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HARRY THE HONEST HORSE by K. A. Mulenga

Naughty Hank learns an important lesson from Harry the Honest Horse.

Harry the horse lives in Horseville, a beautiful place with a lovely meadow and lake. He is worried though, his best friend Hank just can’t resist fibbing, even though he knows it’s not right. Then, when Harry challenges him, his answer is always that life would be boring without fibs.

Poor Harry is not happy, deep down he knows Hank is being naughty, and yet he’s his best friend, what can he do?

One day Hank managed to persuade Harry to play a prank on an old couple, Mr. and Mrs. Neigh. Together the horses take Mr. and Mrs. Neigh’s hay, and the next morning when asked if they know where it is, before Harry can answer, Hank says that a big wind blew it away!

This is bad enough, but when Hank goes a little further with his pranks on the old couple, Harry just has to confide in his dad, who tells him of a wise saying, which Harry takes in.  

You see, Harry is not a bad horse, he is just being led into mischief by his friend. Empowered by his dad’s words, Harry when asked by the old couple if he knew what happened, chooses the path of honesty, and is wonderfully rewarded for it.

When his friend Hank sees what has happened, it makes him think, and he realises that he is wrong, it is not good to be a fibber, honest is really the best way to be. Harry has taught his best friend a valuable lesson.

In this lovely story the author teaches children, through a simple, yet effective story, beautifully illustrated, that being honest is really very important. Even if your friends are being naughty and telling lies, it is better not to follow them, but instead tell the truth, and set a good example!

About the Author:

My name is Kalenga Augustine Mulenga aka K.A. Mulenga. My passion is writing. I started writing when I was 10 years old and my passion was reignited by my 11 year old son. Writing runs in my blood as my late father was a journalist and the first black editor of the Zambia Daily Mail and my late brother was a poet. To date, I have published 10 children’s books . They are available on Amazon and also from my website. I love writing children’s books with a positive message and also to make them laugh and entertained. I am a prolific writer and currently have 9 edited and completed manuscripts.
I am busy with a memoir and after that I would like to write some fiction and non-fiction in the near future.
One of my books, Donk and the Stubborn Donkeys was #1 Bestseller Juvenile Fiction > Animals > Farm Animals.

Author’s website: https://www.kamulenga.com/

About the Book:

Harry the horse seems to have it all. He lives in a beautiful place, is good-looking and his cheerful nature means he is loved by every one of his many friends. Harry’s life is simple, joyful and trouble-free.
Well, most of the time, anyway! Harry’s best friend, Hank, has a bad habit of getting up to no good. He is a terrible prankster, always thinking up new ways to play jokes on others. Now, although Hank is great fun to be around, Harry notices that sometimes his pranks go too far and, instead of causing laughter, they cause hurt. The worst part about Hank’s pranks for Harry is that Hank also tells great big fibs to get himself out of trouble.
Because Harry spends so much time with Hank, he finds himself getting involved in Hank’s pranks. He knows that what Hank is doing is wrong…but he doesn’t know what to do about it. When he tries talking to Hank about what he believes, his advice falls on deaf ears. Not only does Hank not seem to take life seriously at all, but he also doesn’t seem to understand that what he sees as harmless fun is no fun at all for others! Oh, and then there’s the fibbing part.
Harry is at a loss of what to do and asks his father for help. His dad gives him some valuable advice on how to handle his wayward friend. The next time Hank does something naughty, Harry does something he’s never done before. Instead of keeping quiet and just wishing his friend could change his wicked ways, he finds his voice and speaks up!
What will happen next? Will Hank still want to be Harry’s friend? Will he ever learn the difference between harmless fun and harmful pranks? And most importantly, will he ever start telling the truth? Read on to find out…
Most of us have that “fun friend” who regularly gets us into trouble, right? Harry the Honest Horse is a delightful story which addresses important concepts such as not letting a joke go too far, and the value of being a champion for the truth, no matter how hard it may be sometimes. The fun-loving friends in the story are relatable to young readers, who will no doubt empathise with Harry when faced with the difficult decision of keeping his loyalty to a good friend versus standing up for what he knows is right. An all-round happy ending confirms to the young reader that honesty is always the best policy!

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08VJLTLZ1/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i8

THE LEOPARD LICKS ITS SPOTS by K. A. Mulenga

A lovely children’s book with an important message.

Leroy lives with his Mummy, Daddy, Grandma, and Grandpa. Grandpa Leopard, is Chief and the Judge of their group who live in the African Savannah. His grandpa’s roles hold big responsibilities,  they are very important jobs which means he has to be very wise.

Leroy and Lapa are as usual playing together, when they see a misdeed occurring. Being good leopards they immediately report it to Grandpa Chief, who calls everyone and uses his fair judgement to deliver the correct punishment. Afterwards they hear him quote, as he usually does, the Zulu proverb “The leopard licks both its black and white spots.”

Some time later, the young leopard friends find themselves under the judgement of Leroy’s beloved Grandpa, and when it is their turn to accept the punishment Leroy thinks it is unfair. So Grandpa reminds them of his saying. When you read this story you will discover the very important meaning behind Grandpa Leopard’s wise words.

K. A. Mulenga brings to his children’s books not only important life lessons, but also allows his readers to learn about the proverbs of Zambia. These sayings are very true and have the same importance throughout the world. A lovely story which will be enjoyed by all young children.

About the Author:

My name is Kalenga Augustine Mulenga aka K.A. Mulenga. My passion is writing. I started writing when I was 10 years old and my passion was reignited by my 11 year old son. Writing runs in my blood as my late father was a journalist and the first black editor of the Zambia Daily Mail and my late brother was a poet. To date, I have published 9 children’s eBooks on Amazon. I love writing children’s books with a positive message and also to make them laugh and entertained. I am a prolific writer and currently have 8 edited and completed manuscripts.
I am busy with a memoir and after that I would like to write some fiction and non-fiction in the near future.
One of my books, Donk and the Stubborn Donkeys was #1 Bestseller Juvenile Fiction > Animals > Farm Animals

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About the Book:

Leroy and Lapa are leopards and best friends. They live in the Savannah. Grandpa Leopard is the Chief and Judge of the leopards. His favourite saying is ” A LEOPARD LICKS BOTH ITS WHITE AND BLACK SPOTS”. Do you want to know what that means? Find out by reading THE LEOPARD LICKS ITS SPOTS.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NK4L76H/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i6

DONK AND THE STUBBORN DONKEYS by K.A. Mulenga

An inspirational children’s book.

My two granddaughters just loved this bright and inspirational children’s book. It tells the story of Donk, a little donkey who’s a bit of a loner. He’s the youngest in the family, and nobody has time for him. All he hears the farmer saying is that donkeys are stubborn. Why does he say that? Are donkeys really stubborn? And, if they are, why?

Well Donk, like all young animals is curious, and tries to discover the answer. He asks everyone, his mother, his brothers and sisters, even the magical purple fairy donkey Jack. “Why are donkeys stubborn?” Everyone just says, “That’s just the way it is,” but that’s not good enough for Donk, he wants to know the reason why.

Children need to ask questions to grow as people, and develop their understanding of their world, and it’s the same for all creatures. In this bright, and beautifully illustrated children’s book, the author, using the cute and endearing character of Donk, has cleverly demonstrated to children that it is good to question things, and search for answers. Just because they are told “That’s just how it is,” that’s not a reason to accept it, or indeed believe it is true! This book empowers them to believe that they can stretch boundaries, and open new horizons, not only for themselves, but for others too.

Writing truly runs in the blood of Kalenga Augustine Mulenga, the author of this Amazon #1 Bestselling children’s book, and others. His father was the first black editor of the Zambia Daily Mail, and his brother was a poet. He started writing aged 10, but his passion has been reignited by his 11 year old son.

A wonderful inspirational children’s book which will be enjoyed by children either by it being read to them, or reading it themselves when they are able. Highly recommended!

About the Author:

My name is Kalenga Augustine Mulenga aka K.A. Mulenga. My passion is writing. I started writing when I was 10 years old and my passion was reignited by my 11 year old son. Writing runs in my blood as my late father was a journalist and the first black editor of the Zambia Daily Mail and my late brother was a poet. To date, I have published 9 children’s eBooks on Amazon. I love writing children’s books with a positive message and also to make them laugh and entertained. I am a prolific writer and currently have 8 edited and completed manuscripts.
I am busy with a memoir and after that I would like to write some fiction and non-fiction in the near future.
One of my books, Donk and the Stubborn Donkeys was #1 Bestseller Juvenile Fiction > Animals > Farm Animals

Author’s Website: http://K.A. Mulenga.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08N5CNPP8/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

The Climate Change Adventure: Inform children about how disastrous climate change will be (Picture book) (The Rescue Elves Book 3) by Monty J. McClaine

A wonderful Relves adventure which explains climate change and its effects on our planet.

This is the third book in ‘The Rescue Elves’ series of children’s books. The Rescue Elves or ‘Relves’ have a very important job at one particular time of the year, Christmas. They are Santa’s Elves, and it is their job to ensure that Santa and his reindeer get their presents to the children of the world, however, to be fit enough for this once a year job, they are given special focused activities, in different parts of the world, throughout the year by Mrs. Claus.

The setting for this adventures activity is one of their favourite, Island Castle, which is set in the middle of a big lake. Relves Charlie, Jack, Sparkle and Holly are very excited, and are looking forward to catching up with friends who live in the lake. However, when they arrive they are greeted with a mystery, the lake water has disappeared, and not only that, but their friends lives are in danger! What could be the cause?

As parents, grandparents, and carers of the world, we have a duty to protect it for the generations who follow us. The dangers the world face through global warming are real to us, its wildlife and environments. Being very aware of this danger I was delighted to discover this book to read with my granddaughter who has just turned five. This Relves adventure in an engaging way clearly explains what global warming is, however importantly, this is not all, it also explains what we can all do to stop it.

Educating our children through wonderful story books like this, which explain very simply the effects that everyday things have on the planet, and how the introduction of new technology can reduce the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, is vital for the future of our planet, and everyone and thing which lives on it. I highly recommend this to families who wish to educate their children on the importance of environmental awareness.

About the Author:

Proud winner of the 7th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards (2018) in the “Environment” category for The Rescue Elves – The Plastic Pollution Adventure.

Proud winner of the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the “Holiday” category for Super Speed Sam – Santa’s Rescue Dog.

I feel that some of the natural interactions between family and friends are gradually eroding, if not already completely worn away for some. And I was reminded of a C.S.Lewis quotation –

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

It also feels like the simple joy of laughing or crying among family and friends is being replaced by beeps, bops and demands to ‘add new features’ or ‘why doesn’t this work?’ or ‘who’s hogging the Wi-Fi?’.

So I set out to create a fun and exciting series of children’s short stories, with lots of adventure and splashes of humor, all paced to hold children’s attention whether reading or listening… at least that’s my hope!

Stories that will delight both boys and girls, the young and old, and, of course, moms and dads! Tales that allow a return to simpler values, kid-like imagination for both children and adults and, I sincerely hope, bring families closer together.

Author’s Website: http://relves.com/

About the Book:

The Relves were very excited today because their rescue mission was taking them to one of their favorite places in the world – the old ruins of the Island Castle. There they would meet up with their young fish friends, who they hadn’t seen in a long, long, time.

“This is going to be such a treat,” Sparkle said with a smile. Holly nodded. “Yeah, I love all the rich, green grass where the old castle sits!” Jack eagerly added, “And the clear blue water of the lake around it all,” as Charlie grinned in agreement.

The Relves had all the special equipment they needed that day. A mountain rescue rope, hard hats so they would not hurt their heads, and sturdy climbing boots.

But, as they got closer to the castle ruins, they could not believe their eyes. What once was an old broken-down castle on a small island in the middle of a gentle lake, was now a towering castle, that sat on what looked like a mountain. And the lake had all but disappeared, except for a few large puddles that looked like they were moving by themselves.

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Climate-Change-Adventure-children-disastrous-ebook/dp/B07YTS9GXJ/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_pdt_img_top?ie=UTF8

LA PETITE JOSETTE EN PROVENCE Going to Les Baux-de-Provence (Voyage aux Baux-de-Provence) by Ashley Davidson-Fisher

 

Coming soon” LA PETITE JOSETTE EN PROVENCE

Going to Les Baux-de-Provence (Voyage aux Baux-de-Provence)

by Ashley Davidson-Fisher

 

“Wake up, La Petite, réveille-toi, we’re going on an adventure to a medieval village!”

La Petite loves adventures and history and she is super excited for her trip to Les Baux-de-Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in Provence, France.

What will she find?

A castle, knights, perhaps a “treasure” to take home? There’s so much to do before the trip, but with the help of her big sister they’ll be on their way in no time.

La Petite en Provence is an illustrated, bilingual, French and English language adventure and learning book.

It helps to teach children basic, multi-language skills and to foster a love for exploring the world.

Review by Susan Keefe:

France captured the hearts of southern California born and raised author Ashley and her husband Michael in 2003, when they arrived in Provence with their four young children. Ashley was studying abroad for degrees in French Culture Studies and Business, and whilst Ashley participated in her university work, Michael and the children became immersed in the French culture and language. Trips out exploring their adopted country led to a love of the region, and after returning to the USA to complete her degrees, Ashley and her husband returned with their youngest child to Provence in 2010.

It is perhaps these experiences into the French way of life as an expat which inspired Ashley to create this clever little story. It is written primarily in English, but also has many phrases written, and explained in French also. I think this enriches the story and enables the reader to enjoy a truly bilingual experience.

The setting is the beautiful village of Les Baux-de-Provence. It is a listed heritage site, is noted as “one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France” (“Station classée”). Its ruined castle, and history make it the ideal foil for the wonderful journey of discovery, which La Petite Josette and her big sister Anne-Laure embark upon in this story.

There is great excitement in the household, the family are going for a day out! The girls can’t wait for mum to pack the picnic, and dad to get the car ready. Eagerly they watch the beautiful countryside, the vast vineyards, and olive groves go by on their way to their hilltop destination, Les Baux-de-Provence. However it is the village’s hilltop ruined castle which captivates the girls’ imagination.

As they look around it, papa explains its history, and the girls are caught up in the atmosphere, looking over the ramparts, seeing the village below, and even some troglodyte caves!

What an exciting day, they have, there is so much to see and do! But all good things must come to an end, and it is two tired girls who return home at the end of a wonderful day, and clutched in her hand La Petite Josette holds a very special souvenir.

A lovely story, one to be treasured forever, beautifully illustrated by the author and her husband’s talented daughter Martinique Louise Fisher. – Highly Recommended!

To find out more please visit the author’s website: https://lapetitejosette.com/ 

La Petite Josette in Provence will be available in September.

Everything is Different by Ann Morris

 

Exciting times are ahead when Brett visits England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett and his dad visit England where so many things are different, and in this lovely book he learns that different is not necessarily wrong.

From the moment Brett stepped onto the plane he knew he was in for a great adventure. He and his dad had been invited to England, and that was a long way away from his home in America.

There are lots of things for him to discover, and the first was that the clouds were under his feet, not over his head.

Then he discovers that the English drive on the ‘wrong side of the road’ and not only that, they ‘speak funny’ too. Whatever next?

Arriving in the Midlands Brett is in for a treat when dad tells him that they are going to visit Bolsover Castle, and he immediately looks it up on his laptop to find out more.

“Wow, this big stone castle definitely looks like a great place to explore, but why aren’t they made of wood like ours are?” He asks his dad.

He soon discovers the answer to this question and many more when he arrives at the castle. Everyone can dress up, and Brett decides it would be cool to become a knight for the day. And wow what a fantastic day he has as he steps back in time and relives history. He has learnt so much in just one visit!

However the day is not over, there are other places to see, and different food to try.

Sadly, soon it is time to go home, their brief holiday is finished. Brett has had a wonderful time and has learnt a very important lesson from his trip, which is that different definitely isn’t wrong, and having an open mind to new experiences opens a world of wonderful opportunities to you.

I loved the way that this book highlights positively the differences between England and America. I found its message to children inspiring, because like the author, I feel is very important for our children to be able to experience new things, and realise that things are very different in other places.

This book is beautifully illustrated by Melissa Wright.

 

About the Author:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Morris believes that life experiences are big teaching moments for children. The more adults foster positive attitudes and learning methods, the better communicators and more resourceful adults our children will become. Fluent in Spanish, she encourages others to learn as many languages as possible. The more we understand each other on an individual basis, the fewer stereotypes there will be.

 

About the Book:

Brett and his dad visit England in the United Kingdom. Brett observes many things new to him. His dad patiently explains why different things work where they are and that Brett should not be alarmed. Brett learns that different does not mean wrong and enjoys his experience, including a visit to a castle.

Available from Amazon in Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Different-Ann-Morris/dp/1620866870/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522229406&sr=8-1&keywords=everything+is+different+by+Ann+Morris

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Different-Ann-Morris-ebook/dp/B017WLXNVC/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1522229406&sr=8-1

and

Barnes and Noble in Hardcover https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/everything-is-different-ann-morris/1122938149?ean=9781620866870

and as a NOOK Book https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/everything-is-different-ann-morris/1122938149?ean=2940156681549

 

Everything is Different can also be purchased in Spanish in both Hardcover and Kindle from Amazom.es https://www.amazon.es/Everything-Different-Ann-Morris/dp/1620866870/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522230195&sr=8-1&keywords=everything+is+different+by+ann+morris

 

Brett y su padre visitan Inglaterra donde muchas cosas son distintas, y en este libro bonito aprende que lo distinto no significa equivocado.

Desde el momento en que subió Brett al avión sabía que entraba en una gran aventura. Les habían invitado a su padre y a él a Inglaterra, y eso quedaba muy lejos de su hogar en América.

Hay muchas cosas para que descubra, y la primera fue que las nubes quedaban bajo sus pies, no sobre la cabeza.
Entonces, descubre que los ingleses conducen en la vía «equivocada» del camino y no sólo eso, hablan «raro» también. ¿Qué más habrá?

Llegando en las tierras «Midlands», la parte central de Inglaterra, Brett está para experimentar algo especial cuando su padre le dice que van a visitar el castillo Bolsover Castle, e inmediatamente lo busca en su portátil para saber más.

–Guau, este castillo enorme seguro que parece gran lugar para explorar, pero ¿por qué no están hechos de madera como los nuestros?– Le pregunta a su padre.

Pronto descubre la respuesta a su pregunta y a muchas más cuando llega al castillo. Todos se pueden disfrazar y Brett decide que sería bonito hacerse caballero para el día. Y guau que día tan fantástico lo pasa al retrocederse por los años y revivir la historia. ¡Ha aprendido muchísimo en sólo una visita!

Pero el día no ha terminado, hay otros lugares que ver, y comida distinta que probar.

Con pena, dentro de poco se les acaba la visita breve. Brett lo ha pasado fenomenalmente y ha aprendido una lección importante de su viaje, la cual es que distinto seguramente no significa equivocado, y que ampliarse la conciencia a nuevas experiencias te abren un mundo de oportunidades magníficas.

Me encantó la manera en que este libro recalca positivamente las diferencias entre Inglaterra y América. Me inspiró el mensaje a los niños, porque como la autora, Yo siento que es importante que nuestros niños puedan experimentar nuevas cosas, y darse cuenta que son muy distintas en otros lugares.

Este libro es ilustrado de una forma muy bonita por Melissa Wright.

NEIGHBORS: The Yard Critters, Book 1 by George Held

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A wonderful way for children to learn about the critters in their yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as I received this book I knew it was going to be something special. I sat with my little granddaughter who loves animals, and together we enjoyed this wonderful selection of poems written by George Held, and beautifully illustrated by the talented Joung Un Kim.

Yard Critters: Book 1 is an enchanting way for children to learn about the animals who live in their own back yard or neighborhood. The author has cleverly incorporated into each lovely poem, in a fun way, a wealth of information about some of the creatures the reader could come across.

Without even trying, and with a smile on her face my granddaughter learnt about squirrels, rabbits, deer, raccoons, possums, robins, earthworms, bats, garter snakes, and groundhogs. She also discovered another animal in the book, one which wouldn’t fit in her yard, but, I’m not going to tell you what it is, you will have to read the story and find out for yourself…

As a parent and grandparent, what I really loved about this book is that it teaches children a very important lesson, one which tends to be forgotten these days, that this earth is for all creatures and every one of them has a place on it.

I would recommend this wonderful children’s book to parents, grandparents, and care givers, to read to their children, and for the children themselves to read when they are able to.

 

About the Author:

GEORGE HELD, poet and writer, is a seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He has published seventeen poetry collections, including a trilogy of chapbooks on nature themes, and has served on the board of the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, New York, since 1991. His work appears in such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Notre Dame Review, Confrontation, and The Writer’s Almanac (Garrison Keillor). Educated at Brown (B.A.), University of Hawai’i (M.A.), and Rutgers (Ph.D), he was a Fulbright lecturer for three years and is a former professor at Queens College, City University of New York. He lives in New York and Sag Harbor

 

About the Illustrator:

JOUNG UN KIM, illustrator and designer, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has illustrated many picture books for children, including The Grasshopper Hopped [Golden Books/Random House] and Hen Hears Gossip [Greenwillow/Harper Collins]. She lives in Southern California.

 

About the Book:

Children’s picture book with collaged illustrations and short, accessible poems about the wild animals we often find in our suburban yards, city streets, and country house landscapes.Included are the Squirrel, Possum, Deer, Raccoon, Bear, No Elephant, Bat, Rabbit, Turtle, Garter Snake, Earthworm, Robin, Groundhog — with collaged illustrations and a special poetic form for the Raccoon: the Racku. Primary age group is 6-7 — but children as young as 3 can be read to and can appreciate the illustrations. This is the first book in the NEIGHBORS series. A companion, NEIGHBORS The Yard Critters TOO is also available. The underlying message of both books is that all creatures have a place in nature.

 

NEIGHBORS: The Yard Critters, Book 1 is available from Amazon in Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Neighbors-Yard-Critters-Book-1/dp/0916754251/ref=sr_1_sc_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1513083834&sr=1-2-spell&keywords=The+Yard+Critters+by+geore+held 

and

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/neighbors-george-held/1113012751?ean=9780916754259

 

Philippe The Black Sheep/Philippe Le Mouton Noir by Joan Dupont

 

Philippe proves that dreams really can come true!

This is an enchanting story about a courageous black lamb called Philippe, he’s not your ordinary lamb, no following the flock for him, he knows what he wants out of life!

You see Philippe wants to become an artist, he loves to paint and dreams of escaping to Mont Saint –Michel where he imagines himself sitting under its bell, painting.

However, it is one thing to have dreams and another to follow them through, and in this enchanting story we discover if Philippe is successful. We follow his intrepid journey as he bravely works out how to escapes from the mundane life the other salt marsh sheep live, and eventually arrives in France, ready to embrace his new life.

Of course, there is one important little thing that Philippe has overlooked though – in fact he has probably not even considered it, it is that he is a lamb, and for a lot of people his future will have already been decided.

Undaunted and no doubt unaware of the above, Philippe is confident that with hard work his dream will come true, and so he sets out to find a job in the land of his dreams. Determined to succeed he sets out to prove how hard he can work, despite the taunting of Chef Louis the Cruel.

Through his exciting adventure the author, Joan Dupont, teaches the reader some important life lessons, that if you believe in yourself, do what you know is right, and help others, dreams really can come true.

My little granddaughter absolutely adored this delightful story which is not only beautifully illustrated throughout by Ellen Shires but lovely to read as it is written in rhyming verse.

I know this story will be a firm family favourite for years to come.

 

About the Author: Joan Dupont, author, writes on film and the arts and is known for her interviews in the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. This foray into children’s fiction was inspired by a visit to the bay of Mont Saint-Michel. Ms. Dupont, originally a New Yorker, lives mainly in Paris.

About the Book: This is the story of Philippe, of France, a Salt Marsh Lamb with artistic ambitions. After an arduous journey, he ends up in a Mont Saint-Michel kitchen with a cruel chef — until he’s freed to do his art. The underlying message is to follow your star. With blurbs by Jacques Pepin, model Carmen Dell’Orefice, librarian Katharine Branning of the French Institute Alliance Francaise in New York, and ballerina Karin von Aroldingen. Easily held and shared by parents, caregivers, and teachers eager to explore France, food, and dreams of the arts with their children and students.

 

Philippe The Black Sheep is available from Amazon in Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Philippe-Black-Sheep-Joan-Dupont/dp/0916754456/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1512052228&sr=1-1

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Philippe-Black-Sheep-Joan-Dupont-ebook/dp/B074FXW2SR/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1512052228&sr=1-1

and Kobo as an eBook https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/philippe-the-black-sheep

and Philippe Le Mouton Noir is available from Amazon in Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Philippe-Mouton-Noir-French-Dupont-ebook/dp/B074FF96SC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512051263&sr=8-1&keywords=Philippe+Le+Mouton+Noir

Barnes & Noble in Hardcover https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/philippe-the-black-sheep-joan-dupont/1124618392?ean=9780916754457

 

Dynomike: Magical Space (Children’s Mindfulness Book, Rhyming Bedtime Stories for Kids) by Mr Frankie B. Rabbit

 

How to change your rainy days into sunny ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some days you get up and everything goes wrong, it seems as if the world is against you. Poor Dynomike is having just such a day! As soon as the alarm clock goes off things start to go wrong, and before he even gets to the school bus disaster has struck three times, and so he is stressed, sore and grumpy.

However help is at hand, Bus Driver Chubb notices his distress and has the perfect remedy, what’s more it is instant, costs nothing, and it really works!

So what is the remedy, well, I’m not going to spoil this wonderful story by telling you, but what I will say is that once you learn Bus Driver Chubb’s trick you never need to be grumpy again.

I absolutely love reading my grandchildren the Dynomike series of children’s books because they teach children how to cope with everyday problems in a positive way using rhyming verse. The books are especially appealing to youngsters because of they are beautifully eye catching, and wonderfully illustrated.

With so many extra pressures on our children and grandchildren these days I think it is lovely that this book teaches them, through Dynomike’s, example how to incorporate simply relaxation and mindfulness into their lives.

 

About the Book: From the Dynomike Series: Dynomike’s day is off to a rough start, and it only seems to be getting worse by the minute. A series of early-morning mishaps and nearly being late for school leaves him stressed and worried that the entire day will be a disaster. Luckily, the bus driver senses Dynomike’s distress and gives him a magic tool to calm down, refocus, and start thinking his way to a better day.

All of us have bad days from time to time. But Dynomike: Magical Space uses engaging illustrations and fun language to teach kids how to be mindful and shift their thinking to ease stress in any situation.

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Dynomike-Magical-Childrens-Mindfulness-Rhyming/dp/1548097314/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1498054258&sr=8-1

and as a Digital Book https://www.amazon.com/Dynomike-Magical-Childrens-Mindfulness-Rhyming-ebook/dp/B072KPYSQN/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1498054258&sr=8-1

 

Marie and Mr Bee by Margaret Welwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important life lessons from Marie and Mr Bee

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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