Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Children's Ebook Review-The Naughtiest Princess


The Naughtiest Princess
by Lily Lexington
 
Kindle Edition, 20 pages
Published 2012
by Lily Lexington
ASIN: B008RHWF4C
Book Source: Bought
4 1/2 stars

 
 
 
 
 
 
Book Description
From the Best Selling Author of Lola The Mermaid and The Splish Splash Olympics and My Dinosaur is Scared of Vegetables comes a new children's story that will delight your child.
Princess Penelope Dewdrop Higginbottom-Roberts, (or Penny for short) is the naughtiest Princess in the kingdom. One day after mailing the Queen's corgi to the North Pole, Father Christmas and the Queen decide to do something to mend her errant ways..

Mary's Review:
Princess Penelope Dewdrop Higginbottom-Roberts (Penny for short) was the naughtiest princess of all because she was the youngest child in her family. They loved her soooo much and spoiled her. Because of this she thought she could do anything and have anything she wanted. Well, when she mails her mother's dog the North Pole, her mother decides that Penny has to be taught a lesson she will never forget. 
Come read along and see what Penny's mother does and what Penny has to do in order to learn that being good and being nice is the best thing ever,.
Great illustrations that are very colorful and could tell the story by them self.

I recommend this book for ages 4-10.


About The Author:
As a girl Lily often turned to her imagination for fun escaping into a magical world of excitement and adventure.
These days she is a quirky mother of three that is often seen walking around the house singing rhymes to herself. She loves her 3 children tremendously and her stories were inspired by them. Find all of her books here.
 

Price: 99 cents day of posting




 

Children's Ebook Review- Cute As A Bug

 
Cute As A Bug
by Jackie Jeffrey
Kindle Edition: 22 pages
Published March 24, 2012
by Jackie Jeffrey
ASIN: B007ONC0CC
Book Source: Bought
4 1/2 stars
 
Book Description:
     Cute as a Bug Count with Me 1, 2, 3 is a book for children ages baby to 4 years old. This book teaches the numbers one through ten. See the ladybugs, ants, butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles and more. The creative illustrations of little bugs in the garden make this book fun and educational. Your child will learn important concepts such as number and word recognition. You will have fun practicing basic counting skills with your baby, toddler, or preschooler.
Mary's Review:
     A delightful counting book full of colorful insects to count. It is not only fun to read, but teaches children to count, teaches them their colors and what different insects look like.
     The illustrations are fun and cute.
     I recommend this book for children ages 4-6.
 
 
The Author:
      Jackie Jeffrey is a musician, librarian, and educator. She has a been instructing and creating educational materials for children and adults throughout her career. A child's discovery of the world through books of all kinds is so fundamental to engaged learning later in life. Most of all, her goal as an author is to celebrate the wonder and fun of sharing a book with your little one. Jackie holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Learning and Biopsychology and a minor in Anthropology with emphasis in Primatology. She holds a Master's degree in Information and Library Science.

" see full review at Little Red Reads"  http://littleredreads.blogspot.com/2012/03/childrens-book-review

 


Candy Town



 
The Magic Feather Series
by Lily Lexington

Kindle Edition, 30 pages
Published 2012
by Lily Lexington
ASIN: B008QU84FE
Book Source: Bought
4.5 stars

 
Book Description:
     From the Best Selling Author of Lola The Mermaid and The Splish Splash Olympics and My Dinosaur is Scared of Vegetables comes a new children's story that will delight your child.
     Sam and Sally aren’t ordinary twins. They are in possession of a magical feather that can grant wishes. Fed up of receiving fruit and vegetables when out trick or treating on Halloween, Sam angrily wishes that every house in the town was made of Candy and there were no grown-ups to stop them from eating it.
      Join Sam and Sally in their adventure in Candy Town....
      Your child will be enchanted with the beautiful illustrations that will capture their imagination
     Your child will smile, giggle and love to read this story over and over.
     The story is aimed at children 4-8.
     Pick up your copy today!

Mary's Review:
      A fantastic way to teach your child that in order for your body to be strong and healthy you must eat the right kinds of food. Yes, candy is dandy, but veggies are better. Vegetables, fruit, eggs all are great for growing a strong, healthy body. Come along with Sally and Sam on their Halloween adventure and see what they learn in Candy Town on Halloween Night.
     Illustrations are cute and really help tell the story well.
     I recommend this book for ages 4 to 8.






 
 
 

About The Author:
As a girl Lily often turned to her imagination for fun escaping into a magical world of excitement and adventure. These days she is a quirky mother of three that is often seen walking around the house singing rhymes to herself. She loves her 3 children tremendously and her stories were inspired by them.

Read it now for just 99 cents







Friday, September 28, 2012

Five Little Pumpkins



Five Little Pumpkins
by Cindy Bracken

Kindle Edition, 15 pages
Published: August 12, 2012
by Cindy Bracken
ASIN: B008X8ZMVI
Book Source: Bought
5 stars



Book Description: Your little one will be ready for Halloween when you read this fun counting rhyme together! Bright, fall colors, cute pumpkins, and rhyming text will keep young readers engaged.

Mary's Review: I love this little book. It is educational as well as fun, teaching children to count. The bright orange colors of the book are eye catching, the pumpkins adorable. My two year old granddaughter loved the rhyming-singsong of the verses and I read it to her four times before she let me read her something else.
I recommend this to children 2-5.

About The Author: Cindy Bracken is a former Kindergarten teacher and elementary school librarian who worked with children for many years. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, and a master's degree in library information science.

Cindy is the mother of two beautiful daughters, who provide the inspiration for her books

Read Five Little Pmupkins for 2.99

. " see full review at Little Red Reads"  http://littleredreads.blogspot.com/2012/03/childrens-book-review

2.99 Children's Ebook- Review- Jungle Fun by Peter Lawson


Jungle Fun
by Peter Lawson
Kindle Edition, 16 pages
Published: January 20, 2012
by Bog Beak Books
ASIN: B008X8ZMVI
Book Source: Bought
5 stars
 
  
 Book Description: The Jungle is a noisy place, but who is making each noise? Young children will love to journey through this book to discover all the Jungle animals. This bright, colorful book with simple text is perfect for teaching toddlers and young children about Jungle animals and the noises they make.
Other books in this series:
Farm Fun.


Mary's Review: Noises, loud, scary noises. Where are they coming from? They're coming from the jungle. But if you look around, they really aren't scary. They belong to Tim the Tiger, Millie the Monkey, Ernie the Elephant and others. Come along on the safari and meet others and find out what strange noises they make.

My granddaughters loved this book and the wonderful animal illustrations, also by Peter Lawson.
Well done.

I recommend this book for ages 2-6.

 About The Author: Peter has been illustrating children's books for over 25 years. As well as his own styles of illustration, he works for many publishers as a licensed character illustrator, on famous favourites such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Dora the Explorer and Mona the Vampire to name a few. Peter lives and works in South Wales, sharing his house with one wife, one daughter, but four cats.

Price: $2.99 day of posting
" see full review at Little Red Reads"  http://littleredreads.blogspot.com/2012/03/childrens-book-review




Timmy the Tadpole Turns into a Frog
by Sharlene Alexander
Kindle Edition, 12 pages
Published: August 1, 2012
by SS Alexander
ASIN: B008S0PPU4
Book Source: Bought
4 1/2 stars

Book Description: Follow Timmy on an exciting adventure as he grows from a tadpole to a frog. Timmy is faced with many surprises throughout the story, but then...Well you'll just have to read it to find out what happens.

The gorgeous colorful pictures and fun rhyming story is sure to captivate any child's imagination and bring them back to read it over and over again.

Mary's Review: A very colorful book that tells the tale of Timmy the Tadpole and how he grows from an egg to a frog. Watch as he grows from a tadpole with only a tail and belly to a full grown frog with four hopping legs. It is told in a cute rhyming manner and the illustrations are adorable.
I recommend this book for children ages 4-8.

About The Author: Sharlene Alexander is a published author. Published credits of Sharlene Alexander include The Dog Dance (A Fun Interactive Children's Picture Book Story), 10 Fun Beginning Reader Books:Helps Children Practice Reading (Learning to Read Series-Level 1), and Ahhh Ahhh Choooooo!: A Silly Sneezing Adventure (Perfect for Bedtime & Young Readers) (+INCLUDES FREE GAMES & Fun Sneezing Facts).

Read it now for 99 cents


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Squidge: Little Elf, Little Bear


 
by Andrew Thomas
 
Kindle Edition, 15 pages
Published: December 8, 2011
by Proving House
ASIN: B006K3HQXU
Book Source: Bought
4 Stars

 

Book Description: How do you hide a polar bear?

Squidge is a little elf who wants to do what the bigger elves do, but when he meets a new friend who needs his help, Squidge decides he is big enough for the challenge. Will he be able to find a hiding place in time?

Mary's Review: Squidge while out playing in the snow and wondering what he can do to grow and to keep from being bored hears a strange snuffling sound and when he can't find it becomes very frightened and runs. While running he trips and falls. Imagine his surprise when he finds he has tripped over the snuffling sound...a very small white polar bear.

Squidge tries to find out what is wrong with the tiny polar bear and discovers that he is hungry-very hungry. So Squidge does what any kind hearted little elf does and he befriends this little bear. He rescues him much like the Good Samaritan. He takes him home and feeds him and tries to find him a safe place to sleep, finally giving him his own bed. Little Elf not only makes a new friend, he has learned to show love, compassion and charity for his fellow being. This is a wonderful story to help teach these virtues.

The illustrations are colorful and so cute that they will more than keep the attention of your child.

I recommend this book for ages 5-8.


About The Author: Andrew Thomas is a primary school teacher in London, England.

Andrew Thomas, a primary school teacher, has been a working with children for the past decade, making up stories and sharing them with his class. He has written the 'Squidge' series of books and continues to add to the story of this little elf with a big personality. He lives in London, England, with his wife and son. This is his first series of books.

http://littleredreads.blogspot.com/2012/03/childrens-book-review-at-Squidge-Little-Elf-Little-Bear.html


Friday, August 31, 2012

FREE House of Mystery


In honor of Labor Day and those who work so hard to support their families my book House of Mystery which just went Kindle will be Free starting September 1st at approximately 12:00 AM Pacific Standard Time and will end at approximately 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time September 3rd.   So help celebrate Labor Day by going to Amazon.com and claiming your Free copy of House of Mystery.

M L Walling

http://flsongbyrd.blogspot.com
mlwalling85@gmail.com

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"A Still Small Voice: Sequel to Me, My Family and GOD"


Available Now!
  "A Still Small Voice: Sequel to Me, My Family and GOD"
 by M L Walling

is now available in Kindle version.  In honor of Writers United to Fight Cancer, it will be FREE August 26th from 12 am Pacific time through  August 28th 12 pm Pacific time.  Please support the fight for cancer and at the same time enjoy a FREE book..  You can obtain your FREE copy at Amazon.com. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Castles on the Sand [Kindle Edition]



by E.M. Tippetts

Kindle Edition,
Published August 2012
by
ASIN: B008ZGNMDS
Book Source:  Bought
5 Stars




Book Description:
Madison Lukas knows her place in the world. She’s not pretty, not interesting, and therefore easy to forget.
John Britton is serving his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has been praying for fifteen years to find the sister he lost in his parents’ divorce. She is beautiful, talented, and makes kindness a fine art.
When John and Madison cross paths, he recognizes her at once, but Madison is certain that he’s got it all wrong. Even if she is his long-lost sister, she can’t possibly be the exceptional, amazing girl he thinks she is, can she?


Mary's Review:
What a wonderful book.  It took only a few quiet hours to read it.  It is an easy read and is so enjoyable.  I'm looking forward to a sequel.
Madison Lukas is a young 16 year old girl who has a low self esteem and feels she is ugly and no boy would or could ever like her.  She is kind to a fault to everyone, even those who are unkind and mean to her.   She has a mad crush on JP the high school heart throb who acts like he's interested in her.  But is he?  Then there's Carson, the Mormon boy who has eyes only for Madison and thinks she's the most beautiful girl he's ever seen.  Of course, there's the bad seed Alex who never talks and everyone is afraid of and every girl thinks is handsome in the male model way.  Then Hailey, Madison's best friend who makes you wonder "with a friend like her, who needs an enemy".
And let's not forget Elder John Britton who claims to be Madison's brother.  Is he really?  This book is a cast full of characters that will make you love them, hate them and cry for them.  This is a must reads book.  It will truly touch your heart in many ways and teach you about what families and friends should really be all about.
I recommend this book for young adult women ages 16 and older.  There are some very mild sexual issues addressed.
Well done Miss Emily.


About the Author:
Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance as E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy as Emily Mah. She is a former attorney with degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and business law from UCLA.
Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. She is a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and thus often includes LDS (Mormon) characters in her work. When she isn't chasing her small children or writing, she designs jewelry.
For more information or to sign up for updates on future book releases, visit her website at www.emtippetts.com.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Me, My Family and GOD

FREE!! July 5-July 8 Me, My Family and God (A Still Small Voice) [Kindle Edition] M L Walling (Author) 5.0 out of 5 stars  Book Description: Publication Date: October 19, 2011 A collection of short personal family stories that reflect the love of my mother and father for each other, their children and those around them. And how through their example, they influenced the decisions and choices others would make in their lives. Customer Review:  Wonderful Book! July 3, 2012 By J. Adams I love this book. It's full of touching stories that make you appreciate the love of family, of parents for their children, and God's love for us all. BE SURE TO STOP BY AMAZON.COM AND GET YOUR COPY.  HAPPY READING!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Where Do Insects Live?


by Susan Canizares
Paperback, 16 pages
Published October 1999
by Bt Bound
ISBN-10: 0613178815
ISBN-13: 978-0613178815
Book Source: Bought
4 stars

Product Description: Photographs and simple text describe the habitats of different insects.

Mary's Review: This is a great little paperback book for teaching small ones about insects.
     The photographs in this book are real and very lifelike. They are helpful in showing what the insect looks like and where the insect lives.
     The words are large and easy for beginning readers.
     Another great help is the index listing on the back page of the book showing the page number with the name of the insect on that page.
     Also the last two pages of this book contains a description of each insect and where that insect is from.
     This is a fun way to teach children 4-8 years of age about insects and where they live.


About The Author: Dr. Susan Canizares holds a Ph.D. in language and literacy development from Fordham University and a master’s degree in special education, specializing in Early Childhood, from New York University. She has written numerous nonfiction books for young children, as well as professional articles for teachers and parents. She, along with Dr. Susan B. Neuman and Dr. Catherine Snow, authored Scholastic’s Building Language for Literacy program.
 
 



New

by J. Adams

Kindle Edition, 46 pages
Published May 22, 2012
by Jewel of the West Publishing
ASIN: B0085GJ2NW
Book Source: Bought
Rating:  5 Stars



Book Discription:
     Cosset is a lost soul with nothing left to live for.
     Chance Hunter is a man on a mission. Desperately in love, he is willing to do anything, be anything, and give everything that he is to show Cosset that life is still worth living. He is bound and determined to heal her battle-weary heart and claim it as his own.


Mary's Review:
     Chance fell in love with Cosset at first sight.  However Cosset who desperately wants to fall in love and have a family pushes everyone away.  She has a secret that only her family knows about-one that makes her feel less than a woman.  Can Chance make Cosset see her worth and value?  That someone will and can love her no matter what her dilemma.
He is certainly going to try.
     What is Cosset's secret?  What makes her feel less than a woman?  Why does she feel no man will love her?
     The subject Jewel has written about in this book is one that is very close to my heart personally and I appreciate her bringing it to the attention of all women.
     I feel that with every book Jewel  writes she tries to bring an important issue to the forefront.
     Thank you Jewel for helping to inform us as well as entertain us.

About Author:
     J. (Jewel) Adams stays crazy busy with her family and writing. She has written several books in different genres and is also a motivational speaker to both youth and adult audiences. She home schools her four kids that are still at home, and between that and conjuring up new ideas for her books, her brain is completely fried most of the time. She and her husband Sean are the parents of eight children, which means they are both losing hair, but hey, that's what Rogaine is for, right?
     In her spare time (when she has any) she likes to curl up with a good book and a healthy stash of orange Tic Tacs. She and her family reside in Utah.
     Jewel loves hearing from her fans, so if you would like to contact her to tell her how much you love her books or give her sympathy for the fried brain, or suggestions for the hair loss problem (for her husband, of course) contact her at jewela40@gmail.com

Blog: jewelsbestgems.blogspot.com
Website: jadamsnovels.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Beautiful in My Eyes


Beautiful in My Eyes

by J(Jewel) Adams
Kindle Edition, 71 pages
Published June 10, 2012
Publisher: Jewel of the West
ASIN: B008AIL76U
Book Source:Bought
Rating:  5 stars



Book Description:    
 Giselle Mackenzie has a great life. She is the mother of an adorable little boy, the wife of a painfully-handsome Scotsman, and the daughter of one of the best men she has ever known. She is selfless and a comfort to everyone around her.      But Giselle is about to face a personal trial that will shake the self-confidence she has always owned and cause her to question her worth.      Julian Mackenzie loves his wife more than life itself. When an emotionally painful ordeal rocks her world, Julian is determined to be the the knight she needs and prove to Giselle her value is beyond any price.

Mary's Review:    
At age 23,  Giselle has a wonderful life. A wonderful marriage, a drop dead gorgeous husband who loves her and a beautiful baby.  Her father, after years of being alone, has found someone to love and bring joy and happiness into his once lonely life.  What more could she ask for?  Nothing.  She is blessed beyond measure.     
Then she begins to lose her hair.  She thinks nothing of it at first, but as it starts to fall out more and more, she becomes concerned and begins to lose confidence in herself and her true worth as a woman someone could love.      
What is wrong with Giselle and will her husband still love her when he finds out?  
 Once again, Jewel has written a wonderful book touching on a subject near and dear to her heart.        I highly recommend this book not only for the information you will learn from it, but because it is also an excellent clean, "slightly" steamy romance.      Great job Jewel!!!


About Author:
  J. (Jewel) Adams stays crazy busy with her family and writing. She has written several books in different genres and is also a motivational speaker to both youth and adult audiences. She home schools her four kids that are still at home, and between that and conjuring up new ideas for her books, her brain is completely fried most of the time. She and her husband Sean are the parents of eight children, which means they are both losing hair, but hey, that's what Rogaine is for, right?      In her spare time (when she has any) she likes to curl up with a good book and a healthy stash of orange Tic Tacs. She and her family reside in Utah.  
Jewel loves hearing from her fans, so if you would like to contact her to tell her how much you love her books or give her sympathy for the fried brain, or suggestions for the hair loss problem (for her husband, of course) contact her at jewela40@gmail.com
Blog: jewelsbestgems.blogspot.com
Website: jadamsnovels.com

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Amazing Sabbath Day!!

Amazing Sabbath Day Today was an amazing day.  Sacrament meeting was awesome.  I don't think I have ever sat through a sacrament meeting quite like this one.  Maybe those of you from Utah might not find this unusual for your large wards, but for some of the wards in the East, especially those in small areas of Florida, this was absolutely the best! Our meeting started out as any normal sacrament meeting.  You know...welcome, high councilman acknowledgements, announcements, opening hymn, opening prayer, etc.  Then came the awesome part of sacrament meeting.  The Bishop had some business to take care of.  Seven early morning seminary graduates, 2 of whom had 100% attendance were acknowledged.  I remember Seminary and how hard it was to get up at 5am to go for religious education before going to school.  Out of 4 years, I attained 3 years of 100% attendance.   Then we had 5 confirmations!!  How awesome is that!  5 confirmations!! As the ward mission leader said "Our ward family is growing by leaps and bounds". Two missionaries came home this week.  Both from the same family.  I know our Relief Society president was glad to see her sons home after being gone for 2 years serving the Lord and teaching the word of God. To top it all off, a new baby was given a name and blessing.  A new precious son of our Heavenly Father; a child of God; one still so close to his Heavenly Father that he could tell us about Him and all that is beyond the veil if only he could speak. By the time all this had been accomplished, it was time to bless and pass the sacrament.  I spent this precious time showing pictures of Christ to my 5 year old granddaughter and explaining to her about Jesus and what He did for us.  Explaining to hervhow important the sacrament was and why Jesus died for us.  She just looked at the pictures then looked at me and said, "I love Jesus, Grandma". I was even able to tell her, "Look Penelope, Scott is blessing the sacrament today".   She looked up and gazed with adoring eyes and hugh smile as she saw her older brother at the sacrament table preparing to bless the sacrament. With all this, we only had 15 minutes left for talks.  With that said, the intermediate hymn was dispensed with and 3 talks were given, the closing hymn and prayer given and the meeting ended on time!  Can you believe that!?   Again, what an awesome day today was!!! ***One last thing...As we were about to leave, the Bishop asked to speak with my 16 year old grandson.  He was called as the secretary to the Priests Quorum.  Now, how is that for the finish to the perfect day???

Friday, June 8, 2012

Children's Book Review- Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia

Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia
by Herman Parish, Illustrated by Lynn Sweat
Paperback: 48 pages
Published May 1996
by Camelot
ISBN-10: 038072510X
ISBN-13: 978-0380725106
Book Source: Bought
5 Stars

Book Description: The long -awaited return of a beloved children's book character, as Peggy Parish's nephew continues the adventure of the hilariously literal-minded maid. A series of hilarious misunderstandings occur when Mr. Rogers agrees to teach Amelia Bedelia to drive. "It's a pleasure to welcome [Amelia Bedelia] back...Herman Parish is a worth y successor to peggy parish"-BCCB

Mary's Review: It's Amelia Bedelia's birthday and she works for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. To celebrate they give her the day off . She wants to visit her Cousin Alcolu. They give her the keys to their car so she can drive to her cousin's house. She hasn't driven in a while so Mr. Rogers go with her so she can warm up on the roads of the countryside. Did you know that two or more words can have the same sound or spelling but differ in meaning? Well, they can. These words are called homonymns. This is were the fun begins!! When Mr. Rogers tells Amelia to "steer" straight ahead, meaning theres's a cow in front of them she thinks "stear" the car straight ahead and there's a cow in front of them and she will hit it. He tells her to push the horn on the car to scare the cattle and she pushes the horn on the cow. The car has a flat tire tire and a tow truck comes along and offers them a "tow". Amelia tells the the driver she all ready has ten "toes". These are just a few word plays. There are many more. Amelia makes words so much fun while teaching that words cam ne spelled differently, have the same sound and have different meanings. This is a fun and humorous teaching book with wonderful illustrations to make it more fun and colorful.

I recommend this book for children ages 4-10.



About The Author: Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia. The lovable, literal-minded housekeeper has been a member of his family ever since. Peggy Parish died in 1988. She would be proud and delighted to know that with Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia; Bravo, Amelia Bedelia!; Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor and now Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia, her nephew is carrying on -- for a new generation of readers -- the tradition she began years ago.

In His Own Words... "In true Amelia Bedelia fashion, I backed into writing these books about the literal-minded housekeeper who children laugh at and love. Amelia Bedelia was created by my aunt, Peggy Parish. Although she passed away in 1988, Peggy still received fan mail from children. They wondered when the next Amelia Bedelia book would be out. Then other children's authors wrote and volunteered to continue the series. I felt uneasy about Amelia Bedelia leaving our family. As I was in the fourth grade when she first appeared, I had literally grown up with her. So I decided to try to write a new Amelia Bedelia adventure. My two sisters and my family were very supportive and encouraged me. I'd had experience in writing advertisements. I reread the Amelia Bedelia stories to figure out what made them funny. I realized that everyday life overflows with idiomatic expressions, literalisms, and homophones. It's amazing more people don't get confused-besides Amelia Bedelia! My first book, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, took me a year to think about and one night to write. I had been collecting ideas, homonyms, and expressions. Whenever I heard them, I jotted them down: on napkins in restaurants, on my newspaper while riding the bus, and on agenda sheets in business meetings.

I stockpiled these fragments in a folder until one Sunday night, with my family asleep, I decided that it was now or never. I sat down around ten o'clock and began to write. I was so focused on the story that I finished as the sun came up on Monday morning. Naturally, the story needed revision, but the essence was captured in that all-night writing spree.

I am fortunate that my editor, Susan Hirschman, and the illustrator, Lynn Sweat, had worked with Peggy on many Amelia Bedelia books. That helped make the transition from Peggy's books to mine as seamless as possible.

I feel very lucky to be writing Amelia Bedelia books and continuing a family tradition. But the best reward was when a child wrote Peggy Parish a fan letter. It said that Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia is the best book she has written. To me, that's the highest compliment I could hope for."


About The Illustrator: Texas-born artist Lynn Sweat was doing magazine illustration and design work in New York City when he entered the children’s book world, illustrating Birds without Words in 1961. That book won an award from the Society of Illustrators, and caught the eye of Peggy Parish’s publisher, Susan Hirschman. She met with Mr. Sweat and asked him if he’d be interested in doing more children’s book art. After publishing a few books together, Ms. Hirschman thought Mr. Sweat was just the man for the job when Amelia Bedelia needed a new illustrator. His first Amelia Bedelia book was Good Work, Amelia Bedelia—in which, he says, he brought the character back to a more “cartoonish and wacky” look—and he illustrated all of Ms. Parish’s Amelia Bedelia titles until her death in 1988. He describes Ms. Parish as very quirky and funny.
 
" see full review at Little Red Reads"  http://littleredreads.blogspot.com/2012/03/childrens-book-review

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ebook Short Story Review- Root

Root

by Emily Mah
Kindle Edition, 22 pages
Published: April 13, 2012
by: Emily Mah Tippetts
ASIN: B007TYYI62
Book Source: Bought
5 Stars

Book Description: Beulah has the worst luck with computers. They lose her files, corrupt her data, and in her more sleep-deprived moments she feels they conspire against her. When she begins to see little fox-faced demons spring out of the CPU of one machine, she fears she must be losing her mind, but what if they aren't hallucinations after all?

Mary's Review: Beulah's English final is lost somewhere in the computer. Without it, she will lose her scholarship and she won't pass.
 
The computer has been giving her trouble from the beginning. It lost her room assignment assigning her to roommates who are loud, uncaring party girls. It has also misspelled her email name just to name a few things. The computer does not like Beulah.
She had until 8 the next morning to get her grade in the system. She had to get the sysadmins team-Mike and Rodney- to help her. This was not going to be easy. While helping the sysadmins team, she meets Root a pixel dot image and thinks she is losing her mind. Now the adventure begins. Come along and see where this syfy adventure takes Beulah.
I really liked this short story. Once started, I could not put it down. It's a great sci-fi fantasy short story and I recommend it for all young adults ages 13 and up.
About the Author: Emily Mah Tippetts writes science fiction and fantasy as Emily Mah and chick lit as E.M. Tippetts. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. She is a former attorney who specialized in contracts, real estate, and estate planning, with a specialty in literary estate planning.

To learn more about her and her upcoming releases, visit her site: http://www.emilymah.com/
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"A Lot"

It was time for Anai's 4 year old check up and it fell on Grandpa to take her.  He didn't mind.  The office staff loved him and were always disappointed when it was mommy,  not grandpa who took Anai.
     After a 30 minute wait in the waiting room they were called into triage.  Anai was weighed, measured and had her temperature taken.  Then she and grandpa were seated in the exam room for another 30 minute wait.
     Finally the doctor came in and Anai was a regular little chatter box. She let the doctor listen to her heart, look down her throat, and in her ears.
     Finally he asked her, "Anai how many eyes do you have?".
     "Two" came the prompt answer.
     "How many hands do you have?"
     Again came the prompt answer, "Two".
      Anai thought this was a fun game and maybe visiting the doctor wasn't so bad.  After all she knew she was going to get Dora stickers or even better Princess stickers when she got done.
     "Okay, very good Anai.  Now how many fingers do you have?"
     Uh oh, now this was getting harder.
      Looking at her hands and studying them really hard, she finally looked up at the doctor and said, "Lots".
     President Halverson the president of the Orlando temple also put it the same way in an address he gave to the sisters at the Sisters in White conference that the Ft. Myers stake in Florida has once a year. .  When he asked what it took to be prepared to go to the temple his answer was "Lots".     The definition of prepared is  "To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion".     It  takes a lot of preparation for us to go to the temple.  LOTS of searching, pondering, prayer, personal commitment, giving, caring, love, charity, reading the scriptures, obedience and much more.
     As a music lover, I was impressed when President Halverson quoted "High on a Mountain Top" and explained this hymn was telling us about temples.
     It had been a while since I had been to the temple due to continued illnesses, but this was one trip I would not have missed for the world.  I had worked hard to get back there and it had taken "LOTS" to beat Satan to get there.  He seemed to put obstacles in the pathway one by one.  He did not want me there.  It was only after I got there that I knew why he didn't want me or the sister that took me to be there. There was a special work to be done for three sisters who had been waiting a long time for us-not anyone else, but us.  Satan did not want their work done.  These sisters were with us through each and every ordinance performed for them.  They were so happy that their work had finally been done.  As I entered the Celestial room, I knew they were there.  I knew they were golden and the bonds that had held them back had been broken and they could now progress in the kingdom of our Father.
      It had taken "LOTS" to prepare ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually to make this trip and I learned it was going to take "LOTS" of  work on our  part to keep worthy and stay worthy of the blessings of temple attendance by continuing to be prepared.
     How many blessings do I have as I count them?   "LOTS". How much more do I have to do to be and stay prepared?  "LOTS".

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Children's Free Ebook Review- The Imaginary Friend


by Kelly Hashway

Kindle Edition, 9 pages
Published September 3, 2011
by Kelly Hashway
ASIN: B005L4Z9OW
Book Source: Bought
5 stars









Book Description:
     Samantha and Tracy have been best friends since kindergarten, but now that Tracy has gotten over her shyness and made new friends, Samantha is feeling left out. This is nothing compared to how she feels when a strange girl named Jessica tells Samantha that she’s actually an imaginary friend. Tracy has outgrown Samantha, and it’s time for Samantha to help another child who needs her. But will Samantha be able to move on and fulfill her duty as an imaginary friend?

Mary's Review:
      Samantha is Tracy's best friend. They have been friends since kindergarten. Now Tracy doesn't seem to see Samantha anymore-doesn't have as much time for her since she has made new friends. Did she say or do something wrong?
     Samantha soon learns that she is Tracy's imaginary friend. An imaginary friend that made her see the good in herself so that she could reach out to others and make friends. Now that Tracy has learned confidence in herself and has the ability to make new friends, she no longer needs Samantha.
Now Samantha needs to learn how to let go of Tracy so that she can become an imaginary friend to another child who needs her.
     This book is a good source for teaching children about change and growth, getting over shyness, learning confidence, and reaching out to others.
     I recommend this book for ages 4-10.

About the Author:
     Kelly Hashway writes books and short stories for children through young adults. She is the author of the picture books, MAY THE BEST DOG WIN, THE PURRFECT PUPPY, and SANTA BUNNY. Kelly's full-length middle grade and young adult fiction is represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. Her debut YA, TOUCH OF DEATH, releases January 2013 through Spencer Hill Press with the sequel, STALKED BY DEATH, releasing July 2013. Her debut MG, CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE releases January 2014 through Month9Books.

For more information about Kelly and her published works, please visit her website at http://www.kellyhashway.com/ and her blog at http://www.kellyhashway.blogspot.com/.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Children's Book Review- Cougar Cub Tales: The Sneezy Wheezy Day

by Jean Cramer

 








Kindle Edition, 37 pages
Published December 2011
by B & F Publishing, 1st Edition
ASIN: B006T5JLK0
Book Source: Bought
4 stars

Book Overview:
Brother Cougar Cub isn't feeling well. The siblings decide to head to the forest to ask their well-intentioned friends for help with treatments. Although their friend's ideas are wonderful and brilliant, it is a sister's love that is the final remedy for the ailing cub! Written in rhyme and illustrated with brilliant watercolor, it is the third book in the award winnings series, Cougar Cub Tales.

Mary's Review:
      Poor Brother cougar suddenly doesn't feel well. Sister cougar is worried about her brother so she begins to try and find ways to help him feel better. She takes him to see White Owl, Royal King Stag, The Canadian Goose, Red Fox just to name a few and each with their own remedy or cure. Poor Brother cougar only gets worse. Suddenly Sister cougar knows what will really help her brother. She takes him home, wraps him in his favorite blanky and makes him a cup of tea.
She gives him a big hug and sits with him while he rests. When he wakes, he is better. He realizes it is because of his sister's love and care.
     Sister cougar gives her brother unconditional love and caring service to help her brother.
     Beautiful illustrations help to tell this rhyming story.
     I recommend this book for ages 4-8.

About The Author:
     Sharon Jean Cramer was born in Jamestown, New York in 1960. Sharon’s education includes a Master’s in Anesthesia Education from Gonzaga, with her minor area of study in fine arts at the University of Houston. She pulls heavily from her experiences in healthcare to consider subject material for her children’s books.
She also pulls from very personal experience for The Sneezy Wheezy Day. Her twin sister struggled with childhood illness for many years. Sharon observed that the treatments, though helpful and therapeutic were not what was ultimately most significant. What mattered most to Vonnie was the family and friends around her, who supported and loved her.
     Sharon is surrounded by her own cubs. Her three sons all live in Spokane, and though grown, have opinions about the cougar cubs. Lost and Alone was actually written for her youngest son, Chase, when he was born. It is about his two older brothers, who were eight and ten years old at the time! Cole and Shad tangled on occasion so it was easy for Sharon to write about sibling rivalry and conflict resolution!
     Sage is Sharon’s granddaughter, loves the Cougar Cub Tales, and is a tough critic! She pits the cubs against Dora, Spongebob and of course the Disney princesses, but so far, the Cougar Cubs hold their own (and dad doesn’t bore so quickly over reading them over, and over, and over!)
     Sharon’s husband, Daryl, is a nurse anesthetist, and ‘personal organizer’ for Sharon. He is also chef, karaoke partner, best friend, and inspiration to the author. He is a good voice of reason, sometimes editor, and unlikely audience during studio recordings. (More than one take has occurred due to his enthusiastic presence!). If you see Sharon at a big event, say hello to Daryl as well. He is usually close by.

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