Thursday, April 15, 2010

Local Author Frank Glew

Turning Pages Literary Festival is pleased that Local Author, Frank Glew, is presenting his collection of wonderful animal stories for children, as part of the day long celebration of books for children and teens on May 15th. Frank will be presenting at 10:30am at The Musem (10 King St. W. Kitchener).

Frank Glew was born in Clinton, Ontario. He is the third child of seven children. Frank grew up in a family with lots of love but little money. During his childhood, he developed a keen love of nature , farming and sports. In school, he had a difficult time getting interested in reading during primary school. Frank thought most books were written for girls and did not interest him. His first job was in a one room school teaching all grades. He claims it was the best learning situation a teacher could have. Frank is married to Sharon Becker and has two daughter, Andrea and Lisa.

Frank has taught at all grade levels of education from kindergarten to university. He believes in a holistic, integrated, active and student centered approach to learning. He has practiced these beliefs in a pragmatic way throughout his career.

Frank has won numerous awards for his children's books including The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for significant contribution to Canada, Community, Literarcy and Fellow Canadians.
Frank believes strongly that “Literacy gives you Wings”. He says: "We can never overemphasize the importance of reading to children. The best reward for writing books is presenting and explaining how and why I write.All of my books have an important environmental message as well as the fostering of character education and universal values".

Frank's nine books include: That Chickadee Feeling, When I Grow Up I Want to be Just Like My Dog, Butterfly Wishes and Sameul's Most Important Message.

His newest book, Little Ladybug Earns Her Spots, is about Little Ladybug's first day of school. She notices that she is different from other ladybugs. Other ladybugs have spots. She has no spots and this makes her feel very sad. Little Ladybug does not want to be different from her school mates. Having spots becomes an obsession with her. With the help of friends, she learns it is what you are on the inside that really matters. By using the true facts about the habitat of ladybugs, this story brings out a most important lesson on equity and inclusion of others that are different from yourself. Little Ladybug comes to the conclusion, “Ladybug, Ladybug as kind as can be, it’s what Iam on the inside that is really me.”

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