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Audiobook Review: Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You? by Celine Rose Mariotti

12 Jul

AUTHOR: Celine Rose Mariotti
NARRATOR: Victoria Phelps

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Bobby MacAllister and Noel Simpson are cousins, who visit their Uncle Eb in Maine for the summer. There they embark on an adventure to discover the story of their ancestors and the secrets of the ghost, Olivia, who stays in the house. Together, with family friends and partners from the town, they uncover the truth of a long lost love story. 

Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You? is a fun fiction chapter book for children aged 7 to 10. Will you be inspired to learn about your ancestors’ past like Bobby and Noel? 

 

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My Review

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

Bobby and Olivia are cousins who are visiting Uncle Eb for the summer. The house he lives in has been in the family for many years. When they meet the ghost Olivia, they’re intrigued rather than scared. They decide to learn more about her then decide that they want to help her. Will they succeed in helping Olivia to move on? What secrets will be revealed? How many more ghosts are in the old house?

Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You? is a good ghost story for children to listen to or read. Even though ghosts are involved, they’re nice ghosts, so it’s not a story that will keep children up at night. There’s also part of the story that touches on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War era. 

The narrator did a good job with pace and timing. There were a few times when she didn’t change voices. For example, once when a grownup was talking, the voice didn’t change when Bobby started talking.

I recommend Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You? for children who enjoy stories that are mysteries or are about ghosts.

 

 

 

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Book Review: LaLa Feels Blah-La by Tela Kayne

9 Jul

 

Title: LALA FEELS BLAH-LA
Author: Tela Kayne
Publisher: The Virtue Agency
Pages: 30
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

BOOK BLURB:

Welcome to LaLa’s World: Where kids learn how to be the change!

In this newly released children’s book, “LaLa Feels Blah-La,” a young girl and her stuffed bear wake up feeling blah for no apparent reason. LaLa’s mom teaches her to be mindful of her feelings and turn her mood around with the flip of a coin. Perfect for young readers, LaLa Feels Blah-La , teaches children to be more mindful of their feelings and manage their mood swings.

 

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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.

LaLa Feels Blah-La is about a morning when LaLa wakes up in a bad mood. She’s grumpy and she wants to stay that way. Her mom, however, doesn’t want that and explains to LaLa that she doesn’t have to be grumpy; she is in charge of how she feels.

Not only does LaLa Feels Blah-La have colorful full page pictures that will keep the attention of youngsters, but it has a cute story that includes a message. It’s the perfect kind of children’s book! This one is going to my granddaughter.

 

 

Book Excerpt:

Lala wakes up and feels rotten, but she’s not sure why. She’s not sick, and the sun is shining. Lala is blah-la.

 

She stomps downstairs for breakfast. 

 

Stomp, stomp, stomp.

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About the Author

 

As the daughter of a librarian, Tela Kayne grew up reading countless literary works of all genres in quiet corners of the local library. She developed the love of writing at an early age, penning theatrical productions that were performed in the family living room for an audience of loved ones. She officially began her creative career as a young actress in Atlanta, having appeared on stage in a variety of roles including Puck of Midsummer Night’s Dream and Alice in Alice in Wonderland.

After graduating college Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and working a short stint in the “real world,” she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. After securing her Screen Actor’s Guild membership through appearances on television shows like G vs E, The Parkers and Get Real as well as films like Down to You, Almost Famous, and Disney’s The Kid, she decided to garner more behind-the-camera experience. She secured internships at Scott Rudin Productions, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and demanding producers and Mostow Lieberman Productions (U-571) at Universal Studios. She soon accepted a paid position with executive producer Chris Sievernich and discovered her love of screenplay development, running the coverage department for Kinowelt USA and assisting in the development of projects like Nurse Betty, The Wedding Planner and Welcome to Collinwood. After several years of working in Hollywood, she returned home to Atlanta in 2001 to focus on a career in strategic marketing.

As president and founder of The Virtue Agency, an integrated content development and marketing agency, Tela has spent the last fifteen years writing content and maximizing brand exposure and engagement for clients. She has authored articles that appear on MarketWatch (WSJ), Yahoo! Finance, MNN.com, EWG.org, and HealthyChild.org. She is also entering into the literary world with the release of LaLa Feels Blah-La, Book 1 of her debut children’s series, LaLa’s World.

 

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Book Reviews: The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear Books 1,2, and 3 by C. Kindler

17 Mar

 

 

 

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A little about C. Kindler

 I have lived in Wisconsin for 23 years. I was born and raised in Arlington Hts., Illinois. I am a single mother of three children. I spent most of my life working and caring for my children. After, the youngest one graduated from school, I gave thought to writing a book. I was always told that I had a wild imagination, so, I decided to put it to good use. I absolutely love to read, and surround myself with books. I especially love to read adventure thrillers.

C. Kindler has authored three children’s books, The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear: New Beginnings, The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear: The Hermit and The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear: Revenge of the Widow. Books 1 and 2 each won second place in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.

 Genre: Children’s

 

 

 

 

When Biker Frog rides up to the pond he calls home on his self-built solar-powered motorcycle, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. After showing the motorcycle off to his friends at the pond, he takes off on a new journey. Shortly, into the journey, he sees a magnificent, black deer with glistening gold antlers and hooves blocking the road. He serves to miss the deer causing him to lose control and crash. When he wakes up, he finds himself in a magical land of different times. There he meets the brave Lady White Bear, who has mistaken him for a powerful warrior. His motorcycle is believed to be a magical beast created by a spell. Soon, Biker Frog will find himself in the adventures of a lifetime, along with Lady White Bear. There is magic, danger, and new adventures throughout the land, and the two will gather friends from all parts of the land.

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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.

Biker Frog finds himself in a magical land helping Lady White Bear, a princess whose father is being held by hedgehogs. With the help of Biker Frog and several friends, including a gnome and a groundhog, they rescue the king. The king and princess are so thankful that they offer to let Biker Frog stay in their magical kingdom. He wants to stay but what about his friends at the pond?

This is a cute chapter book for children. It shows that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a frog, a bear, or a gnome. Everyone can get along in peace, especially if they work together. 

The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear: New Beginnings is a fun book to read. It does need a serious edit though.

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Biker Frog is happy about his decision to stay at the castle. He and his solar-powered motorcycle, the Beast, are ready to help Lady White Bear in any way they can. As a royal knight, it is Biker Frog’s duty. As Lady White Bear’s friend, it is an honor to help.

Despite the peace in the land, Biker Frog and Lady White Bear stumble upon a big mystery when they find King Tae captured in a web in the Crooked Tree Forest. Samoen, a fifteen-foot-tall black widow spider, has imprisoned him. To stop Samoen’s rampage and save the kingdom, Biker Frog and Lady White Bear will have to find a sorceress and raise an army!

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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.

Biker Frog is happy to be at the castle, especially since his friends decided to join him. One day when he and the princess decide to go for a ride, they find their friend King Tae caught in a web in the Crooked Tree Forest. They find out about a giant spider who has escaped from her prison. It’s another adventure for Biker Frog, the princess, and their friends! I like how The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear: Revenge of the Widow introduces the Hermit who was mentioned in the first book and is the focus of the next book.

The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear: Revenge of the Widow also needs to be edited.

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Biker Frog is a long way from his old frog pond. In his previous adventures, he has traveled to the land of Notellis and met the brave Lady White Bear and her father, King Dannis. Biker Frog and Lady White Bear have saved Notellis twice from danger and disaster. Their latest adventure will take them out of Castle Bearmor and into the Witchlok Mountains.

Biker Frog, now Sir Biker Frog, thanks to King Dannis, has taken Lady White Bear and their friends Gomer and Henry to shop in a local village. It is there that they first hear the legend of a mysterious hermit. It immediately captures Lady White Bear’s imagination, and she insists that the group venture into the mountains to find the hermit’s cave.

Biker Frog realizes that Lady White Bear wants to trick King Dannis so he won’t worry about her. He reluctantly goes along with the plan, but both will find out that their quest is a lot more dangerous than they had imagined. Will the four friends get out of the mountains alive, or will the hermit prove to be too strong a foe?

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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.

This is the third book in the Biker Frog and Lady White Bear series and the best so far. The princess has a mind of her own and can be quite stubborn and persuasive. She has decided to find out who the Hermit is and she has a plan on how to find him.

The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear: The Hermit is full of adventure and even has a couple of surprises. As with the other two books, it needs to be edited.

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Book Review: The Adventures of Mitee Mite by David John

22 Jan

 

Title: THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE SERIES
Author: David John
Publisher: Mitee Mite
Pages: 120 pages total in series
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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BOOK BLURB:

Building on a desire to teach children about time, shapes, measurements, and money, author David John created THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE series. In the same way that many of us learned our ABCs, the book and app (available on Google Play and iTunes) collection helps young readers learn how many seconds are in a minute, the number of sides different shapes contain, and more, using a catchy tune that captures their attention and motivates learning.

Focusing on children from age 3 to 11 years old, THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series offers its readers a dynamic female superhero, Mitee Mite, as their guide through the often tricky terrain involved with mastering time, shapes, measurements, and money. In her matching red cape and boots, Mitee Mite, accompanied by her alarm clock sidekick, Terry the Ticker, activates her superpowers by using her manners, respecting others, and accurately answering questions in the games she encounters during her adventures.

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The five books in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series include The Time Frame Game and The Time Frame Game Advanced, which break down seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years to teach readers the fundamentals of time. The Measuring Game explores the components of feet, yards, and miles, as well as cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. Mitee Mite teaches kids about currency in The Money Game and dives into a colorful world of triangles, squares, hexagons, and more in The Shape Game. The companion song for this series (available at www.miteemite.com) helps kinds absorb the skills in an enjoyable and interactive way.

           

The idea for THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series came about when David was faced with a dire challenge. “One day as I was babysitting my friends’ children, and not having any idea what to do, I made up fun games to help them learn,” David revealed. The goal of the series is to expose children to a variety of lessons in a manner that is fun, relatable, and memorable. David says, “Mitee Mite was created to help give children a head start on the basics of time, measurements, shapes, and money.”

David’s daughter, whom he calls his “Little Mite,” is the inspiration for the main character and the themes of the series. David’s desire to teach his daughter the basic skills featured in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series has expanded into the goal of sharing these lessons with other children through his “You Buy, They Read” program. “We plan to give away one book for every one bought to kids in need.” In addition, David will donate $1 for every $2 of the gross sales of apps to teachers “who are going into their own pockets to buy supplies.”

 

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My Review

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

Mitee Mite looks like a little super hero. Each of these small books focuses on something important for children to learn: time, measuring, shapes, and counting money. The first page has a question and four possible answers and Mitee Mite shows the answer on the next page. For example: How many seconds in a minute? 10 30 70 60. On the next page, Mitee Mite shows 60. 

The books are cute and colorful. I love these kind of children’s books that they will love and learn at the same time! I’m going give these books to my niece. She’ll love them!

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About the Author

David John is the author of The Adventures of Mitee Mite book and app series. The series follows the adventures of superhero Mitee Mite and her sidekick, Terry the Ticker. The five titles in the series are The Time Frame Game (Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-0-2; Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-6-4), The Measuring Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-2-6), The Money Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-4-0), The Shape Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-3-3), and The Time Frame Game Advanced (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-5-7). Complementary apps for each book are available on Google Play and iTunes.  The companion song is available at the website:  www.miteemite.com.

David lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife and daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, and creating new stories for The Adventures of Mitee Mite book and app series.

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Book Review: Mama Graciela’s Secret by Mayra Calvani

21 Nov

Mamá Graciela’s Secret

Publication date: October 10, 2017

Written by Mayra Calvani

Illustrated by Sheila Fein

MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing

http://www.maclaren-cochranepublishing.com

36 pages, 3-7 year olds

Reading guide at: www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com

 

Description

Mamá Graciela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town…

Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves.

Available on Amazon.

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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.

Mamá Graciela’s Secret is a wonderful story about Mamá Graciela’s love for animals. She has to make a decision about what to do when the health inspector says they’re going to have to shut down her restaurant because of all of her cats. I like how her husband says he will support whatever she decides. She comes up with a solution that works out for everyone.

The illustrations are beautiful with vibrant colors that will keep the attention of young children. The story teaches about love of both animals and people. It also teaches about making decisions that are creative. It’s a great book to read aloud!

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About the Author

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her children’s picture book, Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses was a First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction book, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 30+ years, two wonderful kids, and her three beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com

 

 

 

About the Illustrator

Born in Queens, New York and living in Los Angeles since 1987, Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world around her. Earning her BA in Design from Buffalo State College of New York, her concentration was on drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Sheila’s education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs two figurative workshops, Imaginings Sketch in LA and People Sketchers in Thousand Oaks. She has been featured in numerous collections, magazines, books, solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings reside in public and private collections. Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive Paintings. In addition to being a fine artist Sheila works as an illustrator. She just completed the book “Mama Graciela’s Secret” for Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing.

 

 

ISBN Dyslexic Font Version:

DY HC 978-1-365-86154-3 DY SC 978-1-365-86156-7

**This book also has version printed in the Dyslexic font, the typeface for people with dyslexia. Go to http://www.dyslexiefont.com to find out more about the typeface.

 

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Book Review: Monsters Can’t Sleep by Michael Gordon

17 Nov

A little boy stays alone in his bed at night. He listens to weird noises that are coming from under his bed and assumes they belong to something very scary. He remembers that mom always tells him to be brave. He turns the light on and looks under the bed.  There is a cute monster under his bed eating cookies. The boy is wondering what is he doing there? 

Warning: Cuteness Overload! 
This book contains illustrations of a cute monster. Lots of them. Enjoy these little sweeties, perfect alongside beautiful rhymes. 

You and your kids will love this book…grab it now while it’s still available at this discounted price. 

Available on Amazon.

 

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.

Monsters Can’t Sleep is a cute picture book for children. The illustrations are accompanied by rhymes which are about a boy who is scared of monsters under his bed. When he looks, he realizes that the monster under his bed is adorable and hungry. Having this monster under his bed will help him sleep better!

This is a fun book with colorful illustrations that will keep the attention of children, as well as help reassure them that they don’t have to be scared of monsters.

 

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.

 

 

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Book Review: Monsters Love Worms by Darla J. Cullen

10 Nov

 

Morchella, a monster, wants her own pet Annelid, but her parents say no. When her mother is injured and Morchella chooses to care for her, she is rewarded with a surprise.

Available on Amazon.

 

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.

Monsters Love Worms is an adorable children’s book about Morchella. She’s a young monster who wants her own pet worm. Her parents don’t believe she’s responsible enough to have a pet because she gets sidetracked whenever she is supposed to be doing chores. When her mom is injured, she has to step up and take care of things for a while, which is appreciated by all. 

This book has colorful illustrations, many full-page, and it is easy to read for young children. It’s a cute story and it teaches about being responsible. I also liked Morchella’s appreciation of the nature around her.

 

About the Author

Darla J. Cullen imagines a world where all children learn how loved and cherished they are. Her life mission is to create enjoyable content for children that helps them feel the love of God. Fun and joy and love is what she is going for.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse

5 Nov

Pepper Neely is no stranger to dangerous situations. In The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief, the young gnome defeated an evil witch who was stealing magic from the Familiars that Pepper took care of. She wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of a pack of werewolves, who endured painful, fiery spells to save Pepper’s life.

Now Pepper is determined to repay the werewolves for their sacrifice, no matter what it takes. She decides to break the centuries-old curse that keeps them in wolf form. At first, she keeps her plans a secret, but it’s not long before Pepper realizes she will need all the help she can get to end this curse. Magic is everywhere as enemy witches cast dangerous spells to stop Pepper.

Pepper and her family must trust the local witches and work together with them to fend off the deadly spells, find the curse, and break it—before the hostile witches get the best of them.

Available on Amazon.

 

 

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. This is the second book in the Supernatural Pet Sitter series. I didn’t read the first book in the series but this one stands on its own.

The main character Pepper is a gnome. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about gnomes that put them in a positive light but this book changed that, at least for now. These gnomes are a lot like humans but they’re magical and helpful.

Pepper decides that she needs to try to lift the curse on the local werewolves since they saved her life as well as her brother and her best friend. The witches aren’t happy since they’re the ones who cast the spell centuries ago. Will Pepper be able to lift the curse? Will she and her family even survive?

I was impressed with the way Pepper’s family is portrayed. They’re loving and supportive in all that Pepper does. She is so responsible for her age and continues to learn about her heritage and abilities.

This book is well written for young readers but is a good magical read for anyone. It is a great fantasy with many magical creatures and has all of the elements of a good adventure.

 

About the Author

Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

 

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Book Review: Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot by Joshua Margolis

9 Oct

 

Children’s book
Date Published: 11/1/16

Publisher: Mascot Books


Melvin is known for being a sad…(ish) robot. But, as he finds new friends and experiences, he may just figure out how to be happy…(ish).

Purchase Links

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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.

Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot is a children’s picture book about Melvin the Robot who is okay, going to school and coming home every day but he’s lonely. One day he sees a Ladybug Robot and he says hello to her which is very unlike him. She agrees to meet him later but he waits and waits and she never shows up. As he’s going home, he runs into his friend (his only friend?) who has several pets in tow. Melvin agrees to adopt one and suddenly he’s not so lonely any more.

This is a great children’s book. Not only does it teach that many of us are lonely but that there is something we can do to combat that loneliness. It also teaches that it’s okay to step out of our comfort zone. The pictures are creative and interesting and had to have taken some time and thought to make them. They’re great! I love the toaster dog!

 

About the Author

Joshua Margolis is a sculptor, photographer, and author from Oakland, Ca. His work has been featured in many galleries and studios. He was the de Young Fine Arts Museum artist in residence for the month of July 2014, where he brought his monsters and robots project to sculpted life. Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot is the first story of its kind to incorporate Joshua ceramic sculptures into a real world setting, creating a unique visual narrative.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.Joshuamargolis.net

Instagram: @clayandwine

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joshua-Margolis-Ceramics-284046127600/

 

 

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