Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Disability Dawn Doig, #Fantasy Janice Spina

Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room and recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first book with a recent review is And So, Ahmed Hears by Dawn Doig

About the book

Ahmed is a little boy who spends his days with his family doing things he enjoys like going to the park and swimming in the ocean. Although he seems to be a typical two year old, mama has concerns that he may not be hearing. So off they go to the doctor and eventually to the audiologist who diagnoses a hearing loss. Fit with hearing aids, Ahmed is now able to enjoy the sounds of life. And So Ahmed Hears was written to increase public awareness about childhood hearing loss and to help alleviate some of the stigma associated with it.

One of the recent reviews for the book

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated  Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2021

A young boy doesn’t sing or talk or hear the roar of the sea, shouts of warning, or his mother’s call. Concerned, his mother takes him to the doctor and audiologist. Fitted with hearing aids, he gets to hear the sounds that he’d missed before.

A beautifully illustrated children’s book for young children with hearing aids or interacting with hearing-impaired people, especially peers. A simple story about diversity and acceptance.  

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 second review today is for Janice Spina.. for the first in a fantasy series – The Legend of the Taken Ones: Gateskin Chronicles Book 1

About the book

This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young..

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Canadian reader 5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the story  Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2021

I loved The Legend of the Taken Ones by Janice Spina. It is the first book in the Gateskin Chronicles and follows the adventures of the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. This is a fantasy book so of course one of the children can fly while another has what was once known as a cloak of invisibility. Not to be outdone the third child can move objects with her mind with some form of telekinesis.

I haven’t read a fantasy book since I was a child myself, which feels like a very long time ago. But I was pleasantly surprised by how easily Spina’s writing brought me into her fantasy world. And how much I enjoyed being there. I am looking forward to more adventures in this series as I travel along with the children through Sovorotskina, the Land of Light and other magical places.  

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

A small selection of other books by Janice Spina

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US – and :Amazon UK – Follow Janice: Goodreads – blog:Jem’s BooksTwitter: @janice_spina


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

38 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Disability Dawn Doig, #Fantasy Janice Spina

  1. I learned American sign language when I was younger so that I could communicate with a few hearing impaired kids on my bus. It helped me later in life when I had a few students who were deaf in my classes. I’ve forgotten most of it, but I can still carry a conversation if I need to. I love that Dawn is bringing awareness to others about hearing impairment. Thanks for sharing these two stories with us today, Sally! 🙂

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