Issaquah, WA (PRWEB) April 22, 2007
Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame, by Seattle author Michael S. Class, won Parent-to-Parent's Adding Wisdom Award for 2007 in two categories: Best Children's Books, and Best Educational Books. The award honors products of outstanding quality that support family values. The book was judged by parents and teachers: The award program's "family testers" are real families who test the products.
"Our family testers found Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame to be delightfully fun, incredibly educational, and totally exciting. Until this book, American history has never been so intriguing as modern-day Anthony travels into the past to meet America's heroes and learns life's lessons. Michael Class has just pushed the envelope into a whole new division ... it totally rocks!" says Jodie Lynn, the syndicated parenting/health expert, and the CEO/founder of http://www.AddingWisdomAward.com. In 2006, Jodie Lynn authored the parenting book, Mom CEO: Chief Everything Officer - Having, Doing and Surviving It All!
What makes Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame "totally rock," and why is this American history book so exciting? Because the author's real-life son, 12-year-old Anthony, time-travels into the great events of the 20th Century. Advanced digital photography places Anthony in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis with Charles Lindbergh, on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, in the laboratories of Thomas Edison and Jonas Salk, and on Normandy beach on D-Day. Anthony "meets" and "talks with" Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, FDR, Lou Gehrig, Charles Lindbergh, Audie Murphy, and many others. Historical accuracy rules every page of Anthony's adventure in time: Anthony's conversations with America's heroes are based on things they really said.
The Web site, http://www.MagicPictureFrame.com, displays some of the book's amazing photographs.
"I am thrilled that Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame has won Parent-to-Parent's Adding Wisdom Award," says Class. "Creating the book was a challenge, but I had a dream: to let the heroes of America's past speak directly to the children of today. To capture the interest of today's kids, I took a unique photographic approach. But, I also designed the book to help parents and teachers by including recommendations for hundreds of books, movies, music, and places to visit. I am honored to be recognized for this new approach. I hope Anthony's story will inspire young Americans to lead full, productive and purposeful lives."
Class recommends his book for young adults, Grade 6 to Grade 12.
Anthony's adventures in history come with moral lessons that support traditional American family values. The chapter about Lindbergh's flight is really about choosing one's destiny. The story of Lou Gehrig is really about living a virtuous life. The chapter about Thomas Edison is really about the benefits of business leadership and hard work. The story of Apollo 11 is about wonder, taking risks, and courage. The story of Dr. Jonas Salk is really about dedicating one's life to a higher purpose. When Anthony meets his immigrant great-grandfather at Ellis Island, it's really a story about what it means to be an American. Anthony's observation of D-Day and the liberation of the death camps during the Holocaust is a testament to the reality of evil and the need to fight it.
"Every kid should read this book," says Anthony, the time-traveler.
Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame was named Outstanding Book of the Year by Independent Publisher; Reviewers Choice by Midwest Book Review; and Editor's Pick by Homefires: The Journal of Homeschooling Online. Nationally syndicated talk-show host Michael Medved calls the book "entertaining and educational." Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin says "parents and teachers will appreciate the inspiring message this unique history book holds for America's next generation. I recommend this book to all young Americans, may they take us to the stars and beyond."
Now, Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame is endorsed by family/health expert, Jodie Lynn, and is a proud winner of the 2007 Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award, the only award program to be honored by Disney.com and PBS Kids/TV.
Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame (hardcover, 225 pages, $25.00) is available at http://www.MagicPictureFrame.com, by calling toll-free 1-800-247-6553, at select bookstores, and on http://www.amazon.com.
Amazon link: http://www.magicpictureframe.com/buythebook.html
Note to editors and book reviewers: Michael Class and Anthony are available for interviews. Photographs and review copies of the book are available.
Contact: Michael Class, 425-890-4894, class @ MagicPictureFrame.com, Magic Picture Frame Studio, P.O. Box 2603, Issaquah, WA 98027-0119.