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Arrrgh! Me Hate to Wait! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl – Review by Angela Hayes

Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait!Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

5 Stars

Arrrgh! Me HATE to Wait! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl is a fun and engaging illustrated children’s storybook. It has a fun adventure to follow while teaching children all about patience. The illustrations are fabulous, bold, and bright- bringing the whole story to life. The characters are well-developed, quirky, and likeable…. Making for quite a fun time.
Half-Pint Porky has been excitedly awaiting being able to attend pirate school. But when the big day finally arrives her nerves get the better of her. She is having second thoughts and things get quite interesting.
My grandson loved reading this book with me, and especially loved all the pirate jargon and references. Can’t wait to read more from Ms. Evanson Bleckwehl.
Happy Reading!

Thank you, Mary Evanson Bleckwehl!

 

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Lisa Helmick

Bees in Loretta's Bonnet (Loretta's Insects #2)Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a cute story with a nice message. It give some good information about the leaf cutter bees for an adult and younger child. The illustrations are nice but I wish they were a little clearer since I knew nothing about these bees and wanted closer looks. In the back it gives information about making a home for these bees with every day products. This is a good story as well as informative.

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Arrrgh! Me Hate To Wait! by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait!Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wonderful and lovable children’s story for all ages including adults that are child at heart. This book was fantastic with wonderful engaging illustrations and the characters names are just cute!

We follow along with Half Pint Porky as they are ready for “big pig” pirate school and not be in her little pig school anymore thinking they are missing out and impatiently waiting the the day…..and when the big day comes…..what does Half Pint Porky do when the big day arrives?

This is a book full of fun and adventure and I loved each page. I highly recommend this book …. what a wonderful story!

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Arrrgh! Me Hate To Wait! by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Carrie Reed

Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait!Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The artwork in this book is absolutely beautiful. This book is so fun to read to kids, because as an adult the names the author has given these pigs had me giggling. I love that Half-Pint Porky is all geared up to go to pirate school and whines about how she hates waiting, yet when it is her time to go she would rather stay home because she scared. She soon realizes that school isn’t so bad with friends around. Great children’s book!

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Arrrgh! Me Hate To Wait! by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Emily H

Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait!Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Half-Pint Porky is anxiously awaiting to go to pirate school. Being patient is not a trait but when the day arrives, Half-Pint is not sure if she wants to go.

Beautifully illustrated. I think young ones will get a hoot out of the pirate language used throughout the story.

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Arrrgh! Me Hate To Wait! by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Cindy Mayberry

Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait!Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A story about patience for children. What a great story line. My grandchildren loved reading Half-Pint Porky’s story. She was so ready to start school, but when the big day came. Everything changed even though she was excited, she now has reservations about actually going. I love all of the pirate jargon, so fun for the kids, makes for a grand story to read as well. The author opened up the word Patiences. A word for all children to learn and accept. The story is quick and easy to follow. The illustrations were fun and opened the door for making eye patches. I love this story and look forward to reading more from this author.

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Arrrgh! Me Hate To Wait! by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Shelly Kittell

Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait!Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A winning story in this house! The story is bright, colorful. We were all laughing. A story of not wanting to rush but then being scared of new things. I loved the characters names. The story kept my grandchildren engaged. There was lots of interaction by all of them. This story is a must for your book corner. I may be buying one for all my grandchildren.

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Arrrgh! Me Hate To Wait! by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Jamie Truex

Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait!Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait! by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a cute children’s book about hating to wait. Half-pint Porky wants to go to big pig school like her big brother and sister. But she has to wait. And she hates to wait! This is a good book for young children to learn about patience. My 4 year old granddaughter thought this was a cute book.

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Arrrgh! Me Hate To Wait! by Mary Bleckwehl

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Arrrgh! Me Hate To Wait! by Mary Bleckwehl
Genre – Kids, Family
Page Count – 32
Cover Designer – Sara Weingartner
Illustrator – Gabby Correia

An impatient piggy has been waiting forever to sail away to big pig pirate school. There she’ll learn to be a real pirate and dive for hidden treasure. When the day finally arrives, the young scallywag gets cold hooves and can’t wait until the day ends! That is…until a surprise treasure drifts in from the high seas. Arrrgh!

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Mary Bleckwehl is a Minnesota children’s author who has spent her career promoting literacy and the love of learning. She grew up in a big Iowa farm family with few books in her home but in school there were many! That is where she quickly learned that both magic and knowledge blossomed in words and grabbed every opportunity to read.

As a writer, Bleckwehl strives to reach the reluctant reader and donates a portion of her time and books to those in need. Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait! is her tenth book and introduces readers to the impatient piggy pirate, Half-Pint Porky. Other work: three award-winning picture books, five nonfiction books, and her middle grade debut. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Wartburg College. She taught for over 20 years and has done author presentations to over 90,0000 students in schools and young writer conferences.

Bleckwehl lives in Northfield, Minnesota with her husband and super-sized dog; she has three adult children, and two grandchildren. To learn more visit:  marybleckwehl.com

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Tori Mitton

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30152823-bees-in-loretta-s-bonnet” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1463566867l/30152823._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30152823-bees-in-loretta-s-bonnet”>Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15245796.Lois_J_Wickstrom”>Lois J. Wickstrom</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5297666634″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Loretta looses her bonnet while trying to chop wood for the fireplace. When putting the logs on her mother finds a box cutter bee nest. Her mother tells Loretta to go put the nest outside for the garden for spring time, and Loretta sees her bonnet up in the tree. Loretta goes to reach for her bonnet and it’s taken over by bees, so Loretta tells the bees to keep her bonnet.<br />Cute little story to learn about bees.
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Arrrgh! Me Hate To Wait! by Mary Bleckwehl
Genre – Kids, Family
Page Count – 32
Cover Designer – Sara Weingartner
Illustrator – Gabby Correia

An impatient piggy has been waiting forever to sail away to big pig pirate school. There she’ll learn to be a real pirate and dive for hidden treasure. When the day finally arrives, the young scallywag gets cold hooves and can’t wait until the day ends! That is…until a surprise treasure drifts in from the high seas. Arrrgh!

~ AMAZON ~ BARNES & NOBLE ~

Mary Bleckwehl is a Minnesota children’s author who has spent her career promoting literacy and the love of learning. She grew up in a big Iowa farm family with few books in her home but in school there were many! That is where she quickly learned that both magic and knowledge blossomed in words and grabbed every opportunity to read.

As a writer, Bleckwehl strives to reach the reluctant reader and donates a portion of her time and books to those in need. Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait! is her tenth book and introduces readers to the impatient piggy pirate, Half-Pint Porky. Other work: three award-winning picture books, five nonfiction books, and her middle grade debut. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Wartburg College. She taught for over 20 years and has done author presentations to over 90,0000 students in schools and young writer conferences.

Bleckwehl lives in Northfield, Minnesota with her husband and super-sized dog; she has three adult children, and two grandchildren. To learn more visit:  marybleckwehl.com

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Stephanie Robb

Bees in Loretta's BonnetBees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois J. Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another gem from Lois, a lovely story with beautiful artwork teaching children about bees and ways they can support them in their own backyard. There’s even an activity in the back for children and adults to enjoy.

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Angela Renee Diaz

Bees in Loretta's Bonnet (Loretta's Insects #2)Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loretta’s bonnet flew away. She didn’t notice till her mom told her. Then she found the bonnet. The bees had nested there. Fast paced book. I read to my baby she paid attention.

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Things are Shaking (Invisible Magic Wand Series) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Monique Espitia

Things are ShakingThings are Shaking by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Growing up in California, it feels like earthquake preparedness should be the “norm.” However, each and every time I experience a quake, I am always shocked. Always preparing for the “big one.” So I was really happy to find this book to help me explain all of this with my own kids. I know they teach some things in class, however, having two small kids with anxiety meant I would have to address it in a different way. Things are Shaking was the answer to this very problem! I highly recommend reading it to your kids to talk about scary things such as earthquakes.

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

Bees in Loretta's BonnetBees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois J. Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love these books by this author. Especially when she gives you a treat with an activity you can do with your kids after reading the book. In this story we learn about bees and their importance. The author makes it clear that we don’t fear bees but we do need them. In the back of this book is detailed instructions on how to make a bee home for your yard with your littles. This is definitely worth the purchase. Your kids will love it.

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects Series Book #2) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Angela Hayes

Bees in Loretta's Bonnet (Loretta's Insects #2)Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

3 Stars

 

Bees In Loretta’s Bonnet is the second book in the Loretta’s Insects series by Lois Wickstrom. It is an interesting, educational, and entertaining illustrated children’s storybook, with an engaging story that even has a project step-by-step guide to building a bee nest, to attract wild bees to your garden, at the end. This is a fun story, and we get to learn all about wild bees along the way.
The story is cute, while inspiring children to learn while they read. I enjoyed reading the story with my grandson, but the illustrations weren’t up to the standard of most of her other books that we’ve read, so they didn’t hold his attention like others have. Still, an interesting read, though.
Happy reading!

 

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Things are Shaking (Invisible Magic Wand Series) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Cindy Rushin

Things are ShakingThings are Shaking by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another enjoyable story by this author. This author writes really fun stories for children. The stories are easy to read and I really think all children will enjoy them. This particular story was really interesting. It explored a child’s imagination which is always a good thing. This author’s stories allow children to explore their creativity and imagination.

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Emily H

Bees in Loretta's BonnetBees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois J. Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loretta is out getting firewood when she discovers a mysterious tube. After her mom explains that the tube is actually a leafcutter bee nest, she places it in the woodpile. Loretta waits and watches as the season changes to see if the bees will hatch.

I really enjoy Loretta’s stories. These are educational and have an activity in the back of the book. Great for children who like science.

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Kerry Baker

Bees in Loretta's BonnetBees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois J. Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is always excitement on the nights when we have a Lois Wickstrom book to read in our house. And I think this one has to be one of our favourites. It had a slightly slower start than some of her others and normally that would cause my two children to lose interest straight away. However, the fact that they not only kept reading but were actively engaged is testament to how much they love this author!
The story was fantastic, as always. It was engaging, lively and fun. We all seemed to connect with it and we have already read this book multiple times. My daughter is looking forward to when we have time to follow the craft instructions provided at the end. Yet another hit but a brilliant author. I can’t wait to see what is next.

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Cindy Mayberry

Bees in Loretta's BonnetBees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois J. Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loretta is a very observant little girl. When she brought firewood into the house, she found a small tube between the logs. She took it back outside and waited to see what would happen next. What was that tube? Will Loretta know when and how to look out for signs of activity?This author has written another great story. What kid does not love bugs! This story also has a follow up project for the children to make. Anytime a craft can be made for a children’s book, you know you have a well written story. The pictures also made it easy for children to follow. This book is a must have for every child’s library.

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Karen Pearman

Bees in Loretta's Bonnet (Loretta's Insects #2)Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful, entertaining, and educational story this is. I have never been a fan of bees because I have been stung many times, but this book did provide me with knowledge to help appreciate bees and what they do for our environment. The author does such an excellent job teaching kids about bees and pollination. There are even instructions at the end of the book that tell how to make a bee nest to attract wild bees into your yard. Not only does this instruct children but it’s a great way for their parents to get involved in helping them learn. The illustrations were as amazing as all her books are. Please share this book with your kids.

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Things are Shaking (Invisible Magic Wand Series) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Ashley Westerman

Things are ShakingThings are Shaking by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We love Lois Wickstrom books in this house, there is always so much to learn from her books. Things are Shaking is no different. I love how this book got my kids imaginations going about what they would do if they had their own magic wands. These books always lead to conversations about how we would handle certain situations. This was a great story with great illustrations that my kids love! I can’t wait to see what we can read next by this author.

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Anna Hirsch

Bees in Loretta's Bonnet (Loretta's Insects #2)Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom
5 Stars

The thing that I love the most about this author’s books is that you will always learn something. I always knew about wasps, yellow jackets and honey bees. Now I know about leafcutter bees. I learned that they are better at pollinating gardens. You are never too old to learn something new. Loretta learns all about these bees as well. The book is filled with colourful illustrations and nifty instructions on how to build a bees nest. Bees are so valuable to our environment so I find these instructions very cool

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Dr. Anya Schultz

Bees in Loretta's BonnetBees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois J. Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet is an okay children’s book. In the story, Loretta loses her bonnet, while looking for wood for the fireplace. When she was preparing the wood, she found a strange brown tube. Her mother explains that it was made by the bees, it was their nest where the mom lays her eggs. Loretta returned the nest outside so the bees would be able to hatch and find flowers. She found a lot of clues that the bees had hatched and were flying about. She wanted to find them so she went walking in the woods and she finds that bees have actually made a nest in her lost bonnet. She wanted her bonnet back but realized she shouldn’t mess with the bees and allowed them to keep it. When she got home. Her dad suggests they made a home for the bees in the yard and Loretta was happy because she wanted more bees.
The book was cute if you like bees. I am not a bee person but I do love how the author teaches the reader about the different lives the insects may live – this one just happens to be about bees. I do also like that the author put in instructions for kids to make their own bee hives for their backyards. The best thing this author does is teach and make it a hands-on experience. However, I always feel there are pieces of the story missing when I read this author’s work.

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Megan Conley

Bees in Loretta's Bonnet (Loretta's Insects #2)Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely love Lois Wickstrom’s scientifically-based books. They are so informative yet she creatively and seamlessly weaves a story with the facts. I also enjoy the illustrations. They are unique and eccentric. It’s also neat how at the end Wickstrom provides readers instructions on creating their own paper tubes for bees. 100% recommend this book.

 

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Things are Shaking (Invisible Magic Wand Series) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Sarah Devereaux

Things are ShakingThings are Shaking by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Caspian is back for another adventure in the Invisible Magic Wand Series. After showing off his wand, Caspian’s cousin wants one too! His grandpa gives her a wand and then an earthquake happens!
Caspian, his cousin and his grandpa are left to help save themselves and those around them from the earthquake with the help of their wands.
As always, this author’s books have a great storyline and bright pictures! I would highly recommend this book to any teacher or parents who wants to bring out the imagination in their child(ren).

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Kelli Harper

Bees in Loretta's BonnetBees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois J. Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I honestly had never heard of Leafcutter bees before this. I am impressed by the amount of things Ms, Wickstrom teaches everyone. My daughter really enjoyed the pictures and the craft at the end we may be trying this summer. This is a really good lesson and read.

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Things are Shaking (Invisible Magic Wand Series) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

Things are ShakingThings are Shaking by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always enjoy spending a little time with Caspian. His adventures with his gifts from grandpa always seem like so much fun. This time his cousin join him and grandpa and finds that Caspian has the wand.
The world around them begins to shake and they do all the can to reach safety. The illustrations are beautiful and the stories are great. Worth reading to your littles.

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Things are Shaking (Invisible Magic Wand Series) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Brandy Vaughn

Things are ShakingThings are Shaking by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Things are moving and grooving in this children’s book! There are nice graphics and the food in the pictures look real and my grandson recognized the graphics. I read this to my 2 1/2 year old grandson and it held his attention through the whole story! He even made “whoa” sounds when it looked like everything was shaking around. Kid recommended and approved!

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Bees in Loretta’s Bonnet (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Julie Johnson

Bees in Loretta's BonnetBees in Loretta’s Bonnet by Lois J. Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loretta is picking up logs to bring in to place in the hearth when a mysterious tube falls out. Come to find out, Loretta has found a nest for leafcutter bees. Loretta is all excited and asks her mother what she should do. Loretta finds a safe place for the nest until the weather is warmer and the bees begin their work.

This book focuses on the science of bees and pollination. The end of the book has directions on how to make your own bee nest.

The bee on the front cover of this book almost looks 3D!! It’s super cool looking (at least it is on my Kindle!) This book would be great for a library in a school, homeschool, co-op, daycare, or a personal one! I love this author and the science subjects that she covers.

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