Friday, January 24, 2014

New 5-Star Review on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars A DELIGHTFUL READ, January 12, 2014
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This review is from: Magical Mea (Paperback)
Magical Mea is the sequel to Magical Matthew. In Magical Matthew, the author chronicles the importance of teaching children to use their talents to do good deeds. However, in Magical Mea we see what happens when children are set in their ways.

Unlike her brother, Mea decides to use her magic to play tricks on people. Unfortunately, as much as we dream about having well-behaved children who are kind and obedient, it does not always work out that way.

Mea represents the character that is a challenge for parents and teachers, a child who is obstinate and determined to be mischievous no matter what.

Does Mea have any redeeming qualities? Can she change? Is it too late? Should her Mom and Dad give up on her completely?

I am of the opinion that it is never too late to steer a child in the right direction. Too often parents take the easy way out, leaving it to society to teach children morals. Every child is a gift from above. It is up to the parents to help direct the path of the child. In the case of Mea, her brother Matthew and his best friend Lily do a wonderful job encouraging Mea to do what is right.

The one thing that shines through the story is sometimes children do foolish things because they are trying to get attention. They also do not like to be told what to do by a sibling.

“Lily, why doesn’t Mea listen to me? After all, I know what’s best. Why can’t she be like me and use her magic to do good?

“Yes, I know she really likes to hide things and later find them. That’s because she gets praise for being a good finder,” Lily said.

Magical Mea is a delightful story. It can be a great resource for parents to teach children the value of being kind. Kevin Collier’s artwork adds life to the story.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Another Amazon Book Review

New Review on Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars Young children will be able to relate to little Mea, January 6, 2014
This review is from: Magical Mea (Paperback)
“Magical Mea takes up where Magical Matthew left off. Matthew’s little sister, Mea, has discovered the joys of her own magic, but despite her older brother’s advice about using her gift for good, she enjoys her pranks too much to give them up. True, she never really uses the magic for evil. She simply enjoys a good laugh at others’ expense. As in life, we rarely learn by taking advice. We learn through our mistakes and life experiences. Again, there’s a subtle message in this story and a full story arc that takes the reader from problem to a satisfactory resolution. The illustrations add to the enjoyable story—I especially liked the vivid expressions on the characters’ faces. Young children will be able to relate to little Mea as she finds that the joy of helping others with her natural gifts is more thrilling than using them to play pranks.” ~reviewed by Karen Wiesner, author of Keri is Cute Cute Cute and First Draft in 30 Days