Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Entertainment present a PG, 96 minute, animation, family film, directed by David Soren, written by Darren Lemke and Robert D. Siegel with a theater release of July 17, 2013.
The Adventures of Bella and Harry
by Lisa Manzione
GLOBAL GEOGRAPHY TAUGHT THROUGH TWO CHIHUAHUAS IN NEW CHILDREN’S SERIES
- Children’s author exposes children to important world cities through the adventures of two small dogs
With kids today watching anime cartoons and nonchalantly snacking on things like hummus or lychee fruit, it’s becoming more and more easy to see the day-to-day effects of globalization in our American society. However, this welcome change doesn’t seem to affect our country’s knowledge of the world around us. In fact, according to a Roper poll done by National Geographic, nine in ten young adults couldn't find Afghanistan on a map of Asia. Despite the increasingly popular acceptance of cultural influences, America seems to be largely unaware of the geography that surrounds us. But there’s hope for the coming generations!
The new series The Adventures of Bella and Harry by Lisa Manzione will help young children get an early start on geography. Manzione’s books follow two small dogs as they travel the various major cities of the world, making geography fun and exciting for kids. As children engage in the series, they learn about different places of interest through the eyes of Chihuahua duo, Bella and Harry. Keeping with modern themes of global tolerance, Manzione touches on not only geography, but unique aspects that run deeply within each city’s culture.
“I do not believe that there are enough books for children between the ages of five and ten years that address geography, customs, cultures, etc...,” says Manzione. “I thought The Adventures of Bella and Harry series would be a good introduction for children, and hopefully stimulate their curiosity for more knowledge regarding the world in which we live.”
“Trying to teach tolerance of other customs and cultures is also something that I set out to do,” adds Manzione. “For example, one book in the series, Let’s Visit Istanbul! addresses mosques and Muslim faith and another, Let’s Visit Jerusalem! addresses the Western Wall and other religious landmarks.”
Major themes in the books include:
· Travel – The series gives children an exposure to traveling and the many gains one can acquire from it.
· Culture – Each book includes interesting things like typical food, dress, architecture, and religion.
· History – Landmarks are identified as well as ruins, museums, and even important bodies of water.
· Language – at the end of each book, Manzione includes basic vocabulary from the country explored, such as how to say “hello” and “goodbye”, and “yes” and “no.”
The books are written for elementary aged children and include adventures to London, Paris, Venice, Athens, Barcelona, Cairo, and Istanbul. Other cities such as Rome, Edinburgh, and Jerusalem are to be released within the year. The Bella and Harry website at www.bellaandharry.com also gives kids the opportunity to further interact with these two adorable dogs with coloring book printouts, interactive games, and information about the musical play based on the books. Also available online are study guides available to accompany each book in the series.
Lisa Manzione has traveled to each of the cities that she cites in her books. Manzione started the series after discovering that her children had an inadequate geographical education from their public schools. She is the proud single mother of two college-graduates and currently resides in Delray Beach, FL with her seven dogs.
For further information on the series please visit www.bellaandharry.com
The first nine books in The Adventures of Bella and Harry series include Let’s Visit London!, Let’s Visit Paris!, Let’s Visit Venice!, Let’s Visit Athens!, Let’s Visit Barcelona!, Let’s Visit Cairo!, Let’s Visit Istanbul! Let’s Visit Rome!, and Let’s Visit Edinburgh! are available for purchase on www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com. Let’s Visit Jerusalem! Will be available on June 1st.
Award-winning children’s picture book teaches children to count to ten with the help of Gracie, the amazing golden retriever.
A variety of greeting cards featuring Gracie followed, and Harrison soon envisioned a larger project. Since kids love dogs, and because canines are so beneficial in many areas of education and therapy, Harrison was certain Gracie would be "the perfect goofball star of a children’s book." You Can Count on Gracie is the happy result. This uniquely imaginative journey through the land of one through ten offers bright, bold, humor-filled compositions alongside nimble rhyming verses that Harrison designed to "bring children and their parents together in laughter and an interactive learning experience as they discover how to count to ten." From hats and carrots to books and fish to shoes and butterflies and more, Gracie stands at the ready to help children learn their numbers. Harrison quips, "A nose for fun and a sweet, smiling face – get ready to count with the amazing Ms. Grace!" For its memorable combination of entertainment and education resulting in high quality rhymes, appealing humor, and eye-catching compositions, You Can Count on Gracie was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the Children’s Picture Book category (ages seven and under). AUTHOR: A graduate of Penn State University with a fine arts degree in print making, Joan Harrison has chosen digital photography to express her creative vision. Aside from her freelance photography work, she also performs as the banjo player and lead singer for the bluegrass band "Too Blue." She resides in upstate New York with her husband Brian, a sweet, sassy Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Rosie, a golden retriever puppy named Patsy, and of course Gracie.
"Designed to help youngsters learn to count, each page features a colorful and cleverly staged photo of Gracie, Joan's picturesque golden retriever, with easily identifiable objects for young readers to find...The photography is striking, and Miss Gracie exudes an approachable personality that kids will love." ~ John Lawless, Bluegrass Today
While caring for her aging parents, dog lover and first-time children’s book author Joan Harrison found a creative outlet in digital photography. Since her golden retriever Gracie was always at her side, Harrison used Gracie as a model as she honed her lighting and compositional skills.
A variety of greeting cards featuring Gracie followed, and Harrison soon envisioned a larger project. Since kids love dogs, and because canines are so beneficial in many areas of education and therapy, Harrison was certain Gracie would be "the perfect goofball star of a children’s book."
You Can Count on Gracie is the happy result. This uniquely imaginative journey through the land of one through ten offers bright, bold, humor-filled compositions alongside nimble rhyming verses that Harrison designed to "bring children and their parents together in laughter and an interactive learning experience as they discover how to count to ten."
From hats and carrots to books and fish to shoes and butterflies and more, Gracie stands at the ready to help children learn their numbers. Harrison quips, "A nose for fun and a sweet, smiling face – get ready to count with the amazing Ms. Grace!"
For its memorable combination of entertainment and education resulting in high quality rhymes, appealing humor, and eye-catching compositions, You Can Count on Gracie was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the Children’s Picture Book category (ages seven and under).
AUTHOR: A graduate of Penn State University with a fine arts degree in print making, Joan Harrison has chosen digital photography to express her creative vision. Aside from her freelance photography work, she also performs as the banjo player and lead singer for the bluegrass band "Too Blue." She resides in upstate New York with her husband Brian, a sweet, sassy Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Rosie, a golden retriever puppy named Patsy, and of course Gracie.
-Third through eighth grade students and teachers nationwide have until Friday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m. EST to submit poem entries-
Greenwich, CT – American Pet Products Association (APPA) President and CEO, Bob Vetere announced today that the organization’s 5th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Third through eighth grade students are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them, the joys they bring, and enter online at www.petsaddlife.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/petsaddlife or mail poem entries and submission forms to:
Pets Add Life
661 Sierra Rose Dr.
Reno, NV 89511
One student from each grade level (6 total) nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, the six winning students’ classrooms will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education.
Founded by APPA, the non-profit PAL campaign is designed to demonstrate the joys and benefits of responsible pet ownership and encourage increased animal adoption.
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.
Universal Pictures, Toma 78 and De Milo present a PG-13, 100 minute, horror film, directed by Andres Muschietti, written by Muschietti, Neil Cross and Barbara Muschietti with a theater release date of January 18, 2013.
Collaboration promotes National Dog Bite Prevention Week®
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois (May 18, 2012) – Of the 4.7 million Americans victimized annually by dog bites, more than half are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Veterinarians, the U.S. Postal Service, the medical community and the insurance industry are working together to educate the public that dog bites are preventable.
As part of this effort, the Postal Service is releasing its top 25 dog-attack city rankings to postal employees to kick off National Dog Bite Prevention Week®, May 20-26. The annual event provides dog-attack prevention tips, information on responsible pet ownership and medical treatments tips if attacked.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Postal Service, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, the Insurance Information Institute and Prevent the Bite are driving home the message that dog bites are a nationwide issue and that education can help prevent dog bites to people of all ages.
“Children between the ages of five and nine years old, engaged in everyday activities with their own or a neighbor’s dog, are the most frequent victims of dog bites,” said AVMA President Dr. René Carlson. “We all want to protect our children from dog bites, and one of the best ways to do that is by properly training and socializing our dogs.”
The AVMA offers the following tips:
How to Avoid Being Bitten
· Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
· Don’t run past a dog. The dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch you.
· If a dog threatens you, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
· Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.
· Don’t bother a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
· People choosing to pet dogs should obtain permission from the owner first and always let a dog see and sniff them before petting the animal.
· If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.
· If you are knocked down by a dog, curl into a ball and protect your face with your hands.
How to be a Responsible Dog Owner
- Obedience training can teach dogs proper behavior and help owners control their dogs.
- When letter carriers and others who are not familiar with your dog come to your home, keep your dog inside, away from the door in another room.
- Dogs can be protective of their territory and may interpret the actions of others as a threat.
- Spay or neuter your dog. Neutered dogs are less likely to roam and to bite.
- Dogs that receive little attention or handling, or are left tied up for long periods of time, frequently turn into biters.
“Given the right circumstances, any dog can bite,” said Dr. Carlson. “By acting responsibly, owners not only reduce dog bite injuries, but also enhance the relationship they have with their dog.”
Watch the AVMA video for tips on dog bite prevention or download the following AVMA resources to learn more:
What you should know about dog bite prevention brochure
Tips on how to avoid being bitten, as well as what to do if you are bitten by a dog. The brochure also addresses what you need to do if your dog bites someone.
NEW: Backgrounder: The role of breed in dog bite risk and prevention
This backgrounder reviews and provides scientific context on dog breeds and their purported tendencies to bite.
A community approach to dog bite prevention (PDF)
The American Veterinary Medical Association Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions has produced this report intended to help state and local leaders develop effective dog bite prevention programs in their communities.
The Blue Dog Parent Guide and CD
This innovative dog-bite prevention program is designed to help parents and children safely interact with dogs both inside and outside their home. The program is geared toward children from 3 to 6 years old. It's the only dog-bite educational tool scientifically proven to help young children learn behaviors that can keep them safe.
Bilingual Dog Bite Prevention activity/coloring book
Teach children about different ways to avoid dog bites, by educating them on how, or if, they should approach a dog.
For more information, please visit, www.avma.org.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment present a 94 minute, PG, animation, family, fantasy, directed by Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda, screenplay by Ken Daurio, based on the book by Dr. Seuss with a theatrical release of March 2, 2012.
CBS Films, Alliance Films, Cross Creek Pictures and Talisman Productions present a PG-13, 95 minute, drama, horror, thriller directed by James Watkins, screenplay by Jane Goldman and novel by Susan Hill with a theatrical release of February 3, 2011.
20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Bagdasarian Productions and Regency Enterprises present a G rated, 87 minute animated family comedy directed by Mike Mitchell, written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger with a theatrical release date of December 16, 2011.