Book Review & Giveaway: Olive and the Valentine’s Spell by Helen Millman

Book Title: Olive and the Valentine’s Spell by Helen Millman
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot
Release date: February 1, 2022
Content Rating: Rated G. Suitable for everyone
*** 2022 Family Choice Award Winner ***

Olive is a sweet elementary school boy who is afraid to go to school on Valentine’s Day. . .because he thinks he’ll have to get married! Olive’s mom joins in his fight to defeat the “princess of love,” but along the way he learns an even bigger lesson, discovering the true meaning of love.

Olive and the Valentine’s Spell is an inspiring children’s book for all ages that shines a humorous light on Valentine’s Day and overcoming your fears.

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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.

Poor Olive learns that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and he’s so scared, he wants to defeat the princess of love. When his mom agrees to help him do that, however, he realizes that the world would not be a good place without love. His mom tells him that he can celebrate Valentine’s Day any way he wants…he doesn’t have to get married!

Olive and the Valentine’s Spell is a cute story with fun text to read and bright and colorful illustrations.

About the Author

Children’s author Helen Millman is a loving wife and mom. Her three young boys continually inspire her with their wild adventures and vivid imaginations. They even helped inspire her to write her new book, Olive and the Valentine’s Spell!

While living in Vero Beach, FL, she spends her time writing, reading, singing, and growing through her life’s experiences. She knows the importance of “seeing the bright side of life” and encourages her readers to “choose love, even when it seems impossible”. A friendly, optimist Helen has always loved to read to her own children and remembers how much her imaginative voices really helped bring the stories to life. She invites her readers to gather with a beloved book, for it truly is one of the best places to snuggle, giggle, imagine, and make unforgettable memories – together.

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Holly by Andrew Blakemore

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Holly
By ANDREW BLAKEMORE
Artist Alida Akers

At the edge of the field in a hedgerow so tangled,
So thick and so dense where the holly does grow,
Berries of scarlet are caught in the sunlight,
Its leaves sharp and shining and all is aglow.
The birds make their home inside
Safe and secure there,
They rest in peace and harmony
And all should do the same.

I cut several sprigs there to take home for Christmas,
To lay by the candle the season of love,
The berries the symbol the blood of our Saviour,
And life that he gave for all glories above.
The leaves like the crown he wore
Upon the wooden cross,
They mirror his eternal light
Beneath the burning flame.

At the edge of the field in a hedgerow so tangled,
So thick and so dense where the holly does stand,
The snowflakes start falling and rest on its leaves now,
So pure and so gentle like God’s loving hand.
And I turn and I head for home
For now the day grows cold,
And look upon my holly sprigs
Such passion they do hold.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle

Book Title:  The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle
Category:  Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   September 2021
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.


***** 2021 Family Choice Award Winner *****


Book Description:

During the day, the Miller family’s Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life—much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.


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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.

The Millers have a Christmas tree whose ornaments come to life when everyone is in bed! On Christmas Eve, Hannah snuck into the living room to see if she could catch Santa but what she saw was talking and moving ornaments!

The Living Christmas Tree is a fun story for parents and children to read during the holidays. The illustrations are bright and colorful which will keep children’s interest. It also encourages children to use their imaginations. I’ll be reading this book with my grandsons next week!

About the Author

Kristin Sponaugle was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Duquesne University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Kristin had always dreamed of becoming an author, and made that dream a reality with her two published children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing with her Maltese dog, Rosie. Kristin lives with her husband, daughter, and Rosie, and resides wherever the Air Force sends them.

Connect with the Author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram

Giveaway

Enter to win a signed copy of The Living Christmas Tree
(one winner/USA only)

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