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In Holland, PA and at the NJ Shore with two and four-legged friends

THE ADVENTURES OF THE POODLE POSSE                                     Canine Kicks for Young Readers – an award-winning & endorsed indie series for transitional readers (grades 1-3) & dog lovers of all ages                                                           

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 Series has won a silver Mom’s Choice Award for excellence in Juvenile Fiction and an endorsement from The Dove Foundation

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‘Feedback from our teachers: awesome!’  -Ursula Accumano, District Enrichment  Lester D. Wilson, Alexandria Twp., NJ

-Just want to say thanks for the wonderful presentations that you gave at Asa Packer on Monday! It was great, the kids and teachers loved it! “—-Stacie Nevitt, PTO , Asa Packer Elementary, Bethlehem, PA , PTA Coordinator

‘Again, let me thank you for visiting our school. The teachers were very impressed with your presentations. The children still talk about it.’  Diane Kinnevy, Trenton Catholic Academy, NJ

-Your enthusiasm and energy for the writing process, as well as your engaging presentation on your own books was the highlight of the students’ day. You have inspired many of our students to tap into their creativity and write stories of their own. (I think you inspired some teachers to do the same!) Thanks you again for sharing your love of writing with us.’  Marge Walsh-Sanky, Reading Specialist, Delair Elementary, NJ.

See more on the ‘reviews’ page

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WRITING-FOCUSED/STUDENT-FOCUSED PRESENTATIONS

poodle40007Book #4 in the series is a midwinter tale & activity book. When a burrowing poodle and his friends meet another famous burrowing creature, not only does the fur fly, but the weather is predicted. Accurate? Perhaps, but the tale is not only about Groundhog Day–it teaches us patience–the reality that we just can’t rush Mother Nature. Activities including a groundhog and word search and a board game plus comprehension, sequencing & cause/effect follow-up for teachers. Released fall 2012.
Featured in Reviewer’s Bookwatch, 2013, The Midwest Book Review

 

poodle40005Book #3 in the series is a Halloween tale & activity book. About ten elementary schools in or near the Greater Philadelphia Area participated in the preview, edit, creative process. The tale is not only about Halloween, but about trying new things and  what it really means to be yourself. It is followed by fun holiday activities including a maze, make-your-own masks, a fortune teller, trivia and healthy Halloween dog treat recipes. Released fall 2010.
Amazon Children’s Bookshelf Top Pick, January 2011 Featured in Small Press Bookwatch, January 2011               The Midwest Book Review

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Book #2 in the series contains two tales: The Princess & the Frenchmen/No Dogs Allowed! It was edited/previewed by students in two elementary schools. The first tale is about the growth of the posse. There’s now a third poodle in the mix: a girl with a poodlicious attitude, and everyone needs to adjust and accept. A great message on bullying and standing up for what is right.  The second tale, with its Jersey Shore beach image on the front cover, takes the posse on a beach vacation where things don’t quite go as planned. The message? Sometimes we need to readjust our sails when the wind is blowing the wrong way. Released fall 2009

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poodle40001Book #1 contains two tales: The Case of the Missing Steak Bone/Who Let the Dogs Out?  The first tale started it all, as Top Dog Woody tries to outsmart his brother by stealing and hiding a special treat. But Archie innocently turns events around in the house when he unexpectedly finds it and is a bit more welcome to the idea of sharing. In the second story, rescued dog Archie returns to the shelter to help out his friends with a very caring, but crazy night of antics. Released winter, 2007.  Silver Medal, Mom’s Choice Awards    

  

 Also published with feature articles in Bucks County Town & Country Magazine, Philly Style, Pool & Spa Living, The Cooperator, Drug & Cosmetic Industry, American Salon , BUCKS, Design NJ, Low Carb Living and contributor to the book: As If by Magic.

 

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It was our great pleasure to have you visit us at Delair School yesterday. Your enthusiasm and energy for the writing process, as well as your engaging presentation on your own books was the highlight of the students’ day. You have inspired many of our students to tap into their creativity and write stories of their own. (I think you inspired some teachers to do the same!) Thank you again for sharing your love of writing with us. —Marge Walsh-Sanky, Reading Specialist, Delair Elementary

Our Lady of Sorrows School was very pleased with Chrysa’s presentation. Our school offers a program for students from K to 8, and consequently, it is often challenging to find a presenter that will appeal to the various age groups. Our students thoroughly enjoyed each of Chrysa’s presentations. She was age-appropriate and appealed to the developmental needs of the group. Learning about the writing process as well as the marketing process enhanced the experience. I continued to receive positive feedback from parents, students and staff well after her visit. We look forward to hearing more from the Poodle Posse. —Donald Constantino, Principal, Our Lady of Sorrows, Hamilton, NJ