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Book Review & Giveaway: Purple Turtle Graded Readers Level 3

2 Nov
Boxed Book Set Details:

Book Title: Purple Turtle Graded Readers Level 3 (12 Titles)
Category: Children’s Fiction,
Genre: Educational
Publisher: Aadarsh Pvt. Ltd.
Release date: April 1, 2017
Tour dates: Oct 30 to Nov 24, 2017
Content Rating: G (informative content intended for and available to children & their parents/educators to enhance and support learning. Suitable for: Family audiences with younger children.)

 

Boxed Book Set Description:

A1 Edutainment is all set to take you on an adventurous journey to the amazing world of Purple Turtle and his friends. Purple Turtle Graded Readers by A1 Edutainment is a new reading program especially for emerging readers. The third level includes a set of 12 books with engaging stories and fun-filled activities. It is based on the Lexile and ATOS reading level system and has a word count of 250-350. This level is for learners who have started reading with confidence.

 To read more reviews, please visit Purple Turtle’s page on iRead Book Tours.
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My Review

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

These books are great for beginning readers! Not only do they introduce new words into a new reader’s vocabulary, but they have cute stories and colorful pictures. At the beginning of each book, there are 3 achievement levels to be checked off: Read Along, Read Aloud, and Read Alone.

There are activities at the end of each book that are fun but also help with different skills. For example, in “Melody Magic Show” there are shapes to learn and at the end there is an activity to match the shapes to their names and another one the match them to items that represent the shapes (such as a star to a starfish). 

Each book also teaches something that is important for children to learn:

  • “Biggie Feels Bad” teaches about eating healthy
  • “If I Were a Circus Star” teaches how to use your imagination
  • “Many Kinds of Homes” is about all the different kinds of homes we live in
  • “Melody Magic Show” teaches shapes
  • “Roxy and Zing go Sailing” teaches opposites
  • “Purple and the Rainbow” explains why we see rainbows and teaches the colors in the rainbow
  • “Purple Grows a Garden” teaches about gardens
  • “Purple Learns about Birds” teaches about birds, especially ostriches
  • “The Rhyme Game” teaches rhyming
  • “So Many Jobs” is about the different jobs that children can get when they grow up
  • “The Big Birthday Calendar” teaches the months
  • “Treasure Hunt” teaches about maps

This is a great set to teach children not only reading but other important and useful information.

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Meet the Publisher:

Purple Turtle is India’s 1st International brand with its educational content in several languages sold in more than 30 countries including Russia, China, US and UK. The character of Purple Turtle has delighted children across the globe through beautifully created Purple Turtle books, rhymes and videos available on YouTube.

Purple Turtle was created with the idea to spread education through a wide range of innovative books for children. To give them the experience of convenient online learning, Purple Turtle also brings both learning and entertainment on a common platform to give a wholesome learning experience to young minds.

Connect with the publisher: Website ~ TwitterFacebook

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Book Review & Giveaway: Alycat and the Monday Blues by Alysson Foti Bourque

28 Sep

Book Title: Alycat and the Monday Blues by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrations by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Sept 12, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 6, 2017
Content Rating: G (appropriate for all audiences)

 

Book Description

Alycat wakes up with the dreaded Monday Blues and is certain that nothing will go right. But when a mishap sends her astray, she discovers that helping a friend will help her discover her own hidden talent—curing her Monday Blues.

 

My Review

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

It’s Monday morning and Alycat doesn’t want to go to school. She admits to her mother that she has the Monday Blues and her mom makes it clear that she has to go whether she feels like it or not. Alycat is also worried about finding a talent for the talent show on Tuesday and her mom tells her that she’ll figure something out, she always does.

Alycat’s mom is right, she does figure something out with her friend Spotty. She ends up happy that she went to school and the next day they’re a hit at the talent show.

Alycat and the Monday Blues is not only a cute book with bright and adorable pictures but it also teaches children that we all have talent. It’s a good book to help children learn about self worth.

 

To read more reviews, please visit Alysson Foti Bourque’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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 About the Author 

Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the Rhyme or ReasonTravel series, and the multi-award winning Alycat series. Alysson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She believes that there is an Alycat in all of us, encouraging our imaginations to guide us through new opportunities and adventures.

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Book Review: Squirrel Superhighway: It’s Good to be a Dog by Anna C. Morrison

15 Feb
Hot off the press! Anna C. Morrison’s SQUIRREL SUPERHIGHWAY is released from Guardian Angel Publishing! Please leave a comment to let her know you stopped by!

 

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SQUIRREL SUPERHIGHWAY: IT’S GOOD TO BE A DOG
Author: Anna C. Morrison
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 16
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
 
 
Squirrel Superhighway features a dog on a self-discovery mission who is surrounded by many graceful squirrels. This is a vocabulary booster in a series of feel-good stories for children of all ages and those who read with and to them. The story includes squirrels, more squirrels, even more squirrels, and a dog who wants to be a squirrel!
 

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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.

Duke is a dog who enjoys watching squirrels running across the branches above him. He wants to be friends with the squirrels but they don’t understand. He even gathers nuts for them but they won’t include him in their fun. If only he were a squirrel! Then his owner shows up and he realizes that he loves his life just as it is.

Squirrel Superhighway is a good book for children. It has words for younger children to learn and it has colorful illustrations as well as a sweet story. It also teaches the lesson that the grass really isn’t greener on the other side.

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About the Author

Anna C. Morrison is an author of children’s books, including Silly Moments and Green Gooey Goop, with many more to follow.  She is also an adjunct professor for multiple colleges and universities, both face-to-face and online. 
While she instructs various levels of English composition, she also teaches classes on literature, film, feature writing, and technical writing, among others.  In addition, she has worked with Adapt Courseware as a writing consultant on three video course projects, including college skills and composition.  Anna received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and her BA in English, Creative Writing, from California State University, San Bernardino.  Anna is an active member of SCBWI and is available for book signings.  She lives in Southern California with her family and pets.   
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Book Review: The Magician’s Turban by Gita Reddy

7 Feb

22423808Title: The Magician’s Turban

Author: Gita V. Reddy

Genre: Children’s Books (older children)

Publication Date: May 9, 2014

 

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About the Book

(from Goodreads)

The magician was out to prove that magic was real and not sleight of hand. “Tricksters are calling themselves magicians. Soon magicians will be called tricksters! I cannot let that happen so tonight I bring you real magic,” he announced. Discover the rest for The Magician’s Turban is a fascinating place to be in!

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

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

The Magician’s Turban is a short story for older children about two boys who don’t believe that a magician is real. They think he is just a trickster, so the magician uses his turban and his magic to teach the boys a lesson.

This story is creative and easy to read. Although young children could read it, there are a couple disturbing things the boys see that cause me to recommend it to older children.

I have read several of Gita Reddy’s children’s books and they are all ones that children will enjoy.

 

About the Author

7023197Gita V.Reddy is a writer of fiction for middle-graders and adults. She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres. She has written mysteries, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and even an animal tale for children.

She wrote and illustrated her first picture book for kids in August, 2015. She plans to write a few more because the experience was very satisfying.

Ms Reddy was born in India, is a post graduate in Mathematics, worked in a bank for twenty-six years, is married to a physics professor, has a son doing research in neuro-electronics, and loves literature. Yes, her life is as mixed up as the multiple genres she writes.

She enjoys painting and spending time with her family, and LOVES walking in the rain.

She also writes under the name Heera Datta.

Visit her website: www.gitavreddy.com
and facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gita-R..

 

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Book Review: Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery & other stories by Julian Padowicz

15 Oct

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TITLE: Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery and Other Stories

RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2016

AUTHOR: Julian Padowicz

GENRE: Children’s Stories/Magic/Fantasy

PAGE COUNT: 138

 

SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Parsley is a good witch who, with the help of her magical cat, Laptop, substitutes for the likes of Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the various Fairy Godmothers, when they have more work than they can handle. However, since she does not have the specialized magic powers that they possess, she is challenged to find creative ways to carry out these duties.

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MY REVIEW

I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher.

Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery and Other Stories is a series of short stories about Mrs. Parsley who helps other magical beings when needed. For example, when the Tooth Fairy has a toothache, Mrs. Parsley delivers money to parents whose children have lost a tooth and explains that they’ll have to put it under the pillow this time because the Tooth Fairy can’t make it. 

The stories are cute and they often teach a lesson as well.  I don’t usually pay much attention to covers (I know, I’m weird) but this one really caught my eye. Not only is it colorful and draws your attention, but it exactly matches the description of Mrs. Parsley and Laptop, her cat.

I definitely recommend Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery and Other Stories for children. It would especially be good for children who have a short attention span because the stories are short.

 

AUTHOR BIO

authorJulian Padowicz was seven years old and Jewish in Warsaw, Poland when WWII broke out. He and his mother made a dramatic escape from occupied Poland and the Holocaust over the Carpathian Mountains. His memoir of this experience, “Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw, 1939” was named Book of the Year for 2006. He has written three sequels, chronicling his odyssey to safety in America. In addition, he has written a series of humorous novels about a retired college professor, lightly modeled after himself.

Padowicz has served as a navigator in the United States Air Force, a documentary film script writer, and as president of BusinessFilm International, a documentary and educational film production company. He lives currently in Hampton, VA.

 

EMAIL: Julianpadowicz@julianpadowicz.com

 

AUTHOR LINKS: http://www.Julianpadowicz.com

 

AMAZON US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FP6JOJ6

 

AMAZON UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01FP6JOJ6

 

AMAZON CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01FP6JOJ6

 

BOOK PAGE: http://ravenswoodpublishing.com/bookpages/mrsparsley.html

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Selfies in the Wild by C.L. Murphy

4 Aug

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Title: The Adventures of Lovable Lobo – Selfies in the Wild

Written and illustrated by C.L. Murphy

Published by Peanut Butter Prose

Date published:  August 1, 2016

Recommended ages: 3 to 7

Number of pages: 28

Summary

Lobo and his sidekick raven find a trail camera in their neck of the woods, and it attracts the attention of forest friends. Images captured have never been sillier or more candid. Just as their wild dispositions are exposed, the photo shoot comes to an unexpected end and they’re all left wondering why. The reason may be obvious.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review. I’d read Lobo Goes to the Galapagos and Lobo’s Howliday so I was looking forward to seeing what adventure Lobo has now. What an adorable book! This one is my favorite so far. It’s simple and cute and although it is targeted for young readers, parents will enjoy reading it as well.

Lobo and his friends find a trail camera in the wild and take a bunch of selfies. An example of one of the selfies is below. Some of them are pretty funny! Finally, the battery runs out and they think they broke it.

At the end of the book is a Glossary of 5 of the more difficult words used. And last, but not least, the author shares her inspiration for the book.

 

 

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About the Author

2016-08-03_10-53-16C.L. Murphy (Cathy) has been doodling her way through life since she won a school wide poster contest in the third grade. She’s had the pleasure of working as an artist in residence, creating cartoons and painting murals with the children at local elementary schools. She adores the wonder and curiosity of young children.

She feels that creating picture books is something that she was destined to do, after years of filing away so many ideas, while raising her two sons. She is a member of SCBWI.

She lives amongst the wildlife in an enchanted forest in the beautiful Oregon wilderness with her husband and menagerie. She has always appreciated nature and animals have always played a major role in her life.  The inspiration for the Lovable Lobo character came from a wolf that she raised for over 14 years.

Check out her book series and discover that you, too, will find Lobo lovable.

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Giveaway ends: August 31, 11:59 p.m., 2016

Open to: Worldwide

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Book Review: Bravo and Elphie by Hagit Oron & Or Oron

24 Jul

 

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Bravo, Elphie’s new pet, is stuck on top of the red slide.
Elphie never climbs the red slide. It’s so high, its goes all the way into the sky.
But now he needs to brace himself and gather up his courage to rescue Bravo.
Good thing he never leaves the house without his cape!
Join Elphie and Bravo on this colorful bittersweet adventure.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author for an honest review. I had read Elphie and Dad Go on an Epic Adventure earlier this year and was happy to read this one as well because I was impressed by it.

Bravo and Elphie is a great book for young children. The colors are so bright and really catch your eye. The story is also a good one. Elphie gets a pet rat, named Bravo, from his mom and they decide to go to the park to play. Poor Bravo gets stuck at the top of the slide. Elphie has never gone down the slide because it’s so scary but he has to save Bravo!

Elphie learns an important lesson about facing his fears. Even though he was scared going down the slide, he was able to do it. What a great lesson for young children to learn!

Bravo and Elphie is a cute story that will keep the attention of young children because of the story and the colorful pictures.

 

About the Authors

B12vcCTIG0S._UX250_Hagit R & Or Oron are a mother and daughter who love to create, imagine, laugh and have fun together.
Hagit R is an electronics engineer. She writes computer code by day, but when she takes off her suit she lets her imagination run wild. Really, it takes her to such weird places, words aren’t able to describe.
Or is a graphic designer by day and an illustrator by night. Imagination is the biggest tool in her toolbox. Really, it’s as big as a continent.
Together they are an undefeatable team. Their mission is to bring joy and happiness to kids and parents all around the world.
How? One picture book at a time.

 

 

Book Review & Giveaway: Dragons are Real by Valarie Budayr

10 May

 

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About the Book

 

Title: Dragons are Real
Author: Valarie Budayr
Illustrator: Michael Welply
Publisher: Audrey Press
Publication Date: May 5, 2016
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Number of Pages: 32
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Book Description

What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you’ve ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.

My Review

2016-05-09_1050I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

What a great book for children! It’s about dragons actually being real and tells all the great things they like to do such as read, recite poetry, and hide in plain sight. It encourages children to use their imaginations.

The vibrant colors in this book will keep the attention of all ages. I really like the picture of the cover that looks like the cover of a very old leather book. 

I definitely recommend this book. It will make you want to go find a dragon to befriend.

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About the Author

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Award Winning and Best-selling author, Valarie Budayr inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure via engaging extension activities on her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com.

Valarie is co-founder of Multi-cultural Children’s Book Day , #ReadYourWorld, a celebration of diverse and cultural kid-lit shared with over 98 million people on January 27th. Her foundation puts hundreds of books into the hands of children in rural and intercity areas. www.multiculturalchildrensbookday.com

Valarie’s other best-selling and award winning titles are: The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and A Year in the Secret Garden.

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About the Illustrator

 

Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the lack of buyers. He started his career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned to live in France with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detailed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and fairy tales.

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Giveaway ends: May 30, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Valarie Budayr and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Whispers of Trees by Ben Woodard

24 Apr

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About the Book

Title: Whispers of Trees
Author: Ben Woodard
Genre: Children’s Multicultural Adventure
Number of Pages: 57
Publisher: Miller-Martin Press
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Synopsis: An ancient forest, a dark night, a strange woman—and whispers.

What is going on in this eerie Irish forest? Ten-year-old Declan has to find out. His brother is missing and only he can solve the mystery. But why him? He doesn’t even like his always-yelling brother who his sister says was eaten by wolves. But there are no wolves in Ireland.

Then a witch-like woman tells him the two of them have to go into the spooky woods to save his brother. But from what? The strange trees only whisper the answer and he must discover what they are trying to tell him. But he will learn much more than he ever dreamed.

Whispers of Trees is a fun, page-turning thriller hinting of myth that delivers a multicultural adventure.
This is the second book in the Mythic Adventures Collection. The first book is The Boy Who Flew With Eagles. You can preview it here:  The Boy Who Flew With Eagles

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My Review

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

Whispers of Trees is about a dysfunctional family in which the dad and one of the boys are always loud and angry. Declan is calmer than his younger brother, Colin, and, because of the way they act and they way they treat him, he would rather they were dead.

When the family visits Ireland, Colin gets lost in a forest. As he searches for his younger brother, Declan learns to listen to the trees. Not only does he find Colin, but the whole family changes with this adventure.

Whispers of Trees is a great story for children, especially if they enjoy suspense.  

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About the Author: Ben Woodard

 

Ben is an adventurer and storyteller who has traveled the world including climbing on Mt. Everest. He now writes adventure stories for boys and girls. Tales of lost gold and river caves, and flying with eagles. Stories of friendship that endure through adversity and danger. Adventures that inspire and educate and, most of all, entertain.
For more information about Ben, please visit BooksByBen.com.

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Book Review: The Flower Fairy Superhero by Noam Atinsky

19 Apr

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Author: Noam and Bryan Atinsky
Release Date: January 24, 2016
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Genre: Children’s
Format: Ebook/Hardcover

A read-along eBook (enhanced with audio), has a powerful message; it is a heartfelt example of a father honoring the memory of his daughter. Beautiful and creative Noam wrote this story as play to perform for her family on her 5th birthday. Her tale of a flower fairy that possesses very special powers able to help the meanest of people and change them into good and happy human beings is the perfect way to illustrate to children the power of a positive attitude. Written in Noam’s words, it speaks to a young audience and is easy to understand and relate to the story. The children can follow along while voice professionals act out the the story with Noam’s words. Part of the proceeds from the book will go to The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

 

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My Review

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

The Flower Fairy Superhero is a cute children’s book about a flower fairy who likes to share her flowers with everyone and also likes to help anyone who needs a little help. Amazingly, this adorable story was first written as a play by a young girl who died in an accident shortly after writing it. It’s the kind of story that will keep children interested but it also sends a message about helping others and having a positive attitude. Those are the kind of children’s stories I like.

This story is powerful in the fact that the author’s father turned her story into a book so that her message will live on and her words will be remembered always. What a wonderful tribute to his daughter. 

I definitely recommend The Flower Fairy Superhero for children. It’s a beautiful story and part of the proceeds goes to a good cause.

 

About the Author

I am currently owner and Chef at a restaurant in Milwaukee. Before the death of my family, I was, for many years, a journalist and Executive Editor at a news organization based in Jerusalem. Being able to do a good percentage of my work from home, I was able to be an at home father, facilitating my wife to be able to work full time at a biological science lab. Because of this, I was deeply involved in bringing up Noam and my son, Ya’ari, from an early age.

Noam wrote the play, which became the Flower Fairy Superhero book, for her birthday, only 3 months before she was killed while visiting family and friends in Israel. Soon after the accident, a Hebrew version of her play was published in a national newspaper in Israel. This got me thinking that publishing her play as an illustrated children’s book would be the best way to honor her memory and creativity as a living memorial. I had thought of going to Francisco X. Mora, an artist and family friend who knew Noam, and has illustrated many children’s books over the years. Quite unexpectedly, he came to me, after reading a copy of Noam’s play, and requested that he be able to work with me to make Noam’s play into an illustrated children’s book. I jumped at his offer.

I believe that people live on through the memories of those whose lives they touch. I saw that publishing Noam’s creative and ethical story could not only spread her creativity to a much wider group of people, but that the story itself was life affirming and teaches the very positive lesson that kindness and caring are some of the most powerful tools we have in this world. Further, I felt that having a portion of the proceeds of the sale of Noam’s work go towards helping other children in crisis, would be an honor to the memory of Noam. I have given the book to many libraries around the Milwaukee area and donated over 500 copies to community organizations.

Similarly, my wife Efrat was a Plant Disease Biologist at the University of Athens, Georgia. After the accident, a memorial garden, highlighting her love of plants and nature, was established in Athens.

On the terrible day of March 7, 2010, Noam, her mother Efrat, her nine-month-old brother Ya’ari, and her grandmother Esther Gamliel, were killed in a car accident in southern Israel. But a few months before that day, on Noam’s 5th birthday, she wrote a puppet play—a superhero story!—to perform in front of her family and friends 
at her birthday party. She dictated the story to my wife and I, and I wrote down what she said into our computer. We performed the play at our home in Athens, Georgia. Noam played the Flower Fairy, my wife Efrat played the Queen, and I played the Ogre.

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