Issaquah, WA (PRWEB) May 13, 2007
Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame, by Seattle author Michael S. Class, won an iParenting Media Award for Excellent Products of 2007: recognition as one of the best young adult books available in the marketplace. The book was judged by three experienced reviewers: a licensed childcare facility/school, a product expert, and a parent. The results were compiled and submitted to the iParenting Media Executive Committee for final approval. The evaluation process created by the iParenting Media Awards program is so thorough it has attained ISO 9001:2000 Certification, the internationally recognized standard of quality assurance.
One iParenting Media Award Reviewer remarked: "This book is fabulous. I was amazed at the pictures. My children were captivated by the pictures and content. What a wonderful way to teach the last 100 years or so to children. The pictures were truly our favorite part. The footnotes were an excellent addition. I feel honored to have read this book. I will definately encourage my friends to buy this book for their children. Anthony had you really believing he was there. Great work!"
What makes Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame fabulous, and why is this American history book so captivating? Because the author's real-life son, twelve-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 an iParenting Media Award for Excellence," 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 greatness!"
Class recommends his book for young adults, Grade 6 to Grade 12, but adults will love it, too.
One iParenting Media Awards Reviewer admitted: "I found myself unwittingly sucked into this book. Before I knew it, I had read multiple chapters within the first sitting and looked forward to more. I appreciated how the events of history are told from a more first person perspective because Anthony is "there" while it is happening. This allows the reader to put themselves "there" as well. The historical content is so well researched and documented as well. The way the information is presented is easy for kids to read and find more information on if they want to or are particularly interested in one topic/area through the footnotes and additional reading. If the footnote is not of interest, the reader can simply keep going and enjoy more of the story. The pictures definitely draw you into the story. The moral lessons/quotes throughout the book are also very thought provoking and set the tone for the chapter. I also took pause to appreciate the final lesson Anthony tells 'that the purpose of life is to live a life of purpose.' A great summation and reason to capture and understand history."
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.
Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame is not just for boys - it's a big hit with girls, too. One iParenting Media Awards Reviewer said: "What a beautiful book, my daughters read this book many times. My daughter would look at a picture then read about it. She really learned alot of things just by reading this book."
"Every kid should read this book," says Anthony, the book's time-traveler.
Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame was named Outstanding Book of the Year by Independent Publisher; awarded the Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award for Excellent Books, named Reviewers Choice by Midwest Book Review; and garnered 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 a celebrated winner of an iParenting Media Award for Excellent Products of 2007. For more information, visit the website: http://iparentingmediaawards.com/winners/15/26512-2-854.php
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.