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TITLE: My Life At Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses
AUTHOR: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
PUBLISHER: Monday Creek Publisher
Can you imagine living on a farm with horses but not being able to ride them? What would it be like to sit there, looking out the window, watching your sisters’ ride, and jumped over fences on them? I think it would be horrible! What if you were disabled and one day your doctor says that you’ll never walk? What would your parents say or do? This all happened to author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. She takes us into her world of learning to ride a horse while having a disability. Not only that, but she tells us how she went on to showing the horses and jump them in horse shows! She has the ribbons to show for it, too!
It all started when that doctor said Deanie would never walk. Her dad had other ideas contrary to what the doctor said. Thus, started Deanie’s long journey to the horse shows. It all started with her dad finding her a pony that she could handle and then strengthening her legs so that she could stay up. Then, she learned to walk the horse without falling off; everything up to jumping when she was eighteen. Through the years she’s ridden many horses as she grew and progressed. In this autobiography, the author takes us through all of the up and downs of her life. She tells us of the horses’ barn burning and her mother losing her favorite horse to Deanie finally getting a horse of her own!
I was very impressed with this inspirational book and the courageous author who wrote it! I feel it should definitely be in your home library. It will teach your children that they can overcome whatever obstacles life throws in their direction.
If you would like to order your own copy of ‘My Life At Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses,’ your can order your copy at Amazon.com, Goodreads, or Barnes and Noble.
TITLE: A World To Live In: An Ecologist’s Vision for a Plundered Planet
AUTHOR: George M. Woodell
NARRATED BY: W.B. Ward
LENGTH: 8 hours, 47 minutes
What’s happening to the planet that we live on? All the toxic gases that we produce from car exhausts, chemical waste, emissions from canned deodorant and hair spray all contribute to the destruction of our well-being and Mother Earth. The toxic chemicals sprayed on crops aren’t helping either. They garbage that we let drop in the oceans, rivers, ponds, and lakes aren’t helping us either. We’re killing the fish. If we don’t kill them we’re causing deformities. So what do we do about it?
A World to Live In: An Ecologist’s Vision for a Plundered Planet explores this subject. George M. Woodell explains to us of all the plundering we’re actually doing to the earth and offers suggestions on how to correct our behavior. He explains to us about climate change causing the melting of the ice-caps in Antartica to how this connects to the disappearance or endangerment of animals, plants, and how this connects with our survival.
This is definitely an audiobook you’ll want to download on your device. This is a very timely and eye-opening book to listen to!
TITLE: Andrew Little: Fifth Grader
Author: Cynthia Gingold
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Paperback: 58 pages
Price: Paperback: $5.99, Kindle Unlimited: Free
Is Andrew Little really the class clown and not a good friend? Will he stay that way forever? I enjoyed the humorous, action packed adventures of Andrew in his last days of fifth grade.
I’d recommend the easy-to-read book for your elementary school readers.
If you’d like to order this book in paperback or in Kindle, you can order it here.
My picture book is very nearly complete and soon will be for sale on Amazon. Now, it's on to make bookmarks and a book trailer. Stay tuned!
Where Can We Have The Party? is published!! Get your copy here.
Courtesy of Writer's Circle
Well, this is the time of year I usually talk about New Year's Writing Resolutions. You'll be happy to know that I'm not going to this year. Instead, I'm going to take the 2017 READING CHALLENGE that's shown in the meme above. I found this meme on Facebook, courtesy of the Writer's Circle. I also thought it would be fun to challenge all of you to do it too!
How can we do this? For the biography or auto-biography we could read about the life of Judy Blume, Theodore Giesel, Laura Ingalls Wilder, or anyone else you're a fan of. You could even go out of the world of kidlit and read a biography of say ... Henry VIII. What's that I hear? You don't want to leave the world of kidlit? Easy peezy. Read a how-to book on writing for children.
For reviewers, reading most of this list will be a snap since you have the books you review on your bookshelf or in your e-reader.
Most of these suggestions are self - explanatory. For instance, I notice that there's one up there that says to read a book by someone younger than you. Read one written by a young author or an author that you know is younger than you.
Many of these books are already on my bookshelf or on my e - reader. One just came in today's mail and I can't wait to get to it! It's a self - help book and yes, self - help is on the list.
The only one listed that I would REALLY find challenging is "read a book from my childhood." Hmmmm. The only store I know of that might have 'Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel' is 300 miles away from me. This store has so many books. Even books from way back when. I wonder if I can buy it over the internet somewhere?
So, as I said before, I challenge YOU to do this along with me. Have fun!
A CHRISTMAS TALE...DRESS REHEARSAL
Christmas is coming
Everyone’s getting stressed,
The Infant Christmas Production
Is putting us to the test.
We’re on the way to Bethlehem,
The children are finally dressed,
The costumes have seen betters
It’s a pity they weren’t pressed!
Joseph is teasing the donkey
Who is terribly, terribly slow
And has now stopped altogether
Because he doesn’t want to go.
We’ve got too many angels,
The stars are thick on the ground,
Yet when we ask them all to sing
It’s hard to hear a sound.
The Kings forgot the presents,
The camels haven’t appeared,
Mary is looking tearful
Just as we all had feared.
Instead of ‘Sorry, there is no
The innkeeper opens the door,
He tells them they can go inside
And sit down on the floor.
The villagers are fighting,
The shepherds kick the sheep,
Some of the narrators
Are sounding half asleep.
The doll was in the manger
Now Mary takes it out,
She’s gone from tearful to
And she’s waving it about.
Then comes the Grand Finale,
There’s a puddle on the floor,
It’s time to call a finish
Or there’ll be a whole lot more.
So things are just as always
Becoming extremely fraught –
But the parents will think it’s
That’s such a comforting thought!
The Panto was a success, that
we do now know,
All those girls and boys – they
really did all glow.
Merry Christmas to all the
children, as they all do play,
But don’t forget to go to bed
early – as Santa arrives on his
A drunken Santa has made it
And beat the traffic queue!
He now flies home to Lapland,
With a sherry in his hand!
He shouts; “Merry Christmas,
folks, and gives a cheeky wink”,
He flies away, oh so fast – he
daren’t even blink!
A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER
We’re getting near to Christmas,
There’s lots of things to do.
There’s cards to write and gifts
To friends both old and new.
We’ll think about the good old
When Father Christmas came
And left a shiny penny,
And a tangerine and a game.
We’d have a lovely dinner,
Turkey, Yorkshire, spuds and
And a home-made Christmas
With mince pies, without a
And nuts and dates, oh, what
And paper chains were hung,
Then someone played piano,
And carols would be sung.
Let’s think about the Christ
As he in the manger lay,
And remember that without
There would be no Christmas
Nice and tidy.
TITLE: Oliver and Jumpy: Stories 52-54
AUTHOR: Werner Stejskal
PUBLSHER: Werner Stejskal
Here are three more Oliver the elegant Tuxedo cat, and his best friend Jumpy, the Kangaroo.
In story #52, Oliver gets tree mail from his sister asking him to take care of her kittens while she has another. Oliver thinks this is going to be so easy but he soon find out different. First, he plays games with his young nieces and nephews. Then, he has to do the grossest thing of all. Change a diaper! Eeeew! What other adventures are awaiting Oliver and his little nieces and nephews?
In story #53, Oliver sees an SOS smoke signal from his tree house and he alerts his best friend, Jumpy. To get the island where the smoke signal is, they enlist the help of their friend whale. What’s the emergency? Find out in this exciting story!
Story #54 is about a drop of water named, Droppy. One day, Droppy is hanging around in the clouds when suddenly he is separated from all the other drops of water. What will happen to Droppy? Can Oliver help him?
The illustrations in these stories are fantastic! They are very brightly colored and really add to these short stories.
I highly recommend these stories for your ebook library if you have a little one in your home. To find out more about Mr. Stejskal and more about Oliver and Jumpy just visit his website. To download these cute short stories for your little ones, go here or visit Barnes and Noble.
I have received no compensation for reviewing this book. The ebook was sent to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.
Here's a riddle for you to figure out. Leave a comment when you think you know the answer!
Here it is:
Can we have it in the sea?
Can we have it in a tree?
Can we have it underground?
Can we have it all around?