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review 2021-12-08 12:00
Book Review - Please Explain Vaccines to Me: Because I HATE SHOTS! by Dr. Laurie Zelinger
Please Explain Vaccines to Me: Because I HATE SHOTS! - Laurie Zelinger

The author has used her personal and professional experiences in producing an excellent  book to explain why vaccines are important and how to ease the worries a young child or person feels about having one. 


The bright pictures, as well as the short text on each page, show and tell how the young person is feeling, always giving excellent reasons on why and how it is okay to feel the way the child does as it is natural to have those fears and worries. 


The book is simple to follow as it expertly takes you through each stage of the child’s thought process from when they are first told about needing the vaccine to the eventuality of receiving it. It also covers the important issue of why having the vaccine not only protects the child but also of those people who are close to them as well as their friends. The colorful images and the friendly smiling faces also help to show that there is nothing to fear about the healthcare people involved in administering the vaccine.


I wish there were books like this around when my children were young as I would have definitely used this book to show, explain, and encourage them to have the vaccine and the all round benefits of having one.

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2021/12/book-review-please-explain-vaccines-to.html
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text 2021-11-23 11:33
Please Explain Vaccines to Me: Because I HATE SHOTS! by Dr. Laurie Zelinger
Please Explain Vaccines to Me: Because I HATE SHOTS! - Laurie Zelinger

Please Explain Vaccines to Me: Because I HATE SHOTS! by Dr. Laurie Zelinger, from the ever popular Please Explain series.
Enjoy the colorful illustrations and happy story ending.
"Wow! From start to finish, I really enjoyed reading this book. I found that the story was at a basic level to help children really understand that it is okay to be nervous about getting shots while explaining the reason for shots. I absolutely LOVE the children's artwork embedded in the book - that is a powerful tool for children to see the work of others." reviews Devorah Bergman
Now available in ebook, paperback, and hardback:
Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09KQY7PBB 
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/please-explain-vaccines-to-me-laurie-zelinger/1140414905?ean=2940160732626 
GPlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Laurie_Zelinger_Please_Explain_Vaccines_to_Me?id=AnlLEAAAQBAJ 
Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1615996125 
Hardback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1615996133 
Shots, injections, needles, and vaccines-whatever their purpose, they all hurt. More than half of children in the 6-17 year-old range report a strong fear of needles. Nearly 25% of adults do as well. This book is for those families who cringe at the thought of getting one.
For some children, getting a shot is a major ordeal. Ramped-up anxiety can lead to tantrums, meltdowns, outbursts and even fainting. That 30-second experience can be a nightmare for parents for and nursing staff alike. This resource will help to improve that dreaded scenario.
The book opens with an engaging story for children where rhyme, colorful illustrations and characters of diversity capture a child's interest as they identify with a girl who has similar fears. The children's section is followed by a comprehensive guide for parents and caregivers, based on empirical research as well as Dr. Zelinger's decades of experience as a child psychologist, where she offers information and explicit solutions to help deal with the anxiety surrounding this common medical procedure.
Children will:
• Identify with the main character and her fear of shots
• Enjoy the colorful illustrations and happy story ending
• Learn coping mechanisms to deal with frightening situations
• Feel supported by their parents who will know how to help
• Reduce their anxiety and become more cooperative during medical visits
Parents/Caregivers will:
• Understand the reasoning behind the fear of injections
• Learn strategies to help their child before and during a medical visit
• Be better able to comfort their child
"Dr. Laurie Zelinger has done it again with another excellent child and parent-friendly book that helps to allay fears and empower families and professionals with the tools to help children develop healthy coping skills. Please Explain Vaccines to Me has it all: a relatable and simple yet engaging text in rhyme that is fun to read aloud, as well as colorful illustrations that provide an honest and relatable depiction of the emotions involved. As an experienced nurse and health educator, I see this book as a "must-have" resource for all caregivers, educators and health professionals." --Darlene Glasser, RN, MSEd
"Please Explain Vaccines to Me is a book that every parent will want to read to their child before getting a shot. It demystifies vaccinations with language that a child will both understand and want to question further. It also gives both children and parents the language they need to express their anxiety about the process and the tools to lessen that anxiety. It gets 5 stars!" --Yael Kula, MSW, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
From Loving Healing Press

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review 2021-09-06 15:48
At First Hate (Coastal Chronicles, #2) by: K.A. Linde (author), Narrated by Emma Wilder & Joe Arden
At First Hate (Coastal Chronicles, #2) - K.A. Linde






At First Hate by K.A. Linde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Strong sparks lead to an entertaining yet volatile romance. Marley and Derek are a volcano of emotion waiting to erupt and the outcome will be cataclysmic. At First Hate thrusts me into a battle of hearts, a drama of wills and an irresistible uniting of hearts. Wilder and Arden are battlefield gold when it comes to the fireworks they emit. Linde is and always will be a one-click for me.

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text 2020-06-27 02:32
Read. This. Book.
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

I can't add anything to all the glowing reviews this book has already received. Everything I want to say about it has already been said. It should be on everyone's shelves, and in all schools and libraries. If you haven't read it yet, you should remedy that right now.

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review 2020-06-09 03:33
A Book I Should Not Have Read, but Maybe you Should.
City of Hate - Timothy S. Miller

Usually when a book doesn't work for me (and frequently when it does), there are problems I can point to—thin characters, bad prose, dull language, plot issues, etc. I don't particularly enjoy talking about those, but they're easy enough to write about. I hate talking about books that left me cold and disinterested despite being incredibly well-written.


The publisher's blurb reads:

Recovering alcoholic, lover of secrets, and quickly approaching middle-age, [Hal] Scott discovered his best friend dead in his downtown Dallas apartment. And all fingers point to Scott as the murderer.


There is a conspiracy under way, and it is tied to a gubernatorial campaign, illicit photographs, and a video that will undermine the election. And more than likely get Hal Scott killed.

The only one Scott can turn to is "Lemon" - the self-proclaimed bastard son of Lee Harvey Oswald. Lemon's mother owns Conspiracy Books, just blocks away from the old Texas School Book Depository, and she used to dance at the Carousel Club, owned by the notorious Jack Ruby. The FBI, the CIA, and the John Birch Society all want what Lemon has discovered in her mouldering attic. What he found is bigger than them all, and there will be a price to pay for it exposure.

Bank teller Hal Scott seems like an unlikely protagonist in a story of murder, blackmail, and conspiracy theories. Scratch that, he is an unlikely protagonist—I don't understand why so many characters are drawn to him, rely on him, open up to him, or (the most unlikely) find him to be a threat. But they do. So, you roll with it as he investigates the suicide/murder of a friend and stumbles on to the rest. The resolutions to all the storylines feel incredibly appropriate and fitting—yet I found at least two of them dissatisfying.


Skip this paragraph if you want to avoid spoilers. One of the reasons I don't see why anyone in Scott's life would rely on him is that the reader can't. He's the worst kind of unreliable narrator—I trust his narration so little that I honestly doubt everything he said. There's not one word in the blurb above that I can be sure actually ever happened (obviously, I'm speaking in terms of the novel itself, I'm aware that it's fiction).


I didn't realize when I read the blurb is that Oswald's son's important discovery would've been tied to what made his father infamous. That's on me. I don't know if I've ever been interested in any use of the JFK assassination in fiction—and Miller devoting so much of the novel to it was a major turn-off for me.


I think contemporary noir relies too much on vulgarity, I don't want to open that can of worms right now, though. I think Miller serves as a prime example of this, and too often comes across as unnecessarily crass. It's entirely and clearly purposeful. Many writers fall into it out of laziness, I don't think that's the case here. I just think it's wasted effort.


The depictions of addiction—its pull, its effect on the choices (both while using and while clean and sober), the destruction it leaves behind—are the highlight and saving grace of this book. They're powerful, heart-wrenching, and beautiful (in their own way). There's an account of suicide that's so well-written I had to stop reading and simply soak in it for a while after I finished it.


This book comes across as being precisely what the author intended—no mean feat. There's not a wasted word, not a sentence that doesn't seem painstakingly crafted. While I can't recommend this novel, any book that comes across that way isn't going to get panned by me, either.


There's a pretty clear theme to my observations—this was not a book written for me. I'm cool with that. It describes most books published, most of which are probably not as well written. There are plenty of people who will feel differently—and should. I hope this book finds its way to their hands.


Disclaimer: I received this eARC from the author via Lori @ TNBBC Publicity in exchange for this post—thanks to both for this, I do appreciate the opportunity (despite what it may read like).

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2020/06/08/city-of-hate-by-timothy-s-miller-is-not-a-book-i-should-have-read-but-maybe-you-should
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