A Very Loving Picture Book for Kids

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By Amber Stewart
Illustrated by: Layn Marlow

This is a super cute and enchanting book about a love of mother and child. It is so endearing that it will be a GREAT bedtime story for kids of all ages.

Piper is an active little tiger. He loves to jump and climb all day. He has a lot of energy. Every day, Mommy Tiger is there to encourage him in everything that he does. And mostly he does everything by himself. But when it comes to his bedtime, this is not the case. You see, Piper doesn’t want to sleep alone in his bed. He wants to sleep with his mommy. But her bed is way too big for him. So, what can they do? How does Mommy Tiger solve the problem?

What child won’t be able to relate to this story? Most kids are scared to sleep alone. However, one day they have to learn to do so.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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A GREAT Picture Book for Kids!

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Carin Berger

This is a wonderful picture book for kids about friendship and how important it is in our lives. We all struggle to find lasting friends. However, when we do, our life is enriched forever.

Seasons come and go in this wonderful picture book. But the unlikely friendship between a bunny and a bird continues. What a GREAT message for kids!

I recommend this book as a bedtime story for kids of all ages. I think they will be transported by the messages in the book. The illustrations are also very well done.

Carin Berger is an award-winning designer and illustrator. The Little Yellow Leaf was named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2008 by the New York Times.  She won the Society of Illustrators Founder’s Award in 2006, and Publishers Weekly called her “one to watch.”  She lives with her family in New York City.

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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A GREAT Picture book for Kids 3 to 7

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By Mayra Calvani
Illustrated by: K.C. Snider

This is a wonderful picture book for kids 3 to 7 about Mama Bear’s really bad, mad and sad day.

Little Bear tries to help his Mama bear to cope with her bad day. But she doesn’t notice him and all his gestures because she was too busy. However, when Little Bear gives his mommy a very special dolly, she finally notices him and she appreciates all the love that he tries to give her.

There are quite a few important themes in the story such as the importance of a family’s love at time of need and the necessity for parents to slow down so that they could notice their children’s love for them—especially when they may be having a bad day. It only goes to show, when the going gets tough, people who are loved can conquer anything.

The story is hilarious and has serious overtones too. The illustrations are bold and colourful and they bring the message of the book to life. It is a book that young readers won’t be able to put down. It makes a wonderful bedtime story.

What a GREAT story for kids! Thank you Mayra for such a wonderful book!

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications both in print and online. She lives in Belgium with her husband, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets.
Visit her at http://www.mayrassecretbookcase.com

KC Snider is an honors graduate from the School of Arts in Eugene, Oregon, where she majored in illustration and taught in Oregon colleges for 17 years. Her Western
Fine Art has won prestigious Western Art Awards, like the Snaffle Bit and Pioneer Awards.

In 2007, KC illustrated two children’s books: The Christmas Angel and The Magic Violin. Since then she has illustrated more than 40 books for Guardian Angel Publishing. Her illustrations have won numerous literary awards. KC lives in Redmond, Oregon with her husband. She is inspired by her grandchildren and the natural beauty of the Oregon Cascade Mountains and high desert.
Visit KC at http://www.kcsniderart.com

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Christmas Star Angel: Book Review

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Written and Illustrated by: Marilyn R. Kuzicka

This is a fantasy reality picture book swirled in imagination. It is the perfect combination for children of all ages. This picture book has very important religious themes as well.

So many children look up at the stars at night in amazement and awe. And some children see a lot of different shapes and images in the stars. This picture book will invite kids to look up, way up, at the stars and imagine seeing an angel among the stars. Each star represents a beautiful angel—all we have to do is use our imaginations. And God cares for each star and the angels are in charge of the beaming stars in important ways. But there is one star that outshines all the rest. I wonder which one that will be?

The Christmas story is so mesmerizing. But for the baby Jesus to be viewed through the eyes of a twinkling angel is unique and awesome. It will tweak a child’s imagination and help her to remember the Christmas story even more vividly.

The illustrations are absolutely stunning. The deep colours and bright lights will transport every child into the world of stars and angels as they twinkle, sparkle, flutter and flash.

This is a GREAT picture book just in time for Christmas. Children can sit at the crèche in church or on their coffee table at home and know the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you Marilyn for such a GREAT and inspirational picture book!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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A Sweet Picture Book For Kids of all Ages

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Written by Evelyn Gresham
Illustrated by Kim Sponaugle

This is a wonderful picture book that is as inspiring as it is sweet. It will transport kids into sweet Carabee’s world of adventure. This story will appeal to all readers. Carabee is not only cute, but bright and inquisitive too. Join her and her companion Snowbelle for this adventurous journey. This is the first book in the Carabee Series.

Thank you Evelyn Gresham for a wonderfully adorable children’s book that kids will enjoy and want to read over and over again. I can’t wait to read your next book!

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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An Inspiring Picture Book for Kids Just in Time for Remembrance Day

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By Kathy Stinson

This is a wonderful educational book about our fallen soldiers by a Canadian author. She captures the pain and heartbreak that family members feel when loved ones don’t return because they die in combat.

This book is a stunning tribute to our fallen soldiers and a fictional account of one family’s journey along the Highway of Heroes. Kids tend to have such a difficult time during this time, and this book will show kids how difficult it is. But despite this, it is possible to cope with the love of family around us.

There is also a nonfiction segment in the book which consists of powerful quotations and moving photos describing the story behind one of the greatest expressions of Canadian pride.

The Highway of Heroes is a symbol of Canadian patriotism and shows our gratitude to our fallen men and women in uniform who make the journey from Trenton to Toronto.

This book is just in time for Remembrance Day when we take the time to acknowledge our fallen men and women and who made our country what it is today!

Rating: 5+ Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Book Review of a Wonderful Picture book with a GREAT message

Let’s Volunteer
Kids for Our Planet, People, and Animals
By: Jill Ziereis Houghton
Illustrated by: Chad Thompson

This is a great picture book about the importance of volunteering. It will teach kids the many ways that they can enrich the lives of other individuals in various kinds of need as well.

The book is laid out in a very unique way. For every month of the year, the reader is shown the various ways that they could volunteer and enrich their community. January is about volunteering at an animal shelter. The family spends time with the animals and spreads some love to them. In February, they make valentines and deliver them to a nursing home. All the elderly individuals in the facility smile and this felt so good. In the spring, they plant a garden so that they could give some of them to the homeless shelter later in the year. The family also helped to plant trees. In May, they visit an orphanage. Then in the summer months, they take the time to recycle and pick up trash on the beach. In July, they volunteer at a camp for autistic children, and make lemonade in August to help a charity for children. Then during the latter parts of the year they help at the homeless shelter and serve Thanksgiving dinner.

Through all of these actions, the family was able to help others and feel better for giving back to the community and helping others in need. The illustrator does a splendid job illustrating the book. We can all be more caring, loving and giving to those around us. What a GREAT message for kids!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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