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Mother's Love: Animal Moms and Their Babies Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Mother's love is instinctive, unconditional and powerful, as manifested in Diana Aleksandrova's newly released picture book Mother's Love. Get a glimpse of this beautiful book and enter to win a signed copy!

About the Book:

Book Title: Mother's Love: Animal moms and their babies by Diana Aleksandrova
Category: Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: Dedoni Books
Release date: November 5, 2021
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.

A mother’s love is like the air;
you may not see it, but it’s there.

A mother’s love is universal; and yet the way each species shows its love is unique.

In a cloud, I’ll build a nest.
For you, I want the very best.
My love is fierce and very bright.
It makes the world feel safe and right.

Mother’s Love is a lyrical celebration of the unconditional bond every mother has with her child. The book is written from the point of view of ten different animal moms, ranging from elephants to eagles and depicts the various sides of motherhood, including joy, resilience, and sacrifice.

My Review:

As a mom myself, I find Mother's Love to be particularly touching and inspiring. Featuring animals from Arctic to Antarctica, and from the sky to the sea, the book shows that mother's love is universal across all species, although it may be expressed in very different ways. Genetically wired to put her baby's needs before her own, a mother is willing to do whatever it takes to provide care and protection.

I'm deeply impressed with the book's poetic writing and artistic illustrations. The rhymes are perfect for reading aloud, while the underlying emotions are authentic and intense, thanks to the use of first person point of view, which also helps establish different mothering styles, gentle, tough, permissive or playful. Each mom's verbal expression of love is further enhanced by the heartwarming paintings of animal moms and babies cuddling together, using watercolor in soft hues.

The book includes a special section filled with scientific facts about the unique mother-baby dynamics of the animals being featured previously, along with how the names of animal babies differ from their mothers'. They help young readers to better understand some of the things that each mother refers to in the main body of the book. This is a charming and educational book I'd highly recommend to children of all ages, as they learn to appreciate mother's love, care and sacrifice.

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Popper and Friends: Popper Finds a New Home Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Popper and Friends: Popper Finds a New Home is the first book of IL Ritchie's new series Popper and Friends. Check it out and enter to win a signed copy!

About the Book:

Book Title: Popper and Friends: Popper Finds a New Home by IL Ritchie
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot
Release date: December 2021
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17, 2021
Content Rating: Rated G. Suitable for everyone

Popper is a sweet little woodpecker who is trying to find a new home. Now that he is grown, it’s time for him to leave the nest and find a home of his own. The first book in the Popper and Friends series, follow along as Popper explores different options and gets helpful advice from his friends.

My Review:

Popper and Friends: Popper Finds a New Home is a delightful short story about an adventurous young woodpecker named Popper, who just gets old enough to move out of his parents' house. Excited to have more space to himself soon, Popper embarks on a search for his new home. From the pond to the pole, he looks high and low for the perfect place to build a house of his own, learning something new from the friends he comes across at each location.

The book is well written and beautifully illustrated. While following along Popper's interesting adventure around the farm, young readers get to meet different animals living in different environments, and learn how to ask for help politely, how to gather information, how to cheer up a friend, and how to deal with feelings of frustration. From a parent's perspective, I appreciate that Popper's parents give him the opportunity to conduct research on his own, show trust and support for his judgement, and thereby help him grow into an independent, adaptive problem-solver. Overall, the book is a pleasant and educational read for everyone.

Buy The Book: Mascot
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REN Clean Skincare Evercalm™ Global Protection Day Cream Giveaway {Winter Is Coming Giveaway Hop}

The merriest month of the year is finally here! Hope all of us will make the most of it. As the weather gets colder and drier, many of us, especially those with dry or sensitive skin, are in need of a safe and effective moisturizer, such as the Evercalm™ Global Protection Day Cream from REN Clean Skincare.

Offering daily protection and hydration for all skin types, this vegan facial moisturizer features the Global Protection Complex, a synergistic blend of powerful antioxidant and free radical scavengers, together with soothing and nourishing seed oils to help better protect the skin against moisture loss, pollution and external aggressors. 

Its key clean ingredients include natural Blackcurrent Seed Oil (rich in Omega 3), Seabuckthorn Oil (rich in Omega 7), and Camellia Oil (high in Oleic Acid containing Omega 9). They combine to keep the skin nourished and replenished, with a soft, smooth, and youthful look and feel.

Cool Kids Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Whether longing to be a cool kid is a good thing depends a great deal on how "cool" is being defined, as shown in Arlene Freeman's picture book Cool Kids. Learn a bit more about the book and enter to win a signed copy!

About the Book:

Book Title: Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Chldren's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Publishing
Release date: October 2021
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
Content Rating: G. Suitable for all ages.

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?

My Review:

Michael is happy to start fourth grade at a new school together with his old friends. The only thing that really bothers him is that he can no longer play his favorite sport because the biggest bully nicknamed Ruffy doesn't approve his request to join the football team. Michael decides to win Ruffy's favor by acting like a bully and thus becoming a "cool" kid. He succeeds, but at the expense of losing all his previous friends (including the furry one) and being reprimanded by his own conscience. Is it possible to remain a cool kid without turning into someone he resents and can hardly recognize in the mirror?

The author of Cool Kids takes a rather bold approach to the topic of anti-bullying by showing the dreadful consequences a past victim of bullying may have to face after attempting to become a bully himself. Bullying neither makes him feel stronger nor helps him get popular. It is an important lesson to learn for kids who are eager to fit in at a new place, where the problem of bullying is present. They need guidance to make the right choice. While Michael is lucky to have friends who support his efforts to get back on track, converting a veteran bully like Ruffy may not be as easy as suggested by the somewhat magical ending of the story and young readers should be warned about that. The book encourages kids to face and correct their mistakes, and to be kind and forgiving. The positive messages delivered by the book make it a worthy read, but parents may want to help younger kids separate fact from fiction to avoid misconception.

Buy the Book: Mascot
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About 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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One lucky person will win a signed copy of Cool Kids!

Giveaway ends 12/17. Open to US only. Please enter below. Happy Holidays and Good Luck!

COOL KIDS Book Tour Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own. icefairy's Treasure Chest is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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