Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Get Your Tickets Now!!! -- HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS COMING TO WORCESTER’S DCU CENTER FOR TWO GAMES ON MARCH 23RD + Enter to #Win a Family 4-Pack Now! #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary tickets in exchange for pre-show and post-show coverage.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


The tour will be coming to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on March 23rd for two
games at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.


It has been a few years since we took the girls to see the Harlem Globetrotters, so they were excited when I told them that I would be covering the show for my blog.  My youngest was quick to add it to her calendar so that she could count down the days until their stop at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA in March.  And, then she sat with her sister to watch different videos of these amazing basketball players/stars that are all over the Internet.

"Committed to bringing fans the best experience and most electrifying athletes on the planet,
the Harlem Globetrotters will give their fans a chance to get closer than ever to the action
and team’s stars with their brand-new Fan Powered World Tour. "

Have you taken in a Harlem Globetrotters show lately?  If not, you really are missing out!  It seems that with every year that passes that the show gets even better, with more and more amazing tricks being added.  And, don't get me started on audience participation.  This is what really makes the show great, and I know my girls will be all smiles when we take in the show in March.  

More about the Harlem Globetrotters and Show:

"The  Original  Harlem  Globetrotters  are  known  for their amazing  feats  of  basketball,  humor,  and  acts  of  goodwill  on  and  off  the  court.  And  they have  always  been  about  the  fans,  but  this  year,  everything  they  do  will  bring  fans  closer  to  the  action  more  than  ever  before.  Join  them as  they celebrate  fans  during the all-new  Fan  Powered  World  Tour!  There  will  be  over  20  occasions  before,  during  and  after  the game  where  you  have  the  opportunity  to  directly  interact  with  Globetrotters  stars. Don't miss out  -  get your tickets today!

Also, back by popular demand, fans will also get a chance to see the Flying Globies, an amazing  acrobatic trampoline dunk team that will defy gravity during breaks in the game action.


Ticket Information:

Tickets start at $30 and are available at www.dcucenter.com or by calling 1-800-745 3000. More information about the team and players can be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Prior to every performance, fans can secure a ticket to Magic Pass, the Globetrotters’ exclusive pregame event. Magic Pass gives fans unprecedented access to the stars of the team, an opportunity to learn tricks, shoot hoops and take pictures on the court. After each game, fans can participate in a free autograph session.

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If you are looking for a fun family-friendly event to take in with the WHOLE family and that everyone with LOVE...then look no further than the Original Harlem Globetrotters.  Their 2019 tour scheduled along with ticket sales is up on their website right now. 

For More A Complete Schedule and Ticket Information visit http://harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets



--GIVEAWAY--

I am excited to offer one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader the chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the upcoming March 23rd stop at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  Winner will get to choose either the 2PM or 7PM show to attend. :-)

To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!


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Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary tickets in exchange for pre-show and post-show coverage.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Monday, February 18, 2019

Fans of Kim Norman's Previous Book, "Puddle Pug," Will Love Her New Picture Book Release, "Thunder Pug" -- Available Now! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Sterling Publishing




My oldest daughter was excited when this book arrived at our door a couple weeks ago, as she fell in love with Kim Norman's previous Percy and Petunia (Pug and Pig) book, "Puddle Pug," about two unlikely friends, a Pug and a Pig.  

Puddle Pug

This is one of her favorite books, and she loves to grab it from the bookshelf to read it from time to time, and will even sit to draw pictures of Percy and Petunia.  So, when she saw that the author put out another book in this series, she couldn't wait to read it.

Together with her little sister, they sat and read this book together, stopping to take in the cute illustrations done by Keika Yamacuchi, which depict Percy the Pug turning into a superhero called Thunder Pug.  Percy takes on this new persona after Petunia wins a blue ribbon at the state fair and doesn't have time for her friend anymore.  But, it doesn't take long for Percy and Petunia to realize that friendship and spending time together is important.  



This is a really cute picture book, and will be well received by fans of Puddle Pug, and those who love dogs like my girls do.  I have lost count on how many times I have sat to read or listen to my girls read this story to me.  And, each and every time, they both get excited as if it was the first time reading it, when they get to the part that Percy turns into Thunder Pug, and goes off and helps his friends out of sticky situations.  Kids, and adults will smile as they read through this cute new picture book, that emphasizes the importance of helping others and friendship.  If your kids read and enjoyed Puddle Pug, or are in need of a new book to read at bedtime, why not consider picking up Thunder Pug, available now?

More about this book:

"What’s a superhero without a sidekick? THUNDER PUG (January 2019) by Kim Norman is the delightful follow-up to the popular Puddle Pugbringing back the adorable pug-and-pig pair: Percy and Petunia!


Percy the Pug and Petunia the pig are the very best of pals . . . until Petunia wins a blue ribbon at the county fair. Suddenly, she has no time for fun and games. But when Percy finds a faded comic book in a puddle, the lonely pug dons a cape and takes on a new persona: THUNDER PUG! Even though being a superhero is exciting, Percy knows he’s missing something. Only when “Pink Lightning” (aka Petunia) joins him, and the two are “side by sidekick” again, are they truly living the heroic life!"


About the Author:

Pub Date: 1/8/2019
ISBN: 9781454923589
Price: $16.95 / $22.95 CAN
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Pages: 40 pages, all in color
Trim: 10 x 10 Inches
Territories: World
Category: Juvenile / Picture Books
Age Range: 3 and up
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books


Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Celebrate Black History Month with "A SONG FOR GWENDOLYN BROOKS," a Wonderful New Picture Book from Sterling Publishing (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.



Sterling Publishing



As part of our homeschooling last week, I introduced my girls to writing poetry.  At first, they asked why they had to learn about this, and write their own poems.  But, then I shared a new picture book called A SONG FOR GWENDOLYN BROOKS with them, and showed how Gwendolyn Brooks used her gift for words and writing poetry to become the first Black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize.  We are studying Black History month this month in our homeschooling, and I am looking for fun and interesting ways to introduce important African American figures in history that usually aren't talked about or covered in school textbooks.  And, I can say that without having read A SONG FOR GWENDOLYN BROOKS before sharing with my girls, I would not have known about this amazing woman, and all her accomplishments.

I am so grateful for the author, Alice Faye Duncan, and Sterling Publishing, for sharing such an amazing picture book for kids, to introduce them to people like Gwendolyn, as we celebrate Black History Month and Women' History Month.  I, for one, found this book to be very well written and loved how at the end of the book the author included a page detailing the life of Gwendolyn Brooks further, as well as a timeline of her life, and additional books to pick up to learn more about this fascinating woman, who truly was an amazing woman.  

My girls really enjoyed this book, and after learning about Gwendolyn Brooks, they wanted to try their hand at writing poetry, and found themselves falling in love with the idea of putting words together to tell a story in rhyme.  It has been awhile since I sat and wrote my own poetry, but I felt inspired after reading this book to my girls, and sat with them to write a poem, and then shared it with my girls, after they shared theirs.  My girls know I write for my blog, but they had no idea I used to write poetry, and said that they wish they will be as good of a writer as Gwendolyn Brooks and I one day. I told them to keep at it, and continue to read and write to get better, and they can do anything they put their heart and mind to.  Maybe they will join Gwendolyn Brooks one day in winning the Pulitzer Prize for their writing. Dream big my girls, and reach for the stars!

More about this book:


In A SONG FOR GWENDOLYN BROOKS (January 2019), Alice Faye Duncan tells the story of the first African-American author to win the Pulitzer Prize.  Gwendolyn Brooks crafted poems that captured the urban Black experience and the role of women in society. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago, reading and writing constantly from a young age. Brooks ultimately published 20 books of poetry, two autobiographies, and one novel.

This picture book biography features a handful of Brooks' own poems interspersed with original verse from Duncan.  With Black History Month and Women’s History Month coming up, we wanted to be sure to bring this title to your attention!

"“The combination of biography and Brooks' own poems makes for a strong, useful, and beautiful text . . . A solid introduction to a brilliant writer”—Kirkus.

Acclaimed writer Alice Faye Duncan tells the story of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize.

SING a song for Gwendolyn Brooks.

Sing it loud—a Chicago blues.
 
With a voice both wise and witty, Gwendolyn Brooks crafted poems that captured the urban Black experience and the role of women in society. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago, reading and writing constantly from a young age, her talent lovingly nurtured by her parents. Brooks ultimately published 20 books of poetry, two autobiographies, and one novel. Alice Faye Duncan has created her own song to celebrate Gwendolyn’s life and work, illuminating the tireless struggle of revision and the sweet reward of success."



Pub Date: 1/1/2019
ISBN: 9781454930884
Price: $16.95 / $22.95 CAN
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Pages: 48 pages, all in color
Trim: 8.5 x 10.875 Inches
Territories: World
Category: Juvenile / Biography
Age Range: 5 and up
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About the Author:
Alice Faye Duncan’s books include Honey Baby Sugar Child, Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop, and The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee. She serves as a school librarian in her hometown of Memphis. Visit her at alicefayeduncan.com.

About the Illustrator:

Xia Gordon graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Cartooning & Illustration. Her comic Kindling was published by 2dcloud in early 2017 and she has worked with clients such as The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Lenny Letter, and Narratively. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit her at xiagordon.com.
Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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