The Trees Have Hearts by Mrs. D.


My review follows the book blurb found on Amazon.

“Honored for Excellence by the Mom’s Choice Awards in 2013

2014 Readers’ Favorite International Award Winner

2014 Children’s Literature Independently Published Principals’ Award Finalist

2016 4th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Award Winner 

Age 6-8

The story of a young girl, left friendless because she could not speak a new language, will touch your heart. It will take your child into the imaginary world of a little girl who moved to America from a different country. Unable to speak English, the lonely girl could not find friends. She lived in an old house with a small garden, where three blooming trees and the mysterious wind became her first imaginary friends. The garden friends developed a wonderful friendship with the lonely girl, and helped her overcome her fears and worries. Through the story, they taught her how to make real friends and helped her cope with difficult moments while adapting to new surroundings. Unforgettable characters will open a beautiful imaginary world to young readers, inviting them to share the fears, tears and joys of a little girl. The story will teach the true meaning of friendship while showing readers the beauty of nature. This book will open an unknown imaginary world through the eyes of a child…”

I found “The Trees Have Hearts” by Mrs. D. a wonderful story filled with gorgeous illustrations. The imagination of children will be captured easily, just as easily at it did my imagination. A young girl is lonely after she and her mother moved from a European country to America. This little girl was lonely and could not speak the language the other kids used. Three trees in her yard become her friends in a completely mesmerizing way. The girl did start her new school, and she did learn the language. She made many friends, and even invited some friends to see her favorite three trees, after a summer camp adventure.

Later, she finds out that her mom has a new job, and that they are going to move again. This would be upsetting for a child, no matter the age. This situation never happened with my own children, but it did happen to me between my sophomore and junior years of high school (make sure to read the preface of this book). I could empathize with how the little girl felt. Many lessons are learned in this story, from how and why the trees have flowers, their purpose, the thoughts and feelings are normal, and the positive story outline. Parents should read this story to their child, unless said child is age eight or nine, as younger children won’t grasp some of the wordage. Five Stars!!


Fairy Writing Prompts by WJ Scott


Fairy Writing Prompts by WJ Scott

My review follows the book blurb found on Amazon.

“31 Fairy Writing Prompts to ignite your imagination.
Have fun creating fairy stories to share with your family and friends.”

This is a fun activity book for kids, most for girls but some boy activities found. Scott writes out fantasy paragraphs which are followed by pages of line so that kids can write in their thoughts, make it “their story”. The eBook I read, showed black and white drawings. I have no idea what the paperback has as far as black and white or color. Color drawings create more imagination in child, though. Four stars!


Good Morning, World!


Good Morning, World! by Mrs. D.

My review follows the author’s book blurb bits as found on Amazon.

Honored for Excellence by the Mom’s Choice Awards

2014 Readers Favorite International Award Winner

Age 4-8

Glide gently into the beautiful morning with Baby Thomas and his grandpa. The sun is shining brightly through the wide window and the flowers, trees, birds, and other creatures have already started their day. Brilliant colors of the dawning day wake up the park, and Baby Thomas is ready for a walk. While walking in the park with his grandpa, they see the same things but from a different perspective. Baby Thomas wants to hug the wonderful world around him, but his grandpa has a different opinion. In this book, young readers will easily connect to the wonders of nature and unforgettable characters, playfully interacting with each other. Join happy Baby Thomas and his grandpa for a walk and have a delightful, uplifting morning!

Good Morning, World! is a wonderful story told from a baby’s point of view. Baby Thomas loved being in his stroller and going through the park. He found that with just a smile he could tell trees, leaves, branches, lady bugs, etc. hello. A baby’s mile is one of the most beautiful things to witness. Sadly, his grandpa only saw the negatives such as the heat. The contrast was well-written with gorgeous illustrations. Grandpa didn’t interact with Baby Thomas and that didn’t seem right. He, and all of us, could learn a lesson or two from Baby Thomas. Five Stars!


This entry was posted on February 16, 2018. 2 Comments

Fairy Dust: Bedtime Tale #1


Fairy Dust: Bedtime Tale #1 by WJ Scott

My review follows the authors’ book blurb found on Amazon.

‘A wonderful start to this fantasy adventure. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards UK 6-8 yrs.

Mischief and magic. Tinkers and fairies. Do you believe in magic?

Farran Sherwin cupped a hand to his ear and said, “I can’t hear you. Do you believe in fairies?”
The hall erupted into chaos as children sprang out of their seats, spilling popcorn under their feet as they yelled, “Yes!”
The tinker staggered as if he had been struck by a sound-wave and the children giggled.
Farran cocked his head. “Listen. Can you hear someone?”
A hush settled over the children. They perched on the edge of their seats, palms gripping the armrests. Their faces were pinched tight as they gazed up at the stage.
He widened his eyes and whispered, “She’s coming.”

Evelyn, an orphan, doesn’t believe in magic anymore, but then the meddlesome tinkers arrive in her village and change her world forever.

A bedtime tale to delight younger readers or those still young at heart. 

A heart-lifting tale suitable for junior readers or a perfect bedtime read by parents and grandparents for younger children. 

“Do you believe in fairies?” 

Fairy Dust is a well-written book for ages 6-8, and a book that can be read any time of the day or at bedtime. It is very short and fast paced, and the illustrations are gorgeous. I do think the shortness doesn’t help this book at all, and in places we went from one thing to another without a tie in. The author could add more dialogue and pages to make this a true children’s book size. Four Stars.  



Happy Valentine’s Day!


I want to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day. My wish isn’t for couples and significant others only. My Valentine wish is for all friends and family. Back in the 60’s and as a class, we gave Valentines to each other as students. Prior to that, we each decorated a small white paper sack with hearts and such. It is with that feeling in mind that I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

This entry was posted on February 14, 2018. 5 Comments

Things Traditionally Published Authors Should Keep In Mind

The Uncensored Writer

You’ve decided to go the traditional route. It’s the tried and trusted way of getting your book out there. On one hand, you feel excited at the thought of submitting your manuscript. On the other, you’re so scared of rejection that you can barely bring yourself to send your first query letter.

If you’ve done your homework on this (and you should have), then you know that the process is pretty straight-forward once you’re in. You’ve done the research and you’ve filled your brain with as much knowledge on the subject as you could have.

You’re ready to take the plunge.

But before you do, let me take the time to remind you of a few things.

poster-2899083_1920.jpgLimit Your Expectations:

While you feel like your odds of getting that publishing deal in the bag on the first try is basically guaranteed, you need to realise that things in life don’t…

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