Book Review: My First Yoga ABC by Teresa Anne Power

My First Yoga ABC is a board book for infants to help them learn not only the alphabet, but some simple yoga poses as well. Each page has block letters of the alphabet, with a corresponding yoga pose. For instance, Aa is for Airplane posture. Young children will delight in practicing yoga while reciting their ABCs!


My Review

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

My First Yoga ABC is a fantastic book for toddlers that teaches yoga poses and ABCs at the same time. Each letter in the alphabet shows a pose and the illustrations make it easy to see exactly how the pose should be done.

This is a beautifully illustrated book that makes learning yoga poses simple. The sturdy pages will make it easy for toddlers to handle and easy to view as the yoga poses are practiced. I plan on getting copies of this book for my grandchildren!

About the Author

Teresa Power’s books have sold over 270,000 copies worldwide. In her roles as educator, author, and yoga expert, her mission is to share strategies and tools that help students, parents, and educators enrich their lives and manage stress. She is a sought-after national speaker and volunteers with The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Let’s Move! West LA, the University of Southern California and others. Teresa has been featured in Good Morning America, USA Today and Parenting magazines, Reader’s Digest, Fox11 LA, Telemundo, CBS LA, and other media outlets. In addition, she is the founder of the International Kids’ Yoga Day. A graduate of University of Southern California, she earned her JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, and completed a yoga training program with Indigo Yoga.

Twitter: abcyogaforkids

Book Review: Be a Superhero in the Kitchen by Donna Glass

Book Title:  BE A SUPERHERO IN THE KITCHEN by Donna Glass
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 6-10),  48 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Cook Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   March 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Every caregiver knows the trials of feeding a picky eater. Some nights are truly a battle. Nerves are frayed, and a pleasant, relaxing dinner can quickly be filled with tears, tantrums, and some nights, a battle of wills. Well, my goal with this book is to tip the scales in our favor. One surefire way I’ve discovered to get my picky eaters to eat is to let them help make the meal. After all, food tastes better when you’ve had a hand in fixing it. Let your child try their hand with the recipes in this book. A child who becomes the superhero of dinnertime is one who eats super well.

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My Review

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

What a fun book! This book for youngsters has 20 easy recipes with good, detailed instructions. At the beginning of the book are Superhero Cooking Tips which children should definitely read before they try to start making anything.

Each recipe lists the ingredients needed, directions, and most have a superhero tip. The superhero tip can be possible additions or changes to the recipe, other items that go good with that recipe (like putting the Eggtastic Spaghetti on a waffle), or tips (like never pouring grease down the sink drain).

The pictures of boys and girls making the recipes are bright and colorful. The back of the book explains that the author has picky eaters and found that if the children help make the food, they’re more inclined to eat the food. That’s a great idea!

Guest Post by Donna Glass

Favorite travel spot?

I’m not sure if Disney World is my favorite travel spot, but it is a pretty fantastic destination spot. It had so much for us to do and see. I’ll never forget the Animal’s Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safaris. It simulates an open-sided safari ride through the savanna of East Africa. Oh, and our hotel was amazing as well. No matter the time, we could sit on the balcony and watch zebras and giraffes graze. Many mornings, I would sit and watch them eat while we ate our morning muffins. Truly an unforgettable family vacation!

About the Author

I am a wife, mother of two kids, a lover of comic books, and a home cook. I believe in making mealtime an enjoyable experience through joint cooking and kid-friendly meals. I also believe kids that help with the cooking process are more likely to eat their meals, which leads to a happy, peaceful dining experience. Be a Superhero in the Kitchen is my first children’s cookbook, but I strive to publish more.

connect with the author:  website  ~  twitter  ~  facebook instagram goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Feb 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post
Feb 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post
Feb 23 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / guest post
Feb 24 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / guest post
Feb 25 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / guest post
Feb 25 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post
Feb 26 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post
Feb 26 – Pause for Tales – book review / guest post
Mar 2 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / guest post
Mar 3 – The Momma Spot – book review / author interview
Mar 5 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post

On Hooks

Cynical Wordsmith

The title, or first line,
The picture, or font,
There must be a drawing in.
Giving the reader
One last breath
Before changing their life
Your bait can tell us
Who you’re fishing for,
With words and tags
For which readers hunt.
But the strength and size
Of your glistening hook
Tells us how big
You dare to dream.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell & W.R. MacKenzie

Book Title:  The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Book Description:

When poor manners are present, Forkman will be there to save the day! Join Kathryn and William as they learn how to load the dishwasher properly and avoid inappropriate distractions at the table with the help of all their utensil friends. This second book in the Adventures of Forkman series is a great introduction to mealtime etiquette for readers of all ages.

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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.

Forkman is a fork who can talk! He teaches Kathryn and William how to help out by loading the dishwasher. He also teaches them good table manners. I’m sure kids will get a kick out of it when their dad’s phone goes off, and Forkman says that having a phone at the dinner table is a no no.

The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? is a fun book for children to read or for parents to read to them. It also has necessary lessons in etiquette that are easily learned from Forkman. The illustrations are bright and colorful and will keep the attention of young children.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like a book with a silly character made out of a fork, but it works! I definitely recommend this book and look forward to sharing it with my grandchildren. Adults might even learn a thing or two!

About the Authors

Tiffany Caldwell: I have worked with children for over thirteen years and every year basic manners become less evident. When I was growing up, my sisters and I took etiquette classes during the summer while we visited our grandparents. Etiquette was always a big part of our upbringing. ​ When we would have our family dinners, my dad, W.R. MacKenzie, would make our utensils come to life as we were eating. Forkman became a part of our dinner routine! ​ I am a mother of three great kids and military wife to my hero. A few years ago, I told my dad we needed to start writing our story. We are so excited to share Forkman with the world!

W.R. MacKenzie: I spent thirty-nine years in the bakery business. After I retired and my four children were grown, I felt it was time to share the importance of the family meal with the world. ​​​​​The Adventures of Forkman teaches children how to properly conduct themselves at the table. Our books are filled with characters all children can relate with and I believe Forkman and his crew will help children of all ages learn manners and table etiquette.

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Book Review: If She Dies by Erik Therme

Nine months ago, Tess’s five-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. The driver, Brady Becker, was sentenced to two years in prison. It didn’t make Tess’s pain go away.

Brady also has a daughter: A twelve-year-old named Eve who walks to Chandler Middle School every day. Tess knows this because she’s been watching Eve for the last three weeks. It isn’t fair that Brady’s daughter gets to live, while Tess’s daughter does not.

When Eve goes missing, all eyes turn to Tess, who doesn’t have an alibi. But Tess isn’t guilty.

Or so she believes.


My Review

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

I have read Erik Therme‘s books and enjoy his writing style and the suspense in his books. I liked this book but it wasn’t my favorite. I think it’s because the loss of a child hits a little too close to home. We lost a grandbaby and if it had been because of someone like Brady, I can see my daughter-in-law dealing with her immense grief in the same way Tess does. I know everyone deals with grief in their own way, but Tess’s husband, Josh, isn’t able to give Tess what she needs. And they are both terrible at communication.

Tess following Eve might seem over the top and creepy, but she needs to channel her grief somewhere. The story was more about her grief and her failing marriage than the mystery of what happened to Eve. Tess is suspected when Eve goes missing, but could she have done it knowing the heartache she’d cause Eve’s mom?

I really liked the last quarter or so of If She Dies. A lot is resolved in Tess’s world, and there’s a big twist. This is a story of tragedy, grief, and suspense that I recommend to anyone who likes drama with a bit of suspense.

About the Author

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways:

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New Release: Nelson Riddle – Music with a Heartbeat

Christopher Riddle has contributed several first-hand accounts and memories to his father’s biography

About the Book:       

NELSON RIDDLE was possibly the greatest; one of the most successful arrangers in the history of American popular music. He worked with global icons such as Peggy Lee, Judy Garland and many more. And in a time of segregation and deep racial tensions in the US, he collaborated with leading black artists such as Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald, forming close, personal friendships with both. He also wrote successful TV themes and Oscar-winning film scores.

A complex and often forlorn genius, he will forever be remembered for his immortal work with Frank Sinatra, but like fine wines his later vintage was just as palatable, if somewhat of a surprise.

About the Author:

Geoffrey Littlefield is a baby boomer born in London, England, whose lifelong passions include football, films and music. His first magazine article was published when he was just 13 years old, featuring interviews with Chelsea FC and England soccer players. His love of music grew simultaneously, with particular focus on the Great American Songbook.

Geoffrey eventually moved into professional music management and record production, and his written works include an exclusive interview with singer Vic Damone. He has been the subject of several radio and television interviews about the Great American Songbook, both in the U.K. and U.S. Geoffrey continues to write, produce and direct. He has two movie screenplays in development and a documentary set for release later in 2021.

Excerpt from the book:

“We delve deep into an extraordinary musical legacy that saw Riddle win one of the first Grammy’s, an Oscar (after five nominations) for The Great Gatsby and spawned countless hit singles and albums.

Through family personal photographs of recording sessions, live performances and interviews with those who knew him well, my book explores the musical genius behind some of the greatest popular tunes of the 20th Century. My own knowledge and expertise in that field has been greatly enhanced by this journey of discovery.

But, like so many creative souls, Riddle was a complex and troubled figure; his marriage to Doreen, with whom he had seven children, was rocky to say the least. The maestro led a complicated and troubled personal life – perhaps never really finding the kind of peace or success in his private life that he enjoyed in his professional one. His marriage was constantly under threat by his numerous affairs.

And in spite of the mutual admiration, Sinatra always had a wandering eye. When Frank chose to have his own ‘professional sleeping around’ with other arrangers in the late 1950s, Riddle began another fruitful collaboration, recording with Ella Fitzgerald. Their work together included three of her landmark “songbook” albums, devoted to George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer.”

“Nelson Riddle:  Music with a Heartbeat” by Geoffrey Littlefield is available in hardback from Amazon at:

This book is also available in paperback from Amazon at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Geoff Littlefield
Tel. 01252 710703, mob. 07757 788767

A Scientist’s Advice on Healing

From Brain Pickings:

“In this enchanting animated poem, Ducker joins visions with artist Kate Sweeney to deliver a soulful prescription partway between science and metaphor, between organ and instrument, as palliating to the physiology of illness as it is to the psychology of heartbreak:”

by Christy Ducker

Try to accept
this fat red hurt
is your starting point,
in the way a pen must be put to paper
     in one particular spot,

then move

the globby flap
of blame
     and past
          the mono-sulk
               of pain.

Change the subject,
before it’s too late.
Sketch out
what health
you do possess,
what signal-cascades,
what flotilla of cells
circumnavigate you,

then draw yourself back
     together again,
in a language
     of your own.

Your body’s talk
is loose as lymph —
it’ll have you open out
     as a tree,
or sneak up on pain
     as assassin,
     or wolf.

Encourage this
for healing won’t come at you
Embrace the lack of heroics —
this isn’t Hollywood,
it’s you,
in a plot
that may
or may not resolve.