Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review: Evergreens Story by Ada N Letelier, Antonia Acuna (Illustrations)

22978868Title: Evergreens Story
Author: Ada N. Letelier
Illustrator: Antonia Acuna
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency
Pages: 36
Genre: Children four on up
Review: Paperback sent from author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



Evergreen is a sad little tree that doesn t understand her purpose in life. While the different seasons bring many changes to the forest, Evergreen remains the same, year in and year out. This all changes when a family comes into the forest and takes Evergreen home with them. It is then that Evergreen undergoes a transformation that leaves her reveling in the joy and knowledge that she too is very special and beautiful, just like her friends left behind in the forest. This heartwarming children s book is fun to read all year, but is especially meaningful during the winter season. EVERGREENs STORY is Ada N. Letelier s first children s book. Her love of books, especially children s books, began and grew during her thirty-plus years as an early childhood educator in the public schools of New York City. The inspiration for her book came from reading uplifting stories to her students by authors such as Maurice Sendak, Leo Lionni, and Ezra Jack Keats. All had a lesson to teach, but in very unique ways that very young children could relate to. She hopes her story of the Evergreen will teach children the value of purposefulness. She believes we are all here for a purpose and one must not lose sight of this, no matter what.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review and Interview: From Ant To Eagle by Alex Lyttle

32202503Title: From Ant To Eagle 
Author: Alex Lyttle
Published: April 1, 2017
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Pages: 257
Genre: Middle Grade
Review: ARC provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 




My name is Calvin Sinclair, I'm eleven years old and I have a confession… ...I killed my brother.
It's the summer before grade six and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He’s recently moved from a big city to a small town and there's nothing to do. It’s hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother, Sammy, who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop. Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from collecting ants to doing Calvin’s chores. And Sammy is all too eager - as long as it means getting a "Level" and moving one step closer to his brother's Eagle status.
When Calvin meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside. Cal feels guilty but not enough to change. At least not until a diagnosis makes things at home start falling apart and he's left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey... 
From Ant To Eagle.