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Review: Stuck in the Doldrums

StuckInDoldrumsPublisher: Createspace
Author: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book, Adventure
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary
When the wind stops blowing, Captain No Beard and his crew, including First Mate Hallie, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog, Mongo the Monkey and Polly the Parrot, are stuck on a desert island. Maroon with nothing to do, they begin to play and enjoy themselves. However, Captain No Beard has other ideas, bossing his crew around and making playtime cheerless for everyone.
Soon, Captain No Beard decides he has had enough and storms off. When his ship is attacked by a giant squid, he realizes he needs his crew more than ever.
Captain No Beard and his crew show young readers that’s it’s important to cooperate and share your belongings. The crew teaches us that if you want to have friends, then you must be a friend too.

Review
Goodness, Mrs. Carole has done it again! I can NOT express how much I love her books! My daughter’s face, to see her smile, as she reads through a book is such a joy to watch.
“Stuck in the Doldrums” is a perfect read and teaches children the importance of sharing, respect and teamwork. Captain No Beard teaches children the value of everyday life, and how to help: sharing, respect, etc. it keeps young ones in-tuned to learning, even when they don’t know it.
The illustrations in the book are amazing, and go well with the story. Of course I will continue to read Carole P. Roman’s books to my children. With that being said, I would recommend this book to you and your family.

About the Author
Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman who has successfully run a family business with her husband for more than 40 years. Her first book, “Captain No Beard: An imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life,” has been named to the Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well as garnered the star of remarkable merit. She currently lives on Long Island near all her children and grandchildren and strives to sees them as much as she can.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review: If You Were Me and Lived In…

Publisher: CreateSpace
Author: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book
Series: If You Were Me and Lived In…
Age: 2+
Review Source: Author

All of the books are available in paperback and are 20-30 pages in length. They are intended for children preschool to age 8, although older children might enjoy them as well.

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Mexico

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If You Were Me and Lived In… Mexico
-A child’s introduction to Cultures Around the World

“If You Were Me and Lived In… Mexico – A Child’s Introduction to World Culture,” is the first entry in this educational series that takes children on journey to our exciting neighbor to the south.. Mexico! Perfect for children from Pre-K to age eight, this little book is a ground breaking new experience in exposing children the joy of culture differences.

France

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“If You Were Me And Lived In… France – A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World” is the second book in a remarkable series about countries all over the globe. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like from a child’s viewpoint, she examines the diversity of the people who make up our planet.

South Korea

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“If You Were Me and Lived in… South Korea – An Introduction to Learning about other Cultures,” is the third entry in this educational series that takes children on journey to Asia, this time landing in.. South Korea! Once again, children can learn how life is like for young people on the other side of the globe. From food to famous landmarks, they will learn that’s it’s easy to find something in common with people in different countries.

Norway

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“If You Were me and Lived in.. Norway -An Introduction to Learning about other Cultures,” another entry in this educational series that takes children on a journey through Norway. Children from Pre-K to the age of eight learn how life is like for other children around the globe.

Kenya

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“If You Were Me and You Lived… Kenya – An Introduction to Learning about other Cultures,” Number five in this exciting series travels to Africa to learn about the thrilling country of Kenya. This extraordinary book “If You Were Me and Lived in…Kenya- A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World” explores life for children on a new continent. The book touches on many familiar topics such as names, money, games,and food as well the sites and sounds that come with living in Africa. Embraced by educators, parents, and children, the series gently and respectfully introduces the subjects of cultures and customs around the world.

Review
Absolutely, always love Carole’s writing! My daughter always feels involved when Carole’s new book hits the mailbox. The information that are within the series are great. I really enjoyed the pronunciation guide, it was very informative.  I have never left the South, so I have learned a lot through the books as well.
If You Were Me and You Lived… series shows exactly the location of each place. My daughter says it is her “vacation” books, haha! (Got to love the mind of a 5 year old). You learn the diversity within each culture: language, food, currency, landmarks, activities, holidays, clothing, etc.
The series of If You Were Me and You Lived.. are well written and the illustrations are playful and colorful. All these books are very educational: an interesting fact or two about the country or it’s capital city, fun, easy read, that not only would you enjoy as a parent, but your child will enjoy teaching others about other cultures!

About the Author
Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband that employs close to five hundred people. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. Roman has two wonderful sons and hit the jackpot in the daughter-in-law department. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.
Her first book, Captain No Beard – An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit. Captain No Beard has developed in a series of 3 more books. Her next project is the book series I Want To Do Yoga Too. She is currently working on a new educational series that explores different cultures from a child’s point of view.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review: Princess and the Peanut

PrincessandpeanutPublisher: Wild Indigo
Author: Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Illustrator: Micah Chambers-Goldberg
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book
Ages: 4+
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary:
Every queen knows that in order to find out if a princess is REAL, one must send the alleged princess to bed on a magnificent pile of mattresses, slip in a pea, and see how she sleeps. But when the royal kitchen is fresh out peas, the queen tries a peanut instead. The princess turns out to be as real as her food allergies. This vibrant and humorous tale inspires, and educates children with allergies, as well as those who live in, and around food sensitive kingdoms. Includes a food allergy guide for adults, and kid-friendly allergy definitions.

My Review:
What a touching book! My daughter, Jade, at the age of 4-years-old had a reaction to tree nuts. We found out in May, 2012 when she went into anaphylaxis within minutes of eating a piece of walnut. We never heard the seriousness of food allergies, sure we have heard of “food allergy”  but I never knew the in and outs of this dangerous disability.
Did you know that there are millions with food allergies, and the number seems to rise daily. No one understands why, and research is still going to figure out how to stop this epidemic.
I absolutely love that Sue got to re-create Princes and the Pea to help bring awareness to food allergies, instead of the pea it is a peanut. When a prince loses hope of finding his perfect princess, a princess appears on his doorstep looking for shelter from the storm.  To test to see if the princess is indeed real, the queen places a peanut between the princess’ tower of mattresses.  But this princess doesn’t have trouble sleeping, instead she awakens to an allergic reaction!
The Princess and the Peanut reflects what children today are dealing with and also supports children, like Jade, who have allergies.  Within the book is a food allergy guide for adults, and kid-friendly allergy definitions.
I absolutely fell in love with the book before I had a chance to read it to my daughter. Yeah, yeah, I know you are not suppose to “fall for the cover” but the illustrations are delightfully phenomenal!

About the Author & Illustrator:
Children’s book author, mother and philanthropist, Sue Ganz-Schmitt, is passionate about helping children, and families globally. She is co-founder of an AIDS orphanage in Haiti, has traveled to China to help medically challenged orphans, and set up a birthing clinic in rural India. Yet, her writing is inspired by local children with diabetes, severe allergies, leukemia. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Marketing) in 1986, and now lives now lives in a rural mountain community in Los Angeles with her two daughters and husband. She produces children’s musical theater, has sung on Broadway in RENT, and contributes to an L.A. area local paper.

Micah Chambers-Goldberg, known for his unique ability to manifest whimsical imagination and fantastical imagery, is a versatile and accomplished artist in Animation, Illustration, Film, and Fine Art.
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Review: The Night Horses

The Night HorsesPublisher: Createspace
Author: Anaka Jones
Genre: Children’s Book: Animals, Picture Book
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary:
The beginning of this story is about the daily life of horses.  It’s everything we’re used to reading about life on a horse farm.  The horses eat, race each other in the fields, have their showers, and eat their dinners.  However, once their human caretakers go in for the night — the disco ball comes out and the party begins. The horses start playing cards with sugar cubes (instead of poker chips), the mares paint each others’ hooves and do each others’ hair, and there’s even a horse comedian that makes, “the ladies laugh so hard they fall off their buckets.”  After a midnight snack and some dancing, the horses call it a night and go to sleep.

My Review:
Oh My Goodness!! Definitely recommend this book to others. Who knew that horses continue “living” after the owners go off to bed. The Night Horses described everything perfectly, and you can tell the author thought every horse out while she was writing this book, it was so creative.  Did you know that horses painted their hooves pink, braiding manes, telling jokes, and etc.? You will just need to read this book to see for yourself!
I absolutely love that my 5-year-old is a beginner reader, and the words was easy for her. The Night Horses is also a great way to bring out her imagination.

About the Author:
Anaka Jones, the 12 year old author of  The Night Horses.  She was born and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan.  She lives with her parents and has two older brothers, a frog, a lizard and two dogs.

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Randy the Raindrop

Randy the RaindropPublisher: CreateSpace
Author:Patty Jean Wiese
Genre: Children’s, Age 4+
Review Source:  Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary: (Amazon)
Randy the Raindrop is about a raindrop character who loves to make friends with boys and girls and see them having fun on a rainy day. Randy enjoys dropping by to make new friends and visiting those he already knows, wherever it may be raining. You never know where in the world he may land–on your front porch, in your backyard or in the park nearby. He loves to see children having a happy day, rain or shine. To Randy the Raindrop, every boy and girl is a special friend. This book is a story rhyme and a song–I’m a little raindrop. You can listen to the song and download free coloring pages and much more!

My Review:
Thank you Patty for letting me have the opportunity to review this book! Randy, the raindrop, is such a fun read! My Daughter loved it, and even when we had bad weather come through, she reminded me that “Randy” was just visiting!
The pictures are wonderful, the story behind the rhyme is great, and I will definitely will keep this book as a must read at bed time!

About the Author:
Patty Jean Wiese has loved to write since she was a child. Her meteorologist husband’s“weather on the brain” has rubbed off on her and inspired her fun weather characters for children. Patty, who enjoys caring for animals, loves the outdoors and gardening, and resides in Portland, Oregon, with their dog Buster.

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Review: Starring Jules #1: Starring Jules (As Herself)

Starring JulesPublisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Beth Ain
Genre: Children/Realistic Fiction/Grades 3 – 5
Series: Starring Jules
Review Source:  NetGalley/Scholastic

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary: (Goodreads)
Lights! Camera! Action! A hilarious chapter book debut from a fabulous new talent!
Things to Know About Me by Jules Bloom
1. I am a scrambled-eggs-and-chocolate-milk type person.
2. I have an audition for a TV commercial (which would be great if I were a tall-icy-drink type person.)
3. I am in between best friends right now.
4. I am worried that the audition will be a disaster. (See #1 and #3!)
Jules doesn’t want to ruin THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, and she’s willing to turn to anyone for help–even her know-it-all ex-best friend! If only that lovely new girl in class would turn out to be the new best friend of her dreams, maybe, just maybe, Jules will be ready for her close-up…

My Review:
This is such a cute read. It reminds me a lot of my daughter, and I know she will enjoy this series, not only now but later. I love the fact that Jules keeps lists, as even being an adult I keep lists too. I thought this was normal? No?
Starring Jules reminds me of Junie B with a mix of Fancy Nancy. I absolutely adore it.
I loved it when Beth wrote out how the new student sounds with her accent, brilliant! I can not wait for the rest of this series, I mean, who could totally pass up on a sparking, dancy, imagination little girl? Jules even learns words like: pizzazz, snazzy, and improvise. I love adding vocabulary to my daughter’s world, and with this book it is easily done!

About the Author:
A Pennsylvania girl at heart, Beth Ain fell in love with life in New York City, and she loves trying to capture the essence of family life there. Thankfully, she now has the benefits of both city and small-town life, having settled in Port Washington, New York, where she lives very happily with her husband and their two kids.

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Review: Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience

Pepper ParrotPublisher: CreateSpace
Age: 2+
Author: Carole Roman

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life by Carole Roman has decided to continue her series with Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience. This time, new crew member, Pepper Parrot is having a hard time keeping up with the drills. Captain No Beard and his mates join together to help Pepper achieve her goals with patience and tolerance.

The main characters from the first outing: Alexander, Captain No Beard, his cousin Hallie, his first mate, and the stuffed animals Mongo the monkey, Linus the lion and Fribbet the frog, who quite amazingly become animated crew members once Alexander’s bed is transformed in a prate ship, The Flying Dragon.

We loved reading about Captain No Beard again! My daughter yelled “Yay Yay Yay” through the hallway when we was getting ready for a bed time read! Even when Pepper Parrot gets confused on which side of the desk to go, my daughter was smiling and saying, “nooo this way!” It is always a  great thing to know which is right/left and I loved Carole’s approach to this! Again, another awesome book!

About the Author:
Award-winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman who has successfully run a family business with her husband for more than 40 years. Her first book, “Captain No Beard: An imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life,” has been named to the Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well as garnered the star of remarkable merit. She currently lives on Long Island near all her children and grandchildren and strives to sees them as much as she can.

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Review: With All My Heart

withallmyheartPublisher: Tiger Tales
Age: 2+
Author: Brian Rock

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

With All My Heart:
Momma, who do you love best? This is what Momma Bear two cubs want to know. Momma’s thoughtful answer will both reassure and delight young readers. This book provides a wonderful way for parents to remind their own little ones how much they are loved.

This book is very sweet, and the illustration is colorful and delightful. I love that it was in Hardback too! It will be around for awhile, especially with kids. It will definitely be read again, and again, especially since we have another bundle of joy arriving soon. I like how Momma Bear explained what she loved about both of the cubs, including how they are a part of her.

I can see being a perfect bedtime read, but also enjoyed in a classroom. I would Highly Recommend this book!

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