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Aveluz/Firebird

 

Titlaveluze: Aveluz: el secreto de las nubes / Firebird: he lived for the sunshine

Author: Brent McCorkle / Amy Parker

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Preschool to 3rd grade

Pages: 32

Call Number/Link:  SPA E MCCORKLE, B.

 

Synopsis: Firebird is a bright orange baby Oriole who just loves the sunshine. But whenever a storm blows in, he frets and asks Mama why God allows the rain to take the sun away. When Firebird is finally old enough, his mother gently instructs him to fly up through the thunder and lightning to see what’s on the other side. It’s a rough flight and just when he’s about to give up, Firebird rises above the storm to discover the sun shining where it always had been. Firebird is a children’s book that parallels the life of Samantha Crawford, a storybook artist in the inspirational film Unconditional, who lost sight of God’s love and discovered it again.

It was a supercute book that explained what happens when it storms to a small child, it uses a very impressive method that the mommy bird explains to her baby bird.  I think this would be a great book for a parent to read to their child, read for a children’s church class, etc.  The fact that this book is bilingual manageble sentences in English and Spanish is a plus and with beautiful illustrations.

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The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud

Title: The A51dgL0ZfueL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_rk, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud
Author: Jenny L. Cote
Series: Amazing Tales of Max and Liz
Recommended for: 3rd-7th grade
Pages: 450
Call Number/Link:The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Max the dog and Liz the cat become the brave leaders of a group of animals called to journey to the Ark.

Review:

This Christian fiction series for kids takes biblical stories and tells them from the perspective of animals who have *spoiler alert* become immortal through service to God on the ark.  This book is the first prequel to the Epic Order of the Seven–there are two prequels and four books in the original series.  This book is long and has a great deal of character development, so I would recommend it for kids who are well developed readers.  While the story itself would make a great read-aloud, the length makes it unlikely for a family unless they are VERY .  The focus is squarely on the animals,  so it would be perfect for anyone who likes animal fantasies.  The action is gripping–Bethany refuses to read any other books until the next one in the series comes in through ILL.  The effusive praise from Bethany is something I haven’t seen since the Rick Riordan series.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Juv

 

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The Princess Spy


princess spyTitle: The Princess Spy

Author: Melanie Dickerson
Series: Fairy Tales Romance #5
Recommended for:  8th grade and Up
Pages: 293
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION DICKERSON, M.

 

Synopsis: Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story. Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself ‘Lord Colin’ is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.

Review: I thought this was just such a refreshing book. This author retells classic fairy tales with historical details. Since it is a Christian book series it had all the elements of a classic fairy tale in that it does not have foul language, and it alluded to many different relationships without going into detail.  Truly a clean and fun addition to the series.  I would recommend this to young girls looking for fairy tales but that are fun and interesting.  This story always keep you engaged, wanting more.  It is fairly short and a quick read.  You could recommend to younger middle schoolers if they wanted more mature content without the details.  I look forward to reading other novels in the series since it ties in all the different characters so well and give information about each character.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Fairy Tales, Historical, Romance, Teen

 

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