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One thing that sets Angela Addington apart from many other writers is her sincere interest in people’s stories.  There’s a sense that she loves her work because it brings her into contact with so many fascinating people!  When Angela reviews one of my clients’ CDs, for example, more often than not she becomes curious about the artist behind the music and is inspired to “go the extra mile” by pursuing an interview.   Angela’s lucky readers learn not only about the music, but also about what went into creating that music.   In my experience, it is rare to encounter a writer with such dedication to telling the whole story.  Angela’s thoroughness and professionalism are to be admired.  What’s more, she’s a joy to work with:  good humored, organized, accurate, and, best of all, great fun.   I recommend Angela Addington without hesitation and only wish I could clone her!
– Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, Owner, Waldmania Public Relations

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  • Franklin’s Flying Bookshop

    Franklin’s Flying Bookshop

    franklin1A magical story about a little girl and a dragon who dream up a plan to share their love of books and stories

    Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even talk to him. One day, he meets a girl named Luna who, rather than being afraid, is fascinated to meet Franklin, having recently read all about dragons in one of her books. They instantly become friends and talk nonstop about what they’ve read: books about roller-skating, King Arthur, spiders, and how to do kung fu. Together they hatch a plan to share their love of books with others by opening a bookshop―a flying bookshop, that is―right on Franklin’s back!
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    Franklin, a well-read and peace-loving dragon, and Luna, a young girl with an independent spirit and an insatiable love of reading, make fantastic role models for young children. Franklin’s Flying Bookshopbrings the magic of classic fairy tales into the twenty-first century through exquisite illustrations, and will enchant children as well as anyone who loves books.
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    About the Author
    Jen Campbell lives in London and is the author of The Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series. She is also an award-winning poet and short story writer.

    Katie Harnett is a British illustrator. She won the 2015 Ars In Fabula Award and is the author of Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat.

  • Boat of Dreams – A Picture Book With No Words

    Boat of Dreams – A Picture Book With No Words

    Boat of Dreams

    Boat of DreamsHow does a fastidious old man with bowler, umbrella, suspenders, and a Salvador Dali mustache come to live on a deserted island?

    How does a boy come to live alone in an apparently deserted city? Are they separated by distance or by time? Does the man dream the boy? Does the boy dream the man? Is a blank paper in a floating bottle an invitation to imagine our futures? Is the man’s flying boat an encouragement to the boy to dream? Are the man and the boy the same person―the boy dwelling in the man’s memory? Is a message in a bottle the earthbound dreams of the elderly? Is a flying boat the unconstrained dreams of the young?

    This wordless, many-layered 80-page picture book invites all these interpretations and more. The intricately detailed illustrations reveal new wonders with each viewing. Neither children nor adults will ever tire of this wonderful testament to imagination, memory, and dreams. Color throughout.

    About the Author

    Rogério Coelho has illustrated more than 100 books in Brazil, where he lives, and he won Brazil’s top literary prize, the Jabuti Award, in 2012. He illustrates for children’s magazines internationally, including Storytime Magazine in England. He conceived Boat of Dreams while spending a few winter days with his children in a coastal Brazilian village, surrounded by a beautiful but gray landscape. The boy and the man appeared instantly in his imagination, but it took him almost seven years to complete the book. “The story became much bigger than my first concept, but I could not find ways to tell it otherwise,” he says. “When walking toward the future I never forget to look back, and I always see a boy who loves to draw. And when I look ahead, I can’t see another picture than this.”

  • Spider Veins in Younger Women How to Deal with them

    Spider Veins in Younger Women How to Deal with them

    varicose veinsContrary to popular belief, spider veins and varicose veins are not problems exclusive to the elderly. As soon as you pass your 20s, there’s a possibility of developing spider veins and, sometimes, even teenagers may see a few of these appear. However, spider veins are not as unsightly or as problematic as varicose veins, fortunately, and they do not generally tend to get worse before we get much older. Nevertheless, they become quite a nuisance if they start appearing on visible parts of the body such as the legs and especially the face. The good news is that there are ways to deal with these unwanted vascular exposures and depending on the severity of the situation and your budget, you can choose to deal with them in any of these following methods.

    Makeup

    The cheapest and the fastest way to hide those spindly veins is applying makeup to blend them in with the surrounding skin. Of course, it won’t really make them disappear, but from a purely social point of view, it can be a short-term solution.

    Artificial Tanning

    The lighter your complexion is, the more visible those veins will be under the skin. As a solution, you can use fake tan or go for an artificial tanning session at a salon to hide the veins. Don’t expose your skin too much to the actual sun though because it will make things worse.

    Laser Treatment

    This is the non-invasive treatment of choice at a vein treatment center and it works pretty well in most cases. The medical-grade laser is adjusted to match the wavelength of the patient’s blood cells and then applied to the skin where the veins are visible. As a result of this treatment, the blood vessels (spider veins) get damaged just enough to dry up and be reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue.

    Sclerotherapy

    While this isn’t a preferred option, it is necessary when spider veins begin to get larger and develop into varicose veins. A hypertonic saline is injected directly into the visible blood vessels to make them clot, dry up and be reabsorbed. Sclerotherapy is more effective than laser therapy and will likely take care of any spider or varicose veins that might be troubling you.

    Now that you know your options, it’s all about making the right choice. Makeup and tanning will work fine in the short-term, but you may need to take more serious measures down the line. If you have a few hardly visible spider veins, you probably don’t need to worry about them too much, but if it becomes a cause for concern, it is recommended that you visit the Vein Treatment Center at NY Metro Vein to take care of the problem as soon as possible.

    Remember that just like most other health issues, spider veins should be dealt with before they develop into a real problem, which in this case happens to be throbbing, unsightly and painful varicose veins.

  • Books for Budding Environmentalists

    Books for Budding Environmentalists

    Here’s our roundup of books for budding environmentalists who celebrate our lovely planet and think about how we can protect it!

    pedal powerPedal Power – How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World

    Cycling rules the road in Amsterdam today, but that wasn’t always the case. In the 1970’s, Amsterdam was so crowded with vehicles that bicyclists could hardly move, but moms and kids relied on their bicycles to get around the city. PEDAL POWER is the story of the people who led protests against the unsafe streets and took over a vehicles-only tunnel on their bikes, showing what a little pedal power could do! Author and illustrator Allan Drummond returns with the story of the people that paved the way for safe biking around the world.


    grand canyonGrand Canyon
    Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.

    Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved within its walls for millennia, the Grand Canyon is much more than just a hole in the ground. Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past.

    Weave in and out of time as perfectly placed die cuts show you that a fossil today was a creature much long ago, perhaps in a completely different environment. Complete with a spectacular double gatefold, an intricate map and extensive back matter.


    science comicsScience Comics: Bats – Learning to Fly
    Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic―dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you’re a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty year old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!

    This volume: In Bats, we follow a little brown bat whose wing is injured by humans on a nature hike. He is taken to a bat rehabilitation center where he meets many different species of bats. They teach him how they fly, what they eat, and where they like to live.

  • What To Do When Faced With Depression

    What To Do When Faced With Depression

    window-view-1081788_640It is estimated that as many as 19 million Americans suffer from depression and if you yourself don’t have direct experience of it yourself then you almost certainly know somebody who does. Depression can affect anyone at any age and there is still a lot of misunderstanding about the nature of the illness, as well as the various treatment options that are available. Knowing what to do when faced with depression makes the struggle a lot easier, especially because the nature of the condition itself often makes sufferers less likely to seek out help and support.

    What Is Depression?

    We all experience certain periods of our life when our mood is generally lower. This is not the same as depression. Depression can manifest in different ways and while a low mood is a component there are a number of other considerations, such as whether the low mood is justified and explainable by other events that might be occurring in an individual’s life. Other common symptoms of depression include;

    • A lack of motivation.
    • A lack of enjoyment in activities one usually enjoys.
    • Significant fluctuations in weight.
    • Bouts of insomnia and excessive sleeping.
    • Feeling restless and irritable more often.
    • Feeling fatigued.
    • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt.
    • Thoughts of self-harm and suicide.

    Psychological Treatments

    There are two broad forms of treatment for depression: psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and pharmaceuticals.

    There are a number of different options when it comes to therapy. There are different disciplines, such as CBT and psychotherapy, each of which takes a different approach to the problem and have subtly different ways of going about approaching the task of recalibrating the patient’s attitude to the world, which is at the core of most cases of depression. There are also both group and individual therapy sessions available; which one is right for you will depend entirely on your individual preferences and circumstances, but you should try and approach either option with an open mind. Look online for more information about treatment options near you, if you’re looking for depression treatment Los Angeles then consider Smart Brain and Health.

    Pharmaceutical Treatments

    There are also a number of different pharmaceutical options available and most doctors will recommend a treatment program that combines both the psychological and the pharmaceutical options for maximum effectiveness. Antidepressants work by altering the levels of certain chemicals called ‘neurotransmitters’ in the brain. While we are still learning exactly how all these different substances work together to influence our moods, we have established from a number of trials over the last several decades that by altering the levels of these chemicals we can lift the moods of previously depressed patients and, in some cases, alleviate their symptoms entirely.

    Being faced with depression can seem scary. Fortunately, we now have a very good understanding of what the illness is and how to best treat it. Both the psychological interventions and the pharmaceuticals that we have developed to help fight depression have been refined over a number of years and so sufferers now have a better chance than ever of finding a treatment option that works for them.

     

  • There is No Such Thing as Hot Coffee & Other Teacher Truths

    There is No Such Thing as Hot Coffee & Other Teacher Truths

    There is no such thing as hot coffee and other teacher truthsNow that school is back in for most,  I am certain that teachers are coming home each and every night with some sort of story from their classroom or that of their colleague.  As you think of how much time your kids spend with teachers and what they must see, remember them during the holidays and Teacher Appreciation Day.  Store this little gem away and give it with a note of thanks to your child’s teacher for all they do for them and you! Available September 19th at a bookstore near you!

    Is it Friday yet? Get ready to go behind the desk with this insiders look at at year in the life of an everyday educator. Written for teachers by teachers, this hilarious snapshot into the lives of the overworked and underpaid will have you laughing so loud, you’ll worry it might get confiscated.

    • Hear! The same question be asked over and over again.
    • Feel! The strange allure of the laminator!
    • See! Paper Mountain as it grows before your bloodshot eyes!

    Full of administrative frustration, madcap humor; and heartfelt love for the most underappreciated profession of them all, Teachers is the perfect gift for that special someone who spends all day with your kids.

    The book features:

    • Chapters on how you know you’re a teacher, the first day of school, school supplies, Sundays, teachers’ bank accounts, and summer.
    • Laugh out loud funny anecdotes about the cold hard truths of being a teacher.

    Bored Teachers is a platform for educators to escape and find humor in the frustration and exhaustion that comes with the profession. It’s inspired by the sweat, the tears, and the unrelenting passion of underpaid and overworked teachers all over. It’s a portal to share laughter, release stress, and empower/celebrate all who dedicate their lives to shape the young minds of our future leaders. Learn more at BoredTeachers.com.