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The Unlucky Seed by Caroline Locher–Review by Bethanie

The Unlucky Seed by Caroline Locher

Children’s Picture Book

 

This is a cute little children’s picture book. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the book cover or I would put it on here.

I must apologize to Ms. Locher for getting to it so late. You know life, it sometimes won’t get out of the way.

This book is very reminiscent of The Ugly Duckling. The one exception to this book is it is about a little sunflower seed. It doesn’t understand why it seems to have to work so hard when all the other little seeds stayed in the little girl’s basket. It was a little sad, but turned out to be a great thing that it fell out of the basket. It became the strongest and most beautiful of all the other flowers.

It just goes to show that though we may struggle to find our place in the world, when we finally do, it becomes one of the strongest  and most beautiful of all.

Thank you Ms. Locher for sharing your sweet book with me.

~Bethanie

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Annalise’s Up and Down Day by Denise Jenne–Review by Bethanie

Annalise's up and down day

Annalise’s Up and Down Day

By: Denise Jenne

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Such a sweet little book. We all have those days and little Annalise is no exception. The illustrations are beautiful watercolor media and the story is the perfect length for the attention span of a young child, which is who this book is written for.  I would definitely reccommend this book for parents of young children. It is a cute picture book. Thank you Ms. Jenne for sharing this book with me!

~Bethanie

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Bees Like Flowers by Rebecca Bielawski–Review by Bethanie

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Bees Like Flowers is precious.  Each of the Mummy Nature books is very child-friendly. The colors are bright, and that alone would keep a child’s interest. This little book gives a good child-perfect explanation of how honey is made and what happens in a beehive. I love the little bees’ face. It makes them seem friendly. The choice of flowers she used were some of my favorites, the sunflower especially.

Ms. Bielawski has once again created a colorful and fun way to teach your little ones about nature. The Mummy Nature books will keep a child’s interest by the rhythm and beautiful colors. I would recommend these to anyone who has little children in their families.

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Welcome to the new Bethanie’s Books

This site is dedicated to those indie authors who love to write books for middle-schoolers. The contact form is on the ABOUT page. Have a book you think would be great for this age group? Let me know by filling out the contact form. I currently have reviews all the way out through March, but if you don’t mind the wait, let me know about your book so I may review it. I look forward to hearing from you!

~Bethanie

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Busy as a Bee

Wow, I thought summer would be a time to relax. Not so.

I promise I haven’t forgotten any of you. I am working on several books and will have the reviews up soon. Celia and Cedric’s Adventures will be next.

Hang in there with me. Thank you so much!

 

~Bethanie

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Doggie Went A-Courtin’ by Angel Wheeler–Review by Bethanie

Doggie Went a courtin

Doggie Went A-Courtin’: an adaptation to a traditional song
By: Angel Wheeler
Illustrator: Nicolas Lonprez

Children’s Picture Book
Cute adaptation from a long-time favorite song. In saying that, however, I wanted to be able to kind of sing it as I read it. When I tried, I couldn’t. It kind of made me sad.
From a children’s book standpoint, though, it was cute. The illustrations were beautiful and the book would be good for any child that loves rhyming stories and/or songs.

The one thing that was rather difficult for me, though, was the small black print in the written part. If I may make a suggestion, find a different color font and a bigger font or put the black print into a small white box. Other than that, the book was cute. Thank you to Ms. Wheeler for introducing this book to me.

Happy Reading,
Bethanie

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The Adventures of Mophie and Picholas–Book 1: A Very Strange Trip to the Park By: Joseph and Anthony Pandolfi–Review by Bethanie

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The Adventures of Mophie and Picholas

Book 1: A Very Strange Trip to the Park

By: Joseph and Anthony Pandolfi

Illustrated by: Sarah Minervini

Children’s Picture Book

 

What an absolutely charming little book. I still tried to call the two children in it Sophie and Nicholas as I was reading it, but corrected myself. I loved the story. Anything with dragons and magic kingdoms in it is always right up my reading alley. This was a sweet family story. Also something that children will enjoy. The illustrations were colorful, but small. Still they were fine for this charming little book.

What made it even better was a father and son wrote it together. I look forward to the next installment where I really hope to hear more about how they met Sylvester.

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes adventures in the park.

Happy Reading,

Bethanie

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Just the Facts, Ma’am, Just the Facts

I review all kinds of books. When I get requests to read children’s books, many times, although I may be in the middle of a large novel–as I am now–(Lily) Predator and Prey by James D. Horton–I will read a quick children’s book. These may sometimes appear in-between the larger novels that I have to assign dates to.

So, to the authors of the larger novels, please don’t think I have forgotten about your books. I promise I am working diligently to get these done.

Happy Reading,

Bethanie

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I’m So Excited– :)

Author's Mind   Columbus by Aimee Stewart

This is how I feel right now. I feel like I have been sent into a world of bookshelves that are full of the most amazing authors. I have several reviews coming up. Here is my list in the order they will appear:

The Only City Left by Andy Goldman

Bright Lights and White Nights by Andrew Carter

Quiznot by Russell Stoll

Genesys by Aaron Denius Garcia

The Least Envied by Sean DeLauder

Now, while some of these books have not even been published yet, I still look very forward to reading each and every one of them. To the authors that have entrusted me with a review of your book, thank you. I feel a reading binge coming on. I may have some of these reviews out before their promised date. We will see. Happy Reading!!

~Bethanie

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