Colby Mouse’s Christmas Gift by Barbara Bockman

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Looking for a sweet Christmas story? You will find it in Colby Mouse’s Christmas Gift by Barbara Bockman.

Colby is a little mouse taking in all the sights, sounds, and scents of Christmas. He’s excited over the thought of giving gifts and wants to be part of all, but the danger of a trap might foil his plans.

Released last year, this is such a cute tale. So much of what Christmas is about is rolled into this fun story about a mouse wanting to give and receive gifts just like the people whose house he lives in.

K.C. Snider’s artwork is always superb, and when it comes to Christmas she outdoes herself every time. It’s worth buying the book just to flip through the illustrations. Once you open up Colby Mouse’s Christmas Gift, though, you’ll want to read it from beginning to end and then start all over. This is a perfect story of the season.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; Softcover ed. edition (October 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616337079
ISBN-13: 978-1616337070

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

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Mom, Is There a Santa Claus? by Susan J. Berger

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A beautiful book with a special message awaits you and your young reader in Mom, Is There a Santa Claus? by Susan J. Berger

When Scott’s friends tell him there is no such thing as Santa Claus, he rushes home to ask his Mom if Santa is real. Will he decide to keep the dream alive?

It’s the age-old question that no parent wants to answer. Is there a Santa Claus? What Berger has done with this story is come up with a unique and special way of answering this question that helps young people embrace the spirit of the season. As someone who believes Santa is alive and well, I loved this book and its wonderful message.

Every time I see Christmas artwork by K.C. Snider I adore it. Being a huge fan of her work, my dream is to have her illustrate one of my books some day. The colors she chooses, the emotions she captures, and the details in each and every picture draw the reader right in. I swear when that snowball tossed by Clay hits Scott, I get a chill.

This sweet story is one you’ll want to read over and over. Don’t miss it.

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Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Paperback
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing; Softcover ed. edition (September 20, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616337982
ISBN-13: 978-1616337988

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

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.

Seasonal Titles: A Christmas Angel and One Family’s Christmas by Mary Jean Kelso, Illustrated by K.C. Snider

Melissa is a young girl who moves with her family to Oregon via The Oregon Trail. She has been allowed to bring one prized possession and she struggles to see that the porcelain angel that has topped the family Christmas tree makes the journey safely.

Read an excerpt!

Melissa inspected the angel carefully before handing her over to William. She straightened the small gown of white velvet. She carefully arranged the sleeves over its arms that stretched out as if to grasp the season with joy. She felt the downy fluff of its wings. Finally, she adjusted the tiny golden halo and handed the angel to William. She watched as he stretched to reach the top of the tree. William turned and looked mischievously at her. He acted as if he were about to drop the angel.

“William, do be careful!” Melissa shrieked.

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“This is a lovely book about friendship between two very different people from opposite cultures. It is also a tale about hope and the magic of Christmas. Children will delight in the colorful illustrations as they learn about the Oregon Trail and the pioneers, their hardships and dreams of a better life. At the end of the book there’s a section with activities and information about the pilgrims, as well as a game and a map. The Christmas Angel will make a lovely Christmas gift to any child as well as an excellent tool for teachers to teach this era of American history.” –Mayra Calvani, Midwest Book Review

“The Christmas Angel is a very heartwarming story that I think not only children, but people of any age will delight in. This poignant tale not only touches the heart but allows the reader to be a part of the wonderful journey. The magnificent illustrations, along with the tender tale, are truly captivating. It is one that I know I will treasure. I can tell Ms. Kelso really put her heart into this wonderful read. I fell in love with The Christmas Angel.” –Linda L. Lattimer, Author/Reviewer and Literacy in the Schools Advocate

“In The Christmas Angel Mary Jean Kelso writes about a girl traveling westward with her family in a wagon train. Her adventures are related in a lively, colorfully illustrated tale that brings the frontier to life for young readers.” –Eric N. Moody, Author/Publisher, Curator of Manuscripts, Nevada Historical Society

PURCHASE THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL AT: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/christmas-angel.htm AND http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Angel-Mary-Jean-Kelso/dp/1933090588/

After a family’s star for their Christmas tree is destroyed they search for another ornament to top the tree. They resurrect the treetop angel carried across The Oregon Trail by a young pioneer and bring the story of The Christmas Angel full circle.

Read an excerpt!

Derrick turned the bright red glass in his hand and looked at the elf ’s big ears and mouth. The elf ’s painted lips smiled at him.

During the previous holiday season, Derrick had been two years old. This year he couldn’t remember what a real Christmas tree looked like. But he remembered that Mom had set him on some strange man’s lap. He hadn’t liked that at all. He had screamed and stiffened his body until he slid off the stranger’s red clad legs. Somebody flashed a picture and shoved a candy cane in his hand. He heard laughter when his mother whisked him away.

Read the reviews!

“I have been anxiously awaiting the sequel to The Christmas Angel, and One Family’s Christmas is certainly worth the wait. I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first one in the series as it reminded me so much of myself. I have a love of history and could appreciate this family’s excitement over finding the angel heirloom in their attic, and the pride they felt in being able to display it on their Christmas tree. These two books together will make for some great discussions in your family. I especially appreciate the extra pages at the end, explaining genealogy and how to learn more about your own family lineage. As a homeschool mother, I’m always looking for those added “extras” that make a book more educational.”Reviewed by Heidi Strawser

PURCHASE  ONE FAMILY’S CHRISTMAS AT: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/1-familys-xmas.htm AND http://www.amazon.com/Familys-Christmas-Mary-Jean-Kelso/dp/1935137050/

Mary Jean Kelso is a multi-genre’ author. Besides Cowboy James, RV Mouse, The Christmas Angel, and its sequel, One Family’s Christmas, and the Andy & the Albino Horse series, she is the author of the young adult Lynne Garrett series: Goodbye Is Forever, Abducted!, and Sierra Summer. Also Kat’s Cradle, Blue Coat, and The Homesteader series.

Mary Jean wrote for many newspapers and magazines and was an Asst. Editor prior to concentrating on fiction for children, young adults and adults. Mary Jean recently received awards from The Nevada Press Assn. and The National Press Assn. as a correspondent for The Lahontan Valley News. She is a member of Made in Nevada– www.madeinNV.com
Visit Mary Jean on the Web at www.authorsden.com/maryjeankelso

 

KC Snider, a prominent award-winning Oregon artist, has branched out into a variety of styles and subjects. Her collection of oil paintings, lithographs, and pencil drawings include the All-American Cowboy and Cowgirl and their historical lifestyles with magnificent wolves, buffalo herds, eagles and birds of prey along with horses and domestic animals. Her artwork has won numerous awards including the Snaffle Bit Award and the Pioneer Award.

Snider lives in the high desert with majestic views of the Cascade Mountains’ snow capped peaks. K.C. also illustrates children’s books: Cowboy James; A Star in the Night; Alleycat; The Christmas Angel; Preston, the Not-So-Perfect Pig; One Family’s Christmas; Cartwheel Annie; The Magic Violin; Does Heaven Get Mail?; Andy & The Albino Horse Series; Baby Jesus is Missing; Katydidn’t; A Short Tale About a Long Tail; Monster Maddie; RV Mouse; Frederico, the Mouse Violinist; Stilts the Stork; The Milk Horse & Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind. Visit KC at www.kcsniderart.com and blog.kcsniderart.com

Stilts, the Stork by Dixie Phillips

What do you think would happen if a silly stork thought golf balls were eggs? If you read Stilts, the Stork by Dixie Phillips, you’ll find out. In this rhyming tale, Stilts, the Stork flies over New York and past Peru to discover a bunch of people bouncing up and down and zipping around in carts. She is soon thrilled when she finds an orphaned egg. She’s eager to call her brother and tell him all about it. She builds her nest and gets ready to become a mama. But every day she keeps finding more eggs to rescue and she’s sure she’s going to have quite a brood.

Stilts, the Stork is a delightful story that will make kids laugh; though I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t set to rhyme. The confines of creating musical prose can be tough to work with. It’s the same great storytelling I’ve come to expect from Phillips, but there were moments when the words didn’t flow smoothly as I read it aloud.

K.C. Snider does a fine job capturing the antics of Stilts and the lovely golf course background. My favorite page is when Stilts is getting ready to build her nest and is dancing a jig.

It’s nice to read a book that is created just for fun. Stilts, the Stork  definitely fits the bill. Families who enjoy golfing will get a kick out of this one.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10:1616331437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616331436
  • SRP:  $10.95

 

 

 

 

 

Frederico, The Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani

A moving story of dreams and giving is what you’ll find in Frederico, The Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani.

Frederico is a tiny mouse in the home of Antonio Stradivari. He watches as the violin maker creates his famous violins and each night he sneaks into the workshop to play. But those violins are too big. Unbeknownst to Frederico, Stradivari witnesses the little mouse playing one night. When the master begins carving a small device, Frederico’s curiosity almost gets the better of him.

Calvani weaves her love of music with a  beautiful story that is sure to enchant young readers. Whether your child plays musical instruments or not, he will enjoy reading of the little mouse with big dreams. This is such a unique and fun way to bring an appreciation of music to kids. I would love to see music classrooms in all our elementary schools carrying a copy of this one.

Bolded words throughout the story are found in a glossary at the back of the book. Also included is information about Antonio Stradivari, a word search, and a page where readers can match up words from the story to pictures of violin parts.

I was surprised to discover that K.C. Snider created the artwork for Frederico, The Mouse Violinist. Usually I can spot her artwork a mile away, but this time I honestly didn’t know. That’s okay, though, because the artwork for this one is outstanding. From Frederico turning the pins to adjust the pitch, to the veins in Stradivari’s hand as he clasped the tiny device he was carving for his mouse friend, the illustrations will enthrall your child.

I’ve loved Calvani’s work for years now. With Frederico, The Mouse Violinist, she proves once again that she is a children’s author everyone should keep an eye on.

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  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616331143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616331146
  • SRP:  $10.95
  • Available in paperback, hardcover, and electronic formats.



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    A Star in the Night by Jennifer Gladen

     A beautiful story that celebrates the spirit of giving is what you’ll find in A Star in the Night by Jennifer Gladen.

    While on his way home from Mr. Renetti’s bakery on Christmas Eve, young David has three encounters that will change him and his view of Christmas forever.

    I purchased this book from Amazon. I’m a sucker for a good Christmas story, and I had seen this one was ranked on the bestsellers list in the Large Print Children’s Books category for several days, so I picked it up when I was ordering some DVDs for church.

    Though part of the Wings of Faith line from Guardian Angel Publishing, I wouldn’t say that I found this to be an overly religious book. Yes, it includes a Bible verse and David drops in at the local church and stands beside the manger scene, but I also believe that children of other faiths and their families would appreciate the message this book relays–the importance of thinking of others. I’m not sure this is what the author intended, but this is how I honestly felt about it.

    Whether Christmas to you means the birth of Christ or Santa Claus slipping down chimneys leaving gifts, the reality is that both celebrations have at their heart a message of thinking of others, spreading peace, and sharing. That’s what A Star in the Night is all about. A young boy experiences these three encounters where he is forced to make a choice to put another person’s needs ahead of his own desires. Isn’t that the type of message we seek to share with our children no matter what faith we believe in?

    As you know, I am a huge fan of K. C. Snider’s artwork. I find her winter scenes are some of the finest examples of her work. Looking at the front cover of A Star in the Night, I knew she illustrated the book without looking at the credit. If K.C. only illustrated books set during the winter, I would still be very happy; though I have to admit to being particularly fond of the picture that shows David inside the church.

    I highly recommend A Star in the Night by Jennifer Gladen if you are looking for a children’s book that will encourage your children to think of others during the Christmas season–and hopefully all year round.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616330554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330552
  • SRP:  $10.95


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