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That Curious Sign on Aisle Nine

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Kyle Morey is a guy full of life and imagination, and he’s at it again in this clever children’s book! The author of Ask GodKyle is proving he is diverse and talented as an author.

In That Curious Sign on Aisle Nine a young boy goes to a pet shop and finds that he already has all the pets that are available…but there’s a sign on aisle nine that piques his curiosity. The pet shop’s secret is a purple gorilla, but the boy is warned not to poke his new pet. You know what kids do when they’re told not to do something, right? Well, the boy pokes his new, large, purple friend. What ensues is an adventure!

Your kids will be sitting on the edge of their seats as they find out what happens as this ferocious beast does what ferocious beasts do…all in a melodic rhyme that hearkens to those of Dr. Seuss.

I loved this book and I’m sure your children will, too! This is one of those books you’ll read over and over again.

*I was provided with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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When God Made You

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An adorable children’s book with a great message, When God Made You helps children see that they were created and are known by an infinite God. I love the message of this book (from the back cover):

You, you…God thinks about you. God was thinking of you long before your debut. From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe will encourage them to spread their wings and fly.

The book is kind of Seuss-esque in its quirkiness and rhyme. I love that the illustrations feature children of color, along with numerous other ethnic-looking characters. This book strives to show that diversity is good and that we all have a place in God’s plan.

For more information on this book from the publisher, click HERE.

*I was provided with a complementary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my review.

 

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The Luckiest One by Harkiné Hagopian

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The Luckiest One by Harkiné Pilibosian Hagopian is the memoir of a survivor of the Armenian genocide (circa 1915). The content of this book was transcribed from oral interviews with Harkiné herself. Her grandson, Robert W. Rollings edited the transcripts for readability, but otherwise the story is told in Harkiné’s own words.

Rollings provides “Introduction” and “End Matter” sections that give context to the story. Harkinè is a memorable character who is able (in her 90’s at the time the interviews were conducted) to remember specifics from her childhood and young adulthood as the deportation and subsequent genocide unfolds around her.

Her sister married into a harem to save the Pilibosian family. Harkiné, her father and grandmother live under the protection of the Arab for some time before Harkiné marries (at the age of 14) to escape being married off to another Muslim man.

Through it all, Harkinè shines as a spunky, intelligent, resourceful and “lucky” girl. She immigrates to the United States (Indianapolis, Indiana) and raises five children who go on to give depth to her legacy.

I read this book because I am a friend of Harkiné’s youngest daughter, Mary Hagopian. Robert W. Rollings did an excellent job of setting the stage for the story, including scores of pictures, maps, charts and a family tree to keep track of the interesting characters. I highly recommend this fascinating book!

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