Sunday, October 14, 2018

~ MMGM SINKING OF THE VASA ~

~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY NON-FICTION
HISTORY PICTURE BOOK ~
--  'THE SINKING OF THE VASA:
A SHIPWRECK OF TITANIC PROPORTIONS'  --
AUTHOR RUSSELL FREEDMAN
ILLUSTRATED BY: WILLIAM LOW




ABOUT THE BOOK {from Goodreads}:

In full sail with flags flying, the mighty warship capsized and began to sink.


This is the saga of the great Swedish warship, the Vasa. Built to be the crown jewel of the Swedish Navy, the Vasa capsized not a mile into her maiden voyage in 1628—a tragedy resulting in many deaths and great loss. But who was to blame? Russell Freedman explores the history of this ship, and her resurrection from the seas in 1961.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR {from Goodreads}:

Russell A. Freedman was an American biographer and the author of nearly 50 books for young people. He may be known best for winning the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work Lincoln: A Photobiography.

He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press and as a publicity writer. His nonfiction books ranged in subject from the lives and behaviors of animals to people in history. Freedman's work has earned him several awards, including a Newbery Honor each for Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery in 1994 and The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane in 1992, and a Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal.

Freedman traveled extensively throughout the world to gather information and inspiration for his books. His book, Confucius: The Golden Rule was inspired by his extensive travels through Mainland China, where he visited Confucius' hometown in modern day QuFu, in the Shantung Province.

****To read more about the stellar and prolific career of this author, please follow this link to read the Obituary published in 'Publisher's Weekly' Magazine in March, 2018.   
Obituary of Author Russell Freedman

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:

William Low is a much-lauded illustrator, author, and painter who has received numerous awards. His books include Chinatown and Old Penn Station. He lives in New York City.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book presents the amazing true account of the sinking of a Swedish ship, the Vasa, in 1628. I discovered this book on one of my online library catalog searches under historical books for children published in 2018.

This book is in an oversized picture book format which I think is the perfect format because of the size and grandeur of the Vasa. The artist has included many large-sized diagrams and paintings which will engage middle-graders in this true-life disaster. There is even a four-page fold-out spread of what the ship looked like under water. The artwork in this book is simply awesome!

King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden ordered construction of the 'mightiest warship the world had ever seen' in the mid-1620's. The ship was named after the royal family's name, Vasa. Apparently, Sweden was frequently at war with her neighbors at this time and was known as a powerful maritime foe.

The king not only wanted to impress and frighten its enemies with a huge ship, he wanted it to overwhelm everyone who saw the Vasa. The ship was almost as long as a city block and was as tall as a fourteen-story building.

The ship was a work of art with hundreds of sculptures and carvings which were painted and gilded on the hull. There were gun decks on either side of the ship which could hold sixty-four bronze cannons. Can you just imagine the weight of this ship?

I won't spoil the details of the story for you, but the ship sunk on its maiden voyable, like the Titanic, and lay at the bottom of the ocean for three hundred thirty-three years. As dramatic as the sinking of the ship was, I found the second half of the book to be even more engaging with the story of how the Vasa was salvaged in 1961.

This true-life account will come to life for children and adults through the excellent writing of the author and the amazing artwork and diagrams of the illustrator.

***Extremely highly-recommended for teachers; librarians; children of all ages; fans of oceanography, marine history, maritime history, Swedish and European history, shipbuilding, and engineering. This book would make a fantastic read-aloud for primary students and an independent read for middle-grade and older students. This is definitely one of my top ten MMGM reads of 2018!***

BONUS CONTENT:  I enjoyed my virtual visit to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. If you wish to learn more about this ship and see photos of how the Vasa looks now that it has been restored, click on the following link:  The Vasa Museum

I borrowed this book from the children's section of the local public library.
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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog.

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~SPECIAL EVENT~    

I am celebrating the five-year anniversary of the release of my first book, 'A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom'. This is an inspirational holiday novella including a dash of romance and was the winner of the 2013 'Holiday Tale Contest' for Cedar Fort Publishing.

To learn more about my first book and to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win an ebook copy, please visit my post at: 

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

~ BLOG HOP FOR SANTA'S DOG ~

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
BLOG HOP STOP FOR
--  'SANTA'S DOG'  --
AUTHOR JoANN SKY
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight,
Five Behind-the-Scenes Facts 
About the Book Shared 
By the Author, and a Giveaway~

About the Book

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In this rhyming picture book for dog lovers of all ages, readers follow the adventures of Santa’s best dog, Lance, when he falls out of the sleigh one Christmas Eve. He’s taken in by the animal shelter and then brought home by a military family who needs some help as Dad is called to serve his country. When Christmas Eve comes ‘round the next year, Lance must decide whether to return to the North Pole with his friend Santa or stay with his new family. 

Kirkus Reviews describes SANTA’S DOGS as “a sweet, powerful Christmas story.”

SANTA’S DOG would be a great addition to any library or classroom reading program! To accompany this book, we have developed full teacher resources, including a Teacher Lesson Plans packet as well as an Activity Packet, both of which are available for FREE download from the Dogs & Books website. JoAnn also offers FREE virtual author visits to schools. Additional information about all of these resources can be found here.

 

About the Author

JoAnn Sky has written for years as part of her job (business and marketing plans and the like). One day she tried her hand at writing for fun—and liked it. Now she authors adult contemporary romance and young adult romance with a magical twist as well as children’s books. She is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist and a member of Romance Writers of America. Originally from the Midwest, JoAnn currently lives in northern Nevada with her husband a.k.a. love of her life, three teenage children, and three crazy rescue dogs.


Behind-the-Scenes Facts About the Book

1. Lance in the story is a combination of two rescues we’ve been lucky to have as part of our family over the years: Sampson and Lance. Sampson was our first rescue, and I adopted him from a kill-shelter while my husband was deployed to Iraq about 15 years ago. Lance was a wonderful older dog who spent about five years with us. Lance crossed the Rainbow Bridge earlier this year.

2. This story didn’t start out intending to be a children’s book. I began writing this as a short story that I thought I’d give to readers to encourage them to sign up for my author newsletter. As I wrote it out, it would only come out in rhyme—it just didn’t seem to work any other way. Then once I was done, I had a huge desire to add illustrations. The whole thing just snowballed after that!

3. The illustration of Santa going to pick up Lance and finding the shelter closed initially didn’t have the cardinal or the cat. I thought it needed “a little something,” so Ed Koehler (the most awesome illustrator in the world) added the cardinal. But it still seemed to need something! I asked Ed if he would add an animal peeking through the window. He wasn’t convinced it was necessary but added a cat. We both loved it, so that cat got to stay!

4. For the illustration of when Lance packs his things and waits for Santa, I had this vision with his dish on his head. I’m pretty sure Ed thought I was nuts when I first described it. But then he added the photo of the kids, and it was absolutely perfect!

5. SANTA’S DOG would not exist in its final form as a beautiful hardcover with dust jacket if I had not purchased Bobbie Hinman’s book, How to Create a Successful Children’s Picture Book. Bobbie is a successful author and editor. Her book is the bible for writing and publishing a children’s book. Seriously.

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~SPECIAL EVENT~    

I am celebrating the five-year anniversary of the release of my first book, 'A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom'. This is an inspirational holiday novella including a dash of romance and was the winner of the 2013 'Holiday Tale Contest' for Cedar Fort Publishing.

To learn more about my first book and to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win an ebook copy, please visit my post at: 

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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
-- Monday, October 15th: Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday post. Title: TBA

-- Tuesday, October 16th: Blog Hop Stop for a Christian historical Victorian romance by Author Sandra Byrd, 'Lady of a Thousand Treasures'. Post includes book spotlight, excerpt, scavenger hunt, and giveaway. Event hosted by JustRead Publicity.

-- Friday, October 19th: Blog Tour Stop for a Christian novel, 'Gathering of Sisters'. Post includes book spotlight and excerpt. Event hosted by Read With Audra Publicity.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

~ BLOG TOUR FALLEN LEAVES ~

~ BLOG TOUR STOP ~
--  'FALLEN LEAVES'  --
AUTHOR TESSA EMILY HALL
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight,
Author Bio & Giveaway~
  
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Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for Fallen Leaves by Tessa Emily Hall, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

fallen leaves Title: Fallen Leaves  
Author: Tessa Emily Hall  
Publisher: Illuminate YA Fiction  
Release Date: October 26, 2018  
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction  

Selena Taylor thought her only worry this fall was starting her junior year at a new arts school in North Carolina, miles away from home. But when she finds out her mom could graduate from rehab sooner than expected—even worse, she could work for her former nothing-but-trouble boss—Selena's determined to create a new life for them. Back in her childhood Kentucky hometown.

Step one? Track down her dad and brother that she hasn't seen in eight years. Her anxiety is put to the test, though, when she unveils a truth that could threaten her dreams. Add to that an art competition that pushes her outside of her comfort zone and a girl who seems determined to come between Selena and her hopeful boyfriend.

Soon Selena must decide whether or not to continue her search for her dad and brother. But is there any hope that the ruins of her broken family could be resurrected? And how could God possibly have a purpose in the midst of these changing seasons?  

PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic books for teens to show them they’re not alone—and because she remembers the teen life like it was yesterday (or a few years ago). In addition to being a frequent contributor to both online and print publications, Tessa’s debut novel was published while still in her teens. She’s the founder and editor-in-chief of PursueMagazine.net, a Christian teen magazine, and enjoys mentoring other young writers. She’s guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. Tessa’s favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, email list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: http://www.tessaemilyhall.com.

Connect with Tessa: Website| Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Newsletter

TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will receive a FALL KIT, consisting of:
  • a signed copy of Fallen Leaves,
  • book swag
  • a fall candle
  • Starbucks Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 8, 2018, and lasts through 11:59pm October 15, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. US addresses only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.



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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
--  Friday, October 12th:  Blog Hop Stop for a children's picture book, 'Santa's Dog'. Post includes a book spotlight, author bio, Behind-the-Scenes Facts shared by the author, and giveaway. Blog Hop hosted by Singing Librarian Books.

--  Monday, October 15th:  Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday post. Title TBA.

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~SPECIAL EVENT~    

I am celebrating the five-year anniversary of the release of my first book, 'A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom'. This is an inspirational holiday novella including a dash of romance and was the winner of the 2013 'Holiday Tale Contest' for Cedar Fort Publishing.

To learn more about my first book and to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win an ebook copy, please visit my post at: 

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~ BOOK BLAST RHAPSODY & REBELLION ~

~ BOOK BLAST ~
--  'RHAPSODY & REBELLION'  --
AUTHOR AUBREY WYNNE
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, Author
Bio, Excerpt & Giveaway~


    

 Rhapsody and Rebellion by Aubrey Wynne 
An enduring legacy... A rebellion... A destined love... Raised in his father’s image—practical and disciplined—there are no gray lines interrupting the Earl of Stanfeld’s black and white world. Until his mother has a dream and begs to return to her Highland home.

Alisabeth was betrothed from the cradle. At seventeen, she marries her best friend and finds happiness if not passion. In less than a year, she’s a widow. Vowing to honor her husband’s memory, she joins his activist group of Glasgow weavers and is soon embroiled in the Radical War of 1820. Crossing the border into Scotland, Gideon finds his predictable world turned upside down. 

Folklore, legend, and political unrest intertwine with an unexpected attraction to a feisty Highland beauty. But Lissie doesn’t trust the Englishman or the rising desire between them. When the earl learns of an English plot to stir the Scots into rebellion, he must choose his country or save the clan and the woman that stirs his soul.

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Excerpt -  

“Mama, you were dreaming.” 

Gideon’s thumb stroked the top of her hand, his voice soft and soothing. 

“Look at me, Mama, and you will see.” 

Maeve slowly turned her head, tears now spilling down her cheeks.

 “Oh Gideon, it was ghastly.” 

“What did you dream?” 

“It was not a dream.” Her voice faltered. “Your cousin, Ian, is dead.” 

“What? Did you receive a letter from Scotland?” Gideon had not seen any correspondence from his mother’s family over the last week, and nothing had arrived today. 

“I do not need a letter. I saw it. There has been a terrible slaughter in Manchester, and Ian was trampled by a Hussar’s charger...” She lifted her chin and wiped her wet cheeks with determination. 

“You must take me home to my clan.” 

“To the Highlands? You haven’t been there since your wedding.” He sighed and rubbed the back of his neck. 

“I can’t just run off to Scotland with my aging mother because of a dream.” 

“Aging?” Her eyes narrowed, anger shining from beneath her lashes. “I have more stamina than most of those mutton-headed females of the ton.” 

He had to agree with her but bit back a smile. “This is folly. A trick of the mind from lack of sleep.” He pressed his lips to her fingers. “Let’s have a glass of sherry, and you’ll feel better after we eat.”

 “Don’t patronize me. Your father didn’t believe in…” She took his face in both her hands, strength growing in her touch and her gaze steady and direct. “It doesn’t matter. Listen to me. It was not a dream but a message that we are needed at home.” 

“This is our home.” Gideon stood and leaned an arm against the fireplace mantel, worried the past year had also taken a toll on her mind. An uprising in Manchester? There had been rumblings throughout parts of the country but nothing significant. 

“This is your home. Mine has always been in Scotland, regardless of how long I’ve been away.” Her eyes pleaded with him. “What about Marietta’s visit in September?” That would end this foolishness, he was sure. 

“It will have to wait until October. You must promise we will leave as soon as you return from London. Or I will go alone.” 

He looked up to the ceiling, hoping for some divine intervention. None came. “I give you my word.”     

Praise for Aubrey Wynne: 

“Well-written historical romance with a bit of everything – a tragedy, a conflicted hero, a strong and fragile heroine, interesting characters, and a happily ever after.” Amazon verified review 

“Best Regency Romance I’ve read in a long time and highly recommend!” N.N. Light Book Heaven Reviews 

“I adored this story. I look forward to reading more in this series.” Reads2Love Review 

“A wonderful romance!” 5 Kindles Review

    

Author Aubrey Wynne Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas. Her short stories, Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete's Mighty Purty Privies have won Readers Choice Awards. Dante's Gift and Paper Love received the 2016 Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, Heart of Excellence and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. In addition to her Chicago Christmas novellas, Aubrey will release two more Regency romances in 2018. The Wicked Earls’ Club will release again in 2019. Wynne’s medieval fantasy series launched in 2017 with Rolf's Quest, winner of the NTRWA Great Expectations.  

   
 $50 Blast Giveaway Winner’s choice of a $50 Amazon Gift Code or $50 in PayPal Cash Ends 11/2/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. The giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 

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~SPECIAL EVENT~    

I am celebrating the five-year anniversary of the release of my first book, 'A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom'. This is an inspirational holiday novella including a dash of romance and was the winner of the 2013 'Holiday Tale Contest' for Cedar Fort Publishing.

To learn more about my first book and to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win an ebook copy, please visit my post at: 

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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':

--  Wednesday, October 10th:  Blog Tour stop for a contemporary Young Adult fiction release, 'Fallen Leaves'. Post includes book spotlight, excerpt, and giveaway. Tour hosted by JustRead Publicity.



--  Friday, October 12th:  Blog Tour for a new holiday picture book for children, 'Santa's Dog'. Post includes a book spotlight, Behind-the-Scenes Facts shared by the author, and a giveaway. Tour Hosted by Singing Librarian Books.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

~ FIFTH ANNIVERSARY 'A HOLIDAY MIRACLE IN APPLE BLOSSOM' ~

~ SPECIAL EVENT ~
-- FIVE-YEAR RELEASE DAY
ANNIVERSARY OF
'A HOLIDAY MIRACLE
IN APPLE BLOSSOM'  --


Greetings this eighth day of October, 2018 ~

It's hard for me to believe, but five years ago today my first book, 'A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom', was released by Cedar Fort Publishing. I was especially excited because this book won the publisher's '2013 Holiday Tale Contest'.

Since then, I've written and indie-published the first book in my contemporary inspirational romance Bonita Creek Trilogy titled 'Robin's Reward'. My historical inspirational romance short story, 'Handmade Hearts', will be released in January, 2019. This story was inspired by a true story.


My debut middle-grade historical novel, 'RES-Q Tyler Stop', will be released in March, 2019. I'm currently working on Book 2 in the Bonita Creek Trilogy -- 'Penny's Promise' and the sequel to 'RES-Q Tyler Stop'.

To read more about 'A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom', follow the links shown below. For a chance to win your own e-book copy of this Christmas novella, enter the Rafflecopter contest at the end of this post. The contest is open to International winners. I'm giving away three copies of the book courtesy of the publisher. Good luck!

Thank you to those of you who have followed my writing career since the beginning and to those of you who have found me somewhere along the way. I truly appreciate your kind blog post comments, emails, and Facebook likes/follows/shares/comments. 



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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
-- Monday October 8th: My Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday post will feature a S.T.E.A.M. education book, 'Plant, Cook, Eat: A Children's Cookbook'. Post includes a book spotlight and review.


-- Tuesday, October 9th: Book Blast for 'Rhapsody & Rebellion'. Book spotlight and giveaway! Event hosted by Clean Wholesome Romance.
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~ MMGM STEAM FEATURE PLANT, COOK, EAT! ~

~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY S.T.E.A.M. FEATURE
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--  'PLANT, COOK, EAT!:
A CHILDREN'S COOKBOOK'  --
AUTHORS JOE ARCHER 
and CAROLINE CRAIG





ABOUT THE BOOK {FROM GOODREADS}:

For beginners and green-thumbed foodies, this all-inclusive garden-to-kitchen cookbook is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes.

With photo-illustrations and clearly organized sections, discover how to plant seeds in patio containers, window boxes, or on an allotment; harvest fruits and vegetables; determine which plant parts are edible; spot pests in the garden; and use home-grown crops to cook everything from bean and bacon spaghetti to polenta chips to tomato, feta, and basil pizza.

MY THOUGHTS:

The farm-to-fork movement is sweeping across our nation, and this book targeting middle-grade students is the perfect example of why!

As a gardener and cook, I am interested in learning about natural ways of growing and preparing healthier foods in my kitchen. This book is a great resource for families who wish to teach their children earth-friendly growing and healthy eating habits.

The Introduction encourages readers to get involved in planting their own gardens even if they don't have room for a large garden. The authors suggest hanging baskets, window boxes, fences, and window ledges as great spaces for growing vegetables.

A section on the 'science' of plants and seeds covers a wide range of topics. Readers will learn what parts of a plant we eat, what happens when we plant a seed, and what plants need to grow. This section has some excellent photographs which support the text visually.

The soil and compost section was informative. A detailed 'recipe' for making valuable compost from kitchen and household leftovers is provided. I found the entire process of creating compost fascinating, so I know middle-graders would love this activity, too.

A discussion of preparing the soil, planning a vegetable patch, sowing seeds indoors, sowing and planting outdoors, and weeding is accompanied by photographs or young gardeners in action. This is the perfect lead-in for the section on healthy eating.

The food groups are discussed in detail and readers are encouraged to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables each day. Produce in a variety of colors and textures is recommended. This section leads in to the cooking section of the book. Health and safety tips are presented for cooks along with a list of cooking equipment along with tips about asking an adult for assistance when using the oven and stove top.

The second half of the book is entitled, 'Let's Get Started!' I really liked the way the authors formatted this half of the book because they went through each vegetable methodically taking readers from 'Growing ______' to a recipe using that particular vegetable. For instance:  'Growing Carrots' to 'Carrot Scramble'. 

I felt some of the more unique vegetables were included in this cookbook, making it appealing to adults and children. Vegetables I don't usually see in cookbooks included cranberry beans, spinach, garlic, Swiss chard, eggplant, and beets. This is a great way to expose children and their families to new-to-them vegetables.

I noticed that most of the recipes are vegetarian in content, and I felt the quality of the recipes presented was excellent. Some of my personal favorites which I plan to try in my own kitchen were:  Lettuce & Tuna Scoops, Onion Soup with Baguette Slices, Bean and Bacon Spaghetti {but without the bacon for me, please}, Tomato/Feta/Basil Pizza, and the Spinach Omelette. There is even a Chocolate Beet Cake recipe for dessert. Yum! 

The back matter of the book includes 'Growing Varieties', a detailed 'Glossary', and an 'Index'. The cover of the edition I read was a sturdy hardover with an old-style woven cloth cover filled with a vintage-style jumble of vegetables and kitchen tools.
***Highly-recommended for families, teachers, youth group/scouting group/4-H group leaders, gardeners, and individuals such as myself who love to try out new, healthy recipes!***

I borrowed this book from the children's section of the local public library.
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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog.

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~SPECIAL EVENT~    

I am celebrating the five-year anniversary of the release of my first book, 'A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom'. This is an inspirational holiday novella including a dash of romance and was the winner of the 2013 'Holiday Tale Contest' for Cedar Fort Publishing.

To learn more about my first book and to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win an ebook copy, please visit my post at: 

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~ MMGM SINKING OF THE VASA ~

~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE MONDAY NON-FICTION HISTORY PICTURE BOOK ~ --  'THE SINKING OF THE VASA: A SHIPWRECK OF TITANIC PROPORT...