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Welcome to my blog where you can find tidbits of original writing in between reviews. I hope you enjoy yourself and find a new favorite book.

50 Precious Words 2021

I’ve tried my hand at several writing contests, and they’ve all given me something to practice and learn. That’s why when I heard of Vivian Kirkfield‘s 50 Precious Word contest I knew I had to at least try. Write a complete story (for kids) in 50 words or less? Even my shortest stories have been in the mid 100s range.…

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Where’s My Mummy?

Where’s My Mummy?Words by Carolyn CrimiIllustrated by John MandersPublished 2008 Where’s My Mummy is a rhythmic story about a little baby mummy who wants to play hide-and-seek with his mama mummy. The story is simple, he runs to hide but when he can’t find mama he looks and instead finds his neighbors, but it grabs young listeners and is a…

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Valentiny 2021

Many thanks to Susanna Hill for hosting another fun holiday themed writing contest on her blog.Entry information and everyone’s fantastic pieces can be found here. —————————- Shiny Sharp ScissorsWC 200 Sarah shivered while she stared at the scissors.The last craft session had not ended well. She had been thinking deep thoughts and not about her hands when…Snip snipEEEK Now, instead…

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Sugar in Milk

Sugar in MilkWord by Thrity UmrigarIllustrated by Khoa LePublished 2020 Sugar in Milk is a retelling of an old story of when the Persians came to India nestled inside the story of a young, immigrant girl who feels out of place in America.Our narrator is unnamed, but her emotions are vivid and touching.The story within the story is one I…

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Happy Dreams, Little Bunny

Happy Dreams, Little BunnyBy Leah HongPublished 2021 Gentle and sweet, Happy Dreams is a great bedtime book! Little Bunny can’t sleep, there are too many big thoughts to think. Mommy bunny helps by asking little probing questions as prompts that make Little Bunny soar into soothing imaginations. Little Bunny is the focus, but Mommy is there in the background the…

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Heirlooms

It’s a simple board with a scuffed and cracked top.The cards feel brittle and are yellowed with age.The pawns are faded (and 1/4 are missing) but the wood is solid. It sits on the shelf, unused most days, but on rare occasions gets pulled out for careful game time. The board games have been out often during this pandemic. They…

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Julia’s House

By Ben Hatke This is a twofer because, much to my delight, one of our family favorites – Julia’s House for Lost Creatures – has a sequel. Julia is a young girl who lives in a traveling house that sits on the back of a giant turtle. It’s too quiet all alone in her big house so she invites lost…

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Carnivores

Written by Aaron ReynoldsIllustrated by Dan SantatPublished 2013 Do you sometimes feel a little left out when you bite your friends?Is it hard not to nibble on your neighbors?If so, you might be interested in Carnivores. Lion, Shark, and Timber Wolf are frustrated by how nobody wants them around. It’s not like they eat everybody… just some. They can’t help…

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First Day of Unicorn School

Written by Jess HernandezIllustrated by Mariano Epelbaum Published 2021 This is the first 2021 published book I’ve read. New year, new books! When it came time to decide what to do with the Christmas gift card the answer was, “I want the rainbow book.” It took time to figure it out, and was only solved when PB Debut Troupe 21…

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Such a Library, a Yiddish Folktale Re-Imagined

Written by Jill Ross NadlerIllustrated by Esther van den BergPublished in 2020 I love retellings, as evidenced by the fact that I own several different versions of multiple different stories, so I will admit I may be a teeny bit biased in favor of books of this type. Such a Library is a a fresh twist on my favorite Yiddish…

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