Marie and Mr Bee by Margaret Welwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important life lessons from Marie and Mr Bee

In this wonderful children’s book we meet Marie, who is a lovely happy little girl who just happens to be in a wheelchair, and for me this is a very important element of this book and one which makes it extra special. Millions of children are in wheelchairs and yearn to be treated normally and they want to play the same as other children. Marie sets a shining example, she lives a happy full life, in a cabin in the woods and has some marvellous animal friends who she enjoys playing with.

Being a good girl she does all her household chores first, then she knows she can be free to meet her friends and play games with them.

However, when one day Mr Bee flies in and boasts that he doesn’t do any work, Marie begins thinking, why work, after all if Mr. Bee doesn’t have to, then why should she?

As the idea takes hold, it seems fantastic, however soon Marie realises that all her friends do important chores and can’t just play when she wants them too. Suddenly she starts to understand that although playing is fun, it has its place, everything people do is important, and everyone has responsibilities.

Then when Marie finds Mr Bee hungry and sad, the author uses Marie’s kindness and forgiveness to round off this lovely story by illustrating to children the importance of compassion, responsibility, and the wonderful power of friendship.

I read this enchanting and beautifully illustrated story to my grandson and he loved it. Not only is this a wonderful story but it opens doors to discuss potentially difficult things with children, like wheelchair use, and why it is important that they do their chores before play. And finally, who can resist making Marie’s blueberry pancake recipe which is at the back of the book.

About the Author: 

Great Aunt Lily taught me to read, my mother parked me in the book section of The Bay while she did her shopping, and my grade 12 English teacher encouraged me to write.

So here we are *several* years later . . . .

I have written over 100 traditionally published magazine and newspaper articles. I also edited a diabetes education guide that won first place in the reference category of the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2010).

And I taught English as a Second Language for years with stories as a mainstay.

Now a new door has opened into Storyland . . . the world I’m exploring with my grandchildren. My first picture book for children, “Scissortown,” is the only one I know of that offers a choice of inside back cover. “Marie and Mr. Bee” offers a choice of last page.

I also like to encourage young readers and writers–my site features stories and art by children 7-12 years old. You may wish to check out some of their interesting and colorful creations.

A weekly storytime with young children as well as time spent with my grandchildren have made for some interesting discoveries about children’s literature. I blog about these discoveries and review my top picks on Goodreads and other sites.

Locally, I help adults improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills one-on-one. I also offer editing and proofreading services.

About the Book:Marie is a happy little girl who lives in a cabin in the woods, working and playing with her forest friends . . . until a not-so-busy bee entices her to neglect her work! Compassion, forgiveness, and a forever friendship follow.

By the following summer, Mr. Bee is too old to fly. But every night, Marie lifts her little friend onto her lap and reads to him from their very own storybook.

Marie uses a wheelchair, which is clear from the pictures. However, there is only one reference to the chair in the text–when she wheels the ailing Mr. Bee back to her cabin after his expulsion from the hive. Some people appreciate the fact that the disability is present without being the focus. Others are pleased to see someone with a disability in the role of rescuer.

Also available with Bible verse references on the last page, as Marie and Mr. Bee (Proverbs 12:14b Version).

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Marie-Mr-Bee-Margaret-Welwood/dp/0993830277/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492512393&sr=8-1&keywords=Marie+and+Mr+Bee

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Marie-Mr-Bee-Margaret-Welwood-ebook/dp/B01IGA62UM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1492512393&sr=8-1

and Barnes &Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/marie-and-mr-bee-margaret-welwood/1124963804?ean=9780993830273

The Surrogates by Consuella Harris

51DXifNWx7L__AA160_A brilliantly intriguing story.

The subject of surrogacy raises various emotions and views in people, depending, I suspect, on such factors as, their sex, religious viewpoint and life experiences.

Many think what a wonderful, selfless thing it must be to carry a child for another woman and bring happiness to a couple who would never have been parents without help. They ask themselves, “Who are these generous women, and why do they do it?”

The more cynical wonder who finances the companies who set up the matches between the surrogates and the adopter’s, and what is in it for them?

However, it’s never as simple as that, there are no black and white answers to be found when dealing with human lives and emotions – we are complicated beings.

Truth be known, like most things, most people, most of the time don’t think about it, and neither did Keith Brown, ex-retired police officer, now successful investigative reporter until he received a phone call from Valerie Scovall, a Superior Court Judge for Cuyahoga County.

Valerie is sure there is a connection between the deaths by natural causes, i.e. heart attack, on the same day, of two prominent public figures.

Meeting her, the next day, in her chambers, Keith agrees to take on the case, and to her requirement that the source must remain confidential. Only one person is the exception to this rule Denise Jones, one of the surrogates.

For anyone interested in people this is a compelling read, as Keith reveals the stories behind Denise, Sharon and Carolyn, three women who decided to become surrogates. However, inextricably entwined are of course, the children they gave birth to, and the people who adopted them.

And, we mustn’t forget the men who were the founders of the Lake Shore Parenting Group, the adoption agency who put them together, and their motives, after all, without them, none of it would have happened.

Or of course, Valerie…

A really enjoyable and absorbing story which I would not hesitate to recommend. It is about a controversial subject, packed with human interest, mystery, intrigue and plenty of twists and turns.

The Surrogates is available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/The-Surrogates-Consuella-Harris/dp/1625260849/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1409046130&sr=8-5

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Surrogates-Consuella-Harris-ebook/dp/B00L4MAXYG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-5&qid=1409046130

and Barnes &Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-surrogates-consuella-harris/1119823220?ean=9781625260840

and as a Nook book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-surrogates-consuella-harris/1119823220?ean=2940149692927

Author’s Website:  http://consuellaharris.com/users/awp.php?ln=718894&p=intro

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Life-ology 101: If All Else Fails, Smile by Michael Soward

Now released as an Audio Book via the link below.

Thought provoking reflections on life.

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This story begins in Arkansas with the nine-year-old Michael, and his younger brother, abandoned by their father, living with their strict grandmother who regularly beats them. The family attend church regularly, he discovers at a young age, he has a gift for playing the organ and it is the beginning of a lifelong love of music.

In 1969,after working hard in the cotton fields, at eighteen he finally ‘escapes’ to live with relatives in Kansas City. Moving to the big city has a profound effect on the young man from the Deep South, especially at such a time of change, the age of drugs, sex and rock and roll had definitely arrived.

The story, which follows, is of one man’s journey, his marriage, fatherhood, hopes, dreams and foibles’. It is frank and honest, brutally so sometimes. He openly talks about his relationship with his father, the driving forces in his life and the leaps of faith, which have made him into the man he is today. Throughout, this book runs a vein of the author’s deep religious belief and his faith in God, the importance of his church and love of music, which has sustained him through times of deep despair.

I have always loved reading memoirs, catching a glimpse into peoples’ lives and discovering the experiences, which have made them the person they are today. This is a very honestly written book, interesting and thought provoking, the journey of a young boy from the Deep South who ends up a father and grandfather living in New York, and all the bits in-between.

 Reviewed by Susan Keefe

About the Author: Michael Soward, music producer of cutting edge music for almost 30 years, has released his first novel, “Life-ology 101”. The book is receiving acclaim nation-wide for being an inspirational story of transformation and the power of the smile.His mother died in a hospital when he was two months of becoming two years old. His grandmother then takes him along with his younger brother to her hometown of Blytheville, Arkansas where she would raise them.He then shares how his early life in the south along with grandmother Eva’s constant beatings and whippings came to scare and affect him so deeply mentally, physically, and spiritually later in life.He experienced many trials and tribulations that many an African American faced by the nature of their skin color rather than for who they were or what they did. But American society was evolving and with Michael Soward’s indomitable spirit he overcame these obstacles by sticking to his philosophy of smiling into the face of adversity and never giving in. He eventually discovers that smiling would become one of the great medicines of his life as a powerful future would continue to unfold.
Michael Soward currently lives and serves in New York as an independent nationwide consultant for aspiring Gospel and Jazz artist and writers. He continues to help build careers and recording products within these industries through his persistence, knowledge of these markets, promotion and marketing skills.
Want to know more?
and take a look at his page in the Meet the Authors section of this site.

Available from:

Amazon: Hardcover http://www.amazon.com/Life-Ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile/dp/1483695107/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1384855052&sr=8-1

Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Life-Ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile/dp/1483695093/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1384855052&sr=8-1&keywords=life+ology+101

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Life-ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile-ebook/dp/B00FF40FHO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1384855052

Barnes & Noble: Paperback and as a NOOK book  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/life-ology-101-michael-soward/1116947771?ean=9781483695099

Google: http://books.google.fr/books?id=sRXUAQAAQBAJ&hl=fr&sitesec=reviews

Foyles Paperback: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/lifeology-101-if-all-else-fails-smile,soward-michael-9781483695099
Foyles Hardback: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/lifeology-101-if-all-else-fails-smile,soward-michael-9781483695105

Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/170631307/Life-ology-101

And now on Audible: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile/dp/B00HUGK63I/ref=tmm_aud_title_0

ANTics by Dakota Douglas

A captivating children’s story.

Cover for 'ANTics'

About the book: Three young ants are chased by the world’s craziest, smelliest spider – an evil monster with magic powers who has vowed to turn them into ant soup. One is a fun-loving scamp, one is clever and the third is scared of his own shadow. Can they outwit the beast and save themselves, their families and friends? An exciting fantasy adventure for 7-11-year-olds in ebook and print. ANTics is a fun way for children to learn about ants with some interactive suggestions at the end. It’s a story of courage with lessons about the importance of friendship and teamwork. As well as lots of funny moments, the story is a good way for young readers to learn new words, as all the characters have names that describe their personalities and end in ANT

Review by Susan Keefe

Everyone knows that ants are everywhere; they are industrious, clever, work as a team and live in anthills, however, have you ever really thought what life is like for them?

ANTics  is a brilliant adventure story which will capture your imagination and ensure that you never look at ants in the same way again.

Set in a world literally at your feet, ant cadets Zube [ExuberANT] and  Brill [BrilliANT] decide to try and pass their  foraging flag and they agree to take the timid HesitANT with them.

However, their adventure is fraught with unforeseeable dangers, both from the giant two legs world above them, and from some of the other wildlife around them. Together, the intrepid explorers find themselves escaping dangers, overcoming challenges, vanquishing foes and making new friends in this captivating and educational book.

This delightful story, with brilliantly devised character names, not only gives children an insight into the world of ants but most importantly, they are taught through an engaging story about the importance of qualities such as loyalty, teamwork and respect.

About Dakota Douglas: Dakota Douglas is a former newspaper reporter from the North East of England, following her childhood dream of being a novelist. As a kid she read books under the bedclothes by torchlight. Now she dives under the covers, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between her book characters in case she forgets them in the morning. She has written stories since she was about eight years old. She wrote them on a toy typewriter and her dad did the illustrations. When she wasn’t pounding on her typewriter, she was found smashing a tennis ball against the brick end of a block of garages beside her home. For hours on end she perfected her lob, backhand and forehand shots – all the time spinning stories in her head.

Website: http://www.dakotadouglas.co.uk/

ANTics is available:

from Amazon here in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-Dakota-Douglas/dp/1477696709/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-ebook/dp/B008EKVXB8/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

and at Smashwords here http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165122

The Boy Who Spoke to God by Randa Handler

NEW RELEASE

The Boy Who Spoke to God

Written and illustrated by Randa Handler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book: Unable to agree on their ideas about God and religious celebrations, four different ethnic tribes—Greeks, Chinese, Zulus, and Mayans—who live together harmoniously most of the year, combining aspects of each of their cultures to make their kingdom strong and prosperous, suddenly become divisive when religious holidays approach. During such times, they cannot agree on the timing or manner of religious traditions, and they each have their own god who looks and dresses as they do. When Niko, a young Greek boy, has several dreams of God, each tribe interprets the various details of his dreams according to its own view of God, further emphasizing the tribes’ differences in beliefs. Subsequently Niko is shunned for having created even more disharmony and for lying to the tribes, or so they think, as no one believes he dreamed of God. To clear up all the confusion and arrive at the truth, Niko begs God to manifest in one final dream. This time God shows him that the tribes’ beliefs are actually different expressions of the same god. Niko concludes that God is like colorless and formless iridescent light and the beliefs of all tribes about their gods are correct as these gods are like colors of the rainbow that derive from white light.

 

Review by Susan Keefe

A school library essential in every language!

In this modern world, in many countries, schools contain children of mixed races, cultures and religion; these are the future of this world. It is for this reason I believe this inspired book should be available everywhere in all languages for children.

It is written in a fairytale way, and this beautifully refreshing story is set in a wonderful magical kingdom where Greek, Chinese, Zulu and Mayan tribes live happily together, combining their skills, under the rule of King Dareios.

However, one thing causes unhappiness – they cannot agree on whose religious beliefs and holidays are right, it upsets everyone, especially the children. Niko, a Greek boy and his friends talk about this and they decide that they want it to change, so that night Niko prays…

God appears to him in a dream and reveals, “Happiness has as many colours as the rainbow. All my children can find happiness when their beliefs and actions do not hurt others.”

Full of excitement, Niko thinks he has found the solution and tells everyone all he has seen and heard. However, instead of joy the news causes discontent, the people are unhappy, tribes divided and the kingdom suffers. So, Niko, needing guidance, prays again to God for help in finding a solution.

God listens, and that night visits him once more in a dream, giving Niko the vision to understand the true meaning of his words, and the ability to explain them in a way the people can understand. Once again, happiness is restored to the kingdom, and the king makes a special proclamation to celebrate, but to discover what that is you will have to read the book…

The storyline gently and inoffensively gives parents an ideal opportunity to promote racial harmony and tolerance of others religious beliefs to their children. There is also offered a well thought out answer as to the question, what does God look like?

Available here:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Boy-Who-Spoke-ebook/dp/B00F8J6F02/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_imgnr_1

and Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-boy-who-spoke-to-god-randa-handler/1116961568?ean=2940148754121

Sell the Pig by Tottie Limejuice

 

I loved this book!

Sell the Pig

As soon as I started reading the foreword, I knew I was going to love this book.

Many books have been written about people’s new lives in France, but not so many about the upheaval and organisation the move takes, without the added complication of a problematic brother and a very elderly mother.

Tottie narrates the tale brilliantly with her forthright descriptions – no holds barred of her family, other people, and the events, which made them decide to move to France. Then, once the decision is made, she takes you with her as she overcomes the obstacles necessary to make it happen.

You can laugh, cry and despair with her throughout the pages of this fantastic book as she organises everything and one, with the support of a good friend and of course her beloved Border Collie Meic. 

Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Sell-the-Pig-ebook/dp/B007AU6NZY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368359492&sr=8-1&keywords=sell+the+pig

at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/Sell-Pig-Tottie-Limejuice/dp/1480274917/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1368359492&sr=8-1&keywords=sell+the+pig

 

The Book Depository in Paperback here http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Sell-Pig-Tottie-Limejuice/9781480274914

and Barnes & Noble in Paperback here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/sell-the-pig-tottie-limejuice?store=allproducts&keyword=sell+the+pig+tottie+limejuice

Grandma! Can I Get a Dog? by Barry Jordan Jr.

 

A lovely story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most children love dogs, and when Boy finds himself shopping in a pet store with Grandma, he wants to have one. But will Grandma let him, and what happens in-between? You will have to read the book to find out..

A lovely story introducing children to the responsibility of pet ownership, which has been wonderfully illustrated by this gifted author/illustrator.

Available at Amazon in Hardcover here http://www.amazon.com/Grandma-Can-I-Get-Dog/dp/1620861410/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368011330&sr=8-1&keywords=Grandma!+Can+I+Get+a+Dog

And at Barnes & Noble in Hardcover here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grandma-can-i-get-a-dog-barry-jordan/1113942805?ean=9781620861417

Me & My Money…A Child’s Story by A. K. Buckroth

A very special story about childhood T1 diabetes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available on Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Money-Childs-Story-ebook/dp/B008QP73GK/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

 

Kali is a young girl who has grown up with T1 diabetes. She has been diabetic since she was two years old but it doesn’t stop her enjoying herself or leading a normal life.

She has a best friend called Wayne and through him, we learn about diabetes and what it means to be diabetic. During the story Kali explains how she manages her diabetes and has learnt to be responsible about what she can, and cannot eat, and how and why she uses her insulin pump.

She is saving up her weekly allowance money and one day she asks her parents for a puppy, suddenly she is responsible for someone else too!

This very special book from an author with real experience, giving an invaluable insight into diabetes but it is also a lovely story about Kali’s love for her puppy Money, his training and the responsibility owning your own puppy brings.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Amy Pichly-Meyer.