Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews -#Adventure D.L. Finn, #Safety Miriam Hurdle, #Flamingos #HealthyEating Wanda Luthman


Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room and some recent reviews for the books on the shelves for ages up to 12.

The first author is D.L. Finn with her book for older children An Unusual Island.

About the book

When Janine’s parents win a vacation to a private island, it’s the same week as her and her twin brother’s 16th birthday. Cool! She can’t wait to lounge on the beach and let the staff pamper her! Much to her disappointment, though, they leave the island to go sightseeing on a boat. Unlike the rest of her family, bouncing around the ocean isn’t her idea of fun. Even when her brother gets their dad to stop the boat to investigate the neon sea creature that he is sure is following them–nothing. Losing her new red hat is the highlight of her trip until an unexpected storm hits, and they shipwreck on an uncharted island. After tending to some wounds from the crash, they search the island in hopes of finding human civilization. Although they don’t find what they are looking for, it appears they aren’t alone. When they return to their campsite—a fully cooked dinner is waiting for them! Why? And a better question is why did they eat it? It was as if they stepped into a fairytale– or nightmare. Who is on the island with them and what do they want?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Pete Springer 4.0 out of 5 stars A mix of fantasy with realistic fiction.  Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2021

When a family of four (Dad, Mom, and two fifteen-year-old twins, Justin and Justine) win a trip to an unknown island near Hawaii, they are excited about their trip on a boat to their private destination. They end up on a different island when their boat is damaged in a storm. Many mysterious things begin to happen that make them realize they are not alone.

The family finds themselves in the middle of a conflict between two factions of people. The family doesn’t know whom to trust—those who follow the old ways or another group who call themselves Freedom Fighters. The island is also the home to many gigantic bird-like creatures and other unusual phenomena. Will the family ever get off the island, or are they destined to remain there embroiled in the conflict? No spoilers.

This story is more for the science fiction or fantasy reader. If you like unusual characters and strange happenings, this book could be a good fit for you. 

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

Other children’s books by D.L. Finn

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow D.L. Finn: GoodreadsWebsite: D.L. Finn Author – Facebook: D.L. Finn Author – Twitter: @dlfinnauthor

Miriam Hurdle’s newest book for children has received some lovely reviews and here is one of the recent five star recommendations.Tina Lost in a Crowd t

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.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Apr 19, 2021 Balroop Singh rated it five Stars

‘Tina Lost in a Crowd’ by Miriam Hurdle is a cute little, heart-warming story of two girls who get lost while they are following their dad. Two friends Tina and Erica are excited when they get an opportunity to go to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. During intermission, they get up to go to the restroom and can’t find Mr. Tyler, Tina’s dad. Do they get scared? How do they handle the situation?

Well-illustrated and written in a simple style, the story conveys some subtle messages to children as well as parents. Mrs. Tyler is a loving mom and plans a number of activities for the summer; she agrees to invite Erica and understands her daughter so well. Tina is a calm and confident girl and could inspire many. She knows what to do when lost. I could connect with her, as I too got lost in a similar situation but wasn’t as wise as Tina!
I would recommend this book to all the parents of young children who wish to raise responsible children. 

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

The final author today with a recent review is Wanda Luthman for Franky the Finicky Flamingo.

About the book

Franky the Finicky Flaming is the proud recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award!

A Multi-Award-winning children’s author presents a fun rhyming beautifully illustrated picture book that your child will enjoy!

Franky is a beautifully colored pink flamingo but, he doesn’t know the right food to eat. He tries food that other birds like but he doesn’t enjoy any of them. Then, the unthinkable happens. His adored pink color begins to fade. What will Franky do now? Find out in Franky, The Finicky Flamingo.

A recent review for the book
Vikki N. 5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for young child  Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2021

Purchased as a valentine gift for a young female neighbor. She enjoys reading the book and likes the lesson Freddie gave her; she will be more adventurous in her selection of foods. The pictures are colorful and attractive for young readers; the text is easy enough she can read it alone or share with a friend.  

A selection of other books by Wanda Luthman

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – follow Wanda: Goodreads – Blog: Wanda Luthman WordPress- Twitter: Wandalu64

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books for the younger members of the family… thanks Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Bullying Eloise de Sousa, #Adventure D.L. Finn, #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens


Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room with books for ages up to twelve years old.

The first author featured today is Eloise de Sousa and her book Scat the Black Cat

Scat the Black Cat by [Eloise De Sousa]

About the book

Scat has had enough! Every morning, Bruiser, the bully from No. 62 Busby Lane, strolls over to his house and eats all of his breakfast.

Scat decides it is time to teach Bruiser a lesson. But things are not always as they seem and sometimes a bully is not necessarily an enemy.

One of the reviews for the book

Bronwen5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed in the United Kingdom

I bought this for my daughter and then liked it so much that I got more for my friends’ children! Has a lovely message about why bullies may not be all they seem and how kindness can change them back into being nice.

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

 

Moofy and Flo is now available on Amazon: Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and : Amazon UK Follow Eloise Goodreads – Connect to Eloise: Blog –  Twitter: @mello_elo

The next author is D.L. Finn with her book for older children An Unusual Island.

About the book

When Janine’s parents win a vacation to a private island, it’s the same week as her and her twin brother’s 16th birthday. Cool! She can’t wait to lounge on the beach and let the staff pamper her! Much to her disappointment, though, they leave the island to go sightseeing on a boat. Unlike the rest of her family, bouncing around the ocean isn’t her idea of fun. Even when her brother gets their dad to stop the boat to investigate the neon sea creature that he is sure is following them–nothing. Losing her new red hat is the highlight of her trip until an unexpected storm hits, and they shipwreck on an uncharted island. After tending to some wounds from the crash, they search the island in hopes of finding human civilization. Although they don’t find what they are looking for, it appears they aren’t alone. When they return to their campsite—a fully cooked dinner is waiting for them! Why? And a better question is why did they eat it? It was as if they stepped into a fairytale– or nightmare. Who is on the island with them and what do they want?

One of the reviews for the book

An Unusual Island written by D.L. Finn is a fantasy sci-fi novel. It was written for the younger generation, but anyone who is young-at-heart will enjoy this story.

Justin and Janine are fifteen-year-old twins who are on a sailing adventure with their parents somewhere around the Hawaiian Islands. They run into a terrible storm at sea and are shipwrecked on an uncharted island. They are shaken up, but no one is seriously injured.

When they get off their damaged sailboat to explore their surroundings, they soon find that the island is most unusual. It doesn’t take them long to find that they are not alone on the lush tropical isle. The people they find are about the same size as they are, but though they speak English, they aren’t quite human. The animals, some of which you won’t expect, also speak English and are able to communicate with the twins.

Janine and Justin learn that they were purposely brought to the island by their not-so-human friends for a special purpose… that the storm was generated by the inhabitants of the island for the sole purpose of bringing the twins to the island to save their species’ way of life.

But, there are forces of evil at work here as well. Some of the inhabitants of the island are against the old ways. The Freedom Fighters want change, and the twins are torn between the two factions. Which side do they choose? Will Janine and Justin survive the ordeal? Will they ever leave the island?

I won’t include any spoilers. Read the story for what it is—a wonderful tale of family, adventure, and suspense set on a remarkable tropical island. I only found a single missing period and the book is wonderfully written. I highly recommend this book to the young as well as the young-at-heart.

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

Other children’s books by D.L. Finn

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow D.L. Finn: GoodreadsWebsite: D.L. Finn Author –  Facebook: D.L. Finn Author – Twitter: @dlfinnauthor

The final 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

Priscilla Bettis 5.0 out of 5 stars A Feel-Good Butterfly Story  Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020

Matilda wants to fly. I love her determination and how her friends cheer her on. The story is easy to read with delicate illustrations breaking up the story into bite-sized reads for young ones. My favorite part is how hard Matilda works for her dream. And I learned about the monarch chrysalis, too!

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

Also by Bette A. Stevens for Children

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

 

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