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Colors of the Sun & Moon by Talia Aikens-Nunez-spotlight+giveaway

 

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Colors of the Sun and Moon is an English/Spanish STEM book which featuring an inquisitive young girl and her grandmother. The bright illustrations engage children and illuminate the science of the horizon with vibrant colors.

An inquisitive young girl questions her grandmother about the science behind the colors of the sun and moon. With a forward by Spencer Christian. “Colors of the Sun and Moon” is the second book from the new multicultural, multilingual children’s press, SundanceKid Press. The mission of SundanceKid Press is to promote cultural, ethnic/racial and linguistic diversity in children’s literature. Each page includes the English text along with the Spanish translation. A free audio recording is available on the SundanceKid Press website.

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Forward by Spencer Christian

As a young child, I was much like the little girl in this book – intensely curious about the wonders of the natural world – asking questions such as those put forth by young Gabriela, “Why is the sky blue; why are leaves green?” My search for answers took me on a fascinating path of discovery, which eventually led me to become a national TV weather forecaster.
If the child in you – or a child you know – finds the world to be a wondrous place, your path to discovery can be found in the pages of “Colors of the Sun and Moon.” “Colors of the Sun and Moon” is the story of 8-year-old Gabriela and her wise and loving grandmother – a grandmother who has the answers to all of her precious granddaughter’s questions about the world of wonders they see around them. While Abuela’s answers are simple enough for a young child to understand, they are factual and scientifically sound.

I applaud author Talia Aikens-Nuñez for giving her readers a story that is appealing on so many levels: it is educational, entertaining, and family-focused. What a rare combination of elements! As I read “Colors of the Sun and Moon,” images from my own childhood flashed in my mind, and I found myself smiling in amusement and amazement. I feel certain that the young reader and the not-so-young reader in your home will enjoy this book as much as I did.

– Spencer Christian, Weather Anchor for ABC 7/KGO-TV, San Francisco

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taliaAuthor Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children’s books. Talia’s family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. They live on a river in Connecticut with their kids.

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The Charming Life of Izzy Malone by Jenny Lundquist-book blasts + giveaway

the-charming-life-of-izzy-maloneThe Charming Life of Izzy Malone by Jenny Lundquist

Izzy Malone isn’t your typical sixth grader. She wears camouflage combat boots and tie dye skirts; the Big Dipper and Orion are her two best friends; and she’d rather climb trees or shoot hoops than talk about boys and makeup. And after only a month of middle school she’s already set the record for the most trips to the Principal’s office.

The only time Izzy feels at peace is when she’s on the open water, and more than anything else, she wants to become a member of the Dandelion Paddlers, her school’s competitive rowing club. But thanks to those multiple trips to the Principal’s office, Izzy’s parents force her to enroll in Mrs. Whippie’s CharmSchool, a home-study course in manners and etiquette, or they won’t let her race in Dandelion Hollow’s annual pumpkin regatta—where Izzy hopes to prove to the Dandelion Paddlers she is more than qualified to be on their team.

When Mrs. Whippie’s first letter arrives it’s way different from what Izzy was expecting. Tucked inside the letter is a shiny gold bracelet and an envelope charm. Izzy must earn her first charm by writing someone a nice note, and once she does more tasks will be assigned.

Izzy manages to complete some of the tasks—and to her surprise, she actually finds herself enjoying the course. But when one of her attempts at doing something good is misinterpreted, she fears her chances at passing the course—and becoming a Paddler—are slipping away. With some unexpected friends there to support her, can Izzy manage to earn her charms and stay true to herself?

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“Izzy’s frank, vulnerable, sassy first-person narration reveals her surprising journey from a solitary girl talking to the stars to a girl with friends to light her way…This story of an atypical girl, her family, and friends, laced with middle school drama, is indeed a charming one.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A heartwarming coming-of-age journey…Lundquist deftly portrays the pain of being odd girl out, both at school and at home.” –Publisher’s Weekly

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Coco grunted and stuck a pumpkin on her bookcase. “Consider yourself lucky. The only reason you’re not in Principal Chilton’s office right now is because Ms. Harmer decided stealing keys is a bigger offense than climbing trees…And how many more times am I going to have to tell you not to put your feet up on my desk?”
“I don’t know,” I said. “How many more times do you think I’ll get sent to your office?”
“That’s a mystery to me. You’ve only been here a month and I think you already hold the school record. It’s been—What?—two days since I last saw you? When you kicked Tyler Jones in the shin.”
“That was totally not my fault. Tyler called me a weirdo and a waste of space.”
“‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me.’ It’s a saying,” Coco said. “Ever heard of it?”
“You know what? Now that you mention it, I think I have!” I nearly sprained my eyeballs; I was trying so hard not to roll them. Words are a weapon, and rotten kids like Tyler Jones get a free pass when it comes to using them, because the marks they leave are invisible. Why don’t more adults realize that?

 

jenny-lundquistAuthor Jenny Lundquist
Jenny Lundquist was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, where she spent her time unsuccessfully learning how to surf. When she was younger, she wanted to be either a rock star or a published author. After she taped herself singing and listened to it on playback she decided she’d better opt for the writing route. Jenny is the author of Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly as well as the young adult titles The Princess in the Opal Mask and The Opal Crown.

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Little Red Cuttlefish by Henry, Josh and Harrison Herz-review

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Title: Little Red Cuttlefish

Author: Henery, Josh and Harrison Herz

Illustrations by Kate Gotfredson

Pages: 34

Published: September 1st 2016 by Pelican Publishing Company

My review:

Little Red Cuttlefish on the way to her grandmother meets the big and scary tiger shark. The tiger shark is obstinate in his desition to catch the Little Red, but she tries to run away from the shark using all her skilled defenses: camouflaging, squirting the ink and all she knows.
This interesting illustrated book will bring you in the famous story told in a different way and different setting that we used to. This adorable book offers you a new world with rhymes and colorful illustrations.
The authors include the facts about the cuttlefish and the tiger shark, so that is excellent because the little kids get the information about those sea animals.
The illustrations are so delightful and bring life into the story; the kids will have to feel that they are into the deep ocean.
Highly recommend this book for little children, they will love this story and want more.

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Mabel and The Queen of Dreams by Henry Herz

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Title: Mabel and the Queen of Dreams

Author: Henry Herz, Joshua Herz and Harrison Herz, illustartions: Lisa Woods

Genre: Children’s book, fairy tale

Pages: 32( I read digital edition)

Publishing:August 28th 2016 by Schiffer Publishing

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My review:

Mabel doesn’t want to go to sleep. She always comes up with excuses: I’m thirsty, I have to pee, and I’m not tired.  But all she wants is one great story before to go to sleep. Her mother has solution for her avoiding excuses one fun and sweet story, the story about Fae Queen, who goes when children goes to sleep and close their eyes. Fae Queen paints the dreams flying in her tiny chariot.

Mabel and Queen of Dreams is delightful and cute bedtime story. Mabel is charming and adorable character with whom kids could easy related. The illustrations are beautiful and soothing perfectly fit with the story.

The book for ages 0-6 but everyone who likes  fairy tales will like this story about wonderful and gorgeous Fae Queen, who visits when everyone close their eyes to sleep.

I love how Fae Queen is illustrated very sweet and tiny with her tiny chariot and Mabel sweet little girl so charming and playful.

I recommend this book for every mother and kids who enjoy in fairy tales beautifully told.

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating 5/5(amazing book).

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Kung Fu Kitty Laying Down the Law by Lauri Bortz- review

Title:Kung Fu Kitty Laying Down the Law

Author:Lauri Bortz

Genre: Children’s book

Pages:72 (I was read paperback)

Published: Abaton Book Company; 1st edition (March 3, 2015)

Buying links: Amazon

Kung Fu Kitty called Wu Zhua in previous book set the cat nation free from the Monkey Dynasty, who rules in Monkey Kingdom. Now in this book Wu Zhua learn how is to be independent and lives independent life without slavery and oppression. She is new president of the newfound nation Catland, which is situated inside the borders of former Monkey Kingdom, along the Yellow River in ancient China. The citizens of the Catland must follow these rules:

A cat must be loyal to family

And do his best to keep folk free.

A cat may kill spiders, mice and rats

But never, ever other cats

A cat shouldn’t steal, curse or lie

Or poke his neighbor in the eye…

There are other rules too, I choose first of those rules just to illustrate to you how Wu Zhua imagine her world and nation live in peace.

The story is very captivating and very rich with characters and scenes, which I imagine so easily and in the meantime enjoy in them. My imagination was fueled not just with those incredible great described scenes but with black and white illustrations. These illustrations are made by Michael Gentile very well   with black ink on white paper. Here in Kung Fu Kitty the story of Exodus is retold with animal characters and the main character is cat.

I like how Wu Zhua is described and how she manages to lead her cat nation in independency and emancipation. In her character I see real person not an animal. Lately I have plenty of thought which telling me that animal are smarter than people and that they deserve more care and attention from us. They are pure souls who need care as babies. There in the book they are as humans, they are independent and they talk, look after oneself and manage their own kingdom with rules.

I recommend this book to everyone. This is not just a story for children, but this is the captivating story for all ages, about freedom and bravery.

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My rating: 4/5(great book)