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After a long day of cruisn’ through the various adventures in life (Indiana Jones has nuttin’ on me), nothing hits the spot like…chocolate. But once you say chocolate that’s all you need say. So these pages are dedicated to a few of my other passions: alligator wrestling, bull riding, reading books (big books, little books, picture books, no pictures books, even little black books), listening to music (from A to Z and back again) and a variety of other things. So take a minute to browse some of my faves and I hope they become some of yours.

The Witchling's Wish by Lu Fraser - Book Review

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By Lu Fraser, Sarah Massini (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547609062
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - July 5th, 2022

This book is about a young witch (with a not so pointy hat) who is lonely and wants a friend. When she decides to create a spell that will bring her a friend, that is when things get interesting. Now some ingredients are easy to find, like earwax of lizard, but there is one ingredient that is not only not available in her home, but it also sounds dangerous! It is the fur of a one-eyed-teddy bear! Can she do this challenge? Diverse characters and a beloved bear will capture your imagination and heart. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Whale Who Swam Through Time: A Two-Hundred-Year Journey in the Arctic by Alex Boersma - Book Review

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250803023
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 24th, 2022

Boersma and Pyenson show the reader how a whale is born, grows, lives, survives, gives birth, lives to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and sees how the world around them can change. And not always a change for the better. A once peaceful ocean will one day have the sounds of whalers, oil rigs and finally even ships that go underwater: submarines. You see how the whales and other sea life are injured, killed, and changed with the noises and people that make them. Rich illustrations that compliment and add to the story. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight: Patsy Takemoto Mink and the Fight for Title IX by Jen Bryant - Book Review

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By Jen Bryant, Toshiki Nakamura (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062957221
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 25th, 2022

Did you know that Title IX was not just for athletes? It started out as not quite forty words that said that women had to be treated equally in education and sports. Of course, that was only one thing Patsy Takemoto (later Patsy Mink) would do in her life. Patsy would do a lot of things she was not "supposed" to do. She would fight injustices, be the first woman in many places women had never been. And she would change this country in ways nobody probably could imagine. Unless they knew the plucky little four-year-old that followed her older brother to his first day of school. The little girl that would follow the Japanese proverb: Fall down seven times, stand up eight. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Yours 'Til Niagara Falls by Brenda Z. Guiberson - Book Review

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By Brenda Z. Guiberson, William Low (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781627790994
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 28th, 2022

The highlighted history of Niagara Falls comes to life with the voice of the falls itself in this picture book. Poetic and straight forward, this book is a must to have for science classes, history classes or for environmental studies. Starting millions of years before the Falls was the Falls, to the first people to live there, to the first Europeans, to the daredevils, and right up to today, you see how people have used, explored, loved, studied and more this natural landmark. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?: How Animals Keep Warm by Etta Kaner - Book Review

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By Etta Kaner, John Martz (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781771474832
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Published: Owlkids - August 15th, 2021

When it is cold do frogs drink hot chocolate to stay warm? Or do turtles jump up and down? How about, do animals wear leg warmers? You will find the answers to these questions and more in this sweet picture book. Both educational and fun, this book will be a hit for the child who asks questions, likes learning, and wants a good story. Goofy, perfectly complementary illustrations. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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