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Book Review: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Noah’s Ark.


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Noah’s Ark. Adapted by Linda Falken from Genesis, Chapter 6-9.

 

About the Book: Children and adults will love this beautiful retelling of Noah’s Ark and the massive flood that destroyed the earth. The story is illustrated with paintings and drawings in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Featured artists include Gustave Courbet, Marc Chagall, John Henry Dearle, Lodewijk Tieling, Aurelio Luini, Giulio Bonasone, Jacob Bouttats, and Joseph Anton Koch. The book concludes with a note about each artwork.

Side note: The waters rose and lifted up the ark. And the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered. The waters rose higher until the mountains were covered, too, and all the earth was flooded as if by one sea. The timeless tale of Noah and his wooden ark housing two of every creature on earth is given new life through beautiful pieces of art from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as other world-renowned museums….  http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Noah_s_Ark-9781419713613.html

 

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 14, 2015)
  • Cost: $12.97 @ amazon

 

 

My Review: Noah’s Ark features full-color reproductions of paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s own collection. The story is retold with selections of drawings and paintings by famous artists such a Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet and others.

In Genesis 6-9, God saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth and that men’s human heart was only evil. But God saw that Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people and he walked faithfully with God.

So God told Noah that He was going to destroy both men and the earth. To save Noah and his family, God instructed Noah to build an ark of cypress wood and to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female.

We all know the full story. But these artists have captured the bravery, drama and humanity of the flood and Noah’s faith in God by featuring them in their paintings and drawings. The paintings and drawing in this book brings to life the story of Noah’s Ark.

 

 

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

 

 

About the Author: Linda Falken was an editor for many years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

 

About: The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 and is the largest art museum in the United States, with a permanent collection containing more than two million works. It is located in New York City.

 

 

 

 

May 24, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review/Giveaway: Relax-a-bye Baby. Ends June 12th.


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Relax-a-bye Baby. A Bedtime Guide to Help Your Little One Relax and Sleep tight

About the Book: Ever have trouble getting your little one to settle down for bed? Relax-a-bye Baby is a painless bedtime guide as well as a fun and interactive approach to body relaxation and mindfulness. Think of this book as a useful bonding tool for parents and other caregivers. Let’s put an end to the bedtime frustration and embrace the wonders of bedtime – one child at a time. http://www.relaxabyebaby.com/the-book/

 

Pages: 36

Cost: $6.99

 

 

My Review: Do you struggle getting your child to settle down during bedtime? You have tried everything including relaxation techniques, but still couldn’t get your child to settle down. Do not give up as the author has included the relaxation techniques with her concept and decided to share it with others.

This book teaches how to practice the techniques that will help your child fall asleep. Like quieting their body, easing their mind, closing their eyes and breathing deeply. Relaxing every part of the body is important, from wiggling of their feet and let them rest, straighten the legs and settle them, wiggle their fingers, flex their hands and many more.The illustrations by Dana Theveneau are bold and bright which helps tell the story.

Buy a copy today and teach your child the best way to have a restful sleep.

 

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

 

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About the Author: Mimi Sommers is a registered dental hygienist who graduated from University of Southern California. Early in her career, she moved to Switzerland to start a hygiene program for a private practice. She currently works part-time in Los Altos, CA and when she isn’t educating her patients on oral health, she enjoys traveling, tennis, hiking and brainstorming creative endeavors.  With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Mimi most recently created a series of children’s interactive educational iPad Apps licensed under Life Skills Games, Inc.http://www.relaxabyebaby.com/about-us/

 

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May 20, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: Giveaway: Growing Pains: Kendras Diaries. Ends May 25th


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Growing Pains: Kendras Diaries by K.P. Smith

Growing Pains; Kendras Dairies is the first book in the series chronicling the journey of Kendra Foster from adolescence to adulthood. I aspire to encourage, entertain, and inspire young adults. Life has its ups and downs, its bumps and its bruises. But with perseverance, determination, and faith you can be all you were born to be. Never Give Up!

About the Book

Meet Kendra Foster. She’s right in the middle of the roller coaster ride of growing up. Her family seems to be in a permanent state of disarray. High school is right around the corner and there is only one school she wants to attend but it is going to take a miracle for her to go. She finally made the cheerleading team which is the best thing that has happened since forever. But much to her dismay this wreaks havoc in a completely unexpected way. Then she has one year left to get Jamie’s attention yet she hasn’t been able to do that since fourth grade. And with the new girl everyone is going crazy over she doesn’t have much of a chance does she? Life is coming at her from all sides and she is determined to keep it all together. Kendra’s Diaries is the first installment in the Growing Pains series. During the twists, turns, ups and downs Kendra will develop courage, faith and perseverance. She will learn no matter what happens in life always remain positive and never give up. Life has a way of working itself out. http://www.iamkpsmith.com/books/

The Second Book in the Growing Pains Series coming soon!

Paperback: 242 pages

Cost: $10.99

Kindle: $1.99

Book Review http://www.amazon.com/Kendras-Diaries-Growing-Pains-Smith/dp/0615390307/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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About the Author: I love to read and it was my love for reading that ignited my passion to write. I am currently penning the Growing Pains Series. The First Book Kendra’s Diaries is available for purchase. The Second Book New Beginnings will be available soon. The Third Book Decisions is currently being penned. When I am not reading and writing I have lots of other hobbies to occupy my time. I love Sports football, basketball, tennis, golf yeah basically all of them. To read more http://www.iamkpsmith.com/about/

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May 5, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Giveaway: Free Comic Book Day, Ends Today


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May 2, comic book stores kicked off the Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day!

And this year, Mymcbooks decided to be a part of it by giving away Free Christian Comic Books to the first 5 listed name below.  The first 5 names will receive a selections of Christian Comic Books.

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First 5 Names Listed Below

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Samson

Elijah

moses

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Esther

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May 2, 2015 Posted by | Children’s Book Week, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: Saving Lucas Biggs


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About the Book: Thirteen-year-old Margaret knows her father is innocent, but that doesn’t stop the cruel Judge Biggs from sentencing him to death. Margaret is determined to save her dad, even if it means using her family’s secret—and forbidden—ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man. But with the forces of history working against her, will Margaret be able to change the past? Or will she be pushed back to a present in which her father is still doomed?

Told in alternating voices between Margaret and Josh, this heartwarming story shows that sometimes the forces of good need a little extra help to triumph over the forces of evil. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062274625/saving-lucas-biggs

 

Jacket Cover: To save her father’s future, she’ll have to change the past.

The one thing thirteen-year-old Margaret O’Malley is sure of is that her father is innocent. So when the unthinkable happens and he’s sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs, Margaret is desperate to save him. She’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means using her family’s secret—and forbidden—ability to travel through time.

Margaret’s only hope is to stop the chain of events that turned Lucas Biggs into a corrupt and jaded man. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret jumps back in time to a year when everything in her town was going wrong—a year that changed Lucas Biggs forever. Together with a then-thirteen-year-old Josh, Margaret sets out to change the past. But the rules of time travel are strict, and as the forces of history resist, Margaret is running out of chances before she will be pushed back to a present where her father is doomed.

Written by New York Times bestselling author Marisa de los Santos and her husband, picture book author David Teague, this spellbinding story proves that sometimes good needs a little extra help to triumph over evil.

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 29, 2014)
  • Cost: $13.59 Hardcover $6.99 Paperback

 

 

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About the Author: Marisa de los Santos was a poet for a very long time, with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her first book, FROM THE BONES OUT, a collection of poems, was published in 2000.

She and her husband, writer David Teague, lived in Center City, Philadelphia for a number of years before moving to Wilmington, Delaware in spring of 2003. That summer, Marisa began writing what would become her first novel LOVE WALKED IN (Dutton, 2006). LOVE WALKED IN was translated into fourteen languages, was optioned by Paramount pictures, and was a trade paperback bestseller. William Morrow published her second novel BELONG TO ME in April 2008, and it was an instant New York Times Bestseller.

Marisa, David, and their two children, Charles and Annabel, live in Wilmington, where Marisa takes as many ballet classes as she can, volunteers at her kids’ school, and is working on her third novel.

April 29, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mymcbooks Mother’s Day Giveaway. Ends May 10th


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Founded of Mother’s Day Anna Marie Jarvis never married and had no children. After her mother’s death, Anna held a memorial to her mother and thereafter embarked upon a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Jarvis

There will be 1 Winner. List 3 Books in your comment below

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Kay’s Inspirational Book of Verses

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Awakenings

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Prayers That Change Things

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Fear Nothing

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The Intimate Mystery

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April 28, 2015 Posted by | Free Giveaways | , , , , , | 13 Comments

Book Review: The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister


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The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister by Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Clarire Legrand and Emma Trevayne

About the Book: A collection of thirty-six forty eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short stories by the acclaimed authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire LeGrand, and Emma Trevayne. The Cabinet of Curiosities is perfect for fans of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and anyone who relishes a good creepy tale. Great for reading alone or reading aloud at camp or school!

The book features an introduction and commentary by the authors and black-and-white illustrations throughout.

 

Welcome to The Cabinet of Curiosities

Please enter.

No, really, come in. The Curators are delighted you are here. They invite you to turn a page, pull open a drawer, peek inside a room, slither into a nook. In fact, they insist.

Sometimes visitors to the cabinet find it rewarding to dive right into the middle. You could try that. You could flip back and forth. Start your exploration at the very end. Or the beginning.

The important thing is that you are here. Oh, do come in! The Curators guarantee you will find something . . . curious.

The Cabinet of Curiosities is a collection of eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short short stories presented by the cabinet’s esteemed Curators, otherwise known as acclaimed authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire Legrand, and Emma Trevayne. http://www.stefanbachmann.com/books.php

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  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

My Review: The Cabinet of Curiosities is an imaginative collection of tales collection of scary stories. The stories are creepy but not too gory. The stories may give middle grade kids nightmares but fun for the older kids. They are great stories to read during camping or on Halloween night. If you love creepy mystery stories, then this is the right book for you.

The authors did a great job coming together to write a scary book. And the beautiful pencil or ink Illustrations by Alexander Jansson helped to bring these stories to life.

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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About the Author: Stefan Bachmann is a writer and musician. He was born in Colorado and now lives with his family in Switzerland. He is currently studying composing at the Zürich University of Arts, and writing his fourth book. His debut, The Peculiar, was published when he was nineteen years old. http://www.stefanbachmann.com/about.php

April 7, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Prairie Pictures by Shirlee Smith Matheson


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Prairie Pictures by Shirlee Smith Matheson

For twelve-year-old Sherri, moving is a way of life. Her family has lived in seven different places in as many years, three in the last year alone. But no place has ever been as strange as Gardin, Alberta, a ranching community right out of the Old West and struggling to accommodate new industries.

Sherri makes friends with Jamie, another newcomer, who suffers with the burden of his father’s alcoholism. Like Jamie, Sherri and her younger sister, Bonnie, must adapt to life in a small town divided between new and old residents and urban and rural lifestyles. While they miss many aspects of city life, the girls also come to appreciate the advantages of life in a small town. Suitable for readers aged nine to eleven.

http://www.ssmatheson.ca/

  • Series: Wandering Fox
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Cost: $9.95

 

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About the Author: Shirlee Smith Matheson has written many books for young people and adults, including numerous junior novels and non-fiction works. Currently living and writing in Calgary, she is the author of “Keeper of the Mountains” (Thistledown), “Fastback Reach” (Orca), and “Lost: True Stories of Canadian Aviation Tragedies” (Fifth House).


Shirlee Smith Matheson a native of Winnipeg, has written more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction Canadian adventure books for readers of all ages, bringing to life the stories of real Canadians for young and old alike. During a distinguished writing career that spans more than fifteen years, Matheson has served as a writer-in-residence in several western-Canadian cities, taught numerous courses on writing, and conducted popular writing workshops in schools and libraries across the west. http://www.ssmatheson.ca/

April 7, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: No Place for Kid. Ends April 25th


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No Place For Kids by Alison Lohans

About the Book: Sisters Jennifer and Sarah were once part of a happy, stable family, but their idyllic life comes to an abrupt halt with the death of their mother. Unable to cope with his grief and the needs of his two young daughters, their father finds comfort in alcohol, gets fired from his job, and loses his grip on his family.

As twelve-year-old Jennifer approaches maturity, she starts to develop a tough exterior, especially when she attracts unwelcome attention from one of her father’s friends. With nothing left to lose, the two sisters decide run away to their mother’s sister in Vancouver, setting out with very little money and no clear plan. Along the way, they must overcome fear, loneliness, illness, and the conflict inherent in their sibling relationship. This emotional story deals with mature themes, but is ultimately about the enduring bonds of family. Suitable for readers aged nine to eleven.

Juvenile Fiction (ages 9 to 11)
Heritage House • October 2014
5 x 7, 144 pages

Paper back $9.95

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About the Author: Award-winning Canadian Alison Lohans has published 26 books with presses in Canada and New Zealand. Many of her books have been finalists for awards such as the CLA Young Adult Book Award, three different categories of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, the High Plains Book Awards, and the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. This Land We Call Home (Pearson Education New Zealand) won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for YA Literature. Her latest novels for readers of various ages include the newly re-released No Place for Kids(Heritage House, Wandering Fox Imprint, 2014); Leaving Mr. Humphries (Your Nickel’s Worth, 2013); Crossings (Bundoran Press, 2012); Picturing Alyssa (Dundurn, 2011); and Dog Alert (Pearson New Zealand, 2011).


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Award-winning Canadian Alison Lohans has published 26 books with presses in Canada and New Zealand. Many of her books have been finalists for awards such as the CLA Young Adult Book Award, three different categories of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, the High Plains Book Awards, and the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. This Land We Call Home (Pearson Education New Zealand) won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for YA Literature. Her latest novels for readers of various ages include the newly re-released No Place for Kids(Heritage House, Wandering Fox Imprint, 2014); Leaving Mr. Humphries (Your Nickel’s Worth, 2013); Crossings (Bundoran Press, 2012); Picturing Alyssa (Dundurn, 2011); and Dog Alert (Pearson New Zealand, 2011).


Alison was first published at age 12. Realizing from an early age that it must be difficult to make a living as a writer, she decided to follow her second passion–music–as well, and taught instrumental music for a few years before “retiring” to start a family and concentrate more on her writing.
Alison’s first book was published in 1983, and since that time she has given more than a thousand author talks in schools and libraries across Canada. She has taught writing and has mentored many other writers; in 2002-2003 she served as Writer-in-Residence for Regina Public Library. She was thrilled to serve in this role, and to be able to give back to the community, after she benefitted enormously when Canadian writer Janet Lunn served as Writer-in-Residence 20 years earlier. Many of Alison’s former students have gone on to publish their own books, and have sometimes won awards. Alison was awarded the 2012 YWCA Jacqui Schumiatcher Woman of Distinction for her contributions to the arts, and her name has been placed on a City of Regina list for potential names for new streets. Alison Lohans lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. http://www.wanderingfoxbooks.com/no-place-for-kids/

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March 31, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Author/Books Spotlight. Giveaway: The Shenanigans Series Book 1. History in the Faking. Ends Apr 14th


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The Shenanigans Series Book 1. History in the Faking by Andreas Oertel

About the Book: Life is getting more dismal by the minute in the town of Sultana, Manitoba. Thanks to a dry season that nearly dried up the river, no one wants to camp there anymore. There aren’t enough tourists to keep the local restaurant busy and, if Cody’s best friend’s mom loses her job there, the family will have to move away. Cody, his best friend, Eric, and Eric’s twin sister, Rachel, concoct an elaborate hoax that transforms this tiny town into a hotbed of activity-a hoax involving an “ancient Egyptian” tablet discovered in Sultana. Soon the tourists come flooding back, but Cody, Eric, and Rachel discover that they should have been more careful about what they wished for. This quirky caper will appeal to children aged eight to ten.

 

 

Andreas Oertel

About the Author: Andreas was born in Germany, but lived most of his life in Canada. He’s travelled all over the world and had a hundred different jobs — everything from rickshaw driver to health inspector — but his favourite occupation is writing.

His middle grade fiction is critically acclaimed and has been nominated for several awards (Silver Birch Award, Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, Charlotte Award). Andreas spends much of his free time visiting schools, and in 2012 and 2013 he was Writer in Residence at Lac du Bonnet’s Centennial School. To read more http://www.andreasoertel.com/biography.html

 

 

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Giveaway Ends April 14th, 2015

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Winner #3 – Keri Justice

March 27, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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