Little Pencil Finds His Forever Friends

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My review of Little Pencil Finds His Forever Friends by Christine Calabrese.

Rating: 4 Stars

Review:
This was a great little book for pre-schoolers. The pages were bright and colorful, grabbing my child’s attention. The rhyming schemes were fun and easy to follow. As an added bonus, it teaches small children how to properly hold a pencil for writing. If my daughter, with her short attention span, can sit through a book and show real interest, then I am sold on it.

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Franky the Finicky Flamingo

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My review of Franky the Finicky Flamingo by Wanda Luthman.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:
What a cute book! This is perfect for parents to read to small children. An entertaining rhyming story that even my older children enjoyed. The illustrations were just adorable.
Five stars!

Guest Post by Anita Kovacevic

Today I have the children’s book author, Anita Kovacevic, here to talk about her book Spikes for Hank. Take it away, Anita!

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Having over 20 years experience in teaching and storytelling with children and adults, I know very well that children need to be involved in a story while it is read, and what helps them relax and open their minds and hearts up in that reading niche is having someone they trust ask the right questions at the right time. Sometimes adults who read the stories with children need a little help in that department – some of them don’t realize talking to kids while reading is a good thing, whereas others know it is good, but lack ideas for questions.

Therefore, just like all my children’s books, Spikes for Hank also contains simple illustrations and questions after each chapter to help both children and adults enjoy themselves, using the story as starters of more conversations, developing empathy and strengthening children’s problem solving skills. These questions do not interrupt the flow of text, but follow each chapter, and one does not need to read them to be able to follow the story line.

The book also contains riddles and colouring pages in the final chapters.

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Everyone always talks about the magic that happens when a child reads a book or hears the story. I love it, too.
But you want to know what my favourite moment is?

It is when children finish reading the story and step out of it, bringing the magic with them into the real world. When they finish Alice in Wonderland and realize there is always more than one way of looking at the world. When they read The Little Prince and know the box can contain anything you wish – it is all up to us.

There are so many stories which can empower us all to be better and stronger versions of ourselves. May we all find them and spread that magic to the world.

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From the Foreward:

We are all born with some part of ourselves we don’t especially like. In fact, sometimes we hate it and wish we were different.
But with time, and a little help from our friends and family, we all discover we are as we are for a reason, and each of us is special and unique in our own way.
Sometimes, quite often in fact, what we thought our weakness turns out to be our most prized possession. Would it not be a dull world if we were all the same?

Anita Kovacevic
Children’s Book Author

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Blog – https://anitashaven.wordpress.com/
Amazon universal link – Author.to/AnitaKovacevicAmazon

Book Links:
Spikes for Hank – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y8np4as5  ppb https://tinyurl.com/y86wkq56
Winky’s Colours – ebook https://tinyurl.com/yb5a76wx  ppb https://tinyurl.com/yask4nhy
Mimi Finds Her Magic – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y8tmw9nc ppb https://tinyurl.com/y7a7oe8y
The Good Pirate – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y9dejlha  ppb https://tinyurl.com/y77htxrg
An Athology: A Treasure Chest of Children’s Storieshttps://tinyurl.com/y87oh7bd

The Top Secret Cheese

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My review of The Top Secret Cheese by Mr. Wolf.

Rating: 4 Stars

Review:
A cute story! The evil couple were perfectly horrible villains who eventually get what they deserve. The heroes were likable, though Red Head was weird and amusing in his own way. I enjoyed the illustrations scattered throughout. They really gave the story some character.
Overall, fun read!

Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book

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My review of Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book by J.S. Burke

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:
What a lovely and relaxing coloring book for children and adults alike. Each unique snowflake design is gorgeous. My favorites would have to Dragonfly Dreams and Stag Storms. A creative and beautiful coloring book!

LULU and our First Children’s Anthology

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As many of you know…if you have read the last few blog posts, I have given up on Createspace for Anthologies…in fact for all my books. I will no longer promote them as the business to go to.

I went to LULU who have been brilliant so far.  They pay you via paypal, you can choose your own revenue, make hard back books, ebooks and they give you a store front as well.  I suppose this is like author central in a way, however i find it much better since you can choose your spotlight author heading and we all know marketing sells when it is done correctly. 

Lulu also have an online message system. I love it, especially during my learning time on how to use their site and upload a book. And upload a book I did. 

Our Children’s Anthology ‘A Treasure Chest of Children’s Stories’ is now…

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Guest Post by Wanda Luthman

Today I have the wonderful children’s book author, Wanda Luthman, here to talk about her newest book Franky the Finicky Flamingo. Take it away, Wanda!

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Do you have a picky eater in your family? Are mealtimes a battle?
I can completely relate. My daughter was super picky as a child and when she was about to be school-aged, I wanted to figure out something she could take for lunch. She liked peanut butter, she liked jelly, and she liked bread so I thought, naively, that she would like a PB&J sandwich. Oh my goodness, did we have a standoff?
Sound familiar?
Don’t despair. Determine which battles you want to pick and be patient. Here’s my story…
My newest picture book, Franky the Finicky Flamingo, was inspired not only by my child’s pickiness but my own. I know that’s not a very “grown up” kind of thing to admit but alas I am picky. Most of it is due to texture issues but some of it is actually due to taste. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was a much pickier eater when I was a child. So, I’ve outgrown a lot of it. And if you have a picky eater, I believe they’re going to grow out it as well.

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When I was in Elementary School, I didn’t eat the school lunches so my Mom packed me exactly what I wanted every single day and that was a cold hot dog. Not the healthiest food, but I was happy. Somewhere around Middle School, I started eating school lunches. I know she was relieved.
I can honestly say that vegetables are just not my thing. I found out as an adult that I actually prefer my vegetables raw. Part of that is definitely texture, I don’t like mushy vegetables but the other more surprising thing is taste. I find vegetables in the raw are much tastier than after they have been cooked. I have even been told they are better for you. So, who’s picky now? Am I right? LOL

The other types of food that I really don’t like are citrus fruits. They have those strings in them. I choke on them. Still to this day! And I don’t like orange juice with pulp in it. Other fruits are all good though. What about you—do you have any foods you don’t like?
One time I heard a story about a set of twins that were separated at birth. One Mom said their child was a difficult eater because they wouldn’t eat anything unless she put ketchup on it. The other Mom said her child was the easiest child to feed because she would eat anything as long as she put ketchup on it. Maybe it’s all in perspective.

I just want to challenge you today as you think about your child’s picky eating–what battle do you want to pick?
And just maybe Franky the Finicky Flamingo might help encourage your picky eater to try new foods. You can check it out today at myBook.to/Franky

Wanda Luthman
Award-winning Children’s Author & Freelance Writer

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Books available on Amazon (www.amazon.com/author/wandaluthman) and
Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com)
The Lilac Princess
A Turtle’s Magical Adventure
Little Birdie Grows Up (won 2017 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal)
Gloria and the Unicorn
Franky the Finicky Flamingo
 
Magazines
Merritt Island Now
Swell Life Magazine
FLNow News
Follow me at
Twitter–@wandalu64

Our Turn

My mouth was dry, my hands sweaty
His shoulder brushed against mine
He offered me a nervous smile
As we stood there side by side

The others gone before us
Had been amazing, nearly flawless
But we had practiced hard
If that was any solace

Still, I shook some as I stood
Though it was hardly from nerves
I was ready, anxious to begin
Even if he had his reserves

The second couple left the stage
Smiles across their faces
The third couple swept by us
To quickly take their places

Curious to see their performance
I tried to calm my twitching body
I examined their stance, arms, legs
Their costumes bright and gaudy

We can beat them, I thought
Their performance hardly a thriller
We were next, but time ran slow
The anticipation a killer

Finally, the man swept her up
And carried her off the stage
My partner grabbed my hand in his
He was ready to engage

I breathed a sigh of relief
Said a prayer for luck
Took one step, then a second
As our first chord was struck

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