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My Sister’s Books Review #67

The Budding Gardener

By: Mary B. Rein

Children’s Activity Book

 

The Budding Gardener is an activity book dedicated to teaching young children the fascinating world of gardening. Chocked full of fun activities and do-it-yourself projects, kids will soon be wrapped up in the delights of watching seeds grow. Through this book they can learn about container gardening, compost, flowers and food.

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Book Trailer Thursday!

Hi Everyone,

Today’s trailer is brought to us by Children’s Author, A. J. York. The link below is for the Eliza Bluebell trailer. To read my review of her other book, Delilah Dusticle, click here.

 

Eliza Bluebell Book Trailer Link!

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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My Sister’s Books Review #62

Magic Tree House Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osbourne (Age Range: 7-9)

The Magic Tree House is a popular series for elementary school aged children. In this Christmas story Annie and Jack have been mysteriously invited to Camelot to Celebrate Christmas. However, when they get there, Camelot is under a dark, miserable spell. It is up to these Annie and Jack to go on a quest to find imagination and bring back joy to the kingdom. This is a fascinating story with easy to read sentences, ideal for kids who are transitioning into chapter books. There are a few black and white pictures to accompany the fast-paced story. This book will surely spark children’s imaginations.

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This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister’s Books. To learn more about the Magazine and the Bookstore, please visit their sites by clicking on their names.

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My Sister’s Books Review #61

Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera (Age Range: 4-7)

This is a book from the Auntie Claus series. This is the story about young Christopher Kringle who is starting to doubt Christmas. He deliberately acts bad in order to get on the Bad Boys and Girls list to prove it doesn’t exist. However, his actions get him locked out of Christmas and must go on a journey to learn that he must believe in order to see the family’s secret. The majestic pictures are stunning and will be loved by the children while the adults read. This story is sure to be a favorite for the entire family.

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This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister’s Books. To learn more about the Magazine and Bookstore, please visit their websites by clicking on their names.

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My Sister’s Books Review #60

Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney  (Age Range: 0-3)

This board book is perfect for the youngest of readers. Llama Llama Jingle Bells was just released and is the latest in the popular series.  A cute, rhythmic story line accompanies adorable pictures of the Llama family celebrating various Christmas traditions. Plus, the thicker pages of the board book are durable enough to withstand the curiosity of babies.

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This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister’s Books.
To learn more about the Magazine and the Bookstore, please visit their websites by clicking on their names.

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Book Trailer Thursday!

Hi Everyone,

Just in time for Halloween, here’s a special treat.

Jen York is the author of the children’s book character, Delilah Dusticle. (You can read my review of the first book here.) The second book is Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure. Below, you will see the link for the trailer for this book!

http://youtu.be/kBheXFxFpbI

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #58

Meena Mouse’s Perfect Raspberry

By: Trilby Plants

Illustrated by: Deborah Gagnon

1st grade and Younger

 

Meena Mouse has run away from home after eating the raspberry that her Mom was going to use to make a tart. Lost in the forest, Meena runs into the Silver Mouse who helps her find a perfect raspberry, but will Meena be able to find her way home?

Beautifully illustrated, this book pops with vibrant backgrounds. Children everywhere will enjoy the bold, colorful world of Meena Mouse. Written with short, repetitious sentences, this book is a nice choice for parents to read to their kids. As with every good children’s book, there is a moral to be learned from Meena’s adventure.

 

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This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

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Sandy’s Dream

By: Jared Rader. Format: eBook. Read: December 2013.

Sandy and her friends are all talking about what they want to be when they grow up. Sandy mentions that she wants to be a doctor, but one of the boys declares that girls can’t be doctors. Later on, when they visit a sick Grandpa in the hospital, there is a female doctor taking care of him. Sandy starts to question, whether or not her dream can come true.

Sandy’s Dream is a cute, short, picture book. The drawings are beautiful, while sentences are short and easy-to-understand. The ending is very abrupt and leaves some unanswered questions. However, this is great story for young girls to know that they can be anything they wish.

As kid, I dreamed of growing up to be a doctor and a lawyer. (I even had my schedule worked out so that I could divide my time evenly.) What about you, what was your dream job?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Detective Stephy Wephy Holmes in the Missing Cake

By: Josh Rader. Format: eBook. Read: December 2013.

When Stephy learns meatloaf is for dinner, she is not happy. However, her mom reassures her that there will be chocolate cake for dessert, but unfortunately the entire cake is missing! Stephy Wephy Holmes takes on the case and searches the house for clues and the culprit. Will she find the cake in time or will the thief get away with the crime?

This is an adorable picture book for young, aspiring detectives. The drawings are flawless and charming. The story is cute, but difficult to follow due to the fact that pictures are not on the same page as the writing. Stephy Wephy Holmes is determined to find the missing cake, which many children would be too. This book is good for families to enjoy together and to help encourage little ones to read.

I have always loved a good children’s mystery. What about you? Who was your favorite child sleuth?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Delilah Dusticle

By: A.J. York. Format: eBook. Read: December 2013.

Delilah Dusticle has the special ability to remove dust from every crevice in a home. She has worked for the Fenchurch-Whittington house since she was sixteen and despite the rules, she has fallen in love with Charlie Fenchurch-Whittington the third. Unfortunately for Delilah, he returns home from a business trip with a fiancee. Delilah becomes so depressed that her magical ability reverses and everything she touches is covered in dust, even her own hair. Shortly thereafter, Delilah is forced to find a new home and a new job, which is very difficult for a person who covers everything in dust. Will she be able to find happiness and regain her ability to remove dust? Or will she fade away into the shadows forever?

Delilah Dusticle is a very, cute, chapter book for children. The author does a wonderful job of showing the importance of self-worth and how the things you believe about yourself, will begin to take hold. There were several grammatical errors in this book, but overall the chapters are short and easy to read. The moral of the story is definitely one that everyone needs to be reminded of, often. The ending provides closure for the story, while setting it up nicely for a potential sequel. Recommended for the third-fifth grade age range.

I have to say, as an adult, I kind of would like a magic power that would conveniently remove all dust… that or clean all the dishes. Hmm… What magical cleaning ability would you like to have?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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