Friday, November 16, 2012

Update For Late 2012

I will not be posting new reviews on this blog.
I do not plan to close this blog as it holds six years of book reviews. At this point I'll leave it open for storage.
I've had many new opportunities for reviewing books in 2012 with publicity groups, or publishers, or authors, that have contacted me. These reviews have been posted on my other 2 blogs. I've also had opportunities to take part in creative writing projects.
I will still continue, when I'm offered a chance, to review children or young adult books, the reviews will not be on this blog. These reviews will be placed on my other 2 blogs.
I have 2 blogs I actively review on: A Well-Watered Garden (Christian fiction and non-fiction of all genres and ages), Impressions In Ink (All other type books).
This blog is where it all began for me in early 2007. I've come along ways from the new kid on the blog block. I'm thankful for everyone who has encouraged me, given me opportunities for growth, commented, quietly read my posts, and those blogger friends I've met.

Thank you,
Annette K.
aka Miss Daisy Anne

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book Review: Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg, illustrations by Matthew Cordell

I love the title of this book. The mental image of a pickle juice soaked cookie turns my stomach and puckers my lips. Yuck!

Eleanor is eight years old and her beloved babysitter Bibi is moving away to Florida. Bibi is having a horrible day! She can't believe Bibi is moving away. What will she do? Everything reminds her of Bibi. Her parents try and console Eleanor, but the fact is Bibi is gone.

This is a coming of age story. Eleanor is only eight years old, but this is a pivotal moment in her life. The person she's counted on the most has moved away and Eleanor must learn and new way, a new life without Bibi.

I loved this story.
I want to be Eleanor's friend, and bake cookies with her.....without pickle juice.

It is an endearing story.
It is a story a child can relate to (because we all have to say goodbye to someone.)
She is a normal kid, not over the top in any way, just a normal kid (like most of us.)

Published by Abrams Books 2011
128 pages
For ages 8-10
A Texas Bluebonnet Book 2012/2013

Link @ Barnes and Nobles:
Hardcover $11.15

Monday, August 6, 2012

Book Review: Togo by Robert J. Blake

As a Siberian Husky pup Togo was not thought to be a good sled dog by Leonard Seppala. Leonard thought him to be "too small, too independent and too wild for his team." Togo would become apart of an important team of dogs that were needed for more than just a race. A Diphtheria antitoxin was needed for an epidemic in Nome. Seppala and his team would need to work harder than they've ever worked, time was their enemy.

I loved this story!
This is the true story of a courageous and resilient dog named Togo.
I enjoy reading stories of areas of our world where I'm not as familiar with. In this way I view the world outside of my "little box" and understand other cultures, peoples, geography, and beliefs.
Togo is an inspiring read. An animal story of a dog that is intelligent, wise, and has the perseverance that some humans do not have.
I feel that children would love this story, it really spoke to my heart. 

Published by Philomel Books in 2002, A Division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers
48 pages
For ages 6-9

Link @ Barnes and Nobles:
Hardcover $13.42

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Book Review: The Yellow Star, The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy, Illustrated by Henri Sorensen

When Nazi Germany during World War II invaded Denmark. King Christian X defied the order to fly the Nazi flag. This was resistance against a frightening and powerful Germany. King Christian X was the rallying point for his country. He was a wise and brave king.

I'd never heard this story before. I'd heard little about the country of Denmark during World War II.
It made me wonder if more of the European nations had stood up to Hitler and Nazi Germany, what difference it could have made? 
This is a book where more teaching would be needed to the child, explaining about World War II, Holocaust.
It is a large hardcover book.
Every page has watercolor drawings of Danish people on the street, business people, shop owners, children, and animals. There are also war images---this would definitely spark discussion.
At the end of the book is further explanation about Denmark and its stand they took for the Jew's. 

Link @ publisher:
Published 2000 by Peachtree Publishers
32 pages
For ages 8-12

Link for book at Amazon:
Hardcover $12.37

Monday, July 30, 2012

Book Review: i'm not a baby! words and pictures by Jill McElmurry

Leo Leotardi is the youngest child in the Leotardi family. Everyone calls him baby. The Nanny calls him baby. His parents call him baby. Siblings Lulu and Lila call him baby. Leo constantly reminds them that he is, "not a baby!" It does not seem to do any good, they don't listen. Will they ever listen?

This is a fun book to read. At each retort from Leo that "he is not a baby!" My grandchildren just thought it was so funny and they laughed and laughed. After I finished reading it, my grandchildren said, "Nana read it again!"
The story is comical, endearing, relatable (I'm the youngest of my siblings.)
Good memories of reading to my grandchildren. 

Published by Random House Children's Books 2006
32 pages
Ages 4-8

Link for book @ Barnes and Nobles:
Hardcover $13.49

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review: Grandma's Wedding Album by Harriet Ziefert, Paintings by Karla Gudeon

While playing in their grandparent's attic a brother and sister discover wedding clothes. They dress in the new found treasures and show their grandmother how they look. This gives the grandmother an opportunity to tell the story of her and their grandfather's courtship, and then wedding day.

Special moments when young children are able to be still and attentive, gives any grandmother an opportunity to build a new memory.

I've learned that those memories from my childhood of sitting near my grandparents, parents, and or other family members; and listening to their stories of childhood, or early courtship, or working years, or other life stories are so precious to me. I wish I remembered more. I wished I'd written some of them down.
Taking time for our children or grandchildren, talking to them, telling them stories from our own life, is more important than a new toy, or in taking them somewhere. Children will remember how we made them feel when we focused on them, and listened to them, and shared from our hearts. It is a heritage that will be passed down to the next generation.

This is a great book.
It may be more attractive to a girl, but don't let the book pass by an opportunity for a child of either gender to enjoy sitting nearby and being read to.

Published by Blue Apple Books 2011
40 pages
For ages 5-8

Link @ Barnes and Nobles:
Hardcover $14.32

Book Review: Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! by Kelly DiPucchio and Illustrated by Guy Francis

Mrs. McBloom is a bit messy. Her classroom through fifty years of teaching has progressively become a clutter of collections. With her "bee-hive" silver hair and thick glasses, she's had on her to-do list to clean-up her classroom. She's had the strong encouragement of other people, she just never got around to it. How can her students help Mrs. McBloom clean-up her classroom before she retires?

Cute book!
My granddaughter picked out this book recently at the library. She read it aloud to me and giggled often through out the story.
I loved the busy and detailed illustrations.
I loved the positive message of community.

Published by Hyperion Books For Children 2005
Hardcover Library Edition
For ages 5-8
32 pages

Website for book and author: