Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – Author Update – #Nature Joyce Murphy, #Fantasy Maria Matthews


Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room with recent reviews for authors on the shelves of books suitable for up to 12 years old.

The first author today is Joyce Murphy with a review for The Bee and The Dandelion – for ages 2 to 6 years.

About the book

Sally’s story made even the leader feel sad. And the Leader said …

“We will make a new law, all shiny and new,

To save all the bees, and you children too.”

The Bee and the Dandelion is a heart-warming, picture, rhyme book that tells the story of a Bumblebee, a little girl called Sally and a flower called a dandelion. Sally loves to pick dandelions but one day, when a Bumblebee flies onto her knee and begs her not to take his food; Sally is taught how precious flowers are to bees and their environment. Moved by the Bumblebee’s plight, Sally is stirred to action and with the help of her friends; she gets a new law written to protect the Bumblebees and themselves.

This book is inspired by a desire to instill a love and appreciation of bees, insects, animals and the environment into the hearts of children everywhere and teach our little ones in a fun way, that they can be proactive, and play their part in protecting our planet and the creatures that live on it.

Told in bouncy rhythm and rhyme, this book will engage children of different ages in different ways. This would make an excellent started book for early readers. At the same time, toddlers, kindergarten and preschool children, can use this book as an early learning tool or listen as it is read aloud to them. The book will also apeal to children who enjoy rhyme books by Julia Donaldson and Rachel Bright.

The Bee and the Dandelion is an ideal values book for children. It can also be used to introduce early environmentally friendly principles through a relatable, enjoyable, rhyming story. It also includes fun facts about bees. Perfect for children aged 2 – 6 years.

A recent review for the book

Alison 5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book!  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 February 2021

I bought this book for my nephew and he really enjoys having it read to him – he also loves to look through it on his own and it’s led to lots of questions about bumblebees! It’s a beautifully illustrated story of a young girl who discovers that bees are in danger and decides to rally her friends together and get something done about it. On the back pages there are some great facts about bumblebees to learn too! This is a lovely book and a good way of making children aware of our impact on the environment.

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

Also by Joyce Murphy for children

Read the reviews and buy both children and poetry books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – follow Joyce: Goodreads – Blog: Joycie Reilly Poetry – Twitter: @JoycieReilly

The second author today is Maria Matthews with a recent review for The Runaway Schoolhouse

About the book

Clearie, a one-hundred-year-old schoolhouse, is fed up.

For so long, he has helped children get educated but been rewarded only by their complaints about how much they hate school.

He longs to get away

His dream is to go to France, a country he has heard so much about in geography lessons over the years – but how could a schoolhouse possibly travel?

Eventually he comes up with a plan and enlists the help of two students, the Buggy twins: but not everything works out as he had hoped.

With an attic full of crazy crabs, led by the fearless Lancelot, his journey is less than enjoyable and, in his absence, the school system falls apart.

Will Clearie’s dreams come true and the children get their wish for schooldays to end forever? Or has everyone bitten off more than they can chew?

One of the recent reviews for the book

necros attacks 5.0 out of 5 stars A clever and engaging read for all ages  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2021

Whilst definitely positioned as a children’s story, The Runaway Schoolhouse has the ability to reach readers young and old, plus everyone inbetween. I especially enjoyed the schoolhouse itself being a character – that was interesting, new, and engaging for this particular reader.

The story is short but moves at quite a pace. At first I thought the schoolhouse might revert to ghostly tropes (rattling chains, making woo-woo sounds) instead of communicating via the classroom whiteboard. How else is Clearie, the schoolhouse going to realise a dream trip to France?

Involving the Buggy twins, Sara and John brings a dream closer to reality for the century old house, but a sideplot involving a family of crabs seemed to come out of nowhere – and I was pleasantly surprised.

At my age now I rarely read children’s books, though go back to The Hobbit and Rebecca’s World on a regular basis. Indeed, Sara in this book had a lot of traits of Rebecca, and that’s no bad thing. 

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

Novels for adults by Maria Matthews

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Maria: Goodreads – Blog: Decidingly Bob – Blog: Mud Pile Wood – Facebook: Maria’s Book Page – Twitter: @matthewsmaria92

 

 

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

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Cheetahs Patricia Furstenberg, #History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Nature Joyce Murphy


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

The first author today is Patricia Furstenberg with a picture book for younger children that celebrates the differences between us. The Cheetah and the Dog

About the book

Here is a cheerful picture book with sweet rhymes that celebrates diversity and promotes friendship, sure to resonate with families – particularly non-traditional ones and with the fans of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”.

When a cheetah cub and a puppy dog bump into each other while chasing the same prey, it is only natural for them to play together until sundown; and the next day; and the following one.

The two animals care for each other so much that they even rescue their respective packs, thus becoming an African tale.

Inspired by the true story of Kasi, the orphaned male cheetah, and Mtani, the female Labrador, which struck a remarkable friendship and remained life-long friends, “The Cheetah and the Dog” is a glorious celebration of curiosity, respect for life, and unconventional wisdom, a heart-warming, fun read that belongs on any family’s bedtime shelf.
Similar books: “The Lion and the Dog”, “The Elephant and the Sheep”

One of the recent reviews for the book

Priscilla Bettis 5.0 out of 5 stars An Unlikely Friendship  Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021

It’s such a heart-warming story! The full-color illustrations have geometric, playful qualities. They made me smile.:-) (There are also cheetah photographs at the end.)

I appreciated all the cheetah facts at the end of the story, and they’d be good discussion points for parent and child if the child is interested in wildlife.

I was reading an article about cheetahs on Furstenberg’s website and was curious about her children’s story with the cheetah. I’m glad it was on Kindle Unlimited; I downloaded and read it right away. Fabulous book.

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

A selection of other books by Patricia Furstenberg

Read the reviews and Buy:Amazon US – and: Amazon UK Blog:  Alluring Creations Follow Pat: Goodreads – Twitter: @PatFurstenberg

The next author today is Barbara Ann Mojica with a recent review for her latest book…Little 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

Nov 25, 2020 Alicia Ortego rated it Five Stars

Inspiring and educational book for young readers! “Independence Hall” is a great combination of historical details and interesting drawings + photos that tells about America’s fight for independence.

Readers will love interesting facts about Independence Hall and Continental Congress. Our children have to learn more about History and this book can do this in an entertaining and inspiring way – just what modern kids need.

I think parents can read this book aloud for younger readers explaining some words and it will even turn it into a useful family time.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Other devicesBarnes & Noble

A selection of books by Barbara Ann Mojica

Read the reviews and buy: Amazon US – And Amazon UK – Follow Barbara Ann : Goodreads – BlogBarbara Ann Mojica – Twitter: @bamauthor

The final author today is Joyce Murphy with a review for The Bee and The Dandelion – for ages 2 to 6 years.

About the book

Sally’s story made even the leader feel sad. And the Leader said …

“We will make a new law, all shiny and new,

To save all the bees, and you children too.”

The Bee and the Dandelion is a heart-warming, picture, rhyme book that tells the story of a Bumblebee, a little girl called Sally and a flower called a dandelion. Sally loves to pick dandelions but one day, when a Bumblebee flies onto her knee and begs her not to take his food; Sally is taught how precious flowers are to bees and their environment. Moved by the Bumblebee’s plight, Sally is stirred to action and with the help of her friends; she gets a new law written to protect the Bumblebees and themselves.

This book is inspired by a desire to instil a love and appreciation of bees, insects, animals and the environment into the hearts of children everywhere and teach our little ones in a fun way, that they can be proactive, and play their part in protecting our planet and the creatures that live on it.

Told in bouncy rhythm and rhyme, this book will engage children of different ages in different ways. This would make an excellent started book for early readers. At the same time, toddlers, kindergarten and preschool children, can use this book as an early learning tool or listen as it is read aloud to them. The book will also apeal to children who enjoy rhyme books by Julia Donaldson and Rachel Bright.

The Bee and the Dandelion is an ideal values book for children. It can also be used to introduce early environmentally friendly principles through a relatable, enjoyable, rhyming story. It also includes fun facts about bees. Perfect for children aged 2 – 6 years.

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

Also by Joyce Murphy for children

Read the reviews and buy both children and poetry books: Amazon UK –  And: Amazon US – follow Joyce: Goodreads  –  Blog: Joycie Reilly Poetry – Twitter: @JoycieReilly

 

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

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Release – #Nature Joyce Murphy, #Adventure Jemima Pett, #Stepmother Toni Pike.


Welcome to the Children’s Christmas book fair with books for children up to the age of twelve years old. All of which would make great gifts.

The first author today is Joyce Murphy with the release of her second children’s book in time for Christmas.  The Bee and The Dandelion – for ages 2 to 6 years.

About the book

Sally’s story made even the leader feel sad. And the Leader said …

“We will make a new law, all shiny and new,

To save all the bees, and you children too.”

The Bee and the Dandelion is a heart-warming, picture, rhyme book that tells the story of a Bumblebee, a little girl called Sally and a flower called a dandelion. Sally loves to pick dandelions but one day, when a Bumblebee flies onto her knee and begs her not to take his food; Sally is taught how precious flowers are to bees and their environment. Moved by the Bumblebee’s plight, Sally is stirred to action and with the help of her friends; she gets a new law written to protect the Bumblebees and themselves.

This book is inspired by a desire to instil a love and appreciation of bees, insects, animals and the environment into the hearts of children everywhere and teach our little ones in a fun way, that they can be proactive, and play their part in protecting our planet and the creatures that live on it.

Told in bouncy rhythm and rhyme, this book will engage children of different ages in different ways. This would make an excellent started book for early readers. At the same time, toddlers, kindergarten and preschool children, can use this book as an early learning tool or listen as it is read aloud to them. The book will also apeal to children who enjoy rhyme books by Julia Donaldson and Rachel Bright.

The Bee and the Dandelion is an ideal values book for children. It can also be used to introduce early environmentally friendly principles through a relatable, enjoyable, rhyming story. It also includes fun facts about bees. Perfect for children aged 2 – 6 years.

Buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

Also by Joyce Murphy

Read the reviews and buy both children and poetry books: Amazon UK –  And: Amazon US – follow Joyce: Goodreads  –  Blog: Joycie Reilly Poetry – Twitter: @JoycieReilly

The next author is Jemima Pett with 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…

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

A selection of other books by Jemima Pett

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Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK – Blog:Jemima PettGoodreads:Jemima Pett – Twitter:@jemima_pett –

The final author today is Toni Pike with  Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space.

About the book

Brody Cody is almost eight years old and definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want a mother. His mother died when he was a baby but life with his dad is just perfect.

Brody is horrified when his father goes away to a publishing conference and returns with a wife, Pandora Smith, who is a children’s author. His life spirals out of control as he is forced to eat healthy food, do his homework and help with some chores.

Even worse, he and his friends suspect that his new stepmother might be an alien from outer space.

One of the recent reviews for the book

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Review written by a 7-year-old  Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020

I purchased this book for my grandson, and this is what he said about it:

I liked this book. It’s about this boy, Brody Cody, whose mom died. He and his dad live together and Brody doesn’t have very many rules. Then his dad goes away and comes back with a new mom. Brody doesn’t like her because she has rules, like eat vegetables and do chores. He thinks she’s an alien. The best part is when he thinks he sees the spaceship. I liked Brody, and he found out having a mom was pretty good. I read the whole book. There aren’t pictures, but it was good.

Head over to buy the book:  USA  –  UK  –  Australia  –  Canada

View all of Toni Pike’s books in the Main Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore

Connect to Toni: Buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK –  Follow Toni:Goodreads – Website: Toni PikeTwitter: @piketoni1

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have found some gifts for the younger members of the family…Sally.