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January 24, 2020 · 10:29 AM

* CONTEST * The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids ~ 1 Free Giveaway!

WIN GINJER L. CLARKE’S CHILDREN’S BOOK,
THE FASCINATING ANIMAL BOOK FOR KIDS: 500 WILD FACTS!

1 PRINT BOOK to be given away by Callisto Publisher’s Club!

TEASER: “The male narwhal’s long, spiral tusk is really a tooth growing out of its top lip. It has only one other tooth inside its mouth,” Ginjer L. Clarke explains in her children’s book, The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids: 500 Wild Facts.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest:

1.  Follow my blog if you do not already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Visit at least one of these websites on the internet.

5. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review on Amazon, B&N, online book stores, or social media sites regarding what you thought of the book.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, after 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the author directly to you or sent the ebook link! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this 4.5-star book – https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2020/01/21/the-fascinating-animal-book-for-kids/

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The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids

Title: The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids
Author: Ginjer L. Clarke
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-149-7

“The male narwhal’s long, spiral tusk is really a tooth growing out of its top lip. It has only one other tooth inside its mouth,” Ginjer L. Clarke explains in her children’s book, The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids: 500 Wild Facts.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-ten-page paperback targets children ages nine to twelve years old who enjoy books about animals and their distinct features. With no profanity or scary scenes, colorful photographs are on every page with several one to two sentences about various animals. The ending includes the author’s biography.

Divided into six chapters of Magnificient Mammals, Creepy Crawlers, Water World, Scaly Things, Amazing Amphibians, and Feathered Friends, this educational book packs tons of information on all types of animals from the quviut, cicada, and the red-lipped batfish to the reticulated python, marsupial frog, and oropendola to name a few.

~ Why ~
I love children’s books that teach young ones, especially if they are about animals and nature. I appreciate how this one not only has some of the common creatures but also the absurd, unusual, or unknown ones. With a six-year-old granddaughter who is fascinated by narwhals, it was great to see them listed in the book.

Some random wild animal facts include:
Virginia opossum babies are so small that up to 20 of them could fit into a teaspoon.
A fishing spider can stay underwater for 30 minutes while it waits for its fish prey.
Sharks never need to visit a dentist. Their teeth never get cavities.
The tuatara has a small, sightless third eye on top of its head.
The wood frog is the only frog that lives in the Arctic Circle.
Malleefowl nests can be 3.3 feet (1m) tall and 16 feet (5m) wide.

~ Why Not ~
Some children will not like that there is usually only one fact about each creature, yet sometimes there will be a full page describing several kinds in one animal family. Others may prefer less photographs and more information. The book may be too sophomoric for some fourth to seventh graders. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the three- and four-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
Although I greatly appreciate this book that focuses on God’s creations, I wish there was an index so one could look up the animal’s fact and feature quickly. Due to its limited information per animal, it would be a hard book to use for a school report.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun book about the strange and interesting characteristics of mammals, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, this one would be a good option that will keep a child’s attention and offer adults insights to the amazing animal kingdom. I am sure my young grandchildren will enjoy learning a thing or two also.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

Rated 4.5 of 5 stars.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2sLq5LL

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HansGo Plastic Easter Basket Set

6 COLORFUL BASKETS WITH FAKE GRASS

~ What ~
Made of non-toxic plastic, this set includes 6 colorful baskets with heart-shaped cut-outs on their sides, wide lips, and white snap-on handles. Measuring 3.9 by 5.9 by 6.7 inches, there are 2 each in yellow, pink, and blue colors. The set comes with 50 grams (3 bags) of fake plastic grass in a cardboard bag, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
I am not into the Easter egg hunt for our grandchildren, but I love that these cute baskets are the perfect size to hold small prizes when I do treasure hunts with them. I like the cut-out hearts and the 3 different colors with the white handles.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not realize that these are small baskets that can only hold about 6-8 eggs each. Others may wish they were in all the same or more color choices.

~ Wish ~
Although these work well, I wish the baskets were a little larger so could be used to store toys, craft supplies, make-up, and more, but they are cute for their size.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of 6 colorful baskets for Easter, decorating, or storing, these are an excellent choice for the price.

Thanks to HansGo for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbySally #HansGo #EasterBaskets #ColorfulPlasticBaskets

This item can be found at https://amzn.to/2G6Xfs4

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Ixaer Detachable Hanging Handbag Organizer

4-TIER SEE-THROUGH DOUBLE STORAGE HOLDER

~ What ~
Made of nonwoven polyester with a nylon zipper and 2 stainless steel hooks, this organizer contains 4 compartments that can be separated into 2 sections, each with reinforced bottoms, that can be hung on a standard closet dowel. Available in beige, brown, or gray, the stacked unit measures 52.22 by 15.7 by 6.1 inches. Instructions with tips are included.

~ Why ~
This storage tower is ideal to hold purses or items that weigh up to 18 pounds. I like that each area can be seen easily through the meshed lining. The bases are sturdy, without folding inward haphazardly. I like that it can be divided into 2 sections via the zipper. There is also a small storage area at the peak of each tower.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like storing purses by hanging them in a closet, but this is a great way to see, choose, and access items quickly. Others may wish there were more than only 3 colors available, but they do match most closet organizers.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were more options available such as more storage sections (4 or 5) as these work well to hold rolled-up shorts, bath towels, and more.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to store purses so they can be viewed and accessed quickly, this detachable 4-tier set is a great idea.

Thanks to Ixaer for this discounted item that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyDenshine #Ixaer #DetatchableHangingHandbagOrganizer

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2uJYB9P

 

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Vgoodall Decorative Ribbon ~ 25 Yards

75 FEET OF WIDE GINGHAM RIBBON

~ What ~
Made of non-toxic polyester fabric, this roll of decorative ribbon comes in 10 different mostly gingham patterns and colors that are 25 yards long and usually 1 inch wide. The black and white washable buffalo ribbon has large squares. It arrives on a cardboard spool in a cellophane bag, ready for using or gifting.

~ Why ~
I love using ribbon when I wrap presents and black and white gingham is a classic favorite. I appreciate how wide and pliable the ribbon is without fraying when cut. It is attractive for hair bows, presents, Christmas ornaments, and other decorating uses around the house.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that this spool only contains 75 feet, yet that is an ample amount. Others may prefer vinyl or plastic ribbon over one made of cloth material.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a durable, sturdy ribbon that will not degrade easily and is wide with many options, this is a keeper.

Thanks to Vgoodall for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbySally #Vgoodall #BuffaloBlackandWhiteRibbon #GinghamRibbon

This item can be found at https://amzn.to/30nclDh

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Disi Women’s Gray Long Sleeve Button T-Shirt

COMFY WOMEN’S SIDE-SLIT BUTTON TOP

~ What ~
Made of 65% Cotton and 35% Polyester, this women’s collarless shirt has long sleeves with side-splits plus 3 buttons on each side. It has a scooped round neckline and front and back bottom that ends around the crotch. Available in 4 colors of brown, gray, light green, and rose purple, it comes in 5 sizes of small, medium, large, X-large, and XX-large. With a jersey feel, the zipperless garment covers the breast area and flows loosely on the body. Cleaning instructions are included on an attached tag stating it should be washed separately or dry cleaned.

~ Why ~
I like the feel of the material as it is soft and pliable. The gray goes nicely with black or blue casual pants. Able to slip it over my head easily, it accents my bust and waistline while covering my hips and bottom. The sleeves are not too tight or restrictive. The double stitching is even and without frays. The medium size fit my Size 8 frame comfortably.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that there is no zipper or buttons, but it is not hard to get on or off. Tall women may think it is too short, but it flows over the bottom without concentrating on a “muffin top” at the waistline. The buttons are decorative only, not able to undo.

~ Wish ~
I like the look of this shirt, but I wish its online information regarding its fabric contents and cleaning instructions matched the garment’s label.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun yet comfortable shirt that is trendy, this is a great option.

Thanks for Disi for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyCassie #Disi

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2Tf56M5

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Tuxepoc Baby Mitten & Silicone Teething Necklace

BABY GLOVE WITH PLIABLE BABY NECKLACE FOR MOM

~ What ~
Made of 100% food-grade silicone, this set includes one teething mitten with a matching necklace for an infant 3 months or older to soothe his or her teeth. Available in mint green or light blue, the items are free of phthalate, latex, PVC, and BPA while being non-toxic and FDA approved. They arrive individually wrapped in a gift box with instructions, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
With 3 young grandchildren and several friends with grandbabies, I like to have shower gifts on hand, and these make a nice add-on that will be gratefully appreciated. I like that the mitten’s tips are rubberized so easy for infants to suck and chew. Having a Velcro strap at the opening of the mitten helps it stay on and can be used on either hand. The necklace has 3 beads with a cut-out leaf on a knotted cord.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have babies will not appreciate these teethers that are soft, pliable, and can be hand-washed. Others may be concerned the necklace’s cord may fray and the beads could fall off or a baby could choke on them.

~ Wish ~
Online it mentions there are mittens, yet only one glove is included with the necklace. One of the photos shows a hat, which should be noted is not included in the package. I am still unsure the necklace is completely safe.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to soothe your baby’s gums while he or she teethes, this is a good option.

Thanks for Tuxepoc for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyLing #Tuxepoc

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/35GhOWF

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Isaiah’s Legacy

Title: Isaiah’s Legacy
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 978-0-7352-9188-1

“I thought we wanted to make Judah better. Teach Nasseh about the true gods that could make him the greatest king in Judah’s history,” a confused Shulle considers in Mesu Andrew’s novel, Isaiah’s Legacy: A Novel of Prophets and Kings.

~ What ~
The third book in the series, this four-hundred-page paperback targets those who enjoy Biblical historical fiction involving King Manasseh, Israel’s Old Testament king whose reign of terror forced Jews to worship and sacrifice to other gods. Containing no profanity or explicit sexual situations, its topics of sorcery, physical abuse, torture, child sacrifices, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. A chart of characters, reader’s note, map, and prologue is at the beginning, while the ending includes an epilogue, acknowledgments, and author’s note. Corresponding Bible verses are written out at the beginning of each chapter with references.

Written mostly in first person, this comprehensive story covers over fifty-years of Judah’s history when King Hezekiah dies and his smart but troubled and dysfunctional son takes his place and turns from trusting Yahew, the God of his father, to worshipping foreign idols. Told mainly through the eyes of Shulle, the child, friend, and lover of the young king, she learns slowly how trusting in the Almighty no matter what the cost is the only answer to the evil, tragic, and cruel ruling of her husband, Nasseh.

~ Why ~
Having read the Bible cover to cover yearly, I was extremely impressed with the detail Andrews divulges in this rewritten story. With the tale’s focus on dark arts of curses, cures, and charms, it shows how demonic planning and plotting to take our eyes off the Lord can never be overshadowed by God’s eternal plan, even when we do not understand what it is. The writer’s characterizations are flawless of a protagonist, young king who becomes a ruthless dictator, and family members who either religiously follow or blatantly disregard God’s Word.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate the beliefs and prayers to Him for help, support, and peace. Others may not care for the ample liberties taken to enhance the storyline, but they are well written and believable. A couple of times I had to check the Bible verses or research historical facts (example: Isaiah’s death by being sawed in half is not in the Old Testament but documented in ancient manuscripts).

~ Wish ~
Although the author’s note explains vaguely what portions are historical or fictional, it would be helpful if Hezekiah’s demise, Manasseh’s release from prison, and the royal family’s extensive background were verified. I had always thought cats were the only domesticated animal never mentioned in the Bible.

~ Want ~
If you love Old Testament historical fiction about forgiveness, love, and redemption, this creative, imaginative read will not only educate you about a wicked time in Hebrew history, but it may also captivate your heart as what is your eternal legacy when you leave this earth.

Thanks to the Waterbrook & Multnomah Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#MesuAndrews #Isaiah’sLegacy #Israel’sKingManasseh #WaterbrookMultnomah

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* CONTEST * The Art of Writing ~ FREE Print/Ebook Contest!

WIN PETER YANG’S BOOK,
THE ART OF WRITING!

1 PRINT & 3 EBOOKS to be given away by the author!

TEASER: “These principles serve as a necessary foundation for anyone wanting to enrich their writing, which will, in turn, enrich their life,” Peter Yang states in the introduction of his book, The Art of Writing: Four Principles for Great Writing that Everyone Needs to Know.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest:

1.  Follow my blog if you do not already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Like at least one of Peter Yang’s sites on the internet.


5. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review on Amazon, online bookstores, or social media sites regarding what you thought of the book.
6. Please post if you prefer a PRINT or EBOOK copy!

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Monday, January 13, 2020, after 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the author directly to you or sent the ebook link! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this 4.5-star book – https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/the-art-of-writing/

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