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Fearne Fairy and the Dandelion Clocks by Sarah Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This delightful Fearne Fairy adventure takes place on a beautiful March morning. With the daffodils swaying in the breeze, and bird song filling the air as young chaffinches practice their singing.

On such as super day, in her moss covered tree trunk home deep in the middle of Whimsy Wood, Fearne Fairy is in the mood for spring cleaning, however, it isn’t long before her tummy reminds her she hasn’t had her breakfast.

We all know that fairies are magical, and can do amazing things, but like ordinary people there are things they have problems with, and Fearne really does have trouble with her landings, and unfortunately on this day she crashes at the bottom of the stairs and hurts her head.

No worries, she thinks, I have just the remedy hidden in my conker cupboard, her special, sore-head-fixing dandelion drink. However, when she goes to the cupboard she discovers that there is no drink left!

What can she do! Well she must have a good think, and what better to help her than a crumpet or four? Just as she finds the solution, she hears a rumpus outside and discovers Bertie and Beatrice, the bunny twins fighting over a dandelion clock! Of course, like most fighting, it ends in tears and also poor Beatrice bumps her head. The situation is urgent, now there are two sore heads and no sore-head-fixing dandelion drink.

But will the bunny twins remember where they got the clock from, because, surely there will be dandelion leaves there, and hopefully there will there be enough for Fearne Fairy to make some of her magical drink.

It is time for a lesson Fearne decides, and so she tells the twins, after their fight about the importance of sharing, and about her family’s motto of ‘share and share a-like.’

But as to the spring cleaning, well…

This is a truly enchanting fairy tale, magical and yet with a little lesson about the importance of sharing woven in. I read it to my little granddaughter and she was captivated, loving both the story and the wonderful illustrations. I look forward to sharing more Fearne Fairy tales with her as we explore this exciting series together.

 

About the Author: Sarah Hill is a children’s author and a small animal Vet. She gained her Veterinary Medicine degree at Bristol University in 1999 and worked in practice for 10 years. At that point she had her second daughter and soon after, she decided to take a career break. She was writing her children’s series, ‘Whimsy Wood’, at home in Wiltshire (with her husband, their baby son, two daughters, two dogs, two cats and “a partridge in a pear tree”!) for a good 3 years, before her work was taken on by Abela Publishing, based in Sandhurst, UK.

There are 35 books in the Whimsy Wood children’s series for 5-8 yr olds. These are divided into 5 sets of 7 books. Each book is written specifically for a month in the calendar, so the flora and fauna within the wood, change as you read through the series. Finally, there is a proverb hidden within every story for the reader to find, giving it real meaning. Please note that 10% of book sales is donated to The Wildlife Trusts, UK.

Book 1, ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’, was published in July 2013. Book 2, ‘Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox’, was published in November 2013. Book 3, ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, was published in February 2014. Book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, was published in May 2014. Book 5, ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, was published in October 2014. Book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, was published in February 2015. Book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, was published at the end of June 2015. Book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, was published in March 2016. Book 9, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’, was published in July 2016 and book 10, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’, will be launched on November the 26th 2016.

Books 1-5 were all awarded the Readers’ Favourite 5 Star Seal in 2015. Books 6 and 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ respectively, were tied winners in The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in October 2015. Both these books were also awarded the Story Monster Approved Seal again in 2015. Book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, won the Chapter Book category in the international Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards in October 2016. Finally book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, received an honourable mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in June 2016.

 

Fearne Fairy and the Dandelion Clocks is available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fearne-Fairy-Dandelion-Clocks-Paperback/dp/1910882674/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490097339&sr=8-1&keywords=Fearne+Fairy+and+the+Dandelion+Clocks

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And from Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fearne-fairy-and-the-dandelion-clocks-book-8-in-the-whimsy-wood-series-sarah-hill/1123529547?ean=9781910882672

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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

 

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

 

Dynomike: Happy Shoes by Frankie B. Rabbit

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In this wonderful new rhyming children’s story from Amazon Best Selling author Frankie B. Rabbit, we join everyone’s favorite dinosaur Dynomike on another fun, yet educational adventure.

Poor Dynomike has a real problem, and he doesn’t know what to do! He has too many shoes, and can’t decide which ones to wear. Sadly he realizes that he will never get out of the house, unless he can choose a pair, but which ones?

You see, there are all sorts, some are new, and others are old, all different colors, and styles, a pair for every occasion. He is spoilt for choice. What should he do?

So he thinks hard to try and find a solution, then he realizes that there is one great answer which will not only help others, but will make him happy too.

You will have to read this lovely book to see what Dynomike will do!

I did just that, and read this book to my grandsons who are five and seven, and I found it a very good way to explain that helping others can be really good, not only for the people who receive, but also for those who give.

I especially loved the way that it conveyed the very important message, that it is not necessary to have lots of the same things, and sometimes less is more.

The book, with the engaging character of Dynomike is very easy to read in its rhyming format, and is beautifully illustrated.

 

About the Author: Frankie B. Rabbit was born and raised underground; the underground rap scene that is. Walking alone through the rough soils of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and now currently in New Jersey; he traveled most of the North East battle rapping other upcoming hip-hop artists at local night clubs to only find himself getting paid in vegetable scraps and free admissions. While, he was winning a majority of his freestyle rap battles, Frankie B. Rabbit was only participating for bonus money to keep his whiskers afloat. Frankie B. Rabbit’s talents were not self-fulfilling for him, and he was seeking to take his talents elsewhere; hopefully to make a difference.

So, while, his rap career was dragging with monotony, he enters, yet another, freestyle rap battle at B.B. Kings in New York City—which ended being his last rap battle after being defeated by an 8 year old second grader in the first round—his name was Dynomike!
“The lyrical niceness, my rhymes so tight I give nightmares to vice grips! This mic is five bucks, this night is five bucks, and Dynomike is — is priceless!” That was only one of the sixteen bars he dropped on Frankie B. Rabbit.

“That kid has some serious lyrics. I was in awe to see someone, especially at his age, have so much passion for something. I said to myself, this kid just gets it. . .” Frankie B. Rabbit’s defeat was more of an enlightenment. This moment, he decided to partner with the young rap phenomena and do something that would be fun, and more importantly make a difference—that’s when Frankie B. Rabbit’s children’s book career began; his defeat against 8 year old Dynomike, was his inspiration to write a series of children’s books–to do something that matters.

 

About the Book 

Dynomike has too many shoes–shoes upon shoes–so many he doesn’t know which pair to choose. Realizing that life would be easier with fewer pairs to dig through, he decides to simplify, realizing in the process that getting rid of what he doesn’t need can be fun and help others.

We all know that too many choices can be overwhelming. But the funny rhymes and illustrations in Dynomike!: Happy Shoes show kids — and parents alike–that less can be more, and letting go of the stuff can mean more happiness for all.

Available from:

Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Dynomike-Happy-Frankie-B-Rabbit/dp/1539001784/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1477050781&sr=8-1

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Dynomike-Happy-Shoes-Begginer-Illustration-ebook/dp/B01LZAUF1S/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1477050781&sr=8-1

and

Barnes and Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dynomike-frankie-b-rabbit/1124784443?ean=9781539001782

 

Type 2 Diabetes The Owner’s Manual by Daryl Wein

 

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My husband has had Type 2 Diabetes for over ten years and so I am always looking for information on the subject. I have to say that this book has explained Diabetes to me clearer than all the Diabetic Consultants, Doctors and Diabetes Clinics we have attended over the years.

It might sound basic, but the author has explained sugars, starches and carbohydrates, how they work and most importantly the link between them in a very easy to understand way. When you are told to avoid sugars, the fact that there are also fruit sugars etc. is obvious, but not the link he points out, and for this one point, I will always be grateful I downloaded this book.

The author gives a very clear reminder simply what to do, by way of a simple sentence, which he reiterates throughout the book, to burn it into your mind. Being a diabetic, or catering for a loved one who is, this will probably be the most important thing to remember. Added to this he gives a very stark (but realistic) outlook for those who ignore the disease, which trust me are real, I can testament from bitter experience of a husband in denial.

He also provides a very comprehensive lists of foods which definitely must not be eaten. Admittedly, after reading this I did feel despondent by the length of it, however, he then goes on to list those which are good, and in reality are what we all should be eating, diabetic or not.

The last chapter gives a very comprehensive list of questions and answers, covering most of the sensible questions you would want to ask, such as, “I thought eggs were high in cholesterol. Don’t I have to worry about the high amount of cholesterol in eggs?” Many of the answers will surprise you.

Perhaps it is that he is diabetic himself, perhaps it is because he is a Physician Assistant, I don’t know, all I know is that this is the best and most informative book I have ever read on the subject.

 

About the Author: Daryl Wein: Physician Assistant, Pilot, Musician, Author

When Daryl Wein first discovered he had “Type 2 Diabetes” he made a second important discovery – that his biggest challenge was to reduce his consumption of carbohydrates, most of which converts into sugar in the body.

A native of Niles, Michigan, Wein graduated from USC Medical Center in 1978 as a Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist and then earned a degree from UC Davis School of Medicine in 1999 as a Family Practice Physician Assistant. He has been a resident of Modesto, California, from 1954 to the present.

Since 1999 Wein has been in practice as a physician assistant with Drs. David Olson and Elaine Madayag involved in all aspects of internal medicine including in-office surgery.

Since 1999, while working with Drs. Olson and Madayag, Wein also worked as a PA at Stanislaus County Urgent Care, Oak Valley Hospital ER, Central California Bariatric Surgery, as a contractor for California Correctional Health Care System, and for rural health clinics run by Oak Valley Clinics.

Daryl Wein also is active in volunteer work, including: CME Chairman for Stanislaus Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Network; audio visual technician for the Crossroads Grace Community Church; and secretary for Bible Study Fellowship (BSF International) for Modesto Men’s Class.

A licensed commercial pilot since age 18, Wein has been a flight instructor since age 19, and developed Regional Aviation Ground Schools at age 20. He also has worked as a professional musician, has done some software development, is credentialed in California to teach community college, and now adds the title of author to his life experiences with the publication of Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual in 2016.

Wein says that if all persons with blood sugar abnormalities (who are not truly dependent on insulin) were to follow the simple advice in his new book, the impact on their overall health would be immense and the savings for healthcare in the U.S. alone would be in the many billions of dollars.

He lives in Modesto with wife Jann and in addition to the above list of interests and involvements Wein also enjoys photography, music performance, water sports and amateur radio. Daryl and Jann have an adult daughter, adult son, and three grandchildren.

About the Book: Daryl Wein discovered he was among the millions of patients with type 2 diabetes while studying to become a Physician Assistant. That’s when he found out that, despite type 2 diabetes making up the vast majority of cases, most of the reading material he could find was geared toward patients with type 1 diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes The Owner’s Manual is his way of fixing that. This handbook is an easy-to-read guide on how to manage your blood sugar primarily through diet. It is written clearly and concisely, explaining the difference between the two diseases in a way that is easy to grasp. You don’t have to be a health professional to understand the book. Wein includes concrete examples of what to eat and what to avoid. He talks about the importance of exercise and provides information about medicines in a way that the layman can comprehend without needing to know medical terminology. The book also includes a useful question-and-answer section that covers a variety of specifics about type 2 diabetes to help you make sense of it all. Wein knows about the frustration and fear diabetics feel, because he’s been there. As he explains in the book, when he experienced blurred vision and other health problems while studying to become a Physician Assistant, he discovered that he was among the millions diagnosed each year with type 2 diabetes. “There was no mistake: I was now a diabetic!” he writes. “I sat down and started crying, not something I would ordinarily allow myself to do.” He goes on to describe how a mentor told him that diabetes can usually be managed easily. He made sure to explain that failing to control it can lead to serious health problems including blindness, kidney failure, and limb amputations. He offered hope. Wein’s book offers the same message of hope, along with a somber reminder that failing to control diabetes can lead to premature death. He provides readers with the right information to help make sure they understand that this doesn’t have to happen to them. The author also makes clear the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, suggesting that type 2 diabetes needs to have a new name. That name should be “carbosis,” he argues, which gets right to the point that type 2 diabetes is a disease where the body does not process carbohydrates correctly. He has conveniently included tabular lists of many foods, showing the carbohydrate content of each. “My intent in writing this book is to finally provide a source of information geared specifically for you and me, along with the millions of others with this disease and the many millions who have it but don’t yet know it,” he writes. “This book is designed primarily to provide clear guidance for patients.” You don’t have to be a health expert to manage the disease. Wein lays it out to his patients, about eighty percent of whom, he estimates, have well-controlled blood sugar levels. Type 2 Diabetes The Owner’s Manual can be your step-by-step guide on how to control your disease. Let this book help you manage type 2 diabetes rather than letting the disease manage you.

Available from Amazon in Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Type-2-Diabetes-Owners-Manual/dp/152285827X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465037334&sr=8-1&keywords=type+2+diabetes+the+owners+manual

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Type-2-Diabetes-Owners-Manual-ebook/dp/B01AV2BAOQ?ie=UTF8&qid=1465037334&ref_=tmm_kin_swatch_0&sr=8-1

and Audiobook format: http://www.amazon.com/Type-2-Diabetes-Owners-Manual/dp/B01FV57IUI?ie=UTF8&qid=1465037334&ref_=tmm_aud_swatch_0&sr=8-1

 

 

Unemployable! by David Thomas Roberts

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I was drawn to this book because of its title ‘Unemployable!’ I just love the title, as it was exactly what my now husband classified me as 10 years before we married when I was a self-employed mum working in his garden – and he was right I could never be employed by anyone else. I love the freedom too much!

I agree with everything that the author David Thomas Roberts has written. This book is absolutely packed with good advice. If you have the thirst to be your own boss then this is the book for you! It is practical, informative, down to earth and yet at the same time so inspirational.

This is not however a pie in the sky, opt out and follow your dream book, it is built on solid foundations and years of dedication to his businesses. The authors has experience both as a very successful man who made it (more than once), and, just as importantly as someone who looking back can see where, and why his businesses failed. These experiences have given him a real insight into what it REALLY takes to succeed.

Also, he doesn’t glaze over the not so pleasant parts like, finance, how important it is to be truthful to yourself as to whether you really are making money, relationships, partners and the tricky one of what to do when a family member wants to become part of your business.

David Thomas Roberts freely imparts his vast knowledge and anyone considering making themselves ‘unemployable’ would greatly benefit from taking heed his advice. Whether it is discovering if this sort of life and responsibilities are really right for you, or learning from his experiences with the tax man.

At one point in the book he reminisces about asking his respected father what he would have liked to do if he could have, and why he didn’t. Funnily enough, I asked the exact same question of my own father when he had ‘retired’ and started his own business, and got the exact same answer!

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and am sure everyone who reads it will learn so much from its contents.

About the Author: David ThomasRoberts, known as the “Renegade Capitalist®”, is the founder and CEOof Teligistics, and is a bestselling author, public speaker and serialentrepreneur who, at the age of twenty-one, left the world of being employed bysomeone else for the rest of his life and became “UNEMPLOYABLE!” Robertsshares the lessons he’s learned from more than thirty-five years as anentrepreneur, the unconventional strategies he has deployed, and providesspecific how-to advice on starting a business and the secrets of beingsuccessfully independent – and sustaining it for the rest of your life.

About the Book: Roberts makes the case that this may be the greatest time in history to start a business! Using Roberts’ strategies and principles in this book, learn how to become “UNEMPLOYABLE!” your entire life! Most of us are taught to get a good education and a good job. The idea that we should be content to have someone else dictate our daily commute, our income, schedules and vacations is the accepted norm. To some, the idea of life in a cubicle eight hours a day is akin to torture! What does it really take for someone to jump off the employment treadmill and participate in the free enterprise system, unencumbered by traditionally accepted myths?

‘Unemployable’ is available from Amazon in Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Unemployable-David-Thomas-Roberts-ebook/dp/B01AMJEQE4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457258039&sr=8-1&keywords=unemployable

Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Unemployable-David-Thomas-Roberts/dp/099625904X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1457258039&sr=8-1

and Hardcover http://www.amazon.com/Unemployable-David-Thomas-Roberts/dp/0996259015/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1457258039&sr=8-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troubadour: Song of the Lark by Clara Pierre

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When Gaucelm left the village of Uzerche in the Limousin for Toulouse in 1195, it was the start of the great adventure which was to be his life.

Less than a week’s ride away, the land was very different, and so it was an excited young man who rode under Toulouse’s portcullis and entered the lively city. A city which was at that time said to outshine even Paris! A chance meeting with Count Raymond, led to an invitation to entertain the court that evening. Success followed, and he became as popular, as he was round. As the court’s troubadour he became a celebrity with his poetry and storytelling spreading the news about life and events, at a time when many people could not read or write.

Here, I have to say that if you close your eyes throughout this book, you can almost feel as if you have been transported back in time, so vividly does the author set the scenes, laying before us detailed descriptions of the buildings, people, places and life at court.

Fortunes change however, and his bold storytelling is seen as too radical. Count Raymond releases him from court, and so travels to Ventadour with Guilhelma, a prostitute, who is to become his lifelong companion.

Once settled at the court of Countess Marie, wife of Ebles de Ventadour, Gaucelm suddenly finds himself loaned to the court of Madame Audiarde de Malemort, Marie’s friend, who has very firm idea’s as to what she wants from a man, and this, and other parts of the book are quite raunchy. The strength of women in these times is an eye opener, when usually you are lead to believe they are very submissive. These royal women are very powerful, and often many years younger than their husbands. Whilst he is away, back at Ventadour, Guilhelma becomes friends with Douce, Marie’s strong minded daughter.

Thus follows a story of knights in shining armour, love, betrayal, fierce battles, honour, and the continual struggle between the Catholic Pope and the Cathars.

When Douce disappears from Ventadour, Gaucelm and Guihelma’s search for her, however the young woman they find at Montdragon is a very different from the love struck girl of the past. Life, people and events have changed her, and this change is about to affect them all.

With the Catholic crusaders becoming more and more zealous against the Cathars, all three decide to travel to the court of Count Raimbaut at Courthezon. Here they are warmly welcomed and Guilhema has their son Ayen. However, the northerners invade Courthezon and Gaucelm finds himself taking sad news back to the Countess Marie at Ventadour and asking a favour…

As he rides back to Guilhema and Ayen at Courthezon, the triumphant, but weary troubadour realises that he has indeed taken on the mantle of the famous Bernard de Ventadour who he met all those years ago at the court of Count Raymond. His storytelling must go on and he must spread the word, and the truth through his poetry and verse.

This book is beautifully written and a wonderful insight into life in the Middle Ages. The main characters are real although some things have been changed. I really loved the detail in it and it makes me want to visit everywhere mentioned, which I am sure one day I will.

I am so glad it was translated into English, and am looking forward to reading its sequel, when it is released.

 

About the book: Twelfth century France is on the verge of war, a high stakes battle for the minds and souls of its people. Territorial disputes with Spain threaten the southern provinces. The excesses of the Catholic hierarchy are giving rise to a growing Cathar religious movement. Into this mounting conflict rides a romantic young rogue whose biggest wish is to write poems and set them to music. Gaucelm finds his way into the powerful courts of Toulouse, Ventadour, and Courthézon, and the tender arms of a prostitute who will follow him wherever he goes. Based on historic events and a real troubadour who chronicled them, Troubadour is a powerfully told story of conflicted loyalties and the ruthless leaders who will do anything to control their subjects.

Available from Amazon in Paperback format: http://www.amazon.com/Troubadour-Song-Lark-Clara-Pierre/dp/0986383805/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=03FBRD3TXNTJN2CWFVH0

Busy Dizzy by Dr Orly Katz

Great news for parents with children either speaking or learning Spanish.

Seven authors have got together to offer their books in Spanish, in Kindle format FREE on the 18th, 19th and 20th December, 2015. You can find out more about it here http://www.translatemyebook.com/libros-gratis-para-ninos/

Por si les interesa comentarlo entre sus seguidores, un grupo de autores nos hemos puesto de acuerdo para regalar nuestros libros electrónicos para niños en Amazon este 18, 19 y 20 de diciembre. Todos los detalles los podrán encontrar en http://www.translatemyebook.com/libros-gratis-para-ninos/“)

THE FIRST BOOK I AM PROMOTING FOR THIS FREE KINDLE GIVEAWAY ON 18TH, 19TH AND 20TH DECEMBER, 2015 IS:

Children’s book in Spanish: Busy Dizzy: (Historia motivacional ilustrada para niños de 4 a 8 años)(Cuentos para Niños)(Books for Kids in Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition

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“Este es uno de los MEJORES libros para niños que he leído. Enseña muy bien la lección de cómo deshacerse de las DIZZIES (los pensamientos negativos). ¡Las imágenes son coloridas y fáciles de ver, incluso en el Kindle más pequeño! Papás y mamás: este es un libro que disfrutarán leer con sus hijos e incluso lo disfrutarán leyéndolo solos. ¡A mí me tocó el corazón y realmente disfruté su lectura!

¡Recomiendo mucho este libro!”

Este libro motivacional ilustrado para niños está escrito especialmente para pequeños de 4 a 8 años de edad y es adecuado tanto para leerse en voz alta en el kinder y en los primeros años de la primaria, como para que los lectores jóvenes y principiantes en casa practiquen su lectura.

No olvides regresar a la parte superior de esta página para comprar este hermoso libro ilustrado, mientras aún está a precio de oferta.

 

About the Author:         

Best seller author, Dr. Orly Katz (SimplyMeModel.com) is an expert on children and youth empowerment and the founder of the
Simply Me Center for Leadership, Empowerment and Self Esteem.She is the author of numerous books on Amazon under the “Simply Me” series:
(Surviving Junior High, Surviving Primary School and Busy Dizzy for ages 4-8).Orly is also the creator and developer of the Simply Me- Digital Programs:
For teachers, parents and workshops facilitators:
“Empowering Adults to Empower Children”.

Orly lives in Haifa, with her Husband and three children.

To get the “Supper Quiz” for Parents and find how well you know your children, go to:
simplymemodel.com/MevdakEN.asp

You can watch Orly’s TEDx talk- “Raising a star- not a celebrity” at:

youtube.com/watch?v=2yiWB-JDQus

 

Bibi & Babu in Peru (Bibi & Babu Travel Series Book 2) by Bonnie Toews and John Christiansen

More amazing adventures from Bibi and Babu and this time they are visiting Peru!

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After Bibi and Babu [Grandma and Grandpa in Swahili] enjoyed their adventures so much in Africa they decided to visit Peru, and I for one am very glad that they did.

What a wonderful book this is. Everyone has heard of the incredible temple of Machu Picchu, the amazing Lake Titicaca, and the enormous geoglyphs which can only be seen via satellite. But how did they come to be there, who made them, and when? Well scientists still have many questions to answer, however, in the meantime Bonnie Toews and John Christiansen, in their unique storytelling way decide to discover as much as they can for themselves. So, in November 2014 they took a plane to Lima and started their adventure.

Their journey of discovery began by visiting the incredible Larco Museum, in Lima, which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, textiles and artefacts, all beautifully displayed. Lucky for us, they took plenty of pictures, because from this visit we are able to see and understand the importance of all the gold and silver body ornaments which were worn by the Inca nobility.

They then visited the former capital of Peru, Cusco and visited its beautiful buildings, and the fortress-temple Saqsaywaman (pronounced Sexy Woman), which was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. There are some amazing photos of visitors standing next to the enormous stones, which beg the unanswered question as to how did the Inca’s all those years ago managed to get them into place, and know to position them in such a way that they have withstood earthquakes? Are the ancient legends correct, what do you think? You will have to read the book to discover what these legends are. Whilst they were there, they even managed to learn the difference between Llamas and Alpacas.

Then, their travels then took them on the luxurious Perurail Vistadome train to the magical site of Machu Picchu, which rises over 6,000 feet above the Urubamba River. Steeped in history and hidden from the outside world for many years, this wonderfully preserved national monument was a sight to behold.

Their last trip was to Lake Titicaca, its incredible floating islands, and Taquile island. It is even possible to discover in this very interesting book, how the floating islands are made, who lives on them, and the incredible properties of the Totora (Reed) both as homes, boats, souvenirs and as a medicine.

Although aimed at a young audience, I have to say that I loved this book. It is so well written and totally absorbing. Not only does it contain plenty of colourful pictures of this amazing couple’s travels, and the wonderful sites they have seen, it opens up the people, history, life and customs of the wonderful country of Peru.

About the authors: Bibi & Babu are Swahili names for Grandma and Grandpa. When journalist Bonnie Toews and her partner, John Christiansen, a naturalist and landscaper, traveled through Central Africa in 2013, their safari guides fondly nick-name them “Bibi” and “Babu.” Their African journey is woven so intimately within Bonnie and John that, when they returned home, they wanted to assemble a memory book to share with their grandchildren. As they worked on it, they came to realize they are not describing another travel guide for tourists but reliving a journey other adults and children can also share and read together. This simple beginning to the BIBI & BABU TRAVEL SERIES also captures their love story. Dedicated caregivers to their spouses, who suffered from long illnesses before they died, Bonnie and John, now in their seventies, discovered they had much to live for as they join hearts in their sunset years.

About the series of books: Reading with your child or grandchild not only entertains them, it can also strengthen the bonds between you. The BIBI & BABU TRAVEL SERIES take you both on armchair adventures to faraway lands with beautiful photographs and stories as Bibi and Babu mingle with the local people, discover the magic of their customs and folklore, and embrace lives very different from ours.

This second volume in the series, BIBI & BABU IN PERU, explores the ancient ruins of the Andes Mountains: 

  • Cusco–the “belly button” of the Inca Empire,
  • the Lost City of the Incas on Machu Picchu Mountain and
  • the man-made floating islands of the Uros people on Lake Titicaca.

How could the Incas fit together massive walls of boulders and stones with no tools and no wheels? Yet, these Inca ruins have withstood devastating earthquakes while modern buildings have crumbled. Even more puzzling are recent satellite images suggesting ancestors of the Peruvian Indians were linked to outer space. With no written records, how do you separate myth from fact? Join Bibi and Babu on their amazing journey through Peru.

These books are not travel guides for tourists. They are designed for adults and children to share and read together. Ten per cent of the series’ royalities are dedicated to the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre in Moshi, Tanzania.
Bibi and Babu in peru is available from:

 

 

 

The New Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden

 

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This book provides an excellent look at the crusades, putting them in perspective for their time and in relation to current world politics. It is a great overview for the uninitiated and a great review for folks who have studied the crusades.

The book opens by providing a setting just prior to the first crusade, placing us in the mindset of Medieval Europeans. From there, the information is laid out chronologically. The book closes with the authors analysis of how the crusades were held up as examples of chivalry, later to be reviled as early colonialism, and finally how they relate to modern politics. The pacing is good, not getting bogged down in minutiae or in lists of dry ancient reference texts. Occasionally, there were more names being used than I could keep easy track of, simply because I was unfamiliar with the subject matter.

I learned quite a bit from this book and that makes me happy. Before listening to this book, what little I know came from popular movies and books, and, of course, I couldn’t rely on those to be accurate. I really liked how the book was laid out chronologically and I deeply appreciated the author’s constant efforts to have the reader think like a Medieval European.

In addition to this, the author often gave examples of Muslim impressions of the crusades. This in particular was fascinating. For Europeans, and even Americans, the crusades were a big deal, and continue to influence our culture, if mostly through popular media. At the time of the crusades, the Muslim world barely took note of them, seeing them as just yet one more barbarian force to be repelled (and the crusades were often repelled). The crusades had a greater impact on the Byzantine Empire, mostly because places were sacked and sometimes burned.

It was fascinating to see how the crusades evolved over time. Initially, the word ‘crusade’ was not associated with the pilgrims who ventured east for religious enrichment. Old, young, sick, healthy, men, & women traveled on pilgrimage. It was only later that such pilgrimages became armed men crusading to the east, with the blessing of pope and lord, to defend Christian lands.

In short, this book was an excellent read and definitely worth shelf space as a reference work. It is chock full of info on the European leaders, the Byzantine reactions, the few bits directly affection Muslim affairs, and how the crusades were affected by the Mongols. The book does an excellent job of placing the reader in a Europe steeped in a religious culture and how that affected, even directed, the actions of European leaders. It’s even worth a reread.

Narration:  Claton Butcher gave a good performance. He had a clear voice that used a little emotion as needed, so it was not textbook dry. He also went to the effort of pronouncing people and place names with the correct accents. Such touches are so appreciated by this listener!

What I Liked: Educational!; the cover art; clear & easy to follow; perfect for someone new to the subject; the author places the crusades in the context of the times; the book wrapped up with a short analysis of how the crusades were viewed after their time, and by the Muslim world.

What I Disliked:  Occasionally, there were many names in play and I had trouble keeping them all straight, but this is mostly due to my lack of knowledge and I would not hesitate to recommend this book.

 

Reviewed by Susan Voss – http://dabofdarkness.com/2015/05/02/the-new-concise-history-of-the-crusades-by-thomas-f-madden/

 

Authors Website: http://www.thomasmadden.org/

 

Available from Audible in Audiobook format:  http://www.audible.com/pd/History/The-New-Concise-History-of-the-Crusades-Audiobook/B00JF6FNS4/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1431336335&sr=1-1

 

Circus Elephant: Realizing How Powerful You Truly Are by John Holley Jr.

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Coach and author John Holley Jr. delivers his inspirational message through a unique and totally captivating story, that of the life and training of a circus Elephant.

How strange, I hear you say, yes, but it works so well. The messages the book contains are explained clearly and so interesting that it held my attention right from the start.

Whatever your goal, whether you want to take control of your life, emotions, body, finances, or in your relationships this book gives you the power to succeed. It contains well written advice, a wealth of inspirational stories, and examples of people throughout history who have turned the tide on themselves, sometimes against incredible odds.

The author has given you the power and inspiration you need and armed with this book, the rest is up to you.

About the Author: Coach, speaker and author John Holley Jr. (some of you may know him as @CoachJohnHolley) was born and raised in Tampa, FL. He is probably better known as a motivational/self-help author (Circus Elephant), but his love of poetry and romance novels played a part in him writing Situationships. John being a single man who has never been married, has been through his fare share of relationships and knew there are so many people who can relate.

http://www.coachjohnholley.com/
Twitter/Instagram: @CoachJohnHolley

About the Book: Circus Elephant contains proven steps to realizing how powerful you truly are. Coach and author John Holley Jr. shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life.

You are invited to share in this short story collection of inspiration. Circus Elephant teaches lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to take control of your life and harness the power that shapes your destiny. This book might just very well serve to be the inspiration for you to kick start your journey towards greatness.

 

    • Teaches the importance of finding examples of greatness

 

    • Advises you that it will be difficult, but you’ll be better for it

 

    • Explains why you should surround yourself with the right people

 

    • Informs you on the significance of patience

 

    • Proves there is so much power in never giving up

The goal of

Circus Elephant is to convince readers that they are

powerful beyond measure

      and to motivate them to take charge of their own lives. These stories are bound to be examples and serve as encouragement and a catalyst for those who are in need.

Start today to a happy, healthy, unstoppable you.

Available from:

Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Circus-Elephant-Realizing-Powerful-Truly-ebook/dp/B00JYHY7YA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1426930446&sr=1-1&keywords=the+circus+elephant

and Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/Circus-Elephant-Audiobook/B00SN8KHY0/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1426930556&sr=1-2#publisher-summary

 


When the Drum Major Died by Anjuelle Floyd

when the drum major diedA fascinating story.

When I started reading this book, the first thoughts which came into my mind were that, it’s amazing how ignorant one can be, about events which happened in your own lifetime. Being a British child at the time these events were taking place, somehow they slipped into a hole between the history I was taught at school, from ancient up to and including WWII, and the recent history which I remember as an adult.

The main character in the story Florina, is a young colored woman who has married Dr Richmond Austin, and moved to his home town Poinsettia, in the South of America. Her new in-laws are very welcoming and her new home is to be his grandparent’s house. However, she very quickly discovers that her new neighbour Agnes, who is married to the other colored doctor in the town, Macon, used to go out with Richmond, and Florina fears that the attraction is still there. However, she has her own secret, one not even her parents know… A secret which lies buried in her heart and which she can only hint at in her very poignant poetry.

This incredibly absorbing story is set at a very turbulent time for the colored people of America. The Civil Rights movement was strong, and was led by the Baptist minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr., a man who worked tirelessly for, and who played such a strong part in the ending of the legal segregation of the African-American people.

Also all the time, in the background, and twisted inextricably throughout the plot of this story is the Vietnam War which was taking thousands of lives…

However, another element of this story, which was very interesting to me, is that I never realised that there was such color snobbery within the families of colored folk, causing so much tension, prejudices, terrible rifts, and great sadness. This was so evident in this book, where at one end of the spectrum there was immense color pride and at the other the seemingly desperate need to appear white.

This book is amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. For me, it has all the essential ingredients for a good story excitement, intrigue, love triangles, lies, deceit, confessions, betrayal I could go on. However, more importantly for me, it gives a fascinating fly on the wall account of what it was really like as a colored person to live in those times, something I would never be able to experience otherwise.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/When-Drum-Major-Anjuelle-Floyd/dp/1938070011/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1407946089&sr=8-1

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/When-Drum-Major-Anjuelle-Floyd-ebook/dp/B00I35FT6Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1407946089

and Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-the-drum-major-died-anjuelle-floyd/1118401259?ean=9781938070013

 

About the Author: Anjuelle Floyd is the author of “Keeper of Secrets…Translations of an Incident”, June 15, 2007, a collection of interconnected short stories, and two novels, “The House”, October 15, 2012, and “Seasons in Purdah,” September 9, 2012.
www.anjuellefloyd.com/books/keeper-of-secrets/
www.anjuellefloyd.com/books/the-house/
http://anjuellefloyd.com/

Anjuelle is a wife of thirty years, mother of three, abstract painter and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mother-daughter relations and dream work.
A graduate of Duke University, she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, she has attended the Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California.
Anjuelle received a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. She has also received certificates of participation from The Hurston-Wright Writers’ Week and The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops.

A student of Process Painting from 1998-2006, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004–2011 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.

Listen to Anjuelle’s interviews of various authors on Book Talk, Creativity and Family Matters @
www.blogtalkradio.com/anjuellefloyd

Read Anjuelle’s blogs and more about her @ http://anjuellefloyd.com/blog/  and http://anjuellefloyd.com/about/

Chateau de Chenonceau: Simple Guide by Miroslav Kucera

coverThe Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, is truly beautiful. I have visited it on various occasions and live within driving distance of it, so I was interested to read this guide.

I found this book very useful, packed with information, vivid descriptions of the magnificent rooms and practical advice about visiting this wonderful chateau. Once there, as it says in the book there are excellent audio guides in many languages, however I feel this book would work well too, if desired.

An added bonus, for me, is the excellent attention to the history of this amazing place, the realisation that it had been owned by the ‘common people’ as well as royalty was news to me. The only thing which spoilt this book for me was the lack of photo’s, a book about a chateau like this, with such beautifully constructed buildings and gardens deserves, in my opinion, photos.

If you are considering giving this beautiful chateau a visit I highly recommend this book.

 

Available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JEWUGW/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0

 

 

 

Bon Voyage! by Susie Kelly

Product Details

About the Author: Susie Kelly was born in grey post-war London, and spent much of her childhood and young adulthood in the beautiful country of Kenya.
She now lives in south-west France with a menagerie of assorted animals, and is passionate about animal welfare.
Her first book “Best Foot Forward” was published by Transworld Publishers in 2003, followed by “Two Steps Backward” in 2004, and “A Perfect Circle” in 2006.
Since 2011 Susie’s books have been published by Blackbird Digital Books, whose theme is strong, adventurous women living life to the full. Blackbird Digital Book people love birds and animals, travel, history, romance, natural health and environment, resourcefulness, humour, the surreal and magic.
If her house caught fire and she could only save three things (apart from her animals, of course), they would be courage, compassion and a sense of humour.

 

As the cover says, this book is a sampler of some of Susie Kelly’s amazing books.

The chapters titled Travels with Tinkerbelle and Best Foot Forward will entertain you as you learn about her adventures in a campervan, and on foot as she discovers different areas in France. In true Susie style, you find yourself experiencing her trials and tribulations, on these epic journeys. France as you will never have read about it before.

Perhaps you are interested in history and would like read about the last few days of Marie Antoinette and Louix XVI as they desperately tried to escape the revolution, and visit, many years on, with Susie, places on their journey.

Do you fancy running a gite in France? Do you wonder why people do it, and what it is really like, you can read about Susie’s  experiences in the chapter titled Swallows & Robins.

And for those who love a little glimpse into  other peoples lives, learn a little about Susie’s childhood and life in the U.K. and Kenya, in I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry…

Entertaining is an understatement! Susie’s honest, direct, and very funny style of writing will captivate you, as you read these samples. I hope you enjoy them, and become, like me, totally hooked on all her books.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Bon-Voyage-Susie-Kelly/dp/1495221733/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403264657&sr=1-1&keywords=on+voyage+by+susie+Kelly

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Bon-Voyage-Susie-Kelly-ebook/dp/B00D0FWUGY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1403264657

 

 

 

The Kidney Sellers – A Journey of Discovery in Iran by Sigrid Fry-Revere

New Release

One womans thought provoking journey of discovery.

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Not long after finishing her doctorate in philosophy (specializing in patient-care ethics), the author discovered that her 10 month old son had kidney cancer, the kidney was removed, but she was warned his other kidney would have to be monitored, and he might eventually need a transplant. That knowledge has never been far from her mind…

Years later in 2007, she began studying the merits of compensated organ donation and she discovered that in Iran, unlike America, donors were compensated both by the state and also sometimes by the recipient. No one had explored firsthand the donor recipient situation in Iran, and despite very bias viewpoints and open opposition, she decided to journey there herself to determine the truth.

This book chronicles her incredible, potentially dangerous journey of discovery as she interviewed hundreds of donors and recipients throughout Iran, with the assistance of her companion Dr. Bastani, a native born Iranian, who translated for her and assisted in making sure protocols were carried out correctly.  Through her we have the opportunity to discover some of the the reasons for donation, both personal, and ethical, and learn what the transplant really means to the recipient. The author also gives the reader, the opportunity to find out, through her visits to personal friends on dialysis in America, how they view their situation and what their lives are really like.

This research could have been stored somewhere gathering dust or taking up space on a computer drive somewhere, but instead this brave woman has decided to speak out, publishing her findings in an easy to understand way.

She takes an open look at the situation in both America and Iran, and admits there are flaws, in the Iranian policies but asks pertinent questions as to why thousands of Americans have to die waiting for a donor whilst the situation in Iran is so different.

Brutally honest, fascinating and heartbreaking at times, this book is thought provoking and gives someone, like myself, with no medical background, the opportunity to really understand the personal and ethical issues behind organ donation.

 Available in Hardback format from: http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611635126/The-Kidney-Sellers

and Amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/The-Kidney-Sellers-Journey-Discovery/dp/1611635128/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394716477&sr=8-1&keywords=the+kidney+sellers

Emily-Rose’s Day at the Farm by Simone Da Costa

A wonderful children’s story.

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About the Book: Emily-Rose finally gets to feed the animals on her Grammy’s farm, but Emily-Rose finds that it is not as fun as she thinks it is.

About Simone Da Costa: Simone Da’ Costa is a writer, author, publisher and freelance Magazine writer. Simone has written many articles for several North American Magazines and she currently writes for The Caribbean Current and she is a contributor on Yahoo! Voices.

She is an author of a non-fiction spiritual book and fictional children’s books. She recently published her second children’s book titled ‘Emily-Rose’s Day at the Farm.’

Simone operates a blog called Simone’s Blog – Depicting the writer in you. It’s mission is to help authors/writers express the literary art of writing and its evocative quality that gives them much joy.

 

Review by Susan Keefe.

Emily-Rose loves visiting her Grammie on the farm; however, she’s not allowed to help feed the animals because Grammie says that they are too rambunctious.

Then, one day, she’s finally allowed to do the feeds with Grammie and she’s so excited. However, the experience is not what she imagined, animals do get excited at feed times, and soon Emily-Rose finds out what the word rambunctious means.

I live on a smallholding with chickens, sheep, goats and a horse so this type of children’s book always appeals to me. When our grandchildren visit, they love to ‘help do the feeds,’ and I found the authors descriptions of the animals’ characters, and Emily-Rose’s reaction to them were so accurate, it had me smiling throughout.

A lovely, bright, colourful and beautifully illustrated children’s book which provides plenty of opportunity for interaction between adults and children. The story contains important messages, and it has the added bonus of two games pages at the back.

Available in Paperback from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Emily-Roses-Day-Farm-Simone-Costa/dp/0987925563/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393263685&sr=8-1&keywords=Emily+Rose%27s+day+at+the+farm

 

 

 

 

Forebears by John Needham

NEW RELEASE

A fascinating story of discovery spanning the 20th and 21st Centuries.

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About the book:  When Jay Harding is given his grandmother June’s diary after her death he discovers a vivid picture depicting one Englishwoman’s life from childhood during the dark times of wartime Britain up to the present day. But he’s already learned dark secrets. Prior to her passing his grandmother had told him the story of her forebears beginning in the early optimistic years of the twentieth century, before the world was torn apart by the cataclysm of the first terrible ‘war to end all wars.’ That account gave testimony to shocking abuse, institutional cruelty and tragedy. Now he reads on . . .

As Jay journeys through the rich tapestry of his family history we find that in many ways it’s the reader’s own. For every family has a story to be told. Intertwined threads of earlier lives influence who we become. Jay sees his ancestors’ histories in handwritten pages yellowed with age; in sepia and black-and-white pictures dulled by time; in a poignant remembrance of lost love in a silver frame; has heard it told in his grandmother’s voice, tremulous in her decline. In exploring his forebears’ histories, Jay finds the rich echoes of the past resonating with his love-blessed present, inspiring him to meet the future.

Several themes run in parallel through this rich novel: the repercussions of sexual abuse, the continuum of female sexual reproduction, the woman’s view of fighting wars and running the world and the changing social mores throughout the twentieth century. It is a compelling social and family history; that of so many families of the last one-hundred-and-five years.

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This story starts with Jay, standing in the church at the funeral of his Grandmother, June. After the wake, his Granddad offers him the opportunity to read his Grandmother’s diaries, which she has kept since she was a child.

That night, Jay and his partner Helen snuggle up together and open one of the journals….

As they begin turning the pages, they find themselves drawn back through the years to June’s childhood. But then another, parallel narrative appears: we are taken back two more generations to begin with June’s own grandmother. The story spans 105 years, and follows generations of the same family, down the female line, starting with Juniper, an attractive young woman who becomes a Governess in 1906. Her life, like so many others was moulded by circumstances beyond her control. When World War 1 started, everyone, including her boyfriend was sure it would be over by Christmas, but unfortunately, as we know it was not, and our glimpse into her life gives a wonderful insight into what living before, during and after the First World War was really like.

As the story progresses, I found it fascinating to read about the changes in attitudes, fashions and morals throughout the 20th and into the 21st Century.

At the end there is the opportunity to sample the authors debut novel ‘Convergence’, which is about Martin, one of the characters in this book.

This, in my opinion would make a good book for students of Modern History to read, or anyone interested in family life in the 20th and 21st Century. Within its pages you will find it all, love, life, birth death, the full gamut of emotions. At the very end there is a satisfying, surprise plot twist.

Available at Amazon.com in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Forebears-John-Needham-ebook/dp/B00IAZX3Y2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392033154&sr=8-1&keywords=Forebears+by+john+needham

and Amazon.co.uk also in Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forebears-John-Needham-ebook/dp/B00IAZX3Y2/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

The Kidney Sellers by Sigrid Fry-Revere

New Release

One womans thought provoking journey of discovery.

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Not long after finishing her doctorate in philosophy (specializing in patient-care ethics), the author discovered that her 10 month old son had kidney cancer, the kidney was removed, but she was warned his other kidney would have to be monitored, and he might eventually need a transplant. That knowledge has never been far from her mind…

Years later in 2007, she began studying the merits of compensated organ donation and she discovered that in Iran, unlike America, donors were compensated both by the state and also sometimes by the recipient. No one had explored firsthand the donor recipient situation in Iran, and despite very bias viewpoints and open opposition, she decided to journey there herself to determine the truth.

This book chronicles her incredible, potentially dangerous journey of discovery as she interviewed hundreds of donors and recipients throughout Iran, with the assistance of her companion Dr. Bastani, a native born Iranian, who translated for her and assisted in making sure protocols were carried out correctly.  Through her we have the opportunity to discover some of the the reasons for donation, both personal, and ethical, and learn what the transplant really means to the recipient. The author also gives the reader, the opportunity to find out, through her visits to personal friends on dialysis in America, how they view their situation and what their lives are really like.

This research could have been stored somewhere gathering dust or taking up space on a computer drive somewhere, but instead this brave woman has decided to speak out, publishing her findings in an easy to understand way.

She takes an open look at the situation in both America and Iran, and admits there are flaws, in the Iranian policies but asks pertinent questions as to why thousands of Americans have to die waiting for a donor whilst the situation in Iran is so different.

Brutally honest, fascinating and heartbreaking at times, this book is thought provoking and gives someone, like myself, with no medical background, the opportunity to really understand the personal and ethical issues behind organ donation.

 Available from: http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611635126/The-Kidney-Sellers

Please note: This book is available for pre-order, but will not be published until early March 2014. Credit cards will not be charged and orders will not be shipped until that time.

Hershey Learns a Lesson by D. C. Rush

In this exciting new release by D. C. Rush the bully learns a lesson.

About the book: Hershey, the notorious cat from the Robby’s Quest storybook series, is still mean-spirited and a bully. Hershey is big, strong and very fast, yet uses all his skills for the wrong reasons; to prey upon the smaller and weaker animals around his yard.

Nomi, the other cat living in the same house, is older and much smaller. Nomi has many friends around the neighborhood. One day, when Nomi’s new friend Tyson comes over for a visit, Hershey decides to attack the smaller cats, however things do not work out as he planned, and Hershey finds himself in a situation that may change him forever.

Enjoy Hershey Learns a Lesson, a story about helping each other to develop new and lasting friendships.

 

Hershey is a big, handsome cat, but unfortunately, his beauty is only skin-deep. Inside he is a bully, he loves nothing more than to frighten other animals, and this includes Nomi, an older but very pretty tan coloured cat who lives in the same house.

If you are fans of the Robby’s Quest series of children’s books, you will already have met Hershey, as the villain, a couple of times before, when he terrorises the birds. In this books he’s still up to no good, he even steals poor Nomi’s food, but what can she do, after all, he’s much bigger than her.

It seems as if there is no way to stop Hershey’s reign of terror. However, one-day, Nomi’s friend Tyson comes to play with her. Horrible Hershey spies them, and when he creeps up and scares Tyson, the events which follow, turn the tables on Hershey and change his life forever.

Suddenly, Hershey is scared and needs help. For the first time, he’s no longer in a position to be bully. However, luckily there are nice kind cats, and when Nomi and Tyson discover his problem, they help him and teach him a valuable lesson at the same time.

The author has combined a wonderful story with a clear message, a great book which is beautifully illustrated by Daniela Fongia.

Available:

from Amazon on Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/Hershey-Learns-Lesson-D-C-Rush-ebook/dp/B00I0YQJK8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1390764162&sr=1-1 

and Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401246

 

Forebears by John Needham

A review pre-release of a fascinating story of discovery spanning the 20th and 21st Centuries.

A fascinating story.

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This story starts with Jay, standing in the church at the funeral of his Grandmother, June. After the wake, his Granddad offers him the opportunity to read his Grandmother’s diaries, which she has kept since she was a child.

That night, Jay and his partner Helen snuggle up together and open one of the journals….

As they begin turning the pages, they find themselves drawn back through the years to June’s childhood.  But then another, parallel narrative appears: we are taken back two more generations to begin with June’s own grandmother.

The story spans 105 years, and follows generations of the same family, down the female line, starting with Juniper, an attractive young woman who becomes a Governess in 1906. Her life, like so many others was moulded by circumstances beyond her control. When World War 1 started, everyone, including her boyfriend was sure it would be over by Christmas, but unfortunately, as we know it was not, and our glimpse into her life gives a wonderful insight into what living before, during and after the First World War was really like.

As the story progresses, I found it fascinating to read about the changes in attitudes, fashions and morals throughout the 20th and into the 21st Century.

At the end there is the opportunity to sample the authors debut novel ‘Convergence’, which is about Martin, one of the characters in this book.

This, in my opinion would make a good book for students of Modern History to read, or anyone interested in family life in the 20th and 21st Century. Within its pages  you will find it all, love, life, birth death, the full gamut of emotions. At the very end there is a satisfying, surprise plot twist.

Ladoo Dog: Tales of a Sweet Dachshund by Aneeta Sundararaj

A book for every dog lover.

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About the book: What makes dachshunds special? Can a dog be considered ‘Indian’ or ‘Chinese’? Do dachshunds have temper tantrums? These are some of the themes in the 12 stories about Ladoo, a dachshund with a big heart. This collection of entertaining stories will make you laugh and you will certainly appreciate dachshunds even more.

Review by Susan Keefe

Being a dog lover and knowing a little about Aneeta and her love for Ladoo, I just could not wait to read this book and as soon as it arrived, I just couldn’t put it down.

My family and I have had various breeds of dogs over the years; each loved tremendously including the long bodied Basset Hound but never a Dachshund. Man has over the centuries, through selective breeding changed the shape of dogs to suit particular roles and it was very interesting to learn more about this wonderful breed.

That Aneeta and Ladoo shared a very special bond is obvious, and the story of how these two souls became one, sharing their life together is lovely to read. The chapters enable the reader to see snippets of their lives, and appreciate this bond whilst learning a little about culture and life in Malaysia.

The phrase ‘They were made for each other’ is quite commonly used; however, you only have to read this book to see a true example. Ladoo was a wonderful dog who not only gave herself heart and soul to Aneeta [and received the same in return] but also touched the souls of many other people with her amazing character.

I would recommend this book to any animal lover, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but afterwards it will also leave you with the knowledge that you have been allowed a glimpse into this really special relationship.  

About Aneeta Sundaraj: Aneeta Sundararaj is a published author and established writer for magazines, newspapers and journals. She lives in Malaysia and adores her pet dachshund, Ladoo.

Website: http://www.howtotellagreatstory.com/

This book is being sold to support two charities and so the author would like to encourage people to buy directly from her or from the publishers via PayPal (please send an email to editor@howtotellagreatstory.com or ucansurvive@gmail.com) to ensure the money received goes towards the two causes she wants to support

However, it is also available at Amazon on Kindle here:http://www.amazon.com/Ladoo-Dog-Tales-Dachshund-ebook/dp/B00EZMGN8W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1380530777&sr=1-1&keywords=ladoo

And Smashwords here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/163760

 

Robby’s Quest: Thrills and Chills by D. C. Rush

A beautiful children’s story

Robby's Quest: Thrills and Chills

About D. C. Rush: We actually began writing our first children’s book about 2 years ago. Cathy and I would often sit outside watching the birds. We fed the birds daily. They were very clever and fun to watch, especially when the little birds kicked seed to the ground for the larger birds. It seemed the birds had some group structure and displayed very effective teamwork. We thought it would be interesting to write a book about birds flying south for the winter.
The finished book sat on our computer hard drive for over a year before my brother and sister-in-law convinced us to self-publishing. I never thought we would actually publish our work. However, the birth of our grandson Rylie gave us some added incentive to get the book out there, and we decided to dedicate the book to him. We thought it would be nice to leave something behind for our children and their children. So we had the book proofed, edited, illustrated then self-published it ourselves at Amazon.com.
Cathy and Don currently live in Arizona with their cats, Nomi and Hershey. Cathy is a homemaker and Don is a retired Manufacturing Manager and former Elementary School Governing Board Member.

About the book: The world is a very big place when you’re a little bird, but Robby and his flock of Robins, Mourning Doves, Sparrows and a lone Blackbird are determined to see as much of it as they can.

Their latest trip takes them up the coastline from San Diego to San Francisco. This means that their friend Wanda the Whale can follow along too, bringing her new friend, Wilma the Whale with her. Those aren’t the only friends the birds have. They also meet Rhonda the Red Fox, Ollie the Owl and Ellie the Eagle who all play a very important role when two baby Robins from Robby’s flock are kidnapped by a Hawk.

The birds see some amazing sights on their travels, such as Muscle Beach, giant Redwood Trees in Big Sur, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. They also get to ride on roller coasters, cable cars and do bird bungee jumping!

This is another enjoyable and educational children’s story from D.C Rush about friendship, loyalty, excitement and adventure with some unusual but charming heroes and heroines.

Review by Susan Keefe

In this fourth book, we join Robby the Robin and his ever growing flock of mixed species birds as they decide to travel again, this time their adventures are to take them down the coast and they are joined by their seafaring friends  Wanda the Whale and her friend Wilma.

During their adventures, they have fun visiting lots of new places and meeting new friends, soon discovering that the tales of their previous escapades have spread far and wide.

However, at a resting place in a Redwood forest disaster strikes the flock in the shape of another bird – an evil Hawk.

In this book, as in the others of this series, children through an engaging story which is really beautifully illustrated,  learn about important qualities, such as obeying their parents, consideration for others, loyalty, friendship and trust.

I think that an added bonus is that, whilst sitting watching the birds feed with the children I found myself showing them the different bird species, and we had great fun comparing them to the Robby’s Quest characters.

Available from Amazon on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F9IJMQG 

and Createspace in Paperback here https://www.createspace.com/441477


 

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter written and illustrated by Randa Handler

NEW RELEASE

The true meaning of Thanksgiving.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving has just been announced as a holiday in the US and eight-year-old little American-Japanese girl Takari is very excited. Her father is still in Japan however, all her other relatives in America are coming over and Takari wants to help her mother with the preparations. 

They have in America her Grandma Toshi’s very special platter, which is traditionally used for the celebration. Takari’s  mom explains to her all about the Japanese Thanksgiving day which has a different name Kinro Kansha no Hi. Little Takari wants to help, and her mother reluctantly agrees, however, an accident happens and her mother is very angry so she goes to play with her friend Little Sparrow.

When Takari, and Ruffles her dog arrive at his house they find him making cornmeal, which he tells her he is making in the traditional Wampanoag Indian way, with a wooden pestle and mortar, just as it was made it at time of first Thanksgiving. Sadly, she tells him all about her accident and his father offers to help her.

The children make cornbread together discussing their different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving, and then Takari discovers that Little Sparrow is taking the cornbread to the Veterans Hospital. Thanksgiving is about helping others as well as giving thanks for what you have, he explains to her, and so she joins him and discovers for herself the pleasure which can be gained by helping others.

This is a lovely multi cultural story with bright illustrations. The author has managed to gently open children’s eyes to the wider world, teaching them not only about the history behind American Thanksgiving Day but also explaining that many countries around the world celebrate their own kind of Thanksgiving days, perhaps with different names, but they all have nearly the same meaning.

Available at Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/The-Thanksgiving-Dinner-Platter-ebook/dp/B00F8IMBKG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379947096&sr=8-1&keywords=the+thanksgiving+dinner+platter

and Barnes & Noble here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thanksgiving-dinner-platter-randa-handler/1116961561?ean=2940148754091

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

Debbie by Conny Manero

 

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Debbie is a ferret, who is adopted by Andrew from the pet shop. Arriving at his 15th floor apartment, she soon discovers that Andrew has provided her with a lovely cage, plenty of attention and a friend to play with in the form of a cat called Charles.

Through Debbie, in this captivating story we learn a lot about ferrets and gain wonderful insights into this not very well known pet. Anyone who owns and loves animals knows they are very intelligent and do communicate, both with each other and interspecies, this enchanting, cleverly written book illustrates this wonderfully.  As I read it, I found myself reading out parts to my husband, laughing at the antics of these very intelligent animals. Given the freedom of the apartment whilst Andrew is at work, Debbie is soon learning new and interesting things from Charlie, including the rules of being an animal in a human’s world.

Whether you are a ferret fan or not, old or young, this book is a very enjoyable read, amusing and brilliantly written with lovely illustrations by Nancy Matson.  

Available here http://www.rockinghorsepublishing.com/debbie.html

The Boy Who Spoke to God written and illustrated by Randa Handler

NEW RELEASE

The Boy Who Spoke to God

Written and illustrated by Randa Handler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter written and illustrated by Randa Handler

SOON TO BE RELEASED


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving has just been announced as a holiday in the US and eight-year-old little American-Japanese girl Takari is very excited. Her father is still in Japan however, all her other relatives in America are coming over and Takari wants to help her mother with the preparations.

They have in America her Grandma Toshi’s very special platter, which is traditionally used for the celebration. Takari’s  mom explains to her all about the Japanese Thanksgiving day which has a different name Kinro Kansha no Hi. Little Takari wants to help, and her mother reluctantly agrees, however, an accident happens and her mother is very angry so she goes to play with her friend Little Sparrow.

When Takari, and Ruffles her dog arrive at his house they find him making cornmeal, which he tells her he is making in the traditional Wampanoag Indian way, with a wooden pestle and mortar, just as it was made it at time of first Thanksgiving. Sadly, she tells him all about her accident and his father offers to help her.

The children make cornbread together discussing their different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving, and then Takari discovers that Little Sparrow is taking the cornbread to the Veterans Hospital. Thanksgiving is about helping others as well as giving thanks for what you have, he explains to her, and so she joins him and discovers for herself the pleasure which can be gained by helping others.

This is a lovely multi cultural story with bright illustrations. The author has managed to gently open children’s eyes to the wider world, teaching them not only about the history behind American Thanksgiving Day but also explaining that many countries around the world celebrate their own kind of Thanksgiving days, perhaps with different names, but they all have nearly the same meaning.

 

We Walk by Faith & Not by Sight by Mary E. White

 

We Walk by Faith & Not by Sight by Mary E. White

Product Details

Publisher: Mavenmark Books

ISBN 10: 1595982116

Available in Paperback and Kindle format

220 Pages

About Mary E. White: Born In Milwaukee, WI, Mary White suffered the tragic loss of her mother at the tender age of eleven. The loss of her Mother left her empty and untrusting. Her journey through life took her across the US and finally back to Wisconsin to care for her ailing Father. A wonderful Husband and two beautiful children support Mary’s passion of rescuing animals. Along the way, Cochise found Mary and Mary learned , once again, the gifts of trust and love.
Cochise also had his journey in life. He was loved and owned by Kati for 24 years. Cochise grieved the death of his stable mate of 24 years. Cochise would also learn to love and trust again. Their worlds collided into one.

About the book: Deciding to become a horse owner, Mary White finds the perfect horse Cochise, a beautiful Appaloosa gelding. Little does she know that he is stolen when she purchases him. In We Walk By Faith & Not By Sight, she openly shares the joys, as well as the trials and tribulations, of owning a horse whose eyesight is failing from Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU). A self-proclaimed control freak, Mary learns patience, trust, and self-mastery as she and Cochise develop a unique bond. Overcoming her own inner demons, she cares for Cochise through his eye issues and even cancer.

 

Review by Susan Keefe

Loving horses, I was intrigued by this book’s title and as soon as I started reading it, I was captivated by this amazing story.

Deciding to buy a horse and choosing one is normally a straightforward process, however this whole story is one of obstacles’, coincidences and faith. From the very beginning, this partnership is tested in many ways and many times during Mary and Cochise’s incredible journey, a lesser human or horse may have given in. However, Mary’s utter devotion and deep love for Cochise’s and his total trust in her in return is an inspiration.

Mary’s support from her family, Stephen and Stephanie, friends and vets (both traditional and alternative) has enabled her, with no previous veterinary experience to care for him with his ERU and other problems. Her devotion to and love of this beautiful Appaloosa gelding is a beautiful story, one which proves, for me undoubtedly, that love, really does, conquer all.

Available from Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/We-Walk-Faith-Not-Sight/dp/1595982116/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375515196&sr=8-1&keywords=we+walk+by+faith+not+by+sight

or on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Faith-Not-Sight-ebook/dp/B00ALJJ61O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1375515604&sr=1-1&keywords=we+walk+by+faith+not+by+sight

Mom! What’s That? by Atlas Jordan

 Engaging and educational.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The title is a phrase a mother hears so many times when their children are young, but it’s heart-warming because it shows an active mind.

In this brightly illustrated book Sadie and her Mom go to the park, and of course Sadie has plenty of questions about the world around them.

This is a lovely story, which is long enough to capture a child’s attention and gives plenty of opportunities for the reader and child to interact, discover and learn new things.

An engaging story, by a very talented author.

Available from Amazon in Hardcover here http://www.amazon.com/Mom-Whats-That-Atlas-Jordan/dp/1620861437/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1367924596&sr=8-3&keywords=atlas+jordan

 

and from Barnes & Noble in Hardcover here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mom-whats-that-atlas-jordan/1113914060?ean=9781620861431

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

Where’s Green? (The EnteleTrons Series) by Renee Heiss & Gary A. Stewart

 

A wonderful way of introducing science and nature to children.

Written by Renee Heiss & Gary A. Stewart, illustrated by Fay Cofrancesco

 

 

 

 

 

The three main characters in this book are Priti a proton, Ning a neuton and Ellie an electron.

One day, their world looks different, why, what has happened? Then they discover the reason, green is missing! Where could it have gone?  It’s Priti, Ning and Ellie’s task to find out what has happened, and why. Eventually they decide to ask the primary colours if they know where green could have gone, and the truth transpires.

Through an engaging story, children start to learn in an easily absorbed manner about science, nature, primary colours, how rainbows are made and prisms. The back pages contain the EnteleLab, web site links for activities and idea’s for a game. However, there is much more to this book, woven in the pages are important life lessons, about working together, respect for others, and our place in the universe.

This is a bright, cleverly thought out book, beautifully illustrated and appealing to children. I wish it had been out when my children were young!

Available at Amazon in Hardcover here http://www.amazon.com/Wheres-Green-EnteleTrons-Renee-Stewart/dp/0988781301/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_har?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1367300677&sr=1-1&keywords=Where%27s+Green%3F+by+Renee+Heiss

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Wheres-Green-EnteleTrons-Series-ebook/dp/B00BVV12WW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1367300796&sr=1-1&keywords=Where%27s+Green%3F+by+Renee+Heiss

and at Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wheres-green-renee-heiss/1114998808?ean=2940044413474

If I Were King – Written and Illustrated by Randa Handler

 

A wonderful story with an important message.

If I Were King

 Deep in a beautiful jungle, six very different animal friends meet. Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Giraffe and Monkey are bored, but not Zebra, she is determined to have fun and starts a game ‘If I were king.’ At first, it seems harmless, but soon, the animals’ very different characters and traits begin to show.

Within the story are important messages. The reader has a wonderful opportunity to interact with the child as it learns about not only the different characteristics and traits of some wild animals, but also important life lessons such as self-awareness, understanding others and character judgement, in an easily absorbable way.

This very talented author and illustrator has produced a lovely, colourfully illustrated book which I believe will really appeal to children.

Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/If-I-Were-King-ebook/dp/B00ANBHJIC/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1366045034&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=if+I+were+king+by+randa+handler

Barnes & Noble Nook book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/if-i-were-king-randa-handler/1113957671?ean=2940015722949

Cubbie Blue and His Dog Dot – Book 2: What’s Up With Mike? Written and Illustrated by Randa Handler

 

The importance of acceptance and friendship.

Cubbie Blue and His Dog Dot - Book 2: What's Up With Mike?

In Book 1, we discover how Cubbie, a special being from the magical land of Baltar and his very unusual dog Dot meet, and made friends with three human boys, Derek, Brian and Christopher.

This book opens with the boys making special food for Cubbie and learning more about the wonderful things which happen on Baltar.

Then a new family move in next door, they have a son called Mike and a dog called Spark. Mike is shy, and when Cubbie, Dot and the boys discover why, they decide to help him.

However, danger is still out there for Cubbie, Ayron soldiers have arrived to capture him, but luckily the little group and their new friend Mike save the day, with a little help from Dot!

I think, in this, the second book of the series, this talented author and illustrator has continued to convey important messages about friendship, understanding and acceptance of differences in a wonderful way using her very special characters.

Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Cubbie-Blue-His-Dog-ebook/dp/B00ANAYDF0/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_3_42BQ

Barnes & Noble as a Nook book here  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/cubbie-blue-and-his-dog-dot-book-2-whats-up-with-mike?keyword=cubbie+blue+and+his+dog+dot+book+2+whats+up+with+mike&store=ebook

Cubbie Blue and His Dog Dot – Book 1 Written and Illustrated by Randa Handler

A wonderful story of friendship and discovery.

Cubbie Blue and His Dog Dot - Book 1

Cobolt is a Baltarian, he’s very small, blue and has a long flowing beard. His dog Dot has four ears and two tails and they come from a magical place called Baltar.

Disobeying his father, Cobolt plays with his new birthday present a moon-hubber and finds himself and Dot transported to the U.S.A.

At first, they are very scared of the giant people and cover themselves with invisible dust, but then they watch three boys playing happily together and decide to follow them home.

The boys are just as scared, when they discover the two special beings, with supernatural powers, but soon they all become the best of friends and a strong bond develops. Cobolt is renamed Cubbie, and he tells them about Baltar, and how he can telepathically hear his friend Astra warning him that the horrible soldiers from Ayron are after him, but that he cannot contact her back.

Together a strong friendship develops between the human boys and the special beings, as they all discover a lot about taking care of each other, the world around them, and the importance of friendship.

This is a lovely story, colourfully illustrated, which should appeal to children worldwide.

Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Cubbie-Blue-His-Dog-ebook/dp/B00ANAI0GS/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_3_4293

Barnes and Noble as a Nook book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cubbie-blue-and-his-dog-dot-book-1-randa-handler/1113957566?ean=2940015722376

Queen Elizabeth 1: A Very Brief History by Mark Black

The compact format of this book is ideal for the reader who wants to learn specifically about Queen Elizabeth I the last Tudor queen.

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This book covers all her life, from her birth on 7th September, 1533. We learn about her childhood, upbringing and the trials she had to endure, her relationship with her siblings, her older sister Mary, better known to many as Mary Queen of Scots and younger brother, King Edward VI.

From reading this, we can easily see how Queen Elizabeth I became such a powerful and strong leader, never marrying but dealing with suitors and foreign relations in her own way. The book finishes with her death on 24th March, 1603 at the grand age of 69.

As an adult interested in learning more about Queen Elizabeth I I found it a very interesting and enjoyable read, but I would imagine it would be invaluable to a child carrying out a history project on this subject.

Available on Kindle  http://www.amazon.com/Queen-Elizabeth-Brief-History-ebook/dp/B00ADTIBRM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363513436&sr=8-1&keywords=Queen+Elizabeth+1%3A+a+very+brief+history

Beewitched by Julia Dweck.

A beautifully children’s book on Kindle.

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http://www.amazon.com/Beewitched-ebook/dp/B00BNCOX98/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363023840&sr=8-1&keywords=beewitched+by+julia+dweck

This engaging story is about a thoroughly modern Miss called Beetrice who adores bees. She loves everything about them, including their honey and she even dresses like one. When she goes on a school picnic however, through the powers of magic she discovers more about them than she could ever imagine.

This is a great book for children, which is bright and beautifully illustrated. Julia manages through the power of her storytelling to educate children about these useful insects in her own delightful and captivating way.

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo – Lobo Visits the Barnyard – Written and Illustrated by C. L. Murphy

A wonderful bright interactive children’s book.

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo

This book is available for download on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/adventures-lovable-lobo/id598005507?ls=1

In this second book, Lobo the lovable wolf pup visits a barnyard.

Lobo is a fun loving happy wolf pup who loves to play, and now Lulubell the cow has invited him to visit a barnyard, and he’s very excited!

The silly pup has great fun imitating the animals he finds there, and discovering all about them. They have to keep telling him that he’s not one of them, but he knows that really!

This is a wonderfully bright and engaging interactive children’s book, which allows children to have great fun discovering the different barnyard animals and birds in the company of lovable Lobo. Throughout the book, they have to find and then press the animal footprints to hear the noise they make.

This book is ideal for parents and grandparents who want have the opportunity to spend time with children entering a bright and colorful world of discovery.

The talent of this author who is also an amazing illustrator shines through in this wonderful bright interactive book.

Zombie-Kids Go Green by Julia Dweck

Fun to read but with an important ‘green’ message.

Zombie-Kids Go Green (KiteReaders Monster Series)

 

On amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Kids-KiteReaders-Monster-Series-ebook/dp/B00BA9JR36/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

 

The zombie-kids devotion to rising whilst we sleep and cleaning up our environment, saving water, recycling and keeping healthy gets across very important ‘green’ messages to children in a very clever way.

I can see this book appealing especially to slightly older children with its colourful content and grotesque sometimes not quite complete zombie-kids, creepy crawlies, and other things…

The idea of zombie-kids cleaning the world as we sleep makes this a great, funny, rhyming story; it is the first in the Monster series I have read, but I think it is a bright, wonderfully illustrated book which would appeal greatly to children.

Written by Julia Dweck and Illustrated by Mark Draisey

 

 

Boys & Reading by Alison Roundtree

The essential guide on how to motivate your 6-14 year old boy to read.

 

Boys & Reading

 

Available on Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Boys-Reading-ebook/dp/B009XPBWF0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359365152&sr=8-1&keywords=boys+and+reading+by+alison+roundtree

and on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/boys-reading/id570176920?mt=11

Kobobooks.com http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Boys-Reading/book-6DBPJnVMQEKpRgdc6tF2Pg/page1.html

The knowledge that the author has over 20 years of experience in education, both teaching and training, and latterly became a literacy specialist comes as no surprise when reading this book.

The programme she devised has been used by both herself, other teachers and parents to overcome reading problems with boys.

She starts by looking at five boys’ profiles, each child with different reading problem and from different backgrounds.

From there, she discusses the most probable causes for their problems. I found this piece of the book fascinating. As a mother and grandmother, I have to say I would have liked to have had the opportunity to read it when my children were toddlers, as I feel the knowledge and insights it contains would benefit any child.

The parent discovers why it is so important that they are the teacher, is given the confidence that they can do it, and that they do have the time. Initially, the groundwork is carried out solely by them, as they learn what to do, and how to handle the different situations which may already have, and will in the future arise.

What follows is an amazing learning programme, which shows the parent how to motivate and inspire their child to enjoy reading without temper tantrums or arguments. The writer gives them clearly the expertise to help their child overcome their problems, and become confident and successful readers.

Cleverly, in a stress free way, for both parties, the parent discovers how to help and motivate their child. The importance of setting mini-goals tailored to the child’s particular problem is emphasised. The author provides various mini-goal solutions, each with full instructions on how the parent should work with the child to achieve them, by playing games and other interactions, using imaginative and entertaining ideas, which enable them to spark the child’s interest.

In conclusion, in my opinion this book will be a real answer to many parents prayers, not only helping them to assist their child overcome a serious problem with  a vital educational and life skill, but the experience they share will also allow a closer bond to develop between them.