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The not so Useless Warrior Princess

A Princess convinces her father, the king, that she wants to become a warrior like her brothers and the other boys. There are several kingdoms and the Warrior kingdom is the one that seems to keep the others in check. The Princess isn’t able to learn the magic in training but she doesn’t understand why. 

This book is brief and exciting. While the Princess isn’t doing well as a warrior-in-training and has been teased by many, all hope seems to be lost when the fire king begins taking over the other kingdoms. There is that one sliver of hope with the Soul Eating Sword, but it requires a Warrior kingdom sacrifice. The Princess and her brothers travel far to find this Soul Eating Sword. But will this sacrifice be the answer to defeating the fire king?

Recently I received an email requesting a review for a children’s book, The Useless Warrior Princess by Segilola Salami. I feel like this is a great story for children, but there is just something missing. There is discussion about each kingdom, about the Princess having weaknesses and strengths. But there is no examples of what these are. As much as I thought this story was about overcoming weaknesses and using your strengths, there is nothing about what these might be for the Princess.

There is potential with this story. Provided complimentary for an honest review, Unfortunately, I was unable to open this book on my kindle app, so I was unable to see any colors that may be present on the story. I was able to read it in black and white on my kindle Paperwhite. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review this book.

Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?

Absolutely!! A princess can be whatever she wants to be! There are so many options out there and you may even want to be two or three! 

Don’t let anybody limit your dreams.” -Carole P. Roman, Can a Princess Be a Firefighter, p.30.

What an amazing book for youngsters. This book seems to feature two little girls who may be sisters. As they play dress up, these girls ask what could they be and do they have to give up being a princess?


Indeed this is a great question asked of many children out there as they grow up. What can they be when they grow up? Can they still be their parents little princess?

Can a Princess Be a Firefighter is another amazing children’s book by Carole P. Roman. Colorful illustrations by Mateya Arkova bring the words to life. What a great combination of words and images to engage young readers.

A copy of this book was provided for an honest review. A fantastic story for young readers to guide them to go after their dreams and not let anyone stop them. The same goes for you and me!

God Made You Just Right: Adorably written and beautifully illustrated

As a matter of fact, God DID make you just right! How fitting of a title to a board book full of rhymes and beautiful illustrations!


Each moment in the life of a toddler is significant and absolutely amazing. God Made You Just Right focuses on many of these activities that toddlers go through. The rhymes are super cute and flows so angelically from page to page, one idea to the next. 

The images portrayed are also not short of spectacular! I love how the story shows these children of both genders and many ethnicities through activities both inside and outside. Most importantly, the focus of how something as simple as their fingers or toes is useful in its own special way!

It’s lovely to see a children’s book guiding toddlers to be themselves and not try to be like everyone else. God made each of us differently, but His creation is perfect so we are all perfect in His eyes. That’s all that should really matter!

I would have loved reading this to my son when he was younger! Now he can read it to me! Even adults enjoy being read to! 

God Made You Just Right by Jill Roman Lord and illustrated by Amy Wummer was provided complimentary for an honest review for Worthy Publishing.

Putter and the Red Car took me on a road trip across America

Literally, from the east coast to the west, Putter and the Red Car by Kate K. Lund and illustrated by Ana Maria Velicu took me on a road trip. With a few stops in between, driving across America can be fun and exciting. How do you travel with an Airdale terrier from Boston, Massachusetts to Seattle, Washington?   

Putter is a seven-year old Airdale terrier who went on a road trip with his human family. They stopped at dog-friendly hotels and got to play on playgrounds, which gave him and his human brothers a chance to stretch their legs after long drives. Putter had a few firsts during this road trip from staying at a hotel to riding an elevator, Putter even got to eat a hamburger!

Stopping to visit friends along the way is always fun, too! Putter had a chance to see a friend, Hercules, and they got to play together. Traveling is often more fun when taking advantage of seeing old friends to spice up a much needed stop.

My son and I read this road trip adventure together. We paused to study the maps at the beginning and end of the book. Being from Hawaii, it was immediate that the map did not include the 50th state. Although, there’s no way anyone will every drive here, it sort of makes sense to not be included as it is a book about road trips.

Otherwise, I personally would have stopped at more significant locations as a learning experience for the boys, places like Philadelphia or Yeklowstone. However, traveling with a pet changes everything as not all hotels or stops are pet-friendly.

A highlight for my son was Mount Rushmore as he recently learned about it at school. We also saw a small display of it at a local retailer the day before reading Putter and the Red Car. If only we could go to all these places he learns about at school!

Putter and the Red Car was provided complimentary for an honest review. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to go on a road trip and needs to prepare their family to do it. I recommend it even for children who want to follow a pet on a road adventure. Happy traveling!

Attractive, creative, and engaging

The Adventures of Ellie the Elephant is not your typical fiction story of a talking elephant and her friends. Nope, this series is adventurous, creative, and engaging for children and adults alike! Recently, I received paperback copies of Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever and Ellie Goes Back to School written by Elle and Marci Fair. These two books are only part of The Adventures of Ellie the Elephant series.

 
The amazing pictures of Ellie the elephant and her friend Pudgy the penguin on their adventures of a beach vacation and going to school are creative and fit very well into the storylines. Ellie and Pudgy show their creativity along and show their love for whatever it is they’re doing. 

It is especially enjoyable to see Ellie and Pudgy prepared for the travel to their beach vacation with puzzles and travel games for the trip, sunglasses to wear, and sand toys to use at the beach. In the same manner, Ellie and Pudgy bring their backpacks and lunches when they go back to school. 

What I found most intriguing in these books are the real life adventures anyone can take. In Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever, the storyline takes the readers to a bookstore, one that sells this very series! And in Ellie Goes Back to School, we spend some time at a “Buddy Bench” that is a bully-free zone. Buddy benches are being donated across Atlanta, Georgia and will soon spread further!

When I read these books to my son, he loved pointing out the pictures and how Dllie and Pudgy dressed their parts on each page, even when it came to riding a bike and eating lunches. He got fully engaged in the storylines and wished his friends went on such fun adventures, too! And to see at the end of each book is an opportunity to share an adventure with your friend on social media! What a great way for children to share their own adventures!

Like mentioned in the beginning, I received these paperbacks complimentary. I received them for an honest review. I highly recommend this book series to anyone willing to go on an adventure with an elephant and her penguin friend!

Once Upon a Time…a House enjoyed its company

There’s a house sitting alone. It misses its previous occupants and doesn’t quite enjoy the quiet. The house missed the colorful flowers and goldfish in the pond among other things that were going on. Now it’s silent and still, making the house full of sadness. Then one day, a visitor came by. Who could it be? What do they want?

  
This house slowly gets new visitors, beginning with a spider and eventually many creatures are living amongst each other in harmony. Inside the house as well as outside the house there were creatures doing their own things. Eventually the house was happy again with all these critters filling it with life. Even the flowers began blooming again and other vegetation. 

Until one day, a man and his dog arrived. This man did not like many of the critters and chased them away, killing the vegetation and flowers in the process. While the critters the man didn’t like left the house, so did the ones he wanted to stay. The man was sad that he had no food to eat because all the critters left, so he sent his dog to look for certain critters. 

Will the dog be able to round up all the critters that were chased away from the place they all lived in harmony? Will the critters trust the dog or the man to return to the house? 

This is a story my son loved hearing. Although he did comment that he wished there were more pictures, he enjoyed the story. It started off so peaceful and fun to know all these creatures and critters could live in harmony. And all it took was one person to ruin the whole thing. My son was sad that the critters were chased away from their peaceful house. 

A complimentary electronic copy of Once Upon a Time… a House by Dulce Rodrigues was provided for an honest review. Although it is a little too difficult a read for my first grader, he definitely found it entertaining! I recommend this fantastic book to be read to children and adults alike.

Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow

So many of us live life looking for our purpose. We read books to help us find what is our purpose in this life we are living? Even as adults, we struggle with this. If we struggle with this as adults, do children encounter similar questions? What is their purpose at their young age?


Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow by Shelby Herman touches on finding that purpose in simple terms that children can understand. Shimmer has no idea what her purpose is and it’s causing her glow to fade. She leaves the ME TREE to find out what makes her glow.

If it makes you happy to provide wisdom, then go ahead and be that wisdom. If it makes you happy to be colorful, then be colorful. If it makes you happy to bounce, then bounce away! What is it that makes you happy? Go ahead and do that.

Colorful and simple, Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow takes children through a few possibilities to help them learn how to find their purpose, what makes them glow. My nearly seven year old son has difficulty figuring out what he can do to help others, something he enjoys.

Illustrations compliment the story and enhance the simplicity in this story. I especially love the creatures involved in this book. Each are attractive and welcoming into the storyline.

You know, when I think about finding my own glow, I’m reminded of our dog. She would always be there with kisses and hugs whenever we walked in the door. Her being around us was what made her glow. She was full of life to encourage and bring out my own glow. As a pet, it’s amazing how a creature can bring out the best in us just by being herself.


Sometimes finding your glow is harder than others. As adults, we should work in an industry that we enjoy because otherwise that’s a terrible way to spend our day, right? Do you love what you do? If your answer is no, I highly recommend reading Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow by Shelby Herman!

A complimentary electronic copy of Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow was provided for an honest review.

Skittles Birthday Surprise results from truly humble moments

It’s Skittles birthday and she’s so happy that she wants to spend her time with her mother and her friends. After getting dolled up with a pretty pink bow, skittles heads into a morning of many unforeseen events.


First, she heads downstairs to see her mama, who has hurt her paw. Skittles calls the doctor to help her mama.
Then, she visits with her friends Barney the duck, Jungo the panda, and the Canary brothers to see if they have presents for her. Instead, Skittles finds they have a situation of their own. A dropped ring, a sack of apples, a trumpet swimming in a puddle, and no presents.

As Skittles is happy to help her friends out, she realized at her surprise birthday party that because she helped her mama and her friends, she now has a party, presents, food, and singing!

This a very important lesson to learn as a child. Help those in need and you will be rewarded! The delayed gratification is often forgotten in this day and age. But showing someone we love them and care about them means we do whatever we can to be there for them, help them if we can, or just be a shoulder to lean on.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of Skittles Birthday Surprise by Ansaar Modack through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.

The Huggabears Flowers of the Meadow is enlightening

An unexpected package arrived in my mailbox one day. The return address was Angelique La Fon-Cox, author of The Huggabear series as well as the Intercessors series. Angelique quickly became a friend whom I admire. Never did I expect to receive not only The Intercessors (a book I hope to review someday), but hidden at the bottom of the box was The Huggabears Flowers of the Meadow.

This children’s tale is about the Huggabear children, Kooshla, Saboo, and Tanuuk going to play in the flowers of the meadow with their parents. The cubs loved playing in the meadow. On this particular day, the Huggabear cubs see a great big, brightly colored fish flying through the air. It’s a kite!

The kite flier looked different, spoke different, and was from a different place. Jing, a panda cub, politely shared about where he s from and why  hhe’s in the meadow. Jing, a panda cub, shares his kite with Tanuuk, who goes on a brief adventure with the kite. Eventually, they go their separate ways at lunchtime. But Jing invited the Huggabears to his family home for a meal the following week, where the Huggabear cubs had a chance to eat Chinese food for the first time.

 This tale shares how important it is to accept others who are different. Everyone has their own differences and it’s important that we look past the differences and share from the love in our heart.

Thank you, Angelique La Fon-Cox for sending this precious book to us. My son loves the Huggabear books, especially when he has a chance to look for the Huggabear paw hidden in throughout the books.

Ms Angelique La Fon-Cox, her husband, and their beautiful children operate a small profit out of the Phoenix, Arizona area called The Huggabear Children’s Project. They send teddy bears to children off deployed service members as well as children who have been affected by natural disasters. They perform at churches and fairs as well. Check out their non-profit website by clicking here.

When A New Life Begins, it is adored and loved

Whenever a baby mammal is born, it’s mother instinctively watches over him. Parents share their love and affection for the baby and it is common for babies to enjoy the company of other babies. This is no different with Zealy and Whubba in The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: A New Life Begins by Roe De Pinto.  

 

Zealy is the new seal pup born one winter to loving parents. Zealy is carefully watched over by her parents. One day a young orca whale, Whubba, splashes by and quickly becomes friends with Zealy and immediately finds himself protecting the pup from whatever might harm her. 

Typically, a seal pup is on the food chain for several creatures. There is no indication of the dangers that are present for Zealy. But with Whubba, Zealy is safe. 

 
Adorable and loved book that my son and I read together. I especially love the images of Zealy and Whubba. Zealy’s parents are a bit on the dark side, but their soft eyes make them live able, too. A New Life Begins is a brief story that can be enjoyed by many young children. My son wished it continued on as he’s been reading longer stories lately and gets disappointed with shorter stories, especially when he enjoys the characters. 

A complimentary hard copy of Zealy and Whubba in The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: A New Life Begins by Roe De Pinto was sent to me by the author for an honest review. As this is Book 1 Series 1, I hope to catch the next adventure.