I was very excited when an author asked me to be a part of her "blog tour". Connie Arnold is an inspirational author who mostly writes poetry, this is her first published children's book but I am betting not her last.
Animal Sound Mix-up by Connie Arnold and illustrated by Kit Grady and published by Guardian Angel Publishers is a fun read aloud book that describes what would happen if the animals around us made different sounds. For me this is great "activity" book to read to kids as it fosters discussion and lots of play acting. If I were doing a story time I would have the kids all take a turn pretending to be a different animal with a different sound. I love the illustrations because the animals are so expressive and cute. Animal Sound Mix-Up also reinforces the idea that we are all special and how we look or sound makes us unique. That is a wonderful thing about this book, it is not preachy but teaches in a simple way. In this day and age we must always strive to educate children to accept each other for who they are. That is the inspirational message of this sweet book. If you wish to read more about Connie you can go and read some of her inspirational words at her website: http://www.conniearnold.webs.com or http://conniearnold.blogspot.com/. Remember never try to change something that isn't broken....enjoy!