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Average rating: 4.46 · 98 ratings · 46 reviews · 6 distinct works
Vasilisa and the Queen of Asps

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The Fairy Book

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A Wise Woman and a King

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Kaitlyn and the Secrets of the Sea (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated Sep 22, 2009 08:18PM
Description: Introduction An eleven year old girl who is terribly afraid of the sea one day finds out that her destiny must take her to the very bottom of the ocean. All she has to do is play the magic flute.
A Wise Woman and a King (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated Jul 24, 2009 01:36PM
Description: A fairytale for girls and their brothers. A Wise Woman, who lives in harmony with nature, a greedy King, who wants to rule everything and everybody, a magical white cat, love and adventure! Three fantastic strong daughters: an herbalist, a musician and a jeweler. A fairytale for girls who take charge of their own destiny. Will the princes be able to keep up with the girls? Read to find out.
Vasilisa and the Queen of Asps (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated Jul 24, 2009 01:24PM
Description: A young girl named Vasilisa has to go to the Queen of Asps to ask for the Brew of Life to save her dying old father. The Queen is not very friendly to say the least and tries her best to see the girl dead. Vasilisa does not scare easily. In our house, we have literally hundreds upon hundreds of children's books. We love them all."Vasilisa" was written by me for my daughter. I wanted her to see a strong,intellegent female character who finds out who she wants to be in life before settling down with a prince.
Oberon (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated Jul 24, 2009 01:05PM
Description: Dynamic and fast paced adventure in rhyme for 7-12 year olds. The main character, Oberon, is a fifteen-year-old orphan. He wants to avoid being drafted into King Ajax's army. After he escapes from recruiters, he is immersed in a world of war, politics, and magic. Dwarves, elves, werewolves, magic, love and combat, this story-poem has it all. This book was written by my son and me, after teaching a poetry seminar all summer. He was eleven years old at that time. "Oberon" is written in a new "combination poetry" style that has good old quatrains blended with haiku, cinquains, senryu and more. Great as a teaching tool, have your children find and identify the poetry styles or just enjoy the book
The Fairy Book (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated Jul 24, 2009 12:43PM
Description: A delightful story-in-rhyme about a 9 year old girl named Isabel who loves coffee, punky stuff, her pet iguana, and hates going to ballet class. In her garden, there are fairies to lend a helping hand and a dark sorcerer Rashkai to battle. Will she find the white sorceress to stand up to Rashkai? Will she complete the Fairy Book in time for... There are many different styles of poetry blended in the story, making it a refreshing fun read for 7-12 year olds. I wrote it together with my daughter Alexandra, who was 9 at that time, after teaching her and my son a poetry seminar one summer. Enjoy!
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message 7: by Lisa

Lisa Maddock Svetlana - yes, absolutely I would be so happy to have you read and comment on my new book. I would be most grateful. I will warn you ahead of time, it's a long one. I will owe you at least 4 reviews for that one! But I think it is a fun read and has humor and character development so it doesn't seem long. If that makes sense. Will be in touch. I am submitting files to Dog Ear on Monday.


message 6: by Joe

Joe Prentis Svetlana,

I just finished Vasilisa and the Queen of Asps. Loved the book. Here is the review I posted on Amazon.

TO CAPTURE THE ATTENTION of young readers, a book must contain three elements. Interesting characters, a goal worth pursuing, and conflict along the way. Svetlana Kovalkova-McKinna, the author of Vasilisa, wrote the book for her daughter as a way of presenting a story with a strong female role model, and as a handbook for finding her own Prince Charming.

Vasilisa is a young girl who is forced to embark on a perilous quest in search of the Brew of Life to save her dying father. The characters she meets along the way are as interesting as any you might find in Harry Potter or in one of the Star Wars movies. Young readers will no doubt be stimulated by the many decisions Vasilisa is forced to make, and the strong conflict as she encounters each additional character. From witches, to trolls, to her conflict with the Queen of Asps, the story never lets up until the last page. There are characters any reader will find familiar, but some new ones that entertain and capture the imagination of the reader. If you are the parent of a preschool child, be sure to set aside a little time before you purchase this book. I have a feeling you are going to be reading it to them, over and over again.

Joe Prentis


Roxanne Hi, Svetlana. Thanks for your friendship!


message 4: by Joe

Joe Prentis Sevtlana,

I have just finished reading Oberon and posted a review. It is a great children's book. I hope parents will purchase it for their children.

Joe Prentis


Beverly McClure Hi Svetlana. Thanks for accepting my friend request. I enjoy fairy tales too. And fantasy. I read most everything, from contemporary to historical. Your books sound lovely. Congratulations on your success.
Have a lovely weekend.
Beverly


Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna It has been great meeting new people on Goodreads and being a part of so many interesting discussions.


Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna Thank you!


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