Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review for Captain No Beard An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life by Carole P. Roman

Captain No Beard and his pirate ship The Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbit the floppy frog. Normally a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and three stuffed animals, once they board his bed their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures!

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478151706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478151708

  • Review:

    The Captain No Beard series is a fun and imaginative series that will delight young children of various ages. The illustrations are adorable as the story smoothly sails along with the characters. Children will enjoy the pirate jargon throughout the story and the slight adventure that occurs to pirate Hallie. This story is not only about pirates but about friendship and imagination. 

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Review for If You Were Me And Lived In Mexico by Carole P. Roman


    If You Were Me and Lived in ...Mexico-A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World" is the first entry in an exciting new children's series that focuses on learning and appreciating the many cultures that make up our small planet. Perfect for children from Pre-K to age 8, this book is a groundbreaking new experience in elementary education. Interesting facts and colorful illustrations help children realize that although the world is large, people all over the globe are basically the same.

    • Paperback: 26 pages
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1480209627
    • ISBN-13: 978-1480209626


    This book teaches children what it would be like to live in Mexico. It begins with showing a map of North America. Then gives a few historic buildings and sites that might interest the reader. It also gives examples of what a child's name could be and a few other facts including the type of currency used and foods. This book provides basic information for the reader so is suitable for younger children. Older children will want something more in depth.

    This book will encourage children to learn more about a different culture in a simple way. Some added features is that the colorful illustrations match the text smoothly. There is also a pronunciation guide in the back of the book that will bring further understanding of the Mexican language. Overall, a great concept by the author. The only quibble is that it only scratches the surface of the Mexican culture providing tidbits here and there as it jumps around from one thing to another. But for younger children basic information is enough to peak their interest.  

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Mystery Question #9

    "Consider the humble goatgrass, Mia." Max was pacing back and forth as was his habit when he was in a thoughtful manner, and these were his words for some time. Mia looked at him curiously.

    "Aegilops is the genus. Bears a striking similarity to winter wheat. Or if Aegilops isn't to your fancy then how about billowy or ghosty? For that matter let us not forget spoonfeed."

    "Is this one of your word plays?" asked Mia slyly as she gazed up at her brother.

    "English is a marvelously eccentric language," Max said, by way of agreement.

    What is curious about the words he mentioned?

    I hope all of you are enjoying my delightful challenges. My new children's book The Circus For Hire is going to be released over the next month or so. This is a great way for my readers to learn more about my characters while also earning a free book. Remember answers go into the comment section.

    Happy 4th of July to all of you. Let's celebrate our freedom.

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Cherry Festival Book Signing Event

    I will be in Traverse City this 4th of July weekend to be apart of the Cherry Festival. On Sunday July 6th from 10-7pm I will be in the craft show along Union Street. This is a big event. I'm looking forward to it. I will be at spot 140. Stop by and say hi!

    Go to www.reneeahand.com to check out my books.

    Friday, June 27, 2014

    Sports and Children

    As most kids are involved in sports, let's remind ourselves that they are not perfect and will make mistakes. We, ourselves, need to step back and see what our children are capable of. If we don't see what squirt can do, then how can we know what squirt can do?  So parents, let's breath and control our emotions when our children make mistakes, and instead of yelling and screaming, adding more pressure to their already busy and stressed out lives, let's practice with them showing them our support and ultimately helping them get better. Children are children and may not be able to find the way themselves, though they dearly want to improve. They need us to guide them, not us counting on someone else to show them the way. For that, dear friends, is where trouble begins when our children have to depend on someone else to show them, for who knows who will lead them astray from their ultimate goal. 

    Tell me and I forget
    Teach me and I will learn
    Include me and I will remember

    Mystery Question #8 Answer

    "I'd like you to consider the following sequence of numbers, Granny. They are : 2, 5, 8, 11, 16, 14. What number less than 20 is the next in the line? I assure you that you do not need any mathemtical aptitude to arrive at the correct answer."

    2, 5, 8, 11, 16, 14...

    Mystery Question Answer

    The answer is 17. As I finally realized, the numbers are in increasing length when spelled out fully as words. Two has 3 letters, five has 4, and so on, up to fourteen with eight digits. The only number with nine digits that is less than twenty is seventeen. 

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Mystery Challenge #8

    "I'd like you to consider the following sequence of numbers, Granny. They are : 2, 5, 8, 11, 16, 14. What number less than 20 is the next in the line? I assure you that you do not need any mathemtical aptitude to arrive at the correct answer."

    2, 5, 8, 11, 16, 14...