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Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts: The Patience Song, written by Dr. Crystal Bowe and illustrated by Mike Motz, published in the USA 2018, 30 pages.

 

Summary:  The Patience Song is a story of a little girl who struggles with patience. Each time she comes up against something that tests her patience, her parents teach her to cope with…

Book Review: Mahalia Jackson Walking with Kings and Queens

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Mahalia Jackson Walking with Kings and Queens by Nina Nolan, illustrated by John Holyfield, published in the USA 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers, 30 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-087944-0.

 

Summary:  Mahalia Jackson Walking with Kings and Queens is the story of a young Mahalia Jackson and her journey to becoming the Queen of Gospel. This book…

Book Review: Bright & the Bully

The Facts:  Bright & the Bully by T. W. Bright, illustrated by Mbekurius, published in the USA 2017 by 215 Publishing, 26 pages, ISBN 978-0999626603.

 

Summary:  Bright & the Bully is the story of how one boy teaches his classmates to deal with being bullied and turns the entire concept of bullying on its head by preaching love and understanding instead of teaching “revenge/vengeance or eye-for-an-eye theories” or the standard go tell an adult. This book is ideal for…

Book Review:  Jupiter Storm

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Jupiter Storm by Marti Dumas, illustrated by Stephanie Parcus, published in the USA 2017 by Plum Street Press, 237 pages, ISBN 978 – 1943169314.

 

Summary:  Jupiter Storm is the story of a very intelligent, science-loving, inquisitive 10-year-old girl named Jackie who likes to be in charge, mostly of her 5 unruly brothers. In…

Book Review: Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World, written by L. A. Amber, illustrated by T. Z. Nissen, published in the USA 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 120 pages.

 

Summary:  Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World is a creative non-fiction book, bringing together the stories…

Book Review:  The Biggest Little Brother

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  The Biggest Little Brother, story by Aminata Jalloh, pictures by Kim Sponaugle, published in the USA 2016 by Halo Publishing International, 31 pages, ISBN 13: 978-1-61244-467-3.

 

The Review:  The Biggest Little Brother is the sweet story of a young boy used to being the big brother learning to be the middle child when…

Book Review:  If You Look Up to the Sky

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The Facts:  If You Look Up to the Sky, story by Angela Dalton, pictures by Margarita Sikorskaia, published in the USA 2018 by Beaver’s Pond Press, 24 pages, ISBN 13: 978-1-59298-828-0.

 

The Review:  If You Look Up to the Sky is a wonderful story of the power of the sky to help you get through…

Book Review: Eli’s 1st Winter Carnival

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The Facts:  Eli’s 1st Winter Carnival, written by Lisa Bowen, Illustrated by Nina Vanessa Pontillas, published in the USA 2016, 23 pages, ISBN: 978-1539843542

 

The Review:  Eli’s 1st Winter Carnival is a wonderful story of a little boy’s adventures with his family at a winter carnival, written through the eyes of the protagonist Eli.  Eli…

Book Review: Hats of Faith

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The Facts:  Hats of Faith, written by Medeia Cohan-Petrolino, Illustrated by Sarah Walsh, published by Shade 7 Publishing Limited in the USA 2017, 14 pages, ISBN-10:0957636474, ISBN-13: 978-0957636477

 

The Review:  Hats of Faith is a beautifully illustrated and classically written short book that introduces young children and early readers to some of the different major world…

Book Review: Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo, written by Marilyn Harary, Illustrated by Janette Louden, published in the USA 2016, 28 pages, ISBN: 13: 978-0-9980506-0-7

 

The Review:  Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo is a beautifully illustrated and classically written book that appeals to elementary students of all ages. You the reader are able…