Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – Update – #Reviews – #Princess Wanda Luthman, #Historical Antoinette Truglio Martin


Welcome to the Children’s Reading Rooms for books up to the age of twelve.

The first book with a recent review is the fairy story – The Lilac Princess by Wanda Luthman.

The Lilac Princess (The Princess Series Book 1) by [Wanda Luthman]

About the book

A young Princess with too much responsibility and not enough freedom finds herself facing the greatest decision of her life. She is an only child to an elderly King and Queen of a Kingdom in turmoil.

Upon her rests the responsibility to rescue her Kingdom one day, but for now, she is held within the castle walls for her safety. She longs to go outside just for a moment, to smell the sweet lilacs growing in the meadow.

Come along on her adventure when she dares to escape the castle walls and meets a cursed dragon. Little does she know that while the dragon has an evil plan, she holds the key to bringing peace to her Kingdom.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Jessica D. Adams, Author VINE VOICE  5.0 out of 5 stars A short chapter book for kids with a lesson on forgiveness  Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2021

“The Lilac Princess” is a fun, short chapter book for kids. Each chapter starts with a brightly colored graphic of a character or scene. The story is about a princess who feels trapped inside the castle walls and she wants to explore beyond the walls despite her father’s wishes. The chapters are short yet capture the reader’s attention with a little suspense. It is interesting how the princess gets her nickname of the Lilac Princess and how she meets a common boy, Dirk, who becomes her friend and accomplice for her escape from the castle walls. The book touches on loyalty as well as forgiveness. When the two main characters are asked to forgive a wrongdoing, they must decide if forgiveness is the best choice even though they were wronged. They both realize that they too, are in need of forgiveness. It’s a good lesson for kids to learn about forgiveness.
I would recommend this book to kids around ages 8-11.

A selection of other books by Wanda Luthman

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Then second author today is Antoinette Truglio Martin with one of the recent reviews for Daily Bread (Becoming America’s Stories, #1). This is book one in a series of three with the other two due to be published in 2021.

About the book

It is 1911. Crammed into a three-room flat in a Mott Street tenement, the large Taglia family needs all the help they can muster. Spunky songbird Lily wants to help by baking Daily Bread at the bakery like big sister, Margaret. But Margaret says Lily is just a little kid, and there is more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist’s heart. Lily learns to navigate in a grown-up world when facing bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and treacherous streets to cross by herself.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storytelling  Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021

Inspired by stories Mrs. Martin heard as a young girl, she takes us on a journey that spans six weeks, set in 1911, in New York City. Antoinette Truglio Martin’s story is filled with both heart warming and heart breaking moments. I fell in love with sisters Margaret and Lily as we learned about the challenging times for children, especially immigrant children, during that time period. The girls started their days at the bakery to prep dough for the Daily Bread, go to school, leave at lunch to return to the bakery to punch the dough down, return to school and then head back to the bakery to finish baking/deliveries.

Limited food and money were the common family struggles and stressors. Margaret struggled with wanting to continue going to school to further her education instead of working in a factory and Lily struggled with being seen as a silly little girl when she wanted to be big and important. Delicious Knot Surprises were described vividly in the book. The sweet dough may have been filled with cinnamon/sugar or a delicious fruit jam. My only complaint is that the book did not come with a Knot Surprise to try! I am so excited to continue on the journey with Margaret and Lily in Mrs. Martin’s second book in the series.  

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Also by Antoinette Truglio Martin for children

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

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Historical Antoinette Truglio Martin, #Dragons Janice Spina


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

Then first author today is Antoinette Truglio Martin with one of the recent reviews for Daily Bread (Becoming America’s Stories, #1). This is book one in a series of three with the other two due to be published in 2021.

About the book

It is 1911. Crammed into a three-room flat in a Mott Street tenement, the large Taglia family needs all the help they can muster. Spunky songbird Lily wants to help by baking Daily Bread at the bakery like big sister, Margaret. But Margaret says Lily is just a little kid, and there is more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist’s heart. Lily learns to navigate in a grown-up world when facing bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and treacherous streets to cross by herself.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Lorraine 5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!  Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2021

As a person who’s been on every tour at the Tenement Museum in NYC, I absolutely love this subject and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a brutally harsh life that these immigrant families lived though in 1911but this story is told through the eyes of a child so you experience it in a more innocent way. Childhood games and delightful knot surprises contrast with the some of the extreme hardships they experiences such as of children that had to drop out of school to help support their families. It’s fascinating to see all the customs and daily rituals that went on in every day life and the auther did a great job of recreating this historical fiction in a way that helps you really understand what it was like to grow up struggling in this time period without the protections and laws we have in place today.  

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Also by Antoinette Truglio Martin for children

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The next review is for 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.

A recent review for the book

Mystery “Fran” 5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Little Dragon!  Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2021 

This 4th book in the children’s series Drystan the Dragon and Friends, Delfina Solves a Problem, features a new dragon, Delfina. She’s adorable – small, purple and pink, and best of all, she loves to solve problems. Delfina offers to help Drystan and his friends with a problem. Drago the dragon is bullying and treating them badly. When Delfina confronts Drago, she discovers that he has a problem of his own that is causing his bad behavior. In a blink, she helps Drago and makes him promise to be kind and nice to others from now on. Good messages for children abound in this book. I can’t wait to share it with my granddaughter once the pandemic is over!

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A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

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

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #TeddyBear Sue Wickstead, #Historical Antoinette Truglio Martin, #Traveladventure Darlene Foster


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

The first author today is Sue Wickstead with a recent review for Barty Barton: The Bear That Was Loved Too Much

About the book

‘What happens when you outgrow your teddy bear? Will you let it go?Barty was a special teddy bear. He was soft, cuddly and always made you smile.All the loving cuddles had flattened him over time, his nose bent to one side and his paws needed repairing.But he was too full of memories to be thrown away. Thomas had loved Barty but now he was grown up and going to be a daddy himself. Would he want Barty for his new baby?

A recent review for the book

SMN 5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so sweet…  Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2020
What an adorable story! When I was a little girl, I always saw my teddy bears as very, very real, so I can absolutely relate to this story, as does my five-year-old, who, by the way, loves the illustrations….and so do I.

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A selection of other books by Sue Wickstead

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Then next author today is  Antoinette Truglio Martin with one of the recent reviews for   Daily Bread (Becoming America’s Stories, #1). This is book one in a series of three with the other two due to be published in 2021.

About the book

It is 1911. Crammed into a three-room flat in a Mott Street tenement, the large Taglia family needs all the help they can muster. Spunky songbird Lily wants to help by baking Daily Bread at the bakery like big sister, Margaret. But Margaret says Lily is just a little kid, and there is more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist’s heart. Lily learns to navigate in a grown-up world when facing bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and treacherous streets to cross by herself.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Daily Bread takes you deep into the tenements of the Lower East Side in New York City in the early 1900s. From the first pages the reader is drawn in and quickly comes to love the various characters, from the mother stuck in the old ways, fearful and suspicious of change, the father trying to support his family against all odds, the daughter who can see the big picture and is determined to move beyond the shackles imposed upon her by poverty and lack of education, the bully who lashes out in his desperation and misery, overwhelmed by the cards dealt to him, the kindly and generous Russian speaking immigrants who try to make a living at baking bread while entirely unsuited to this task, and the dreamer who sees music and love wherever she looks.

Truglio Martin offers a wealth of bewitching details. One cannot help but be swept up in the scents and feel of baking bread or the steam from the pot of Pasta e Fagioli on the stove, contrasted with the perennial gnawing hunger and worry about what the next day will bring. Even the disastrous fire at the Shirtwaist Factory is woven into the story line. For anyone interested in urban history in the early 1900s, in the lives of people on the Lower East Side, and in the history of immigration, this is a book not to be missed. Written for middle-grade readers and succeeding eminently at that, the book is also one that would appeal to readers of all ages. Highly recommended

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Also by Antoinette Truglio Martin for children

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The final author today is Darlene Foster with a review for the adventure Amanda in Holland Missing in Action.

About the book

Amanda is in Holland to see the tulips with her best friend, Leah. They travel the canals of Amsterdam, visit Anne Frank House, check out windmills, tour a wooden shoe factory, and take many pictures of the amazing flowers of Keukenhof Gardens. She is keen to find out what happened to her great uncle who never returned from WWII and was declared missing in action. What she doesn’t expect to find and fall in love with is Joey, an abandoned puppy. While trying to find a home for him, she meets Jan, a Dutch boy who offers to help, a suspicious gardener, a strange woman on a bicycle, and an overprotective goose named Gerald.

Follow Amanda around the charming country of Holland, filled with colourful tulips, windmills, and more bicycles than she could have imagined. Once again, intrepid traveller Amanda encounters danger and intrigue as she tries to solve more than one mystery in a foreign country.

A recent review for the book on Goodreads.

Jan 17, 2021 Sue rated it Five Stars it was amazing

Having read Amanda in Holland I feel as though I have been on a whirlwind tour of the Netherlands. Darlene weaves both historical information into her never-a-dull-moment for Amanda and friends mystery. I appreciated the honesty of the reality and suffering of WWII. The book kept me guessing to the final pages.

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Also by Darlene Foster

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