Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Children’s Reading Room – New Release – #Dragons Janice Spina,- Reviews – #Turtles Cynthia S. Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange, #Bears Frank Prem


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

Delighted to share the news of the recent release of Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 4: Delfina Solves a Problem by Janice Spina.

About the book

This is a continuing fun series of adventures with Drystan the dragon and his friends. Follow Drystan and his friends as they meet a new dragon named Delfina. Her scales are many shades of purple and pink. She can solve any problem with just a blink. She may be small but is stronger than you think.

When the other dragons meet about a problem with another dragon called Drago who is a bully, Delfina comes to their rescue and promises to help them deal with the bully.
Read what happens when Delfina meets Drago.

An early review for the book

Michele Rolfe5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with a Bully  Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2020

Delfina is a small, quiet Dragon who shows the rest of the Dragons how to deal with a Bully nicely. She flies up to Drago, the BUlly Dragon, with Drystan. They hope to get Drago to stop bullying everyone. What Delfina does is very nice & she & the other Dragons make a new friend!

I really like Delfina’s Purple & Pink scales! I also Love how Janice teaches children how to deal with a bully in a peaceful way. 

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A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

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Now time for some reviews.

The first review today is for Myrtle the Purple Turtle which is the first in this delightful series written by Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange with illustrations by Jo Robinson

About the book

Myrtle is a lovely Turtle. Not an ordinary Turtle. She is Purple and different from other turtles. After being bullied by another turtle, Myrtle tries to become someone else. In the end, Myrtle and her friends help children learn to not be afraid of being different. Myrtle the Purple Turtle is a thoroughly engaging story that stresses the importance of self-acceptance and friendship.

One of the recent reviews for the book

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant illustrations and a sweet story for your preschooler. Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2020

Murtle is a unique turtle – she’s purple. And when another turtle points out to her that she’s different, she does everything she can to change her color to green – all to no avail. Then, with the help of her friends, she learns that turtles comes in a lot of different colors, and that being purple is wonderful. The story’s message of self-acceptance and diversity is perfect for young children. and the vivid illustrations are a delight. I recommend this sweet book to preschoolers and their parents.

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Other books in the Myrtle the Turtle Series

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The next author with a recent review is Frank Prem for the second book in a wonderful series about Teddy Bears. A Beechworth Bakery Bears (The Beechworth Bakery Bears 2)

About the book

What are the Beechworth Bakery Bears up to this time? Has Tom sold out of Bee Stings?

Take The Beechworth Bakery Bears (too) home to read, and find out!

A recent review for the book

Robbie Cheadle 5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated book  Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020

This is another cute and beautifully illustrated children’s book by author and poet, Frank Prem. The book is about a collection of fluffy bears who live in a local bakery and who all contribute to the running of the bakery and the entertainment of the customers.

I read the ebook and each page has a beautiful colour photograph of one or more of the bears, with a little poem that complements the antics or actions of the bears in the picture. There is a bear baking scones and a bear who is chilling as well as bears who are boating and bears who are watching.

A young child could not read this book on his/her own, but would require parental guidance as some of the language is a little complex. I prefer books for children that expand children’s vocabulary and understanding and the reader of this book could have a lot of fun explaining sounds and teaching language concepts to a child.

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Also by Frank Prem for children.

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Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – #Reviews -#History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Fantasy Jemima Pett, #Bears Frank Prem


Welcome to the Children’s Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

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The first author today is Barbara Ann Mojica with a recent review for her latest bookLittle Miss HISTORY Travels to INDEPENDENCE HALL & The Museum of the American Revolution

About the book

The United States Constitution is the oldest federal constitution in existence. This document, along with the Bill of Rights, lays out the rights and responsibilities of its citizens. The Founding Fathers embraced the principles of the Enlightenment and a vision of liberty and justice for all. Trace their footsteps at Independence Hall and the Museum of the American Revolution.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Avid Reader 5.0 out of 5 stars A well rounded brief history for kids  Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to INDEPENDENCE HALL & The Museum of the American Revolution by Barbara Ann Mojica, is a children’s illustrated history book of the early days of the United States Government. It covers the late 1700s Revolutionary War Era, with Miss History as the reader companion. A glossary of appropriate terms is included in the back. The pictures are easily recognized in many history books, covering many of the sites people go to see each and every year. And of course Miss History is along for the ride, describing the events as they unfold. Although a short work, this book is a nice tool for young readers who know little or nothing about that era in our history. It could also be a useful resource for struggling learners, or for those who want (or need) a quick refresher. Highly recommended.

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A selection of books by Barbara Ann Mojica

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Jemima Pett has a review for her latest release for reader of 10 years old upwards, Princelings Revolution (The Princelings of the East Book 10)

About the book

Jasmine’s birthday party ends in disaster. George seems to have lost a phial of highly dangerous liquid. And Fred, well, King Fred is battling politics, relatives and self-seeking dignitaries in his aim to give the people a better way of living.

And above all this there is a promise he wants to keep. A promise to an engaging chap he made when he was a mere stripling, when he persuaded that person to stop the Great Energy Drain.

What will happen if he fails?

The tenth and final book of the Princelings of the East series brings our heroes to the brink of disaster. The Realms will never be the same again – but how will Fred, George, Jasmine, Willoughby and all the others cope?

An intriguing fantasy mystery adventure for readers aged 10 and upwards.

One of the recent reviews for Princelings Revolution

Chris Graham 5.0 out of 5 stars A great finale to a great series.  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 October 2020

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book of this series, but was apprehensive of reading this final book – because it is the FINAL book of the series.

However, I’m glad I did read it, with all its twists, turns and changes of fortunes for Fred, George and everyone else.

My only wish is, that more ‘sequels’ were forthcoming…

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A selection of other books by Jemima Pett

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The final book today with a recent review is A Beechworth Bakery Bears (The Beechworth Bakery Bears 1) by Frank Prem

About the stories

The Beechworth Bakery Bears are having lots of fun.

They are rowing in regattas and taking tea in the pie warmer.

They are riding on bobsleds and slurping coffee.

They are keeping watch over the bakery and making sure that everyone has cake to eat.

They are waiting, and hoping, that someone might take them home, where perhaps scones will be made!

They are ready to tell you all their stories . . .

A recent review for the book on Goodreads

Sep 07, 2020 Maria Parenti rated it 5 stars

The goings-on of these delightful bears In this picture book may have been ‘as heard by Frank Prem’. But, these soft, cuddly bear buddies spin their own wonderful poetic verse. Frank has created a clever play on words not only for the Beechworth Bakery customers, but for anyone in love with bear antics.

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Also by Frank Prem in the Children’s Cafe

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