Judy's writing style sets the tone for the identified goals in the books she writes for children.
Her training in language acquisition, early childhood education, brain development, special education, along with her work covering a wide variety of age and ability groups, helps her focus on improving kids' language indirectly. She breaks conventional rules of writing picture books, spattering her stories with alliteration, rhyming words, similes and metaphors and perhaps a difficult word now and then. She hopes all of these literary tweaks will help kids soar in reading skills. She strives to enlighten kids about language so they gain a growing desire to read more and often!
Although she strives for realistic illustrations of animals and backgrounds, she does include animals who speak...on occasion...but then, kids talk to animals...real ones, stuffed ones, and those in books. She believes it would be wonderful if the animals shared conversations with kids (or do they?) and helped teach children some of the lessons of life...especially those related to our environment. Kids would be inspired to do more as they grow up to save our precious lands and protect the animals...all of which we need to survive!
Her works have been previewed by kids, educators, speech language pathologists, parents, biologists, naturalists, scientists, various sectors of key professionals and other authors. She embeds a lesson in each of her books and backs it up with educational activities so adults will continue to share educational experiences with children either through a supplement page in the book or on the website.
Language and interest level is focused on ages: 4 to 9 years
Reading level varies about: 1st to 4th grade
Vocabulary level about: 2nd to 4th grade
Concept can be taught: K and UP
Everyone over the age of 4 should be able to understand the concept of recycling and can follow through on the challenge to save the deserts and all the other natural lands around the world that are impacted by litter.
Goals of the book:
To promote an interest in learning about the desert flora and fauna.
To identify the defense mechanisms of some desert creatures.
To develop increased curiosity/use of language and vocabulary.
To instill a desire to protect world deserts and other natural areas.
To encourage involvement in trash pick-up and recycling programs.
"Knowledge is power.”
Sir Francis Bacon
discovered the scientific method