Monday, December 28, 2015

Books read Dec 28

99 Crochet Flowers: Awesome Flowers for Embellishing
Easy to follow instructions for making flower tops that you can put on your clothes, bag, knapsacks, etc.
Color photos of all kinds of flowers that you can crochet.
Abbreviations at the end, very pretty flowers. My favorite would be the rose.

The Fish That Got Away
Colorful, rhyming, children's story of Jack and he's the youngest of the boys but he dreams he can catch the big fish like they can.
What he has on his line does cause him to struggle...
Many other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Furmaid: Free Audio Book Inside
Brilliant colored children's story of a minnow and his mom is going to read him a story as he gets tucked inside his coral bed at the bottom of the ocean.
The story of the mermaid seems to be the same as all the other stories but it's not....
A fur tail on a mermaid? wow! The minnow was sad the fur mermaid couldn't do things the other mermaids could but his mom said to be patient and listen to the rest of the story...
Some pages are hard to read as the color of the font is black on a dark background.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with a link for a free audio book.

Allie's Yellow Jacket
Colorful children's book about Allie the bee and she's tired of her yellow jacket. She goes to the tailor to get another coat in red.
It makes her feel differently and she wants jackets in other colors as they also make her feel different depending on which one she has on.
Some pages are hard to read, black font on dark background.
She is able to fly at night to help her family in the woods to save others from the fire. They realize something after the fire is out about Allie's jacket...

Flippy the Fly (Flippy the Fly Children's learning series Book 1)
Colorful rhyming children's story that starts out with the fly family having a baby boy.
Good examples of opposites on the pages. He wants to visit the carnival to ride the ferris wheel. He's been warned to be very careful.

Petey and the Bee: A Dog's Tale (Sami and Thomas)
Colorful children's story of Petey the dog and how he is able to play with the cat. He can go and do things Petey can't but they are able to play once Petey saves the cat.
The cat gets the ball out of the birdbath, that Petey couldn't get to, so they can play ball. It will help Petey to not think of the pain at the end of his tail, til the bee lands on his nose...

 The Rabbit Ate My Homework
Story about Drew and his Dad is going to find time so they can ride bikes this weekend. Problem is he needs to do the lawn, and now it's broken.
He takes off on his bike and he knows the rules but after he's ridden up the same road for a while he wants to venture elsewhere so goes just one street over...
Some illustrations but no color photos. Lots more adventures Drew gets into...

 Zippy and the Stripes of Courage
Colorful children's book Zippy and he's not like the other zebra. He has no stripes. He drinks water from the lake and then he sees a ghost next to him. He is frightening but not scared. He realizes it's his reflection.
He plays with the pack of zebras til they cross the water. He doesn't go and they come back asking for his help. He has a plan to scare the other animals...
He shows the others how brave he is without stripes...

 Children's Books: PLAIN JANE CELEBRATES (Funny, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Being Yourself and Self-Confidence, Ages 2-8)
Colorful children's book about Jane and she's arrived in the city, leaving her home where others are calling her names. She is so different than they are.
The people in the city are also different. One lady will take care of her and they help celebrate on the 4th of July with everything patriotic.
At the picnic and beach she gets to decide what she wants to tattoo on her body, she notices all the images on others.
Like her decision and there are other works by the author at the end.

Big Sister (A rhyming story about sibling jealousy and love)
Colorful rhyming children's book about Molly who meets her young baby brother.
She helps out a lot and neither parent have much time to spend with her because of the infant.
She knows what she can to help him grow up faster to be more like her-walking and talking....
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Mediterranean Diet for Beginners: 30+ Mouthwatering Recipes To Keep You Healthy & Slim (Easy to Make!)
Although not a diet, more a lifestyle change to eat better, this book explains what it is and why it's good for you.
Lots of categories and why the amount of each is important per day or week.
Recipes start out with breakfast, lunch and then dinner. Nutrtional information at the ends of the recipes of fresh foods along with herbs and spices.
No color photos. Dessert recipes and week long meal plan is included.
Other tips to keep your heart healthy along with other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

"Dance Little Monster, Dance!" (Children's Picture Book for Beginner Readers 2-6 years) ("Little Monsters Bedtime Series for Beginner Readers" 3)
Colorful rhyming children's story of a monster who doesn't want to get out of bed to go to dance class.
The little girl talks to him and he finally does get dressed to go...and what he is able to do...
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

5 Ingredients 15 Minutes Prep Time Slow Cooker Cookbook: Quick & Easy Set It & Forget It Recipes
Each recipe not only comes with cook/prep time but has nutritional information. No pictures but lots of categories to choose a meal from.
Technically there are more than 5 ingredients, if you count the water and spices and herbs in some recipes.
Lots of other books by the author are highlighted at the end and through advertisements throughout the book.
A keeper because of the nutritional information provided per serving.

Kids Books: The Lost Kitten: (Animals & Values Children's Books) (A Going to Sleep Ebook) (Bedtime stories) Picture Books Series for Kids Ages 2 4 8 (Beginner ... Readers Children's Books Collection Book 1)
Colorful children's book about Emma who has a lot of nice things and a kitten. Problem is her room is always messy and she keeps promising to clean it but never gets around to actually doing it.
One day her kitten is missing and she can't find him in her messy room....
She started putting things where they belonged....
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

IF YOU FOUND A LITTLE MONSTER" ( Beautifully Illustrated Rhyming Picture Book for Beginner Readers ages 2-6) ("Little Monster Bedtime Series" for Beginner Readers 1)
Colorful rhyming children's book about things that could happen when you find a monster.
Like especially the one where you find him sitting in your chair!
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Bonus of a vegetable smoothie recipe is included.
Another bonus of coloring page link is included.

I could fly around my ceiling
Illustrated children's book a girl who asks her brothers to keep a secret. When she was younger she could do things that nobody else could.
I wasn't really impressed by this story, rather silly at times what she does when she's flying overhead.
Coloring pages are available. Hard to read as you are not able to increase the font size. Some letters is hard to read with background on certain pages.

 A Merriment of Children
Colorful children's story about what happens prior to Christmas morning.
Houses all in a row, elves go down the chimney, plates of cookies waiting...
Hard to read some of the words as they are on top of dark areas on some pages.

 Cheyenne autumn by Mari  Sandoz
This book is about  the Indians that were told to leave and head west to Yellowstone but they just wanted to go back to their places and survive.
Many battles and you get to hear what the Indians as well as the army troops were contemplating. At one point the army was told to kill all Indians 12 years old and higher, that would make them extinct and not be able to survive with just females.
Broken treaties, skirmishes throughout the years and how they are able to survive.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
 Gifted (Rockstar Christmas Romance) (Lost in Oblivion, 4.2
Adult language with each having their own chapter to talk about Christmas.
Nick starts out hoping this year will be different, maybe spend time with family or a girl.
He prepares by shopping for the band members and his girl-well she's not even divorced yet...
Next chapter is from Lila and she's so into Nick but can't lead him on....she knows where he was shopping for her gift...
Hot steamy sex and the next scenes will be in the next book.

MR. GETAWAY AND THE CHRISTMAS ELVES (Adorable, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Working Happily and Giving Freely, Ages 2-8)
Colorful children's book about an adventure. Their regular teacher is sick and Mr. Getaway is the sub. He loads them on the bus and takes them on a journey.
Beats being in the classroom doing math. Rhyming phrases and a good lesson to learn that will help them with giving more than they receive.

 One Strange Christmas (A Christmas book for children)
Older child book about one Christmas where Jake wishes for snow. He gets snow and it's blue and just on their street.
The whole day is strange as his dad also has to work, the kids don't rush to open gifts and Mum is just busy with meal preparations for the whole family.
The reporters are outside also and it even made the news.  So many strange things happen after the blue snow, quite a story!
Part I like best is the snowglobe as I treasured them from my parents when I was young. So pretty and calm.
Lots more action after that and more to come next year. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 Ho Ho Humbug: Two Odelia Grey Holiday Short Stories
Ho Ho Homicide by  Sue Ann Jaffarian
Odelia Grey is just trying to get her shopping done and she needs to pick up Gigi. She won't stop talking and the day drags on til finally a stroller tire runs her over, she sits down and a Santa sits next to her. He asks for help and collapses and she realizes he's dead as a doctor tried to help him and others.
Her detective friend and the local cops tell her to just go home and don't try to solve this case-as she's done to many cases in the past.
On her way out though the woman who was the doctor persuades her to go in a different direction-she has a gun to Odelia's ribs.
Ho Ho Hell by Sue Ann Jaffarian
In this story Odelia is with her mom at the mall and they are heading after circling for a while into a parking spot.
Another car also wants that spot and the mall police want her to leave the spot and give it to the man in the sports car....
Til they find out who the man in the sports car is and then the gears turn into action as they find themselves again in trouble with the mall cops...
Lots of other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 Homemade Christmas Gifts
DIY items you can make at home. Inexpensive and artsy.
Color photos of finished items along with some that show the step by step instructions.
Some items are just glued, others are sewn.  Cool section for kids gifts.
They look easy that kids could even make them for their friends gifts.
 15 Recipes For Gourmet Food Gifts: Edible Handmade Gifts From Your Kitchen
Unique gifts to make from your own kitchen. Each recipe has a color photo along with difficult level, prep time and ready time along with ingredients and how to make it.
Links in the ingredients to show you what size jar is needed.
Besides dressings for salad you can also prepare coffees and teas.
Homemade chocolate truffles sound real good and easy to make.
Lots of other spice bags to create and gift.

 Grandma, What are teddy bears made of?: A story of love shown by a grandmother to her grandchild through a teddy bear
Colorful children's story of a little child that asks his grandma where teddy bears are made of.
She explains all the parts of the bear: eyes, better to see things people miss, arms and legs to hold and protect you all night long.
Added bonus gift is also included at the end.

 Freezer Meals: 55 Healthy Recipes That Are Easy And Enjoyable (quick meals, crockpot, meal plan, slow cooker recipes, food weight loss, natural food, freezer meal)
Starts out with the benefits of cooking meals and then freezing them for later use. Saves time and money.
Starts out with breakfast meals and there are no pictures and no nutritional information.
Meals for lunch and dinner are also included.
From the list of ingredients not all meals are healthy enough for us-being on a heart healthy diet.
Meals have a LOT of ingredients so it's going to take some time gathering it all together to even start to make.
ABIGAIL and the North Pole Adventure ": (Teaches your kid to explore the world) (Values eBook) Action & Adventure,Sleep (bears for kids) ... Books for Early & Beginner Readers Book 7)
Colorful children's book about Abigail and her adventures on her new red magical bike from her grandparents. She has previously gone to the Sahara Desert and other places.
Her magical book takes here there on the bike and she's able to see igloos and seals and so much more. What a trip!
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 Italian Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy Italian Food at Home With Mouth Watering Italian Recipes Cookbook
Healthy meals that not only give a list of ingredients and how to make it but color photos and nutritional information.
Can make most of these but nice to have the list of herbs and spices to get the added flavoring that was missing from my recipes.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 Incredible Mug Cakes by Donna Lane: Cookbook on How To Easily Make Fantastic Desserts and Recipes for Cakes In Your Microwave - Perfect for Valentines Day
Ideas of new combinations of hot drinks to try.  Gives you the list of ingredients and how to make them. No pictures and no nutritional information but a great gift idea.
Also cakes to put into mugs to bake.
 Children's Books: EVERYTHING HAS A HEART (Fun, Adorable, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers, About Hearts and Love, ages 2-6)
Colorful children's book showing you what has a heart.  Not only your favorite animals but fruits and vegetables.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: Mediterranean Diet Cooking Classics; Revealed! 65 Delicious Mediterranean Diet Recipes Sure To Delight and Amaze All While ... Diet Cooking) (Cookbooks of the Week)
Lunch items for the Med diet. Each recipe comes with a color photo and ingredient list along with how to make the dish. No nutritional information but you can tell from the ingredients they are on the healthy and fresh side.
Lots of new combinations of food to try. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with a bonus gift.

Books for kids : Did You Know My Mom Is Awesome? (Beginner readers, Bedtime story, Kids Books, Children's Books): Series Books For Kids Ages 4-6 6-8 (Bedtime stories children's book collection 1)
Colorful children's book about a girl that loves her mom so much. She does so much for her all the time. The day at school doesn't go quite as planned but she knows her mom is home.
Fractions at school is also continued at home baking a cake with help from her mom.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with a free gift.

Meals for Later: Freezer Meals
Tips of making and storing meals for later use. We do this already as it's much easier to make a bigger batch once every 2 weeks rather than the same dish every week.
Starts out with recipes that include make ahead prep time, make ahead cook time, cook time, servings and the ingredients along with how to make the meal.
Tells you how to store in the freezer and how long safely you can leave it and how to prepare it once you decide to take it out of the freezer.
No nutritional information and no pictures. Some of the dishes can be done healthier by substituting some of the ingredients.
My favorite would be beef vegetable soup as the variety of what to put it in for vegetables is limitless.
Desserts look appealing also.

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