You may not know it, but there’s more to Groundhog Day than we’ve been told. At least, that’s how the story goes in Groundhog Day and Possum Nights, a modern-day fable on EZ Tales.com. When a possum shows up claiming to be a groundhog, the fun begins – and ends with a wonderful compromise and a lesson we all could learn from.
When my daughter said this, I knew just where to turn. Luckily, I had been browsing the “Seasonal Themes” catalog on EZ Tales.com a few days earlier, and I had noticed a book about Dr. King. The book is a concise biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a brief overview of the national holiday that was established in 1983 to honor his life. There’s even a short game and quiz that accompanies the book. It’s perfect for an 8-year-old.
Traci D., Duluth, Minnesota
Note: I received this email from a subscriber recently, and thought it summed up this book nicely.
It’s amazing how many great books were rejected by mainstream publishers when they were first written. J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was rejected by 12 publishers before Rowling’s agent landed a publishing contract for the book. Beatrix Potter had a similar problem with her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Unable to find a publisher for the book, Ms. Potter self-published. She had 250 copies of the book printed, and soon sold out the entire edition, including one copy to Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.
A copy of Peter Rabbit found its way to publishing company Frederick Warne & Co. Warne sent the book on to L. Leslie Brooke, one of the leading children’s book illustrators of the time. (You can see some of Brooke’s work on EZ Tales.com in the books, Johnny Crow’s Garden and Johnny Crow’s Party.) Brooke was so impressed with Ms. Potter’s work that he recommended its publication by Warne. And as they say, the rest is history. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was a roaring commercial success. And so was Beatrix Potter. She became one of the best-selling children’s book authors of all time.
Beatrix Potter would go on to write and illustrate 25 delightful books featuring the antics of her anthropomorphic animal characters. EZ Tales.com is proud to include more than half of her books in animated, read-aloud form. Beatrix Potter books on EZ Tales include:
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