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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review - Elena of Avalor A Palace Fit for a Princess

Elena of Avalor A Palace Fit for a Princess

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About the Book
With over 100 flaps, readers will discover the enchanted world of Avalor with Elena and her friends--including rooms and treasures in her castle that have never been seen before!



My Take on the Book
This story is about Princess Elena , her family , and her friends. The books takes the reader through the palace rooms. Each page describes the room and there are flip open sections on the pages to reveal other drawings. 

There are over 100 flaps to open. I am sure a young child will enjoy this part of the book very much. The pages are colorful and it will give the reader a full view of the inside of Elena's home. There are many small details to point out and enjoy as the story is read.
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Book Review - Elena of Avalor Elena and the Secret of Avalor

Elena of Avalor Elena and the Secret of Avalor

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About the Book
Princess Elena from the kingdom of Avalor has been magically trapped inside an enchanted amulet, waiting for another princess to set her free. Come along on this magical adventure and meet Disney's newest princess, Elena of Avalor!


My Take on the Book

I believe this story could be the first story to introduce readers to Princess Elena.

There is a selfish woman in Avalar, named Shuriki. She is greedy and trapped Princess Elena in an amulet which Princess Sophia has in her possession. 

Princess Sophia is able to restore the kingdom with assistance from friends of the princess. There is a happy ending to the story and thus the reign of Princess Elena is restored. 

This is a story that included adventure, challenges, and magic. The authors show the courage and perseverance of the characters to do what is right even if they are fearful. 

I found it an interesting story which was fun to read.


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Book Review - Elena of Avalor Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas

Elena of Avalor Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas
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About the Book
Elena decides to host one big Navidad celebration in the park so everyone can celebrate together. But each community is trying to prove that their traditions are the best. Can Elena help her subjects see what the holidays are really about?



My Take on the Book
Here is a new Christmas story to share with your child.It is a story about competition and how competition can get out of hand when there is a lack of cooperation among the competitors.

The reader will see how Princess Elena is wise and able to problem solve and take care of a major challenge during Christmas.

It is a nice story showing people working together , even if they are different in some way, can create a beautiful celebration for everyone.
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Book Review - Nanette's Baguette

Nanette's Baguette
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About the Book
Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette! Is she set? YOU BET!

Mo Willems' hilarious new picture book, Nanette's Baguette, follows our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. But . . . will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret?

Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, the uniquely vibrant laugh-out-loud world of Nanette's Baguette may be Mo's best creation yet. Get set to krack into an irresistible tale you won't soon forget!




My Take on the Book
Mo Willems has written a humorous and enjoyable story about a little frog named Nanette who's mother gives her the responsibility to purchase a baguette at the bakery. This is a new responsibility for this little frog so she takes it very seriously.

The author used delightful rhyming text which is fun to read. The author illustrates the happiness, fear, curiosity , and seriousness in little Nanette's facial expressions. 

You will be surprised to see what occurs after Nanette is walking home with her baguette. However, even though there is a slight problem when Nanette arrives home, her mother shows patience and forgiveness as they return to the bakery once again.
This is a nice story to share with your young child.
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Book Review - Stripes The Tiger

Stripes The Tiger
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About the Book
Stripes is the biggest, strongest, fiercest hunter in the jungle . . . well, actually that's what Stripes would like to be. Stripes is a small tabby cat. Young and rambunctious, he challenges his owner at every turn -- seriously testing his owner's patience. He tears up the couch, he chases the dog, and he wreaks havoc everywhere. Finally, his owner has had enough! He takes Stripes to the zoo to see a real tiger. But both Stripes and his owner are in for a surprise, proving that things are not always as they seem, and most importantly, you should always follow your internal roar (or purr) . . . however loud or soft it may be.



My Take on the Book
Your young child will enjoy this humorous story abut a striped cat who wanted to be a tiger. The cat did everything to appear to become a tiger and finally its owner , who was tired of this charade, took him to the zoo to meet a real tiger. The ending is so cute and so funny. It will make you smile. It is truly a surprise what happens at the end of the story.

Your child will see the determination and courage of the striped cat to follow its dream. One never knows what will happen if you follow your dream.

Benegere Delaporte's illustrations show perfectly how the striped cat tries to become a tiger.



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Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review - Bella's Fall Coat

Bella's Fall Coat

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About the Book
BELLA’S FALL COAT by Lynn Plourde with illustrations by Susan Gal (Disney-Hyperion; On Sale: September 6, 2016) is a loving and whimsical picture book that captures the wonders of fall as it reflects the common childhood desire that everything stay exactly as it is forever. Bella loves the sights and sounds of fall--the crinkle-crackle of fallen leaves, the crunch of crisp, red apples, the honking and flapping of migrating geese. She wants the season to last forever. She also wants her fall coat--the one her Grams made especially for her--to last forever. But the coat is worn-out and too small. . . . With a snip and a whir, Grams makes sure Bella will be warm when the first snowflakes fall. And Bella finds a perfect use for her old favorite coat--on the first snowman of the season.

About the Author
Lynn Plourde (www.lynnplourde.com) has had thirty picture books published, including You're Doing That in the Talent Show?!, You're Wearing That to School?!, Wild Child, and Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud. She considers herself a “teaching author,” because she makes so many visits to schools to teach kids how to become better writers. Lynn lives in Winthrop, Maine, in a house surrounded by woods, and during her favorite season of fall, the trees fill her yard with colorful leaf confetti.

About the Illustrator 
Susan Gal (www.galgirlstudio.com) began her illustration career as a poster and calendar artist in Los Angeles and then became an "in-betweener" (the artist who fills in movements between key frames in animation) for Disney Animation in Florida. Susan now lives in the Bay Area of California, where she happily creates lively, textural, and whimsical illustrations. She has written and illustrated several books for children, including Night Lights, Please Take Me for a Walk, Into the Outdoors, and Day by Day. When not working, Susan enjoys biking, backpacking, and hiking to really high places with her husband and daughter.




My Take on the Book
This was a beautiful book that brings together a wonderful story with a fun plot and memorable characters. On top of this you also get a book that is strewn with colors that simply jump off of the page and illustrations that truly bring you into the fall season. This is a truly wonderful story that you will love to share as a family!


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review - Thea Stilton and the Madagascar Madness

Thea Stilton and the Madagascar Madness
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About the Book
The Thea Sisters are off to Madagascar for Adventure Camp, a wilderness survival competition! The five friends love exploring and learning about the many plants and animals that live there. But then they discover that they're not alone in the nature preserve -- and endangered animals are under threat! Can the mouselets help before it's too late?



My Take on the Book
Another great Thea Stilton story. My daughters love her spunk and drive. They also love her friends that you meet in this book. Thea Stilton is a light-hearted story, but it is one that many age levels would enjoy too.Filled with great images, the words jump off the page in this book and in no time you will find that the book is done. My daughters are always asking for more Geronimo Stilton and by the end of this book they were asking the same! More Geronimo Stilton!


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