Sunday, September 6, 2015

Second Edition of Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle

After having had such great success with my two traditionally published books, My Sister Is My Best Friend, and My Brother Is My Best Friend I decided to make major revisions to my self-published title, Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle. Today, I am proud to announce that the newly revised version is available on Amazon as an Ebook, and the print copy will be available soon!

“Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle Second Edition: A Trilingual story in English, French, and Spanish is the second edition of previously published   Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle: Maria y su amiga la Tortuga del mar/Marie et son amie la Tortue de mer.”

The Second Edition of “Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle” includes substantially revised illustrations. This new edition offers conservation links for educators and kids. Included are also a French and Spanish glossary, and sentence match activity.

“Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle” creates the perfect opportunity to introduce a new language to your child while teaching children the importance of treating animals with respect and compassion.

Children will be exposed to different cultures and discover even if we live in different parts of the world, compassion never goes out of style.

 This story is about the love that develops between a little girl named Marie and a stranded sea turtle. The story tells the struggles Marie has as she helps the sea turtle back out to sea.
 Este cuento es sobre el amor que se desarrolla entre una niña  que se llamaba María y una tortuga que viene a tierra para poner sus huevos. La historia cuenta las dificultades que pasa María para llevar  a la tortuga de nuevo al océano.

Cette histoire raconte l'amour qui naît entre Marie, une charmante petite fille, et une tortue de mer venue pondre ses oeufs sur le sable, et toutes les difficultés que rencontre Marie pour aider la tortue à rejoindre la mer.

A delightful story about compassion and the richness of family love and devotion!

Una encantadora historia de compasión y el amor y devoción que comparte una familia.

Une charmante histoire pleine de tendresse sur l'amour et la bonté qui unissent une famille.


Marie is a little girl whose house is built near the bluest of oceans. Every morning, Marie likes to visit the shore to collect seashells. When she sees a large shiny object in the distance, she thinks she's found the biggest seashell she's ever seen. But it's not a seashell, it's a sea turtle. When she learns the turtle is stuck and cannot make its way back to sea, Marie must find a way to help her new friend get back to its home.

The book takes an unexpected twist as Marie realizes if her parents find the turtle, they'll cut it up in pieces and make stew. When Marie's parents arrive on the beach, how will she convince them to carry the sea turtle back to the ocean instead of enjoying a fine stew? I found this part of the story shocking, since I don't consider turtle standard fare, but it's also what stands out to me most about this book--Perhaps a different take than others you might read. To me, the story is not only an introduction to caring for nature, but also an introduction to different cultures.

Written in English, Spanish and French, the book can be used to create discussions about what different cultures eat, and all the unusual delicacies available around the world. It shows that food is a big part of our culture and our world. So remember the next time you throw your nose up at the thought of turtle stew, others might be saying, "Scrumptious!"

Dixie Phillips
Children's author

Nicole Weaver's new children's book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle promises not to disappoint the little ones in your life. The exciting adventure begins with a sparkling ocean and a little girl Marie hunting for seashells. She spots something shining in the distance.(This is the part in the book where boys and girls plagued with wiggle wormitis will sit at rapt attention when they discover what the mysterious item is. Could it be the most beautiful seashell ever?) Marie runs over to the shiny item and discovers it is a stranded sea turtle. (I can just hear children oooohing and ahhhhing at this point.) The sea turtle needs to be put back into the ocean, but Marie isn't quite strong enough to help him back into his familiar waters. Maria's parents think the sea turtle would make a nice stew, but Maria convinces them to help save the sea turtle.

There are some important lessons I think children and their parents will learn after reading this book.

1. The importance of families listening with their hearts and not just their heads.

2. Children will hone their critical thinking skills. While her parents and Marie had differing opinions of what should be done with the sea turtle, they worked together and came up with a satisfying solution. Children will learn how cooperation makes a person become part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

3. Children will also learn the art of compassion for God's creatures. Marie exemplifies this lost art and will give parents opportunities to discuss treating animals with respect.

4. Children will be exposed to different cultures and discover even if we live in different parts of the world, compassion never goes out of style.

If you have a hesitant little reader in your home, Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle would whet their reading appetite and give them a love for learning more about sea turtles.

What makes Nicole Weaver's story even more captivating are Ruben Chavez's amazing illustrations. Marie's merciful heart shines through each page.

Monday, August 19, 2013

A New School Year- A Chance For A New Beginning

Today across the Untied States, most kids are heading back to school.  Tomorrow hubby and I will be taking our youngest to Phoenix to start his freshman year at Grand Canyon UniversitySo. Having raised three children , I am now ready to be an empty nester.  The two older children graduated from college already.  I  can't help but think about the many hours spent reading to my children at an early age.  To set children up for success, they need to be read to, as early as possible.  This help  them develop a love affair with reading.  Research has shown that a child who can't read by 3rd grade will not complete high school.

I think children should be exposed to a variety of reading materials .  This is why I have written several books on different topics.  I also believe children, should be given the opportunity to learn a foreign langauge as early as kindergarten.  So, again, this is why my children's books are written in English, French, and Spanish with all three texts on each page. I wrote the books from the perspective of a parent in search for quality books in a foreign language that will not cost too much.  One book with three languages for one low price.



This new school year, you have a chance for a new beginning by enrolling your child in either French or Spanish.  Many public schools are now offering dual language instruction.  When my kids were young, this was not available.  If you have school aged children, I encourage you to check into getting your kids in a dual language school. Imagine , the possiblities, being that our world is becoming more , and more global.

Let's turn this new school year into a chance for a new beginning!

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Would you like to challenge your child academically?  Are you interested in helping your child learn how to learn?  Exposing your child to a foreign language early on will set him/her for later academic success in other disciplines.  I have written all of my children’s picture books to make it easier for parents to introduce a foreign language to their young children.  Feel free to read some of the articles I have written on the subject of foreign language acquisition:HERE  and HERE

If you decide to purchase my trilingual book : MARIE AND HER FRIEND THE SEA TURTLE

Here’s some activities that will help make reading the book more meaningful.

Did you know something mysterious happens as you read?
As you read this story written in English/French/Spanish you will encounter
many knew words.  Do the pre and post reading activities, these will help you understand and
learn some new French and Spanish words.

ACTIVITY ONE:   FINE ARTS TIE IN :   RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ART AND TEXT IN PICTURE BOOKS/ PRE- READING-   Before reading the story look over the pictures on the following pages and see if you can guess what is going on.
Page 2- What is the girl doing?
Page 6- What is the girl staring at?
Page12- Why do you think the girl is pushing the turtle?
Page16- Can you guess why the girl is so surprised?
Page 20- What are the adults talking about?
Page 22- Why is the girl crying?
Page 26- Why do you suppose the girl is now smiling and happy?
Page 28- What are the adults doing with the turtle?
Now go back and read the story, compare your answers to what really happened in the story.

ACTIVITY TWO :   LANGUAGE ARTS TIE IN : IDENTIFYING WORDS  AND COMPARING MEANING OF  WORDS/ POST READING-   After you  are done reading the story, see if you can find the English meaning for the following Spanish words.
Muchacha, nombre,  mañana, tareas, isla, sol, brillar, Nuevo, tortuga, descubrimiento, mar, enorme, suavemente, noche, estómago, brazos, guisado, ojos, diamantes.   Now compare the Spanish meaning to the French.

  1. What is the name of the first black republic?
  2. What year did that country become independent?
  3. Who is Toussaint L’Ouverture?
  4.  Where is Hispaniola located?
  5. Can you name the two countries that make up Hispanoila?
  6. Which part of Hispanoila speaks French and Creole?
  7.  Which part of Hispaniola speaks Spanish?
  8. What is the weather like? Is it hot or cold?

Here's a free coloring page of the cover of  Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.