Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Our Moon Festival is a beautiful, bright, lovely children’s book that highlights the Moon Festival that is celebrated by many Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities. The illustrations are vivid, grabbing the reader’s attention at each page turn. The descriptions of the festival really create the atmosphere of the celebrations!

My children both enjoyed reading this book. They loved learning about a festival they didn’t know anything about. They both loved the illustrations, and wanted to absorb every inch of the page before I could move on!

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The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Hope A. Walter

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well this was just an absolutely wonderful book! We get introduced to Punk, an adorable English Bulldog. He tells us his story, which is filled with heartwarming moments, some sad spots, an adorable pup, and caring people!

Punk starts life with a family that loves and cares for him, but something changes, and he’s soon forgotten. He is not treated well or cared for, and is rescued by someone. We follow Punk’s story as he is taken in by someone who cares for mistreated animals. Punk learns to trust again and is able to heal while in the care of these wonderful people.

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Rebel Correspondent by Steve Procko

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Rebel Correspondent is the true story of a young man who joined the Confederate Army days after his eighteenth birthday and served bravely until the war ended. Wounded twice, he emerged a changed person. But he wasn’t just a returning veteran; he was also a writer.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Arba F. Shaw was a fifty-seven-year-old farmer. On a chilly December day in 1901, he put pen to paper to write his memories of being a Rebel Private in the 4th Georgia Cavalry (Avery), C.S.A. He completed writing his account in February 1902. His local newspaper, the Walker County Messenger, in Lafayette, Georgia, published his account in more than fifty articles from 1901 to 1903. Then it was all but forgotten. Until Now. Rebel Correspondent presents Arba F. Shaw’s account word-for-word, as first published in the Walker County Messenger almost 120 years ago. Procko annotates Shaw’s account with in-depth research, verifying it and uncovering the back story of his life and the lives of his Rebel comrades. Procko’s research offers a historical perspective on the many places and events Shaw so richly described.

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The Shade Under the Mango Tree by Evy Journey

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an interesting, captivating story! With beautiful descriptions and emotional writing, The Shade Under the Mango Tree will pull you in, and you won’t want to leave!

Luna has grown up in Hawaii living with her grandmother. They pick vegetables, rest under the mango tree, and just enjoy life! At 13, Luna moves to California to live with her mother and siblings. She doesn’t feel quite a home, and continues to visit her grandmother often. Her grandmother gifts Luna a journal, which Luna uses often. Her journal becomes such a part of her, until she loses it. When Lucien finds Luna’s journal, he becomes invested in her stories in her journal and wants to return it to her.

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Why I Do VFX: The Untold Truths About Working in Visual Effects by Vicki Lau

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From the city of Singapore to working on over twenty Hollywood blockbuster films and TV series such as “The Walking Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Aquaman,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” comes one of the first books of its kind in the visual effects (VFX) industry.

With a unique blend of self-help, career strategy, and memoir-like elements, Vicki Lau speaks to the core of what it is like to work behind-the-scenes on some of your favorite Hollywood titles, covering strategies employed in order to maneuver her way into the upper echelons of the industry.

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The Red Fence by Ed Damiano

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What a wonderful children’s story! My kids were completely invested in this as I read. They were shocked at some characters’ actions and impressed with others!

When a new family moves into a town that follows the same rigorous rules day after day, they shake things up in a way that will teach everyone a few lessons. When the family paints their white fence red, the whole town is in an uproar, but really why? This family doesn’t give up as they enjoy their colorful, red fence!

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Amal the Thirsty Gamal by Robert A. Schorr

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is such an interesting, and new view of the birth of Jesus story! My kids and I absolutely loved it, and it’s going to be a part of our annual Christmas book traditions now!

Amal is the a camel without a big hump. All the camels talk and make fun because he won’t ever be able to go on the long trips that the camels go on. He doesn’t have a hump large enough to hold all the water they need! When Amal is called to duty to be part of a caravan with three men baring gifts for a new baby, he and the other camels learn a valuable lesson about how the camel body really works as well as how important a small camel can be!

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Grace in Hollywood by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Kari Bovee is such a great storyteller! She drops the reader into a story and they don’t want to get out until the end! It’s such a wonderful reading journey!

In Grace in Hollywood, we get to settle into a 1920s setting for a Hollywood murder-mystery! I loved the time period and all the world-building Bovee did to really make me feel like it was the 20s. I loved the references and descriptions.

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Bob the Banana Goes Bad by Steve Petzinger

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this book with both kiddos and it was a HIT! The artwork brings these characters to life, and the story really draws the reader into the life and situation for these food friends. This seems like the kind of story that could turn into a series. There are a lot of very unique characters in this refrigerator, and we really enjoyed them all!

So, Bob the Banana, like all the other food in the refrigerator just wants to be eaten. That is their role in life. The Mayor supports every food by telling them they will be chosen before they go bad, but when Bob starts to turn brown, it doesn’t look good for him.

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Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Tough as Tulle by Deedee Cummings

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kayla is such a special little girl. She is body-positive, friendly, family-centric, and all-around just lovely. In the third book in this series, Kayla considers how people view themselves. Their hair, skin, scars, and everything else. I love that she considers these things, but ultimately decides that those are the things that make us special.

Kayla has such a special message for young readers through this story, and I truly hope that it finds its way into every little reader’s hands. Reinforcing the importance of self-love is so important, and I’m so happy to see it written so strongly in this story. My daughter and I will be reading this again and again!

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Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams by Deedee Cummings

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kayla is at it again! In this book in the series, she becomes friends with a little boy that needs some support. I really love that this book features mental health, and shows what types of support we can offer people that need help.

Kayla is a great role model throughout this story, and I think that children everywhere can relate to her and her friend. They can also learn so much from them! My daughter enjoyed this book, and I think that children ages pre-school through middle elementary will enjoy this as well!

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Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kayla is such a wonderful little girl. She has a loving mother who supports her and helps her see how special she is. I love the focus on family in this book. We really see what a lovely relationship Kayla and her mother have!

This is a story that so many children will love. It’s easy to connect with Kayla and for children to see themselves in her story. There is a great message about finding out who you want to be and pursuing that, as well as a wonderful reminder to enjoy your time together as a family! The illustrations are quite lovely, and my daughter absolutely enjoyed them!

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