A Calendar of Sonnets: December by Helen Hunt Jackson

A Calendar Of Sonnets: December
By Helen Hunt Jackson
Artist Jo Grundy


The lakes of ice gleam bluer than the lakes
Of water ‘neath the summer sunshine gleamed:
Far fairer than when placidly it streamed,
The brook its frozen architecture makes,
And under bridges white its swift way takes.
Snow comes and goes as messenger who dreamed
Might linger on the road; or one who deemed
His message hostile gently for their sakes
Who listened might reveal it by degrees.
We gird against the cold of winter wind
Our loins now with mighty bands of sleep,
In longest, darkest nights take rest and ease,
And every shortening day, as shadows creep
O’er the brief noontide, fresh surprises find.

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Book Review: A Christmas Kindness by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Title: A CHRISTMAS KINDNESS
Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Pages: 52
Genre: First Chapter Reader

BOOK BLURB:

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused about what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

My Review

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

A Christmas Kindness is about Robert, a normal boy who wants normal things for Christmas: a bike, a train, and a radio-controlled car. When he meets a boy around his age who only wants a picture of himself with his sick brother, Robert realizes that there are more important things than toys.

This is a sweet Christmas story for children who are just beginning to read chapter books. At the end, it has questions, games, and suggestions on how to be kind to others during the holidays. What a great story for children at Christmas time!

PRAISE

It is not often that a simple children’s book can nearly bring me to tears, but this one succeeded. There is nothing better than reading a story at Christmastime that reminds you that there are still good people and good kids in the world. This is one heartwarming Christmas story that you and your kids can read and enjoy. It will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, and I believe that the author’s purpose is accomplished.

– Ruth, Amazon Reviewer

Robert can’t wait to see Santa. He’s got a pile of stuff he wants to ask for. Then he meets Glenn in line, and Robert himself gets to play Santa. I was touched by the main character’s transformation after he came in contact with someone in real need. The glow he walks away with can’t be bought, and he’ll never find it under the Christmas tree, but it’s the heart of the season that he’s found. Nicely illustrated, enjoyable story for readers of all ages. 

– Jude, Amazon Reviewer

Book Excerpt:

“Oh, when will we get there?” whispered Robert from the backseat of his mother’s car. He fiddled with the pull on his coat. The wipers brushed aside the snow falling on the windshield.

As they arrived, lines of cars streamed in and out of the mall parking lot. Robert peered over his mother’s shoulder and saw her white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel. She huffed as she scanned the parking lot for an empty space. He wiggled around, but his seat belt kept him secure.

Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.

Robert’s shoulders drooped when he saw how many kids waited to see Santa. There were babies, some crying and struggling to get out of their mother’s arms. Little kids, many younger than eight-year-old Robert, clung to their father’s pants or jumped up and down as they waited their turn.

“This is going to take forever!”

About the Author

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of four children’s books including, A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing. A member of SCBWI, she is blogger and book reviewer. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married.

Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Mother’s Love by Diana Aleksandrova

Book Title: Mother’s Love: Animal moms and their babies by Diana Aleksandrova
Category: Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Dedoni Books
Release date: November 5, 2021
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.

A mother’s love is like the air;
you may not see it, but it’s there.

A mother’s love is universal; and yet the way each species shows its love is unique.

In a cloud, I’ll build a nest.
For you, I want the very best.
My love is fierce and very bright.
It makes the world feel safe and right.

Mother’s Love is a lyrical celebration of the unconditional bond every mother has with her child. The book is written from the point of view of ten different animal moms, ranging from elephants to eagles and depicts the various sides of motherhood, including joy, resilience, and sacrifice.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a sweet book about different kinds of mothers. All mothers love their children but sometimes they show it in different ways, and they take care of their babies in different ways. For example, a koala has a pouch where her baby grows or a king penguin shares incubating time with her mate. Even though species are different, all moms love their babies.

Mother’s Love is written in rhymes and is easy to read. Both adults and children will enjoy the information at the end about the different moms and babies as well as what the babies are called. I didn’t know octopus babies were called larvae!

About the Author

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Diana Aleksandrova moved across the ocean in pursuit of the American dream, only to realize that her dream was not limited to any one country, or even continent. Rather, it was within her all along.

Diana finds joy in creating stories that make kids of all ages laugh-out-loud, open up their minds and hearts, and let their imaginations run freely.

“Books are our tickets to adventure. They let us explore fascinating places, and join charming heroes, crooked villains, and magical creatures through unforgettable journeys. My job is to create the itinerary.”

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Audiobook Review: Murder at St. Margaret by Lynn Morrison

Author: Lynn Morrison
Narrator: Pearl Hewitt
Series: Oxford Key Mysteries, Books 1-3
Publisher: Marketing Chair Press
Genre: Cozy Mystery

A dead chef. A ruined gala. And the ghosts didn’t see a thing.

 As Oxford’s new Head of Ceremonies, Natalie Payne’s first task is to organize St Margaret’s autumn gala. However, her plans are dashed when she finds their famed chef dead in the kitchen.

 And then a centuries-old cat informs Nat she has her own magical legacy…and responsibilities. A murder in the halls is a sure sign that something has gone wrong with Oxford’s magical protections.

 Now Nat has to solve the murder, find a new chef for the gala, and figure out why Oxford’s magical defenses are down. With the help of Oxford’s magical Eternals and some new friends, Nat has a chance.

 But can she do it before St Margaret loses its connection to the magic of Oxford?

 If you like cozy mysteries where ghosts walk the halls, paintings come to life, creatures play, and magic seems within reach, the Oxford Key Mysteries are sure to delight.

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My Review

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lynn Morrison. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

When Natalie becomes Oxford’s new Head of Ceremonies, she has no idea what she’s in for. When she learns that her grandfather’s fairy tales were true and that there is a world of magic at Oxford that only a chosen few can see, she’s thrilled. But now, not only does she have a gala to get ready for, she also needs to find out what is going on with the magic and a murderer needs to be found.

I enjoyed reading about the magical side of Oxford. I especially liked “H”. What a fun character!

Pearl Hewitt does a great job with narration. Her pace and timing are good, and she’s able to make each character sound distinct.

I’m looking forward to listening to the next book in this series.

About the Author

Lynn Morrison lives in Oxford, England along with her husband, two daughters and two cats. Born and raised in Mississippi, her wanderlust attitude has led her to live in California, Italy, France, and the Netherlands, in addition to the UK. It’s no surprise then that she loves to travel, with a never-ending wish list of destinations to visit.

She is as passionate about reading as she is writing, and can almost always be found with a book in hand. You can find out more about her on her website LynnMorrisonWriter.com.

If you want to chat with her directly, join her Facebook group – Lynn Morrison’s Not a Book Club – where she happily talks about books, life and anything else that crosses her mind.

Website

Originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in Northeast England, audiobook narrator Pearl Hewitt currently lives with her husband and two children in Houston, Texas. Over the years she has worked as a customer service rep, a teaching assistant, and a teacher, but deep down there was always a performer wanting to get out. In 2007 her twelve-year-old son told her that he believed she was so good at reading stories out loud that she should do that as a job. That was her defining, eureka moment, and she’s never looked back. Pearl immersed herself in training and pursued a career in general voice acting but in 2012 she decided to focus her attention to narrating audiobooks in a wide range of genres. It was then that her professional career blossomed. She regularly works directly with indie authors but also narrates for a number of major publishers and has gained lots of recognition in the process including IAAIS awards, a Voice Arts Award nomination and Audiofile Magazine reviews. Pearl’s is comfortable narrating both fiction and non-fiction titles and has been very successful reading British Regency romance, cozy murder mysteries, fantasy/science fiction, children’s literature, the classics, history, biographies and more.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Please Explain Vaccines to Me: Because I HATE SHOTS! by Laurie Zelinger Ph.D

Shots, injections, needles, and vaccines-whatever their purpose, they all hurt. More than half of children in the 6-17 year-old range report a strong fear of needles. Nearly 25% of adults do as well. This book is for those families who cringe at the thought of getting one.

For some children, getting a shot is a major ordeal. Ramped-up anxiety can lead to tantrums, meltdowns, outbursts and even fainting. That 30-second experience can be a nightmare for parents for and nursing staff alike. This resource will help to improve that dreaded scenario.

The book opens with an engaging story for children where rhyme, colorful illustrations and characters of persity capture a child’s interest as they identify with a girl who has similar fears. The children’s section is followed by a comprehensive guide for parents and caregivers, based on empirical research as well as Dr. Zelinger’s decades of experience as a child psychologist, where she offers information and explicit solutions to help deal with the anxiety surrounding this common medical procedure.


Children will:

• Identify with the main character and her fear of shots

• Enjoy the colorful illustrations and happy story ending

• Learn coping mechanisms to deal with frightening situations

• Feel supported by their parents who will know how to help

• Reduce their anxiety and become more cooperative during medical visits

Parents/Caregivers will:

• Understand the reasoning behind the fear of injections

• Learn strategies to help their child before and during a medical visit

• Be better able to comfort their child

From the Please Explain series at Loving Healing Press.

Available to buy from…

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | GPlay | Paperback | Hardcover

My Review

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

Please Explain Vaccines to Me is not just a good book to read to children before getting a vaccine, but it is good to read before any shot. Many children are anxious before getting a shot, and this book shows them that it’s normal to be a little scared. It also helps children to understand that vaccines are necessary and that parents are keeping them safe, not being mean.

Children should be less anxious after reading this cute story that is told in rhymes and has bright and colorful illustrations. This is such a timely book when millions of children are needing the vaccine. Please Explain Vaccines to Me is a great resource that will be useful for several years.

Enjoy these excerpts!

“Dr. Laurie Zelinger has done it again with another excellent child and parent-friendly book that helps to allay fears and empower families and professionals with the tools to help children develop healthy coping skills. Please Explain Vaccines to Me has it all: a relatable and simple yet engaging text in rhyme that is fun to read aloud, as well as colorful illustrations that provide an honest and relatable depiction of the emotions involved. As an experienced nurse and health educator, I see this book as a “must-have” resource for all caregivers, educators and health professionals.”
–Darlene Glasser, RN, MSEd

“Please Explain Vaccines to Me is a book that every parent will want to read to their child before getting a shot. It demystifies vaccinations with language that a child will both understand and want to question further. It also gives both children and parents the language they need to express their anxiety about the process and the tools to lessen that anxiety. It gets 5 stars!”
–Yael Kula, MSW, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

More books from the ‘Please Explain to Me‘ series…

Please Explain Alzheimer’s Disease to Me:

A Children’s Story and Parent Handbook About Dementia

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble Kobo GPlay Paperback Hardcover Audible

Please Explain Time Out to Me:

A Story for Children and Do-It-Yourself Manual for Parents

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble Kobo GPlay Paperback Hardcover Audible

Please Explain Terrorism to Me:

A Story for Children, P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom for Their Parents

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble Kobo GPlay Paperback Hardcover Audible

Please Explain Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy to Me:

A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Child for Surgery, 3rd Edition

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble Kobo GPlay Paperback Hardcover Audible

Please Explain Anxiety to Me!

Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents, 2nd Edition

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble Kobo GPlay Paperback Hardcover Audible

About the Author

Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Diplomate, is a Board Certified Psychologist with a specialty in School Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapist with forty years’ experience. She is a licensed New York State psychologist who recently retired from a Long Island public school system and is now devoting her time exclusively to writing, consulting, and her busy private practice. Dr. Laurie’s previous books include: “Please Explain Anxiety to Me: Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents,” The “O MY” in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery (in its second edition), A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself Even on the Bad Days for American Girl, and a chapter on selective mutism in the compendium, School Based Play Therapy (second edition). She is also credited with being a consultant for the Bitty Baby book series by American Girl where she assisted in the development of the “For Parents” sections, as well as editorial development of another American Girl book. Dr. Laurie’s interest in writing began in 4th grade, when a play she wrote was performed by students in her public school. Dr. Zelinger is a fellow and elected officer in the nationally based American Academy of School Psychology and spent four years on the Executive Board of the New York Association of Play Therapy. As a media referral specialist for the American Psychological Association, she has contributed to nearly 200 venues regarding child development. Dr. Laurie and her psychologist husband, Dr. Fred, are both certified Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers. They have been happily married for over thirty-five years and have raised four children. You can learn more about Dr. Zelinger and her books at DrZelinger dot com.

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