[library-media] FW: Print book donation (topic: bullying) and e-book donation ("All Across Europe")

Loutensock, Georgia Georgia.Loutensock at schools.utah.gov
Fri Jan 21 13:49:58 MST 2011

This is for information only, not to be considered an endorsement or recommendation.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ellen Weisberg [mailto:ellenweis1966 at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2011 11:40 AM
To: Loutensock, Georgia
Cc: Ellen Weisberg
Subject: Print book donation (topic: bullying) and e-book donation ("All Across Europe")

Dear Ms. Loutensock, 

You had kindly offered assistance to us in the past by alerting school libraries throughout Utah of the existence of free educational materials provided as e-books through www.weisberg-yoffe.org. You had mentioned a library media listserv that serves many school librarians, and you had offered to post my original message to the listserv and also forward it to your Social Studies specialist at USOE.

We would now like to offer schools a donation (gift copy in print) of our newest published book, “Fruit of the Vine” (Chipmunkapublishing, 2010). This book is an illustrated children’s fantasy based on bullying that is meant for the 8-12 age range, and it is an adaptation of my first published story- in the Feb/Mar 2007 issue of the literary journal, PKA’s Advocate. 

Please feel free to preview “Fruit of the Vine” (book description below) as a complimentary, downloadable e-book through www.weisberg-yoffe.org (there is an Amazon link provided, as well, which shows reviews). 

Several of our other Chipmunkapublishing books, including “All Across Canada” (2008), “All Across China” (2009), and the newest “All Across Europe” (print version in press) and “Making Emmie Smile” (print version in press), are also being provided to schools as complimentary e-books through this site (each is downloadable in the correct, upright alignment, and so they should be easily accessible by teachers and students). 

We would love to alert school libraries throughout your state of the availability of free copies of the printed version of "Fruit of the Vine," as well as the recent additions of free educational materials through the weisberg-yoffe.org website. We would greatly appreciate any assistance that you could give us, as you have in the past. There will be no charge for any of these materials to schools.

Just so you know, our books were recently featured on a segment on the ABC affiliate, KOMO-TV, in Seattle, Washington. A clip of this can be seen on the weisberg-yoffe.org home page.

Thank you in advance. 

Best wishes, 

Ellen Weisberg, Ph.D. and Ken Yoffe, M.D., Ph.D.

Fruit of the Vine Description:
In “Fruit of the Vine,” we meet Justin, a sensitive, introspective boy whose physical features and personality make him a convenient target for many of his cruel peers. One night, he wakes to find himself on a mysterious island, which is inhabited by a horde of bizarre creatures. Despite his desperation to find out where he is and, more importantly, how to get home, he becomes involved in the plight of Irvino, a beast who is ostracized on this island much in the way that Justin is in his own world. The story ends with a twist as Justin, in helping Irvino, ends up helping himself by making a lifelong friend out of Irvino. In essence, the protagonist of "Fruit of the Vine" saves himself by saving his savior, but not in typical fashion. “Fruit of the Vine” is unique from other books in the fantasy genre in that it is meant not only for the grade school-aged fantasy reader, but also for anyone interested in the topic of bullies, and how altruistic
qualities can develop in children.

Selected Amazon reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: 
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for all ages!, January 2, 2011 
By E. Kirchner-Dean "Teach the Children Well" (NC) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)    This review is from: Fruit of the Vine (Kindle Edition) 
Learning to love yourself can be difficult especially for children who are not accepted by their peers. Sometimes all kids need are a few coping skills and some basic understanding. The hero in this story learns this and more in a fantasy tale where all it takes is one really good friend. 

A very imaginative and sensitive treatment of a difficult subject. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to help your children understand why people need to feel like they "fit in" and how to get through the difficult times that most people face at some point in their lives. 

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: 
5.0 out of 5 stars A children's book for all ages, December 10, 2010 
By Lea H. Becker "Lea H. Becker, author and scie... (West Palm Beach, FL) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)    This review is from: Fruit of the Vine (Paperback) 
What makes any young child turn away from petty displays of brutality toward one's peers to becoming open to a new vision of unselfish awareness? In Fruit of the Vine, Ellen Weisberg's & Ken Yoffe's fable of a boy's metamorphosis from a somewhat paranoid fearful introvert into an open-hearted candidate for new friendships, the wish that we older folks believe would transform kids from little beasts to budding ambassadors of good will is realized in a fantasy. The story makes me recall my own childhood where I fought off the negative and demeaning ostracism of certain of my classmates because I was a bit different. Today we have studies in diversity and sensitivity training for adults, young and old alike, but what really touches peoples' hearts? Perhaps this excellent short tale of a sad little boy who dreams of a different way to happiness will give a little jolt to all of us -- very young readers and adults also -- reminding us that beauty is always in
the eye of the beholder. 

I recommend this book to parents, children and teachers, as well as lovers of the art of illustrating a child's illusions of life. The drawings were amazing in how they revealed aspects of a day in a kid's world. My favorite was one of a school bus where various views of mocking grins peered out from the bus windows at the figure of the unappreciated little loner. There is as much wisdom in the pictures as in the story.


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