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Quinn Says Goodbye

Quinn Says Goodbye: Friends May Go Away, but God is Here to Stay

Author: Christie Thomas
Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
To Be Published: August 6, 2019
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: July 29, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Goodbye Is Never Easy, but God Can Make It Better

When Quinn the Owl makes a new friend, a firefly named Blink, she is filled with joy. But one night, Quinn wakes up to find her friend has disappeared in a flash.

“Momma, why didn’t God make Blink stay with me? Didn’t he know how much I loved him?”

“God doesn’t always stop bad things from happening, Quinn. But he does promise that He will always be with you, and He will never stop being your friend.”

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written, Quinn Says Goodbye is designed for children dealing with different kinds of loss, whether it be death of a pet or a family member, or simply the loss of a favorite toy. Remind little ones that although people and things might not be in their life forever, God will never leave them.

Jessica’s Review:

Quinn is a baby owl and she finds an injured firefly and helps to take care of it. Quinn even names the firefly Blink. One day Blink is gone and Quinn is devastated as she really loved Blink.

Quinn Says Goodbye  is a good picture book that shows children that goodbyes (and grief) happen and it is ok to be sad about the loss.  Quinn Says Goodbye has a religious context to it and shows faith and even though God may let bad things happen, He will always be with us and take care of us.

This picture book can definitely help younger children deal with grief in a comforting way no matter the loss, and this story has a sweet ending.  Whether the loss is a family pet, family member, a favorite toy, or even a move, this story will help children positively.

There is also a “Did You Know” section about fireflies, so children can learn about them.  There are also Bible verses mentioned to help enhance the story and open up a discussion with your child and their grief if needed.

I loved the illustrations!  The colors have a peaceful and calming effect to them as you read the story. I adored the owls and was excited to find out that there is another Quinn book which is already out: Quinn’s Promise Rock: No Matter Where, God Is Always There.

Special thanks to the publisher, Harvest House Publishers, for granting me an e-arc copy via NetGalley. It was a pleasure to read and review.

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Pixie and the Green Book Mystery

Author:  Coraline Grace
Illustrator: Encarna Dorado

Published: March 2019
103 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: July 14, 2019
Jessica’s Rating:  4 stars

Book Description:

Pixie And The Green Book Mystery is the first in the series: The Purple Mystery, and The Yellow Mystery up next.

Magic is alive at The Rocky Point Library. ~

It’s an apple disaster day for Pixie, a second grader at Rocky Point Elementary. However, a trip to her local library changes everything. When Pixie happens upon a mysterious green book, she discovers the fairy tales have come to life out of their books. But danger is lurking just around the corner. The usual librarian, Miss Rita Goode, is nowhere to be seen. And it doesn’t take long for Pixie to learn the man behind the counter is an imposter. He’s an evil Book Guardian trying to capture the fairy tale characters and rid their books forever.

But for a girl who loves reading, Pixie will do whatever it takes to save her new friends. Tick tocktime is running out! Can she get them safely back into their books before it’s too late? Or will the world of fairy tales come to an end?

Jessica’s Review:

Pixie was a fun short children’s chapter picture book that encourages reading and library attendance.  If your child enjoys fairy tales including Peter Pan, Cinderella, Snow White, and Alice in Wonderland then they will enjoy Pixie as some of these characters come to life in their own unique way that is different from the stories we know. 

Pixie, whose real name is Marigold has a bad day at school, but then she goes to the library and there she ends up in an adventure to save our beloved fairy tale characters from the evil Book Guardian, who wants to put them in electronic devices for some unknown reason.  For me, this was confusing as some readers (including myself) may actually be reading this story on a device.  What is so bad about electronic devices? Yes, I prefer ‘physical books’, but reading is still reading.  Kids most likely won’t notice this conundrum as this book is meant for children’s enjoyment, which they will have no matter what format they are reading the story on.

This is a complete story as Pixie saves the day and she looks forward to returning to the library and more adventures. 

There were some nice additions at the end of the story.  There was “Words You May Not Know” which gives definitions to some larger words that younger children may not know.  There was “Write On” which are activities for the young reader to help them think about the story they just finished and make it interactive.  Lastly, there is a “Cooking with Pixie” child friendly recipe for ants on an apple log that was mentioned early on in the story.  The recipe of course mentions getting an ok with an adult first. 

The book is themed with green as the ‘magic’ color and it is throughout the story and illustrations.  The illustrations definitely enhance the story as they are simple, yet effective.

I look forward to Pixie’s next adventure along with the themed color. 

**Special thanks to the author for sending me a copy that I chose to read and review on my own.**

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The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero

The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero
Author: Amalia Hoffman

Illustrator: Chiara Fedele
To Be Published: August 1, 2019
40 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: June 13, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Once a skinny and weak child, Gino Bartali rose to become a Tour de France champion and one of cycling’s greatest stars. But all that seemed unimportant when his country came under the grip of a brutal dictator and entered World War II on the side of Nazi Germany. Bartali might have appeared a mere bystander to the harassment and hatred directed toward Italy’s Jewish people, but secretly he accepted a role in a dangerous plan to help them. Putting his own life at risk, Bartali used his speed and endurance on a bike to deliver documents Jewish people needed to escape harm. His inspiring story reveals how one person could make a difference against violence and prejudice during the time of the Holocaust.

Jessica’s Review:

The Brave Cyclist is not your typical picture book. It tells the true story of Gino Bartali who was a small child who ended up winning the Tour de France twice in his lifetime and also became an important figure in World War II by helping to save the Jewish people of Italy.  I did not know Gino’s story until I read this picture book. It shows how drive and determination really can help one person make a difference in a time of need. Gino would ride his bicycle 110 miles one way and he was even jailed for something he did not do.  He not only risked his life, he also risked his family’s life. 

There is an afterward included that informs us of Gino’s life.  His story is well known in Italy, Gino’s hard work deserves recognition in history books worldwide. This story is aimed for children ages 9-12 and should be included in World War II coursework.  This book needs to be in school libraries! 

The only critique I can offer is that some pages the text takes up most of the page, so it may be a bit much for a picture book, but the well done illustrations definitely compliment the story.

Special thanks to Capstone for granting me an e-arc via NetGalley.

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