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text 2019-11-17 12:57
Help Wanted, Must Love Books
Help Wanted, Must Love Books - Janet Summer Johnson,Courtey Dawson

by Janet Sumner Johnson


This is a lovely children's book about a little girl who loves books. Shailey looks forward to her bedtime story every night but when her dad gets a new job and doesn't have time to read anymore, she fires him and advertises for a new bedtime storyteller.


Things get a bit complicated when most of the applicants come from classic fairy stories themselves! But in the end she refines the ad enough to find the perfect applicant.


It's a very short book and a simple story ideal for reading to pre-reading age children. Best of all, Shailey is 'of colour' which is something in short supply in children's books. How much prejudice could be dispelled with diversity in children's books to read to children of all cultural backgrounds?


The pictures are simple but well-drawn and overall a very good presentation.

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review 2019-11-17 02:56
WWII History Part 3 of 4
When The Children Came Home: Stories Of Wartime Evacuees - Julie Summers

By the time I got to this book I was starting to get a bit fatigued with the topic of WWII but once I got truly stuck into this book and discovered just how much I didn't know on the topic...I was hooked. Children were evacuated to the countryside during WWII (this much I knew before) but I learned that they were also sent to America, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. Parents weren't especially picky as long as they were away from London. This book is chock full of recollections which recall the 'waves' of children which would leave suddenly only to be called home again especially during the Phoney War when the prejudice against 'townies' coupled with the desire to see their children again prompted parents to yank their kids back to the city. Understandably, the uncertainty of the situation created a lot of anxiety among children and adults alike. The psychological trauma of abandonment had a lifelong effect on most of the children which manifested itself in a variety of ways. Some children never reconnected with their biological family while others felt their foster family was their 'true' family (some were eventually adopted and stayed in their new homes). I had never really given much thought on the intricacies of the evacuation scheme and what kind of result it had on the children and their families so this was an eye-opening reading experience. 9/10 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2019-11-16 15:22
"Children of the Stars", by Mario Escobar
"Children of the Stars" - Mario Escobar

“Children of the Stars” set in 1942 is the story of Jacob and Moses Stein, two Jewish brothers ages 12 and 8, who cross Nazi-occupied France in the hope of reuniting with their parents. It opens with the boys being caught in a raid and taken to the Vel’d’Hiv velodrome, a repurposed detention camp housing thousands of Jews. They manage to escape and thus begin their life on the run. This is their story.….

This fictional tale highlights the value, courage and decision making of the two children as well as the kindness and humanity amid the perils of the Second World War. Although, the brothers are a figment of the author’s imagination, they represent thousands of children who travel across Europe as refugees during WW11. This is about their journey and the people they meet along the way. Many risked their life to help the boys.

With a simple and poetic style, Mario Escobar leaves small pearls for each chapter that make us reflect on the wonderful and brave people who fight against invaders and help those fleeing by welcoming them at the risk of their own life.

But, this tender and sad story seemed so unreal. The boys are too mature for their ages, they think like adults. Parents abandoning children for a better life in Argentina does not resonate well with me. How can they leave their little ones behind during the Nazi occupation? If so, it must have been heartbreaking for the parents….

Although based on historical facts, this story was unlikely because of the age of the protagonists and the very difficult course they take. This novel reads as if segments of different young lives are played out by these two young boys.

This story is all about hope, heart and faith in humanity.

“I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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text 2019-11-16 03:24
New Release Charlie...The Merry Christmoose (Children's Christmas Book) Now available at Amazon
Charlie...The Merry Christmoose (Children's Christmas Book) - John Sherwood

This is the story of a little Moose named Charlie who lives at the North Pole and dreams of flying with Santa's sleigh team. Convinced his brown fur and antlers make him just like a flying Reindeer...and with a determination to help Santa deliver presents to good girls and boys around the World to spread Christmas joy, Charlie sets out to make his dream of helping to pull Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve come true. It's a story of determination and perseverence in pursuit of a dream, despite some disappointments...and sometimes finding out that, what you thought would be the ultimate dream come true...actually leads you to something even better!


Children's Christmas Book


Source: www.amazon.com/Charlie-Merry-Christmoose-Childrens-Christmas/dp/0578427311
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review 2019-11-13 20:49
The Water Babies / Charles Kingsley
The Water Babies - Charles Kingsley

What a weird little book.  I owned a copy of this book as a child and never read it.  Now I know why--lots of it is just so much babble to a child.  Without the historical notes in this copy of the work, I wouldn’t have had a clue about a lot of the details included in it.  I have to wonder who gave it to me way back when, and whether they had ever read it themselves? I certainly wouldn’t hand it to a contemporary child.


I found it interesting that the clergyman author was so easily able to accept Darwin’s theory of evolution.  Beliefs weren’t quite so cut and dried at that time apparently. I also have to think that Kingsley had read Gulliver’s Travels and may have aspired to produce something similar.  His comments on contemporary events, seemingly scattered at random through the text, suggest those aspirations. It was also a strange mix of mythology, fairy tales, and Christianity.  Very, very odd.

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