Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas -#Children’s Myrtle’s Game by Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange, Illustrated by Jo Robinson


Delighted to share the news of the latest release from Cynthia Reyes and her daughter Lauren Reyes-Grange with illustrations by Jo Robinson, which is a sequel to the lovely children’s book Myrtle the Purple Turtle. It is available in Kindle and would make a wonderful gift for children and grandchildren.

About Myrtle’s Game

Myrtle the Purple Turtle returns with another great adventure! Myrtle and her friends are turned away when they try to join in a game with others. The friends walk away, feeling hurt, but that’s just the start of the story. Find out how Myrtle, Gertie, Hurtle and Snapper solve the problem, in this second picture book about Myrtle the Purple Turtle. A perfect book for children ages 3 to 8 (and adults who like turtles), it follows Myrtle the Purple Turtle — a bestseller, praised by thousands of children and adults, teachers and librarians around the world.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Myrtles-Favourite-Myrtle-Purple-Turtle-ebook/dp/B07L1W7NQJ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Myrtles-Favourite-Myrtle-Purple-Turtle-ebook/dp/B07L1W7NQJ

The first book in the series

One of the wonderful reviews for the book

“Myrtle the Purple Turtle,” a children’s book by Cynthia Reyes, has been out in the world for awhile (it was published in 2017). “Myrtle” has been on my “wish list” for a while, and today I finally broke down and picked up the Kindle version for myself.

Myrtle is a purple turtle, happy with life and what she likes and does, until a crabby, conceited, and prejudiced green turtle comes along. The green turtle makes fun of purple Myrtle’s appearance, and she becomes dejected, wishing to be green like other turtles. In the end, with a little help from Mom and her little turtle friends, Myrtle arrives at the understanding that it’s natural to be different, and in truth, every being is different and unique in its own way.

What I came away with in reading “Myrtle” is the message that we should realize that although we are the same, we each are unique. Moreover, it’s good to fit in with others, but isn’t grand to have distinctive appearances, talents, likes, dislikes, et cetera—some things we can call our own and share with others? I think so.

I believe this is a worthwhile children’s book. Not only does it help teach to be considerate of others, it also teaches that you don’t have to do, or be like, your friends, celebrities, or anybody else. It’s like the old saying many of us heard our parents say as we were growing up: “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you, too?” Don’t follow the crowd. —Something in that vein.

The illustrations by Jo Robinson are brilliantly colored, sharp, and charming. They help the visual aspect of the written story, and they will certainly catch the young – and older – eye.
“Myrtle the Purple Turtle” is great summertime reading and would make a very thoughtful gift for youngsters for any occasion, any time of the year. Recommended.

Also by Cynthia Reyes

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

Read more reviews and follow Cynthia on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7072186.Cynthia_Reyes

About Cynthia Reyes

Cynthia Reyes is the author of A Good Home and An Honest House. Her children’s illustrated book Myrtle the Purple Turtle was published in October 2017 to excellent reviews.

Cynthia is a former journalist, producer-director and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. More than a hundred episodes of her programs appeared on network television. She won national and international awards and acclaim for her work, including The Children’s Broadcast Institute Award , The Trailblazer Award and The Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television.

In October 2016, the country of her birth, Jamaica, inducted Cynthia into the Order of Distinction, Commander Rank, in recognition of her work in Canadian and international journalism.

Connect to Cynthia

Website: https://cynthiasreyes.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthiasreyes21
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CynthiaSReyes

Illustrations by Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson currently resides in her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for many years. Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing. Her stories are mostly about people, and the sometimes dark twists that life takes. She also writes science fiction/fantasy, humour, and horror, not being one to restrict herself.

Find out more about Jo’s author services: https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/indie-author-services/

Apart from offering a range of author services, Jo is a talented writer of several books.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jo-Robinson/e/B009JB6IAW

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be wonderful if you could spread the news about Cynthia and her talented daughter’s new book as far and wide as possible. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine -Sally’s Book Reviews – Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Cynthia Reyes, Illustrated by Jo Robinson


My review today is for the beautifully written and illustrated children’s book Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Cynthia Reyes and illustrated by Jo Robinson.

About Myrtle the Purple Turtle

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.

My review for Myrtle the PurpleTurtle

Beautifully illustrated children’s book with a lesson for us all.

This is a beautifully written and illustrated children’s book, that gently encourages the young to accept that being different should be celebrated. Whether it is the colour of a person’s skin, accent, cultural background, religion or disability, they should never feel excluded and forced to change to fit in. Adapting is a different thing altogether and that comes when two people or groups respect each other’s differences, learn from them and adopt some elements in common. Cynthia Reyes expresses that effectively with the words in this book, complimented perfectly with wonderful illustrations of Myrtle and those she meets along the way by Jo Robinson. I also believe that parents or any adults reading this to a child, will also take on board how important it is for young children to grasp this concept as they enter this multi-cultural world we live in.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075ZGB235

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Myrtle-Purple-Turtle-Cynthia-Reyes/dp/0620773421

Also by Cynthia Reyes

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Read the reviews for both books and BUY: https://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

Read more reviews and follow Cynthia on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7072186.Cynthia_Reyes

61etre3zbbl-_ux250_Connect to Cynthia Reyes via her blog: https://cynthiasreyes.com/

Illustrations by Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson currently resides in her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for many years. Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing. Her stories are mostly about people, and the sometimes dark twists that life takes. She also writes science fiction/fantasy, humour, and horror, not being one to restrict herself.

Find out more about Jo’s author services: https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/indie-author-services/

Apart from offering a range of author services, Jo is a talented writer of several books.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jo-Robinson/e/B009JB6IAW

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jo-Robinson/e/B009JB6IAW/

Read more reviews and follow Jo on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6979970.Jo_Robinson

I think that Myrtle the Turtle would make a wonderful Christmas gift and I hope you will head over and read the other reviews and buy.

 

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Book Review – Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight by Jo Robinson


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I don’t give people stars for their reviews for the books that I read. However, for me a book has to deliver three key elements to engage my interest in the first place and keep me reading to the end.  These three elements are Physical, Mental and Emotional connection to the story, characters and narrative.

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Even if I was not familiar with Jo Robinson’s writing in other books, her blog and her social media posts, and was reading her work for the first time I would certainly be emotionally drawn in.

Donna is the main character of Echoes of Narcissus and from the first time you meet her you know and feel both her fear and her pain. This empathy is not drawn from a text book description of how the victim of a narcissistic personality feels, but from some experience and deep understanding of this form of corrosive relationship. Mentally I enjoy a story that is well researched and then crafted to ensure I understand it well.

After 30 years of living with the daily anticipation of dismissive disdain and rigid control, Donna now aged 55 reached a crossroads in her life. Having been isolated deliberately from outside influence for those years, it is almost as frightening being tantalised by freedom, as it is being incarcerated.

But life intrudes, as do people without an agenda, who reach out a hand expecting nothing in return.  People who share her passion for nature and who have themselves esperienced the harsh realities of life.

Marco, Donna’s husband is portrayed with chilling and menacing accuracy and his presence makes you physically want to intrude into the story to protect his fragile victim.

But, out of the darkness and with a courage that is nurtured by her new friends, Donna finally understands that she has to fight to survive and move on.

She is helped unexpectedly by unforseen events that for many people would seem to be the final straw, but for Donna offer an open door to pass through if she is only brave enough to take it.

If you have experienced the behaviour of narcisstic people in your life then you will immediately identify with the characters and the story.  If you have not had that pleasure then I suggest you read because it is an absorbing plot with real people and experiences woven into a tale of despair, rejuvenation, hope and the discovery of love in new places.

I would recommend that you read Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight as it certainly gave me great pleasure.

You can buy the book from these links and please do follow Jo’s blog if you do not already do so.

https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/

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