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Book Review: The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech


The Boy on the Porch

 

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

About the Book: When John and Marta found the boy on the porch, they were curious, naturally, as to why he was there-and they didn’t expect him to stay, not at first, but he did stay, day after day, until it seemed as if he belonged, running and smiling and laughing his silent laugh, tapping and patting on every surface as he made his music, and painting-with water, with paint, with mud-those swirly swirls and swings and trees. One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of person would leave their child with strangers? All they know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. And as their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, and John and Marta and the boy begin to see the world in brand-new ways. Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech delivers a poignant story of finding family when you least expect it.

 

My Review: John and Marta came across a young boy sleeping in an old cushioned chair on their porch they couldn’t imagine where he came from and why he was at their farmhouse. When the boy woke up they tried to find out where he was from but he would talk but only respond by tapping on the table. The boy reached into his pocket and pulled out a crumpled note and handed it to Marta. The note read…

“Plees taik kair of Jacob. (please take care of Jacob)

He is a god good boy.    (He is a good boy)

Will be bak wen we can.” (Will be back when we can)

Marta and John did their best to take his of Jacob waiting on the day that his parent will turn. But in the meantime, Jacob bonded well with the dog and cow.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It shows what family meant to John and Marta and the generosity toward Jacob. Find out if whoever left the note came back to pick up Jacob. This an inspiring story and I highly recommend it.

 

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Pages: 160

Cost: $6.99

 

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780061892387/the-boy-on-the-porch

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

June 19, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece. Ends July 7th


My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece by Sherrill S. Cannon, illustration by Kalpart

Have you ever seen a “work of art” worth millions, which looks like something your child just brought home from school? The dual perspective of “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder” and just a little bit of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is evident in this clever artwork story of a child who paints a fingerpaint print in class and then loses it in the wind on the way home. Illustrated from the point of view of a child, whose identity is left to the imagination of the reader since all of the illustrations are what the child sees, the fingerpaint print is interpreted by official “judges” as well as by bystanders. Should people be influenced by what others see, or use their own self-esteem to make their own judgments? http://sbpra.com/sherrillscannon/

 

My Review: To quote the author “Have you ever seen a “work of art” worth millions, which looks like something your child just brought home from school?” Yes, we have, and we wonder why it’s displayed in the gallery or worth millions. As a former art teacher, every art work is worth something and there is always a message behind it.

During Ms Gallagher art class she wanted the children to use their fingers to paint what they see in their mind. A child decided to use the color green for the scene and the color red in the middle of the painting to represent a dog. But wasn’t sure how best to draw a dog.

Then the bell rang and it was time to go home but the picture isn’t complete as it did not have a signature on it. On the way home the wind blew the fingerpaint picture away which landed among an artist artwork which is set for display at the mall later that week.

The child was already running later and believes no one will think the picture was done by an artist.

  • So what happened when the child spotted the fingerprint painting at the wall?
  • Will the judges believe it was done by a child?
  • And will the picture win first place?

The important message in this book is that; always remember to put your name on your work. You never know when your work will be put on display and win a blue ribbon.

Don’t forget to take part in the fun activity after the story ends.

  • Find the other book covers in the story.
  • Recognize any of the children from the other books in the story.
  • Can you find the red dog, giraffe, bird, flower, frog and sun in the Masterpiece? Etc.

The illustrations by Kalpart are colorful, bold and beautiful which helps bring the story to life. I like that the characters from the author’s previous books was added to the storyline. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

 

Age: 4-8

Pages: 28

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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June 17, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Classics Book Giveaway: Ends June 25th, 2014


Katies Sunday Aftermoon

Katie’s Sunday Afternoon by James Mayhew

Exploring art is fun in Mayhew’s fourth book about a little girl who jumps into paintings. Children will come away with a deeper appreciation for fine art, as they join in Katie’s museum romp. It’s a Sunday afternoon, and Katie is bored. But Grandma knows just what will cheer her up — a visit to the art museum. There, Katie once again finds herself on an unbelievable adventure through the paintings of renowned post-impressionist painters Georges-Pierre Seurat, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Signac. Children will enjoy learning about art, as they join in on Katie’s exciting journey.

Thumbelina

Thumbelina by Susan Jeffers

Join tiny Thumbelina on her magical journey from lost child to beloved bride in this glorious large-format picture book. Born in a flower, Thumbelina braves the enormous, dangerous world until, through her kindness and courage, she is delivered to a kingdom of people just her size. When Susan Jeffers’s original version was first published in 1979, School Library Journal called it in a starred review “a remarkable, lovely version of one of the author’s most beloved tales.” New jacket art, recolored and newly rendered interior art, and gold foil borders all add to the value and elegance of this reissue.

Kidnapped

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

David Balfour has never had an adventure. He has never spent a night camping in the Scottish Highlands. He has never sailed the high seas. He has never fought in a battle. In fact David Balfour has never even left home. All he knows is a quiet country life.  All this changes after the death of his parents. He suddenly learns that he, David Balfour, is a man of wealth and standing, and that he is not destined for a simple life after all. All he needs to do to assume this new station in life is to travel to the town of Cramond, Scotland, to collect his inheritance from his father’s younger brother, an uncle he had not even known existed. But David soon discovers that this is not as simple as it sounds, as he struggles to survive and outwit his treacherous uncle in this classic adventure story.

the-ugly-duckling

The Ugly Duckling retold by Stephen Mitchell

Once upon a time, there was a maligned misfit who grew into the most glorious creature of them all. Never has such a fairy tale transformation touched more hearts than the one in “The Ugly Duckling,” one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most familiar and cherished stories. Now, in the hands of esteemed translator Stephen Mitchell, an iconographic fable regains all the humor and pathos of its very first telling. And with their vivid, arresting collage illustrations, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher bring an oft-told tale to soaring new life.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The most popular pirate story ever written in English, featuring one of literature’s most beloved “bad guys,” Treasure Island has been happily devoured by several generations of boys—and girls—and grownups. Its unforgettable characters include: young Jim Hawkins, who finds himself owner of a map to Treasure Island, where the fabled pirate booty is buried; honest Captain Smollett, heroic Dr. Livesey, and the good-hearted but obtuse Squire Trelawney, who help Jim on his quest for the treasure; the frightening Blind Pew, double-dealing Israel Hands, and seemingly mad Ben Gunn, buccaneers of varying shades of menace; and, of course, garrulous, affable, ambiguous Long John Silver, who is one moment a friendly, laughing, one-legged sea-cook . . .and the next a dangerous pirate leader!

time machine

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

What is the world like far in the future? Is there peace? Is there horror? – The Time Traveler’s dinner guests listen in silence to his unbelievable tale. Has he truly traveled through Time on a machine? Is the future a dream, where the gently Eloi play all day? or a nightmare, haunted by something that lurks underground? – Perhaps only Time will tell.

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#23 – Audra O’Hara

#11 – Donna Acre

June 8, 2014 Posted by | Classic Reading for Kids, Free Giveaways | , , , | 26 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Gigi and her Girl. Ends June 13th.


Gigi and her Girl

Gigi and her Girl written and illustrated by Kathy Brandt

 

About the Book: A wildly popular picture book with fun illustrations and rhyming text. Easy for new readers! Told from both the child’s and the dog’s point of view, children laugh out loud at the contrast. When the patient puppy prefers to sleep with the more respectful, less smothering bigger sister, the spicy little sister needs to change her ways . . . maybe. Sweet, whimsical, and very funny! GIGI AND HER GIRL is a favorite of children and parents alike. http://www.gigiandhergirl.com/index.html

 

My Review: This book is so true and very, very funny but with a message for dog owners. I love it. The story is about a young girl and her dog Gigi. Each has a different point of view regards to fun. The little girl thinks Gigi likes to watch her tumble and twirl but Gigi wishes she was outside chasing squirrel.

 

Girl: We glide down the slide and then ride the swing!

Gigi the Dog: Really? The swing? It’s just not my thing.

Reviewer: LOL!

 

So why the girl thinks her dog loves to play dress up, ride in a basket with her toys, try to get her to play the piano and more, the dog just doesn’t see it her way. She will like to play outside, sleep and eat. It was time for Gigi to make her escape for the day, so she walked off to be with the girl’s big sister who lets her be a dog. Will the little girl be able to learn her lesson and treat Gigi the way she should be treated?

This is a great message for young children. It will help them to understand how to treat their pets from their (animal) point of view. I highly recommend this book.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

Hardcover: 32

 

Kathy Brandt

 

About the Author: Kathy Brandt lives in St. Louis with her two darling daughters, one gentle Gigi dog, a cute Cody cat, and a good Guy husband. Kathy has been artistic and creative since she was a little girl. To this day, her poems and artwork adorn the walls of her parents’ and sisters’ homes, located mere minutes away from her own. After graduating from Mizzou, Kathy worked as creative director, graphic designer and copywriter. When her girls were born, she began painting children’s murals, and oil paintings, as well. http://www.gigiandhergirl.com/about-the-author.html

 

 

Hi Ella,

Thank you so much for your awesome review. Yours is my favorite yet! You were so thorough and detailed. I loved it.
Very gratefully, Kathy

 

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#3 – aproudmomof6

#11 – Merry

#1 – Kristie

May 20, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

In My Mailbox #49


HC Books

 

So glad to receive a big box full of wonderful books for review from Harper Collins. These books will make great gifts for the kids. Visit HarperCollins for more information about these books.

May 16, 2014 Posted by | HarperCollins Book Review | , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. Candle Bible Handbook.


Candle Bible Handbook

Candle Bible Handbook by Terry Jean Day & Carol Smith 

About the Book: Travel through Bible history with this comprehensible exploration of the Bible, following the key narratives from Genesis to Revelation. Perfect as a child’s first Bible reference, he will travel through Bible lands and times and discover how the people lived: the foods they ate, the homes they occupied, the clothes they wore, and the work they performed. There are sections of study questions throughout to further learning, as well as glossaries and FAQs to help understanding.

 

My Review: I have reviewed a lot of the Candle Bible books and I was so glad that they had the Candle Bible Handbook. The Old and New Testamentsis packed full of facts about every book in the bible. It explains some of the mysteries of the bible. Why the bible was written and by whom. It also gives background information about the people and places of the bible. Each book is categorized according to the books of the law, poetry, prophets, history, letters of Paul, general letters and Apocrypha.

The handbook is full of lavishly illustrations with maps, time charts, photographs and panoramic illustrations. This is a very easy to read study guide not only for children but for adults as well. I highly have to recommend this book.

 

 

 

Author: Terry Jean Day & Carol Smith 

Pages: 256

Ages: 8-12

Cost: $17.99

Candle Bible Handbook

Candle Bible Handbook

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FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way

May 12, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Ends May 18, 2014


CBW 2014

May 12-18, 2014 — the 95th anniversary!

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

http://www.bookweekonline.com/about

There will be two winners for this giveaway

The 1st winner will receive 5 books

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The 2nd winner will receive 4 books

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Winners are #2- tmy56 and #16 – Gigi

May 12, 2014 Posted by | Children’s Book Week, Free Giveaways | , , , , | 31 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! Ends May 21st


Dont Stick Sticks

Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! Written by Jerald S. Altman, MD and Richard Jacobson.

 

About the Book: Stuff in their Ears? Sticks up their nose? Let’s keep things out of our kid’s ears and nose! Rhyming and beautiful, bright and colorful illustrations will gently remind children to avoid putting things where they don’t go! After 14 years of practice, Dr. Altman never ceases to be amazed at what children will think of to stick up their noses or stuff in their ears. From rocks to raisins, paper to peanuts, crayons to candy and buttons to beads, Dr. Altman has removed them all! Sometimes adults marvel at the wonderful curiosity of young children…until their inquisitive natures cause them to insert unimaginable objects into inappropriate places. It’s difficult to appreciate a child’s creativity when it might cause a medical emergency. Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! explains to children, in a fun, colorful, and memorable way, why it’s a good idea to avoid such behavior. The kids will soon be repeating the rhyming verses while being gently reminded not to stick things up their noses and not to stuff things in their ears.

 

Pages: 22

 

 

My Review: Every household and nursery schools with a toddle should have a copy of “Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears!” This will help educate them before they start to experiment with a bean up their nose or trying to fit something into their ears.

The story told in rhyme is about keeping things like plants, food, small toys, rocks, pencils etc out of their ears and noses. Stuff like these can be very harmful to a child. Children must be taught that their ears are meant for listening/hearing and nose for smelling. The illustrations are funny, bold and colorful. I high recommend this book for classroom teaching.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

About the Author: Jerald Altman is an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon (ENT Doctor). After publishing many peer-reviewed journal articles, he recognized the need for a children’s book dealing with a common problem in his practice. He was recognized as a Phoenix Top Doc in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.

He is a general Otolaryngologist and he loves taking care of children’s ear, nose and throat issues. Accordingly, the idea for this book came from his pediatric patients and their incessant need to put things where they shouldn’t go!

Richard Jacobson studied architecture at Yale University and has spent most of his adult life designing interiors, landscapes, tablescapes, clothing… and just about anything else that can be fashioned in a creative way. He lives in Phoenix and enjoys training dogs, birds and topiaries in his spare time.

 

 

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Winner is #3 – nylne

 

May 10, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Because I Said So: Life in the Mom Zone. Ends May 21st.


Because I Said So

Because I Said So: Life in the Mom Zone by Annie Oeth 

About the Book: “Our own precious Annie Oeth has penned Genius for us in BECAUSE I SAID SO. Matters not if one never parented a child–for certain, everybody WAS one, once–so the appeal and the truth are universal.”

Jill Conner Browne, Multiple #1 New York Times Bestselling author and THE Sweet Potato Queen

“But whyyyy?”

“Because I said so.”

It’s the answer that rolls off the tongues of mamas from all over. In Because I Said So: Life In The Mom Zone, veteran mama Annie Oeth tells of the worries, laughter and sheer terror of being a mother.

Trips to the emergency room, college graduations and the dangerous combination of teenagers and fireworks are all fair game in this romp through southern motherhood. Spilling the (jelly)beans on Easter egg hunts, Santa Claus and frogs in mailboxes, Annie Oeth writes of life, love and raising children while hanging on to her sense of humor.

From stories of laughter to tales of tears shed, she remembers her own growing-up years in small-town Mississippi, her parents’ 44-year romance and her own children’s travels on their way to adulthood, crafting stories that will touch hearts and funny bones.

Anyone who’s ever rocked a baby, worried over a teenager or seen family game night degenerate into a knock-down, drag-out can relate to these life lessons, straight from The Mom Zone.

Mamas are tender-hearted, but don’t mistake their kindness for an absence of backbone. In these stories, the love, strength, humor and super powers of mothers are hailed for the wonders that they are. Whether you’re a mama to sons who have an affection for reptiles and bottle rockets or a daughter who thinks you’re wrong just when you’ve figured out your own mother was right, you’ll love yourself, your kids and your life more after this read.

“Why?”

“Because I Said So.”

About the Author: A small-town Mississippi girl grows up, snatches a magnolia during her college graduation, and sets out to be a writer, newspaper editor and mama. Annie Oeth has done all three—and lived to tell the tale. A native of West Point, Mississippi, Oeth began writing from her front porch swing when she wasn’t climbing trees and drawing. She is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women, embarking on a journalism career and motherhood soon after. In 1996, she moved from Mississippi’s smallest daily newspaper, The Daily Times Leader in West Point, to the state’s largest, The Clarion-Ledger, in Jackson. Starting as an assistant metro editor, Oeth moved to editing a family of nondaily publications before returning to the daily product as features editor in 2012. She’s been writing about family and fun for The Clarion-Ledger and in The Mom Zone blog ever since. She lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.  http://bookpublicityservices.com/annie-oeth/

Pages: 226

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Winner is #11 – Bonnie-Blue T Sullivan

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Book Spotlight: Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon


Seven Wonders Book 2 Lost in Babylon

Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon by Author Peter Lerangis

A week ago, thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley was a normal kid leading a normal life—totally unaware that he was about to die. He’s cursed with a genetic abnormality that’s giving him amazing powers too quickly for his body to handle. Jack’s only hope: Find the seven lost Loculi that were hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by the last prince of Atlantis. Only they contain the magic to save him—and the world.
After unearthing the first Loculus and defeating the Colossus of Rhodes, Jack and his friends are in worse shape than when they first set out. Marco has disappeared without a trace, along with the first Loculus. With no time to spare and no one else to turn to, Jack and the gang have no choice but to follow the only clues they have and to head off on the next leg of their epic quest—to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

 
To order a copy visit http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Seven-Wonders-Book-2-Lost-Babylon-Unabridged/?isbn=9780062280466

 

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Pages: 400

 

 

 

 

April 27, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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