Review: Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure

Kathryn the Grape's Colorful Adventure
Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure by Kathryn Cloward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure” by Kathryn Cloward is a wonderful resource for children who need help building their self-esteem and who need help learning ways in which they are valuable to others. The story begins with Kathryn the Grape eating dinner. She doesn’t like what they are having for dinner and never has and, because of this, she feels as if her parents love her brothers more than she because they, sometimes, serve the dinner she doesn’t like.
Going forward, Maggie, a fairy to Kathryn, is introduced and takes Kathryn the Grape on a magical adventure showing her that she has, within her, the values and the fruits that make her a great person, a “colorful” person. All she has to do in look inside of herself and act on them, and she will find them. Maggie also reminds her that everybody, including her parents and her brothers, are “colorful” too.
Personally, I really liked this book. As a parent, I will definitely keep this book in mind for my daughter to read as she gets older.
I give it 4 stars.

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Review: The Skin I’m In

The Skin I'm In
The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Skin I’m In” by Sharon G. Flake was amazing…the author really weaved a very good story together describing how, as a teen, you go through peer pressure from your so-called friends and, sometimes, just don’t end up doing the right thing. She also does a great job of depicting the thoughts of Maleeka who just doesn’t like the skin she’s in…until a teacher came along that changed all that, and made her realize that it’s okay to be who you are and like who you are.
Miss Saunders has a blotch of white patch on her face, but that doesn’t stop her from being the best she can be with what she’s got. The author even goes into Miss Saunders own insecurities about herself making readers feel, who will probably most likely be pre-teens, that teachers have feeling to and go through the same thing we go through.
I thought this book was awesome for the age group it was written for…it will definitely be a book that I recommend to pre-teen and teens I know. “The Skin I’m In” could also be a great read for anyone who’s having issues with accepting themselves for who they are.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “The Skin I’m In” was provided on-loan from my local library.

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Review: Don’t Let Your Mechanic Pick Your Pocket!

Don't Let Your Mechanic Pick Your Pocket!Don’t Let Your Mechanic Pick Your Pocket! by George A. Moyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Don’t Let Your Mechanic Pick Your Pocket!” by George A. Moyer is a wonderful resource tool to have…especially for a woman. I say this because the book is written in such a way where anyone of any educational background can understand. I, for one, really appreciate this as I’m not very knowledgable about cars. There are other women also who are not familiar with the “know-how” and make-up of their vehicle, and, according to the author, this concept applies to some men as well. Mr. Moyer really lays out for his reader, in laymen’s terms, the general symtoms and diagnosis of practically any problem that you can run into with your car, and provide a “fix-it” guide for those of us who are not priveleged to always be able to go to a mechanic whenever something goes foul with our car.

The author also recommends that this book be kept in the glove compartment for quick reference, and I, for one, will be following this advice. I learned a great deal from this manual, and I’m so excited that Mr. Moyer chose to share his expertise with those of us who are not as experienced with car problems and maintenance as he is…I’m sure this guide will also be a great resource for others as well.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Don’t Let Your Mechanic Pick Your Pocket!” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Recipes for a Beautiful Life

Recipes for a Beautiful Life (Volume 0)Recipes for a Beautiful Life by Julie Keye, Madaline Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Recipes for a Beautiful Life” by Julie Keye and Madaline Hall was an absolutely beautiful read. The pages made you feel so comfortable, and they were so free-flowing that it didn’t take me anytime at all to finish it. The first part of the book begins with several key bible scriptures written on each page. And, accompanying these verses, you’ll find plush, “take-your-breath-away” images that truly compliment the words you are reading.

Moreover, the second part of the book features the actual recipes needed for a beautiful life. Keye and Hall equips their readers with several techniques on how to pamper and reliev the stresses of their life…and, the best part is, all the ingredients can be found right in your home. No special trips to take, and no expensive ingredients to buy.

This book is a definite must-read, and one that I’ll be sharing with my family and friends.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Recipes for a Beautiful Life” was provided courtesy from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and CommitmentAct Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment by Steve Harvey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment” by Steve Harvey was a very simple and practical read. And, though I did not agree with everything that Mr. Harvey commented on, he did relay some very useful information to women that are still in the dating arena. Previously a bachelor himself, he expressed the need for women to become more “minded” of the way men think today, and what their actions really convey. Just to name a few, he explained to women what makes a man, what drives him and what will ultimately cause him to be “caught.”

I really enjoyed this book…Steve Harvey is a famous entertainer with a busy schedule, and it always impresses me when someone of his status can become “grounded.” I mean, I know that money right along with the #1 New York Times Bestseller slot had a lot to do with it, but he could have very well wrote a “tell-all” which is what, more often than not, happens…but not this time. I’m glad it didn’t.

I give it 4 stars.

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Review: Tyra’s Beauty Inside & Out

Tyra's Beauty Inside & OutTyra’s Beauty Inside & Out by Tyra Banks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Several years have passed since I read this book…I was a teenager at the time. From what I remember, from reading this book, Tyra made me feel really good with the skin that I’m in, and that’s so important when you’re a teenager…especially when you’re a teenage girl because society puts so much out there that you have to look like this and that, but Tyra helped you realize that beauty comes from the inside out, any anybody can be beautiful.

Moreover, Ms. Banks offers practical advice to women of all ages.  Her subject matters range from advice on relationships, the know-how on manicures and pedicures to feeling good about your overall state and health in general.  I definitely recommend this book to women who are looking to improve themselves from the inside out.

I give it 5 stars.

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