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Creating an Island of Learning | Ms. Love’s Mystical Island Adventures

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As a former foster child, current foster care advocate, Philadelphia teacher, and children’s book author Susan Love has just released a vibrant and enchanting diverse picture book that is sure to capture reader’s hearts.

 

And if the book wasn’t mesmerizing enough, the author’s backstory will inspire readers even more.

Susan has experienced the foster care system firsthand when at the age of 5 was rescued from a fire that destroyed everything her family-owned and left her mother unable to take care of her and her siblings. Her passion is to provide these children with a strong support system, mentor, and to make changes to the current system of foster care.

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When she was new to teaching, she was a little depressed by her classroom. The room was infested by mice and roaches, the kids were uninspired, and the parents uninterested. She was sure the year would be a failure until her trip to the Caribbean guided her to feel refreshed in which she decided to turn the classroom into an “Island of Learning” and encouraged her students, many of whom had island backgrounds, to write stories. To her surprise, the children wrote island stories about her and suddenly she decided to create her own Ms. Love island story incorporating the kid’s creative ideas and to share it with the rest of the world.

About Ms. Love‘s Mystical Island Adventures

Sabrina, Arthur, Miguel, and Lucy arrive on Ms. Love’s Mystical Island bursting with excitement. The young explorers have been chosen to witness the flowering of a rare and magical orchid, which blooms once every century with an explosion of light and energy—mysteriously repairing Earth’s ozone layer. But Ms. Love greets the children with devastating news: The scientists hoping to study the orchid’s secret power are not coming, and a massive hurricane is headed their way. If the destructive storm strikes the island while the fragile orchid is in bloom, this extraordinary plant will be wiped out forever.

There is only one hope—the Magic Power Flower—a flower-shaped crystal that once magically protected the island from danger. Although Sunflower, Ms. Love’s mother, possesses the flower’s centerpiece, the other hidden pieces must be found—and found quickly—if the island and its precious orchid are to be saved.

As the hurricane rapidly approaches, the children and Ms. Love race against time to complete seemingly impossible tasks: decode the ancestor’s map, discover and unravel the clues to find the missing pieces, and safely return this supernatural power source to Sunflower—unless Ms. Love’s jealous, power-hungry Rivals find and steal the sacred flower first.

We loved the creativity of this book and how the adventure story was cleverly woven together. Arm your reader with map-making materials and crafts to make your own supernatural power source and let imagination run free!

Ms. Love’s Mystical Island Adventures is currently sold at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and is perfect for ages 6-9. You may view her website here: http://mslovesmysticalisland.com/

Something To Do: Making your own supernatural power source/suncatcher!

We love this DIY-super-easy suncatcher craft from The Jersey Momma! Not only is it a great way to create your own SuperNatural Power Source, it’s a fun way to repurpose items like broken jewelry and left-over beads. The glass beads came from the dollar store and add a wonderful flair to the project.

Get the full tutorial here.

 


Looking for a beautiful and unconventional diverse picture book for kids? Check out the upcoming, Sissy Goes Tiny!

Sissy Goes Tiny by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard

In Sissy Goes Tiny, eight-year-old Sissy and her parents make the bold choice to downsize their life and embark on a journey of living tiny and doing more with less. At first, Sissy struggles to get used to the idea of living in a tiny house on wheels and traveling around the U.S, but as she and her mommy and daddy learn about downsizing, repurposing, and how “stuff is just stuff,” she soon understands that a life of “living tiny” will be filled with the big adventures and learning.

This gorgeous diverse picture book will be available July of 2019 and you can read the full story of this journey here and also reserve your hardcover copy here.

“I believe that Sissy Goes Tiny is going to open so many minds for people! A tiny house is absolutely not for everyone, but we all like to dream and step into the shoes of another lifestyle in our minds. Learning about this lifestyle I think will help people be more supportive of people who do choose to live unconventionally. Sissy and her family are a great example of that.” Co-author, B.A. Norrgard

Join us in celebrating the idea of Tiny Living and BIG Adventures!