Earth Day Blog Tour: Reviews + Giveaway!

earthdaysmall(1)Today I bring you a very special blog tour hosted by Candace over at Candace’s Book Blog. It’s going to be a different sort of post as I generally review Young Adult or New Adult novels. In the spirit of Earth Day (coming up in a week), I signed up to review 3 Children’s books and a Juvenile Fiction novel. This was a really nice experience because I enlisted the help of my seven year old sister, Angie. When we got the books in the mail, she was excited and couldn’t wait to start reading them. Every story I am to review is written by Stephanie Lisa Tara and has a creative and insightful vision behind each one. There’s also a giveaway or two ;D

The story is about a girl named Gwynne who discovers that music is magic and can bring forth the beauty within.

MY THOUGHTS

I let Angie take the wheel for this one, letting her read the story as listened. Throughout the story, Angie would give her own commentary like, “She wants to leave because the Knight is mean” and “She likes music because it’s not allowed.” The story itself is engaging as it is written in simple and beautiful prose. It’s a delightful story told in rhyme. The message behind the story is powerful as it encourages readers to follow their hearts no matter the consequence. Lastly, I adored the illustrations.

A story about a little mouse as he ventures into the library and goes into a whirlwind of adventures within each book he finds.

MY THOUGHTS

As with Gwynne Fair & Shining, I let Angie also read Little Library Mouse. She devoured the pages, only needing help with a word or two. As an avid reader, I loved the meaning behind this story. A little mouse is shown into the vast world of books where he dives into a different adventure in each one. The rhyming is beautiful and clever, easy to read and creative. Plus, how can a bookworm not love the message behind the story? ūüôā

On a quiet, moonlit beach, a baby green sea turtle stirs from a dream of home. Slowly, slowly, with a tap, crick, crack, the baby turtle embarks upon a mysterious nighttime journey. Gentle, tender verse and enchanting illustrations carry this tranquil tale from sand to sea.

MY THOUGHTS

This was a great book as it teaches children the process of how sea turtles find their way to the sea. The baby sea turtles mantra was gentle and sweet, like a lilting breeze:

I’m coming, Mama, I’ll see you soon

I know just how… I’ll follow the moon.

Angie completely adored this story, loving everything about it. But she’s partly bias because of her love for sea turtles. It reminded her about the day a two years ago when we went to the beach and found sea turtle eggs. The other thing that we both enjoyed was the use of onamonapia – the formation of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to. The story was over flowing with them and it was truly beautiful, lyrical, and even magical.

A story as ageless as the forever trees it celebrates.
Suddenly Mother jumped to her feet and ran to one of the trees, a three-hundred-foot-tall redwood.¬†”Forever tree! Forever tree!”¬†she cried, smiling.¬†She swept the skinny girl up into her arms. The child s pale skin shimmered in the golden forest light. ‘‘Forever trees, forever trees,”¬†they sang, spinning in circles. The memory melted into the fog, and Eliza felt very tired. The question came again to her. It appeared out of the gray, out of the damp, out of the cold corners of this new house.¬†The question whispered it always did the kind of whisper that sounded very loud indeed:¬†Where had Mother gone?¬†Shadows appeared and disappeared in Eliza’s mind.¬†Still, she couldn’t remember. She simply could not remember anything after that last story in the forest. For some reason, she wasn’t terribly worried. She was a little worried, for sure, but not terribly worried, because a strange calm held the shadows and the question.¬†It held Eliza, too.¬†Because love is forever.
MY THOUGHTS
Eliza memory is fogging, unable to remember what happened in the Redwood Forest. There’s a question that pulls at her, wanting an answer, “Where had Mother gone?” Taking control of her life, she sets out on an adventure into the Redwood Forest to find Mother Redwood, and ask for her help. Along the way she meets and befriends some of its inhabitants, where they discover the truth and mystery surrounding the disappearance of Eliza’s mother.
I read this gem on my own as it was a novel rather than a Children’s book. Angie didn’t mind, she was having too much fun re-reading the other books we read together. Eliza’s Forever Trees is a beautiful and inspiring story about forever love. It’s also a story that tugs at heart strings as a child learns about love and loss.
It’s also a story about friendship as Tara personifies the animals that Eliza meets. It’s vivid and creative. I cannot tell you enough how beautifully insightful the story is. It’s words are wildly imaginative and will have any reader captivated.
About Stephanie Lisa Tara
StephanieLisaTaraPhotoI’ve always believed that magic hides in special places. As a child, people would often stare at my bright red hair, which was very, very bright indeed.Unfortunately, I developed a bad habit of making up rhymes about all of them, and they soon became funny characters. I didn’t have much time to think about being different; fanciful lyricisms danced in my head, and no one was safe!Since then, I’ve come to believe that storytelling has the power to inspire a deep love of language and learning. Words tripping off the tongue in somersaults that stick to your thoughts like taffy– those are the things that stay forever in the mind.I’ve lived in many special places: on a farm, in a city skyscraper, on a tropical beach, and in the beautiful country of France. Now I live in northern California, between the redwood forests and the sea. Even though I’m an adult, I’m still as silly as ever.Many nice words have been used to describe my books, such as fun, engaging, delightful, and whimsical. Some folks say that I deliver timeless messages of love for kids and parents to share again and again; this makes me very happy. I hope that you’ll enjoy my stories, too. Captivating children with language is something that I believe in, and I strive to live my life with this always. — Stephanie Lisa Tara
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2 Comments

  1. Love these reviews! These books are adorable and I’m glad you and your sister really enjoyed them. Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

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