Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #41

Hello, my favorite reading friends! How has your week been? We are doing well, enjoying our last week with Grandma here and also getting our hearts ready for Easter! We’re also doing lots of reading of course! I caught this sweet shot this week. Seeing them like this made me think I must be doing something right with these kiddos! :)

Books are always better when you share them with a friend.

Would you take a minute and pin the above picture or share this post on facebook, G+, or twitter? Let’s grow this party so we can hear about more books every week!

And now, it’s time to party!

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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!


Cheeseless Mac and Cheese Recipe

So I was making dinner tonight, and the kids have been asking for mac and cheese for awhile so I thought I’d surprise them and make a lot of little people really happy.

I put the macaroni in the boiling water to get it going and then reached into the freezer for the cheese. There was none. No cheese. And the macaroni was boiling, and I had 20 minutes till supper time. Massive mommy fail.

But, I’m all about redeeming massive failures since Jesus did it for me, so I went hunting online for cheeseless mac and cheese recipes, and found that there are a whole lot of them. Who knew? Has this happened to other people too?

Well, as you know, my time was limited so I ended up combining several different recipes based on the ingredients I had. Guess what? My kids went nuts over it. They LOVED it! Even after I told them what was in it!!!

Cheeseless Mac and Cheese Recipe from Mommynificent.com

My 7-year old actually said, “Mom, this one is way healthier than your other one, and it’s just as good. Just make this one from now on.” What???!!! Can I say, “Massive Mommy win?!”

I had to sit down and quickly write down what I threw in that pot, and I thought I’d share it with you in case any of you ever find yourself in this dilemma or just need a healthier, dairy-free, veggie-packed, really yummy cheeseless mac and cheese!

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Cheeseless Mac and Cheese Recipe
Tina Chen: 
Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: comfort food
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
 
A healthy, dairy-free, veggie-packed, and really yummy cheeseless mac and cheese! Suitable for vegans.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cauliflower and/or cashews (I did 2 cups cauliflower and 1 cup cashews)
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups milk of choice – (I did 1 cup water and 1 cup canned coconut milk)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1½ tsp. sea salt (more to taste)
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ½ tsp. of turmeric
  • ½ tsp. mustard (dijon or yellow)
  • optional: pinch of cayenne pepper
  • optional: ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 16 oz. pasta of choice
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • paprika, for garnish
  • optional add-ins: roasted broccoli, mixed veggies, spinach, or even meat
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients before pasta into a medium pot and bring to a complete boil, then cover and simmer 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is fall-apart tender and the cashews are soft. Pulverize with either an immersion or regular blender. Serve over pasta or spaghetti squash, rice, steamed veggies, or whatever! Garnish with ground black pepper and/or paprika. Makes about 4 cups, and it gets much thicker as it sits.
  2. You can also mix the pasta and sauce and bake it in the oven if you prefer baked mac and cheese!

I mixed our leftover pasta and sauce and put it in a casserole dish so we’ll be enjoying baked cheeseless mac and cheese for lunch tomorrow! I can’t wait!

Booknificent Thursday Book Link Up Party #40

Hi all! How is everyone? We are so happy to have Daddynificent back from his trip! We’ve enjoyed being all together under one roof (and in one country) this week! I haven’t been getting much reading done lately, but I am slowly meandering through a “real” book (i.e. not on my Kindle) and enjoying it. It’s the second in a series about Joseph by Angela Elwell Hunt, retelling and reimagining his story from the book of Genesis.
I’ve also put together a list of our favorite books and resources for Easter. I’m linking it up below, and I’d love to hear your comments and a few of your recommendations!

Your turn now! What are you reading this week? Any great books to recommend? Any books we should stay away from? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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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!



Our Favorite Easter Books and Resources

I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you some of our family’s favorite Easter books and resources. We are really big on creating meaningful family traditions to celebrate Jesus, and I wanted to share some of the books and DVDs we return to year after year. (All the links below are affiliate links. By clicking on them, you are supporting this site even if you don’t buy the product, and we appreciate it very much! If you choose to buy the product, you will not be charged any extra, but we will make a small commission. Thanks!)

Our-favorite-Easter-books-and-resources from Mommynificent.comPreparing-for-EasterPreparing for Easter by James L. Evans – We absolutely love this book! I have read it every year during Lent for almost 20 years now! My first time through it was with a group of RAs during my sophomore year of college. I have since done it alone, with my kindergarten class, and now with my own children. This book is full of object lessons that amaze my children and touch my heart every single year. As I was putting our 3-year old to bed a few nights ago, her last words to me were, “Night, Mom. I just love devotions so much.” ‘Nuff said. :)


Resurrection iWitness written and designed by Doug Powell – If you haven’t seen this book yet, you absolutely MUST! It is amazing. It’s like a flap book for adults! (Okay, maybe ages 7 and up.) But my kids seriously have to kind of wrestle it out of my husband’s and my hands because it really is so fascinating. It is full of letters and notes that give evidence for the resurrection of Jesus by using the easy-to-understand Minimal Facts argument. We love this book! I look forward to pulling it out every year!

The Very First Easter by Paul Maier, illustrated by Francisco Ordaz – This is a picture book that has a lot of text. I’d recommend it for ages 7 and up. It’s about a small family – two parents and a boy, about age 9. In the book, the father shares the story of Jesus with his son. This is one that we peruse every year but I can’t say it’s a strong favorite like the next one.

 

Peter’s First Easter by Walter Wangerin Jr., illustrated by Timothy Ladwig – If you’ve been around this blog for long, you’ll know I am a HUGE fan of Tim Ladwig’s illustrations. He is a personal friend from an internship I did in college, and I have avidly followed his work ever since. I can sit and stare at just the cover of this book for hours. You can see so much of the story just in these two people’s faces. This is another picture book with a lot of text; I consider it more of a mini-chapter book and we read it over the week before Easter each year.

My Lord and My God: Thomas’ Incredible Account of Jesus’ Resurrection by Calvin Miller, illustrated by Ron DiCianni - This is another picture book with loads of text, eight chapters to be exact. It is one that I personally enjoy reading each year. The kids enjoy the pictures but the text is still a bit over their heads. I imagine they will enjoy it as they hit the double digits. Calvin Miller’s prose is very poetic, and I always find this book very moving. Walking through the entire story from Thomas’ perspective is very powerful. We used this book and the previous one alongside the Gospels last year to learn about telling the same story from different perspectives.

Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs by Melody Carlson, illustrated by Jack Stockman – I feel like everyone probably already knows this book as it’s become sort of the quintessential Easter book over the last decade or so. We love it, and it gets read by my older kids every year, but like some of the above books, it really has too many words for the little ones in my opinion. I think that’s especially unfortunate in this instance because, while the Resurrection Eggs are absolutely wonderful for preschoolers, this book is far too long to hold their interest.

For this reason, I was overjoyed to find this next book and the accompanying DVD below. The Story of the Resurrection Eggs in Rhyme and Song: Miss Patty Cake Opens Up the Wonder of the Easter Story by Jean Thomason and Nancy Gordon fills this gap perfectly! This book does such a wonderful job of walking through the Resurrection Eggs with young children as does the DVD below. The book has gentle illustrations that are a combination of photos and cartoon drawings, and walks through the Resurrection Eggs step by step in a way that is easier for preschoolers to follow.

The book also contains the lyrics to all the songs in the companion DVD: Miss Pattycake’s Eggstravaganza. If you’ve tried Miss Pattycake before and found her annoying, I encourage you to still give this one a try. I can hardly stand the other Miss Pattycake DVDs, but I love this one as do my children. We watch it year-round, and they love it. We only pull out the book around Easter, and they’re always so excited to read through it and sing the songs. My 3-year old and 7-year old read through this book several times a day throughout the days leading up to Easter. The DVD is very similar to the book in that Miss Pattycake walks through each of the Resurrection Eggs and very gently explains the story of Easter.

The Resurrection Eggs: Open Up the Wonder of the Easter Story - The is the board book that goes with the above two books. We don’t have this one, but it gets requested every year, so I thought I should share it in case your children are still in a board book stage.

If you are looking for board books,
The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry, illustrated by Mary Ann Utt is a really good option. It has about 200 words and gently introduces little ones to Jesus, including his teaching and his healing. It gently reveals the meaning of Easter with the story of Christ’s death and Resurrection. Bright, colorful illustrations make this a perfect book for toddlers.

The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs, illustrated by Nancy Munger is another perennial favorite for the younger ones. My 9-year still loves it though. I love this parable of a little girl who spurns an ugly gift of a lily bulb from her father and throws it out only to have it blossom on Easter morning. I wish the book did a better job unpacking the parable and that the verses on each page were easier to read aloud while reading the story. I always find it clunky going back and forth from verse to story. Nonetheless, we love this book and I think you will too.

Before and After Easter: Activities and Ideas – Lent to Pentecost by Debbie Trafton O’Neal, illustrated by David LaRochelle – I love this book even though we haven’t actually used it yet! It has an activity or craft for each day leading up to Easter, starting on Ash Wednesday. We are always involved with the first book I mentioned, Preparing for Easter, and so we never get to the activities mentioned in this one, but every year, I resolve to use it next year because the activities are so good! I also like that it includes an activity for each of the 7 weeks between Easter and Pentecost and an activity for the day of Pentecost. We are planning to do these this year.

And last but certainly not least, if you haven’t had a chance to watch Buck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume Ten – Jesus is the Good News!, now is the perfect time to do it! We love all of the What’s in the Bible DVDs as they do such a fantastic job of explaining Scripture and making it come alive for children as one big story of God loving and redeeming His people! The days surrounding Easter are a perfect time to work through the whole series! You can get 35% off of the whole series if you buy from What’s In the Bible before April 15th! If you’re interested, please consider using our affiliate link – it won’t cost you any extra but we’ll make a small commission. Thanks!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this walk through our Easter shelf! What are your favorite books and resources for Easter? We’d love to add to our collection! I’d be especially interested to hear of any books that do a good job tying together Passover and Easter. We always celebrate them together, but I haven’t found any books that are a good fit.

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #39

Why is it that things only go wrong when your tech support (aka husband) is away??? Have you ever noticed this or does it only happen to us? We’ve had another week of spotty internet access, doorknob debacles, and now, my blog’s visual editor has gone awol. So I’m typing this in html and have no idea what it will look like so please bear with me.

Thank goodness tech support comes home tomorrow! :)

In the meantime, let’s party!

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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!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (Gluten-free, Paleo, and Vegan Friendly!)

Today, I have a yummy treat for you that comes together in minutes! These are my go-to recipe when I want a healthy treat for myself or the kids. I adapted them from this recipe for real baked cookies so you can bake them if you want, but we think they are WAY better raw!

These are really friendly for a lot of allergies, so I also make them often when we’re getting together with friends who have dietary restrictions. They are gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free, and can be paleo and vegan (soy-free and dairy-free) depending on the chocolate that you use. (I suggest my healthy chocolate.)

You can even dress these up for a party by dipping them in melted chocolate and adding a few sprinkles! They were a favorite at our Christmas open-house this year!

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
Tina Chen: 
Recipe type: Dessert or Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Low Sugar
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
 
A delicious gluten-free, paleo, vegan, dairy-Free, egg-free, low sugar treat of healthy chocolate chip cookie dough balls made with almond meal.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, butter, or a combination of the two
  • 3 Tablespoons palm sugar, xylitol, or a combination of the two
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips, can be homemade with little to no sugar or dairy
  • up to 2 Tbsp water to make them hold together
  • optional: 10-15 drops vanilla (or other flavored stevia) – adds extra sweetness and flavor so you can decrease the sugar above if you wish
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Form into balls. Try not to eat it all while you’re making them.
  3. Store in refrigerator.
  4. For a fancy treat, you can dip these in melted dark chocolate to make cookie dough truffles. They are delicious!

 

I hope you enjoy these decadent little treats!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #38

Hello, all. How has your week been? We have had a really, really busy week which has been compounded by my internet being out every single evening! I get the kids to bed and sit down to work and blog, only to find that I have no internet. I’ve been learning patience, for sure. :)

I’m just finishing up my March reading for my 2014 Readers Challenge, to read a retelling of a well-known story. Bignificent and I have been enjoying Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams’ new series for tweens, Grimmtastic Girls. I’m linking up our review of the first book about Cinderella below.

And now, it’s time to party! As always, I’m open to any family-friendly posts about books as well as about helping others learn to read or improve their reading skills (including adults). Basically, anything literacy-related is fair game.

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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!


March Readers Challenge Check-In and Link-Up

Welcome to our March Readers Challenge check-in and link-up! How did you do at meeting our challenge for March? (Remember, you can always go back and link-up for previous months if you’ve gotten behind! Here’s the link for February.) This post contains Amazon affiliate links for your convenience so that you can quickly see the books I’m referencing in this post.

March’s challenge was to read a retelling of a well-known story. It could be a Bible story, a fairy tale, or a classic, or anything else you can come up with! I’m linking up my review of Mesu Andrews’ book In the Shadow of Jezebel, which is a retelling of the events leading up to the nation of Judah having its youngest king, a seven-year old named Joash.

I’ll also be linking up my review of a new series called Grimmtastic Girls! by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, which are retellings of Cinderella (bk 1), Little Red Riding Hood (bk 2), Snow White (bk 3), and Rapunzel (bk 4) written for tween girls. My review will include a $50 Amazon gift card giveaway so be sure and check back in the next couple days for that one!

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I’m really excited to hear about the books you chose! This is one of my favorite types of books. One of my favorite authors, Shannon Hale, is a master at retellings. If you haven’t read her books yet, you simply must try them! I’d recommend you start with Goose Girl.

Remember, you can link to a blog post or to your Goodreads review, a post on facebook or tumblr, or simply tell us about your book in a comment on this post.

Feel free to grab and display the challenge button and share about the challenge wherever you like!

Readers Challenge 2014

Don’t forget, there are three other sites besides Mommynificent co-hosting this 2014 Readers Challenge, so be on the lookout for all our posts every month!

The challenge for April is to read a biography of someone you’ve always wanted to know more about.

I hadn’t decided what I was going to read until I saw all three Princess books about a Saudi Arabian princess in one volume on sale for Kindle this week. I’ve been wanting to read those! Do you know what you’ll be reading? See you next month! 

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Learning and Growing and Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #37

Well, I’ve done something crazy this week. I went and signed up for Rhyming Picture Book Month (RhyPiBoMo.) What was I thinking? :) While I’ve never considered myself a writer, I do have a lot of little stories and rhymes rattling around in my head, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn something and grow a little. We’ll see how I go! If you want to join, registration is open until April 16th.

And speaking of learning and growing, our girls have begun making video book reviews to share over at Desperate Homeschoolers. We posted our first two this week! I think we’ll aim for one a week in the future. :} I’ll link them up below so make sure you don’t miss them!

So here we go! It’s time to party! As always, I’m open to any family-friendly posts about books as well as about helping others learn to read or improve their reading skills (including adults). Basically, anything literacy-related is fair game.

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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 G+ profile and add me to your circles or to 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!


Maisy and the Missing Mice Book Blast

I have another great book to share with you today, The Maisy Files: Maisy and the Missing Mice by Elizabeth Woodrum. I have a real soft spot for the name Maisy which is why I grabbed this book when I first saw it. But, soft spot or not, the book is fantastic! It is a fun mystery along the lines of Encyclopedia Brown or Cam Jansen for young readers.

About the Book

Maisy and the Missing MiceTitle: Maisy and the Missing Mice (The Maisy Files) | Author: Elizabeth Woodrum | Publication Date: September 24, 2013 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 75 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 10

Summary: Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.

Book Trailer

Mommynificent’s Review

I loved this book, as did my oldest three children, ages 9, 7, and 3. We signed up to review this book both here and with a video book review from my 7-year old over at Desperate Homeschoolers, and the author was kind enough to give us the book in pdf form as well as the audiobook in exchange for our honest reviews! When I went to send the pdf to my Kindle, I realized I had already purchased it for Kindle due to my afore-mentioned soft spot for the name Maisy! So, we are able to comment on nearly all of the available formats!

I was very pleased with the quality of both the Kindle version and the pdf, and the audio version is fantastic! My 7-year old has listened to it at least twice a day for the past week – no joke! She carries the Kindle all around the house with her now, and as much as I enjoy this book, I finally had to ask her to use headphones. :)

I love the way this book is old-fashioned and clean, yet still appeals to modern kids. It is obvious that the author knows and enjoys many fourth graders on a regular basis. The mystery was intriguing even to me, and I found myself thinking and trying to solve the mystery before Maisy did! My favorite thing about the book was that while Maisy is on a case, she sees the world in black and white like in old detective movies. I just love that!

I think the book lends itself very well to some open-ended journaling activities so I made a page for my girls to enjoy. You can download it for free by clicking on the picture or the link below!

Maisy Files Journal Prompts

Maisy Files journal prompts

My only complaint (and this is very minor) was the brief mention of Maisy and her best friend having a crush on the same boy. It was totally age-appropriate and was not dwelt upon in the book, but I just found myself wishing it wasn’t there. It had nothing to do with the story, and while I know a lot of fourth graders probably talk about these things, crushes haven’t entered my daughter’s mind yet and I’m trying to postpone it as long as I can! It’s only mentioned in passing though, and I’m not sure my daughter really even noticed it, so it’s not a big deal.

A fun feature of this book is that the author has made it available on Teachers Pay Teachers along with a 20 page teacher resource activity book, containing 19 activity pages for use with the story. The pages look great and cover skills including vocabulary, making inferences, cause and effect, sequencing, and comparing and contrasting. You can also buy just the book from Amazon or Createspace (links below.)

Purchase

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* NOTE: The Kindle version is available for only 99 cents through Amazon. OR, you can receive 15% off the regular price of the print version of Maisy and the Missing Mice by visiting https://www.createspace.com/4368649 in the month of March and entering the code RXJN6DUZ upon checking out.

The Buzz

“Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It’s a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.” ~ The Children’s Book Review

“My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon

“I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries…” ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon

About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

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