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Good Morning, World! Paperback – July 26, 2013
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Mrs. D. (Olga D'Agostino), an award-winning author of children's books and member of SCBWI, grew up in western Ukraine, where she finished Lviv business college. She immigrated to the United States in 1992 with her two small daughters and for years worked in her own business. She speaks a few languages fluently and loves reading, writing, gardening, and traveling. Her children's books Carlo the Mouse on Vacation, The Trees Have Hearts, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, and Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse, are available in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and as e-books for most popular e-devices. The full series of Carlo the Mouse and her new books The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet and Who Is Most Important in the Fridge? are coming soon. Mrs. D. lives in Smithville, New Jersey, with her husband, Patrick, and adorable Nyda the cat. For updates on Mrs. D.'s future books, please visit her website: mrsdbooks.net
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Good Morning, World! by the mysterious Mrs. D, is a classic children's book. The illustrations were rendered superbly, in brilliant and vivid colors, by Eladziem. This is not another "A-B-C" book, or "1-2-3" learner. In fact, what this book teaches best is reading! I find it noteworthy that the text seems geared to an older audience than do the illustrations. That arrangement is ideal for when an older sibling wants to read to "the baby". Mrs. D. has crafted a superb children's book in Good Morning, World!
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Good Morning,World! is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. 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.
Reviewed by 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
About the Author
Published children's books by Mrs. D. include Carlo the Mouse on Vacation, The Trees Have Hearts, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, Good Morning, World!, Runaway Clothes, The Little Girl Praying on the Hill, and Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse.
Coming in 2014: The Royal Palm, Carlo the Mouse, Book 2: Now We're Talking!
The full series of Carlo the Mouse and her new books The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet, That Is How Things Are (two connected stories: The Autumn Wind and The Kitten and the Sparrow), her new book The Cat Who Wonders By Itself, and three rhyming stories in Who Is Most Important in the Fridge? will be published in the near future. Her books are available in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and as e-books for most popular e-devices.
She also likes to write short stories for adult readers. She is presently working on her first novel, The Chinese Princess, and a short story, "A Taste of Bread." For updates on Mrs.D.'s books, please visit her website: mrsdbooks.net.
- Publisher : Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (July 26, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 46 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1457521547
- ISBN-13 : 978-1457521546
- Item Weight : 4.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.12 x 11.02 inches
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The setting is a comfortable family living room. Baby Thomas is playing on the floor while Grandma is watching from her chair as Grandpa is snoozing on the couch. When the baby gestures toward his stroller, Grandma places him in in and urges Grandpa to get up and go out for a walk to the park on this beautiful day. Grandpa reluctantly begins pushing the stroller, but the look on his face tells you he is none too happy. On the other hand, Thomas is glowing with smiles and happiness as he engages with the world around him.
The author personifies all the forces of nature. The sun, the clouds, the trees and the wind have exquisite faces exemplifying their emotions. In addition, the author sprinkles her sentences with alliteration examples like "silly stroller" and sounds like "croak, craake. As they journey on, Grandpa complains with analogies comparing the sun to a boiling pot and the sun baking us up like cupcakes.The park is too noisy, the path is too crowded, the skies too buggy, his shoes got too dirty and so on. Baby Thomas sees nothing but the positives as he greets the frogs, the birds, the wind, the lady bugs and the passers-by. Thomas enthusiastically greets the little girl and her mom that they meet on the path. The little girl feels as Thomas does; her mother is too busy talking on the phone all the time. When Thomas and his grandfather arrive home, Grandma is surprised to see that Thomas is still not sleepy, while Grandpa heads straight to the couch to resume his nap.
The illustrations by Eladziem are masterfully done and provide a study in contrast as well. The personifications look like human faces expressing emotions. Grandpa's facial expressions are priceless. You want to hug and squeeze Thomas because he is so cheerful. The pot belly on Grandpa and the I love my Grandpa shirt worn by Thomas are great personal touches. Throughout the story, Eladziem alternates between pages drawn realistically in vivid, bold color, and soft nature scenes done in muted pastel colors.
It is wonderful to see the beauty of the world expressed through the eyes of a young child. How often we adults forget! Take a look at this exquisite book with your young child or grandchild and give yourself the opportunity to remember!
Baby Thomas pays no attention to Grandpa’s grumblings, as he greets all of the wonders around him. The sky, the sun, the clouds and the trees, animals, insects, and happy people all return his smiles. It is a day of wonder for the little boy.
Not so for Grandpa, who finds the trip almost unendurable. The sun’s too hot, the wind’s too… windy, and the animals and insects are pests. Too bad for him, because when they finally arrive home, he still has only the grumpy disposition he left the house with earlier.
However, Baby Thomas has a hatful of happy memories.
How soon we forget the simple pleasures of everyday life. This book points up the joy a little child can find in what we adults would consider the mundane. In our day-to-day hustle and bustle, we take for granted the things that are around us, instead of focusing in on the little things that make life so beautiful.
This is not only a terrific book to read to a toddler, with its beautifully-drawn pictures, but it is a gentle reminder to adults: to step away from our own little universes once in awhile, and see the world through the eyes of a child.
Every one of Mrs. D.’s books have been a joy to read. Bravo once again, and keep writing!
Grandpa was not to eager to go for a walk, he thought it was to hot and the flowers made him sneeze. Baby Thomas did not notice the heat of the Sun in fact he told the Sun, flowers, birds and every other living thing he past, "GOOD MORNING!" and they greeted him back with happy smiles and salutations. But they also noticed how grumpy Grandpa was being on their walk.
If you were to ask me I would say Grandpa didn't get a long enough nap.
This darling story of Baby Thomas and Grandpa was like I was taking a stroll along with them. The author
must have pulled some of this story from a family experience. With her very creative imagination she must have been very tuned into actions and reactions of Baby Thomas. Then there was Grandpa who was very vocal and animated so she undoubtedly knew exactly what to write about Grandpa. Too funny!
This book is a must read!
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
Baby Thomas is eager to welcome the new day, but grandpa isn't in a welcoming mood. That doesn't keep Thomas from greeting everything and everyone with a big smile. Grandpa complains until finally returning home to take a much needed nap. Baby Thomas doesn't mind, he's has collected enough "good mornings" to brighten his day.
Baby Thomas is a darling little boy who looks at the world with fascination. Everything he encounters only adds to the magic of his day. Baby Thomas teaches us to celebrate each new day with a smile on your face and joy in your heart. The vibrancy of the day is depicted in the bright and colorful illustrations which bring warmth to the story.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Good Morning, World!
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Through Baby Thomas and his grandpa, Mrs. D. explains that grown-ups, no matter how old they are, should look around more often and take an optimistic approach toward our connection with nature. Our mood will lighten dramatically if we connect to nature the way children do. We should be more optimistic and get pleasure from simple things, such as the world around us. This simple story made me rethink the way I spend time with my children and my attitude toward life. A great lesson for every parent! I hope everyone who reads this story will take a healthy approach toward their children and how they spend time together. We often forget about the natural healer, nature, and do not enjoy what God has to offer.
This beautifully illustrated book brought back many memories about my grandfather and our walks in the park. He was not always happy, but I was. I laughed when he tried to feed a squirrel and it bit his finger, when he jumped through the puddles, grumbling about the rain and wet shoes. I loved every minute I spent with him, no matter what mood he was in. I did not expect that such a small children's book could bring out so much warm emotion and memories, and touch me so deeply. It is difficult to be happy every day, but this book shows us to look for the simple things in life, just as children do. Reading this book, I felt much better. Happiness is all around us; we just must open our eyes to see it.
As always, Mrs. D. sends positive messages not only for children, but for grown-ups as well. I am profoundly grateful for another wonderful book, which any child, parent, and grandparent could relate to. I read this book many times, and my only wish was that this book would never end. Mrs. D., you created a wonderful book. I hope parents will not miss the great opportunity to read this inspiring story with their children. The artwork in this book is absolutely amazing! Looking at these colorful illustrations, I felt as if I was reliving my childhood again.