Monday, April 27, 2015

A To Z Challenge: BOOK NOOK REVIEWS "W"








Title:  Winnie
Author: Sally M Walker
Illustrator: Jonathan D Voss        
Publisher:  Henry Holt & Company
Ages: 7-9

Synopsis:

Who could care for a bear? The remarkable true story of a bear that one day became a household name and the soldier who cared for her.

Why you should read it: 

I originally had another story in mind for my “W” book review but when I came across this one I knew I had to tuck it in my list of books to write about. I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t heard of Winnie the Pooh, but I don’t think everyone knows the Winnie character was based on a real, live bear. Ms. Walker’s book is based on the true story of a bear rescued by a soldier. The soldier, Harry Coleburn, decides to raise the bear and forms a friendship lasting several years before Winnie finds a new home at the London Zoo. 

As a writer of creative fiction, I found the authenticity of this story fascinating as I’m sure readers of all ages will be interested in finding out the history behind the classic stories of Winnie the Pooh.

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Blurb:

Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.




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Saturday, April 25, 2015

A To Z Challenge: BOOK NOOK REVIEWS "V"







Title:  Vikingworld, The Age of  Seafarers and Sagas
Author: Robert McLeod               
Publisher:  Carlton Books
Ages: 9-11

Synopsis:

Can you hear the splashing of oars against the waves and the strange warlike cries of Vikings approaching the shores? It’s time to be cast back in time to the mysterious age of runes, raids, and sagas!

Why you should read it: 

I have a passion for cultural history and a fascination for learning all I can about the lives from the distant past. The artwork of this book captured my immediate attention but it was the well laid out chapters covering the life and times of the mighty Vikings that kept me riveted to each page. Taken from the journals of the author’s grandfather, Tom McLeod, this book invites readers to dig deeper into what it meant to be a Viking as well as what conquered nations had to endure when those longboats sailed into their harbors.

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Blurb:

Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

A To Z Challenge: BOOK NOOK REVIEWS "U"







Title:  Uncle Jed’s Babershop
Author: Margaree King Mitchell
Illustrator: James Ransome         
Publisher:  Alladin Paperbacks
Ages: 9-11

Synopsis:

Everyone has a favorite relative. For Sarah Jean, it’s her Uncle Jed. Every Wednesday night he comes over to her house to give her daddy a haircut and a shave.

What makes Uncle Jed special is his dream of opening his own barbershop one day with shiny sinks, real barber chairs, and outside, a big, tall, red-and-white barber pole. Even when life’s hardships and unexpected family emergencies get in the way, Uncle Jed never loses sight of his dream.

Why you should read it: 

Sometimes it takes an oldie, but a goodie to remind us of what’s important in life and that's our dreams. During a time when the spotlight is on diverse books, it’s nice to discover a strong story spotlighting the love and devotion of an African American family during a time of social unrest. 

Illustrator James Ransome creates realistic portraits of a family struggling through the times right before the Great Depression and author Margaree King Mitchell touches our hearts with a poignant story of one man’s dream fulfilled almost before it was too late.

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Blurb:

Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

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