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Book Review/Giveaway: The Grimm Chronicles Vol 3. Ends Jan 31st


The Grimm

The Grimm Chronicles Vol3 by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky

About the Book:Alice never should have made a deal with Sam Grayle. Now she and the rest of her fencing team are on their way to Romania to participate in a fencing tournament. And while the rest of the team can enjoy their little vacation, Sam Grayle has a more important mission for Alice: recover a long lost treasure. To do it, Alice will need the help of a brave group of adventures… and a lot of luck.

But that’s not all. Something evil resides in the Carpathians… something more dangerous than anything Alice has ever faced before. As Alice accumulates injuries fighting giants, werewolves and ghosts, shell have to use every last ounce of willpower to escape Romania in one piece. And while ensuring the mad magician Agnim’s prophecy doesn’t come true.

This book contains 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series:

Episode 7: The Giant Slayer
Episode 8: Darkness Rising
Episode 9: Malevolence

The lost Diary of Abigail Bauer

http://www.thegrimmchronicles.com/volume-3.html

Now the characters of the Grimms’ stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.

My Review

Book 7: The Giant Slayer Europe: birthplace of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Meet Alice Goodenough, 18 years old who is a hero ready to take on any form of dangers, new monsters and new surprises. Alice and her fencing team set off to Europe for a fencing tournament in Romania paid by Mr. Sam Grayle. Mr. Grayle  decided to fully fund their trip with one important thing in mind, to use Alice to find a hidden treasure.

Book 8: Darkness Rising 200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm brought their stories to life. Not only does she has to find the hidden treasure but also worry about her team as they found out that they were no match against the other fencers who look more experience and full of energy.

Book 9: Malevolence. As the stories develop, Alice’s body is breaking down from constant battle. Her loved ones are in danger so she must prepare and find new strength to battle. She must face off against the ancient evil that lurks within Castle Vontescue.

What a great read packed with adventures. I love the TV series Grimm and this book is all about Grimm. If you love reading about Werewolves, Vampires, Monsters and Giants then the Grimm Chronicles is the best book to read. But wait, there’s a cliffhanger at the end of Vol 3. Watch out for Vol 4. I hope so.

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.

Pages: 478

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January 14, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Warriors: The Ultimate Guide. Ends Dec 31st


warrior cats

Warriors: The Ultimate Guide by Erin Hunter, illustrated by Wayne McLoughlin

Featuring never-before-seen information about the warrior cats, Warriors: The Ultimate Guide is a necessary addition to every Warriors collection and is perfect for both longtime fans and those just getting to know the world. This full-color book includes:

  •       All of the content from Warriors: Cats of the Clans
  •       Brand-new art and detailed descriptions for forty more cats
  •       An in-depth look at each of the five warrior Clans

Bonus! For the first printing only, receive a double-sided jacket that folds out into a full-color collector’s poster.

Book Description

Step inside the Warriors world with the ultimate guide to the cats and Clans.

  •       Profiles on more than seventy-five of the most important warrior cats
  •       An insider look at each of the Clans
  •       Never-before-seen stories about how Bramblestar and Tigerstar received their nine lives

And more!

My Review: I haven’t read any of the Warriors’ books. But if you are a cat lover then this is the book for you. The book introduces readers to the four clans that live in a forest and how each clan defends its territory based on their hunting skills.

There was a fifth clan but they got forced out when Twolegs clan took over the territory. That clan was known as the tree-hunters.  Bold and beautiful color illustrations by Wayne McLoughlin.

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

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December 18, 2013 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book Review: My Weird School Special: Deck the Halls, We’re Off the Walls!


Deck the Halls

My Weird School Special: Deck the Halls, We’re Off the Walls! by Dan Gutman

A.J. and the gang from My Weird School star in this series of after-school, holiday-themed chapter books featuring brand-new hilarious stories and thirty-two pages of games, puzzles, and more.

It’s Christmas, and you know what that means! Santa Claus is coming to town! Or at least to the local mall. But what happens when kid rapper Cray-Z gives a Christmas concert at the same mall and all his fans go bananas? One thing’s for sure—if A.J. and his friends from EllaMentrySchool want to save the day, they will need a Christmas miracle.

Bestselling author Dan Gutman brings his wacky, kid-friendly sense of humor to this all-new series of holiday adventures. With My Weird School trivia and Christmas-themed facts and puzzles, this is one weird Christmas special you don’t want to miss!

Book Description

The weirdest Christmas story in the history of the world!

Plus 32 pages of bonus content!

Professor A.J.’s Christmas Facts

Puzzles

Trivia

Games

and more! http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/books/My-Weird-School-Special-Deck-Halls-Were-Off-Walls-/?isbn13=9780062206824&tctid=100

 

My Review: A.J. and his friends are back for another adventure. And this time they can’t wait to go to the mall to see Santa and let him know what they want for Christmas. With 32 pages of bonus content of trivia, games, puzzles, Professor A.J.’s Christmas facts and more!

 

 

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

 

 

December 18, 2013 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery


Cinderella Smith The Super Secret Mystery

 

Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery by Stephanie Barden, illustrated by Diane Goode.

About the Book: Cinderella Smith wants to shock and amaze her class with her report on endangered species. So when the books she needs go missing from the library, she teams up with her best friend, Erin, to solve the mystery. But time is running out! Then she gets a totally weird note:

Don’t tell anyone!
I’ll get in big trouble!
Look behind
E

Missing books and “Look behind E” . . . What in the world could it mean? Just as all seems lost, Cinderella is struck with a capital A-H-A AHA! moment that could blow this case wide open. Someone’s in cahoots, that’s for sure, and Cinderella Smith won’t give up until she solves the mystery!

http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/books/Cinderella-Smith-Super-Secret-Mystery/?isbn13=9780062004437&tctid=100

 

My Review: Who is Cinderella Smith? She is your modern day Cinderella. A third grade student who is prone to losing her shoes. When the class is assigned a research project on animals, Cinderella is excited as she would like to study ocelots but notice that the books she needed for the research has gone missing from the library. Did the mean bullies take the books? She will just have to investigate and follow every clue until she solves the mystery of the missing books.

If you are a fan of Junie B. Jones or Nancy Drew you will love reading Cinderella Smith. Illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Diane Goode help to bring the story to life adding an appeal to the Cinderella’s story.

Stephanie Barden

About the Author: When I read other author’s websites, they often say they’ve been writing since they learned how. Not me. Although I grew up loving books and stories, I never thought about writing one of my own, until I had my son, Joe. He told me that I was “a way better story teller than anyone else” and although he was only three at the time, and highly prejudiced to boot, I decided to see if he knew what he was talking about.

It turns out he probably didn’t. I wrote and took classes and wrote and submitted manuscripts and wrote and was rejected and wrote and… finally I got the right story to the right agent at the right time. And the rest is history, but not really, because everything is just beginning.

http://www.stephaniebarden.com/about-stephanie/

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Cinderella Smith
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 23, 2013)

 

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

 

 

 

December 2, 2013 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Thimble Down. Ends Dec 15th


Thimble Down A Mystery

Thimble Down: A Mystery (Chronicles of Dorro) By PETE PROWN

About the Book: THIMBLE DOWN is a country village where death and malice lurk the quiet lanes. When the vile, drunken Bing Rumple acquires a gem-laden treasure, violence begins to follow him everywhere. Where did Bing find such a precious jewel, and worse, is someone willing to kill to possess it? In this fast-paced adventure, the village bookmaster, Mr. Dorro, and his young companions Wyll Underfoot and Cheeryup Tunbridge are in a desperate race to find the answer—before death comes to Thimble Down.

Excerpt from Thimble Down

The next morning, Bing Rumple was in full stride. He’d been walking in and out of shops, a chop house, pony stables, and many of the other burrows and houses that composed the center of Thimble Down, bragging about his exploits in the east. With his brother Farroot and Bill Thistle following him like a pair of leering weasels, Bing was enjoying his moment in the sun.

“How do you kill a ferocious goblin?” A youngling had just asked him this very question, and now he was preparing a grandly entertaining response. “Why, you can do it many ways, my boy-o,” he said in a tough voice, but trying to stifle a grin. “You can stick him in the throat with an arrow at fifty paces, or sneak up from behind and garrote the bugger with a sturdy piece of rope. Me, I generally just cut ‘em to pieces with this elvish saber. Look!” he said, drawing the glimmering blade out of his scabbard, “you can even see bits of dried, black goblin blood, and burnt flesh in the crevices.” At this, the Halfling children screamed with a mix of fright and glee and ran off to tell their horrified mothers. Bing and his pals roared with laughter.

As he expected, most people in Thimble Down had never even seen a goblin or troll up close. “What do they look like? Do they have bloody fangs?” asked young Tom Talbo, quivering with delight. Bing seemed to think for a moment before replying, “Oh course they do, young sir. And they have large bulbous eyes, thick grey-green or black skin covered with festering sores, long muscled arms, and meaty hands with claws on the end. They are fearsome to be sure, and if you get too close, they can shred yer intestines in a mere flash.” Bing embellished his tale each time someone asked. He’d never been a celebrity before, and he rather liked it.

“The worst of it was when me ‘n’ the lads were trapped with an elfin hunting party, pinned down by about a hundred and fifty goblins that outnumbered us mightily,” he rambled on. “We were on the top of a small bluff with goblins and trolls all around us. The elves fought valiantly, but we saved the day. Let me tell you the whole story.”

“Ya see, goblins hate fire, and by a stroke of fortune, the top of the bluff was covered with dry, dead brambles and bushes. So I braved a rain of goblin arrows and ran over to the elf chieftain. I said, ‘Toldir’—that was his name—‘go ask yer men to gather all the brush and big rocks possible, and arrange them on rim,’ I says. Of course, Toldir got pretty steamed at me for calling his warriors Men, because of course, elves ain’t Men and Men ain’t elves, if you reckon my meaning. But in the heat o’ battle, these things happen. Anyway, the elves did as I asked, and soon the entire edge of our bluff was ringed with brush and big boulders. I’ll hand it to them elves—they are strong and can move quick-like, especially in a pinch.”

“As a further stroke of luck, the elfin hunters had leatherskin bags filled with deer and musk oil from their recent kills, which we used to drench the brush. At Toldir’s command, the oil was lit afire, creating a massive inferno around the perimeter. I gave a shout of ‘Heave-ho!’ and we used sticks and logs to push the big rocks and flaming brush over the lip and down onto the enemy, who were stricken with terror. Those goblins that weren’t killed outright by the boulders and stones were hit with the flaming brambles and verily burst into flames. And any demons that escaped this hell were soundly stuck with deadly elvish arrows or, might I modestly say, by the edge of my sword as we charged down the hill to destroy the enemy. With the goblins either dead or in complete disarray, our troop was able to escape and rejoin the larger elf forces to fight another day.”

Huzzah! Hurrah for Bing!” applauded his audience. Bing, Farroot, and Bill tossed handfuls of pennies into the crowd to curry their favor even more, driving the children mad with joy. Still, some of the older Halflings at the edge of the crowd couldn’t put the image of the sniveling Bing Rumple of yester-year out of their minds. “How could that miserable excuse for a Halfling be such a hero?” they thought. But in general, the village folk were greatly entertained, and this was a great boon to local merchants who hadn’t seen crowds this big since the harvest festival of the previous year. Up and down the hard-packed dirt lanes in Thimble Down, sellers were bringing their wares into the open air, especially pies, cakes, and any variety of dried, candied meats on a stick, which only cost a penny or two and were gobbled down rapturously.

Many in the crowd were also ogling the gem-encrusted brooch pinned on Bing’s left breast. Indeed, more than a few secretly began to covet it. Among them was one Halfling who decided—at that very moment—to steal it.

Even if it meant someone had to die. © 2013 Pete Prown

For Book Giveaway: Click on the link below to read reviews. Come back to the blog and leave your comments in the comment field below. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482510383/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

  • Series: Chronicles of Dorro
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482510383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482510386

Pete Prown

About the Author: PETE PROWN (born in 1963) is a noted American writer of Young Adult fantasy books, as well as a magazine and book editor, and journalist. He’s written both fiction and non-fiction books, including THIMBLE DOWN and a series of instructional titles about guitars. Also a talented musician and recording artist, his GuitarGarden music is available on CDBaby.com and iTunes.

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Giveaway Ends Dec 15th, 2013

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Winner is #5 – Dawn S.

November 24, 2013 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: View from a Zoo. Ends Dec 8th.


View from a Zoo

About the Book: Thea is a house-cat that seems to have it all… she has a warm home, plenty of food and a family that loves her. But something is missing in Thea’s life. Where is the excitement? Where is the adventure?

My Review: This is a wonderful story about a house cat looking for adventure in the city. Thea the cat appears to have everything, from the love of a family to a warm home and plenty of food. But Thea felt she was missing the excitement and the adventure of what was outside the loving home.

One day Thea had the opportunity to explore the city but it wasn’t as excited or friendly as she had hoped. But she did learn from Vern the lion at the Zoo that books can take you on an adventure every single day.

This is a well-written story by Artie Knapp a story with a great lesson. I love this book because it teaches children that reading books can take you on an exciting adventure. The illustrations by Sunayana Nair Kanjilal help to tell this story. I highly recommend this book.  To read about the illustrator click on the https://mymcbooks.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/mymcbooks-interview-illustrator-sunayana-nair-kanjilal/

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: Artie Knapp is the author of many published works for young readers. A frequent contributor to the Detroit Free Press’ Yak’s Corner, his children’s literature has been featured in over 100 publications across the world. Artie finds inspiration for writing from the woods behind his home. A lot of the characters he writes about are there everyday and frequently stop by to say hello. He likes that. Artie is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and graduated from Ohio University. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and daughter. http://www.artieknapp.com/

Artie Knapp is also the author of Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet.

https://mymcbooks.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/book-review-and-giveaway-living-green-a-turtles-quest-for-a-cleaner-planet-ends-jan-17th/

https://mymcbooks.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/interview-with-author-artie-knapp/

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November 17, 2013 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park. Ends Nov 25th


The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park

The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park

About the Book: The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park, by Teko Bernard, is written to delight and challenge middle schoolers, ages 8 – 13.

All Bernard Jones wanted to do while staying with his grandparents for the summer in Elmdale, his father’s childhood hometown, was work on his basketball skills. When Bernard excitedly enters a team into the Annual Elmdale Park Basketball Tournament, he’s shocked to discover that the future of the park is at stake. The town of Elmdale hasn’t won the tournament in 20 years, and Victor Franco, a ruthless millionaire, is planning to shut down the annual tournament for good so that he can turn the historic Elmdale Park into a landfill for his own profit. It can all be stopped if Bernard and his team, the Elmdale Warriors, win the tournament this year. Can the courageous Bernard and his fun and wacky crew defeat their Oakdale rivals and save the historic Park?

http://www.hoopkidonline.com/about-the-book.html

Meet the Team – http://www.hoopkidonline.com/meet-the-team.html

Paperback: 126 pages

Publisher: Elmdale Park Books (October 23, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0986059307

ISBN-13: 978-0986059308

http://www.amazon.com/The-Hoop-Kid-Elmdale-Park/dp/0986059307/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383838811&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Hoop+Kid+from+Elmdale+Park

Teko Bernard

About the Author: Before creating the Elmdale Park kids brand, for over a decade Teko worked as a creative director and graphic designer in the sportswear and sports events industries where he developed brand identities, marketing communications and apparel graphics for nationally recognized brands and events like ESPN, X Games, NCAA and the BCS.

After an exciting career in the sportswear and sports event market, Teko set out to pursue his lifelong dream of creating the original kid’s entertainment brand and cartoon property that is Elmdale Park. Elmdale Park currently produces a unique brand of middle grade chapter books & activewear. The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park is the debut book from the brand. Teko lives and operates the company from Overland Park, KS,  and collaborates with a team of seasoned writers, illustrators, editors and designers who all share the same passion for kids books, cartoons, sports and outdoor recreation. When he’s not designing or developing new story concepts for Elmdale Park,  Teko is usually reading, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors or being an amateur movie critic. http://www.hoopkidonline.com/about-the-creator.html

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Winner is #6  Jieru

November 7, 2013 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Book Review/Kregel Blog Tour: Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me


Bible and Prayers

 

Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me retold by Christina Goodings and illustrated by Janet Samuel

About the Book: This Bible storybook contains twelve favorite episodes from the Old and New Testaments, chosen to emphasize the message of God’s love and care. Each story concludes with a blessing, prayer, or reflection, which is illustrated with the child and the teddy bear together. Children will love the endearing teddy bear illustrations which will help them to relate easily to the stories and prayers.

My Review: This is a cute bible story book for children ages 3-8 years old. The Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me shares the wonderful word of God, His love and power from the Old Testament to the New Testament. The 12 stories are In the Beginning, Noah and the Ark, Baby Moses, David and Goliath, Jonah Learns a Lesson, Daniel and the Lions, Jesus is Born, Jesus the Teacher, The Story of the Sower, The Lost Sheep, The Farmer’s Son, The Man in the Tree, The Good Samaritan, and The First Easter.

It has a padded front cover and the book is colorful and has bold pictures that helps bring the stories to life. The text is easy to read and you will find that these stories are so engaging that your child would want you to read it again and again.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0745963501/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_img_sol_0

 

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 64 pages

 

 

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.

 

 

November 4, 2013 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Explorer The Lost Islands edited by Kazu Kibuishi


Explorer

Explorer The Lost Islands edited by Kazu Kibuishi

About the Book: The highly anticipated second volume to the critically acclaimed Explorer series, The Lost Islands is a collection of seven all-new stories written and illustrated by an award-winning roster of comics artists, with each story centered around the theme of hidden places. Edited by the New York Times bestselling comics creator Kazu Kibuishi, this graphic anthology includes well-written, beautifully illustrated stories by Kazu (the Amulet series), Jason Caffoe (the Flight series), Raina Telgemeier (Drama and Smile), Dave Roman (the Astronaut Academy series), Jake Parker (the Missile Mouse series), Michel Gagné (The Saga of Rex), Katie and Steven Shanahan (the Flight series), and up-and-coming new artist Chrystin Garland.

http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Explorer-9781419708817.html

 

Authors: Edited by Kazu Kibuishi

Imprint: Amulet Books

ISBN: 1-4197-0881-3

EAN: 9781419708817

Page Count: 128

Cover: Hardcover

Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout

 

About the Author: Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of Amulet, the award-winning New York Times bestselling graphic novel series, and the editor and art director of eight volumes of Flight, the influential Eisner-nominated anthology series. He lives in Alhambra, California.

 

My Review: Explorer The Lost Islands is a collection of seven graphic short stories.

The Rabbit Island by Jake Parker, an island inhabited by rabbits where every rabbit has a job to do until one rabbit decided to build a robot that did all the work until it catch on fire.

The Mask Dance by Chrystin Garland, about a little girl who disordered her father and decided to follow a stranger to the festival.

Carapace by Jason Caffoe is a short story about a boy who woke up on an island looking for food to eat when he came across the exoskeleton of a crab and the crab’s ghost who showed him how to find food.

DesertIsland Playist by Dave Roman and Raina Telegemeier was by far the best story.  The story is about a young girl who found herself on a deserted island (so she thinks) with only a backpack with a few keepsakes and scattered memories.

I found all seven stories interesting but short and I expected more. The illustrations are beautiful and different in style. The colors are vibrant and bold with help to tell the stories.

 

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

 

 

November 3, 2013 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , | Leave a comment

National Adoption Month/Giveaway: Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale. Ends Nov 30th


Sweet Moon Baby

Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale written by Karen Henry Clark and Illustrated by Patrice Barton

The author wrote a story about the beautiful baby girl she adopted years called SWEET MOON BABY: AN ADOPTION TALE, which turned out to be a modern fairy tale about her start in life. To read more click on the link

http://www.karenhenryclark.com/smb.html

My Review: I don’t know if you can fall in love with a book but I did when I first read Sweet Moon Baby. Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale written by Karen Henry Clark is a story of love, hope and faith. This story is about two couples, one who could barely afford to feed themselves and their new born child and the other who wants a baby. As they await the arrival of their baby girl from China, they set about preparing for her by planting a fruit tree to building a house with a room just for her.  Back in China, the child is placed in a basket by her parents as they trusted the moon to guide their baby down the river. As the baby floated away she slept peacefully throughout her journey while her adoptive parents waited.

Anyone would love this book and you don’t have to be adopting a child or have an adopted child to love this book. The watercolor illustration by Patrice Barton captures every scene in the book.  A must have for all parents who are adopting and a perfect bedtime story.

To read about the author’s interview click on the link below

https://mymcbooks.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/interview-with-karen-henry-clark/#respond

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Hardcover: 32 pages

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Giveaway Ends Nov 30, 2013.

 

National Adoption Month 2013

National Adoption Month is a time to celebrate family and to bring about awareness that there are hundreds of thousands of children in foster homes awaiting adoption. States, communities, and agencies hold events during the month to bring the need for families into public view.

For information on what you can do to help the children who are waiting for a family contact your local state agency.

http://adoption.about.com/od/adopting/a/historyofnam.htm

 

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #7 – Abbie

 

November 1, 2013 Posted by | Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

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