Tutankhamen Speaks by Cheryl Carpinello

The words of Tutankhamen come alive in Tutankhamen Speaks by Cheryl Carpinello.

Scrolls discovered in the basement of the Egyptian Museum, transcribed in an ancient hand, are said to record the words of King Tut for all to read.

The story of the Boy King is fascinating. Ascending to the throne at the age of nine, married to his half-sister (as was the custom), no surviving children, and a death shrouded in mystery. Carpinello took the translated words and put them into storybook format to increase the reader’s enjoyment. That was definitely achieved. I eagerly swiped from one page to the next to discover more about King Tut and his life. The author/editor’s final note leaves it up to the reader to decide the authenticity of the ancient scrolls.

What I enjoyed most about Tutankhamen Speaks is the way the wide-eyed wonder of the young King is captured and the emotions that are relayed as he speaks of his father, his stepmother, his grandfather, his half sister, and his destiny. The reader is also treated to an excerpt from the next book in the series. I will also be reviewing that one this month, so keep an eye out for it.

If you enjoy ancient history, are fascinated with King Tut, or like stories that share a glimpse into the past, you will want to grab a printed or digital copy of Tutankhamen Speaks.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00E18KH46
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beyond Today Educator (January 24, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 24, 2014
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 4, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 79 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 149615536X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496155368

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Amazon eBook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E18KH46

Amazon Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/149615536X

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Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tutankhamen-Speaks-Cheryl-Carpinello/9781496155368

I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

I Give You My Heart by Pimm van Hest


I Give You My Heart by Pimm van Hest is a beautifully told story that will touch the heart of everyone who reads it.

Yuto is given an unusual wooden box by an old man in a store. The man tells him, “Everything you need is in this box.” But no matter how hard Yuto tries, he can’t open the wooden box. On the eve of his seventh birthday, the box opens to reveal a seed, which Yuto plants. Eventually the seed becomes a tree and is so big he plants it in a special place and, throughout his long life, Yuto and the tree share a special bond.

In many ways, this story reminds me of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, which is a book I shared with all my children. This poetic fairy tale is enhanced by the stunning artwork of Sassafras De Bryun and the intricate cutouts throughout the book. While I Give You My Heart is a children’s book, the older you are the more meaningful it becomes. I think it would make the perfect coffee table book.

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Age Range: 6 and up
Grade Level: 1 and up
Lexile Measure: 540 (What’s this?)
Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Clavis (November 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605373567
ISBN-13: 978-1605373560

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Walking Eagle: The Little Comanche Boy by Ana Eulate

A delightfuleagle story of nature and harmony is found in Walking Eagle: The Little Comanche Boy by Ana Eulate.

Walking Eagle is a mute Comanche boy who has been born clubfooted. With his feet turned in toward each other, his legs make the shape of a heart. He journeys to share his message of nature and harmony with all the tribes.

This is a beautiful book whose flowing text is matched with stunning artwork. Eulate has created a moving story of harmony filled with the power of love and kindness. Explore the magic of storytelling in Walking Eagle: The Little Comanche Boy.

Age Range: 6 and up
Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Cuento de Luz (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8415784368
ISBN-13: 978-8415784364

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Aesop’s Fables and Tales from The Brothers Grimm

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Illustrated by Ayano Imai, this new interpretation of Aesop’s Fables is a beautiful addition to your library. Imai’s delightful illustrations bring these classic fables to life again for the modern reader. Though I feel the moral stories behind them will be lost on today’s youth, I don’t believe we should stop exploring the classics with them and opening the door to meaningful discussions.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

AESOP’S FABLES
Author : Aesop
Illustrator : Imai, Ayano
11.5 x 8.5 in
32 pages
Color throughout, laminated hardcover with jacket
US$ US$17.99, Can$19.99
ISBN : 978-988-8240-52-4Grimm Fairy Tales_HK Cov_zz_Layout 1

Selected and illustrated by Lizabeth Zwerger, this collection of Grimm Fairy Tales explores old favorites like “Hansel and Gretel” and “Briar Rose” along with some lesser known ones. Zwerger’s artwork is stunning and captures the classic feel to these original tales. While definitely a well put together collection, the content of some of these stories can be a bit frightening for young readers.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM
Author : Grimm, The Brothers
Illustrator : Zwerger, Lisbeth
9.5 x 11.5 inch
96 pages
Color throughout, laminated hardcover
US$ US$29.99 Can$32.99
ISBN : 978-988-8240-53-1

I received unsolicited copies of these books from a publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Interview with Children’s Author and Artist Naomi C. Rose

In February we reviewed Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World by Naomi C. Rose. Today, we sit down to chat with Naomi about her work as an author and artist, including an exciting new program that she’ll tell us more about.

Welcome to The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection, Naomi.  It’s wonderful to have you here.

Hi Cheryl, Thank you so much for your generous review of Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World. I really appreciate your kind words! Thank you for this opportunity to share with your readers.

Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?  

I have always drawn a lot of inspiration from nature, and have been fortunate to live in many beautiful places in my life.  I now live in Sedona, Arizona with my husband. Living and hiking among the red rocks is a real highlight of my life. 

I also draw a lot of inspiration from my intention to be of benefit to others. This intention guides my life and my work, and keeps me focused on what really matters. 

When did you decide to pursue writing as a career? 

I don’t think I ever reached a decision point. It sort of slipped up on me. I have always enjoyed writing. I wrote poems and stories as a child and throughout my early adult life as a way to express myself. In my thirties, I worked as a technical writer for a software company.  Then I had nighttime dreams showing me going to art school so I could illustrate children’s books. I had never considered this profession before, but the dreams intrigued me. I finally enrolled in an art school and found I loved it.  At the same time, I met a Tibetan teacher who asked me to turn adult Tibetan tales into children’s stories. Thus began my career writing and illustrating children’s books. This beginning did not immediately produce results, I might add. It was ten long years before my first book TIBETAN TALES FOR LITTLE BUDDHAS was published. 

Your books for children retell stories that were once told in Tibet. Why do you focus on this culture? What do you hope readers will learn from your books? 

The Tibetan culture has many ways to practice peace, and I found those ways to be very helpful in my life. The more I learned about Tibetan wisdom and their ways of peace and kindness, the more I thought it could be useful for our own culture. I’ve heard from many adults and children how the stories in my books have helped them experience life in a more peaceful way.  And when I visit schools and present my Taste of Tibet program, the children become very happy learning about this peaceful culture. I can see it gives them hope. It also gives them new ways to meet their own challenges. That is my hope for readers; that in some way, they find the wisdom in the stories inspiring and useful.
Can you please tell us about the illustrations used in Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World?

While I painted these illustrations, my studio was full of Tibetan images, and the sounds of Tibetan music. I painted the illustrations with acrylic paint on canvas board. With each stroke of the brush, I tried to keep my mind and heart focused on my intention for the work to be of benefit to others.  

You have several upcoming books. Would you like to tell our readers about those?
I’m currently working on the illustrations for CHUKI AND THE TIBETAN FLOWER CURE (Lee and Low Books, 2011). The story is based on real-life events of a Tibetan-American family and how the kindness of a community brought healing. I worked on the story for five years, so it’s exciting to finally be at the illustration phase. 

ESCAPE TO FREEDOM; THE DANGEROUS TREK OF TIBETAN YOUTH (Paljor Publications, 2010) is a nonfiction book.  The book tells the story of the thousands of Tibetan youth who risk their lives to escape Tibet in search of freedom and a good education. 

I’m also completing WHERE SNOW LEOPARD PROWLS; WILD ANIMALS OF TIBET, a wonderful picture book about animals of the Tibetan plateau. 
Is there anything you would like to add? 

I have developed a program called Taste of Tibet for schools, libraries, and other venues. I arrive in Tibetan costume with a basketful of Tibetan treasures. The program includes storytelling, chanting, and optional art projects. We all have a lot of fun learning about Tibet’s enchanting culture and wise ways of peace. 

I invite your readers to visit my Youtube site www.youtube.com/user/naomicrose where they can watch a short trailer of my book as well as a video of me storytelling a Tibetan wisdom tale. 

My website www.naomicrose.com also has a lot more information about me and my work.

Thank you for joining us today, Naomi.  We wish you much success.                                                                      

Thank you, Cheryl, for taking the time to learn about my work!



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