Merry Myrrh The Christmas Bat by Regan W. H. Macaulay

What do you get when you combine a bat, a squirrel, and a farmhouse family during Christmas? A sweet, seasonal story that is sure to become a Christmas classic.

Myrrh is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raft, who live in the brown barn next to the white farmhouse with its big bay window all decorated for Christmas. Myrrh wants to visit the farmhouse’s Nativity scene like his parents have done year after year. When he sneaks off with the help of Sensa Squirrel, Myrrh finds himself in a spot of trouble and gets some unexpected help.

Merry Myrrh The Christmas Bat by Regan W. H. Macaulay, has been updated and published by Pandemonium Publishing House. This wonderful story that first caught my attention in 2018, is even more delightful than I remember.

Macaulay teamed up with artist Alex Zgud again to bring Myrrh’s story to life. The glorious colors that fill this book’s pages alongside Macaulay’s descriptive text paint the perfect Christmas story for this animal family settled on this farming family’s land. I fell in love all over again.

If you only buy one new book for your youngster this year, make it Merry Myrrh The Christmas Bat.

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

Nimbus, the Rain Cloud by Sandra Barnes

An adorable rhyming story about acceptance and working together can be found in Nimbus, the Rain Cloud by Sandra Barnes.

Nimbus wants to play with the cumulus clouds, but they shoo him away because the children won’t play in the rain. After the children sing, “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” Nimbus is sure the cumulus clouds are right. But once Nimbus disappears, there is no more rain, which causes all kinds of other problems.

Licensed clinical and forensic psychologist Sandra Barnes channeled her passion for multiculturalism and helping young people into a sweet story about the importance of appreciating our uniqueness, accepting others, and the joy of working together. This book teaches an important lesson in a nice way. The story is followed by a note to parents, discussion questions, and ways for readers to apply the story to their lives.

Courtney Smith created the artwork for Nimbus, the Rain Cloud. From the deep greens of the grass to the brown rabbit sipping from blue puddles to the white, blue, and black of the sky as the clouds cool the earth, each illustration brought this story to life for me.

If you like cute stories with meaningful messages, Nimbus, the Rain Cloud is an excellent choice.

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I purchased a free copy from Amazon during a special promotion. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Louie Finds A Friend by Vivian Zabel

Louie is back with another story in Louie Finds A Friend by Vivian Zabel.

Louie enjoys riding waves, but it is lonely without any friends. He plays with his cousins, but they don’t like riding waves. So, when Mr. and Mrs. Goose’s grandson, Gus, comes to live on their lake, Louie hopes Gus will like him even if he is different.

Zabel wrote the Louie the Duck stories for her grandchildren. Now, in published form, this sweet series shares the adventures of young Louie and his life on the lake. In Louie Finds A Friend, Gus comes to live with his grandparents and Louie is asked to be his friend. Louie is unsure if they will get along, especially because he likes to ride waves, unlike his cousins. What unfolds is a sweet story of friendship.

Jeanne Conway provides the artwork for Louie Finds A Friend and the other books in the Louie the Duck series. Colorful and filled with tons of detail, these illustrations are the perfect complement to Zabel’s story. From rolling waves to sandy shores to yellow and orange skies as the sun sets on the cove, young readers will be enchanted and turn page after page.

A charming story of making new friends awaits your young reader in Louie Finds A Friend.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 4RV Children’s Corner (September 21, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950074048
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950074044
  • Purchase at http://www.4rvpublishing.com/vivian-zabel.html

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

Sloth the Lazy Dragon by Regan W.H. Macaulay

If you didn’t catch it the first time around, you will want to pick up the updated version of Sloth the Lazy Dragon by Regan W.H. Macaulay.

Sloth allowed himself to get out of shape as he sits atop his hoard of gold and jewels. One day, a brave dwarf named Radish offers to help him get back in shape. Under the guidance of Radish, Sloth finds himself eating healthier and exercising. Soon he discovers this healthy new lifestyle is more valuable than all the treasure in the world.

Award-winning author Macaulay has re-released this delightful and fun story with Mirror World Publishing. An easy way to encourage youngsters to adopt a healthy lifestyle, Sloth the Lazy Dragon entertains and doesn’t preach. Young readers will enjoy the great message, while being captivated by the charming artwork from Alex Zgud.

Lovers of fables, fairy tales, and mythical creatures are sure to enjoy this story.

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I won a copy of this book during the author’s re-launch party. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Caterpillar’s Surprise by Janet Halfmann (Save if you pre-order before Dec 2, 2021)

Caterpillar’s Surprise by Janet Halfmann celebrates the beauty of change, growing, and friendship.

Caterpillar is eager to win the Blue Ribbon at Owl’s Masquerade Ball, but she fears she can’t fool anyone since she is such a baby. Then Tadpole convinces her that her natural baby disguise of looking like bird poo is a sure winner.

As Caterpillar grows and her looks change, she gets more worried. Thankfully, Tadpole is there to encourage her. Then one day, Caterpillar spins a chrysalis. For weeks she sits unchanging and unmoving. Tadpole wonders if she will break out in time for the ball.

This is a sweet story that is also educational. Caterpillar’s Surprise takes young readers through the physical changes for Caterpillar and Tadpole, while showing how they create a special friendship along the way.

Emily Krueger’s artwork is so vibrant and so full of emotion that the reader is captivated by the images as much as by the prose. The various shades of brown in young Caterpillar’s body, the deep greens of the lily pads, the glorious yellow as Caterpillar bursts forth from her chrysalis to reveal herself as a butterfly, and the golden lights of the fireflies as they illuminate the night sky, will keep readers turning page after page just as much as their eagerness to see who wins the Blue Ribbon.

A perfect gift for lovers of nature, curious minds, and those who enjoy wonderful stories with lessons hidden inside, is what you’ll find in Caterpillar’s Surprise.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Black Rose Writing (December 2, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 34 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 168433845X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1684338450

Pre-order in paperback and hardcover from Black Rose Writing before December 2, 2021 and use promo code PREORDER 2021 to receive a 15% discount.

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