This is cute and a new rewrite of a story we know and love. As a mother to a little princess who is crazy about all things princess, and her sister who is studying literature on fairy tales this year we found this book to arrive with perfect timing. Cassandra is an adorable little princess (with glasses, no less!!) that really wants a frog friend to do activities with, however, when she finds the frog, he becomes a prince! This happens again and again, but finally it settles into a great ending for all characters involved. Veronica Bartles' writing is witty and Sara Palacios' illustrations are vibrant and fun. A great one for our shelves.
On December 6th, a brand new Christmas story releases retelling the story of the founding family of a town known as Little Falls in Minnesota taking place around the year 1854. This is a time period that I love to read and immerse myself in, because it varies so much from location to location, from frontier wilderness to Victorian opalescence to Southern Antebellum. This is my first Christmas read of the year and it was an excellent choice for me and I enjoyed every minute in my reading this story. I cried, I sighed, I giggled, and I got mad. This is my first read from Gabrielle Meyer and it will not be my last. I was blessed to meet Gabrielle in person in August and loved her as a person and couldn't wait to read her writing. I will definitely have to go back to read her other Love Inspired title as well as her Barbour novellas in collections. More and more adding to my reading list!
Charlotte is an older, protective sister, full of fears of her own and the story starts as her younger sister, a young wife and mother, has recently passed away. Charlotte is determined to do right by her nephews. This is a story about family pulling together, about challenges, and adventure, but it is also about personal growth for both Charlotte and the boy's father Abram, and even some great other characters are thrown in that add such elements and challenges to the story such and the half Native American Indian preacher Ben and the farm hand Harry.
Overall, a great story and I'm glad to have spent time reading it. If you know me, you know I hesitate to get mass market paperback books, but this is also available as a Kindle copy and I highly recommend the read!
Super silly, vibrant in color. Go to Sleep Monster is a great read for your Halloween shelf but also good for anytime around the bedtime stories hour.Super silly, vibrant in color. Go to Sleep Monster is a great read for your Halloween shelf but also good for anytime around the bedtime stories hour. Supposed siblings cannot sleep. Anna cannot sleep because George won't turn out the light. He is scared of a monster. Who is scared of a monster. Who is scared of a monster and on and on until they get to the biggest monster of all. In truth the story is cute. While the illustrations would be a bit much for a board book I think the concept of the book would make an excellent bedtime board book. This is fun, a little dark, but in a goofy way.
Little Wing is an adorable character and while learning to fly can also have lots of other independent but safe connotations to Littles as they grow aLittle Wing is an adorable character and while learning to fly can also have lots of other independent but safe connotations to Littles as they grow as well as entertain. My children loved being introduced to Little Wing. We would love it if this is the first of many Little Wing books as it is a character we would follow.
I have a five-year-old kindergarten daughter this year and we adore educational books written by Tish Rabe so I was intrigued to see how we enjoyed "OI have a five-year-old kindergarten daughter this year and we adore educational books written by Tish Rabe so I was intrigued to see how we enjoyed "On the First Day of Kindergarten" illustrated by Laura Hughes. It was neat and a lot of fun to read with all my Littles. Even my toddler and third grade child enjoyed the repetition of it all. I think this would make a great addition to a school classroom especially for that first week or so.
Even as a homeschool family personally this is a fun read and speaks to the excitement and anticipation of things to come. Each page repeats and builds on the event from before. Reminds me of the hole in the bottom of the sea song my daddy sang with me as a child.
When I was in high school I took French language lessons. I took Spanish too, but French was where my heart was at. This is the year where I am so delighted to start teaching my girls, but especially my oldest the French Language. One of the materials we are spending time with is Getting Started with French from Armfield Academic Press. From what we have seen so far this seems to be a great gentle introduction to learning the French language for any age.
When I first started going through the book I got a very familiar vibe with a particular english grammar curriculum I've used in the past. Scripted, day by day, one page per day at minimum at a time. It was a good feeling. For the purposes of this review, we received an approximately 8x11" paperback book with a vibrant blue and red cover. However, there are online materials such as mp3 pronounciation tracks and author commentary files available to us as well.
I stumbled across this novel last week when I was looking for an eARC to download before a road trip. I know that I have always enjoyed Laurie Alice Eakes stories and thus I decided I would give this one a try. From my understanding, another author friend had recommended the circumstances of a train wreck in Laurie Alice's home state and this was her story creation of possible events. I was enchanted from page one.
While I may be the rarity and do not see myself as much of a feminist, I appreciated the desire for independence from our heroine as she struggles with her passion for research and journalism and her love for a local boy now man that she has grown to love over many years and their lives intertwined. The story did well for our hero's perspective as well in his own struggles of moving on from the past and forward into his own new life.
The love triangle introduced was intriguing and for a minute or two, no matter how you would like the story to complete it was interesting to imagine it another way as the plot did leave it open for a while and for possible heartbreak for a least one, if not three (or more!) characters.