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Ask Uncle Neil: Why is my hair curly?

Ask Uncle Neil: Why is my hair curly? is an educational children’s book that explains why some people have curly hair and why some people have straight hair. Young Anthony is getting ready for a recital. When combing his hair he begins to wonder what would happen if he grew his hair long. His mother tells him that his hair would be harder to comb because it is curly. Anthony wonders why that is so and in the absence of answers they decide to call Uncle Neil who is a scientist.

I found this book to be wonderfully educational on several layers. I have always wondered why some people have curly hair while others have straight hair. The book presents several explanations and even explains why some people have oily hair and other people do not. All with bright and simple illustrations that any child will understand. I also enjoy the idea that, when in doubt, ask a scientist. This book teaches young kids about hair, but also teaches them a little bit about the scientific process by telling them what a ‘scientific consensus’ is.

All the art in the book is colorful hand drawn art that children will surely be able to relate to. This is a fantastic book to educate young readers and inspire them to find more answers through science. This is one of the best kids book I have read that sets up a question and then answers it in an straightforward and entertaining way while promoting diversity and science at the same time. Ask Uncle Neil: Why is my hair curly? is a fun picture book that will educate readers as it entertains them.

Pages: 30 | ASIN: B07GJX26XQ

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Birds, Who Are They?

Birds, Who Are They?: A First Look (Callender Nature)

Birds, Who Are They – A First Look by David Campbell Callender is a beautifully crafted audiobook that offers delightful insights into birds and their behavior. Before getting in touch with this book I had not imagined birds could be so fascinating.

First, we need to talk about the narration by Grace Winpenny. Her beautiful voice and interpretation take us into the journey of the book with much amazement and a curious attitude. Then there is the opening sequence, on which we learn to look at birds through new eyes. As the narrator explains their early childhood fascination with winged creatures, I felt as if I was seeing birds for the first time. The first passage is beautiful. And though what comes after is quite different, it is still amazing nonetheless. The book proceeds with interesting facts about birds, frequently comparing them to humans in their behavior. It is a curious association that makes us wonder how different could we really be from other species.

This is a short book so it is over when you least expect it. However, at its end, the sensation is that you have learned a lot in a short period of time and developed a whole new perspective and appreciation for something found in our daily lives. This book is a must for anyone who likes nature or is just curious about things in general.

Pages: 34 | ASIN: B09D8PLCCD

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College, Covid, and Questions

College, Covid, and Questions: Tips and Advice for Incoming Freshmen, Undergraduates, Transfer Students, and Parents by [Suzy Beamer Bohnert]

Suzy Beamer Bohnert has freshmen, continuing students and parents covered. In her book, the author talks about college routines, the basics, what every student and parent needs to know and general life in college. This book is timely as the author also talks about the coronavirus pandemic, how it has affected learning institutions and the economy. I enjoyed reading about the author when she talked about the status quo, as she paints the reality in a clear manner and one can get to fully comprehend where she is coming from. College, Covid, and Questions is an informative book that will not only help you choose the right collegiate path, but also help you navigate college life once you are there.

What I loved most about Suzy Bohnert’s writing is how she makes the reader part of her story. Suzy Bohnert is engaging and makes the reader feel like they belong. I appreciate the tonal variation when the author is writing about content to ensure it is relevant to parents and guardians versus the choice of words she uses when addressing students and young readers. Suzy Bohnert is easy to understand and fun to read. Her diction is excellent and the text in the book is clear from the start. This book is like a student manual that can help students navigate new settings and new communities. I have a child currently preparing for college so this book was very relevant to me. I wanted to know what my child could expect in the modern landscape of colleges. There was plenty of highlighting done on my part by the end of the book, as I found so much of this book enlightening and informative.

Starting college is tough, it was tough in my day, I can’t even imagine adding the stress of COVID on top if it all. This is why Suzy Beamer Bohnert’s book is critical to student success. Going to college can be overwhelming, but College, Covid, and Questions brings clarity and order to something that can be distressingly complex. Do yourself a favor, prepare yourself, and grab a copy of this pragmatic and insightful book.

Pages: 150 | ASIN: B08R91DVL8

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Brands Don’t Win: How Transcenders Change the Game

Brands Don't Win: How Transcenders Change the Game by [Stan Bernard]

Brands Don’t Win: How Transcenders Change the Game by Stan Bernard is an enlightening resource that is vital for any entrepreneur. The author talks about branding, marketing, finances, and selling products from an informed point of view. Stan Bernard helps readers understand what it means to be transcend their market and be successful on their own terms. I appreciate the author for how he introduces topics and how he breaks down his points. Reading Brands Don’t Win is like sitting through a business literacy class where the speaker gives you all the tips you need to grow your business. Brands Don’t Win is the kind of book you need if your mind is in entrepreneurship, as the author can give you wisdom on how to grow a small name into a big empire.

One thing I enjoyed in the book is how the author uses big corporations and companies as examples when discussing topics. Stan Bernard includes companies like Uber, Peleton, Apple, Seedlip, Starbucks, Nike, Amazon, Zara, and Sweetgreen among others when discussing concepts. I enjoyed reading content that touched on these companies as it gave me an insight into how huge organizations are run. Using known companies to expound on the topics in the book was a smart technique as it gives readers a common ground from which to apply the knowledge gained.

The author shares his experience in different fields of entrepreneurship and gives readers an idea of how markets operate. The author speaks to everyone In the book; brand managers, marketing strategists, C.E.Os, heads of corporates, and every worker that helps in the running of companies.

The author insists on how competitive markets are and how the world is evolving every day, and thus he shares his knowledge on how to navigate the challenging but fascinating world of business. The author explains in depth the applying the transcender system in the last part of the book. This topic was one of my favorite and one the most crucial topics as the author summarizes his thoughts and gives practical advice.

I like the objectivity shown by Stan Bernard throughout the book. Reading his work was a learning experience and also fun. The author writes extensively about successful people and companies and gives a word of encouragement for every reader that is taking a similar path. This book is a gem and a great reference material for anyone that has interest in marketing and branding.

Pages: 280 | ASIN: B09GNTH81N

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Sharing What I Discover

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Karen Mc Dermott Author Interview

The Soulful Entrepreneur provides experienced advice, and personal stories, that will help readers start and manage their business successfully. What motivated you to write this book?

I am big on sharing what I discover on my journey. I write largely on reaching your potential in life through my Alchemy of Life Magic Series, but this book called loud and clear for me to share the success I have had on my entrepreneurial journey. I have done things my way and believe that when we are innovative in mature we need to share our findings with others so that they can apply to their journey if they resonate.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you first started your business?

Just do it your way. Be inspired by others but ultimately your internal navigation system is your best resource because it works 100% for your highest potential. And remember, no one will be more connected to your journey than you!

What has the biggest challenge you faced when starting your business and how did you overcome it?

I always face challenges, but they are positives because they mean I am ever evolving. Nothing can stop you unless you let it!

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am writing The Alchemy of Life Magic which is an amalgamation (mother book) of my seven life principles series. I cover Mindfulness, Knowing, Intention, Gratitude, Love, Forgiveness and Belief in this collection.

I also have a lot of children’s books coming out this year under my Mamma Macs brand.

Author Links: Twitter | Facebook | Website

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Even More Fun and Unique

Mark Dantzler
Mark Dantzler Author Interview

The Grate Adventure of Lester Zester follows a young kitchen tool that wants to understand his purpose and feel wanted. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Lester Zester was created in an instant of playful family holiday baking. My wife and son were making some delicious scones, and I was acting as their sous-chef. Someone called out for a zester to grate some lemon peel. I retrieved it from a kitchen drawer and pronounced it “Lester Zester”! The rhyme stayed with me, and I began to consider how a kitchen tool might feel, waiting in the drawer with anticipation until required by the chef.

The art in the book is cute and eye-catching. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Julia Pelikhovich?

Julia Pelikhovich is a talented professional. She worked on the book from her art studio in Russia. Her creative style and colors brought Lester and his kitchen pals to life! It was amazing to watch the development of each character. You may have noticed that each illustration is a hand-painted, watercolor drawing which is placed onto a real photographic background (kitchen, Christmas tree). This mixed media technique makes the story even more fun and unique!

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I wanted to create a likable character that young readers could easily identify. Lester Zester is hopeful, anxious, friendly and naïve. He wants to know that he is loved. His personality helps the story to address important themes of self-esteem, diversity and inclusion, and friendship. These elements are evident in the illustrations, as well.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Lester Zester and his friends from Chef’s kitchen are excited to be on a new adventure together next summer! In the second Lester Zester book, there is unexpected trouble, lots of new characters, and some great fun! Of course, Julia Pelikhovich will add her artistic gifts to the story.

Author Website: lesterzester.com

The Grate Adventure of Lester Zester is the heart-warming story of a young kitchen tool that longs to understand his true purpose and know that he is wanted. Can Lester discover the secret to having a grate life and hope to live in the Everyday Drawer with the rest of Chef’s helpful things? This whimsical tale reminds children of all ages that they are loved and have a special place in this world. With a little help from some funny culinary friends, Lester shows us that life can be a grate adventure if we simply believe!

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Pippin’s Country Adventure

Pippin's Country Adventure (A Poodle Called Pippin) by [Julia Seaborn]

Pippin’s Country Adventure follows a spry poodle named Pippin that heads out on a fun filled adventure where he meets a variety of animals, learns something new from each of them, and gets to practice his counting skills along the way.

This lively children’s book deftly combines several educational aspects into a fun story that will delight young readers as it teaches them something useful. I enjoyed how counting was part of the story. It not only lets readers practice counting, but it allows them to also recognize the word for the number, rather than just showing the number on the page like many other children’s books. On top of learning to count, children will also get to learn a fun fact about each animal they encounter. All of this is told with simple language and vivid illustrations on each page that really captures the fun Pippin is having.

This is an educational picture book that will help readers with counting, teach them about animals, and will also help them with their reading comprehension as there are several questions in the back of the book that will prompt a good discussion about what happened in the book.

Pippin’s Country Adventure is an enjoyable kids book that I highly recommend for parents and teachers working on reading comprehension as there are a lot of fun things that happen in this book.

Pages: 32 | ASIN: B09DPXTDGK

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The Colored Water Fountain

The Colored Water Fountain is an intellectually and emotionally stirring children’s book that follows Asher and Adeline after a great flood has remade the world. Humans have no memory of the old world, but some remnants of that world remain, like a water fountain with a sign above it that says ‘colored’. Innocently they believe it means that the fountain will dispense colored water, but when it does not provide colored water they go off in search of the truth. What they find is a sad fact about the people that came before them.

This is quite a profound children’s book with a sophisticated backstory that sets up this story. I would recommend this story to more advanced young readers as there are some concepts in the book that require some thought, but all of the ideas expressed are very important and speak to humanities capacity to both love and hate, and how that choice is left up to us. This book provides a unique opportunity to view our actions from a different worldview, one that is naïve of our past transgressions against one another. How would we see ourselves from this point of view?

The Colored Water Fountain tells an important story with beautiful illustrations throughout and a Christian themed mythology that explores truth, kindness, friendship, hope and love in a one-of-a-kind way.

Pages: 42 | ASIN: B09F2Y37QG

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