I Give You My Heart by Pimm van Hest


I Give You My Heart by Pimm van Hest is a beautifully told story that will touch the heart of everyone who reads it.

Yuto is given an unusual wooden box by an old man in a store. The man tells him, “Everything you need is in this box.” But no matter how hard Yuto tries, he can’t open the wooden box. On the eve of his seventh birthday, the box opens to reveal a seed, which Yuto plants. Eventually the seed becomes a tree and is so big he plants it in a special place and, throughout his long life, Yuto and the tree share a special bond.

In many ways, this story reminds me of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, which is a book I shared with all my children. This poetic fairy tale is enhanced by the stunning artwork of Sassafras De Bryun and the intricate cutouts throughout the book. While I Give You My Heart is a children’s book, the older you are the more meaningful it becomes. I think it would make the perfect coffee table book.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 6 and up
Grade Level: 1 and up
Lexile Measure: 540 (What’s this?)
Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Clavis (November 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605373567
ISBN-13: 978-1605373560

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

Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Rachel Mortimer

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Lovers of fractured fairy tales are bound to eat up this one. Mr. and Mrs. Wolf are angry that Little Wolf isn’t big and bad like they are. They send her out to gather ingredients for dinner and she stumbles upon Red Riding Hood in the forest. Little Wolf doesn’t know what to do. Perhaps the unlikely duo can find a solution to Little Wolf’s problem.

This is a fabulous book! It’s a neat twist having the wolf parents being the bad ones, while Little Wolf has no desire to eat little girls. Instead, she likes fairy tales and playing dress up. It’s also funny and unique how Red Riding Hood is reading some familiar fairy tales as she makes her way to grandma’s house.  You simply can’t help but love this story. It’s so clever.

I knew Liz Pichon provided the artwork for this story without even looking. In addition to being the author of her own fractured fairy tale, her distinctive style adds beauty and humor to Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf.

Children will love this one. Highly recommended.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (March 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251172
ISBN-13: 978-1589251175

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

From the Family Bookshelf – February

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Welcome to the February edition of From the Family Bookshelf. But first of all, Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year we celebrate this holiday dedicated to love. If you’re interested in learning more about the legend of St. Valentine, you can visit history.com.

I’ll start off with my recent reading. The first quarter of 2013 looks like it will be filled with tons of books. I overloaded my review schedule, so I’m playing catch up. Trying to broaden my horizons, I’ve read an eclectic mix of books over the past month:

Rennefarre by Malve von Hassell, an English translation of the German children’s classic by Tamara Ramsey,

Iconic Spirits by Mark Spivak, a book that celebrates twelve spirits that changed our world and ushered in a new cocktail culture, and

Pandora’s Temple by Jon Land, an exciting thriller that plays “what if” with an ancient legend.

I’m currently in the middle of Executive Command by Gary Grossman. I’ve read the other two novels in this political thriller series. I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one.

Poor Dad is working so much lately, it’s rare he has time to read. Hopefully that will change soon.

As I mentioned last month, I am reading The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch with the Lil Diva (11) and the Lil Princess (9). It’s slightly too old for them. There’s some kissing going on and they are still at the “kissing is yucky” stage, but overall it’s a fascinating story. The conflict is going to be ramped up now and could end in a disastrous way, so I’m eager to keep going.

After we finished reading the latest Dork Diaries book, we moved on to  Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney. The girls loved it. I was rather cool on it. Greg Heffley never changes. He never learns anything. He’s pretty much just a self-centered boy. Not unrealistic, but annoying to me anyway. Now we are reading Emma Dilemma, the Nanny, and the Wedding by Patricia Hermes. We’ve all enjoyed it so far. Emma and her brother Tim are nervous and less than enthusiastic about their nanny, Annie, getting married. Changes aren’t easy for them, which I think is true of many kids. We’re reviewing this for the Amazon Vine program.

I am also excited to say that Circle of Secrets author Kimberley Griffiths Little has a new book coming out in April, When the Butterflies Came. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon. She will be sending the girls and I an ARC of this book to review. We’re very excited, as we absolutely loved Circle of Secrets. 

That’s it from our neck of the woods. Hope you’ve read some great books this past month.

Mr. Topper, the Pot-bellied Pig by Liam Maher

Mr. Topper, the Pot-bellied Pig  is a delightful story of a potbellied pig searching for a new home.

Mr. Topper has no one to care for him. He lives on his own and it doesn’t seem to bother him much until one very cold winter. He decides to search for a new home and someone to pet and pamper him. But he is turned away time and again. Finally he discovers the home of a lowly woodcutter. He pretends he is lucky so that the woodcutter will take him in. Soon they both discover how lucky Mr. Topper is.

This is a fun book. You have a talking pig, a billionaire, a billionairess, a woodcutter, and the tooth fairy rolled into one fantastic and silly fairy tale. Kids will find a talking pig to be a blast, especially as he’s trying to weasel his way into a new home by claiming to be lucky. Hailing to Ireland, the land of Maher’s birth, many of the wonderful illustrations provided by Vanda Lavar include four-leaf clovers. Like his other book, Golden Daffodils, magic and fairies play a role in this one.

One tiny nitpick is the number of errors in the book. This is unusual for a GAP title, which is why it caught my eye. In addition to the title being different on the cover than it is on the inside, potbellied is spelled with a hyphen on the cover and without it inside the book, and there are other misspellings within the story. When it comes to children’s books, I feel it is of great importance that errors be kept to a minimum.

That aside, it’s a wonderful story and I truly enjoyed it.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10:1616330570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330576
  • SRP:  $9.95

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation to provide my review.

Will & Kate: A Love Story by Ink Robin

Created for iPad and available on iTunes, this interactive story captures the romance and grace of the Royal Wedding for princesses everywhere.

A modern-day fairy tale, it opens in England with a prince named William, who will be king. In the countryside, there is a girl named Catherine who dreams of meeting a prince. Their chance meeting many years later leads to a friendship that becomes a wedding the entire world helps celebrate.

I loved this book! Since I don’t have an iPad, I wasn’t able to take advantage of all the interactive features, but even the PDF is fun to go through. Ink Robin did a superb job of creating a simple, magical story of Will & Kate’s romance that will thrill young girls. Adam Larkum’s quirky and fun illustrations add so much to this book. I loved them all.

According to the information I received from the publicist, here’s what you’ll find in the interactive version:

Every page is full of interactive elements and sound effects triggered by a simple tap or swipe of your finger. Take a trip across the African plains in a hot air balloon, set off a sky full of fireworks, enjoy a chorus of sheep in the countryside and most importantly help Kate select her wedding dress for the big day by picking your favourite and dressing her in it.

The book also features a “read it to me option” with full narration and simple navigation features, allowing younger readers to enjoy the book alone or with the help of a parent.

Will & Kate: A Love Story is easily one of my favorites from this year.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

You can learn more by visiting http://inkrobin.com/

I received an ecopy of this book from the author’s publicist in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation to provide my review.