Friday, January 24, 2014

New Amazon Review of Magical Matthew

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ FOR KIDS, January 9, 2014
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This review is from: Magical Matthew (Hardcover)
Penelope Cole’s Magical Matthew is about a boy with magical powers.
There are many lessons young children can learn from reading Magical Matthew, but two stand out.

First, you can use your talents to make a difference. The author has Matthew cleaning up litter left by others. What a great lesson for young children to learn.

The second is the value of true friendship. Matthew’s best friend is Lily. Lily is handicapped, but her disability does not stop Matthew from playing and being friends with her. In fact, they do just about everything together.

In a world where bullying has become the norm, it was very refreshing to see how Matthew interacts with Lily.

My favorite part of the book is when Lily finds out that Matthew has magical powers. Lily talks Matthew into using his powers to do many good deeds.

Lily nodded. “But you can do a lot. Remember how the beach was all trashy last year, and how long it took for the city to clean it? You could clean it instantly.”

The two friends talked a long time about the things he could fix, and things they could do together. They would be on the look out for things that needed to be painted, cleaned up, or repaired. Then Matthew would do something each day. It would be like a good deed of the day.

Kevin Collier’s artwork enhances the story. The detailed images are outstanding and help the reader connect with what is going on in the story.

Magical Matthew is a great book that teachers and parents can use to teach children about friendship, trust, and the joy of doing good deeds. Children from all cultures will enjoy this delightful book.

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Wonderful Review on Amazon

New Review on Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved everything about Penelope Cole’s Magical Matthew, January 6, 2014
This review is from: Magical Matthew (Hardcover)
“I loved everything about Penelope Cole’s Magical Matthew. The characters were beautifully drawn. The artwork was perfect for this story. The story started with surprises that continued to evolve. Though I wouldn’t necessarily say the “moral” of this story was that magic can’t solve all problems, there was definitely a loose message that parents and caregivers will appreciate: Even without magic to solve problems, we have it within our powers as ordinary human beings to fix things around us by caring, by being kind and thoughtful. The thing I loved most was that it had all the elements of a full-sized novel (frequently children’s books don’t have many of these expected turning points). In particular, there came a crisis point where I was so worried the hero would be defeated and there would be no chance for happiness for him. But the author found the perfect way to resolve the story…and set the stage for a second, magical volume.” ~reviewed by Karen Wiesner, author of Keri is Cute Cute Cute and Cohesive Story Building

Friday, January 3, 2014

January 2014 Issue of Guardian Angel Kids eZine

Weather Wonders
January 2014 Guardian Angel Kids eZine
Tsunami Fog on the Beach as reported by Gak
A Sudden Storm by Robert Niven 
The Day It Rained Cats and Dogs by Arthur Carey 
Finding Your Place in a Storm by Carol Thompson 
Earth—A Stormy Planet by Irene S. Roth 
Everyone Knows it’s Windy by Mary Sue Roberts 
Down on the Windmill Farm by Mary Sue Roberts