Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review: Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living

Publisher: Halo Publishing, Int.
ISBN Number: 978-1-61244-286-0
Genre of Book: Inspirational/Religious/Spiritual
Publication Date: October 2014

About the book:
This book gives the reader keys to unlock the mysteries of life in a simple, but yet profound way. The proverbs will assist you with avoiding unnecessary problems. The principles in this book will teach you how to go through your preordained trials with patience, joy and peace in order for you to come out victorious. These teachings of wisdom will provide insight and inspiration to safely guide you through the uncharted waters of your life. Be blessed.

Our Thoughts:
Elliott examines nine key areas of life, which can cause us a lot of grief: God and spirituality, home and family, love and relationships, wisdom and knowledge, leadership and politics, habits and virtues, kindness and gratitude, business and finance, and strength and endurance. The author designed the book to help a person realize their true potential and give them hope to achieve the goals they have set for their life. Those who are seeking God’s help or not will benefit from each section. It teaches you to make good choices for a happy, successful life.

Author Lawrence Elliott says, “You cannot avoid all of the negative situations that come into your life. They are there for a purpose, to help you grow, but you can avoid the unnecessary situations that bring pain, regret and despair by practicing the proverbs in this book.”

For example one proverb from the first chapter says: “A fool is one who becomes aware of God’s plan for his life but rejects the assignment.”

You can purchase “Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living,” at, Amazon, B&N and in most online bookstores. It sells for $13.95.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Do You Exhibit Bullying Tendencies?

Many of us exhibit bullying behavior and attitudes from time to time without being aware of it. But how do you know if you're a bully.

A bully usually exhibits some or all of the following character and personality traits:
1. The person is angry and has a lot of unresolved negative feelings
2. The person dislikes him/herself
3. The person feels hopeless
4. The person enjoys putting other people down as a way of making him/herself feel better
5. The person thrives on condescending remarks and behaviours
6. The person is envious of another person's honest achievements to the point of trying to undermine them
7. The person enjoys hurting others

What can you do if you recognize any of these behaviors and tendencies in yourself?
1. Talk to a trusted friend about your behavior. Be as open and honest as possible with the individual. By telling someone about your behavior, you can usually examine it much more objectively.
2. Practice self-love. Take the time to do nice things for yourself. Being kind to yourself in this way could really help with developing positive self-esteem.
3. Honour your feelings, whether they are positive or negative. Take note of negative feelings and attitudes and try and determine where they stem from.
4. If you can't come to terms with negative feelings about yourself, seek counseling. Sometimes you'll feel better if you don't feel alone during this process.
5. Journal about your negative feelings. Journaling is a great tool to help you to come to grips with your feelings and emotions and what is behind those feelings.
6. Become aware of when you bully others. Dissect the situation as honestly as you can. If you're envious about others, decide what it is that makes you so unsure of yourself when you're around that particular person. Then work on your feelings of ineptitude.
7. Try not to harbour negative feelings towards anyone. Such behaviour is usually very unhealthy for you and it can develop negative self-esteem, leading to a low image.
Regardless of whether or how much bullying behaviour you exhibit, you could help yourself become less of a bully. All you need to develop is patience and some self-love.

Irene Roth is a freelance writer for kids and teens. She writes nonfictional articles in the areas of relationships and commitment. She also writes articles on writing.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

New Interactive Book & Family Tradition

TEETH FAIRIES is a new, interactive book and doll set celebrating a child’s tooth loss process.  
From the age of about 5 to 12, the average child loses twenty baby teeth. That’s a lot of visits from the Tooth Fairy! This process is an exciting and sometimes stressful time for both children and parents. The new book and doll set, TEETH FAIRIES: A BABY TEETH TRADITION (February 20, 2015), by Ingrid Bencosme, celebrates this tooth loss process and helps kids and parents alike. The book set comes out just in time to help build awareness for National Children’s Dental Health Month and National Tooth Fairy Day on Feb. 28th.

You can find more info at

The author, Ingrid Bencosme, is a former schoolteacher.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sweet Reads for Your Sweetheart

Guess How Much I Love You (Panorama Pop)
By Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
HC: 9780763649135 ∙ December 2009 ∙ $12.00 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 0 months and up
One of the world’s best-loved picture books, with an elegant new cover, is the perfect way to share your affection with a loved one of any age.
Since its debut, the tale of two Nutbrown Hares who love each other to the moon and back has enchanted millions of readers around the world. What may be a little-kept secret, however, is that many of those readers aren’t so little! After all, who doesn’t like to be reminded that they’re loved, unconditionally and boundlessly? Now spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, adult children and grandchildren, siblings, friends, and anyone else who’d like to give this book to their grown-up loved ones have a special edition. Beautifully cloth bound in vibrant red, this GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Sweetheart Edition is a must-have for anyone who loves someone more than they can measure.
Dinosaur Kisses
Written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
Board Book: 9780763673895∙ December 2014 ∙ $6.99 ∙ 34 pages ∙ Ages 2-5
Young children will chuckle and cheer when Dinah finds just the right creature for her dinosaur kisses in this funny new book from David Ezra Stein, creator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken.
For newly hatched dinosaur Dinah, the world is an exciting place. There is so much to see and do. She tries this —STOMP! And she tries that — CHOMP! Then she sees a kiss and knows just what she wants to try next. Can she figure out how to give someone a kiss without whomping, chomping, or stomping them first?
« “Kids will plunge into the whomping and chomping with glee.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Love & Kisses
By Sarah Wilson, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Board book: 9780763610494 ∙ November 2001 ∙ $6.99 ∙ 24 pages ∙ Ages 0 months -3 years
This little love story proves that a kiss is not just a kiss.
This little love story by Sarah Wilson and Melissa Sweet proves that a kiss is not just a kiss. It is a bountiful fount of surprises, spreading love far and wide, and growing sweeter as it goes! What better message to give someone you love than one of such joy and happy affection?
Just Right for Two
By Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
HC: 9780763673444 ∙ September 2014 ∙ $15.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 3-7
Dog has everything he needs in his big blue suitcase. Or does he?
Dog’s big blue suitcase is the perfect fit for all the little treasures he has collected. He is sure that he is happy with just himself and his suitcase. Until one night when Mouse comes along, and Dog discovers that his big blue suitcase is actually just right for two.
Written and illustrated by Emma Dodd
HC: 9780763671280 ∙ February 2015 ∙ $12.99 ∙ 24 pages ∙ Ages 2-5
What does a mother love most about her baby? Everything.
Parents love each and every thing about their child, as demonstrated by the charming mother and baby koala in Emma Dodd’s Everything. Featuring heartwarming illustrations embellished with foil, this cozy bedtime read is a handsome addition to any nursery bookshelf.
When You Were Born
Written and illustrated by Emma Dodd
HC: 9780763674052 ∙ February 2015 ∙ $12.99 ∙ 24 pages ∙ Ages 2-5
A loving celebration of all kinds of babies.
What does a new baby’s arrival mean to his or her parents? We find out as we travel around the world, meeting an adorable baby seal, baby elephant, and baby person!

Also, check out Leslie Patricelli’s Huggy Kissy site on Zazzle for Valentine’s Day themed products featuring everyone’s favorite one-haired baby!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Effective Parent Child Communication

Are you communicating effectively with your child? Do you know how to make him/her feel about him/herself?

Research suggests that the single most important thing that parents could do with their child is to effectively communicate with him/her.

Effective communication is based on an exchange of thoughts in a nonthreatening manner. Thus, if a parent communicates effectively with his/her child, (s)he must allow the child to disclose her feelings and emotions in a safe and secure way.

Here are a few ways that you could communicate effectively with your child:
1. Treat your child respectfully by not screaming or raising your voice to her or call her names. When you scream at your child, (s)he may think that you don't love them unconditionally. Screaming can also hamper open and honest communication with your child.
2. Try to understand your child by actively listening to him/her. Devote all of your attention to the discussion at hand. You may want to turn off the television or stop cooking and give your child your complete attention.
3. Be as empathic as possible when you are communicating with your child, even if you think that (s)he is making a wrong decision. Empathy shows your child that you really care about her and that you're really on their side.
4. Resist giving negative criticism and total disapproval all the time. Praise your child as much as possible. Negative criticism can give your child inferiority complex over time, making her hypercritical of herself. This can lead to many serious difficulties later on, such as the pressure to over achieve.
5. Negotiate as much as possible with your child. If your child doesn't want to do what you think is in her best interest, it is important that you allow her to have her way once in a while. However, don't give in to her all the time either. Try and strike a balance.
6. Be open to discussing how your child feels on a consistent basis by spending quality time with your child. You may want to spend a half an hour after dinner every evening talking to your child. Your child may have some strange views about different things. Try not to criticize all of her views but only some of the more important ones.
7. Try to open honest lines of communication with your child on a consistent basis by discussing options in a friendly and non-adversarial manner. You can do this by allowing your child think of different ways of behaving in certain situations.
8. Practice empathic and honest methods of communication as often as possible. Try not to have too many slips in communication since every time there is a slip, you will be sending your child the wrong message.
Effective communication can be difficult to bring about at first. However, with patience and hard work you can instill proper communication habits in your child. You'll be very glad that you did.

Irene S. Roth is a freelance writer for kids and teens. She also write academically in the areas of philosophy and philosophical psychology. She specializes in nonfictional articles for teens and parents.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Picture Book INSPIRES WONDER in Readers of All Ages

By Kaila Eunhye Seo
ISBN: 978-1-4413-1731-5
$15.99 * Ages 4-8 * March 2015

Kaila Eunhye Seo makes her picture book debut with Fred ($15.99; Ages 4-8; March 2015), an uplifting tale about the endless power of imagination. Seo's illustrations are skillfully rendered in pen and ink and cleverly show how Fred brings color to his black-and-white world in the form of friendly monsters.

Fred views the world with the unique open-mindedness of children, not caring if people think he's strange for seeing things others can't. However, as Fred grows older, his imaginary friends start to fade, leaving an emptiness in his heart that he can't shake. Fortunately, a chance encounter with a young girl reminds him that magic never really leaves us, as long as we believe.

In the age of technology, Fred shows young readers that their own imaginations are still the best form of entertainment, and recaptures the wonder of childhood for readers of all ages.

Fred will be available in stores nationwide as well as through online retail outlets.

Author and illustrator Kaila Eunhye Seo received her BFA in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has loved art since she was a child and is passionate about creating work that has a visual and emotional impact on her audience. She lives is Seoul, South Korea. This is Kaila's debut children's picture book.

Additional images from book can be found at:  Peter Pauper Press FRED


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