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Review of A Different Pond, by Bao Phi, for MCBD 2019

This is my second year participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) as an author sponsor and my first as a reviewer.  MCBD is on January 25, 2019 this year and I can’t wait! In addition to helping to organize and set up the big MCBD celebration at my son’s school, I get to review a multicultural book – and not any multicultural book, but a Caldecott Honor winning book, A Different Pond, written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui! Thank you, Jennifer Glidden at Capstone Publishing, for sending me this touching, poignant and beautifully written and illustrated tale! 

The story starts out simply enough about a boy going fishing with his father. The early morning outing, the purpose of which is to catch fish for food and not for sport, develops into a bonding experience where the boy learns a little about his father’s childhood in Vietnam and his struggles and sacrifices as an immigrant and a parent.

While the plot is simple – a father and son fishing trip – the story is deeply layered and makes inferences to issues relating to diversity/racism, culture, immigration, war, death and poverty. The underlying story is quite sad and my heart ached for the little boy and his father in a few parts of the book, especially when the father had to explain why they still had to fish for food even though he started working a second job – “Everything in America costs a lot of money.” Only by catching fish would they eat that night. The story, however, does not dwell on these sorrowful and painful issues, but instead emphasizes the importance of family, traditions, hard work and hope, as well as the joys of the family dinner. 

This book is fantastic for all ages. The very little ones will enjoy the story about fishing and the fun family dinner, while older children will notice and understand the inferences made within the story and hopefully empathize with the hardships of struggling immigrant families. This book provides authentic insight into the poor immigrant experience and the perfect introduction to discussing the plight of refugees everywhere.  I hope there will be more books by this amazing author-illustrator team!

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6thyear and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Bookand Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom.Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the followingMedallion Sponsors on board
Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library Guild,TheConsciousKid.org
Super Platinum: Make A Way Media
GOLD:Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press
SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls
BRONZE: Charlesbridge Publishing,Judy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda PaulandBaptiste Paul,Redfin,Author Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s Daughter,TimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,
MCBD 2019 is honored to have the followingAuthor Sponsors on board
Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini
Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm,Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan Bernardo,Milind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing,Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen Girls Publications, LLC

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done Monkey,Barefoot Mommy,Biracial Bookworms,Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read,Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s ClassKid World Citizen,Kristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama Smiles,Miss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi Sen,Spanish Playground

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HEREfor more details.

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Becky Benishek, Author of THE SQUEEZOR IS COMING!

The Squeezor is Coming! is a children’s book written by Becky Benishek and illustrated by Matt Fiss.

What’s a Squeezor?

The Squeezor is a friendly monster who just wants to give hugs, but he looks so scary, other monsters run away from him! How can he get them to look past his appearance and be friends? Then he gets an idea: It isn’t about what he wants, but what the other monsters need.

“With professional writing and exquisite illustrations, a universal truth and message come to life through the graces of a monster.” – Starred review by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite

Monsters overflow in Becky Benishek’s new children’s book about the power of empathy and why it’s so important not to judge on appearances. Your whole family will enjoy the imagery and important lessons underneath it all.

Buy THE SQUEEZOR IS COMING! now:

Directly from the publisher: https://mcp-store.com/store/the-squeezor-is-coming

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JDpmjB

Also comes in dyslexic font! https://mcp-store.com/store/the-squeezor-is-coming-dy

About the Author

Becky Benishek has a B.A. degree in English, and is the author of several children’s books, including Hush, Mouse!, What’s At the End of Your Nose?, and Dr. Guinea Pig George. She loves to create stories that help children believe in themselves, and find the magic in ordinary things. Becky is married with guinea pigs.

Find & follow Becky Benishek:

Website: https://beckybenishek.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beckybenishek

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beckybenishekauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/beckybenishek

Amazon: https://amazon.com/author/beckybenishek

YouTube trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKRReKseRP8

Reviews

Starred review from Readers’ Favorite:

“Far too many kids feel as unlovable as the Squeezor, and this story is for them. Benishek’s droll and humorous story will please everyone in the room and maybe especially those adults who are still kids at heart. Matt Fiss’s brilliantly grotesque illustrations make this book one to linger over and read again and again and again. Literally. It’s that good.” – Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Starred review from Readers’ Favorite:

“This story is highly recommended for young readers, especially for those who find acceptance by others as a challenge.”–Bruce Arrington for Readers’ Favorite

Starred review from Readers’ Favorite:

“With professional writing and exquisite illustrations, a universal truth and message come to life through the graces of a monster. And if monsters can make friends with monsters, what’s not left for which to hope?”-Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite

5 Stars & Top 50 of the Month on Goodreads:

“Oh. My. Gosh. I’m SO in love with this one. . .from cover to cover. . .an absolutely perfect read!”-Miranda Reads, top Goodreads reviewer

“This wonderful story teaches two significant lessons: acceptance of others who are different and self-acceptance.”–Erica Graham, author of the Talking Tales series

“This is not just another story book. It has a strong scholastic element to it . . . This story will turn the readers into givers and social enthusiasts.”– Ashish Kejriwal

“Kids will love the book’s splashy color, monsters aplenty, and gross-out humor. Parents will love the story’s durable lesson: be yourself.”– Terry Vittone

“A delightful book! Read it for the story, read it for the lessons, read it for pictures that have a subtle and humorous attention to detail. Just read it – you’ll smile and be better for it.” –Lesley Rynders

“The characters are so alive that I often find myself wondering what they’re up to right now. Kids will love meeting Graywick (the Apothecaryterror)… Bitey (the scared [yes, scared!] vampire who wears BUNNY SLIPPERS)… Grumpypuss (who looks like a bundle)… and the full cast of marvelous monsters who inhabit Ghastly Gigapolis — and ostracize the big-hearted Squeezor (who through his kindness eventually succeeds in making friends with everyone). This book is SO fun to read and every page is a delight for kids’ imaginations.”-Lemon

Read an excerpt:

The Squeezor is Coming!

By Becky Benishek. Illustrations by Matt Fiss.

© 2018 Becky Benishek

The Squeezor is a monster who loves to give hugs. Great, big, wrap-his-arms-around-you-twice, squeezy hugs.

The trouble is, the Squeezor doesn’t look like he just wants to give you a hug. He looks like he wants to eat you up!

“The Squeezor is coming!” all the other monsters would shout when he came to the nearest town, Ghastly Gigapolis, for supplies.

From behind shop doors and curtains, from roof peaks and from alleyways, from third-floor house windows and through cellar-door slats, monsters furry or feathered, scaly or slimy, big or small, quivered as the Squeezor stumped along the sidewalk on his squat legs and big, squashy feet with three greasy toenails each.

They trembled at the sight of his giant, curved horns and frightfully fanged grin. Even the fur on his big blocky shape looked all wrong—a sickly, saggy mix of lime green, purplish brown, and mustard yellow.

And they were practically petrified at the chillingly sharp claws that glinted at the end of the Squeezor’s wrap-around-you-twice arms!

This made the Squeezor very sad.

“It’s not my fault I look this way,” he said to himself one day as he sat in his lonely house up in Vile Vale. “I don’t want to hurt anybody. How can I get everyone to trust me?”

The Squeezor stayed home all that day to think. He didn’t have to worry about being disturbed because nobody ever came to visit him.

He wandered into his library and leafed aimlessly through 7 Habits of Highly Disgruntled Monsters; then he read, How to Stop Worrying and Start Eating, and he finished up with, I’m Okay, You’re Decaying.

None of them helped, not even the one called, First Things First: 10 Tasks to Sink Your Teeth Through.

He went into his kitchen and half-heartedly stirred up a pot of his favorite, putrid green tomato soup and slowly munched a moldy grilled cheese sandwich.

He didn’t really feel hungry, though, and wasn’t even tempted by the box of Nose Nougats on the counter.

He switched on the television in the living room to look for an advice show. One of the channels was running a marathon of Game of Bones, and he’d watched two and a half episodes before he realized it.

The Squeezor didn’t even like Game of Bones. He switched off the set.

“How can I change anything when I can’t even figure out what to do with myself?” he grumbled as he wandered around his house.

Just then, he stopped short in the hallway, under a portrait of his Great-Grandmother Squeezums, who always seemed to be glaring lovingly at the Squeezor.

“Maybe that’s it!” he said. “Maybe it’s not myself that I have to figure out.”

The Squeezor, excited now, heated up another bowl of putrid green tomato soup, ate half the box of Nose Nougats (the box itself was edible), and didn’t go to bed until he had a plan.

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“With professional writing and exquisite illustrations, a universal truth and message come to life through the graces of a monster.” – Starred review by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite

Monsters overflow with a great message and fun reading for kids AND adults in @beckybenishek’s new book. Get THE SQUEEZOR IS COMING! at https:/bit.ly/SqueezorMCP.

Judy Martialay, Author of Bonjour! Let’s Learn French and Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish

Buckle your seatbelts! Your child 6-10 is about to take off on a trip of adventure, discovery and learning with the Award-Winning Series: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French and Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish. Easy to use, whether or not you know Spanish or French. Your child’s guide is Pete the Pilot. Kids take a pretend flight to Mexico and France. 

Free downloadable audio version at polyglotkidz.com. Download before using book.
https://www.amazon.com/Judy-Martialay/e/B018DGI5CC/

B&N:  https://bit.ly/2BdOFF6

BookBaby: https://bit.ly/2LcHqlF

About the Author

Hi, I’m Judy Martialay. I live in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with my husband. My daughters are grown up. I have a toddler granddaughter.

I have lots of interests; I am a guitar jammer, a painter, gardener, knitter, volunteer, and I love to cook (but have to watch my sugar). I studied Japanese but had to give that up when my Japanese friend with whom I exchanged lessons moved away.

I retired from teaching foreign /world languages, and now I devote time and energy to advocacy for foreign language study for the Public Advocacy Committee of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT). 

Foreign language learning is an uphill battle in the English-speaking countries. I think, though, that more parents are becoming aware of the many benefits of being bilingual, and they want their kids to learn languages.


I wrote the books ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Languages and Bonjour! Let’s Learn French because I want every child to have the opportunity to learn a world language at an early age. This is the best time to start learning a language. Children’s brains are wired for learning languages. They have a better chance for acquiring native pronunciation, and they have ample time to become truly proficient in the language. 

I often hear the comment from teachers of young children:” Children absorb languages like sponges.” My granddaughter hears Spanish every day; she has an au pair girl who speaks to her in Spanish. She understands everything.

I want children and their parents to enjoy the experience of learning languages. It is an adventure into the soul of another world. If your child continues study of a language, he or she will have a skill that will provide life-long benefits.

Website: http://www.polyglotkidz.com

Twitter: Judy Martialay@judyruth10

Facebook link:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJudyMartialay/

Reviews

“Whether you are a parent hoping to broaden your child’s linguistic skills, or a teacher studying other cultures with your class – you will find Bonjour! Let’s Learn French (and it’s companion book, Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish) a painless way to begin your journey.” Amazon Review

“This is one of the most informative, well-written children’s tutorials I’ve ever had the pleasure to review. As a former teacher, I was impressed by how many additional teaching tools Judy Martialay included with the base story. Imagine being provided with a skit, a cute song, and a short art lesson on impressionistic painting – none of which you had to create for yourself to extend the story. Martialay has done teachers everywhere a big favor by including these value-added features.” Amazon Review

“Martialay has a passion for teaching children foreign languages and it comes across in the book. I loved it and plan on buying the French one next. An excellent resource for teachers, parents, educators and even grandparents. A must own!”

Excerpts

¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish

(picture of a bean field on a hot summer day in Mexico, audio provided)

Cri …Cri…Cri say the crickets. They are chirping under the hot sun that is shining down on the bean field. The beans los frijoles are growing in their rows of plants. Nothing is moving.

Look! –¡Miren! Something is moving. It’s jumping! In fact, it’s jumping towards us!

Hola, niñosMe llamo Panchito, the Mexican jumping bean. Look how high I can

jump. ¡Miren!

Panchito jumps around the field. He wants to talk to los frijoles.

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?” says Panchito.

But los frijoles don’t answer. They don’t talk or play. They are not

jumping beans like Panchito. They just stay in one place and grow.

It’s lonely here on the bean field with no friends to play with.

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French

(Picture of a beach on a hot summer day in France. Audio provided)

“Arlette, bring more water!”

Arlette runs to the water’s edge, where the waves roll onto the shore, foamy and bubbly. The sea is a bright blue bleu under the summer sun. It’s a beautiful day at the beach à la plage. There is a boat un bateau in the distance.

Arlette scoops up water with her pail to mix with the sand. Pierre, Arlette and the other children are making a castle un château out of sand le sable. The children pat the sand and water together to form the walls of the castle le château. Marie and Jacques make towers. Pierre has some toy soldiers who will stand guard on the towers, protecting le château de sable

Erica Graham, Author of the TALKING TALES series

Talking Tales-whimsical stories that entertain and teach as each story centers around a core sound in the English language. The series includes Catch that Chinchilla, Puppy’s Bubble, Cricket’s Guitar, The Bright Red Tricycle, and Sam’s Sticky Sucker. What a fun way to help your child’s speech development. 

Description—Catch that Chinchilla

Fletch and Rachael cannot wait to play with their new pet chinchilla. After Fletch’s impatience overcomes him and he opens just a little, the chinchilla escapes! The chinchilla quickly leads Fletch and Rachael in a chase across town. Will Fletch and Rachael catch the chinchilla before their dad returns? This humorous story is a great way for any parent or therapist to target the “ch” sound. There are over 115 examples of “ch” in various word locations to help improve speech development. This book also includes tips for parents who are working with the child’s speech at home. 

https://www.amazon.com/Erica-Graham/e/B01LZHMCCM/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

About the Author

Erica Graham is an award-winning children’s author. Graham graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. As a mother, Graham understands the difficulty parents have finding time to work on speech with their children. In her pursuit to create a fun easy way for therapists, children, and their parents to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, she has written a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language. Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, Graham enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.

website or blog link

www.talkingtalesbooks.com

twitter link

twitter.com/egrahamauthor

Facebook link

facebook.com/ericagrahamauthor

Review excerpts

“Picture books for young children serve several purposes. Most entertain. Some entertain while presenting a moral or lesson. Erica Graham’s “Talking Tales” teach sounds while entertaining with a delightful, humorous story and whimsical illustrations.” Amazon Review

“The atmosphere of the story is one of fun, and I found myself quite unexpectedly smiling throughout the entire story!” -Readers’ Favorite

“The story itself is a fine little idea, a very fine lesson in phonetics and speech therapy that introduces a whole new level of importance to children’s books!” Amazon Review

“First, the teaching part of the story is about the letters “ch” and the sound. As the story is read, you see that duo heavily throughout the story, and it is placed perfectly. The story makes sense and is quite interesting for being a child reader. This story was adorable, and entertaining.” Amazon Review

Valerie Van Ballaer, Author of The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo

Are you ready to delve into a fun and exciting travel adventure? George and Paolo hop on a vespa to explore the wonders of Italy, traveling through Venice, Bologna, Pisa, Florence, Siena, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. From riding a gondola in Venice to having delicious gelato at the Amalfi coast, follow their adventure and learn about the incredible sites in Italy along the way.

If you like Lonely Planet Kids’ City Trails books, then you’ll enjoy The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo. Kids will enjoy learning about Italy’s many wonders. This book is perfect for kids who have traveled to, are planning to travel to, or are simply interested in Italy.

About The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo series: These books are based on the author’s own travel experiences in these countries, with checklists of the top recommended things to do in each city. With so many travel guides and books for adults, from Lonely Planet to Rough Guides, these illustrated travel books are specifically for kids to enjoy learning about these countries in a fun and artistic way.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/639136422/
https://www.vvbdesign.com/product-page/the-travel-adventures-of-george-and-paolo-italy
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About the Author

Valerie is an illustrator & writer who has created a unique kids travel book series called “The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo”. On top of this Valerie is a freelance graphic & web designer @vvbdesign, marathon runner, and traveler, born in Belgium, raised in Thailand. Follow her on Instagram for insights and to stay up to date on her latest books and adventures.

https://www.vvbdesign.com/
https://www.instagram.com/vvbdesign/

Reviews

“When in doubt, travel with kids! And come to Italy… of course. The first thing to pack is this super cute travel guide! My kids loved it. Follow Valerie Van Ballaer and discover how amazing this young lady is!!” – tips4italiantrips.com blog

“The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo, Italy from Valerie Van Ballaer. This is the first book in the series of the adventures of George and Paolo. George the goose, Paolo the puppy are off on a Vespa to adventure through Italy, siteseeing all the tourists spots that everyone loves to see. Can’t wait to see what other adventures they get up too.” – kids.books.we.love blog

“Traveling on a budget? Read a book! Instant transportation to anywhere in the world, anywhere in the *universe* actually! Highlighting today’s self-published feature: The first in a mini travel series “The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo: Italy” by Valerie Van Ballaer @vvbdesign. Ever dreamed of traveling to Italy? Join George and Paolo as they transport you to all the famous sites and best attractions of this vibrant country! Flip through this mini travel guide to spark the adventurer in you! Check out @vvbdesign for more travel adventures!” – Mai Story Book

“How do you keep the kids entertained on your travels? We love a good book and if it’s got a travel theme, even better! I was so happy to receive The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo through Italy, by Valerie Van Ballaer, an ebook is so much easier when we’re on the road and as we’re heading to Italy on our European adventure, this one is perfect. Piper loved learning about places we’re planning to visit and it gave her a few new ideas for where she wanted to go. The book contains checklists for the main two characters, a goose named George and a puppy named Paolo for each city with some informative ideas like “explore the Campo dei Miracoli” in Pisa and fun suggestions like “eat spaghetti Bolognese” in Bologna which really made her giggle. It’s beautifully illustrated and they have other locations such as Thailand and Mexico if you’re planning a trip further afield. There are also hard copies available to order if you prefer.” – Are We There Yet Kids blog

Excerpt

“Venice – George and Paolo’s Travel Checklist: 1. Ride a Gondola 2. Explore Piazza San Marco 3. Buy Venetian Masks 4. See the Ponte dell’ Accademia and Ponte di Rialto. Built on many small islands, canals replace streets and boats replace cars, explore the narrow winding streets of Venice.”

Barbara Ann Mojica, Author of the LITTLE MISS HISTORY series

Want to help your child learn about history? Then follow Little Miss History on her explorations.

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE is her first stop. In her second journey she sails to The STATUE of LIBERTY. Little Miss HISTORY’S third adventure to SEQUOIA National Park finds her skydiving into the park to explore its history. This book recently received honorable mention in the Children’s Literature Independently Published Principal’s Awards (CLIPPA), and runner-up in nature/wildlife category of the 2015 Great Northwest Book Festival. In her fourth adventure, Little Miss HISTORY arrives at FORD’S THEATER in her horse and buggy just in time for the 150th Anniversary to witness an event that changed history. This book won the 2015 IAN Award for Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction Book.

Awards for books in this series include seven B.R.A.G. MEDALLIONS, Eric Hoffer Award, Book Excellence Awards, International Reader’s Favorite Awards, Independent Author Network Awards, Global E Book Award, and CLIPPA Principal’s Award.

https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Ann-Mojica/e/B00B9DOVKC
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Barbara+Ann+Mojica?_requestid=786603

About the Author 

Barbara Ann Mojica is an historian and retired educator living in New York State. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in History. Barbara spent more than 40 years teaching in NYC and holds New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. She also spent several years as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children. Barbara, although retired from teaching, is staying busy: along with her series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Ann-Mojica/e/B00B9DOVKC


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Barbara@littlemisshistory.com

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Review excerpts

“The use of photographs and colorful illustrations by the illustrator enhances the book with visual appeal. Highly recommended.” 

“Charming and informative, Little Miss History doesn’t disappoint, informing young readers about the many great places the United States has to offer for entertainment and learning.”

“I love Barbara’s Little Miss HISTORY books! They visit historical sites and explain the significance of that location in terms kids understand. These books can be used in the classroom as well as for reading at home. Kids love to learn!”

“Because ALL books produced by Barbara Ann Mojica are just wonderful to read, I can’t tell you my favorite. Each time I read one, I believe they all become my favorite.”


Elizabeth Vansyckle, Author of VICTOR THE VEGETARIAN VULTURE

Lessons about loss, transitions, and change from a baby vulture, that teaches how love and friendship can grow even with someone completely different from yourself.

Once upon a time in the east Texas Piney country, there lived a ground squirrel named Pete. With the help of a baby vulture and a wise owl, Pete, busy at his job of gathering nuts, was about to learn new lessons in love and change.

https://www.amazon.com/Victor-Vegetarian-Vulture-Elizabeth-Vansyckle-ebook/dp/B0737VJHWK/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/victor-the-vegetarian-vulture-elizabeth-m-vansyckle/1126808199?ean=9780998675404

 

About the Author

Elizabeth Vansyckle is a retired nurse who was a hospice nurse throughout her forty-year career. Raised in the Salvation Army as a young child, she learned the greatest person you can be is one of service. And, as an United States Army veteran, she found that being a hospice nurse made her the very best possible nurse in any setting. Throughout her career she also was a surgical nurse and feels that the ability to ease a patient’s fears in the few minutes before surgery came from that place in hospice of holding the calm space and giving that sense of quiet and trust.

Award Winning Author, Carole P. Roman!

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children’s books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author’s Monthly. She’s been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. Oh Susannah is her first Early Reader Chapter book series. She lives on Long Island near her children and grandchildren.

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Review excerpts

“The whimsical, pastel art work adds to the light, girlish mom-daughter bonding feels. This would make a great bedtime story read-aloud.” – Rainy Days Mom Days

“excellent addition to your history study, to help your student really get a grasp for what it would be like if they actually lived there during this time period.  Great spring boards for additional study as well.” – A Year of Jubilee Reviews

“Starting kids off with a healthy perspective of other cultures and people is what helps create peace. This book provides that perspective.” – Bruce Arrington for Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)

“It’s a very breezy book, with just a fact or two per page, which will be easy for many kids to absorb. The engaging tone keeps the educational aspects from feeling dry or boring. The book series has a simple but effective premise: it teaches kids the basics of another culture in a way that connects it to their own personal lives…Roman has written another winner…” – Kirkus Review

“Roman draws the reader in from the first page with illustrations that are cheerful and clever.”– Kirkus Review 

“It’s awe-inspiring when a book offers young readers a sense of purpose and encourages them that they too can determine their own destinies with hard work and perseverance.”– The Children’s Book Review

   “She foregoes the often-used technique of rhyming text in favor of a more natural, conversational tone that effectively captures the spirit of a child’s imagination and daily play.”– Foreword Review

Michael Samuels, Author of JUST ASK THE UNIVERSE

Just Ask the Universe: A No-Nonsense Guide to Manifesting your Dreams (Manifesting Your Dreams Collection)

Just Ask the Universe is not a book of New Age gobbledygook filled with empty promises. Angels won’t fly from above and touch you while you’re reading. You will not be asked to practice unusual or tedious rituals. There will be no preaching or sage advice and there will most certainly be no channeling of your inner chakras or dressing like Friar Tuck. Just Ask the Universe is a realistic guide to personal development. By creating a blueprint for self-growth and commanding your subconscious mind, the Universe will manifest all your dreams.

For over two decades, Michael Samuels has studied and methodically tested hundreds of books on self-improvement, spirituality, and the metaphysical. Just Ask the Universe accumulates the wisdom from “thought teachers” like: Wallace Wattles, Anthony Robbins, Rhonda Byrne, Joseph Murphy, Robert Collier, and Napoleon Hill, and compiles it under one unified lesson: if your thoughts are clear and in harmony with your mind and the truth of your surroundings, your life can be filled with all the richness the Universe has to offer. As a culmination from these teachings, Michael will show you how to use simple and fun techniques to create a more desirable future. This approach, coupled with real-life stories, will teach you how to achieve personal power to overcome any barrier.

Regardless of what your present circumstances might be, by following the principles in this book, you will be able to gain power over your destiny. The Universe is listening. All you have to do is just ask.

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About the Author

With a degree in English, a second degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration, Michael Samuels has attracted everything into his life because he followed successful people and their thought processes. He has read and thoroughly tested hundreds of books on spirituality, self-improvement, and the metaphysical. The Universe has helped Michael run a highly successful family-owned business with offices all over the country. He currently lives in New York with his wife, son, and daughter.

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Review excerpts

“Samuels’ approach will have you feeling lighter and happier in no time. His methods empower the reader by offering ample opportunities for personal growth and development, leading one to believe that the future is as Samuels’ himself says, ‘just as you imagined.'” – Creations Magazine

“Samuels seeks here in serviceable if sometimes simplistic prose to share the good news about the universe’s unfailing willingness to give us everything we desire if we can just follow a few simple steps.” – Kirkus Review

Michael Samuels has a gift. He made me comfortable with the whole “Law of Attraction” and made it fit in with my religious beliefs. Samuels had me with the first three pages. I was so engrossed with the material, I didn’t want to think about anything else. A fire was lit. Michael Samuels did the research, took inspiration from all the great thinkers and put the things that work in his book. – Julie Gerber from gerberbabies.blogspot.com/


“Wow!! finally a book that is written in a way I can understand, It makes complete sense, most books I have read on this topic were confusing, this book however was easy for me to put into action. I will be reading this book over & over, not only is this a book it’s a very good tool to have in your collection. note to other buyers – you’d be mad not to buy this book. I absolutely highly recommend it. note to author – thank you so much for writing this book, I truly appreciate it, this book will remain on my kindle for years to come :)” – Vicky from London England

“Written as an instruction manual to manifesting your wildest dreams, Samuels reminds the reader of his/her responsibility in creating the life they long to live, and much of it has to do with making a simple request.” – Creations Magazine

 

Excerpt

The Universe is everywhere, and it’s responsive to you and everything that it encompasses.

Since the Universe is in all and through all, it can hear all too. We don’t have to shout when asking the Universe for something. We are not going to beg or sweet-talk the Universe into doing our bidding. It already is.

How Does the Universe Work? 

You may be asking yourself, How does the Universe give you everything you desire? The answer is not what you think, and it’s quite simple.

It doesn’t matter. 

Michael Okon, Author of MONSTERLAND REANIMATED

After Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos. World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed, and communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world, and alert the government about a traitor-in-chief. During his journey, he discovers a new threat released from the bowels of the defunct theme park. When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob, and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland, who will survive?

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About the Author

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

 

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Review excerpts:

“Though this book works as a stand alone, starting from the beginning of the series will result in a fuller reading experience, especially since Monsterland Reanimated closes on a riveting cliffhanger. A coming-of-age page-turner, Monsterland Reanimated puts a whole new spin on the world of good and evil.” – Reviewed by Anita Lock for Foreword Reviews

   “Monsterland Reanimated (Monsterland Series Volume 2) by Michael Okon is a well-written book that reminded me of a mix of the TV show The Walking Dead and the Jurassic Park movies. The author truly set this book apart from the Jurassic Park movies with how he explored the way the park’s implosion affected the rest of the world and the people in it.” – Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite

   “I had not read the first Monsterland novel, but really it is not necessary to have done so before reading Monsterland Reanimated. Author Michael Okon gives us the backstory very well as events unfold in the new story. I would never have believed a novel about zombies, shape-shifters, and monsters in general would captivate me quite the way this one did and that is a real credit to the author. I found his writing style and dark humour, with some subtle and not so subtle pop culture references, to be immensely enjoyable to read.” – Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite

“Monsterland Reanimated: Monsterland Series Volume 2 by Michael Okon is a gritty and raw horror novel that does the genre justice. Fast-paced, intense and actually giving me goosebumps, Monsterland Reanimated works with elements that may seem to be too much, but the author somehow makes them work brilliantly together. Superbly crafted, Monsterland Reanimated is a nail biter that I just didn’t want to put down.” – Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite    

“Monsterland Reanimated features a riveting plot and an arresting narrative voice that combines with the exciting dialogues to create a reading experience that is perfect for fans of horror. This is an engrossing read with conflict and suspense that will keep readers turning the pages. An electrifying read!” – Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite

“Careful thought and consideration have gone into each character and their own individual history and plot, adding to their depth and believability. There are some great action scenes which only serve to enhance a well-executed and conceived plot. The stakes have been raised and, as a reader, I find myself eagerly awaiting the next book in this imaginative and thrilling series. ” – Reviewed By K.J. Simmill for Readers’ Favorite  

“Monsterland Reanimated is not simply a fast paced action novel, but an experience.  It is as if the reader is immersed into an entirely new world, not simply a story about a monster themed theme park, but rather transported into an alternate reality of a post apocalyptic world.  Okon’s detailed account is authentic, and told in a matter of fact narrative, that makes the reader almost believe this is a true account of events that could possibly happen, given the right circumstances.” – Patricia “Lemon Bee” Dompieri, RN

“If Monsterland was thrilling then Monsterland Reanimated is heart-poundingly thrilling, edge of your seat exciting and a much more action-packed, captivating and harrowing story.” – David Savage, What’s Good To Read  

” … a captivating and thrilling page-turner …” – The Children’s Book Review


“This fast-paced thriller will keep readers in suspense as the action dramatically unfolds. Sure to delight fans of dystopian fiction, science fiction and horror, Monsterland Reanimated is a worthy second installment in the Monsterland series.” – The Children’s Book Review

“A sense of wonder reflected in stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory coupled with the nonstop action of Mad Max and the existential horror of The Walking Dead makes this a delightfully creepy read. Monster aficionados young and old will love this series.” – Reviewed by BlueInk Review, Starred Review

“The characters are a treat to follow. The main protagonists are seniors in high school. In some ways, they are typical teenagers arguing about which monster is more powerful. Still, they are forced to grow up fast. Other young adults would find pieces of themselves in many of the characters.” – Reviewed by Cecilia_L for OnlineBookClub.com

 

Excerpt

Front page of the Copper Valley Sun

President of the US, World Leaders, and Thousands Dead

Many still missing as the world reels from the impact of the Monsterland disaster

Multitudes are still unaccounted for and presumed dead. Escaping werewolves, vampires, and zombies of Dr. Vincent Konrad’s theme parks inexplicably escaped en masse and massacred unwitting park-goers… Massive government shutdowns as the world teeters on the brink of chaos.

The Night After the Monsterland Catastrophe

A bright moon painted the desert’s surface pewter. Here and there, dark spots soiled the landscape like oil spills. Most of the bodies had been taken before the troops were ordered to leave. They carted away the corpses, bulldozing the zombies into mass graves, until radios chirped with urgent orders deploying the soldiers to the bigger threats that erupted in the main cities like a chain of angry volcanos.

Monsterland was extinguished, its carcass left for the vultures to pick, the exhibits silent as a tomb.

The dead president and his equally dead entourage were whisked away on Air Force One, along with the dark-clad special operatives that came and left like the brisk desert wind that now howled through the empty streets.

A gate screamed in the silence, slamming with a reverberating smash. The uneven gait of someone with a physical challenge filled the void. The scrape and plod of his limp echoed against the wall of mountains framing the theme park. His labored breathing huffed as he made his way down the streets.

A door creaked loudly as it was blown by the wind. He stopped, his distorted figure silhouetted in the pale moonlight, his body turning silver. He looked at the broken glass littering the pavement like diamonds, then up to the still, pre-dawn sky. He considered the sun peeking over the jagged horizon in the east, its golden light painting the dips and hollows of the hills. Soon the coming day would chase the darkness away.

Time was the enemy now. He had to move faster, or it would be too late. He picked up his pace, lurching along the winding road. A keening howl ricocheted through the streets, bouncing off the walls. It sounded like a… no, he thought, it couldn’t be. The werewolves were all dead. Destroyed by Vincent Konrad when he made their heads explode.

The old man paused, listening for it again, and was not disappointed when the animal whimpered. He gauged it to be inside the defunct vampire exhibit. He moved toward the entrance. The storefronts had been destroyed. A few body parts lay on the pavement, as if people had discarded them in a rush. He heard the scraping of paws on the street and a shiver went down his crooked spine.