Friday, May 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Sewing A Friendship by Natalie Tinti

This post is a few days late due to a family emergency that had hubby and I running back and forth the hospital. Thankfully, it looks like everything is ok now and I'm finally able to get this up and posted.

I am so happy to be part of the Blog Tour for the childrens chapter book Sewing a Friendship by Natalie Tinti. At age thirteen Natalie Tinti is a multi-award winning author, illustrator, of 12 children’s books and an inspirational public speaker who promotes varied uplifting messages for her peers as well as their parents.  Despite this early success as an artist Natalie was recommended to repeat Kindergarten as her teacher thought she didn’t have adequate language function and memory recall.  However, this apparent set back would later serve as a valuable growth experience in her social awareness and desire to help her classmates. Natalie’s books gave her a platform for speaking at various venues where she promoted the empowerment of children to include: the value of social skills for overall happiness and as a tool in dealing with bullies, appreciating one’s unique talents and personality to bolster self-confidence, and challenging children of all ages to build friendships by having the courage to include others.

The book is about  four best friends, who are seven year old girls. They are super excited about the start of summer! Their adventure begins with getting out of school and talking about a pink sleepover. But things do not run smoothly when nine year old Kiki, the rival girl, gets in the way by uninviting the girls to a fashion show. 
What I love about this book is that it was written and illustrated when Natalie was barely 9 years old. When I was 9 I couldn't do anything as good as this. While the book is by no means perfect for a young writer this is wonderful. I loved all of her drawings and can see she will have a bright future especially if she keeps up with writing. Her skills will grow and improve over time. Parts of the book were a bit wonky for me and I found myself having to reread them. But again considering the age of the author it was surprisingly an enjoyable read. I think this book is perfect for 9 or 10 year old girls.  I think it will also encourage young authors to be to try and write some of their own works

As far as what I would rate this book I decided that I had to rate on curve. I factored in the age of the author when it came to any grammatical mistakes and continuity errors. I would give this book 4 out of 5stars. I hope it inspires young girls to write and I know we will only see bigger and better novels from this young lady. 

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