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Quick Book Review: Sewing the Rainbow by Gayle E. Pitman

Quick Book Review: Sewing the Rainbow by Gayle E. Pitman



Sewing the Rainbow Gayle E. PitmanMagination Press05/22/2018
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Wow! Sewing the Rainbow packed a punch with all of the information it had. It follows Gilbert Baker’s story as he discovers that he likes to design fashion and his father takes his drawing supplies away in an effort to make him “man up.” He was then sent to the military where he refused to shoot his weapon. Eventually he received an honorable discharge. He was generally unfulfilled with his life, though, until he took fashion designing back up. At a time when identity was just being discovered in the LGBT community, there were only really prejudicial symbols to represent gay people. Gilbert Baker came up with the idea of a rainbow flag to represent the identity of the gay community so that they had a way to organize and identify one another. Thus, the birth of the rainbow flag was born. I found the story interesting (as I had never heard it before) and him inspiring. The illustrations in the book were phenomenal. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to teach a child the story of the rainbow flag.

Thank you to Gayle E. Pitman and Magination Press for making this book available to me.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

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Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies and James Newman Gray

Book Review: Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies and James Newman Gray

Miracle on 34th Street
Valentine Davies
James Newman Gray
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
10/02/2018

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What the Book is About

Susan and  her mother don’t believe in Santa Clause. Afterall, he’s made up just like the tooth fairy, right? This is a re-telling of the classic story of Miracle on 34th Street. 

First Impressions

The illustrations in this book are stunning and the Christmas themed borders on the pages are beautiful. The drawings are what initially excited me about this book.

What I Liked

I love the magic of the book. My children don’t know about Santa Claus or believe in him either. As a mom of children with Autism, I chose not to teach them about these characters at a young age or they would have thought I was lying to them. Raising kids with Autism makes things challenging. 

I love that Santa takes the time to teach Susan about pretend and how to use her imagination. If I’d had this book to read to my little ones when they were small enough to believe in Santa, I might have considered telling them about Santa under the guise of pretend. 

Another thing I really like is that Santa distinguishes that not all wishes should come true. For example, just because we think we should have a new bike, doesn’t mean that’s what is best for us right now.

What I Didn’t Like

I didn’t particularly enjoy the part where Santa was taken to court. The evidence for him being real was flimsy and superficial. I think the judicial process being used in this way is ridiculous and while I know this is a kids book, it just fell flat for me.

Additionally, I felt like someone should have told them that the house was for them to explore. I don’t like the idea of teaching children that they can walk into a house they think is theirs and that it’ll turn out to be theirs and have no danger attached to it.

Final Thoughts

The book was fun. I think many young children would enjoy this book. I personally won’t read it again, but I hope that if you’re a fan of Miracle on 34th Street that you’ll really enjoy it.

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Valentine Davies for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Christmas Stitches: An Historical Romance Collection

Book Review: Christmas Stitches: An Historical Romance Collection

Christmas Stiches: An Historical Romance Collection

Christmas Stitches: An Historical Romance Collection
Judith Mccoy Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson
Barbour Publishing. Inc.
10/01/2018

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What the Book is About

This is a collection of three short, Christian, romance stories centered around Christmas. Each protagonist is a talented young woman looking for love. How will their stories play out?

First Impressions

Immediately, I was drawn to the great cover art for this book. When I started reading, I really enjoyed the simple and easy-to-digest writing. These are great stories for curling up to read under a blanket!

What I Liked

These stories, while all unique, all managed to equally capture my interest in the couples written about. I was really rooting for each romance as it developed and it felt like each victory for the protagonist was a victory of my own. There’s something so sweet about Christian and historical romances as well. The stories are very clean and pure. The sweetness in each small gesture really tugs at the heart. Out of all three, the first one was definitely my favorite story in the collection.

What I Didn’t Like

While the stories were captivating and grabbed my attention, what bothered me about them was their endings. Each one ended at the proposal and left me without follow-up and closure. I wanted to know more about these couples I’d been reading about and there was none of that. It left me wondering.

Another important thing I took issue with in these stories was some of the heavy topics broached in them. These books are very lighthearted at their core, but topics such as child abuse, death, and rape really took me out of the atmosphere the writers seemed to be going for. It made the cute and romantic experiences somewhat dark. While that might be good for some readers, I didn’t think those topics seemed to have a place here.

Final Thoughts

Overall I would highly recommend these books to anyone who won’t shy away from the darker topics mentioned. They’re very good stories with a lot of three-dimensional characters you can really fall in love with.

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Barbour Publishing. Inc. and the various authors for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Cleo and Cornelius by Elizabeth Nicholson, Janine Pibal and Nick Gellar

Book Review: Cleo and Cornelius by Elizabeth Nicholson, Janine Pibal and Nick Gellar

Cleo and Cornelius: A Tale of Two Cities and Two Kitties
Elizabeth Nicholson; Janine Pibal; Nick Gellar
Michelle Thies
Getty Publications
08/28/2018

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What the Book is About

Cleo and Cornelius is a story about two cats that live in Ancient Egypt. Because cats are revered, they live a cushy life. When they decide to go on an adventure, Cleo gets left behind! Who decides that adventuring is fun and who decides it’s best to stay home?

First Impressions

The artwork is phenomenal!! I was drawn in by the rich color palette almost immediately.

What I Liked

Cleo and Cornelius is such a fun book. The kitties make their way to Rome and discover chariot races and various other fun activities to do. They are dismayed to find that dogs are revered there. They are both so happy to be home, but one of them decides to go back out on an adventure. I’ll leave that part a surprise.

What I Didn’t Like

Nothing! It is a fun, unique kids book!

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it!

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Getty Publications for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.