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Not So Tall For Six written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Frank W. Dormer is a wonderfull book about being brave and smart and big at heart.

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Meet Kylie Bell, the not-so-tallest one in the first grade. She might be small but she never lets size get her down. Nope. Kylie Bell is brave.

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When that bully-boy Rusty Jacks slithers around her like a half-starved rattlesnake, what is Kylie Bell to do? Can she keep hold of her courage, not to mention her good manners

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Take a fresh and funny look at bravery in this heartwarming book

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As a child author Dianna Hutts Aston was afraid of clowns, ducks and oral reports. Since then she has learned that no one is born with courage. As Kylie Bell finds out, courage takes practice.

Illustrator Frank W. Dormer says he is not afraid of anything. Well, maybe he’s afraid of rickets. And scurvy. He overcomes his fears by sitting in the sun with a tall glass of orange juice.

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What are you afraid of and how do you overcome your fears?

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The Grandparent Book

G BookGrandparents’ Day is coming soon. September 11 to be exact. Want to get a great gift for yourself or any other grandparent in your life? I have a wonderful suggestion: The Grandparent Book by Amy Brouse Rosenthal.

This is not a book about grandparenting skills. It is not a humorous book about funny interactions between grandparents and their almost always funny grandchildren. It is not a book about famous grandparents.

It is however, a place to record those precious family memories and special traditions you would like to pass along to the next generations.

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It is most definitely a platform for sharing the lifetime of wisdom you have surely accumulated and that your family needs you to share.

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It is absolutely a keepsake in the making. Your own personal legacy of memories, thoughts, cares, wisdom and learning, all stored in one easily transferrable book.

The book starts out with the basic statistics of who you are and where you come from. Then comes page after page of leading questions to be answered. . . . . or not. It’s a free country! There are plenty of spaces for photos and souvenirs to be added to the written words.

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Some of the great topics are: The Inside Scoop On My Siblings, Life At The Family Dinner Table, What Drew Me To My Future Spouse. There’s even space for family members to write special notes and comments.

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When filled in, this book becomes a treasure trove of memories, thoughts, feelings, traditions and unique family moments to be gifted and shared with those you love the most.

First it is a gift for the grandparent and then it becomes an incredible inheritance for the grandchild.  What other book could do more than that?

A Look At A Book 11

Cowboy Slim by Julie Dannenberg and Margot Apple

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Cowboy Slim always wanted to be a cowboy, but he is a poet who can’t rope, whip, or ride. Who ever heard of such a thing?

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But Slim knows he could be a real cowboy – if only the ranch hands would give him a chance.

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Slim saves the herd from a stampede with his wonderful poetry.

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This book is perfect for cowboys and cowgirls who long to ride at the head of the herd.

A Look At A Book 10

IF“Not So Tall For Six” by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Frank W. Dormer.

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Meet Kylie Bell, the not-so-tallest one in the first grade. Kylie Bell may be small, but she never lets size get her down. Nope. Kylie Bell is brave.

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But when that bully-boy Rusty Jacks slithers around her like a half-starved rattlesnake, what is Kylie Bell to do? Can she keep hold of her courage, not to mention her good manners?

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The author Dianna Hutts Aston states that as a child she was afraid of clowns, ducks, and oral reports. Since then she has learned that no one is born with courage. As Kylie Bell finds out, courage takes practice.

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Take a fresh and funny look at bravery in this heartwarming story.

A Look At A Book 9

IMG_0878All the Huffles are fast asleep, except for poor Jack.

He heard a noise that rocked the floor.

He heard a noise that shook the door

Jack heard . . . a SNORE!

IMG_0879Just who is making such a racket? Unable to sleep, Jack and his dog go searching. It must be Mama Gwyn, whose huffs and puffs set her curlers spinning, but when Jack wakes her up . . . the snore ROARS on!

IMG_0881And so it goes with Baby Sue, the twins, Papa Ben, even the farm animals. At last the Huffles follow their ears toward a surprising culprit.

IMG_0882This fun-loving rhyming tale of a sleepless night will cause many giggles, as well as rousing kids to chime in at the refrains. An amusing must-have book for every family, because, well, everyone snores. (Yes, even you!)

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A Look At A Book 8

“Me And My Cat” by Satoshi KitamuraMy Cat Cover

A witch’s curse leaves Nicholas in the body of his cat, Leonardo, and the cat in the body of Nicholas.  Surprised at first, Nicholas adjusts to his new physique, especially the addition of WHISKERS!Whiskers

In the beginning he’s just glad not to have to go to school, but then he tries out his new skills of leaping and climbing . . . with disastrous results!  He even starts to have a fascination with litter boxes and goldfish!

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Meanwhile, his cat, Leonardo, in Nicholas’ body, comes home from school through the cat door.

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Mother becomes very concerned about nicholas and his odd behavior or is it really Leonardo?  Oh, it gets very confusing and oh so silly!

Poor Nicholas and poor Leonardo. By bedtime, everyone is exhausted!

The witch comes back to remove the curse, saying she has placed it on the wrong person. Sorry . . .

The next day all is right again.  Nicholas is himself and Leonardo is purring as he should be.  But at school, something is wrong.  Oh no!  The teacher is on his desk, scratching and licking his shirt and curled up to take a nap!

This book is such a silly good romp into imaginative play!  It gives every child the chance to pretend to be not only someone else but something else.  A chance to look at what others do all day.  A chance to make messes they don’t have to clean up.  A chance to try on new attitudes and thoughts . . . but only for a little while.  After all, as the book teaches, there’s nothing better than being yourself.

Every Mom Is A Supermom

In celebration of Mother’s Day, I found an amazing book, “My Mommy Hung The Moon, A Love Story” by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. It is a true revelation of unconditional love between mother and child. So grab the little one (or big one) you love and enjoy as the ordinary moments of everyday life become extraordinary because of the magic of mother’s love.

From whichever view you are approaching this Mother’s Day, mother or child, you will fall in love with this tender, sweet, funny story. Here for you, my Sweeties, is the entire book. But please get your own copy to thoroughly appreciate the glorious illustrations.

My mother hung the moon. She tied it with string.                                                                My mommy’s good at everything.                                                                                       She lit up the sun, so bright and so round.                                                                         She puffed out each cloud, stretched trees from the ground.

When she pours down rain so it’s wet and dark,                                                                     I climb up on her like she’s Noah’s ark.                                                                              She zaps out the thunder and makes lightning glow,                                                        then crayons for me a giant rainbow.

She feathered the birds. She taught them to chirp.                                                            She taught me to speak, my cousin to burp.                                                                      She grows all the food and makes it from scratch,                                                             and when she bakes cookies, it’s a BIG MOMMA BATCH!

She writes all the books. She made me TV.                                                                       She drew every ‘toon, boxed all DVDs.                                                                              She webbed all the world, she dotted .com.                                                                      She e’d the email, my own CD MOM.

My mommy’s the boss. She drives in the pool.                                                                   She cures all the sick. She works every tool.                                                                      She zooms in the car and boy, it goes fast!                                                                        And those rocket ships, guess who made them blast?

She flies all the planes. She rows all the ships.                                                                   She makes my new kite do spins and backflips.                                                               She molds every ball, carves rackets and bats.                                                                 And stealing the bases? She’s way good at that!

She buzzed every bee. She spun every spider.                                                                 She growled every bear. She striped every tiger.                                                                My mommy makes music and boy, can she rock.                                                           While we hip and hop, my mommy moonwalks.

She rules the whole world from her throne. She’s my queen.                                              My mommy is nice. She never is mean.                                                                              She pours all the seas and sparkles each star.                                                                  And then she collects one in my night-light jar.

And when she paints night so jet black and deep,                                                              my mommy ship rocks my gently to sleep.                                                                               I dream about how she gave me my start.                                                                               I love my mommy with all of my heart.

Then when I’m asleep all safe in my nest,                                                                            my mommy stays up and does all the rest.                                                                          My mommy hung the moon. She tied it with string.                                                              My mommy’s good at everything.

Blessings and all good things to all moms! Have a wonderful day expressing love and appreciation to your mom. And for those moms who have passed on, remember them by talking about them, telling the funny stories, reliving the great times and relating the lessons to the next generation of loved ones. Nothing makes a mom happier than really good memories! So make them!