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LEARNING TO ADJUST

Noelle The Best Big Sister

Written by Mikaela Wilson

Illustrated by Pardeep Mehra

Noelle is excited. Today is the day her baby sister is coming home. Noelle has made big plans to share her favorite books and toys, but when she sees her mother holding the baby she feels left out. Soon Noelle figures out ways she can share responsibilities and chores to create a unified loving family

The illustrations are large and cartoonlike with expressive multicultural characters that will appeal to young readers who are about to add a sibling to their family. There is a link to coloring pages to download as a free bonus. This book is a quick read aloud to help parents ease the transition of a new family member to children or a good choice as a gift for these families.

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#One Jar of Magic #mglit blog tour and #giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Harper Collins Publishers

ABOUT THE BOOK

One Jar of Magic

Written by Corey Ann Haydu

Publisher’s Synopsis: Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal.

Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and magical as the most revered man in town—her father. The whole town has been waiting for Rose to turn twelve, when she can join them in their annual capturing of magic on New Year’s Day and become the person she was born to be.

But when that special day finally comes, Rose barely captures one tiny jar of magic. Now Rose’s dad won’t talk to her anymore and her friendships have gotten all twisted and wrong. So when Rose hears whispers that there are people who aren’t meant for magic at all, she begins to wonder if that’s who she belongs with.

Maybe if she’s away from all the magic, away from her dad telling her who she’s meant to be, who she has to be, Rose can begin to piece together what’s truly real in a world full of magic.

Ages 8-12 | 352 Pages | Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN-13: 9780062689856

PURCHASE LINKS

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

Audible: https://amzn.to/3oOWkjS

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780062689856

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of Eventown, The Someday Suitcase, and Rules for Stealing Stars and four acclaimed books for teens. She grew up in the Boston area, earned her MFA at the New School, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog Oscar.

Find out more at www.coreyannhaydu.com.

My Review of the book:

THE MAGIC WITHIN

One Jar of Magic

Written by Corey Ann Haydu

Rose Alice Anders lives in Belling Bright. Here everyone gathers magic in jars, and it appears that magic can make their world a beautiful place. Her father has the most magic in the town and is widely respected, but as the reader gets to know them better, one learns that appearances can be deceiving.

Rose is called Little Luck by her father. He believes that she will be even more powerful than he. Soon she will reach her twelfth birthday. On New Year’s Day, she will travel with the other twelve-year-old children to Too Blue Lake, where they will gather magic in their jars. Rose’s older brother, Lyle, assures her she will be successful.

Rose has her doubts. Lately, she does not feel lucky. Her best friend Cindy seems to turn away from her, and her father’s mounting pressure on her to succeed fuel her doubts. Things are not going well in the family. Her parents fight often.

When the big day arrives, it brings surprises for everyone. Rose learns about family secrets and the possibility of a vastly different future. What does Rose discover and how will she use this information to create a future for herself, her community, and her family?

This novel brings to light many of the worries and fears middle-grade students experience. As they mature, they begin to question things formerly accepted, learn to manage relationships, and create new friendships based on understanding themselves better.

The author also provides a list of resources for readers who discover themselves in situation like that of Rose. This book is highly recommended as a read-aloud discussion book for classrooms and library book clubs.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a set of books by Corey Ann Haydu, including One Jar of Magic.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of One Jar of Magic
  • A hardcover copy of Eventown
  • A hardcover copy of The Someday Suitcase
  • A hardcover copy of Rules for Stealing Stars

Four (4) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of One Jar of Magic

The giveaway begins February 9, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends March 8, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Click on the link below to enter the giveaway

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TOUR SCHEDULE

February 9The Children’s Book Reviewhttps://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/Book Review
February 10Crafty Moms Sharehttps://www.craftymomsshare.com/Book Review
February 11The Children’s Book Reviewhttps://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/Interview
February 12Lisa’s Readinghttps://lisasreading.comBook List
February 15Barbara Ann Mojica’s Bloghttps://bamauthor.meBook Review
February 16The Children’s Book Reviewhttps://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/Book List
February 17Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Momhttp://wannabesuperheromom.blogspot.com/Book Review
February 18J.R.s Book Reviewshttps://jrsbookreviews.wordpress.com/Book Review
February 19Library Lady’s Kid Lithttps://janemouttet.wordpress.com/Interview
February 22Word Spelunkinghttp://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/Guest Post
February 23Fairview Elementary School (Library)https://fveslibrary.blogspot.com/Book Review
February 24Satisfaction for Insatiable Readershttps://insatiablereaders.blogspot.comBook Review
February 25Bookbugcahttps://bookbugca.wordpress.com/Interview

#ReadYourWorld

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MCBD 2021 Twitter Party Questions and PRIZES!

Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party! REGISTER HERE.

This hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

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The Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party 2021 will be giving away a 5-8 diverse book bundle every five minutes!

We also have some bonus prizes and prizes specifically for our non-USA participants. Scroll down to see all of the amazing book bundles and prizes.

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

This year, our 1/29/21 Party will occur at 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET  and we promise it will be INSANELY fun and fast-paced! Be sure and follow Multicultural Children’s Book Day on Twitter so you can join the party. Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians.

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I am proud to be a participating author reviewer for the eighth year since the inauguration of Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

Here is my review for MCBD 2021:

FINDING HER WAY

Farah Rocks: New Beginnings

Written by Susan Muaddi Darraj

Illustrated by Ruaida Mannaa

This is the second book in the Farah Rocks series. Farah’s last name roughly translates to rocks in English and that is why she refers to herself as Farah Rocks. For those who are unfamiliar with this middle-grade book series, Farah is a gifted student from an Orthodox Christian Arab family. This year she is scheduled to begin attending a middle school called Magnet Academy. While she is apprehensive, her best friend, Allie has also been selected.

Right before school opens, a tragedy occurs. A fire destroys most of their home. When Farah discovers it might have been her fault, she keeps silent. Like a “rock in her stomach,” her feelings of guilt and remorse never leave her. Will she be able to come to terms with her guilt and stop lying to her parents?

Farah is a strong female character who is not afraid of trying new things, like setting up a creative writing club, even though the school is strongly math and science based. She is tender and loving toward her younger brother, Samir, who is speech impaired. The author deftly describes Arab culture and includes a glossary to explain Arabic vocabulary as well as some advanced English concepts.

Readers receive a bonus. The author shares seven writing prompts that will nurture the talents of budding poets, writers, and journalists. There are a few nicely done black and white illustrations. Length of the book is less than one hundred and fifty pages making it a good choice for reluctant readers as well. I would highly recommend this multicultural book to be used as a read aloud and discussion text about cultural diversity.

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#WHOLOVESTHEDRAGON Awareness Tour and #Giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK

Who Loves the Dragon?

Written by Bianca Schulze

Illustrated by Samara Hardy

Publisher’s Synopsis: In this interactive follow-up to Don’t Wake the Dragon, our beloved Dragon is wide-awake and preparing to celebrate one of the kingdom’s most important events of the year: the annual Friendship Festival! It’s a time for everyone to gather and have fun, all honoring their meaningful friendships. But on the day of the feast, the cooks are called away to cater to the Queen and the knights must report for special duty in the Enchanted Forest. With everyone gone, Dragon is upset and worried that this year’s Friendship Festival is doomed. Could they be planning something special for her? And in the meantime, can you help cheer her up? With colorful and humorous illustrations throughout, this read-aloud picture book encourages kids to interact with the text on every page. Young readers will love waving to characters, blowing kisses, dancing, and more on this fun ride alongside Dragon and her adorable friends in this delightful story that will beg to be read again and again.

Ages 3-6 | 32 Pages | Publisher: Clever Publishing | ISBN-13: 978-1951100438

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/2L4PlVZ

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781951100438

OFFICIAL LINKS:

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My Review of the Book

Who Loves the Dragon

Written by Bianca Schultz

Illustrated by Samara Hardy

This book is a sequel to Don’t Wake the Dragon. Readers meet a lovable dragon once more when a cat and mouse team urge them to enter the castle and cheer up their dragon friend.

Dragon is feeling down because today is the Friendship Festival. This day is marked by celebrations of all kind throughout the kingdom. But the caterers have been called away, the knights have left for the Enchanted Forest, and no ne is left to celebrate.

Readers are asked to cheer up the despondent dragon. This interactive book asks readers to count to ten, tell jokes, do something kind, and get their little bodies moving. Who could not feel happy after making a friend feel better?

Will you succeed in cheering up Dragon? Will the Friendship Festival ever get reinstated? Read and participate in this fun book to find out.

Highly recommended for preschoolers and primary grade children. This feel-good book will put a smile on adult’s faces as well.

Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a Who Loves the Dragon? prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of Who Love the Dragon?, autographed by Bianca Schulze
  • A hardcover copy of Don’t Wake the Dragon, autographed by Bianca Schulze
  • A Sugarfina “XOXO” 3pc Candy Bento Box
  • A $50 Target gift card

The giveaway begins January 6, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends February 5, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3d5cb282204/

TOUR SCHEDULE

Wednesday, January 6, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off
Wednesday, January 6, 2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Thursday, January 7, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Friday, January 8, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Monday, January 11, 2021Margie’s Must ReadsA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Tuesday, January 12, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Wednesday, January 13, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Thursday, January 14, 2021Glass of Wine, Glass of MilkA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Friday, January 15, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Monday, January 18, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewAuthor interview withBianca Schulze
Tuesday, January 19, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Wednesday, January 20, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Thursday, January 21, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Friday, January 22, 2021Heart to HeartA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Monday, January 25, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewGuest Post withBianca Schulze
Tuesday, January 26, 2021Word SpelunkingA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Wednesday, January 27, 2021Some the WiserA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Thursday, January 28, 2021Confessions of a Book AddictA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Friday, January 29, 2021Imagination SoupA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Monday, February 1, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Tuesday, February 2, 2021Vivian KirkfieldA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
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DOUBLE CHRISTMAS MYSTERY

The Happy Hollisters and The Trading Post Mystery (Volume 7)

Written by Jerry West

Illustrated by Helen S. Hamilton

I love the Hollister series of books. They are vintage mysteries that harken back to a simpler life in the 1950s.

Sue has made a Christmas wish for a donkey. When the family receives a telegram to pick it up at the airport in New Mexico, Sue is elated. Soon they notice a note pinned around its neck.

How will the family use this Christmas gift to help other members of their community? What obstacles will they need to solve both mysteries?

Rollicking good fun with black and white illustrations of the period that will bring back memories to parents and grandparents and lots of questions from young readers.

This book is a good read for any age but especially for middle-grade readers.

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#IMissYouMost Blog Tour and #Giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and author Cassie Hoyt

OFFICIAL LINK

https://www.cassiehoyt.com/

ABOUT THE BOOK

I Miss You Most

Written by Cassie Hoyt

Illustrated by Stefanie St. Denis

Publisher’s Synopsis: Love knows no distance. I Miss You Most helps children through the heartache of distance by showing them how to hold their loved ones near. Whether exploring the seas as pirates or twirling like ballerinas, imagination can bridge even the greatest distance. Because time with those you love is the most magical thing of all!

Ages 3 and up | 28 Pages | Publisher: Tellwell Talent | ISBN-13: 978-0228836070

You can download lots of free activities for this book by clicking on the link below:

Discover lots of fun I Miss You Most activities at https://www.cassiehoyt.com/activities.

PURCHASE LINKS

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

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780228836070

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cassie Hoyt is a children’s author and perfusionist. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Inspiration for her books typically comes from her silly boys or fond memories of her childhood. Learn more about Cassie’s upcoming works at www.cassiehoyt.com.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

I Miss You Most
Written and illustrated by Cassie Hoyt

What a sweet and charming picture book for preschoolers and primary grade children! This book is written in short rhymes and contains illustrations that are large and vibrant. They are full of expressive, multicultural faces that nearly jump off the page.

The book helps young children from diverse cultures to understand that separation from loved ones is an opportunity for them to reflect about exactly what makes these relationships special. It makes a great gift for a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or child who is missing that special in person connection with someone, whether that it due to the pandemic, work, or living a great distance apart.

The author connects to a child’s favorite shared pastimes and activities. Some examples are pretend play, sports activities, cooking, reading, travel adventures, and aspirations for future careers.

Recommended as a read-aloud or bedtime story, especially for children ages three through eight. Librarians, parents, and teachers should check this one out.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Cassie Hoyt’s I Miss You Most and a $100 Barnes and Noble e-gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of I Miss You Most, autographed by Cassie Hoyt
  • A $100 Barnes and Noble e-gift card

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of I Miss You Most, autographed by Cassie Hoyt

The giveaway begins January 7, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends February 7, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Click on the link below to enter the GIVEAWAY

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Jan 7The Children’s Book Reviewhttps://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/Tour Kick-Off
Jan 7Word Spelunkinghttp://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/Book Review
Jan 8Lisa’s Readinghttps://lisasreading.comBeyond the Book Activity
Jan 11J.R.s Book Reviewshttps://jrsbookreviews.com/Book Review
Jan 12Library Lady’s Kid Lithttps://janemouttet.wordpress.com/Book Review
Jan 13Fairview Elementary School (Library)https://fveslibrary.blogspot.com/Book Review
Jan 14Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Momhttp://wannabesuperheromom.blogspot.com/Beyond the Book Activity
Jan 15Barbara Ann Mojica’s Bloghttps://bamauthor.meBook Review
Jan 18icefairy’s Treasure Chesthttp://icefairystreasurechest.blogspot.com/Book Review
Jan 19Over Coffee Conversationshttps://gmarciano.blogspot.comBeyond the Book Activity
Jan 20Confessions of a Book Addicthttp://www.confessionsofabookaddict.comBook Giveaway
Jan 21Satisfaction for Insatiable Readershttps://insatiablereaders.blogspot.comBook Review
Jan 22Heart to Hearttynea-lewis.comBook Review

DANCING TO A DIFFERENT TUNE

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Harper Collins Book Publishers

My review of the book:

The Sea in Winter

Written by Christine Day

Maisie is a seventh-grade student in Seattle who feels like a fish out of water. Until recently, her entire life has revolved around ballet dancing. She has committed herself to a successful career in dance. That world came crashing down when she torn an ACL muscle. Now she has willingly withdrawn from her surroundings and lives a life of misery.

Maisie is part of a blended family. She is Native American. Her mother is Makah, and her stepfather is Piscataway. Maisie’s mother lost her husband during the war in Afghanistan: she later married and had a son, Connor. They are supportive parents who want to help Maisie. She tries hard to fight against the effects of her unforeseen accident and the love her family shower upon her. One thing she cannot resist is her six-year-old brother who adores Maisie.

The family is about to embark upon a trip to visit nearby Makah homelands. Maisie is hopeful that her recent physical therapy will lead her back to her dreams. But it turns out, this trip will not end the way she expects.

Will Maisie find a way back to complete recovery and fulfillment of her dreams or will she need to find a new course?

Day has a magical way of portraying each character in depth. Her description of the sights and sounds of their journey jump off the pages. This novel is a page turner that will have middle-grade readers gripped by the events and the emotions the characters feel as they each complete their journey. Readers will surely empathize and may find themselves associating those emotions with similar experiences. Highly recommended.

Enter for a chance to win a set of two books by Christine Day, including The Sea in Winter.

GIVEAWAY

  • A hardcover copy of The Sea in Winter by Christine Day
  • A hardcover copy of I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

Four (4) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of The Sea in Winter by Christine Day

The giveaway begins January 5, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends February 5, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Click on the link below to enter:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3d5cb282202/

OFFICIAL LINK

Publisher’s Synopsis: In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.

Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up.

But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pain in her knee. How can she keep pretending to be strong when on the inside she feels as roiling and cold as the ocean?

Ages 8-12 | 272 Pages | Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN-13: 9780063078222

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3mZ0XXQ

Audible: https://amzn.to/3aPSfsy

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780062872043

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christine Day is the author of The Sea in Winter and I Can Make This Promise, which was a best book of the year from Kirkus, School Library Journal, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library as well as an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book and a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book.

You can visit her online at www.bychristineday.com.

TOUR SCHEDULE
Jan 5Some the Wiserhttps://somethewiser.comReview
Jan 6Lisa’s Readinghttps://lisasreading.comBook List
Jan 7Life Is What It’s Calledwww.lifeiswhatitscalled.blogspot.comReview
Jan 8Library Lady’s Kid Lithttps://janemouttet.wordpress.com/Review
Jan 11Fairview Elementary School (Library)https://fveslibrary.blogspot.com/Review
Jan 12The Children’s Book Reviewhttps://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/Review & Book List
Jan 13Barbara Ann Mojica’s Bloghttps://bamauthor.meReview
Jan 14icefairy’s Treasure Chesthttp://icefairystreasurechest.blogspot.com/Review
Jan 15Heart to Hearttynea-lewis.comGiveaway
Jan 18A Dream Within A Dreamhttp://adreamwithindream.blogspot.comReview
Jan 19Satisfaction for Insatiable Readershttps://insatiablereaders.blogspot.comReview
Jan 20Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Momhttp://wannabesuperheromom.blogspot.com/Review
Jan 21Word Spelunkinghttp://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/Giveaway
Jan 22ShootingStarsMaghttps://shootingstarsmag.net/Review
Jan 23Glass of Wine, Glass of Milkhttp://glassofwineglassofmilk.blogspot.com/Review

A HARROWING HOMECOMING

Welcome to Doom Farms (Bonegarden Book 1)

Written by Karsten Knight

Kayla Dunn had just begun fifth grade in Boston when her parents inform her that they were achieving a lifelong dream to buy a farm in her father’s hometown of rural Orchard Falls.

Trouble begins almost immediately. Kayla is determined to outsmart Charlie Slade, whose family has always won the local pumpkin growing festival. After Kayla plants her pumpkin seeds, it rapidly becomes clear these are no ordinary pumpkins.

Monsters, giant pumpkins, aliens, and family feuds pepper the plot of this middle-grade adventure. This book is an exciting page turner. I would recommend it as Halloween party story or a classroom read-aloud as well.

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#KINDNESS -Why The World Has Become Less Kind

Last month, I posted an article on #World Kindness Day. Then I thought about the lack of it.

It seems life has taken us to a place where we no longer value kindness as a trait.  In fact, kindness has been replaced with self-importance and wanting to stay impersonal. The question is why has the world become less kind? Is it that we no longer care about others? Do we believe kindness makes us weak? Is the lack of kindness from some global change?

I believe that kindness has become less important in the world today for many reasons:

  • We’re in a big hurry. Life has become so fast paced, filled with appointments and places to be that we no longer take the time to simply listen to someone.

  • Technology has taken place of the human face-to-face, voice-to-voice interactions of the past. No longer do we pick up the phone or meet face-to-face to talk to others. Now we spend our time texting, posting, getting involved in others drama or simply playing mindless games on our cell phones, tablets, computers and even our watches.

Technology has allowed us to say it’s okay to be late all the time. After all, we can simply text our friend we’re running late, and they’ll know. It’s taken away the common courtesies of saying thank you, hello, nice to meet you, please and “how can I help you”.

We no longer smile at others when we see them. We no longer sympathize or help someone who is having a rough day. Instead we place an emoji on our social media post or in a text and call it done.

There’s an app for everything. Want to have a relationship? Use this app. Want to order your dinner? Use this app. Are these apps taking away the connectedness we once had that created kindness? I believe they do.

  • Self-centeredness and greed is another reason kindness has taken a backseat. Many people are focused on their own lives, on getting ahead and doing whatever is necessary to beat the other guy.

People are more interested in taking care of their own self before they reach out and extend some type of kindness to others. We’ve become a society of “me first” that wasn’t seen as often just a few years ago.

  • Our environment causes us to withdraw from others. Living in crowded cities among strangers can make you quickly hide your natural tendency to be generous and kind to others. With crime, kidnappings, murders and other fears running wild in many cities, people have found it safer to keep to themselves. Road rage keeps people from stopping to help someone with car trouble.
  • Family structure has changed. Our upbringing was different 30 years ago. We believed in helping each other. Neighbors looked out for each other. People weren’t afraid to help the poor and needy. People and children were taught to respect others and to be trustworthy and honest.

Today people are more afraid to show their kindness. Society is deeply divided. There is fear that we will be attacked for what we say or do. We don’t want to appear vulnerable and to get hurt so we attack with words and actions as a way to self-protect ourselves.

Kindness has taken a backseat to greed, technology, poor manners and the environment we live in. Instead of showing kindness we’re afraid to be seen as the nice guy because we might be taken advantage of.

I do not mean to imply all is lost. Like my Little Miss HISTORY character, I prefer to look at the world through rose-colored glasses. There are many philanthropic organizations out there that strive to alleviate suffering and help those in need. But I think we all need to be consciously aware of how easy it is to shut others out because we are too much wrapped up in ourselves.

Algorithms, family, and holidays, a winning combination.

Merlin Raj and the Santa Algorithm: A Holiday Yuletide Dog’s Tale

Written by D.G.Priya

Illustrated by Shelley Hampe

The author creates a unique plot that will engage middle-grade and young teens. She does a good job of explaining how algorithms work, while creating a heart-warming tale of family devotion and holiday spirit.

Peter has a service dog named Merlin who accompanies him to school. His Golden Retriever friend tries hard to serve his master but often winds up in trouble instead. Readers are treated to a Christmas tale in while the family struggles to maintain traditions like baking and cutting down the Christmas tree while mom is traveling for work.

Along the way, readers learn how algorithms work, enjoy a bit of humor, and empathize with a close family who just want to get things right.

The black and while illustrations are charming. They enhance the feeling of identification with both human and animal characters. Recommended for ages eight and older.

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