Outside Your Window

Children - Concept
44 Pages
Reviewed on 08/17/2013
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Author Biography

Terri Kelley, M.Ed, is the author of dozens of books for children and adults including the Writing is a Process series, the chapter book series Gingerly, as well as many others. Her passion for writing and reading began when she was a very young girl. She was raised in Copperas Cove, Texas where she grew up outside the city limits where she enjoyed riding horses and having lots of freedom to explore her environment. It was an idyllic childhood.

Terri is the mother of three adult children: Melynda, Jessica, and James. As they grew, each of her kids provided Terri with many fond memories which she incorporates into some of her writing. Now that they are adults, Terri enjoys her children’s successes and keeps in close contact with each of them.

In her life, Terri has held a couple of different careers. Her previous one was as a teacher, reading specialist, and gifted and talented specialist in Tomball, TX where she met and learned from some of the best educators and administrators that the world has to offer.

Education has always been important to Terri and, as a result, she has earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as completing over thirty hours towards a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. It was during her time spent teaching and earning her higher level degrees that she became aware of the kinds of books children enjoyed reading. She also noticed areas of life, education, and learning in need of good children’s books. You will find many of her books respond to these needs.

Terri is very happily married to her best friend, Michael. Together, they live in Oakridge, OR with their black Labrador, Oliver. Terri and Michael enjoy traveling together, fishing, going to the movies, and, of course, reading great books. They have many good friends and family with whom they enjoy spending time as well.

If you’d like to contact Terri, please do so by visiting her website: www.terrikelleybooks.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite

Simple and sweet, that is neat. A young girl looks out her window and what does she see? Flowers and rain and a bird in a tree. Outside Your Window, written by Terri Kelley and illustrated by Josefina Tecson, is a sweet treat. The story all takes place with the dark-haired girl at her window, looking out and discovering the world. She sees the daily changes in the weather, the four seasons, the buzz of a bee on the window, and a curious puppy looking in. This story has stanzas of poetry with easy rhymes so it reads a little like a song. Even young girls can have their own window on the world and experience the colorful landscape. The background for the text has a pretty assortment of large, lacey, rose-colored snowflakes.

Author Terri Kelley writes the text from the girl's point of view. There is a fanciful depiction of Mother Nature who appears as a sort of fairy or garden angel. But most people, places, or things outside the girl's window are real and natural. The author's dedication to her friend Jenny Wheeler makes a nice introduction to the story. Ms. Wheeler is a school counselor so she may be able to see things from a kid's perspective. The illustrations match nicely with the poetry, and there is a full range of colors which fill in the drawings' black outlines. The illustrations are child-like and that goes along with the innocent wonder the girl may feel as she observes and appreciates nature in all her glory.