The ABCs of Living Green by Theresa A. McKeown

The ABCs of Living Green by Theresa A. McKeown is a book whose mission is to empower young people to care for our planet. It is the final book in the author’s The ABC’s of Everything series. Like How to Eat Your ABCs–which we reviewed here–this is an ABC book told in rhyme. From “awaken” to “zen” and everything in between, readers will enjoy turning the pages of this beautifully illustrated book.

I have to applaud the author’s dedication and desire to reach children with important concepts as early as possible. In this particular case it’s to get young people to realize how vital caring for the planet and each other is. This is a book I could see being displayed on a coffee table because the artwork is lovely. This would also allow for regular discussions on the ABCs on this topic.

One thing that distracted from the book for me is how prevalent the author’s presence is throughout it. From the very opening the author is talking about her mission to educate all and to share the things she has to say (Awaken). The author wants to convey the meaning of living green (Green) . The author deplores when people consume beyond their needs (Quality).  Children want to learn for themselves. They want to come to their own conclusions. By nature, their immature brains are self-absorbed. So how is a child going to be invested in this mission if she can’t see it as her own?  McKeown easily makes her point in several other areas where the author’s presence is totally invisible. It is in those moments she’s chatting with her readers, not speaking at them.

The ABCs of Living Green is a good addition to the series. Just like The ABCs of Being Me and How to Eat Your ABCs, there is tremendous value in taking time to read this final installment. Lyrical prose combined with stunning artwork are a win-win.

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Publisher: The ABCs of Everything, LLC (2018)
ISBN-10: 0692939652
ISBN-13: 978-0692939659

I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

 

Transmit Joy! by Mark Binder

mark binderAuthor and storyteller Mark Binder has a new audio book out for all kinds of family fun.

Transmit Joy! includes some classic and some unique audio tracks to fascinate readers and make your kids laugh. Binder has great versatility, creating diverse animal and human characters with his wide range. From “The Billy Goats Gruff” to “The Little Wolf Cub” and more, families will have a little over an hour of storytelling fun. Just imagine how entertaining it would be to act these out along with the CD or MP3 album once you learn the words.

Transmit Joy! by Mark Binder is definitely worth checking out.

 

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Original Release Date: June 13, 2016
Release Date: June 13, 2016
Label: Light Publications
Copyright: 2016 Mark Binder
Total Length: 1:04:52

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

Letters to Santa Claus by The Elves

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For years, children and adults have stuffed their candid dreams, wishes, and promises into envelopes addressed to Santa Claus. Whether the envelopes come with stamps or without, are addressed to “The Big Red Guy at Jingle Bells Lane” or simply “To Santa,” for over 100 years, millions of these letters have poured into Santa Claus, Indiana. Arriving from all corners of the globe, the letters ask for toys, family reunions, snow, and help for the needy―sometimes the needy being the writers themselves. They are candid, heartfelt, and often blunt. Many children wonder how Santa gets into their chimneyless homes. One child reminds Santa that she has not hit her brothers over 1,350 times that year, and another respectfully requests two million dollars in “cold cash.” One child hopes to make his life better with a time machine, an adult woman asks for a man, and one miscreant actually threatens Santa’s reindeer! Containing more than 250 actual letters and envelopes from the naughty and nice reaching back to the 1930s, this moving book will touch readers’ hearts and bring back memories of a time in our lives when the man with a white beard and a red suit held out the hope that our wishes might come true.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Indiana University Press (October 5, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0253017939
ISBN-13: 978-0253017932

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Prairie Memories Now Available!

Prairie Memories
$19.99
Magazine – 68 pages – Glossy Coated Paper – 8.5 x 11 Inches – English Language –
Published July 2014

  • Exclusive in-depth interviews with four actors from Little House on the Prairie: Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls), 14 pages; Richard Bull (Nels Oleson), 14 pages; Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden), 14 pages; Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson), 21 pages.
  • The interviews with Richard Bull and Dabbs Greer were made shortly before their death.
  • All pictures published in the magazine are courtesy of the actors. Most of them are very rare and previously unpublished.

Magazine available only through http://prairiememories.bigcartel.com/product/prairie-memories Can be dedicated by the author upon request.

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Patrick  Loubatière is a French writer, stage director and high school teacher. He is the author of the book “Little House on the Prairie from A to Z”, which accompanied the complete series on DVD, in 2006. He also interviewed the actors on the bonus segments, plus created the trivia quizzes. 
Since 2006, he has co-starred with Alison Arngrim in France in two comedic, interactive shows based on Little House on the Prairie. 

Aside from Little House, he has published interviews with most of the actors on the series Lost, NCIS, The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, Revenge, Castle, Dallas, etc.

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The Christian Alphabet Book by Tracy Sands

ChristianAlphabetBook-400x500-240x300 The Christian Alphabet Book by Tracy Sands is beautiful inside and out. Inspired during a church choir program, Sands created this alphabet to help all teachers of children provide a fun, instructive way to grow in Christian faith.

The stunning artwork further deepens the tremendous meaning behind the text. Guided by “Love,” the dove from above, readers follow from A to Z through a spiritual alphabet that is complemented by definitions, symbols, prayers, Bible verses, poems and songs. Halfway through, the reader is asked to recite what she has learned and to sing “The Christian Alphabet Song,” which they can listen to on the book’s website. The symbols found on each page are explained in detail at the back of the book, and “Love,” the dove from above makes a final appearance with a special surprise.

I highly recommend this book to Christian families and educators everywhere. It’s a powerful and unique way to teach our children.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Love the Dove Publishing (October 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985792809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985792800
  • SRP: $19.95

I received a free copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I received no compensation of any kind.

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K.M. Daughters Releases Three Classic Children’s Stories by their Dad, Michael Lynch

K.M. Daughters is the award-winning sister writing team of Kathie (Lynch) Clare and Patricia (Lynch) Casiello. They have recently released three classic children’s story based upon manuscripts left to them by their father, Michael. These were stories their father created for them. They are proudly sharing them with young readers for the first time.

The Slippers With The Turned Up Toes is a classic bedtime or any-time story for children of all ages. Young readers will be enchanted with the characters they’ll meet in this story: the unforgettable leprechaun, Magee, who turns blarney into magic to help a young girl; his adventurous son, Timothy who runs away to join a circus, billed as the shortest man in the world; and Joanne, the sweet girl who finally believes in herself, the most powerful magic of all.

In The Twilight Twins, you’ll meet Bonny and Johnny, who visit Patti Woodward one night when, as usual, Patti refuses to go to sleep at bedtime. The Twilight Twins take Patti on an unforgettable journey that chases away Patti’s fears of darkness forever.

Young readers will delight in the wickedly funny, and forgetful witch, Sasperilda; her unusual sisters, Hilda and Matilda; and their clever cat, George. Sasperilda matches wits with the powerful Great Genie and the ruler of the kingdom of Blarney, King Dennis, while hilariously mixing up the words in her magic spells and brewing up mysterious, exploding brews in her cauldron. Who would believe that the fearsome Sasperilda might help humanity?

 

 

Michael (Mickey) Lynch was born in Bronx, New York, in 1924. He was the second of four children born to Irish immigrants, Mary and John Lynch. He served with honor as a United States paratrooper during World War II. After the war ended, he married his childhood sweetheart, Katherine (Kay) and raised two daughters. He died in 1970 when his children were teenagers. He was a house painter by trade.

You can learn more about K.M. Daughters online at http://kmdaughters.com/.

Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage by Nancy Stewart

Read the inspiring story of a young girl who finds a special friend and goes on to become a role model for others.

Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage by Nancy Stewart is the authorized biography of Katrina Simpkins. Born with a birth defect, Katrina walks with the assistance of a prosthetic leg. But she yearns to be a normal girl. On a family trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida, Katrina discovers Winter, a dolphin who was fitted with a prosthetic tail after being caught in a crab trap. Katrina’s relationship with Winter soon evolves into a way to help others with special needs.

Nancy Stewart and I have worked together to promote the first two books in her Bella and Britt picture book series. Here, the award-winning author turns her attention to non-fiction, sharing the inspirational story of Katrina Simpkins. You can read a post here that shares how she came to be the writer for this authorized biography.

This is such a wonderful story, which is complemented by stunning photographs. The reader watches as Katrina evolves from a shy child to confident young lady who has inspired many. I especially enjoyed the close relationship between Katrina and her sister, Sara. It’s touching to see how much her sister believes in her.

I had only heard a bit about Winter’s story before this book. It definitely made me want to learn more.

Kids of all ages will enjoy this moving story.

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Available in hardcover, softcover, and PDF.

  • Hardcover:24 pages
  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (April 25, 2012)
  • ISBN-10:1616332425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616332426
  • SRP: $19.95
  • Paperback:24 pages
  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (April 25, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1616332433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616332433
  • SRP: $11.95

I received a PDF copy of this book from the author. She paid me to promote this book with a virtual book tour through Pump Up Your Book. That fee did not include a review. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to share my honest opinions.