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Mickey on the Move Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

If your life is in some way related to a special needs child, you will find Michelle Wagner's new picture book Mickey on the Move particularly interesting and inspiring. Learn more about the book and enter to win a signed copy!

About the Book:

Book Title: Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner
Category: Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Jan, 2021
Tour dates: Feb 1 to Mar 5, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.

In this bighearted book, the real story of a young boy with deafness in his ears is aided by his mother and teachers in navigating new school experiences. Mickey is just like everyone else, except he wears cochlear implants and has to do things just a little differently than most. This charming tale reminds us that we can all find happiness if we lean on and support each other.

My Review

Based on the true story of the author and her adopted son, Mickey on the Move shows us the way inside the world of a 6th grader who has to wear cochlear impants to help him receive and process sounds. Just like any kid starting a new school, Mickey needs to make certain adjustments to his new surroundings, including challenges caused by the fact that he hears things differently than his classmates. Luckily, he's got a wonderful support team consisting of his mother, teacher, and friends. Together, they figure out the best solution to help Mickey's school life become smoother and more successful.

Mickey is a very inspiring character. He is smart, creative, confident, friendly, sporty and has a very positive attitude toward life. Just like any other kid in the neighborhood, he bikes to school, and learns reading, math, and all the other subjects at school. After school, he goes to soccer practice, tennis, and swimming lessons. He loves painting and wants to become a police officer to help those in need.

The book is educational in that it provides knowledge about cochlear implants and about life of children with special needs. It encourages all kids not to be afraid to reach out and ask for help when necessary. It shows how love and support can help conquer challenges. It also teaches about kindness, compassion, creative thinking, problem-solving, and how to communicate your needs and adapt to a new environment. Although the book focuses on a child with hearing impairment, its messages are relevant to everyone.

Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N | Mascot Books

The Adventures of Forkman Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Teaching children about what it takes to be a good person includes teaching them about good manners. I'm happy to be introduced to a children's book series that actually makes it fun to learn about proper etiquette at the dinner table and beyond. The latest book in the series is The Adventures of Forkman: What's That Noise?, co-authored by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie. Find out more about the book and enter to win a signed copy!

About the Book:

Book Title: The Adventures of Forkman: What's That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Jan 2021
Tour dates: Feb 1 to Mar 5, 2021
Content Rating: G. This children's book is for everyone.

When poor manners are present, Forkman will be there to save the day! Join Kathryn and William as they learn how to load the dishwasher properly and avoid inappropriate distractions at the table with the help of all their utensil friends. This second book in the Adventures of Forkman series is a great introduction to mealtime etiquette for readers of all ages.

My Review:

As the second book in the series, The Adventures of Forkman: What's That Noise? is completely fine to be read as a stand-alone story. It consists of two chapters, one focusing on the proper use of a dishwasher, and the other about how to make the best of family time in the kitchen. All the information gets communicated through the friendly conversations between Forkman and the kids Kathryn and William. The Forkman is always very patient, giving step-by-step instructions and reasonably detailed explantions, whenever necessary. He also pops questions that encourage the kids to think independently. While the colorful illustrations help bring the cute characters to life, young readers would really enjoy seeing familiar kitchen items, such as pots and pans, bowls, plates, and utensils, become characters in a story, each with a fun name to remember.

Table manners are important not only because they are closely related to politeness and decency, but also becasue they can do good to our health. By teaching the kids about the do's and don'ts at the dinner table, the book shows them how to be kind, respectful, and considerate, and encourages them to form good habits that will likely have lifelong benefits. Besides table manners, Forkman also teaches safety measures regarding the use of a dishwasher, motivates the kids to share household chores with their parents, and asks them to cherish family time by turning off phones and other electronic devices during mealtime. In a way, Forkman helps reinforce many of the things I've told my kids before. Thank you, Forkman! I can hardly wait to hear what Forkman will talk about in the next book of his adventures.

Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N | Mascot Books

It's Me Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Everyone is different and it's the uniqueness of each individual that makes the world diverse and interesting. But sometimes one might get hurt simply because he or she is different from the majority in one way or another. The wound can be even harder to heal for tweens and teens. In his book It's Me, Jeff Kubiak tells real stories of students, teachers and educators whose lives have been impacted by prejudice. Learn more about this book and enter to win a signed copy.

About the Book: Book Title: It's Me by Jeff Kubiak
Category: Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12), 57 pages
Genre: Children's/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices
Publisher: EduMatch Publishing
Release date: November 14, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021
Content Rating: PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.

It's Me is dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let's ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.

My Review:

It's Me is a touching and thought-provoking book consisting of 20 short poems, each featuring an individual that gets misunderstood, laughed at, or even discriminated against due to their physical appearance, language barrier, country of origin, or health issues. In each vignette, the person describes why he or she is considered different by their peers, how they feel about being treated unfairly, and more importantly, what specialties or strengths they possess that deserve to be recognized and appreciated.

With a careful collection of real stories covering a wide variety of inequity problem areas, the book encourages tweens and teens to embrace their individuality, to be aware of their self-worth, and to boost their self-esteem. Meanwhile, it warns about the psychological harm that prejudice and discrimination can do to a youngster. The illustrations help drive the message home by showing the struggle that each storyteller undergoes through their facial expression and body language. Some of the stories reveal parenting pitfalls that any well-meaning parent should avoid. The book also includes a glossary explaining all the medical terms that appear in the stories and a list of helpful resources promoting early detection of health problems that may affect a child's behavior and academic performance.

The book is an educational read about equity, diversity, inclusivity, and individuality that I'd recommend to everyone. It takes all of us, not just those who are suffering from prejudical labeling, to make a difference.

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Journey To A New Earth Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Although it is not fair to judge a book by its cover, I couldn't resist the temptation to read Journey To A New Earth when I saw a panda and a koala holding hands together and smiling at me on the cover. Neither could my youngest, who loves everything about animals. Read on to learn more about this lovely picture book by Zeiny Sher and enter to win a signed copy.

About the Book:

Book Title: Journey To A New Earth: Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala Discover A New Earth by Zeiny Sher
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Zeiny Sher
Release date: Oct 30 2020
Content Rating: G. This children's book is for everyone.

Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala Discover a New Earth is an exploration in preservation through connection. Penelope and Kobi are connected through life changing events, which helps them learn how to love and preserve the earth, and how to deeply connect with each other and others along the way.

My Review:

Journey To A New Earth is a pleasant, calming read that impresses me with its fantastic artwork, adorable characters, and inspiring messages. The story starts with Penelope Panda, who lives happily in a wonderful world, the kind that you would expect in a fairy tale. She somehow runs into a crying baby koala called Kobi, who gets separated from her friends because of a disastrous wildfire. Determined to help Kobi find her friends, Penelope takes Kobi on a search mission and tries all she can to comfort the baby koala along the way. With the help of a magic tree, Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala discover an enchanting new Earth with nice surprises awaiting them.

The book stands out with its beautiful, brightly colored illustrations. All the animal characters are super cute and lively, full of facial expression and action. They are very appealing to young readers, who can easily tell from the pictures how the characters are feeling and what they are doing.

The story delivers very positive messages and gives a strong feel of peace and hope. It teaches about kindness, love and respect for nature, ecological balance and universal connection among all the beings on Earth. I wish the book could elaborate a bit more on what actions could be taken to make a realistic transition to the new Earth that we would all love to live on. Magic doesn't really work after all when it comes to environmental protection. My preschooler truly enjoyed reading this book with me and asked it to be read again. But he did get a bit confused by the ending and couldn't fully comprehend the messages without my help. I guess older kids may do better in that regard.

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