Mom's Choice Award Winner!
The Christmas Blanket by Ed Damiano
Category: Children's Book (ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Picture Book; Rating: G suitable for all readers
Publisher: Mascot Books: Release date: December 2018
Tour dates: November 26 to December 26, 2021
What is the meaning of Christmas? That's what eight-year-old EJ wants to know. The other kids say it's about getting toys‚ but is it, really?
One evening, EJ's mother takes him to the Rockefeller Center to see the lighting of the most magical tree in the world, and EJ meets someone who teaches him what Christmas is truly all about.
Buy the Book: Mascot Books ~ Amazon
REVIEW By LAWonder10:
The Christmas Blanket is certain to begin this time of year with the true sense of giving. It has a wonderful message on a few separate occasions. It inspires family time, it emboldens a child against listening to meanness, and it depicts a true meaning of Christmas.
The cartoonish watercolor images are tastefully done with lots of color to attract young children.
The only criticisms I can offer is watercolor cartoon images are not my favorite and I felt the book needed a slight more detail. It was still a great book to begin the Holidays Season with and is one young children would enjoy.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Meet the Author:
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Damiano has a passion for creativity, and his stories always contain a positive message. He wrote The Christmas Blanket, which earned him a Mom’s Choice Award. In The Christmas Blanket, his character EJ realizes the true meaning of Christmas, which is not about getting presents, but about giving back to others.
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Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Chldren's Picture Book; Content Rating: G. Suitable for all ages.
Publisher: Mascot Publishing; Release date: October 2021
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
Like most kids, Michael and his friends are so excited for their first day at a new school. They have a lot of questions about what to expect, but most of all, they wonder if they’ll get to join the football team. That would be the perfect way to start the year! However, Michael soon finds out that it’s not as easy as he thinks. The team is filled with bullies, and to join, he has to become one of them. In order to be cool enough to get a spot on the football team, Michael has to start changing his behavior—for the worse! Suddenly, terrible things start happening to him. Finally, he begins to wonder: Was it all worth it?
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
Cool Kids is a wonderful book to use as a tool to teach children bullying isn't "cool".
I feel this is definitely an elementary age children's book. I feel it is too "wordy" for children under six years of age.
The illustrations by Amelina Jones are done very well and ae very colorful.
This is book which will aid children in change, acceptance and in forgiveness.
I offer a Five Stars rating
*I was gifted this book with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
How It All Started
I guess you can say that it all started with my father. He was a great storyteller. It was also a time when television was first becoming popular. However, not everyone could afford one. So, storytelling still attracted the children on the block. Mimi, Charlie, Benjy, Eddie, Harry, Pat, Barbara, and many more came to listen to my dad tell stories about a character he created: Ruffy Butchbang. Ruffy Butchbang was a bully who always got into trouble. He always wanted attention and the only way he could get it was to become a bully. It was the only way he could feel important. Could this be the only way Ruffy could feel important? Not so! In every story my dad told, there was a lesson learned. Each story was so exciting because my dad added special sound effects—from creaky sounds, to bangs and shouts. Nobody talked. We were all mesmerized and just listened intently, always wanting more.
It was this character that was embedded in my memory and over the years, I too told stories about Ruffy to my children and grandchildren, always with a positive ending. My sons Ted and Eric knew my father, but my grandchildren never did. However, they knew who created the character Ruffy Butchbang. It was Grandpa Harry!
Now that bullying is all too common in today’s society, it seemed appropriate to bring Ruffy Butchbang back into the spotlight. So, I created the story Cool Kids.
Meet the Author:
Freeman’s first career was a third-grade schoolteacher in the Passaic School System. Teaching children is her true passion, and she incorporated this passion in her community involvement.
Her second career as a real estate broker and appraiser enabled her to open her own real estate company, Prime Realty, with a partner. After thirty-five years, they sold to Coldwell Banker.
She loves dogs, playing piano, telling stories, singing, dancing, and sharing wonderful examples of life’s lessons with her grandchildren.
Arlene lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. She has two sons, Dr. Ted Freeman of Long Branch, New Jersey, and Dr. Eric Freeman of Westfield, New Jersey, as well as three grandchildren: Michael, Max, and Quinn. This is her first book and maybe her third career.
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“An inspirational story! The juxtaposition of the hummingbird's struggle with Mia's struggles is unique and I feel that kids will be able to relate to it." - Reader in a 5-Star Review
MIA AND THE HUMMINGBIRD by Nancy Carlisle
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 4-9), 34 pages
Genre: Juvenile fiction/social themes or animals/birds
Publisher: Sage Green Press; Release date: March, 2021
Tour dates: November 17 to November 30, 2021
Content Rating: G. There is nothing that even comes close to PG.
Mia and the Hummingbird is the story of a young girl who immigrates to a new country and learns to accept a new life.She sees the hummingbird building her nest for her babies and thinks that she and the bird are similar as they learn to adapt to their new homes. Mia and the Hummingbird includes information about environmental and social reasons for immigration, the struggle to adapt to a new home and information about hummingbirds.
Included is a glossary about these issues, a bibliography, and references.
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Meet the Author:
Nancy Carlisle is an author, illustrator and retired architect and manager. She writes hopeful books for kids that interweave facts and fiction about the environment and global responsibility.
During her 38 year career, as an architect and researcher, her focus was on the environment. She led work nationally and internationally on sustainable and energy efficient buildings and communities and won awards for collaboratively designing award-winning sustainable buildings, a laboratory campus, and as part of a team to develop a program to improve the energy efficiency of laboratories in the U.S.
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Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by Rachel B. Wellner
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 42 pages
Genre: Educational Fiction
Publisher: Richter Publishing; Release Date: May 2021
Formats : print- Softback (internationally), e-book (EPUB)
Tour dates: November 15 to December 6
Content Rating: G - (No Profanity, no nudity, no sexual content, no adult themes)
Doctor Marsha is a series created to entertain children at the preschool through grade school level relying on educational content. The main character, Marsha, will introduce kids to exciting challenges in basic health education as the series explores the world, vanquishing health problems. It is my hope that the characters will stimulate young minds by introducing them to a positive, professional figure that embodies the spirit of cultural competence, creativity, and adventure.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
For Parents and educators who want to instill the importance of good eating habits, environment awareness, and service, this is a great book! t contains some "goofy" characters which will surely be entertaining to very young children.
The age recommendation is 3 to 8 years. I feel the children under 5 wuld find this too wordy and beyond their understanding. Much of the dialogue is for older elementary aged, yet the book pictures are to juvenile for those past 9 0r 19 years of age, I would recommend from ages 5minimum to the age of 9 or 10 years.
The book is informative and encouraging of good habits but felt "choppy" in content and not totally related.
The illustrations are very well done and colorful. The characters show much expression and are very cute.
I offer a 3 1/2 Stars rating.
This book was gifted me with no pressure to pos a positive review. This is my honest review.
Focusing on good health in uncertain times By Rachel Wellner, MD
Doctoroo and Friends is a series dedicated to teaching kids from pre-school to grade school about basic health issues and maintenance. I use the format of a mystery followed by a global trip Doctoroo and friends take to solve that mystery to enhance the excitement of "catching the culprit" and teaching kids the basic health lesson. My first two books are about good nutrition and hand hygiene respectively and a third book I’m currently writing, is about sun protection.
As a physician, I know a great deal about health problems, how to diagnose them and solve them. Basically, the mystery is a "differential diagnosis" as Doctoroo first rules out other causes of the problem at hand until the clues lead her to the right conclusion. I love kids and want to see them grow up healthy and happy, especially in these precarious times of a pandemic - I chose to focus on what we CAN do, not what we can't, to help maintain and improve our health, starting with the youngest young.
I'm finding that just getting the book out there and sharing Doctoroo and friends with the world is challenging, but the books are starting to gain traction, which warms my heart. I believe in these adorable, noble characters and hope that everyone can reap the benefits of reading about them.
Meet the Author:
Dr. Rachel Wellner is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, most recently the Assistant Professor of surgery at the Monteflore-Einstein Center for Care. She has also been Director of Breast Services at NYEE/Continuum Cancer Center, Pascal Valley Hospital, and Palisades General Hospital. Dr. Wellner graduated Magna Cum Lauda and Phi Betta Kappa from Dartmouth College, earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University.
She pursued her surgical training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and worked to establish a clinical rotation in an underserved region of The Dominican Republic. She completed Society of Surgical Oncology-accredited breast oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. She has been featured as a guest expert on several local and national news networks, including WPLX 11, Fox and Friends, and CNN.
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