I was recently interviewed on Green Knees, a radio show for children on KSFR in Santa Fe, during which I read three stories from my book Dragon Daily News. For those who live near Santa Fe, you can listen to it live on Saturday morning, April 30, from 7-8, on KSFR 101.1 FM • KSFR.org or you can hear it at this link (first couple of minutes are devoted to Louis Armstrong theme song)https://www.dropbox.com/s/iudiju9ca4x12m1/GK160430%20Side%20A.wav?dl=0
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Dragon Daily News: Stories of Imagination for Children of All Ages written by Gene Twaronite is a delightful collection of short stories that introduce young readers to a creative mindset where imagination has no limits. This collection has within it secret life lessons to be learned. Young readers may not realize this when they are letting their imaginations take full effect in the fun and exciting stories The Dragon Daily News provides.Young children love stories where there are no limits of imagination, and relatable elements of the story intrigue them to read more. This collection of stories has both. For example, learning how to cope with bullying not by the use of physical fighting, but with an intellectual approach. Also, reading and learning a new vocabulary with an adventurous, exciting tale of words flying out of their books due to a small glitch in a computer system.Gene Twaronite’s collection of short stories is ideal for parents and teachers to provide children with a way to learn imaginative play and creative thinking, as well as a new vocabulary. Adults who remember reading old folk tales, myths, and legends of mystical, exciting, adventurous places, will love this collection to read aloud to their children. Reading this exciting collection, I was taken back to my own childhood when times were simple and your imagination was the most important element in having fun.
Upon hearing my story, “How to Stuff a Rhino,” during a story time event at Peregrine Book Company in Prescott last Saturday, a young artist in the audience was inspired to draw this wonderful illustration. Thanks, Tommy! The story can be found in my new book Dragon Daily News. Stories of Imagination for Children of All Ages.
Here’s the latest review (Thanks, Laura!) of my new book Dragon Daily News:
“I read and reviewed one other book from Gene so when he contacted me again to read his newest work, I agreed right away. Gene has such a great imagination, and through his writing paints a picture that makes you feel like you’ve fallen right into the story. Dragon Daily News is a collection of short stories for young kids, and I honestly thought they were all so entertaining and fun!! I loved the introduction where he explained where and how some of the stories came to be, and in my opinion I think the adults that pick up this book will find that interesting, and make the stories a little richer.
“I am not yet a parent, but I’ve had a love of reading since a very young age, and it’s followed me through out the years, it’s not above me to read children’s stories, whether it be books that I read and loved as a child or books that I didn’t read as a child, but will simply bring me back to a simpler time in life when everything wasn’t so complicated. I don’t have kids of my own, but have already started collecting books to pass on to my kids when I do have them, and I hope that I can instill my love of reading onto them, and Dragon Daily News is a book I can completely see myself reading with my future kids or even my nieces and nephews.
My two little dragons have made it to BookPleasures! For those of you who might not be familiar with this great resource for book lovers, BookPleasures is an international community of over forty reviewers that come from all walks of life and that review all genres. The site has been in existence since 2002, receives seven thousand unique visitors per week, and has posted over five thousand book reviews and over six hundred and fifty author interviews. I especially wish to thank Conny Crisalli for her thoughtful review, and Norm Goldman, Publisher and Editor of BookPleasures.
“Odd encounters, chance meetings, what ifs,what nexts…those are the words that spring to mind while reading Gene Twaronite’s Dragon Daily News. From books that leak their words to a fig tree that really pulls up roots and walks away, Twaronite’s stories are sprinkled with the wacky and the weird—while generally being totally believable. Inspired in many instances by traditional tales or fables, the stories sparkle with unexpected twists—you’ve heard about going hunting for tofu beasts, right? Then there are those idiosyncratic characters. From Stretch (a rubber boa who has grand adventures while stretched) to Snoop and Snort (dragon cub reporters in search of the truth about those creatures called people), the characters drive the stories forward, begging the reader to ponder what they might do next. If I were still a classroom teacher, this is just the sort of book I’d share with my students to trigger their own imaginations. Instead, I’ll settle for sharing it with my grandkids as we wonder if tofu beasts might still be found somewhere—besides in a grocery store….”
Suzanne Barchers, former Managing Editor at Weekly Reader (Suzanne, who holds a doctorate in curriculum and design, is also a consultant and the author of 175 published books. Visit her website at: http://www.suzannebarchers.com/