Andy and Spirit in Search and Rescue by Mary Jean Kelso

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A new Andy and Spirit adventure for kids to enjoy comes to you from Mary Jean Kelso. In Search and Rescue, Andy and Spirit assist in searching through the woods around Joe’s home for a dumped dog Tully is caring for.

What a fun adventure. Tracy’s father-in-law, Tully, is looking for a younger dog to help him around the farm. When his cowboy friend, Joe, calls to tell him about a dumped dog, Tully agrees to stop by. The men find a mother and her mixed-breed pups. Tully takes all of them to his farm, but the mother keeps running off and they don’t know why. They enlist the help of Andy and Spirit to find the mother dog after an escape.

What I’ve enjoyed about this series is that Andy and Spirit are always in the midst of the action. Whether at the fair or the rodeo or rescuing bullies or run away dogs, they are in the thick of things. In Search and Rescue, they actually come into the story a bit later, but it is Andy’s keen hearing and Spirit’s animal sense that saves the day. This is another wonderful addition to Kelso’s Andy and Spirit series.

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the beautiful artwork by K.C. Snider. After this many years, Snider’s work is easily recognizable to me. I love everything of hers that I’ve seen. In this book, it’s the warm colors, the stunning beauty of nature, and the expressive faces on the characters that catch my eye.

At the end of the book, readers find information on rescue groups and suggestions for interacting with cats and dogs:  education and entertainment in one lovely book.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (July 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616334088
ISBN-13: 978-1616334086

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.

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop

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Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop
May 13th – 19th
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THE CHILDREN’S AND TEEN’S BOOK CONNECTION IS PARTICIPATING IN THIS BLOG HOP!

What is Children’s Book Week?

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!

For more information please visit: http://www.bookweekonline.com/

Celebrate & Promote Children’s Book Week by taking part in The Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop.

Giveaway Hop Rules

Each participating blog will host a giveaway on their site.

  • The giveaway must be for a children’s book (picture, juvenile fiction, middle grade, young adult).
  • No more than 6 possible entries per person. 1 mandatory & up to 5 optional.
  • Offering a Gift Card or book of choice from The Book Depository is fine.
  • Any family friendly blog or site is welcome to join.
  • Your post must include the Children’s Book Week image, the linky or a link to one of the host’s sites & must be live by 9:00 AM on May 13th.

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Princess April Morning-Glory by the Late Letitia Fairbanks (Kindle Fire HD Giveaway)

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Princess April Morning-Glory is a classically told fairy tale from the talented late artist Letitia Fairbanks.

Found as a tiny fairy baby in a pink tulip, Princess April Morning-Glory is brought to the Crystal Castle by the Fairy Queen. Princess April Morning-Glory was a very good fairy child, but she was sad that her wings were too small to fly. She is tricked by the wicked Fairy Misery into leaving the Enchanted Forest, and a kind wizard tells Princess April Morning-Glory she must accomplish three good deeds before she can hope to go home again.

The niece of silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, Letitia Fairbanks wrote and illustrated Princess April Morning-Glory in 1941. Using film stars of the day for inspiration, Fairbanks created a moral and inspirational tale sure to please young readers. Letitia Fairbanks

This book tells the story of a young fairy child who is tricked into leaving her home by an evil fairy. Befriending various creatures along the way, Princess April Morning-Glory performs good deeds like uniting a sick boy and a lonely puppy so she can triumph over evil and find her way home. Part fairy tale and part adventure, the main character of this story is not lying in wait for someone to come and rescue her. Brave and courageous, she creates her own destiny as she works to defeat evil. Written during the second World War, one can’t help but wonder if events of her time inspired this story.

The illustrations in Princess April Morning-Glory are beautiful treasures. They alone make the book worth the purchase. But Fairbanks’s artistic mind extended to storytelling, too. The story that unfolds is a rousing adventure that young readers are sure to enjoy. In addition to the larger illustrations, the story is filled with smaller illustrated accents that complement the text. While the selected font is certainly appropriate for the genre and looks lovely on the page, there are a few places where it’s hard to read, especially when an accent appears in the background of the text. The final pages of the book include 10 suggestions for good deeds.

Princess April Morning-Glory by Letitia Fairbanks is a story your child will love hearing time and again.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 66 pages
Publisher: Sandramantos Publishing (February 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0988784807
ISBN-13: 978-0988784802

About Letitia Fairbanks:

Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, lived a life guided by artistic passions. In 1939, wanting to commemorate her late uncle, Letitia began work on Princess April Morning-Glory, allowing a creative outlet for combining her lifelong loves: painting, writing, and illustration.

Holding firm to her artistic identify, Letitia gravitated toward portraiture, landscapes, and still-lifes. She was also a biographer, co-authoring Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer, with Ralph Hancock. Her marriage to Hal Smoot in 1966 marked the beginning of a particularly joyful and creative period. Needle points and annual Christmas cards, which featured a painting from the previous year, not to mention her role as a wife, mother, step-mother and grandmother brought her much fulfillment. After a life rich in artistic accomplishment, Kellie Smoot GarrettLetitia passed away in September of 1992.

 About Kelley Smoot Garrett:

Kelley Smoot Garrett was born in Dallas, raised in Manhattan and has lived the life of a West Texas wildcatter as well that of an IT professional. At one time or another in her life she’s called places as diverse as Scourie, Scotland; Austin, Abilene and Midland, Texas; Singapore; Paris; and Auckland, New Zealand — home. She is proud to be the daughter of Sue Ashby and Harold Smoot and the step-daughter of Letitia Fairbanks Smoot. She currently lives with her husband Danny Garrett, three cats, and one happy only-dog, Moxie in the Texas Hill Country.

Pump Up Your Book and Kelley Smoot Garrett are teaming up to give you a chance to win a new Kindle Fire HD!

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This promotion will run from February 4 – April 26. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on April 27, 2013.

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Interview with Ryan J. Cunningham, Author of Gary’s Gray World

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1972, Ryan J. Cunningham discovered his passion for writing poetry and children’s stories at an early age. Throughout his high school and college years, he took writing courses to enhance his writing abilities. Ryan became a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.) He published two inspirational books of poems titled “Angels Near and Far” and “Hearts, Hopes, and Halos.” His poetry and stories have been published in anthologies and magazines. Ryan presently resides in Coos Bay, Oregon where he spends his time hiking the trails, spending quality time with family, and working on his personal web site, (http://imagination-inspiration.webs.com) to share his poems and stories with the world.

Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/rinopoet72

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/ryan.cunningham.3760

Gary's Gray WorldThank you for joining us today, Ryan. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I was born in Massachusetts and discovered a passion for writing poetry and children’s stories at an early age. In high school and college I took writing courses to enhance my abilities. I currently live in Oregon, where I like to hike the trails, spend time with my family, and share my poems and stories with the world via my web site.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

In high school I took creative writing classes and enjoyed writing poetry and short stories from my imagination and own experiences and realized I had a passion for writing.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

I want to reach out to children and help them grow from sharing my knowledge and experiences while growing up. I want to give them a positive hopeful way to look at life through my stories.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

I believe it is harder to write about topics children can relate to and still keep them interested in the story.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

I enjoy creating fun characters that children can relate to in their every day lives.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

The title is Gary’s Gray World. When Gary’s father is too busy to play, a scary moment at the baseball field brings his dad rushing to the park to rescue him. But instead the two discover that making time for each other is the most important thing in a father and son relationship.

What inspired you to write it?

We all can become so wrapped up in our everyday business that we neglect our kids from time to time. Personally, I feel every children’s story should make a statement since our little ones absorb so much that generates what kind of person they will be as an adult before they are even six years old!

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Available: Retailers and Wholesalers, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Amazon.com, Kindle Reader, Barnes & Noble, Nook Book

What is up next for you?

My next children’s story, Bear Trouble, is approximately 650 words and for children 4-8 years old. Two mischievous bear cubs wander off from their den without their mother’s permission. While searching for food, they come across a housing development. After scrounging for food in the trashcans against a house, they climb through an open window of the house. They find a bathtub full of soapy water and start playing around and making a mess of the bathroom. Mother Bear finds them and punishes them for disobeying her rules.

Do you have anything else to add?

I am grateful that I was given the gift and ability to write poetry and stories. I want to bring hope and inspiration to people who read them.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Ryan. We wish you much success.

Fall 2012 Titles from Tiger Tales

Here are the titles I will be reviewing over the next few weeks. All of these are from tiger tales.

I Have a Brother/I Have a Sister by Smiljana Coh

With All My Heart by Brian Rock

I Want a Pet! by Cathy Morrison

Big Book of My World by Kali Stileman

The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster and The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway

About a Bear by Holly Surplice

The Really, Really Big Dinosaur by Richard Byrne

Old MacDonald Had a Farm and One Windy Day by Hannah Wood

It’s Holiday Time by Elizabeth Bennett

I also received ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae and The Fox in the Dark by Alison Green, but I have already reviewed those. For these and other great tiger tales books, visit them online at http://www.tigertalesbooks.com/