Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Remnant Surprise by Vanessa Roam ~ Book Spotlight

  • Perfect Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613464649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613464649

This book is also available as an e-book.

December 13, 2011

When Great-Grandma decides to make quilts for each of her thirty-five grandchildren and great-grandchildren, great-granddaughter Gretchen and great-grandson Walter are eager to help. But Gretchen has no idea that the job Great-Grandma gives her will lead to a very special surprise. A touching and heartfelt fable, A Remnant Surprise shows that the sweetest gifts can come from the most unlikely sources. 

The illustrations are vibrant, realistic and were created with careful detail to support the story. The text is in larger font, allowing easier reading for you while snuggling your favorite children. The larger font also assists your budding readers in following their place in the text as they read. The words are descriptive, flowing and engaging. The pages and binding are of high quality, allowing this book to withstand a child's repetitive use.

About Vanessa Roam:

PictureVanessa Roam grew up in the small town, Treadwell, NY. Many of her extended family members resided within walking distance, including her grandmother, who would later inspire this author to write a children’s book. Vanessa has always enjoyed reading and writing since she herself was a small child. She can recall eagerly anticipating story time during her Head Start class in Delhi, NY. She also remembers struggling to exercise patience as she waited for her turn to read, one-on-one, with her first grade teacher, while attending A.L. Kellogg Elementary School in Treadwell, NY. It was an exciting event for her when the Book Mobile would roll in during summer vacations. 

It was not surprising to find little Vanessa sitting on a large rock, with her bare feet dipped in the cool creek water, a book in her hands and a medium sized black dog curled up beside her. Many warm summer days were spent hiking up the mountain, to their own special spot, where they would enjoy nature. Inevitably the girl would dig a book from her dirty backpack and read to her furry friend.

As she grew, the young girl became motivated to assist others in becoming fluent readers. Vanessa began by supporting her peers in overcoming their reading difficulties. Meanwhile, she was also providing child care to a handful of families in her home town. Part of her responsibility was helping these elementary students with their homework and reading practice. Vanessa out grew reading to her dog and began reading to the children she was caring for. The children came to anticipate snuggling up with their babysitter, for their bedtime story, before the lights would be turned out for the night.

Eventually, Vanessa Roam began tutoring students in her last years as a student of Delaware Academy in Delhi, NY. She tutored in most school subjects, but she always included aiding the student in refining their reading and comprehension skills. At the same time, Vanessa’s interest in literature continued as she enrolled in additional English classes. Through organized independent study she strived to translate portions of famous, foreign written works into English, with a focus on preserving the tone and the intellect of the piece. 

Vanessa Roam began her college education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. She completed the majority of her coursework at the State University of New York in Oneonta, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree. Though Vanessa majored in Business Economics, her heart remained tied to children, so she pursued extra coursework pertaining to child development and teaching. Vanessa’s relationship with her Husband, Michael Roam Jr., began while Vanessa was earning her degree. Vanessa also resided in Oneonta, NY, Otego, NY and Franklin, NY during this stage of her life and later would move to Kortright, NY. Since completing her degree, she has continued to independently research methods of teaching and exercise her writing. 

Vanessa Roam drew upon the information she had gathered over the years, to develop tailored reading lesson plans for each of her two homeschooled children, focusing on their individual learning styles as she taught them to read. It was through teaching her children to read, that Mrs. Roam wrote the story “A Remnant Surprise”, which was originally to be used in their reading lessons. After the story was written, the Roam Family relocated to NC, had a brief stay in Morrisville, NC and now resides in Louisburg, NC. After the move to NC, “A Remnant Surprise” was published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, and released in December 2011. 

Please drop by WV Stitcher in a few days to read my review of this charming story.

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