Olive and the Great Flood by Connie Arnold

Olive and the Great Flood Olive and the Great Flood by Connie Arnold is a sweet story of how Olive the dove helped Noah and his passengers while they awaited the end of the flood.

This rhyming story shares the Biblical account of Noah’s Ark from the perspective of the tiny dove sent out after the rain had stopped to check for dry land. She helps calm everyone’s fears with her gentle coos and peaceful songs until the day when it is safe for all the passengers to disembark. What a charming and unique way to share a beloved Bible story.

Part of Guardian Angel Publishing’s Wings of Faith line, the beautiful illustrations are provided by artist Kathleen Bullock. She manages to capture meaningful expressions not only on Moses, but also the animals’ faces. I will be on the lookout for more of her work.

A perfect way to remind children of God’s promise, Olive and the Great Flood will show children how God can use even a tiny dove to reveal His greatness.

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Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (January 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616335920
ISBN-13: 978-1616335922

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

Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies by Alyssa Gangeri

Mimi's Adventures in Baking COVERMimi’s Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies by Alyssa Gangeri is an interactive book for your little baker.

Mimi’s dreams of ingredients leads her to ask Nonni to help her bake chocolate chip cookies for everyone to enjoy. This delightful and educational book will help you create fun time for you and your child in the kitchen. Readers can follow along with Mimi and Nonni as they make chocolate chip cookies, then flip to the end where the recipe for Nonni’s Chocolate Chip Cookies appears. There is also a page with substitutions, so readers can get a creative with their cookie recipe.

I loved this book from beginning to end. Adorable illustrations, baking, learning, and the love of family blend together in this book that will be read time and again. I can’t wait to check out Mimi’s future adventures.

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Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies releases in March 2015!

 

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

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Ella’s Toys by Karen Kilpatrick

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by Karen Kilpatrick is another wonderful book in the Pumpkinheads series. Ella refuses to share her toys, but when she discovers her friends are having fun without her, she decides sharing might be more fun.

This is the second book in the Pumpkinheads series that I’ve read. I’m truly enjoying them. An easy to read book, Ella’s Toys reminds youngsters how much more fun it is to share than to hoard your toys and keep them only for yourself. The vibrant colors and bolded words will catch your child’s eye, but it will be how this book touches the heart that you’ll remember. I can’t wait to read more in this series.

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Series: Pumpkinheads
Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Nina Charles (May 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193844700X
ISBN-13: 978-1938447006

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

 

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Danza’s Message by Karen Kilpatrick

Danzas-Message-21-267x300Danza’s Message by Karen Kilpatrick will remind your youngster how truly special she is. After imaginative play, Danza and her friends goof around in front of the mirror and remember how special they are. At the end of the book each of the girls from the Pumpkinheads series answers the question: What do you like about you?

In this short and sweet book, girls are reminded of the importance of appreciating who you are inside and out. This rhyming story is fun and whimsical, but it holds one of the greatest lessons that can be imparted on a child. Artists Matthew Wilson and Tara Louise Campbell use vibrant colors to bring Kilpatrick’s story to life. The size of the book and the glossy, stiff paper will make the book stand out on the bookshelf. It won’t remind on the shelf long, though, because your child will want to read it again and again. Danza’s Message is just one book in the fabulous Pumpkinheads series. I recommend you check out all of them. Look for our review of Ella’s Toys tomorrow.

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Series: Pumpkinheads
Paperback: 22 pages
Publisher: Nina Charles LLC (September 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1938447026
ISBN-13: 978-1938447020

I received a 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.

 

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New Reviews Coming Soon

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I’ve been falling asleep early lately. Guess my body is gearing up for that major surgery next month.

But never fear, new reviews are on the way. Here are some books I’ll be reviewing soon:

My Friend Merlin by Joanne Lecuyer,

ItGirl4Life by Tamara Branch,

Ella’s Toys and Danza’s Message by Karen Kilpatrick.

Keep checking in for more updates.

The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf by Caldric Blackwell

The-Boy-Who-Couldnt-Cry-Wolf-2-300x300A touching story with a powerful message is what you’ll discover in The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf by Caldric Blackwell.

Byron is a young werewolf who can’t howl. No matter what he tries or whose advice he follows, he simply can’t howl. On the night of the full-moon ceremony, Byron learns a valuable lesson about believing in himself.

This is a great book. Imaginative and engaging, young readers will enjoy learning more about the werewolf who can’t howl. It teaches children about the importance of believing in yourself no matter what and to not let yourself get so concerned with what others think about you.

The charming illustrations by Emma Phillips are the perfect complement to this story. She captures many emotions with them.

I look forward to sharing this book with some of the neighborhood children.

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Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Icasm Press (November 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1942318006
ISBN-13: 978-1942318002

  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

I received a 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.

Happy New Year!

Wishing all of our readers a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015.

Here are some important literary anniversaries coming in the new year:

165th anniversary of David Cooperfield by Charles Dickens
150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
147th anniversary of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
147th anniversary of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
111th anniversary of Peter Pan by JM Barrie
107th anniversary of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
83rd anniversary of Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
78th anniversary of And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
52nd anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
18th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Hope you have a great year!