Compelling Reasons Why This Book Should Be in Your School Library


Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore Book Cover

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Children’s rhyming picture book, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, tells the adventurous story of Sam, a tenacious land and sea fiddler crab who finds himself on the sandy shores of an idyllic island named Corte Magore. He wants to stay there and live there forever, but he’ll have to overcome obstacles to accomplish his dream. This book teaches children about courage and tenacity – to stand up to bullying and to fight for what they believe in, while also teaching them the importance of dreaming. Sam’s story is told in one big epic poem. This book is geared towards children ages 4-7, although all young children seem to enjoy it. Here’s why: 

The book is written in rhyme. Rhyming verse aids in early-development learning and recall. The British Council writes about teaching children English:

“…playing with the short texts of rhymes, children explore the mechanics of the English language. They find out how language works and become familiar with the relationship between the 44 sounds of English and the 26 alphabet letters – information which helps them when they begin reading to decode the sounds that make up words. The value of this type of language-play with rhymes in early learning is both underestimated and undervalued.”

The book utilizes many different poetic devices – typically difficult to teach children –such as alliteration, point-of-view, stanza, meter, repetition, assonance, personification, and my personal favorite, onomatopoeia. Poetic devices are used to take the reader to a different time or place and helps with imagery. Education Portal says:

“Poetry can follow a strict structure, or none at all, but many different types of poems use poetic devices. Poetic devices are tools that a poet can use to create rhythm, enhance a poem’s meaning, or intensify a mood or feeling. These devices help piece the poem together, much like a hammer and nails join planks of wood together.” 

Books Written in Prose May Be a Dying Art. Authors like Seuss and Silverstein paved the way for poetry in children’s literature, yet it’s hard to find new children’s books today written in prose. Carol Hurst intimates why it’s best to not let this great art die in the following excerpt taken from Hurst’s article on the website:

“…along came Shel Silverstein. He wrote poems about picking your nose and selling your baby sister and adults (some of them) winced and kids guffawed and kids’ poetry was changed forever. Now we’ve got the gamut of emotions and subjects in kid’s poetry. Poetry, of course, be it for child or adult (and the distinction is not always clear) is very much a matter of perception. Poems speak to the individual, even more than stories do, and some are not speaking to you — at least not right now. The rules of poetry selection are the same as for the selection of any kind of literary material that you’re going to use with your kids. It must speak to you as the living breathing adult you are before you can help it speak to kids. If it’s supposed to be funny, it should make you laugh or at least smile. If it’s supposed to be sad, it should choke you up a bit. If it’s a description of a thing or a feeling, it should help you see it or feel it in a new way. So, which of all the books of poetry will you choose for your classroom? Every one you can afford.”

Erin Koehler writes, “The more picture books I read, I start to notice the ones that catch my interest the most, and the ones I end up re-reading several times in a row, are the ones that feel the most poetic. By that I mean that even though the language may appear to be “simple” the language is actually rich in complex diction, syntax, and imagery–not to mention attention to rhythm, sounds, and pacing. Sound familiar? Like a poem maybe?”

Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore is published in more formats than the average book. In addition to hardcover, softcover, an audio version, and a soon published Spanish translation (being published for the Finding Corte Magore project) did you know this literary gem is also available in a picture book app available exclusively for the iPad? The iPad version, for all you tech-based schools, boasts interactivity, professional narration, full animation and an original musical score produced by Nashville singer and songwriter, Robby Armstrong. (Hint: Sam is a “fiddler” crab.)

Finally, have you ever heard of SpongeBob SquarePants? Of course you have! Kids love sea creatures! What we all admire most about the television series are the unique characters, setting and bold use of color. When one of my good friends told me her brother, a Storyboard Director for SpongeBob SquarePants would be interested in working on the book, I knew I had found the right art director. “Mr. Lawrence” -who incidentally is also the voice of Plankton, then brought in his colleague, another SpongeBob storyboard director, Marc Ceccarelli, to produce the original character art and many of the final illustrations.

So, as promised, these are succinct, definitive reasons why this book should be in a school or public library, despite my newbie authorness and utter lack of literary famelessness (I’m a writer, I get to make-up words.)

As always, thanks for the ear!

Tonia Allen Gould, Author

Click here to Order Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore on Amazon.

Giving Proper Credit Where Credit is Due with Some SpongeBob Crew and Who Knows Who?


Scene 1 Final Illustration by Marc Ceccarelli.
Scene 1 Final Illustration by Marc Ceccarelli.

I failed to give proper credit where credit is due! “Mr. Lawrence” (incidentally, also the voice of Plankton), and Storyboard Director for SpongeBob SquarePants, creatively directed many of the Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore Illustrations in cooperation with Marc Ceccarelli, also a SpongeBob SquarePants StoryBoard Director, who mastered most of the final illustrations. Michelle Fandrey, from Skies America Publishing, also contributed to the illustrations. I had failed to mention Ceccarelli leading up to this point, but without him, this story couldn’t have come to life. Dmitriy Toloknov performed all the illustrations seamlessly working with Mr. Lawrence’s, Marc Ceccarelli’s, and Fandrey’s illustrations.

And, while I’m at it; let’s not forget the book was narrated by two-time Marconi Award nominee, and a top radio personality, broadcaster, and voice-over in the country, Mr. Steve McCoy, who lent his charming voice to the project. In addition to narrating Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, McCoy has voiced the narration for a children’s book app for Dream Works “Rise of the Guardians,” and legions of other high-profile works.

Country artist Robby Armstrong wrote and produced the Americana-style musical score for the children’s eBook/app, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore (Skies America Publishing, 2013), which is now available on iTunes. One of my favorite people of all time, Emily Kilimnik (violinist/fiddler), put the finishing touches on the story with her exceptional fiddle playing for the app–because no self-respecting fiddler crab on Corte Magore can be seen and heard without his fiddle and his bow! Kilimnik was working in conjunction with Armstrong on the project, and Armstrong can also can be heard on the guitar. The release of the professional narrated and musical eBook/App coincides with Armstrong’s single release, “Rodeo,” which is currently at Country radio. Written by Armstrong and Darrell Brown, the toe-tapping track is Robby’s first single from his forthcoming 2013 full-length album, which is additionally produced by Brown (LeAnn Rimes, Ty Herndon, Radney Foster). Robby has three songs, including “Rodeo” in the major motion picture, Gambit (featuring Cameron Diaz, Colin Firth), wherein he and his band make a cameo appearance. The songs are also on the official soundtrack. Additionally, “Rodeo” is featured in The Sims video game and has been heard at Angels’ stadium as the Los Angeles Angels’ rally song. The dance remix for the song is circulating through line dance clubs across the country. Robby’s “Rodeo” video was also selected for pre-race entertainment for the upcoming Indy 500. For more information, visit http://www.RobbyArmstrong.net and on Facebook and Twitter.

Many, many special thanks to Jacqueline Merrill, Creative Director at Skies America publishing, for all of her important contributions to the story once it entered the animation stage.

A children’s book written by Tonia Allen Gould (moi), the story is of a tenacious land and sea fiddler crab that will stop at nothing to build and save his home from his rival. Complete with a fiddle and his bow, Samuel T. Moore marches forward with his mission, even though he is met with adversary while onlookers and naysayers mock him in disbelief. The book teaches children about courage and tenacity, to stand up and fight for what they believe in.

Yes, little old me produced, authored and hand-picked the celebrity talent to make this eBook/app an engaging experience for children ages four to eight years old, and only for the mere price of $4.99! Please buy Samuel T. Moore here!