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Book Review/Giveaway: And in the Morning: Field of Conflict – The Somme, 1916. Ends Apr 14th


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And in the Morning: Field of Conflict – The Somme, 1916 by John Wilson

About the Book: Fifteen-year-old Jim Hay believes that war is a glorious adventure and cannot wait for his turn to fight. But as his father boldly marches off to battle in August 1914, Jim must be content to record his thoughts and dreams in his journal. All too quickly, however, Jim’s simple life begins to unravel. His father is killed in action, his mother suffers a breakdown and, when he does at last join up, it is as much to find refuge as it is to seek glory. What Jim discovers in the trenches of France is enough to dispel any romantic view of the war. Soon, his longing for adventure is replaced by a basic need to survive and the final tragic outcome is one he never could have imagined. The first installment in the Fields of Conflict series, “And in the Morning” will appeal to young readers aged fourteen to sixteen.  http://www.wanderingfoxbooks.com/and-in-the-morning/

 

 

 

My Review: A story about a young man’s life fighting for survival.  He couldn’t wait for his turn to go off to war and fight. After his father was killed in action and his mother suffering a breakdown. Jim decided it was time to join the fight. But his views about the war wasn’t what he taught. He wrote in his journal  the horrors of the war and the loss of innocent lives. Now he must fight to stay alive long enough to return home.

 

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

 

 

John Wilson

About the Author: I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, but I grew up on the Isle of Skye (I could speak some Gaelic when I was four), and in Paisley, outside Glasgow. I was troubled teen and only applied myself in high school when someone said I couldn’t do something. One time I was in the Principal’s office for some forgotten reason, and he said I would never amount to anything. That annoyed me and I set out to prove him wrong, (was he smart?). Anyway, I went to St. Andrews University and did an Honours Degree in Geology. I worked in Zimbabwe, but there was a war on, so I came to Alberta and worked in Edmonton for ten years. I started freelance writing in 1989 and moved out to Vancouver Island in 1991 to write full time.  Read more about the author http://johnwilsonauthor.com/page5/page5.html

 

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March 27, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Little Jimmy Says, “Same Is Lame” Ends Apr 8th


Little Jimmy Says, Same Is Lame

 

Little Jimmy Says, “Same Is Lame” by Jimmy Vee

Little Jimmy is a small guy with a BIG mission… help people realize how special they really are. Why is everyone trying so hard to fit in when there is so much uniqueness to celebrate? Jump in and follow the miniature ringmaster through his circus-inspired world of weird, where normal is ordinary, and ordinary is boring. In these fun-filled pages you’ll discover what makes you unique and why being different is actually cool. So hurry, hurry! Come one, come all! Step right up. Kids of all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome and special in Little Jimmy’s wondrous and wacky world. Read this book and prepare to be amazed at what you see in the mirror the next time you take a look!

 

My Review: Little Jimmy is a five feet tall man. Little Jimmy Says, there is always an advantage of being tall. Tall people can hang pictures high up on the wall and some can dunk a basketball. But being short has its advantage too, like going under the limbo stick, wrestling and playing hide and go seek.

Whether you are made fun of wearing glasses, born small or big, having big or small nose, hair or no hair, having birthmarks or scars, doesn’t make you a freak but unique.

The message in this book is very encouraging not only for children but for adults. Discover why being different is actually cool. Being different should make you feel proud. So no matter what, just remember that you are unique and that being different has its advantages. As Little Jimmy puts it “Same is Lame”. The illustrations by Mike Motz are bright, bold and colorfully which helps tell the story.

 

 

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

Hardcover

32 pages

 

 

Little Jimmy

About this author: Jimmy Vee is known around the world as the Five Foot High Marketing Guy. He is living proof that big things really do come in small packages. He is a savvy CEO, a loving husband, a funny father, a bestselling business book author, a sought-after advertising copywriter, a wannabe musician, a master magician, a stand-up comedian and a stiff-lipped ventriloquist. https://www.goodreads.com/LittleJimmyVee

 

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March 23, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: A Bird On My Hand. Ends Mar 23rd


A Bird on My Hand

About the Book: A child watches the chickadees by Grandma’s cabin and sees those eating sunflower seeds from Grandma’s hand. Will the chickadees back home ever learn to take the seeds from a human hand? Will the child ever have the patience to let them? A lovely story of enjoying the wild things, A Bird on My Hand has charming illustrations from a chickadee’s point of view.

My Review: This is the story about a young boy who visited his gramma at her cabin. His gramma is known as the Chickadee lady because she calls out to the birds “Chickadee-dee” come to me. One by one, the birds fly out toward her to eat from her hand until all the sunflower seeds are gone.

His gramma tried to teach him how to hold out his hand steady while feeding the birds. “…. Make sure you don’t pull away and scare my birds,” she said. So he learnt how to feed the chickadees by hand. And when he returned home to the city, he filled the feeder with sunflower seeds and watched as the chickadees flew in and started eating the seeds. He was able to get the city chickadees eating right out of his hand, too.

This is a great educational book for children learning how to teach birds how to eat from your hand. The last few pages in the book gives information of which chickadees live near you, how to talk to them softly, how to hold your hand out flat.

How long chickadees live? How they survive sub-zero nights? How tiny their eggs are? This is a must for classroom teaching.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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March 1, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Before I Sleep I Say Thank You. Ends March 23rd


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Before I Sleep I Say Thank You by Carol Gordon Ekster and Illustrated by Mary Rojas

About the Book: Would you like to start a new bedtime tradition that underscores the importance of gratitude? Read Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with your children to begin a nightly routine of saying five things you are grateful for before bed. It will add sweetness and joy before your little one falls asleep. http://www.carolgordonekster.com/

My Review: This is a story about a little boy whose favorite part of the day is tuck-in-time. When night falls, he brushes his teeth and get ready for his mom to take him to bed. He like pretending that she is the train and his is the caboose as they sing “Choo-choo!” on the way to his room. While in bed, his mother tucks him in nicely and they take a moment to think about their day. Mom talks about her gardening and not stopping to help Ms. Nelson and promised next time to stop and help her. And he said he was sorry he didn’t pick up the tomatoes when she asked and promised to cooperate the next day. They talked some more about their day with family and friends, and then together they thanked God for their day, and what He has given them.

What a great way for a child to end their day. By reflecting on their day, recognizing God’s blessings and grace and letting God know how grateful they are for his many blessings. I highly recommend this book for every home. Adults can learn from it too.

Great illustrations by Mary Rojas which helps tell the story with warm and bright colors.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Carol Ekster

About the Author: Carol Gordon Ekster’s first published children’s book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008, was inspired by one special former student who lived the schedule described in the book. It was an About.com Readers’ Choice 2012 finalist for Best Children’s Book for Single Parents. Another of her stories was in Library Sparks magazine, February 2010. Her second book, Ruth The Sleuth and The Messy Room, was picked up by Character Publishing, for their first list, and came out December 2011. It was awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval in 2012. Her newest picture book, Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with Pauline Books and Media released January 1, 2015. Her first e-book, Hip Hopping Books, will be out March 2015 as part of a digital library with Schoolwide, Inc. Carol retired after teaching 4th grade for 35 years. She starts her day exercising and doing yoga, then works on her writing and book promotion. She loves to discuss using picture books with all elementary grade students and has presented about this at conferences. She is excited that her writing gives her another way to communicate with children. http://www.carolgordonekster.com/About_Carol.html

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February 28, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Moore Field School and the Mystery. Ends March 21st


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Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser

About the Book: Moore Field School and the Mystery is the start of an exciting children’s series featuring Samantha, whose parents teach at her school, Moore Field School in Manchester, England. Her best friend is Jessica. But Moore Field School is about to close down. At the last minute, the headmistress, Miss Moore, moves the school to Lakeview, a place she has always liked. Just what is the mystery at Moore Field School? Before the first term starts at Lakeview, the students go to a fun camp where they hear about a local haunted house. Meanwhile, some scary men are searching for long-lost trophies that they will do anything to find. They even search Miss Moore’s office for clues to where the trophies could be hidden. What is happening with the trophies and how is Moore Field School involved? Liam Moiser lives in the port town of Goole in Yorkshire, England. This is his first book. Publisher’s website: http://sbprabooks.com/LiamMoiser/

Paperback: 118 pages

Cost: $9.86 @ amazon

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About the Author: Liam Moiser lives in the port town of Goole in Yorkshire, England. This is his first book. http://sbprabooks.com/liammoiser/?page_id=34

My Review: Are you ready to go on an adventure and solve a mystery? Then get ready to read Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser. The first exciting children’s series featuring Samantha and her best friend Jessica, they both attend Moore Field School in Manchester, England, where Samantha’s parents are teachers.

Moore Field School is a private school run by Miss Moore. She has been forced to close down and sell the school at the end of the school term. The school is over one hundred years old and now she has to sell the building to a man who would like the building for his firm. Then strange things started to happen.

Follow Samantha and her friends as they look for their kidnapped friend, dealing with ghosts and strange men searching for long lost trophies. This is a fun book for younger kids.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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February 25, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Book Review: Lift the Flap Bible.


Lift the Flap Bible

Lift the Flap Bible by Karen Williamson; illustrated by Louise Anglicas

About the Book: What’s under the flaps? Find out in this collection of eight very simple Bible stories in a large cased board book format. Each story is told across a double-page spread and there are flaps on every page. Bright, quirky illustrations full of wit and color from Louise Anglicas are perfect for this engaging introduction to Bible stories.

Stories are: Noah and the Ark, Moses and the Bulrushes, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Great Fish, Born in a Stable, Boy with Loaves and Fishes, The Lost Sheep, and Man Lowered Through the Roof.

 

Pages: 16
Size: 
8.25 x 8.25 inches
Published: 
2014
Rights: 
NA
Imprint: 
Candle Books

Price: $12.99
ISBN:  978-1-78128-130-7
Format: Board book

http://store.kregel.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3446

 

My Review: The Candle Tiny Tots Bible for Kids comes with eight best loved bibke stories from the Old and New Testament. These stories includes Noah and his boat, A basket in the river, Daniel and the lions, Jonah and the great fish and from the New Testament; Born in a stable, One boy’s lunch, Lost and found and A man through the roof. These stories are told across two pages with peek a boo flaps. Each flaps tells a different story.

The stories are simplified and interesting with bold and colorful pictures that helps bring the stories to life.

This book is the perfect size bible for young readers with its hard cover and sturdy pages. An inspirational book that would capture the attention of any child.

 

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.

February 23, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? Ends March 21st


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Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? By Cheryl Sturm

“Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You?” is one way to express love–beyond an inch, foot, yard, mile, the moon, stars, and Mars–to anyone dear to you. It was written as a bedtime story. But given that it teaches children some fun facts about measurements while reinforcing how much you love them, this book is an ANYtime story. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, and friends can buy this book as a gift and enjoy telling the children in their lives how much they are loved. The author wrote the book for her four nieces and nephews. When asked “Do I love you this much?”, the youngest, who is almost four years old, delights in answering, “Not just this much.” He starts saying it with his two index fingers an inch apart, and he enjoys repeating the phrase with his hands one foot apart and again with his arm stretched as far as they’ll go. Then he starts again. On occasion, his grandfather has joined in. It’s a fun, quick read with both basic and profound lessons. http://www.knowinggoingkids.com/

Pages: 46

Cost: $9.26 on amazon

My Review: Kids will enjoy reading this book as it’s not only fun but educational as well. The illustrations are bold and colorful. Although, it shows how much we can be loved by our love ones, it also teaches children about measurements. The author shows in the first few pages how things are measured in inches, like a quarter, macaroni, strawberry, and hammer.

The incremental measurements start to expand from the size of a quarter, hotdog, golf putter and even the moon. We can love far beyond the planets but guess what?

So do you love an inch or lot more than an inch? As we read on we find out in the book that love is immeasurable and that love has no limit. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

About the Author: Cheryl Sturm works with a great team of people at R. Crusoe & Son to develop unusual, cultural journeys. The daughter of an Army major, she was born in Berlin, Germany, raised in Manawa, Wisconsin, and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career as a television reporter in Wisconsin, but a professional detour happily lead her to international travel. “Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You,” is the first book published by Knowing Going Kids. More books are on the way for thoughtful families curious about our world.  http://www.knowinggoingkids.com/about.html

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February 17, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Book Spotlight: Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The Long Haul. #9


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About the Book: A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.  http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book9/

 

Excerpt from the Book

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My Review: This is the 9th book in the Wimpy Kid series. And the family embarks on a road trip. Would it be a fun trip to Disney World or visiting their aunt Loretta in a nursing home. This trip was full of adventures which made the story interesting to read. Was the trip a total disaster? Well, loosing their credit cards, money, having to deal with a noisy and troublesome baby pig, sleeping in a dirty motel which smelled like mildew, carpet covered in weird stains and their room reeking of smoke would suggest so.

Would Greg and Rodrick behave themselves on this trip or get into mischief or would it turn out to be a great road trip? Overall, it was an interesting read that kids will enjoy reading and laughing about.

 

 

Cost: $7.75 @ amazon.com

Reading level: Ages 8 and up

Hardcover: 217  pages

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Abrams Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

 

 

February 11, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: My Yellow Balloon. Ends Feb 20th


My Big Yellow Balloon

My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge, illustrated by Erwin Madrid

About the Book: It all started at the carnival. That is where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joeys wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend? Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader. Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, this book will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.

My Review: This is a story about a boy dealing with the loss of his favorite Balloon. It also gives an insight to the meaning of grief and loss, and how children handle both.

The carnival had come to town and Joey was so excited that his parents could barely keep up with him. Then he saw hundreds of big, bright balloons and couldn’t wait to get one. The balloon man handled him a big bright yellow balloon with a string tied to Joey’s wrist. Joey spent every moment with the balloon playing until one day the balloon slipped off his wrist and floated away. He called for his big bight yellow to come back and watch it as it disappeared into the sky. Joey was angry, confused and sad for days and wish this balloon would come back. Not even a new toy will make him happy until…. You will have to buy the book to see if there was a happy ending.

This is a great book to help children with situations like this whether it’s their favorite toy, pet or a loss of a love one.

The illustrations by Erwin Madrid are wonderfully beautiful, bright and bold. The brightness of the colors help tells the happy days and the dark gray colors, the not so happy days which general help tell the story and bring it to life. I highly recommend this book for school libraries.

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

Hardcover

48 pages

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January 30, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)


My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

 

My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

About the Book: My Little Life of Jesus introduces the story of Jesus’ life to 3-to 5-year-olds. It follows Jesus from His birth, being baptized by John, meeting the disciples and teaching them how to pray, telling His stories to people in nearby towns and villages, right through to His return to the heavenly Father. Illustrated throughout with adorable artwork from a popular Candle Books artist, there is also a map included to show the land where Jesus lived. This padded hardcover comes complete with a presentation page for gift or award giving.

 

My Review: My Little Life of Jesus is a story about the birth of Jesus to his death and resurrection. The contents starts with the very first Christmas, I will say the birth of Jesus since He was not born on Christmas day.   The accounts of Mary been visited by an angel, giving birth in Bethlehem and visited by the three wise men who brought him gifts.

Learn why Jesus came, not only to heal the sick but to spread the word of God. There’s a page in the book that shows a map of where Jesus lived, from Bethlehem, to Jerusalem, Jericho, Galilee, Nazareth and many more until his death.

I liked that the book gave more detail story about the life of Jesus unlike some others. I also liked the added scriptures to the story. The illustrations are bright and colorful which will make it easy for kids to read.

Overall, a great book by the author Karen Williamson.

 

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.

January 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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