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The Mystic Princesses and the Missing Necklace

 

Janna walked into the bedroom and found Harmonie standing in front of the mirror. Harmonie, who was Aphrodite’s daughter, had the power to make people feel happy. But today, tears slid slowly down Harmonie’s cheeks. Janna saw that Harmonie was staring at her neck in the mirror.

“Where is your heart necklace?”

“I don’t know. I’ve looked everywhere. How will I reach my brother Eros without it?” The necklace had a spell on it, which allowed Harmonie to call Eros if she needed to see him.

The remaining Mystic Princesses, Catie, Coral and Breanna heard them talking and came into the bedroom. When Catie asked why Harmonie was crying, Janna told the others that Harmonie’s necklace was missing. They weren’t used to Harmonie being upset and wanted to help her.

“When did you last see your necklace?” Coral asked.

“Yesterday morning.”

The Mystic Princesses and the Missing Necklace

 

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Holiday Traditions, Mystic Princesses Style

“PJ, we miss our families,” Breanna said. “It’s the holidays and we’d like to be with them, but they are so far away.”

PJ smiled because she knew a secret that she wasn’t sharing with the girls and said, “When I miss my family, I think of the things we did on holidays. It makes me feel like I’m back at home, even for just a few minutes. For instance, I always went to Christmas Eve services with my parents. It was beautiful, because at the end of the service, the lights were dimmed and everyone would light their candles one at a time. Once they were all lit, the church glowed softly. Our breath caused the flames to slowly flicker as we sang Silent Night. After we finished singing, we’d blow out our candles and quietly leave the church.  When we returned home, my brothers and I would beg to open a present. And our parents always let us open one small gift. But we had to wait until Christmas morning to open the rest. After that we’d watch the Macy’s Day Parade while mom prepared a the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie for dessert. Later in the day dad watched football while we played with our new toys.”
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Once Upon an Island by D M Potter

The Mystic Princesses were all quietly listening to Breanna read the final chapters of Once Upon an Island. As soon as Breanna turned off the ereader and turned to the others they all began chattering at once.

Once Upon an Island“Oh my gosh!” Catie said. “And I thought our adventures were fun.”

“They are fun,” Breanna replied. “But these were different because we got to choose the storyline along the way.”

“That was so cool,” Coral added. “I liked being able to choose a path for the story, read it and then go back and read the other path.”

“What did you like about the story?” PJ asked the princesses.

“The sea monster,” Coral replied. “I could have tamed it!”

“The tunnels,” Breanna said. “They reminded me of the lava tubes on the Big Island of Hawaii.”

“The time travel,” Janna added. “It would be fun to go back and forth in time and meet people from history and find out about the future.”

“That they escaped from their kidnappers,” Harmonie said with a shudder.

“Can we read more interactive books, PJ?” Catie asked.

“Of course. I’ll check whether there are anymore and get them for you.”

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Odd Sock’s BIG Scottish Adventure by Melinda Kinsman

Odd Sock's BIG Scottish AdventureThe Mystic Princesses looked up from reading Odd Sock’s BIG Scottish Adventure to talk to PJ for a moment.

“PJ you have to take us hiking with you like Odd Sock went with M,” Janna said.

“Yes,” Breanna added. “Janna and I have seen mountains and waterfalls, but the others haven’t.”

“But first, you have to make sure and go over all the hiking rules with us like M does for Odd Sock,” Harmonie said a little cautiously. She was a city girl from New York and wasn’t sure about crossing rivers using just three ropes.

“Oh, and I forgot to say that I was happy when M explained the saying ‘take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints,'” Janna added. “I wish people would do that in my home, Yellowstone National Park.”

“We will be okay,” Coral said. “Just think of all the fun we could have if PJ were to take us on vacation the way M took Odd Sock.”

“Aren’t we supposed to go to Yellowstone some time?” Catie asked.

“Finish reading your book for now, and I’ll think of when to take you hiking,” PJ answered as she smiled at the girls.

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Little Green by Arnold Rudnick

Little Green

The Mystic Princesses are on a reading streak this week. They’ve just finished reading Little Green and are chattering away as normal.

Janna started the discussion by saying, “Any book with animals, fish and birds is cool!”

“I agree,” Coral said. “I liked it even though it was meant for younger children.”

Harmonie said, “Books teaching children self-acceptance and acceptance of others could help bring about peace.”

“Yes,” Catie added. “Children would know that everyone is important and has a place in our world.”

“And the book has beautiful pictures, too.” Breanna said.

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Tell Me How You Say Good Night by Teddy O’Malley and Angie Dickens

Tell Me How You Say Good Night

Tell Me How You Say Goodnight

The Mystic Princesses love to read. And their latest venture was a picture book called Tell Me How You Say Good Night geared toward younger children. But that did not stop the princesses from sharing their opinions about the book.

“I’ve always wanted a puppy!” Harmonie said. “This book has so many cute puppy pictures. How will I ever choose which kind of dog if I get to have one?”

“The book made me want to take a nap,” Janna said.

“Yes!” Breanna agreed. “I did too. That means it will help children fall asleep at night.”

Catie said that she liked the different languages and thought that it made something educational fun, as well.

And Coral summed up their book club discussion by saying that she thought small children would love to read that book at bedtime every night.  She finished by saying, “I wish we’d had that book when I was younger.”

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Our Poems for Kids by Melinda Kinsman

Our Poems for KidsCatie turned off her Kindle and turned to the other Mystic Princesses who were smiling because the book was so cute. They’d just finished reading Our Poems for Kids (Top of the Wardrobe Gang, Book 3), a rhyming picture book, by Melinda Kinsman. “So, what did you think,” Catie asked the others.

“I liked ‘Row, Joe, Row,’ Coral said. “People need to learn to swim if they are going to be near the water.”

Breanna chimed and said that “Rhythm and Rhyme” reminded her of when she would hula dancing.

“I loved ‘Wild Child!’ because I love to be outdoors,” Janna said as she glanced at her hiking boots.

Harmonie said that “Do You Have What it Takes” was her favorite because it was a happy poem that tells kids they can do what they set their minds to do.

And Catie finished their book club discussion saying, “Of course, as a painter, I love colors. That made ‘The Paint Box’ and ‘My Boots are RED Boots!’ a lot of fun for me.”

 

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Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy! by Teddy O’Malley

“PJ, we loved Destiny and Faith’s Summer Adventures,” Catie said. “But we read the books out of order. The first book is Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy! Please, please, please buy us that one, too!”

“You girls know that I love when you read. I’ll download it right now if you write a review as soon as you read it.”

“Okay. We promise,” Catie said as the girls hurried to get their ereader.

Destiny and Faith Twincentric Academy 5-18-14 8 PM EST“A school for twins is cool,” Janna said starting the conversation after the princesses read the book. “What did you think, Catie?”

“Destiny and Faith are bi-racial, and they still get to fit into the school because they are twins.”

“Yes, everyone wants to have friends,” Coral said. “I liked that they switched twins. How about you, Breanna?”

“I might have thrown a fireball near Jourdonna’s and Jourdana’s feet. They were so hateful!”

“You know you can’t do that!” Harmonie said. “Besides, you are missing the main point of the story. People need to learn to get along with other, even if they are different.

“I know. They just made me so mad,” Breanna said.

“Harmonie’s right,” Janna said to wrap up the discussion. “I want to read more books by Teddy O’Malley. Let’s find PJ and ask her to buy them for us.”

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Destiny and Faith’s Summer Adventures by Teddy O’Malley

Destiny and Faith Summer AdventuresThe Mystic Princesses are talking about the latest chapter book they read, Destiny and Faith’s Summer Adventures by Teddy O’Malley. As usual, they all have plenty to say.

“I’ve always wanted a twin sister,” Harmonie said. “That way I’d always have a friend.”

“Oh, you’ve got us,” Coral replied. “We’ll never leave you.”

“I liked the ghost hunting part,” Catie said returning to the book discussion. “It was funny when the ghost scared them.”

“I thought the funniest part was when they were cleaning the attic,” Janna said. “Cobwebs and spiders don’t scare me.”

“I liked that they found a job teaching their friends American Sign Language,” Breanna said. “Being able to include Dustin who is deaf, in their conversations must have made him feel welcome, even though he just moved into the neighborhood.”

The princesses decided they liked this book so much, they asked PJ to download all of Teddy O’Malley’s other eBooks. They want to read them, as well.

 

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The City Kittens and the Old House Cat by Mrs. D.

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat by Mrs. D.The Mystic Princesses just read another book by Mrs. D. called The City Kittens and the Old House Cat.

Janna looked at the others and said, “I love the kittens, Mickey and Jack. They are so mischievious.”

“Yes, and so cuddly,” Catie said. “What did you like about this book, Harmonie?”

“That the old house cat, Nyda, learned she needed to get to know the kittens before deciding whether to like them or not.”

“I agree,” Coral said. “Nyda only saw that the kittens had a fancy carrier and appeared to be spoiled. She didn’t know that they’d been homeless and hungry before being adopted.

After Breanna said she liked the message of adopting pets so that they could have a nice home, Harmonie added one last thought. “Adoption and acceptance aren’t just for pets. They are important for people, too.”

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Culloo by Murielle Cyr

CullooThe princesses read Culloo by Murielle Cyr today. It has created a discussion about cultural heritage and respect for the environment.

“I was sad that Tala’s and Dason’s father was missing,” Harmonie said.

“But, Tala did a great job taking care of her brother while they looked for their father,” Catie replied.

“I think they should have trusted their neighbor and asked for help,” Coral said.

“I don’t! She thought their neighbor would have them put in foster care,” Breanna stated as she st0mped her foot.

“I liked the message of conservation,” Janna added.

“I want to see the Culloo bird,” Catie said toward the end of the discussion. “It sounds scary, but fun.”

“Sometimes learning our cultural history is a little scary,” Harmonie replied. “I’d like to know more about mine.”

 

Culloo is an early reader chapter book that younger children will enjoy if you read with them.

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Butterflies: Miniature Beauties of the World by Reno’s Mom

Butterflies Miniature Beauties of the World What girl doesn’t like butterflies? The Mystic Princesses are in awe of Butterlies: Miniature Beauties of the World by Reno’s Mom.

“This book is magical,” Breanna said.

“Yes, it is so colorful,” Harmonie agreed.

“The butterflies are so beautiful.” Janna said softly. “They are like flying flowers.”

“You would say that,” Catie said teasingly to Janna. “I have to agree with you, though.”

“I’ve never seen anything like these pictures.” Coral said. “I want to see the butterflies like these in real life, too.”

“I’ll see what I can do about that,” Janna replied laughing.

 

Butterflies: Miniature Beauties of the World is a picture book written with a high level of information about butterflies. The princesses recommend that you read it with your children to help them with some of the concepts and vocabulary. It is very educational with fantastic illustrations.

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Sticks N’ Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela Burkhead

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Sticks n Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela BurkheadTitle: Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea | Author: Angela Burkhead | Publication Date: February 6, 2014 | Publisher: Maple Hill Publishing | Pages: 152 | Recommended Ages: 9+

Summary: Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked but what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Perfectly pleasantly plump, her mother calls her, but Emily feels far from perfect. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance. Stumbling into Phea’s garden, an eccentric woman skilled in the arts of gardening and imagination, Emily finds she is not alone in her troubles. Phea and her friend rabbit have a past of their own they wish to run from and together the three battle their innermost demons as their world crumbles around them. Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are all lost forever.

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Jacqueline The Great! Runs for President! by Christin Berger

 

coverfinal.inddExcitement is in the air. The princesses just read Jacqueline The Great! Runs for President! by Christin Berger.

“What if one of us were the first female president?” Breanna asked.

“That would be so cool!” Janna replied.

“That’s a long time to wait,” Harmonie added.

“Yes, but I agree with what Jacqueline says,” Coral replied. “Girls can do anything they want to do.”

“And she has a boy for her Vice-President,” Catie said. “That’s because girls and boys should be treated equally.”

“We can dream of the day when a woman is president,” Janna said. “Or we can work to make it happen.”

“President Harmonie, come quick!” Coral teased. “Can you please help bring peace to the world?”

 

Jacqueline The Great! Runs for President! is the second book in the Jacqueline picture book series aimed at empowering girls without denigrating boys. It is great for both young girls and boys.

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