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The Tiniest Tumbleweed
The Tiniest Tumbleweed

The Tiniest Tumbleweed

By Kathy Peach, Illustrated by Alex Lopez

JUVENILE FICTION

36 Pages, 4.09 x 1.11

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95) (CA $13.95)

Publication Date: January 2016

ISBN 9780998103303

Rights: WOR

Reading With Peaches, LLC (Jan 2016)

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Overview

Everyone feels small or inadequate at some point in their lives. The Tiniest Tumbleweed is a story written to help children learn more about what they can do to become their best selves, despite whatever may be making them feel small or limited.  The characters are two Sonoran Desert neighbors, a tiny tumbleweed and a baby house sparrow, who are both small for their age. Guided by the loving encouragement of their parents, they learn to work within their physical limitations to grow to be the best they can be, rather than measure themselves against others. As a result, they also learn how they can help one another, providing a lesson about the synergy between living things and the boundless opportunities those relationships provide. The proven psychological concepts for building self-efficacy combined with a children's literature writing method that helps young readers believe in limitless opportunities are what make The Tiniest Tumbleweed unique. The connection between the characters in the book, a tiny tumbleweed and a sparrow, provides a fascinating look into the real-life desert relationship between tumbleweeds and birds. Following the story, a well-researched curriculum guide captivates young readers, helping them develop a deeper respect for nature.

Reviews

"Kathy Peach has the passion and the know-how to communicate effectively to children. Her vibrant personality bubbles up throughout the delightful story of The Tiniest Tumbleweed." — Conrad J. Storad, award-winning author of more than 50 children's science books

"In The Tiniest Tumbleweed, Kathy Peach, has created a unique and touching children's book about individuality and perseverance.  Her story, told through the desert characters of Tumbleweed and Sparrow, beautifully captures a child's view of feeling different.  Using clear language and beautiful illustrations, Ms. Peach illuminates each creature's unique struggle and the importance of working hard to achieve one's full potential. Ms. Peach's book is relatable for young ages and adults alike.  Her story teaches a valuable lesson in diversity, self-esteem, persistence and believing in yourself.  On a broader level, Ms. Peach's book can be used to promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity among children. The Tiniest Tumbleweed is a vital tool for parents, caregivers, educators and counselors.  As a school psychologist, I would recommend this book as a treasured resource for helping all children celebrate their own uniqueness, overcome personal challenges, increase self-esteem and become their very best selves." — Danielle Craaybeek, Ed.S, NCSP, Nationally Certified School Psychologist

"The Tiniest Tumbleweed is a heart-warming story of parental love and support, self-determination, collaboration, and individual differences. The author and illustrator share a wonderful world in which each individual celebrates their uniqueness and finds their way in the world with the support and encouragement of sometimes unexpected friends. This beautiful, encouraging story will inspire the very young and the very old as we all seek to find a sense of meaning, accomplishment, community, and joy in our lives." — Kathleen Lynne Lane, Ph.D., BCBA-D  

"A small tumbleweed and a small sparrow – are they too small? In The Tiniest Tumbleweed young readers will watch as these two little creatures grow and learn that they are the right size to do what they need to do – in other words, they are perfect. The story opens with Mother Tumbleweed announcing 'She's here,' to Father Tumbleweed. Upon inspection, Father notes that the new arrival is quite small. But mother knows best and she assures her husband that their baby will grow just fine. Not far away, a baby sparrow pops out of his egg. His father notes that the new arrival is rather small. Again, the mother knows best and she insists, 'He will grow.'The Tiniest Tumbleweed follows these two babies as they mature. And they do grow, just not as much as their siblings. Would the little tumbleweed ever be able to grow big and strong and make seeds like other tumbleweeds? And what about the sparrow? How would he ever grow big enough to fly and spread seeds like his brothers and sisters? Author Kathy Peach has found a delightful way to teach youngsters about coping with physical limitations and how everyone, no matter their limitations, can be useful to others. Tumbleweed and Sparrow are not as big as their siblings and by the middle of the story, it's apparent that they never will be. How does one deal with being different? With having limitations that keep you from doing what you want to do? Eventually Tumbleweed and Sparrow come together and learn that they are a 'perfect fit' for each other. Young readers will see that while they may not fit the 'norm,' (whatever that may be), there is always a reason and purpose – you just have to find it. The author drives her point home by having the text go back and forth between the two characters' lives, showing how they were both dealing with being 'different.' First the tumbleweed, then the sparrow, back and forth. In many places, the text centering on the sparrow closely mirrored that of the tumbleweed, driving home the point that they were both dealing with being smaller. As with all Five Star publications, there are several pages of additional information in the back of the book. These include 'Fun Facts' (and even adults will likely learn a few things about tumbleweeds!) and a curriculum guide." — Holly Connors, Feathered Quill

"It's hard to believe that 'The Tiniest Tumbleweed' is Kathy Peach's first book. Her writing style and voice speak volumes about her invested careers as a mother, grandmother, and educator. She understands children. She understands children's mind. And she understands what children need to know so that they can become who they were created to be, just like tiny tumbleweed and baby sparrow. Peach has juxtaposed authentic, lovable characters with the often-harsh backdrop of the desert to create a literal learning and growing environment through which children and adults of all ages can visualize their own progress against adversity and trials to become all they can become. Teachers and parents will love Peach's age-appropriate sentence structure and vocabulary as well as her resounding message that we don't need to compare ourselves to other people (or tumbleweeds, or sparrows), and children will love her rich characters, the charming illustrations, and the knowledge that they, too, can become who they were created to be." — Dr. Richard W. Andreasen? 

"The Tiniest Tumbleweed is a heart-warming children's story about learning to achieve your dreams by goal-setting and hard work. Kathy Peach did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life by creating charming characters, using rich language, and establishing a storyline children will relate to about celebrating your true self.  Included in the back of the book are a fun facts page and a very helpful curriculum guide for teachers to help support learning inside and outside of the classroom. I look forward to sharing this book with students in the library. I believe The Tiniest Tumbleweed will be a book children will want to read over and over. It will be a favorite for years to come." — Lisa Krebs, Elementary School Librarian

"The Tiniest Tumbleweed fills the hearts of readers both young and old with its touching story. Peach manages to create engaging narrative that piques readers' interest prior to providing accessible informational text about the tumbleweeds and sparrows. This delightfully inspiring and informative children's book also includes thoughtful instructional ideas for classroom teachers that address multiple standards." — Dr. Lindsey Moses, Assistant Professor of Literacy in the Division of Teacher Preparation, Arizona State University

"In The Tiniest Tumbleweed, Kathy Peach provides a story that will ignite the imagination of children and equip teachers and parents with a tool that will encourage a child to become all that they were created to be.  Positive life principles are communicated with love and compassion.  Thank you, Kathy, for following your dreams so that others may dream as well." — Pastor Jeff Royce, The Oasis, Chandler, Arizona

Author Biography

At a time of life when most people begin to slow down, Kathy Peach decided to head for the Southwest to live near her daughter after being in Tennessee her entire life. She then followed her lifelong dreams of earning a college degree and writing a children's book. Peach graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education and taught for the Head Start program in Phoenix. In developing The Tiniest Tumbleweed, she incorporated a method of writing children's literature whereby readers can believe in a life of limitless possibilities, with theories from a psychologist who taught that all people have the capability to achieve. It is this strategic approach to the creation of The Tiniest Tumbleweed that makes Peach's first book not only a delight, but an inspiration. She lives in Chandler, AZ.Alex Lopez is a self-taught artist whose career initially developed in the video game industry, where he worked for SEGA, 2K Games and Konami. He has also provided artistic production and management services for Disney Interactive, Dynamite Comics and Stanford University. Lopez is proficient with numerous print, digital and multimedia genres and currently serves as an art director, building and training artistic teams.