Caterpillar’s Surprise by Janet Halfmann (Save if you pre-order before Dec 2, 2021)

Caterpillar’s Surprise by Janet Halfmann celebrates the beauty of change, growing, and friendship.

Caterpillar is eager to win the Blue Ribbon at Owl’s Masquerade Ball, but she fears she can’t fool anyone since she is such a baby. Then Tadpole convinces her that her natural baby disguise of looking like bird poo is a sure winner.

As Caterpillar grows and her looks change, she gets more worried. Thankfully, Tadpole is there to encourage her. Then one day, Caterpillar spins a chrysalis. For weeks she sits unchanging and unmoving. Tadpole wonders if she will break out in time for the ball.

This is a sweet story that is also educational. Caterpillar’s Surprise takes young readers through the physical changes for Caterpillar and Tadpole, while showing how they create a special friendship along the way.

Emily Krueger’s artwork is so vibrant and so full of emotion that the reader is captivated by the images as much as by the prose. The various shades of brown in young Caterpillar’s body, the deep greens of the lily pads, the glorious yellow as Caterpillar bursts forth from her chrysalis to reveal herself as a butterfly, and the golden lights of the fireflies as they illuminate the night sky, will keep readers turning page after page just as much as their eagerness to see who wins the Blue Ribbon.

A perfect gift for lovers of nature, curious minds, and those who enjoy wonderful stories with lessons hidden inside, is what you’ll find in Caterpillar’s Surprise.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Black Rose Writing (December 2, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 34 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 168433845X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1684338450

Pre-order in paperback and hardcover from Black Rose Writing before December 2, 2021 and use promo code PREORDER 2021 to receive a 15% discount.

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.

Perfectly Poppy by Tricia Stone-Shumaker

Perfectly Poppy by Tricia Stone-Shumaker is a delightful rhyming story about inclusivity and the differences that make you exceptional.

Poppy is unhappy because he has a crooked beak and others treat him differently. When his friend, Remi, the one-footed duck comes along, the two embark on a journey where they meet other exceptional animals.

Perfectly Poppy is the first book in Stone-Shumaker’s Poppy’s Adventure series. Stone-Shumaker is a speech language pathologist and advocate of inclusivity for all. She turns her passion into a sweet story for children that reminds them they are not alone and that they are extraordinary. What a fabulous message!

Kim Sponaugle provides the colorful artwork for Perfectly Poppy. I’ve always enjoyed Sponaugle’s mastery. In this story, not only does she use beautiful colors, she captures these characters’ emotions in their eyes, through their expressions, and in their mannerisms. This makes the story of the crooked beak chicken and those he meets extra special.

I look forward to many more Poppy adventures.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Poppy’s Adventures (April 26, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 26 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1736528904
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736528907
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ Baby – 12 years

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

Venus Underwater: Songs from Mermaidia by Julia Hengst

Stunning artwork, imagination, and lyrical prose and rhymes that will engage young readers fill the pages of Venus Underwater: Songs from Mermaidia by Julia Hengst.

Incorporating insights from psychology, mindfulness practices, spirituality, and various healthy traditions to support mental/emotional health and wellness, Hengst has developed this first book in a planned series to promote love, kindness, and acceptance, while encouraging the importance of knowing inner EMOCEANS to help you handle all moods.

By using enchanting creatures like mermaids and made up creatures like Purrmaids, the author makes these concepts easier to digest. The beautiful artwork by Esther Samuels-Davis, which depicts a diverse world, draws the reader deeper into the story. Who wouldn’t want to live in Mermaidia?

I hope we will see the songs featured in Venus Underwater: Songs from Mermaidia put to music one day. It would be great to have an accompanying CD and activity book.

I look forward to more from Hengst and Samuels-Davis.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mind Trip Productions (May 14, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 36 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1736137506
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736137505
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 – 12 years

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

Interviewed at Heart Soul Mind

Author Jenny Fulton interviewed me at her blog Heart Soul Mind. We talked about A Christmas Kindness. You can find our interview at https://heart-soul-mind.org/2021/09/22/welcome-wednesday-spreading-kindness-with-cheryl-c-malandrinos

Don’t Cook, Mom by Jackie Myers

A fun story that will delight young readers is what you’ll find in Don’t Cook, Mom by Jackie Myers.

When twins Ellie and Nellie smell burnt food again, they know Mom is cooking. They try all kinds of tricks to keep her from cooking, but she always seems to outwit them. So, they come up with one more plan they think will work.

I couldn’t stop laughing as I read this silly story about two girls trying to find a way to keep their mom out of the kitchen. With plenty of antics Don’t Cook, Mom will have everyone giggling. Jack Foster provided the artwork for this story. I liked how the pages without full artwork had artistic elements in the corners of the pages. It made for a little something special as the reader turned the pages.

Whether kids love their mom’s cooking or would rather she just ordered out, Don’t Cook, Mom will be enjoyed by all.

 

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Paperback : 28 pages

ISBN-10 : 1612448755

ISBN-13 : 978-1612448756

Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.08 x 8.5 inches

Publisher : Halo Publishing International (September 9, 2020)

Reading level : 8 – 10 years Language: : English

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