Saturday, January 11, 2014

Story Saturday:"Shell-less Shelby" by Author and Illustrator Jessica Kirsenlohr-A Turtle on a Cat Blog?

Yes you read that correctly! The book I am featuring today, is Shell-less Shelby an adorable and vividly illustrated Children's book by Author and Illustrator, Jessica Kirsenlohr.
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http://www.jessicakirsenlohr.com

Why am I featuring a book about a TURTLE on a Cat Blog?

Because when I was contacted  asking if I would feature this book, I thought the story addresses some important themes such as:


  • Trying new things until you find the things you are passionate about and good at
  • Never giving up and enjoying the struggle of the journey
  • The special bond of a best friend and the support system that comes with that friendship
  • Being nice, grateful and helping others
Not to mention it is downright charming and adorable!

Shelby is a shell-less sea turtle in search of her shell and in essence, her niche and path in life.
Shell-less Shelby was Kirsenlohr's senior project in college at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. She wanted to create a children's book because she always loved stories, and reading and creating characters.

Shell-less Shelby would be a great book for parents to read to their child at bedtime, it would also be fabulous for a library story hour, or for an elementary school teacher to share with the younger crowd (lower elementary grades). Parents and teachers will love the message of the book while children will be smitten with and attracted to some of the most precious illustrations I have had the pleasure of viewing. 

Currently a chef, Kirsenlohr graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a degree in Fine Art.  As a child, visual learning was Kirsenlohr’s way of understanding how the world worked.  She learned how to do something by viewing pictures and drawings.  This learning method in time became a way of communicating ideas, which inspired her to go into children's book illustration.  Her books are inspired by life experiences and from family and friends.   She hopes that these stories will influence the young reader and spark their imagination just like the stories that influenced her as a child.

Shell-less Shelby is available for purchase at www.amazon.com, www.bn.com and www.authorhouse.com.

For more information on Jessica Kirsenlohr, please visit www.jessicakirsenlohr.com.



In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this book feature. I received a copy of Shell-less Shelby in exchange for featuring the book on my blog.

25 comments:

  1. What a fun concept for a story for kids - one of my favorite kinds of stories too - has a lesson woven in. She's a fabulous illustrator too - such colorful, delightful, happy drawings.

    Pam

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    1. yep Pam, that is why I agreed to feature it, a lesson and the illustrations are some of the best that I have seen. Just beautiful and adorable!

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  2. Sounds great and if the illustrations are anything like the cover it is a must. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. It is and they are! You have a "Super Saturday" too!

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  3. That book looks so cute, and I love the themes. I am always looking for books for my grandson, he just loves them.

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  4. That looks so sweet and I agree, the messages sound just wonderful.

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  5. Shell-less Shelby looks like a wonderful book!!

    The Florida Furkids

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  6. I love each bullet-point theme you have addressed and this sounds like a wonderful book. I will have to pass this on to my step-daughter who teaches 3rd grade. Purrs from the Zee and Zoey Gang!

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  7. What a sweet book with such a wonderful message.
    One of the last things my mom said to me just before she passed away was, "Never give up, sweetie."
    xo,
    GG

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    1. (((((hugs)))))) you just made me cry, rest assured your Mom is looking down on you from Heaven, BEAMING WITH PRIDE xoxoxoxo

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  8. Wow that book sounds like it has wonderful life lessons in it ! Very inspiring! Always love your reviews Caren!
    ((Husky hugz))

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    1. thanks so much Jenna, that is super kind of you! xoxo

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  9. That sure does sound like a great book for kids and probably adults too. Have a great week end.

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  10. This is a double dose of awesome Caren and Cody. Both this book and why you are blogging about it sends a message of kindness! xoxo

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    1. Amelia, it's people like YOU who make this ALL worthwhile. You keep me going. THANK YOU!! I had agreed to review it before I realized there were no cats in it lol, then when I received it and read the message, I was like, how could I NOT feature it? THANK YOU!! xoxo

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  11. What a cute book, with a terrific message!

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  12. What a talented and creative lady. I wish her much success.

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  13. It sounds like a lovely story with some important messages. The illustrations are very cute too!

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  14. Sounds like a cute book. I too love books for children that have lessons in them. Beautiful cover.
    Sue B

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  15. Cute! And now we're wondering how Soup, our rescue turtle, is doing in his new habitat!

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  16. It looks like a very cute and insightful book! Even without a kitty featured ;-)

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  17. That sounds like a really special book!

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