Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room Update – #Reviews #Fishing Dawn Doig, #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens, #Safety Miriam Hurdle

The first review is mine for Dawn Doig and Marisa’s First Fishing Trip (Big Shoe Bears and Friends Book 2) Dawn’s books are available in several languages

About the book

Marisa is flying to Gramma and Grampa’s house for a visit. One day, Grampa takes Marisa fishing for the first time. What did she catch? Who was there watching all along – can you find him? What an adventure!

My review for the book

This is a delightfully illustrated story that would engage any small child. A perfect book for grandparents to keep on hand to read and it demonstrates the wonderful bond and teaching moments this offers.

Every page is filled with colour, celebrations such as Christmas and the joy of opening gifts, a plane journey and the adventure of spending the day on a lake with your grandpa learning to fish. And the surprises that you manage to hook on the end of your line.

There are plenty of opportunities to expand the story to personalise it for a child which will extend the enjoyment of the book. Recommended.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Dawn Doig which are available in several languages.

Read the reviews and Buy Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Dawn: Goodreads – Website: Dawn Doig – Twitter: @Shoebears

The next author day with a lovely book that introduces the wonder of nature to children is Bette A. Stevens with Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale

About Amazing Matilda

(Ages 4-11 + grownups love it too) Friendship, patience and persistence are among the lessons learned in this gem of a tale featuring an amazing monarch butterfly.

This award-winning picture book adventure follows the monarch butterfly’s life cycle as Matilda embarks on a quest to make her dream of flying come true. Matilda emerges from her egg on a milkweed leaf—she stretches and yawns and knows she wants to fly. Sparrow tells her to follow her dreams. Toad and Rabbit laugh at a creature without wings who wants to fly. You’ll be as amazed as Toad and Rabbit are as you follow Matilda from egg to imago. Science, art and wise lessons for children—all wrapped up in a tale the kids will want to read/hear again and again!

One of the recent reviews for the book

TruthBTold 4.0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING TALE!  Reviewed in the United States

AMAZING MATILDA by Bette A. Stevens was a cute little story about a Monarch butterfly who dreamed of having wings. On her journey, she met a sparrow who constantly said to her “be patient and trust your instincts.” She then happened upon a toad and a rabbit who shared their own stories of patience and perseverance. This is a perfect little story for grade-school children. It teaches that if only you are patient, and if you try hard enough, you can and you will reach your goals and your dreams can come true! Great job to the author!

Read the reviews and buy the book : Amazon US – And : Amazon UK

Also by Bette A. Stevens for Children and adults


Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – Follow Bette:Goodreads – Blog:4 Writers and ReadersTwitter: @BetteAStevens

In April of this year I was delighted to read and review the children’s book by Miriam Hurdle – Tina Lost in a Crowd.

About the book

Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?

This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

A recent review for the book

Jan Long 5.0 out of 5 stars Best Teachable Moment  Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021

Tina Lost in a Crowd is a must read for all ages! It shows that children can successfully navigate real life dilemmas and guides adults on ways to positively reinforce and nurture healthy life choices. The story unfolds in vibrant and beautiful illustrations to captivate children, parents and teachers, alike.  

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US And:Amazon UK

Also by Miriam Hurdle for adults

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US And:Amazon UK Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle – Blog: The Showers of Blessings – Twitter: @mhurdle112


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books…thanks Sally.


44 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room Update – #Reviews #Fishing Dawn Doig, #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens, #Safety Miriam Hurdle

  1. Sally!  Thank you again for the mention.   I should receive notification from my publisher soon and hopefully see some book sales for the deaf school/orphanage that I can share! Dawn

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  2. Thanks again, Sally, for including me alongside these other beautiful books! Just a note, in case folks don’t know, that ‘Marisa’s First Fishing Trip’ is also available in French and Spanish 🙂


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  3. I’ve read Bette’s and Miriam’s books already. Bette’s book teaches about the life cycle in an interesting way, while Miriam tackles a common fear of parents and children about what to do if they get separated from one another. I like the topic of Dawn’s book as kids remember many of the firsts in their lives.

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