Regular Linda’s Book Bag visitors know how much I love fiction for children, not least because it was partly responsible for me beginning my blog in the first place. Consequently I’m delighted to be staying in with Michelle Staubach Grimes as she tells me about one of her children’s books.
Staying in with Michelle Staubach Grimes
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Michelle. Thanks for dropping by to spend the evening with me. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
Tonight, I have brought along my most recent book titled Pidge Takes the Stage. I chose it because the lessons in the book are just as relevant to adults as children.
(I love that about children’s books Michelle. Many of the children’s books I read I think I enjoy at least as much as children do!)
What can we expect from an evening in with Pidge Takes the Stage?
We learn a very important lesson in Pidge Takes the Stage about following your dreams, and the hard work required to get there. I borrowed a quote from my Dad that I used in the book when Pidge’s voice teacher tells her what to expect about learning to sing. Pidge plans to try out for the school musical but doesn’t know how to sing. The teacher shares with Pidge that “unspectacular preparation equals spectacular results.” My dad played professional football and when I asked him to describe training camp – that is what he told me. He had to put in a lot of hard work all year long to win that Super Bowl. This lesson is very relevant to all of us – children and adults. Often much of our day is unspectacular and even boring. I talk to children at schools about the importance of committing to their math work, reading, and any outside commitments. And if they put in the hard work and time, they too will get spectacular results. And they must not quit or give up.
(Oh, absolutely! I couldn’t agree more.)
What else have you brought along and why?
I’ve brought along with me a large stuffed Bernese Mountain dog, a Pidge doll, a leash, keyboard, and a baseball. These are all items in the book. I like to make it visual for the kids. And they always love the big stuffed dog. He’s a star at school events.
(I imagine he is – but he does take up quite a bit of room on the sofa doesn’t he?)
Thanks so much for staying in with me to tell me all about Pidge Takes the Stage, Michelle. I think the messages in it sound perfect.
Pidge Takes the Stage
In this sequel to Where is Pidge?, our young hero decides to audition for the school musical along with her canine buddy Maverick. Not everyone thinks Pidge can learn to sing or Maverick can be trained, but Pidge believes.
Through their theatrical escapades, Pidge discovers that singing requires hard work, and that Maverick might not be ready for his stage debut after all.
And by the end, Pidge understands that being a star is all a matter of perspective, and unconditional love matters more than fame.
Pidge Takes The Stage is available for purchase here.
About Michelle Staubach Grimes
Michelle Staubach Grimes began journaling years ago and enrolled in the SMU Creative Writing Continuing Ed Program in 2012 to hone her writing skills. She fell in love with creative writing and studied “story” through that program. Where is Pidge? debuted in March of 2015. Michelle is thrilled to now be releasing her second book; PidgeTakes the Stage. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.