Journalist Samela Harris is a working mum with a healthy sense of the ridiculous. While raising her two sons, she attracted droves of hungry lads to generous spreads cooked on her shoestring budget. Along the way she learnt how to create a dinner party from two-minute noodles, how to trick the boys into eating and enjoying prunes, and how to make a meal from scraps while accidentally locked in the kitchen.
This book is about how happy it made a little girl when her mom bought her a pair of tap dancing shoes while on a shopping trip at the mall. It tells about some fun filled exciting experiences both boys and girls may have with a pair of tap dancing shoes. The illustrator used Chesley's original artwork ideas as well as his/her own in the illustrations. The last two illustrations in her book are of dancewear used in her first dance recital.
As Chesley's mother, I like this book because it allows children to see what they can do too by putting forth the effort to do their best whatever the task, and not take shortcuts or take the easy way out all the time, especially in their reading and writing at school. I hope it will give students the confidence to persevere in their goals/dreams no matter what others do or say or how difficult it may get at times. This is also a fun and exciting book.
Chesley wrote this story in class one day about something she enjoyed doing, taking tap dancing lessons.
A collection of poems, prose and stories with decidedly gay overtones and a nostalgic bent. Boys growing up in the United States during the 1950's and 1960's had little, if any, information about being "different." There was literally no one to turn to for advice or encouragement. If anything, the dictates of the culture and societal pressures made them feel insecure and outcast. In this first-published collection, Sacramento-based writer Rodion Rebenyar has compiled a variety of poems (written specifically for and with those who don't normally like to read poetry in mind!), prose and stories which highlight one boy's journey through this turbulent decade. It is a time of discovery, terror and ultimate victory over body, mind and soul. Mature readers will relate to much of what is discussed here. It will make them laugh, cry, reflect and perhaps be uncomfortable at times. Younger readers may gain insights from this collection and come to the conclusion that growing up gay in the United States hasn't changed that much in half a century.
For the past few years Tanine M. Harvey has written a monthly inspirational publication, "Soul Therapy," sharing her thoughts and knowledge on spiritual growth, self awareness and relationships. Simultaneously, she shared her gift with an online magazine, Squarerootz.net in the 'Manic Monday Motivation' section, writing a weekly motivational column to inspire people to begin their work week with a positive start.
Tanine M. Harvey connects with her readers in a candid, motivational and compassionate voice. She expresses her art to stretch her readers beyond their comfort, to overcome their fears and to use each experience as a spring board to foster a life of liberation toward a relentless drive for progress. Her writings are intimate, sharing the details of her experiences as she taps into the power within. "Walking in New Shoes" symbolizes one who is living the questions before the answers manifest. It's a journey of becoming something new through a life of resilience and self awareness. "When there is no one to encourage me, when there is no one to hold me accountable and bring me back to my true self, I am accountable to encourage myself." "Walking in New Shoes" will impact your thinking and inspire the colossal power within you. As you walk through the pages with your fingertips you will discover a new way of thinking, a new way of being and a new way of living.
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