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.
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold
by: Iain Reading
Genre: YA Adventure / Thriller / Mystery
Wow, was this a long book. However, worth every page. I loved the pictures and maps that were in it. It added to the book. If you like adventure and mystery then this is a great book for you to read. It was great for any age. Pull up your armchair Sherlock Holmes, your Amelia Earhart theories, and begin.
Although I wish the print had been about two font sizes bigger, I could understand why it wasn’t. It would have been about a four hundred page book. Sometimes I like long books and sometimes I don’t. This book kinda of fell in the middle. I have never read a book with two prologues before, but with all that was in the book I can see why they were needed. There were actually two parts to this book, not really marked as such, but when you read it you will find them.
What a wild bunch of adventures for a young woman. However, I liked her strong character. She was one that wouldn’t quit, no matter how dire the circumstances. I like books with strong female characters. Thank you for sharing your book with me.
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!
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.
The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave
by: Brydie Walker Bain
Genre: Middle School MYSTERY
At first I wondered how Ms. Bain knew so much about the caves in this book until I read where she lived and that told me all I needed to know. Need an adventure? Dive in and find the excitement. It begins with something even I, as a 44 year-old wife and mother of two (ages 12 and 14), would love to find one day.
What child or adult for that matter would not like to find a secret passage or hidden room in their own house? Things like this have always fascinated me. It adds to the adventure and mystery of the story. Take six adventurous young minds and set them loose with what is found, along with some amazing legends. The next thing you find is high adventure, mystery, and danger lurking around every turn. Throw in a few magical beings or incredibly “insightful” adults and the next thing you know . . .
Well I won’t give that away. I’d hate to ruin the story for someone. It’s kind of like a movie you really want to see and someone ruins the ending for you. So I will just say, read the book for yourself. It is a great middle-school mystery.
The comradery of the children in this book is what I find to be my favorite part. Although I like the story–there is no story without the characters. They are what makes this one so good. Nothing better than a group of friends with the same goal in mind and ready to do anything to get there. Thank you Ms. Bain for sharing your book with me and treating us all to the legends of Sinbad’s Caves!