September 28, 2021

Book Review: Buckley the Highland Cow and Ralphy the Goat: A True Story about Kindness, Friendship, and Being Yourself

Book Title:
Buckley the Highland Cow and Ralphy the Goat: A True Story about Kindness, Friendship, and Being Yourself
Author: Renee M. Rutledge
Genre: Nonfiction, Children, Picture Book, Kindness, Friendship, Being Yourself, Farm animals, Animals, Rescue
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publisher Date: January 12, 2021 (48 Pages, Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781646040285
Follow this charming true story of Buckley, an orphaned cow, and his best friend Ralphy, along their journey to overcome barnyard bullying and loneliness, and discover the power of resilience, diverse friendships, and loving who you are

When a baby highland cow named Buckley suddenly finds himself all alone at a brand-new farm with no other cows, surrounded by unfamiliar, unfriendly faces, he isn't sure what to do.

However, friends come from unlikely places Ralphy, a rambunctious goat, decides to take Buckley under his wing. Ralphy and Buckley are different in every way, but despite this they become fast friends. Buckley soon learns that a loving, supportive farmyard family can come in all shapes and sizes.

With adorable photographs of Insta-famous Buckley (@buckleythehighlandcow) and beautiful illustrations, this unforgettable real-life story of childhood resilience will inspire kids of all ages to overcome tough social situations and thrive.

Discliamer: I received a free Copy of this book though Author for an honesty review. My review is my own opinions and thoughts.
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Buckley the Highland Cow and Ralphy the Goat: A True Story about Kindness, Friendship, and Being Yourself is an adorable book; It was charming and enjoyable. It will help children learn about being kind to others, learning about friendship, and being about yourself. Children will need to know they can be themselves and still be kind and make friends.

This book does show that being different is okay. Family can come in all different sizes and shapes. The story is excellent for all children to learn. Bullying is not a good idea. Children can learn by reading this book to stand up for themselves or their friends.

We meet Buckley and see how he deals with losing his mama. We see how he adapts to the farm where he remains living. Things do not seem to change much for him until a new member joins the farm and becomes a family.

When we meet Ralphy; He seems to be a calming presence for Buckley. It also makes Buckley curious and starts to make some changes. Will they be friends forever? The photographs are lovely. I love the authentic look and feel of the images.

This book deals with two farm animals. This book is suitable for children that love animals as it focuses on farm animals. Though it is not just for fans of animals and farms, it is for all kinds of children. 
 

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September 24, 2021

Book Review: Freedom's Song

Book Title:
Freedom's Song
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical, Romance, Slaves, Adult
Publisher: Waterbrook
Publisher Date: October 19, 2021 (352 Pages, E-book)
ISBN: 9780525653714

Her voice made her a riverboat's darling--and its prisoner. Now she's singing her way to freedom in this powerful novel from the bestselling author of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow.

Indentured servant Fanny Beck has been forced to sing for riverboat passengers since she was a girl. All she wants is to live a quiet, humble life with her family as soon as her seven-year contract is over. However, when she discovers that the captain has no intention of releasing her, she seizes a sudden opportunity to escape--an impulse that leads Fanny to a group of enslaved people who are on their own dangerous quest for liberty. . . .

Widower Walter Kuhn is overwhelmed by his responsibilities to his farm and young daughter, and now his mail-order bride hasn't arrived. Could a beautiful stranger seeking work be the answer to his prayers? . . .

After the star performer of the River Peacock is presumed drowned, Sloan Kirkpatrick, the riverboat's captain, sets off to find her replacement. However, his journey will bring him face to face with his own past--and a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be free. . . .

Uplifting, inspiring, and grounded in biblical truth, Freedom's Song is a story for every reader who has longed for physical, emotional, or spiritual delivery.

Discliamer: I received a free e-Arc Copy of this book though Netgalley, though the publisher for an honesty review and being on the launch team.
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Are you a Kim Vogel Sawyer fan? Or a historical fiction fan? Then you will enjoy Kim's newest book to be coming out soon. It is delightful. Kim writes wonderfully, and this book captured my attendance for the entire book.

I was wondering if Sloane would catch up to Fanny. This book pulls you through Fanny's journey, and she will get her freedom. In the process, Sloan will find his freedom as well. There are three main characters throughout this book. We get to see their point of view throughout the book; Most of them are Fanny's point of view. We do see Walters and Sloane's point of view throughout the book as well.

This book talks about slaves. What will happen when Fanny meets Enoch and his family? Will she help them to freedom, and she gets help with being hidden with them. What will Fanny do? Will Sloane learn about keeping his word and about God?

Will Sloan find his riverboat singer? Does he seem to think he is on a goose chase trying to find a singer that seems to sing her way to freedom? The plot thickens, and there will be freedom for Fanny. Will she get what she has been looking for in life. Fanny agreed to help care and watch over Walter's little girl Annlesse. What will happen when Walter's new wife comes?
 

 
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September 17, 2021

Book Tour: Our Moon Festival: Celebrating the Moon Festival in Asian Communities by Yobe Qiu With Giveaway

Book Tile:
Our Moon Festival: Celebrating the Moon Festival in Asian Communities
Author: Yobe Qiu
Genre: Children, Picture Books, Culture, Educational, Diverse, Traditions, Asian, Holidays
Publisher: Yobe Qiu LLC
Publisher date: January 1, 2020 (30 Pages, Hardcover)
ISBN: 1735583502
"Our Moon Festival" is a beautifully illustrated children's book celebrating the unique ways the Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities celebrate the Moon Festival. The story highlights different families and their traditions as they observe Zhong Qiu Jie, Tết Trung Thu, and Tsukimi!
Content Rating: G
Disclaimer: I received this book free from IReadBookTours for an honest review and for a book tour
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Are you looking for a book about different Asian cultures and other traditions? I found one that talks about their Moon Festival. It is good to learn about different cultures and not change that culture because we do not like it. We should try and understand it.

Our Moon Festival” by Yobe Qui is a beautiful picture book about three different families and how they celebrate the Moon and their traditions. The first one is about a Chinese festival and talks about Singapore. The second story talks about the Vietnamese and their lovely traditions. The last story is about the Japanese and how they celebrate the holiday with their traditions.

This book shows and illustrates the holiday; it talks about what is similar and how they are different. The illustrations in the book are displayed well and beautifully. The images are bright and colorful. Great for children and parents to learn about Asian communities and a bit of Asian culture.

Children will want to learn more about these three Asian countries, Japan, Singapore, Chinese, and the culture. Children want to learn about the Moon Festivals. I think they are different but similar. I enjoyed learning about other holidays and the traditions of different cultures. I enjoy learning about the Our Moon Festival.


Prize: Enter to win OUR MOON FESTIVAL signed by the author (one winner/USA only) (ends Oct 4)
 
 
Yobe is an educator, entrepreneur and mom who lives in NYC. As an educator, she focused on teaching families to embrace love, diversity and different cultures. Through the years working in the classrooms and closely with other educators, she noticed the lack of multi-cultural resources that represented children of color. That is when Yobe decided to create multicultural children stories that feature Asian children, families and cultures! Yobe loves spending time with her daughter, reading to children and taking long walks during the day!

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BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE: 
Sep 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Sep 7 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Sep 7 - Kam's Place – book review
Sep 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Sep 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 9 - I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 10 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway
Sep 13 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Sep 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 14 - The Adventures of a Traveler's Wife – book review / giveaway
Sep 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / giveaway
Sep 15 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 16 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 16 - Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Sep 17 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Sep 20 – Fictional Vixen – book review
Sep 21 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Sep 21 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 22 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight
Sep 22 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 - Laura's Interests – book review / giveaway
Sep 24 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Sep 27 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
 
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September 15, 2021

My Picks: Back To School

Top Picks Back to School
 
Looking for some wonderful books that will teach your child or children. Here are six books that are books I believe you might want to read before your child goes back to school. Some Books to think about picking up for your child or children. They are some good Back to School Books. Great for Classrooms and bookshelves

During a Pandemic

Lyrical and upbeat, During a Pandemic helps kids understand and navigate the recent events and the changes that have occurred in the world and everyday life.
Through words and pictures, author Ashley Perrotti and illustrator Fazal Nabbie offer insight into what the pandemic means now and in the near future. It communicates the message that the most important part of life is family.







 
 
 
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Colton's Time Machine: Jefferson, Adams, Franklin

As Colton was going to sit down, he looked at the map on the wall. "That's it! I'm going to visit Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams from our first visit, when we sat in on the making of the 'Declaration of Independence.'" He sat down in the chair, picked up the history book, and flipped through the pages until he found 'Thomas Jefferson. He read his biography then said, "We have a lot in common, he's an inventor like me." Then, he turned some more pages until he found John Adams. "Lets see: Adams was a farmer, lawyer and he spent several years in France. I bet he has some freat stories to tell us." Then,he turned the page to Benjamin Franklin, who was another inventory and few a kite in an electrical storm. Colton got up and went over to the map on the wall. he traded the green pins for red ones and put green ones on Charlottesville, Virginia, for Thomas Jefferson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for John Adams, and another on Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for Benjamin Franklin. Then he left the tree house and went into his house for the night. 

 Bottle and Stick

Starting school can sometimes be scary. Especially after Pencil, Eraser, and Scissors warn Bottle and Stick about being squeezed, twisted, dried up, and wasted! Will these two ordinary school supplies approach their first day of school with fear, or will Bottle and Stick decide to be brave and stick together? After all, anything is possible when you have a friend by your side!
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Giving Hope: A Child's Journey Through a Pandemic


Life was busy, exciting, normal - until, with one phone call, everything changed. Everything was cancelled and shut down until further notice. While navigating the stay-at-home order during the pandemic, many different emotions were felt. This story is told through a child's journal entries that demonstrate many of these emotions. What begins with worry and frustration evolves, with this story showing how one child learned ways to give hope even when things seemed hopeless.
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The World Famous ABCs



Rhymes have always been a fun way for children to learn and discover. The rhymes you find in this ABC rhyming book and the illustrations are sure to put a smile on your child's face. We purposefully made the illustrations multi cultural and we think it will benefit all our kids to see and respect other cultures. We are certain you will go back and read it time and again. As a bonus, each page contains several objects that will help your child practice their words and pronunciation as well. This is the first book in our rhyming series and we hope you enjoy it.


 
 
 
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A Celebration of Autumn

This book is a celebration of everything autumn. We have included bright autumn colors on every page. We believe the rhymes on each page will help your child develop a love for reading. Each year when the autumn season rolls around, we hope you pull out this book and give it a read to celebrate all that the season is.











 
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September 14, 2021

Book Review: The World Famous ABC Book of Rhymes

Book Title:
The World Famous ABC Book of Rhymes
Author: Roger Carlson
Genres: Children, ABC's, Learning, Rhyming, Reading, School
Series: Mariana Books Rhyming #1
Publisher: Mariana Publishing
Publisher Date: October 3, 2020 (34 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN:9781645100355
Rhymes have always been a fun way for children to learn and discover. The rhymes you find in this ABC rhyming book and the illustrations are sure to put a smile on your child's face. We purposefully made the illustrations multi cultural and we think it will benefit all our kids to see and respect other cultures. We are certain you will go back and read it time and again. As a bonus, each page contains several objects that will help your child practice their words and pronunciation as well. This is the first book in our rhyming series and we hope you enjoy it.
Discliamer: I received a free copy of this book though the author for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I know many have learned their ABCs in different ways. Children learn in different ways. Children need to understand the ABCs at some point. A book I came about is "The World Famous ABC Book of Rhyme" by Roger Carlson; this book will help children of different ages learn their ABCs in a fun and enjoyable way.

I happen to be told by my mom; she used to teach me to use animals to learn my ABCs growing up. This book can help children learn to say their words with pictures. They also will learn their ABCs. This book is suitable for toddlers and young readers. Children that are in preschool through grade five. Will I learn something from ABCs or some basic reading skills or words?

The way this book transpires is charming. The pictures are bright and colorful. Parents will enjoy this book as it is excellent for any one child to learn. The rhyming helps to make it fun and different. I do not know if parents or children or even teachers have thought that ABCs could be a poem to teach them.

Can your children find other words to practice while reading this book? They can learn and practice some new words or old ones. Parents will want this book on their child or children's bookshelves or in their homes. The teacher may wish to do it for their classrooms as well. It is a great resource.

 
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September 13, 2021

Book Review: During a Pandemic

Book Title: During a Pandemic
Author: Ashley Perrotti
Genres: Nonfiction, Covid 19, Pandemic, Children, Picture Book,
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Publisher Date: March 23, 2021 (24 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN: 9781665703918

Lyrical and upbeat, During a Pandemic helps kids understand and navigate the recent events and the changes that have occurred in the world and everyday life.
Through words and pictures, author Ashley Perrotti and illustrator Fazal Nabbie offer insight into what the pandemic means now and in the near future. It communicates the message that the most important part of life is family.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the author / publisher for an honest review.
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If you are looking for a book that will help your child or children understand what happened a year ago. This book named "During a Pandemic" by Ashley Perrotti is a good fit. It is simple and understandable for a child or anyone to understand what a pandemic is.

The book explains the pandemic and the changes that are going around. It makes it understandable for children. The pictures are simple and drawn well. It shows you what's essential in life. It does not over complicate what everyone is going through with this book.

This book happens to be for children. Still, it has been put into simple words and pictures to understand what was happening around us for the last year; it is still going on today. I love that this explains and is delivered to understand. I did see that throughout the book.

We see what we changed for others, while this explains keeping people safe and learning to deal with the changes that would keep ourselves and our family safe. You will learn about what the pandemic is or what the word means with this straightforward book. Children will learn as well. It will be easy for them to understand.



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September 11, 2021

Book Review: A Celebration of Autumn

Book Title:
A Celebration of Autumn
Author: Roger Carlson
Genres: Children, Seasons, Autumn, Rhyming, Fall
Series: Mariana Books Rhyming #3
Publisher: Mariana Publishing
Publisher Date: November 22, 2020 (42 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN: 9781645100416
This book is a celebration of everything autumn. We have included bright autumn colors on every page. We believe the rhymes on each page will help your child develop a love for reading. Each year when the autumn season rolls around, we hope you pull out this book and give it a read to celebrate all that the season is.
Discliamer: I received a free copy of this book though the author for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Have you wanted your child or children to learn about the seasons? Most if not all children know there are four seasons in a year. I just read another book that deals with the season we call "Fall" called "Autumn." The book's name is "A Celebration of Autumn" by Roger Carlson.

The book talks about the month changing and temperatures drop. "A Celebration of Autumn" is the third book in the series. What a fun way for this book to start. The first paragraph in this book is below:

When August fades and turn to September,
and you start to feel a nip in the air;
it can only mean one thing:
Autumn is nearly there!

Children will learn about the season. They will also learn to rhyme as well. Kids will want their older siblings or parents to read this book repeatedly if it's not a favorite already. What fun activities can children come up with that goes on during this season. The illustrations are colorful and bright. The colors remain shown and represented nicely throughout the book.

I know they mention two autumn holidays that we celebrate during this time. Can you name them? We have fun and games for one and the other we get together as a family to have a meal. Autumn is when children are getting ready to go to school or started school for the year. I am surprised the school does not get a mention in the book. It deals with the different seasonal changes and temperatures that we deal with this season.

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September 9, 2021

Book Review: Giving Hope: A Child's Journey Through a Pandemic

Book Tile:
Giving Hope: A Child's Journey Through a Pandemic
Author: Toni Wengerd
Genre: Children, Picture Books, Pandemic, School, Covid 19, Nonfiction, Emotions, Educational
Publisher: Mascot Book
Publisher date: April 6, 2021 (38 Pages, Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781645437550
Life was busy, exciting, normal - until, with one phone call, everything changed. Everything was cancelled and shut down until further notice. While navigating the stay-at-home order during the pandemic, many different emotions were felt. This story is told through a child's journal entries that demonstrate many of these emotions. What begins with worry and frustration evolves, with this story showing how one child learned ways to give hope even when things seemed hopeless.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher for an honest review.
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I am sure some children will not remember that there was a pandemic? Well, this book "Giving Hope: A Child's Journey Through a Pandemic" is a good one for children of all ages. Young children will be wondering why things have changed and why they can not see their friends and family.

This book does that through the eyes of a child or children. I am not quite sure; This is where the half star (moon) comes in, in my rating of four and a half stars (moons). Otherwise, this book does explain all about the emotions they will go through, from being worried to many others.

These diary entries are well done; Talking about what is going on with children and what is happening around them. Each one occurs with an emotion. This book is good to have around to explain the feelings going on during a stay-at-home order or lockdown, as many have called it.

This book can teach children who are all essential or heroes during this difficult time. This book is not just for a pandemic situation. I could be used to guide during other struggling or difficult times ahead.

The pictures are very bright and vivid. They do tell the emotion or emotions the child is feeling during that diary entry. The drawings are lovely throughout the book. There are some ideas that children can do to help with the changes and maybe even get in though with family during a hard time. Can your child or children come up with something you could do to bring hope? Maybe even come up with some ideas to do around your neighbor and show them or tell you to care while trying to stay safe.

 
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