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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- While teaching the alphabet to his 2-year-old daughter, Vick Wadhwa, a resident of Ventura County in Southern California, noticed that she was getting bored with the "A-for-Apple, B-for-Ball" routine. At the same time, he was amazed by her ability to open up photo albums on his wife's iPhone. He thought, "If toddlers can figure out smart-phones, then why not a few more words? And why not start teaching them positive, character-building concepts earlier?"
At the time, Vick worked as a scientist for the biotechnology company Amgen, and had never before thought of writing a children's book. However one day, after one of his daily meditation sessions, he was inspired to start writing rhymes for his daughter. Over the course of a month, he wrote rhymes for each letter of the alphabet. Then he tweaked the rhymes for singing to the tune of the ABC song.
Singing is not just for enjoyment, it helps in developing focus, memorization, listening and learning, observed Vick. "I found that singing out the rhymes had an attention-grabbing and calming effect on my daughter. The rhymes gave her a jumpstart in learning new concepts, in addition to giving me a rich bonding experience," he said. Vick started getting so much enjoyment from singing the rhymes with his daughter, that he had the urge to share with others as well. And now, all of the rhymes that he so lovingly wrote are featured in the new book, A New Take on ABCs – S is for Smiling Sunrise: An Alphabet Book of Goodness, Beauty, and Wonder, published by WordsBright, a new small press focused on bringing out enjoyable and meaningful books to stimulate early learning.
Mama Marlaine, founder of Parenting 2.0 and creator of The Life Skills Report Card, reviewed the book and said, "Smiling Sunrise's colorful illustrations, creative rhymes, and life-affirming messages are soul-nourishing, wholesome food for growing minds!"
Not only is the book filled with memorable rhymes and eye-catching illustrations, there is a free mp3 song version available from the WordsBright website (www.wordsbright.com). "My daughter loves to hear the song, and I wanted to give it out free over the Internet, so that it is available to interested parents and their kids practically anywhere in the world," said Vick. Free teaching tips are also available at the same website.
The hardcover and ebook versions have just been released in honor of "I Love to Read Month," celebrated by many schools and libraries across the nation. The book is available at several online stores, including Barnes&Noble.com, Booksamillion.com, Bookdepository.com and Amazon.com. It can also be ordered through traditional bookstores, a great way to support local neighborhood booksellers.
To request a review copy of A New Take on ABCs – S is for Smiling Sunrise, and/or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist, at 952-240-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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