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Famous Seaweed Soup

Written by Antoinette Truglio Martin

Illustrated by Penny Weber

Ages 5+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Purple Butterfly Press | ISBN-13: 9781955119405

Publisher’s Book Summary: Beach days are the best days and Sara loves everything about the beach. Her favorite part is making her Famous Seaweed Soup. Collecting all the ingredients is a tough job but Sara thinks she’s up to the task!

Can she make it all by herself or will a busy family foil her recipe?




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Antoinette Truglio Martin is a retired speech therapist and special ed teacher, who now enjoys life as an author and nonny. She finds wonder in children’s play and captures the magic with her stories. Antoinette lives in her hometown, Sayville, New York, where she writes and plays on the Long Island seashore with her beach-loving family and friends.

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Famous Seaweed Soup

Written by Antoinette Truglio Martin

Illustrated by Meri Andreasyan

What young children don’t enjoy a day at the beach? Sara loves dipping her toes in the water, collecting shells, and finding treasures on the beach, but she has an unusual activity as well. Her favorite hobby at the beach is collecting seaweed and snails. Why? She has a recipe for seaweed soup.

Sara asks each member of her family for help. Dad, mom, and her younger sister busy themselves with other tasks. So, Sara goes off with her yellow pail and dedicates herself to the mission at hand. When the soup is finished, who will eat it? Read the book to find out.

Delightful illustrations and a unique topic entice young reading explorers from preschool through third grade.


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Monday, April 10, 2023The Children’s Book ReviewA book review of Famous Seaweed Soup
Tuesday, April 11, 2023Life Is What It’s CalledInterview with Antoinette Truglio Martin
Wednesday, April 12, 2023Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review of Famous Seaweed Soup
Thursday, April 13, 2023My Reading GetawayInterview with Antoinette Truglio Martin
Friday, April 14, 2023Cover Lover Book ReviewInterview with Antoinette Truglio Martin
Monday, April 17, 2023Writer with WanderlustA book review of Famous Seaweed Soup
Tuesday, April 18, 2023Heart to HeartInterview with Antoinette Truglio Martin
Wednesday, April 19, 2023Confessions of a Book AddictA book review of Famous Seaweed Soup
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Friday, April 21, 2023The Fairview ReviewA book review of Famous Seaweed Soup
Monday, April 24, 2023Lisa’s ReadingA book review of Famous Seaweed Soup
Tuesday, April 25, 2023My Word PlaygroundAn article by Antoinette Truglio Martin
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Thursday, April 27, 2023Rate Your StoryA book review of Famous Seaweed Soup
Friday, April 28, 2023Me Two BooksA book activity paired with Famous Seaweed Soup
Monday, May 1, 2023JoanasbookshelfA book review of Famous Seaweed Soup
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Ten Little Sandpipers

Written by Kim Ann

Illustrated by Nejla Shojaie

An adorable, little counting book for toddlers and preschoolers. The illustrations are vibrant and fun; the text is easily read aloud.

The author uses sandpipers as her subject. Beach scenes feature counting from one to ten. The bonus features include a song to sing and interactive identification of other sea creatures for the young reader to search out and identify.

Highly recommended and fun for both children and adults.



Minecraft: Herobrine and the Nether Dragon

Written by World of Minecraft


I recently discovered this series which is trademarked to accompany devotees of the Minecraft game and characters. There are a whole series of books available online and at their website This particular selection features Herobrine, a young man who is distinguished by the fact that his eyes are pure white and his fascination for building things. Because of these traits, others think of him as a sorcerer or wizard.

At the beginning of the tale, Herobrine is preparing to build an amphitheater made of black obsidian. He had spent much time underground locating the mineral. Herobrine thought that this black building would contrast nicely with his white leaning tower of cobblestone located nearby. While he was lighting torches to keep the zombies away one night, Herobrine sees a mysterious purple light and a figure with a pig-like face emerge from a portal. Herobrine did not realize he had created a portal. The pigman screams at him to close the portal. Too late….a dragon emerges and with one loud roar succeeds in destroying Herobrine’s castle and both buildings. Now Herobrine must ally himself with Peg, the pigman, and figure out a way to destroy the dragon before he destroys the rest of their world.

Their adventure will lead them to beaches, volcanoes, and a band of pirates headed by Captain Dedwang, who is interested in treasure, not dragons. Will Peg and Herobrine find a way to survive all these threats and defeat the dragon? Fans of the minecraft game including reluctant readers will find this book, as well as others in the series, an interesting read. The text is not difficult and the dialogue moves the plot along quickly. Recommended for boys and girls age eight and up. The book also makes a good read aloud for classroom teachers.

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Green, An Eclectic Anthology of Poetry & Prose (Silver Birch Press)

Edited by Melanie Villines; contributing editor Joan Jobe Smith.


The editors have brought together authors from all over world to display their talents in poetry, short stories, novel snippets and interviews. Their subject is anything green: word meanings, nature, environment, seasons, food, money, emotions, and much more. Some of the material comes from well known authors like L. Frank Baum, Kurt Vonnegut, James Joyce and William Blake. Other selections are chosen from contemporary or lesser known writers. In keeping with the theme, the editors chose to dedicate the anthology to Graham Greene. I found the cover art appropriate; it features a four leaf clover which is a plant that not only is a symbol of good luck but one that enriches the soil.

It is difficult to know where to start in this anthology. The reader need not read the book in chronological order. One might want to select a passage depending on one’s mood or the genre one feels like reading at the time. Editors provide a Table of Contents listing the works by author as well as by Section. The contents by Section are organized by themes. For example, selections are devoted to money, family, environment, envy, and new life. These readings might relate to everyday objects like avocados, lifesavers or green corn tamales. Some touch on places like beaches, subways, and Chicago. There are tales of past and present. Emotions run the gamut from hope to despair. The length of entries range from one to several pages. This book can be picked up for a five minute or a fifty minute read. One of my favorites is “What Can I Do” by Ivon Prefontaine. Here are a few lines:

                                                       Change begins in me.

                                                            I am a catalyst

                                                              I look inside:

                                                      Call forth a gentle spirit-

                                                             Give it voice.

The reading level of the passages vary in difficulty. Again, the reader might want to devote extra thought to some of the more esoteric passages. In general, I would say that the book could be enjoyed by anyone age twelve and older. It certainly would be an asset to the libraries of upper middle grade and high school classrooms. The reader might also use this edition as an introduction to further exploration of other works by authors she enjoyed in this anthology.

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