Friday, May 16, 2008

Showcasing talent

My sister Tonia has always loved to read and write. As far back as I can remember she always had her nose in a book and a pen in her hand. Even now her 'books I've read list' grows weekly while I'm usually scrambling to keep up and she can write circles around me which is greatly evident on her own blog.

She was finally able to do something about it a year ago when she finished cowriting a book with her friend Ann. Excitingly, it was picked up by a publisher earlier this year! It's the second volume in this geography series called, A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land. It was written as a geography book geared for all kids and it's become highly recommended for homeschool curriculum. It teaches children that God loves our world and all the children in it by exploring the culture and customs from Turkey and Israel to Saudia Arabia and Jordan. There are hands-on ideas like keeping a travel-log and making recipes from each place.

What I love about the book is that it's written as if the child is exploring the land in that moment.

"As we sail over the Mediterranean coast, white sails wave at us from boats bobbing on the brilliant blue water, and numerous productive farming villages quietly dot the coastline. Dropping closer, strange, bizarre shapes rising up out of the landscape catch our eye... stranger than mud houses, stranger than beehive -shaped houses. We've stumbled into the land of the Fairy Chimneys in the Cappadocia region of the Anatolian Plateau."

I'm so proud of her and all the work that was put into this book. The website is here and you can also find it here. The first volume, A Child's Geography: Explore His Earth was written in 2005 by Ann.

The other person I'm proud of is Jeremy. He designed the artwork for the covers! He donated his time and I think they both came out beautifully. They are incredibly colorful and really capture the heart of both books.

It was so fun to receive the books in the mail today and see all the hard work actually in print. Well done all of you!

**Forgot to mention that all the proceeds from the books go to World Vision!



Adam and Raechell said...

What a beautiful and encouraging post. Thank you!
Congrats to all that creative talent on the West Coast!

tonia said...

andrea, that was so sweet.

jeremy did such a fabulous job. we are both so indebted to him for making the whole project look magnificent.


Meghan said...

Hey guys.. just letting you know that I finally started a blog. :-) The link is if you ever was to read it.

Karli said...

Good pictures, Andrea. Did Tonia co-write both books in the series? Your sister seems like a thoughtful and creative person. I enjoy reading her blog as well. I think it is so cool that all the proceeds go to World Vision. Your sister is a wonderful person for doing that.

What camera do you & Jeremy use?