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Bedtime Stories to Inspire Young Girls

15 May

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Book Review: The Dream of the Tortoise by Nyako Nakar

7 May

Title: The Dream of the Tortoise

Author: Nyako Nakar

Release Date: 30th April 2019

Genre: Picture Book

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45360211-the-dream-of-the-tortoise

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-Tortoise-Nyako-Nakar-ebook/dp/B07QP2GB4C

 

Summary:

This is the story of a tortoise with very big dreams.

 

 

My Review

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

The Dream of the Tortoise is about a tortoise who has always dreamed of swimming in the ocean. With the help of a glow-worm, she makes it to the ocean but when she tries to swim, she sinks to the bottom and almost dies. Fortunately, there are a couple of turtles who save her. 

She talks to a wise old tortoise who tells her what she needs to do, but no matter how much she tries, she fails and almost dies. Finally, she figures out how to swim and spends the rest of her night living her dream.

The Dream of the Tortoise is a cute story with nice illustrations. Not only is it cute but it teaches children to reach for their dreams.

 

 

 

About the Author

When I was a child, I had many problems in school. I had a hard time concentrating and committing things to memory and was hyperactive – characteristics that would be recognised today as typical of someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

I sat as far back as possible in the class and while the teacher talked and talked about things that I didn’t understand, I drew – though from a distance the teacher may have thought I was making notes on what he was saying. Quite often the teacher noticed and punished me or expelled me from class.

I had a lot of imagination and that helped me to create many different stories.

Later, after studying graphic design and working in advertising, I changed course and decided to dedicate myself to theatre and dance. I studied at the Theatre Institute of Barcelona and soon after I joined The Lindsay Kemp Company, where I worked for many years and in parallel created my own theatre company.

In the 1990’s I left the theatre and immersed myself once again in graphic design, starting to work on 3D computer design programmes.

I am also very interested in the world of meditation and healing and I travelled all over the world, getting to know other cultures and investigating Shamanism, especially in India and Mexico. I conducted many workshops in Spain on how to use silence to encourage creativity.

Today I continue to love the world of drawing and children’s stories and I have many drawings and writings to edit in the future.

Since 2017 I have lived in London and found the peace and tranquillity to work and to make my dreams come true.

 

Website: http://www.nyakonakar.com/start.html

 

 

 

 

Book Review & Giveaway: Those Who Seek God by Niki Milburn

6 May

 

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Juvenile Fiction : Religious – Christian – Values & Virtues
Juvenile Fiction : Religious – Christian – Animals /Juvenile Fiction : Religious – Christian – General
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Date Published: April 11 2019
Publisher: Lucid Books
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God Wants to Be Found! In ‘Those Who Seek God’, little readers will enjoy a sweet story about young animals wanting to learn more about God. Through Bible verses and conversations with loved ones, these characters discover that seeking God is simple. He wants to be found! Curious littles and big kiddos too, snuggle in close as you listen to how the swan, otter, kitten, caterpillar, and others learn more about God and what it means to seek Him.
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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.

 

Those Who Seek God is a wonderful way to introduce children to God. On each set of two pages, a young animal asks a relative or friend about God and each person gives a different answer along with a verse from the Bible. In simple language it explains that God is powerful, He’s there for us, and He loves us.

 

The illustrations of the different animals such as caterpillars, owls, and cats. They’re cute and colorful and will keep the attention of children.

 

Those Who Seek God is definitely a book worth sharing with the children in your life.
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Niki Milburn is a proud homeschooling mama, with a degree in elementary education. She loves Jesus, coffee, adventure, hiking with her family, and picture books! Niki grew up in Greencastle, Indiana but currently lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her high school sweetheart Nate, their two boys—Miles and Maguire, an English Bulldog, and a rescue pup. You can connect with Niki on Instagram (@nikimilburnatl).
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Book Review: Drewsilla The Shelter Puppy by Karen Carew Oakes

8 Apr

 

 

 

Title: DREWSILLA THE SHELTER PUPPY 
Author: Karen Carew Oakes 
Publisher: Archway Publishing 
Pages: 22 
Genre: Children’s Picture Book 
 

BOOK BLURB: 

When Drewsilla and her siblings are tiny puppies, an accident steals their mother away. A kind stranger rescues them and takes them to a shelter, where the staff works around the clock to care for the pack of newborns. Soon, her brothers and sisters begin to thrive. Drewsilla has a beautiful black coat, intelligent eyes, and ears that stand straight up. 

 Drewsilla, though, is scared. She seems afraid of everyone and everything and hides in the back of her cage when families come to visit. As her friendly siblings each get adopted, lonely Drewsilla remains. The staff even worries that she might never find a home. Then, one day, something amazing happens. 

The Johnsons come to the shelter to look at another dog and see Drewsilla, who miraculously finds the courage to stop hiding and say hello. All shelter dogs deserve the chance to find a loving family, and this is the true story of Drewsilla — how she overcomes her fears, finds her family, and gets a second chance at a happy life. 

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J2BVKVN/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 

 

 

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. 

Drewsilla The Shelter Puppy is a sweet children’s book about a puppy who hides in the back of her cage in a shelter because she’s so scared. But when the Johnsons come to the shelter, she begs for their attention and they fall in love with her. Drewsilla can’t wait to go home with them!

This book is very short and could be a little longer. It is a sweet story though and it has colorful illustrations that should keep the attention of children. Parents beware: I can see a child wanting to adopt a puppy after reading this book.

 

 

 

Book Excerpt: 

Then one day, the Johnsons came to the shelter. They had looked on the shelter website for available dogs they wanted to see.  Drewsilla, was not one of them. It just so happened that they would have to pass directly in front of Drewsilla’s cage. As they passed something amazing happened. Drewsilla came to the front, stood on her hind legs, poked her nose out of the bars, and begged for attention. Mrs. Johnson bent over to see her. It was love at first sight. The Johnsons asked to open the cage so they could see her. 

 

 

 

About the Author 

Karen Carew Oakes, has been writing for many years and her articles have been included in the Lutheran Advent, as well as an article in several magazines. She is a mother and grandmother. She lives in Helotes, Texas with her two schnauzers Ella and Mackenzie. Her stories are based on true experiences her children encountered growing up. 

Visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/karencarewoakes.   

 

Book Review: The Missing Girl by Gita V. Reddy

27 Mar

Read The Missing Girl and discover learning can be fun!

“Oh no!” exclaimed the man, throwing up his hands in horror. “Child, don’t make that mistake. Science is science. Don’t put it into compartments. And even if you have to put it into compartments, don’t choose between the compartments,”

After a game of hide and seek with her brother and friends, Sneha goes missing.
The presence of a strange car points to kidnap. The police are called in. But Sneha is not kidnapped. She is in the midst of an adventure, an adventure of a different kind.

Bonus Story: Adi The Virus.
Adi is very talkative. Wherever he is made to sit in class, he gets his neighbour into trouble by talking. His teacher calls him Adi the Virus.
But some viruses do good…

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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.

Sneha plays hide and seek with her brother and their friends but when everyone goes home, she is missing. She hid behind a car and decided that getting into the trunk would be a better hiding place. Unfortunately, the car takes off with Sneha inside. She ends up at a big, old house and ends up having a good time with the strange inhabitant.

The Missing Girl is a short chapter book with an adventure that starts out scary but turns out fun. It even teaches that science is fun and includes terms from science that children will learn without even knowing it!

The bonus story, “Adi The Virus,” is a sweet story about a boy who is talkative and often disrupts the class…until he’s put next to the right person. Suddenly, he’s not disruptive anymore but appreciated.

 

 

About the Author

Gita V.Reddy lives in Hyderabad, India, with her husband and son. She writes fiction for both adults and children. Her books for children are written when she takes a break from writing for adults and vice verca. 

She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres and has written historical fiction, women’s fiction, and recently has made a foray into regency romance.

For children, she has written mysteries, adventure tales, fantasy, science fiction, and also a fable. 
In addition to writing, she is interested in art and has illustrated three picture books. 

Gita Reddy also writes under the pen names of Heera Datta and Jessica Spencer (for regency romance.)

Ms Reddy is a post graduate in Mathematics. In an earlier life that she voluntarily quit in 2011, she was senior manager in a bank. 

To know more about her and her writing journey, please visit her website, https://www.gitavreddy.com.

Book Review: Today I Am Mad by Michael Gordon

21 Mar

Kids feel emotions in big ways! Here’s a great story for helping kids manage their feelings.

Help children learn to identify and regulate their emotions
Anger is a normal, healthy emotion.
Behaving badly doesn’t make you bad
Teaching your kids to deal with disappointment
Learn to tame your temper
Teaching kids about empathy, kindness, and compassion

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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.

Today I Am Mad is for young children and teaches about anger and how to handle it. I remember feeling angry when I was young but not knowing why made me feel guilty for my anger. Teaching young children that it’s normal to feel angry sometimes and it’s okay is a great idea. Of course, they need to learn how to deal with that anger. Counting to 10 was mentioned which one good way to help.

Poor Josh is having a rough day but he deals with his anger well. The next day he even comforts another child who is on the receiving end of someone else’s anger. It’s a wonderful lesson to teach, although (sadly) because of today’s climate, children might need to be warned to be careful about hugging others.

Today I Am Mad not only teaches dealing with emotions but it will keep the interest of young children. It has colorful illustrations and rhyming text.

 

 

About the Author

Michael Gordon is the talented author of several highly rated children’s books including the popular Sleep Tight, Little Monster, and the Animal Bedtime. 

He collaborates with famous Kids Book Press that creates picture books for people of all ages to enjoy. Michael’s goal is to create books that are engaging, funny, and inspirational for children of all ages and their parents.

Book Review: Dancing Fairies by Jenny Way

12 Mar

Title: Dancing Fairies
Author: Jenny Way
Release Date: 5th March 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 20
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

 

Follow the adventures of the Dancing Fairies as they dance and play every night and day!

See them fly over hills, in gardens, on window sills and in the treetops! Join them and their animal friends having fun in the rain and sun. Watch them as they paint flowers – it doesn’t take them hours!

You will be amazed and enthralled by their beauty and that’s not all! These little fairies are amazing and a delight!

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43850984-dancing-fairies

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dancing-Fairies-Jenny-Way/dp/1912562987

 

 

My Review

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

The illustrations in Dancing Fairies are bright and colorful and children will enjoy looking at them. For every short verse, there is an illustration on the page beside it which I like. The text was okay, aimed at very young children, which coincides with the pictures. It did seem that some of the words were used just because they rhymed, for example, “oh little fairy so pretty and true, please make sure you don’t slip on the dew.” Fortunately, even though parents might notice this, I think children will still enjoy it.

 

 

About the Author

Jenny Way is a former Reflexologist, Reiki Master, & Animal Communicator. She is also a Vegan. Animals and nature are hugely important in her life. Owner of Suki the Shih Tzu who is a very much loved and a thoroughly spoilt member of the family.

Writing is a fairly recent love in her life she has written over 40 poems & 7 songs, she loves reading her poems out in the poetry cafe Covent Garden.

She is adept at many things including being a Green belt in Karate, a florist, Sales assistant and manager, Bank Clerk, Telephonist, she also had her own cake making business.

Her uncle said of her, you have so much “Joie de Vivre” and it shows in the diverse amount of things she has achieved along her path in life.

She is a keen collector of many things that adorn her home. She loves decorating, nature walks and keeping fit. She is also a keen gardener and her garden is covered in flowers. She also loves parties, going to gigs, eating out, and a favourite thing she loves to do is cuddle up on the sofa with hubby and dog watching a movie. She is also a huge Sci Fi addict and loves fairies and angels. Hence her new children’s book called “Dancing Fairies”

Where she transports the reader to a beautiful fantasy world full of colour & treats for the eyes.

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/author_way

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Anna & Evan meet Charles Darwin by Tanya Hutter & Lina Daniel

1 Mar

Title: Anna & Evan meet Charles Darwin
Author: Tanya Hutter and Lina Daniel
Illustrator: Karin Eklund
Release Date: 28th February 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 30
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

 

Join Anna and Evan on a magical adventure to the Galapagos Islands where they meet Charles Darwin, discover unusual animals and learn some interesting scientific facts.

This engaging and educational book is ideal for young children to encourage curiosity and interest in the natural world and science.

The project was supported by L’Oréal UK and Ireland For Women In Science Fellowship.

The Department of Chemistry at Cambridge tweeted: https://twitter.com/ChemCambridge/status/1095236077911187456

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44016125-anna-evan-meet-charles-darwin

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anna-Evan-Meet-Charles-Darwin-ebook/dp/B07NJGGB5C

 

 

My Review

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

Anna & Evan meet Charles Darwin is a great children’s book that I enjoyed reading and even learned a few things myself. I didn’t realize that the same type of animal can be different in order to adapt to their environment, although it does make sense. For example, “African elephants have large ears to help them cool down because Africa is so hot…Asian elephants live in a cool jungle and have small ears.” There’s also information about Charles Darwin and at the end is a short biography of his plus a short dictionary of some of the words.

The illustrations are colorful but what I like the most is that there are quite a few animals illustrated and they are labeled.  Anna & Evan meet Charles Darwin also encourages the use of imagination. When Anna and Evan are at the zoo, they whisper a spell which takes them back in time and to the Galapagos Islands. 

This is a book that would be a good addition to any child’s library. It’s educational, encourages creativity, and will keep the attention of children.

 

 

About the Authors

As a young girl, Dr. Tanya Hutter couldn’t imagine that she would end up being a leading scientist in nanotechnology and chemical sensing, and a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Currently, she lives in Cambridge with her husband and their two curious children that inspired the book.

 

Lina Daniel has been always interested in science and medicine, eventually becoming a chemist and a pharmacist, and currently working in the pharmaceutical industry. With her husband, she is raising three enthusiastic boys. They all share a passion for scientific experiences, engineering novelties, fun historical facts, travels and adventures.

 

Tanya and Lina have been close friends for over two decades. The fact that they are both raising young children enhanced their desire to encourage kids to learn about science, and finally, drew them to write their first illustration book for small children. Hopefully, this will be the first one in a series of books about notable scientists and engineers.  

 

Website: https://www.ch.cam.ac.uk/outreach/anna-evan-meet-charles-darwin

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HutterTanya

Twitter for L’Oréal UK: http://twitter.com/LOreal_UKI

 

 

Book Review: The Secret Life of Moles (and their friends) by Liz Burgess

25 Feb

Title: The Secret Life of Moles (and their friends)
Author: Liz Burgess
Release Date: 28th February 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 40
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

 

Liz Burgess has always held a keen interest in nature, especially small furry mammals!

Long fascinated by their secret activities at home in her own back garden, and the fields surrounding it, she decided to explore this special underground world, and find out more about moles and their other little friends. Liz Burgess lives in South Yorkshire and The Secret Life of Moles is her first book for children.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44015942-the-secret-life-of-moles

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Life-Moles-Liz-Burgess-ebook/dp/B07NJ4VR79

 

 

My Review

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

The Secret Life of Moles is the story of a mole family that has outgrown their field so one of the children and his friends decide to find a new field to live in. Unfortunately, it’s actually a person’s garden but with the assistance of other animals in the yard, the moles are able to move in.

This is a cute story and explains how and where moles live but it would not keep the attention of a 5-year-old. There are a few sketches but no colorful pictures to keep a child’s attention. I do think it would be a good book for 7 or 8-year-olds to learn about moles.

 

 

About the Author

Liz Burgess lives in South Yorkshire has enjoyed a varied career, including working for a UK Environmental Charity, the latter 10 years as a Director. She had always had a keen interest in nature especially small mammals, activities in her own back garden and the surrounding fields inspired her to write the Secret Life of Moles. Any reference to a moles natural behaviour in The Secret Life of Moles is correct according to Liz’s small amount of research. All the drawings were been done by Liz in pencil and ink.

At the age of 68, Liz enjoys hiking, birdwatching anything to do with wildlife. She has done quite a bit of foreign travel, including rain forests, jungles and was fortunate to see a ‘tiger’ in the wild. Liz retired at 60, previous to this she worked for an environmental charity for 28 years. Mainly involved with operational developments but she does have a background in Human Resources and Employment Law.

 

 

Book Review: Looking for Splasher by Nancy Walker

24 Feb

Looking for Splasher gives children an insight into Tasmania’s natural habitat with its peculiar and diverse animals. It is both educational and engaging.

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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.

Looking for Splasher is a short children’s book about a young Tasmanian Devil who is missing after playing hide-and-seek with her siblings. Kookie Kookaburra gathers several animals to help find her.

The pictures in this book are kind of cute and the story is okay although there isn’t much excitement even though Splasher is missing; there are a few things children can learn about Tasmania especially the animals that live there. Looking for Splasher is cute to read once but not a story children would want to read over and over. It could be a little more exciting and even though it’s short, it needs to be edited.

 

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