ELLA SAYS:

I'M NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK!

 
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This is the first book in the Ella Says adventure series and tells the delightful tale of a brave girl named Ella, who puts aside her fear of the dark to help her best friend, Ollie, and find her way home.

  • A picture storybook that delivers an ENTERTAINING tale with stunning illustrations on every page.

  • FREEBIE surprises at the end of the book!

  • Wonderful way to INSPIRE CHATS about not being afraid of the dark, the importance of managing change, and working together through team work to solve problems.

  • Great for young readers and as a bedtime story for younger children.

Ella Says: I'm Not Afraid of the Dark!

The weather suddenly changes, and a bright sunny day turns DARK, windy, and rainy! Ella and her little dog Ollie, who were playing, become disoriented and LOST in the woods. Ella could no longer tell which direction was North, South, East, or West—none of the compass points. Ella and Ollie also become separated. Ella is AFRAID of the dark and wants to go home to their little blue house, but, first, she must find her best friend, Ollie! She BRAVELY makes her way through the dark woods and finds him! Once they are reunited, together with many woodland friends, they hatch their plan to find their way home. Their ADVENTURE teaches Ella and Ollie that they can smile and not be afraid of the dark!

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What readers are saying ...

             Reader’s Favorite

             – Anne-Marie Reynolds

                   

                Ella Says - I'm Not Afraid of the Dark! by Anu D. Misa is a children’s picture book story. Ella and her best friend, Ollie the dog, are playing in the woods in the sun when all of a sudden, the sky darkens, the rain pours and the wind starts to howl. Ella is separated from Ollie as they get lost in the sudden dark. Ella decides she won't be scared of the dark as she makes her way into the woods to find Ollie. With the help of a wise old owl and the other woodland creatures, Ollie and Ella can finally find their way back to their little blue house and safety.

Ella Says – I’m Not Afraid of the Dark! by Anu D. Misa is a wonderful children’s story. It’s a short story accompanied by some amazing illustrations, bright and colorful, telling the story along with the words. The story is written in nice simple language and is very easy to follow along with. As well as being a story, it also teaches children that they shouldn’t be afraid, especially not of the dark, that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and that having the right friends with you makes all the difference. Picture books are not the easiest to write but this one strikes the perfect balance between narrative and pictures. It is perfectly aimed at its target audience of 6 to 9-year-olds and will delight kids everywhere as it moves seamlessly through the story.

 

Adventurous

“ I so enjoyed reading this story to my daughter. This book definitely kept you wondering what will happen next. I enjoyed how all the animals helped along the way and how Ella and Ollie problem solved together. As an educator I would use this book to discuss prediction because there is definitely a lot of suspense and unknowns, and events that will keep you guessing, what will happen next? ”

— Brittany 

ELLA SAYS:

I'M GOING TO BE AN ASTRONAUT!

 
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This is the second book in the Ella Says adventure series telling a dreamy story about opportunities and an inquisitive girl named Ella who wants to travel through space one day. 

  • A picture storybook that delivers an ENTERTAINING tale with stunning illustrations on every page.

  • FREEBIE surprises at the end of the book!

  • Great tool to INITIATE DISCUSSIONS about understanding the universe we live in, the importance of setting goals, and the need to be kind by helping others.

  • Great for young readers and as a bedtime story for younger children.

Ella Says: I'm Not Afraid of the Dark!

Ella gazes up at the sky, thinking the UNIVERSE is such an immense and undiscovered place, bursting with stars, planets, galaxies and possibilities! As she looks, the most amazing thing happens, and it leads to a SPACE travel ADVENTURE through our solar system. Ella, her brother Parker, and her little dog Ollie come to the aid of Leelo, the space alien who is lost and whose spaceship has run out of power. Together, they help search for Leelo's home. In doing so, they visit all the PLANETS in our solar system and meet another alien and robot, too! Their ADVENTURE has some twists and turns along the way, but in the end, Leelo makes it home, and Ella makes a very important decision—she is going to be an ASTRONAUT and fly in a rocket one day!                                                                     Edited by Anna Patricia Cairns, Sunlight Publishers

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What readers are saying ...

             Reader’s Favorite

              Kristy Vee

                   

                Ella Says: I'm Going to be an Astronaut! by Anu Misa (the second installment in the Ella Says series) is a colorful book where science meets imagination all wrapped in one adventurous tale! After learning about space in school, it’s all Ella can seem to think about lately and she spends much of her time looking out the window and up, up, up at the stars, and feeling quite small compared to the vastness of it all. One evening, after Ella had just finished sharing some fun space facts with her brother Parker, an unforgettable adventure begins! When Ella, Parker, and their trusty sidekick, Ollie, meet a lost alien pal named Leelo, gutsy Ella knows just what she must do. Planet by planet, they must cruise the solar system and help Leelo make it back home safely. But will their mission work? And what will Ella ultimately learn about space, the galaxy, and herself?  

Ella Says: I'm Going to be an Astronaut! by Anu Misa is the perfect combination of science and adventure. With ‘out of this world’ illustrations, tiny mice, and well-researched scientific references scattered throughout, Ella’s story is an adorable and entertaining one. She’s inquisitive, friendly, brave, and full of brilliant imagination. The colorful descriptions of each planet make learning about space super-fun and I absolutely loved the resource links in the back of the book to find out more. This is such a sweet tale and I really enjoyed reading it. It’s most definitely a five-star read and anyone between 1 and 100 years old is sure to love it!

 

Ella Says is Out if This World! 

“ What a fun story!! Real science is weaved into a fiction story about our heroes Ella and Ollie meeting Leelo, a friendly green fellow that gives them a tour of our solar system as they search for his home planet. I loved reading the facts about each planet and seeing images of the characters interacting with them. The illustrations are so beautiful!! The illustrator has a magic wand! I’m sure of it!! The use of light looks so real, and their use of color is brilliant!! I’d recommend this excellent story for any little ones enchanted as Ella is with space! ”

— Cindi 

ELLA SAYS:

IT'S COOL TO BE DIFFERENT!

 
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This is the third book in the Ella Says adventure series. It tells the story of Ella's adventures at the amusement park, where she discovers that it's cool to be different!

  • A picture storybook that delivers an ENTERTAINING tale with stunning illustrations on every page.

  • FREEBIE surprises at the end of the book!

  • Perfect for SPARKING CONVERSATIONS about the importance of being different, managing peer pressure, and being considerate by showing kindness and helping others.

  • Great for young readers and as a bedtime story for younger children.

Ella Says: I'm Not Afraid of the Dark!

It was finally the day Ella and her little dog Ollie had been anticipating all week—their family was going on an ADVENTURE to the AMUSEMENT PARK! But when Ella woke and looked out the window, she cringed. It was cloudy, and that meant she would have to wear the orange polka dot raincoat her grandfather hand-stitched for her. Ella really DISLIKED it because it was so UNIQUE. Their day at the park had some ups and downs, lead them to a lost kitten who needed their HELP and ultimately resulted in a big win for the whole family! Find out how Ella came to LOVE her dreaded raincoat and appreciate the IMPORTANCE of being DIFFERENT!

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What readers are saying ...

             Reader’s Favorite

               Emily-Jane Hills Orford 

                   

             Sometimes it’s difficult to be different: having different clothes, different hairstyles, and so on. However, it can also be cool. For one thing, if you’re not wearing the same outfits as everyone else, you’ll stand out a little more. You’ll be a novelty. Wearing bright colors like orange can definitely make you an item, something unique. Ella doesn’t realize this. She has an orange raincoat that she hates. It makes her stand out, especially with those big polka dots. However, she has to wear it whenever it rains. It keeps her warm, dry, and safe. The special powers of love created this raincoat, the special powers of her grandfather. But Ella doesn’t understand and she doesn’t like having to wear it for the family outing to the amusement park because it’s raining. She’s in for a big surprise, though, and a valuable lesson.

 

Anu D. Misa’s picture book story, Ella Says: It’s Cool to be Different!, is a charming story about the many ways we might appear different. Young readers will certainly relate to the main character, Ella, as she struggles with having to wear something she doesn’t like because it makes her stand out. But several things happen to Ella at the amusement park and young readers will learn alongside Ella how valuable this orange polka dot raincoat is. And, of course, that there’s always a valid reason why our parents insist we wear certain clothes. Why? Because, like Ella says, “It’s cool to be different.” Especially when these differences can become quite useful. I love the colorful illustrations that really pull this story along. A great read for young and old alike.

 

A splendid way to teach the value of uniqueness!

“ Like most kids, Ella just wanted to mirror what the other kids wore. She filled with dread every time she had to wear the handmade raincoat her grandfather sewed for her ... She hoped it didn’t rain most of the time until an unlikely string of events convinced her that it had great value because it was unique. She soon discovers that “it’s cool to be unique.” This book marvellously praises the value of being different verses boringly the same. This is a lesson every child should learn at a very early age, and this book stresses that lesson in a fun and playfully illustrated way. I highly recommend it! 

— Deborah 

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