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When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too! Blog Tour: Review and Prize Pack Giveaway

Moms are known to be devoted caregivers. But what can the rest of the family do when mom needs to be cared for? Get inspired by When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!, written by mom and three-time cancer survivor Phyllis Schwartz. Learn about this new release and enter to win a wonderful prize pack, including a $50 gift card!

My Review:

When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too! is a heartwarming and uplifting rhyming picture book about family, love and caregiving. When Mom falls ill and needs to rest in bed, the whole family works as a team to help her feel better, from being quiet to cooking her favorite dish, from giving her a tickly foot massage to baking her a tasty treat, and from making the bed to weeding the yard. There are so many ways to cheer up Mom, whose smiles and hugs make everyone feel great!

What the book impresses me most is that it's brimming with positive energy. There is only a brief mention of Mom's illness, with its severity being greatly understated. That's probably what the kids (the narrators) are being told. The sole focus of the story is all the kind and fun things that the kids, along with their Dad and Granny, do to take good care of Mom and to bring her joy and comfort. We see happy faces and feel love throughout the book. The soft hues used in the illustrations create a cozy atmosphere around the family and draw the readers closer to the characters.

While it is written from the children's perspective, the book reads more like a heartfelt thank-you letter from their mom. It manifests the significance of love, care and support from family members. It also inspires us to get creative and not to give up easily when faced with life's toughest challenges. A truly delightful read everyone can enjoy!

About the Book:

Ages 4+ | 38 Pages
Publisher: Acorn Publishing | ISBN-13: 9798885280143

When Mom, one day, came home and said, “I think I better get in bed”
It was up to us to get together
As a team so she’d feel better
We came up with all sorts of things to do
Because “when mom feels great then we do too!”

Purchase Links: Amazon | Bookshop | Barnes & Noble

Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Are you trying to convince your little one that healthy eating is not only the right thing to do but it can be fun too? An entertaining story like Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen may help you out. Enter to win a signed copy!

My Review:

Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen is a whimsical and educational picture book following a little girl's tremendous transformation from a Junk Food Queen to a Health Food Queen. Jolene is drawn to junk food so deeply that she eats it exclusively day and night, and wears it from head to toe. So does her only friend at school Sugar Sam. Jolene has no intention of changing until she drifts off to dreamland one night and starts a wacky and magical adventure there.

Jolene's story abounds in amusing and memorable characters, some representing her favorite junk food, and others embodying smarter food choices. Interestingly, it is the junk food characters who help Jolene realize the harms they could do to her teeth and her overall health. The colorful and energetic fruit and veggie characters, on the other hand, help debunk the myth that healthy food must be bland and boring. The creative, cartoon-like artwork adds great vitality and hilarity to the characters.

Although in reality, building a healthy, lifelong habit takes time and effort, Jolene's fun-filled adventure may get young readers interested in taking the initiative, while recognizing the helpful role of family and friends in making a positive change. It warns about the danger of excessive indulgence in junk food and suggests eating in moderation instead of complete abstinence, which might be less feasible for young children. More importantly, it offers a good number of healthy, nutritious alternatives that are visually appealing, delicious, and easy to prepare. The fun recipes in the back of the book, for instance, would be a sweet start!

The length of the book is closer to an illustrated chapter book than a typical picture book. But the story is easy to follow and to be divided into sections. Both beginner and more advanced readers can enjoy the book at their own pace.

About the Book:

Created by Alexa Palmer and Catharine Kaufman
Illustrated by John Martinez and Hayden Mills

Ages 4-10 | 60 Pages
Publisher: Palmer and Kaufman | ISBN-13: 978-0-615136301

Jolene loves junk food. She loves it so much she wears red licorice in her hair–and pink taffy underwear! The Munch Bunch calls her “The Junk Food Queen.” Then, one night in her dreams, she meets a bunch of cool characters who take her on an incredible, edible journey into a world of juicy fruits, super salads, and yummy smoothies.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Bookshop | Barnes & Noble | Walmart

Embarrassing George Blog Tour: Review and Prize Pack Giveaway

My kids are always excited about family night at school, when they can showcase all the fun things they are doing in their classrooms. It never occurred to me that not all kids feel the same way until I read Embarrassing George, the latest picture book from multi-award-winning author Kimber Fox Morgan. Some of you may recall reading my review of her award-winning book Chipper Makes Merry. Be sure to watch Chipper make a guest appearance in the new book! Learn more and enter to win a fantastic prize pack for your little one!

My Review:

Embarrassing George is a very funny and relatable short story about family, individuality and acceptance. George dreads the family night at school because he thinks everyone in his family is quirky and embarrassing in some way. Fortunately, his family is not alone. And, it's hard to predict who will be the one causing a chaos!

With George as the narrator, the book is very friendly to beginner readers, who can understand and enjoy the story fully as if they were listening to a kid of their age venting about his family's bizzare behavior. The illustrations are humorous, engaging and expressive. Each page drops hints about some other side of the story that George has omitted either deliberately or subconsiciously. The fun of reading is doubled!

While the story prompts young readers to think about the hilarious moments in their own families, it assures them that it is OK for someone in the family to look weird or embarrassing at times. What really matters is how much they love and support you when you need them most. It's important to learn to appreciate them just the way they are. That's what holds the family together. The book is a perfect pick when the whole family wants to read and have a hearty laugh together.

About the Book:

Ages 4+ | 34 Pages
Publisher: Creative, Simple Wonder Press | ISBN-13: 9781737038641

Everyone in George’s family is so embarrassing. His mom can’t cook, his sister is constantly making kissy faces to her phone, and his brother’s wardrobe consists of nothing but costumes. To top it off, George’s dad is known for going outdoors in his underwear!

Will Family Night at school reveal all of their quirks?

Or will George want to hide under his desk to avoid them?

Purchase Links: Amazon | Bookshop | Barnes & Noble

$20 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash Giveaway {Fabulous Fall Giveaway Hop}

The fall equinox is almost here. Are you ready to embrace the fabulous fall season with multiple chances to win cool prizes? Join today's blog hop and let the fun get started!

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