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review 2018-12-04 15:43
Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds through Pictures, Poems, and Stories
Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds through Pictures, Poems, and Stories - Adam Stemple,Jason Stemple,Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
What a fantastic book about birds. I heard about this nonfiction book from a blog I follow, so I picked it up from the library. The illustrations inside are beautiful and most of the them are life-like. The book is filled with information that will please most bird enthusiast and I feel that this book would look beautiful on a coffee table even though it is a labeled a child’s nonfiction book.
 
The book begins with a detailed table of contents for those who are searching for specifics. The categories range from birds in stories and art, bird characteristics, bird records, saving the birds, birds in your yard, state birds (U.S.) and birdsongs, just to name a few. I didn’t read everything in this book as there is a lot to read but what I did read was educational and interesting. There is great information on each page and I wish I had the memory to remember everything that I had read. I did read the article on birdsongs and I learned a great deal on how birds sing. It was fascinating to learn how birds learn their songs and I also learned that a whole flock of birds will have the same songs but also that smaller groups within these same birds, will create their own songs based on where they live. As I looked over the illustrations, most of them had text boxes of interesting facts. I liked that the birds on the pages were labeled so I could tell exactly what type of bird I was looking at and didn’t have to go hunting for it.
 
The illustrations are life-like and most of the illustrations take up the majority of the page. Looking at the Vervain Hummingbird, she looks big as she feeds her babies on the page but as I read the text-box, I realize that her nest is half the size of a walnut shell and it is the smallest nest of all birds. By looking at this illustration, I would have never known that. There are a few illustrations that are drawings in this book. These drawings are very detailed and beautiful. I liked the information and illustrations about the birds in my own yard. I learned about seeds, bird baths, and about which houses are best for which birds. These weren’t complicated, drawn-out explanations but good directions with clear photos.
 
A fantastic book that I highly recommend. A book that has made it’s way into my shopping chart.

 

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text 2018-11-05 08:10
Kitty's Book Spot! Celebrates the 4th Blogiversary!

 

Kitty's Book Spot! wants you to know how grateful we are for all your support.  Only because of our readers can we keep going.  Thank you all so much!!

 

A big THANKS also to all the authors, PA's, author assistant's, blog tour companies, PR companies, book publishers, self publishers, and etc. who have made this all possible.

 

 

 

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A very special mention to @Netgalley and the opportunity to review for all these amazing authors!!  Thank you so much!

 

 

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review 2018-10-29 14:58
Claws for Celebration
Claws for Celebration - Linda Reilly

In Whisker Jog, New Hampshire, everyone is getting ready for the town's annual holiday cookie competition. Lara Caphart tries to get a pet-friendly cookie category added, but sadly it's not going to happen this year. Lara and her aunt Fran run the High Cliff Shelter for cats. Pet-friendly cookies are the least of their worries, though, when a last-minute judge dies after sampling Santa cookies. The victim, an old home economics teacher named Gladys Plouffe, wasn't very well liked in the town. But the prime suspect happens to be the mother of Lara's best friend. Lara knows she didn't kill anyone, so with the help of a mysterious Ragdoll cat, Lara is going to stop the killer from getting away with the purrfect crime.

Ooh! I'm so happy I found this while browsing Netgalley! I love that cover. Although this is the third in the Cat Lady Mysteries it can be read as a standalone. I found it hard to put the book down. Lara and aunt Fran have lots of cats living in their house and I love it!! But these cuties are up for adoption and when that happened I felt that empty feeling, that sadness, that ache.. even though Lara and aunt Fran wouldn't let their furry friends go unless it was to a very good home. Christmas and cats made this an especially cozy mystery and the mystery itself was very well done. I even liked the human characters. I'll definitely read books one and two, and keep my eyes open for future books in the series.

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for an ARC.

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review 2018-03-20 18:46
The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter
The Celebration - Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Celebration is enjoyable. I like that you get to meet all the families and it rotational. It not with only one family and I like that. I like how Wanda does that with this book and series.

 

I like Hedi Toyer and how we see how she has struggled. We alway see how she reaches out to other children and their parents along the way as she is trying to help her foster children adjust and get to know other children.

 

We meet the Velma and her family. We also see the other families and meet them. Will they all heal over this Amish food and cooking class. Then gain they may form friendships they did not know will happen.

 

The one thing I noticed that I wish was different was that it gave us more of the children point of view more. It was a cooking class for children. I was hoping that would let see the children point of view along with the parents point of view.

 

The plot is done well. Wanda Brunstetter as done herself well with this book. I know this is the third book in the series. I want to read the other two hopefully soon. I would recommend any of Wanda’s books to read. This is good. This one is unique to me and have yet to see and Amish author do it the way she as.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-celebration-by-wanda-e-brunstetter.html
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review 2018-03-15 19:34
The Celebration, Wanda E Brunstetter
The Celebration - Wanda E. Brunstetter

I enjoyed this Amish Cooking Class story. I received this for free and voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.7* rating. There were so many characters in this story that switched back and forth, that it took a while to keep them all straight. There were as many personalities as there were characters, some I liked more than others. It was interesting in many ways and had recipes for the things that the class made. It gave me lots of things to think about.

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