Rani in Search of a Rainbow by Shaila Abdullah


Inspired by the 2010 floods in Pakistan, Rani in Search of a Rainbow by Shaila Abdullah is a touching and delightful story of one girl’s determination to help after her family and friends are moved to a refugee campsite.

This is a sweet book with a wonderful message. Abdullah has created a wonderful story to help children deal with life-changing events. The reader watches Rani go through many emotions and be pushed aside in her efforts to help by the busy adults who fear for her safety as they work together to make their temporary home useful to their community. It is such a pleasure when Rani finds a way to help all on her own. Rani in Search of a Rainbow also teaches compassion for others, which makes it a fabulous story for any child.

The vibrantly colored illustrations capture an intriguing culture and, the story not only helps young readers learn about the Pakistani way of life, it encourages them to discover more. While at more than 50 pages it is longer than the typical picture book, the pace of the story keeps the reader moving swiftly from beginning to end. A great read!

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File Size: 6601 KB
Print Length: 56 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Loving Healing Press; 1st edition (November 7, 2014)
Publication Date: November 7, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

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. 

New This Christmas: Joseph’s Cradle by Stephanie Burkhart

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Joseph and his wife, Mary, expect a baby. With all that is happening, including the government requiring a census, Joseph feels a little overwhelmed and a bit left out of the preparations for the baby. Is there something he can do?

Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: 4RV Children’s Corner (October 23, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1940310342
ISBN-13: 978-1940310343


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Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire. Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son’s Cub Scout Den.

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Powder Monkey by Donna M. McDine


Powder Monkey by Donna M. McDine is a heartrending, powerful story of survival and perseverance.

Tommy is taken by the press gang and forced into servitude for the Royal Navy. It is a tough life for a farm boy, but he learns to survive by being willing to do the jobs many of the other boys do not like to do.

This is a book for middle grade readers that shares a part of British history that is about as attractive as the years the United States was divided by slavery. It’s not a light story for youngsters to enjoy. Instead, it’s a story to teach children about the difficulties in our past and what they can learn from them.

Tommy’s story is brought to life by McDine’s captivating story and the stunning illustrations of K.C. Snider–one of my favorite artists. The emotions Snider captures in this book are so realistic you can’t help but be touched by them; especially the two at the end of the book. This author and artist should collaborate often.

Powder Monkey would make a great addition to any school or home library.

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (May 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616333855
ISBN-13: 978-1616333850

I received a digital 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.

The Worst Day Ever! by Debbie Reece

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James loves school and spending time with his friends Will and Molly until one day when he struggles with the school rules and some friends pick on him. Thankfully, he learns there is someone to hug him no matter how bad his day is. He also learns that sometimes his friends can have bad days and they could use a hug too. Counselors, teachers, and parents appreciate the valuable lessons about impulsive behaviors, friendship, compassion, and unconditional love.

Recipient of both the Dove Family Seal of Approval and Mom’s Choice Gold honoring family friendly content. Winner of 3 children’s book awards.IMG_3012

Debbie started BeeBop Books Publishing in order to share stories that teach young readers, ages 4-9, about self-confidence, compassion, and family values. Preschool and early elementary school are valuable and formative years in a child’s life. Books are a key resource for teaching so much more than just reading. These stories have appropriate content to help children have the confidence to be themselves, understand some of their impulsive behaviors, navigating young friendships, and how adjust to school rules. School and family counselors, teachers, and parents have the tools to teach the children not only how to read, but how to navigate life’s lessons during those years. Her stories are inspired by her son and his classmates and are based on actual events that often occur in many children’s lives. Both The Christmas Pumpkin and The Worst Day Ever! have Mom’s Choice Gold award and the Dove Seal of Approval. Two accolades given to products that honor excellence in family-friendly content provided in a quality form of entertainment. In addition, they have earned several children’s book awards.

BeeBop Books was honored as 1 of 8 finalists considered“The Best of Texas Strong” in the 2014 Texas Rural Challenge for having developed products and services that can benefit rural Texas communities.

Visit Debbie at www.beebopbooks.com.

The Brain Sucker by Glenn Wood

The Brain Sucker by Glenn WoodA creative, zany adventure awaits middle grade readers in The Brain Sucker by Glenn Wood.

Callum McCullock is a disabled boy living with his grandmother, Rose. When demented scientist Lester Smythe’s plot to eradicate goodness from the world puts Rose in danger, Callum and his good friends, Sophie and Jinx, band together to defeat his evil plan.

There is so much to enjoy in this novel: the well-developed characters, the neat inventions, the antics of Lester’s bumbling thugs, the craziness caused by Jinx “little problem,” and so much more. Wood definitely knows how to create a story this age group will love. There are kids in the roles of heroes, a battle between good and evil, humor, and the love of family and friends.

It didn’t take me long to finish this one because I never wanted to put it down. I also really felt the selected font was perfect for the story, so kudos to the book designer.

Highly recommended.



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Series: Thunderkit Chronicles
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; US Ver 1 edition (June 28, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1512161624
ISBN-13: 978-1512161625
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I received a free copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Search for Primary Emotions by Peggy Kruger Tietz, Author of Yell and Shout Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings

Yell and Shout 2Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings is an essential guidebook for adults in steering children through the confusing behaviors that emotions evoke.  When you understand the purpose of emotions, behavior becomes understandable.  Each of the eight emotions is clearly defined thorough vignettes and illustrations, keeping both adult and child captivated, thus creating an opportune time for discussion. By recognizing that all humans experience these emotions throughout their lives, the book provides a true sense of comfort. Emotions are not to be shunned, but rather embraced and explained to provide a positive development environment for all children.

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The Search for Primary Emotions by Peggy Kruger Tietz

As a psychologist, I have seen, over the years, a lot of families and children.  For many years I did play therapy, where children could act out the things that were bothering them.   I was often struck by the intensity of their feelings, and of their enthusiasm to express them in that setting.  Often their play mirrored what was happening in their lives.  As I got to know the kids, I could share with their parents ways that they could help their kids express themselves at home.   Often this meant helping parents get comfortable with their own emotions and become more aware of what attitudes about emotions they were sending to their kids.  It was not uncommon to find that parents had certain emotions they really didn’t want their kids to express.   Not surprisingly these disallowed emotions were exactly the ones being expressed in the play room.

Wanting to be more helpful to parents, I often recommended books, but not infrequently had trouble finding exactly what I was looking for.  There were good books about a specific feeling, or books about a day filled with many feelings, but none about all our primary feelings.  And none really explained the purpose of each of those primary feelings.   I was disappointed because I had a clear idea of what I wanted and what might be helpful to the parents I was working with.

So I was prompted to start researching and thinking seriously about creating the book I was envisioning.  I wanted the book to be simple and educational.  I wanted it to be fun and full of stories and illustrations that kids could relate to.  I wanted it to include interactive questions so kids could talk about their own emotions while reading the book.

None of this was as simple as I thought.  First there was no common agreement about which emotions were primary.  I ended us using Paul Ekman’s research which was exactly what Peter Docter, artistic director of Inside Out did.  For artistic reasons Docter only used five emotions and I ended up with eight: the six Paul Ekman found to be cross-culturally valid, and two more that his student, Dacher Keltner considered primary.

I was also surprised at how much work it took to be clear about the description of each emotion.  Initially Fear and Anger looked a lot alike, and I had to go back and do more research until I understood how they were different.

I also had to pull together a lot of information to create the examples of situations that most commonly trigger each emotion.  I initially created shapes for each emotion, but found that cumbersome; instead, I chose a color to identify and express each emotion.  All in all, I’m very pleased that the book turned out to be packed with useful information, and that parents and kids have found it fun and useful.Peggy Kruger Tietz

Dr. Peggy Kruger Tietz is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Austin, Texas.  She sees a wide range of children with normal developmental problems as well as children who have experienced trauma.  Her Ph.D is in developmental psychology from Bryn Mawr College.  Before entering private practice Dr. Tietz treated children in multiple settings, such as family service agencies and foster care.  Dr. Tietz, trained at the Family Institute of Philadelphia, and then taught there.   She specializes in seeing children individually, as well as, with their families.   She has advanced training in Play Therapy as well as being a certified practitioner of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, for children and adults).   She has conducted workshops on parenting, sibling relationships, and emotional literacy. 

Her latest book is Yell and Shout Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings.

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Chapter Reveal from Captive of Friendly Cove by Rebecca Goldfield and Mike Short



From the creators of the award-winning Trickster and District Comics comes another graphic novel about adventure and tribal life. After his ship is burned and his shipmates killed, British sailor John Jewitt lived for nearly three years as a captive of the Mowachaht people, a Native American tribe on the west coast of Vancouver Island. During his captivity, Jewitt kept journals of his experiences and of tribal life. Follow his adventures as he plies his skills as a blacksmisth, saves the life of his only remaining crew member, and comes up with a strategy to free them both.


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Rebecca Goldfield is an award-winning writer/producer of both documentary films and graphic novels, with a focus on history and science. Her work has aired on NPR, PBS, the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic TV, among others. She was a contributor to the Harvey-nominated graphic novel District Comics, and is presently working on a television series about institutional corruption. Goldfield splits her time between Washington, DC; rural Pennsylvania; and New York City.rebecca

Mike Short lives in Lorton, Virginia, where he watches DVDs with his wife, plays with his kids, chases his runaway dog, or burns the midnight oil drawing comics. He was a contributor to the Eisner-nominated graphic anthology Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection.



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