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Giveaways 1/25

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Giveaways 1/24/20

Check out this amazing competition https://luckysweeps.iwcomps.com/all/bedbathbeyond-200320?er=1&fbclid=IwAR3jVbWK-FtfBeaRQ4b666FoBsPnfxqzg8Id44JuEAyJUzq2EKNUEh-k0Ac #competition Daily 3/20

#win an Ultimate Football Prize Pack from Mountain America 1/29 https://wn.nr/GbFjEY

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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Pickles the Dog, Adopted: Kat Socks


SYNOPSIS: Pickles the Dog, Adopted follows the story of a young girl, Kat, who adopts a dog and brings it to her family farm. In training the dog, Kat learns that it’s up to her to teach Pickles right from wrong.

Pickles the Dog, Adopted, by Kat Socks, is about a dog, Pickles, who has a lot to learn. Kat, the young girl in the book who adopts the dog with her family, is in charge of training Pickles.
During her first day on the family farm, Pickles gets into all kinds of trouble with the other animals. She isn’t a bad dog, she just doesn’t know any better. Kat’s mom suggests that Kat try something new with Pickles the next day, without specifying what action to take.
The next day, Kat begins to train Pickles to respond to a squeak toy. Instead of getting into trouble with the other animals, Pickles learns to follow the rules. Using this simple training technique, Kat teaches Pickles how to be safe on the farm.
While the story may be fictional, Pickles was inspired by a real-life rescue dog by the same name. Socks says, “I am so happy Pickles found a loving home. I believe every animal deserves a loving home, that is why a small portion of the sales from my books are donated to animal shelters.”

Pickles the Dog, Adopted has won several national awards, including being a 2019 Distinguished Favorite in the Independent Press Awards and a finalist in the Indie Book Awards, as well as winning two awards for cover design. The book is available in nearly 40 stores.

Soon to be released is Pickles the Dog, A Christmas Tradition. In the story, the young girl, Kat, shares her special Christmas traditions with Pickles, including her favorite, an old Midwestern tradition of hiding a pickle on the tree. Whoever finds the hidden pickle receives an extra gift. Be on the lookout for a hidden pickle on each page.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kat Socks
Kat Socks is very passionate about animals and believes every animal deserves a loving home. She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering as a pet therapy handler. Kat loves to give back to her community in many ways, but her favorite way is by donating a small portion of the sales from her book to animal shelters.

MY THOUGHTS: Rescue dogs are close to my heart. I can feel and understand the author’s passion in sharing her story. In ‘Pickles’, parents will find a great way to introduce younger readers to the joys of rescuing dogs. I definitely appreciate that the readers are shown an effective training idea that even preschoolers can help with. It’s good to teach training techniques that don’t involved raised voices or punishments.
Also noteworthy is the author’s point that not every rescue dog will immediately fit into their new environment. Most often, there is a two week transition period. This can vary more or less. It’s very important that children realize that these are animals and not robots who obey every command.
Being that this is a book for early elementary readers, keeping the story simple, engaging, and on point is crucial. Our author delivers that as well as a main character (Pickles) that they will love. I give it a 3 star rating and would suggest it for a story time at the library setting.
*I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Pic/synopsis belong solely to the author.
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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Nikola Tesla for Kids: His Life, Ideas, and Inventions, with 21 Activities: Amy M. O’Quinn


SYNOPSIS:A complete history of the mastermind, Nikola Tesla for Kids helps young readers understand the greatness of Tesla while learning various scientific concepts through experiments and activities. Tesla’s life was marked by several achievements—his AC polyphase system and his contributions to electrical engineering forever changed the world—but often his ideas were too advanced for society to welcome. Despite disagreements with employers, rivalries with other scientists and personal struggles, Tesla’s eccentricity and imagination never failed to shine through. From the author of Marie Curie for Kids, this book offers 21 fun activities for children to explore science and history through the lens of Tesla’s inventions such as: making a soda bottle submarine, designing a flying machine and building an electric current. In addition, Nikola Tesla for Kids provides resources for readers to learn more about Tesla’s life and STEM careers.

MY THOUGHTS:Besides the fact that I am thrilled to see a new, fresh autobiography for school-age children, this book encourages them to branch out. Reading of Tesla’s ability to think outside-the box and fearless determination, shows children that it’s okay to pursue their dreams. The next Tesla is out there and needs to know that he or she is capable. His work was impacted by his world. Those students who have had an uphill battle, academically or otherwise, need to know that they aren’t alone and that great names in STEM hardly had it easy.
Too often we find biographies that gloss over the trials in favor of the triumphs, doing a great disservice to the subject of the biography. Few people worth writing about sailed through life. They overcame, rose above, and tossed aside public opinion. Hopefully, while readers are inspired by the genius of Tesla, they will also pay attention to the life he led.
This is a definite 5 star book. Perfect for book reports, STEM classes, and independent reading, I’d recommend it for homeschool & brick-and-mortar libraries.
*I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Pic/synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.

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Franklin’s Wellness Check


The first week of July, Franklin had his first official wellness visit. We took a recommendation for a vet. It’s a twenty minute ride and, unfortunately, was the same day as a mega thunderstorm. Franklin was less than amused at being in the car that long. But, he held his own.
It was a late day appointment and, because of the severe weather, we had to leave rather early. I wanted to avoid the majority of the storm. This also meant that their were several patients there already- three small dogs and a puppy. The puppy’s owner was more concerned with his phone than us, but, I saw the exchanged glances from the small dog parents. A pitbull had arrived and they were nervous.
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Giveaways 7/9

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