Bring These Titles Home for the Holidays

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Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

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Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem when the angels appear to announce the Savior’s birth. Can he trust that the miracle of the first Christmas will keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?

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Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused about what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

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Amos is targeted by the town bully because he is so small. When word reaches Amos of his friend David’s battle with Goliath, he thinks back to what David told him about putting his faith in God’s protection. Perhaps the same God can help Amos face his bully, too.

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Mrs. Wordsmith The Social Journey

Mrs. Wordsmith–a UK-based education company–has launched The Social Journey in the United States. This monthly subscription program for children ages 3 thru 6 is said to focus on “developing social and emotional intelligence…Young children develop deeper social, emotional and academic skills with the right vocabulary.”

So many kids I know love getting packages in the mail. Isn’t it great to know that this package will help them learn important skills to better prepare them for school, foster creativity and a love of reading, and teach them how to manage their feelings.

My package arrived in a colorful blue box with an animated character on the front that would encourage a youngster to tear it right open and get started. Inside, I discovered a storybook, an activity book, word cards, a sturdy stand and instructions.

As you can see, the storybook, activity book and word card include matching artwork that allows your child to recognize all the month’s words and concepts through repetition. The artwork and storylines are so funny, parents and kids can enjoy a chuckle or two to make learning easier for everyone. These pictures can’t do the artwork justice. Vibrant colors and zany character antics and facial expressions ensure your child will be picking up the books numerous days out of the month.

The storybook gets you started, but then you have days and days worth of activities to increase word use and comprehension. Coloring, drawing, writing practice and more can be found within these sheets that are easy to tear out. It is suggested you place the activity book on the included stand so your child can try out the activities whenever they feel like it.

The word cards help when you are on the go or if you’re looking to spend some extra time playing word games. The first card gives you some ideas, but you can probably think up some of your own too.

The Social Journey is available online for $22.49 a month (cancel anytime) or you can save $30 by making one payment of $239.40. Shipping within the United States is free.

I wish The Social Journey was available when my girls were this age. A program that makes learning fun, fosters creativity and a love of reading, and helps children manage their feelings is destined to have a great impact on generations of children.

I received a free Mrs. Wordsmith The Social Journey package thanks to Allison+Partners. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Squirrel Superhighway by Anna C. Morrison

squirrel-superhighway Vocabulary building has never been so adorable and fun! Squirrel Superhighway by Anna C. Morrison is a wonderful new addition to her other titles for pre-readers and early readers. Repetitive words and repeated sounds are blended together in this charming story about Duke, a dog who wishes to be a squirrel. As Duke watches the squirrel superhighway working above him, he wonders how he can best help the squirrels gather their nuts.

In addition to a wonderful story, the beautiful artwork by Vanda Lavar will keep readers eagerly turning the pages to see what antics these animals are up to next. I loved the sweet ending and the closing illustration.

Morrison has certainly found her niche. I look forward to reading more of her work.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing; large type edition edition (November 28, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616338172
ISBN-13: 978-1616338176

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.

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A Tree’s Christmas by James Andrew Bowen

A Tree’s Christmas by James Andrew Bowen must be one of the most beautiful, magical tales of the season ever written.

As has long been a family tradition, once the season is over the Christmas tree is taken out to the yard and placed in the garden to lay until spring. After this particular Christmas, the trees around the garden wake from their winter slumber to hear the story of the young fir and the important part he played in the family’s lives.

Once in a while a seasonal story touches your heart in such a way you can’t help but share it. That’s certainly true of A Tree’s Christmas. I smiled. I cried. It truly warmed my heart. This is a book that will be treasured for years to come. The reading of A Tree’s Christmas would be the perfect tradition to start in your home. I know I’ll be starting it in mine.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Hardcover: 68 pages
Publisher: Clearview Communications Publishing; 1st edition (September 2, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979359317
ISBN-13: 978-0979359316

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

Meg the Egg by Rita Antoinette Borg (Giveaway)

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A delightful book about tackling your fears awaits young readers in Meg the Egg by Rita Antoinette Borg.

Mother Hen is thrilled when her two chicks, Peg and Keg, hatch into the world. But Meg wants to stay in her egg because she is frightened by the noises she hears each night. No amount of coaxing from Mother Hen can convince Meg to hatch. When Howls the fox snatches Mother Hen off her nest, Meg the Egg decides she must push aside her fears to save her.

Facing your fears can be tough even for adults. In this charming picture book from Rita Antoinette Borg, children follow Meg as she taps into strength she doesn’t know she possesses to save her beloved mother who has been begging her to hatch. Showing kids that a bit of ingenuity goes a long way, Meg the Egg educates and entertains. Fun illustrations and onomatopoeia fill the pages of this empowering story.

This is a book children will want to read time and again. Just like the classic story of The Three Little Pigs, children will enjoy watching Meg face her fears and outsmart the fox.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (June 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1466353147
ISBN-13: 978-1466353145

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Rita Borg photo newRita Antoinette Borg was educated in New York and now resides on the Mediterranean island of Malta. She performs storytelling and creative writing workshops in schools across the country and works as a freelance writer for local magazines and newspapers. Ms. Borg has published four picture books aimed at early readers as well as an anthology of short stories for older children. Her books have been recognized by the Malta National Annual Literary Awards. Her book “Don’t Cross the Road, Holly!” was chosen as the year’s best Children’s Book in English. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Writers & Illustrators.

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A Chat with Talee from Talee’s World by Jacquitta A. McManus

TaleesWorld_PhotoHello everyone,

How are you doing today? I’m so happy to be a guest on the Children’s and Teen’s Book Connection. I’ve never been a guest on a blog before. I guess you might be wondering why I’m here today. Well, that’s easy. I just recently started my own blog called, Talee’s World. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you…my name is Talee, pronounced (TAH-Lee). I live on the planet Gala, a gas planet with floating landmasses. Cool, right! It has two moons, too! I call them my wishing moons. I wish on them all the time but I can’t tell you my wishes because then they might not come true. I hope one day all of them will, though.

The reason for my visit is that I want to tell you about my blog on what you call the Internet. I post things about my friends, Cora and Bett, and myself. Sometimes my friends make posts too. We’re going to talk about all sorts of things. A couple of weeks ago I talked about the Pod Planet bugs. Cora was so afraid of them. I don’t know why, because they’re really harmless. One flew right into my hand. It tickled a little. In one of the weeks coming up I’m going to tell the story of an adventure I just went on, and I know you don’t want to miss that. I can’t wait to share it with you.

You can also download coloring pages and other stuff from my blog. Well, you will be able to get ‘other stuff’ once I add the other stuff—but right now you can download a coloring page. You have to hurry though, because I think I’m going to change it soon and you don’t want to miss this one—it’s from my story, Talee and the Fallen Object. That’s the adventure I found…oh, well I can’t tell you what I found because that would ruin the surprise, and I wouldn’t want to do that. What’s an adventure without a little mystery? Don’t worry; the coloring page won’t give it away, promise.

Oh, I almost forgot! I also have polls on my blog. It’s fun to ask questions to see what everyone likes and does. Just like you’re getting to know me, through my polls and your comments I get to know you.

I have to go now, but I look forward to all of you coming by for a visit. Make sure you take time to download a coloring page and other stuff when the other stuff is posted and participate in the polls. It’s fun. And I know you all like having fun just like me.

Well…bye, and have a great day!

Talee

A Christmas Kindness Book Blast & Giveaway

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

Inspiration Behind A Christmas Kindness

How is it that children have the ability to reach out and help others in ways adults don’t always think to do?

One year, our oldest daughter–then only eight–went door-to-door in our neighborhood collecting money for Toys for Tots. Coordinated by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, this program collects new, unwrapped toys each year and distributes them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our communities. This summer, my girls ran a lemonade stand so they could bring money to a local animal shelter.

Why don’t I think of doing such things? I guess it’s easier to write a check and send it in the mail. But what effort is involved in that? My children make it personal, and much more meaningful, by giving something of themselves.

With A Christmas Kindness, I hope to capture the generosity of a child’s heart–the way they look at the world as a place of endless opportunities to make a difference.

May you be blessed this holiday season.

Cheryl Malandrinos, writing as C. C. Gevry, is a children’s author and editor. She is a member of SCBWI. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. Visit her online at http://ccgevry.com.

 

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