Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens, #Shyness Janice Spina, #Bees Paul Noel, #Puppies Victoria Zigler

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 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 5 Star reviews for the book on November 22nd by D.G. Kaye

What a beautiful book this is – both in story and illustration. Stevens has written a clever story about Matilda the caterpillar who is anxiously awaiting her transformation into a butterfly. The story is engaging and educational. Besides evoking the transformational process from caterpillar to butterly in a clever and conversational manner between Matilda and her friends Sparrow and Rabbit, there are lessons in the story to be taken.

As Matilda laments on about her excitement waiting to transform, her friends give her friendly reminders to both – have patience, and to trust her instincts. Worthy advice in life. And as Matilda finally begins growing her first pair of wings and attempts to fly, but not quite ready yet, her friends advise – “If you try long and hard enough, you can accomplish anything.” Alas Matilda could fly!

This is a wonderful book to teach children about the butterfly transformation. I’d say from six or seven on, children can enjoy this book reading by themselves, but also a great book for parents to read to their younger children, accompanied by beautiful pictures. A sweet story for the young ones.

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Also by Bette A. Stevens for Children


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Another book that helps children figure out life as they enter the world of school and making friends is by Award winning children’s author Janice Spina –  Drystan the Dragon and Friends: Delbert Finds Himself.

About the book

Drystan the Dragon and Friends is a series of six books about dragons, friendship, being kind and respectful to one another, and helping others in need. Children will learn about colors and letters too with the help of the colorful illustrations and rhyming verse. All the dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D.’

In this book Drystan meets a few friend, Delbert, who has some difficulty meeting others. He is shy and not at all happy that he can disappear from view and blend in with trees. Read how Drystan helps Delbert realize how important it is to like himself no what color he is – for all colors are beautiful!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Mrs.D. 5.0 out of 5 stars All around, 5 shiny stars!  Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2020

I must honestly say that this author has a knack for writing children’s stories that are unique and unlike any others. I find myself saying that over and over again, because I really love all of her books from the “Drystan the Dragon and Friends” series. In Book 3, “Delbert Finds Himself,” Janice Spina has delivered another wonderful lesson, which will teach young readers kindness, empathy, and self-confidence.

At first it seems like not a lot is happening in the story, but yet, all the good things had happened by the time I reached the tipping point and got to the end of the story. I realized how much I was wrapped up in the awesome characters and how much a child could learn from Delbert the brown dragon, who can turn blue, but is very shy, and Drystan the red dragon, who helped the nervous little dragon overcome his insecurities.

This story teaches young readers about diversity, being kind and friendly to others regardless of their look and color, because everyone in this world should have a special place under the sun and feel important. Even though we are all created differently, we are all unique in extraordinary ways.

For those of you who haven’t read Janice Spina’s series yet, you should definitely get her books soon, because there is no better time than now.

“Drystan the Dragon and Friends” is a series of six books, which will teach your children about the true meaning of friendship, being kind and respectful, and helping someone who may need their help.

Bonus: Youngsters will learn colors and letters through the colorful artwork and rhyming poetry. All around, 5 shiny stars!

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

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

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Another lovely book that introduces to children to the environment and the creatures they share it with is by Paul Noel with Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow.

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow by [Paul Noël, Alice Wright]

About the book

Bea Bee is the most resourceful, hardest working and happiest bee living in a hive located in a beautiful meadow. One day she notices a new sign on the gate and goes back to the hive to get wise old bee to come to the gate with her and read the notice as she doesn’t understand all the words. The news is bad; the sign is for a planning application to build houses all over the meadow. Wise Old Bee suggests that only if a rare or endangered species is found in the meadow is there a chance that the meadow can be saved. Bea suggests a wild idea on how to save the meadow from this happening. If they don’t then they are going to have to move the hive.

Her plan is fairly simple. There are some red flowers down near the stream that produce some fairly sticky pollen on them and she thinks that if she disguises herself as a red bee people will believe that there is a new species of bee. At least it will give the bees time to find out if there is a rare or endangered species in the meadow. Time to tell the Queen about the problem and also a possible solution. Bea tries out the deception on two young people camping in the meadow and they take several photographs that they load onto social media. Bea has started a series of events that she is unaware of.

Two teams are set up, some normal bees to keep a lookout on when visitors are coming and a “red” team to sow the story and keep each other from being caught. Will Bea and her friends from the meadow find a way to save it? This is a story that is meant to be read by a parent to a younger child or with a younger child and to be read by children themselves as they get older. Suitable for 7 to 11 years of age. This ebook version is associated with the normal sized paperback and is no different to the ebook associated with the large format and colouring book version of the story.

One of the five star reviews for the book

A Shep 5.0 out of 5 stars Bee inspired story  Reviewed in the United Kingdom

I have read the story and enjoyed it. I thought the general plot was good for a children’s book and loved the way Bea thought of using the red pollen as a disguise and how the bees insects and animals came together to thwart the developers and their destruction crew. It made me smile imagining it all.

I liked the conclusion but maybe I shouldn’t say too much about that in case I spoil it for other readers.

I thought the story was just the right length to hold a child’s attention and will enjoy telling it to my granddaughter.

The illustrations are well done and like the fact they are also at the back of the book for children to colour in.

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

A selection of books by Paul Noel

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Now a book for all children who love puppies from Victoria Zigler released in the summer Snowlilie’s Brother.

About the book

Getting a little brother is a good thing… Right?

When Snowlilie the West Highland White Terrier first meets her new little brother – a Cavapoo puppy, who tells her the humans call him Rascal – and realizes having a little brother means having a new doggy friend to play with, she’s excited. That is, until she realizes it also means sharing everything with him – including her favourite ball, some of her food, and Mummy and Daddy’s attention.

Will Snowlilie be forced to tolerate a little brother she doesn’t like? Or can she learn to like Rascal, and accept the changes having a little brother means?

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

A small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler

One of the reviews for Where’s Noodles on Goodreads

Apr 21, 2019 T. Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet little Westie book!

That same story has played out in my own home with my Westies… The Hoover monster is always the first suspect in any crime involving missing doggie toys. My Westies have always loved their stuffed bushy-tailed squirrels the best. So happy Noodles and Lillie were reunited! I am an adult who loves children’s books. If a Westie Is involved, so much the better.

Read the reviews and buy the books in print and audio: Amazon UK – and : Amazon US – Follow Victoria on: Goodreads – Website: Victoria Zigler – Twitter: @VictoriaZigler

Thank you for dropping in and I hope you have leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.