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A Letter for Kwil: Condensed Read-Aloud By Kalen Marquis
eBook (ePub): $2.31
This is a condensed read-aloud version of "A Letter for Kwil," the classic Kwil story that started it all! Much shorter than the original extended version, it is ideal for reading to a... More > class or young Kwil Kids who are being introduced to frizzy-fuzzy, green-nosed Kwil for the first time. As with the original, it explains frizzy-fuzzy, green-nosed Kwil's love of letters and invites the reader to create and connect with Kwil--a global mascot for literacy, creativity, and inspiration.< Less
Tara's Trouble-Collectin' Coat By Kalen Marquis
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"Tara's Trouble-Collectin' Coat" is a generational story of love and caring that leads to new understanding for Clara, a dear grandmother who has found pleaure and purpose in being her... More > small town's "trouble collector", and her granddaughter, Tara, who is lovingly groomed for the role.What does it mean to be ‘kind”? What does it mean to be “caring”? In an age of soul-searching, how are these seemingly tired, empty and over-used adjectives understood? Even more importantly, how are they practiced? Is there a workable balance between self-interest and altruism? Join Tara and her grandmother, Clara, to find out.< Less
When a Guy's Gotta Cry By Kalen Marquis
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"When a Guy's Gotta Cry" is a children's story with a repetitive rhyming refrain that celebrates the therapeutic and health benefits of a good, healthy cry. Presented with compassion and... More > humour, a young boy named Sonny is taught by the sensitive and loving members of his community to more fully understand and appreciate the importance of a full range of emotional expression--including and especially tears. With each happy, sad, or completely unexplained soggy experience, Sonny learns that crying can be one of many healthy human outlets regardless of age, sex, or gender stereotypes and socialization. Sonny eventually internalizes and finds great comfort and consolation in this important life lesson which research suggests can have implications for human health and longevity.< Less
When the World Was Black and White By Kalen Marquis
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"When the World Was Black and White" is a fun and fanciful story about a boy's mistaken understanding of the exciting invention of colour (photography). It ponders many of the key aspects... More > of being human---especially what we perceive, how we communicate, how we adapt, and what we value. Many class discussions about understanding, misunderstanding, change, diversity, and equality have unfolded after sharing this story. Many bulletin boards have featured identical pairs of drawn, painted, or pastel pictures--one in full colour and the other identical but in black and white (pencil, Sharpie, or charcoal). Although set in an earlier time, the themes in this story are timeless and universal.< Less
Gaila Pasquaila Magaila Magoo By Kalen Marquis
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"Gaila Pasquaila Magaila Magoo" is a whimsical rhyming narrative that is dedicated to the author's cousin, Gail Otsig, who is a talented and loving mother of two. With great joy, a little... More > irreverence, and a lot of artistic license, Gaila's family is expanded from two to ninety-two in this popular fictional story! Although a family favourite that makes Gail blush, this extended rhyming poem has been enjoyed by countless classes through the years who have had their names added as members of Gaila's family in the story. First enjoyed as a read-aloud in the classroom or the library, students always chime in for the happy, repetitive, rhyming refrain before easily adapted copies are sent home for these young readers to share with their own family. Whether read repeatedly for pleasure or practice, this story is definitely a tribute to mothers everywhere who are so very resourceful, talented, flexible, selfless, and loving in their dedication to the most challenging and rewarding profession of all--motherhood!< Less
Silly Sally Smiled Her Silly Sally Smile By Kalen Marquis
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"Silly Sally Smiled Her Silly Sally Smile" is, by title and alliterative, tongue-twisting refrain, a powerful story that children love chiming in for. Although especially fun to read aloud,... More > this story doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the real solutions to life's most pressing problems. In a time of increasing commercialism, excess, scarcity, crime, violence, anonymity,terror, bullying,and purposelessness, it is a small, toothless, freckled six-year-old girl who has the most serene and mindful answer to all the real or perceived woes of the world. Long before the processes of socialization and education, children know what's important. Throughout a twenty year career, the author has known many wise old souls in small bodies. Thankfully, they are generational proof that the world's problems are not fixed by the adult minds that unwittingly create or perpetuate them.< Less
Travis McBean and His Jelly Bean Machine By Kalen Marquis
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"Travis McBean and His Jelly Bean Machine" is full of happy, hyperbolic fun! Told with plenty of repetition, rhythm, rhyme and chime, this story is a joy to read aloud many times over.... More > Countless students and classes have heard this story and received personalized copies (in which their name takes the place of Travis, making them the protagonist and "star" of the story). This "oohey-gooey-and-oh-so-chewy" jelly bean story is one that "sticks" in the minds and hearts of young readers and listeners. Sugary sweet and a definite treat!< Less
The Christmas Orange By Kalen Marquis
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"The Christmas Orange" is a classic Christmas story full of grandmotherly wisdom and wonder. It is a story of compassion, gratitude, generosity, and the miracle of life and love that is so... More > often celebrated at Christmas. For the poorest of the poor to feel that they "have so much" and to marvel that they have been "given more" makes this story a gift worth sharing every year. This is the story the author and his colleagues have traditionally read to their students on the last day of school before Christmas vacation--handing each child a tissue-wrapped mandarin orange as a gift and, often, their own personalized copy of the story to share with family and friends.< Less
A Letter for Kwil By Kalen Marquis
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"A Letter for Kwil" is the official life story of Kwil, a frizzy-fuzzy, green-nosed creature with a big, yellow pencil who loves, loves, loves to write! It tells about Kwil's life growing... More > up in the mystical, magical town of Kwilville and how he has always used his love of words to create and connect with "Kwil Kids" and "Kwilsters" of all ages. Kwil is master of "rhythm, rhyme, & chime" who can pack a lot into a four-line stanza! Kwil believes that we can learn to write (and read) as quickly and joyfully as we learned to speak as toddlers by writing back and forth with others in a meaning-filled and encouraging way. Why wait for Christmas to write to Santa or Valentine's Day to write to someone you love? Go ahead and write a letter to Kwil! If you're still not sure, you'd better read Kwil's life story for inspiration. Sharing thoughts, feelings, and experiences with Kwil will make you a "Kwillionaire!" As Kwil always says, "Keep your pencil moving and your keyboard tapping!"< Less
I Love You My Leetles By Kalen Marquis
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"I Love You My Leetles" is a simple but heartfelt rhyming narrative poem that captures the loving bond shared between a brother and sister growing up in a single parent family. It also... More > exemplifies the precious gift of a shared lifetime that siblings so often share. Usually predeceased by parents and outlived by children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters share the same life trajectory. Even if they go their separate ways and travel their own life's path, they have shared understandings and experiences from their earliest and most formative years--potentially extending from cradle to grave. This autobiographical poem was originally written almost twenty years ago but has been updated and renewed in celebration of Leetle's 40th birthday. With last year's passing of their selfless mother and the precious bond the author continues to share with his still precious adult sister, amazing husband, and their two amazing children, this story remains as poignant as ever.< Less

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Our World Our World By Deleah Payne
Paperback: $21.60