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Book Review: The Hidden by Jessica Verday

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This is book three in The Hollows series. Beware of spoilers ahead. Check out my reviews of book 1: The Hollows or book 2: The Haunted. 

Abbey knows that Caspian is her destiny. Theirs is a bond that transcends even death. But as Abbey finally learns the full truth about the dark fate that links her to Caspian and ties them both to the town of Sleepy Hollow, she suddenly has some very hard choices to make. Caspian may be the love of her life, but is that love worth dying for? Find out the answers in The Hidden by Jessica Verday.

I think these books in the series are getting better each book that follows. As I am morning the loss of finally finishing this trilogy. Let's discuss the amazing cover that I have yet to figure out how it's linked to the series let alone the book. So, in this book Abbey really finds out the meaning of being able to see Caspian. Also her best friend Kristin (yeah...remember her) death. dun dun dun....She finds out that Kristin was not the one that was …

Journey of Autism: Signs of Autism in Infants and Toddlers

So, I am a mom of an amazing three year old son who is autistic. It's been a hard road to get to where we are now today. There are things that I wish I knew as a mother when Miles was a baby to look for that would have helped me in the future. So today, I want to help parents see the warning signs.

Monitor your child's development: 
 Don't wait for the doctor to give you the survey. Watch your child's key social, emotional, and cognitive milestones. It's an easy way to spot a problem early on which means early intervention can be put in place.

Take action if you're concerned: 
  Yes, every child develops at their own pace, but if you feel your child is not meeting the milestones for their age, or you suspect a problem. Talk to your doctor and voice those concerns immediately.

Don't accept a wait-and-see approach:
By wait and see approach you are doing the worst thing. You risk losing valuable time at an age where your child has the best chance improvement. Wh…

Book Review: Hardworking Puppies by Lynn Reiser

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All puppies grow up to be dogs, but these ten lucky puppies grow up to be dogs with jobs. The story counts down from ten to zero as each puppy pairs up with hardworking human - a firefighter, a lifeguard, and a clown, among others. But no matter what their duties, these ten puppies get plenty of playtime, treats, and love. Find out about the puppies in Hardworking Puppies by Lynn Reiser. My daughter Ginny, picked this book out from the library because it was about dogs. The illustrations seemed really rough and my kids didn't enjoy the pictures. Though I loved the story told the different types of jobs that dogs can have to help their owners. It helps them realize that not all dogs are just pets. I also loved how it counted down as the puppies were going to their owner. I recommend reading this to younger elementary kids.  What other books are about animals working?

Book Review: Farm by James Brown

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Animals never fail to catch babies' eyes - and this bold presentation makes them even more irresistible. Introduce babies to the animal residents of a farm in a bright, graphic, nearly wordless board book that will grab their attention as it fosters developing visual skills. Each right-hand page features a simple white shape of a pig, sheep, dog, horse, goose, or cow against a vivid background, while the facing page features the same shape in a charming, folk-art style pattern check it out in Farm by James Brown.

So I read this to my youngest who is almost two years old. We looked at the pictures and I would ask him what animal it is...then would ask him what noise did the animal say. He loved looking at the two different pictures of the animals. I have caught him looking at the book in his free time as well. He tends to go to black and white pictures more. It's a cute book for the younger then one year old book. As they have black and white picture of the animals. I wish tho…

Book Review: The Haunted by Jessica Verday

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This is book two in The Hollow series. Check out book one: The Hollow

In The Haunted by Jessica Verday, after the summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with -- the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead. Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, ready to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into her schoolwork, her perfume-making and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be her ticket to getting over Caspian once and for all. But Abbey can never get over Caspian, and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side, for Caspian is a Shade, and Abbey is his destiny. They are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow, and to the famous legend that binds their fate.

So this was the first book I saw in the series and me being silly bought it. Because doesn't this cover grab your attention and make you want to know what it is about. When I bro…

Book Review: Black Cat & White Cat by Claire Garralon

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This is a black and white board book with a colorful surprise in Black Cat & White Cat by Claire Garralon.  Black cat and white cat are friends. But in a world of black and white, someone is always hard to see! Can they find a way to play together without someone disappearing?  First off the cover is amazing and it really grabs the readers eyes especially when they only see in a few colors as it is. This board book is made for the under a year old crowd. Where they can not see many colors but can see black and white and perhaps some red. This book is amazing on how cats seem to disappear on every page and reappear on another page. My one year old, Mason. Loved this book and often would be sitting staring at the pages in this book. I recommend this book to parents of young children. 

Book Review: Good Luck!: A St. Patrick's Day Story by Joan Holub

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The Ant Hill kids are back in Good Luck!: A St. Patrick's Day Story by Joan Holub. This time they are performing in a St. Patrick's Day parade complete with shamrocks and bagpipes! When a high-spirited leprechaun chase leads them to the end of a rainbow, the ants find a delightful surprise!

What fun is this cover! When I saw this cover I knew this book was going to be funny for my three energetic toddlers. This book is so colorful in the illustrations that my kids could not get enough of the different things in them. The story was so fun and kept my kids laughing at the fun of the ants and the leprechaun. Of course they want to be in a parade now as well. It's a great book and easy to read for those new readers in your family.