Review: A Bella Notte Christmas Story

A Bella Notte Christmas Story
A Bella Notte Christmas Story by Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“A Bella Notte Christmas Story” by Jesse Kimmel-Freeman was good…I liked the plot and characters of this short story. It was a great setting for the romance between Dominic and Emma. Ms. Freeman did a good job of bringing out the innocence of love and its beginnings. It was a good story to read for the holidays.
I’m looking forward to reading other stories about both Dominic and Emma. I would love read how their lives unfold.

I give it 3 stars.

“A Bella Notte Christmas Story” was provided free-of-charge from Smashwords.

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Review: Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia

Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia (Greenwillow Read-Alone Books.)Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia” by Peggy Parish was a great holiday reason…it serves as a very warm and humourous compliment to the Christmas season. As always, Amelia Bedelia is more than willing to help out for Christmas…anything you need her to do, she’s there. She just has her own interpretations of what that help should be.

It’s not different in this Christmas read. Amelia Bedelia decorates the tree w/balls(not shiny, Christmas balls, but actual balls like basketballs, footballs, baseballs, etc…) She even places a mirror on the top of the Christmas tree so everyone can get a glimpse of the star(the star that shines bright in everyone’s heart that is.)

However, classic to Amelia Bedelia style, she saves the day with one of the cakes she makes. And, it’s so good that everyone forgets what she did before and can’t wait to savor another piece.

I really enjoyed reading about Amelia Bedelia as I was growing up, and it is no different today. She is so funny, and her way of how a Christmas really brings out the “kid” in me this holiday season.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia” was provided on-loan from my local library.

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Review: The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas (A Little Golden Book)The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore was my absolute favorite story growing up…as a matter of fact, if I remember correctly, it was one of my 1st books…that I could read by myself. It tells the classic story of the night before christmas, complete with illustrations. This book was always my favorite to read around Christmas…it just gets me in that holiday mood.

I can actually remember, even though it’s been some 25+ years ago, reading this book, flipping through the pictures and getting superexcited about Christmas.  My daughter enjoyed the illustrations as well as she has torn off the front cover, back cover and several pages in between.

Oh well…at least I have my memories…

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “The Night Before Christmas” was obtained from my personal library.

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Review: Thanksgiving: Stories and Poems

Thanksgiving: Stories and PoemsThanksgiving: Stories and Poems by Caroline Feller Bauer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Thanksgiving: Stories and Poems" by Caroline Feller Bauer was really good, and I enjoyed reading it for the Thanksgiving holiday. As its title suggests, it’s full of stories and poems celebrating Thanksgiving. My absolute favorite stories were "Thanksgiving" by Johanna Hurwitz and "Supermarket Thanksgiving" by Caroline Feller Bauer.

Additionally, the recipes that were included complimented this collection so well: Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Sauce. This book even consisted of a craft section called "Gooble Gooble Garland" explaining how to make a Thanksgiving decoration. My daughter will definitely love that as the years go on as I plan on revisiting this read on furture Thanksgiving holidays.

Overall, this was a really good children’s book on Thanksgiving. I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys reading children’s books or is trying to involve their child in reading more on the holiday.

I give it 4 stars.

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Review: Thanksgiving Treat

Thanksgiving TreatThanksgiving Treat by Catherine Stock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Thanksgiving Treat” by Catherine Stock was such a delightful read, and right on time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. It’s about everybody being busy making Thanksgiving dinner…everybody except for a little child of the family that everyone believes too small to help with anything. He wants to help so bad, but all his relatives relay to him that he’s too small to help, and should stay out of the way. So, the little boy goes off on his own, trying to think of how he can help be a part of the Thanksgiving preparation as well. Then, he runs into his Grandpa. The little boy’s Grandpa notices his grandson’s melancoly, listens to his plight, and locates a way in which he can become a part of the Thankgiving helpings. And, the suggestion that Grandpa has proves to be such a delightful addition to everyone’s Thanksgiving.

Personally, I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to share it with my daughter as she gets a little older…when she begins to read. As a parent, I believe that it’s important for children to feel important and that they can contribute. This book is a great way to help little children realize that they are not to little to help…with even a grand holiday as Thanksgiving.

I give it 4 stars.

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