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Don't Get Stuck on Being a Duck

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Don’t Get Stuck on Being a Duck is an adorable children’s book. The words aren’t difficult to read, yet they aren’t oversimplified either. The storyline is creative and produces a fun and meaningful learning tool. Ethel the eaglet is confident and content staying in the nest where she feels safe. Her mother’s gentle nudging to fly overwhelms Ethel. She fears leaving the nest and learning something new. She even pretends she is a duck, since they rarely have to fly. Her mother continues to coax her to try something new, and assures her that she will be right there beside her to protect her from harm. This is an empowering and inspiring tale. The narrative is fun, and the illustrations are colorful and emotive, making Ethel the eaglet lift from the page. An added bonus is the Eagle Facts 101 two-page informational section in the back. 5 Stars Cover: Love Title: Love Target Age: 4-8 years old Author: Zev Lewinson Illustrator: Debi Coules Publisher

The Beloved Christmas Quilt

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I have a growing love of Amish stories. I’ve only read a handful of them, but the gentleness and purity of this genre is refreshing. Through these stories, I’m learning not only a bit of the language, but more importantly—about their faith and culture. The Beloved Christmas Quilt contains three Christmas romances. The three shorts stories— Luella’s Promise, Karen’s Gift, and Roseanna’s Groom —are not short on meaning and zeal.   Each story is related, dealing with the following generation of women. I especially enjoyed the first in the collection: Luella’s Promise. It introduces me to Atlee and Luella’s sad and sweet journey, and provides history to the following two stories. These three gentle-flowing stories leave you warm and smiley. 4 Stars Cover: Like Title: Like Publisher: Shiloh Run Press Pages: 400 First Line (Luella’s Promise): Luella Ebersol had never been lazy, but this morning it was all she could do to push the covers aside and pu

Colors of Christmas

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I enjoyed Colors of Christmas. These two stories are unique reads for the holidays. They both deal with real, although not so cheery themes, such as dealing with loss, sadness, danger, etc. during Christmastime. They certainly aren’t downers though, for they ultimately offer a healing salve to the common maladies of everyday life and the emotions many deal with—especially during the Christmas season. Both Christmas in Gold and Christmas in Blue are contemporary reads with unique main characters dealing with sensitive matters. Various themes—growing older, losing independence, grief, a stalker, and other burdens—are dealt with sensitively and leave you feeling uplifted and warm. I especially enjoyed Christmas in Gold. Astrid is an unforgettable character who has endured much in her life. Her recollections of war torn Germany are vivid and heartbreaking, and her gold Christmas ornaments hold memories more valuable than commonplace holiday decorations. In Christmas in Bl