Nicu – The Littlest Vampire: In ‘Big Fangs’ by Elias Zapple

Nicu - The Littlest Vampire: In 'Big Fangs'“What are we going to read next?” Catie asked.

The princesses stared at the titles on their eReaders and Breanna spoke first. “How about the next Nicu book, Nicu – The Littlest Vampire: In ‘Big Fangs’? I want to find out whether he is still being bullied.”

The girls agreed and took turns reading aloud to each other. They quickly finished the book and looked at each other. They were surprised that Nicu continued to fall for his brother, Adam’s, tricks.

“What did you think, Coral?” Catie asked.

Coral, who had stopped a bullying shark in Hawaii said, “I’m glad he got even with his brother.”

“But trying to get even with people can cause bad situations to get worse,” Harmonie said. “Finding a way to get people to stop bullying is tricky.”

“That’s true,” Coral agreed. “But what should Nicu have done differently?”

Breanna said, “Sometimes parents can help. But in Nicu’s case, his parents never catch Adam causing the problems. They always see Nicu’s reactions. But if he didn’t let the others know they were bothering him, perhaps they would stop. But since he does react, then it gives them a reason to continue to pick on Nicu.”

“Yes, that’s not fair.” Janna agreed. “Sometimes teachers can help. If Nicu had asked a teacher whether drinking an ogre’s blood would make Nicu’s teeth bigger, he could have found out that his brother, Adam, was playing a mean and dangerous joke on him.”

Catie finished the discussion saying that she hoped Nicu’s next book would come out soon so that they’d find out whether Nicu learned not to let the other vampires’ teasing get to him.

The Mystic Princesses and the Supermoon Eclipse

Supermoon by KS Brooks
Supermoon by KS Brooks

The Mystic Princesses traveled to Washington State in the Pacific Northwest on a field trip for school. On their first day of hiking, in Olympic National Park to learn about rain forests. That night, they talked about how much fun they’d had, the wildlife and flowers they’d seen and how the cold made their noses red. They yawned as they checked their feet for blisters, hoping they’d be able to stay awake for the supermoon lunar eclipse later that night.

“The hot dogs are best when they are burnt,” Breanna said holding her coat hanger over the fire.

“No, they aren’t,” Janna replied. “I like them hot, but not burnt. Yuck!”

After they had eaten their hot dogs, the girls enjoyed s’mores for dessert, licking their lips and fingers to get every bit of the gooey marshmallows and chocolate.

The Mystic Princesses and the Supermoon Eclipse
Sol Duc Falls by PJ LaRue

Harmonie said her favorite waterfall that day was Sol Duc Falls. “I love the way the three waterfalls join together falling into one stream. It reminds me of how the five of us have become friends and think alike.”

“Janna, can you explain the difference between a ‘supermoon’, a blood moon and an eclipse?” Coral asked. She wanted to understand the unusual feat of nature that they were to see that night, if only they could stay awake  long enough.

Janna, who is Mother Nature’s daughter, confirmed her mother’s description when she read the news that morning. “A supermoon occurs when a full moon or a new moon is closest to the Earth. An eclipse occurs when the full moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. And, a blood moon occurs when the light from the sun is reflected by the moon.”

The girls thought about Janna’s description and hoped that there wouldn’t be any clouds that night to prevent them from seeing the supermoon.

“That will be so cool!” Breanna said. “I’m glad PJ said we could stay up late to watch it.

“Where do you think we’ll go hiking tomorrow?” Catie asked.

Harmonie answered that she didn’t know, but that she hoped the chaperones let the girls sleep in to make up for staying up late that night.

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3 Bedtime Stories for Sweet Dreams

3 Bedtime Stories for Sweet Dreams“Summer’s almost over,” Breanna said. “We are going to have to start going to bed earlier, so we can get up for school the next day.”

“I’m excited to go back to school because we will meet new friends,” Harmonie added.

Then Catie said, “I’m glad my parents taught me a bedtime routine. It makes me fall asleep faster.”

“We’ve read several bedtime story books as part of our summer reading challenge,” Coral added. “If we share them, maybe parents will be able to get their children to go to sleep easier.”

“Hmm, where do we start?” Janna asked. “I know! I loved The Night of the Magical Flight by Melinda Kinsman. It is an excellent bedtime story that will surely give children dreams of wizards, magical carpet rides, far away lands and daring rescues.”

“I liked that one, as well,” Breanna said. “And I liked Night Night My Child by Ryann Hall. The book was about a mom and daughter’s bedtime routine. It made me think of my mom teaching me to brush my teeth, wash my face, brush my hair and kiss everyone goodnight before I went to bed.”
3 Bedtime Stories for Sweet Dreams

“I always greeted the moon and stars ‘hello’ before going to sleep,” Janna said. “And I told the volcanos not to erupt.”

“That was sweet,” Harmonie told Janna.

“What about the book we read a while back about puppies?” Catie recalled getting the girls back on the subject.

3 Bedtime Stories for Sweet Dreams“That was Tell Me How You Say Goodnight by Teddy O’Malley,” Janna said. “It had goodnight in different languages and I dreamed of puppies several nights in a row after we read it.”

“Just talking about these books is making me sleepy,” Coral said right before she yawned. “I think it’s time to get ready for bed.”

 

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Nicu the Littlest Vampire: In Fangless by Elias Zapple

Nicu the Littlest Vampire: In Fangless by Elias ZappleThe Mystic Princesses sat in front of the fire pit at Breanna’s house in Yellowstone National Park. They’d just finished reading Nicu the Littlest Vampire in Fangless and were talking about Nicu being teased because he didn’t have his fangs although he was 9-years-old. The mean spirited teasing wasn’t just from his brother and school mates, even his parents were disappointed and hit Nicu because he was fangless.

“Poor Nicu,” Breanna said starting the discussion. “If I were there, I would have thrown a fire ball at those bullies.”

“That wouldn’t have solved the problem,” Harmonie said. “Bullying is wrong. It might have helped if Nicu understood that the other vampires teased him because he was different. Letting them see he was bothered by the teasing made them tease him even more. What did you think Coral?”

“It sounds like you are blaming Nicu for reacting!”

“No! I should have added that it would have helped if his friends had stood up for him instead of joining in the teasing. I didn’t like his friends or family. Even Nicu’s parents were mean to him.”

The girls thought about this and commented that they’d been taught that being included in a group of friends normally helps children who are bullied. This is because having friends form a protective circle reducing the time that a person is alone and doesn’t give the bullies as many chances to tease. And they’d learned that when children feel loved they don’t let the teasing bother them as much.

Catie spoke next saying, “I agree. Friends and family aren’t supposed to be mean to each other.”

Janna finished the discussion when she said, “We sometimes we tease, but were are never mean when we joke around.”

Cool Kids Wear Glasses by Teddy O’Malley

Cool Kids Wear Glasses by Teddy O'MalleyThe Mystic Princesses finished reading Cool Kids Wear Glasses by Teddy O’Malley and went to get a snack while they talked about the book.

“I didn’t like Mandy’s character very much,” Janna said.

“She was mean to the other kids at school,” Breanna agreed. “What did you think, Coral?”

“You shouldn’t let a few people decide whether you are cool or not.”

Catie chimed in saying, “Even if some people are bullies, not everyone is. You just need to try to find friends that like you for who you are, instead of what you look like.”

“Yes,” Harmonie agreed. “Look at us. We all look different. But we are friends. I would rather find friends who are kind, honest and caring.”

“And if you see someone being bullied, you should try to make friends with them,” Harmonie said. “When a person has friends, he or she is less likely to be bullied.”

Willow’s Song by Natalie Finnigan

Willow's Song by Natalie FinniganThe Mystic Princesses turned off their ereader as they just finished reading Willow’s Song, by Natalie Finnigan, which left them feeling both sad and happy at the same time. The book was about a fairy with a broken wing that was painful and would not heal. When they got to the end of the rhyme, they were sad to discover that there is a real Willow, who had stomach ailments which cannot be cured. But they were happy that Willow found pleasure in singing.

“Harmonie, why are you crying?” Janna asked handing her a tissue.

“I’m sad that Willow will always be sick.”

“You are able to make people feel peaceful,” Breanna said. “You should be happy that Willow found relief through singing.”

Coral added, “And the book helps people understand that they should look for positive experiences that they can enjoy instead of concentrating on what they can’t do.”

“I agree,” Catie said. “Sometimes we can’t control our circumstances. But we can control our outlook. Willow decided to be positive even though she is sick.”

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Giveaway Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition 7″ Tablet

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The Mystic Princesses Go Camping

Breanna Bloom 8th Birthday
Happy Birthday, Breanna!

 

“Where would you like to go on vacation, Breanna?”

“Janna talked about a place called Gorges State Park. Can we go there, Mom?”

“Of course. I’ll call Janna’s mom and find out more about it.”

Later that day, Pele called Mother Nature and learned that Gorges State Park is in North Carolina. The day hikes range from easy to strenuous and the campground is primitive, having only eight campsites, but not having running water for the bathrooms. Pele asked the girls whether that was a place they wanted to stay for Breanna’s birthday.

“Yes!” Janna replied quickly. She’d grown up in Yellowstone National Park and was used to camping.

“No!” Harmonie and Catie said. They were both city girls and couldn’t imagine a weekend without running water.

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Raising Sleeping Stones Book Blast

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is very excited to be coordinating a Book Blast for a book that is taking reading in new directions. “Raising Sleeping Stones” by P.H.T. Bennet is a fantasy adventure whose story and app will help readers learn more about their own dreams. Read on for more information.

Raising Sleeping Stones

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The Maisy Files Book Blast

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast (February 17 to 18, 2015) for the second book in “The Maisy Files” mystery chapter book series by Elizabeth Woodrum, “Maisy and the Money Marauder”. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Book 1, you can grab a Kindle copy for FREE from Amazon February 17 and 18, 2015!

Maisy and the Money Marauder by Elizabeth Woodrum

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Duke & Michel: a Humorous Pre-Teen Book Series

I beg you, please help the Duke & Michel: a Humorous Pre-Teen Book Series to live on.  Having met cabbage throwing, slug-commander Elias Zapple online about a year ago, I knew his books would appeal to pre-teen boys. Skateboards, snot, farts and insults fill his Duke & Michel books.  And it is widely known by a few more than three parents that boys sometimes need encouragement when it comes to reading. I wish his books had been around when my nephew was a pre-teen.

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