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Pardon Me, Please by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Jennie M Bechtel

Pardon Me, PleasePardon Me, Please by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! Albert the turkey is a cute character. He has a problem, though – a family wants to buy him for Thanksgiving dinner. I enjoyed reading this book to my son. We were excited to see if Albert found a solution to his problem. I would recommend this book for early independent readers as well as reading aloud to young children.

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Pardon Me, Please by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Jennie M Bechtel

Pardon Me, PleasePardon Me, Please by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! Albert the turkey is a cute character. He has a problem, though – a family wants to buy him for Thanksgiving dinner. I enjoyed reading this book to my son. We were excited to see if Albert found a solution to his problem. I would recommend this book for early independent readers as well as reading aloud to young children.

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Just One More Egg (Science Folktales Book 6) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Jennie M Bechtel

Just One More Egg: A Science Folktale (Science Folktales)Just One More Egg: A Science Folktale by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! It’s a cute story I enjoyed sharing with my son. Mama Warbler taught us how far a mother’s love extends to those around her. We also learned how the cuckoo bird lays its eggs. I recommend this book for young children, parents, and educators.

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Moby Plays the Flute by Eeha Bhatt – Review by Jennie M Bechtel

Moby Plays the FluteMoby Plays the Flute by Eeha Bhatt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a feel-good story with excellent life lessons. Moby is sad because she wants to get good grades in school, have friends, and be loved. She studies but doesn’t make the honor roll like she wants. Her father leaves for military deployment and sends her a flute that doesn’t play. Moby eventually fixes the flute and learns important life lessons as a result. I enjoyed this story. I could relate to Moby’s goals and also her disappointments. I was excited by the gift her father gave her and sad when it didn’t work. I would definitely read this story to my children and recommend it for children, especially tween age.

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Bake Happy (Bake Believe Series Book 3) by Cori Cooper – Review by Jennie M Bechtel

Bake HappyBake Happy by Cori Cooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bake Happy is the third and final book in the Bake Believe Trilogy. I read this book without reading books 1 and 2 in the trilogy. I wish I had read the other books first, but I still enjoyed this book on its own. I love the characters in this story! Cat and Robyn have an enviable cousin bond. I love that their families get together often and support both main characters. I like that the author included recipes to go with each chapter of the book. The ending wasn’t how I predicted the book would end, but it was a good ending to the story. Reading this book makes me want to go back and read the first two books. I would recommend this book for my junior high students to read, especially if they are interested in baking.

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Mermaid and the Water Magnifying Glass (Mermaid Science Series) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Jennie M Bechtel

The Mermaid and the Water Magnifying Glass (Mermaid Science, #3)The Mermaid and the Water Magnifying Glass by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Mermaid and the Watery Magnifying Glass” was a cute story. Friends, Fig and Maia, are building a stone tower. They get some help from Maia’s mermaid friend, Trezzie. Fig shows them how to make a water magnifying glass to look at the stone Trezzie gave them. I love the characters in this story! Fig and Maia seem to have a close friendship, and Trezzie adds an element of imagination. I did not read the other books in this series, but still found this book enjoyable on its own. I recommend this story for elementary age children, especially children who love science.

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Jake the Growling Dog Shares His Trail (Jake the Growling Dog Book 3) by Samantha Shannon – Review by Jennie M Bechtel

Jake the Growling Dog Shares His TrailJake the Growling Dog Shares His Trail by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jake the Growling Dog is back for a new adventure. This time, he and his friends have a mystery to solve on Jake’s trail. They work together and discover the answer to the mystery. I love this book! The characters are cute and friendly. They’re sure to keep the interest of elementary age children. Even though I’ve never read the previous books about Jake, I enjoyed reading this one. The back of the book features guides for how to help kids overcome fears and tips for meeting new friends. It also has activities for kids. I feel these activities and guides add to the value of this book and are useful parenting tools. I recommend this book for parents and grandparents as well as elementary age readers.

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As Close to Perfect by Maria Jane – Review by Jennie M Bechtel

As Close to PerfectAs Close to Perfect by Maria Jane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bree has sworn off dating the “jock” type. She’s looking for someone mature and responsible who wants a long term relationship. Nate, Latvian and a jock, pursues her. Bree continues to brush him aside as just a tennis partner, perhaps a friend, but definitely not dating material. Steven, on the other hand, checks all her boxes. Which man will make the best partner for Bree? Read to find out. I love the characters in this book! I especially enjoy the friendship Bree and Chloe have. This book is a great romantic comedy read that I recommend for anyone interested in a feel-good book.

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(UN)Loved (Mixed Emotions Series) by Katy Hunter – Review by Jennie M Bechtel

(Un)Loved (Mixed Emotions, #1)(Un)Loved by Katy Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a great read! I felt the author described the main characters’ chemistry with one another in enough detail to feel it as a reader. I enjoyed the characters in the story and feel they were well-developed and believable. I fell in love with Gil’s eccentric family. A plot twist near the middle of the book left me wanting to not put down the book until I the end. I recommend this book for anyone wanting a feel-good romance story.

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Jennie M Bechtel

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! The author portrays believable, realistic characters. Rourke’s “worry knot” is something I found relatable for both adults who remember the worries of middle school, as well as for pre-teens and teens going through middle school drama. Because of the excellent writing, I could picture the scenes described and envision the characters involved. An exciting and unexpected event kept me engaged and wanting to read without putting the book down. I recommend this book for middle school students and adults.

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