Spirit of Thanks

Parents: It is fundamental that all children acquire the skills needed for reading and comprehension, ensuring that they are equipped for future advancement as book lovers, good readers, and thus exceptional students. It is also important for families, teachers, and providers to read and reread, to discuss the informational text with their children and have them participate in the discussion about the text. The children should then illustrate, by pictures or write, what they have learned from the text to help them gain a better understanding of what the story is about.

A book can be fiction, nonfiction, verse, or prose. Either way, the written words and illustrations helps children to become effective readers and writers who are able to conduct a discussion or make a report about the story they have just read. This in turn helps them to meet standards set by NYCDOE for learning, which is considered evidence of educational growth. These books by author Leighton Hollar are excellent supplemental tools for early childhood education.

Children are naturally curious about the world around them, and curiosity can be a powerful tool for learning. Studies show that children who are encouraged to learn new things at an early age maintain an advantage throughout their academic years and reading and comprehension are vital to this process.

To help in the stimulation of young minds and create excitement for reading and comprehension author, Leighton Hollar, and ACD/UPK Teacher, Charity Ferris, have introduced these five poetry picture books to stimulate and engage the new, eager minds of children.

The Little Tree

There was a seed that grew into a little tree. This little tree didn’t have any friends and so became very lonely and sad. As the Seasons changed so did the little tree inviting birds, butterflies and squirrels to come and rest in its shade and taste its fruits. In time the little tree grew into a big beautiful tree with lots of friends.

Three Spirits

Poetry for regular folks by regular folks. Simply written so it’s easy to read and entertain. Come and quench your soul in this poetic libation.

Cat in a Hat

“Out of the hat came my cat chasing the rat as it ran to a crack in the floor next to a rack with varied items stacked on its shelves that I made by myself.”

Christmas Joy

Christmas is a time to care for friends and neighbors everywhere. Christmas is the way to be Christmas is you and me shearing some peace and love giving thanks to God above.

Santa Claus

“Lots of twinkling lights makes for a wondrous sight and Merchants sing ’cause Cash Registers ring now Christmas is in swing!”

Rhyme Tyme

PARENTS: Introduce your children to a world of ideas and art through these read-and-color pages. Reading and comprehension (interpretation through illustration) are basic to learning success. Coloring teaches eye-hand coordination, color concepts and picture comprehension. These skills, acquired at an early age, will help your child to use Knowledge and information in an effective and efficient manner! ‘Rhyme Tyme’ poetry and coloring book is fantastic. The students at Faith, Hope and Charity Christian Academy, really enjoyed your book and the time you spent with them. I am very pleased to see such imagination and creativity in your work. I highly recommend your book to other schools. It is an excellentadditional text for creative writing.”

Sleigh Ride with Santa

“Going for a Sleigh ride in the cool, cool Christmas breeze and everybody envies me as we glide along the street.”

Sacred Vessels

“This book is very well thought out and is original in its concept of including advertisement so readers can have those needs on hand. I found ‘This Wish’ and ‘A Gift From God’ to be of particular interest and was impressed with ‘A Fine Time In Jamaica’, ‘Paradise’. ‘Home’ and ‘Jamaican Woman.’ I felt as if I was on the island feeling the sun and soaking up that laid back atmosphere.”