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One secret to success for the holidays

Did your parents give you sage advice to guide you? Mine did. Our mom reminded us “Be grateful for what you get, dear.” She’d tell us that often, especially if we were having something for dinner was not our favorite. Our poor mom had to cook all sorts of exotic dishes like cow’s tongue, and kidney stew, yikes. Our dad liked trying new things and he’d run into these unusual dishes in his travels.I think counting your blessings is of great benefit because you are a happier person and you’ll attract gladness. Did you ever notice when your day starts out with little things going wrong, it tends to continue that way? Could it be because you’re focused on the negative things? Isn’t it true if you...
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The Case of the Mystery of the Bells Review


5.0 out of 5 starsA great, entertaining story for children and teensMay 7, 2019Format: Kindle EditionJanice Spina’s new book “The Case of the Mystery Bells” Davey and Derek’s Mystery Book 6, is another entertaining, wonderful story. This time the twins, Davey and Derek work diligently to solve the mystery of the bells. Why to they hear bells at certain times? Who are the ghosts in their dreams? Why do the boys hear bells in their dreams? Even their gifted Aunt Gigi is baffled from time to time. The boys are introduced to a new member of the family and they even learn more about their ancestry. Young readers are sure to enjoy this story and marvel at the literary skills of its author, Janice ...
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Yara’s Coloring Book Review


 beautiful coloring book to compliment Yara’s Tawari Tree!June 29, 2019Format: PaperbackI highly recommend the beautiful coloring book about Yara’s Tawari Tree(Yara’s Rainforest). Children will love coloring the pictures that tell the story of Yara and her special Rainforest tree. The coloring book is the perfect addition to the book, Yara’s Rainforest, which is a lovely story with an important message for young readers.*I was given a free copy of this coloring book from the author and chose to review it without compensation.Review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright 2019: The post Yara’s Coloring Book Review appeared first on deaniehumphrysdunne.wordpress.com.Original link
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Sweetbriar’s Tabby’s Big Year review


5.0 out of 5 starsAn entertaining book for teens and young adults!June 24, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseIn this second book in the Sweetbriar’s series, readers meet Tabby, a young lady with many conflicts in her life. She loves horses and riding, but she is dealing with several family issues. For example, she resents her mom and her older sister, Ava. But eventually, Tabby makes a plan to resolve her internal strife. This is one thing I liked about the story. I think readers will be pleased to see how Tabby has gained wisdom. The story is engaging. Readers will want to see what happens next. What does Tabby do to save one of her favorite horses? Does she reach some of her eques...
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Zetta the Poinsettia review


5.0 out of 5 starsCute book for preschoolers and early elementary gradesNovember 27, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseA cute story about Zetta the Poinsettia and her life at various stages. The illustrations are bright and pretty to keep little children engaged. Zetta is worried about finding a home at first.Afterwards, she’s thinking she could be thrown out like the Christmas tree. But you’ll like what happens next. I enjoyed the interesting facts at the end, too.Review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright 2019: Deanie Humphrys-DunneThe post Zetta the Poinsettia review appeared first on deaniehumphrysdunne.wordpress.com.Original link
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Mylee in the Mirror Review


5.0 out of 5 starsA great, fun book for young readersApril 24, 2019Format: Kindle Edition” Mylee in the Mirror” is the second book I’ve read by the talented young author, Ellie Collins. This time readers meet Mylee and her family, which is going through some personal turmoil. Mylee meets the Goddess Aphrodite after she discovers a magical mirror among her grandma’s collection. During the story, Mylee learns some important things about relationships, and how they can affect your life. She finds it necessary to make a choice. I think young people would really enjoy this story and find it’s message valuable. I recommend this story and compliment the remarkable skills of Ellie Collins.Review by ...
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When the Squirrel Sings review


Very cute, educational story1June 26, 2019Format: Paperback“When the Squirrel Sings” is an endearing tale about the antics of a little squirrel and some of his animal friends. The squirrel explains what happens in a typical day. For example, he likes to collect acorns, but also one of his favorite things is to watch children playing in the yard. Incorporated in the story are other animals and the types of “music” they make. Young children will see woodpeckers,dandelions, worms, and more little creatures and find out what they like to do. Do you know what the squirrel likes best? Watching you play outside. It’s a lovely book for children to show them the beautiful things in nature and to enco...
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Review of Selfish Little Bob


5.0 out of 5 starsAn endearing tale with a great messageJuly 4, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseSelfish little Bob was a rude, inconsiderate rabbit who never offered to help with chores and gleefully disobeyed his mother. it doesn’t seem like Bob will learn to be kind but later in the story something happens that changes his attitude.The story is written in cute rhyming verse with big, bright illustrations. It’s a great bedtime story with big, bright illustrations that children are sure to enjoy. I highly recommend it.review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright: 2019: Deanie Humphrys-DunneThe post Review of Selfish Little Bob appeared first on deaniehumphrysdunne.w...
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Review for How to win Wimbledon in your pajamas


5.0 out of 5 starsA great book with a plan to help children succeed.November 20, 2019Format: PaperbackI loved this new book, How to Win Wimbledon in Pajamas, by Kobe Nihn because it gives an easily understandable 5-step outline for how to succeed at Wimbledon. But you could apply these suggestions to any goal you’d like to achieve. For example, you’d need to focus on your goal and decide why you want to accomplish it. I think it would be helpful for all young people who want to achieve success. There are also helpful things listed at the end to help young readers track their progress. Highly recommended.Review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright 2019: Deanie Humphrys-DunneT...
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Review of Yara’s Tawari Tree coloring book


5.0 out of 5 starsA beautiful coloring book to compliment Yara’s Tawari Tree!June 29, 2019Format: PaperbackI highly recommend the beautiful coloring book about Yara’s Tawari Tree(Yara’s Rainforest). Children will love coloring the pictures that tell the story of Yara and her special Rainforest tree. The coloring book is the perfect addition to the book, Yara’s Rainforest, which is a lovely story with an important message for young readers.*I was given a free copy of this coloring book from the author and chose to review it without compensation.Review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright 2019The post Review of Yara’s Tawari Tree coloring book appeared first on deaniehumphrysd...
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Review for Sophie Washington and the Secret Santa


5.0 out of 5 starsAn interesting book with valuable life lessonsNovember 16, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseI enjoyed the story about Sophie and her secret Santa. I was interesting and well-written. Sophie begins to get surprise packages and tries to figure out who is sending them. But there were other things happening, such as bullies taunting Sophie’s little brother, Cole. Eventually, Sophie is stunned when she finds her secret Santa is someone who used to bully her. It’s a story with several important messages for young readers, such as gratitude and forgiveness. I recommend it.Review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright: 2019: Deanie Humphrys-DunneThe post Rev...
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Review of Bearded


4.0 out of 5 starsA cute, rhyming book with fun illustrationsJuly 30, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase“Bearded” is a cute story about a bear with a beard and a little girl who accompanies him. It is funny to read about their adventures. Some of the words would be too advanced for very young children, but it is still entertaining and creative.review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright 2019: Deanie Humphrys-DunneThe post Review of Bearded appeared first on deaniehumphrysdunne.wordpress.com.Original link
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Pixie and the Green Book Mystery review


5.0 out of 5 starsAn entertaining story with extra benefits!July 4, 2019Format: Kindle EditionPixie is a child with a passion for reading. She’s quite unique with a vivid imagination. Understandably, Pixie’s favorite place is the library. But the little lady is mortified when she finds the nasty “Book Guardian” is scheming to make some of Pixie’s favorite characters disappear from their books. She must be creative and clever to solve the book mysteries. It’s an entertaining tale for children. I enjoyed it and thought the vocabulary, recipes and other suggestions at the back were great ideas to help young readers learn new skills. Highly recommended.* I received a free copy from the author an...
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Review of Dyno Dinosaur Christmas Family Adventures


5.0 out of 5 starsCute and colorful series of storiesNovember 13, 2019Format: PaperbackDyno Dinosaur Christmas Family adventures is a cute series of short stories involving dinosaurs, Santa and Mrs. Claus. The illustrations are adorable and the rhymes are well-written. I think very young children will enjoy these stories. Each one has a different Christmas-related theme.Review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright 2019: Deanie Humphrys-DunneThe post Review of Dyno Dinosaur Christmas Family Adventures appeared first on deaniehumphrysdunne.wordpress.com.Original link
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What if?


From My Life at Sweetbrier Have you ever wondered how your life would be different if something hadn’t happened? For example, what if my dad didn’t teach me to ride horses after a pediatric specialist said his little girl would never walk? I’d have missed much of what I love to do. Isn’t it amazing how a single decision can change your life? My dream was to become a champion equestrian. That meant I’d have to beat the odds. But fortunately, my parents said I could accomplish anything I wanted, if I persevered. Did you know the average person can begin learning to jump after just a few months of lessons? Imagine how frustrated I felt when it took me six years of riding every day before I star...
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Review of How to make a Mom


4.0 out of 5 starsA cute book for little onesAugust 15, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseHow to you make the perfect mom? This book will show you all the ingredients you need to mix together. You’ll also note the cute things moms can do with some of the things moms need to be proficient at like speedy driving so she can take you places on short notice. Young readers or parents will also read about other specialties of moms like making you feel better when you’re feeling sick. At the end of the book, you’ll see a real cookie recipe which children will enjoy trying.Review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunnecopyright 2019: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne The post Review of How to make a ...
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Review for My Alaskan Race told by Husky Dog


Entertaining and educationalJuly 28, 2019Format: Audible Audio book My Alaskan Race is well-narrated, entertaining and educational. Listeners will learn about the Iditerod Race in Alaska and how mushers must prepare for the demanding race. One of the Huskies tells the story from his point of view and explains what typically happens during the race and beforehand. I highly recommend it. This book would be helpful for children and teachers to learn about the well-know Alaskan race.review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright 2019: Deanie Humphrys-DunneThe post Review for My Alaskan Race told by Husky Dog appeared first on deaniehumphrysdunne.wordpress.com.Original link
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Review of Saving Forest Farm


4.0 out of 5 starsA cute story with lovey illustrationsSeptember 17, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition Saving Forest Farm is a nice book about Forest Farm, the animals who live there, and a drought they are experiencing. Rafi Rat decides to send out his friends, Farrell Fox and Gunther Goat to search for Trevor Turtle because he believes the turtle can bring rain to the area. The illustrations were bright and beautiful. In my opinion, the story could have been developed a bit more,but it’s still enjoyable.*I received a free copy as part of the Booktaster’s program.Reviewed by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright 2019: Deanie Humphrys-DunneThe post Review of Saving Forest Farm appeared first on deaniehu...
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Review for Firenze’s Light


4.0 out of 5 starsAn adorable book with a great message for small childrenJuly 23, 2019Format: Kindle Edition Verified PurchaseFirenze’s Fire is an endearing story about a firefly named Firenze who doesn’t like to shine her light.Several of her friends ask for help with little tasks, but Firenze does not agree to use her light. It’s a cute story with bright illustrations. I think small children would enjoy it and remember the message that we are all unique and should not be shy about using our talents. I did find the small print difficult to read in places, but still, it’s a great story and I recommend it.review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright 2019: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne...
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Review of The Elephants and the Leaking Tap


4.0 out of 5 starsA cute book for toddlersJuly 27, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis is a cute, educational book for toddlers Little ones will enjoy the three elephants who search for someone to fix their leaky faucet. Toco, Poco, and Loco learn that what pilots do. They also explore painters jobs, and many others before they discover who will be able to sole their problem. I liked that the author showed what kind of tools each professional would use to to his/ her job. I do think that the book would be easier to read if it had larger print.Review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne The post Review of The Elephants and the Leaking Tap appeared first on deaniehumphrysdunn...
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