Friday, March 7, 2014

Word of the Week: The Squishable Baby Kids attend a SOIREE

Word of the Week  
for Mar. 10, 2014

Our guests for this week's Word of the Week video are two of the paw-some kids from Squishable Baby 's family. Squishy Lady, as I like to call her, runs a super busy blog filled with posts about many paw-riffic topics: homeschoolinghealthy livingraising kidseco-friendly tipsproduct reviewsbook reviews and more. She was one of our very first fans, and we give her four paws up for that.  Don't forget to watch the video below!
You may listen to the live official WOW announcement broadcast each Monday at 7:20AM on WEEU 830AM from "The voice of Berks County and Beyond." 

Links to broadcasts may be found on the Muhlenberg School District website. Click here to go there


Are you ready for the free printables? Visit Kid Lit Printables to find these free printables:

Now tell us, how will you use the word SOIREE this week? Have you seen it used anywhere? Is your school using these words? What fun activities do you have for the word? I want to know and so do my friends - please share your creations and let us know if you are using our printables - that makes us happy!  

If you and/or your family completes an activity, we would love to see a picture of it, or hear all about it. You may do this in the comments below; on our Facebook page; on Twitter (use the hashtag #kidlitwow); pinterest; Google+ - truly, anywhere you want to tell the world with gusto!

The @Squishablebaby kids are heading to a SOIREE ...” (Click to Tweet:)

Don't forget, we also need a few more guests for the remainder of the school year!

As always, thank you for reading and sharing,

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My Friend Suhana Blog Tour & Book Review

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About the Book

Title: My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy
Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah
Publication Date: December 16, 2013
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Pages: 30
Recommended Ages: 3+


A simple tale of love and friendship to warm your heart. Award-winning author and designer Shaila Abdullah teams up with her 10-year-old daughter Aanyah to bring you this heartwarming tale of a little girl who forms a close bond with a child with cerebral palsy.  


Neighbor Girl's Feedback

I liked the book and give it 5 stars. 

Mom's Feedback

  My Friend Suhana is a colorful picture book that shares a young child's experience of assisting in a special needs class once a week.  It is in this class that the child meets her new friend, Suhana, who has cerebral palsy. 
 I adore the illustrations. The message is one of friendship, love, patience, celebrating differences, and working to understand someone who is unable to communicate in ways that most children simply expect. Picture books that help young children learn why others act in ways that may initially scare them or make them nervous - for whatever reason, make me happy. The unknown may be scary for young children. 
  This colorfully illustrated book is authored by a mother-daughter writing team, and is written in the first-person. It retains the young writer's personality, which gives the book a lovely and innocent voice.

We received an electronic copy of  "My Friend Suhana" from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We received no monetary or in-kind compensation for our honest review. 


My Friend Suhana by Shaila & Aanyah Abdullah


About the Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah

Shaila & Aanyah AbdullahShaila Abdullah is an author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of two books: Saffron Dreams and Beyond the Cayenne Wall. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award, Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction, Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, Reader Views Award, Written Art Award, and a grant from Hobson Foundation. Aanyah Abdullah is a creative and compassionate 10-year-old, who is drawn to children born with physical and mental disabilities. When she was in second grade, Aanyah along with her mother Shaila, started volunteering out at a local community center where they helped assist special needs children. Later Aanyah wrote an essay about her friendship with a girl in the class who had cerebral palsy. That essay is the inspiration behind My Friend Suhana. Aanyah dreams of establishing a special school for children with disabilities one day. She is known to always stand up for what is right and is-–in her parents’ and teachers’ eyes––a perfect role model for her baby sister.

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My Friend Suhana Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

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March 11

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As always, thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Book Review & Small Fry Safari Challenge Entry: Lionel's Grand Adventure, Lionel and the Golden Rule


Title: Lionel's GRAND Adventure
Author: Paul R. Hewlett
Illustrator: Pat Sauber
Year Published: 2011
Publisher: Shoe Shine Publishing Inc.
Pages: 83
Age Level: ages 7-10, Early Chapter Book Level
Summary (Amazon): Lionel is sick of his brother picking on him and of his mother yelling at him. One day, while cleaning the closet his mother has been after him about, he discovers not only boxes and old clothes, but a lucky charm with more magic than he bargained for. After an unusual encounter with his brother, Lionel knows things are about to change for the better.

Together, Lionel and his lucky charm are able to stand up to his big brother as well as make Carrie—the cutest girl in his class—notice him. While learning the quirks of his magical charm, Lionel ends up at a casino in Las Vegas, escapes an evil dog, becoming a hero to the other kids, and finds himself playing in the Great Series with his favorite professional baseball team. Will Lionel master the trickster, over-the-top magic, or will it mess things up beyond repair? 

The Book's Trailer


Neighbor Girl's Feedback

I liked it. It was good. Creative solutions to problems. 
I give it 5 stars. 

Cool Mom's Review

I love, love, love it when I read a book that makes my job, to review it, easy. Lionel's Grand Adventure is a fun read. My daughter picked up my love for the book and read it one morning between her school assignments, hence her review above.

Lionel's Grand Adventure is a fun, creative and quick read. It is perfect for early chapter book readers. Lionel is a lovable character who you route for right from the beginning. While Lionel is treated poorly by just about everyone, his heart remains as sweet as can be. 

This book has a bit of magic in it that allows crazy things to occur that may (or may not) help Lionel in his life. The results of the magic had me giggling out loud more than once. I look forward to reading the other books written by Paul Hewlett. Thank you, Paul, for the fun read. 

You don't have to take my word for it check out these other reviews of Lionel's Grand Adventure: Lionel and the Golden Rule.

Disclosure: We downloaded a copy of Lionel during its available free promotion days. We received no monetary or in-kind compensation for our honest review. This post does NOT contain affiliate links. 


Paul R. Hewlett is the author of the Lionel's Grand Adventure series. Lionel's Christmas Adventure: Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas is the second book in the series. His debut book, Lionel's Grand Adventure: Lionel and the Golden Rule was released in December of 2011. In addition to writing the Lionel's Grand Adventure books, Paul co-authors a children's/middle grade/young adult blog called Sher A. Hart: Written Art.

This post is a submission of ours in the
We are using Lionel's Grand Adventure as our "book with something precious in the title, as the book's subtitle is "Lionel and the Golden rule." Yippee!

ALSO, we will be adding this post to the 34th Kid Lit Blog Hop
Kid Lit Blog Hop

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)