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.

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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.

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving VBT – Days 6 & 7

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My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving continues this week. You can find me at the following five places:

December 12 – Interview at My Bookish Pleasures

December 12 – Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

December 13 – Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

December 13 – Book Featured at A Title Wave

December 13 – Book Review and Guest Post at The Story of a Writer

Video Trailer for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving and VBT Day 4

Check out the video trailer I created for my latest book, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving. 

 

 

You can purchase from the following websites:

Guardian Angel Publishing: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/mac-cheese.htm

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Macaroni-Cheese-Thanksgiving-Cheryl-Malandrinos/dp/1616338113/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/macaroni-and-cheese-for-thanksgiving-cheryl-c-malandrinos/1125126451

Booksamillion: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Macaroni-Cheese-Thanksgiving/Cheryl-C-Malandrinos/9781616338114

Indiebound.org: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781616338114

 

On the fourth day of my virtual book tour, you can find me in two places:

Book review at The Blended Blog

Interview at Literarily Speaking

Colby Mouse’s Christmas Gift by Barbara Bockman

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Looking for a sweet Christmas story? You will find it in Colby Mouse’s Christmas Gift by Barbara Bockman.

Colby is a little mouse taking in all the sights, sounds, and scents of Christmas. He’s excited over the thought of giving gifts and wants to be part of all, but the danger of a trap might foil his plans.

Released last year, this is such a cute tale. So much of what Christmas is about is rolled into this fun story about a mouse wanting to give and receive gifts just like the people whose house he lives in.

K.C. Snider’s artwork is always superb, and when it comes to Christmas she outdoes herself every time. It’s worth buying the book just to flip through the illustrations. Once you open up Colby Mouse’s Christmas Gift, though, you’ll want to read it from beginning to end and then start all over. This is a perfect story of the season.

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Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; Softcover ed. edition (October 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616337079
ISBN-13: 978-1616337070

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

How to Eat Your ABC’s by Theresa A. McKeown

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Witty and clever rhymes combine with vibrant, colorful illustrations to teach the alphabet and encourage healthy eating in How to Eat Your ABC’s by Theresa A. McKeown.

Little BuzzBee is your host flying from A to Z talking about fruits, vegetables, and other edibles kids can find in the garden. This book is a neat way to learn about nutrition and help your kids gravitate toward healthy eating. One thing I could see this book being used for is as a family project where parents and/or grandparents help youngsters find a recipe to make based upon each letter. It might also inspire them to take up gardening to grow their own food.

My one challenge with the book is its length. Kids who are learning their ABCs may not have the attention span to sit through the reading of three to five lines of verse for 26 letters. There’s a lot of helpful information included, so I understand why the length was necessary, I just don’t believe it meets the expectations of the market that way. How to Eat Your ABC’s seems to be for a child in the 7 to 10 age range. If that’s the intended market, then it works.

I truly love the focus of the book and hope to see more from this author.

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Hardcover: 53 pages
Publisher: The ABCs of Everything, LLC; First edition (September 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692744088
ISBN-13: 978-0692744086

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

Mom, Is There a Santa Claus? by Susan J. Berger

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A beautiful book with a special message awaits you and your young reader in Mom, Is There a Santa Claus? by Susan J. Berger

When Scott’s friends tell him there is no such thing as Santa Claus, he rushes home to ask his Mom if Santa is real. Will he decide to keep the dream alive?

It’s the age-old question that no parent wants to answer. Is there a Santa Claus? What Berger has done with this story is come up with a unique and special way of answering this question that helps young people embrace the spirit of the season. As someone who believes Santa is alive and well, I loved this book and its wonderful message.

Every time I see Christmas artwork by K.C. Snider I adore it. Being a huge fan of her work, my dream is to have her illustrate one of my books some day. The colors she chooses, the emotions she captures, and the details in each and every picture draw the reader right in. I swear when that snowball tossed by Clay hits Scott, I get a chill.

This sweet story is one you’ll want to read over and over. Don’t miss it.

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Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Paperback
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing; Softcover ed. edition (September 20, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616337982
ISBN-13: 978-1616337988

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

The Real Star of Bethlehem by Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips, Lucy Robbins, and Leslie Trettin

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Looking for a new Christmas musical to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas? Pick up a copy of The Real Star of Bethlehem by Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips, Lucy Robbins, and Leslie Trettin.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to be in children’s ministry enjoy preparing special holiday events for our students as much as family and friends enjoy seeing the children perform. In The Real Star of Bethlehem, when the stars learn a star will be born, they begin competing for their chance in the spotlight. As they are “enlightened” they discover the real star is Jesus.

The Real Star of Bethlehem is a unique and fun way to share the Christmas story. A blend of historical and fictional characters come together in this lively musical that kids will love being a part of. With rhyming shepherds, stars with very human attributes, and a coffee-drinking owl, the authors have created a musical that will capture your heart. You can also pick up a copy of the music CD with tracks of the four songs from the play.

Churches, Christian schools, and families will want to use The Real Star of Bethlehem as a way to focus hearts and minds on the precious gift of our Savior.

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A Christmas Musical
Category: Angelic Harmony
Author: Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips, Lucy Robbins, and Leslie Trettin
Playbook ISBN: 9781616337308 1616337303
eBook ISBN: 9781616337315 1616337311
Music CD ISBN: 9781616337322 161633732X

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