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Blurb:  Joe the Monkey can’t figure out what to do with his Share jar. When Joe the Monkey makes a big mistake and spends his Share jar money, will his friends help him figure out what to do? Or will he follow his friend Vargas’ advice? Find out if a special charity can find Joe in time for him to make the right choice. My first book helped kids learn the importance of saving for a goal. Again inspired by my kids, this one will help you help them figure out how and where to use the money they accumulate in their own share jars.

Go to to learn more about the 3-jar system and starting your child on the path to financial literacy

Review: This little book was a nice read and a neat way to teach kids about money.  I liked how the progression was set up of Joe trying to figure out what to do with his share money, the choice he made, and how that affected his free time.  I also liked what Joe learned from that choice and how he turned it around in the end....and how he found a way to help someone.

Wonderful read and teaching tool.

(Cover and Blurb (c) Snigglezoo Books)

Edited to add:
Contest: In conjunction with America Saves Week (February 25 through March 2), two commenters will be picked at the end of the week to receive a print copy of Joe the Monkey Learns to Share.  Please leave your first name and the first letter of your last name as well as a contact e-mail.  Contest closes at Midnight EST, March 2 at which time 2 winners will be chosen.  A Xanga account is not needed to comment, options available above comment box.

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Book Blurb: Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner for Values and Life Lessons.

This fun and original picture book introduces Almigal, a spunky little girl with hearing loss who is now determined to hear every single sound in the universe thanks to her new cotton candy pink cochlear implants. These sounds include a baby’s funny giggle, the robin’s chirps outside the window, the soft song played during ballet class, and especially her best friend Chloe’s teeny-tiny voice. But most of all, Almigal wants to hear her parents whisper to her when they tuck her into bed every night. Almigal’s spirit will have both children and parents alike rooting for her, while the story delivers a positive message about accepting and celebrating differences.

Let's Hear It for Almigal is at once sweet - because Almigal is happy due to her differences and celebrates those differences in her and in others - and sad - because she would also like to be like other children as well at times.

Like any girls she has good days and bad days and sometimes doesn't remember directions. She is happy in spite of difficulties with hearing (which grow less pronounced with cochlear implants) and sad (especially at the beginning) because she would like to be able to hear more.

While Let's Hear It for Almigal is a good way to introduce differences to children and to show a good way to be around someone with a disability, it may come across as too simplistic with regard to the topic of whether or not the ability to pay for such an operation (if it is even partially covered by insurance) could be afforded by a family in the same type of situation.

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A young boy on a beach outing with his two moms answers questions from other kids about who does what at home.

It is a nicely written and illustrated children's book that gives and easily understood look into a non-traditional family.

Good starting point for children who might have questions about why a friend or classmate has two mothers and how similar that family is to a more traditional one.

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Patience, forgiveness, looking beyond the obvious, recognition of what was hidden (even in plain sight) all of that may be found within the story of Maggie and the Easter Lily.

Maggie received a gift she didn't expect and was unsure what to do with it. She moved it out of her sight, sometimes remembered it, sometimes forgot about it. When spring started making its presence known and she started helping in the garden, she even grew impatient with what seemed to her to be an ugly bulb - so she threw it out. Even so, at Easter time, she realized the hidden gift within the bulb.

Wonderfully written book with great illustrations that readers young and old will appreciate.

The Parable of the Lily is a story that can be shared by the whole family. While it is geared toward younger ages, I think readers of all ages will enjoy it.

Picture (c) Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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Sam, the Grouchy as Usual Bear

I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this book from the publisher.

I always enjoy reading a well told story - especially for the holidays - but it can sometimes be hard to find. Sam, the Grouchy As Usual Bear falls into that category.

Sam is the last bear that a dollmaker makes and finds himself on a journey in search of a special someone. He does not think he will be able to do so in part to his grouchy appearance until he meets Katy, a girl who has lost her father.

From start to finish, the story is a heart-warming one and great for not only young children with its wonderful pictures intersperesed throughout the book, but for the adults who would like to reconnect with the feeling of being young at heart.

Highly recommended.

(Review will be posted at, LibraryThing, and GoodReads.)


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