Wednesday, July 9, 2014

REVIEW: Charlie the Cavalier

Charlie the Cavalier Begs for Attentions is a book for ages 2-6 that helps them cope with long distance. It was written by Lisa Rusczyk and Illustrated by Magdalena Takáčová.

Being Separated From Loved Ones Is Difficult for Children and Adults

Every child need to be left by a loved one at one time for another, no matter how much the loved one wants to be with their child.  When people are separated by space, children want to know that there family member loves them and will be there for them.  They may try to video chat with their loved ones but not be able to get the attention of small children.  Charlie the Cavalier teaches children that their loved ones are safe and allows them to interact with loved one though being entertained while skyping.

Charlie the Cavalier Begs for Attention gets kids excited to interact by teaching families how to sing, whistle, dance, play games, and more while video chatting.The Charlie the Cavalier puppet started with a little girl who did not want to Skype with her family members that did not live close to home.  She wanted to interact but there was nothing that sparked her interest.

Now the Charlie the Cavalier puppet and book brings friends, families, and little ones together to interact while they may not be in the same physical location.
Meet the Creators

Lisa Rusczyk- Founder
Lisa Rusczyk has been a software trainer, mulitmedia technican, and instructional designer in the past. But she is now a stay at home Mom.
Lisa is currently earning a doctorate from the University of Phoenix in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia but now lives in Lock Haven, PA.
Magdalena Takáčová- Illustrator
Magdalena is from The Czech Republic.  She comes from an artistic family. Magdalena amazing illustrations and love of animals makes her a perfect fit for this project.  In her free times she organizes art-workshops for local kids.

The book explains how sometimes family or friends are far away, but they will be back. With the help of a free printable puppet, the book assures children that Charlie is keeping their loved one safe while they are away. Print it out on heavy cardstock or attach to a paper bag for best result. I think the puppet would be cute for the other party to take on "adventures" and take a snapshot together.

At this point, my 4 year old wasn't that interested, though she does often talk about our friends that live far away. It may just be that it was an ebook. The author IS planning to release it in print soon, however. I do really like the concept, the artwork is cute, the rhymes are ok, and the inclusion of the familiar Twinkle Twinkle and ABCs is great.

You can purchase your own copy of Charlie the Cavalier begs for attention on Amazon for $2.99, and don't forget the free printable is available on the website!

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