Book Reviews: The Mystery Kitten and Little Lion Rescue

The Mystery Kitten by Holly Webb

The Mystery Kitten
by Holly WebbSophy Williams (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars
Elsa is worried about moving into a new house and having her own room, separate from her sister, Sara. When she hears scratching and mysterious noises coming from the attic, she is terrified. But then she discovers an adorable black kitten, and has to keep him a secret from her family.

Elsa meets new friends, solves the mystery of the kitten, and figures out how to convince her family to keep the kitten. I love Elsa’s character. She is smart and compassionate, but she is full of anxiety about moving to a new house. She learns to have more confidence and build stronger bonds with her family. I was impressed with her simple but powerful character development.

Little Lion Rescue by Rachel Delahaye

Little Lion Rescue (Little Animal Rescue, #1)
by Rachel Delahaye
4 out of 5 stars
Callie loves animals, especially lions. She is visiting the zoo with her class, when she is whisked away to the African Serengeti, where she rescues a lost lion cub and tries to find the lion’s family.

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Board Book Reviews: Quien Se Comio Mi Fruta? and Mi Pastel?

Quien Se Comio Mi Fruta? by Canizales

Quien Se Comio Mi Fruta?
by Canizales (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars
Little Cat has four pieces of fruit to eat, but one by one his fruit is all gone! He is so hungry. He has to find out who is eating all his fruit. It looks like the seal ate his pear. The fox ate his strawberry, and the rabbit ate the pineapple. What about the last fruit? What will be left for Little Cat?

El pequeño Gato tiene cuatro piezas de fruta para comer, ¡pero una por una su fruta se ha ido! Tiene tanta hambre. Tiene que averiguar quién comio toda su fruta. Parece que la foca se comió su pera. El zorro se comió su fresa, y el conejo se comió la piña. ¿Qué pasa con la última fruta? ¿Qué le quedará al Gato?

Quien Se Comio Mi Pastel? by Canizales

Quien Se Comio Mi Pastel?
by Canizales (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars
Little Cat is so hungry. He has four desserts to eat, a piece of pie, a cupcake, a donut, and chocolate cake. But one by one his desserts are eaten by other animals. Little Cat has to discover who is eating his treats!

Pequeno Gato tiene mucha hambre. Tiene cuatro postres para comer, un pastel de arandranos, una magdalena, una dona, y un pastel de chocolate. Pero uno a uno sus postres son comidos por otros animales. ¡Gatito tiene que descubrir quién está comiendo sus pasteles!

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Non Fiction Review: Southeast Foraging

Southeast Foraging by Chris Bennett

Southeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Angelica to Wild Plums
by Chris Bennett
5 out of 5 stars

This book tells you everything you need to know about identifying wild edible plants in the SouthEastern United States. There is information about the types of plants that are ready for harvest at different seasons throughout the year. You can harvest wild plants in meadows, mountains, by riverbanks, or by the sea.

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Picture Book Reviews: Claris the Chicest Mouse in Paris, and Fashion Show Fiasco

Claris by Megan Hess

Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris
by Megan Hess

5 out of 5 stars

Claris dreams about moving to Paris, and she takes a leap of faith to make her dreams come true. She meets a mean cat in Paris, and has to use all her fashion wiles and personal compassion to win the day.

I just adore Claris! She is such a sweet and lovely little mouse. I love stories about mice anyway, but this little mouse takes the cake. I love all her pretty clothes. She is the epitome of elegance and refinement, but with a heart of compassion and humility.

Claris by Megan Hess

Claris: Fashion Show Fiasco
by Megan Hess

5 out of 5 stars

Claris and Monsieur Cat have to return a lost invitation to Fashion Week’s greatest show. They go on an adventure across half of Paris to track down the fashionista who has lost their important invitation.

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Book Review: Maylie and the Maze

Maylie and the Maze by M.L. Tarpley

Maylie and the Maze (Tales of a Travel Girl #1)
by M.L. Tarpley , Monica Bruenjes 

3 out of 5 stars
Maylie is finding it difficult to write a story, any story. She has plenty of ideas, but keeps second-guessing herself when she starts to write. Hoping to find inspiration, she goes on a trip to London with her aunt, her grandmother, and her twin brother, Camden.

Maylie is a great character. I liked being inside her head and seeing all her fears and anxieties, and how she manages to overcome those things. I liked Aunt Layla because she is always encouraging and inspiring. Camden got on my nerves (just like he is supposed to) as the annoying brother character, but I could also see hidden depths in his personality reminding me that he is more than just an immature class clown. There is some good character development for both Maylie and Camden.

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Classic Book Review: Shirley

Shirley by Charlotte Brontë

Shirley
by Charlotte BrontëLucasta Miller (Introduction), Jessica Cox (Editor)
5 out of 5 stars

Caroline and Shirley are dear friends, but their friendship is tested when they both appear to have fallen in love with the same man. They never speak of it, but they each suffer alone with their hearts in anguish until the truth can be known.
Robert Moore, a mill owner, is threatened by his ex-employees when he brings in new machinery to replace their jobs. A riot ensues and the mill is attacked. Robert must act swiftly and decidedly to save his business in the face of violence, but he leaves no room in his heart to show compassion to the poor. He struggles to find a balance between charity and justice.

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