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The Tiny Tale of Little Pea by Davide Cali

cover114626-mediumThe Tiny Tale of Little Pea by Davide Cali is a cute story of tiny person. It’s a fun story about Little Pea who finds he is too small to do many things. He finds a job that suits him perfectly and seems to live happily ever after.

The main character, Little Pea, loves life. Little Pea does not realize that he is very tiny until he begins school. It was only at school that he realized that there were things he could not do. He learned that the world is not very accommodating, but he made do with his situation.  In the end Little Pea finds a job, lives in his own home, and has a garden. Most importantly, he is happy. as it’s a fun story about Little Pea who finds he’s too small to do many things. He finds a job that suits him perfectly and seems to live happily ever after.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kids Can Press in exchange for an honest review.

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You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

cover103804-mediumYou’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher is a beautiful story of survival and God’s love for each of us. The characters in this book are the example of grace and acceptance, and demonstrate how far love and kindness can go in this world. This is a lovely story of faith and forgiveness. It is lovely to see the spiritual growth of the hero and heroine cheered on by the sweet innocence of a child and of a grandmother.

Brooklyn Myers is a single mother, not by choice. Life hasn’t been fair to her at all. Everyone who should have loved and supported her have left her or let her down. Now, she is going back home again not by choice; but, putting her daughter first she is returning to Thunder Creek to the home left to her by her deceased ex-husband.

Derek Johnson, local Sheriff’s Deputy of Thunder Creek has received a letter from his best friend’s estate. His friend has died and failed to leave him the land he had promised to sell him; instead, he has left it to his ex-wife and daughter. In addition, he has requested, Derek act as a surrogate father to the child. Derek, doesn’t have good memories of Brooklyn and blames her for his best friend’s life choices as well as resents that his dreams of expanding his farm, which happents to be next door to her new home, are in the dust.

While the characters, particularly Brooklyn, have faced difficulty in their pasts, these issues are only briefly touched upon in the story. The story remains a light tale of romance, family, and community. As a result this is a very peaceful book to read, but I really would have liked to delve a little deeper on some of the big issues that were present. I also expected more conflict between Brooklyn and Derek, but aside from a few calm disagreements, they get along well. They are a well-matched pair and I liked their open communication and peaceful relationship, despite the conflict they might have had in the past. There is also no discussion between Brooklyn and Derek about her family life or her history with her first husband. Once Brooklyn and Alycia move to Thunder Creek, everything falls into place for them. There is a bit of suspense towards the end of the book as characters face dangerous situations, bringing a bit of action to this story of romance and family.

Written in third person, the chapters alternate perspective between Brooklyn, Derek, and Derek’s grandmother Ruth. I enjoyed the small, country-town setting and the collection of supportive and caring characters. Hopefully, Thunder Creek will be a setting we readers can return to in future books by Robin Lee Hatcher.

I received an ARC from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey

31952702Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey is a cute children’s book about a trip across Canada. Annie makes the journey with her dog from the Pacific to the Atlantic across Canada as they sight see. The illustrations are lively watercolors, intended to capture the spirit of the trip rather than the actual realistic landscape. The pair travels light and their tale is fun.

The story starts on one side of Canada, and ends up on the other side. Carson and his mistress are cheerful and adventurous, and they make sure to have a good time as they travel and camp their way across the country. The vibe is upbeat and energetic. Carson is a peppy sort of dog and adds a good deal of personality to the trip.

I received this ARC copy from Penguin Random House Canada and Tundra Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World

32080177Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World shares biographies of six female scientists, whose discoveries have had an immeasurable impact on the world, but due to their gender, have been forgotten by history.  This book includes biographies about Shark expert Eugenie Clark, Medical researcher Gertrude Elion and NASA ‘computer’ Katherine Coleman Johnson. This is an important book that needed to be written and read. It tells the story of six little known women pioneers in science. It’s important that their stories are told and that girls are actively encouraged to pursue STEM careers.

Each mini-biography is written with an interesting introductory scene of their most important achievement then gives a brief explanation of their lives. This is a longer read, but the women and fields of study are captivating. It’s incredible to think of how many women were able to move into scientific fields only because of WWII and the “Rosy the Riveter” era of letting women into the work force. I almost wish that this book would have focused in a little bit more on some of that background history. Also, the vocabulary is rather elevated with very few context clues or explanations, so if a younger student was reading this, they would need a lot of help.

I received this ARC copy from Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC and Holiday House via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Sing Freedom! by Vanita Oelschlager

25186289Sing Freedom! by Vanita Oelschlager is an inspiring a non-fiction story about Estonia, a small country near Russia, and its journey to regain independence after years of communist invasion. The book contained a great amount of historical information as well as geographical information. Invaded by USSR and Germany during WW2, communism later led to the demise of Estonia’s flag, songs and customs. This is the story of how the people of Estonia revolted in song instead of violent actions

The story tells how Estonia, a small European country, won its freedom from the former Soviet Union by showing that the spirit of a people is stronger than tanks and bullets. They showed their spirit by singing together in song. It is a tastefully written and illustrated book for children about the unique singing revolution vs. a violent revolution that could have resulted in bloodshed. The illustrations are well done and easily communicate the mood with the colors and human expressions. A great book to use to discuss revolution and how to change something peacefully.

I received this ARC copy from Vanita Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta

32672758Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta is the story two story strands with different points of view in different time periods. The first character; Rafael, the baseball player, from the Dominican Republic as a boy and as a young man. The second character; Maya, a young tween from Minneapolis. It’s certainly not a typical format for a book, this one pulls it off nicely. At first, the jumping back and forth can feel a bit jarring to the reader, but the flow back and forth starts to make sense, as events from one time and place compliment and inform events from the other time and place.

It also takes the story on from the viewpoint of a character who is not a baseball fanatic, which will be helpful to readers who are not as interested in the game of baseball. For though this is a baseball book, it’s not a story that centers on a game of baseball. Rather, that is simply the common element that exists throughout and the connective tissue between the different times and characters. Readers will discover more about the characters’ lives, ambitions, and Rafael’s hardships through the reading than anything that is particularly baseball centered.

I received this ARC from Albert Whitman & Company via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Liam Takes a Stand by Troy Wilson

31213663Liam Takes a Stand by Troy Wilson is a children’s book about family, business, and doing things your own way. Lister and Lester are identical twins who do identical things. But their constant striving to outdo each other means their little brother, Liam, is always left out. When Lester’s Lemonade Universe and Lister’s Lemonade Multiverse open for business, there’s no role for Liam. He does odd jobs around the neighborhood while Lister and Lester’s competition spirals into overdrive and their lemonade stands get increasingly, outrageously out of hand. But then Liam takes a stand with his own business venture, a simple model based on his observations of what not to do, and gives the twins a run for their money.

The story is illustrated with lively cartoon-style art highlighting the hilarious one-upmanship, this is a spirited underdog story about siblings and strategic thinking.

I received this ARC from Owlkids Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Spork by Kyo Maclear

8301964Spork by Kyo Maclear is a picture book dealing with multi-race or multi-ethnic families. In this book they use cutlery to present this notion. Spork has part of his mom, a spoon, and his dad, a fork. He is never picked when someone sets the table, he never gets the bubble bath after a meal and he is shunned by both the spoons and the forks.

This story highlights that there is a place in the world for everyone. You just have to find it. Luckily for Spork, when neither the forks or spoons could handle the baby, he got the chance to show what he could do. Of course, there is a place for everyone, as evidence by the ending of this book. The illustrations are detailed but with little color. The expressions on some of the cutlery is scary at times, but Spork is quite adorable.

I think it is important to help children explore how we are all different. This story could be used in various discussions such as all families are different, bullying by omission, finding your purpose and strengths, be true to yourself.

I received this ARC from Kids Can Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Detective Gordon: A Case in Any Case by Ulf Nilsson

31324980Detective Gordon: A Case in Any Case by Ulf Nilsson with illustrations by Gitte Spee is the third and final book in this series. This is a charming and sweet series for young readers.

Detective Gordon has turned things over to Detective Buffy. The gun and baton are safely behind glass and the detective has her bed in the jail cell. As usual, things start out quiet, but don’t stay quiet for long. Detective Buffy hears strange noises in the night, and two young kindergarten children have gone missing.Both Detective Gordon and his Police Chief Assistant Buffy are endearing characters who work hard to serve the animals in the forest, even when they are scared. Currently, Gordon is on vacation, which may or may not be permanent, but he is discovering that he misses his old job, so he starts visiting the police station at night to see what’s going on. Buffy however only sees dark shadows and hears scrabbling noise which badly frightens her. So she seeks her old friend’s assistance in solving the case.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Gecko Press, Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC, and Gecko Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Children of the Past: Archaeology and the Lives of Kids by Lois Miner Huey

cover107828-mediumChildren of the Past: Archaeology and the Lives of Kids by Lois Miner Huey is a nonfiction children’s book that introduces young readers to both the methods of archaeologists and to the lives of children throughout Western history, focusing specifically on:
• Western Europe 18,000 B.C.E.
• Hunter-Gatherers Europe 6000 B.C.E.
• Iroquois North America 1000 C.E.
• Jamestown Colony Virginia 1600s
• Free African-American settlement of Fort Mose Florida 1700s

There are not many books that focus on archaeology for kids. Huey uses graphics throughout.  Each section begins with a map to place the location in context and the book is filled with color photographs of cave art, digs, stone tools, pots, and other artifacts.

The book covers the basics of life in the time periods, focusing on what archaeology reveals was the role of children in their respective societies. For example, how scientists have proven that much cave art was produced by children or the possible training children went through to learn how to make stone tools or clay pots.  Huey does a nice job in beginning with each section with a brief second person narrative.

The book is not long but it is heavy information.

I received this ARC from Lerner Publishing Group and Hillbrook Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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