Whimsical Cross-Stitch by Cari Buziak

39984155Whimsical Cross-Stitch: More Than 130 Designs from Trendy to Traditional by Cari Buziak has some wonderful cross stitch designs. The cross stitch designs are beautifully presented with both a color chart for thread and a very easy to read graph for each design. They cover Christmas, seaside, plants, sayings, animals/birds, snowflakes and some lovely pattern interlocking combinations. There is some clear instructions at the beginning of the book and then just designs from then on. I loved the little hedgehog in the front cover, and there is a lovely fir tree forest combination that I like too, but all in all lovely designs for any occasion.

It is fun to create art with needle and thread but not always easy. Cari Buziah has given us beautiful designs and simple instructions to ensure success. Both newbies and seasoned cross stitchers will love Whimsical Cross-Stitch.

I received a digital ARC from Dover Publications via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

36192190Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale is the kind of book that makes you feel warm inside. It is a cute book set in a picturesque beach town, and the main character is realistic.

This book tells the story of Babe, a girl who haas just graduated high school and is spending her summer working and contemplating the changes that will occur in the fall. However, she finds herself falling for a tourist, which she knows will come to an end at the end of the season. The story is filled with adorable summer vibes, and I loved reading about the cozy beach town setting. I mean, the main character lives in a lighthouse and there are annual sandcastle building contests. I found the book to be realistic, and I liked how it shows that there are more pathways than going straight to university after high school.

Babe is such an interesting character, and she is very mature. She knows exactly what she wants and sets goals to obtain it. She also works in a coffee shop, which I adored. I’m here for any book with food/cafes. As well, I enjoyed how Babe’s voice is realistic for her age and how her mistakes make her believable. She has a bit of a rough summer, but doesn’t complain very much, which I appreciated.

I received a digital ARC fromMacmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Swoon Reads via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Woman of Courage by Wanda E. Brunstetter

39984098Woman of Courage: Collector’s Edition Continues the Story of Little Fawn by Wanda E. Brunstetter was an interesting story. It is not your typical Amish story by Brunstetter , but about a young Quaker woman and her father. This is a story about bravery, faith , and trust. A young Quaker woman after being jilted by her finance decides to go on a very long journey in the Oregon territory to bring the Indians to Christ. A historical romance set in 1837 Oregon Territory. She was a very brave young woman to travel and deal with the many obstacles along the way.

This story is very well written. There are many adventures, trials and tribulations that Amanda goes through. We learn about various tribes and some of their customs. We find out about kidnappings, slavery and relationships between the tribes. Through flashbacks, we find out how Mary ended up married to a white man and what happened in her past. Amanda was very courageous and true to her faith and beliefs. She was also a sweet and caring woman. I also felt sorry for her with all that she went though. It seemed like so many things went wrong, but with her prayers, the Lord was there protecting her and brought her through many situations.

I received a digital ARC from Shiloh Run Press and Barbour Publishing, Inc. via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Painted Word Mixed Media Lettering Techniques by Caitlin Dundon

39391374The Painted Word Mixed Media Lettering Techniques by Caitlin Dundon is a fun book that walks you through an assortment of projects that use lettering. It would be well suited for a homeschooling family, craft loving kids, or adults looking to get in touch with their creative sides. The book features a variety of projects with step-by-step directions and color photographs. These are simple projects.

All in all, this is a good book if you’re looking for some fun and simple art projects for rainy or snowy days — with kids or on your own. You don’t need to have tons of artistic talent or tons of money to do the projects, and you’re likely to end up with some cheerful artwork to display or give as a gift.

I received a digital ARC of this book from Schiffer Publishing Ltd. via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers (illustrator)

cover151228-mediumA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers (illustrator) is a wonderful and lyrical book of children’s songs and poems from the Mr. Rodgers Show.

This book contained many of those poems that can be read over and over again because they dealt with situations children experience on a daily basis-some of which help them with feelings of anger, being different, alone or even unloved. His writings also taught children about manners, patience, sharing, and most importantly, being themselves.

I received an ARC from Quirk books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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All Aboard the Voyage of Discovery by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams

cover156018-mediumAll Aboard the Voyage of Discovery by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams is an amazingly fun and interesting book with a wonderful amount of educational information and even includes an intriguing mystery that you have to use skills and knowledge to uncover while you navigate your way through the book. Each page is packed with fun facts and information. This book has lift-the-flap clues on each page making it a bit more fun.

In this book, children are invited to find a missing movie reel. Along the way, they are presented with an appealing history of communication. There are small boxes on each two page spread that are filled with interesting facts. Children can learn about everything from the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, to telegraphs, to the discovery of graphite, to the printing press, telephones and of course, the movies. All are presented in a way that makes learning easy and fun.

I really really enjoyed this and not only was it so well written and informative, but the illustrations are just as equally amazing! The details and use of colours is so spot on. I could easily have grabbed this book just to study the art. Even as an adult, this book told me things I hadn’t known about. I can easily see this as being popular with children who have that hunger for knowledge about how and when, things in this world were first invented. Such as Pencils, Telephones and other forms of communications. But also about the Pony Express, Rock carvings and movies! For a little book, it has quite alot of information. This is one that I definitely highly recommend for all ages.

The only downside for me was that I was unable to see what was under the flaps as it was an e-version.

I received an ARC from Wide Eyed Editions via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr

cover133160-mediumAstrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr is the story of Astrid. Astrid is the only child living in her village of Glimmerdal, and as a result her best friend is an elderly man named Gunnvald. Astrid has very strong emotions as well as a tendency to be a bit of a daredevil which frequently gets her into trouble. Astrid has always wanted the excitement of newcomers in town, especially kids, but when some strangers do show up, she suddenly becomes wary of the changes they might bring. When she discovers that Gunnvald has been keeping a secret from her, she’s not sure she will ever look at anything the same way again.

The descriptions of the characters and setting are vivid, and the author gives a clear picture of Glimmerdal and its inhabitants that makes the reader feel like a part of this fictional universe. Astrid’s relationship to Gunnvald is unique and special and their friendship, though unlikely, makes perfect sense within the context of this novel.

I received an ARC from Candlewick Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

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Journey to a Promised Land A Story of the Exodusters by Allison Lassieur

cover147238-mediumJourney to a Promised Land by Allison Lassieur is the story about a girl named Hattie. The spring of 1879 tried to bring a fresh start to a new world in Nashville, Tennessee. Although each of Hattie’s parents had been born into slavery, both obtained an education immediately following the Civil War. Her father works just as hard today, but for it is himself and his family and in his very own black-smith shop. Her mother happily runs the household and Hattie contributes, too. Not only a stand-out student, she also earns money for her family by mending for Miss Bradford.

After the American Civil War ended, many Black people found that they could not live int he former slave states, even though they were free. And although I had heard about the great migration of blacks during World War II, to get better jobs in the North, I had not heard of a mass exodus just after the Civil War, though that would make sense. I liked the historical note at the end that expanded on the topic of the Exodusters. It made me want to read more about it.

It’s also an excellent Middle Grade book. You can tell the author is a skilled writer. It’s well written, with the right amount of character and situation building, and it’s perfectly paced. The illustrations are also beautiful.

I received a ARC from North Star Editions and Jolly Fish Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Dive In! Exploring Our Connection with the Ocean by Ann Eriksson

cover147880-mediumDive In! Exploring Our Connection with the Ocean by Ann Eriksson is a great introduction to the impact on this earth, more specifically on the health of our oceans and sea life. The reader learns that making our waterways healthier through our daily choices, volunteer opportunities and possible career paths can make a difference. The author highlights young people for their personal efforts in improving the health of the oceans and waterways throughout the book. Having young people highlighted is a great way to inspire kids to get involved and for them to make a difference.

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A Little Princess Finds Her Voice by Holly Webb

cover139880-mediumA Little Princess Finds Her Voice by Holly Webb is a good continuation novel to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess. I enjoyed having an older Lottie as the central character and how Sara was there but in the background. It weaves the suffragette movement as witnessed by Lottie which I thought was done in a great way.

Holly Webb has taken the characters from a classic and given them a new lease of life. Lottie’s political awakening is a slow and honest journey. She starts to see things in a different light, and decides to follow her heart and find out more about the suffragette movement. In The Princess and the Suffragette we find out more about Lottie’s story , about the social atmosphere she is growing up in, about the restrictions on her life in Miss Minchin’s school.

I throughly enjoy this sequel to A Little Princess. Holly Webb’s style of writing is different from Burnett’s but I think she did a great job of taking the reader on a new adventure with the same characters we have come to love.

I received an e-ARC from SOURCEBOOKS Jabberwocky via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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