About the Book
Title: Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny is Calling | Author: Emily Siskin-Toy | Illustrator: Brian C. Krümm | Publication Date: August 24, 2014 | Publisher: Three-Bug Books | Pages:32 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 9
What happens when a young girl with a Hall of Fame baseball pedigree breaks the family mold and follows her dream to become a soul singer? “Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny Is Calling”, a picture book for ages 6 – 9, lets children see that their families will love them just the same when they pursue their true passions in life.
Everybody in Roxy’s family–from her great-grandpa (played with Lou Gehrig), to her grandpa (played with Jackie Robinson), to her mother (super-star college softball player), to her father (was a Los Angeles Dodger), to her sister (won a Gold Medal for Team USA Softball, and so on)–famously played ball, and Roxy is next in line. The only problem is that Roxy dreams of singing soul music like her idol, Aretha Franklin!
A historical addendum provides information about the Hall of Fame baseball players who turn up in the book, as well as Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul music. Additionally, a fun treasure hunt for clues about Roxy’s true destiny runs throughout the book, giving readers an enhanced, interactive experience.
Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny is Calling”
Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny is Calling received 27 new reviews on Amazon, new reviews on 24 Goodreads, and 18 bloggers posted reviews on their websites through this Book Review Blitz.
PRATR: ” This is a great book. Not only does it give little girls the boost to follow their dreams, but it teaches them some very important historical figures in a way that is not over bearing.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners: “The story is very inspiring, and I love the little facts included at the end of the book. I think it will appeal to both girls and boys and will help them understand that they should follow their hearts calling.”
Julie G. (Goodreads): “I thought this was a delightful story, and I truly loved style of the illustrations. I would highly recommend this to children ages 3-6.”
Stitch Says: “This book is a great one for kids who like to dream. It spreads the message of being yourself and following your own path. Kids will enjoy Roxy Rogers.”
Enter Here Canada: “I am a huge fan of encouraging people to follow their dreams, and Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny is Calling does just that!”
Amanda’s Books and More: “This adorable story has a valuable message with wonderful illustrations… I highly recommend this story for children ages 5 to 9.”
Cyndi F. (Goodreads): “I think adults and kids can all learn from that we can except and love people for what ever they want to be or who they are – great lesson. And this story is great overall too.”
Amy B. (Amazon): “The book contains vivid amazing artwork on each page. This story also tells a good lesson! You should never give up on who you want to be, no matter what other people think you should be. Always stay true to yourself.”
Bookroom Reviews: “This is a great book for young readers.Very bright and colorful illustrations by Brian C. Krumm and the author Emily Siskin-Toy did a good job with the story and getting the point across.”
Bookworm for Kids: “Summed up, this is a sweet story kids can relate to with a heart-warming ending. Kids will enjoy it.”
The Book Lovers Lounge: “Story aside, the illustrations in the book was really done well. I especially love the special details in the drawings which I’d rather not spill so it would remain a surprise to those who haven’t read this book. Highly recommended!”
BeachBoundBooks: “This well written tale is filled with fun and engaging illustrations and shares a special message with its readers. I highly recommend picking up a copy.”
Barbara Ann Mojica: “This book is executed well. The illustrations are charming. I like the game at the end challenging readers to find the 48 musical clues, and the background information on names of famous baseball players mentioned in the story. Encourages children to act independently and be true to their passions, even when others expect something else. Good choice for early readers, aficionados of baseball, and admirers of strong female characters.”
Kay LaLone ~ I Love Books!: “Good story. Your destiny doesn’t mean you have to do one thing.”
Books Direct: “An inspirational and informative book for kids of all ages, whether they are baseball fans or not.”
A Leisure Moment: “The writing and illustrations are perfect. I could truly see myself reading this picture book with a group of little ones huddled around me eager to learn if Roxy will be able to be more than a softball player.”
Frelisa Walker: “I recommend this book. It’s wonderfully told with historical information woven into the story. It has a quick history lesson included after the end of the story.”
Misadventures of a First Time Mom: “The story is very cute and has great illustrations. I also love the mentions of baseball history and how it was tied into the story. The story also has a great lesson: never give up on your dreams… Overall, my daughter really enjoyed it and it is definitely worth reading.”
Brooke B. (Amazon): “This was a great story that teaches a wonderful lesson. I enjoyed the story, the message, and the beautiful illustrations. This is a story my kids enjoyed as well.”
Rockin’ Book Reviews: “This was a very fun book of a girl who was talented in sports, from a very young age, of which everyone centered on and encouraged. Other talents and dreams of hers went unnoticed…until one day opportunity “knocked”!”
Susanne P. (Amazon): “I have just read the most adorable book by Emily Siskin-Toy. It’s all about Roxy, a little girl with an amazing talent that is to take her to her destiny.”
Tennille (Goodreads): “Roxy Rogers is an amazing baseball player, in fact she comes from a family of baseball legends. Of course she will follow family tradition, or will she?”
Arlene M. (Amazon): “Loved this book! The art work was beautiful and the story is amazing.
My boys loved the story.”
Eloquent Articulation: “The book left me with a happy thought and a wide open future for our children. Pick it up today and read to your child. Ask your child today, what does she/he want to be?”
WS Momma Reader’s Nook: “In today’s society kids are held to such high standards – to go to colleges as a legacy, or become this or that and make big money – most parents give very little thought to what their child WANTS to do and even if they know they don’t approve. So I do really believe that this book is one that parents should read and comprehend as well, maybe it would help them stop and think that what their child wants might be the best. I really enjoyed reading this and I am going to recommend it to all my friends with children.”
Dorothy G. (Amazon): “My homeschool students were delighted to hear this story and they also enjoyed the historical addendum and the spectacular treasure hunt for clues. My son loves hunting items down in pictures and this made this book all the more fun for our family… We recommend this book for children and adults alike!”
Peggy S. (Amazon): “Even thought you may think no one will support you and the dream you have, you will never know until you go after it! And that’s just what Roxy does! Great book for kids!”
About the Author: Emily Siskin-Toy
A U.C. Santa Cruz banana slug alum, Emily Siskin-Toy launched her writing career with posts at various film and television magazines in Los Angeles. After a break in the action to raise her daughter, Emily and her college sweetheart founded WOW! Music Studios, a successful children’s music instruction school in Mill Valley, California.
But just like the character in her book, Emily’s true passion was something entirely different; she always dreamed of writing children’s books. Inspiration was everywhere for Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny Is Calling. While coaching her daughter’s youth softball and basketball teams, Emily eventually came to realize that the world of sports was a passion of hers, not her daughter’s, who really wanted, of course, to be a singer. The plot of the story was right in front of her, and the surrounding details would be cultivated from her lifetime of love for the rich history of Major League Baseball and her daughter’s love of music.
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