Book Review: ‘Ava’s Secret Tea Party’ by Donna Shepherd


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All I can think after reading Donna Shepherd’s newest book, Ava’s Secret Tea Party, is wow! Little girls from all cultures will enjoy reading this delightful book. I read the book 10 times before writing the review because it is such pure delight.

Little Ava wonders if the three most common magical beings, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, and Santa Claus have ever met. She then comes up with a brilliant idea. Through a note to the Sandman, Ava invites the magical beings to a special tea party.

What a magical ride reading this book gave me. It transported me back to when my three children were young. The special times I would snuggle next to them and read over and over again their favorite book.

Ava’s Secret Tea Party has that type of appeal. It will be many a child’s favorite bedtime story.

Everything about Ava’s Secret Tea Party is special. The illustrations are about the best I have ever seen. They are fun, vivid, engaging, and thus drawing the reader’s attention right away.

Ms. Shepherd captures the reader’s attention even more with her writing style. Her rhymes are nothing short of exquisite. Here are some examples that will leave you surely enchanted!
The Tooth Fairy brings Ava shiny coins
For each baby tooth she’ll lose.
How does she know when the teeth fall out?
Does she read the “Tooth Fairy News”?
Come Christmas Eve, long after midnight,
Santa slips in like a mouse.
Even when Ava’s more naughty than nice,
He still brings fun gifts to her house.

Lastly, the author provides recipes for the goodies Ava serves her magical guests at her secret tea party. Additionally there are crafts to help kids decorate for their own tea parties. I encourage you to get a copy of this one of a kind book for the little ones in your life.

To learn more about Donna Shepherd visit her website.

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5 responses to “Book Review: ‘Ava’s Secret Tea Party’ by Donna Shepherd

  1. You read it ten times? I’m thrilled when I read a statement like that, because that means that children will ask for it again and again. And isn’t that why we write? I love it! Thanks so much, Nicole!

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