Wandering Woolly

Wandering WoollyTitle: Wandering Woolly
Author/Illustrator: Andrea Gabriel
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62855-5677

“They touched her with their trunks and bellowed with happiness to have their Woolly back home again. Little Woolly tucked her head into her mama’s warm, furry legs. She was glad to be home!” Andrea Gabriel ends the story section of her children’s book, Wandering Woolly.

This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy an educational story about mammoths. With no scary scenes except for an animal falling into a river and getting lost, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this book that states the earth is over thirteen thousand years old, it begins with a story of a young mammoth named Woolly that wonders about the world around her. One day she sees a river where she wants to cool off. Deciding to go by herself, she wanders down by the icy water and falls into its rumbling, rolling waves. She tries to keep her trunk above the water as she calls out for her mama. She is tossed along and grabs hold of a log that quickly takes her past a sloth, hunting lion, bear, beaver, and humans.

Exhausted, she swims to safety when the current slows down and is desperate to go back home. With her feet, she senses her mother’s bellows from far away. Getting hungry, she wanders by a family of saber tooth cats. When she finally sees her mom and aunties, she rushes home to be with them.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve theoretical ice age sequencing, the history of mammoths and elephants as well as the Clovis people, and several extinct ice age animals.

What makes this book fun is learning about mammoths and how they survived in the wild a long time ago. Any child will enjoy looking at the colorful pictures while following the story and learning which animals are now extinct.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars (Believing in creationism, the reviewer disagrees with the represented age of the earth).

An award-winning artist, Gabriel has been an illustrator of several children’s books for the past fifteen years. Having written a prior book, she living in Washington with her family and pets.

Thanks to Arbordale Publishing and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

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In Firefly Valley

In Firefly Valley: A Novel (Texas Crossroads)Title: In Firefly Valley
Author: Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3435-0

“The problem is, Marisa’s afraid to trust anyone, even God. She wasn’t always that way, but ever since Eric’s been gone, she’s had a hard time,” Blake is told in Amanda Cabot’s novel, In Firefly Valley.

Second in the Texas Crossroads series, this three hundred and thirty-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary Christian romance with relationship conflicts. Topics of alcohol abuse and a spouse’s death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The end of the book includes an author’s letter complete with a food recipe, acknowledgments, the first chapter of the next book in the series, author’s biography, and advertisements.

Since author Cabot turned thirty years old, she has written over thirty novels under numerous pen names. Now living in the American West, she and her husband have traveled thousands of miles to research her books.

In this story based in the small town of Dupree, Texas, twenty-six-year-old Marisa St. George has been forced to return to her hometown due to being downsized working in Atlanta. Still angry and bitter about her alcoholic father leaving her mother eight years ago, the woman does not trust anyone.

Taking a job at the revamped Rainbow’s End Resort recently purchased, she plunges into work handling the finances, overseeing management, and helping the business revitalize the town.

Dealing with writer’s block, thirty-two-year-old Blake Kendall is offered to stay at his friend’s Texas resort. He flies in from California, hoping the peace and solitude will stimulate his creative juices.

When Marisa and Blake meet, immediately their attraction grows, but both are holding back on their true identities as one deals with anger issues regarding the past, and the other is afraid of being true to oneself. In addition, Marisa must keep the communication channels open with both her parents while her best friend must bury the past to find happiness.

Focusing on forgiveness and second chances, the storyline has the reader caught up in more than one relationship that needs mending or moving on to the future. Although predictable, the tale shows how God is in control even of the minor stuff, knowing what is best for each of us.

Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

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Pucha’s Fit Pro Resistance Band

Pucha's Fit - Pro Resistance Band - Kit Includes: Exercise Band - Door Anchor - Large Carrying Bag - Complete Manual for Exercises, Stretching and Abdominal Work-outProduct: Pucha’s Fit Pro Resistance Band
Manufacturer: Natan Products
ASIN: B00UU1YBOC

The next time you need a stretch workout, check out the Pucha’s Fit Pro Resistance Band. Its sturdy design will allow long work-outs with repetitive motion that not only helps during exercises, but also it will hold up.

The product arrived in a Ziplock baggie within an Amazon box. The large black nylon carry bag with the Pucha’s Fit logo in white and a loop for hanging is attractive and reusable. Opening the bag by the Velcro seal, inside the band, door anchor, and user exercise guide are easy to remove.

The pro resistance band is approximately five feet long with strapped handles on both ends that have a padded, comfortable grip, even with small indentations. A clear protective casing about a foot long covers the cord, which can be easily adjusted as it can float back and forth. The black door anchor has a foam roller on one end to protect surfaces while the other end has an open area to slip the band through for exercising.

The user exercise guide is not a typical one-page of instructions but a twenty-three numbered page booklet that includes uses, tips, and a total of thirty-eight individual activities, complete with black and white photographs of Sonia “Pucha” Garcia exhibiting proper format in each. The back cover explains care instructions for both the band and anchor.

In trying a few of the simple three-to-nine step instructions, this reviewer found the band easy to maneuver while concentrating on the muscles to be worked out. The door anchor worked well, leaving no marks on white surfaces. With twenty exercises using the band and eighteen bonus ab ones that do not, the book covers the total body.

Although the band is not weight-bearing except by using one’s body parts, it is a perfect addition to a workout for any young or old person to get and stay in shape. It would make a thoughtful gift for the health- or gym-type person

Showing a suggested retail of $37.99 on Amazon, it is currently on sale for the reasonable price of $22.99, including a 100% money back guarantee.

Thanks to Natan Products for furnishing this discounted-priced product in exchange for a review based on the buyer’s honest opinions.

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* CONTEST * Just Right Travel Kit ~ 1 Free Product Giveaway!

*TSA Approved Travel Kit For Women and Men* Replace Leaky Bottles and Containers with Just Right Tolietries Set to meet the 3-1-1 Rule*Must Have Travel Accessories Bag for Bathroom Products

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Product teaser: The next time you are traveling, consider this small, unassuming product that is an ideal size for a carry-on and TSA approved. Tailor-made to be able to include favorite shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, face wash, moisturizers, foundations or any types of two ounce liquids, this kit will make life more tolerable when flying on an airplane with some advanced planning.

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This Land is Your Land

This Land is Your LandTitle: This Land is Your Land
Author: Catherine Ciocchi
Illustrator: Cathy Morrison
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62855-5660

“Find the landform in your view.
Remember it belongs to you.
Enjoy what each one has to give.
It’s one great world in which we live.”
Catherine Ciocchi ends the story section of her children’s book, This Land is Your Land.

This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy educational information about the earth. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this rhyming story promoting the different landforms throughout the world, full-page, full-color illustrations grace the pages, sometimes with inserted maps, states, or land icon drawings.

With landforms everywhere, the reader is taught about the coast, continent, mountain, hill, plateau, canyon, valley, plains, peninsula, volcano, island, and archipelago, describing what they look like as they are surrounded by engaging scenery.

One can learn coastlines shape a continent, three mounds are considered rolling hills, plateaus have flat tops, and peninsulas have three sides covered by water, along with understanding a mesa is a small plateau and the Grand Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve information about different types of landforms, the sorting of them, a game of matching landform names with their descriptions as well as map skill questions, and a grid map with five more questions to answer.

What makes this book fun is not only the rhyming explanation of the different landforms, but also the informational data at the back of the book for older readers regarding how weather, erosion, deposition, and structure affect them. Any child will enjoy looking at the colorful pictures with plenty of details while learning about our planet.

Debut children’s book for this author, Ciocchi has a degree in geology and teaches high school physical and earth science. She and her family live in New York. Illustrator Morrison has been designing children’s books for twenty years and lives in Colorado.

Thanks to Arbordale Publishing and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

This review will be posted on Bookpleasures and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Just Right Travel Kit

*TSA Approved Travel Kit For Women and Men* Replace Leaky Bottles and Containers with Just Right Tolietries Set to meet the 3-1-1 Rule*Must Have Travel Accessories Bag for Bathroom ProductsProduct: Just Right Travel Kit
Manufacturer: Unique Finds
Made in China
ASIN: B00X47JMWS
UPC: 789398932574

The next time you are traveling, consider this small, unassuming product that is an ideal size for a carry-on and TSA approved. Tailor-made to be able to include favorite shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, face wash, moisturizers, foundations or any types of two ounce liquids, this kit will make life more tolerable when flying on an airplane with some advanced planning.

The product arrived in a bubble pack envelope with no tears or rips in the packaging. Inside is a clear five by seven inch quart-sized flexible vinyl case that easily expands to one and a half inches wide in depth, complete with a nylon white zipper. There is no expansion on the top when the zipper is closed.

Inside are twenty-one silver sleeves along with an almost four inch Sharpie black marking pen that has a loop on the cap end to attach if necessary (no metal locking clip is included). Each packet has a list of six items to choose or a blank line to write a name. Subject choices are shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, face wash, moisturizer, and foundation.

A white cardstock card has information about what is included on one side with numbered instructions on the other side for filling, sealing, and using the enclosed packets. After determining how many packets are needed and writing the to-be-inserted products on the outside, one opens the straight ends of the sleeves, inserts the chosen liquids, and uses a hot iron to seal the ends. After ten seconds each of heating and cooling, the sealed items can be placed in the travel kit, ready for use by simply tearing open the other ends.

With the concern being the size of the small plastic case able to hold no more than five or six packets, there is little room for other items. The advanced preparation may be tedious for some but may outweigh the costs of regularly buying over-priced travel-size liquids.

Having a suggested retail of $19.99 on Amazon seems pricey, but there is a 100% money back guarantee. To aid in keeping baggage weight at a minimum, a well-seasoned traveler may be able to reuse the packets by cutting off the heated ends and resealing after adding more liquids.

Thanks to Unique Finds for furnishing this discounted-priced product in exchange for a review based on the reviewer’s honest opinions.

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* CONTEST * Animal Mouths ~ 1 Free Book Giveaway!

Animal Mouths

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ANIMAL MOUTHS!
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Book teaser: “Most humans eat plants and animals, which makes us omnivores. Like the opossum, we have many different kinds of teeth. How many kinds can you find when you open your mouth and look in the mirror?” Mary Holland asks in her children’s book,Animal Mouths.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest

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I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 4 STAR!
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Hidden Identity

Title: Hidden Identity
Author: Carol J. Post
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 978-0-373-44682-7

“You faked your death. You’re living under an alias. What kind of cop would I be if I just accepted your claim that you’re not running from the law?” Hunter asks Meagan in Carol J. Post’s novel, Hidden Identity.

Part of the “Love Inspired” Harlequin suspense series, this two hundred and twenty-four-page paperback targets those who enjoy inspirational suspense with romance. With no profanity or graphic sexual content, topics of physical abuse, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. Promoting Christian theology of God always being nearby, the eternal plan of salvation is not discussed in detail.

In this current-day short story based in Cedar Fort, Florida, twenty-four-year-old Meagan Berry has resided only a couple months in the small seaside town. When she rescues a senator from a plane crash in the ocean, she is caught off guard when her photograph is spread nationally on television.

Thinking she had escaped the clutches of an abusive ex-fiancé by faking her death months ago, she knows he will do anything to find her again. Afraid the past has caught up with her when an intruder breaks into her home, she befriends the attentive Police Officer Hunter Kingston but finds him controlling and aloof.

Hunter, whose fiancé was killed in a drunk driving accident four years ago, refuses to fall in love, only to get hurt again. He ardently tries to keep his distance and emotions in check when he tries to protect Meagan as he searches for the real story of Meagan’s arrival in town.

As the two individuals face their issues of trust between themselves and others, Meagan wonders if she should run away again. Through several attacks producing injuries in others, Meagan fears she has to flee.

Although somewhat romantically predictable between Meagan and Hunter, the story shows how one must learn that God can be a Friend at all times while the other needs to stop doubting, thinking everything is based on lies. With twists and turns, Post engages the reader to realize how important trust is in a relationship.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Author of five novels, Post lives in Florida, writing fun, fast-paced inspirational romantic suspense novels. With her family not living close by, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping, and taking care of her beloved pets.

Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

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Primate School

Primate SchoolTitle: Primate School
Author: Jennifer Keats Curtis
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62855-5646

“Nonhuman primates are not exactly like us, but they can think. They understand some language and can follow commands. Primates figure out how to solve problems. Some use tools,” Jennifer Keats Curtis writes in her children’s book, Primate School.

This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy educational information about primates. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this read about primates that mostly live at the zoo and are cared for by keepers that sometimes wear face masks, these fascinating animals are obviously intelligent. Learning there are more than five hundred species in the breed, they are warm-blooded, have hair and backbones, and produce milk for their young.

While wild primates learn from members of their group, the caged animals also learn from their keepers. Preserving them at the zoo, the caregivers feed them, encourage wild behaviors such as eating insects and leaves, play games, and make sure they stay healthy with medical check-ups. The primates are rewarded with treats when they perform correctly.

Showing photographs of the monkey, lemur, orangutan, chimpanzee, langur, tamarin, baboon, siamang, gorilla, and gibbon, many different species and their distinct characteristics and attributes are given.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve a game deciphering which animals are primates, information on endangered species including coding, how to talk like a chimpanzee, and enrichment activities of several of the animals.

What makes this book fun is not only the different types of primates, but also the informational data at the back of the book for older readers regarding primates’ lives and activities. Any child will enjoy looking at the colorful pictures, although several of them show the animals inside a barred environment for human protection.

Award-winning author Curtis has written several children’s books devoted to nature and conservation. She and her family live in Maryland. Several zoos and organizations provided the photographs in exchange for using the book for fundraising purposes.

Thanks to Arbordale Publishing and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

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* CONTEST * Achoo! Why Pollen Counts ~ 1 FREE Book Giveaway!

Achoo! Why Pollen Counts

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ACHOO! WHY POLLEN COUNTS!
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Book teaser: “It’s messy. It’s itchy. It makes me – ah, ah, a-choo – sneeze! I wish there was no such thing as pollen,” Baby Bear declares in Shennen Bersani’s children’s book, Achoo! Why Pollen Counts.

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