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Episode 17 — Celebrate Life


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 14:31
Original Air Date Published August 03, 2009

Book Chat

Cookies and Milk

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Book Chat

  • On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier (Harcourt, 1991)

    "On the day you were born the Earth turned, the Moon pulled, the Sun flared..."

    Share and celebrate the miraculous entrance of your child into the world with this picture book that is both written and illustrated by Debra Frasier. Children are sure to feel amazed at all the workings of the Earth. This book makes a nice read aloud for younger children and a springboard for scientific exploration into the Earth for older children. Debra adds information on migration, tides, phases of the moon and more at the back of the book.
    Best for ages 4-8

  • A Birthday Cake is No Ordinary Cake by Debra Frasier (Harcourt, 2006)

    "Let's light a candle for each time you've circled the sun. We'll sing. You'll wish. Then...we'll cut the cake."

    Debra Frasier illustrates that a birthday cake is truly no ordinary cake. From birthday to birthday a lot happens on the Earth - seasons change, the Earth orbits the sun, and rotates through 365 days and nights. Children will have fun with the idea that a birthday cake includes such extraordinary ingredients as the song of a robin, twelve full moons, the shade of trees, and a fire's crackle.
    Best for ages 4-8

Cookies and Milk

Emily chats with Mrs. Phillips, Cole, and Jeremy about The Birthday Box Project, a service project described on Debra Frasier's website as an extension of her book A Birthday Cake is No Ordinary Cake. Mrs. Phillips describes the project, how her class responded to the project, and tips for others who want to give this project a try.

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Best-selling author Debra Frasier shares the stories behind her books On the Day You Were Born and A Birthday Cake is No Ordinary Cake. Debra's captivating stories of how these books came to be make it easy to see why Debra's books have become favorites among parents and teachers.