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What better way to wrap up summer beach days with this delightful, insightful review of Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? Footprints at the Shore

Margie Myers-Culver of the esteemed Librarian’s Quest blog always dives deep, exploring a book's every nook and cranny, from endpapers to language cadences to illustration POVs. Of Sandy Feet, she writes:

Little readers and listeners and those reading this book penned by Susan Wood will feel the spell cast by her use of language. The rhyming words at the end of every two sentences depict a rhythm not unlike the gentle cadence of waves on a sandy shore…. All the illustrations span two pages. The perspectives vary.… Sometimes we get the sense there are dunes rolling along the beach. We may only see human feet and ankles as a bird walks past them or we may be looking down at the children as another creature hurries away. It's as if [illustrator] Steliyana Doneva presents us with a sensory experience in her artwork. 

Read the review in its glorious entirety here

Much appreciated, Librarians Quest!

Books in the Wild: BookCrossing in Chicago

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Was signing bookstore stock in Chicago this week and did a few “wild releases” too! 

Do you know about BookCrossing? It’s this totally fun thing where you assign a book its own ID number, let it go—literally anywhere in the world—and track its travels from reader to reader. Cool idea, right? Sort of reminds of a message in a bottle or tied to a balloon—a totally random journey.

From the BookCrossing website:

 BookCrossing is the act of releasing your books "into the wild" for a stranger to find, or via "controlled release" to another BookCrossing member, and tracking where they go via journal entries from around the world. Our community of 1,952,228 passionate, generous book-lovers is changing the world and touching lives, one traveling book at a time.

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So I released two sets of my latest books that included Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? Footprints at the Shore, Holy Squawkamole! Little Red Hen Makes Guacamole, and Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted—one set in the Navy Pier/Polk Brothers Park/Children’s Museum area, and the other set in the northern part of the city, at a lovely little green space tucked into the Bowmanville subsection of Lincoln Square. 

I was excited when just a few hours after my releases, the first “finder” logged their entry on the BookCrossing website. They’d picked up the Warren bio, noting it was “found at a dog park.” Hope the finder reads and enjoys it, shares it with the children in their life, then releases it for someone else to discover. Where will it wind up next, I wonder? Fun!

Miami Times Gives Thumbs-Up to SANDY FEET! WHOSE FEET?

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From folks who really, really know their beach reads—a lovely, lengthy review recommending Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? as the perfect pre- or post-beach-trip bedtime story... Many thanks, Miami Times (and the Marco Eagle, serving Marco Island and southwest FL, which also ran this review)!

© Susan Wood 2022