Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has A Crush by Jaimie Hope, illustrated by Jenine Navedo

About Author:

Jaimie Hope was born on November 3, 1976 in New York.
It wasn't until high school that she decided she wanted to be a writer. This is when the ideas for the Adventures of Baby Jaimie started forming. This was also around the time she joined the newspaper staff. According to the author she was part of the staff for two years and really enjoyed it. Because the students weren't given assignments and were allowed to write on any topic on their minds. This gave Ms. Hope her first experience in freelance writing. In 2003, she moved to Florida, where she was not only an active volunteer at the local library, but also in the historical society.

During this time she also sang on a few demos at the local studio, wrote her first song, and ran a book club. It wasn't until 2005, when she picked up The Adventures of Baby Jaimie and started working in earnest to get it done. It only took a month to finish the text of my manuscript. After several rejection The Adventures of Baby Jaimie was again shelved.

She didn't pick up the manuscript again until 2006. Ms Hope had moved back to New York and had lunch with a friend in the summer of 2006 who told her about a friend of hers who was a self published author. Ms. Hope contacted with him, and got advice on how to go about making her dreams of becoming a published author come true, and in November of 2006, AuthorHouse released The Adventures of Baby Jaimie. 

After the release, Ms. Hope got busy trying to promote it, and as they say, life happened. Next she decided to try her hand at writing a novel. This proved to be a slow process as well, but not as slow as the first book.

In July of 2008, PublishAmerica released her first novel, Who Says You Can’t Go Home. In June of 2010, Jaimie Hope became a two time PublishAmerica author with the release of her second novel, Bless the Broken Road. Her second children's book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Goes to School also available courtesy of CreateSpace in the same year. In 2011 three more books were published. An Autobiography, Roll with it, courtesy of PublishAmerica, and two direct to Kindle E-Books. The first one is the third installment of the Baby Jaimie series entitled, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Gets Stage Fright, and the other is my first Paranormal Romance, When You Come Back to Me Again. Both e-books are now available in book format courtesy of CreateSpace.

In April of 2012 the author used CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing once again to release her fourth volume in The Adventures of Baby Jaimie series, Baby Jaimie Has a Crush. A sixth volume in the children's book series, Baby Jaimie Goes to the Hospital as well as the third volume in the Who Says You Can't Go Home? seires, Somebody Must Be Praying For Me are both currently slated for release in the Fall of 2012


Where to Buy: Amazon

Synopsis:  From the minute she met him everyone thought Baby Jaimie's first crush was Derek. Derek even thought so. That's why he asked her first grade teacher, Mrs. Smith if he could come visit her. The day of the visit didn't go as planned. While Derek was introducing himself a new student, Jack, entered the room and stole everyone's attention. Especially Baby Jaimie's. For that reason Derek took an instant disliking to the new kid. Baby Jaimie is forced to choose between Derek and Jack and she doesn't know what to do. Is there a way to combine old friends with new friends? Can't they all just get along? Find out in The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has A Crush.

Author Notes:  Although I generally try to write this series based on my own personal experiences this was not the case with this story. This particular episode never actual happened, but the characters in it were inspired by real people I have known.

Title:  This title may be somewhat misleading. While Baby Jaimie likes both boys in the story, she doesn't exactly have a crush on any of them. This story is more about joining old friends and new friends together.

My Review:

 Baby Jamie was so excited to have her friend Derek visit her class as part of  her Show and Tell.  Baby Jaimie has a crush on Derek.

Before Derek has the chance to show off how he pops a wheelie in his wheel chair they are interrupted as a new student, Jack is introduced to the class. Right away Jaimie notices that Jack has braces on his legs and that he is acting very shy. In the meantime Derek notices how much attention Jaimie is paying to the new student. He starts pouting and becomes jealous of her new friend.

When Jaimie returns to school the next day both of the boys are about to throw punches at each other. What is going on? Isn't she allowed to have more than one friend?

This is a very sweet story. Made me remember the old saying "two's company and three's a crowd".

The author was able to take a realistic situation and share that situation with others through Baby Jaimie.  A great lesson learned by Jaimie and her friends.

The illustrations were outstanding of the characters and the cool way it was colored in with crayon. I thought this was very unique for a published book and believe it will attract the attention of other children. I use to love to color when I was a child. Yes, I can remember back that far.

I recommend  this book.

I Rated This Book

I received a free copy of this book for review from the CreateSpace/author.  I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hurry!! Last Day of IN THE GARDEN Giveaway



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Saturday, May 26, 2012


About Sheri 

Sheri Fink is a best-selling children’s author who’s passionate about childhood literacy and self-esteem. Her first book, The Little Rose, has been a #1 best-seller on Amazon for over 45 weeks and became the #1 Top-Rated Children’s eBook on Amazon. Her second inspirational children’s book, The Little Gnome, was published in March 2012 and debuted at #1 on the Amazon best-seller list. 

Interview with Sheri 

What do you write? 
I’m Sheri Fink, the author of the #1 best-selling children’s books, The Little Rose and The Little Gnome. I write books that inspire and delight children while planting seeds of self-esteem that can have lifelong benefit. I am so happy and grateful to be living my dream! 

What has been your favorite part of your author journey so far?
 For me, the best parts of being an author are hearing that your book has an impact in the lives of children and being able to help others achieve their dreams. I love receiving fan mail and hearing stories from the children and adults who have fallen in love with The Little Rose and The Little Gnome. I am so grateful to my readers and hope that The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink continues to make a positive difference in the lives of children worldwide. 

Which author most inspires you? 
I’m very inspired by J.K. Rowling. Before I read the first Harry Potter book, it had been a long time since I stayed up all night reading a book because I just had to know what happened. I love that her books and her characters are so full of heart. Reading her series and hearing her inspiring personal story really moved me and enabled me to see new possibilities for my writing. 

What’s your favorite quote? 
I have a few favorites: 
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it." ~ Chinese Proverb

 "Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down." ~ Ray Bradbury 

 "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ~ Dr. Seuss 

What’s next for you? 
My next book is Exploring the Garden with The Little Rose and it will be published in October. It’s designed for children ages 2-5 to help them learn the alphabet and garden vocabulary. It’ll feature many of the characters from The Little Rose, The Little Gnome, and upcoming books. We finished writing The Little Rose play recently and I’m looking forward to it debuting later this year. I’m also at work on my next book in The Little Series, The Little Firefly, which will be published in 2013. 

Where can we learn more about you and your books? 
You can find me online at and on Facebook at 

My books are available on Amazon at: 

About The Little Rose 

The Little Rose is a timeless, heartwarming story about embracing who you really are. Finely detailed, irresistible illustrations bring to life this endearing story of the Little Rose growing amongst a bed of weeds. Teased by the ugly weeds around her, the Little Rose nearly gives up but then learns to accept and love herself for what she really is, a beautiful rose.

Themes: Inspiration, Empowerment, Self-Esteem, Overcoming Bullying, Embracing Who You Are, Authenticity

My Thoughts

In this story Little Rose is found among the weeds that bullied and stunted her emotional and physical growth. When she is found by a kind lady and transplanted to a better location and environment where she  is able to excel in her self esteem and grow into what she was meant to be with a since of empowerment.

As the author stated "Embracing Who You Are"
Not what other people say you are.

How many of our little flowers are planted among weeds that try to choke out their inner and outer beauty and growth causing them to loose confidence in themselves?!

 This story is a great lesson in self worth for all children and possibly some adults.  Even parents can sometimes unintentionally cause their child to feel like Little Rose. Let's be sure we don't stunt any child's growth. Remember, Children Are Our Future!

I rated this book  

I received a free copy of this book for review from the author, Sheri Fink.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my own opinion.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The House On Dirty-Third Street written by Jo S. Kittinger illustrated by Thomas Gonzales

About Book: 

Age 4-8 
ISBN: 978-1-56145-619-2 
Total Pages: 32 
Size: 10 3/8 x 9 3/8 

A mother and daughter turn a hopeless old house into a loving family home with faith, hard work, and the support of their community. When a girl and her mother are forced to start over, they find themselves feeling isolated and defeated. Longing for their former neighborhood and friends, and overwhelmed by the repairs their new house needs, they finally realize they can't do everything alone - the only way to make things better is to ask for help. They both learn that when you reach out to the community, people answer with kindness. As the house gets rebuilt, so does their sense of belonging. The House On Dirty-Third Street will touch the heart of anyone who has faced starting over in difficult circumstances.

About Author:

Jo Linda Susenbach was born in Miami, Florida. As a child, Jo loved nothing more than exploring outside, looking for crawdads under rocks in the creek, catching insects and snakes. Growing up she lived in North Carolina, Ohio and Orlando, FL before settling in the Birmingham, Alabama area as a teenager. Jo attended Vestavia Hills High School during which time she met her future husband, Rick Kittinger, on a blind date. They married in 1974 and had three children.

Jo graduated summa cum laude from the University of Montevallo in 1977. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art, with a minor in biology. Her senior year Jo was president of Kappa Pi, an art honor society, and a member of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society. Jo’s concentration during college was ceramics and for two years after college, Jo was co-owner of Wood and the Works, a fine crafts gallery and pottery studio.

Jo’s interest in publishing began early. She was editor of her high school yearbook and began submitting original craft designs for publication shortly after college. Her projects may be found in numerous books and magazines published through Oxmoor House and Heritage House. Jo began writing for children in 1991. In addition to her books, Jo has published articles in various books, newspapers, and magazines including Highlights for Children, Pockets, Boys Quest and The Flicker. She wrote numerous feature articles which appeared on the Just For Kids page of the Birmingham News and items for Harcourt Brace Educational Measurement and CTB/McGraw-Hill.

Jo also served as an editorial assistant with The Flicker children’s magazine and is actively involved with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, currently serving as a Regional Advisor for the Southern Breeze region (AL, GA, MS) of SCBWI.

Jo loves to visit schools, sharing her excitement for reading and writing with students. Making school author visits also allows Jo to stay in contact with her readers and promote her books. Jo also enjoys speaking at authors’ conferences.

Jo and Rick take every opportunity to travel and explore the great outdoors, looking for birds and other animals, as well as fungi, ferns and flowers. Her other passions include pottery, photography and seeking to live honestly as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Jo Talks About Her Family I have a wonderful family that is very supportive of my creative work. My husband, Rick was my high school sweetheart. We met on a blind date. I started writing when my children, Rebecca and Robert, were little. They have grown up as I have grown as a writer. My oldest son, Michael, died in the year 2000, at the age of 20, from complications associated with his cerebral palsy. Michael taught all of us the meaning of unconditional love. We are each a better person for having known and loved Michael.

Over the years, many wonderful people have shared our home, becoming “un-official” family members. Each of them has a special place in our hearts.

About the Artist Thomas Gonzalez:

"There's really no philosophy about my work other than to capture a moment in time; the intimacy of light and the manner in which it strikes and gives life to inanimate surfaces. The serenity of light whether it is a quiet morning light or the solitude of an afternoon has always interested me. Having been influenced by the exhaustive detail of Japanese illustrators. Other influences in my art include works of Maxwell Parish an artist and amazing sculptor Richard MacDonald, whom I've had the privilege of working with for a brief time when I was in college. Both grounded me in the way I think about art. My background as an illustrator, creative director and designer has been fulfilling but not as much as the connection that a pencil, chalk or a brush does when it touches a surface." A graduate of The Atlanta College of Art, Tom Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba and moved with his family at the age of 10 to Atlanta where he still lives. Tom turned his attention to still life themes with drawings and paintings for his own enjoyment about four years ago while working as a commercial illustrator for local and national clients.

My Thoughts

This is an endearing story of a community coming together to help a mother and daughter hold on to their faith that the house they just bought would be more than what the young girl had seen as a just a dirty rundown house on Dirty-Third Street.  They could not believe so many people came to there aide in getting the house in a cozy livable condition.  

I see so much in this story of  love of neighbors, faith, and the power of prayer. Not to forget good old elbow grease and homemade cookies. 

This would be a good book to read to the kiddos as a lesson in being grateful for what you have.  

I could not get over the illustrations. You could almost see the people moving around on the pages. Very realistic.  

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book for review from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my own opinion.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Mooshka, A Quilt Story by Julie Paschkis - Giveaway

About Mooshka

A delightful, intergenerational bedtime story featuring a remarkable quilt and a reluctant new big sister.

Karla loves her special quilt, Mooshka. But Mooshka is more than just a quilt - it speaks, comforting Karla at bedtime with whispered stories. Karla's grandmother lovingly pieced Mooshka together using scraps of fabric from members of Karla's family.

Each square, or "schnitz," shares a special memory of Karla's ancestors and their lives.

When new baby sister Hannah arrives, Karla's routine is upset and Mooshka falls silent. Only when Karla shares Mooshka with her sister does the quilt begin to speak again and tell Hannah the treasured stories of her family.

Published March 2012, by Peachtree Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-56145-620-8
Age 4-8
Hardcover w/jacket
Total Pages: 32
 Size: 9 1/2 x 11

Author & Illustrator Julie Paschkis

Julie Paschkis attended Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT, where she earned a BFA. She taught art to grade school children for several years while working on her own art and illustration. Julie now works full-time painting, creating commercial illustrations, and illustrating children's books. Some of her books include Albert the Fix-It Man; Where Is Catkin?; Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary. She lives in Washington.

 You can visit Julie Paschkis’s website here.

My Thoughts

Karla has a quilt she calls Mooshka. She is very attached to Mooshka. Mooshka is more like a friend to her. It tells her stories and comforts her. The stories consist of the memories from each patch of fabric telling a story of its' own.

I don't want to reveal to much about Mooshka for fear of spoiling the story. But I will say things begin to change once Karla get's a new baby sister. For some reason Mooshka will not talk to Karla since her baby sister arrived.

This is a darling story about family history, old memories, growing up, love and sharing.

The illustrations are beyond amazing and will definitely stimulate any child's imagination.

More than likely when children  hear or read this story they will want a quilt like Mooshka.
Hey, I even want one.

I most definitely recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5+ out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.

Thanks to Peachtree Publisher for providing a copy of this book for the giveaway!!

Giveaway will run May 18-24. Winner be announced on May 25. 

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So I can notify the winner. I promise not to share your email.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

I Couldn't Love You More written by Jason Ingram & Matt Hammitt illustrated by Polona Lovsin - Giveaway

About Book

In the same manner as touching picture books like bestsellers Let Me Hold You Longer and Love You Forever, I Couldn't Love You More tells a sweet, loving, yet powerful message: I couldn’t love you more, but there is someone who does. Through the unique relationship of adorable animals, the book shares that Christ is always with you and he loves you more than you can imagine. This engaging picture book combines lovable and irresistible images with the lyrics from the song (co-written by Jason Ingram and Matt Hammitt). Matt is lead vocalist for Sanctus Real, a Grammy-nominated Christian rock band. The song is on Hammitt’s latest album, Every Fallen Tear. When Matt and his wife, Sarah, were halfway through her pregnancy, they discovered their son would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare congenital defect. Matt and Sarah’s son, Bowen, was born on 9/9/10 and received a huge following through the Hammitt’s blog (, K-LOVE, and ABC News. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to the foundation the Hammitts’ have started to help parents with children who have this heart condition.


Matt Hammitt
About Matt

Matt Hammitt is the lead singer and a founding member of the band Sanctus Real. Over the past decade, the Grammy nominated, Dove Award–winning group has released five albums and has topped the Christian radio charts with fourteen No. 1 and Top 5 radio hits. In 2010, Matt and his wife, Sarah, found out they were expecting their third child. Already the parents of two young daughters, Emmerson and Claire, they were looking forward to an ultrasound that would reveal whether they were having a boy or a girl. "We found out it was a boy, and we were all celebrating," Matt recalls. "But only a few minutes later the doctor came in and told us that things weren't right, that half of the baby's heart wasn't developed. At that time, they didn't think he would survive." Diagnosed with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome, little Bowen, whose name means "small, victorious one," defied the odds and survived. But it hasn't been an easy road for Matt and his family. Following Bowen's birth, Matt and Sarah watched their newborn son endure two open-heart surgeries, and they spent more than three months by his bedside at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Matt and Sarah have shared the pain, as well as the joy, of their journey with others through their blog,, which has received more than one million hits to date. Sarah says, "God clearly has His hand in all of this. Our family has been called to walk through this, and we will do our best, even though it's going to be really rough at times." "Everything I've watched happen in the hospital—all the pain I've felt—is deepening my faith, strengthening my marriage, and molding my character," Matt says. "Out of what appeared to be a well of emptiness has flowed a fountain of purpose." Matt's album Every Falling Tear, released in 2011, was born out of the heart of a father wrestling with his pain but buoyed by his faith and his love for his family. I Couldn't Love You More is one of the songs on the album. It expresses a parent's desire to share Christ's unconditional love with his child. A portion of the proceeds from both Matt's album and this book will be given to support the Whole Hearts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by the Hammitts that is dedicated to helping families with children suffering from congenital heart defects. Matt says, "We've met so many families like us whose children are suffering, and they are looking for hope. It has become our mission to help them find it."

My Thoughts

I am so moved by this story. The illustrations are darling.  

I have been through a similar situation with my little grandson that passed away  when he was fifteen months old.  He spent the first nine months of his precious life in the hospital. The miracle we experienced was getting to share those fifteen months of his short life with him.  He smiled and laughed all the time. It is the hardest thing for a family to go through when you have a sick child.

Love and cherish your children!  Have you told your child you love them today?  

What are some ways you can actually show them how much you love them? 

I have fourteen grandchildren with one more due in July.  The most fun I have with my kids and grandkids are when we are all together at the same time.  

Do you have something special you do with your child?

How do you share GOD'S love with them?

When my grandchildren stay over we have a special prayer time before we go to bed when we are all tucked in. Some on air mattresses some in the bed with me.  They all know how much GOD loves them.  Some of them remember when their young cousin passed away and make comments about him being in Heaven with God not suffering anymore.  

Don't let all of this make you think this is a sad story because it isn't.  This is a story about MIRACLES and LOVE.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.

Giveaway runs May 17-24. I will announce the lucky winner on May 25.

Monday, May 7, 2012

GOD GAVE US LOVE by Lisa Tawn Bergren art by Laura J. Bryant

Original Post from my Blog: It's Time To Read Mamaw
About Lisa

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 35 books, with more than 2 million copies sold. She recently finished a teen series called River of Time (WATERFALL, CASCADE and TORRENT) and soon will release a follow-up e-novella called BOURNE. She's currently writing a New Adult series called The Grand Tour, and the first release is GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS (June 2012). Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, consulting and freelance editing (with a little speaking here and there). She’s married to Tim, a liturgical sculptor, graphic designer and musician. They have three kids–Olivia (16), Emma (13) and Jack (9). All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

About Book 

 As Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, the young polar bear begins to question why we must love others…even the seemingly unlovable.

 “Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.”

In a sturdy format, ideal for the littlest hands at storytime, bedtime, or anytime, God Gave Us You assures each child that he or she truly is a treasured gift from the Lord.

Board Book, 22 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
 (first published September 15th 2009)

ISBN 0307730271 (ISBN13: 9780307730275)
God Gave Us Love - Coloring Page

My Thoughts

Little Bear goes fishing with Grampa Bear but the Otters were so playful and mischievous that Little Bear just knew they would chase all the fish away. Grampa sensed that Little Bear was getting upset at the Otters. Grampa decided to have a talk with her about sharing the love of God.

The story is very endearing. I could almost hear the tone in Grampa Bear's and Little Bear's voices. Grampa being loving and patient, Little Bear being curious and sometimes confused. Grampa does a wonderful job getting God's message of love for others across to Little Bear.

The illustrations in this board book colorfully depicts the feelings shared between Grampa Bear, Little Bear and the rest of their family. Let's not forget the playfulness of the Otters that prompted  the  lesson of God's Love.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own review. It is my own opinion.

120 x 60

Here's Lily (Lily Series) by Nancy Rue

About Nancy

Nancy Rue is the author of 110 books, including 9 novels for adults, 17 for teens, and 60 for tween readers, as well as 2 parenting books, 32 non-fiction books for tweens and teens, and the features for the FaithGirlz Bible. Her Lily Series, published by Zondervan, has sold well over one million copies. Her ability to relate to a wide audience has made her a popular radio and television guest and an in-demand speaker and teacher for writer's conferences across the country. She has been a regular keynoter for The Young Writer's Institute and Virtuous Reality Ministries, and now anchors Zondervan's Beauty of Believing Tour for FaithGirlz, which draws thousands of tween girls and their moms. Nancy is also the founder of the "Writing for Children and Youth Conference" in Glen Eyrie, Colorado. Her latest titles include The Reluctant Prophet for adult readers (David C. Cook) Limos, Lattes, and My Life On the Fringe (Zondervan) for teens, and That Is SO Me (Zondervan), a year-long devotional for tweens. A student of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, sponsored by the Upper Room, Nancy continues her own spiritual journey even as she writes and speaks for mothers, daughters, and would-be writers about theirs.

For more information, visit her website at

About Book

Reading level: Ages 7 and up Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
(May 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1400319498
ISBN-13: 978-1400319497

Grow with the spirited, sometimes awkward, but always charming Lily as she learns what real beauty is. In this fun, entertaining story, readers meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model. As she sets her sights on winning the model search fashion show, she exchanges her rock and feather collection for lip gloss, fashion magazines, and a private “club” with her closest friends. But when the unthinkable happens the night before the fashion show, Lily learns a valuable lesson about real beauty. This best-selling, Biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory. As readers come to love Lily and her stories, they’ll also benefit from the companion nonfiction books that will help them through their own growing pains.

Where to Buy
Barnes & Noble

My Thoughts

Lily has fire red hair, a milk white complexion and large lips. She is now in the sixth grade and between being teased by her brothers and a boy at school Lily has come to see herself as anything but pretty. Then one day a modeling agent comes to her school to share with the sixth grade girls about poise, caring for their hair, skin and how to pick the right closes for their person. But the most important thing she wanted to share with them was self-esteem.  All of the girls were surprised when the lady chose Lily to be her model which shocked Lily and the other girls to no end.  Lily left the class with self-esteem she never had before.  She wanted to share this with her friends that seemed to have had the same problems as she had. They started a club calling it Girlz.

She gets an amazing surprise that could change her life and then events happen that could discourage Lily on her new quest.  I know you want to find out how this ends.

This book is geared for 7 yrs and up.  We I am 60 up and I enjoyed the book very much.  I think every young girl should read this book.  Parents you should even read this book it will clue you in on how to raise self-esteem in your daughters.

The author brings up what a difficult time this is for young girls when they are going through so many new changes and challenges in their life. She even bring up the issue about bullying.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book 
I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my own opinion.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Unhappy Little Dragon: Lessons Learned written by Carolyn Wolfe Illustrated by Leslie Mathis

About Carolyn Wolfe

Carolyn Wolfe is a published poet and author, whose books range from poetry to light fantasy and children's literature. 

In this, her sixth book, she has created a story about a little Dragon who has to come to terms with his challenge of not being able to manage his gift of breathing fire. The story involves a journey to find out how to use his gift wisely and will end up teaching him about himself and giving back to the community! 

Ms. Wolfe lives in the Shenandoah Valley, in Virginia, with her photographer husband, Scott Wolfe and her many animal companions. 

For more information about Carolyn Wolfe and her books, you can visit her website at 

Little Dragon Synopsis

This is the tale of a little Dragon who has a big problem, he cannot control his fire! After a major mishap, he runs away into the forest and has a wonderful adventure where he meets new friends, learns that every creature has a unique gift, and also finds out the special way in which he can use his own remarkable gift of fire.

Little Dragon Excerpt 

Shelley asked, looking at Happy expectantly. Shelley The Turtle said,"Let me ask you something son, when you practice your fire burning skills-what do you tell yourself?" "Tell myself? What do you mean?" asked Happy not understanding what his new friend was getting at. Shelley answered, "Well, maybe I should ask instead, how do you feel when you practice holding in your flame? "Oh that! I feel scared, so scared that I will fail and burn everything up!" Happy answered sadly. "Well now, I have a suggestion for you. Try feeling like you will not burn everything up. Instead tell yourself you will succeed in keeping your fire to yourself!" Shelley told him. "But I am so scared. I really don't think I can tell myself that I won't burn everything up when I know I will!" Happy argued in a worried little voice. Shelley looked at Happy's very unhappy face and said,"I have news for you Happy, and I want you to listen to me now!" Then Shelley continued to explain. "Dragons aren't the only ones who have special gifts, Happy, no, no! All of the animals were given a special gift of one kind or another. All of us had to learn how to use it wisely, just like you. You sort of have to grow into your gift, like growing up! That's why the animals need a teacher. Can you guess what my special gift is?" Shelley asked, expectantly. Happy didn't know the answer so he shook his head and just kept quiet. "Why Happy, I am a teacher!" Shelley said proudly. 

My Thoughts

This is a fantasy about a little dragon that had a problem, not a little problem a big problem.  At inappropriate times Little Dragon would  open his mouth and fire would come out. He just couldn't seem to control it. After another episode of uncontrolled  fire which caused much damage at a family reunion he ran from the house into the forest. He ran until he was too tired to run anymore. He was so tired he laid down and fell asleep.  When he awoke he found a turtle watching him.  After Little Dragon explained to the turtle why he was so far from home they became friends and ventured into the forest and  and made many more friends. Each one complimenting him on his amazing gift then sharing that they also had their own gift. 

The author put to paper the fear, nervousness and lack of self esteem Little Dragon had in himself and his gift of fire. It also shows he had shame and embarrassment over his gift.With encouragement from friends and family he felt much better about himself. 

The illustrations depicted the tale in a colorful way that made the words dance off the pages.

I highly recommend this book.

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I was given a free copy of this book by the author for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Giveaway & Review: IN THE GARDEN written by Elizabeth Spurr & Illusrated by Manelle Oliphant

About Elizabeth:

When did I start writing? About the time I got my first pencil box - a real treasure chest, with two small drawers, a note pad, a pencil sharpener and a big pink (most necessary!) eraser.

At age 10, I published a neighborhood newspaper called the Ducky Doings, which sold for ten cents a copy. My happiest childhood hours were spent slaving with a purple pencil and ditto pad. My other favorite hours were time spent in the children's room at the Glendale, California library, from which I'd return home each week toting a wobbly stack of books.

In high school I edited the newspaper; I graduated in Journalism from University of Southern California. No question, I wanted to write!

After a year on a small daily newspaper writing about bridal gowns and funerals, I went into the advertising business as a copywriter, and spent four years among New York's best ad creators. Especially helpful was my work with Madison Avenue's talented art directors, who taught me to think visually and "write short."

Marriage and five rapidly-produced children stalled my writing career for a time, but gave me heavy experience for my future calling.

I now live with my husband, Jim McCoy, in Cayucos, CA, where I work over book ideas while strolling on the beach. Is this an ideal life? It is! I can imagine no happier pursuit than helping children learn the joy of reading.


About Manelle: 

 I went to college at BYU-Idaho and got an illustration degree. I loved it there, met a slew of really awesome people and learned so much about draftsmanship, drawing and painting.

After college I worked for more than a year as a layout designer, who got to illustrate sometimes. I liked learning more about typography and graphic design here, but I also learned I'm happiest when I get to draw and paint.

Now I am a free-lance illustrator who loves solving visual problems, and telling stories with illustration. Drawing with a pencil or painting in watercolors are my favorite ways of working but I also use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign on a regular basis.

When I'm not drawing and painting, I love reading, playing various instruments in a fun but mediocre way, and performing improv comedy.

Where to find Manelle:
Google Plus
Her Blog

Board book, 22 pages
Published: May 1st 2012 by Peachtree Publishers
ISBN 139781561455812
Ages 1-3

About Book:

Simple and evocative language and charming illustrations describe a boy's experience in the garden.

In this gently rhyming board book, a young boy creates a garden, one small action at a time. First he digs in the dirt and plants seeds, then he adds soil, water, and some patience. With time, the seeds grow and the boy excitedly discovers what he has helped to make. Along the way, readers learn the words for simple objects related to the garden and nature. 

Elizabeth Spurr and Manelle Oliphant together create a perfect sit-in-your-lap reading experience for toddlers.

Where to Buy:
 Barnes & Noble 

My Thoughts:

 This board book will fit perfect in a little ones hands as they beg you to read it to them over and over again.

The story tells of a precious little boy and his garden. From hoeing and turning the soil to pulling weeds that keep popping up. Then he carefully adds seeds to each row he has prepared in  nice mounds. He covers the seeds with soil then waters each row. Now he waits and watches for the first sprouts to appear. When  he gets distracted in play away from his garden he happens to glance toward the garden and low and behold he sees rows of sprouts. The child eagerly tends his garden as it grows and blooms then eventually bears fruit.

The author providing poetic words and the illustrator in painting a picture come together to create this darling book of about a child and his garden  growing and becoming fruitful.

This is a special book that not only teaches the child to be in touch with our earth but it also teaches them patience.

I highly recommend this book for a special child in your life.

I rated this book

I received a free copy of this book for review from Peachtree Publishers.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  Its is my honest opinion.

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Thanks to Peachtree PublisherElizabeth Spurr and Manelle Oliphant for bringing us this darling book.

Patricia aka Mamaw