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Book Review : A Different Kind of Safari by Helen C. Hipp!

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Today I am reviewing Children’s picture book titled, A Different Kind of Safari by Helen C. Hipp!. More about the author:

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Helen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book ” A Different Kind of Safari” puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.

For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to www.adifferentkindofsafari.com.

Book Summary

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What do you need to feel happy about being different? Based loosely on real life experiences, this heartwarming and powerful book illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are. Feeling “different and lonely” Raymond befriends a hippo while on Safari in Africa. Unlike other grey hippos, this hippo is pink. Ray is soon carried into a world beyond labels and challenging assumptions. You will never guess what happens next!

My Review

The book cover is interesting. The story begins with Ray sitting under a tree in Africa, while on a safari with his family, looking over at the animals. He then spots a Pink hippo who stands away from other hippos that are grey. Ray instantly relates to the loneliness in the Hippo and to his surprise the hippo, named Rosie, starts talking to him!

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Ray asks him how he deals with the fact that he is different from the other hippos. Surprisingly, Rosie is comfortable being different and she tells him how she finally came to terms with that fact. Along the way, comes along a crocodile, who is named TLC which stands for Tender Loving Crocodile!. He is old and wise and he tells a story which makes Ray understand that even if you are different from others, you can accept it, move on and be fearless. This changes his point of view of life itself and he feels immensely happy.

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This story has a powerful message that youngsters could find inspiring!. It helps you embrace your true self. At the end of the story, I felt emotional for some reason.. The story gives you hope. Kudos to the author who was able to convey such a strong message through a short story that is only about 30 pages!. I love the illustrations in it. They are simple sketches and it’s simplicity is alluring.

I give this book 5 out of 5 which by Goodreads standards mean ‘it was amazing’!

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Giveaway and Book Blast: Apple Pie For You and I by Denise Mistich!

You can purchase an electronic copy of this book for only $1.00 from Amazon until December 31, 2014 (details below).

 

Apple Pie for You and I by Denise Mistich

About the Book

Title: Apple Pie for You and I | Author: Denise Mistich | Illustrator: Daniel Bulleri | Publication Date: November 13, 2013 | Publisher: Apple Pie Books | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Book Description: Apple Pie for You and I is one fantastically colorful and happy little children’s book! Kids love to count the pieces of the pie as these hilarious critters gobble them down. They also get a little lesson in grammar and find out what happens when they eat too many slices!

Message from the Author: This project was a lot of fun and I know your children are going to love it. I simply wrote a poem about raccoons eating an apple pie. Illustrator Daniel Bulleri brought the story to life. Grab a copy and enjoy it with your little ones. The book is available as a Kindle e-book and the paperback is coming soon!

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About the Author: Denise Mistich

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Author Denise Davidson Mistich, co-founder of Apple Pie Books, writes poems and stories that inspire children to think. She is also a minister and host of The Healing Room, Christian Radio for the Whole Woman.

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About the Illustrator: Daniel Bulleri

The Illustrator, Daniel Bulleri, is a graphic designer and graduate of Chico State University. Other published work includes Your Magical Laugh, written, illustrated and published for the most important people in his life…his own children.

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Giveaway and Book Blast: A Moat is Not a Goat by Elsa Takaoka!

A Moat is Not a Goat by Elsa Takaoka

About the Book

Title: A Moat is Not a Goat: Poems for Clever Little Girls * Author: Elsa Takaoka * Illustrator: Fanny Liem * Publication Date: November 27, 2014 * Publisher: Independent * Pages: 32 * Recommended Age: 4 to 8

Summary (Amazon): This is a collection on 16 beautifully illustrated poems about sweet and charming everyday experiences, especially written for little girls. This book will teach, inspire and empower little precocious lassies, opening their hearts and minds to the delightful world of imagination.

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The Buzz About the Book

“A Moat is not a Goat – Poems for Clever Little Girls” follows Elsa’s interesting writing style of letting the reader have loads of fun, solving fiendish clues and reading aloud rhymes that trip off the tongue with ease.” ~ Read it Daddy!

“Each story is told as a poem and takes the reader on a magical journey through a pony car wash, a snow scene, and a strange world deep under the ocean. There’s a visit to the home of the five sisters, a chance to meet a pink-gowned female pirate, and find out how Miss Wafer saves her pie and tea from a snake. Learn about happiness and making up after a squabble, and how losing a tooth isn’t a disaster. What happens when you snip a lock of hair, and how a day in bed with a cold isn’t all it was planned to be.” ~ Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers’ Favorite

“Cute rhyming book with beautiful illustrations. I recommend it for bedtime stories. Definitely worth it.” ~ 5 Star Review, celestial, Amazon

“This book is full of clever poems that little girls will love. Everything from dreaming about becoming a pirate or a princess to fighting with your siblings is in here. Little girls will be able to relate to every page. The illustrations by Fanny Liem are SUPER adorable to boot!” ~ 5 Star Review, Teddy O., Amazon

“I am a preschool teacher and I am always looking for books that will amaze and excite my students. I think they will love this book.” ~ 5 Star Review, Darla W., Amazon

Message From The Author: Elsa Takaoka

Elsa Takaoka, AuthorOn the first day of National Poetry Month in April of 2014, I set the goal of writing a poem a day. My little girls and I would sit at the kitchen table – my five year-old doodled and my one year-old scribbled while Mommy wrote. As I struggled to find inspiration, I would occasionally glance at my eldest girl, who has been a doodling machine since the age of two and will often draw pictures for hours. Her doodles contained many of her favorite things: twins and mermaids, princesses and pets. But on closer inspection, they also contained stories of brave and bold little girls -girls with real feelings who fought, made-up, cried and got angry. These girls sailed ships, fought beasts and were pirates. These girls were tender and caring, who doodled and read. Her art contained REAL little girls- imaginative, clever and able to do anything they set their minds to. My hope is that I was able to crawl into the mind of a child and bottle up even a bit of the innocent yet powerful confidence of clever little girls everywhere.

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About the Illustrator: Fanny Liem

Fanny LiemFanny Liem is a freelance artist from Jakarta, Indonesia who became captivated with art at a very young age. She credits her talented father for passing on the love of artistic creation. Driven by grit and passion, Fanny learned about digital art on her own, redefining her hobby of drawing to budding career in children’s illustrations. Fanny also taps her feet while enjoying American Country music.

For more information, please visit https://www.behance.net/fannywen

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author Elsa Takaoka and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Book Review : Lobo’s Howliday by C. L. Murphy!

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Today I am reviewing Holiday – themed Children’s picture book titled, Lobo’s Howliday by C.L. Murphy. More info on the author:

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While new to the children’s book writing and illustrating scene, C.L. Murphy (Cathy) has been doodling her way through life since she won a school wide poster contest in the third grade. She’s had the pleasure of working as an artist in residence, creating cartoons and painting murals with the children at local elementary schools. She adores the wonder and curiosity of young children.

She feels that creating picture books is something that she was destined to do, after years of filing away so many ideas, while raising her two sons. She is a member of SCBWI.

She lives amongst the wildlife in an enchanted forest in the beautiful Oregon wilderness with her husband and menagerie. She has always appreciated nature and animals have always played a major role in her life. The inspiration for the Lovable Lobo character came from a wolf that she raised for over 14 years.

Book Summary

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It’s almost Christmas and Santa finds himself in quite the predicament due to unintended consequences as a result of trying something new. Lobo, and his raven sidekick, Roxy, travel to the North Pole to help the jolly ole’ one and are guided by the Arctic animals. The colors of the season delight along the way and make for a howling good holiday. Can you howl Ho Ho Ho?.

My Review

The book cover is very Christmassy, though I think there is too much going on, on it. The designer could have kept it simple and pleasing to the eye.  Lobo is a little wolf pup. Roxy the Raven is his friend. One day Lobo receives a special delivery from the North Pole from Santa. He needed Lobo’s help and in the letter, he sounded urgent. Here is a sneak peek:

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So, Lobo rushes with Roxy, to Santa Village. He didn’t know directions but there were several animals on the way to help him like the Arctic mouse who accompanied the letter, the Arctic fox who gives them food and a place to stay and many more. Once, he reaches the village, Santa tells him his problem and Lobo helps to the maximum, thus saving Christmas!.

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I am not going to reveal what exactly he was asked to do. No spoilers here!. What I love the most in this book is that the illustrations are gorgeous and somehow has more quality to it than other picture books I’ve read recently. Also, there is a nice, positive and festive feeling to it.

I give this book 4 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean I ‘really liked it’.

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Source: I was provided a complimentary ebook copy for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

Book Review : Frizzy The S.A.D Elf by Dorothea Jenson!

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Today I am reviewing a Children’s picture book, titled Frizzy the S.A.D Elf by Dorothea Jenson. Let’s get to know the author a bit more.

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Dorothea Jensen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Carleton College, and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. She is the author of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, an award-winning novel for young readers about the American Revolution. Named an International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice Selection soon after publication, it is read in schools throughout the United States. More recently, Riddle earned a first prize in the historical fiction category of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Award, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published an e-book edition in 2014, twenty-five years after its original release.Deedy recently completed A Buss From Lafayette, another historical novel for middle graders. She is now working on a new story, set in seventeenth century Massachusetts, called A Scalp on the Moon. The fifth Izzy Elf story, featuring Bizzy, is also in the works. For more information about Dorothea and her books, please visit http://izzyelves.com/ or  http://www.dorotheajensen.com/

Book Summary

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Santa’s Izzy Elves stories are not your usual picture books – older kids who enjoy playing with words and rhythmical verse will love them, too. One reason for this is that although their stories are told in verse echoing the famous 19th century poem: A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS, Santa’s Izzy Elves are definitely 21st century, with electronics galore!FRIZZY, THE S.A.D. ELF is the fourth of these poetic tales.

In this story, Frizzy, one of Santa’s Izzy Elves, styles the hair of Christmas dollies, but misses them dreadfully when Santa takes them away on Christmas Eve. (She suffers from S.A.D.: Seasonal Affection Distress.) Frizzy decides she needs to change her job so she doesn’t get so attached to the toys she works on. She starts making something completely different but soon finds that her plan isn’t going to work out exactly as she intended!

My Review

The book cover shows Frizzy the elf, sitting with some pictures of her dolls in her hand and her head hung low characteristic of being sad!. It looks apt as the title itself calls Frizzy, a sad elf.

We are introduced to Frizzy in the book, being upset that the dolls that she creates each year are taken away by Santa Claus (or S.C, as he is fondly called by all) to distribute to kids on Christmas. The problem was she was getting way too attached to her creations. She was suffering from S.A.D, which stands for Seasonal Affection Distress!. Finally she decides to try decorating things she thought she wouldn’t get attached to. But she has this need to ‘prettify’ everything and that makes her all the more sad.

What I loved the most about this book is that the entire thing is written in rhymes!. Sometimes you read rhymes and end up thinking how familiar it sounds and how cliche certain rhyming word combinations are. However, in this book, the author keeps it real fresh and it’s a delight reading it. Also, the elves are so high tech!. They upload photos of the toys they make and children have the option to add it to their wishlist. What a novel idea!.

Frizzy’s friends are all nice and supportive. S.C is so laid back and understanding. He solves Frizzy’s S.A.D syndrome and makes her happy. This is a very cute book that will capture the attention of little readers and make them fall in love with the rhymes. Every now and then there are some very beautiful illustrations by talented Shayne Hood, in the book.

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I give this adorable book 5 out of 5 which by Goodreads standards mean ‘it was amazing!’.

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Book Review : Sing Along Construction Song by Louise Lintvelt!

Today, I am reviewing a children’s picture book titled Sing Along Construction Song by Louise Lintvelt. Here is a personal introduction from the author herself!

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I am from South Africa and I live in a city called Pretoria. I am a Chemical Engineer by day and a children’s book writer by night. I am married to a wonderful man and we have a beautiful two year old daughter called Allegra. I love writing stories for my daughter, who is a constant inspiration.When it comes to writing, my daughter is my biggest inspiration. I love seeing her face light up with excitement when we sit down to read a book before bedtime.

My daughter was fascinated by giraffes after we went on a safari trip in late 2012. This planted the seed for my picture book called How Andrew Got His Spots which is a rhyming adaptation of a story I originally wrote in the third grade. My daughter has since grown into a healthy two year old with a passion for aircraft which was the inspiration for writing Goodnight, Sleep tight, What a Wonderful Flight.

Book Summary

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A fun sing-along book for little construction enthusiasts.Visit the construction site early in the morning and join the rough and tough construction vehicles, as they go about their daily work.

My Review

The book cover is really cute and cheerful. The book is about construction vehicles at the construction site, going about their daily work, early in the morning. There is a cheerful energy in the rhyming sentences that is so contagious!. It is super cute and the illustrations by Julie Sneeden, will keep little readers glued to the pages. Each construction vehicle does a different job and the pages highlight it in simple words.

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There is a free song to download from the author’s website. You can play it and then sing along with it while going through the pages. The song is sung to the same tune as the popular nursery rhyme Round the Mulberry Bush. Listening to the song, I couldn’t help but think how adorable it is. I was quite surprised when later in the day, I found myself humming the song while doing some chore!. That’s how catchy the song is!. It’s a lovely book for children between ages 1- 5.

I give this delightful book 5 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean, ‘it was amazing’.

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Book Review : When Violet was Blue by Deb Troehler!

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Today I am reviewing a children’s picture book called When Violet was Blue by Deb Troehler. Let’s get to know the author first :

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Deb Troehler has worn many hats over the years—teacher, fabric artist, author, illustrator, gardener, mother, and grandmother. Although each hat is unique, they are all stitched with a common thread—Deb’s connections to her loved ones and the world around her.

Mrs. Troehler was a special education teacher for 15 years. After leaving the classroom due to a recurrence of cancer, her family moved to West Michigan to spend time with her husband’s family. To help make ends meet, Deb wrote instructional material and stories for several trade magazines such as Doll Crafter, Doll Reader, and Soft Dolls and Animals. Eventually, the magic of West Michigan motivated Deb to put pen to paper and record the stories inspired by her treks up and down the shores of Lake Michigan. When Violet Was Blue is Deb’s third book for children.

Book Summary

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Little Violet has a problem. She knows that she needs the help of others, but simply cannot figure out how her friends can help her solve this problem. With assistance from an unlikely source, Violet and her rainbow friends find a way to brighten the day for everyone.

Told in rhyme, When Violet Was Blue is a bouncy tale that children from 3 to 6-years-old will ask to hear over and over again.

My review

This is such a sweet book, perfect for children aged below 6. The protagonist of this story, named Violet is sad since she is blue in color. Several other colors come around to her to cheer her up. She wants the cloud to move away so that the sun can shine through and her hue will change from blue to violet. However, the cloud is adamant not to move.

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Finally the colors learn a very important lesson. If they stay together and cooperate, they can make things happen!. It’s such a lovely moral for kids, teaching them the importance of team work. This a quick read and one that will leave the children excited, since there are plenty of illustrations to look at. These illustrations, which are also done by the author, are very nice and cute.

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There are some fun activities at the end of the story like maths and fill in the blanks that will help kids remember what they just learned 🙂

I give this book 5 out of 5 which by Goodness standards mean ‘it was amazing’.

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Giveaway and Book Blast: Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathryn Harper!

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the adorable picture book “Have You Seen My Tail?” by Kathryn Harper.

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathryn Harper

About the Book

Title: Have You Seen My Tail? (Katie-Jane, Book #2) | Author & Illustrator: Kathryn Harper | Publication Date: July, 2014 | Publisher: Green Cup Publishing | Pages: 36 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Summary: Anyone who has ever struggled to accept – or longed to experience – change of any kind will be able to relate to Katie-Jane’s second story, “Have You Seen My Tail?” Using rhyming verse, and laugh-out-loud moments, Katie-Jane begins this story feeling bored. She is surprised and shocked as she meets a butterfly, a frog and a snake; who are all struggling to accept the recent big changes in their lives. Different perspectives help all four characters to accept their own situations, and embrace change in the way life offers it to them. “Have You Seen My Tail?” is the second book in the six-part Katie-Jane series, designed to encourage the reader to ‘be the very best version of you.’

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You can also purchase the first book in the Katie-Jane Series, “Am I a Chameleon?” by clicking the book cover below:

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Early Buzz About the Book

“Author Kathryn Harper offers insightful questions and answers at the end of the book explaining how she feels about change. I love how these insightful thoughts give the reader a chance to verbalize their own feelings. Like her other books, the illustrations are beautiful and vivid. Each of the animals has a wonderfully rich texture, color, and personality. The Katie-Jane books continue to not disappoint, I look forward to seeing the next books in the series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Katherine R., Amazon

“Katie-Jane is a very sweet character in “Have You Seen My Tail?” She helps to explain change in a gentle and unsuspecting way. This is the second book in the series for Author, Kathryn Harper. She writes a relatable story that children all over the world can grasp and understand. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Mary Jo P., Amazon

About the Author: Kathryn Harper

Kathryn HarperI have always loved to write, draw and create, but my books are inspired by more than my love for their medium.

As a child I was selective mute. Both my struggles and my breakthroughs are a source of inspiration toward creating Katie-Jane and her stories.

I grew up in the UK, after living in Johannesburg between the ages of two and five. Today I live in Wanaka, New Zealand, with my two gorgeous children and partner, Simon. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to call this place home, where an adventure can begin every time we step outside.

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Kathryn Harper and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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