Kid's Reviews
By Lyda Whiting



Written by Barbara Storper, MS, RD,
Illustrated by Frances E. Schneid

Janey wants to be the world's greatest juggler, and she is getting ready to audition for the Junior Juggling Team. But Janey keeps dropping her juggling balls, and Tobe decides to use her detective skills to find out why. She discovers that Janey is skipping breakfast and eating junk food instead.

Can Tobe convince her friend to eat healthy, so she will have the energy and stamina to juggle? Tobe replaces Janey's juggling balls with apples, and the juggling club helps Tobe make tickets, each one good for a different healthy snack. Every time Janey gives one of her friends a ticket, they make her a nutritious and delicious snack. Three weeks later, Janey wows the judges at the competition as she juggles fruit and vegetables while rapping about healthy snacks.

In the style of a story in a girl's scrapbook, the book has lots of doodles and sketches on each page, as well as photographs (drawn by the illustrator) and newspaper articles (also illustrations). All of this creates a fun and colorful book that is a delight to read.

Based on the Emmy-winning television special of the same name, this book is sure to please children and adults alike. There are even fourteen tickets with recipes on the back, to start readers on their own fresh adventures.

Highly recommended for ages 5 to 10.

Published by FoodPlay Productions, LLC, this book is available at your local bookstore.


Written by Leahanne Allen,
Illustrated by Gary McDaniels

Six-year-old Riley had surgery on her leg, and woke up with a very special sock. She thinks her sock is just right for her, and maybe it gives her extra speed. Riley can do just about anything now that she's got her sock. Her friends even call her Socks.

The story is told from Riley's point of view, in bouncy rhymes that young children will love. The bright, crayon-colored illustrations fill the pages with movement and fun. The simple childlike style will pull young readers into the story. Children and adults alike will love Riley's joyful face and exuberant approach to life.

Just like the real-life Riley, the author's daughter who inspired the book, the story is full of hope and resilience. Diagnosed with a rare cancer at eighteen months old, Riley underwent a lengthy treatment, including a twelve-hour surgery that removed a tumor and reconstructed her right leg from the knee down.

A skin graft covers her leg, and Riley wore a protective sock over the area for a long time. For Riley, the special sock meant she could finally begin to run and play like other kids. This inspirational story will help children to understand that being different means being unique. Riley embraces her uniqueness and will help young readers embrace their own special circumstances and understand the differences in others.

Recommended for ages 3 to 5.

Published by Llumina Kids, this book is available at your local bookstore.


Written by
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer with Kristina Tracy,
Illustrated by Melanie Siegel

It is never too early to build self-esteem and a positive attitude. Children will learn powerful tools to create happy and successful lives with this fun and colorful book. Based on his best-selling book for adults, "10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace," Dr. Wayne Dyer brings the same concepts to children with this lively book written in rhyme.

Children are encouraged to do what they love, and to "make today great!" Positive thinking and visualization are introduced in simple and child-friendly ways, as children learn to take care of themselves and know they are unique and special.

Colorful illustrations bring the book to life. Children will find them appealing and will identify with the children and laugh at the antics of the pets. Each of the ten ideas has a two-page picture full of movement and energy, with realistic demonstrations of the ideas put into action by children.

Parents and teachers can introduce these concepts to very young children, and older children can read the book for themselves as well. At the end of the book, there are pages with questions for the child about using the concepts in their own life.

These questions can spark discussions on hopes and dreams, overcoming fear and worry, and taking care of oneself. Children can write or draw their own pictures for each of the concepts, or create a whole story about one idea. Highly recommended for ages 0 to six.

Published by Hay House, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore.


Written by Vatsala Sperling,
Illustrated by Harish
Johari and Pieter Weltevrede
Ganga, born of water poured over Lord Vishnu's big toe, was raised as a child of Lord Brahma. She was a favorite of all the gods of heaven for her lighthearted sense of humor and her easy laughter. But when she laughed at a grumpy sage, he cursed her. She had to go to earth as a river, to learn humility and respect.

But when she apologized and begged for forgiveness, the sage gave her a blessing as well. As a river, she would purify people and ease their sorrows. When Ganga finally went to earth, she found great joy in helping others with her waters.

This book introduces children to the story of Ganga, the goddess who became the Ganges River. This lovely re-telling of a classic story from India will capture imaginations of children everywhere.

The beautiful illustrations glow with subtle shades and highlights. Created with watercolor and tempera paints using classical Indian painting techniques, the detailed paintings bring the story to life.

The book includes an illustrated cast of characters and an introduction about Ganga, the goddess who gave her name to the Ganges River. This is the author's latest book in a series of traditional Indian stories re-told for children.

Highly recommended for ages 6 and older, especially those interested in world cultures.

Published by Bear Cub Books, this book is available at your local bookstore.



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