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Fully Illustrated Version
Picture Book for reading with the younger child - ages 3-6
This version of TESSA ON HER OWN includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.
If the text-only version is better for your needs, then please click on TESSA ON HER OWN in the Text-Only Version for the serious young reader - ages 6-9.
Happy reading in either Version.
TESSA ON HER OWN will encourage young readers to take care of themselves in age-appropriate ways. It will also help develop a positive attitude toward work.
SELF-RELIANCE...WORKING TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES
Meet Tessa, a beautiful California red fox, and share a modern fable in praise of industry.
While her brothers and sisters learn to stalk, chase, and pounce-Tessa lies half asleep under a blackberry bush, waiting for lunch to be served.
Then one day, big brother Rex decides it is time Tessa started hunting for herself. "You can't be a lazy fox forever," he tells her.
Tessa doesn't like to be told what to do. So with her bright tail dragging in the dust, she strikes off to live on her own. Tessa soon discovers, however, that the life of a scavenger is not easy. And when she has to spend a scary night in a smelly garbage dumpster, she decides she is better off doing what foxes do naturally-hunting for dinner.
Tessa's tale takes place in the Ojai Valley of southern California's coastal mountains. From the rough chaparral of the Topa Topa bluffs to the wildflower fields and orange groves of the valley below, illustrator Itoko Maeno has recreated the beauty of one of California's most scenic locations.
And in addition to her perfect depictions of the elusive red fox, she has rendered a charming supporting cast of wildlife-playful field mice, a bossy California quail, a gruff mule deer, an unfriendly coyote, and a bandit raccoon with her laughing pups.
Author Alyssa Chase's story has the straightforward charm of a fable-a classic statement in praise of industry for today's child.
A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information"
A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...the value of work and becoming self-reliant. So even though on the surface this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.
MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION
If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…
If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…
If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…
Then this is the eBook for your children ages 3-9.
Read WITH your children and grandchildren, discuss the concept and message…
and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.
(signed) The Thoughtful Parent
JOAN'S eBOOKS LLC