Monet for young art lovers: Portrait of an Artist: Claude Monet by Lucy Brownridge

This book recounts Monet’s life and art for young readers.  Throughout, there are copies of paintings that Monet completed.  At the end of the book,  those who are interested can learn more about the works.  Monet’s evolution as an artist from making caricatures when he was young, to academy studies, to finding his own style are all described.  Some attention is also given to Monet’s personal life, especially his love for the mother of his children.  All in all, a good resource for students who are just beginning their studies of art history.

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Now out: 50 Trailblazers of the 50 States Celebrate the lives of inspiring people who paved the way from every state in America! by Howard Megdal

This book is a fantastic resource for both home and school libraries. It is geared toward elementary school children but, as an adult, I also found it to be highly informative and interesting. As would be expected 50 trailblazers are featured in the book. Some of them were well known to me, as for example, Joe Biden or Rosa Parks while many others were new to me. Just a couple of the new names to me included Margaret Murie and the All American Red Heads. Some of the people featured are quite contemporary, as for example, Colin Kapernick. Each person has a two page spread that is dense with information. There are sections on what the trailblazer did, where they were from, how their work continues and more. There are also quotes. I enjoyed this one from Rebecca Lobo:

and my daughter walked in the room and looked at the TV and said to Steve, ‘Are those boys playing?’ And I said, ‘Yes.” And my daughter said, “I didn’t know boys played basketball.”

I give this book a full five stars. It will inspire and inform the children in your life. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

Another Little Person with Big Dreams: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

This title is the latest  in a series of brief biographies of well known individuals.  Each is meant to teach and inspire young children.  This entry about Martin Luther King is no exception.  In this title with muted, multi racial illustrations, Martin’s story is told from childhood.  At that time, he experienced discrimination.  Young readers learn how this impacted him as he moved to change things through peaceful protest.  Because this book is for young children, there is no mention of his assassination but rather focuses on his “I have a dream” speech.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Now out: The Easy Appetizer Cookbook No-Fuss Recipes For Any Occasion by Sarah Walker Caron

This book is exactly as advertised. It is a compilation of easy to prepare, appealing small bites. There are recipes in categories including light snacks, dips & spreads, finger foods, savory plates, fancy bites and something sweet. A few of the recipes include crispy garlic butter smashed potatoes, salmon fritters, cheese stuffed chicken meatballs marinara, bacon wrapped asparagus, chunky guacamole and marinated feta with rosemary and orange. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. All in all, a great resource for those who are entertaining this holiday season!

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this moutwatering title in exchange for an honest review.

Feel better at work: Mindfulness at Work Flourishing in The Workplace by Maria Arpa

Adults spend much of their time either at work or thinking about work.  No matter what the job or profession, people have feelings about their work, its setting, their co-workers, etc.  In this title, the author encourages readers to think openly about what happens for them at work and how they feel about it.  The author frames this exploration through mindfulness.  Readers are encouraged to take a non-judgmental approach and to listen to the voices inside.  They do this through a series of suggested activities and meditations.  I found it interesting that the author encouraged looking back to how attitudes were formed, for example, having readers think about their first educational experiences, how they were prepared and what it was like.

This book could be helpful to many.  If a reader is contemplating change, this title will help to explore it.  If a reader comes to feel that they can make their current work well for them this is encouraged as well.  In each instance, the author guides readers to do what they feel is best for them.

Many thanks for the publisher and NetGalley for this title in exchange for an honest opinion.

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From the Publisher

Tiny Travelers Puerto Rico Treasure Quest Treasure Quest by Steven Wolfe Pereira; Susie Jaramillo

This title is part of a series of board books for young children.  Each vividly illustrated title explores a place by providing fun facts.  There are also hidden objects to find.  In this entry of Puerto Rico children to explore this U.S. territory.  They see festivals, foods, bio luminescence on Vieques and more.

The books in this series can widen a young child’s world.  Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Now out: Tiny Travelers Mexico Treasure Quest Treasure Quest by Steven Wolfe Pereira; Susie Jaramillo

This book is part of the Tiny Travelers series. In this entry, young armchair travelers will visit Mexico. The book consists of a series of two page spreads each one featuring a place or tradition. For each spot, there are facts and a hidden object to find. Readers will visit places including Mexico City, Guadalajara, a Day of the Dead celebration and will learn about food and culture. Helpfully many of the Spanish words are given phonetic spellings as well so as to help non-Spanish speakers pronounce the words. Readers will enjoy the vivid and colorful illustrations as they go through the book. This is a good entry in a good series.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed my trip!