Monday, April 8, 2013

Blog Tour: Earth Day Celebration Reviews of I'll Follow the Moon and Little Library Mouse by Stephanie Lisa Tara & Giveaway


I am so thrilled to be participating in this Earth Day Celebration! For my stop on this tour I am reviewing two of Stephanie Lisa Tara's books. There are all sorts of other fabulous posts on this tour too besides reviews, like what you can do to help the environment. I hope you will check out some of the other stops. To see all of them just click on the banner above to be taken to the tour schedule. 


  • Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Source: Book provided by CBB Book Promotions for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Stephanie Lisa Tara discovered the power of verse at an early age. Her daughter Madeline is equally thrilled by its wonderful whimsy and bouncing lyrical notes. A former ad copywriter, Stephanie truly appreciates the wit and wisdom of words. Having lived extensively on both US coasts and in western Europe, she is ever inspired by the universal language of storytelling and its ability to teach and entertain children and parents alike. The Taras reside in beautiful northern California, living between redwood treesand the sea.


My Thoughts

This book is so fun and educational! It's a wonderful book to read to or with your children. With rich illustrations, and beautiful writing it is a book that you can enjoy over and over again. My daughter can't get enough of it and I am so happy with how much she enjoys it. It has some repetitive lines that helps younger children to interact and read along which is also awesome for their confidence in learning to read.

This book is about the journey of a turtle from when it first hatches, to finding his mother. I think that it has a valuable lesson to never give up. This turtle keeps telling itself over and over that it will find it's mother. The moon is it's guide, and though the journey seems long, the end result is the turtle getting to where he needs and wants to be.

I think this was a beautiful story about nature, love, and family that both children and adults can enjoy over and over again. If you are looking for an inspiring book for young readers, this one should definitely go on your shelf.




  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Source: Book provided by CBB Book Promotions for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Even when you are little, you can imagine big. At closing time a key locks the library, and unlocks the dreams of a little mouse who waits in the shadows. Skipping, sliding, down the pages of books? he steps inside magical stories, inviting readers to come along for the ride. Witty verse and fantastical illustrations celebrate the joys of reading in this tale with innovative charm.

My Thoughts

I had so much fun reading this book with my daughter. It is bursting with awesome illustrations full of imagination!! It inspires you to have a creative mind. As long as you have an imagination, you can never feel truly alone. Your mind is great company if you know how to use it right.

This book is about a little mouse in a library all by itself with just the books. Instead of feeling alone, it steps into the pages of the books. It can be anyone or do anything as long as it can imagine it. We go through different books with the little mouse and become who and what it becomes. After a night of exploring the amazing books the little mouse knows that in books it can be any story it wants!

This is a great book to let children know that it's good to have a creative imagination. The pictures are all so beautiful and fun and it made my daughter want to imagine being in different places and being different things. After reading this with her, she was excited to try and imagine all sorts of things and wanted me to read it to her again and again. This is a book that I would recommend to have on every daycare, school, and home bookshelf for children of all ages!




About Stephanie Lisa Tara:

I've always believed that magic hides in special places. As a child, people would often stare at my bright red hair, which was very, very bright indeed.
Unfortunately, I developed a bad habit of making up rhymes about all of them, and they soon became funny characters. I didn't have much time to think about being different; fanciful lyricisms danced in my head, and no one was safe!
Since then, I've come to believe that storytelling has the power to inspire a deep love of language and learning. Words tripping off the tongue in somersaults that stick to your thoughts like taffy-- those are the things that stay forever in the mind.
I've lived in many special places: on a farm, in a city skyscraper, on a tropical beach, and in the beautiful country of France. Now I live in northern California, between the redwood forests and the sea. Even though I'm an adult, I'm still as silly as ever.
Many nice words have been used to describe my books, such as fun, engaging, delightful, and whimsical. Some folks say that I deliver timeless messages of love for kids and parents to share again and again; this makes me very happy. I hope that you'll enjoy my stories, too. Captivating children with language is something that I believe in, and I strive to live my life with this always.
--Stephanie Lisa Tara

www.StephanieLisaTara.com

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17 comments:

  1. I don't read any children's books, but I'm going to definitely pass on the recommendations to my niece and nephew.
    It's amazing what sort of profound messages lie behind the stories of children's books.
    Lovely reviews, Amy. I'm glad you had fun reading them with your daughter. :)

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    1. She can't get enough of them. She's already memorized I'll Follow the Moon.

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  2. HA! You are so like me with the children's books, I get so into them with my kids that I want to 5 star them all! Because really it's more about the fun you have reading it, right? I really like books that have repetitive lines because then the kids start yelling them out and it just adds to the good time. Thanks for sharing these Amy, I'll definitely be on the lookout for the turtle one!

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    1. I'll Follow the Moon has the same line at the end of each section so it's really great for your kids to read along with. And Little Library Mouse is just so cute!!

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  3. My kids and I really liked Little Library Mouse too. We also read Snowy White World and they absolutely loved it! I'll Follow the Moon looks amazing. I love love love sea turtles! So glad you were able to enjoy these w/your daughter.

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    1. Reading with your kids is just so fun. I don't often review children's books, but I do love them!!

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  4. I do read a few childrens books to my son. Though he can never sit still to complete a book.

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    1. These are very short, but I know that some children's books are a bit long. Your son is adorable by the way. I loved the pic you posted.

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  5. It's not so long ago that I was a little kid. Okay, maybe it's like 17 years ago that I started reading at the age of three and I really loved, loved, loved reading and I even have some of my favorite books from back then. These two seem so cute!! I think it's just as you said that the illustrations and valuable lessons that keep children (and their parents by all means) interested and captivated in the story. If I were to live in US/Can I'd definitely want to purchase these and gift them to my nieces and nephews, but unfortunately I don't so I'll just have to deal with the Estonian ones which are not so bad actually. Hopefully they'll translate some of them from this series into Estonian so I can still get and gift 'em to plant a reading bug into my little cutipie relatives:) Thanks for sharing, Amy!!

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

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  6. What a great post! My kids love Sea Turtles. I'm going to check out I'll Follow The Moon!

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  7. YAY! I'm so glad you all enjoyed these as much as we did! I think all of her books are just SO adorable and hope everyone will pick them up and give them a chance.
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

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  8. Aww these look really cute! I'm excited to be able to read books to my kid. He's at the age where he can't stay still for 30 seconds though lol

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  9. These books look great :) I will have to check them out for my nephews and my cousin's little boys :)

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  10. I'm glad you loved both of these books! If only I had kids. Sigh. Then again, that would be REALLY bad if I had kids. I'll just make my mom read them to me! Even though that's just creepy.

    I HATE BEING A TEEN SOMETIMES.

    Actually I still kind of love it.

    ANYWAY.

    Both sound so educational and adorable and perfect for a little kid! Maybe I'll finally start babysitting and lug these around with me! :)

    Fantastic reviews!

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  11. AWWWW... those books look and sound SO adorable! I'd read them to my little sis but then she'd probably just wander off in her own oblivion becuase she SUCKS at paying attention. *sighs* Just one of the sad things about autism... but I love her all the same... makes me laugh at the most weirdest things...

    Epic reviews!! I'm def. looking out for those two lovelies <3

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  12. I'm fortunate that my daughter will actually sit still to be read to. In fact she is constantly grabbing books off the shelf and asking me to read to her. I have even started doing short chapter books with her and she will ask me to read just one more chapter before stopping. Lol!!

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