Sunday, May 2, 2021

~ MMGM FUN THROUGH THE SEASONS VOL 2 ~

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~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE 
MONDAY NON-FICTION FEATURE ~
--  'FUN THROUGH THE SEASONS:
RECIPES, CRAFTS AND FUN
FACTS FOR KIDS-VOLUME 2 --
WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BY:
JANET F. SMART
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight,
Author Bio, Review & Giveaway~
 
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
 
Printed in color, Fun Through the Seasons: Recipes, Crafts and Fun Facts for Kids (volume two) goes through the seasons with informative articles for children to read and enjoy. The articles appeared in her column, Fun Facts for Kids, in 'Two-Lane Livin' Magazine.' While reading this book, with its colorful pictures and illustrations, children (and parents) will learn all about creepy creepy crawlies, our feathered friends, the bald eagle, lanterns of the night sky, Santa sightings - and much more! Sprinkled among the interesting articles are easy recipes, crafts, poems and activities for kids K through 5th grade. This book won't gather dust on the shelf but be read again and again by parents and children throughout the year.
 
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 

Janet and her husband, Charley, live in Jackson County, West Virginia. She is the mother of three grown boys. They have a yard filled with apple trees, flowers, blackberry patches, blueberries, grapevines, birdhouses and bird feeders.

When not outside enjoying nature, she sits at her desk and writes for children.

Janet wrote articles for children in 'Two Lane Livin’ Magazine' for over eight years. She included poems, recipes and crafts in her Fun Facts for Kids column.

She is an award-winning author in West Virginia Writers, Inc. In addition to writing picture books and middle grade novels, she enjoys writing about Appalachia. With her writing, she brings her thoughts, memories, dreams and imagination to life. Refusing to grow up, she sits at her writing desk, her inner child flowing onto the paper. 
 
CONNECT WITH JANET AT:
 
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REVIEW:
 
This book is a delightful read from start to finish! Embellished with the author's own colorful, whimsical illustrations, the variety of material presented is engaging and will be appealing to both children and adults. The topics covered in this book include American history, science, nature, social studies, state and national symbols, cooking and baking {Bird House Sandwich, flavored ice cream, cookies, Awesome Apple Slices, Mummy Pizza, Apple Pie Pizza}, national holidays, games and activities for indoors and outdoors, genealogy, crafts, biographies of famous individuals, and much more.
 
There are many original photographs of the recipes, crafts, animals, and nature scenes which I enjoyed. They add a valuable visual component which is so necessary in children's books.  

One of my favorite pieces in the book is Janet's poem, 'Has Anybody Seen the Sun'. This simple rhyming poem is about an element of nature all children can relate to because the sun is a part of everyone's corner of the world.
 
Here's one fun fact I learned in this book: 'Want to know the outside temperature? Count the chirps a tree cricket makes in 15 seconds and add 40.' 
 
The tone of all of the written work found in the book is warm and friendly. From the poetry to the non-fiction articles to the recipes and crafts, the author has done a fine job of welcoming youngsters into her world. Her vintage-style drawings add another fun dimension to the written words, creating a sensory experience for readers.

Highly-recommended for middle-grade and above readers, families, teachers, librarians, youth group/scout/and camp leaders, and anyone who wants a fine resource for high-interest readings and activities.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. My opinions and thoughts expressed here are solely my own.
 
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~ GIVEAWAY ~
 
The author has graciously offered 
to give away one Kindle copy of 
her book to one US or International
resident. Enter on the Rafflecopter
form below.
 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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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8 comments:

  1. Hi June. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. I am glad you liked the book. I enjoyed putting it together. I love writing for kids of all ages and making learning fun.

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  2. This book certainly covers a lot things during the year. I know I would have loved it as a crafty kid. Perfect gift book. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Sounds like a great book to keep kids busy!

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  4. This does sound fun. So many interesting, interactive things to do for kids, Great timing with the school year coming to a close and soon the summer will offer more than enough free time for the activities. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

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  5. this looks like a great resource for homeschooling parents - actually any family that could use a handy ref. for ideas of "things to do"

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  6. This looks like a fun book—I'm sure kids will love it! And congrats to Ms. Smart on the new book—I believe I've seen her around the blogosphere before, so I'm excited for her new release! Thanks so much for the great post!

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  7. Wow. Good for Janet! This looks like a terrific book. Thanks for your very thorough review.

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  8. This sounds like such a fun book. I loved the tidbit about how to tell the outside weather. Congrats to Janet!

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