<![CDATA[Janet Balletta<br />Author & Educator - Blog]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:45:22 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Mi Libro Hispano]]>Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/celebrate-hispanic-heritage-month-with-mi-libro-hispano
This September, Mi Libro Hispano will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month starting September 15 through October 15, 2017 with several cultural events in Florida in celebration of the International Month of Hispanic Literature.  

I have partnered with Mi Libro Hispano as an Ambassador of Good Will to donate my bilingual children's books along with other book titles to schools, the community, and abroad.  Naturally, I started by donating books to my school library and the local libraries in Port St. Lucie. In fact, my children's books have already reached Colombia, Puerto Rico, Asia, and Ecuador.  

Finally, I will be at the Annual San Juan Festival with my children's books on Satuday, September 30, 2017, at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center in Port St. Lucie, Fl, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  I look forward to seeing you there.  Admission to the festival is $10.00 for adults and free for children. Join us for a day of celebrating Puerto Rican culture with Mi Libro Hispano during Hispanic Heritage Month.   

<![CDATA[Back To School Activities]]>Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:52:38 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/back-to-school-activities
The first day of school is an exciting day for all students. One of the best ways to welcome your students back to school is with a great read aloud. As a K-2 bilingual teacher, I am recommending three (3) books and learning activities your students are sure to love. These books are perfect for engaging children in learning during the first week of school. Wishing you a successful school year.  Enjoy! 

The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn
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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
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​The First Day Jitters by ​Julie Danneberg
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<![CDATA[A Review of Who's that in the Cat Pajamas?]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:45:25 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/a-review-of-whos-that-in-the-cat-pajamas
Often times a children's book stands out because of the important message it delivers. Such is the case with, Who's that in the Cat Pajamas by Sojourn McConnell, a chapter book  and Book 1 in her new Dolcey Series. In this book, we meet little Emily, who's afraid of moving to new home. Emily's problem is one shared by many children;they're afraid of leaving their friends & families behind to move to a new city. As an elementary school teacher, I am very familiar with this problem. What Sojourn has cleverly done in this new series is created Dolcey, a fairy who dresses up in Cat Pajamas, and helps children in trouble. You see, Dolcey, is sensitive to children's cries and rushes to aid them disguised as an endearing cat.  I recommend this book for families with young children dealing with the challenges of moving to a city or country. I am adding a fun children's activities to go along with the book and my Amazon review. Enjoy!       
* How to Make A 3D Paper House *



5.0 out of 5 stars - A wonderful book for children afraid of moving to a new home
Who's that in the Cat Pajamas by Sojourner McConnell, is a wonderful new chapter book for children who love fairies and are afraid of moving to a new home. In this delightful tale, a fairy called Dolcey wears a cat costume and comes to the aid of children in distress. When Dolcey hears Emily's cries, she magically appears in her cat disguise to sooth her. Emily is immediately enchanted with the cat which her parents believe is a stray and allow Emily to keep. After a few days, Dolcey reveals herself to Emily and takes her on a magical journey to the place where she will be moving. Dolcey carefully points out the beautiful features of her future new home. Without giving away spoilers, Emily's perspective changes from one of sadness to excitement about her new home. This is McConnell's Book 1 in her new series called The Dolcey Series. My grandchildren were captivated by the story as I am sure most children will able to identify with the story line. I am giving it 5 stars since I adore children's books with a happy ending.

Soujourner McConnell's 
Book Signing
Saturday, August 26, 2017 
Blue Grass Book Bash in Corbin, KY
10 am to 10 pm

Visit her fb page: https://www.facebook.com/vicki.turnergoodwin 
<![CDATA[2017 Purple Dragonfly Awards & International Latino Book Awards Announcement]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:45:33 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/2017-purple-dragonfly-awards-international-latino-book-awards-announcement
I am delighted to announce my children's book, The Legend of Roberto Cofresi - A Puerto Rican Hero (English & Spanish version) received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Purple Dragonfly Awards - Cultural Diversity category.

Additionally, my Spanish children's books, La Leyenda de la Sirena Colombiana y La Leyenda de Roberto Cofresi - Un héroe de Puerto Rico were nominated as finalists in the 2017 International Latino Book Awards - Best Latino Focused Children's Picture Book & Best Children's Book Translation (English to Spanish) categories respectively.   

A heartfelt thank you goes to Maritza M. Mejia, AWA, and the Spanish Translator of the mermaid book, Ana Morris, AWA, and the Spanish Translator of the pirate book, Estella Mejia, Illustrator of the mermaid & pirate books, and my publisher, Walter Bodie of WRB Publishing. Each of you has contributed to making my publishing dreams come true and for this, I am eternally grateful.  
This is truly a "Double Blessing" kind of day!

<![CDATA[Story Monsters Inc. Review of The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid.]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 20:19:01 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/story-monsters-inc-review-of-the-legend-of-the-colombian-mermaid
Story Monsters Inc. review of
The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid  
June 2017 Book Review
Reviewer: Darleen Wohlfeil

This award-winning rendition of Colombian folklore centers around the 1917 legend of La Sirena De Hurtado. The story tells of the young girl’s defiance of parents and custom as she went swimming in the river on Good Friday. Legend has it she was cursed for her disobedience and turned into a mermaid. Trapped there, the young mermaid tries to lure other children into the river and into her eternal disobedience. Hundreds of tourists flock to the river every summer to see the monument of the mermaid located on the edge of the Guatapuri River and swim in its crystal blue waters.

Read more Story Monster Inc. book reviews here www.storymonsters.com/smi-book-reviews/volume-4-issue-6-june-2017 

<![CDATA[Mermaid Cinquian for Earth Day & Poetry Month]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/mermaid-cinquain-for-earth-day-poetry-monthIn celebration of Earth Day and Poetry Month, I'm sharing a fun mermaid cinquain poem you can try with your children at home or school. Did you know mermaids were environmentalists and protectors of the ocean? Mermaids are on a mission to raise awareness of the importance of saving the oceans for future generations. We all need air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, and a healthy environment where we can live with beauty, inspiration, and recreation. Mermaids have a simple message: stop polluting our oceans. Join the fight to save the oceans through awareness and poetry. Here's a mermaid cinquain and Pinterest link with directions for creating cinquain poems.  Also included is a poetry resource, Poems, Thoughts and More by Maritza M. Mejia, a recommended ocean booklist featuring Cry of the Sea by D.G. Driver, and Dante the Dolphin by Lisa Waters along with some cool science experiments for the classroom.  
<![CDATA[´╗┐The Good Friday Legend Lives on in Memory of my Mom-100th Anniversary of the Mermaid Legend]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 22:15:16 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/the-good-friday-legend-lives-on-in-memory-of-my-mom-100th-anniversary-of-the-mermaid-legend
The Good Friday Mermaid Legend lives on in memory of my mother, Judith A. Cardenas. Twenty six year ago, she left this Earthy plane to reside in the Heavenly realm with our Dad and the Lord, but her memory will live in our hearts forever. She was a strong woman of Faith which is the legacy she endowed our family with. Mom had a special way of lifting others up when they were down. She was my inspiration for writing The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid. Mom made it an Easter tradition in our home every year and I pray my children will always keep the tradition alive. On the day she left us, she took a piece of our heart with her, but I know she is resting peace and smiling down on her family from Heaven. Happy Easter in Heaven, Mom & Dad. There's not a day that goes by when we don't think of you or miss you, but you already know that. <3 

<![CDATA[100th Year Anniversary of the Mermaid Legend]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:12:06 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/100th-year-anniversary-of-the-mermaid-legend
Janet Balletta, kindergarten teacher at Mariposa Elementary and children's book award winning author of The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid will be at Barnes & Noble, 3001 NE Federal Highway, Jensen Beach, Fl 34957, on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. This Easter the mermaid legend is celebrating its 100th Year Anniversary and you are invited to join the festivities. There will be a special read aloud, followed by a book signing, treats, and crafts for the children. In 2015, Janet received the Mariposa International Latino Book Award and the Purple Dragonfly Book Award in 2016 for her mermaid book. The book is available in English and Spanish on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Nook. Don't miss this magical mermaid celebration!
<![CDATA[Revive your Faith this Lenten Season]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/revive-your-faith-this-lenten-seasonThe Lenten Season is a time for self-reflection, spending time in prayer,  and reviving your faith.  It coincides with the season of spring which calls us to new life. These two books are perfect reads to renew your spirit during Lent and throughout the year. The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid  ​y La Leyenda de la Sirena Colombiana  written by Janet Balletta and translated into Spanish by Maritza M. Mejia for children ages 5-12.  This Easter the mermaid legend is celebrating its 100th Year Anniversary (1917 -2017).  Hazel Eyes y Ojos Avellanas by Maritiza M. Mejia for teenagers & young adults.  ​

The Good Friday Legend Lives On  
​Review By Lisa Waters

"Janet Balletta, created an intriguing story furthering a mermaid legend in her mysterious and magical book titled the Legend of the Colombian Mermaid. It keeps the tradition of this ancient legend going year-after-year occurring on Good Fridays during Easter week. The original legend dating back since 1917 took place in a town called Valledupar in Colombia where a young girl defied her parents and went swimming in the enticing river waters on Good Friday. According to the legend the girl was cursed and turned into a mermaid as she was full of disobedience and did not observe the traditions of Good Friday, a holy day observed by Catholics."  
You can order Janet Balletta's Books
online: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HZ9QEYK
A Testimony of Faith
Review By Author Lisa Waters 

"Reading Author Maritza Martinez Mejia’s Hazel Eyes is somewhat of a mesmerizing memoir. It’s never very easy to write about one’s life, but the author captures the essence of her life in a way that’s unquestionably an outstanding and unbelievable journey. You’ll discover the young life of the author, her struggles and challenges living in Colombia, growing up and being subjected to worldly influences whereby she began to rebel. The author reveals how God touched her and she underwent a transformation not only in life but her views and behavior. During her early adult life she embarked upon a pilgrimage to Monte Carmelo in central Chile where she witnessed a miraculous apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and you’ll learn how her life progressed. The memoir will leave you in awe, fill you with hope, encourage you to renew your faith, cherish life, believe in the power of the Lord, and most of all bestow the acts of kindness and love upon all mankind."​
You can order Maritza Martinez Mejia's Books online: http://www.amazon.com/Maritza-Martinez-Mejia/e/B009DKDXFW
Thank you for your support!
<![CDATA[A Review of Catherine's Pascha by Charlotte Riggle]]>Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/a-review-of-catherines-pascha-by-charlotte-riggle
Catherine's Pascha by Charlotte Riggle is the perfect introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Easter celebration. It is written from a child's point of view and her handicapped friend, who's in a wheelchair.  Upon their arrival to church in the middle of the night, they participate in a lively vigil of traditional liturgy, prayers, and festivities. The book is beautifully illustrated depicting the ancient orthodox church to real life form. I was impressed with the detailed artwork used to accent the religious figures. I learned a lot about the Eastern Orthodox Easter celebration and would recommend this book for any home or school library. As a teacher, I think this book is perfect to use with a Venn diagram to find the similarities and differences of how other religions celebrate the Easter Season. The author has a website for the book which offers more history on the Eastern Orthodox religion, various learning activities, and many wonderful recipes. What compelled me about the book is that it teaches the importance of the Pascha Season regardless of religious affiliation. Adults and children will feel like they have traveled back in time to ancient Greece to celebrate Pascha. Five brilliant stars for Catherine's Pascha! Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Catherines-Pascha-Charlotte-Riggle/dp/0984612440/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1489688139&sr=8-1  

- See learning activity for the book below.

~Compare & Contrast 
Catherine's Pascha &
another Easter book~  


1. Read Catherine's Pascha and another Easter book.
2. Complete the Venn diagram to find similarities and differences of how ​other religions celebrate the Easter Season.
3. Enjoy ethnic snacks to celebrate. 

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