Honeycake Series by Medea Kalantar

I’ve had the pleasure of working with author Medea Kalantar on the fourth and fifth books of her children’s picture book series, Honeycake. Here are my thoughts on the first three books in this series that introduces young readers into a diverse, multi-cultural family of love.

In Book 1, A Family of Spices, Nala visits her grandmother and they decide to bake a cake. When Grandma tells Nala she is made of spices, just like their cake, she doesn’t understand. Grandma and Nala talk about how her background is made up of many different cultures. Along the way, as they add ingredient after ingredient, they talk about their family and why Grandma calls Nala her little Honeycake.

In the second book of the series, Help I Swallowed A Butterfly, Nala runs home and cries to Mama that her teacher told her she has butterflies in her tummy. Mama explains to Nala all about stage fright and ways to cope with it.

In Book 3, Special Magical Powers, Nala learns about her special magical power known as kindness, and how being kind to others can have a huge impact on both the giver and the recipient. Nala rushes home to tell Mama and Papa how she used her Special Magical Powers to help others in need.

What I love about the Honeycake series is its simplicity. These are important life lessons wrapped inside a simple and touching story. A Reiki Master and Practitioner, Kalantar is also an award-winning author. In addition to these three stories, A Circle of Trust and Counting All My Blessings have been released. You can find out more at https://honeycakebooks.com

Simon’s Skin by Nidhi Kamra

Simon’s Skin by Nidhi Kamra teaches is a funny way to teach youngsters to be comfortable in their own skin.

Simon thinks his skin is boring. So, he tries on a variety of different skins. He quickly comes to a surprising conclusion.

This is such a neat book. Between the catchy text and the vibrant artwork, children are bound to be thrilled with it. Though I try not to make many comparisons to other books, Simon’s Skin reminds me of a modern I Want to Be Somebody New! by Robert Lopshire. Artist Diane Brown’s colorful artwork will definitely make youngsters want to pick up the book, but it is Kamra’s engaging story that will keep them turning the pages. Having read books from Kamra before, I knew this would be a good one. This topic is also timely, because it teaches kids to be comfortable in their own skin.

A silly story with a good lesson hidden inside is what you’ll find in Simon’s Skin.

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Grade Level : Kindergarten – 3
Item Weight : 4.5 ounces
Paperback : 32 pages
ISBN-10 : 1940310865
ISBN-13 : 978-1940310862
Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.09 x 11.02 inches
Publisher : 4RV Children’s Corner; Illustrated Edition (July 21, 2020)
Reading level : 3 – 7 years

Also available in hardcover.

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

Coming This Fall from Clavis Publishing

Dot is checking in to the Bug Hotel for the night. But before she goes to sleep, she makes sure all the other bugs are ready for bed. Good night, sleep tight!

A funny book about bedtime rituals. For sleepyheads ages 4 and up.

It’s winter! Lily and Milo go outside. They want to feed the birds in the yard and play in the snow. But . . . what happened to Milo’s warm hat and scarf?

A simple and interactive story about the winter. For toddlers ages 24 months and up, with a focus on the child’s world.

Did Santa come to visit? Yes! How can you tell? Because the houses are filled with presents! Can you spot all the gifts on each wish list? And can you find all of the differences before and after Santa’s visit?

A colorful and engaging Christmas seek-and-find book. For young and old present-hunters ages 4 and up.

 

For these and other titles from Clavis Publishing, visit their website at www.clavis-publishing.com

A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch! by Janet Halfmann

Award-winning children’s author Janet Halfmann’s latest book, A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch!, is a fun and whimsical way to entertain and educate your children about Australian animals and words, friendship, and problem-solving.

Joey, a gray kangaroo, needs to find his way back to his mother’s pouch in the mob. Though he tries and tries, he can’t seem to do it. Then a handful of animal friends pitch in to help him out.

By now, you know I am a fan of Halfmann’s work. All her books entertain and educate in a way that is attractive to young readers. This short story is one that teaches children how to problem-solve and work together to obtain a goal. It is a story about friendship in the wild that touches the heart, even though it is a whimsical story.

The colorful artwork by Abira Das will keep readers turning the pages as much as the story. Lush green, vibrant red, and deep blue contrast so well against the white space and neutral colors of most of the animals.

The story is followed by fun kangaroo facts, Australian words, and a list of Australian animals and plants featured in the story.

So much fun, you and your children will want to read A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch! over and again.

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Available in hardcover and paperback.

Paperback: 38 pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC (May 21, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 195126312X
ISBN-13: 978-1951263126

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

New Release: Mara the Space Traveler by An Leysen

Mara’s biggest wish is to become an astronaut ― to discover new planets. Sometimes dreams and wishes come true . . . She lands on the most beautiful planet she has ever seen. But the planet is in trouble and only Mara can help.

A wonderful space adventure about a small girl with big dreams and a big heart. For astronauts and explorers ages 6 and up.

Age Range: 6 and up
Grade Level: 2 – 3
Lexile Measure: 600L
Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Clavis (June 16, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605375276
ISBN-13: 978-1605375274

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