Here Comes Pixie Pie


Here Comes Pixie Pie

 

Barbara Bloom

 

Barabara Bloom is an author whose name

You will surely learn as her claim to fame

Comes shining through for all children you see

When you learn about her latest release from me

 

Here Comes Pixie Pie is the title you how true

Filled with fun adventures and cute pictures just for you

Ma simply loves her as much as apple pie you know

Pixie is fun, loves pink and wants to attend a rodeo show

 

Her birthday is coming up and she has to decide what to do

Go to the rodeo or spend the day at the zoo

Deciding between the zoo and rodeo was not hard for her at all

Receiving a bicycle built for two and riding it with a friend would be a ball

 

So, who would she ask and what would she wear

How would they travel and get to the fair

Alexia is her choice and was excited to go and have fun

Riding around, playing the water balloon game and enjoying the sun

 

Ferris wheels are real high and up they went to the sky

Hoping that they could reach up and touch the blue sky

So, if you want to learn more about their adventure and more

Read Here Comes Pixie Pie and join in the fun galore.

 

The story is geared to children that are in grades K-2 and teaches friendship, kindness and one little girl named Pixie that is really quite special. The illustrations are colorful and you can feel the excitement in the faces of each character as you go along with Pixie and Alexia to the rodeo. Author Barbara Bloom can create more adventures for Pixie, Alexia and more friends.

 

As she states in the beginning of the book: This book was written for children around the world to enjoy and let’s not forget their parents.

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer This book gets FIVE PINK STARS

 

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Cute story


Run Hide the Monster Is Outside: A Tale with a Twist

 

 

Did you see the shadow that was three feet wide?

Trying to get me and I hope he does not come in side

Coming out only in the dark of night

Hoping to scare me and give me a good fright

 

Oh No! He screeches and does whine

Trying to get into my window and I am scared and not fine

Close the window hide behind the door

Find the trap door and hide under the floor

 

Where is my flashlight I am holding it real tight

I hope that the bulb stays on and I don’t lose the light

Check out those green eyes and don’t get too scared

I hope that I catch him because I am getting mad

 

 

Dear Mr. Monster I am counting to three

I can promise you that you will never find me

Don’t cough, don’t cry or even dare sneeze

This monster might find you and enter and not say please

 

 

But, how would he get the monster oh dear

Calling Uncle Dave took away from of his fear

So, just what is this monster can you do the wave

Open your eyes and try and be brave

 

Does he find out who the monster is and will he get caught

I cannot tell you that because you need to find out so don’t be distraught

Once again author Barbara Bloom takes the reader inside the world of a little boy

Who just wants to have fun and not be frightened by an monster ruining his joy

 

Does he ever learn the truth behind the green eyes

Why did his sister tell him it was dead you should not tell lies

But, maybe she did not want him to be afraid you see

After all he’s kind of little and not brave like you and me.

 

 

 

The pictures are great and the cover reveals nothing about the real monster but you never know. You can feel the excitement in each picture as the little boy races to find the monster his heart racing and much more. Once again author Barbara Bloom handles an issue that many parents and kids face when they see shadows at night and think they see a monster. Find out what happens when you learn the twist at the end.

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer: Let’s give this one : FIVE GREEN EYES!

 

A Powerful Story


Five O’clock Follies: What’s A Woman Doing Here Anyway?

 

Isolation happens at different times in everyone’s lives. Sometimes we feel alone after losing someone dear to us. Other times we feel alone and cast aside when we have a difference of opinion with a co-worker, friend or family member. But, sometimes isolation happens even in crowds, large groups and new surroundings when those around us feel our presence is negligible, trivial and has not bearing on anything that concerns them.

 

Did a hole in the ground and create your own trench to protect you from harm. Add about 10 more people that happen to need the same protection as you do. No one converses with anyone. No one is concerned about you or the next person. No one really cares. War: why do some choose to go and fight when they don’t have to be there? Why do some reporters want to cover a story? Why would one woman place herself in harm’s way and fly across the world to cover a story about a war that most people feel we should not have fought to get glossed over, stared at, ogled and criticized just to prove to herself and others she can stand alone and do a job! Andrea Martinelli was isolated, ostracized and treated as a pariah the moment she set foot of the plane that landed her in Viet Nam. Leaving her life the safety of her home and former job she decided to become a freelance journalist reporting on one of the most publicized and criticized wars: The Vietnam War. That trench you dug just might feel like a bottomless pit. But, Andrea will prove to many that she is more than just a woman and her inner shell is hard as nails. Before all is said and done she will become more than just a journalist but a force that many will not want to reckon with.

 

Nick O’Brien and his photographer are covering the movements of a politician when he runs smack dab into Andrea. Realizing that she is as they put it a greenhorn, he tries to warn her about the briefings and the way newbie’s you might say are treated. Knowing that she did not have the backing of a newspaper or any press behind her made her the target for laughter, ridicule and banter among the men. But, Andrea can hold her liquor. Andrea is smart as one man who offered her more than just dinner found out.

 

Andrea is about to get her first taste of a briefing as she and a kooky photographer named Parks scoop everyone when they go for a story in Loc Ninh. As the author describes the camaraderie among the reporters one stands out above the rest. Seasoned reporter Curtis seems to know each person there, their names and even their accomplishments but it is one young man named John whose story he wanted to hear and as much as he tried to hide from telling it the author allows him to relate something amazing. What would you do if you got a battlefield interview with Moshe Dayan? How great would that be and why wouldn’t he want to share it?

 

After they return from the briefing Nick O’Brien and Angela team up to have a drink but what happens next would remind everyone that you are never safe in this country, you can trust no one even little kids and the cops in Vietnam do not care who they attack, hit or beat up. But, what the reader does learn is that Andrea is definitely not a wimp and holds more than her own in the attack.

 

Female correspondents and journalists like Andrea have more to prove among their male peers. Editors for the most part did not want them in Vietnam or near the combat zone. But, like Andrea some found their way over there and survived more than most women should. Some taken prisoner like Andrea, suffering more than just simple bruises only prove that in a man’s world as some would call this some women do just fine.

 

Listening to the voices of each reporter the reader gets a different sense as to why he is there. Some really care about the art of reporting the story while others are just there to drink, possibly get the scoop or just listen to the voices in the wind. Angela teams up with not only Nick but also the reporter who get the story about Dayan named John Simenson and their interaction is quite interesting. But, even more some feel the reporters are not doing their jobs, that they do not understand the war, their responsibilities and even more their purpose. As you learn more about Braeford Curtis, Corrigan, Nick and the rest each one relates to the reader a different take on the war, the Vietnam and their viewpoints.

 

The author then allows Andrea to flashback to her life with Peter and Jackson as you learn the reasons why she decided to become a journalist. Andrea enlists the help of Johnny to find some papers or outlets for her stories since the usual ones do not seem interested in graphic pictures that actually depict the war as it really is. Then, listening to a Colonel’s wife explain the problems with reporters you begin to hear the poor mentality of some and understand the frustrations of others. The Pacification Program seems to be in the forefront, a politician named Leary who has his own viewpoint about reporters and Angela, plus the fact that Kevin seems to want to defend her and hot allow them to roll over on her because she is slightly green as they say. But, the author reveals some interesting information about her past allowing the reader to know she is quite talented and not so inexperienced as most think.

 

But, this is a country filled with hate, distrust and fear for most. Curtis and Angela develop an odd relationship since he’s quite a bit older and seems to distrust her. Telling everyone she cannot be trusted and has no backing. But, sometimes the tide changes and someone did buy her hospital story and the one about the orphanage that cared for Eurasian Children. As Angela relates to Nick a story that would break anyone’s heart and how she allowed herself to really listen to the person grieving, hear his words and tell the story about what happened to his wife and wrote and got the story that no one else had. Reporters, she sates are on their own trip. How do you sort out the difference between writing the story and the byline and really writing what life is like for people to really understand the harsh truths and realities of war? Why not show what was going on? Why hide it?

 

Angela attends a party and her true metal is shown as she and Curtis square off and the end result well you have to read for yourself as the reader and Curtis learn what happens when you get the so called wrong impression of a really street smart woman. Then she and Nick collaborated and worked on stories about the failed attempt to take over the Saigon government radio station the house to house fighting in Cholon, the burned out buildings and much more. The war was become real to her and the end result far from near.

 

Sitting back and waiting for things to happen was not what Angela was about and she chanced going to Hue and what happens would send out a search party for her as she is taken in by a group of soldiers who could care less that she’s a reporter. Spending ten days with the Viet Cong and NVA brought her to the attention of the higher ups in the military. Called in to discuss her time with the Viet Cong she is questioned about being taken off the bus, her treatment. Relating how she would be haunted with nightmares, the interviews she was allowed to do with other POW’s and the photos she was about to publish made those in charge wonder why they let her go and the purpose of allowing her to print what she saw.

 

Crashed choppers, confrontations with the military, unusual behavior and the realities of the war all take its toll on Andrea, Nick and the rest of the reporters. As she relives the incident and you hear the fear in her mind as she tells about the crash, those killed and they continue on as if nothing happened but it did. Invincible: is that what she thinks she is? Is anyone?

 

Join the soldiers, the reporters, Angela, Nick and the rest and relive the horrors of the war in Vietnam. Hear their voices, feel the mortar, undergo the stress, depression and much more and never forget it happened. The author includes photos of those killed and much more bringing it all back and home to the reader. What happens at the end you will have to learn for yourself as Angela and Curtis each live through a crash and one more critical than the other. Will she decide to go home or will she remain? What about her feelings for Curtis and what about Nick? War does things to people and changes them.  Author Theasa Tuohy asks the question; What’s Woman Doing Here, Anyway? You might say reporting, working or you might want to ask Angela. Characters that are real, incidents that really happened and war no one should ever forget.

Fran Lewis: reviewer

Some Songs are unique


Song for Papa Crow

Marit Menzin

 

 

Some songs are meant to be unique, with no melody and not sweet. Some songs are distinctive of who you are and not what others want you to be. Children all want to be part of a group and popular. Children want to be accepted, loved and cared for by their family and their friends. But, what happens when one trait that you have stands out above the rest and makes you different? What happens when that one trait almost costs you your life?

 

Little Crow is a special young crow that just wants to be able to sing with the other animals in the forest. Whenever he wants to join the songs, music and sounds of the other birds he’s told not to sing. Every bird has its own distinctive song or sound. Crows caw that’s how you know they are coming or where they are. Goldfinch’s sound is the per-chic-o-ree and the Red Cardinal What Cheer! Each of the birds has his/her own special melody or song. But, Crow just caws and the other birds do not want him to join in. So, poor Crow decides to sing alone.

 

Parents often encourage their children, as Little Crow’s father did, to be himself, never change who they are and not worry about what others think of how you sing or sound. But, Little Crow just wanted to have a great voice and be part of the forest choir you might say.

 

Just like we have our favorite rock stars, singing group, individual artist and vocalist so does Little Crow. So, imagine how excited he was when his father got him tickets to see the hottest bird on the charts: The Amazing Mockingbird who just came to town for one show only!

 

The excitement was electrifying as we see in the amazing pictures created by the author. Each bird present at the concert depicted in a special cut-paper collage bringing it to life on paper and to each child that reads it. The owls look so lifelike as the Hoot! And the Blue Jay so perfectly illustrated as he protects the other birds and says, Too-loo.

 

Can you hear the voice of the Amazing Mockingbird? Do you hear the hummingbirds hum and see them dance? What about the beat of the Woodpeckers as they drum on the trunk of the tree? The Mockingbird hummed, drummed and Per-Chic-o-ree! Each bird singing along and wanting more1 The standing bird ovation and the all night cheers and singing filled the night air and kept all of the birds transfixed on Mockingbird. But, the most amazing thing happens after the show as Little Crow gets to meet the star and finds out something he might not understand at first but later he will.

 

As Little Crow talks with the Mockingbird after the show he tells her about his hope to sing beautiful songs. But, Mockingbird explains that he should be himself and his father says in order to know where you are I need to hear your sweet caw! But, poor little crow does not care he just wants to fit in so Mockingbird gives him something special to help him sing better.

 

When Mockingbird find the other birds and wants to sing with them they cannot believe what they hear. They are totally flabbergasted and excited about the New Little Crow and his new voice! But, something happens to endanger him and when he tries to call for help well you guessed it the perfect CAW sound is gone and the Hawk manages to capture him.

 

Fear goes through Little Crow’s mind as he is captured by the Hawk and cannot escape. His caw is gone and the other crows cannot find him. It’s like having your won GPS in a sense since that sound and his song helps his father locate him at any time. Just what happens and if he is saved you will have to read for yourself. Some songs are meant to be off key and have not specific melody. Some songs belong to you and you alone. With the help of his father and his friends will he learn that being unique and having his own sound is what makes him special. Fitting in and being accepted by others just to be popular is not how children should be taught. Bullying and making fun of someone who is different is something that educators and parents can teach their children better after reading this book. Added at the end are Fun Facts that both adults, children, science and classroom teachers can use to teach individual lessons about each bird. Added in each child can write a letter to Little Crow telling him that they love him for who he is and that his voice is really just him! Children can create their own cutouts of the birds and create their own scrapbooks of the different birds. Although the author states that this book is primarily for children in grades k-2 there is no reason why older children can’t learn the same lessons from reading this too. The seasons are depicted, the pictures bring the story to life and the reader will fall in love with Little Crow. Papa Crow loves the song and sound of Little Crow. Parents need to embrace their children’s differences, understand their limitations and allow each one to sing their own song and be who they are.

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer

Let’s give this book: FIVE LOUD CAWS