The Pillow Parade is a light, fun book that through its rhymes smoothly captures the imagination and hearts of children. This book demonstrates to young children that everyone is unique and sometimes it’s important to be patient to find those opportunities to shine. This book encapsulates the mental exercise used by many – the simple, repetitive and rhythmic action of counting sheep. Except Edward Dron takes it one step further and shows that sometimes everyone needs help, the sheep and the children; as well as that we all have different talents!
Wonderfully illustrated and the story flows smoothly. I read this book not once, not twice, but three times before they went to sleep – they were fascinated with the artwork, the story, and the rabbit! I finished reading this book to my three grandchildren (ages 2, 3, and 5) and since last weekend, it has become the ONLY book they want to be read to them.
This is a wonderful book that I will highly recommend to caregivers of small children. I know at some point, we will have long discussions and Olive will come up – never give up, always look for the opportunity!
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The Forsaken Queen is a historical romance novel about one woman’s survival against evil tyranny. Isabella, Queen of England, finds herself facing yet another favorite of her husband, King Edward the II. The Despensers vie to overthrow the influence of Queen Isabella and manage to confiscate her property with Edward’s blessing. Isabella is not one to take things complacently thus begins her tale of deceit, honor, love, and war to save herself, England and her children from the merciless Despensers and her weak husband, Edward.
The Forsaken Queen is about a strong woman who loves her children, her country – both her birth and adopted, finds true love in the arms of a strong man, and defeats the tyrannical evil doers before they destroy England.
If you enjoy historical books that have a mixture of romance and intrigue this is an excellent book. Author Susan Appleyard takes a historical figure and era carefully weaving her story around facts with creative dialog and reactions that captivates her readers. Appleyard enables her readers to see the Queen for the intelligent woman, fierce mother, protector and lover that she was historically known.
This was well written and well researched. The dialog was realistic and the characters were fully developed. Appleyard is skilled at taking historical information and constructing a strong creative dialog as well as creatively creating a connection between history and a storyline that enthralls her readers.
The Forsaken Queen will resonate well after the story ends. I look forward to reading more by Susan Appleyard!
A must read!!!
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