Deb and Dee Off They Go – Kindergarten First Day Jitters by Donna M. McDine

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Deb and Dee are twin sisters who are always together….until the first day of Kindergarten. Dee goes one way and Deb the other. Suddenly on her own, Dee wonders what she will do. She soon discovers her classmates have the same jitters she does.

Deb and Dee Off They Go – Kindergarten First Day Jitters is a story that enables young children to realize all first day kindergarten students suffer from the same fears they do. It’s a delightful story of friendship and belonging somewhere outside of home. It helps open up children to the idea they are part of a larger community. Award-winning author Donna M. McDine knows the issues children face and this latest book is even more proof of how in tune with young people she is.

Jack Foster provides the artwork for this adorable book. His use of color and the wide, expressive eyes of his characters allow readers to easily identify his illustrations. He captures so many emotions with his characters’ eyes.

I’m hoping this is a start of a new series of Dee and Deb books. Would love to follow more of their adventures.

Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616336994
ISBN-13: 978-1616336998

I received a free digital 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.

New from Guardian Angel Publishing

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Elliott was abandoned at the hospital in Tanzania, Africa weighing only 1.65 lbs. His first four months were spent in a hospital bed because he was so tiny. Elliot was Neema’s Baked Potato Boy in this true story. He has thrived at Neema House Orphanage and has now been adopted by a great Tanzanian family.

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Bolt, a passenger train, increases his speed between Boston, MA and Washington DC so his favorite passenger Daniel can have more time to spend with his Meemaw on the weekends. The railway superintendent notices Bolt’s speed and efficiency and renames his line the Amtrak Acela. Bolt reaches speeds of 140 mph.


Samuel is a brave little firefighter. His special angel will carry him to Heaven very soon. His sister Gracie finds it hard to say goodbye. Mama teaches Gracie to fill her memory with special moments of Samuel. On windy days, she can hear him whisper to her when she listens with her heart.

To view these and other new releases, please visit www.guardianangelpublishing.com

A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear by Mayra Calvani

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Ever have one of those days? You know, the one where every single thing you touched fell apart? That’s exactly what happens to Mama Bear in this silly story. She burns breakfast, breaks her favorite tea cup, and her car won’t start. And that’s just the beginning. Thankfully, Little Bear offers her his super, so good, so very special dolly to help make things better.

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani uses alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia in this great read aloud story for children ages 3 to 7. A funny story with a very sweet ending, A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear is a wonderful treasure to add to your child’s library. Beautiful artwork by K.C. Snider will have children turning page after page to see what happens to Mama Bear next.

Highly recommended.

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (October 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616334355
ISBN-13: 978-1616334352

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

Ava’s Secret Tea Party by Donna J. Shepherd

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Imagination meets rhyme in this lyrical tale of a young girl who wants to meet Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman and invite them to tea. Ava’s Secret Tea Party by Donna J. Shepherd is a delightful rhyming story filled with dreams come true. Ava wants to meet the elusive visitors that perform wonderful deeds while she’s asleep. She comes up with a plan that she hopes will help her get them all together.

With Shepherd’s sweet story and adorable illustrations by Bella Sinclair, girls will love reading this book over and again. It also comes with recipes from Ava’s secret tea party and several tea party crafts. I could see this book being used to help girls plan their own secret tea parties.

Highly recommended.

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (July 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616332867
ISBN-13: 978-1616332860

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

 

Ava's Secret Tea Party Hardback

You Can’t Take the Dinosaur Home by Mary Esparza-Vela

dinosaurWith You Can’t Take the Dinosaur Home, Mary Esparza-Vela has created a unique and delightful new take on a classic storyline.

Three alien siblings visit a nearby planet to collect treasure. The youngest, Hunee, is upset when he finds a large piece of treasure he wants to take home, but his older sister and brother tell him he can’t take the dinosaur with them.

Young readers will be captivated by this neat story and the adorable artwork by Mike Motz. I applaud Esparza-Vela’s imaginative reworking of a classic storyline to fit a modern audience. It’s a fabulous idea.

Not only are the aliens so cute you want to pinch their cheeks, but it’s hilarious watching them try to find a way to jam the huge dinosaur into their tiny spaceship and witnessing Hunee’s temper tantrums as Kyzzie and Sweetz explain there is no way to get the dinosaur home. With a funny surprise ending, this book is destined to be a hit with young readers.

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Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (February 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616333642
ISBN-13: 978-1616333645

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

Just for Today by Kevin McNamee

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A sweet rhyming adventure about spending quality time with your kids is the latest from Kevin McNamee. Just for Today finds a young boy asking his father to stay with him and have a few adventures: outrunning pirates on the high seas, finding buried treasure, going on a safari, and more.

I’ve been a fan of McNamee’s work for some time. His lyrical prose flows nicely and his stories all show a vast amount of imagination. In Just for Today a young boy is trying to convince his father to stick around so they can play together. This is a nice message, reminding kids and parents how important it is to spend time together.

Marina Movshina provides the artwork for this story. While I usually enjoy Movshina’s work, I didn’t care for the style used here. The outlines were crisp, but the details were fuzzy as if we were seeing the characters from far away instead of close up. In addition, in some illustrations the father looked like an adult, but in others he looked like a teenage boy.

That said, I believe many youngsters and their parents will enjoy this rhyming adventure.

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Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (September 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616333146
ISBN-13: 978-1616333140

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

Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes by Stacey A. Marshall

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A precocious third grader named Katie shrivels during countless situations at her new school.  She’s terrified to present at show-and-tell, too nervous to chat in the lunchroom and can hardly get the courage to participate in class.  That is, until a unique superhero swoops in to the rescue, showing Katie how to have self-confidence and courage.  Captain Courage, the first in a series of books from Marshall, is a fun-filled tale for teachers and parents to share with all school-aged kids – and makes it easy to sneak in tips about effective, confident communication.

“There’s such a need for a series of books to help this age group (elementary/grade-school kids) with effective speaking,” said author Stacey Marshall.  “So many teachers have asked me over the years to help their students, because kids are becoming increasingly involved in public speaking at school, and most of them struggle with it.  With most kids today communicating only with their phones/computers, they need more help than ever with face-to-face verbal communication!”

The inspiration for the book came when Marshall was a student at Duke University, and developed a friendship with Theodore Geisel (aka, Dr. Seuss).  She told him that she was eventually going to be a children’s book writer like him, and he encouraged her to follow her dreams.

The dream was put on hold as Stacey became a broadcaster, speech-language pathologist, motivational speaker, freelance writer and public speaking coach to children and adults of all ages, including media training to Division I, NBA, NFL and Olympic athletes in the media.  With her unique background, Stacey became acutely aware of the positive effect that optimal, confident communication had on self-esteem – especially in children.  She decided it was time to start writing her first book.

Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and select retailers throughout the US.  For more information on author Stacey Marshall and the Captain Courage series, visit http://www.captaincourage.com.   Check out Stacey’s humorous video about the way kids communicate today vs. in the past: http://youtu.be/g6PGMFuAvD4.stacey

 

Stacey Marshall started her own public speaking company in 1995.  She has conducted public speaking training and seminars within major  corporations across the country, plus media training for Division I and Olympic athletes. Stacey has also used her knowledge and expertise to help business leaders, politicians, litigators, actors, broadcasters and many others find and hone their natural presentation styles for more effective communication. In addition, she has worked with children and teenagers to develop confident speaking in formal and informal situations in school and in life.

An author, former broadcaster and motivational speaker, Stacey is also a winner of the Women Executives International “Speak Out”. She earned her degrees from Duke University and the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill.