Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: If You Were Me And Lived In . . . China

Carole P. Roman's award winning series has traveling again and this time it's to East Asia to visit the People's Republic of China. In this book, younger readers can learn about the wide variety of climate when they read about China's vast size. They will begin their journey in China's ancient capital, Beijing, where they will discover the Imperial Palace of the Forbidden City. Different regions of cuisine are discussed, highlighting the variety of styles and spices of food. Currency, sports, exciting tourist attractions, and a lovely description of the New Year Festivities are included in this introduction the beautiful land of China. Embraced by educators, parents, and children, the series gently and respectfully introduces the subjects of cultures and customs around the world. 
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With her latest book If You Were Me and Lived in . . . China (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015), Carole P. Roman once again provides young readers with an entertaining and educational introduction to life in a different country.  Like the other books in the If You Were Me and Lived In . . . series, If You Were Me and Lived in . . . China is filled with easy to understand facts and bright, eye-catching pictures.  I particularly enjoyed the information about China's geography and different types of cuisine.  This would be a great book for a little one's summer reading list (gotta prevent that summer brain drain!), and I highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of If You Were Me and Lived in . . . China to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review: The Cherub Of Pierzanie Prison And Other Poems

From tender love poems to the revolutionary red army, the poems in this book will take you places you might not expect.  Meet a wampus cat, a logician, a demented realtor, the sisters of the Creolan mission, the childhood friend of a now-famous star, and even a group of down at the heels Roman gods.
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To be honest, I almost didn't review The Cherub of Pierzanie Prison and Other Poems (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015).  Shay Caroline Simmons is a dear, dear friend of mine, and I cannot possibly claim to be unbiased.  But, my hesitancy goes deeper than that.

When Shay Simmons writes a poem, it's magic.  From the most unexpected and disparate elements, she weaves tales that transport you, verses that break your heart, and seductions that leave you breathless.  Can you review magic?  I can't.  I don't have the talent or training to try to pull at the curtain; I can't even speculate how the tricks are done.  I just know a beautiful poem when I read one.  And, The Cherub of Pierzanie Prison is full of beautiful poems by a truly gifted poet.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Poetry Is Not Dead

Guess what book topped the Oklahoma Best-Sellers list last week?  Oklahoma Poems and their Poets!  And, guess which poet you know has a poem in that book?  Me!

Pick up a copy on Amazon (and check out the other books on my sidebar while you're there; just saying) and spread the word.  Poetry is not dead!