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

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

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.  

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

Also by Antoinette Truglio Martin for children

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Read more reviews: Goodreads – Website: Stories ServedBlog: Stories Served Blog – Facebook: Antoinette Truglio Martin – Twitter: @StoriesServedLinkedin: LinkedIn


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