Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room Update – #Reviews #Fishing Dawn Doig, #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens, #Safety Miriam Hurdle


The first review is mine for Dawn Doig and Marisa’s First Fishing Trip (Big Shoe Bears and Friends Book 2) Dawn’s books are available in several languages

About the book

Marisa is flying to Gramma and Grampa’s house for a visit. One day, Grampa takes Marisa fishing for the first time. What did she catch? Who was there watching all along – can you find him? What an adventure!

My review for the book

This is a delightfully illustrated story that would engage any small child. A perfect book for grandparents to keep on hand to read and it demonstrates the wonderful bond and teaching moments this offers.

Every page is filled with colour, celebrations such as Christmas and the joy of opening gifts, a plane journey and the adventure of spending the day on a lake with your grandpa learning to fish. And the surprises that you manage to hook on the end of your line.

There are plenty of opportunities to expand the story to personalise it for a child which will extend the enjoyment of the book. Recommended.

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A selection of books by Dawn Doig which are available in several languages.

Read the reviews and Buy Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Dawn: Goodreads – Website: Dawn Doig – Twitter: @Shoebears

The next author day with a lovely book that introduces the wonder of nature to children is Bette A. Stevens with Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale

About Amazing Matilda

(Ages 4-11 + grownups love it too) Friendship, patience and persistence are among the lessons learned in this gem of a tale featuring an amazing monarch butterfly.

This award-winning picture book adventure follows the monarch butterfly’s life cycle as Matilda embarks on a quest to make her dream of flying come true. Matilda emerges from her egg on a milkweed leaf—she stretches and yawns and knows she wants to fly. Sparrow tells her to follow her dreams. Toad and Rabbit laugh at a creature without wings who wants to fly. You’ll be as amazed as Toad and Rabbit are as you follow Matilda from egg to imago. Science, art and wise lessons for children—all wrapped up in a tale the kids will want to read/hear again and again!

One of the recent reviews for the book

TruthBTold 4.0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING TALE!  Reviewed in the United States

AMAZING MATILDA by Bette A. Stevens was a cute little story about a Monarch butterfly who dreamed of having wings. On her journey, she met a sparrow who constantly said to her “be patient and trust your instincts.” She then happened upon a toad and a rabbit who shared their own stories of patience and perseverance. This is a perfect little story for grade-school children. It teaches that if only you are patient, and if you try hard enough, you can and you will reach your goals and your dreams can come true! Great job to the author!

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Also by Bette A. Stevens for Children and adults

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Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – Follow Bette:Goodreads – Blog:4 Writers and ReadersTwitter: @BetteAStevens

In April of this year I was delighted to read and review the children’s book by Miriam Hurdle – Tina Lost in a Crowd.

About the book

Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?

This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

A recent review for the book

Jan Long 5.0 out of 5 stars Best Teachable Moment  Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021

Tina Lost in a Crowd is a must read for all ages! It shows that children can successfully navigate real life dilemmas and guides adults on ways to positively reinforce and nurture healthy life choices. The story unfolds in vibrant and beautiful illustrations to captivate children, parents and teachers, alike.  

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US And:Amazon UK

Also by Miriam Hurdle for adults

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US And:Amazon UK Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle – Blog: The Showers of Blessings – Twitter: @mhurdle112

 

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

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Shortstories D.L. Finn, #Safety Miriam Hurdle


Welcome to the Reading Room Update with reviews for books on the shelves.

The first review is for the latest children’s book from D.L. Finn – Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories

About the book

When reality and magic meet in the forest

It’s 1969, and twelve-year-old Daniel Burns is camping in the redwood forest with his family. Danny wants to listen to his music and read, but his family has other plans. S’mores around the campfire and stories end their first day. The family is sleeping soundly in their secluded tent when Danny wakes up and finds his sister, Colette, is missing. Assuming she went to use the outhouse, he goes after her. When he finds his sister, they discover there is a thin veil between reality and fantasy. Two bonus short stories offer a glimpse into the magical world that finds Danny and Colette. These hidden beings not only share our world but have a role in protecting their forest.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Stephanie 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story  Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021

My name is Ellie and I’m 14. I was looking for a book to read and the title of this one caught my eye. I’ve had fairies “on the brain” lately. My dad was recently painting this fairy picture for my sister’s bedroom and he’d been asking for my opinion and input as he went along [like…a lot]. This was a fun read for many reasons. First, it was 3 stories in one, so it seemed to go really fast and it held my interest.

I liked that the 3 stories were connected so I didn’t have to learn new characters for each one, but each story was in a different time period and from different points of view. I think the 1st one was from the time of, like, when my mom was a kid, because it talked about a portable radio. I’ve only ever had Spotify on my phone, so it was weird to think about taking a portable radio to the forest. I liked the poetry that was included, too. I like poetry and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with that included before.

Most of all, though, I liked the environmentalist theme/moral of the story. I liked that it showed that – while there were bad-acting humans – it wasn’t just a story of fairies against the humans. The fairies worked WITH humans to protect the forest. I liked how much the fairies were like regular people, too; it made it really easy to relate to them. And I liked that it showed that something like caring for the forests isn’t something that is done just once or in a single action. It’s something that you have to work on together for years for it to work. The trees in the stories were truly wise to know that!

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

Other children’s books by D.L. Finn and for adults in the Cafe and Bookstore

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In April of this year I was delighted to read and review the children’s book by Miriam Hurdle – Tina Lost in a Crowd.

About the book

Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?

This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

A recent  review for the book

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Find universal lessons from “Tina Lost in a Crowd” Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2021

Like many children, the sweet main character “Tina” (based on Hurdle’s daughter in real life), has a memorable experience of getting lost in a crowd. This central conflict for the eight-year-old instantly sent me back into my own memories of being separated from my grandparents at a young age when I paused too long in front of a tank of jelly fish in a bustling aquarium in Los Angeles. When I turned around, my grandparents were gone; the brief separation felt terrifying at the time. Calm under pressure, young Tina does not panic as she relays the important lesson of staying put in this type of situation until parents or guardians can come find her and her friend. She models leadership and level-headedness for her friend Erica, and this event becomes a strong lesson learned rather than one underscored by fear.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story with my pre-school age son, and we both enjoyed the flow of the story, well-developed characters and realistic relationships, and expressive water color illustrations. As a parent and teacher, I appreciated the enthusiasm that naturally springs from the transition from school to summertime. Mrs. Tyler collaborates with Tina to create a list of fun events or activities to comprise “Tina’s Summer” and displays earnest interest in her daughter’s choices, interests, and questions. Beyond the main event at the Hollywood Bowl, the dialogue, storyline, and illustrations provide multiple conversation points and opportunities for follow-up questions between reader and listener. Thank you, Ms. Hurdle, for such an enjoyable book!

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US And:Amazon UK

Also by Miriam Hurdle for adults

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US And:Amazon UK Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle – Blog: The Showers of Blessings – Twitter: @mhurdle112

 

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

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Safety Miriam Hurdle, #Malta Darlene Foster, #Environment Kathleen Jae


Welcome to the Reading Room update with reviews for books on the shelves for children up to the age of twelve.

The first author with a review is Miriam Hurdle for her first children’s book Tina Lost in a Crowd t

About the book

Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?

This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Claire Fullerton 5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!  Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2021

Third grader, Tina Tyler, looks forward to summer. It is the last day of classes, and she has had such a great school year that she hopes the next year will pair her with her teacher, Mrs. Jackson, who stands outside smiling and waving goodbye to her students and reminds Tina that the fourth grade will be a new adventure, a prospect that Tina readily embraces.

Tina is the exuberant sort, and when her mother takes her home to officially begin summer break, the two sit down at the kitchen table and prepare a ten-point list of best case scenario summer activities, and thus the merits of planning are demonstrated to the reader. Tina is excited by the prospects of swimming and asks her mother if she can host a sleepover party for her friends, which her mother encourages because it is important to be appreciative of one’s friends.

In a delightful surprise for Tina, Mrs. Tyler tells her daughter there will be an outdoor concert at the Hollywood Bowl where an orchestra will play Tina’s favorite music: Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Tina, wanting to include her best friend, asks if she may invite Erica, and when her mother says yes, Tina jumps for joy and claps her hands.

There is much to look forward to at the concert, and Tina’s parents take her and Erica on a two hour train ride to the outdoor event, which will include a picnic and culminate in a fireworks display more resplendent than any Tina has seen prior.

But one has to be prepared for the unexpected, and when in dire circumstances, a child does well to remember the wise counsel of their parents, so when Tina and Erica discover they are lost in a crowd of thousands of people, Erica despairs, until Tina says, “We should stay here. I remember Mom told me a long time ago that if I could not see her, stay where I am, and she would come to find me.”

Miriam Hurdle’s Tina Lost in a Crowd is a joyous, vibrantly illustrated parable designed to depict the safety and security that comes from listening to and trusting one’s parents. In seamless companionship with the gorgeous artwork of Victoria Skakandi, it demonstrates that having a plan to resort to when in the grips of uncertainty will lead to a certain solution where all will be well.  

Also by Miriam Hurdle for adults

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US And:Amazon UK Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle – Blog: The Showers of Blessings – Twitter: @mhurdle112

The next author with a review is Darlene Foster for her recently released book Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady.

About the book

Amanda receives a postcard from her best friend, Leah, and is surprised to learn that she is in Malta with her aunt. Reading between the lines, she senses Leah is in trouble. Desperate to help her, Amanda travels to Malta with her classmate Caleb and his parents.

Amanda is intrigued by this exotic island in the middle of the Mediterranean, full of colourful history, sun-drenched limestone fortresses, stunning beaches and fascinating birds. But…who is killing the protected birds? Who stole a priceless artifact from the museum? And why is Leah acting so strange? She couldn’t possibly be involved in these illegal activities, or could she?

Join Amanda and her friends as they visit ancient temples, an exciting falconry and the enchanting Popeye Village, as they try to get to the bottom of the mystery of the Sleeping Lady.

A recent review for for the book

Terrip 4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery in Malta Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2021

This book continues the excellent children’s book travel series featuring twelve year old Amanda as she visits remote locations, where she joins us in learning about history and culture, and manages to also squeeze in time for adventures and solving a mystery or two.

In this book, Amanda visits the beautiful Mediterranean archipelago of Malta, (including the island of Malta as well as the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino) with her friend Caleb and his parents.

Full disclosure: my parents are Maltese and I lived in Malta for a few years, beginning when I was twelve years old too. Given that Amanda and my nostalgia would be so heavily in synch, it is no surprise that I was definitely curious to read this book. The good news is that I was delighted to find Amanda’s perspective of Malta, as well as the snippets of history and travelogue provided, not only interesting and wonderfully researched but presented in a fun and lively manner that I’m sure middle school children will enjoy as well as take learnings back from.

Amanda and her friends visit all the expected tourist locations in Malta, including (amongst other stops on this tour) the walled capital city of Valletta, the ancient ruins of Hagar Qim, the caves of Ghar Dalam, the historical Mosta dome cathedral, and the underground temple known as the Hypogeum. They also sample local cuisine (including everyone’s favourite Maltese pastizzi pastries), and experience the azure splendor of the waters and caves of the Blue Grotto.

To complement the story, Amanda’s motivation for visiting Malta is driven by her need to help her friend Leah out of a jam and the plot of this book thus nicely interweaves learning about the islands with an element of mystery and danger that is sure to delight modern day Nancy Drew fans.

A selection of other books by Darlene Foster

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Find out more about Darlene’s books and read the reviews: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website/Blog: Darlene Foster WordPressGoodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @supermegawoman

The final author today with a new review is  Kathleen Jae for Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery

About the book

After a series of terrifying events, Elanora is transported to a strange neighborhood where the only way to get about is by water and the only food to eat is the grasses of the marsh. Her newfound guardians do their best to help her adapt, but the food is odd and unappetizing, and she feels isolated and alone. The colony of muskrats who live in the marsh refuse to accept the young chipmunk and ignore her each time they gather to eat at night. In her former home, Elanora spent most days exploring, but her guardians insist she sleep like the rest of the colony. After she learns about an enormous gray creature that swims in the deeper part of the marsh, Elanora sets off one day to find him. When the sea cow tells her about the marsh’s troubles, Elanora begins her investigation into the mysterious lowering of water levels and the suffering of the swimming creatures. Despite relentless attempts of intimidation from some younger members of the colony, Elanora, along with an elder, piece together clues that lead to a terrifying conclusion. Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery sheds light on two important topics: the impact of bullying and the consequences of the destruction of ecosystems. It’s a tale that explores the importance of diversity and celebrates one youngster’s fight to be heard.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Cheryl VINE VOICE  4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed by the whole family  Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021

This is a cute, fun book to read. Young readers will enjoy spending time getting to know Elanora and the rest of the critters like Akira, Tam, and Beathas to name a few. I know that I sure had an enjoyable time reading this book. As an older reader, I did reconize the underlining lesson of environmental impacts on places like the salt marsh. Yet, younger readers may not pick up on this. However, this book is one that the family can read together and use as a lesson.

My favorites are Elanora and Beathas. You have the young and the wise. All of the various different creatures that Elanora met were great to get to know. I could picture everyone in my head. It was like the whole story was playing out as a movie in my head. Where Beathas is concerned. She is an elder and very wise. She helped Elanora along the way. As I stated previously, this book is one that can be enjoyed by the whole family.  

Also by Kathleen Jae for parents of children with autism

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

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews -#Adventure D.L. Finn, #Safety Miriam Hurdle, #Flamingos #HealthyEating Wanda Luthman


Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room and some recent reviews for the books on the shelves for ages up to 12.

The first author is D.L. Finn with her book for older children An Unusual Island.

About the book

When Janine’s parents win a vacation to a private island, it’s the same week as her and her twin brother’s 16th birthday. Cool! She can’t wait to lounge on the beach and let the staff pamper her! Much to her disappointment, though, they leave the island to go sightseeing on a boat. Unlike the rest of her family, bouncing around the ocean isn’t her idea of fun. Even when her brother gets their dad to stop the boat to investigate the neon sea creature that he is sure is following them–nothing. Losing her new red hat is the highlight of her trip until an unexpected storm hits, and they shipwreck on an uncharted island. After tending to some wounds from the crash, they search the island in hopes of finding human civilization. Although they don’t find what they are looking for, it appears they aren’t alone. When they return to their campsite—a fully cooked dinner is waiting for them! Why? And a better question is why did they eat it? It was as if they stepped into a fairytale– or nightmare. Who is on the island with them and what do they want?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Pete Springer 4.0 out of 5 stars A mix of fantasy with realistic fiction.  Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2021

When a family of four (Dad, Mom, and two fifteen-year-old twins, Justin and Justine) win a trip to an unknown island near Hawaii, they are excited about their trip on a boat to their private destination. They end up on a different island when their boat is damaged in a storm. Many mysterious things begin to happen that make them realize they are not alone.

The family finds themselves in the middle of a conflict between two factions of people. The family doesn’t know whom to trust—those who follow the old ways or another group who call themselves Freedom Fighters. The island is also the home to many gigantic bird-like creatures and other unusual phenomena. Will the family ever get off the island, or are they destined to remain there embroiled in the conflict? No spoilers.

This story is more for the science fiction or fantasy reader. If you like unusual characters and strange happenings, this book could be a good fit for you. 

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

Other children’s books by D.L. Finn

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow D.L. Finn: GoodreadsWebsite: D.L. Finn Author – Facebook: D.L. Finn Author – Twitter: @dlfinnauthor

Miriam Hurdle’s newest book for children has received some lovely reviews and here is one of the recent five star recommendations.Tina Lost in a Crowd t

About the book

Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?

This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Apr 19, 2021 Balroop Singh rated it five Stars

‘Tina Lost in a Crowd’ by Miriam Hurdle is a cute little, heart-warming story of two girls who get lost while they are following their dad. Two friends Tina and Erica are excited when they get an opportunity to go to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. During intermission, they get up to go to the restroom and can’t find Mr. Tyler, Tina’s dad. Do they get scared? How do they handle the situation?

Well-illustrated and written in a simple style, the story conveys some subtle messages to children as well as parents. Mrs. Tyler is a loving mom and plans a number of activities for the summer; she agrees to invite Erica and understands her daughter so well. Tina is a calm and confident girl and could inspire many. She knows what to do when lost. I could connect with her, as I too got lost in a similar situation but wasn’t as wise as Tina!
I would recommend this book to all the parents of young children who wish to raise responsible children. 

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US And:Amazon UK

Also by Miriam Hurdle for adults

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US And:Amazon UK Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle – Blog: The Showers of Blessings – Twitter: @mhurdle112

The final author today with a recent review is Wanda Luthman for Franky the Finicky Flamingo.

About the book

Franky the Finicky Flaming is the proud recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award!

A Multi-Award-winning children’s author presents a fun rhyming beautifully illustrated picture book that your child will enjoy!

Franky is a beautifully colored pink flamingo but, he doesn’t know the right food to eat. He tries food that other birds like but he doesn’t enjoy any of them. Then, the unthinkable happens. His adored pink color begins to fade. What will Franky do now? Find out in Franky, The Finicky Flamingo.

A recent review for the book
Vikki N. 5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for young child  Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2021

Purchased as a valentine gift for a young female neighbor. She enjoys reading the book and likes the lesson Freddie gave her; she will be more adventurous in her selection of foods. The pictures are colorful and attractive for young readers; the text is easy enough she can read it alone or share with a friend.  

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

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books for the younger members of the family… thanks Sally.