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Book Review: Whose Hands are These? a Community Helper Guessing Book – by Miranda Paul

 

 

 





Book: Whose Hands are These? a Community Helper Guessing Book 
Author: Miranda Paul
Illustrator: Luciana Navarro Powell
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Date: March 1, 2016
Genre: picture book; age 4-9; gr 1-2
Pages: 32
Price: $19.99
My rating: a creative early introduction to careers

Whose Hands are These? is a guessing book written by Miranda Paul. Geared to the younger set of readers, it introduces several careers for them to consider.

As Miranda uses excellent rhyme to tell about each community helper, she lays out clues to describe them, and then allows the reader to guess who she means. The page turn reveals the answer.

The beautiful illustrations in Whose Hands are These? a Community Guessing Book were created by illustrator Luciana Powell. On each page she has perfectly captured the story.

In the back of the book are four pages on which is a description of each community helper mentioned in the story. Beside each paragraph is a lovely illustration. Farmers, cooks, police, scientists, potters, news reporters, mechanics, architects, referees, physicians, teachers. Miranda Paul ends by saying, “Dream big!”

Whose Hands are These? a Community Guessing Book is a beautiful picture book for young children – and older people, too. It’s full of description presented in a fun way with gorgeous illustrations. Very enjoyable.

You can find Whose Hands are These? a Community Guessing Bookwritten by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell – on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Goodreads, and when available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters.Indigo.

Your comments are greatly appreciated by authors, illustrators, and this blogger.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂 

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We have a winner!

It’s been wonderful having more visitors to my blog this month, and I always enjoy reading everyone’s comments.  🙂

Thank you to Janet Sketchley for gifting one of her suspense novels to one of you.

I used random name picker and put in the names of the ten people who left comments on the interview post.

The winner ….

of a suspense novel by Janet Sketchley …

is …

 

SUE HARRISON !

 

Congratulations, Sue! You will soon receive the book of your choice – Secrets & Lies – from Janet. Thank you for participating. 🙂

Again, thank you to everyone who visited, left a comment, and sent your friends here, too.  If you go to my BUY THE BOOK page you can find direct links to where Janet’s books are sold.  Easy peasy for you. 🙂

Thank you for reading, and for adding sparkle to my day, and … Creative Musings!  🙂 

 

Notice to my blog friends

For most of today I am away from any Internet connection. (I’ll be alright, it’s only a few hours. 😉 ) Anyone who enters tonight’s draw to win one of Janet Sketchley’s books, and their comment has yet to be approved, don’t worry. I’ll be back online this evening to check all comments and approve any newcomers before putting everyone’s names into the random name picker thingie.

Have a great day, folks! I’ll leave you with a funny quote:

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.  – Mark Twain

Do you have any funny quotes to share?

Thanks for reading, and …  Creative Musings!  🙂 

Books reviews and a giveaway soon to end

Soon your chance to win a suspense novel by Janet Sketchley will pass. Did you put your name into the draw?

These are the books you have the chance to win, well … one of them, anyway. Your choice if your name is drawn.

You can read my review HERE.

 

 

You can read my review HERE.

 

 

You can read my review HERE.

 

 

 

Then you can enter the draw HERE.  Remember to tell us which of her books you would like to receive.

The draw will be on Thursday, November 30 at 9 PM EST when I will choose one name from among the comments. Each person gets one chance. That’s just two days away!  

Janet has the ability, it seems, to pull you right into the story and you want to know what’s going to happen next. Even if you think this is not the genre you would enjoy you might be surprised, or if you are sure it’s not for you I bet you know someone who would love it. Soooo … you can send them over so they can enter the draw.   🙂    Okay, enough persuasion.

On another topic, it snowed this morning. This isn’t the first snow this season but a lot of it stayed on the ground this time. Roads were very slippery this morning, as they always are with the first snows. I can’t deny it any longer. Winter is extending her long cold fingers to make me shiver, just a reminder that winter is coming and in a month it’s officially that season.  Well, on the cheery side of things … spring is only four months away! 

 

 

Are you ready for winter?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

Book Review: Secrets & Lies – by Janet Sketchley

 

 

 

 

 

Book: Secret & Lies: a Redemption's Edge novel, book 2
Author: Janet Sketchley
Publisher: Janet Sketchley
Date: October 23, 2014
Genre: Christian suspense, fiction 
Pages: 320
Price: $13.99
My rating: a suspense-filled story of redemption and trust

 

Today being my birthday, I think a review of an adult book is a good idea, along with upcoming news for you. 🙂

This novel, Secrets & Lies, is book 2 in the Redemption’s Edge series by Canadian author Janet Sketchley.

I didn’t obtain the three books in order of publication so didn’t review them in order, but if you want to read my reviews in order you can find book 1, Heaven’s Prey HERE, and book 3, Without Proof HERE.

Even though Secrets & Lies is book 2 of the series, the author gives enough details so that if readers have not read book 1 they aren’t feeling adrift not knowing how the characters connect. Janet Sketchley did an excellent job of writing a novel that sits comfortably in the middle of the trio, and that can also stand alone.

After her teenage son dies from a drug overdose and her husband leaves, Carol and her other son move from Calgary in western Canada to start a new life farther east in Toronto. Her brother is in prison for murder and she wants to have nothing to do with him. Thinking she has found a safe place for herself and her son, Carol is shaken when a detective arrives at her apartment to give her a warning from her brother. When she receives a threatening phone call, someone who believes she knows where her brother hid stolen money, she turns to the friendship she has with a late night radio deejay.

There are drug lords, concerned neighbours, a break-in, a love interest, a friend with his own dark secret, her son’s Christian girlfriend, and more – all complicating Carol’s life. She is sure she can’t ask God for help.

Secrets & Lies is well plotted, planned and presented.  Janet Sketchley is a skilled author who weaves situations of drama, romance, and suspense into a believable story. Although it has a Christian thread running through it, it is not religiously heavy-handed at all.

Watch next week for my interview with Janet and your chance to win a copy of one of her Redemption’s Edge novels!

You can find Secrets & Lies: a Redemption’s Edge novelwritten by Janet Sketchley – on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Goodreads, and when available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters.Indigo.

Your comments are greatly appreciated by featured authors and illustrators, and this blogger.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Book Review: Kindergarten ROCKS! – by Katie Davis

 

 

 

 


Title: Kindergarten ROCKS!
Author/Illustrator: Katie Davis
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date: June 1, 2008
Genre: picture book; age 4-7; Preschool - 3
Pages: 32
Price: hardcover: $16-$23; paperback: $8 - $10.40
My rating: enjoyable, entertaining, encouraging for children

Kindergarten ROCKS! by Katie Davis addresses the fear of many children setting off on that first day of school – the anxiety, the worry, the imagined worst-case-scenarios. Dexter has them all.

Dexter is a little boy soon to start kindergarten. Dexter knows all about kindergarten because his older sister Jessica, who is going into grade 3, told him about it. Even so, he’s nervous about it, or rather … his toy blue dog Rufus is worried about it. Jessica encourages her brother not to worry because – kindergarten rocks! Dexter keeps trying to convince himself it’ll be fine, but he takes Rufus along for moral support.

The colourful illustrations – created by the author illustrator, Katie Davis – contribute to the humour of the story. Example: “When we finally got to school, I couldn’t wait to see my classroom.” The illustrations belie what Dexter is saying because in that scene Jessica is pulling Dexter who is strongly resisting.

Much to Dexter’s relief, he discovers he has a friend from pre-school in his class and he soon forgets to be anxious. There are so many fun things to do that Dexter even forgets where he left Rufus. Then he’s worried for a totally other reason and a search ensues.

Told mostly by Dexter himself, Kindergarten ROCKS! is a story young readers and pre-readers will really enjoy. The illustrations fit well with the words to add to the humour and show the child’s angst which is quickly resolved. The images are bright, bold, uncomplicated, and look as if they were created through the use of Crayola crayons which are depicted on one page. And who doesn’t love using Crayolas?

Kindergarten ROCKS! written and illustrated by Katie Davis is a must read book for young children and the adults who read to them. It’s fun, bright, and reassuring.

You can find Kindergarten ROCKS!written and illustrated by Katie Davison my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Goodreads, and when available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters.Indigo.

Your comments are greatly appreciated by authors, illustrators, and this blogger.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂 

Book Review: Love, Triangle – by Marcie Colleen

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Love, Triangle
Author: Marcie Colleen
Illustrator: Bob Shea
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date: October 3, 2017
Genre: children's picture book; age 4-8 
Pages: 32
Price: $21.99
My rating: delightfully fun & educational at the same time

Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen makes geometry fun – and it’s not even a math book! Or is it – in disguise?

Marcie Colleen introduces geometry to young readers through her lively characters – Circle, Square, and Triangle. Circle and Square had been friends “ever since they were a dot and a speck.” (Isn’t that a great line?) They were practically inseparable, the best of friends, and appreciated one another for their differences.

Circle and Square’s friendship took on an uncomfortable dimension when Triangle came along. They both wanted Triangle as their own friend and soon their friendship is in danger of collapse. In fighting over Triangle they cause a new problem for Triangle when he attempts to find a way to patch up the friendship between Circle and Square – which is illustrated with humour and play on words.

Marcie Colleen‘s use of language in Love, Triangle is easy and clever. The illustrations by Bob Shea are “spot-on”, amusing and visual of the geometric situations created through the text. His illustrations show geometric shapes for children to discover, and, combined with the text, makes this a wonderful book for classrooms. In fact, because of the benefits (simple geometry, word play, friendship, cooperation, and more) found in this book, Marcie is offering a free cross-curricular guide for teachers HERE.

Children and students are sure to love Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen.

You can find Love, Triangle – written by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Bob Shea – on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Goodreads, and when available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters.Indigo.

Your comments are greatly appreciated by authors, illustrators, and this blogger.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂