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Tails, Tales, Adventures, Oh, My!

Gallery of Books

Welcome to Lyric Power Publishing, LLC, where we believe science books should be both educational and entertaining. Our children’s books illustrations are unusual in the marketplace: They are vivid—to attract the reader to both the written word and the fascinating world of science. Science is interesting and fun when presented in delightful rhymes or engaging adventures. No dry textbooks here! But don’t think these stories are only for children. Our fan mail indicates adults enjoy them equally and have also gained new knowledge while reading them.

We have recently added books for adult readers at LPP, though they could be enjoyed by some older children. Silent Rocks by Elaine A. Powers falls in our Conservation Category and is about how to help save the endangered Rock Iguanas of Cayman Brac.  Queen of the Night: the Night-Blooming Cereus, also by Elaine A. Powers, is found in our Plants Category and is about the mysterious Sonoran Desert plant that blooms one night every summer–all of them at the same time! Brown Booby Birds of Cayman Brac by Bonnie Scott is filed in our Birds Category and is about the last forty pairs of these large sea birds that are found only on the island of Cayman Brac. Time and the Garden by Jo Busha is also in Plants and is a book of essays from her life and experiences in the garden. Please check them out by clicking on the titles.

We may be a small publisher, but we have a mighty mission:  Science education should not be boring! To that end, in addition to our fun, science-based books in print, we have developed our own activity sheets and bundled them into 12 to 47-page study-units. Our affordable, printable activity sheets, workbooks, flannel-boards and standups for Grades K-5 provide creative and fun opportunities to learn about ecology, reptiles, birds, mammals, habitats, predators and prey, plants, rocks, maps and directions. They include coloring pages and lessons on anatomy, life-cycles, crossword puzzles, cut-and-paste, word searches, spelling, vocabulary, math, and story-writing, and more. Wouldn’t your children rather count iguanas or bats than apples and oranges? Our workbooks can be viewed at the Workbooks tab and are downloaded by you to be printed and used as many times as you’d like.

We hope you will enjoy all there is to see on the Lyric Power Publishing, LLC website. You can meet our authors and illustrators under the Home tab and see all our books at the Our Books tab.

Thank you for joining us as we discuss our work and our insights on this blog, Tails, Tales, Adventures, Oh, My! If you’d like to receive updates in your email, use the subscription box in the right column of any page but the Home page.

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Author Elaine A. Powers Shares Her New Newsletter

Lyric Power Publishing LLC is pleased to announce that author Elaine A. Powers is publishing a new newsletter highlighting book announcements and specials. The latest issue features a Curtis Curly-tail book having a birthday today: Curtis Curly-tail is Lizardnapped was ‘born’ on  February 11th!

Please click here to see Elaine’s colorful, graphic newsletter; to click through to the birthday celebration video; and to subscribe to her newsletter and follow her journey and passion to help make learning science fun!

The birthday book!

a children's book cover, blue and white, with several curly-tail lizards on the cover
Curtis Curly-tail becomes the
unfortunate victim of poachers,
along with other protected animals.
Who will save them?
An Adventure Tale
For Readers Age 10+
Lovely Colored Pencil
Illustrations by
Jessica Minns
30 Pages
In the third book of the series, the very curious Curtis Curly-tail mistakes a poacher for a tourist wanting to snap a picture of his perfectly-curled tail. Instead, he is captured, along with critically endangered native plants, Conch and Iguanas.
Together the animals plot their escape from the dangerous poachers. Who will help them? How will they get free of the cages on a boat and return home safely to Warderick Wells?

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Curtis Curly-tail is Having a Book-Birthday

a children's book cover, blue and white, with several curly-tail lizards on the cover

Lyric Power Publishing LLC is pleased to announce the “birth” day of the book above: Curtis Curly-tail is Lizardnapped (an adventure tale featuring endangered flora and fauna of The Bahamas) is four years old this month. And we have created a video to celebrate!

The video can be seen on YouTube at Curtis Curly-tail Speaks.

In the third book of the series, the very curious Curtis Curly-tail mistakes a poacher for a tourist wanting to snap a picture of his perfectly-curled tail. Instead, he is captured, along with critically endangered native plants, Conch and Iguanas. Together the animals plot their escape from the dangerous poachers, but they can’t do it alone. Who will help them? How will they get free of the cages on a speeding boat and return home safely to Warderick Wells?

An Adventure Tale For Readers Age 10+
Lovely Colored Pencil Illustrations by Jessica Minns/30 Pages

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We Have Puzzle News on National Puzzle Day!

book cover of Fun Pack 1

January 29 is National Puzzle Day and we have some news at Lyric Power Publishing!

You might know about our fun science books and supplemental, educational workbooks, but did you know about the puzzles we are creating? The puzzles, of course, are science-based like the books, so they are educational as well as entertaining.

If you are interested in using crossword puzzles for education (and fun!), we now have crosswords featuring curly-tail lizards, iguanas, rattlesnakes, turtles and tortoises. Our conservation puzzle will soon be published.

We are including the puzzles in new Fun Packs, which combine crossword puzzles with coloring pages—just the right balance for helping to keep the kids busy in these challenging times.

Use our Contact Page if you would like to know more about the puzzles or Fun Packs.

Stay safe and have fun with a puzzle this weekend!

A fun puzzle for the kids to solve:

Clues for Crossword Puzzle Tortoises and Turtles

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President of Tucson Poetry Society and Author Elaine A. Powers Interviewed on KOLD News

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

As the President of The Tucson Poetry Society, author Elaine A. Powers was interviewed by KOLD News in Tucson after Amanda Gorman performed her amazing poem, The Hill We Climb, at President Biden’s inauguration.

Elaine was a poet before she started writing her fun science books, and the poetry, we’ve been told, is what makes learning the science so much fun. Poetry is a big part of her life, as she is also a professional musician and singer.

Click here to see the interview.

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Author Elaine A. Powers To Be Interviewed January 27th on Big Blend Radio

infographic about interview of author Elaine A. Powers

Lyric Power Publishing LLC is proud to announce that author Elaine A. Powers will be interviewed by Big Blend Radio on January 27th at 5:00 pm, Mountain Standard Time. The broadcast will available online at Big Blend Radio’s channel on BlogTalkRadio.com. It will also be available afterward as a podcast.

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Lisa D. Smith and Nancy J. Reid of Big Blend Radio

Big Blend Radio is hosted by Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith. They are the mother-daughter travel team on the Love Your Parks Tour and publishers of the digital Big Blend Radio and TV Magazine and Big Blend Parks and Travel Magazine. Big Blend has a cumulative monthly reading, listening, and viewing audience of over three million. Their audience spans all fifty states, and multiple countries worldwide.

All Big Blend Radio author interview podcasts will be featured in the Big Blend Radio and TV Magazine and on its website, BlendRadioandTV.com as well as on popular podcast sites such as Speaker, BlogTalkRadio, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Castbox, YouTube, Podcast Addict, Player, Facebook, Stitcher, Tunein, ListenNotes, MixCloud, Overcast.fm, etc.

We hope you will tune in with us on January 27th at 5:00 pm MST on Big Blend Radio as we enjoy the interview with our author committed to conservation and writing books that make science fun, Elaine A. Powers.

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Book Review by Helene Woodhams of “How to Eat Breakfast”

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Book Review by Helene Woodhams/Arizona Daily Star

How to Eat Breakfast
Available at Amazon.com

By Gene Twaronite, Illustrated by Diane Ronning. Independently published. $12.99 paperback, $5.95 Kindle.

Who doesn’t love a scrumptious breakfast? A yummy stack of pancakes is just waiting for her to dig in, but Wanda’s imagination is on the loose, conjuring up what her breakfast might look like if she were a whale or a giraffe, a hummingbird or a koala in a eucalyptus tree. A vulture’s breakfast probably wouldn’t be much fun to eat, she supposes, but if she were a termite she could eat the whole house! Tucsonan Gene Twaronite is a poet, essayist, and children’s author who knows a thing or two about making breakfast entertaining, while imparting a bit of rhyming nature lore. This latest offering, great for a read-aloud, includes lively illustrations by Diane Ronning, who likes to draw and paint at the breakfast table.

Review at The Arizona Daily Star

Get to know the author, Gene Twaronite, at his website: The Twaronite Zone.

Learn more about Diane Ronning at her website www.dianeronning.com or www.dianeronning.blogspot.com.

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My Winter Garden Offers Up a Bouquet by Jo Busha, Author

picture of violas in winter garden

Here in New England we are well into early winter by mid-November and this year we have already had many killing frosts and several light snow falls (though all has melted so far). On a mild day I ventured out into the garden to see if I might find some spots of color to cheer me up.

photo of viola flowers in winter gardenAs I expected, I found some violas still in bloom. One reason I love the little flowers is their iron-hardiness. I have found them in bloom half-buried after a December snowstorm, as well as peeking out of dead leaves on a warm day in February.

But as I walked around the main flower garden, I realized that there was plenty of interesting plant material from which I could make a dried flower arrangement. I love to bring flowers into the house, but I don’t often think about it once frost has hit the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo of Hydragea arborescensI started with a tan-to-black theme for the background. The dry seed heads of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ made a good place to start.

I cut some Japanese forest grass, Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola,’ to make a fluffy counterpoint to the round hydrangea heads.

photo of Hakonechloa macra

Spots of brighter color were provided by Rosa blanda’s red hips,

photo of Rosa blanda plant
Witch Hazel’s thready little flowers (now fading),

photo of witch-hazel tree

and the golden berries of Winterberry, Ilex verticillata ‘Goldfinch.’

photo of Ilex verticillata

Some curly blades of Deschampsia cespitosa, ‘Northern Lights,’ added a bit of whimsy.

Sprigs of sage and silver mound artemisia provided a dash of silver, and a small green and gold spray of Chamaecyparis was a fresh finishing touch.

 

 

 

The finished product.

photo of dried flower arrangement
The lovely gifts of the winter garden.

 

a book cover with a photo of a lush, Vermont garden
Jo Busha’s Book of Essays about life, gardening and the natural world, Time and the Garden, is a collection of essays written over a ten-year period about gardening, life in Vermont, and observations of the natural world. It is arranged by season, but not all the essays have a specific seasonal connection. It will appeal to gardeners, readers seeking a strong sense of place, and people interested in rural living, even if they aren’t able to live it. This place, where Busha has lived for 45 years, has played a huge role in her life. While not a how-to book, gardeners may find the essays instructive. Book lovers are likely to feel this a cozy read, warmth for a snowy day.