Thursday, August 6, 2009

Randy Kazandy Tour Coming To Orange County California

The author of the wildly successful children’s book will be visiting libraries, schools and bookstores in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, CA

Author Rhonda Fischer announced today that the Randy Kazandy tour will be visiting Orange County California. Randy Kazandy is the main character in her highly successful children’s book, Randy Kazandy Where Are Your Glasses? The tour will be visiting schools, libraries and bookstores in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, CA. Other towns and cities are slated to be added later this year.

Since its publication, Randy Kazandy Where Are Your Glasses? has become a favorite with children and parents alike. Widely praised for the rich illustrations created by Kim Sponaugle, the book was recently placed on display in the Children’s Illustrated Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition it has been included in the current Follett listing, making Randy Kazandy Where Are Your Glasses? available to libraries nationwide. The book has been approved by Parents magazine, Old Schoolhouse magazine and Stories for Children magazine.

“Having Randy Kazandy accessible through these resources and on display at the Children’s Illustrated Art Museum is fantastic news for children,” stated Ms. Fischer, “as Randy will be accessible to children through schools, bookstores and libraries across the United States and Canada. I believe children who wear eyeglasses and their parents will really benefit from having this book available. The tour will bring Randy to life for children and parents everywhere.”

Using music, props, pictures, and kinesthetic experiences, Rhonda Fischer's highly interactive assemblies encourage children how to ‘love being me!’ The Catching Bubbles Song, accompanied by a display of bubbles that oscillate and twinkle through the air as kids try to catch the bubbles, fills the empty space. Children can be heard singing the Randy Kazandy Time Song all through the school, mixed with exclamations of ‘Hip Hip Hooray, It’s A Wonderful Day’. As an author, classically trained pianist, and educator, Ms. Fischer uses all these skills to inspire children. The children will capture the joy of reading, improve their writing, learn the fun of rhyme, and create works they are proud of. A small presentation will be displayed of Ben Franklin, Orville Wright and other famous people who wore glasses on request.

School visits can include assembly programs from 40 to 60 minutes in length, or all day affairs. The presentations are designed specifically for kindergarten through sixth grade age groups. Because Ms. Fischer cannot address questions during the large assemblies, classroom question and answer sessions can be arranged to give students a chance to meet her on a more personal level where all students can be heard and acknowledged. Evening programs can also be arranged and can include a family book night with the author. Children love listening to the story with their own pair of homemade glasses on. Ice cream socials, pizza parties, and potluck suppers have also been successful. Children can even be encouraged to dress in their pajamas.

“Ultimately the goal behind this book is to raise the self-esteem of a child who is required to wear glasses,” says Ms. Fischer. “This is almost universally perceived as a very negative event in the life of a young child. Now schools and libraries can access a resource that will directly address this issue in a way that will engage, delight and inform.”

More information is available at Ms. Fischer’s website. For general questions and booking information, contact the author at the address below.


Author Rhonda Fischer has contributed to community service columns for newspapers, including the Olean Times Herald in Olean, NY and the Orange County Register in California and Coto De Caza News in California. Ms. Fischer attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music on scholarships. Her career as an educator began as Musical Director at Children’s Meeting House, Serendipity, Willow School, St. Paul’s, Love’n Laughter, St. Thomas School, The Music Experience and The Academy of Children’s Music, all in Pennsylvania. She also taught children’s writing workshops in the public library in Lansdale, PA.

Rhonda taught pre-school music curricula for 10 years. She was the Nutrition Director for the Cattaraugus County Senior Program in Olean, NY where she received an honored award for starting the Meals on Wheels program café style and bringing in music. While there, Rhonda worked with senior citizens, keeping them busy writing poems that were published in the newspaper column called “Wrinkles”. She also was a Nutrition Director for South County Senior Services in Rancho Santa Margarita CA.

Ms. Fischer currently teaches for California Music Studios in Carlsbad, CA, and is a private piano teacher in Orange County, CA. She is now the CEO of Whim Publishing in Santa Margarita, CA, and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Independent Book Publishers Association. Ms. Fischer continues to write children’s books and poetry.

Whim Publishing
31441 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Ste. A 308
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

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