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What happens when a DOG is left
home alone with too many
treats and too little
exercise ?

Meet Charlie







Charlie is an adorable King Charles Cavalier Spaniel who is adopted from the local animal shelter by a kind man named Max. Charlie is a happy, lovable dog who enjoys the outdoors and the neighborhood children. After being left at home with too many treats and too little exercise it is fortunate that Max and Charlie find their way back to fitness and good health.





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The Blurb


A cheerful, friendly man named Max who loves to walk on the beach and enjoy the outdoors in his beautiful hometown of Naples, Florida, visits the local shelter to adopt a dog. The dog, a loveable spaniel named Charlie, likes to do all of the outdoor activities that Max likes to do. Charlie also likes to listen to Max sing, which he does nearly all of the time. Max makes up songs about all sorts of things, including exercise, rules, and his friendship with Charlie.


When Max begins teaching singing lessons and is away from home, Charlie is left alone in front of the television with an overflowing bowl of treats. Soon the neighbors notice that Charlie is walking slower and becoming chubby, which leads to a helpful visit to the vet.


Both Charlie and Max begin a routine of exercise and healthy eating. Things are going well with the new plan until Max makes a discovery under the sofa cushions. Fortunately problems are resolved for the two best friends as they work toward fitness and good health and discover that carrots are their favorite healthy treat. This delightful children's story of friendship has an important message about health, nutrition and caring for children and pets.

Authors


Rhonda Brazina has been an elementary teacher and reading specialist in Columbus, Ohio. She especially loved her work as a writer of teacher's materials and as a workshop presenter for Creative Teaching Press. With her dream to write children's books she has teamed up with Ida to make dreams come come true, in Naples, Florida.


Ida R. Margolis has been a high school and college educator who has always been passionate about literacy, history and quality education. In addition to her writing, she is now an active volunteer for numerous organizations. She and her husband live in beautiful Naples, Florida and historic Princeton, NJ.


Illustrator


Virginia 'Ginny' Mulford is an artist, art teacher and art enthusiast who has encouraged countless students to enter art contests, pursue art careers and simply to appreciate art. She lives with her husband, children, grandchildren and dogs in South Jersey.


Pics




At Poinciana elementary school before reading carrots for Charlie


Poinciana elementary school ..second graders enjoy carrots for Charlie


A fans Real Charlie!


Charlie visiting children in hospital in Lee County, Florida


Charlie at Immokolee Produce Market


Second grader Charlie presented books to his classmates at Vineyards Elementary


Charlie and Ida at the White House


A couple of fans of Charlie with their Charlie!

Events



Date Event Name Venue Location
Aug 21, 2013 Reading and Program Schaivo Library Strathmere, NJ
Aug 20, 2013 Reading and Program Library Event-Kennedy Park Somers Pt, NJ
Aug 20, 2013 Book Signing Sunrose Books Ocean City, NJ
Jun 13, 2013 Reading and Program N. Collier Park - Camp Naples, FL
May 28, 2013 Featured Authors and Book Signing Vineyards Elementary Naples, FL
May 28, 2013 Televised Reading Vineyards Elementary Naples, FL
May 17, 2013 Reading Guadelupe Center Immokolee, FL
May 17, 2013 Readings and Programs Lake Trafford Elementary School Immokolee, FL
Mar 21, 2013 Reading and Program Lee County Hospital-Health Park Ft. Myers, FL
Mar 4, 2013 Reading and Program Poinciana Elem-Sports Club Naples, FL
Feb 19, 2013 Speech "You Are Never Too Old To Follow Your Dream" Southern Regional Library Naples, FL
Jan 28, 2013 Reading and Program Pelican Marsh Elem-Sports Club Naples, FL
Jan 25, 2013 Reading For Literacy Day for K-5 Students Southern Regional Library Naples, FL
Jan 23, 2013 Presentation for Media Specialists Golden Gate Middle School Naples, FL
Jan 20, 2013 Readings and Programs Benchmark Bank Columbus, Ohio
Jan 18, 2013 Readings and Programs Columbus Torah Academy Columbus, Ohio
Jan 18, 2013 Featured Speakers Dublin Rotary Club Columbus, Ohio
Jan 8, 2013 Assembly Program Ocean City Primary School Ocean City, New Jersey
Jan 7, 2013 Reading and Program for Mrs. Spenglers Classes Ocean City Intermediate School Ocean City, New Jersey
Dec, 2012 Charlie Distributes Health Information Christmas Parade 5th Ave. Naples, FL
Dec, 2012 Appearance and Reading Wynn's Market Naples, FL
Dec, 2012 Reading and Musical Program Temple Shalom Pre-School Naples, FL
Dec, 2012 Guest Speakers Kiwanis Ft. Myers, FL
Dec, 2012 Early Learning Coalition of SWFL Reading-Barnes and Noble Coconut Point
Dec, 2012 Early Learning Coalition of SWFL Reading-Barnes and Noble Waterside
Nov, 2012 Reading and Program Grace Place Naples, FL
Nov 18, 2012 JCC Bookfair   Fort Myers, FL
Nov 3, 2012 Book Launching Classroom Plus 650 Goodlette Rd. N. Naples, FL
Oct 20, 2012 "Strut Your Mutt" Germain BMW 11286 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL
Oct 3, 2012 Charlie Visits: Boys and Girls Club of Collier County Davis Blvd, Naples, FL
Sept 27, 2012 Charlie and "Mr. Carrot" Visit: Highland Elementary School Immokalee, FL
Sept 7, 2012 Charlie Visits: Max Wellness North Naples, Fl
Aug 11, 2012 Back-to-School EXPO YMCA Naples, FL
Sept 5, 2012 Charlie meets Mayor Sorey of Naples   Naples, FL
Jul 19, 2012 Northfield Welcomes Charlie Northfield Library Northfield, NJ
Jul 19, 2012 Carrots for Ocean City Ocean City Library Ocean City, NJ
Jul 14, 2012 Charlie Visits: Barharbor Shore Barharbor, Maine

Hot Tips, Cool Recipes,

and fun with Charlie.



Click the pics to explore samples of Charlie's delicious recipes!!!

  • Difficulty: MED

  • Difficulty: EASY

  • Difficulty: EASY


Mr. Max's Macaroni Salad


Ingredients


  • 1 16 ounce package whole grain or high protein pasta
  • 1 large carrot, cut into strips
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup black olives, sliced
  • ¾ cup light Italian dressing

Make it:


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a large bowl combine all vegetables with the pasta.
  3. Add dressing then stir.
  4. Refrigerate for two hours. Stir again.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Carlos' Pizza


Ingredients


  • 1 package of whole wheat tortilla wraps
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce without “added sugar”
  • Package of low fat shredded cheese of your choice
  • (or mix together a cheddar and mozzarella combination)
  • An assortment of your favorite veggies for the topping cut into small bite size pieces -- Mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini work well.

Make it:


  1. Place each tortilla on a cookie sheet or pizza baking tray sprayed lightly with some vegetable spray.
  2. Put several spoonfuls of the pizza sauce on the tortilla and spread to about ½’’ from the edges. Top with a handful of cheese and then add another handful of the chopped vegetables spread across the entire wrap.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese melts and it has a slight brown color on the top.
  4. Carefully move the hot tortilla to a cutting board using a large spatula
  5. Can be served as an individual pizza or cut into slices.
  6. Use a pizza cutting wheel for safe cutting.Ask an adult to help with cutting if you have never done it before.

Peanut Butter Banana Wraps


Ingredients


  • 1 package of whole wheat tortilla wraps (10-12 inch)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fruit spread (a jam with no added sugar)
  • 1 banana per wrap (peeled)

Make it:


  1. Spread peanut butter edge to edge on each wrap. Next spread the sugar-free jam on the peanut butter. (This is optional)
  2. Beginning at one side of the wrap, roll the wrap around thebanana. This could be eaten easily with one hand as a simple snack or lunch “sandwich.”
  3. For fun or serving on a platter, slice the “roll” into 1 to 1½” individual pieces. These look very nice for a party and are fun bite size snacks.

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