Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #76

Hello friends! Can you believe it’s only one week until Christmas?

With both Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Thursdays this year, I’ve debated whether or not to host Booknificent parties on those days. My husband finally convinced me to go ahead and post on those days, so we will be here if you want to come, but please don’t feel any pressure! If you want to take the next couple of weeks off, we’ll see you next year!

I’m hoping today will be full of gift suggestions for all you last minute shoppers out there! I can’t wait to see what you all have to share with us!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!

Board Books about Cars and Trucks for Little Ones

One of my friends recently asked on facebook, “Moms of little boys: what is your favorite board book about cars or trucks?” She has several girls and then had a little boy about a year and a half ago and suddenly realized that, even though he is happy to sit and read just about anything, there was really only one book in their house he got really excited about, The Little Blue Truck. So with Christmas on the way, she decided to get some recommendations from her friends.

Since we too have a pretty girly library, I was excited to follow this thread. After seeing a bunch of great recommendations, I asked permission to compile it into a post for others looking for this type of book. There were no objections, so here goes.

Board Books about Cars

(Disclaimer: I have not read most of these books so I will not attempt to tell you anything about them. I will simply link to Amazon using my affiliate link so that if you have any vehicle-loving little ones in your life, you can check these out yourself, knowing that they are mom-approved by friends of my friend!)


There were also several non-board books mentioned repeatedly, so I thought I’d include those as well since they seem to be some serious favorites of several families. This first one in particular came up a number of times and will probably be my first purchase from this list.

And, my only contribution, which isn’t even a board book but is one I really love:

You can see my review of this favorite here.

I hope this compilation is helpful to you! I certainly appreciated all these moms’ great suggestions, especially since they are just in time for a few last minute Christmas gifts!

Are there any books you would add to this list?

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #75

I must admit to being a bit flabbergasted this morning when I noticed that it is already December 11th. How did that happen?! This month is flying by!

Getting ready for Christmas

We are decorating, reading lots of Christmas books, adding to our myriad of Advent calendars, and working on our Christmas memory work and having so much fun. I’m continually amazed at how much our kids love memorizing massive chunks of text and how much they remember from year to year. This year, all three girls, (even the four-year old!), have only needed a little brush-up so far of Luke 1:1-4; 26-33; 38; and Luke 2:1-16. I’m glad of this because in the past years, we’ve spent a lot of time on these and sort of run out of steam for the last bit from Luke 2:17-21 and Matthew 2:1-12 so this year, I’m hoping we can really learn those well.

If you’re interested in how we do our memory work, check out this post from two years ago. We enjoy acting out the story with our Little People Nativity Set, and we’ve recently discovered it’s also fun to draw stick figures of the story as we tell it. You can find out more about that in my latest post on Desperate Homeschoolers about Grapevine Studies which includes a giveaway of the Birth of Jesus study! I’m linking it up below.

How is your Advent/countdown to Christmas going? Do you feel ready? An older friend recently shared with me that her favorite memories of Christmases past always include just sitting in the dark next to her Christmas tree doing absolutely nothing, just enjoying the peace and beauty. I am challenged to make sure I am doing enough of nothing this Christmas season!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #74

Hello to my favorite book lovers! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week! We are well into our Advent celebrations, which along with the Lenten season, are my favorite times of the year. It is so fun to see how the kids’ understanding deepens each year as we go over the same things together in new and old ways!

I’m very interested to hear what your favorite Christmas books are this year as I’m always looking for fresh ideas to share with my little ones at Christmas! I’m linking up our favorite 25 Christmas and Advent books below. Can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!

A Year in the Secret Garden Book Blast

I just wanted to remind you one more time about this great book I reviewed last week. It’s really that good!

A Year in the Secret Garden - cover

Title: A Year in the Secret Garden | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters | Publication Date: November, 2014 | Publisher: Audrey Press | Pages: 144 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 99

Book Description: Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.Over 140 pages, with 200 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. A Year In the Secret Garden is our opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.

How to Purchase

Great News!

You can purchase your very own copy of this gorgeous book for only $15 (a savings of $5) directly from Audrey Press between Dec. 1 and 7, 2014. PLUS, if you miss these dates, you can still purchase the book between December 8 and 31, 2014 for $15 using the code word “SECRETGARDEN”.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE BOOK NOW!!

Amazon * Audrey Press * Goodreads

 

Blog Tour Excerpts

The Blog Tour for A Year in the Secret Garden took place Nov. 1 to 30, 2014. Below you will find review excerpts from some of the participating blogs as well as links to a guest post by the author and an interview with the illustrator. Here’s my review in case you missed it! :)

Click HERE for the full Tour Schedule and the full list of participating blogs.

A Year in the Secret Garden is a treasure trove of activities, crafts, games, recipes and information all related to the classic children’s book, The Secret Garden, bringing to life this wonderful book to a new generation of readers. I cannot recommend this beautifully illustrated and detailed, information-packed book highly enough to parents, homeschoolers, teachers, and librarians.” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“The authors love of the Secret Garden book comes through SO clearly and I am a student of literature so I loved it for the explanations and history of what was happening.” ~ WS Momma Readers Nook

Guest Post by Author Valarie Budayr: “A brief article on A Year in The Secret Garden” ~ Coffee, Books & Art

“A perfect book not only for the summer activities but all through the year. Truly it shows the way into the SECRET GARDEN.” ~ Eloquent Articulation

“These ladies have created a fabulous book that can stand alone or be used as companion to the classic either in a classroom setting, or homeschool setting or for anyone that loves to share great literature and activities with their children.” ~ Adalinc to Life

“While the children enjoyed the activities associated with this book, I was entranced by the beautiful water color illustrations and the scrumptious looking images of foods to make. I am certain that any person who grew up hoping to find that secret key to let them into an enchanting garden will fall in love with the magic inside this book to share with their children.” ~ Books, Babies and Bows

“It is a wonderful, hands on, practical way to take kids on a journey back in time and see how children and families lived in another era.” ~ Hide-N-(Sensory)-Seeking

 

Month by Month Guide

September

  • Indian Style Chicken Curry
  • Rangoli
  • Magic Carpets
  • Misselthwaite Manor
  • Character Study: Mary Lennox
  • Ploughman’s Lunch

 

October

  • Cutouts of the Secret Garden Characters
  • Planting Bulbs
  • The English Garden
  • Character Study: Mrs. Medlock

November

  • Hot Oatcakes
  • Jump Rope
  • Plastic Bag Jump Rope
  • Jump Rope Rhymes
  • Shovel, Shovel, Spade
  • Character Study: Ben Weatherstaff

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December

  • Bringing in the Evergreen
  • Yorkshire Pudding Toad-in-a-Hole
  • The Oak King vs. The Holly King
  • The Story of Mistletoe
  • Character Study: Martha Sowerby

January

  • Parkin Cake
  • Wutherin’ Wind Flags
  • Ice Disks
  • Yorkshire Phrasebook
  • Character Study: Dickon Sowerby
  • Perfectly Good Porridge with Treacle

February

  • Oaten Pipe
  • Garden in a Jar
  • Death in Victorian England
  • Character Study: Archibald Craven

A Year in the Secret Garden - February

March

  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Nest Building
  • Seed Paper & Packets
  • Grow-Me Seed Paper
  • Seed Packets
  • Class of Hunger
  • Character Study: Colin Craven

April

  • Robin Cake
  • Dickon’s Felt Creatures
  • The World of Mason Bees
  • Making of a Mason Bee House
  • British Money
  • Old British Money
  • Character Study: Dr. Craven

 

May

  • Freezer Strawberry Jam
  • Planting a Rose Bush
  • Wheelbarrow Race
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Spot-Sitting
  • Character Study: Lilias Craven

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June

  • A Midsummer Garden Tea Party
  • Ladybug Sandwiches
  • Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
  • Simply Divine Lemon Cookies
  • Daisy Chain Crowns
  • Midsummer Dancing Ribbon Wreaths
  • Flower Pressing
  • Character Study: Victorian/Edwardian Family Life

July

  • The Secret Meal
  • Tin Foil Breakfast
  • The Cooking Campfire
  • Creating a Garden Journal
  • Colin’s Exercises
  • Blindfolded Garden Walk
  • Colin’s Magic Chant and Affirmations
  • Affirmation Stones
  • Character Study: Susan Sowerby

August

  • Scones and Ginger Tea
  • A Taste of Summer
  • Paper Garden Model
  • Garden Games for Family and Friends
  • Blind Man’s Bluff
  • Red Rover
  • Character Study: Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

About the Author: Valarie Budayr

Valarie BudayrValarie Budayr loves reading and bringing books alive. Her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com, inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure.

She is founder of Audrey Press, an independent publishing house, as well as an Amazon and iTunes best-selling author. She has written The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Valarie is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and encouraging families and schools to pull books off the shelves and stories off the pages.

 

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About the Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters

Marilyn Scott-WatersMarilyn Scott-Waters loves making things out of paper. Her popular website, www.thetoymaker.com, receives 2,000 to 7,000 visitors each day, who have downloaded more than six million of her easy-to-make paper toys. Her goal is to help parents and children spend time together making things.

She is the creator of a paper toy craft book series The Toymakers Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling), and The Toymakers Workshop: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling). She is also the co-creator with J. H. Everett of the middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories, (Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers). Ms. Scott-Waters illustrated The Search For Vile Things (Scholastic), and created paper engineering for Pop & Sniff Fruit (Piggy Toes Press).

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* $100 Book Blast Giveaway *

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Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: December 31, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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A Year in the Secret Garden Book Review & $100 Giveaway

I know I say this a lot, but I am so excited to be able to share this book, A Year in the Secret Garden by Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters, with you today! As a book-loving, homeschooling mom, this book is a dream. When I heard about it, it actually sounded too good to be true, but I’m here to tell you that it isn’t. It is actually as amazing as it sounds!

This is a long post as I have a lot to share with you about this gorgeous, jam-packed book, so be sure to get all the way to the end so you can enter the giveaway for a $100 giftcard! Who couldn’t use that this holiday season?A Year in the Secret Garden - Blog Tour Button

 

About the Book

A Year in the Secret Garden - cover

Title: A Year in the Secret Garden | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters | Publication Date: November 2014 | Publisher: Audrey Press | Pages: 144 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 99

Book Description: Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full-color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.

With over 140 pages, with 200 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together, A Year In the Secret Garden is an opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.

Amazon * Audrey Press * Goodreads

 

Mommynificent’s Review

Well, as I said in my introduction above, this book is amazing, almost too good to be true. If you are a lover of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic book, The Secret Garden, you will love this book!

If you are not familiar with this book, here’s a quick synopsis from Amazon:

This timeless classic is a poignant tale of Mary, a lonely orphaned girl sent to a Yorkshire mansion at the edge of a vast lonely moor. At first, she is frightened by this gloomy place until she meets a local boy, Dickon, who’s earned the trust of the moor’s wild animals, the invalid Colin, an unhappy boy terrified of life, and a mysterious, abandoned garden…

Budayr and Scott-Waters have demonstrated their love for this classic story with their offering, A Year in the Secret Garden, which is a beautiful celebration of the original story that invites the reader to dig deeper into the cultures, character, and cuisine of young Mary’s world.

The book is organized by months, with each month including recipes, games, crafts, and a character sketch of someone in the book. It is truly a homeschooling mom’s dream come true as it is a literature study curriculum that is, in itself, a gorgeous living book.

This book was provided to me free-of-charge from the author for this blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion. When I signed up for the blog tour, I was asked to highlight the month of August in my review.

The August section in this book is a celebration of summer, perhaps odd for those of you enjoying snow and preparing for Christmas right now, but perfect for us here in the tropics and those in the Southern Hemisphere.

A taste of summer

The recipes given for August are for scones and ginger tea as well as ideas for variations of fruit- and herb-infused water. As far as I’m concerned, those foods and drinks are welcome year round! As you can see from the picture above, the book is not only informative and full of fun ideas, it is also full of eye-candy illustrations and well-chosen fonts. It’s the kind of book you want to curl up with (along with your tea and scones, of course) and flip through again and again.

The craft for August is a paper garden model which the authors have generously provided as a free printable download from a website you gain access to when you purchase the book. It provides the perfect backdrop for the paper doll cutouts of the characters provided in October, also available on the website.

puppets and background

Directions for how to play Blind Man’s Bluff and Red Rover, garden games common to the time period, are included in August as well. I was shocked to find that my children have never played Red Rover! Our attempts to play Blind Man’s Bluff were lots of fun but ended badly with a trip to the emergency room, surgical glue, and a black eye as you can see below, so please take the author’s warnings to “make sure there aren’t obstructions or other hazards” to heart when you try this one! :)

Be careful when you play Blind Man's Bluff!

The August section concludes with a character sketch of the author, Frances Hodgson Burnett. I loved reading her life story and imagining her sitting in her own secret garden penning this classic tale.

I can honestly say that there is nothing I would change about this book. I love it and whole-heartedly give it five stars! It makes for a lovely coffee table book, a perfect planning guide for a birthday party, a literature study curriculum, and/or a fun Christmas gift.

With Christmas coming, I was thinking how fun it would be to make a Secret Garden gift basket for any little girls on your list! You could include the classic book itself, either a paperback or this deluxe hardcover edition, along with this beautiful companion guide we’ve been looking at as well as ingredients or craft supplies for some of the activities. You could also include the movie (which is delightful and less than $5!), and I came across this Secret Garden Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book as well as 20 colorable postcards by Johanna Basford. What little girl wouldn’t enjoy receiving that basket!!? And I can actually think of a few boys who would enjoy it too as this really isn’t a girly book.

(All of the above links to Amazon are my affiliate links. If you click on them and buy the product I’ve suggested or go on to buy something else, I will make a small commission which helps us continue our work here. Thank you!)

About the Author: Valarie Budayr

Valarie BudayrValarie Budayr loves reading and bringing books alive. Her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com, inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure.

She is founder of Audrey Press, an independent publishing house, as well as an Amazon and iTunes best-selling author. She has written The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Valarie is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and encouraging families and schools to pull books off the shelves and stories off the pages.

 

Book Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Pinterest | Google+ | Goodreads

 

About the Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters

Marilyn Scott-WatersMarilyn Scott-Waters loves making things out of paper. Her popular website, www.thetoymaker.com, receives 2,000 to 7,000 visitors each day, who have downloaded more than six million of her easy-to-make paper toys. Her goal is to help parents and children spend time together making things.

She is the creator of a paper toy craft book series The Toymakers Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling), and The Toymakers Workshop: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling). She is also the co-creator with J. H. Everett of the middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories, (Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers). Ms. Scott-Waters illustrated The Search For Vile Things (Scholastic), and created paper engineering for Pop & Sniff Fruit (Piggy Toes Press).

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A Year in the Secret Garden Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

EXPLORING SEPTEMBER

November 1

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch)

Coffee Books & Art (Guest Post)

WS Momma Readers Nook (Book Review)

November 2

Cherry Mischievous (Excerpt)

Hope to Read (Excerpt)

November 3

Eloquent Articulation (Book Review)

Enter Here Canada (Excerpt)

EXPLORING OCTOBER

November 4

BeachBoundBooks (Excerpt)

Books, Babies and Bows (Book Review)

November 5

Monique’s Musings (Book Review)

November 6

SOS-Supply (Book Review)

EXPLORING NOVEMBER

November 7

Randomly Reading (Book Review)

November 8

Adalinc to Life (Book Review)

EXPLORING DECEMBER

November 9

100 Pages a Day (Book Review)

November 10

Edventures With Kids (Book Review)

EXPLORING JANUARY

November 11

Icefairy’s Treasure Chest (Book Review)

November 12

Girl of 1000 Wonders (Book Review)

EXPLORING FEBRUARY

November 13

Seraphina Reads (Guest Post)

November 14

Juggling Act Mama (Book Review)

EXPLORING MARCH

November 15

Pragmatic Mom (Author/Illustrator Interview)

Purple Monster Coupons (Excerpt)

November 16

Stacking Books (Book Review)

EXPLORING APRIL

November 17

Oh My Bookness (Book Review)

November 18

Crystal’s Tiny Treasures (Book Review)

EXPLORING MAY

November 19

The Blended Blog (Book Review)

November 20

All Done Monkey (Book Review)

November 21

Geo Librarian (Book Review)

Grandbooking (Author/Illustrator Interview)

EXPLORING JUNE

November 22

My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews (Book Review)

November 23

Christy’s Cozy Corners (Book Review)

My Life, Loves and Passions (Book Review)

November 24

Bookaholic Chick (Excerpt)

Hide-N-(Sensory)-Seeking (Book Review)

EXPLORING JULY

November 25

Ninja Librarian (Guest Post)

November 26

Jane Ritz (Book Review)

Rockin’ Book Reviews (Book Review)

November 27

I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach (Book Review)

EXPLORING AUGUST

November 28

Deal Sharing Aunt (Book Review)

November 29

Mommynificent (Book Review)

November 30

This Kid Reviews Books (Book Review)

Java John Z’s (Author/Illustrator Interview)

 

* $100 Blog Tour Giveaway *

Amazon 100 gift card

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: December 7, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Book Review of Frostbite by Julia Dweck

If you’re looking for a wintry treat of a book, have we got a winner for you! Frostbite by Julia Dweck and illustrated by Robb Mommaerts will have you mesmerized and coming back for another read again and again!

(I was provided with a copy of this book from the publisher, Sleepy Sheep Productions, in exchange for my honest review. All links to Amazon are affiliate links.)

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About the Book

Title: Frostbite
Author: Julia Dweck
Illustrator: Robb Mommaerts
Number of Pages: 56

Summary from publisher, Sleepy Sheep Productions: Bestselling children’s author, Julia Dweck, shares the magic of the holiday season in a delightful story of one boy’s wish for a dog of his very own. After a wintry mix of snow and love, two icy mounds of snow come to life with a bark, a wiggle and a wag. The wonder of childhood is born in this frisky snowpup named Frostbite. Children will be enchanted by the artistry of Robb Mommaerts, whose illustrations perfectly capture the magic of this imaginative picture book. Told in rhyme by a little boy whose dream comes true, this tale will warm the heart of young readers and any parent who remembers wishing for a dog of their very own.

An excerpt:

So that’s the truth amidst the snow—
As day turned into night,
I found a dog to call my own.
I’m glad I caught Frostbite.

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My Review

This is a delightful book for children and their parents alike! We absolutely loved the full-color illustrations. The little boy and his snowdog are precious, the colors of the sky are incredible, and the snowy scenes made me feel almost cold for a second despite our scorching Malaysian temperatures!

The rhyming, rhythmical text is also mesmerizing. I’m very picky about the rhythm of a children’s book, and this one passed my tests with flying colors. I never stumbled over an awkward phrase or meter shift in my first reading or any of my subsequent and oft-requested re-readings. And yes, the kids asked for it again and again and again until I finally had to distract them for my own sanity! It’s a great book, but a mom can only read even the best books so many times in a row in one sitting!

If you’re looking for a wintry treat of a book, this is the book for you. It is available from Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle versions. I will say that we don’t usually do very well with picture books in electronic format but this book was an exception. My kids were very happy to gather around the laptop and read this again and again.

About Julia:

Aside from being an author, Julia is also an elementary gifted teacher. I love what she has to say about this book in particular:

“I believe that it is a teacher’s role to inspire passion and creativity in his/her students. FROSTBITE highlights the magnificent things that can happen when imagination and love are kindled in a child’s heart.

Warmest wishes, Julia.”

You can find out more about Julia and her many gorgeous books on her Amazon author page or on her facebook page.

Happy Thanksgiving – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #73

Happy Thanksgiving from this American living in Malaysia! I was just telling some friends tonight that I love celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas abroad because it strips the holiday down to what it really means. When you can’t find or afford turkey, the sweet potatoes and stuffing aren’t quite right, the weather is ridiculously hot, and your family is far, far away, you have to decide what you really need after all to celebrate Thanksgiving, and we have learned that all we need are thankful hearts.

We are so blessed, and it was so good to remember that with some wonderful friends yesterday and today! I hope that you, wherever you are and whether you are American or not, will take a moment today and think of all your blessings. No matter how bad things get, there is always something to be grateful for, and when we take the time to do so, it changes everything.

Among many other things, I am grateful to live in a time and speak a language that gives me such amazing access to books! Whether you’re an ebook lover or not, I am so grateful for the ease at which I can get books here in Malaysia without paying for shipping thanks to our electronic age. I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for in the comments, and I’m excited to see what books you have to share today!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

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  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
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Happy linking and have a great week!

Thanksgiving is coming! – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #72

Hello all! Can you believe it’s only one week until American Thanksgiving? One thing about the lack of seasons here in Malaysia is that I very often have no clue what month it is or what holiday is just around the corner! If I didn’t have a school calendar to follow for homeschooling, I would be a complete mess!

If you are still looking for new ways to celebrate, don’t forget to check out my Thanksgiving series. And I’ll also link up below my posts about Thanksgiving picture books and chapter books that we love. I’m excited to see what you have to share this week!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!

Conversations with Authors: Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #71

Good Thursday to you all! I am feeling pretty miserable today with a cold, but the nice thing about those days is that I can usually at least read!

I had an interesting conversation with Karen Witemeyer, an author I enjoy, this week. She has written several books about a family of boys whose parents died when the oldest boy was only 15. The boys ended up raising themselves and maintaining the family’s ranch in Texas. The books take place when they are grown men but there are numerous references to the exploits of their childhood. I wrote to the author to tell her that I think she should consider writing up some of the boys’ exploits in a series for middle-grade boys. I truly thought I would be about the millionth person to have said this to her! But it turns out, I was the first. She responded (quite quickly) that she had never thought of it before but that it was a really fun idea. She said that unfortunately her contractual obligations will keep her from exploring it for a while, but that she’s going to keep it on the back burner. I thought it was pretty cool how responsive she was and that I had a good idea! :)

If you’re interested in these books, here are my Amazon affiliate links for them. The second one is especially hilarious with a lot of laugh-out-loud moments!

 Short-Straw Bride

 Stealing the Preacher

What’s the most interesting conversation you’ve ever had with an author? Please tell us about it in the comments!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!