The DwayneDeer

🌟🌟🌟🌟 (A strangely-timed themed review - just because - it’s always a good time to be thinking about Christmas!) A bright and charming children’s picture book inspired by Dwayne, a real-life spur-thighed tortoise, who was a rescue from the SPCA by the author and her husband. In this Christmas-themed adventure,…

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Lasso the Moon

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Softly washed with the richness of indigo, dusky blues, royal purple, and a dazzling golden sandstone, this gorgeous picture book has the feel of an old-time fairy tale, dusted all the way through with the splendor of starlight, myth and magic. As our hero, a little girl named Max,…

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My Best Friend

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟➕ This may very well be my favorite children’s picture-book ever! A composite of absolutely adorable watercolor pictures, (each edged in ink and portraying a different child with their cuddly pet), this story is so sweetly evocative that you’ll find yourself reluctant to leave this author (who is also the…

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Caterpillar’s Surprise

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A charming children’s picture book, delightfully illustrated in shades of pale green, blue, gold and brown - nature colors that resonate with the themes explored of transformation, friendship, and the wonder of the natural world around us. There is magic all around us, we learn - creatures large…

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Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (Agest 3 to 8) A delightful and poignant picture book, universally accessible in melodic and simple rhyme, packaging an environmental message so endearingly told that it will reach even the youngest child. Gorgeously illustrated with pictures so pure and vibrant they could be original cartoon celluloid, this book will…

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The Think Ups

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Ages 3 to 7) What happens when Anna and Kiki, two cherubic little girls, find themselves stuck inside on a rainy dreary day? This lovely little picture book (with flaps to turn), beautifully illustrated with smudgy pastel drawings that are as sweetly endearing as the tone set by this…

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I Don’t Have A Dog

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+ Simple and sweet and oh so resonant to animal lovers everywhere, - if books could sing, this picture book would be an opera. Pure magic, from cover to cover, this little book is big on heart and so endearing I had to read it through several times. Gorgeously illustrated,…

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Imagine That

⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 In this charming picture book (ages six to nine), enter the magical world of Evelyn, a sweet little girl who is fascinated with the night sky and the planets, stars and constellations. Every evening after dinner, in her backyard, often accompanied by her lovely father, Evelyn learns about the…

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The Garden We Share

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A perfect little picture book - bursting with hope, delight and the soul-affirming promise of a nascent new day. As a little girl and her grandmother sow a garden we see the wonder each little seed brings, following the cycle of life laid out for us, from the tiniest…

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Songbird

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️➕ I found this gorgeous picture book incredibly endearing. (It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I teared up at the end of it, so touched was I by the messaging and so deeply did it resonate with me). From the very first notes, drifting across the park to…

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