Carla Farfalla’s Extraordinary Tea Party Book Review


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Carla Farfalla’s Extraordinary Tea Party by Angela McConkey


Inspire hope and joy in your young reader with the charming, decidedly un-ordinary Carla Farfalla and her extraordinary tea party!  It includes three versions of a sugar cookie recipe that you can bake with them, too! 

Carla Farfalla’s message is about HOPE. The book helps kids learn and appreciate the power of hope. 

About the Author

I’ve loved reading since I was a young girl. My love for reading developed into a love for writing. My husband and I have a blended family of 5 great kids, their spouses, and 10 adorably awesome grandchildren, who are my inspiration. I’ve been called Noni since our first granddaughter was born 17 years ago.

Carla Farfalla’s Extraordinary Tea Party is my first published children’s early reader/picture book.  I hope you enjoy her story.

My Review

Children’s books are known to be filled with enchanting illustrations, and this book is no different. The cute little girl, Carla, is going to bring a smile to each child that has this book read to them. Carla lives in a tree house, and has a very fun life. She has everything that a little girl would like to have. It’s time for her yearly tea party and she is anxious to invite her friends. As she decides what type of invitation to send out, her imagination runs wild!

She decides to put an invitation inside a balloon and tie it on each friend’s doorknob as a fun surprise. She goes to the store to get helium for her balloons. The 26 balloons are stronger than her small frame and she begins to float upwards. She has to let them go and it makes her so sad. How will she invite her friends now? Children will love the end of this sweet little book.

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A Daydream A Day Book Review/Giveaway

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Welcome to the Book Review for A Daydream A Day by Ivan Tu. The book review is by Lisa’s Reading.

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About the Book

A collection of cute drawings and inspirational poetry about growing up, defining success, and falling in love:

A Daydream a Day is a book with fifty black-and-white, cartoon-style drawings that will fully immerse readers in the daydreams of a young adult trying to make sense of life.

The collection is divided into five parts-on a continuum from being lost, to facing inner demons, and finding life direction. Each drawing and poem compel readers to consider life, extracting simple but profound truths through visual art: pursue your dreams, stay humble, and never give up.

Along the way, readers will encounter a vast expanse of cartoon characters-a skydiver; a big, furry bear; and a boy catching feelings. In addition, the collection serves as a reference and inspiration for digital artists in search of new ideas on brush/pen, background, and shading techniques.

Ivan Tu’s collection is perfect for young adults searching for happiness in a confusing and competitive world. Ivan discovered how to be happy in the act of creation, and hopes his words and drawings leave a smile on your face too.

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About the Author

Ivan Tu is the author and digital illustrator of A Daydream a Day. His writing career started in 2020 during the start of the pandemic. Trapped at home for months, Ivan discovered creative freedom through pen and paper.

By no means a professional artist, he self-taught himself how to draw by watching online tutorials, reading books, and practicing hard. Ivan hopes that his story from a non-artist to being a self-published author will inspire others to live their best lives: dream big and discover what makes them happy.

Ivan was born and raised in California, USA. and is currently working on improving his art skills by taking art classes at community college. He works a sales job in the semiconductor industry during the day and teaches piano as a side hobby. However, his dream is to become a full-time author one day.

My Review

This book of poetry has 50 short poems and accompanying illustrations. The rhyming poems cover a wide range of topics and ideas. There are simple straightforward poems, such as ducks on a pond, to more philosophical poems. This collection reminds me of the mind of a young adult, because in some ways young adults love enjoying the things they did in childhood. At other times, young adults are taking on the purpose of life. As the reader goes from one poem to another, they should relate to the messages, whether simple or complex.


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How To Create An Outdoor Reading Area

While it can be comforting and cozy to read a book with the snow falling outside your window, it also can be magical reading a favorite novel outside in the sunshine. In fact, the only thing better than reading a great book is reading it with a peaceful ambiance to help you lose yourself in the story, words and place. While you may have seen several indoor reading nooks created in small spaces under the stairs or in the closet, now that we are approaching warmer months, the outdoors calls us to do the same thing too. Looking for some temporary escapes, there are backyard nooks that a new home or even an older one can help you create. 

  1. The Tent : A reading nook does not have to be a structure that is already built. Creating something simple for a day is just as easy and enjoyable. Think of creating just a simple tent from a flowing sheet on a tree branch. Add a few pillows and cushions on the ground and you’re ready to go! It’s a good reminder of childhood when you used to create tents like this under your bed and now you can enjoy in the fresh air. 

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  1. Hidden Garden: If you are lucky enough to have a backyard full of trees, you can also create a hidden garden theme reading area. For this, think about picking out a shaded spot and adding outdoor chairs or a couch with colorful patterns or prints for pillows. You can also fill the space with lots of flowers that are either planted in the ground or in containers. If you’re not sure what type of flowers would work best for your hidden garden, ask the experts! Daniel’s Lawn and Tree provides a variety of services that can help you find the perfect peonies or dainty daffodils to bring color, light and smells to your reading oasis. If trees are needing to add more room for your garden, they also offer tree care in the New Castle area, landscaping maintenance or landscaping installation.  
  1. Cottage Nook: Creating a reading nook in the form of a cottage shed is the way to go if you’re fan of classic novels such as Jane Austen or Emily Bronte. Your local hardware store can help you create the cottage shed you’re envisioning. They offer standalone sheds that are able to be converted into a nook with just a little DIY and work on your end. Inside, you could add a few coats of paint, bookshelves, a comfortable sofa or table and chairs as well as a small little portable air conditioner when the weather gets even warmer. On the outside, add some decorative flowers or a cute sign that says ‘shh I’m reading’ on the door handle so others do not disturb you. 
  2. Pool Nook: We all love to enjoy a good book by the pool but how can you make it even more peaceful? Grab a few chairs, a soft towel and headphones to enjoy your reading area. Add some shade with an umbrella, a cold water bottle to keep you hydrated and some snacks as well. If you don’t have a pool but enjoy the water, bring out headphones and add water sounds such as the ocean or pool to keep you engaged. 

There are several other new ideas to create outdoor reading nooks to match your personality and how you want to enjoy your new novel. If you prefer to sit in a stuffy chair with a support, a comfortable oasis with plush pillows and blankets or just a blanket on the grass, your reading nook should reflect you and how to get lost in a book. 

World of Stars Book Tour

World of Stars
by Seyoum Nigussie

GENRE: Poetry

World of Stars is a collection of poetry that portrays the beauties of nature and human
experiences in the world. The poems enumerate various places, events, personas, notions and
conditions that deserve poetic attention. A portion of the poems are made for tributes and
gratitude to great personas who make this world as adorable as it is.
The poems are on varied topics and distinct from each other. Abstract and subjective ideas are
woven into the poems to highlight the degree of transcendence. All the poems are metrical
composition. By illustrating the good side of the world and nature within it, the poems aim to
elevate people to a good way of looking at life as beautiful and meaningful.


Excerpt: Armageddon
When ever days go by and nights come on
Changes of times are thence daily forgone.
If cyclones, earthquakes, or thunder-storm
Never to worry is the cause of universal norm.
Things come to pass when happens to nature
Events take place to make one of the better.
Challenges, challenges, – more challenges
Out of woods and sailing aboard knowledges
Nothing will be left incurable out of barrages.
God is always there any time we observe

Divinity is ingrained along spiritual reserve.
With no aggression or victims of obsession
Freedom and liberty are words of civilization.
When human fleshes are united with spirits
World of stars will timely reveal lasting treats.
When moral and social issues are uncommon
Inner-growth of peace is sworn Armageddon.

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The world and life in general was promising to me until I was 17 years in my native country of
Ethiopia. While a high school student in 1974, the world around me came crashing down when
communist military Junta took state power and soon started a killing spree, at times committing
mass murder. This was very traumatizing and the start of Stalinist ‘Red Terror’ on the ground. It
was bad enough to hate being in life. From this, I quickly learnt life in the world is about taking
on adventures.
With six of my school friends and one of our teachers, we formed an alliance to take action
against the Junta. With 2 years of preparation we had managed to inform the public and get the
local police headquarters on our side. Then, in April 1976 we staged a rebellion without violence
in Nekempte, provincial capital of Welega. The revolt was short-lived, nothing lost with little
gain. Amidst media control of the Junta, the news of rebellion was heard across the country.
After that, my friends and I vowed to individually take on challenges for democracy as a life-long
mission. We split apart and I went underground. When the security situation became harsh, I left
the country for Sudan.
Despite traumatizing news and the realities around me with the ‘Periods of Gloom and Doom’, I
took refuge in reading classical poetry which became my long time passion.
After a long journey through ups and downs, I suffered a car accident in Sudan, and left Africa
all together – migrating to Canada in 1990. Through my journey in life, I looked around for a drug
of relief from grief and nostalgia. Poetry reading had become my choice for entertainment and
to delete bad memories and traumas. Soon after I realized that positive poetry is as good as
drugs, music and paintings are, I decided to write one and here I begin with World of Stars.








What inspires you to write poetry
A combination of three things inspires me to write poetry. One is beauty, the second is love, and the third is gratitude. To begin with beauty, there are infinite sources of beauty in the universe. There are beauties on every step of the way from daylights to dark nights. The beauty of sunrise yields a turn for nighttime stars. Natural phenomena beginning with humans and wildlife, and various things such as mountains, trees, rivers, blue skies, and even clouds constitute an abundance of beauty. There is a wise saying that says, ‘There is beauty in everything but not everybody can see it.’ Poetry is a set of words assembled in a beautiful manner to express other beautiful elements in the human world.
When it comes to Love, there are plenty of things around the globe to love. Love begins with the love of life, love of nature, love of music, love of humans and animals to name just a few. As love is the essence of life, it carries much weight to inspire me to write poetry. Poetry is, thus, enumerating and compounding the expressions of love in words. As to gratitude, it is so personal to me that I have much to be thankful for. Gratitude to nature/god as well as the medical community for being alive and thriving. I had a devastating car accident long ago, forty years ago, crippled and bedridden for a long time until I gradually recovered. As a result of surviving and recovering well enough, the virtues of gratit

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You Can Count On God Review Tour

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You Can Count On God: 100 Devotions for Kids

Author Max Lucado

Publisher Tommy Nelson

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Book Blurb 

From New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado, these 100 devotions will help kids worry less, bravely try new things, and draw closer to God as they learn to trust His faithfulness.

Adapted from the encouraging devotional for adults, You Can Count on God teaches children that they can count on God because He will never leave them, and will love them unconditionally. Give your child the gift of knowing that they can count on God, no matter what.

With a ribbon bookmark, presentation page, attractive textured hardcover, and bold color interiors, this hope-giving devotional for kids is the perfect gift for any child needing courage for a new challenge, peace from anxieties about the future, or relief from disappointment, insecurity, and overwhelm. You Can Count on God will guide children into a deeper relationship with God as they learn about His faithfulness in the past and build confidence that they can always trust Him to help them.

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My Review

This 208-page book of devotionals for children is best for ages 6-10. Max Lucado is great at speaking in ways that are easy to understand. Each of the 100 devotionals begins with a Scripture verse. Then, the author gives a short story or example that either retells the Bible story or gives a present-day story that helps children to understand the verse.

He goes on to explain how this Bible verse or story will apply to the child’s life now. So, unlike a Bible study or Bible story book, this book is filled with short devotionals. These can open discussions with parents, siblings or friends. I like how the author speaks directly to the reader and offers an action to take at the end of each devotional. It may be a prayer or an action that the child can take to apply the Biblical truth to their life.

The Gecko Without An Echo Book Tours

The Gecko Without An Echo by Cheryl Bannerman (Author), Anushka Bansal (Illustrator)

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In a hollowed tree, in the woods, by the bay, lived Earl the Squirrel and Tim the Gecko. With his best friend right beside him, Tim wandered through the forest, calling out high and low – hoping to hear his echo.

But sometimes what we are looking for is right in front of us!

Let’s find out how Tim discovered that when you need someone to listen, all you need to do is reach out to those who love and surround you.

Author Bio
Cheryl Denise Bannerman is an award-winning, multi-genre author of seven self-published books. She is the winner of the 2018 Book Excellence Award for her book of poetry, Words Never Spoken, and winner of the Best Books Awards in the category of African American fiction in 2020 for Black Child to Black Woman. She is also a Semi-Finalist in the MLC Audiobook Awards with a 2020 IMDb Nomination for Book 1 of the Anna Romano Mystery Series, Cats, Cannolis, and a Curious Kidnapping.

Within the author’s first three works of fiction, Black Child to Black Woman, Words Never Spoken, and A Killer’s Reflection, the author addresses critical topics of social concern, such as alcohol and drug addictions, racism and bigotry, domestic abuse and violence, suicide, and child molestation.

In her latest releases, a cozy mystery series entitled the Anna Romano Mystery Series, she hopes to provide relief from a somewhat somber world and spread laughter and smiles with the main character’s witty humor and ‘unintentional stumbling’ over dead bodies and into murder investigations.

Her goal in life is to keep writing and continue helping victims of Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief and ANON family groups, and Corporate Health and Wellness groups, to heal through words — encouraging them to ‘write the pain’ via journaling, and expressing themselves through short stories, songs, and poetry.

She currently resides in Orlando, Florida, where she runs her 25-year-old Virtual Training and Development company, specializing in Instructional Design and eLearning.

In her spare time, she loves to read murder mysteries, attend museums, watch movies, try new cuisines, shop with her daughter, and take in the sun on the beach. And, although this author’s works are fiction, she has incorporated many of her personal life experiences into their stories.

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