Monday, January 3, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - Ethan's Stem Adventures: I Can Be a Scientist! by Louis J. Desforges

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Ethan's Stem Adventures: I Can Be a Scientist! by Louis J. Desforges. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a highly interesting guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Ethan's Stem Adventures: I Can Be a Scientist!
Author: Louis J. Desforges
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: August 6th 2021
Print Length: 36 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
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Like the infinite-shade of colors, the richness of life is enhanced by our natural inclination, as creative beings, to hold distinct perspectives on just about any subject. Collectively, however, I believe we all appreciate the profound significance of all the things that influenced and molded us from an early age—the moments and events that are weaved intricately into our memories.

Who amongst us cannot recall a story, no matter what artistic form used to bring it to life: a book, a show, a play, a comic, a song, a movie, or even a real-life character (that family member, teacher, coach, or friend) who shaped the lens with which we view the world then, now, and always.

For this very reason, I believe children should see themselves represented in all areas of human endeavors, cementing deep within their framework the possibilities that await, regardless of prevailing circumstances.

My hope is to bridge the diversity gap in STEM by creating excitement around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through diverse representation.

"I see me, therefore I can be."

So it remains, like the infinite shades of color, the richness of life is enhanced by the stories and experiences that holds us.

-Louis J. Desforges

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EXCERPT:
As far as the eye can see

I wonder what adventures wait for me!

Summer, spring, winter, and fall

I can’t help wonder about it all

Science is the way we see

What was, what is, and what can be

Earth Science, Life Science, Social Science…Whew!

Physical Science and formal Science too!

All the ways to tell the story of me and you

And everything in between

That can or can’t be seen

I can be a

Biologist…Meteorologist…Or Zoologist

I can be an Astronomer, Geographer, or Oceanographer…

Whichever I prefer!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Having endless curiosity, Louis J. Desforges has always been enthralled by the inner workings of everything around him.

With a natural and insatiable drive to build, explore, and understand, one of his fondest childhood memories is harvesting toasters, microwaves, TVs, and other discarded electronics in his Brooklyn neighborhood so he could take apart and rebuild them, or scavenge parts to build his own remote-controlled cars or planes.

He is the first to admit that nothing ever worked as intended, or at all, for that matter, but that never really mattered to him. As long as he was dissecting, constructing, exploring and learning, his cup was always full.

Today, his tinkering looks very different. Louis spends countless hours building and rebuilding Lego sets with his four-year-old son.

With any free time left after work and family life (usually late at night), you can find Louis in his workshop (any available free space with a flat surface) writing, painting, sculpting or toiling over his photography; nonetheless, his deep love for STEM remains, and at its core feeds his endless curiosity and desire to understand the inner workings of everything.

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GUEST POST:
- What about STEM is it that interests you the most?

By nature, I am a very curious person – always asking or wondering… “so how does this actually work?

From very early on, I demonstrated an inclination towards STEM subjects, and really excelled. As life would have it, I went a completely different path. Although I did not pursue a STEM focused career, my passion for STEM subjects taught me critical thinking skills and instilled a passion for creating and innovating. Beyond the benefit of learning science, technology, engineering, and math, STEM is the problem-solving and exploratory learning that fuels success across a variety of tasks and disciplines.

Conceptually, I quickly understand how most things operate at a glance; however, what intrigues me the most, is the labyrinth of concepts and moving parts…and their relationships together, that brings all that we know – all that we see, hear, taste, touch or feel from a simple idea to reality – from the amazing biological wonder of birth to architectural, engineering, and technological feats.

With that in mind, what interests me the most about STEM is the ability to explore, research, reverse-engineer, but mostly STEM gives you permission and the audacity to dream. For me, it’s mostly about testing and learning – whereby in the journey of trial and error, you learn far more than you expected to on the road to accomplishing your intended goals.
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GIVEAWAY:
Louis J. Desforges will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility for this giveaway.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

162 comments:

  1. I definitely agree that we all have that (at least) one person who shaped the lens with which we view the world

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  2. this looks really good to share with my kids

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  3. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  4. This sounds like a good read for young kids. I enjoyed the guest post.

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  5. Very worthwhile may you change the world.

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  6. Cute book cover and a fun read for kids.

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  7. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Really like the cover and title - have to hsare this with my daughter-in-law

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  9. Do you have a favorite soup that you enjoy? I am cooking a white bean with ham soup today. It is a favorite of ours.

    Nancy
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  10. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt! I Can Be a Scientist sounds like a great children's book! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a great day!

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  11. This is the perfect book for my grand kids!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  12. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  13. Sounds like an interesting book I would enjoy

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  14. Do you have a breakfast that you especially enjoy? I like an omelette with lots of vegetables, grits with butter, and a biscuit with jam.

    Nancy
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  15. This sounds like a cute children's book. My nephew would enjoy it.

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  16. Where do you get inspiration from for your books?

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  17. What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

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  18. I am very fond of deep rich jewel tones like emerald and ruby, and cobalt blue is my favorite color. Do you have a favorite color?

    Nancy
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  19. The book sounds very interesting. Great cover!

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  20. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

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  21. thank you for a chance to win :)

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  22. Where you live does your family ever get to build a snowman? We have had one snow day this winter.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  23. What is your all time favorite book that you have read.

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  24. Do you like to eat oatmeal when the weather is cold? I like oatmeal with butter and brown sugar!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  25. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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  26. This sound super good and cute cover too.
    heather
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  27. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  28. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  29. If you had a choice between oatmeal or grits for breakfast, which one would you pick? I alternate between those two.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  31. How do you like your bacon cooked - regular or extra crispy? I like crispy bacon!

    Nancy

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  32. I hope your day is going amazing

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  33. Where do you get your ideas for writing?

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  34. Do you have characters living in your head?

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  35. Do you do anything special to treat yourself after finishing a book?

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  36. Would you rather have toast or a home made biscuit with breakfast?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  37. What part of the book was the most fun to write?

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  38. Do you remember to get up and stretch when you're writing?

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  39. I so enjoyed reading the excerpt- well done!

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  40. Where you live, do you gets lots of ice and snow? We had a big snow today.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  41. Has your family ever gone sledding on a snowy day?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  42. I am adding this book to my to be read soon list!

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  43. What inspires your main character ideas?

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  44. Have you noticed that the days are getting longer?

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  45. What is the first book that made you cry?

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  46. Currently is there snow and ice in your area? We have snowy conditions here.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  47. What’s the best way to market your books?

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  48. What is your favorite childhood book?

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  49. I love the book details sounds like a great read.

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  50. Do you take a daily walk to clear your head?

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  51. This sounds like an interesting book to read. I also like the cover.

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  52. When you were young, did you ever build a snowman?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  53. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

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  54. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  55. This so sounds like my kind of read and I love the cover too.
    heather
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  56. Here's to an an amazing weekend!

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  57. The cover of Ethan's Stem Adventures: I Can Be a Scientist!
    by author Louis J. Desforges has a cute design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  58. It is still cold, snowy and icy here. Have you ever gone ice skating with your family?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  59. What is the best piece of advice you have received?

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  60. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  61. Do you have a favorite kind of music that you like?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  62. Do you think about your next book while writing the current one?

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  63. As a child or youth, did you have a favorite science teacher?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  64. How do you select the names of your characters?

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  65. Do you have a favorite color that you like? My favorite color is cobalt blue!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  66. This sounds like a great read that I would really enjoy.

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  67. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

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  68. What is your favorite type of music?

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  69. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

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  70. What is your favorite place to do your writing?

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  71. What do you do when you're stuck?

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  72. What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

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  73. Where you live, are you having a snowy weekend?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  74. I think I would have a hard time putting this book down after starting to read it.

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  75. When you were a child, did you have your own little science kit?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  76. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

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  77. Did you have any favorite authors when you were a child?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  78. What's your drink of choice when you're writing?

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  79. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

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  80. What is your favorite space to do your writing?

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  81. What did you want to be when you grew up?

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  82. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  83. Looks like a cute book. STEM learning is so important.

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  84. how did you come up with the cover art

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  85. What is your favorite way to relax?

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  86. My question from yesterday doesn't seem to have posted - what's the furthest you've been from home?

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  87. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  88. Where do you get your ideas for writing?

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  89. What is the first science experiment you remember doing as a child?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  90. Do you do anything special to treat yourself after finishing a book?

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  91. Do you take time off from writing on the weekends?

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  92. Do you enjoy watching the Winter Olympics when it is that time of the Olympic year?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  93. Do you enjoy watching or playing sports?

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  94. What was your favourite subject in school?

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  95. This looks like a fun book that my daughter would like!

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  96. Do you prefer colder or warmer climates?

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  97. Does your family celebrate Valentine's Day?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  98. I would love to have this book for my daughter.

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  99. This sounds like a great read that I would really enjoy.

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  100. What is your favorite to spend time off?

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  101. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too.

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  102. What is your favorite Valentine's day candy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  103. Will you be watching the Super Bowl? I'll be reading a book.

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  104. What part of the book was the most fun to write?

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  105. looks like a fun one

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  106. Do you believe in love at first sight?

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  107. Do you celebrate Valentines Day?

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  108. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover.

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  109. I so enjoyed reading the excerpt- well done!

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  110. Are you buying any discounted Valentine's Day candies today?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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