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Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

We haven’t even finished with 2019 and I already have a giant list of book recommendations for you! 2020 promises to be an amazing year in the book world! I just had the pleasure of reading an Advanced Readers Copy of Louder Than Words by […]

The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

I love it when a book inspires creativity! This happens A LOT at our house! So often we will be reading a book and all of a sudden an idea pops up for a craft, art project, or recipe! Well, I have just finished reading […]

Three Cheers for Olive Ewe!

Three Cheers for Olive Ewe!

You may have guessed by now that I really LOVE picture books…like, a lot! They are one of my favorite types of books to read and I absolutely LOVE sharing new picture books with you! Well, today I have a new book that I think you will love! It is called Olive and it is a beautiful blend of sweet, funny, and heartwarming!!

Meet Olive

I would like to introduce you to a very sweet lamb named Olive Ewe. Olive is such a happy little lamb but she tends to find herself getting into some sticky messes. She always has such wonderful intentions…but they somehow usually end up going very wrong! For example, the one time when Olive made a beautiful card for her mom…and ended up getting it glued to her own head. She always tries her best but things just keep going wrong and her family is getting frustrated with her! Will her family still love her despite her flaws?

Oh my goodness we just loved this story! My kids and I loved the fun rhyming of the story! When you add in the play on words with “Olive Ewe” it makes for such a fun read-aloud! We absolutely adored the bright illustrations…they worked so well with the story and added so much to the charm!

One of the best parts of this book for me was the conversations that came from it! It opened up lots of discussions about times when we are trying our best and things just don’t go our way. We talked a lot about how just because things don’t go our way, it doesn’t mean that we will be loved any less! This is a reason why picture books are so incredible…they often open up such wonderful discussions!

For More Info

I would love to thank Pink Umbrella Books for sharing a copy of this book with us! We absolutely loved it! Olive is written by Michelle E. Wilson and illustrated by Angie Penrose.

For more information on the author, you can visit her website at http://www.michellewilsonwrites.com/

To grab a copy for yourself, click here!

olive is a sweet, funny, and heartwarming new picture book
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Malamander – A Must-Read New Middle-Grade Book

Malamander – A Must-Read New Middle-Grade Book

“If the impossible is possible anywhere, it’ll be possible in Eerie-on-Sea” Welcome to the sleepy beach town of Eerie-on-Sea. It is winter, and everything is different during the winter. You see, legend has it that a monstrous creature called the Malamander prowls the shore of […]

Circus Mirandus is 100% Pure Magic

Circus Mirandus is 100% Pure Magic

Circus Mirandus is 100% pure magic from beginning to end. I finished the book in two days and could not put it down. Cassie Beasley beautifully weaves a story full of magic and heart with a little mystery tied in! I can’t wait to re-read […]

All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

 

Some books have a way of simultaneously breaking your heart and making it swell. All The Impossible Things was a gut-wrenchingly beautiful story that captured my heart and attention.  I hope that my words can do this book justice because it is just so special! I can’t wait to share it with you!

All The Impossible Things

Ruby “Red” Byrd is a young girl that is trying to find her way while navigating the foster care system. Red has been moved from home to home and is counting down the days until she is reunited with her mother. 397 days. 397 days until Red’s mother is released from prison and they can be a family again. In addition to the turbulence of being moved from place to place, Red has an inner turbulence. Whenever she is angry or scared, the wind begins to blow. Red is struggling to control her power over the wind, the more she pushes it back, the more it tries to come to the surface. The more and more Red’s life spirals out of control, the more control she loses over her wind!

After being removed from another home, Red is finally placed with the Grooves. Jackson and Celine Groove are sunshine on a stormy day. They greet Red with open arms. The Grooves run the Groovy Petting  Zoo and they are just as quirky and loveable as their zany array of animals. Red seems to be settling into her life at the farm and makes friends with a  tree-climbing goat named Billie, a donkey named Fezzik, and Tuck the tortoise! Not to mention sweet Marvin and his family! Just when things seem to be running smoothly, the tornado that is Red’s mother returns. Red has been so eager to have her mother back…but will things be different this time? Will Red finally have the family she has always dreamed of?

My Thoughts

To say that this book blew me away would be an understatement. I was hooked from the first few pages and couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in the story and the characters that I HAD to know what happened. Let’s just say very little laundry got done and my kids may have eaten cereal for dinner…but it was worth it!

Author Lindsay Lackey writes in such an incredible way that it made the characters come alive for me. I felt the emotions right along with them. Anger, fear, sorrow, happiness, disappointment, joy…I felt it all! As someone who has no experience with the foster care system, I was worried that I  might not have a connection to the book. The opposite was true. I felt so connected to the story and to the characters. Lackey tackles several extremely heavy topics in the pages of the book, such as loss and addiction, and she handles them so beautifully and gently but without minimizing their seriousness.

About halfway through the book, I decided I had to get my hands on every other book that Lindsay Lackey has ever written. I fell in love with her writing style. You guys…this was her debut novel! MIND.BLOWN. I hope that this will be the first of many amazing books to come! She is a gifted storyteller and I think this is going to be the first of many beautiful books!

If you are looking for a beautiful story with elements of magic, adventure, heartache, and love, then this is an absolute gem you don’t want to miss. I would like to thank Macmillan for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

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Lindsay Lackey has trained as an opera singer, worked in children’s and teen services at the public library, and for a major publishing house in publicity and marketing. Now, she writes magical novels for middle-grade readers and unabashedly believes in impossible things. Born and raised in Colorado, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their spoiled dog.

Lindsay’s debut middle grade novel, ALL THE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS, released on September 3rd, 2019 from Macmillan’s Roaring Brook Press.

For more information on Lindsay Lackey, you can find her website here.

To order your own copy, click right here.

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The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Bolt Wattle is an orphan. He has spent most of his life at Having spent most of his life at the Oak Wilt Home for Unwanted Boys, all Bolt wants is to find his real family. One day Bolt learns […]

My Most Anticipated August New Releases!

My Most Anticipated August New Releases!

I have a new hobby. You might even call it a sport. It takes great skill, determination, and endurance…I stalk Amazon for upcoming new book releases. Oh, it’s a thing. So, instead of just stalking alone and creating beautifully long wishlists, I have decided to […]

Out of this World Books for your Astronomy Unit!

Out of this World Books for your Astronomy Unit!

We are just at the beginning of our astronomy and space unit! The kids have been looking forward to this unit for months! I have spent so much time collecting resources, books, supplies, and organizing activities and I can’t wait to share it all with you!! I am hoping to have lots of posts with ideas for books, projects, and supplies! This post is going to be ALL about the amazing out of this world books to add to your unit! As you well know by now, all of our units are super book heavy…we just can’t get enough! So, let’s get to it!

Out of this World Space Books

Narrowing down this list was nearly impossible…but I limited myself to just sharing my top 6…and I didn’t even include my very favorite books from Usborne Books & More…which could fill an entire blog post in itself…actually…it probably will! Anyway…on with it!

1.) Planetarium

Not to be dramatic…but you need this book. If you are a fan of Botanicum or Animalium…this is the newest installment from Big Picture Press. It is just gorgeous and so packed full of information. I can’t recommend these books enough. Awesome resources to use again and again.

 2.) Seeing Stars: A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations

If you plan to cover constellations YOU.NEED.THIS.BOOK. I have only had this book for 3 days and it is incredible. Not all books will contain all 88 constellations, but this one does. Not only does it show you the constellations but it also explains to you how they came to be named, the brightest star in the constellation, and where and when to see it. I think my favorite thing about this book (aside from the fact that it smells fab) is that it breaks the constellations down into the “ancient” constellations and the more modern ones. So well organized and just gorgeous.

3.) A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky

I have had this book forever and have only recently opened it. It is incredible. I loved the way it was organized so much that I planned much of our unit based on this book. It is so beautiful but it also explains things in such an easy way that it is easy for kids to understand! It also comes with glow in the dark star stickers and a cool star finder!

 

4.) What We See in the Stars

This one can best be described as Gor-Geous. It is such a wonderful combination of science and myth. It is packed with so much goodness. I ordered this one before even seeing it in person because I had a feeling it would be a keeper and it absolutely IS!

 

5.) G is for Galaxy: An Out of this World Alphabet

No Homeschool by the Beach unit would be complete without an alphabet book from Sleeping Bear Press. These are my go-to books for creating homeschool units. I wrote about my obsession with them here. G is for Galaxy is another home run. It is packed with information and in usual alphabet book fashion has gorgeous illustrations and tons of facts! S is for Saturn, T is for Telescope, and J is for Jupiter are just a few of the pages you will find. Absolutely awesome book!

 

6.) Star Stories: Constellation Tales from Around the World

I literally just got this book this week! I was supposed to have it yesterday on it’s release day but my friends at Amazon were a little late getting it here…not pleased my friends! Anyway, it was worth the wait. This book is GORGEOUS! Star Stories is FULL of the tales and mythology surrounding the constellations. You will read about stories from Ancient Greece, China, India, North America, Egypt, and the South Pacific. We are starting this book this afternoon. I read the first few stories and it is awesome. The illustrations are SO lovely and the stories are ones both you and your kiddos will love!

 

As I mentioned above, this is just the tip of the iceberg of awesome books. I have created an Amazon list with several more…and if you love Usborne Books & More…I am hoping to get a list up with those amazing books as well!

To view my Amazon list click here.

 

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Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

Llama Destroys the World is a Laugh-Out-Loud Gem

You guys…have I got a hysterical book recommendation for you! What was the last laugh-out-loud hysterical book that you’ve read? I can’t remember the last book that had me cracking up as much as this one did. Llama Destroys the World is a brand new […]