Rain Shaker

Title: Rain Shaker

by: Elizabeth Mary Cummings

illustrated by: Cheri Hughes

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

When Erin finds a snow-shaker she embarks on a magical journey of possibility.

In a world of droughts and floods where water won’t behave, Erin’s imagination shakes things up and shows her she can help make a better world.

Author, Elizabeth Mary Cummings, has captured the summer temperature and dryness of Australia with visually descriptive words pulling you into the heat and land of thirstiness, encouraging you to join Erin on her crusade for water so her sunflowers can grow. As you turn the pages and read you discover some interesting facts about sunflowers that fill your mind with wonder before you are drawn into the decorating of a Christmas tree, the switch on of the exterior fairly lights of the house and finishing with an excited Erin doing the rain shaker dance until the heavens drop their drips of water on her. But is it enough to make her sunflowers grow?

Artist, Cheri Hughes, has cleverly used colour to complement the story creating a juxtaposition between the reality of Erin’s dry and dusty world and her dream world of techni colours, keeping you grounded in the real world, and then sweeping you up in the dreamy colours of imagination.

There’s an added bonus on the end pages – “Erin’s Sunflower Fun Facts” and a page titled “Grow Your Own Sunflower!”

Rain Shaker is a wonderful story that will keep you turning the pages hoping that rain will come for Erin’s sunflowers. I can see children everywhere wanting to grow their own sunflowers after reading this book. In fact, I think I will do just that!

Purchase a copy: https://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/books/rain-shaker/

Title: Rain Shaker

by: Elizabeth May Cummings

illustrated by: Cheri Hughes

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/

ISBN: 9781922387165

Subject: Global warming, nature

Pages: 32

This book was given to Julieann by Big Sky Publishing for review

Reviewed by Julieann Wallace

(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)

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Julieann is a multi-published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – fiction novelist, she is working as a secondary art teacher, editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing. 

Julieann is a member of the Queensland Writers Centre, Write Links and Share Your Story Australia

The Forever Kid, a book review

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Title: The Forever Kid
by: Elizabeth Mary Cummings
illustrated by: Cheri Hughes
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

It’s Johnny’s birthday but he is no longer here. His family still gathers and lovingly celebrate. By continuing Johnny’s favourite party traditions and sharing special memories, the family feel a sense of closeness and comfort on this day of remembrance; Johnny, their Forever-Kid’s birthday.

Sometimes stories stop you in their tracks as we journey our busy, fast lifestyles, noticing nothing but the work tasks and activities in front of us. Some stories bring you back to reality, grounding you to cherish every moment with your grandparents, your parents, your siblings, your relatives, your partner, your friends, and your children. Some stories remind us that this life that has been gifted to us is finite. The Forever Kid, written by Elizabeth Mary Cummings, is that story.

Elizabeth gently welcomes us into Johnny’s family, and we meet his three siblings, Mother, Father, and Barker, the dog. The story is told from the point of view of Johnny’s brother, and the pages are filled with memories of Johnny, both happy and sad, carefree, and with some brotherly guilt at times. But most of all, the story is filled with love.

Illustrator, Cherie Hughes, has depicted the story of loss with tenderness, capturing the grief of Johnny’s family, and their memories of treasured moments.

The Forever Kid is a beautifully illustrated story that celebrates life, while sensitively dealing with loss, with a gentle weaving of memories by enacting Johnny’s favourite things on his birthday, filling the pages with his presence. Although confronting a terribly difficult topic of the loss of a child and sibling, The Forever Kid leaves the reader with an overwhelming feeling of love and hope, and the celebrated family traditions ensure Johnny will never be forgotten.

Purchase a copy: The Forever Kid

Title: The Forever Kid
by: Elizabeth Mary Cummings
illustrated by: Cheri Hughes
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925675382
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
https://www.facebook.com/julieannwallaceonethousandwords/
https://www.julieannwallaceauthor.com/

Julieann is a published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – YA and fiction novelist, she is working as an editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury Chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare off her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing.

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