After our whirlwind spring in Kiev, we are so happy to be back home. I’m excited to announce that my debut picture book is now available through Guardian Angel Publishing. http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/alligator.htm
How Alligator Got His Smile Back is tied directly to K-3 pacing guides and Florida curriculum standards, which are consistent with current Common Core recommendations. Specifically, the backmatter activities ask students to compare and contrast the two species in the book using textual clues to discern information. The book also explains coastal habitats and has a habitat activity. The non-fiction activities were developed through discussions with K-3 teachers in two separate school systems, and tested in classrooms with postiive teacher feedback.
But don’t just take my word for it, here are some of the reviews so far:
“Frogs croak all night, but alligators don’t have to make noise to feel important. A charming story, beautifully illustrated, with something to think about for all those frantically pursuing their 15 minutes of fame”.~Caldecott Honor Medal winner Eric Kimmel
“Jayne Moraski’s original tale, How Alligator Got His Smile Back, has all the charm and heart of Kipling’s beloved Just So Stories and deserves a spot on the same shelf. A classic in the making by this new writing talent.”~C L Clickard
“Ms. Moraski’s well penned story between an alligator and a frog overflows with vital information about coastal habitat, and species classifications, making How Alligator Got His Smile Back a must have in all science classrooms. The story is a fresh twist on the African folktale about the bragging crocodile. The illustrations by award-winning illustrator, Carl Kocich, grab and hold of your attention as you move through each page.”~Nicole Weaver: Award winning trilingual children’s author, a Literary Classics Gold Award and Seal of Approval- http://nicole-weaver.com