Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Stay Tuned for a Visit from a Superhero!

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep


Superhero Zachary can fly higher than Superman!

How is this possible? What does he eat? This superhero is prepared to reveal his secret diet with us at the end of June. 

Zachary is the main character in my wife, Kathy Stemke's new book, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep.  He will be stopping by this blog on his Virtual Book Tour. 

Check out some reviews here:


In Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep, Kathy Stemke tells a story that children, especially those who have younger siblings, can relate to. Zachary's life takes a drastic change when a baby sister enters it. He puts on his special glasses and uses his creative imagination to become a superhero and quiet all the wild and noisy commotions that disturb her sleep. Each page of this delightful book is filled with bold, colorful illustrations by Jack Foster and has cute rhymes, which add to the fun. As an added bonus, there are games, word puzzles, a song, and rhymes at the end of the book. It's a great book for home and the classroom.
Review by
Connie Arnold
Having a new baby in the house can be a stressful situation for the parents, but don't forget the affect it has on the baby's older siblings. This is the premise of Kathy Stemke's delightful children's picture book, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep.

Before Layla joined the family, Zachary's time was his own, whether playing, feeding the bird, or going to school. Now, his time revolves around the needs of his baby sister. His mother needs this for the baby and she needs that for the baby. And, shhhh, Zachary needs to be sure Layla doesn't wake up. And, he's just about fed-up.

Escaping the annoying and boring tasks that his mother asks of him for the baby, Zachary dons a pair of black-rimmed glasses and turns into what every little boy would love to be . . . a superhero. And, in superhero-mode he saves his baby sister from a ferocious bear, a tooting train, and a number of other calamities that either scare or awaken little Layla. One action adventure after another.

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep is a story that children will absolutely love and will easily be able to relate to. How many children get annoyed that they're no longer the center of attention, or that they have to help take care of the baby, or that the family revolves around the baby's needs. Stemke addresses this issue in a fun-filled manner that shows children who feel this way, they are not alone and all is not lost.

With amazing and vivid full page illustrations and witty rhymes that lend themselves to teaching children consonant blends, this story will be a wonderful addition to every child's library, as well as the classroom.

At the end of the book, Stemke includes a "Teacher Supplement" that includes:

* The link to a template of thick black-framed glasses that Zachary wore
* Comprehension questions
* A consonant blend song
* A consonant blend musical chairs game
* A consonant blend worksheet
* Dolch Sight Words Recognition exercise
* Instructions for Beanbag Hoop Toss

Review by
Karen Cioffi





16 comments:

sandy axelrod said...

If I am ever so lucky as to have grandchildren your wife's book is certainly one I would buy. It sounds like there will be wonderful lessons to be learned. Thanks for your comment about my day at the beach. I don't think I would be happy going in the water with that shark! Never ate shark although I might have in the guise of scallops. I hear that sometimes they are cut to look like them and I guess that means shark tastes somewhat like scallops which would be pretty tasty, but not as good as my shrimp salad.

Joanne said...

How exciting! Good luck! its sounds like an awesome story! Blessings, Joanne

Joylene Butler said...

My grandchildren will love this book. Thanks Anthony and Kathy. And thank you, Anthony, for visiting my blog.

Priya Sreeram said...

oh wowee- tht's great, my 7 yr old daughter will love it- gotta check it out and can't wait for Zachary's super secret diet talks !

Lynda R Young said...

I love the art... gorgeous.

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Anthony, your wife's book looks fun! I bet kids will love it!

Sylvia Ney said...

How exciting - congratulations! If your wife wouldn't mind granting me an interview, please have her email me at: writinginwonderland@gmail.com.

Jolene Perry said...

That is a crazy cute cartoon guy - LOVE him :D

jan said...

I absolutely love the idea behind this book! It's brilliant. Children and parents alike will enjoy this adventure. Thanks for bringing my attention to it.

Manzanita said...

A delightful book for the little ones. My congratulations to your wife.
You must be very proud of her.
Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Congrats to Kathy! What adorable, fun illustrations! I'm glad Zachary is a superhero--and not the villain!

Fa L'Americana said...

Congrats to your wife on her book! It looks delightful :)
And may I add that your profile pic is simply mouth watering (for anyone reading this comment in the future when the profile pic might be different: I'm talking about a luscious slice of lemon meringue pie)

Sarah Naveen said...

That sounds so much fun!!!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Sounds like an amazing book!!!

sandy axelrod said...

Thank you for all of your comments on my blog! It's so great to make friends this way. You sound like a fun person with a great personality. Cast iron is great for a lot of cooking especially to get a good crust on meat or chicken and of course for frying. The down side is that it is heavy so if you want to mix up veggies in a pan it's almost impossible to do the toss action with a cast iron pan. I LOVE my All-Clad and look forward to having Steve add to my collection! Maybe I'll get a gift for July 4th.

kitchenmorph said...

wow...i'm going thru this predicament...would love to read it... thnx for this wonderful post!

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