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Love your Enemies: A review of book Diesel the Body Guard: No Bullies Allowed! by Cindy L. Shirley

Jesus taught us to love our enemies and do good to those who persecute you. Luke 6:27. It is a principle I want to practice and teach my children to practice. I hope I model that for my children and I hope I can point them to other models. The book Diesel the Body Guard: No Bullies Allowed! by Cindy L. Shirley gives me an example.

Delilah and Lilly are bullied and teased by Richard and his brother Jimmy. Diesel, Deliah’s pet rooster, protects them. The boys are humbled and offer their apologies and friendship. Both Delilah and Lily agree to “love their enemies.” Diesel is a little more apprehensive but is won over by a large tasty worm.

This book presents a wonderful opportunity to discuss subjects like bullying and loving those who hurt you. It’s comical and will likely make children laugh but the lessons to be gleaned are very serious. I would recommend this book as a means to teach and discuss these important life lessons.

Author Bio

Cindy L. Shirley grew up in a small town in Cherokee County, Georgia. She is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of one amazing granddaughter. She loves working with children and has tons of hilarious stories to share. “So many heartfelt conversations and silly experiences took place during my time working as an ASP teacher. Kids just want to feel acknowledged and share their day with someone”. It was during her time working with students that Cindy decided to pursue a business in entertaining children. Mrs. Shirley founded “Let’s Pretend Parties” in 2006 and continues to work with children of all ages as a party planner and hostess to this day. She is involved with annual community and family events throughout both Cobb and Cherokee county school systems. These activities, along with personal experiences, are the basis for her upcoming children’s books: “Diesel the Body Guard; No Bullies Allowed!”, “Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float”, “Mom, Where Did You Go?”, and her new series, “The Fabulous Life of Minnie the Sassy Chick”. These stories are based on real characters from Cindy’s family, as well as her childhood experiences. Her creative and fun-filled story lines were written to bring a smile to children’s faces. When asked about becoming a new author, Cindy said “I will consider this new adventure to be a huge success if I can just make children laugh.”

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Teach persistence and problem solving: A review of The Beetle and the Berry by Eve Heidie Bine-Stock

Problem-solving is an important skill to learn. It takes persistence to keep trying. It is a skill I want my children to learn. I don’t want them to give up just because they don’t succeed the first time or the next or the next.

It is helpful to present examples of not quitting to my kids. The Beetle and the Berry by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock gives me such an example. It’s a simple story of a beetle finding a berry and trying to push it home. The berry is very large and gets stuck on a thorn. At first, the Beetle cannot move the berry when it gets stuck no matter how hard he pushes. Eventually, he figures out to push it from the other direction. He doesn’t quit and he solves his problem.

I know my daughter gets frustrated sometimes putting together puzzles. She gets mad and wants to quit especially if a piece comes loose from the puzzle when she tries to add another piece. I think reading a book like The Beetle and the Berry will help her. It gives an example of not quitting. My daughter already imitates fictional characters like Peppa Pig and Daniel Tiger. As a parent, I want good examples for her to follow. This book provides me with one.

I recommend this book to parents of young children. I think it is very valuable to discuss the lessons of problem solving and persistence.

Author Bio

Eve Heidi Bine-Stock is Award-winning children’s book writer. Award-winning self-publisher. Growing up, whenever Eve Heidi Bine-Stock asked her mom what a word meant, the answer was always, “Look it up.” That was the start of Eve’s love of words and books.

For her 13th birthday, Eve’s older brother Neil gave the budding writer a huge dictionary of her own with the inscription, “May your blessings be as numerous as the words in this book.” And they have been.

At age 13, Eve Heidi Bine-Stock began her publishing career by creating a girls’ magazine.

In her 20s, Eve received a Master’s Degree in Library Science (books!) and worked toward a Ph.D. in Visual Literacy (picture books!).

For more information go to

http://www.eveheidiwrites.com/

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Teach Kids Responsibility! The Fabulous Life of Minnie the Sassy Chick: The Egg-Staordinary Egg by Cindy L. Shirley illustrated by Cleoward Sy

As a parent of 2, I want to teach my kids to be responsible. They need to learn to take care of things in their possession. I also want them to help each other and others. I want to be an example to them and show them other examples. One source of examples is the characters in books they read. The fictional characters Carly and Riley in the book The Fabulous Life of Minnie the Sassy Chick: The Egg-Staordinary Egg by Cindy L. Shirley illustrated by Cleoward Sy gives me good examples.
Carly and Riley are sisters. They find an unusual egg while playing in their tree house one day. They decide with their mother’s permission to care for the egg. They have different ways of caring for the egg but successfully care for the egg until it hatches.
Children need good examples of responsibility even if the characters are fictional. Children will want to follow examples they see in books or watch on TV. I’m thankful for good examples. I would recommend this book for parents wanting to teach responsibility to children.

Author Bio:

Cindy L. Shirley grew up in a small town in Cherokee County, Georgia. She is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of one amazing granddaughter. She loves working with children and has tons of hilarious stories to share. “So many heartfelt conversations and silly experiences took place during my time working as an ASP teacher. Kids just want to feel acknowledged and share their day with someone”. It was during her time working with students that Cindy decided to pursue a business in entertaining children. Mrs. Shirley founded “Let’s Pretend Parties” in 2006 and continues to work with children of all ages as a party planner and hostess to this day. She is involved with annual community and family events throughout both Cobb and Cherokee county school systems. These activities, along with personal experiences, are the basis for her upcoming children’s books: “Diesel the Body Guard; No Bullies Allowed!”, “Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float”, “Mom, Where Did You Go?”, and her new series, “The Fabulous Life of Minnie the Sassy Chick”. These stories are based on real characters from Cindy’s family, as well as her childhood experiences. Her creative and fun-filled story lines were written to bring a smile to children’s faces. When asked about becoming a new author, Cindy said “I will consider this new adventure to be a huge success if I can just make children laugh.”

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Lessons for Siblings: A review of Not Again! The Adventures of Breanna and Allyson by Sarah Hays

I have two daughters. One is 3 and the other only 18 months. As young as they are, they are best friends. They do fight often especially over toys, but they both love each other too.

As I read Not Again! The Adventures of Breanna and Allyson by Sarah Hays, I thought of my own children even though Breanna and Allyson are older than my kids. Breanna is the older sister. As the older child, she has more skills and abilities than her younger sister Allyson. Breanna must show lots of patience and understanding when her younger sister creates problems.

I think children with siblings will relate to Breana and Allyson. I also think it is a wonderful opportunity to discuss character lessons. Parents’ could ask about feelings presented in the book and get children to think about their own feelings. Parents’ could ask about helping a younger sibling.
I want to teach my children how to deal with negative emotions such as anger and frustration. I want to teach them patience and to share. I think this book will be a helpful tool to assist me to do that. I would recommend it to parents who have children with siblings.

Author Bio:

Sarah Hays is a teacher residing in the central Texas area. She lives with her husband Rusty and two young daughters: Breanna and Allyson. Her interests include reading mystery novels, writing, and spending time with her family. “Not Again! The Adventures of Breanna and Allyson,” is her first children’s book and she is excited to share it with you!

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https://www.facebook.com/sarahjoannehays

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Teach Young Artist Wannabes How to Draw: A Review of the Caveman Project: teach me father how to draw by Max Shumsky

Do your kids want to draw? Are they a little hesitant because they don’t know how to start? When I was a child, my uncle taught me to draw. He drew simple things like birds, flowers, and rabbits. I’m not an artist, but I still remember how to draw what my uncle taught. I now draw them for my children.
Author and illustrator Max Shumsky has written and illustrated a book that teaches children how to draw much like my uncle taught me. It is titled The Cave Project: Teach me father how to draw. A caveman teaches his son how to draw on the cave wall. He shows how to draw simple things like lines, circles, and squares and then use these shapes to draw a person. Kids who want to draw will love this book. They can use the book as a guide to draw. It may help them overcome fears and anxieties they may have about drawing.
The book is not just an instruction book that is bland. It is filled with illustrations that kids will love and a bit of humor to make them smile. I would recommend this book for a very young inspiring artist.

Author Bio:

Max Shumsky grew up in Russia, went to art school, moved to USA. Got married, got children, they started to read, me too. Started seeing stories in everything around me. I want to show what I see.

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http://www.artcaveproject.jimdo.com

Bus Safety: A Review of Giggly’s Bear’s Fun Trip in the Yellow Bus by Kelly Santana-Banks

As a parent, I want to keep my kids safe. I’m especially concerned when they are away from home and out of my site. I want to do my best to teach them how to be safe, so they will be safe when I’m not around.
I’m thankful for books like Giggly Bear’s Fun Trip in the Yellow Bus by Kelly Santana-Banks. It’s a simple story of a bear riding the bus to the funfair, but it teaches valuable lessons on bus safety. I know my children will be riding the bus for school and other activities. This story gives me a tool to teach them to be safe. It has adorable illustrations by Shelia Marie Alejandro that kids will love. It has a repeating rhyming mantra which will help kids remember to be safe. Kids learn well by repetition.
This is not an exciting story of action and adventure or a story that will make them laugh. It’s a serious lesson presented in a sing-song rhyming style. The pictures and rhymes will help children learn lessons and keep them interested enough. It can be a good tool to teach children about safety not only riding the bus but other modes of transportation.

Author Bio:

Kelly Santana-Banks is a writer of nonfiction and children’s books, and a former early childhood teacher and caregiver.

With more than ten years of experience working with children and a strong background in child development, she is an advocate for education, especially in early childhood.

She writes fun stories to entertain and teach children as well as help parents find simple solutions for their little ones’ lives.

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A lesson in prejudice: A review of The Muffintops Of Muffinville – The Great Cupcake Battle by Eve Newton

Prejudice is a real problem in today’s society. Violent crimes happen every day because of hate toward someone not similar to us. Our children need to be taught how to overcome their prejudices. Our children need to be taught to think when told some stereotype or rumor about an individual rather than blindly accept it.
As parents and adults who influence children, we need to model acceptance of others for our kids. We need to engage them in meaningful discussions about prejudge. A good way to have such meaningful discussions is by reading together books that deal with the subject.
The Muffintops Of Muffinville – The Great Cupcake Battle by Eve Newton is a silly, fun children’s picture but has a very serious lesson on prejudice. A pet cat runs over the fence of Muffinville into another town, Cupcake Land. Rumors and prejudices quickly spread in both towns almost culminating in an all-out war. The sensible Mr. Muffintop stops it with a reminder that “All beings are born free and should be given dignity…”
The book reminded me of Dr. Seuss’ wisdom “that Sneetches are Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.” Books like The Muffintops Of Muffinville – The Great Cupcake Battle and The Sneetches can be great tools to help to teach children about prejudices in a fun way. I would recommend reading books like these with children and to discuss prejudice with them.

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Also available A Tea Party in Muffinville.
Tea Party in Muffinville

Fulfill the Dream and teach kids to look inside not outside (A review of I Am Tan by Michele Rose

How do you want your children to judge themselves and others? To quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Do you want them to judge “by the color of their skin” or “by the content of their character?” I want my kids to judge by what’s inside not what’s outside.
I need to model this for my children as I interact with people of all races and who are different than I am. It will also help to read them stories that present the issue so that we can discuss it. I Am Tan by Michele Rose is a book the discusses race, specifically being of a mixed race. I am white. I married a Filipina woman. We have 2 little girls. My girls are a mixed race. This book will give me a wonderful opportunity to discuss race with them. One of my concerns as a parent is how others will judge my girls since they are mixed. This book will help me to prepare them for what they may encounter and will give the opportunity to discuss how we should view others.
In I Am Tan Christian is a six-year-old boy of mixed race. His dad is black and his mother is white. He tries to figure out his own racial identity. He wonders if he is black, white or mixed. He wonders what label to use to identify himself to others when asked. As he explores, he learns about stereotypes and that there are other mixed children. I especially liked that he encountered a girl who was half Filipino. He learns that he should view others by who they are on the inside not what they appear to be on the outside.
This book offers many points of discussion on race, prejudice, judging others, and stereotypes. I would recommend this book to any parent who wants to teach their child to judge not “by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
There may not be a hotter topic in today’s society than race. With all the riots, shootings and other violence that is happening because of racial tension, we need books like I Am Tan. We need to teach the next generation the lessons present is this book. We are a divided nation not only by race but also by beliefs, by politics, by social economic status, and other differences. We need to teach our children to celebrate differences. We need to teach them to look at other people’s heart. We have the challenge to raise the next generation to fulfill Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that ALL men are created equal… I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Brief Author Bio:

This is my first children’s book. I saw a need for a book discussing race and stereotypes on a child’s level, so I fulfilled the need. I am a photographer and used pictures of my son, to create the drawings in the book. I am currently in school for creative writing and art.

Teach Humility and Respect: A Review of A Tea Party in Muffinville by Eve Newton

What are some core values you want your children to learn? As a parent of 2 daughters, I would like my daughters to learn humility and respect for others. Many problems arise from pride and disrespect. If my children can learn and practice humility and respect, how much better adults they will be.
Most importantly, I must model this for my children if they are to learn. I also believe that reading to them and discussing moral values presented in stories will help to teach them to think and own good values.
Jesus was once at a party and noticed all the guests were trying to sit at the places of honor. He advised people to humble themselves and take the lower seats and then they will be exalted. I was reminded of this incident and advice in Luke 14:7-10 as I read A Tea Party in Muffinville by Eve Newton. Belle wants to have a tea party. She asks the advice of a neighbor who plots to sit at the best place at the party. There is a battle of pride over the best hat at the party. When a humorous mishap occurs, the guests realize how foolish they were. They all get a lesson in humility.
I think this book offers a chance to discuss humility and respect. These values are presented in a humorous way. Children will find the story fun. Adults can use the story to teach values by asking questions such as why does Mosey want to sit by the Mayor? Why does Ophelia wear a high hat and why did Mosey’s hat have a feather?
This is a simple story written in a sing-song style. It is fun and humorous. Children will enjoy it. The real value; however, are the moral lessons that can be taught from the examples of the characters.

Teach Sharing: A review of Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat by Shana Hollowell and illustrated by Jennifer Finch

What is one thing you would like your children to learn to do early in life? As a parent of 2 young girls, a 17-month-old and a 3-year-old, I want them to learn to share. Sometimes they do, but it is usually a toy they don’t want. If we have 2 similar toys and one has a dead battery, my 3-year-old will share the one with the dead battery while she plays with the one that works. More often, they fight over one toy. The 17-month wants whatever her older sister has and the older sister is unwilling to share. If the 3-year old wants something that the 17-month-old has, she just takes it away and the 17-month-old cries. Daddy is trying to teach the 3-year-old to hold out an open hand when she wants something and trying to get her to freely share. When they fight over a toy, Daddy often takes the toy away. Sound familiar?
Reading stories is one of the many tools I use to teach my children values. I believe is discussing the moral lessons and I am happy to read stories to my kids which present good examples of morals. The story, Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat by Shana Hollowell and illustrated by Jennifer Finch, presents examples of sharing. Little Mouse wants a sweet treat and so visits friends asking for a treat. All are willing to share, but Little Mouse doesn’t like what they offer. Eventually, Little Mouse returns home and receives a sweet treat from Mommy that he does like. With each visit, a parent has the opportunity to ask their child, “will the character share?” When the friend does share, a parent can ask follow-up questions like “Why?” or “How does the character feel?”
I have baked cupcakes and cookies with my 3-year-old daughter. She is really excited to help and probably more excited to have the sweet treat. The wonderful thing about baking is that she must wait for the baking to be done before she can eat. It’s a lesson in patience as well as helping. Little Mouse exhausts himself searching for a sweet treat and doesn’t get one until he returns home. Parents can use this example as a lesson in patience. Also, it shows that Mommy understands best of all what her child likes. This offers a chance to teach a child that parents want to do what is best for a child.
The story is very simply written in a sing-song rhyming style. Young ears will appreciate the rhymes and the consistency of the story, but the real value for parents is the opportunity to teach values such as sharing, patience, and a parent’s love.

Author Bio

Shana Hollowell is a public health professional that grew up in Windsor, Virginia. She enjoys writing stories for her 2-year-old and 2-month-old. She lives in Suffolk, Virginia with her husband, 2 babies, 4 cats, 31 koi fish and hundreds of bonsai trees.

For more information visit

http://www.shanahollowell.com

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