Monthly Archives: April 2018

Two Gold Medals! 2018 eLit Awards

Winner of 6 Awards

So happy to share the news that A Penny for Your Thoughts is the Gold Medal Winner for Poetry in the 2018 eLit Awards, and The Golden Rule is the Gold Medal Winner for Children of All Ages!!!

Treat Others the Way You’d Like to be Treated

What wonderful news to receive!!  It was especially fun since we are now traveling and when the results were announced by email, I had forgotten that I had entered The Golden Rule instead of My Little Angel, since I hadn’t entered these awards before & Angel will be eligible next year… I went back to see if I recognized any authors & found myself again!

So for the first hour, while sightseeing, I was exuberant about A Penny for Your Thoughts winning its fourth Gold Medal… and an hour later I discovered that The Golden Rule was also a Gold Medal winner!!!

So great to have the eBooks win Gold!!!

Nice Note from James Cox of the Midwest Book Review for A Penny for Your Thoughts

Winner of 5 AwardsI .

“Dear Sherrill Cannon:
I’m very pleased to announce that the April 2018 issue of our online book review magazine “Reviewer’s Bookwatch” features a review of “A Penny for Your Thoughts”.
Here is the review:
Reviewer’s Bookwatch: April 2018
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575
Reviewer’s Choice
A Penny for Your Thoughts
Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Publishing
978194650560, $12.50 PB, $4.99 Kindle, 156pp, $12.50
978194650577, $23.50 HC, www.amazon.com
Anita Lock, Reviewer
Feathered Quill
Award-winning author Sherrill Cannon has a knack for turning feelings into words in her latest book of poems on love and loss.
Cannon’s newest has been a long time in the making. A collection of one hundred plus poems geared for a wide range of ages (middle school on) who have experienced the joys and sorrows associated with love, Cannon’s writing reflects many, many years of creativity that didn’t just pile up in notebooks. According to her website, the former teacher applied her gift of wordsmithing to help others: “As a teacher, I used poetry to help counsel many troubled teens and friends, and have continued this pattern throughout the years.”
Now in book form, and appropriately divided into three poignant sections, Cannon invites readers to embrace her words of wisdom through this marvelous journey called life. Subtitled Poems of Love and Loss (Feelings Into Words), Cannon goes a step further by adding Coin Toss? in her Table of Contents. Each carefully weighed section – Heads…Of Love and Friendship; Spinning – Of Related Emotions; and Tails…of Heartache and Anguish – begins to make sense…one poem at a time.
Keeping largely but not exclusively to first-person narrative, her first section centers on light issues, such as friends, lovers, parent and child relationships, God, music, and even the beloved Teddy Bear. But as she moves on to sections two and three, the timbre slowly darkens into areas of loss, such as loved ones moving away and death.
Cannon’s assortment of mellifluous poetry, many sprinkled with puns, is replete with free verse, blank verse, couplets, simple 4-line rhymes, alternating rhymes, quatrains, haiku, and concrete poems, just to name a few. Amid the bulk of Cannon’s work, though, are sonnets.
While the various poetic forms in A Penny for Your Thoughts do admirably to translate “feelings into words,” Cannon capitalizes upon her love theme by using a potent structure to verbalize this amorous mien: the Shakespearean sonnet.
Audiences familiar with The Bard’s works will immediately recognize how Cannon effectively captures the varied expressions of this commanding yet fickled four-letter word that is known as “love.” Perfect examples of the Shakespearean sonnet include “Music,” “Sonnet to Friendship,” and “The Road.”
(From “Music”) “Stop and hear the music in your life – A melody for you to sing along; For it will soothe your heart and ease your strife. If you would only listen to its song…”
Second to the Shakespearean sonnet usage is the Petrarchan. Examples include “A Memory,” “Tentative,” and “The Transplant.”
(From “Transplant”) “It really wasn’t very long ago, My plant was set into this strange new ground Where everything was different. But it found That even in new sunlight, it could grow…”
There is no vulgarity. Every word spoken is straightforward, intentional, and from the heart. If the reader follows judiciously, he/she will discover that the poems provide plenty to ruminate on and are very therapeutic for those who have unresolved conflict. Quill says: A Penny for Your Thoughts is so much more than another compilation of poems; it is indeed a book of healing.
You have complete permission to utilize the review in any manner you deem useful for marketing and promotion.
Additionally, this review will be archived on our Midwest Book Review website for the next five years at http://www.midwestbookreview.com
I look forward to your next title!’
James A. Cox
Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI, 53575, USA
Thank you also to Anita Lock of the Feathered Quill for writing this awesome review!

Fun Reading to Combined Kindergarten Classes

Kindergarten Reading

I had a lovely morning reading to combined kindergarten classes at my granddaughter’s school.  She was so happy to be my “illustration holder” – and thanks to my awesome illustrator, she is the little girl on the My Little Angel cover!

They also loved The Magic Word, Manner-Man and Peter and the Whimper-Whineys!  Amazingly attentive children!!!


Writers’ Conference Flier with Nice Note from Dr. Valerie Allen

Nice Note and flier from Dr Valerie Allen:

“Sherrill ~

Thought you might like to see our new flier for the Writers’ Conference. 😊
Thanks for all those great kid’s books – good lessons to be learned.
Accompanied by this flier – with Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! included

Writers Conference

My Kid Reviewer, Ashlyn Rainn, sends me messages!

What fun to get text messages from my Kid Reviewer, Ashlyn Rainn!

Ashlyn is now 6 yrs old, and has become a very successful Child Model. She has been one of my favorite fans since she started reading my books at about age 3!

Request for Books

I had to respond that My Little Angel was my last children’s book…

She reads my books to her Class…

Ashlyn receiving My Little Angel

Here is an earlier post!

Ashlyn’s earlier post

 

 

Lovely Note from an Italian School performing When You Wish Upon a Star…fish

Lazy Bee Scripts

I have mentioned earlier that I am also a playwright with seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school students.  They are all available at Lazy Bee Scripts in the UK.  So far, there have been over 130 performances in over 20 countries, in addition to the USA, UK and Canada. Whenever I get notification of an upcoming performance, I write a little note to the school or theatre to wish the children well and let them know I am thinking of them.  Imagine my delight when I received the following letter and package in the mail, sent from Scuola Paritaria Primavera – Patronato Leone XIII located in Vicenza, Italy.  The letter is written by “Ms. Silene Arnaldi (the 1st-5th grade Elementary English as a Second Language teacher) and Ms. Debbie Becht (who assists her with ESL extra-curricular activities) along with all the teachers of our school…” and concludes with “This is the first time the school puts on a school play and we couldn’t have chosen a better one to showcase all our 90 students. Thank you for creating such a delightful script with beautiful songs!”  This play “When You Wish Upon a Star…fish” was co-written with my daughter, Kerry Gallagher, an elementary school teacher.

This was accompanied by the most wonderful package of illustrated notes in color, from the 90 students… There are nine pages of notes!!!  (The pages are about 16×20 with about 10 per page!)  Here is a sample:

Some Illustrations by the cast of When You Wish Upon a Star…fish

Please take note that the children are performing the play – and have written their notes – in English!  (I’m happy I don’t have to reply in Italian!)  I especially like the “Thank you for writing this play” in many of them.

What a very special package… my heart is still smiling!!!

(All of my plays are available at www.lazybeescripts.co.uk – just search under Sherrill S. Cannon.  They all are written for elementary school students, using class sizes, and each student has at least one line.  Further details are also here on my blog site under Meet Sherrill and then Plays…)

 

Midwest Book Review Reviewers Choice for A Penny for Your Thoughts

Winner of 5 Awards

So awesome to find A Penny for Your Thoughts in the Midwest Book Review, Reviewers Choice Section!

A Penny for Your Thoughts
Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Publishing
http://sbpra.com/sherrillscannon
978194650560, $12.50 PB, $4.99 Kindle, 156pp, $12.50
978194650577, $23.50 HC, http://www.amazon.com

Anita Lock, Reviewer
Feathered Quill

Award-winning author Sherrill Cannon has a knack for turning feelings into words in her latest book of poems on love and loss.

Cannon’s newest has been a long time in the making. A collection of one hundred plus poems geared for a wide range of ages (middle school on) who have experienced the joys and sorrows associated with love, Cannon’s writing reflects many, many years of creativity that didn’t just pile up in notebooks. According to her website, the former teacher applied her gift of wordsmithing to help others: “As a teacher, I used poetry to help counsel many troubled teens and friends, and have continued this pattern throughout the years.”

Now in book form, and appropriately divided into three poignant sections, Cannon invites readers to embrace her words of wisdom through this marvelous journey called life. Subtitled Poems of Love and Loss (Feelings Into Words), Cannon goes a step further by adding Coin Toss? in her Table of Contents. Each carefully weighed section – Heads…Of Love and Friendship; Spinning – Of Related Emotions; and Tails…of Heartache and Anguish – begins to make sense…one poem at a time.

Keeping largely but not exclusively to first-person narrative, her first section centers on light issues, such as friends, lovers, parent and child relationships, God, music, and even the beloved Teddy Bear. But as she moves on to sections two and three, the timbre slowly darkens into areas of loss, such as loved ones moving away and death.

Cannon’s assortment of mellifluous poetry, many sprinkled with puns, is replete with free verse, blank verse, couplets, simple 4-line rhymes, alternating rhymes, quatrains, haiku, and concrete poems, just to name a few. Amid the bulk of Cannon’s work, though, are sonnets.

While the various poetic forms in A Penny for Your Thoughts do admirably to translate “feelings into words,” Cannon capitalizes upon her love theme by using a potent structure to verbalize this amorous mien: the Shakespearean sonnet.

Audiences familiar with The Bard’s works will immediately recognize how Cannon effectively captures the varied expressions of this commanding yet fickled four-letter word that is known as “love.” Perfect examples of the Shakespearean sonnet include “Music,” “Sonnet to Friendship,” and “The Road.”

(From “Music”) “Stop and hear the music in your life – A melody for you to sing along; For it will soothe your heart and ease your strife. If you would only listen to its song…”

Second to the Shakespearean sonnet usage is the Petrarchan. Examples include “A Memory,” “Tentative,” and “The Transplant.”

(From “Transplant”) “It really wasn’t very long ago, My plant was set into this strange new ground Where everything was different. But it found That even in new sunlight, it could grow…”

There is no vulgarity. Every word spoken is straightforward, intentional, and from the heart. If the reader follows judiciously, he/she will discover that the poems provide plenty to ruminate on and are very therapeutic for those who have unresolved conflict. Quill says: A Penny for Your Thoughts is so much more than another compilation of poems; it is indeed a book of healing.