Children become acquainted with the main characters, Walter, a wise decaying water oak, and his longtime friend Shiko, a feisty tree sprite. Shiko shares the special qualities and the location of their backyard home, and some of her escapades under Walter’s watchful eye. Sprinkled throughout the book are fun and learning tidbits about local geography, backyard plants and wildlife, new vocabulary, folklore, and more.
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“The book arrived and it’s beautiful! The story and illustrations are amazing. My grandson is just going to love his Christmas present- Thank you!”
MOUNT PLEASANT, NEW YORK
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Quotes from Children
“I like this story because it tells you about a friendship that you think- What? – but it is actually really kind, really sweet.”
“I found out about new words like “coccineillid” – scientific name for a lady bug who is a member of the beetle family…”
“I learned that when trees die they can still be alive.”
COMPANION IPAD APP
Children experience the same story found in the book, but in two different ways; through an animated video narrated by Shiko, and an interactive e-book with audio pronunciations and fun facts about new vocabulary words. The app also includes an “Investigate” component in which children engage in story-based, multi-media, and hands-on lessons in geography, language arts, and physics.
“The App offers so much! It tells a magical story…while enhancing literacy, vocabulary, science and more…”
Language Pathologist, University Instructor/Clinical Supervisor
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NEW SHIKO & WALTER SEASONAL SERIES!
Shiko and Walter’s seasonal series is underway. The first book in the series, “Shiko & Walter’s Spring,” is complete, and I’m working on the second, “Shiko & Walters Summer.”
These books highlight seasonal events experienced by Shiko and Walter and their backyard friends. During springtime, they celebrate rebirth, encounter a fierce thunderstorm and more. In “Shiko & Walter’s Summer” they experience a drought, fireworks and the “Great American Eclipse. In each book, Shiko shares fun facts about backyard plants and wildlife, astronomy, local climate and weather, and more.
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