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

Tricycle and Friends: True-Life Adventures of a Three-Legged Golden Retriever and His Rescued Farm Animal Friends by Lester Aradi

 

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This wonderful children’s books is about a three legged retriever called Tricycle who is adopted by a family, and goes to live at their farm.

Once there, he meets Buckaroo, the miniature donkey. The two quickly become friends, and Buckaroo introduces Tricycle to some of the other animals. Many are adopted too. He soon discovers that there are all sorts, not only other dogs, but horses, llamas, chickens, and honey bees.

They go to meet Cantara and Pink, the llamas, and discover fascinating things about these lovely animals. However, the icing on the cake is when they learn that there will be another new arrival at the farm the following day, a little baby alpaca! Everyone is excited! But what is an alpaca, and what will it be called?

The author teaches in a very gentle way, through the experiences of Tricycle and his friends, how being different is okay. And, as the book progresses we learn about bullying, the importance of adopting animals, and many other things.

I loved the way the reader gets to meet lots of the animals through delightful illustrations and lovely pictures. I thing they are so important in children’s books, and bring the farm wonderfully to life, adding so much to this enchanting tale.

I can’t wait to read more adventures from Tricycles and his friends.

 

 

About the Book:

When Tricycle, a rescued, three-legged Golden Retriever arrives at his new home, he gets the attention of the other animals who live there. They want to know what happened to his fourth leg, and they wonder if it hurts and if it slows him down.

As Tricycle gets to know the other residents of the farm, he learns there are a lot of different creatures who have a wide range of abilities and interests. He enjoys meeting the other animals and loves the peaceful quality of his surroundings.

Based on a true story, Tricycle and Friends shares a story about a group of rescued animal friends and their real-life journey of serving as therapy animals for children with special needs. Through story and pictures, it addresses topics such as adoption, bullying, dealing with physical challenges, death of a companion, and friendship.

Available from Amazon in Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Tricycle-Friends-True-Life-Adventures-Three-Legged/dp/1480842052/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485683172&sr=8-1&keywords=tricycle+and+friends%23

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Tricycle-Friends-True-Life-Adventures-Three-Legged-ebook/dp/B01N146KQR/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1485683172&sr=8-1

and Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Tricycle-Friends-True-Life-Adventures-Three-Legged/dp/1480842060/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1485683172&sr=8-1

 

Also available from Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tricycle-and-friends-lester-aradi/1125514989?ean=9781480842052

Hardcover http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tricycle-and-friends-lester-aradi/1125514989?ean=9781480842069

and as a Nook Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tricycle-and-friends-lester-aradi/1125514989?ean=9781480842076

 

Who Turned Out The Lights? by Ronald Wilde

411YxHBvPCL__AA160_A very interesting and no holes barred memoir.

I have read many memoirs and I can honestly say, none of them have been like this one.

Diagnosed as diabetic aged ten the author’s parents, ignored the condition, even though his father was a diabetic also. This lack of concern carried on through his life until the disease started to affect him, in ways he could not ignore.

This story is a no-holes-barred honest chronicle of Ronald’s life. He tells his story in a very frank, matter of fact and sometimes humorous way, and gives the reader an incredible insight into what it is like to lose your eye sight.

His story is not told as a sad one, there are many different facets to it as he rationally discusses the impact his life had on his loved ones, and his relationships. Moreover, it is a unique insight into actually coming to terms with the loss of your sight, and the obstacles both mentally and physically which have to be overcome during the process.

As his diabetes worsens other factors affect his life, and the book appears to finish quite abruptly, however this is because, I suspect, there is more to come…

Available from Amazon.com

In Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Who-Turned-Lights-Ronald-Wilde-ebook/dp/B00F4A6I6G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411034854&sr=8-2&keywords=who+turned+out+the+lights%3F

In Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Who-Turned-Out-The-Lights/dp/1492825085/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1411035076&sr=1-1

And as an Audiobook http://www.amazon.com/Who-Turned-Out-the-Lights/dp/B00H394J1M/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1411035076

Silver Ilver and the Cleft Palate Puppy by Nina Carothers

A truly beautiful and inspirational story.

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About the book: A puppy has been born into Silver Ilver’s home.
He does have a problem that is unknown.
Zeus is the name that Silver Ilver gives him.
He is tiny and weak.  His his odds look grim.
Inside a special book is where she does read,
a trip to the puppy doctor is needed indeed.
Silver Ilver is determined to save this pup.
With help from a friend she does not give up.

This is the story of two lovable doggies, Zeus and Mia.
A portion of the proceeds from this book benefit The Mia Foundation, which is designed to give animals born with birth defects a fighting chance at life.

About Nina Carothers: Nina Carothers, author of The Color Olors, first thought of the Color Olors back in 1993. Having 4 children of her own she realized there were so many lessons, in a fun way without realizing it, that a child could learn from her books. She decided to set the Color Olors aside in lieu of raising her family. Now, 20 years later she brings the Color Olors to life with the help of her illustrator, Chris Padovano.
As you read The Color Olors stories you will find, lessons and values within her books. They are both memorable and inspirational. Many books in the Color Olors series have been inspired by Nina’s own life experiences such as The book of Red Ed and The True Meaning of Christmas. This book comes from a Christmas that Nina shared with two of her children not long ago. The book of Silver Ilver and the Cleft Palate Puppy is a true story of Nina’s own cleft palate puppy and is told in a bibbidi bobbidi boo way.
Nina currently resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida with her youngest child still at home. She is blessed with 5 little grand babies that she calls her lovies. She hopes that you enjoy her stories, told from the heart, for many years to come. With a world of color out there is no telling how many books Nina will write.

When Silver Ilver realises that one of the puppies in her dog Princess’s litter is unwell she knows that she must look after it, but what should she do?

Well, with the help of her special book and a prayer she sets about feeding the little puppy, however she soon she realises there is something really wrong with this little fellow.

A trip to the puppy doctor gives her the answer, the puppy has a cleft palate and the doctor warns her that the outlook is bleak.

However, Silver Ilver refuses to give up on the little one and names him Zeus. She searches for ways to make him well and discovers there is another puppy, called Mia, who has a cleft palate too, and she’s owned by a lovely lady called Sue.

With help and guidance from the friendly Sue, soon Zeus is getting on fine and acting just like any other puppy, getting into all sorts of mischief.

The author has written a lovely, inspirational story and the book has been beautifully illustrated by Chris Padovano. It conveys wonderfully the very special message, that animals born with birth defects deserve a chance at a life too.

A portion of the proceeds of this book benefit The Mia Foundation. Yes, it’s not a fairytale – The Mia Foundation is real, and Sue and her helpers work tirelessly every day to rescue, care for and help dogs with all sorts of problems, and it all began with a little dog called Mia…

 Available from Amazon in Paperback  http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Ilver-Cleft-Palate-Puppy/dp/1937376303/ref=pd_rhf_gw_s_t_2

If you would like to know more about the Mia Foundation please take a look at their website http://www.themiafoundation.com/