Category Archives: Pre-School

Thank you Kalpart for Adding the Readers Favorite 5-Star Review Sticker to the Cover of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Fun to have the Readers Favorite 5-Star Review Sticker added to the cover of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book.  The book has received two of them now!!!  Please take a look at the book, and let your child color whining away!!!


Another Lovely 5-Star Review from Readers Favorite for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Thank you for the lovely 5 Star Review by K.C. Finn for Readers Favorite for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book.

Review by K.C. Finn

Review Rating 5 Stars – Congratulations on your 5-star review!

Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

“Peter and the Whimper Whineys Coloring Book is a work of fiction in the animal-themed, emotional issues and interactive fiction sub-genres, and was created by author Sherrill S. Cannon with illustrations and design by Kalpart. As the title suggests, this coloring book takes us along for the ride with protagonist Peter, a rabbit who spends a lot of time whining rather than using his energy for better things. So begins a charming, rhyming story which teaches its young readers that going to live with the Whimper Whineys isn’t the right path, whilst also offering children the chance to color in the book and learn the rhymes for their own creative expression.

Author Sherrill S. Cannon has delivered a really useful and engrossing book for young readers to explore alongside their parents and guardians. In its central theme, the book gently teaches an important lesson about how to manage our emotional disposition, a skill some adults could do with learning too! This moral message is layered with gorgeous artwork and plenty of space for kids to add their own flair to the story, and the journey does show Peter growing into a very loveable and sympathetic character by the close. The most engrossing quality of all is the excellent rhyme work at play, never sounding forced and always using language that kids can access and learn from. Overall, I would highly recommend Peter and the Whimper Whineys Coloring Book as a must-read for families with little whiners, and a thoroughly enjoyable educational experience.”

Love Finding Unseen Comments – This one is about My Little Angel

Multi-Award Winner

I was wishing a friend a Happy Birthday  and found a comment about My Little Angel that I had not seen before.  I love finding out about comments from children, so I wanted to share this one.

“…And, in case I never told you, my granddaughter DID like the book.  She told me, “It was like it was written in poems”.  I knew that but love to have the chance to acquaint my grandchildren with the finer things in life, like poetry!”

My Little Angel is also one of my daughter’s favorites.  She has been an elementary school teacher for close to 30 years, and has taught in almost all of the grades K-5.  This book is especially helpful for pre-school and kindergarten children, because it addresses many of the new experiences for school-age children.  In this time of Covid19, when many are starting school for the first time, several issues are addressed.  While the illustrations do not have the children wearing masks – who would have thought? – but highlights other reminders that young children need to know…(including sneezing into the crook of the elbow!)

From the Midwest Book Review:

“My Little Angel” is a lovely narrative verse story about a little girl’s miniature guardian angel, named Angela, who guides her safely through all the activities of her day.   Angela reminds the girl to buckle her seat belt, to be courteous and kind to others, and to do good deeds that help strengthen the spirit as well as the mind. Angela helps keep the girl safe and sound all day and all night too.  She helps her to be careful and follow rules when crossing the street, and to remember to share when she plays with others.  Angela lets the child know that she is always loved, and although she may feel lonely sometimes, she is never alone.  After a day of pleasant activities with Angela’s guidance and continued presence, the girl goes to bed feeling safe and loved, whispering prayers for loved pets and family: “She’s my little angel, sent from above/To tell me God cares for me, shows me His love./ When I close my eyes after prayers have been said/ Angela sleeps on the top of my head.” Cheery colored illustrations and special notes from Sherrill help young readers connect to the story’s message.  A beautiful successor to the eight previous children’s books in this series, “My Little Angel” is a treasure for young readers age 5 and up. – Midwest Book Review 2017 – Nancy Lorraine, Sr. Reviewer”

So please share a day in the life of a little girl, while her guardian angel Angela sits on her shoulder and keeps her safe and guides her throughout her various activities throughout her day.  My Little Angel has received 8 Awards including a Book Excellence Gold Medal, a Feathered Quill Bronze Medal, a New Apple Book Awards Official Selection, Readers’ Favorite Finalist Award, a Royal Dragonfly H.M, an IAN Book of the Year Finalist Award, and a Pinnacle Achievement Award.


Lovely Review of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

So happy to share this lovely review of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book sent to me from teenager Addie Christensen.

Addie grew up reading and sharing my books, and is now able to share them with younger family members and friends.



Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book is a great way to spend your spare time and is something you will cherish forever. It is unique and the opportunity to color each page helps reinforce the message. This book does not have to be colored by just children. Its beautiful photos and incredible message will leave anyone wanting to color. Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book is the perfect gift for you, your family, and your friends…. Reviewed by Addie Christensen


New 5 Star Review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Fun to find this lovely 5-Star Review on amazon this morning…

5.0 out of 5 stars Coloring Book Great Way to Stop the Whining!   Jannifer Powelson

Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020

Verified Purchase

“When my children were younger they enjoyed Sherrill Cannon’s original illustrated, “Peter and the Whimper-Whineys.” Written in Cannon’s characteristic rhyming prose, both the illustrated and coloring editions help children learn about good manners, specifically that whining won’t get them very far in life. The coloring book is a great way to teach children about the drawbacks of whining, but it also helps encourage their artistic skills. What better way to drive the message home than to have kids color the line drawings in their favorite colors while customizing the illustrations to fit their own style! The story itself is a great teaching tool, but the coloring edition allows children to be more interactive and strengthens the book’s valuable life lessons”

This coloring book is the same as the original Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, but the illustrations have been traced to make them colorable… Bring out the hidden-illustrator in your child!!  I’d love to see some of the results, and post them if you like!


Great 5-Star Review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

I am thrilled with this lovely 5-Star review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book. Thank you so much to Christine Cazes


Do you need a “Peter” in your house to stop your children from whining? Sherrill S. Cannon’s coloring book, “Peter and the Whimper-Whineys” is sure to solve the problem! This is a delightful lyrical story written in rhyme that truly engages young children. Peter, a small rabbit, resembles many children who want to be the boss and whine until they get their own way. This adorable award-winning story warns, “If you can’t stop that whining, I very much fear that the old Whimper-Whineys will look for you here.”
Children, like Peter, learn that they don’t want to live with the old Whimper-Whineys “in a land far away, where you’ll join them in whining and crying all day.” They will smile, laugh, and eventually agree that it would be unpleasant to live with “men with no manners” who whine and cry all day long.
As a reading specialist, mother, and grandmother, I highly recommend this book that teaches children the valuable skill of rhyming and reinforces the message that whining is undesirable. With the coloring book version of “Peter and the Whimper-Whineys,” children get the opportunity to visit a page for a longer period of time while they exercise their imagination and color the illustrations. In the end, they can take ownership of the book and personalize its message. This book is a “must” for every child’s library!

How nice to have a Reading Specialist endorse this book in such a lovely way!  This is the original best-selling Peter and the Whimper-Whineys children’s bookwith the illustrations traced so that they are colorable.  Give the young budding artists in your family a chance to illustrate the book their own way!  (I’d love to see some of the masterpieces, if you’d care to share!!)

What is The Magic Word?

Winner of 6 awards: Winner of the 2011 Readers Favorite Gold Medal, 2011 Pinnacle Achievement Award Winner, 2011 Global Finalist Award, 2012 Reader Views Second Place, 2012 International Book Awards Finalist, and 2012 Next Generation Indie Finalist.

Elisabeth needs to learn The Magic Word “Please”, and to use it every day. Please and Thank you are words that everyone needs to use!   ISBN 978-1-60976-909-3   – $12.50


Summertime is a good time for kids to be reading fun books, especially if they help teach some valuable lessons at the same time!  No, the magic word is not abracadabra.  The magic word which works best is PLEASE!!  Rude little Elisabeth learns that saying “Please” and “Thank You” work their magic when making friendships as well…

My daughter, a kindergarten teacher, loves this book.  She informed me that after reading the book with her class, the children were taking great delight in using the phrase, “What is the magic word?” in their relationships with other students!

Previous 5-Star Review for The Magic Word:  “Elizabeth discovers she has no friends when no one wants to come to her birthday party.  Elizabeth does not understand why she has no friends until she talks to her mom.  Mom suggests Elizabeth learn to be more considerate of her classmates and teacher, and to learn to use the magic words “thank you” and “please.”

The Magic Word gently teaches children two important life skills: how to make friends and manners.  Ms. Cannon writes in rhyme that is simply and easy to follow.  Kids will love learning how to treat others kindly while reading this story.  It is also a good read-aloud-story, perfect for pre-school and kindergarten classes.  The illustrator has given the child characters wonderful expressions that are easy to understand.  They are drawn in soft pastels.  This short, 25-page book, delivers on every level.  Written in one of the most difficult manners, poetry, the story is pleasant, the message clear and the illustrations fantastic.”

There is also a short poem at the conclusion of the story, which I will share here:

There is a Magic Word
To use when you’re in need,
So give a smile and shout it out:
The magic word is Please!
There are some other words
That bring a magic touch:
When someone does nice things for you,
Say “Thank you, very much!”

This book is the first in what I consider my “Manners Trilogy”…  I will share Gimme-Jimmy and Manner-Man in following posts…  Enjoy!!!  ( Available on amazon and

Cover Reveal! Coloring Book! Peter and the Whimper-Whineys will soon be also available as a Coloring Book!

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

I’m delighted to reveal the cover of my soon to be released Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book!  Yes, the favorite of so many children (not to mention the parents who have appreciated a lot less whining) will soon be available for young artists to be able to color the illustrations their own way!

The story is the same…reminding youngsters of the perils of whining…but the opportunity to illustrate Peter’s nocturnal adventures will be available to all!  I am hoping many children will share their interpretations with me… I will post many of them on my website!!  (

No whining!!!  (Please)

PS – The actual book, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, beautifully illustrated by Kalpart, is also still available in soft cover as well as eBook on and

Please stay tuned for the Release Date!

Whining at Home? Read Your Child the Whine-Stopper

No More Whining!

A brief reminder of one of my best-selling books, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys!

Is social distancing affecting your children?  Is your child whining more than usual???

Here’s a fun way to stop that whining!!

Read Peter and the Whinper-Whineys to your child, using your normal voice for the story but WHINING every time Peter or the Whimper-Whineys are whining… Your child will get the message!!!

Tristan and Kallista love my books…

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys was a 2011 USA Best Books Finalist as well as a Bronze Medal Winner in the 2011 Readers Favorite Awards.  (This was the first year I started entering the Award Contests… Now my awards total 85… I’ve been very fortunate, and am very grateful…)

By the way, this story of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys is based on a story my mother told to me and my brother when we were little (a very long time ago!) and passed down to our children.  I audio-taped (see how long ago this was?) her telling the story, and then put it into rhyme (my favorite thing to do) – and eventually it was beautifully illustrated by Kalpart Illustrations (as are all my books) and published by SBPRA... Now, thousands of books later, the rest is history (and lots of whining has been stiopped)!!