Where Did Panther Go? by Vivian Zabel

Join along with Katie and Panther as that curious black kitty gets into all sorts of mischief.

One day, Uncle Chris brings Katie a new friend. Panther is a black kitten with mint-green eyes and a white spot on his tummy. They like to play games together, and Katie makes up a song when they play hide-and-seek that makes Panther jump out. But, one day, Panther is lost, and Katie fears he won’t be found.

What a cute story! Where Did Panther Go? by Vivian Zabel is perfect for cat lovers of all ages. The first of Panther’s adventures, this series is sure to delight young readers.

Artist Carrie Salazar provides the adorable artwork for Where Did Panther Go? That mint-green cover, the inside of Katie’s room, and Panther stretched out on the grass are some of my favorite images.

Zabel includes Panther’s Song lyrics, cat facts, and more! If you like cats or sweet stories, Where Did Panther Go? is the perfect choice.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 4RV Children’s Corner (September 19, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 56 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1940310709
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1940310701

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

Venus Underwater: Songs from Mermaidia by Julia Hengst

Stunning artwork, imagination, and lyrical prose and rhymes that will engage young readers fill the pages of Venus Underwater: Songs from Mermaidia by Julia Hengst.

Incorporating insights from psychology, mindfulness practices, spirituality, and various healthy traditions to support mental/emotional health and wellness, Hengst has developed this first book in a planned series to promote love, kindness, and acceptance, while encouraging the importance of knowing inner EMOCEANS to help you handle all moods.

By using enchanting creatures like mermaids and made up creatures like Purrmaids, the author makes these concepts easier to digest. The beautiful artwork by Esther Samuels-Davis, which depicts a diverse world, draws the reader deeper into the story. Who wouldn’t want to live in Mermaidia?

I hope we will see the songs featured in Venus Underwater: Songs from Mermaidia put to music one day. It would be great to have an accompanying CD and activity book.

I look forward to more from Hengst and Samuels-Davis.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mind Trip Productions (May 14, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 36 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1736137506
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736137505
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 – 12 years

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

Between the Covers of 4RV Christmas Books Zoom Discussion on Sunday, September 19

Join members of the 4RV Publishing family as we talk about our Christmas books. Vivian Zabel (President), Stephanie Burkhart, Wayne Harris-Wyrick, Jeanne Conway, and myself will be part of this online discussion. Registration is free, but it is required. Visit https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/p/between-covers-of-4rv-christmas-books.html to register today!

Who is Singing? by Janet Halfmann

Who is Singing? by Janet Halfmann is the perfect way to inspire a love of birds in your youngster. This beautiful book filled with colorful illustrations from artist Chrissy Chabot, brings the reader along asking the question, “Who is singing?” as each bird makes it own unique sound. From the Blue Jay to the Robin to the Nuthatch and more, this delightful story will charm young readers. The story is followed by Birdsong Fun Facts & Notes, making it entertaining and educational.

Children will enjoy reading Who is Singing? time and again. It can help you foster a love of nature and a desire to explore the world around them. It also encourages youngsters to come up with their own words and sounds for the bird songs they hear.

Who is Singing? by Janet Halfmann is a great addition to any personal or school library.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B099X8GT7C
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pen It! Publications, LLC (July 19, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 19, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6509 KB
  • Print length: 34 pages

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

Merriam-Webster Launches New Children’s Books

“Merriam-Webster, the go-to source for word mastery, is launching Merriam-Webster Kids, a new book imprint in fall 2021 to inspire and excite a new generation of language lovers.

Kicking off the series, for kids aged 8-12, is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: 366 Elevating Utterances to Stretch Your Cranium and Tickle Your Humerus. This high-energy collection offers a year’s worth of fascinating words, amazing facts, captivating illustrations, and zany stories. With 12 audio downloads, kids can hear each story read aloud by celebrity narrators Rachel Bloom, David Harbour, and Soledad O’Brien.

For much younger word-lovers-in-training, Merriam-Webster’s 150 First Words is the perfect welcome gift for any baby. Encouraging language acquisition through the repetition of simple phrases, this oversized board book features 150 words for everyday objects and activities, woven around illustrations of mealtime, playtime, and other daily routines. Within every scene, search-and-finds provide fun ways to connect with your baby.

“Reading with children from an early age helps build lifelong literacy skills,” said Greg Barlow, President of Merriam-Webster. “And those skills open worlds. Through reading, kids learn about the world around them, the world beyond them, and the infinite worlds yet to be imagined.”

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: 366 Elevating Utterances to Stretch Your Cranium and Tickle Your Humerus and Merriam-Webster’s 150 First Words will be available this October wherever books are sold. Future Merriam-Webster Kids titles include activity books, picture dictionaries, and story books.

Watch the book trailers:
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day
Merriam-Webster’s 150 First Words



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