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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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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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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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The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

The Battle For Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

The princesses finished reading The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff. It is the second book in the Princess Madeline series.

“Ooh, I liked this book even better than the first,” Harmonie said. “Because Princess Madeline learns more about her mother.”

“Well, I liked it because it talked about fire breathing dragons,” Breanna said.

“Of course, you’d like the dragon, since you throw fire balls,” Coral replied.

“I bet I could throw one at the dragon and make it leave the Kingdom of Soron alone,” Breanna added.

“Maybe that’s not the real answer,” Harmonie said quietly.

“I like these books so much, I think they should be made into movies!” Catie said.

 

The Battle for Princess Madeline is the second book in the Princess Madeline trilogy. It is a middle grade fairy tale that adults will love, as well. The princesses liked it so much, they recommended that PJ buy the series for her niece’s birthday present.

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