This book is a lovely woven poetic journey that will be enjoyed by young and old alike. With inspiration of spirit the author draws out on paper the feelings of emotion boiling up inside children of all ages. Complimented with photographs taken by Theresa Jodray showing the spectacular beauty of the great state of Alaska, along with a glimpse at Southern California photographs by Amanda Aneas. So sit back relax and experience
Twelve Tiny Tales by Theresa Koch Mollys Reviews
Summary Criterion used for review: this is not a story book. This is a collection of poetry
Twelve Tiny Tales by Theresa Jodray Mollys Reviews
Reviewed first for author
Title: .Twelve Tiny Tales
Genre: children’s poetry
Author: .Theresa Jodray http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?AuthorID=2093
Illustrations: Theresa Jodray and Amanda Aneas
Line/Publisher: .SynergEbooks http://www.synergebooks.com/12tinytales.htm
Release Date: . 2001
ISBN: 1 931540 84 5
Various eBook formats
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 5 stars
This is a set of 12 tiny tales told in poetry with photographs to go along with the stories. Writer Jodray has set down the tales her Mom told to her as poetic remembrance of her mother. The twelve tiny tales encompass the twelve months of the year beginning in January with The Weatherman Predicts More Snow, on through February, March and to April with one of my favorites. The Tugboat and The Submarine is a sweet thought presented in gentle manner: “Two ships pass in the somber sea…We all come here created with special gifts to share… No one’s just like you. You’re a special unique machine.”
Another of my especially liked is the July offering: Boris is a Tabby Cat. Boris struggled as the other cats laughed in hysteria; she was a girl with a boys’ name. At last Boris told the gigglers: she was sent to share the life of a little boy “My life it has a purpose until he’s big and strong. I was sent from God above to carry on his grandma’s love.” Lovely sentiment for a child grieving the death of a beloved grandparent.
The photography found in this little book is an added delight. I found the illustrations for Beware Little Darlings and Just Can’t wait to be especially endearing.
Writer/poet Jodray has produced an especially delightful set of poems and illustrations sure to delight the younger set. These are poems I would use in my classroom.
This is a ‘read to’ book for children 3-6. A read with help for the 6-8 set.
Reviewed by: molly martin http://www.angelfire.com/ok4/mollymartin
20+ years Classroom teacher.
Criterion used for review: this is not a story book. This is a collection of poetry
Song writer Donna Durkalec Says..
I find Twelve Tiny Tales is able to take emotions through all the highs and lows necessary to be enjoyable and refreshing. So hard to do with poetry. I find this book refreshing and a fun great read. I recommend this book to young and old alike.
Donna Theresa Durkalec
Meet the Author! Theresa Jodray
Author and photography...meet the woman behind the words and photos.Theresa, thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me.
TJ: Your welcome Nell. I am so excited about the release of my first children's book.
DN: Theresa, I want to speak a couple minutes about your photography. Every time I happen upon one of your photos, I am stunned by the beauty. Can you tell our readers how you got involved with photography, where most of your photos are taken and how you relate your photos to your writing.
TJ: I started years ago as an children's school photographer in Arizona the company covered the whole state, well actually all four corner states. I would stop on my way to the different schools and take photos of my surrounding. I see beauty in nature that just takes my breath away and I want to share it. I would say 99% of my poems are based on what I see or feel while out taking photos. Most of my photography I use in my books comes from Alaska where I live. You can't help but find a beautiful shot here it is beauty in motion the minute you walk out into the tundra.
DN: Your new book, Twelve Tiny Tales, was written for kids of all ages. Out of all the work there, which one is your all time favorite, and why?
TJ: The Tugboat and the Submarine. Because it is based on my two sons, Robbie and Jimmie. Their differences and how special they each are in their individual ways.
DN: For the kids out there who would like to try their hand at photography. What advice can you give them? And what equipment should they start out with?
TJ: Take what you like or enjoy. What do you think is beautiful? Then take that! I use a Kodak camera most of the time but carry several types of camera's with me including cheap-o-matics or should I say disposable camera's.
DN: Your poetry has always touched me. What creative muse whispers to you when you write?
TJ: Creation in general moves me to write. I live in Alaska so I can step outside and see a moose in my yard regularly. I guess I would say nature and wildlife in general.
DN: Theresa, what advice can you give to the kids who want to get involved with writing poetry?
TJ: Be yourself write from your heart!
DN: Can you tell our readers about your three newest ventures in the world of publishing?
TJ: I have recently opened a new web-site paranormalphotos.com. Located at: Paranormal Photos
Also, the release of Twelve Tiny Tales available at: Synergebooks
and The Psychic Soul available at: Synergebooks
DN: Out of all your favorite characters (kid books remember) who would you like to meet? What would you do all day?
TJ: The Mad Hatter from Alice in wonderland. We would have a tea party of course and hopefully play croquet with flamingos what fun!
DN: What books did you favor as a kid?
TJ: Dr. Seuss loved anything by him! Still do.
DN: As an adult?
TJ: Anything by Steven King or DR.Wayne W. Dyer
TJ; Thanks for taking the time to ask me about my new book Nell.
I hope children of all ages will enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it! To read the full interview go to: