Cold Tree Press Announces the Release of "The DreamStarters Book" by Jennifer Karin Sidford

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Cold Tree Press is happy to announce the July 7, 2008 release of "The DreamStarter Book" by Jennifer Karin Sidford. ($12.95 Retail) "The DreamStarter Book" is an exciting and innovative way to unlock children's creativity and imaginations. Jennifer Karin Sidford has written the beginning of fifty tales, each crafted to whet children's interest and encourage creative thinking. Simply read a story starter to a child and watch the magic as he or she shapes a whole world of possibilities. Kids can either finish the story orally, or they can write their stories down.

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Cold Tree Press is happy to announce the July 7, 2008 release of "The DreamStarter Book" by Jennifer Karin Sidford. ($12.95 Retail)

"The DreamStarter Book" is an exciting and innovative way to unlock children's creativity and imaginations. Jennifer Karin Sidford has written the beginning of fifty tales, each crafted to whet children's interest and encourage creative thinking. Simply read a story starter to a child and watch the magic as he or she shapes a whole world of possibilities. Kids can either finish the story orally, or they can write their stories down.

Open the door to a child's imagination with this collection of great beginnings. Whether used at home, on vacation, or in the classroom, "DreamStarters" is a great way to inspire young minds. For parents, grandparents, teachers, camp counselors, and babysitters, or anyone who lives, works, or plays with children, "The DreamStarter Book" is an indispensable and fun way to connect with kids.

Besides being fun, getting kids involved in storytelling promotes listening skills and encourages them to improvise and construct their own narratives. "Permitting and encouraging children to be verbally active…fosters concentration, effort, problem-solving, and task success," says Alix Spiegel of National Public Radio. It also promotes make-believe play, which Susan Linn, author of The Case for Make Believe, says is crucial to human development. The link, she says, between play, creativity, and health is undeniable.

Storytelling can also pique a child's interest in reading, writing, and speaking. It builds vocabulary and comprehension while improving communication skills. According to Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, professional storytellers and authors of the book "Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom," storytelling improves self-esteem and expressive language skills. It also helps children learn poise and techniques for gaining and holding an audience's attention.

Allowing children to be children and to share their imaginative worlds with other children as well as adults is what "The DreamStarter Book" is all about. Let the magical journey begin.

Early Reviews for "The DreamStarter Book:"

"With compassionate insight and immediacy, Jennifer Karin Sidford gives children the opportunity to explore and share their innermost feelings, in addition to offering parents a glimpse at this most intimate process. 'DreamStarters' is a book parents will cherish."

-Dr. Jan Nealer, family therapist and contributor to "101 More Interventions in Family Therapy"

"What an exciting way to encourage a child to let her imagination run free--all the while turning the tables on who is the storyteller as we become the spellbound listeners in a loving, adventurous exchange. 'DreamStarters' belongs in every grandparent's basket of surprises."

-Wendy Reid Crisp, Editor-in-Chief, "GRAND, The Magazine for Grandparents"

"As a Family Meal Planning Expert, I am continuously reminding my clients of the importance of not only eating a meal together, but also spending time in quality conversations. For any parent who treasures their child, I highly recommend 'DreamStarters' as an indispensable tool to help you connect, communicate and have fun as a family."

-Christine Steendahl, Founder and Owner of Dine Without Whine

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