Lessons from Shadow: My Life Lessons for Boys and Girls by Shadow Bregman

 

What a wonderful book for children. Not only is it cleverly written by a worldly black Labrador called Shadow, of course kindly penned by his human daddy Walter Bregman, but it contains some important life lessons for children to learn, and other dogs of course as long as their mummies and daddies read it to them. Because you see, as I already know, but many people don’t, dogs to understand us, and talk to us too!

When Shadow’s mummy and daddy decided to take him home from the rescue centre Shadow had already learnt a lot of good, and bad things. Sensibly they took their other dog Betsy to say hello to shadow before they made a final decision, but they didn’t need to worry, they quickly became friends. Betsy did like to be the boss though, and could be a bit of a bully some times, but the story behind that is in one of the lessons.

Shadow’s lessons cover many subjects. In the first one, Shadow admits to being very greedy, (like most dogs) and tells of the mischief which can be caused if the pantry door isn’t closed, especially if dogs pinch the chocolate!

As we settle down to enjoy the tales Shadow tells, it is fun to look at life through his eyes, taking a dogs eye view of life and situations. For instance, escaping is fun, the bigger the fence the better, until you get to the other side, and discover you want to go home! Then things can be pretty scary!

Family life is varied and sometimes sad, and Shadow explains in his own sensitive, wise way, how he and his daddy coped with sad times in their lives, and the loneliness which affected them after.

Of course the world is sometimes confusing for a dog. In the chapter called lessons, we discover some of the things which we, as humans, don’t really understand about dog communication, and some of the things which puzzle them. Shadows summing up of this lesson is priceless, but you will have to read the book to find out what it is.

If you love dogs, whether you are young or old, you will find this book enchanting. For those of us who love our dogs, it is affirmation that they do understand us, and can teach us so much. The chapters in this book cover very important issues for children, and guide them sensitively in the right direction, to enable them to deal with various situations.

I loved this book! Shadow is a very wise dog and I hope he and his daddy write some more so I can enjoy learning more about their lives, and the important lessons they have to share.

About the Book and Author: Shadow Bregman, a twelve-year-old rescue dog, passes on to six- to ten-year-old boys and girls the life lessons she has learned. This book can be read by a child alone and is also ideal as a teaching book. Shadow will ask every child what lesson is learned before it is revealed. Because of its short chapters and charming illustrations, it is an ideal bedtime book.
This book has been kindly translated for Shadow by Walter Bregman his Daddy.

Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Shadow-Life-Boys-Girls/dp/1524673749/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490098836&sr=1-1

and Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Shadow-Life-Boys-Girls/dp/1524673757/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490098836&sr=1-1

and from

Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lessons-from-shadow-shadow-bregman/1125876477?ean=9781524673734

Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lessons-from-shadow-shadow-bregman/1125876477?ean=9781524673741

Hardcover http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lessons-from-shadow-shadow-bregman/1125876477?ean=9781524673758

 

I am Beautiful: When I Look at Me, I See… by Simone Da Costa

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How beautiful! This book is surely be a must for young black girls throughout the world.

The author, Simone Da Costa has captured all the most beautiful and empowering elements of what it is like to be a black girl. Through the wonderful illustrations of Hatice Bayramoglu the true beauty of being black is celebrated. The different skin tones, hair types and styles, the cultural differences which make for the facial differences and variation in bone structure, depending on where in the world they originated, and most importantly, this book is so inspiring, a true confirmation of the beauty of a black girl.

A wonderful book and a great way to promote self-esteem, and instil the confidence that knowing you are beautiful naturally brings.

 

About the Author: Simone Da Costa is a writer, author, publisher and freelance magazine writer. Simone has written many articles for several North American Magazines. She has published a devotional day planner Remember to Pray, a 2013 Day Planner, as well as two children’s books: A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book About Animals from A to Z, and her recently published book Emily-Rose’s Day at the Farm. Simone is a writer who enjoys the compelling feeling that writing brings. In the words of Miss Da Costa, Writing is seen as a tool with which to free yourself in a limitless world of playful words while at the same time welcome your ideas, thoughts and imagination onto the page. Most off all, the passion to write is, simply put, inspiring, challenging, enjoying and empowering.” Simone operates a blog called Simone s Blog Depicting the writer in you. It is a blog designed to stimulate a writer s creative spirit in expressive that gives joy to the creator as well as the reader. Follow Simone on Twitter @simonesblognet

About the Book: An inspirational book that aims to empower young black girls. It liberates them to believe that they too are beautiful despite society s notion of what beauty is. In an era where the popular idealistic images of beauty are based on the Western World s realism of beauty, it illustrates that beauty begins with knowing who you are, believing it and accepting yourself as you are.

 

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-When-Look-Me-See/dp/0987925598/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1447238715&sr=8-2&keywords=simone+da+costa

Caarina the Cooking Fairy

A bright, magical book available in Kindle format.

 

Product Details

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Caarina-the-Cooking-Fairy-ebook/dp/B00AGZJ33Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355147629&sr=1-1

When the Fairy Queen announces a feast is to take place, Caarina the Cooking Fairy is given the task of cooking for it. She is so excited, but all her wonderful creations are being twarted.

Will Caarina discover by who, before it is too late?

A lovely, funny, rhyming story, containing a very important message and beautifully illustrated by Gemini.

Athletic antics (Birdgirl) by Kimberley Jane Pryor

Kimberley’s love and knowledge about birds, especially birds of prey, comes shining through in this very enjoyable book about a girl called Ava and the magical Rainbow Bird.

Athletics antics (Birdgirl)

Available on kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/Athletics-antics-Birdgirl-ebook/dp/B007AAM10U/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1354969007&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=athletic+antics+by+kimberley+jane+pryor

 

Ava loves birds and is very caring; however this doesn’t save her from being teased by the `popular’ girls at her school.

She shares a love of shot put and discus with her dad and decides that she would like to make him proud by enter these events at the School Athletics Carnival.

When spiteful teasing means the loss of something important, she calls upon her friend the Rainbow Bird for help, and is transformed into a magnificent bird of prey, which saves the day and leaves her with a good luck talisman.

Despite everything Ava comes through in the end in this great book which will appeal especially to girls and lovers of birds of prey, as it has some fascinating facts about the Black-shouldered Kite in the back.