children’s attention. Then it holds their attention because it is a real life lesson that they can apply to their own lives. Are they being bullied or do they need to be a nicer friend to others? It teaches about sharing and being a good friend to others. I recommend this book for pre-k all the way on up through elementary school ages. I have my own in-home daycare business and was having a rough week with the children. They were fighting and not getting along last week very well. I was at my wits end and then this little gem arrived in the mail. It was JUST what we all needed. I opened it up immediately and we all sat down in a circle to read it. The children were glued to the brightly illustrated pages and it got them thinking and talking. We had a great discussion about sharing, listening and being kind to one another. It was so good, that in fact, we read it for a second time! The children fell silent and clung onto each word. After the second time I read it in a row, the children got up, proceeded to pick up the toys (without complaining) and the rest of the day were very kind to each other. I am very impressed with this book and plan to read it each week to the children because it really works and the children love it. This book is worth the small investment and is a powerful teaching tool that children will love. Thank you Sherrill for understanding children so well and knowing just how to word your books to their level of understanding. It is not over their heads at all and it is something they were excited to tell their parents about. Of course, I had parents asking where they can buy Sherrill’s books now! I read a ton of young children’s books and none as are good as hers. I look forward to many more of her awesome children’s books with great anticipation. The children give it 100 thumbs up!!! And I give it 100 Stars!”

Thank you so much, Rita!

Nice Mention in the Pacific Sage Newsletter

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This is an excerpt from the “The View”, a newsletter contribution from the Pacific Sage Preschool.

“Playing in the Sage…

“E raka te mauï, e raka te katau. ” A community can use all the skills of its people. – Maori proverb

This week Pacific Sage Preschool enjoyed a special guest. Judy Shaffer arranged for her friend Sherrill Cannon, who is a writer of children’s books, to come and read a couple of her stories to us. The children were excited and enjoyed the experience and the stories. As Sherrill read, Judy turned the pages in a duplicate book so all the children could see the pictures and follow along. Eleven normally wiggly children crowded close and listened attentively…at the end, the stories met with a rousing “Bravo!”…

Warmly,
Sylvia
Director, Pacific Sage Preschool”

Thanks so much for this opportunity…Sharing with children is what it’s all about!

Thank You to Rita’s Daycare Kiddos

Worth 1000 Words

Worth 1000 Words

A picture’s worth a thousand words…but here are 186 amazing words from Rita Vetsch to share!

Here is the photo of the kids holding your book! They absolutely LOVED it!! You see, this week in daycare was a rough week. There was a lot of pushing, fighting and little sharing going on. This book came in just in time. We read it on Thursday, just fresh out of the mailbox. And guess what? It helped SO much. It got the children talking about what it takes to be a good person who shares and is kind to their friends. As Friday came, the children ran into my daycare and embraced the book once again. They pleaded for me to read it once again to them and I did. Friday went a lot smoother and there was more sharing and acts of friendliness then there had been all week. Your message got into their little brains and made sense to them! They loved the book and I am thankful that you sent it when you did. It was the little miracle that we needed this week. The kids give it 100 thumbs up and so do I. Thank you Sherrill, you are amazing!!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

5-Star Review from the Feathered Quill for The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule - Treat others the way you'd like to be treated.

The Golden Rule – Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

Lovely 5-Star Review for The Golden Rule by Holly Connors for the Feathered Quill Book Reviews:

Quill says: Another winner in the Sherrill Cannon collection of children’s illustrated books that engage readers while also teaching important lessons.

The Golden Rule By: Sherrill S. Cannon

Illustrated by: Kalpart  Reviewed by: Holly Connors Review Date: March 2016

Young readers get ready! Author Sherrill Cannon has penned another fun, engaging book that not only entertains but teaches a very important lesson too. As our story opens, we meet Robert and Kait, siblings who are on a mission:

“We need to start looking for something that’s great,” Said Robert, while talking to his sister, Kait. “For there is a ruler Mom says is quite old It must be important – it’s made out of gold!”

Right away, parents will catch on to the wordplay that is going on, but it takes Robert and Kait (and likely our young readers) a bit longer to figure out just what the Golden Rule is. Our two protagonists decide that if the ‘ruler’ is made out of gold, it must be valuable. Perhaps they could sell it and make some money. Robert and Kait head to their school, for where else would a ‘ruler’ be kept? They look everywhere – under chairs, on the desks – but the only ruler they find is an old, plastic ruler. Ewwww… Perplexed at their inability to find the ruler, Kait asks Robert if perhaps they’re looking for the wrong type of ruler. Robert thinks for a minute and then a light bulb goes off (yup, we see a light bulb over his head) and he says,

“It’s not a ruler…It’s a rule, instead!” That’s why we can’t find it – it’s not just at school. It’s not a school ruler, or a measuring tool… It’s a rule that you live by, to give and to share, A way to treat others to show that you care.”

The two children are thrilled that they’ve figured out what the golden rule is and now it’s time to share with others just what it means. The bulk of The Golden Rule is devoted to Kait and Robert looking into how this important rule can, and should, be applied to everyday experiences. From bullying to ‘Paying It Forward,’ readers will learn about numerous situations where being kind and treating others the way you want to be treated, is THE BEST way to live your life.

This is the fourth book by Sherrill Cannon that Feathered Quill has reviewed (and the second by this reviewer), and like the others, Manner-Man, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece and Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!, this one is a winner. Ms. Cannon is a master at writing playful rhymes that impart important lessons, and her use of wordplay (see also: Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!) is clever and quite funny. The rhyming flows nicely while conveying an important lesson, and that’s not easy to do! Add in the always entertaining illustrations by Kalpart, and you have another 5-Star children’s book by Ms. Cannon!

(I have to add a quick comment from Ellen Feld, when I thanked her for the nice review and told her, “I hope this will help me to reach more young readers (and their parents) with a message that seems to need reinforcing in today’s troubled world. (Too bad I can’t send copies to congress!!)”

She replied, “My first good laugh of the day – yes!!! Congress could sooooo use your book!!!!” )

Reading to the Pacific Sage PreSchool

PreSchoolSis BlogI love reading to children, but usually start at the Kindergarten level.  I had the pleasure of reading both The Magic Word and Manner-Man to the adorable youngsters at the Pacific Sage PreSchool (ages 3-4) and found it a delightful experience.  I truly think the rhyming – the music of the words – is the key.

It was also fun to share the reading with my sister of the heart, Judy Shaffer, who kindly held the books to show the illustrations to the children.  (Photograph credit to my husband!)