Coming This Summer: Big Bill Returns by Vivian Zabel

Louie’s older brother wanted to travel. He didn’t want to stay at one lake all his life. One day, he flew away with some visiting ducks and only came to see his family once in a while. Louie told his friends about Big Bill one cold winter day. Gus wanted to know why he never heard about Big Bill before. After all, he and Louie were best friends.
 

When Big Bill came home and told Louie that he would stay, Louie thought his life would be so exciting. But, would his life be any different? Why did Big Bill have time for little brother Quacker but not for Louie? What good was having a big brother?

LOUIE THE DUCK SERIES BY VIVIAN ZABEL

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Vivian Zabel taught English and writing for nearly 30 years, but she has written herself since a child. When she shared her goal of becoming an author with a friend in the seventh grade, the friend laughed. She didn’t share her desire with anyone again, but she worked to become an author.

She and her late husband married in 1961 and had four children, three who lived. As an Air Force brat, she traveled from Guam to Morocco, and from Texas to Maine. But, Oklahoma was always home.

Zabel has been a member of OWFI since 2002 and the OWFI Grant Director since 2016. She was honored as the Lifetime Member in 2013. She and a friend founded an OWFI affiliate, Pen and Keyboard Writers, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Her home has been in the Edmond area since 1983.

As a former teacher, she finds the teacher in her continues to erupt. She often presents workshops and sessions at conferences concerning writing around the nation, including the Alaska Writers Conference and the OWFI conference. She has held workshops for different groups and for OWFI affiliates.

Zabel has attained her goal of authoring several books, which include YA books The Base Stealers ClubCase of the Missing Coach, and Prairie Dog Cowboy. She has four children’s books released, I Like PinkWhere Did Panther Go?: A Panther AdventureA Baby Doll from Santy Claus, and Wave Excitement: A Louie the Duck Story. Her novels are Stolen and Midnight Hours. Vivian also contributed to a book of short stories with another author and one of poetry with six others.

To learn more about Vivian Zabel and her books, go to her website VivianZabel.com.

Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery by Kathleen Jae (Giveaway)

Readers who enjoy stories with inspiring, strong characters will want to pick up a copy of Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery by Kathleen Jae.

After a series of terrifying events, Elanora finds herself separated from the life she has known. Now, she is in a place where she can only travel by water and the only food is the grasses of the marsh. Not everyone is accepting of this stranger in their midst, and Elanora struggles to fit in. When she discovers the water level in the marsh is falling, she must devise a plan to save the creatures who live there.

Adventure, conflict, and a race against time blend together in this inspiring story of a young animal who is put to the test from beginning to end. With support from Beathas and the sea cow, Elanora proves herself to be helpful to her new community and a strong future leader. From first page to last, readers will enjoy coming along with Elanora on her journey. I’m hoping we see more of Elanora and her friends in the future.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher : Twenty Paws Publishing (March 20, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 232 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0578744406
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0578744407

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

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Kathleen Jae is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card

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One Printed Canvas Bag

(Canvas Bag Includes one plushie muskrat (Beathas, Lachi and the rest of the colony); one plushie chipmunk (Elanora); one plushie gray squirrel (Nara); one roseate spoonbill photo transfer hanging by Etsy shop owner FeelinGroovyPhotos (Moira and Muirreal); one framed manatee art print by Etsy shop owner SammWehmanArt (sea cow); one cormorant printed tea towel by Etsy shop owner HearthandHarrow (Pelles); one yellow-crowned night heron signed printed note card by Etsy shop owner BlueHenCraft (Morven); one set of 5 vintage bobcat postage stamps by Etsy shop owner AxmxZ (bullycat); one red-tailed hawk applique iron-on patch by Etsy shop owner PatchParlor (defyer); one reusable shopping bag adorned with assorted forest animals including red fox (oppect), white tailed deer (Damhan), rabbit (quidge) and owl (maurauder); one bird-watching notebook with blue jay (Jae) on front; two signed copies of Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery and two Elanora bookmarks.)

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What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best by Laura Numeroff (Flip Book)

Sisters and BrothersCelebrate siblings in this charming and fun flip book written by Laura Numeroff. 

Young readers get the chance to remember all the good things their sisters and brothers do in What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best.  Sisters are helpful and caring, and fun to be around.  Brothers can be helpful and caring too, and they make great playmates.  But the best thing that brothers and sisters do is give you lots and lots of love.

This book immediately caught my eye in the Chronicle catalog because I have two young girls who are close in age and who don’t always appreciate what a great friend a sister can be.  My youngest wanted to read it as soon as it came in, and after reading this book I was able to remind her how wonderful it is to have a sister even when they don’t always get along.  And that’s truly how I see this book, as a way for parents to interject reminders of how helpful, caring, and loving siblings are, even if they would just as soon scribble on your drawing from time to time. 

The illustrations from Lynn Munsinger are absolutely adorable.  The use of animals instead of human characters in this book is an excellent choice; not only because children have a natural affection toward furry friends, but also because the nurturing relationship between animal brothers and sisters is often viewed by youngsters, making these characters instantly recognizable and approachable.  And even animal siblings have a competitive edge, so your child will relate to that as well.

What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best by Laura Numeroff is a book that many children will enjoy.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN-10: 0811865452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811865456
  • SRP:  $15.99


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