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Book Review: My Yellow Umbrella by Chris Robertson

Tonight, I read an adorable new children's book with my daughter. It's My Yellow Umbrella by Chris Robertson, a whimsical story featuring a little girl who holds her yellow umbrella with her everywhere she goes. And that umbrella takes her to some amazing places. She flies over a chocolate factory and floats on a river. Her umbrella opens up a world of dreams for her.

One of my favorite pages shows the little girl lounging by a river, and she says, "My yellow umbrella is warm like the summer sun. Cozy like an afternoon nap. And happy like a picnic in the park."

It's a fun, positive story that is accompanied by beautiful illustrations that really highlight the star of the story: the yellow umbrella. M said she really liked it because her favorite color is yellow, and she liked how the girl was very imaginative.

If you're looking for a new picture book to share with your kids, definitely check out My Yellow Umbrella.

My Rating: 5/5

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Book Review: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai for Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day, and I am joining with nearly 2,000 other blogs around the world to talk about Human Rights. Since this is a book blog, I thought it would be best to talk about human rights from the perspective of a book. At first, I was going to read Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It's been on my shelf for a few years now after a friend recommended it. I started reading it, but soon I was drawn to another book that was just published last week.


I Am Malala is an autobiography by Malala Yousafzai, a young girl from the Swat Valley in Pakistan. The subtitle of the book sums it up well: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. By the time she was 11 years old, Malala had become an advocate for education, doing interviews with journalists to try to make a difference. She says, "In my heart was the belief that God would protect me. If I am speaking for my rights, for the rights of girls, I am not doing anything wrong. It's my duty to do so. God wa…

Week in Review

I'm a day late. Sorry! I also didn't get any posts or reviews written last week. I've been busy trying to find time to read. Tomorrow is Blog Action Day, and I've committed to writing about Human Rights. If you haven't signed up yet, I believe you still can!! I figure since this is a book blog, I'll review a book that deals with human rights. So, I had planned to read and review Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It's been on my shelf for a long time and a friend highly recommended it. I started reading it last week. And then I heard about Malala Yousafzai. I couldn't resist. On Saturday, I went out and bought her memoir, I Am Malala. So now I'm frantically trying to read that book, while also attending to work and my family, so I can finish it and publish my review tomorrow. Yikes!! You know what I'll be doing tonight!


What I'm Reading
I'm still reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, which is my October book club book. I foresee myse…

Week in Review and #FrightFall Readathon Wrap-Up

Good morning. Since I spent the last week participating in the FrightFall Readathon hosted by Seasons of Reading, this post will serve as my weekly recap and my readathon wrap-up. First off, here's what I got accomplished in terms of reading last week.

Reading completed during FrightFall readathon
I read 346 pages of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Unfortunately, I still have 279 pages left to read!!! This is a very, very long book.

I also read The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa, which is a children's book that I had for review (you can click on the title to read my review). That was 88 pages long.

Also, to meet the one requirement of the readathon, which was to read at least one spooky book throughout the week, I read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. My son recommended it to me. We have the Junior Classic edition, so it was a very quick, easy read and only 86 pages long.

What I'm Reading
I'm still reading Cutting fo…

FrightFall Readathon

I've been participating in the FrightFall Read-a-Thon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading this week. The only requirement is that you read at least one spooky book during the week. When I asked my son which one I should read, he suggested The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, which he read recently. So that's on my list for this weekend.

In the meantime, I've been plugging away at my October book club selection, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I've read about 300 pages already this week! But I still have a long way to go.

Book Review: The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a unique children's book that features some outrageous little characters. Little Nani is at the heart of the story as a little girl who learned to be a witch through an online course. Unfortunately for everyone around her, she hasn't completed her studies, so she's not very good at witchcraft. Little Nani uses her magic wand to help others but mostly just messes everything up!

After reading many reviews of this little book, I have come to the conclusion that I'm just too serious. Or maybe I'm the only one who doesn't get the author's sense of humor. Because I really didn't enjoy this book. I didn't find it funny. I found it a bit disturbing. Yet every other review I've seen has been extremely positive, so please don't just take my word for it.

My issue is that this book is full of stories in which Little Nani ruins other people's lives. Seriously. That's what the stori…