The Gracie Guide to Naples – Book Review

By Anne E. Moses and Gracie, an English Cocker Spaniel
Published on: October 31, 2019

Gracie, an English Cocker Spaniel, has written an illustrated, fun guide to all that Naples, Italy has to offer. At only 48 pages, the book starts off by providing us with a little bit of history of Naples, but soon Gracie goes on to tell us about famous areas we may see when we visit as well as places to eat and shop. But to truly understand and appreciate this city Gracie also gives us a taste of what life is like there and what to expect when visiting, such as what may happen to you when you stop at a red light while in your car.

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Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes – Picture Book Review

By Jef Aerts
Illustrated by Sanne te Loo
Published on: January 28, 2020

Words fail me in my attempt to provide a review that captures how moving and sweet this story is. Whether you were the friend that had to move away or the friend that stayed when someone else did, the loss is real and difficult. But, Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes shows how distance in miles does not mean distance in heart as we watch Dina and Adin work through their loneliness and grief when Adin’s family moves away.

Rating: 5 stars

Thanks to Edelweiss and Floris Books for the reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.

Description:

Adin and Dina are best friends. They live in the beautiful countryside surrounded by cherry trees. Their favorite game is to plant cherry pits around their little village – in the cracks in the sidewalk and in the flowerbeds outside the post office. Then one day Adin and his family move away to the city. Will Adin and Dina’s friendship survive the new distance between them?

In this beautifully lyrical book, one story fractures into two when the friends are parted. But their lives continue to be linked as Adin finds a way to feel connected to his friend – throwing paper planes filled with cherry pits from the balcony of his apartment building.

Held together by their love of cherry blossom and paper planes, Adin and Dina’s roads finally lead back to one another.

Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes is a touching story of true friendship, resilience, belief – and a little bit of magic – illuminated with stunning artwork full of seasonal detail, light and hope.

Binkle’s Time to Fly – Picture Book Review

By Sharmila Collins
Illustrated by Carolina Rabei
Published on: February 4, 2020

In this special story, all Binkle wants to do is fly like a butterfly. He waits for that day as an egg, then as a caterpillar and then in a cocoon. But when he finally emerges from his cocoon, he discovers his wings don’t work properly. Sad and disappointed he hides under a leaf wondering what he can do. Thankfully, he has friends….

Binkle’s Time to Fly is a sweet story focusing on never giving up, the power of friendship, and helping others when they are sad. The illustrations are much like the cover picture with soft, gentle tones of various bright cheerful colors. On a few of the pages there are multiple smaller pictures while the text curves around the shape of picture. When there is a full page picture, the text is always easy to read against the background colors.

Overall, a wonderful book to share with your little one.

Thanks to Netgalley and Flyaway Books for an advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.

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Dyno Dinosaur Family Christmas Adventures – Picture Book Review

By Sharida McKenzie
Illustrated by Tatiana Minina
Published on: December 7, 2018

Who knew picture books could contain an anthology of stories? In this dinosaur-themed Christmas book, we learn that reindeer were not the first to fly the sleigh and that dyno snowmans have tails.

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The Deep and Snowy Wood – Picture Book Review

Written and Illustrated By Elwyn Tate
Published on: November 21, 2013

This is a picture book that leaves me feeling like I ‘experienced’ something. Something wonderful, that is. It is so incredibly gorgeous that I could stare at it for a long, long time. Pictures so serene and calming. Illustrations that drew me in to where I almost felt like I was in the woods with these animals.

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