Category Archives: Books

Mother Sea Turtles

Let me start by saying I have a deep love for turtles.  Not sure why.  One of my dearest friends, T, will pull over and get any turtle she sees out of the road.  Love that woman!  Not just for the turtles, but because that is really a sign of her inner spirit to me.  I guess it’s symbolic!  Anyway, on with the post! Keep Reading!

Originally posted 2013-05-22 11:23:56.

Can’t-Wait Willow: A Children’s Book Review

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Originally posted 2013-05-11 20:50:05.

The Whale’s Side of the Story! A Children’s Book Review

Originally posted 2013-04-29 15:46:00.

Top Ten Books for Teens by Nicole Grotepas, Author of Blue Hearts of Mars

It seems like there’s a never-ending stream of young adult books coming out on the
market. As a parent, how can you possibly read each one to make sure that you want your
kid reading them? Sometimes you just can’t. So here’s my answer: read the old ones! I
went ahead and made this incredibly helpful list of awesome books that I read when I was
a teenager. A lot of these books I still read, because they’re that good. Unless I have the
memory of a goldfish, all of these books have a PG rating unless otherwise noted.

1. Singularity, by William Sleator. If you want to feed a budding mind, many of
Sleator’s books are perfect for helping the average person understand intriguing and
difficult concepts. I read Singularity when I was in junior high and it turned me on to
nonfiction books by Michio Kaku, a physicist who writes about theoretical physics for
the layperson.

2. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey. I read this series in junior high and loved it. I’m
pretty sure if you have ever fantasized about having your own dragon, the Pern books
will do you good. Dragonflight is great because you get Lessa, the first woman to be a
dragon-rider. So if pioneering women is your thing, and I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t
be, then this is a read for you. This one is more of a high school read.

3. Alanna, by Tamora Pierce. The start of a great series about a girl who becomes a
knight disguised as her twin brother. Need I even mention that I wanted to be a knight, as
well? I did. I wanted to be Alanna.

4. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. I read it as a teen and loved it. It was the first
sci-fi book for me and it’s been a major influence on me regarding leadership, honor,
and character. High school, perhaps, but if you’re concerned, read it first then let your
fourteen-year-old try it.

5. The Girl with the Silver Eyes, by Willo Davis Roberts. I read this when I was pretty
young, but it stuck with me for a long time. The main character is an introvert with the
ability to move things with her mind. I really identified with her because I, too, can move
things with my mind. No, but seriously, she’s a bookworm and I was too.

6. The Boy Who Reversed Himself, by William Sleator. OK, so this seems like cheating,
but Sleator’s books actually deserve to have multiple spots on this list. This book was so
good at helping me visualize what a higher dimension would look like for human eyes,
and not only that, it’s got a thrilling plot that makes you want to keep reading!

7. Seventh Son, by Orson Scott Card. An excellent story. It was such an influence on me
that I really believed I might be able to learn to communicate with cockroaches. Never

happened. But I still love the book.

8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I remember thinking it was
such a stupid title. When I finally read it, I really just wanted every book to be this
awesome. But they’re not. Because there can only be one book that is this fantastic,
beautiful, magical, and moving.

9. The BFG, by Roald Dahl. There are so many great books by Roald Dahl, it was hard
to pick just one. I chose this one because it’s the first book of his that I read and it led me
to read all of the others. I’m pretty sure I hoped that I’d get kidnapped by a big, friendly,
giant after I read this book.

10. Strange Attractors, by William Sleator. Yes, yes, I know this list just looks like a
promo piece for Sleator, but I just found out he died in 2011 and I had no idea. I met him
in 2010 at the Southern Festival of Books, and I’m just glad I got to run into him before
he died. He really, really influenced my appreciation for story and science. Strange
Attractors helped me grasp Chaos theory and the book is written as a compelling thriller.

Originally posted 2013-03-30 05:00:00.

Roma Downey’s Little Angels Prayers for Every Day Review and #Giveaway #RealRomaDowney

Praying is such a personal thing, our own personal talk with God where we know He is listening to us, the Bible says he hears our cries.  I know that praying is something I’ve always done, but I don’t remember being taught how to do it.  I am fairly certain that I probably learned at the table with my parents and grandparents, as well as by watching my Pa-Pa, who is a preacher, pray every Sunday.   Regardless of how I learned, I am so very thankful that I learned how to do so.  I’ve spent many times crying out to God in prayer!
Roma Downey has written an adorable children’s book of prayers, “Roma Downey’s Little Angels Prayers for Every Day.”  It is amazingly adorable and full of short little prayers that can be the beginning of teaching little ones to pray, not just for mealtime and bedtime, but also for other times.  The book includes prayers for praise, guidance, help and more.  They are short and sweet and a great beginning to helping your little one learn to talk to God.  I really think it is adorable!
The book has over  50 rhyming prayers covering a variety of worries for children.  There are also Bible verses throughout the book.

Originally posted 2013-03-07 02:42:00.

Children’s Book: Fuzzwipper’s Play Fair

Hello all!  Now that we’ve met the Fuzzwippers, we are ready for another great adventure!  Today we’ve had the privilege of going on an adventure about playing fair with them!  On their adventure on the playground they explore taking turns and playing nicely with others.  Fuzzy the Fuzzwipper helps his special friend George to share with the others how to play fairly so that they can all share the playground equipment without problems!

As is typical of the Fuzzwipper books, there are some great lessons tucked in the pages of these imaginative stories!  In the back of the book, there is a section to help us to begin a dialogue with our Monkeys about playing fair and sharing.  In addition, there is that area that has quickly become my favorite of any book: an area where your child can draw their Fuzzwipper and tell of their own adventures with them!  I think it would be so great to look back one day on what their amazing little minds came up with!

Originally posted 2013-03-05 06:00:00.

Top Ten Children’s Books From E. L. Adams

This top 10 was brought to you by author E. L. Adams.  
Top Ten Children’s Books
1.      Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne – a classic from my childhood, and the first book I remember my parents reading aloud to me.
2.       The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – another classic. I loved the TV show, too.
3.       The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson – I was quite a bit older when this came out, but it’s the sort of thing I’d have adored when I was little. It’s a really clever story with a great rhyme scheme – great for reading aloud!
4.      The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – goes without saying, really!
5.      Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – Carroll is a genius. A mad genius, admittedly, but the Alice books are fantastic.
6.      Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG, Matilda…pretty much all of Roald Dahl’s books!
7.      Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney – these books are hilarious. They’re cleverly illustrated with appeal to kids of all ages, and I’m unashamed to say I enjoy them even at the age of 21!
8.      How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
9.      The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
10.  The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss – another classic!
The Puppet Spell

Unlike her rebellious sister Lucinda, fifteen-year-old Lexa prefers to spend her free time playing video games, fighting the forces of evil with her partner-in-crime Marlon. But when Lucinda steals an invisibility potion from their uncle’s storeroom, she unleashes chaos into their lives. Lexa and Marlon find themselves catapulted into a world far more dangerous than any video game, full of misleading illusions, sinister Conjurors and deadly Fey, and threatened by a man with a grudge known as the Puppeteer. Accompanied only by Lexa’s uncle’s unreliable (and rather dangerous) Chimera, Lexa and Marlon must navigate this world to find Lucinda- before they too fall under the spell of the puppet master…

Author E.L. Adams

Emma is a 21-year-old author from Birmingham, UK. When she isn’t reading voraciously, studying, or taking every opportunity to travel, she can be found in front of her writing desk.

Having aspired to be a writer since the age of ten, Emma aims to give life to her (admittedly bizarre) daydreams, through creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel THE PUPPET SPELL, published in January 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of traditional fantasy, mythology, and video games.

When not living the crazy life of an English Literature with Creative Writing student at Lancaster University, Emma reluctantly resides in the attic in her parents’ house in Birmingham. Local rumour is that she is working on a dark fantasy series for mature young adults featuring demons and other assorted night terrors.

Originally posted 2013-02-21 06:00:00.

Meet the Fuzzwippers Book Review

Hey Everyone!  I recently reviewed a children’s book entitled “Hello, We’re the Fuzzwippers” and it was adorable!  As you can see, my little God-Monkey (God-child, I am not saying that she is God!)  loved it.  The pictures were from the humteenth time she had looked through it after we read it together.

The story is introducing the Fuzzwippers, which is the first book in a series of children’s books and it’s adorable.  The basic essences is that they are always with you when you need them.  I think it’s an adorable concept and I couldn’t help but think when I read it that I needed a little FuzzWhipper to keep in my van!

You can get your own little Fuzzwipper…..  I mean, a Fuzzwipper for your little one!  Click here to find out more about them!!!  The Fuzzwipper is free, just pay shipping.  I really think that they are adorable and the concept is even better!
FuzzWippers come in four colors and will soon have a playset to encourage Monkey imagination.

I think this book, along with a Fuzzwipper will make a great birthday or Christmas gift.  We enjoyed going through and finding the Fuzzwippers throughout the pages with the children pictured.  It’s a great tie in for how God is always with you as well.

I want to say a big, huge thank you to the author, Marilynn Halas who not only sent me a copy for review, but so sweetly autographed it as well!  The book is published by 4 Sunflowers Media, LLC and you can check them out here.

Get Yours on Amazon here

Originally posted 2012-07-27 05:00:00.

Children’s Book Review: A Perfect Pet for Peyton

A Perfect Pet for Peyton is a cute little book about a set of twins, Peyton and Penny.  Of course, the main subject is about getting Peyton the perfect pet.  The story is very cute in itself, but there is a much deeper lesson to this book.
Before I get into that, I have to tell you one of the things I loved about the book!  In an unassuming place on many of the pages, there is a different activity.  For example, the first page of the story tells you that there is an insect hidden in each picture of the book.  I’m not gonna spoil the rest for you, but finding the bugs was a fun little activity.
Now, to the underlying focus of the book!  This adorable little book was written to teach your little Monkey(s) about the 5 Love Languages of Children.  The story itself identifies and explains each love language in an easy to understand way for the kids.
The final feature I really enjoyed is the Love Language Quiz for kids.  It really encourages conversation and further understanding of the languages.  It’s a great way to not only teach your little one, but to also learn yourself so that you can utilize your little one’s love language in helping them grow and develop!
All in all, this book is a great children’s book.  The story was very imaginative and the pictures were even better.  I was quite amazed and entertained by them!  Go and get yours!  You’ll enjoy reading it as much as the kids enjoy flipping through it!
The following is the book description:

This wonderfully imaginative children’s hardcover book by bestselling authors Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne, featuring four-color illustrations (with hidden details!) by Wilson Williams, Jr., will help children learn the importance of love. Based on Gary’s highly successful The 5 Love Languages®, A Perfect Pet for Peyton tells an entertaining and playful story of five children who each, with the help of Mr. Chapman and the unique pets at his special emporium, discover their own personal love language. Children and parents alike will experience firsthand the power of the love languages as they cuddle up and spend precious time together reading this book over and over again.
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Originally posted 2012-05-11 22:39:00.

CrindelStar Review: A Plantable Story!

CrindelStar is adorable!!!  It’s getting raves by so many people and after listening to it, I can see why!  It’s an adorable and inspirational story!  As a Mom with an imagination, it really makes me smile!

The story has so many hidden little lessons that we all know and want our kids to know within the tale of a little girl named Maria who is struggling with belief, peer pressure, and self confidence.  One of the many things I love about it is that rather than making it a ‘battle’ with friends, Maria learns her great lesson in a dream and upon awakening, runs to tell her Grandmother!  I remember the days when telling our family was more important than telling our friends.  Seems like kids don’t do that anymore!

Something that is unique to CrindelStar is the packaging.  It’s a download and they send you a mini album cover made of hand made paper embedded with wildflower seeds.  What I really love is the ‘magic’ of the story that can come to life through the growth of the wildflower seeds.

As a Christian, I’ve seen and dealt with people who feel that God isn’t real.  If they can’t see His physical presence, they choose not to believe.  I feel like this story can be used as a great lesson for the kids in believing. We can use it to talk to them about believing in Him.  The hand made paper can be used as a metaphor for God inside us, planting can symbolize Him being in our hearts, while waiting for the wildflowers to grow we can talk to them about how even though we can’t see that the seeds are there, we know that we have planted them just like we know that God is in our hearts.  When the wildflowers begin to grow, we can use the phases of growth to teach them about how God grows in our hearts to for us into something beautiful!  Okay, don’t know where that came from, but I have to go call our children’s pastor now.

Go and check them out here and buy their album for your little ones!  Use it to teach!  BTW, there is also a song that comes with the story.  😀

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Originally posted 2012-02-17 16:59:00.