Archive for August, 2012

Rob Laidlaw’s Dog Tales: Visiting Hachiko

August 31st, 2012

Dog Tales is a series where author and animal advocate Rob Laidlaw shares stories and facts from his travels and work in dog advocacy. When I was in Tokyo, I went to see the memorial statue of Hachiko the dog just outside the Shibuya train station. While Hachiko is extremely famous in Japan, he’s not […]

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On Writing, pets, and Puppy Mills Open Book Toronto interviews Rob Laidlaw

August 29th, 2012

Just days before the paperback release of No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, Open Book Toronto has posted an interview with author Rob Laidlaw. In the interview, Rob talks about puppy mills, reading recommendations for animal lovers, and the dogs he has rescued and loved—even if it meant kicking down […]

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Writing Laura Secord: Historical Fiction and the Heroine

August 27th, 2012

Connie Brummel Crook is the author of fifteen picture books and novels of historical fiction. Her most recent, Acts of Courage: Laura Secord and the War of 1812, tells the story of Laura Ingersoll Secord, one of the most celebrated (and sometimes controversial) figures in Canadian history. Today Connie shares what it was like to […]

Posted in Acts of Courage

Plan a Giraffe and Bird Party Part 4: Puppets

August 24th, 2012

All summer we’ve been sharing ideas for a Don’t Laugh at Giraffe-themed party. We’ve talked about games, kid-made loot bags, and the oh-so-popular Muddy Puddle Slushie drink. Today we have instructions for a great kid-friendly craft that will inspire hours of fun long after the party is over: Giraffe Puppet Materials: One white sock One […]

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A Good Trade creators “inspired”–CanLit for LittleCanadians

August 24th, 2012

“…Kato’s story could be a sombre one, considering that for his whole life Uganda has been in the midst of a civil war in which children were abducted and terrorized to fight for the rebel forces. But, while not ignoring the presence of armed soldiers, A Good Trade accepts the unrest and horror as only […]

Posted in A Good Trade Reviews No Shelter Here

August 20th, 2012

Whether you are a young activist wanting to help dogs or a family considering adopting a canine family member No Shelter Here is a good book to read. Since it deals with issues affecting dogs, how to make things better for our four-legged friends, things to consider before adopting a dog as well as ways […]

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Rob Laidlaw’s Dog Tales: Encountering Wild Dogs

August 17th, 2012

Welcome to Dog Tales, a series where author and animal advocate Rob Laidlaw shares stories and facts from his travels and work in dog advocacy.  I’m always amazed at how wild dogs can exist in the midst of heavily urbanized environments. A year ago I even saw a big coyote casually trotting down the sidewalk […]

Posted in No Shelter Here

Publishers Weekly reviews Don’t Laugh at Giraffe

August 15th, 2012

Publishers Weekly has some delightful things to say about Don’t Laugh at Giraffe: “Bender paints the animals against a bright savanna backdrop, emphasizing their emotional ups and downs with exaggerated facial expressions. The conversational text gracefully delivers a message about kindness and having a sense of humor.” –Publishers Weekly Click here to see the full […]

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Canadian Children’s Booknews Summer 2012

August 14th, 2012

The summer edition of Canadian Children’s Booknews is here, and two Pajama Press books have made exciting appearances inside. First, this issue announces the finalists for the 2012 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards, and True Blue by Deborah Ellis is in the running for the John Spray Mystery Award. Here’s what the magazine says about […]

Posted in A Bear in War, True Blue

Plan a Giraffe and Bird Party Part 3: Muddy Puddle Slushies

August 13th, 2012

This summer we’re having a virtual party with our favourite funny friends from Don’t Laugh at Giraffe! We’ve already given you some game ideas and a finger paint loot bag activity; today we’re sharing a cool drink inspired by poor Giraffe’s attempts to slurp up a mud puddle. Ingredients Per Slushie 4 ice cubes 1/8 […]

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