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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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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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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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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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Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm (Mr. Pish Educational Series) by K. S. Brooks

Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm by K. S. Brooks has generated a lively discussion in the Mystic Princess book club.

Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm by KS Brooks“Mr. Pish is so cute!” Janna exclaimed.

“I know. I want a dog like that,” Coral agreed. “I’ve never been able to have a dog since I’ve lived underwater most of my life.”

“Let’s get back to the book review,” Harmonie laughed.

“I love the format of the book,” Catie said.

“You would. You are the artist,” Breanna joked.

“I agree. It’s so original,” Janna added, defending Catie.

“Yes, the way Mr. Pish goes on a trip and sends postcards home that describe his adventure is a fun way to read,” Harmonie agreed.

“It is very entertaining and educational,” Catie said.

 

Mr. Pish goes to the Farm is a picture book for young children. But the Mystic Princesses think others will have fun reading it, as well.

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Turtle Wish by Murielle Cyr

Turtle Wish by Murielle CyrThe Mystic Princess book club just read Turtle Wish by Murielle Cyr.

 

“I loved that the book was about sea creatures,” Coral said.

“The part where Hatchling splashed like a baby duckling was funny,” Janna said.

“Oh! Me too,” Breaana agreed. “But the mama duck wasn’t nice to Hatchling, though.”

“I liked the brightly colored pictures,” Catie said.

“I know how turtle feels,” Harmonie said. “I wish I knew my mother, too.”

 

Turtle Wish is a picture book for young children.

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The Escape of Princess Madeline

The Mystic Princesses just read The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff.The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

“I liked Princess Madeline,” Catie said. “I wouldn’t want to marry a prince I didn’t love, either.”

“Princess Madeline is so cool,” Janna added. “She does whatever she wants.”

“Well, look where that got her,” Coral replied. “Kidnapped!”

“I was nearly kidnapped, so I wouldn’t have run away from home,” Harmonie replied.

“But she was smarter than her kidnappers, so she escaped,” Breanna said.

The Escape of Princess Madeline the first book in the middle grade chapter book Princess Madeline series. It is a fairy tale for all ages.

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The Trees Have Hearts by Mrs. D.

The Trees Have HeartsThe princesses just finished reading The Trees Have Hearts by Mrs. D. Let’s find out what they thought about it.

“I know how it feels to have to move to a new home,” Harmonie said.

“But, at least you still knew the language,” Breanna replied.

“I loved that the little girl made friends with the trees,” Janna added.

“At first, I felt bad that the little girl did not have a name,” Catie said. “But then I realized, that she could be any little girl who moved and needed friends.”

“I’m so glad she learned to speak the language and made friends,” Coral replied.

 

  The Trees Have Hearts can be classified as an Early Reader or Middle Grade book for both boys and girls.

 

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Jacqueline The Great! The Pirate Captain by Christin Berger

Jacqueline the Great Pirate Captain

The Mystic Princesses book club just read Jacqueline The Great! The Pirate Captain by Christin Berger. Let’s see what they had to say about the book.

“What a fun book,” Janna said.

“I like Jacqueline’s favorite saying, girls can do anything they want to do,” Breanna laughed. “Pirate captains would have terrorized other captains even more, if they could throw fireballs like mine.”

“She has such  a wonderful imagination,” Harmonie added.

“The pictures looked almost real, but not quite,” Catie chimed in. “I’d like to learn how to do that in art class.”

“Finding the pirate treasure was exciting,” Coral said, finishing the discussion.

 

Jacqueline The Great! The Pirate Captain is a picture book for young children, both boys and girls.

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Come Back Dear Sun by Geena Bean

The Mystic Princesses have formed their own book club and are talking about Come Back Dear Sun by Geena Bean.

Come Back Dear Sun by Geena Bean

“I like that Kaylee and Mattie play outside when the sun is out,” Janna said.

“I liked the pictures, because they are colorful,” Catie replied.

“The rhyming was fun,” Breanna chimed in.

“I liked the friendship of Kaylee, Mattie and their other friends,” Harmonie added.

“It was imaginative,” Coral agreed.

 

Come Back Dear Sun is a picture book great for young boys and girls.

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