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#blogbookaday: Red & Lulu

31 Jan

34002074.jpgSummary:  “Separation and miles cannot keep a determined cardinal from his loved one in an ode to serendipity and belief that is destined to be a new Christmas classic.

Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each another again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles. . . . From Matt Tavares comes a heart-tugging story combining the cheer of Christmas, the magic of New York City, and the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I know this is a holiday story, but it’s still January and since I didn’t get a chance to read this in 2017, I’m glad I can review it now. This story is beautiful and is only outmatched by the gorgeous illustrations, both by Matt Tavares. With a unique perspective and a story about tradition that I didn’t know much about, this story of hope and love is a must-read for the Christmas season.

Personal Reaction: I love the Christmas season and I’m so excited to add a new title to my collection of Christmas stories. I really enjoyed how the perspective of the illustrations changed throughout the story as well as the way Matt Tavares was able to capture the magic of the season with snow, twinkle lights and the largest Christmas tree you can find.

Title: Red & Lulu
Author: Matt Tavares
Illustrator: Matt Tavares
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: September 19, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


Happy Kwanzaa

26 Dec


I created this list last year and if you’d like to print the titles and authors, see my blog post for more information!

#MGBookmas Day 2: Favorite Book Set During the Winter

14 Dec

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I’m going to be participating in this year’s #MGBookmas list – look for titles for the next 12 days that fit each of these fun categories! You can participate to on Instagram, Twitter or your own blog! Follow #MGBookmas for everyone’s choices. Continue reading

Happy Hanukkah!

12 Dec

hanukkah-1I created a picture book list last year of Hanukkah titles – take a look and grab some of these great books to read with your kids during the holiday season! And if you’ve got some other suggestions – please let me know!

Book Review: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

9 Nov

52Synopsis: The large Vanderbeeker family has only known life in a brownstone on 141st Street, so the five kids (and their parents) are heartbroken when they find out their mysterious and cranky landlord who lives upstairs will not be renewing their rent after Christmas. The kids take on the challenge and over the course of 11 days, they do everything in their power to not only save the only home they’ve ever known, but to get to know their landlord at the same time.

With gifts, petitions, research and the help of pretty much the whole neighborhood, this is the story of what it means to be a friend and what home truly is.

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