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#bizzybzzzthebeeandgrandpastea

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Script Novel Publishing LLC

ABOUT THE BOOK

Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea

Written by Travis Peagler

Illustrated by Blueberry Illustrations

Ages 4-8 | 32 Pages

Publisher: Script Novel Publishing | ISBN-13: 978-1732563551

Publisher’s Synopsis: Every morning at seven o’ three, I wake up just in time to watch Grandpa play with Bizzy Bzzz the Bee.

Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea is reading made fun. Told through the eyes of a child, this is an entertaining story about a boy who gets a good laugh watching Grandpa’s encounter with a bee every morning while trying to enjoy his cup of tea. Teetering on the edge of frustration, Grandpa has a heightened escalation with Bizzy.

The boy comes up with a quick solution that allows Grandpa to enjoy his morning tea and lets Bizzy stay. It’s safe to say, the Grandson saved the day. This story has playful rhyme, problem solving, and is sure to put a smile on faces of children every time.

Bizzy Bzzz zips around Grandpa’s head three times and makes him dizzy. It’s funny when his eyes cross. He looks so silly.

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/3ofsV3K

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781732563551

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Travis Peagler is a unique individual, being the youngest of seven kids, raised partially in low-income apartments on the East side of Dayton, Ohio, until the age of nine. Humble beginnings growing up in a somewhat multi-racial neighborhood gave Travis an inimitable perspective on life at an incredibly young age.

His imagination has always been his outlet. Thinking back to grade-school when he was in an uncomfortable situation or when he didn’t handle conflict well, Travis would always replay the scene again in his mind where things played out the way he wished. An innate defense mechanism, he assumes, which led to the discovery of his extraordinary talent.

Be sure to leave Travis a book review. You also can keep up with Travis for future promotions, giveaways, and etc., at the following:

www.TravisPeagler.com | Facebook @TravisWriterPeagler | Instagram @TravisWriterPeagler

MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK

LENDING A HELPING HAND

Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea

Written by Travis Peagler

Illustrated by Blueberry Illustrations

Grandpa’s trouble with a pesky bee is narrated by his clever, young grandson. Every morning, Grandpa sits on the porch with his dog, Sparks, and his tea. He repeats the scenario every evening. Poor Grandpa is troubled by a pesky bee. His grandson decides to do something about the pesky visitor. One evening the boy comes up with an ingenious solution and saves the day.

This short multicultural rhyming picture book teaches children kindness and empathy toward others. It is a touching tale of a loving Christian boy and his grandpa. Elementary grade readers will chuckle at the bee’s antics and the boy’s efforts to save the day. Recommended as a bedtime story or family read-aloud.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea and a $100 Visa gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A copy of Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
  • A $100 Visa gift card

Six (6) winners receive:

  • A copy of Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea

The giveaway begins May 24, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 24, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Click here for the entry form: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3d5cb282232/?

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, May 24, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Tuesday, May 25, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withTravis Peagler
Wednesday, May 26, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Thursday, May 27, 2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Friday, May 28, 2021Heart to HeartA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Monday, May 31, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Tuesday, June 1, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Wednesday, June 2, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Thursday, June 3, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Monday, June 7, 2021Over Coffee ConversationAn interview withTravis Peagler
Tuesday, June 8, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea

#littleallies

Virtual Blog Tour and Giveaway in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Next Pivot Point

ABOUT THE BOOK

Little Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally

Written by Julie Kratz

Illustrated by Edwards Maiello

Ages 5-10 | 74 Pages

Publisher: Next Pivot Point | ISBN-13: 978-1736515907

Publisher’s Synopsis: As Ally navigates through her school day, she watches her classmates face bullying and discrimination. Ally realizes that they all want the same thing – to be accepted as they are. Ally learns an important lesson, brought to light by her teacher, that our differences make each of us unique and special, and that we can be an ally to others to help them navigate through life.

Little Allies is a touching tale that reminds us of the importance of accepting each other, celebrating our differences, and working to become an ally. The colorful pictures show Ally’s willingness to stand by her friends, even when she doesn’t know how else to help. Adults in the story are also important allies, helping kids navigate challenges, learn ways to support, and cherish their uniqueness.

The bonus material at the end of the book will spark discussion at home or in the classroom.100% of online book sale proceeds will be donated to a nonprofit or organization focused on children’s diversity and inclusion development or providing equitable access to opportunities for all children.

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/3uKvehZ

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781736515907

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julie Kratz is a highly acclaimed TEDx speaker and inclusive leadership trainer who led teams and produced results in corporate America. After experiencing many career “pivot points” of her own, she started her own speaking business, focused on helping leaders be more inclusive. Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Julie is a frequent keynote speaker, podcast host, and executive coach. She holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, is a Certified Master Coach, and is a certified unconscious bias trainer.

Her books include Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan, ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality, and Lead Like an Ally: A Journey Through Corporate America with Strategies to Facilitate Inclusion, and Little Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally.

MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK

UNITED WE STAND

Little Allies

Written by Julie Kratz

Illustrated by Edward Maiello

Kratz has provided an interesting approach to handling discussions of diversity among elementary age and middle-school students. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Ally, each day of the week at school reveals a different character experiencing a challenge. Readers meet members of Ally’s fourth grade class who face opposition from fellow classmates. They represent different religious, cultures, special needs, gender, racial and family groupings. Ally stands up as a child willing to protect and empathize with these fellow students.

This book allows young readers to visualize and understand these situations. The discussion guide and glossary of terms to know provide valuable reference points. They can be used by adults such as teachers, counselors, and parents to encourage further discussion. It is my hope that the facilitators will not interject politics into the issues but use this framework to promote unity and healing.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a Little Allies ART-Stravaganza prize pack!

One (1) Grand Prize Winner Receives:

  • A copy of Little Allies, autographed by Julie Kratz
  • A $50 Target gift card
  • An ART-stravangza kit for your budding artist including:
    • A Sketchbook
    • Skin Tone Colored Pencils
    • Crayola Multi-Ethnic Skin Tone Washable Tempera Paints
    • Paint Brushes
    • Crayola Skin Tone Multicultural Crayons
    • Crayola Skin Tone Multicultural Markers

Two Winners Receive:

  • A copy of Little Allies, autographed by Julie Kratz
  • A Little Allies Slap Bracelet
  • A Little Allies Sticker

The giveaway begins May 17, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 17, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT

Click here for the entry form: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3d5cb282231/?

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, May 17, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofLittle Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally
Tuesday, May 18, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofLittle Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally
Wednesday, May 19, 2021Shooting Stars MagazineA book review ofLittle Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally
Thursday, May 20, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA guest post by authorJulie Kratz
Sunday, May 23, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofLittle Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally
Monday, May 24, 2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofLittle Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally
Tuesday, May 25, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofLittle Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally
Tuesday, June 1, 2021Mommy RamblingsA book review ofLittle Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally
Wednesday, June 2, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withJulie Kratz
Thursday, June 3, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofLittle Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally
Friday, June 4, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitAn interview withJulie Kratz

DESTINED FOR EACH OTHER

Jump the Moon

Written by Kathy Simmers

Illustrated by Marjorie Van Heerden

This book relates the sweet tale of a young girl with blonde hair who loves horses. She cannot have her own, so she is working in a barn with a horse trainer for the summer. A gray pony balks at everyone, but this young girl succeeds in developing a special relationship with the pony. As the summer wears on, the two seem to complete each other’s thoughts, hence the phrase, Me Too.

At the end of the summer, the pony is sold. For many years, their paths diverge. The girl begins college. Then she starts to reminisce and dream about the pony. She wants to reconnect. Will she succeed in tracking down the pony and can she restore that special bond of empathy, trust, and kindness?

The soft pastel illustrations impart a whimsical and light-hearted mood to the rhythmic storyline. Highly recommended for elementary grade readers.

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It’s Tough to Fit In

Sophie Washington: Things You Didn’t Know About Sophie

Written and Illustrated by Tanya Duncan Ellis

This is Book Three of the Sophie Washington book series. In this tale, Sophie is about to turn eleven. She is excited because she has a crush on Toby, a new boy in school who has recently moved from Cleveland. Of course she wants desperately for him to notice her. Her other big concern is talking her parents into getting her a cell phone for her birthday. Sophie tells her friend that she is getting an Apple phone, but her parents have not agreed yet. In an effort to impress her friends, she might just jeopardize her fondest wish.

This series is popular with late elementary school and middle-grade readers. Sophie is a character with which many of her readers empathize. Her mistakes and hijinks move the story along. She is funny, genuine, and contemporary. I recommend the series to students ages seven through thirteen.

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TAKE A DEEP BREATH

I Feel Anxious: Children’s Book About Overcoming Anxiety For Kids 4-8.

Written by Aleks Harrison

Illustrated by Ferlina Gunawan

Max is a little boy who feels overwhelmed and anxious. He is moving with his parents to a new town two states away. As he rides in the moving truck, worries crowd his mind. What will his new school be like? Will the new children like him? Who will be his teacher?

Max’s parents encourage him to draw and write about his feelings. That makes him feel better. Perhaps, things won’t be so bad.

Through beautiful illustrations and expressive language, Max calms his fears and reaches out to children who may find themselves in similar situations. Recommended for preschoolers and primary grade children.

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#ONEBIGCANVAS #GIVEAWAY

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and the REED Foundation for Autism

The “One Big Canvas” book series seeks to celebrate differences, showcasing how each individual, regardless of his or her own unique qualities, can be an integral part of a much larger picture.

The Reed Foundation understands autism is a highly prevalent and often misunderstood neurological disability. They hope that these positive and engaging children’s stories will promote acceptance, understanding, and kindness for all.

ABOUT THE BOOKS

One Big Canvas: The Masterpiece

Written by Jay Miletsky

Illustrated by Luis Peres

Ages 3-9 | 24 Pages

Publisher: New Paige Press | ISBN-13: 978-0578496382

Publisher’s Synopsis: Join a spunky collection of paintbrushes as they set out to create a grand masterpiece.

When some of the brushes don’t cooperate, is it because they are misbehaving…or is there another reason entirely? In this story, young readers are introduced to some of the behavioral differences in their autistic peers.

Without ever mentioning any particular challenge or disability by name, this story helps children recognize and understand what autism is, and impress upon them the importance of showing kindness to those who are different, wrapped into a fun story with lighthearted, engaging characters.

They worked through the day, then stopped and admired,

the wisdom their now-painted canvas inspired:

their painting was perfect, It all meshed just fine,

with its colorful circles, and angry green line.

It was a true masterpiece, not one thing was wrong,

including the hum of their single-note song.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3v9ibq3

One Big Canvas: The Molding of Clay

Written by Jay Miletsky

Illustrated by Luis Peres

Ages 3-9 | 24 Pages

Publisher: New Paige Press | ISBN-13: 978-0578496382

Publisher’s Synopsis: The brushes are back! Join Reese, Estelle and the rest of the gang in the art studio in another adventure as they learn the value of kindness and understanding.

When Clay comes to visit from the other side of the art studio, the brushes are excited to welcome their friend. But when a few of the brushes start acting differently, Clay needs to be reminded that it’s important to be accepting:

“Some brushes are different, so we like to remind,

it’s kind to be caring, so take care to be kind.”

Will Clay leave the brushes in frustration, or will he learn to mold his thinking as he comes to understand and accept that brushes have different abilities and challenges? Without ever mentioning autism or any particular disability, The Molding of Clay helps introduce children to the behavioral differences of their autistic peers, creating an opportunity for discussion. It helps teachers and parents impress upon them the importance of understanding, acceptance and kindness, through a fun, lighthearted story with quirky and colorful characters.

https://amzn.to/3dIFdxZ

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

The REED Foundation for Autism is committed to providing individuals with autism the opportunity to learn, live, work and thrive at every stage of their lives. For more information, please visit https://www.reedfoundationforautism.org.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK SERIES

ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

The Masterpiece

Written by Mr. Jay

Illustrated by Luis Peres

The paintbrushes have assembled in their art studio. They are determined to create a masterpiece. Only Estella sits off to the side and sings her own tune. The other brushed understand it is her way. They invite her but do not force her to participate. Then Byron decides to go off on his own to create paint circles. The other paintbrushes accept his efforts and join the fun. Suddenly, Lee decides to splatter green paint everywhere. Instead of getting angry, the other paintbrushes continued to add more colors. All day long, they worked together until the painting masterpiece was completed.

This tale teaches young children that each person is unique. Sometimes differences can not be controlled, but that does not mean all of us can succeed when allowing for our differences.

OUT OF A DIFFERENT MOLD

The Molding of Clay

Written by Mr. Jay

Illustrated by Luis Peres

Excitement runs high in the art studio because the paintbrushes are expecting a visitor, a lump of grey modeling clay, appropriately named Clay. When Clay comes barreling into the studio, Paul holds his ears because loud sounds bother him, while Estelle hides in a corner humming. Clay wants them to stop, but the brushes explain that it is their way. A small brush named Jerry keeps bantering Clay with his paintings of boats. Finally, Clay realizes that he himself can transform himself into many different forms so it must be okay, so he changes shape to take part in the fun.

Once again young readers discover that differences are not only acceptable but that they can be transformed into new and exciting strengths.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a ‘One Big Canvas’ book series prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of One Big Canvas: The Masterpiece
  • A hardcover copy of One Big Canvas: The Molding of Clay
  • A $50 Amazon gift card

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of One Big Canvas: The Masterpiece
  • A hardcover copy of One Big Canvas: The Molding of Clay

The giveaway begins April 23, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT, and ends May 23, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3d5cb282224/

TOUR SCHEDULE

April 23The Children’s Book Reviewhttps://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/Book Review
April 24Over Coffee Conversationshttps://gmarcianoblogs.wordpress.comBeyond the Book Activity
April 25Mommy Ramblingshttp://www.MommyRamblings.orgBook Review
April 26Life Is What It’s Calledlifeiswhatitscalled.blogspot.comBook Review
April 27Crafty Moms Sharehttps://www.craftymomsshare.com/Book Review
April 28Barbara Ann Mojica’s Bloghttps://bamauthor.meBook Review
April 29A Dream Within A Dreamhttp://adreamwithindream.blogspot.comBook Review
April 30Book Bug Cahttps://bookbugca.wordpress.com/Book Review
May 3JrsbookreviewsHttp://www.jrsbookreviews.comBook Review
May 4Heart to Hearttynea-lewis.comBook Review
May 5Fairview Elementary School (Library)https://fveslibrary.blogspot.com/Book Review
May 6Lisa’s Readinghttps://lisasreading.comBook Review
May 7icefairy’s Treasure Chesthttp://icefairystreasurechest.blogspot.com/Book Review
May 10Confessions of a Book Addicthttp://www.confessionsofabookaddict.comBook Giveaway
May 11The Children’s Book Reviewhttps://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/Book Review
May 12Satisfaction for Insatiable Readershttps://insatiablereaders.blogspot.comBook Review
May 13The Children’s Book Reviewhttps://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/Beyond the Book Activity
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A GREAT FIRST EFFORT

Moon-Force 1

Written by Janelle M. Adams

Mesa White is enjoying a normal teenage life on planet earth until she receives an unexpected visit and learns she is princess from a far-away world called Satellite. Ethan informs her that she is the only one who can save them from the evil, Mirwilla. Mesa will be their savior when she employs her special powers,

Mesa wants to help, but she is confused and perplexed. What are these powers and how can they be useful in saving the planet? Can she trust this boy named Ethan?

The book contains a lot of magic, fantasy, and adventure. There are twists and turns that will entertain young readers. The artwork is well-done and appealing. I would suggest using a bit less dialogue and more active voice. This is book one in a series, so I am eager to follow the progress of this young writer.

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#IttyBittyBetty

Oh, so close…

In partnership with the Children’s Book Review

About the Book

Itty Bitty Betty and the Cookies Book Cover

Itty Bitty Betty & the Cookies

Written by Sandrian Nelson-Moon

Illustrated by Bex Sutton

Ages 3-8 | 34 Pages

Publisher: Sandrian Nelson-Moon | ISBN-13: 978-1736512319

Publisher’s Synopsis: Join Itty Bitty Betty in this thrilling story as she tries to sneak a tasty treat without Mommy knowing!

Itty Bitty Betty was small as can be,

About as tall as her mom’s knee.

After a fun day out by the sea,

Itty Bitty wanted cookies for tea!

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A Note From the Author

Wishing you all continued blessings and love. I am a specimen of my experiences. I am a survivor, super mom, entrepreneur, author, and future civil rights attorney. I love sweets, travel and good hugs. I have a background in business and project management and enjoy a fun discussion about our economy. However, as a political child advocate and PTA president for 2 schools I fight for and with families against sexual trauma, personal and civil rights. I enjoy a good book, smiles on faces when I tickle them and the imagination a child’s mind can conjure. I pray my book open eyes, spark life and give you warm feelings. Thank you for visiting me here. Happy reading!

For more information, visit https://nelsonmoonkids.com/Instagram, and Facebook.

My Review of the Book

Betty is a tiny toddler who barely comes up to an adult’s knee. On the other hand, Betty possesses a big appetite and a tremendous amount of determination.

After spending a day at the sea, Betty comes into the kitchen and spies a jar of her mom’s delicious cookies on a high shelf. She enlists the aid of her cat and finds a ladder to assist her in her mission. Kerplunk! Betty lands on her bottom with a thud. Undeterred, she refuses to give up until she hears, her mother cry “FREEZE”

Betty is an adorable character with whom toddlers and preschoolers will readily empathize. Beautiful multicultural illustrations and expressive rhymes are sure to please the zero to five age audience.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win an Itty Bitty Betty & the Cookies prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of Itty Bitty Betty & the Cookies, autographed by Sandrian Nelson-Moon
  • A copy of Itty Bitty Betty & The Cookies: Activity And Coloring Book
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • A set of Limited Edition Itty Bitty Betty & the Cookies bookmarks, a keychain, and stickers

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A paperback copy of Itty Bitty Betty & the Cookies, autographed by Sandrian Nelson-Moon
  • A set of Limited Edition Itty Bitty Betty & the Cookies bookmarks, a keychain, and stickers

The giveaway begins April 12, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends May 12, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

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Itty Bitty Betty & the Cookies Tour Dates

Monday, April 12, 2021
The Children’s Book Review
A book review of
Itty Bitty Betty and the Cookies
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Lisa’s Reading
An article by the author
Sandrian Nelson-Moon
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The Fairview Review
A book review of
Itty Bitty Betty and the Cookies
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Library Lady’s Kid Lit
An interview with
Sandrian Nelson-Moon
Monday, April 19, 2021
Comfy Chair Books
A book review of
Itty Bitty Betty and the Cookies
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Life Is What It’s Called
An interview with
Sandrian Nelson-Moon
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog
A book review of
Itty Bitty Betty and the Cookies
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Over Coffee Conversations
A Beyond the Book Activity for
Itty Bitty Betty and the Cookies
Friday, April 23, 2021
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
A book review of
Itty Bitty Betty and the Cookies
Monday, April 26, 2021
Confessions of a Book Addict
A book giveaway of
Itty Bitty Betty and the Cookies
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
icefairy’s Treasure Chest
A book review of
Itty Bitty Betty and the Cookies

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

The Boy Who Was Left Behind

Written by Gita V. Reddy

Aman is only two years old when his parents depart India for London. He is left in the care of his grandmother. Aman’s parents rarely visit.

Aman is a happy child who is extremely close to his grandmother. When he is eight years old, Aman learns that his parents will be returning to India permanently. Aman experiences conflicting emotions. Then he overhears a phone call that changes his life. A car accident has killed his father and his mother is hospitalized.

Aman’s grandmother goes off to London and leaves Aman in the care of her nephew. She decides not to tell him anything about the accident. She finally returns with Aman’s mother, but she has not made the recovery that Aman desired. The tale traces the boy’s anguish which impacts his health and his studies.

The author does a good job of portraying the characters’ emotions and cultural traditions. I believe the book could help children cope with similar feelings. This book could lead to productive discussions with middle-grade and teen readers.

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

Blank Space: A story about reading for 7-10 year old reluctant readers

Written and Illustrated by Beth Bacon

What a refreshing way to address the feelings of reluctant readers! For children with reading disabilities this book demonstrates the empathy their teachers and fellow students should display.

The protagonist is a student who has been asked to write in a journal about his favorite part of a book. All the other students have their notebooks filled with words and ideas. This student has a journal with blank pages because his favorite part of a book is the blank space. Why? He uses the spaces to imagine, design, and recreate the meaning of the words in his mind. When he gets a chance to explain this to the class, they finally realize the import of his message.

The concrete poetry and unique design of the pages within this book are a visual treat. Its message is one that needs to be heard. While very young students may not fully comprehend the message, I feel this book is an effective tool for middle-grade students, teachers, and parents of reluctant readers.

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