NEW WEBSITE


Dear email subscribers,

I wanted to thank you for being such faithful supporters of my website.  I want to let you all know  that I  have a new website.  I hope you will continue to follow me.  I will no longer post on this site.   Please check my new website  at:
www.nicoleweaverbooks.com

I also have some great news. My newest trilingual book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was recently published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

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To learn more about the book , please go to the publisher’s website.
Guardian Angel Publishing

Thanks so much for your support!

Book Review: Notes to my Daughter by David A. Dixon


Reading David Dixon’s book Notes to my Daughter was bittersweet. I grew up without a dad.  My dad abandoned me before I was born. Nevertheless, I am happy that there are dads that do take pride in providing for their children.

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Dixon dedicates the book to his daughter Kenadi. It takes the reader into an insightful journey of what a genuine father-daughter relationship should look like. Every child deserves the best from his or her parents. Dixon’s words of wisdom to his daughter makes this book a must-read for all dads. The author writes from his heart and offers good common sense advice to his daughter.

There are 15 chapters in the book. Chapters one and 14 are my two favorites. In chapter one, the author encourages his daughter to trust God. This in my opinion is sound, excellent advice.  Dixon is a wise father, because he wants to encourage his daughter to understand putting God first will be the most important thing she can do, and doing so will benefit her greatly.

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Chapter 14,  titled “Learn to Forgive,”  starts with a quote that I absolutely love. By Paul Boese, it is very profound:  “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

This speaks loudly to me. I believe when one continues to hold on to hatred by not forgiving those who have wronged you, you only prolong the hurt and keep the door shut for complete healing. Lucky for me, I learned early on to forgive those that have done me harm. I forgave my father a long time ago.

Instead of wallowing in the negative, I made a concerted effort to channel my energy into doing extremely well in school. In my opinion, lack of forgiveness is like a cancer; if allowed to fester, it will take you out of the game of life.

Notes to my Daughter is a book with life-changing messages for all daughters and dads.  It is a helpful and encouraging guide for a young woman as she embarks on the journey of life.

 

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.

Book Review: ‘Kangaroo Clues’ by Margot Finke


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Australian author Margot Finke’s new bookKangaroo Clues is a masterpiece. The picture book introduces the reader to the Australian outback.

The story is about a kangaroo named Roo being pursued by dingoes. Learning about Roo’s world is very fascinating. The icing on the cake is when the author introduces other wildlife from the Australian Outback.

I enjoyed learning about a kookaburra, an emu, a koala, an echidna, a frillneck lizard, a galah, a platypus, and a goanna. The footnotes explanations made it easy to understand fully the true nature of these interesting critters.

Ms. Finke provides the reader with many adventures, but more importantly, the reader learns about how tough life can be for these animals. She also made mention of religious beliefs of the people from the Aboriginal culture.

Two things stand out when reading this informative book:

  • Use of Language: It takes a very talented author to write in rhymes. Ms. Finke, in my opinion does a fabulous job. This is a big plus for children learning how to read. Teachers can use end rhymes to introduce children to new vocabulary. Here are some great examples:

A few dogs barked; they were safe on land.
None of them swam to give their mates a hand.
They soon slunk off, a beaten pack.
If they were smart they’d not come back.

As Roo leaped past the wattles and gums,
He planned a lesson for those outback bums.
The bush critters fled as Roo hopped past.
None of them wanted to be picked off last.

  • The artwork:The illustrations bring to life the Australian Outback. I have never been to Australia, but the pictures speak loudly to me. The mystical appeal of the illustrations transports me to a land of adventures and excitement.

Young readers will fall in love with this great book. So, if you are like me, and love providing your young reader with quality, well written books, you may want to get a copy of Kangaroo Clues.

To find out more of Margot Finke, visit her website

Book Review: Gatsby’s Grand Adventures Book Two by Barbara Cairns



securedownloadEven though I am an adult, I love reading children’s picture books. I especially like books that can teach children about a specific topic. In Gatsby’s Grand Adventures: Book Two, August Renoir’s’ The Apple Seller,’ by Barbara Cairns, children are introduced to a painting of famous artist, Auguste Renoir.

I admire Ms. Cairns for coming up with this ingenious way to help children acquire appreciation for art. The author uses humor, and adventures to capture the mind of children. I love this concept because it is a very effective way to introduce young minds to the abstract world of art education.

Gatsby, the adventurous cat, is very adept at jumping into paintings at night, in the art gallery, where he lives with owner Annabelle. The fun begins when Gatsby must figure out a way to jump out before sunrise or everything in the painting will be changed.

The illustrator, Eugene Ruble, uses pastels to portray the adventures in a unique way. I am also hugely impressed with Ms. Cairns’ play with words in order to bring this story to life. Here’s my favorite passage:

One night, Gatsby crept
downstairs into the gallery. He padded
across the floor and stopped. His big
eyes stared at ‘The Apple Seller’ by
Pierre Auguste Renoir. Maybe those
little girls will play with me. Gatsby’s
tail twitched. His whiskers itched. His
haunches hitched. SNAP!”

Lastly, Ms. Cairns provides the reader with art information and many websites at the end of the book. In my opinion, this is a valuable resource .Teachers and parents can use the information to encourage further study on the topic of art education.

 

Book Review: Fantastic Flight by Barbara Bockman


FF300Reading Barbara Bockman’s award-winningFantastic Flight afforded me a trip back to memory lane. The book reminded me of one very important period in my life, raising three children and allowing them to engage in constructive make-believe play.

Barbara’s book brought a huge smile to my face because it chronicles the importance of make-believe play. After spending one night at Grandma and Grandpa, little Jessica becomes homesick. Grandma suggests that Grandpa takes Jessica on an outing. What follows is a fantastic outing that will help Jessica forget about being homesick.

Having minored in child psychology, I learned that make-believe play is essential for all children. Pretend play has many cognitive advantages. Constructive playtime may include cognitive skills such as decision-making, and problem solving. More importantly, imaginative play helps children develop their imagination and motor skills.

One very important thing for all parents to understand is a child can’t develop motor skills by being sedentary. Getting up and moving around and actively engaging in play is the only way a child will be able to develop motor skills.

Some experts believe child obesity is on the rise because too many kids spend too much time watching TV and playing video games. Pretend play is very healthy and it is risk-free allowing children to venture out in a creative way.

The vivid illustrations by Jack Foster drew me in right away. Fantastic Flight is a great book that both adults and children will enjoy reading. The book can be a great resource for parents and teachers to teach children about the endless possibilities of pretend play.

To learn more about Barbara Bockman please visit her website.

To check out more about her award-winning book please visit here.

COVER REVEAL FOR MY BROTHER IS MY BEST FRIEND


Cover Reveal for MY BROTHER IS MY BEST FRIEND

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  Nicole Weaver’s  second trilingual book with Guardian Angel Publishing, MY BROTHER IS MY BEST FRIEND publishing date is forthcoming.  Be sure to check back often for the official date of publication.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A story about the unique and very close friendship that exists between twin  brothers. The brothers celebrate their friendship and closeness by doing just about everything together. People from all cultures can relate to this heart warming story with the text written in English/Spanish/French on each page. Suggested age range for readers 2-8 years old

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CONTACT:    Mary Sue Roberts, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine

Email:              submissions@guardian-angel-kids.com

Website:          http://guardian-angel-kids.com

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Children’s Ezine Guardian Angel Kids: Imagination – February 2013 Issue

 

A stagnate mind squashes the imagination. To keep one’s creativity and imagination flowing it’s essential to explore the unknown and take chances to think outside the box. Imagine for a moment if everyone thought, worked and acted the same way. What a boring world this would be! Read beyond the normal genre you gravitate to, explore the what if’s of everyday life, enjoy nature and soak in the wonders all around you. Challenge yourself on a daily basis and watch your imagination soar to new levels.

Come explore the world of Guardian Angel Kids www.guardian-angel-kids.com through the thought provoking poetry, short stories and articles to expand your imagination and have fun along the way.

To the dedicated GAK readers and contributors after soul searching her own writing career path, Donna McDine has decided to step down as GAK Editor-in-Chief and dedicate more time to her personal writing and book promotional efforts. This decision did not come lightly, but to be able to expand her imagination and efforts she needed to lighten her work responsibilities. McDine shares that it has been a distinct privilege working with Lynda Burch, Donna Shepherd,Kevin McNamee, and Mary Sue Roberts over the course of the last two plus years. And of course, her daily interactions with the valuable contributors, whom without Guardian Angel Kids Ezine would not exist.

McDine wishes you all the very best in imagination and inspiration throughout 2013 and beyond! She looks forward to staying in touch. Please feel free to drop her a line any time at donna@donnamcdine.com.

We also invite you to stay connected with Guardian Angel Kids through our Facebook Fan Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Guardian-Angel-Kids-Ezine/163785080346247.

Please feel free to drop Editor-in-Chief, Mary Sue Roberts an email at submissions@guardian-angel-kids.com and let them know what you think of Guardian Angel Kids and what you’d like to see in the future. They aim to please.

The Guardian Angel Kids Ezine staff and contributors look forward to your visit. Thank you for your time and interest.

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