Today’s blog is a book tour featuring a children’s teaching book. It is designed to help children learn how to tie a bow in Cleo Can Tie a Bow: A Rabbit and a Fox Story by Sybrina Durant. Along with book details and an interview I was provided with the book to review.
BOOK DETAIL SPOTLIGHT
Book Title: Cleo Can Tie a Bow by Sybrina Durant
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7) 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Sybrina Publishing
Release date: Sept 27th, 2020
Content Rating: G for everyone
Cleo can tie a bow. She learned from a rabbit and a fox. They can help you learn to tie one, too. Great parent-child activity for learning to tie a bow with any ribbon or string – including shoe laces.
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I’ve been writing creative and technical works for years. Many of my songs are on Youtube and Itunes. Two of my books are available as ebooks online. They are “Learn To Tie A Tie WIth The Rabbit And The Fox” and “Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus”.
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This is a colorful book from the text to the illustrations. This is a story designed to help chidren tie a bow and does so well. It makes this important skill fun to learn. Read the story and then the detailed instructions follow. The book is well designed. It featues a little girl named Cleo and she loves bows, but this is a story that teaches a useful skill featuring animals so all little ones in your life can enjoy and learn from it.
This is a creative book with many bows as well as many butterflies. Cleo even talks about a variety of bows including the pinwheel and side loop. When the story part featuring the animals begins the cute element. It is a sweet way to help and to know it is a series of learning with other fun ways to help youth learn things makes it even better. It means there other books and more things to learn from these cute characters. It is helpful to enjoy learning and have a fun way to pay attention while learning. This book helps with that. There are some important skills that are difficult to learn, but are needed. It is nice to have a little help.
The instructions give illustrations and explainations to help teach how to tie a bow and it helps with tying shoe laces too. This story is a cute idea to help teach. There is even a song with a link to a video so you can listen and you can sing to the the song. We are also reminded to be nice to animals! I look forward to reading other books in this important learning series such as “Learn to Tie a Tie with the Rabbit and the Fox”.
We recommend this book. If you are working on teaching your little ones to tie a bow or tie their shoes this is a great help. Start out with this book, use it to help or if you are having some trouble it might help tie everything together for you and your little one.
- Why did you decide to write a book about how to tie a bow?
I had already written several books in my “Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox” series, that were based on a desire to come up with a fun way to instruct others how to tie a neck tie. Tying a bow is in the same realm as tying a neck tie and I had wanted to write a book about tying bows for a long time. Cleo’s Tie A Bow story didn’t come along until many years after the publication of the first books. I just couldn’t figure out how to use the same methodology that I had used in the tie a tie books. You know how you get stuck in a particular way of thinking? Well, I was stuck on the idea that, like in the other books, the instructions had to be based on the fox chasing the rabbit through a forest. It takes several more movements to tie a bow, than to tie a neck tie so it was just too complicated to figure out how to do it like that. When I was finally able to break away from that concept I was free to come up with an even more fun way to present the instructions. In Cleo’s story, a helpful fox actually assists a long eared rabbit to keep her ears from dragging on the ground. This story is much more kid friendly.
- You say it’s “kid friendly” and yet you show a fox tying a rabbit’s ears into a bow. I know you caution kids to never tie an actual rabbit’s ears into a bow as that would be cruel but aren’t you worried you are placing bad ideas into their heads?
I am very glad that you’ve asked that question. Cleo, the main character of the book actually ties her doll bunny’s ears into a bow. She remembers how to tie a bow by recalling a story about a cartoon fox tying a cartoon bunny’s ears into a bow. This book is meant to be used as an interactive activity between parents and their very young children. It offers a perfect opportunity for parents to explain concepts like how to recognize the differences between fantasy and reality to their kids. I watched many cartoons while growing up. Many had impossible situations like showing a roadrunner dropping an anvil on a coyote’s head or a rabbit plugging the end of a gun with its finger or a carrot to have it explode in the hunter’s face. I read fairy tales where an evil woman fed a poison apple to an innocent princess but that only made her sleep until a kiss woke her up; or a red queen yelled “chop off their heads” for every perceived slight. Somehow, I and millions of others who were introduced to the same fantasy ideas grew up to recognize the differences between right and wrong.
- What were your favorite cartoons when you were growing up?
I loved The Flintstones and The Jetsons. One took place in ancient times and one in the distant future. The pre-historic stone agers lived a thoroughly modern life despite being cave dwellers. They had a full complement of household appliances and construction equipment such as garbage disposals (pigasaurus), bowling balls (armadillo), vacuum cleaners (elephant), electric ovens (powered by electric eels), construction cranes (brontosauruses) and so much more. They even had cars powered by Fred Flintstone’s feet! Those cartoon writers had amazing imaginations. If PETA had existed in the ’60’s I’m sure that cartoon would have been much more boring as they probably would have fought to relieve the Flintstones of all their animal powered conveniences. The Jetsons traded all of that dino power for robot technology. OK I will admit I was more than a little bit influenced by that cartoon. I really thought we’d have flying cars by now.
- What is your favorite type of music?
I guess I’d have to say Pop or Pop Rock music is my favorite. I’ve written a lot of songs in those genres over the years and I write songs for most of my books, too. The song at the back of Cleo Can Tie A Bow is the background music for the book trailer. Well, there are actually 3 book trailers for Cleo. I just couldn’t get one to look exactly how I wanted it. You can see them all on Youtube on my Girls Love Bows Play List. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLybqF-7D4W3FyCzzaOhdwEZPFuVspqeOz
- What is your favorite craft besides writing?
Marketing and promoting have as much appeal for me as writing does, maybe even more so. That’s why I call myself an author/entrepreneur. One idea always leads to another. I promote Cleo Can Tie A bow (and my other books) every single day on several social media sites. I use a service called Postfity to schedule daily posts on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Every weekend, I spend time building the graphics to post. In addition to that, I also schedule blog posts to be published every day. These posts are not all necessarily about the book itself. This is where the entrepreneur part comes in. The Rabbit and Fox book series has inspired two online stores for Sybrina’s Book Blog. One is The Rabbit and The Fox Book Store where you can find rabbit and fox books by other authors as well as lots of fun rabbit and fox themed gifts. Cleo’s love of bows inspired the other online store, “Girls Love Bows Gift Shop.” There are hundreds of bow-themed gifts there for any bow-crazy girl. How do I do this? Since I am an Amazon associate, I can find related products to post on my blog and maybe make a little extra coin here and there. You can also find Sybrina’s Unicorn Book Store on my blog. I list nearly 1,000 unicorn books by hundreds of authors for sale on it. Anyone can do the same thing I’m doing with ideas and characters from their books. Having an online store is fun and can be potentially profitable, too. https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/girls-love-bows-gift-shop-glbgs-1/ and https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/sybrinas-unicorn-book-store-main/
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