Tags: book reviews, books for young readers, books that teach a lesson, books that teach children a lesson, children's books, Children's picture books, children's books that teach a lesson, Guardian Angel Publishing, Just for Today, Kevin McNamee, Littlest Angels, Marina Movshina, Rhyming books, The Children's and Teens Book Connection
A sweet rhyming adventure about spending quality time with your kids is the latest from Kevin McNamee. Just for Today finds a young boy asking his father to stay with him and have a few adventures: outrunning pirates on the high seas, finding buried treasure, going on a safari, and more.
I’ve been a fan of McNamee’s work for some time. His lyrical prose flows nicely and his stories all show a vast amount of imagination. In Just for Today a young boy is trying to convince his father to stick around so they can play together. This is a nice message, reminding kids and parents how important it is to spend time together.
Marina Movshina provides the artwork for this story. While I usually enjoy Movshina’s work, I didn’t care for the style used here. The outlines were crisp, but the details were fuzzy as if we were seeing the characters from far away instead of close up. In addition, in some illustrations the father looked like an adult, but in others he looked like a teenage boy.
That said, I believe many youngsters and their parents will enjoy this rhyming adventure.
Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (September 5, 2012)
I received a PDF version of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.
Tags: books for young readers, books that teach a lesson, books that teach children a lesson, Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes, children's books, Children's picture books, children's books that teach a lesson, contemporary fiction, Guardian Angel Publishing, Littlest Angels, Stacey A. Marshall, superhero books, The Children's and Teens Book Connection
A precocious third grader named Katie shrivels during countless situations at her new school. She’s terrified to present at show-and-tell, too nervous to chat in the lunchroom and can hardly get the courage to participate in class. That is, until a unique superhero swoops in to the rescue, showing Katie how to have self-confidence and courage. Captain Courage, the first in a series of books from Marshall, is a fun-filled tale for teachers and parents to share with all school-aged kids – and makes it easy to sneak in tips about effective, confident communication.
“There’s such a need for a series of books to help this age group (elementary/grade-school kids) with effective speaking,” said author Stacey Marshall. “So many teachers have asked me over the years to help their students, because kids are becoming increasingly involved in public speaking at school, and most of them struggle with it. With most kids today communicating only with their phones/computers, they need more help than ever with face-to-face verbal communication!”
The inspiration for the book came when Marshall was a student at Duke University, and developed a friendship with Theodore Geisel (aka, Dr. Seuss). She told him that she was eventually going to be a children’s book writer like him, and he encouraged her to follow her dreams.
The dream was put on hold as Stacey became a broadcaster, speech-language pathologist, motivational speaker, freelance writer and public speaking coach to children and adults of all ages, including media training to Division I, NBA, NFL and Olympic athletes in the media. With her unique background, Stacey became acutely aware of the positive effect that optimal, confident communication had on self-esteem – especially in children. She decided it was time to start writing her first book.
Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and select retailers throughout the US. For more information on author Stacey Marshall and the Captain Courage series, visit http://www.captaincourage.com. Check out Stacey’s humorous video about the way kids communicate today vs. in the past: http://youtu.be/g6PGMFuAvD4.
Stacey Marshall started her own public speaking company in 1995. She has conducted public speaking training and seminars within major corporations across the country, plus media training for Division I and Olympic athletes. Stacey has also used her knowledge and expertise to help business leaders, politicians, litigators, actors, broadcasters and many others find and hone their natural presentation styles for more effective communication. In addition, she has worked with children and teenagers to develop confident speaking in formal and informal situations in school and in life.
An author, former broadcaster and motivational speaker, Stacey is also a winner of the Women Executives International “Speak Out”. She earned her degrees from Duke University and the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill.
Tags: Alexander Morris, animal lovers books, book reviews, books for young readers, books that teach children a lesson, children's books, Children's picture books, children's books that teach a lesson, Guardian Angel Publishing, Kevin McNamee, Littlest Angels, My Brother the Frog, Pet lovers books, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection
My Brother the Frog is McNamee’s latest release through Guardian Angel Publishing. A young boy decides to change his annoying brother into a frog, which makes everyone mad. When he tries to change him back, he finds it’s not so simple. Suddenly his brother is a very big duckling, then a chicken. They have to make it through many more animal changes before the boy learns something about his brother and about himself too.
This is just one zany story. At first I really wasn’t sure where McNamee was going with it. Then as I moved further along and saw how this annoying brother, now in animal form, is helpful to the boy, I realized the subtle message the author relayed with his silly story. Yes, siblings can be pests at times, but they also can do nice things.
Alexander Morris provided the artwork for this book. I liked how he managed to capture the brother’s face in each animal once he was changed. I loved the last illustration. I won’t tell you what it is, but it is perfect and made me laugh so hard I thought I would fall out of my chair.
I’ve enjoyed every one of McNamee’s books that I’ve read, and My Brother the Frog is no exception. He knows how to reach kids right where they are with fabulous books and unique storylines they’ll enjoy. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
- Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
- ISBN-13: 978-1616331597
- SRP: $10.95 (softcover)
Also available in a hardcover edition.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide my review.
Tags: book reviews, children's books, Children's picture books, First Spring, Guardian Angel Publishing, Littlest Angels, Margaret Rose, Marina Movshina, Rhyming books, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection
Told in rhyme, First Spring will help your young child (Birth – 4) fall in love with all the new experiences that come in spring. From green grass to gentle breezes, from bright sun to squiggly bugs, and from blowing bubbles to playful puppies, you can’t help but enjoy everything about this one.
Artist Marina Movshina offers her lovely illustrations to match Rose’s softly flowing prose. I am familiar with her work from other Guardian Angel Publishing books that I’ve reviewed, but she’s really outdone herself with First Spring. Her artwork captures the mood of this book perfectly.
This is a book you’ll be reading time and again.
- Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
- ISBN-13: 978-1616331191
- SRP: $10.95
I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide my review.
Tags: book reviews, children's books, Children's picture books, children's books that foster imagination, children's fantasy, dreams, Guardian Angel Publishing, Littlest Angels, Rhyming books, Samantha Bell, Susan J. Berger, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection
A journey through one girl’s imagination is waiting for your three- to seven-year-old in Growing Up Dreams by Susan J. Berger.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to grow dreams? That’s just what this little girl is doing as she imagines the endless possibilities that await her in the future.
This is the third book of Berger’s that I’ve read–two fiction and one non-fiction. I truly wonder if she’s still a child inside because she knows how to create stories that children love. She also must enjoy dreams because both of her kid’s fiction books with Guardian Angel Publishing are about dreams, which leaves tons of room for the imagination to fly.
Add dreams to the rhyming patterns of the verses and you’re sure to have a winner.
Artist Samantha Bell created the artwork for Growing Up Dreams. I had a chance to look at her black and white drawings in Burgher and the Woebegone by Kim Chatel, but this is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her color illustrations up close. From the yellow stars on the girl’s pajamas to the long tails of the monkeys, these delightful illustrations will thrill the reader and keep her turning the pages just as much as the story does.
A fun and imaginative read is what readers will enjoy in Growing Up Dreams.
Tags: autographed children's books, best-selling children's books, bestselling Christmas children's books, Birth of Jesus, books for young readers, books that teach children a lesson, Cheryl Malandrinos, children's books, children's books that teach a lesson, Little Shepherd
Autographed books make special presents. I hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy of Little Shepherd for your little person this holiday season.
Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem when the angels appear to announce the Savior’s birth. Can he trust that the miracle of the first Christmas will keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?
Read an excerpt!
Off in the distance, a wolf howled. Obed moved closer to his flock, scanning the hills for any sign of a pack that might race in and steal his sheep. His family depended upon the sheep for food and their wool for clothing. No sheep would be lost under his watch.
He shivered inside his cloak. While the days were getting warmer, the nights still chilled him. He walked over to the large fire blazing inside the pit. He rubbed his hands together and held them up to the fire to warm them.
Above him, the sky twinkled with millions of stars. Obed couldn’t remember a night so clear.
Suddenly, a bright light filled the sky.
Obed trembled. “Father, what is happening?”
His father dropped to the ground, his right hand blocking his eyes from the intense light.
Obed pulled the edges of his cloak closer to his face as he squinted up at the mysterious form hovering overhead. He shivered, but this time it was not because of the cold.
Read what critics are saying about Little Shepherd!
“It’s a great book for families during the holidays looking to bring more depth and understanding to the standard nativity story.”
–Christy’s World of Books
“Little Shepherd is a great Christmas story for children between the ages of 4-8 that inspires faith and trust in something that cannot be seen, but can be felt in the heart and in the soul. This book would make a great addition to any Christmas collection as well as in any religious setting.”
–The Crypto-Capers Review
“Your first reaction may be, oh goodness another story on the birth of Christ. Toss those thoughts away and immerse yourself and your children into the magical arrival of Christ the Lord. Children’s author, Cheryl C. Malandrinos has re-explored and created a beautiful re-enactment of Christ the Lord’s birth in a unique and awe inspiring rendition which surely will become classical reading in Christian religious school studies and home libraries.
The old time illustrations expertly created by illustrator, Eugene Ruble will leave you feeling that you journeyed through the countryside with Obed and his fellow shepherds.”
–Donna McDine, award-winning author of The Golden Pathway
Autographed copies can be ordered by contacting me at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com. Please place “Little Shepherd” on the subject line. Autographed copies sell for $10 with a flat shipping rate of $3 to ship anywhere in the United States. Additional shipping charges will apply for orders outside of the US.
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