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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Kandon Publishing; 1st edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982927703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982927700
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 21 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,252,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 Kathryn the Grape® Book Series Wins Mom's Choice Award®

Wed, Feb 15, 2012
Honored For Excellence in Family-Friendly Media, Products and Services

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 15, 2012
Kandon Unlimited, Inc., bringing the magical and colorful world of Kathryn the Grape to life through children’s books, music, and messages of love, kindness and adventure, announced today that its Kathryn the Grape book series has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products, and services by the Mom’s Choice Awards, earning a prestigious silver award of excellence. The honored books, Kathryn the Grape—Just Like Magic and Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure, feature an “everyday girl” who helps children develop authentic self-love.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this national recognition for the first two books in the series,” said Kathryn Cloward, publisher, author and creator of Kathryn the Grape. “This is certainly icing on the cake. While our greatest reward is experiencing the spark of recognition from children when they understand the messages we’re sharing through Kathryn the Grape, receiving a Mom’s Choice Award affirms that our purposeful work is not only kid-approved, but parent-approved, too. ”
Cloward shares the Mom’s Choice Award honor with the books’ co-authors, Jody Duhamel and Ginny Hornby, and illustrator Christine Winscott. The third book, Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love, written by Cloward and illustrated by Winscott, will be released this summer…but fans don’t have to wait that long to have a new Kathryn the Grape experience. A music CD, Believe, Kathryn the Grape Songs for Kids of All Ages, featuring musician Astra Kelly, Cloward and six “everyday San Diego kids,” will be available on April 1.
The Kathryn the Grape book series is available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, as well as at KathryntheGrape.com. Those who purchase books from the Kathryn the Grape website will receive autographed copies, and $1 from every sale is donated to the Kathryn the Grape Fund, which supports non-profit agencies focused on helping children.
Learn more about Kathryn the Grape and the Mom’s Choice Awards at KathryntheGrape.com and MomsChoiceAwards.com, respectively.


Peachy Honor for Grape Author: Kathryn Cloward Shares Mom’s Choice Award

Author of children’s books, who lives near Lake Murray, looks forward to debut of kids album.

LaMesaPatch

Feb. 15, 2012

Local author Kathryn Cloward, whose son attends Grey Rabbit Preschool in La Mesa, has won a silver medal of excellence in the Mom’s Choice Awards—the latest milestone in her mom-run publishing empire.

The honored books—Kathryn the Grape—Just Like Magic and Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure—feature an “everyday girl” who helps children develop authentic self-love.

Cloward shares the prize with the books’ co-authors, Jody Duhamel and Ginny Hornby, and illustrator Christine Winscott, according to Kandon Unlimited, which is Cloward's company that owns all rights to Kathryn the Grape and publishes the books under the Kandon Publishing division.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this national recognition for the first two books in the series,” said Cloward, who lives in San Carlos near Lake Murray.

“This is certainly icing on the cake. While our greatest reward is experiencing the spark of recognition from children when they understand the messages we’re sharing through Kathryn the Grape, receiving a Mom’s Choice Award affirms that our purposeful work is not only kid-approved, but parent-approved, too.”

Cloward says sales are going well.

“We are seeing book sales increasing each month because we are getting more and more exposure,” she said Wednesday. “With the second book’s release, kids are wanting more and more of Kathryn the Grape, and appreciative parents are spreading the word to their friends and family that our books are great message rich books.”

She says national exposure helps too, and: “We sell a lot of books through our website and through our distributor, who is the direct link to Ingram and Baker & Taylor (the two largest book wholesalers in the U.S.) and Amazon.com.”

Cloward is counting on a faithful following that understands that “we are a grassroots mom-run business, and they help us spread the word. While good old fashioned word of mouth and social media help us share Kathryn the Grape, I always knew we needed to market ourselves in different and dynamic ways, to set Kathryn the Grape apart from being just another available kids book.”

She says she offers free assemblies.

“I visit preschools and elementary schools conducting educational and inspirational assemblies for students. Parents are able to pre-order autographed books for their kids at a discounted price and the students go home that day with their own book. It is really special.”

A music album set for release April 1 will help open up Kathryn the Grape to a larger market, she says, noting the songs are radio ready with a some tracks that are pop sounding.

“Kids like the music that is played on the radio, but parents are not always pleased with the messages the song lyrics include,” she said. “The Believe album is made up of seven songs kids and parents will want to sing and dance along too.”
According to the Mom's Choice Awards website:

 
An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others.
A sampling of the panel members includes Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, Priscilla Dunstan, creator of the Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright PlaceTM TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.
MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics which ensures expert and objective analysis free from any manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.
To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five identical samples of a product. Entries are matched to judges in the MCA database. Judges perform a thorough analysis and submit a detailed assessment. Results are compiled and submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final approval.
“With continued hard work, purposeful determination, and a bag full of trust, I am confident Kathryn the Grape will continue to develop into an internationally recognized brand,” Cloward said. “Manifesting a significant financial investor with connections is next on the agenda!”

From the Inside Flap

Did you know YOU are magical? Join Kathryn the Grape and Maggie on their journey and discover the excitement of being magical. Kathryn and Maggie are waiting for you. Are you ready? Let's go!

More About the Author

Kathryn Cloward is the creator, author, and songwriter of the award-winning Kathryn the Grape® series of books and music. A purposeful messenger of love, Kathryn's dynamic and vibrant family-friendly media has received national praise by earning four Family Choice Awards and four Mom's Choice Awards. Kathryn's intention for bringing her childhood nickname to life is to help empower children of all ages with self-love, and help them shine their colorful and unique light of love into the world. Kathryn lives in her native San Diego, and enjoys spending her spare time singing, writing, jogging, and bike riding with her son.

You can find out more about Kathryn and her other heart-centered work at KathrynCloward.com.

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The illustrations are beautiful, vibrant and visually exciting.
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This book is an AMAZING way to reinforce this message and teach children to have a positive impact in their lives and the lives of others!
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My daughter is 8 years old and my son is 5 and as diffrent as they are in their age group they both love this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Growing Great Families on September 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have a 7 yo son and 5 yo daughter. I got this book in the mail and hadn't even presented it to the kids yet (they found it lying on the sofa). Next thing I knew I walked into the living room to find my 7yo reading the book to my 5 yo. They LOVED it. I had already read the book and was excited to hear what they had taken from it. My son said "I think it is telling us that each of us is special, Mom." It has become a favourite read in our house...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hayley Kolb on December 20, 2010
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Kathryn The Grape by Kathryn Cloward is a great children's book. Callan wanted to me to read it again and again, and by about the fifth time he was telling me the story. The illustrations are amazing, and the words are simple enough for a child to understand and comprehend what the story is about. I love a kids book that "teaches" something, as well as tells a story. Very nice book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LetItWillBeth on December 16, 2010
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Kathryn the Grape is a vibrantly drawn storybook that kids and parents of all ages will enjoy reading and re-reading. The authors display a clear, strong voice that communicates an important message to young readers - "You Are Magical". A great addition to any one's library.
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In 2010 Kathryn Cloward came up with the idea for a series of books that in a very irresistible way taught children values, ways of looking at the world without fear or judgment, and at the same time creating a character in Kathryn the Grape who became more well defined with each book - a purple preferred lass who takes us on all sorts of adventures- along with her trusty best friend Maggie who happens to be a fairy-like butterfly AND possesses a Magic Wand.

In this first volume Kathryn the Grape uses the magic wand to poof away night monsters (but not friendly skunks...), to overcome anxiety on entering a new school, to know when someone needs help (as in fellow classmates who need friends), cures her fears of being able to play softball, and yet at stories end Maggie reminds Kathryn the Grape that the magic she has been witnessing is not due to a wand - the magic is in us!

This first is written with Jody Duhamel and is illustrated brilliantly by Christine Winscott. This series of books is already winning awards and it most assuredly deserves a place on you children's books library shelf! Grady Harp, April 13
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This past week, I had the immense pleasure of getting to introduce my daughter to Kathryn The Grape. Kathryn the Grape is a series of books with an overall message of love, compassion, and self-esteem. There are currently three books in all, written by Kathryn Cloward, and each one brings a new uplifting and encouraging story. There is also a musical CD based on the stories called Believe.
The first story in the series, co-authored by Jody Duhamel is called Kathryn the Grape: Just Like Magic. It is an adorable introduction to the characters and what they stand for. In the story, Kathryn, a spunky young girl, learns a lot about herself. She has a best friend named Maggie, a magical butterfly. Maggie is kind of like Kathryn the Grape’s voice of reason. Kathryn has a magical wand that gets her through some tough times. Maggie reminds Kathryn that her magic can only be used for good, not to rid the world of skunks, or extracting revenge on her brothers. Kathryn’s magic helps her muster up the courage to overcome various fears, as well as tells her when someone else needs a dose of her magic to overcome their own obstacles.
When I first started reading I was concerned about where it was going. I was afraid my daughter would think she couldn’t do all this because she didn’t have a magical butterfly best friend to give her a wand. How would she fight off the monsters under the bed and the bullies at school? Thankfully Kathryn the Great realizes, with the help of her loving mother, that the magic resides in her, not her wand. My daughter, who is four, was quite skeptical of this notion but promised to try!
What I really loved about this book is the audience participation. There were many instances where Kathryn engages the reader.
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This book is one of three (currently) in the Kathryn the Grape books series. This is a pictorial hardcover book with lots of bright colorful pages. Most young school age girls should enjoy reading this book. Kathryn dresses in all purple everyday so her softball coach renames her Kathryn the Grape. With her magical butterfly she learns about the magic inside her that helps her not to be scared of monsters under her bed and new situations.

As I have mentioned in other reviews for this series, all these books are very politically correct and so would win most parents approval at this point in time. Perhaps it just needs another word, but I have a hard time adjusting my thinking to Kathryn having magic in her to meet her goals. Courage and courageous might be a better words.
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Here's what I love about the Kathryn the Grape series of books:
* The books build on themselves so you get to see how Kathryn the Grape learns skills & becomes more empowered.
* Each book includes practical strategies kids could use when facing real life situations (handling feeling nervous or worried, paying attention to who might need help around you, being a friend, being fearless, trying new things, being helpful, the ripple effect of kindness, etc...)
* Love that affirmation & empowerment are the theme throughout the series of books.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC - inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
Facebook: OMazingKidsYoga
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