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I Believe: I Am a Great Reader and Writer Just Like Jojo, the Talented Horse by Suzanne Mondoux

 

 

A wonderful story encouraging confident reading and writing.

The star of this children’s book is Jojo the talented horse. When she meets two other horses, Carlo and Teddy, she invites them to a reading and writing class which is being held at her ranch. Already waiting for the class to begin are four children, Julie, Sam, Paul and Suzie.

When Julie reveals that she has a stutter it prompts Carlo to confide in them that he had a difficulty too when he was younger, but he has overcome it. In doing this he gives Julie and the other children confidence that they can overcome obstacles too.

Jojo is very pleased to hear the story and decides to set the children and horses’ playtime stories to improve their writing and reading. In the first they are asked to explain why they believe they can be great readers and writers, and in the second they are asked to write about the person who has helped them learn something new.

However, this is an interactive book and so the playtimes continues for a further 30 days. The reader is encouraged to write their own short stories each day about any type of animal, and how people can help it. They are encouraged to use their imagination and see where it takes them.

My grandson is staying with us, and so we have decided that we are going to do a short story each day.  Kevin is loving the creativeness of this project, and as a parent and grandparent it is amazing to see how his writing and imagination is growing each day.

Having belief in yourself and your abilities doesn’t always come naturally to everyone. Each person is different, and sometimes there may be physical, or mental challenges to overcome. This wonderful book is excellent for children, but also a tool for parents and teachers showing them how to encourage their charges to be creative and express their dreams and imagination as stories.

I absolutely love this book and its concept. The message is clearly demonstrated to children, practice regularly, use your imagination, believe in yourself and anything is possible. It is also an important lesson to adults that sometimes spending time with your child, giving them the confidence that you believe they can do a task is all it takes to  sow the seeds of success, and these will eventually grow helping your child gain confidence and belief in themselves.

About the Author:

Suzanne Mondoux: A Voice For Animals
Explorer, Environmental Professional, Author.
French Canadian-born author and environmentally-conscious mining manager Suzanne Mondoux is dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the environment. “I am passionate about the well-being of animals.” In the Republic of Congo she wrote about her work with elephants. “The title of my first book ‘How I Became a Dragon’ refers to the tusks of elephants killed for the ivory that arrives in China, where the dragon is synonymous with Chinese culture.”
Mondoux wrote her second novel while working the Rep of Guinea –
Her second novel ‘Tragedy of the Moth’. Since then she has published The Adventures of Anuk: the first leap, and Anuk: book of words, and children series colouring and activity books (10) – I Believe series. She continues to work in Africa doing Biodiversity work.

About the I Believe series:

The series I Believe is a journey of discovery and gratitude with amazing animal beings.

1.I Believe: I Am Courageous and an Explorer, Just Like Carlo and Teddy, Two Amazing Horses.
2.I Believe: I Am a Great Reader and Writer, Just Like Jojo, the Talented Horse.
3.I Believe: I Can Learn to Draw and Paint, Just Like Sara, the Golden Mare.
4.I Believe: It Is Okay to Be Afraid and Talk about My Fears, Just Like Sparky, the Amazing Dog.
5.I Believe: I Can Learn Something New, Just Like Cody, The Best Dog Swimmer.
6.I Believe: It Is Easy to Be Kind and Good to One Another and to Animals, Just Like Baxter, the Magnificent Dog.
7.I Believe: I Have Confidence in Myself, Just Like Rocky, the Musical Dog.
8.I Believe: I Can Find Solutions to Any Challenge or Adversity, Just Like Max, the Cat.
9.I Believe: It Is Fun Discovering the World Around Me, Just Like Sara, Carlo, and Teddy, the Curious Horses.
10.I Believe: I Can Be Thankful and Grateful Every Day for One Thing in My Life, Just Like Carlo and Teddy and All Their Friends at the Ranch.

Suzanne Mondoux—A Voice for Animals http://suzannemondoux.com

Suzanne Mondoux is the author of the series The Adventures of Anuk: The First Leap, an ecological story of a young girl on a quest to save the world.

Available in Paperback and eBook format from:

Balbao Press https://www.balboapress.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/792845-i-believe

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Believe-Reader-Writer-Talented-Horse-ebook/dp/B07RG9HW4D/ref=sr_1_15?keywords=suzanne+mondoux&qid=1562921035&s=gateway&sr=8-15

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-believe-suzanne-mondoux/1131448289?ean=9781982222826

 

 

 

The Amazon Rainforest Adventure: Inform children about how important our Rainforest is (Picture book) (The Rescue Elves Book 2) by Monty J. McClaine

 

A wonderful story bringing the plight of the Amazon Rainforest and its inhabitants to the attention of children.

As a family we are very conscious of the world around us, the environment, recycling, and animal welfare. Awareness is so much easier to teach when children are young, and so when after reading The Plastic Pollution Adventure (Picture Book) (The Rescue Elves Book 1) I discovered that there was a second book in the series The Amazon Rainforest Adventure I just had to get it to read to my little granddaughter. This was not just because it has magical elves in it, but also because the deforestation of the Amazon rainforests has such an incredible impact on our planet and its ecosystems.

For those who don’t know, The Rescue Elves, or relves, are the special elves who look after Santa’s sleigh. It is their job to ensure that if there are any problems with it, they know what to do, and if necessary can rescue Santa, and save the day. However to do this they must stay in tip top condition throughout the year, and be ready to deal with any situation in any place on the earth. Therefore Mrs. Claus sends them on special missions to test their skills, and ensure they can deal with any situation, and these missions are the topics for this series of children’s books.

Holly, Charlie, Jack and Sparkle, are the names of the elves, and they are so excited, they love exploring and visiting beautiful places. In this adventure Mrs Claus has sent them to the beautiful Amazon Rainforest.

Before they go, the elves already know how important the rainforest is to the health of our planet and all the creatures who live on it, and why it is called the “lungs of the earth.” They also know how wet it is, the clue, well it is a ‘Rainforest,’ and so they are suitably dressed. However, when they arrive they are dismayed not to hear the animal and bird sounds they are expecting, but screaming!

Who could be screaming, and why? Well, the reason is revealed when they come across a very unhappy Monkey King who has his foot trapped. When the relves discover what it is under, and how it happened, they set about helping the monkeys to free him. However, when they find out from the monkeys how much of the beautiful forest has been cut down by humans, and the damage it causes, they are very sad. At the back of the book there is a list of a variety of websites which can provide more information.

I thoroughly recommend this compelling story which is beautifully illustrated. It is a wonderful instrument to open up discussions with children about the importance of trees, why they are cut down, and what they are used for. The author very cleverly bringing environmental awareness gently to their attention at an age when they are very receptive to ideas and good habits are easily formed.

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:

“Eoww!” Sparkle, Holly, Jack and Charlie heard the most horrible yell come from deep in the amazon rainforest. All four of the Relves, otherwise known as The Rescue Elves, stopped in their tracks and ran to see what made that gut-wrenching sound!

The next thing they knew, a swarm of angry looking monkeys raced towards them, chittering and chattering loudly. Terrified but ready to protect themselves, the Relves were shocked when one monkey slowed to say the Monkey King was caught underneath Santa’s sleigh, which the rescue elves used for, well, rescuing practice.

As always Sparke does her part as a fast-thinking, passionate leader, Jack as the lovable, slightly round and clumsy one, Holly as the calm, cool, arty one and Charlie as the up-and-coming son of Father Time and Mother Earth. Together the four elves usually work as a well-oiled machine, but will this time be different? Will they be able to save the injured Monkey King in time?

The Amazon Rainforest Adventure is available from Amazon in Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Rainforest-Adventure-children-important-ebook/dp/B07KM2NJ3Y/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543399261&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=the+amazon+rainforest+adventure+by+monty+j+mcclain

Toby’s Tails – A Kitten’s Tale by Susan Keefe

 

This is the true story of a little abandoned kitten who was adopted by a Border Collie called Toby…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unconditional love we experience with our pets is a wonderful thing, however, when Toby the Border collie noticed that the cats who were already resident at Fantasy Farm ignored a tiny kitten who arrived there, he decided that he would befriend it. As the friendship developed the author realised that she had to capture this wonderful relationship in pictures and eventually in this lovely children’s book.

Scared and lonely the kitten gradually became more confident, and with Toby’s guidance he learnt about many of the different animals and wildlife around him.

There are lots of sweet little incidents in this enchanting book, for example, one time the kitten brings a mole into the house to find out from Toby what it is, and then wonders why the author wasn’t impressed. When he discovers that humans don’t like wildlife in the house, he typically cat like puts his head in the air and stalks out, as you do when you are only months old.

Life lessons for him abound as the seasons past, and children reading it will not only learn about the special bond which develops between the kitten and Toby but also that acceptance and love can be found in unusual places.

A true story, and one which will be loved by any child who loves animals.

 

About the Author: 

Award Winning Children’s Book Author, Susan Keefe has written the Fantasy Farm Tales series for children who love animals. The books offer a wealth of information about family pets and the natural world. The star is Toby her Border Collie, and all the animals live on or near her smallholding.

There are 9 Fantasy Farm books at the moment. Toby’s Tails – A Kitten’s Tale has just been released, and Toby’s Tails – Easter at Fantasy Farm won the Favorite Holiday Book category in the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards.

Some of the Fantasy Farm series are also available in French and Spanish.

Toby’s Tails – A Kitten’s Tale is available from Amazon.co.uk in Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobys-Tails-Kittens-Fantasy-Tales/dp/1987754875/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1531470456&sr=8-2&keywords=susan+keefe

and Kindle Format https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobys-Tails-Kittens-Fantasy-Tales-ebook/dp/B07FK1RZ65/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1531473575&sr=8-5&keywords=susan+keefe

and Amazon.com in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/dp/1987754875/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1531470467&sr=8-2&keywords=susan+keefe

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Tobys-Tails-Kittens-Fantasy-Tales-ebook/dp/B07FK1RZ65/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

It is also available free with Kindle Unlimited.

NEIGHBORS: The Yard Critters TOO by George Held

Discover which critters could live in YOUR neighborhood.

After reading the beautifully written and highly entertaining NEIGHBORS: The Yard Critters, Book 1, I was really looking forward to sitting down with my granddaughter to read this, the second book in this series. As I looked at the cover, before I even opened it, I could tell I was not going to be disappointed.

Yet again George Held has done a wonderful job writing enchanting rhyming verse which not only captivated my little one, but also taught her many interesting things about some more new critters which she might find in her yard, or neighborhood.

Being a family of nature lovers, this book with its beautiful illustrations is a wonderful way to introduce her to the natural world and it very quickly captured her attention.

Included were some critters which are common, like the ladybug, sparrows and crows, and there are others who although not rare, are shy, like shrew and field mice. There are night time owls, and prickly characters like the porcupine, cheeky chipmunks, nasty ticks, beautiful humming birds and of course the crafty coyote, each described in the author’s wonderfully magical way.

I love the way this book brings the natural world around us to life, offering amazing insights into our animal friends, also, I love that it gently teaches the reader that all nature has a place in this world.

I highly recommend this book for parents, grandparents, and care givers to read to their young charges, and also for the children themselves to read, enjoy, and treasure, when they are able to.

About the Author:
 
George Held
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 he 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]; Hen Hears Gossip [Greenwillow/Harper Collins]; and the first book in this series, NEIGHBORS The Yard Critters Book 1. She lives in Southern California.
About the Book;
 
Children’s picture book, with collaged illustrations and short, accessible poems about some of the wild animals, birds, and insects we often find in our suburban yards, city streets, and country house landscapes. Included are the Ladybug, Crow, Sparrow, Coyote, Shrew, Hummingbird, Tick, Field Mouse, Owl, Skunk, Porcupine, and Chipmunk. Companion to NEIGHBORS The Yard Critters Book 1. Underlying message again is that all critters have a place in nature.
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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

 

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

Little Bunny’s Own Storybook by Margaret Welwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely inspiring story.

This is a lovely story, beautifully illustrated, about very happy Little Bunny. He loved his daily routine, the stroll down the path with his mum and dad, and best of all his visit to the library, where each day he picked a different book to read.

Little Bunny just loved getting immersed into the stories, he could meet animals from all over the world, face imaginary dangers, see people doing amazing jobs, and have great adventures all within the pages of a book.

However one day the library is closed, and poor Little Bunny is so sad. What can he do now, there is nothing which can compare to reading his stories, or is there…

What Little Bunny discovers is that you can make your own worlds if you try, with dramas, adventures, fun and danger in them, all you have to have is imagination, and pens, pencils, and paper of course. Also, when you have made up your own story you can read it to others for them to enjoy.

What a fantastic tool this book is for teachers and parents enabling them to inspire their children’s creativity, whatever the reading or writing ability of the child. I read this with my grandson and not only did we have great fun looking at the illustrations, but he was inspired into making up his own little story and enjoyed illustrating it too!

I would highly recommend this children’s book, not only for the hours of fun which can be had creating a story and illustrating it, but also because in doing so you are not only widening the child’s talents, but also giving them a mechanism for escape into another world.

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: 

The story here is told in verse
to help your child with reading.
Your child will find the words that rhyme
and follow as you’re leading.

This picture book for children between the ages of three and eight tells the story of a little rabbit who takes matters into his own hands when he finds the library closed for inventory. Little Bunny’s Own Storybook is a celebration of libraries, literacy, family, and the initiative and creativity of children (both human and rabbit).

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Little-Bunnys-Storybook-Margaret-Welwood/dp/1988468035/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492095785&sr=8-1&keywords=little+bunny%27s+own+storybook

and kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Little-Bunnys-Storybook-Margaret-Welwood-ebook/dp/B01MU5L3UF/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1492095785&sr=8-1

and Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-bunnys-own-storybook-margaret-welwood/1125748572?ean=9781988468037

 

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

 and Hardcover https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fearne-Fairy-Dandelion-Clocks-Whimsy/dp/1910882666/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490097339&sr=8-1

 

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

and Hardcover http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fearne-fairy-and-the-dandelion-clocks-book-8-in-the-whimsy-wood-series-sarah-hill/1123529547?ean=9781910882665

 

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