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The Mystic Princesses and the Secret Garden

 

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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 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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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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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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Mrs D’s Chapter Books Blast

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The Trees Have Hearts

Title: The Trees Have Hearts | Author: Mrs. D | Publication Date: March 31, 2014 | Publisher: Mrs.D. Books Publisher | Number of pages: 41 | Recommended age: 6 to 10

 

Summary: A Mom’s Choice Award Winner

The story of a young girl, left friendless because she could not speak a new language, will touch your heart. It will take your child into the imaginary world of a little girl who moved to America from a different country. Unable to speak English, the lonely girl could not find friends. She lived in an old house with a small garden, where three blooming trees and the mysterious wind became her first imaginary friends. The garden friends developed a wonderful friendship with the lonely girl, and helped her overcome her fears and worries. Through the story, they taught her how to make real friends and helped her cope with difficult moments while adapting to new surroundings. Unforgettable characters will open a beautiful imaginary world to young readers, inviting them to share the fears, tears and joys of a little girl. The story will teach the true meaning of friendship while showing readers the beauty of nature. This book will open an unknown imaginary world through the eyes of a child…

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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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