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The Spectacular World of Waldorf

Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of Texas

ISBN: 9781943276356

Publisher: Waldorf Publishing

Publication Date: 9/1/2016

Format: Paperback

My Rating: 5 Stars

Children's Books The Spectacular World of Waldorf allows children to discover new places in the USA and worldwide through humorous and intriguing travels for the picture book age reader. Bright-detailed illustrations combined with the attention savvy stories allow parents, educators and more to introduce the world to small children in a format while grabbing their attention. This comical Labrador draws children into his whimsical adventures in search of his lost reading spectacles. The poor pup has a habit of misplacing them but children will be enticed into his many travels to help silly Mr. Waldorf locate them as he discovers new friends and places in a format that small children will easily recollect and adore.

On this adventure, Mr. Waldorf discovers the Great State of Texas. The curious canine encounters fun new friends and places while exploring the vast state visiting the Alamo, riding a bull for 8 seconds, making new friends in Dallas, exploring Austin and more. Silly Mr. Waldorf has a tendency to misplace his favorite reading spectacles and can't seem to find them while traveling Texas. Will you help him find them and learn all about the lone star state?

Children will fall in love with Mr. Waldorf and they will also discover the world in a fun & exciting way. Mr. Waldorf invites you to join his "Whoofishly" fun adventures! Where will the fuzzy canine end up next?

My Review

A special thank you to Waldorf Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. A comical Labrador is the latest hit in the new children's book travel series, THE SPECTACULAR WORLD OF WALDORF "Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of Texas," The second largest state in the US by both area and population, and featured in the first installment by Beth Ann Stifflemire and Barbara Terry. Mr. Waldorf is a lovable and adventurous canine on a voyage to see the United States and the world. His first stop is the State of Texas where he meets cowboys, learns to line dance, rides a bull, attends the rodeo, and hurdles cattle. He visits the Alamo, the famous River Walk, and historic sites, and explores Dallas and meets all sorts of friends. In Dallas, he attends football games, and makes his way to Houston, San Antonio, and the state capital, Austin where he discovers beautiful and sweet smelling wildflowers. From oil, a judge in hot sauce competition, and plenty of spicy Mexican food. With bold colorful illustrations, ideal for kids ages seven-nine. From second-third grade reading level. In addition, younger children will enjoy the images while parents or older siblings read to them. My granddaughter, Avery is in AIG classes (3rd grade) and she gives the series her “thumbs up and seal of approval!” My grandson, Brady, (1st grade) loved the adventure with lots of fun along the way. Educational, informative, adventurous, and entertaining! Well-crafted, a great way to help children learn about different cultures, diversity, languages, geographical areas, while assisting them with reading, and social studies, as well as introducing them to new things. A clever fun way to help kids explore other parts of the country in the privacy of their own home or school. Parents, grandparents, educators, teachers, and kids will love Mr. Waldorf and will want to follow him to the many cities, and parts of the country where he explores. A fun learning experience! Mr. Waldorf loves to read and needs his specs. He tends to lose them along the way. Readers will need to help him find them. This comical Labrador draws children into his whimsical adventures in search of his lost reading spectacles for a little mystery. The strong visual narrative (glossy) makes this an appealing choice for a wide range of ages. By the turn of the last page, children will immediately begin imagining the next adventure. Beautiful photos (high res) glossy images pop with color! Catch the train and join Waldorf, as he travels to his next stop. Coming up: Alaska, the largest state in the US.Collect them all- Ideal for gift giving.

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The Publisher and Author

Barbara Terry is one of the most sought-after Auto Experts, Columnists, Producers, Show Hosts, Authors and Off Road Racers. She has been featured in over 100 publications and has made more than 1200 Television and Radio appearances since 2006. Barbara decided after an amazing 10 year career in the Entertainment Industry, starting a Publishing Company was only fitting! Read More

Beth Ann Stifflemire is a published fiction author ranging from Romance to Children's genres. A Communications Graduate of Texas A&M, Beth Ann has been featured in the Austin American Statesman,, Texas Wine Trail, Texas A&M University Communications Department Feature, Georgetown View Magazine, Hill Country News, Lone Star Literary Life and Nerd Girl Books and more.

Beth Ann Stifflemire is a woman who decided to make dreams a reality in 2010. She created a bucket list and never looked back.

To date Beth Ann has tackled many items on that bucket list: written a book, published a book, run a half-marathon, started a blog, changed careers and much more.

Beth Ann has been featured in the Austin American Statesman,, Texas Wine Trail, Texas A&M University Communications Department Feature, Georgetown View Magazine, Hill Country News, Lonestar Literary Life and Nerd Girl Books.

Through her bucket list journey Beth Ann uncovered an underlying passion for writing and decided to tackle it head on. She is a published author with her next titles to be released the fall of 2015: “Diverted Heart” (due out August 2015) and “Fates Betrayal” (due out October 2015).

Beth Ann suffered a devastating and tragic loss in 2003 that changed the entire course of her future. This one single event changed her outlook on life and she knew she wanted to leave a mark on this earth. This ignited the desire to follow her passions and in 2010 after contemplating a way to personally document her life journey and aspirations the bucket list was born. Read More

Advance Praise

"I am excited about this series of children's books. The colorful illustrations and story lines will engage the imaginations of the readers as they journey to different places and adventures." --Don J Carey III, Detroit Lions NFL Player.

"Mr. Waldorf is off to Texas. But he's somehow lost his spectacles and he can't see very well without them. He asks us to help him find his spectacles, but in the meantime, Mr. Waldorf is going to do some sightseeing and have a little fun. He connects with real cowboys in Dallas and learns some new moves in country dancing. He even plays a little bit of football and, when he arrives in Austin, he tastes some hot sauce ... only to find that it's too hot for him. And still, Mr. Waldorf can't find his spectacles. However, he doesn't let that get him down and he enjoys his travels through the state of Texas, and he shares with the reader all of his experiences and all that he learns about the people and the history of Texas.Beth Ann Stifflemire and Barbara Terry have created a lovely, educational picture book about Texas.

The Spectacular World of Waldorf: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of Texas is very colorfully illustrated with lots of interesting images to complement the story. The plot follows Mr. Waldorf's travels through the state, with occasional references to his missing spectacles, which the reader will often see on the page accompanied with an image relevant to that part of the story, like the spectacles flashing out of an giant oil derrick near Houston. There are a lot of big words in this story, but each word is presented in such a way that the young reader not only learns the new word, but also understands what it means. This is a fun and educational book for young readers, with lots of great illustrations to carry the story along." --Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

"Vibrant images meet entertaining geography lesson. Young readers will be dazzled by this beautifully illustrated and adventurous series featuring one curious canine with a clumsy yet adventurous spirit. In pure Dora The Explorer fashion, Mr. Waldorf enlists each reader to assist him as he makes his way from one famous landmark to the next, making friends and trying new things along the way. Barbara Terry and Beth Ann Stifflemire have crafted a furry world traveler that children, and their parents, will look forward to hearing from--one adventure at a time."

--Jennifer Vaughn, Emmy Nominated Award Winning TV News Anchor-WMUR, Author of Last Flight Out and Throw Away Girls.

"The best way to learn is when you don't realize you are learning at all! That is how kids will feel as they go on adventures with Mr. Waldorf. These books engage and encourage the reader to help Mr. Waldorf, all while teaching great lessons about geography and cultures of the different places he visits. I wish my daughters were still young enough to learn from these adventures!" --Dan Jansen, Olympic Gold Medalist-Speed Skating.

"Mr. Waldorf exposes young children to diversity and language in an adventurous and colorful format. Expand your child's knowledge of other cultures by joining Mr. Waldorf on his adventures."

--Amy Gensler, M.A., CCC-A, LSLS Certified AVT Audiologist & Auditory-Verbal Therapist

"Mr. Waldorf is a canine who loves to travel. Gussied up in cowboy boots, checkered shirt, and jeans, he's dressed for success in Texas in this children's picture book story of a sight-impaired dog who can't read the huge sign that points the way to Dallas. Mr. Waldorf invites young readers to help him find his reading glasses in the course of this journey, but his sight doesn't prevent him from making new friends and meeting real cowboys who herd cattle down the big city's streets. A fun, chatty, zany series of encounters juxtaposes a search for missing spectacles with a series of lively yet impossible encounters as Mr. Waldorf makes the most of Texas cultural legends, from sports to country western dancing, and travels to Austin and beyond. Gorgeous color drawings and a fun, whimsical blend of Texas culture and a search for what should be obvious makes for a picture book story that's an engaging and fun read, highly recommended for kids with good reading skills and parents who may task themselves with read-aloud just to enjoy the fun antics of Mr. Waldorf as he explores Texas".

--Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review






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