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Book Review: The Seven Wonders of the World by Anna Othitis

29 Aug

22429174Follow Captain Frankie on his adventures…

Come join the Adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the – SEVEN WONDERS of the WORLD.
Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in
My First Travel Books.

This is Anna Othitis’s THIRD trip with Captain Frankie and the crew. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.

Book available at

Amazon
Barnes and Noble

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

What a great book for children! The Seven Wonders of the World is the 3rd book in a series called My First Travel Books. I had previously read The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth and I was happy to read and review this book in the series as well. I learned several things from both books, which proves you’re never too old to learn!  In this book, Captain Frankie of Angelic Airlines takes you on a journey to the Seven Wonders of the World.

It starts with a flag for each country that contains a Wonder as well as a map of the world showing the Wonders. For each of the Wonders there is a picture, a page with information about the Wonder, and questions to answer. Every picture in the book has the airplane (flying angel) from Angelic Airlines that Captain Frankie pilots to take you on your trip.

The Seven Wonders of the World is a great book for children to learn about some of the Wonders in our world.

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Check out the other My First Travel Books…

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My First Travel Book (My First Travel Books Volume 1)

Are you ready to take to the skies?

Captain Frankie welcomes you on board.

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to some of the most popular, entertaining, and educational places in the world.

Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Book

Book available at

Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Barnes and Noble

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The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth (My First Travel Books Volume 2)

22013040Are you ready to take to the skies?

Then welcome to Angelic Airlines!

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the Seven Natural Wonders of the EARTH.
Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in
My First Travel Books.

This is Anna Othitis’s second trip with Captain Frankie and the crew. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.

Book available at

Amazon.com      Barnes and Noble

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About the Author

I lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home). We relocated to Wanaque, New Jersey, USA, our new home and where our younger son, Frankie, took up his “American Dream”.

My husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged me to write my first children’s book titled My First Travel Book, which was inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie). Given a wonderful opportunity, he graduated in his Masters degree in Aeronautical Science, and is successful in his career as a professional pilot. My favorite saying is: “Be Bold Be Brave”.

My dream is to be given the opportunity for my book to reach each and every less fortunate child who will have the opportunity to fantasy travels through our book to see our lovely world destinations, and to one day to give back and assist the needy in Africa and beyond, to keep giving care and love to the less fortunate. Whilst in Zimbabwe I was involved with many charitable organizations and groups where my greatest passion and love was with the primitive, simple people of Zimbabwe, Africa and will still continue to reach out to the many beautiful children of the world.

Now living in the USA, after having traveled some short and some long journeys, to get to our final destination, we realize how small this world really is, yet is also so big and so beautiful in each and every corner. Still so much is untouched by humans, which will hopefully remain sacred in many areas. We have to cherish every and all beautiful things that our planet earth has to offer to us.

Find the author on the following sites…

Website   Blog   Facebook   Twitter   Google+   Pinterest   Goodreads   Amazon Page

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth by Anna Othitis

29 Jun

 

 


 

Follow Captain Frankie on his adventures…

Are you ready to take to the skies?

Then welcome to Angelic Airlines!

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Books.

This is Anna Othitis’s second trip with Captain Frankie and the crew. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.

Book available at

Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Barnes and Noble

My Review

What a great book for children! The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth is part of a series called My First Travel Books. In this book, Captain Frankie of Angelic Airlines takes you on a journey to the Seven Natural Wonders.

It starts with a flag for each country that contains a Natural Wonder as well as a map of the world showing the Wonders.

For each of the Wonders there is a picture, a poem about it, a page with information about the Wonder, and questions to answer.

The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth is a great book for children to learn about some of the Wonders in our world.

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“This book is in its simplest form: fun, educational and informative, which plays an important part in connecting our children with our world.  So come on and fly the skies with us on Angelic Airlines to some popular world destinations with your friendly Captain Frankie”

Check out the other My First Travel Books…

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My First Travel Book (My First Travel Books Volume 1

Are you ready to take to the skies?

Captain Frankie welcomes you on board.

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to some of the most popular, entertaining, and educational places in the world.

Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Book

Book available at

Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Barnes and Noble

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The Seven Wonders of the World (My First Travel Books Volume 3

Are you ready to take to the skies?

Then welcome to Angelic Airlines!

Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the Seven Wonders of the World. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Books.

This is Anna Othitis’s third trip with Captain Frankie and the crew.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.

Book available at

Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Barnes and Noble

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Book Review: We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn

23 Mar

home-paris_03Title: We’ll Always Have Paris

Author: Jennifer Coburn

Genre: Memoir, Travel

Publication Date: August 15, 2014

 

 

Summary

Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter’s mental photo album with memories “just in case.”

From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying…for the sake of living.

 

My Review

I received a free audiobook for an honest review.

We’ll Always Have Paris isn’t my usual genre but I thought I’d give it a try. These are Jennifer Coburn’s memoirs of her travels with her daughter. I admire that even though their home is in need of repairs, she’d rather save the money to take her daughter on trips to show her world while she can. It’s sad that her reason is because she thinks she’ll die young and, hopefully, she’s wrong. Better safe than sorry, though, I guess.

One of the reasons I don’t read about travels very often is because some authors tend to get bogged down in the descriptions of where they’ve been. Jennifer Coburn, however, describes their travels very well but doesn’t overdo it so it kept my interest throughout. She also has a great sense of humor. I found myself laughing a few times, especially when they were in Panama.

I liked the relationship between Jennifer and her daughter. If I had a daughter, I’d want our relationship to be similar to theirs. I also liked the memories of Jennifer’s parents, especially her father. It’s obvious that she loved him and misses him very much. She’s as good at describing relationships as she is at describing Paris.

The narrator of the story was easy to understand. One thing  that threw me off a few times was when I didn’t realize there’d been a change from the present to memories of the past and vice versa. A pause between those changes would have helped a lot.

I definitely recommend We’ll Always Have Paris even if it’s not the type of book you usually read. I’m glad I decided to review this book.

This is a Great Trailer!

 

About the Author

home-portrait_300Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today best selling author of six novels and contributor to four literary anthologies. Over the past two decades, Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post.

Coburn lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie. We’ll Always Have Paris is her first memoir.

Storybook Forest in Pennsylvania

16 Jul

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Located at Idlewild which looks like a fun place to take kids. It not only has the Storybook Forest but it has rides, shows, and many other attractions.

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Bookworm Gardens

6 Jul

What a great place to take children! Fun and literature all in one.

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Hansel and Gretel cottage

From the Bookworm Gardens website:

The garden is based completely on children’s literature—over 60 different books are represented, selected by reading specialists, librarians, teachers, and kids.

  • Entrance to the garden is FREE. We hope children visit frequently!
  • Special elements of the garden include outdoor classrooms, a small amphitheater , greenhouse and outdoor creation station.
  • Nooks and crannies for reading are plentiful, as are benches for resting and chatting.

The garden celebrates our diverse geographical region as well as our multicultural residents and local industries.

Bookworm Gardens is a grass roots community project, offering residents of all ages, incomes and races the opportunity for involvement. Building benches, stuffing envelopes, sponsoring fund-raising presentations, creating works of art—these are just a few of the ways to get involved.

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Alice in Magic World, Tokyo

8 Dec

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-themed restaurant created by Fantastic Design Works Co. where each room recalls a different scene from the book. See more literary restaurants here.

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Book Buying Travels

20 Aug

8-20-2013 7-57-26 PMI went to a big book sale over the weekend. They had over a million books for sale! After standing for hours looking through all those books, I did find a few to buy and I even found a couple gems. They didn’t have shopping carts like the last big sale I went to so I found a box, filled it with books, went through the checkout line, took the books out to my car and put them in the trunk and then went back inside and started all over again. There were boys there who were wanting to carry the books outside for customers so, after the first load, I let them help me. They didn’t have to carry them too far since I was the first one there that morning so my car was in the best parking space.  Continue reading

Day Three in New York

2 Jun

We started the day at the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast. The featured authors were Octavia Spencer, Rick Riordan, Mary Pope Osborne, and Veronica Roth. All four were very good and I could have listened to them for a lot longer, which is saying a lot since I usually get bored with speeches. This was definitely my favorite event of the Expo. If I go again, I will go to all of the author breakfasts.6-2-2013 5-45-15 AMVeronica Roth, author of the Divergent series.

That was the end of the Book Expo for us. The rest of the day was for tourism. We took the subway to the World Trade Center. It was my first time on the subway and it was not dirty, not hot, not scary; however, at one of the stops when the doors opened, I saw a rat the size of a small dog running across the platform. My mouth must have dropped open because a guy sitting near me asked, “Did you see that?!” I wish I could have gotten a picture of that!

IMG_20130531_114407_088The view while waiting to go to the World Trade Center Memorial.

IMG_20130531_121801_090One of the memorial pools. So many of the names are of emergency personnel. I’d forgotten how many people lost their lives trying to save others.IMG_20130531_125607_330I had to stop at The Strand Bookstore. This is the view when you walk in.

IMG_20130531_195004_473Last stop: Wicked. It was amazing. If I ever go back to New York, I think I’ll spend my time and money on Broadway. The only negative about that night was that during intermission we got a text from my sister saying that tornadoes were headed toward Joplin and 2 tornadoes had touched down in St. Louis so it was hard to enjoy the 2nd half of the show not knowing what was going on at home.

Day Two in New York – all about books

31 May

The word for the day: overwhelming.ny 026It was a busy day at the Book Expo! They had more sessions in which I learned quite a bit and we got several signed books. I’ll be reviewing those as I read them.

ny 032And I got to meet Tim Conway! He was very gracious. I’m not quite sure if I’ll be selling that autographed book or not.

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