Hello stranger! I know, I know, I’ve been rubbish at keeping up with my blog lately. Last week I had a good excuse – I caught covid (for the second time, despite being triple-vaxxed, *sigh*) and was out of action with fever, coughing and co. But I’m also well aware that it’s the second half of March and I’ve published a grand total of 4 blog posts this year (including this one). So what’s going on??
All I can say is it’s a combination of lack of discipline and an increase in discipline. Confused yet? I think the lack of discipline is pretty much self-explanatory: I simply haven’t been disciplined enough to sit down every week (or even every 2 weeks) and write a post.
But I’ve also been more disciplined with myself this year in cutting back distractions and getting on with the actual work of writing. If I’m not careful I can spend days or weeks doing every possible writing-related thing – reading newsletters, watching webinars, reading picture books and craft books, connecting with other creatives on Twitter… and blogging! All of these things are fun and fulfilling and valuable for my writing career. But none of them will get the stories written and revised, without which I have no chance of being published.
While I can’t guarantee I’ll return to blogging every week (or even consistently every other week), I will try to get better than I have been recently (pinkie promise!). And today I’m happy to emerge from my blogging hiatus to review a lovely book that’s perfect to celebrate the start of spring: Hello, Puddle! by Anita Sanchez and Luisa Uribe.
Title: Hello, Puddle!
Author: Anita Sanchez
Illustrator: Luisa Uribe
This fascinating non-fiction picture book focuses on one puddle throughout the year as a young girl watches the many different life forms that make use of it. Tadpoles hatch and grow in the puddle, plants take root by it, while various animals drink from it, eat from it and use the mud around it to build their homes.
Each spread contains a short piece of lyrical text, which can easily be read on it’s own, as well as more in-depth information about the various forms of life that visit the puddle.
Kids can learn so much from this book about ecosystems and nature and the changing seasons (I learnt some things from it myself!)
The delightful illustrations, which vary in palette as the year progresses, make each page feel fresh and exciting, even though the same location is shown throughout.
Extensive back matter includes an author’s note, tips for wildlife enthusiasts, information about the animals shown in the book and more.
Every school, library and home needs a copy of this beautiful book!
Hello, Puddle! was released on 8th March 2022. Many thanks to Edelweiss+ and Clarion Books for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
You can get hold of a copy by clicking one of the links below!
What a creative approach to observing nature. Thank you for sharing this gem.
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It really is a wonderful book! Thanks for reading :-).
I’m so very sorry to hear you’ve been ill again, dear Helen. Sending prayers and healing thoughts.
And I totally hear what you are saying, Helen. I have not written ONE WORD of my own stories this year…because I’ve written 29 blog posts so far this year! YIKES! Someone needs to send me for counseling.
But it’s so hard to say no to friends who have new books coming out or authors I don’t even know who reach out. I’m so glad you are being disciplined – please send me that instruction sheet…I really need it.
The book you shared is so sweet…I keep telling myself that spring is coming.
And guess what? Did I tell you that I am coming…to Paris. in April…I know you aren’t anywhere near there…but we will be on the same continent…and that will be lovely.
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Thank you so much, dear Vivian! Tomorrow is my last official day of quarantine, so I’m looking forward to emerging back into the world from Thursday and finally enjoying the spring!
Oh my goodness, 29 blog posts! You are such an amazing force for good in the kidlit world – I don’t know where we would all be without you!! I hope you manage to find (or better: make) some time for yourself and your stories soon, though – you really deserve it and no doubt need it!
How exciting that you’ll be in Paris next month!! It’s a shame we won’t be close enough to meet, but I’ll enjoy knowing we’re on the same continent, in the same time zone, and that you have the opportunity to visit such a beautiful city!! I hope to hear all about it afterwards (and see photos!!)! 🙂