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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
eBook (ePub): $2.32
"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
A Letter for Kwil By Kalen Marquis
eBook (ePub): $2.30
"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
eBook (ePub): $2.30
"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
First Saturday in June By Kalen Marquis
eBook (ePub): $2.32
"First Saturday in June" is a nostalgic work of creative nonfiction that reminisces about the fine tradition of the annual "May Day" celebration which is still held in Pitt... More > Meadows, British Columbia, Canada on the first Saturday in June. Told with dreamy childhood wonder and pluck, this story is filled with the now old-fashioned details that Pitt Meadows locals may still remember and that anyone who has lived in a small town can identify with. Offered as a tribute to previous generations who took community spirit, connection, and volunteerism to the most selfless and altruistic levels, this story recalls a simpler and seemingly richer past while still looking ahead with wide-eyed wonder and curiousity about all that is yet to come.< Less
Moving Sale By Kalen Marquis
eBook (ePub): $2.31
"Moving Sale" is a commemorative work of creative nonfiction that was written to honour the lives of a dear elderly couple who raised their family in East Vancouver, British Columbia,... More > Canada during the latter half of the twentieth century. It recounts the events of their life-changing moving sale--the day when downsizing prompts this elderly couple to sift through the rich memories and feelings that such a major life transition evoke. "Moving Sale" is very much a celebration of the values and beliefs that make many immigrant families so very strong in the face of tremendous challenge and change.< Less
Goodbye Ms. Duffy By Kalen Marquis
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"Goodbye Ms. Duffy" is a rhyming narrative tribute to teachers far and wide who make a difference in the lives of children and shape the future of society despite many systemic challenges.... More > Personalized for many teacher retirement celebrations through the years and shared with many classes on the last day of school, this story has touched the hearts and minds of many teachers, parents, and students. Told with heartbreak and humour, this extended narrative poem captures both the reality and nobility of one of the most important professions in the world.< Less
Just a Mailbox Away By Kalen Marquis
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"Just a Mailbox Away" is based on the true story of a young student and his family who are making the move from a small town in British Columbia over the Rocky Mountains to Alberta. This... More > story captures the feelings of moving away from all that is known and familiar from a child's and teacher's perspective. Letter writing is not just a practical way to communicate, it is a profound and wonder-filled way to promote personalized and meaning-filled reading and writing activity. This story has been adapted many times for use with many students through the years as a personalized parting gift. Reflective dialogues that transcend time and space as they chronicle thoughts, feelings, and experiences are the most powerful tool for literacy learning. Children love to get mail! While digital dialogues are wonderful, there is still much to be said for a tangible keepsake. Studies show that these missives go deep into the heart and mind, being revisited and reflected upon many times over.< Less
Rainbow Rocks By Kalen Marquis
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Meant as a tribute to his selfless and courageous mother, Kathryne Irene Marquis (nee Morlang), "Rainbow Rocks" tells the true story of the childhood of Kalen Wilfred Marquis, (nee... More > Lonneberg), who grew up along the Pitt River in the Fraser Valley Region of British Columbia. Too fanciful and child-oriented to be nonfiction and yet far too detailed to be children's fiction, this story is a work of creative nonfiction that is meant to chronicle, archive, thank, and inspire. The author, as a bibliotherapist and teacher-librarian, believes that everyone has a story to tell and that there is incredibly transformative power in the telling and retelling of our life stories. However subjective and shifting, our internalized stories bring together the past, present, and future in ways far too compelling to ignore. After reading this fanciful work, perhaps you'll be inspired to tell others who you are and where you come from. What was your childhood dream and, most importantly, are you living it?< Less