Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Superhero Faith Virtual Book Tour

 


GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a Superhero Faith prize pack!

One (1) winner receives:

  • A copy of Superhero Faith

  • A Superhero Faith t-shirt

  • A Superhero Faith tote bag

  • One pack of Superhero Faith crayons

The giveaway begins May 11, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 11, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Superhero Faith

Written by Faith Abraham

Illustrated by Shannon O’Toole

Ages 3-8 | 32 Pages

Publisher’s Synopsis: Superhero Faith and her trusty sidekick Sparkle are out to rescue Grandma from a sore tummy, being too hot, losing her cane, and worst of all…Brussels sprouts!

PURCHASE LINK


https://www.faithandsparklesworld.com/shop/p/superhero-faith-pre-order


MY REVIEW


Faith and Sparkle are perfect as superheroes because they have their alter ego identities firmly established. To most people they seem like a little girl and her dog, but that is only when they are not doing their super feats. They can do incredible things to help Grandma like - get her cane for her, fan her when she gets too warm, or even help her mix up a superpower smoothie (sign me up for one of those).  


Illustrations show a child and her pet having a grand time digging holes, eating ice cream and reading books. Sparkle is obviously a very patient and loving dog who goes along with all of Faith’s plans. The pictures also give readers a laugh as they show ways that the duo did NOT become super. Hint - it wasn’t through radioactive ooze, although ooze could be responsible for brussel sprouts. (It’s okay Faith, I am on your side about not eating them.)


Even better than the closeness between Faith and Sparkle is the bond between Faith and Grandma. It is obvious that Faith is willing to do anything for her grandmother and that Grandma appreciates every effort. Families and teachers looking for books that show intergenerational relationships should check out the world of Faith and Sparkle.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Faith is creative, curious, adventurous, and loves life. She enjoys learning new languages (French and Spanish), reading, making music, experimenting in Mad Science, studying jiu-jitsu (she is in ninja training), and being outside. Faith is loving, caring, and kind, and loves dreaming up her next adventure with her grandma and her dog, Sparkle.

For more information, visit https://www.faithandsparklesworld.com.



TOUR SCHEDULE



Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Children’s Book Review

A book review of

Superhero Faith

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Fairview Review

A book review of

Superhero Faith

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Library Lady’s Kid Lit

An interview with

Faith Abraham

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Heart to Heart

An interview with

Faith Abraham

Thursday, May 20, 2021

icefairy’s Treasure Chest

A book review of

Superhero Faith

Friday, May 21, 2021

Black Children’s Books and Authors

A guest post by

Faith Abraham


The Fairview Review is participating in the virtual tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Faith and Sparkle’s World.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Nocturnals Grow & Read Animal Activity Book

 


Are you looking for activities to keep young readers engaged in learning and creating? Have you been enjoying The Nocturnals together? You need a copy of The Nocturnals Grow & Read Animal Activity Book. There are crossword puzzles, MadLib style stories, word searches, coloring pages, writing prompts, and much more. Youngsters can look for items hidden in pictures. (Remember doing that in Highlights Magazine as a kid?) Or perhaps they would rather follow the directions and learn how to draw the characters themselves. The curious can learn facts about nocturnal animals and even make their own fact cards. Mazes, logic puzzles, comic strip ideas, scrambled words, secret messages, and even family trees will provide hours of fun. Turn kiddos loose to browse and choose the page that captures their attention, or coordinate activities to accompany the title that you are currently reading from the series. Either way it will be educational and entertaining.

Dinosaurs Before Dark Graphic Novel

This book kicks off a new phase in the Magic Tree House series. Readers who are already fans will have the chance to experience the stories in a new way with the action brought to life through full-color illustrations. But for youngsters who have never given Jack and Annie a try, this may draw them in - especially if they happen to be fans of graphic novels. The detailed images clearly show the setting and action, allowing text to be limited to speech bubbles and lightening the reading load for those who are intimidated by chapter books. Whether it is the story or the format that attracts them, readers will have fun sharing the adventure.

Since this is the first of the series, it covers the discovery of the tree house and how the kids find out that it is magical. The incredible size of the tree and the height of the tree house from the ground emphasize that it is unusual. The stacks of books inside reveal an astonishing range of topics; bats, robots, mythology, dinosaurs...which hint at possiblities for future exploration. It is also easy to differentiate the personalities of the siblings from their body language and expressions. And while readers are caught up in the story they will also learn a few facts about dinosaurs.

School libraries, classroom collections, and public library children's departments will want several copies because it is sure to be in demand.  


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Bots and Bods: How Robots and Humans Work, from the Inside Out

Gr. 4 - 6 This illustrated nonficiton title provides an orderly journey through various systems within humans and robots. The text discusses how the human body works in relation to movement, senses, and intelligence, then explains to what degree robotics can imitate those abilities. Historical tidbits such as the first use of the word robot or the earliest known prosthesis are featured. Text boxes ask interesting questions (answered in the back matter), offer ideas for activities (such as charging a cell phone with bananas), or describe a "Fantastic Fact." Amusing art depicts humans and robots interacting. Diagrams show human brains and computer processors, or how muscles differ from cables and actuators. Whether readers are interested in how robots generally work or how they resemble humans in particular, there are plenty of details to satisfy their curiosity. The table of contents and index allow readers to easily find specific topics, including nanorobotics, biomimetics, and space exploration. Modern innovations such as self-driving cars and deep sea exploration are covered as well as the future of surgical robots and robotically piloted airplanes.  VERDICT: A fairly comprehensive introduction to robotics, and a good update to collections.

(My review originally appeared in School Library Journal, March 2021, pp.110-111.)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey Virtual Book Tour





















GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a hardcover copy of Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey!

Ten (10) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

The giveaway begins April 26, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends May 26, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Written by Erin Entrada Kelly

Ages 7-12 | 160 Pages

Publisher: Greenwillow Books | ISBN-13: 978-0062970428

Publisher’s Synopsis: Introducing eight-year-old Marisol Rainey—an irresistible new character from Newbery Medalist and New York Times–bestselling Erin Entrada Kelly!

Marisol Rainey’s mother was born in the Philippines. Marisol’s father works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. And Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard she calls Peppina . . . but she’s way too scared to climb it. This all makes Marisol the only girl in her small Louisiana town with a mother who was born elsewhere and a father who lives elsewhere (most of the time)—the only girl who’s fearful of adventure and fun.

Will Marisol be able to salvage her summer and have fun with Jada, her best friend? Maybe. Will Marisol figure out how to get annoying Evie Smythe to leave her alone? Maybe. Will Marisol ever get to spend enough real time with her father? Maybe. Will Marisol find the courage to climb Peppina? Maybe.  

Told in short chapters with illustrations by the author on nearly every page, Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey is a must-have for early elementary grade readers. Erin Entrada Kelly celebrates the small but mighty Marisol, the joys of friendship, and the triumph of overcoming your fears in this stunning new novel for readers of Kevin Henkes, Meg Medina, Andrew Clements, Sara Pennypacker,  and Kate DiCamillo.

PURCHASE LINKS


https://amzn.to/2Pm1MiG

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780062970428


OFFICIAL LINKS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


New York Times–bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly was awarded the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe and a Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space. She grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and now lives in Delaware. She is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her MFA, and is on the faculty at Hamline University. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and an Asian/Pacific American Literature Honor Book. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature; You Go First, a Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick; Lalani of the Distant Sea, an Indie Next Pick; and Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey, which she also illustrated. The author’s mother was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States from the Philippines, and she now lives in Cebu.


MY REVIEW

Maybe Marisol Rainey is a bit timid. Maybe she is not as sporty as her big brother. Maybe she is very nervous about climbing the tree in her backyard, unlike her best friend who clambers up without a second thought. Maybe she has an annoying classmate who "has a way of niggling into Marisol's head and not letting go." But that is not all there is to Marisol.


Marisol is a girl with plenty of imagination. She named the family's refrigerator after famous silent movie star Buster Keaton. (She also enjoys watching Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford.) Marisol is great at the Claw game. She has a cat named Beans and a collection of stuffed cats who are all named after her favorite foods.


Best of all, Marisol has a loving family and a great best friend. And she knows that she is lucky to have them. Even though her friend Jada isn't afraid to climb trees, she doesn't give Marisol a hard time about her fear of climbing Peppina. "That's the thing about best friends. They don't care about all the things you can't do."


Readers will enjoy Marisol's personality as she struggles with "being the only kid in the entire world who is too afraid to climb a tree." They will also be rooting for her to conquer her fears and venture into Peppina's branches.


TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Children’s Book Review

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Children’s Book Review

A book list of

5 Chapter Books Perfect for Summer Reading

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Some the Wiser

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Lisa’s Reading

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Library Lady’s Kid Lit

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Friday, April 30, 2021

Life Is What It’s Called

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Feminist Books for Kids

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Monday, May 3, 2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Crafty Moms Share

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Fairview Review

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Thursday, May 6, 2021

icefairy’s Treasure Chest

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Friday, May 7, 2021

J.R.s Book Reviews

A book review of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Heart to Heart

A book giveaway of

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

The Fairview review is participating in the virtual tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers.

One Big Canvas Virtual Book Tour





















GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a ‘One Big Canvas’ book series prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of One Big Canvas: The Masterpiece

  • A hardcover copy of One Big Canvas: The Molding of Clay

  • A $50 Amazon gift card

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of One Big Canvas: The Masterpiece

  • A hardcover copy of One Big Canvas: The Molding of Clay

The giveaway begins April 23, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT, and ends May 23, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

ABOUT THE BOOKS


One Big Canvas: The Masterpiece


Written by Jay Miletsky

Illustrated by Luis Peres

Ages 3-9 | 24 Pages

Publisher: New Paige Press | ISBN-13: 978-0578496382

Publisher’s Synopsis: Join a spunky collection of paintbrushes as they set out to create a grand masterpiece.

When some of the brushes don’t cooperate, is it because they are misbehaving…or is there another reason entirely? In this story, young readers are introduced to some of the behavioral differences in their autistic peers.

Without ever mentioning any particular challenge or disability by name, this story helps children recognize and understand what autism is, and impress upon them the importance of showing kindness to those who are different, wrapped into a fun story with lighthearted, engaging characters.

They worked through the day, then stopped and admired,

the wisdom their now-painted canvas inspired:

their painting was perfect, It all meshed just fine,

with its colorful circles, and angry green line.

It was a true masterpiece, not one thing was wrong,

including the hum of their single-note song.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3v9ibq3

One Big Canvas: The Molding of Clay 

Written by Jay Miletsky

Illustrated by Luis Peres

Ages 3-9 | 24 Pages

Publisher: New Paige Press | ISBN-13: 978-0578496382

Publisher’s Synopsis: The brushes are back! Join Reese, Estelle and the rest of the gang in the art studio in another adventure as they learn the value of kindness and understanding.

When Clay comes to visit from the other side of the art studio, the brushes are excited to welcome their friend. But when a few of the brushes start acting differently, Clay needs to be reminded that it’s important to be accepting:

“Some brushes are different, so we like to remind,

it’s kind to be caring, so take care to be kind.”

Will Clay leave the brushes in frustration, or will he learn to mold his thinking as he comes to understand and accept that brushes have different abilities and challenges? Without ever mentioning autism or any particular disability, The Molding of Clay helps introduce children to the behavioral differences of their autistic peers, creating an opportunity for discussion. It helps teachers and parents impress upon them the importance of understanding, acceptance and kindness, through a fun, lighthearted story with quirky and colorful characters.

https://amzn.to/3dIFdxZ

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION


The REED Foundation for Autism is committed to providing individuals with autism the opportunity to learn, live, work and thrive at every stage of their lives. For more information, please visit https://www.reedfoundationforautism.org.


MY REVIEW


Books to promote social and emotional learning (SEL) are very useful in classrooms and other group settings, but can also be helpful in gently introducing young family members to how to get along. Each of the stories in the One Big Canvas series involves a group of paintbrushes that all share the same art studio. The vibrant illustrations show each separate personality and the brushes are easy to tell apart due to their color, shape, and size as well as their actions. In The Masterpiece, the brushes decide to create a painting together. As they begin to work, several brushes act differently than the others. But the group is patient, even when it seems that the different behaviors will spoil the picture, and the finished product makes that patience worthwhile. The second story, The Molding of Clay, shows the brushes being visited by their friend Clay (yes, he is an actual lump of modeling clay). Clay is taken aback by the behavior of some of the brushes and has to be reminded that each individual has unique needs. As it explains in the REED Foundation’s website, “Without ever mentioning any particular challenge or disability by name, these stories help children recognize and understand autism, and impress upon them the importance of showing kindness to those who are different.” Actions of the brushes include spinning in circles, humming monotonously, being overwhelmed by loud noises, and having a favorite topic that dominates conversation. Any of those behaviors could be something that diverts the attention of a group, but can also be accepted into the pattern of classroom or family dynamics with a little flexibility and coaching.


TOUR SCHEDULE

April 23

The Children's Book Review

https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/

Book Review

April 24

Over Coffee Conversations

https://gmarcianoblogs.wordpress.com

Beyond the Book Activity

April 25

Mommy Ramblings

http://www.MommyRamblings.org

Book Review

April 26

Life Is What It's Called

lifeiswhatitscalled.blogspot.com

Book Review

April 27

Crafty Moms Share

https://www.craftymomsshare.com/

Book Review

April 28

Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog

https://bamauthor.me

Book Review

April 29

A Dream Within A Dream

http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com

Book Review

April 30

Book Bug Ca

https://bookbugca.wordpress.com/

Book Review

May 3

Jrsbookreviews

Http://www.jrsbookreviews.com

Book Review

May 4

Heart to Heart

tynea-lewis.com

Book Review

May 5

Fairview Elementary School (Library)

https://fveslibrary.blogspot.com/

Book Review

May 6

Lisa's Reading

https://lisasreading.com

Book Review

May 7

icefairy's Treasure Chest

http://icefairystreasurechest.blogspot.com/

Book Review

May 10

Confessions of a Book Addict

http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.com

Book Giveaway

May 11

The Children's Book Review

https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/

Book Review

May 12

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

https://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com

Book Review

May 13

The Children's Book Review

https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/

Beyond the Book Activity


The Fairview Review is participating in the Awareness Tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and the REED Foundation for Autism.