Great Catch, Sarafina!

Sarafina is excited to be at the beach for the first time ever. She’s dressed and ready for fun when her cousin George appears, with a brand new flying saucer, and asks Sarafina to play catch with him. But catching the flying toy proves to be more difficult than Sarafina first thought. She’s going to have to keep her eyes open and paws out if she wants to take part in this game. But can Sarafina learn it fast enough? 

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Format:   Paperback, Kindle

Dimensions:  8″ x 10″

Publish Date:  September 21, 2017

ISBN:  978-0-9981543-3-6

ISBN:  978-0-9981543-4-3 eBook

Price:  $10.99 Paperback, $3.49 Kindle

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Great Catch, Sarafina! 

Coloring Book 

Follow Sarafina as she experiences the challenges and joy that comes with learning a new activity. This coloring book compliments the picture book story and is great for children ages 4-8.

 

Format:   Paperback

Dimensions:  8″ x 10″

Publish Date:  February 19, 2018

ISBN:  978-1979834384

Price:  $5.95 Paperback 

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Sarafina and the Not-So-Wonderful Day

Sarafina has a unique name. Getting her first dog tag with her name is a very exciting day for her. At her new school, she slowly learns that classmates aren’t always so kind. The result is Sarafina being teased and bullied about her name. With the love of her parents and support from her teacher, she quickly learns the secret of how to turn a not-so-wonderful day into a great day. 

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Format:   Paperback, Kindle

Dimensions:  8″ x 10″

Publish Date:  October 19, 2016

ISBN:  978-0-9981543-0-5

ISBN:  978-0-9981543-1-2 ebook

Price:  $9.99 Paperback, $5.25 Kindle

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Sarafina and the Not-So-Wonderful Day 

Coloring Book

Meet Sarafina, a little puppy who teaches kids to overcome teasing with her positive attitude.  This coloring book compliments the picture book story and is great for children ages 4-8.

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Format:   Paperback

Dimensions:  8″ x 10″

Publish Date:  December 7, 2016

ISBN:  978-1-5408990-4-0

 Price:  $5.95 Paperback

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Reviews

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Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Readers’ Favorite

“Sarafina is nervous about going to school, but she’s also excited because she’s going to be showing off her new necklace with her name. But when the other children make fun of her name, she starts to feel self-conscious and embarrassed about it. Fortunately for Sarafina, her teacher is there to help her understand that having a unique name, a longer name, is actually a whole lot of fun. Sarafina can help the rest of the class understand the important things that she can do in Sarafina and the Not-So-Wonderful Day by Carol A. Bacon.

This book is all about a little puppy who wants to be proud of who she is, but feels like she’s not as important as her friends at school. This is something that a lot of small children go through when they go to school. They get picked on because of something about themselves that they want to be proud of. They definitely deserve to see how important they are and why they should be celebrated. The children in this book figure out that there’s something really cool about being different and I think this will be a great message for other children as well. 

Sarafina and the Not-So-Wonderful Day is a good book for small children and will help them feel more confident in themselves as well. Carol A. Bacon has created a great piece that will keep the attention of young readers because of the colors and pictures as well as the words.”

 

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D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer

Midwest Book Review

“Picture book readers age 4-8 years will delight in the pairing of Marvin Alonso’s colorful art with Carol A. Bacon’s story of young Sarafina, who experiences a fun day of shopping alongside her parents for a necklace with her name on it, all in preparation for her first day at a new school.

This makes her feel special and loved – but when everyone laughs at her long name and teases her, Sarafina realizes she’s not really special; but odd. Nobody else has a name with so many letters … nobody but the teacher.

How can Sarafina feel better about herself? And how can she deal with class bullies determined to bring her down?

The array of animal protagonists (all gussied up in human clothing) and their encounters lends a whimsical and fun feel to a story where a young schoolgirl struggles to find her place in a new classroom.

Kids receive many lessons from Sarafina’s story; from self-esteem and the differences between parental and peer approval to how to handle conflict and turn bad experiences into good ones.

It’s an early primer on facing life’s conflicts head-on and with a positive attitude. Parents choosing it as a read-aloud will find that the story of Sarafina offers many jumping-off points for discussions of courage, conflict, and crafting win-win situations from ego-bashing encounters.

A surprise revelation enhances the powerful message of this delightfully uplifting, simple picture book story, which is highly recommended for ages 4-8 and especially for parental read-aloud and interaction.”

 

Darleen Wohlfeil

Story Monsters Ink

“The warm and appealing illustrations of this story create a perfect atmosphere for a colder, yet necessary topic of our day. Bullying is on a definite rise. Insensitive teasing can often bloom into downright meanness. It’s easy to follow the crowd and not rock the boat, but often small stands can overcome many troubles. Sarafina is faced with rejection. Her excited expectations fall in its paralyzing effects. Sometimes, it only takes one person to reach out and make a difference. Sarafina meets someone who understands, and encourages her to appreciate herself just as she is. This is a sweet and simple story, but it builds a broad and deep foundation for the stage of life to rest upon.” 

 

 

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Mamta Madhavan

Readers’ Favorite

“Great Catch, Sarafina! by Carol A. Bacon is a charming story that conveys a good message to young readers. Through the story of Sarafina, readers are taught how to keep trying to achieve whatever they have set their hearts on and to never give up. Sarafina is at the beach and it is a sunny, windy day. She is basking in the beauty of the day when she hears her cousin George calling out to her. He has a new toy flying saucer and he wants Sarafina to play with him. He tells her how to play and they start playing. Sarafina realizes that playing with the toy flying saucer is not as easy as she thinks it is. She knows it is going to be challenging to understand and play the game. Will Sarafina be able to learn how to play?

I like the message the story conveys and the tips at the end of the book on how to make a toy flying saucer are interesting and that makes the book good for fun and interactive sessions in classrooms. Parents can use the story of Sarafina to motivate youngsters and the book makes a fun bedtime story. The illustrations are vibrant and lively and they bring the story to life. This tale is for all those children who try hard to learn something new, and they try until they master the skill. Sarafina taking up the challenge of learning how to handle the toy flying saucer is encouraging and will inspire children to strive toward achieving their goals.”

 

 

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