Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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

You’ll never guess what crazy dish the ancient Incan kings ate. But you can read all about it, and more, in If You Were Me and Lived in…Peru, the latest book in Carole P. Roman’s fun travel series for kids.

An exciting introduction to world cultures written for young readers ages three through eight, this new expedition takes kids to South America and gives them a colorful glimpse into what living in Peru is like. Highlighting a myriad of topics, including language, cuisine, climate, and history, this book teaches kids about diversity while also revealing to them the important truth that we are all connected.
Parents, grandparents, and teachers alike will love opening their children’s eyes to the world around them in a fun and easy way—and they’ll be happily surprised when they end up learning a few things themselves. Fair warning, parents: your kids will want to start celebrating a new February holiday after reading this book. But don’t worry. You can always tell them you’re making a certain special, royal Incan dish for dinner.
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Like all of the books in Carole P. Roman's If You Were Me And Lived in series, If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Peru (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014) offers an engaging, easy to understand introduction to the customs and culture of its title country.  Daily routines and vocabulary are featured prominently.  Peru, however, is particularly full of fun details.  For example, did you know that the Incans ate fried guinea pig?  Trust me, at my house, that fact alone was worth the price of admission!  I love this series for the little ones, and I highly recommend it.

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

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Look! Look!



A new duck for my pond collection!  See the one with the black head?  New!  New!  We have named him . . . Batman.

Yes, it is embarrassingly easy to make me happy.

I'd Rather B Birdin'
Camera Critters

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Review: What The Fly Saw

Frankie Bailey introduced readers to an exciting new protagonist in The Red Queen Dies, the first book in the Detective Hannah McCabe mystery series. Now in What the Fly Saw, Hannah and her partner Mike Baxter are back with an even more puzzling case.

Albany, New York, January 2020 

The morning after a blizzard that shut down the city, funeral director Kevin Novak is found dead in the basement of his funeral home. The arrow sticking out of his chest came from his own hunting bow. 

A loving husband and father and an active member of a local megachurch, Novak has no known enemies. His family and friends say he was depressed because his best friend died suddenly of a heart attack and Novak blamed himself. But what does his guilt have to do with his death? Maybe nothing, maybe a lot. The minister of the megachurch and the psychiatrist who provides counseling to church members—do either of them know more than they are saying? 

Detective Hannah McCabe and her partner, Mike Baxter, sort through lies and evasions to solve the riddle of Novak’s death, while unanswered questions from another high-profile case, and McCabe’s own suspicions make for a dynamite crime novel.
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What the Fly Saw (Minotaur Books, 2015), Frankie Y. Bailey's second installment in the Detective Hannah McCabe mystery series, is a masterfully plotted page turner that keeps you guessing until its final pages.  Not only does it bring a fresh new mystery to Detective McCabe's desk, it also continues the story arc begun in the previous novel (The Red Queen Dies).  Now that I see how stories are going to continue to deepen and weave together, I really like the way Bailey is setting up the series.  If you like police procedurals with a set cast of characters, What the Fly Saw is really worth checking out.

I received a complimentary copy of What the Fly Saw to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.