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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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It’s Almost National Online Learning Day!

infographic about fun science education activity sheets and workbooks

September 15 is National Online Learning Day. Online learning is not only more popular today, it has become a necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though our authors prefer to give in-person talks and presentations, their books are a valuable resource for online learning, as well.

Lyric Power Publishing LLC specializes in fun science books, which can be ordered and delivered directly to your home

infographic of books by category

And our educational, supplemental workbooks and activity sheets can be purchased once from the LyricPower.net website, downloaded, and printed as many times as you like

That is not all! Lyric Power Publishing LLC also offers a YouTube channel featuring videos of live animals, as well as animated educational videos. You can hear our author’s books being read there and we plan to offer live, interactive video conferencing soon.

a curly tail lizard on a bahamian beach with blue sky and ocean, sand and green plants
Curtis Curly-tail Speaks on You Tube

Of course, our authors now Zoom their presentations. Use our contact page to ask your favorite author about giving a Zoom presentation for your school, group or organization.

Online chats will never replace being able to feel the shell or a tortoise, or the scales of an iguana, or the touch of a flicking tongue, but we must all adapt when life throws us curve balls–and now we all learn how to learn online. At LPP, making science fun is a priority and we hope by sharing our books, workbooks, our animals and stories, now online, that we’ve done our part.

We continue to add new materials regularly, so be sure to visit the LyricPower.net website often. There, you can sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of author online activities and new book releases. And, you’ll receive a special gift when you do sign up! 

Happy National Online Learning Day and stay safe out there, and stay in touch.

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A Desert Star is Born, on My You Tube Channel! By Curtis Curly-tail Lizard

My sidekick, Elaine A. Powers, introduced me to Zoe, a Sonoran Desert tortoise, who lives with Elaine. Zoe is a female who knows her territory and stands her ground. You can see her here, chasing Duke out of her yard!

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Zoe chases the interloper, Duke!

Stop on over today at my You Tube channel and check Zoe out!

And, if you’re looking for some fun activities for the kids and the kids-at-heart, check out our workbooks.

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Fun, educational and relaxing!

 

 

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Curtis Curly-tail Hanging on my Wall in Lights by Elaine A. Powers, Author

 

wall art of a Curly-tail lizard, lighted, sculpture of sliced gemstones and metal
Curtis-Curly Tail as breathtakingly created as any curly-tail lizard ever will be! Lighted sculpture by Zee Haag.

 

In a previous blog, I described the many artists who brought Curtis Curly-Tail to life in my book series illustrations. Today, I want to share with you a very special version of Curtis created by Tucson artist, Zee Haag.

Zee turns minerals and crystals into works of art. He cuts out pieces from steel and copper. He then “paints” with transparent slices of gemstones.  I could go into the details of the polishing of the metal to the desired color and sheen, and how each gemstone is selected and placed individually and fixed into place, but I feel art such as this should be simply enjoyed.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so instead of describing Zee’s version of Curtis, I’ll let you see it for yourself.

I have several pieces of Zee’s artwork on my walls, but this Curtis was made just for me.

a curly tail lizard on a bahamian beach with blue sky and ocean, sand and green plants
Curtis Curly-tail yacks it up on You Tube
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Stop and Meet the Lizards Part 2 by Elaine A. Powers, Author

In a previous post, I mentioned the anole lizards I met while walking in the Leon Levy Preserve on Eleuthera in the Bahamas.  It turned out that the Bahamas are filled with friendly lizards.

After my visit to the Leon Levy preserve, I was off to Grand Bahama, after an overnight stop in Nassau. I visited two wonderful places, the Rand Nature Centre and the Lucayan National Park.  Walking through both, I met a variety of very friendly curly-tailed lizards.

Yes, once again I stopped to Meet the Lizards.

gray Curly tail lizard on gray concrete

Brown curly tail lizard on the sand with grasses around

Unlike the Anolis species on Eleuthera, these are members of  Leiocephalus, which are curly-tailed lizards.  They are called curly-tails because they . . . you guessed it, curl their tail.  The Bahamas have five species of curly-tail lizards.

Usually when I come across a curly-tailed lizard, it takes off before I can get close enough to take a photo.  However, these lizards were very helpful and stopped so I could admire them. I think they were relatives of my dashing protagonist, Curtis Curly-tail.

Now I realize not everyone finds as much joy in lizards as I do, so find out what in nature brings you joy and take a moment to stop and enjoy.

To learn more about Curtis Curly-tail, visit him at  You Tube.