Book Review: Grandma’s Tales 2: Singers of Songs and The Not too Stubborn Humpback by Cheryl Carpinello

Title: Grandma’s Tales Book 2
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing
Genre: Children’s Picture Books (Ages 4 – 8)
Release Date: 2018
Soft cover 66 pages

Grandma and Grandpa’s Tales books 1-3 encourage early readers with fun stories incorporating difference aspects of nature. Book 2, Singers of Songs and The Not Too Stubborn Humpback, explores a common, but not so common insect, and lets readers see that being stubborn isn’t always good.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Both of these stories are fun to read. The first story is about crickets, their chirps, where they live, and how they help us.

The second story is about Nemo (no, not that one. This one was named before the movie came out). He is a stubborn humpback whale who didn’t listen to his mom and ended up being left behind when his pod went north. Luckily, he survived since there was enough food for just one whale, and he made a new family while they were gone. There are a few blank pages throughout this story for children to draw which makes it more interactive and fun!

Both of these stories are not only fun to read, but children learn about crickets and humpback whales while they’re reading.

About the Author

Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. Her success with readers aged 8-16 led her to reach out to the youngest of readers and those readers just starting out. Revising stories she had written for her own children, she created Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales for ages 4-7.  Her four grandchildren’s conversations created the stories in Book 3 of this series. 

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