ESL book "Night Noises" for elementary-age children includes ten language translations

Author Carole Laplante and illustrator Mary Ann Byrne-Walker bring the night to life in "Night Noises", an English as a Second Language (ESL) book for multicultural elementary classrooms.
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Nov. 25, 2011 - PRLog -- Camp Hill, PA - Sunbury Press, Inc. has released "Night Noises", an English as a Second Language (ESL) illustrated children's book for multicultural elementary classrooms written by elementary teacher Carole Laplante and illustrated by freelance artist Mary Ann Byrne-Walker. The book includes translations to ten languages.

About the book:
"Night Noises"
Authored by Carole Laplante, Illustrated by Mary Ann Byrne-Walker
List Price: $19.95
8" x 10" (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Full Color Bleed on White paper
62 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597842
ISBN-10: 1934597848
BISAC: Foreign Language Study / English as a Second Language

A great resource for multi-lingual classrooms. In addition to English, the book includes the following translations:  

1. Spanish
2. French  
3. Russian
4. Hebrew  
5. Hindi  
6. Chinese  
7. Vietnamese  
8. Polish  
9. Arabic  
10. German

It was the author’s intent to write a book that might help comfort children at night as their creative imaginations can often run away with them! It was also thought that by presenting children of different cultures and from different parts of the world, listening to similar sounds, an appreciation for diversity could be nurtured. Children should be able to identify with several nighttime sounds while building on their knowledge of nature and reality. The rhyming verse and figurative speech can help build language skills. The colorful and richly detailed illustrations depict many different emotions from delight and wonder, to feelings of anxiety, sleepiness and peace. The translations at the end provide not only a learning tool for English Language Learners, but a platform for others to identify these students as knowing and speaking two languages.

About the Author:
Carole LaPlante, nee Schmidt, is from Tinley Park, Illinois. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Southwest Texas State University and her Masters Degree in Early Childhood from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.
She has owned and operated her own childcare center, taught college courses in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and ESL in Cleveland, Turkey and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she currently resides.

As a child, Carole's first students were her younger brothers, dolls and pets. Carole has taught young people most of her life, focusing on children's literature.

About the Illustrator:
Mary Ann Byrne-Walker is a native Pennsylvanian. She received her Bachelors Degree in Humanities from the Pennsylvania State University and her Masters Degree from the University of St. Francis. She recalls getting the 'drawing bug' at age six.

Mary Ann has exhibited her work in many galleries, shows, art fairs, specializing in pen and ink and pastels.

She has enjoyed doing a wide variety of freelance artwork, including illustrated cards, homes, political cartoons, medical illustrations, and journal covers, to name a few.

Mary Ann currently resides with her husband and two children in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Sunbury Press, Inc., headquartered in Camp Hill, PA is a publisher of trade paperback and digital books featuring established and emerging authors in many fiction and non-fiction categories. Sunbury's books are sold through leading booksellers worldwide.
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