Category Archives: Picture Book

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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