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Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay – Susan Hood

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay


I first became aware of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay from an episode of 60 Minutes.  This uplifting and inspirational children’s book shares the story of that very special orchestra which is composed of instruments made from recycled trash.  Ada’s Violin is beautifully written and illustrated.  After reading it, I highly recommend watching one of the videos of the orchestra online. 
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The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society: 10th Anniversary Edition


It is always fun to find a new series that our daughter enjoys.  The Mysterious Benedict Society is an engaging adventure tale featuring intermediate grade students.  Our daughter could not put this one down.  I found her reading it as she tried to brush her teeth! 
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Release date May 2, 2017.

Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life – Betty Singleton Snyder

Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life


Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life is written in a very conversational tone and includes a variety of popular cultural references.  The book provides a good reminder about keeping things in perspective and being able to see the blessings that are all around us through the use of Biblical tie-ins to the text.  This book can be enjoyed by all moms, but I think mother’s of young children will particularly relate and enjoy this one.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity Group, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

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Stepping on Cheerios Betsy Singleton Snyder

Being a mother can be a crazy life, but it’s a gift filled with grace. Read Betsy Singleton Snyder’s comical story in Stepping on Cheerios. Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 27. The winner will be announced June 28 on Betsy’s blog.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Handlebar Marketing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions. 

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Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew – Ursula Brewer

Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew


Nurk is a wonderful adventure story that features a shrew named Nurk who is an unlikely hero.  Courage, friendship, kindness and hope are explored in this thought-provoking tale that will delight intermediate elementary readers as well as their parents. 
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Blogging Vacation

I am taking a blogging vacation this week in order to enjoy the first week of summer vacation with our daughter.  My next new post will be published on June 12th.

Way Back Wednesday ~ Echo – Pam Muñoz Ryan

Echo


Looking for a terrific book for a tween mother/daughter summer book club?  Echo would be a terrific option!  This post was originally published on 11/09/16.

Echo was another favorite for our daughter as she read the nominated books for the Texas Bluebonnet Award.  The book is a bit larger than most nominated works (592 pages), but the length did not dissuade her as a reader.  She truly could not put this one down.  I found her reading it every time she had a chance as well as a number of times she really needed to be doing other things.  Echo is beautifully written and provides a considerable degree of depth and complexity for the reader.  Using three stand alone historical fiction stories that focus on the need to be brave, the author expertly interweaves them together using the musical ability of the children and a harmonica as a special link.  This book lends itself for discussion and would make a great text for a mother/daughter book club. 

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Happy Memorial Day!

Today we take time to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. Best wishes for a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Way Back Wednesday ~ Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden – Edith Pattou

Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden


Looking for a lovely book to give to a beloved teacher at the end of the year?  Mrs. Spitzer’s garden is a winner!  This post was originally published on 01/11/10.

Beautiful pictures coupled with simple text provide a powerful message. Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden highlights the impact and influence teachers have in helping children to grow.  Mrs. Spitzer is a teacher and is given a packet of seeds at the beginning of the year by the principal.  The reader is then able to follow the journey the seeds take with Mrs. Spitzer.  Just like real children in the classroom each seed is different and requires specialized care and attention to blossom.  This book shares an important message in a lovely manner.

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Hello Stars (Faithgirlz/Lena in the Spotlight) – Alena Pitts and Wynter Pitts

Hello Stars (Faithgirlz / Lena in the Spotlight)


Our daughter always enjoys the Faithgirlz books! They are a quick, easy, fun read.  As a parent I love that these books do not include any content of concern, and they encourage behavior that displays kindness to others.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Handlebar Marketing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions. 

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Word of Mouse – James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Word of Mouse


Word of Mouse is a terrific book which features Isaiah the Mouse. Although Isaiah is scared about just about everything after being raised in a laboratory, he is very smart and has a will to succeed. Through a very special friendship with a girl he meets after escaping from the laboratory, Isaiah discovers that he has the power within him to make the world a better place.
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