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by R.R. Vincench
"Amidst the calm chaos,
a flower danced along a stream of air
and landed at his star-formed feet...
As he studied the flower,
a soft entity brushed past
the skin of his shoulder.
He looked up to find
of fluttering flower petals
gliding toward him in the wind.
Following along with his eyes,
he discovered the silhouette
of a more mysterious flora...
waving gently in the breeze...
with a calming grace...
by Terri KelleyIn this story, a boy realizes how much work his mom does to keep their family happy and healthy. As a single-mom, she cooks, cleans, repairs leaky pipes, changes flat tires, and many other tasks that are traditionally considered to be a dad's job. And, though she may dress like a plumber now and again, the son still thinks that his mom is the most beautiful woman in the world. So, on Father's Day, the boy believes that his mom deserves to be celebrated along with all of the dads out there.
by Terri KelleyAlzheimer's is a scary disease affecting so many of our elderly population. As scary and confusing as it is for adult, grandchildren are feeling even more confused about what is happening to their grandparents. In this story, one such grandson is thrilled when he hears that his grandpa is moving in with his family. However, when the boy attempts to talk to his grandfather, he discovers that his grandpa doesn't know who the boy is anymore. Despite the confusion and hurt the boy is feeling, he is ... more
by Terri KelleyGingerly's Gift is Book 4 of the four books in the Gingerly Chapter Book Series. The time and setting is Christmas-time at West Intermediate School where the students have been told that they must not post anything referring to Christmas. They are told they should say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". Zoey, ever the activist, won't stand for this and with Gingerly's help, a peaceful solution is found that makes everyone happy.
by Terri KelleyBook 2 of the Gingerly Chapter Book Series is Gingerly's Bad/Good Day. The title gives the reader a peek into how Gingerly's day begins and how it finally ends. Gingerly and Zoey work to pave the road to their strong friendship. Zoey convinces Gingerly to take a more active part in school by joining the Newspaper Club, something that Gingerly never thought she would do. Things are looking up, even with a rough start, for Gingerly.
by Terri KelleyBook 3 of the four books in the Gingerly series, Gingerly Ruffles Some Feathers finds Gingerly and Zoey, along with a surprise third friend, battling against the injustices of a local turkey farm. The story takes place around Thanksgiving when Zoey is incensed by a documentary she viewed about poultry farming. Though a reluctant participant at first, Gingerly soon becomes a vocal activist in the group's effort to rescue turkeys!
by Terri KelleyGingerly, Book 1 in the chapter book series based on this main character, is about a 5th grade girl who is much taller and heavier than most of her peers. She is extremely shy and lonely. She is bullied by the most popular boy in school. All she wants is to be invisible. Then, one day, she bumps into the new girl in school, Zoey, whose flaming orange hair matches her outgoing personality. She and Gingerly become fast friends despite Gingerly's reservations. Together, they learn that they can ove... more
by Terri KelleyEditing: It's Time for Corrections is Book 4 of the eight books in the Writing is a Process series. The main character in this story (along with her friends from the other books in this series) learns to use editing marks when looking over the rough draft of her story. The illustrations are familiar to young readers who have experienced the first three books in the series, although, as with each book in this series, readers will enjoy this book even if it is the only one they read. Included ... more
by Terri KelleyDaddy, My Hero is a story told from the point-of-view of a young girl whose father is in the Army. The dad is about to have to be deployed, again, and the girl is sad about missing him. However, she recognizes that he is an honorable man serving his country. She makes herself feel less sad by remembering the great times she and her brother and sister have had with their dad. This is a wonderful story to share with military families as well as with any child whose loved one may be away for lo... more
by Terri KelleyBook 5 of the eight book Writing is a Process series is Conferencing: Let's Talk it Over. In this book, the much misunderstood and under-used step in any writing process is discovered by the main character as she works to create her very own story. As with all of the books in this series, young readers will remain engaged with the subject matter that turns the conferencing step into one that will be enjoyed and practiced by all.
by Terri KelleyA young boy is so excited to be taking his first airplane ride as he travels on vacation with his family. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, readers follow a young boy and his family as they prepare for their trip by packing just the right things all the way through to the time they fly away. This is a fabulous story to share with young flyers as they embark on a new adventure.
by Terri KelleyChristmas is a magical time for many with celebrations and good feelings being shared by all. In this beautiful story, a young girl wonders why these feelings are limited to only the Christmas season. She wonders what it would be like to have Christmas all year long! Included in her ideas are the building of a mudman instead of a snowman and sledding through the streets on wheels. This is a wonderful story to share any time of the year.
by Terri KelleyBrainstorming: It's Raining Ideas is Book 2 of the eight book series, Writing is a Process. This series helps young readers understand the need to use a process when writing and each book explains a different step in the process. The main characters of each book appear throughout the series, adding to the interest and engagement of readers. This series is a great way to introduce the writing process steps to students. It works well with any writing process. Brainstorming: It's Raining Ideas f... more
by Terri KelleyA young girl enjoys her life as the only child of two very loving parents. Each year, they celebrate her birthday, starting with her favorite pancakes. However, on her seventh birthday, her parents are missing and only her nanny is at the house. The girl is heartbroken. Finally, late in the evening, her parents arrive with a birthday surprise: a baby brother!
by Terri KelleyYoung children oftentimes do anything to avoid going to bed. In this story, a little girl creates all sorts of distractions in order to stay awake. Her creativity will bring a smile to the reader's face and may serve as a reminder that all of us need sleep.
by Terri KelleyA young boy is confused about why people are always saying that he has beautiful "almond eyes". His mother explains that his eyes are almond shaped because of his Korean heritage. The boy then starts to notice all of the different kinds of eyes of all of his friends. This is a beautiful story of diversity and acceptance. It celebrates our differences that add color to our world.