Monday, April 23, 2012

Children Book Review: Have you listened to the whispers of the Totem?

e are really enjoying April's theme of Mystical and Magical creatures. The Tomten By Astrid Lindgren is a wonderful story introducing us to the Totem providing a magical reminder that someone is always making us safe during the winter nights.

Although, the little Totem might have been disappointed this winter here in NY. It seems winter took a break this year. We had no big snow falls in the lower NY region of Long Island. We figured the TOTEM's journey this year would have been a quick reminder that we were still in winter hahaha!

We will definitely add this to our bookshelf and read every year. A very nice tradition to have with my son. And a nice reminder that we are always safe during the cold dark nights.

I hope you are able to get a copy from your local library or join our SHARE A BOOK program and receive a FREE copy. Let us know if you see those tiny footprints next winter.

Keep turning those pages....
Happy Reading,

Product Description (from Amazon) 

This outstanding book by the author of Pippi Longstocking--and winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award--has been called a "picture book of rare distinction" by the Chicago Tribune. Full color.

About the Author (from Wikipedia)

Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren (née Ericsson) (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈastrɪd ˈlɪŋɡreːn] ( listen)), 14 November 1907 – 28 January 2002) was a Swedishauthor and screenwriter. She is the world's 18th[1] most translated author and has sold roughly 145 million[2] copies worldwide. She is best known for the Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof and the Six Bullerby Children[3] book series

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Children Book Review :: Dragon soccer anyone?

As April continues we are still enchanted by mystical and magical creatures. This week we read Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood By Timothy Knapman. Could you imagine finding a Benjamin? I asked my little guy what would he do if he found a dragon.

"Mama, ROAR" was his sweet response. Then he said he would share his chocolate. Which is cute since he has so much from his Easter Basket.

The illustrations in this book are amazing. The colors vibrant and and the little notes detailing his favorite items is a special treat.

I hope you are able to get a copy from your local library or join our SHARE A BOOK program and receive a FREE copy. Let us know what you would teach your Benjamin?

Keep turning those pages....
Happy Reading,

About the Author

Timothy Knapman has been a freelance writer and playwright for over 10 years, working in theater, musicals and opera. He lives in Surrey, England.

Gwen Millward studied illustration in Edinburgh and now spends all of her time painting and writing stories for children about her favorite subject, beasts.

Product Description (from Amazon)

In this twist on the “boy finds lost pet” tale, a young dragon discovers a Benjamin in Dragonwood. The dragon takes the boy home, to school and the playground. The Benjamin is a fascinating creature. He doesn’t have claws or scales and can’t even fly. When the Benjamin gets homesick, the dragon decides to help him get home. How will the other Benjamins react to finding a dragon in their world?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Children Book Review :: Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child

We enjoyed this books who wouldn't little fairies, tea parties and festivals :)

Mom's or Dad's maybe you can relate to the parents in this story. I did because at some times our daily life does take control of our belief in fairies. And it wasn't until I realized sometimes I am that Dad just checking the emails or messages and saying "yes, yes" without really seeing or listening to what my son was saying.

Annabelle is a beautiful girl and her belief in the fairies and excitement in her new friend was very encouraging. We loved the little family trailer and wanted to taste the wonderful cakes shared at tea time. Too bad we all couldn't go on to the fairy Festival.

Let us know if you do believe in fairies and how much you enjoyed the book. Email us at

Keep your faith in fairies alive!

Happy Reading,


Product Description (from Amazon)

From the creator of MAX—a PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Best Book—comes a whimsical reminder that a family of fairies can be found in the unlikeliest of places, if you have the time to look

Annabelle’s dad has little time for fairies, which he assures her she won’t find in the cement and the weeds of their urban backyard. But Annabelle has lots of time, so she keeps looking - even under her baby brother, Sam. And one day she finds what she’s looking for: a thumb-sized fairy child named Jethro Byrd, whose family has made an awkward landing in a tiny ice cream truck among some discarded bottles and cans. What a wonderful chance to invite all the Byrds for tea with Mommy and Daddy! But why, Annabelle wonders - as the fairies fiddle and sing and dance and whistle away among the cake crumbs - are she and Sam the only ones who can see them?

Bob Graham is back, as magical as ever, with a wry tale about the rewards of paying attention - and the marvelous discoveries to be made by seeing the world through the wide-open eyes of a child.

Product Details
Amazon Sales Rank: #1226346 in Books
Published on: 2002-01-01
Binding: Hardcover
30 pages
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