I am sharing reviews to some of my favorite reads that you might be interested in. I am NOT compensated for these reviews. If I receive a free e-book for a review I will disclose that in my review. This are my own thoughts and views.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Review: Moby-Dick: A Babylit(r) Storybook

Moby-Dick: A Babylit(r) Storybook Moby-Dick: A Babylit(r) Storybook by Mandy Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With this book I finally finished reading Moby-Dick or, The Whale Moby Dick. What it doesn't count?!?! I was trying to read the original book, but I got halfway and they had just gotten on the ship and getting ready to set sail. I quite reading it.

This is a very abridged, picture book, perfect for preschoolers. The pages are thinner than most board books, which works for the story. 28 pages of colorful, wonderfully done illustration. It has a nice mix of full page illustrations and smaller pictures. Annabel Tempest has done a great job with her artwork for this storybook.

Mandy Archer has done a fantastic job in summering the original story for younger readers. Staying true to the main points of the story yet, retelling the whole story in just 28 pages. Capturing the emotions of the characters, I am very impressed. She has even included a few speech bubbles. My 10 year old even read the book and was enthralled by the story.

I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaways.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Review: A Year Down Yonder

A Year Down Yonder A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio book version of this book . It takes place during the Great Depression I found the story very amusing. Mary Alice has been sent by her parents to live with her Grandma Dowdel. Grandma Dowdel is a lady who sticks with her ideals and will do anything to keep her home safe and help her neighbors. Even if done in a way that makes you laugh out loud.
I loved this book and found it very amusing. My oldest read it also, he liked it but didn't find it as funny as I did.

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Review: American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the Good Reads giveaways.
Takes place during the American eclipse of the summer of 1878. The book follows three scientists, each trying to prove to the world three different ideas. Maria Mitchell is an astronomer trying to break into a predominantly male career.
Thomas Edison has told the Nation that he has invented a device that can prove that heat can be measured from the sun's corona during a total eclipse. Unfortunately, it was all talk at the time and he finds himself working non stop to get it manufactured before it is needed by astronomers.
James Craig Watson is trying to prove that their is a planet closer to the Sun than Mercury. (The only way to see it is during the totally eclipse.)

I found American Eclipse a fascinating read. Well written and very informative. Mentally of the American people and history of the time. I learned more about the place and the trying to prove dominance in the scientific world that America was trying to prove itself to be.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Review: Waterfall

Waterfall Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love the cover. It is what brought me in to listen to this book in the first place.
17 year old Gabrielle and her younger sister find themselves in an tomb, touch hand prints on the wall, whisked to medieval Italy. There they are separated each being found by rivaling families. With unrest in the air, they help fight, show how modern girls act.... fall in love. It is a silly story, bur I loved it none the less. Can't wait to listen to the next in the series.
I am guessing the the titles are metaphorical in nature. Since there was no mention of a waterfall at all in the book.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is definitely a book you want your children listening to if you have an audio recording. There are some harsher language and difficult adult content issues.

Three women are brought together through school and become entangled in a murder mystery., at a school function.
Big Little Lies deals with domestic violence, and other reverse sexual natures, in a relationship and out. The fronts and lies especially wives tell themselves about what is going on. (I know full well that men can also be victims also).
There is a big issue of bulling with the children. I think some people go over board with bullying in children. Some is just kids being kids and learning to get along with others with others are true bullies. Parents can also be more nasty than children.

At times this was a very hard book to get through with the content being addressed, but it was good non-the-less. Loved the narrators accent and it gave a more reliable reading.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: Don't Dangle Your Participle

Don't Dangle Your Participle Don't Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my first encounter with Vanita Oelschlager and I am very pleased to have this opportunity to experience her writing and drawings.

I would recommend this picture book for 9 yr old- who ever is having difficulty grasping the concept of verbs vs participles.
The book starts out with explaining what a verb and participle are. The pages that follow give examples of dangling participles, then, on the flip side, the correct way to write the sentence. Some of the sentences get pretty funny. I would use this with my children by seeing is they could correct the sentence before flipping the page.

The pictures are very nicely done. The pictures are very humorous when drawn with the dangling participle.

Thank you NetGalley.com for the chance to read this book for free.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The 39-Story TreehouseThe 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A super fast, funny read. I read it in about and hour 1/2, and I am a slow reader.
I started reading it to my children, since I thought they might like it. My 9 yr old took it and finished it themselves before going to sleep. They told me how awesome, and funny the book was, and "I have to read it mom."
It is a funny book, I laughed almost all the way through.
Andy and Terry are two friends living in a tree house and have made some really cool areas; baby dino petting zoo, netless trampoline, rollercoaster so scary dead people won't ride on it, and the chocolate waterfall (our family favorite).
Terry invents and Once-Upon-A-time machine, it will write their book. the machine kicks them out of the tree house, and the boys have to find a way to stop it. Let the adventure begin.
This is the first book I have read by these authors and will definantly look for the books that came before and the upcoming ones.
I have found a new favorite author.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools

Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools by Glenn Beck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One thing I LOVE about Glenn Beck... He can elicit emotions and feeling about any subject matter. Wither you agree with him or not, you can't be a fence sitter when listening to him or reading his books. I think that is why I do like reading his books. Don't have to agree, but i do have to come to my own opinion.
I have always be against Common Core... and there is no way anyone would get me to put my children in the local public schools, but this has nothing to do with Common Core, and more about teachers, admin, and district standing.
Didn't know their was so many government/ private agendas levels involved in the placement of Common Core in the education system. Still I thought Glenn Beck would explain more about Common Core and What it is. Instead he totally ratted on BIG government (which I personally think has no business to take over education), and Unions, along with private financial backers.
Failing schools should be closed down regardless of public, charter, or private, if they are not putting our children first.
Parents have every right to educate and raise their children in the way they feel the best for their family. Government has NO busy telling me what to teach or how to raise my children.
If I could home school I would.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Can I Really Know Jesus?: 101 Questions and Answers about Jesus, Salvation, and Prayer

Can I Really Know Jesus?: 101 Questions and Answers about Jesus, Salvation, and Prayer Can I Really Know Jesus?: 101 Questions and Answers about Jesus, Salvation, and Prayer by Carolyn Larsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Do your children, friends or yourself have questions about Jesus and what He has in store for us? This is a great book for children, teens and adults finding Christ and have questions. It's a colorful book, small easy to transport and easy to read. most questions that you'll find are actual questions that children or teens have asked. The answers have been carefully done using scriptural references without bringing any outside, or personal doctrine. I really appreciate that. Being a Christian based question & answer book, it isn't preachy. Ms Larsen answers the question using scripture references and then leaves it fir the spirit to witness to the person's heart.
There all three sections for the book. The first part is questions and answers about Jesus. Some example questions are: Is Jesus mentioned in the Old Testament? What was Jesus's most important teachings? Why was Jesus baptized?
The second part deals of questions about salvation. Some example questions are: Will I be different after I'm saved? What is sanctification?
The third part is questions about prayer. some examples of questions in this part are: Can God hear everyone's prayer at the same time? Could something be blocking my prayers? Is formal language necessary when praying? Is it really possible to pray all the time?

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing free for my honest review.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: The Secret of the Sphinx

The Secret of the Sphinx The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The story is written more for pre-teens and teens, but I found myself drawn in and excited to read each day. It's a fast-paced adventure/mystery book. Jon is a modern-age boy, trying to help the soul of a vizier, from ancient Egypt, find his murderer.
Though the story is "short" 166 pages and fast paced, I felt like I was still able to get to know the characters and be part of the story of myself. The author did a wonderful job in give just enough information and detail, without being burdensome, that you can picture the story in your mind very vividly.
Samuel Bavli is one of my new favorite authors. Can't wait to read more of his works.

I received a copy of this e-book, from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

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