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Rebecca Bielawski
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Illustrated children's books in English and Spanish. Teaching resources for classroom and homeschool, and free printables
Illustrated children's books in English and Spanish. Teaching resources for classroom and homeschool, and free printables

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#free book themed #printable for preschool and primary. Colouring, counting, painting, collage and more
http://www.booksbeck.com/printables/monkey-stuff-printable-resources
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Nurturing Nature in the Classroom
If you are having trouble getting your class out and into nature, there are a hundred ways you can get nature into your class. If you want your kids to run wild with nature-based crafts and projects, but your imagination feels as dried up as an autumn leaf, don’t despair...http://www.booksbeck.com/content/nurturing-nature-classroom
#nature #teaching #activities #homeschool  
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The Creative Process - A Look at How My Books are Conceived and Created.  By Rebecca Bielawski
http://www.booksbeck.com/content/creative-process-look-how-my-books-are-conceived-and-created
The first idea that leads to a finished book could be anything-- a character, a rough sketch, a rhyme or even a painting style, and can come from anywhere-- a memory from childhood, something someone says, things I see at the supermarket, in nature and especially things that kids do and say.  Kids are nutty, I am privileged to have the opportunity to listen and learn from them (and steal their ideas!). I don't always start with the story, sometimes an illustration comes first.  Generally, I start out with a style of illustration in mind but invariably, the book goes in another direction and I have to adapt to accommodate it.  My planning sketches are loose at best and the process reminds me more of sculpting than illustrating.  Never in order, I chip away at each page. I usually start with the page for which I have the strongest idea or the clearest concept and every consequent page has to try and maintain some kind of continuity of style.  This means that I always end up going back to the earlier pages to adjust elements correct and perfect.  This is the process I call "infinite tweaking" because when I think I'm finished illustrating, there is usually another month before I'm really finished.  This was exhausting in the beginning, but now I accept it as part of the process.
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Book review by Kristine Hallways TRAVELLING SEEDS book 3 in the Mummy Nature series of nature books for children
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#Book Review of #TravellingSeeds from #ReadersFavorite - https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/travelling-seeds

Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite

Travelling Seeds by Rebecca Bielawski is the third book in the Mummy Nature series. This book teaches kids about how far seeds travel and how plants grow from a little seed. Bielawski uses colorful illustrations to demonstrate the process of germination.

I thought Travelling Seeds was a very educational book for children as well as adults. I read this book with my 4-year-old and she liked the pictures, especially the cow. Bielawski throwing in that cows have 4 parts to their stomachs was clever and also something I did not know. The story is mostly written in a rhyme which makes it flow nicely when read aloud. Some kids may be able to read this book by themselves. The only difficult word in it would be “germination”. Bielawski used a pear seed as an example, which I thought was a good idea since kids can recognize this common fruit. Having read this book, it does make one wonder where seeds and other things travel to. This could also be a lesson not to litter.

Bielawski has done a great job. Travelling Seeds is a well thought out book. This is the type of book I would want my child to read in school. In fact I would recommend it to all preschool teachers to have in their classrooms. Not only can the teachers read the book to the kids, but they can also plant seeds themselves. Because of this book I will be p
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Out today: TRAVELLING SEEDS - BOOK 3 in the MUMMY NATURE series of children's books  http://www.amazon.com/Travelling-Seeds-MUMMY-NATURE-childrens-ebook/dp/B013BQ9DTS/

Discover how seeds travel from place to place. Our narrator excitedly tells us how she saw a pear fall from a tree in the meadow and how a cow came along and ate it. Then the seed began a journey. Where would the seed end up? Would it grow into a big tree with pears of its own?

Using the pear and cow example we can stimulate more questions about seed dispersal and, like all the books in MUMMY NATURE series, Travelling Seeds can be used as a jumping off point for discussion of other topics such as seed germination, plant parts or how plants animals and people interact in nature. On the last page we can see more examples of ways that seeds can be spread.

What we can learn:
How seeds of fruit can be spread when eaten by animals or people
Other ways that seeds can be spread: by wind, by water, by sticking to travelling creatures
Simple ideas about germination
The cycle of: seed > plant > flower > fruit > seed
A cow stomach has 4 parts

new words:
Germination, sprout, roots, seedling

PAGES: 24
WORDS: 283
LEVEL: Preschool to 6yrs

Other books in the series:
Meet Bacteria!
Bees Like Flowers

MUMMY NATURE series – nurturing children's curiosity

Each book in the series is one mini nature lesson wrapped up in colour and rhyme. These books are intended for very young children including toddlers and will give them just a glimpse into some of the wonders of the natural world. Illustrated for maximum vibrancy and visual impact, using rhyme to engage young minds and encourage participation. Read the rhymes to your children and soon they will be reading them to you!

The narrator is a small child and keen observer who tells us in short rhyming phrases everything she thinks we should know, and all about the magical things she sees around her. Sometimes she is camouflaged in the long grass and other times she has to climb a tree to get a better look.
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