It’s a tough world out there for books and their authors. They need our support now more than ever. So this month, I thought I’d play Cupid for a while and spread some BOOK LOVE around by setting aside a few minutes to give more public support to some of the books I’ve enjoyed recently – and tagging some reader friends to do the same!
Do you want to play Cupid with me? Here’s how the hop works:
BOOK LOVE Blog Hop Instructions
1. Pick some books you love (any genre) that you think deserve more attention than they are getting. (As much as I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle does not need my help to sell more copies! I’ve tried to choose books I thought needed a little boost, or ones I love that no one else seems to have heard of.)
2. Post reviews for the books you chose on Amazon/social media. The reviews can be brief – even a short review on Amazon helps. Posting on Goodreads or Shelfari is great, too, or Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. The more places you can publicly proclaim your love, the better!
3. If you want, you can also post the reviews on your own blog, or link your blog back to your reviews on social media.
4. Feel free to display the BOOK LOVE badge on your blog – and if you want, link it back to this post so your visitors know what it’s all about.
5. Tag some friends to do the same! Tag friends through their blogs, or on Facebook.
That’s it! If you don’t want to wait to be tagged, you can jump right in and start reviewing and tagging yourself.
Well, I’m jumping in to share a book written by a Central California author.
Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth by Joan Schoettler (author) and Jessica Lanan (illustrator) (published by Shen’s Books) is a wonderful picture book that I think more people should know about.
This lovely book tells the story of Ji-su, a young Korean girl whose mother was selected to live in the court of the Emperor and work as a seamstress. Left in the care of her grandmother, Ji-su longs to be reunited with her mother. She hopes that by becoming a skilled seamstress she will also be chosen to work in the Emperor’s court. The story follows Ji-su through the seasons as she works diligently to perfect her sewing ability. She makes a Korean wrapping cloth or bojagi and overcomes many difficulties to make her dream come true. The soft and sensitive illustrations glow on the page. This is a beautiful book.
I love the relationship between Ji-su, her mother, and grandmother. I also admire her persistence in working to develop the skills she needed. This book would be a good choice to use with students learning about world history and cultures. The story is set during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). The book includes a glossary of Korean terms as well as author’s notes on the bojagi wrapping cloths. Bojagi were made of scraps of fabric sewn into works of art. They were used to cover food and household items as well as to wrap gifts.
Now, I am tagging my writing buddies to spread the book love.