Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny is Calling" by Emily Siskin-Toy

Roxy Rogers:
Your Destiny is Calling
by Emily Siskin-Toy

Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny is Calling is suitable for children ages 6 to 9. This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by Mother Daughter Book Promotion Services.

What happens when a young girl with a Hall of Fame baseball pedigree breaks the family mold and follows her dream to become a soul singer? Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny is Calling, a picture book for ages 6 to 9, lets children see that their families will love them just the same when they pursue their true passions in life.
Everybody in Roxy's family - from her great-grandpa (played with Lou Gehrig), to her grandpa (played with Jackie Robinson), to her mother (super-star college softball player), to her father (was a Los Angeles Dodger), to her sister (won a Gold Medal for Team USA Softball, and so on) - famously played ball, and Roxy is next in line. The only problem is that Roxy dreams of singing soul music like her idol, Aretha Franklin!
A historical addendum provides information about the Hall of Fame baseball players who turn up in the book, as well as Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul music. Additionally, a fun treasure hunt for clues about Roxy's true destiny runs throughout the book, giving readers an enhanced, interactive experience.
Illustrated by Brian C. Krümm.


Praise for the Book
"I just LOVED this little book. Empowering for young girls, and at the same time powerful for young boys ... The illustrations are perfect for this book: fun and eye-grabbing, and I also love that it includes facts about popular icons like Aretha Franklin and Baseball legends. Well done!" ~ 5 Star Review, Mariana L., Amazon
"Roxie Rogers is an inspiring read for all ages, truly. It speaks to that little voice inside all of us telling us 'come out' to the real you. The artwork brings the story to life, and the text is great for read-along or for young readers on their own." ~ 5 Star Review, Laura, Amazon
"I just read Roxy Rogers to my 5-year old daughter and we both loved the book! The story was fun and engaging filled with dynamic illustrations. Besides the great life messages woven into the story, I really like how the story reads. It is really nice to experience a children’s book that is not mind numbing in its repetitiveness (you know the type) with words that flow easily off the pages." ~ 5 Star Review, Wendigo, Amazon

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Roxy Rogers is destined to become "the greatest softball player to ever play the game!" It's in her blood, her family tells her; they're all baseball stars. But Roxy has a dream of her own. She wants to be a singing star. Will her dream ever come true?
This is a delightful tale told with a touch of humor. The illustrations by Brian C. Krümm are absolutely wonderful. There is a hide-and-seek game to play while you are reading, and the story is followed by notes on some of the historical figures mentioned throughout the book.
An entertaining and informative book for kids of all ages, whether they are baseball fans or not.

About the Author
A U.C. Santa Cruz banana slug alum, Emily Siskin-Toy launched her writing career with posts at various film and television magazines in Los Angeles. After a break in the action to raise her daughter, Emily and her college sweetheart founded WOW! Music Studios, a successful children’s music instruction school in Mill Valley, California.
But just like the character in her book, Emily’s true passion was something entirely different; she always dreamed of writing children’s books. Inspiration was everywhere for Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny is Calling. While coaching her daughter’s youth softball and basketball teams, Emily eventually came to realize that the world of sports was a passion of hers, not her daughter’s, who really wanted, of course, to be a singer. The plot of the story was right in front of her, and the surrounding details would be cultivated from her lifetime of love for the rich history of Major League Baseball and her daughter’s love of music.

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