What cultural value do you see in books? Books (written words) are the backbone of civilized cultures everywhere. I don’t necessarily mean printed books although I personally prefer them over the electronic version. Words that are compiled in specific formats can teach us. They can move us. They can give us faith. They help us remember where we began and where we are going. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without them.
How do you decide if your main character(s) will be male or female? Ha-Ha! That’s easy…this book is about BOWS – pieces of colorful ribbons tied in loops; not bows – something you notch an arrow to in order to hunt prey.
Which character from your book(s) is most or least like you? Cleo is least like me as I never wear bows on my clothing, and I never decorate with them. I do like the way they look, though. And my favorite kinds of shoes are the ones with shoelaces.
What are some day jobs that you have held? Have any of them impacted your writing? I still have a day job at an engineering company. For nearly forty years, I have been a catalogue-er of information in some capacity or other. I work 10 hours a day at my “day” job, and then I come home and work some more on my “wobby,” as my husband calls it. It doesn’t impact my writing too much because I really don’t write that much – but it does have a huge effect on how I go about promoting and marketing my books. You must be very disciplined about keeping track of who you have reached out to and how you have reached out to them. It takes a lot of creativity and pre-planning and scheduling, too. Those kinds of things take thousands of hours. That kind of work is never, ever done.
How important are names to you in your books? How do you choose names? Character names are very important. For this book, I wanted a name that flowed easily in the title and that rhymed with the word bow. I developed a very long list of possibilities. Here are a few: Tibby, Tessy, Becka, and Chloe. It took me a long time to settle on Cleo. I think I picked the best name. How about you?
What’s your funniest flaw? That I’m a Pollyanna. The definition being that I am an excessively and blindly optimistic person. My glass is always half-full. Why is that a funny flaw, you might ask? Well, because I’ll probably still be promising myself that all my efforts will eventually pay off when I’m lying on my death bed. I think a lot of entrepreneurs have that syndrome. You know…like…even if I never experience financial success from all this hard work, maybe my kids will one day benefit.
Do you have a mantra for writing and/or for life? Just do it. Nike was on to something with that one.
MY THOUGHTS – REVIEW by JennieReads
The delightful illustrations pulled me right into this book. I was a children’s librarian for about 15 years and happily put that hat back on when I see a book like this one. As a librarian, a book had to check so many boxes to be added to our shelves. Not only did it have to appeal to a child and be eye-catching to an adult, but it also had to have educational benefits. This one checked all the boxes.
It starts with a helpful parent hint and ends with a link for a video and song to supplement your reading with the in-between being a delightful story.
While this would be a hit with any girly-girl in your life, the friendly animal-encased story will delight every child. Throw in comparing and contrasting types of bows and bows to butterflies for shape transference and you have a teacher or librarian’s wish list covered.
For parents, the examples of bonding and positive interactions will help you reinforce strong values.
I would highly suggest this wonderful addition to your classroom, library or personal bookcase.
Knowing how to tie shoestrings, scarves and more into a bow is a useful and rewarding skill. Teach a
child a useful skill. Build confidence and self-esteem that lasts a lifetime. Other books in the Learn To Tie
With The Rabbit and the Fox series are the book with that name in English, Spanish, and Tagalog plus
Nellie Knows How To Knot A Neck Scarf and Ned Knows How To Knot A Neck tie.
Sybrina Durant is the author of some fanciful and some factual books. Her writings have inspired several online entrepreneurial ventures. Two of those are the Rabbit and Fox Bookstore and the Girls Love Bows Gift Shop. Spend some time browsing both for some interesting and surprising gift ideas for yourself and others.
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Thank so much for the wonderful review! And also for hosting Cleo Can Tie A Bow. I appreciate it. 🙂
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It’s funny the author isn’t a bow fan because she NAILED how little girls sometimes obsess over them. And FABULOUS review of the book — a librarian does have a different set of standards from most, and it’s great to know Cleo easily makes the cut. Thanks for the post!
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