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Rhyme & Reason conveys the internal pain and struggle of those dealing with mental illness, homelessness, addiction, and dementia. Through non-fiction, narrative verse, the content personifies the actual symptom profiles of some of the most common and severe mental health conditions. Black and white line art drawings provide a visual context for the lived experience of each diagnosis. The interpretive artwork invites the reader to color and reflect through the medium of colored pencils. Notes & Doodles pages follow each rhyme, prompting the reader to note critical points and journal their thoughts and feelings. Finally, a comprehensive resource page sums up the primary objective of this unique publication. This collection of poems is to be used as a guide for people who may be experiencing mental health challenges and those who love them. Art and verse combine to provide a simplistic, interactive approach to early symptom recognition and mental health awareness. Mental illness is plagued by a stigma that can force people with life-threatening symptoms to go underground. Through education, we can demystify the stigma, point the way to accessing services, and save lives.
It’s time for bed, but Casen, Keira, and Kesler won’t sleep until they discover a great bedtime story. But what exactly makes a great story? Is it action? Is it adventure? Is it heroes and villains? Luckily, Uncle Adam knows the answer! In this page-turning, choose-your-own-adventure book, children ages three to ten will use their imaginations to explore the key elements of really great stories. As they join in on the search for the perfect bedtime story, they’ll answer interactive questions and visit favourite places like Grandma and Grandpa’s, the beach, an ice-show, and even the moon! YOU Are a Great Story! empowers children to celebrate and create their own great stories each and every day! Inspired by the boundless imaginations of my niece and nephews, Casen, Keira and Kesler, this book is dedicated to all those in the Entertainment Industry that were negatively affected, shaken up and displaced by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is our ‘quarantine creation’ and we hope it encourages everyone to stay creative, to stay positive and to remain the author of their own new adventures to come.
Rich, handsome, and deeply enamoured with his track-star boyfriend Sean, eighteen-year-old Alex Chang-Williams has everything. That is, until he is abducted by an alien empire known only as the Academy and becomes the unwilling test subject of a failed experiment. Now armed with the ability to spray a toxic mist that causes others to fall in love with him, Alex soon becomes commander of the Chaff, a diverse squadron comprised of twelve empowered survivors of the Academy’s strange machinations. With the support of a mysterious organization called Carpathia, Alex and the Chaff work together to put an end to the Academy. To do so, they must fight against the Crux, a rival group of successful human test subjects who now serve the Academy by undertaking their own mission to forcibly colonize the last resisting planet in the galaxy. Driven by their unshakeable belief in humanity, the Chaff won’t stop until every member of the Crux turns away from Academy control. However, Alex's noble vision is soon challenged when alien mysteries and human betrayals blur the lines between good and evil and turn the truth into something he no longer recognizes.
A brave pigtailed girl and her trusty stuffed sidekick battle the scourge that is the seasonal flu. These pesky viruses messed with the wrong girl! Flu aims to educate young readers about viruses, flu symptoms, treatments, and precautionary measures while reassuring children that colds are only temporary. While they may feel crummy in the moment, they will feel much better soon.
Spring has arrived—and with it, new beginnings! Amrit seizes the opportunity to talk to her Babaji about his garden. But what starts as a simple conversation between a granddaughter and grandfather becomes a deeper exchange about Babaji’s immigration to Canada from India. In each of his answers, Babaji teaches Amrit about their shared heritage. As Amrit learns about her Indian roots, she also learns that the differences between Canadian and Indian cultures are underscored by important commonalities. My Babaji’s Garden is a heartfelt ode to our ability to lay down new roots and find a sense of belonging. For Babaji, gardening is a way to bring a bit of himself and his culture to his new home in Canada. He teaches Amrit that with love and care, we can learn to tend to our dreams and watch them grow.