Ready to Ride is a delightful book by Sebastien Pelon aimed at children aged 3 and over. I am delighted to share my book review with you.

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The first thing that strikes you about the book is how beautifully illustrated it is. The colours are far more subtle than in most children’s books and I liked that. It felt like it would make a really stylish present and capture any child’s imagination.

It has a great message too. Although it is fundamentally about a boy riding his bike for the first time without stabilisers, I felt it had far deeper meaning hidden in its pages. Trying things for the first time at any age from 18 months to 100 years old can be scary. Change is exciting and daunting at the same time. Things can go wrong and we might get hurt. We may seem to fall but then we get on and with new learning set about our tasks again.

It helps if a mentor or kind spirit shows up to share their experience and help us along the road. As well as reminding me of my Dad teaching me to ride my bike many decades ago, the book also made me reflect how I was so lucky to have such a wise Dad always ready to let me try things and to share his life lessons generously but without ever insisting on what I should do in any given situation.

Anyway the basic story of this book is about the little boy who meets a special someone who might be an imaginary friend although the creature also reminded me of the Snowman in the famous Christmas tale too. Someone who is kind and someone to have fun with on a joint adventure.

This  book is so heart warming for children who are going to learn to ride their bike for the first time or to take on any independent enterprise. As a grown-up I loved it too and it made me feel ready to take on the world too.

Highly recommended.

https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Ride-S%C3%A9bastien-Pelon/dp/1910277738

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 Treasure Hunt is a book by Rizwan Vark. It’s a little bit different and worth investigating.

Treasure Hunt

Have you ever experienced an odd coincidence? Have you visited a place and had a sense of deja vu? Does your body feel strange sometimes perhaps when making decisions about the next path to take?

What if there was a way to just “know” the people, places and opportunities that would be best for you?  We talk about mentors these days but what if you had an inner one that just wants to shake you sometimes?

Rizwan Virk, a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, shows you how to tune into messages that are coming to us all the time from the hidden worlds.

These clues, from our inner mentors, or future selves, can help us uncover our hidden Treasure Map, which shows us the work we were meant to do in this life and the path to take to get there.

I did not find this an easy read and had to focus on it more than most books but I read it in just a few days so it kept me coming back to it. I did like howRizwan Virk summarised what he calls  the Clue Lifecycle to provide concrete guidance for our lives and futures. That means I can keep this book and return to it quickly when I need to.

I have always had a keen interest in spiritual matters. I used to read so many New Age books back in the day. This book is interesting in that it combines that spiritual feel and investigation with the business and science world too. It has countless interesting case studies that help to explain the clue lifecycle.

Not everyone will be ready for this book right now but I would encourage everyone to give it a go and see what lessons they can take from it. In a busy and stressful world, we all need to listen to the quieter messages that come our way in dreams and waking life.

 

 

 

 

 

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I love a good children’s book and feel in a way you are never too old for them. It is good to be reminded of more innocent and straightforward times. Dr, Michael Boyle’s ‘Canary Across the Mersey’ has such an intriguing title and is a perfect read for younger children based on a true story.

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Everyone with a heart loves animals and birds have such a special air about them. I still remember my childhood Budgie called Billy with affection. I keep trying to persuade my husband we need some birds in our lives and of course canaries are so pretty and delightful.

Canary Across the Mersey is about a young boy called Michael who is a footie-mad lad who happens to find a canary. He falls in love with the bird as do his school mates

What will happen if Michael loses his pal? Will this be a good or bad thing? Sometimes we have to lose things to make other people happy. Self-interest or doing the right thing is a theme of so many books for children and adults too. It reflects real life.

When my son was little he loved any books about forms of transport. This book leaves us wondering how the canary crossed the River Mersey in the first place to find Michael.

The author comments “I’ve sold over 400 already, mainly locally, owing to the book’s natural local feel. I’ve also been in touch with former classmates who remember the incident well, including my then teacher who still lives in the area. It just goes to show what a profound effect animals can have on our lives!”

‘Canary Across the Mersey’ is available now, from the official website: http://canaryacrossthemersey.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Rich Prince appealed to me as it claims to offer valuable advice to teenagers and young adults. I have a teenage boy and  teenage girl. As with most chapters of my children’s lives the time where they are on the cusp of adulthood has crept up on me and I feel quite unprepared. What are the right answers for them? Is it up to me to find them or should they take the  lead? Perhaps a combination of the two would be best

The author offers life advice on many issues and with some vital ones coming  back to them more than once throughout the book. I found it more of a rambling than structured read but that did not bother me as that is probably how I write too.

The book effectively brings together notes given to a son by the author over the years and covers love, money  and self-belief.

I agreed with some of the guidance, disagreed with some and was not at all sure either way on some matters. I take that as a good thing as it means the book made me think and reflect deeply on some occasions.

You can dip in and out of the book or read it all in one sitting as it is quite short. I have finished it but will keep it on the bookshelf to read again. I  know my teenage son is already interested in reading it too.

The author comments;

 “I believe that I am suitably placed to write this book because of what I have gone through in life and the observations made along the way. I was, for instance, able to leave behind a life of struggle in Africa, to face other forms of challenges in Austria on my own, learn and study in a new language, finance myself through medical school before leaving for London.”

Finally,  I would say that I don’t think anyone has all the answers and this book seems to purport to do that and sometimes verged a little on the arrogant in my opinion.  This is interesting as perhaps it suggests I have more faith in my own values and answers that I thought.

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/childrens-non-fiction/my-rich-prince/

 

 

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If you are looking for a good read for children aged 3 to 8 years, check out the utterly delightful Granny Butterfly books.

Granny Butterfly

Firstly, the books are a treat for the eyes with colourful illustrations throughout.

Secondly, children will learn about nature and butterflies in particular as they read.

Thirdly, the stories are great and with life lessons to be learned along the way.

I recently read the Granny’s birthday one where you can savour the bluebell woods and get to know some interesting butterfly characters set on having an adventure come what may.

Bertrum a clouded yellow butterfly takes his friend Boris off limits for a fun time. They escape Granny’s eyes aboard a bus which takes them to the village fair and a fair amount of mayhem. This includes sticky candyfloss, chaotic donkey rides, crashing eggs and a disappointing tug of war.

Although Bertrum has learned from a previous adventure, Boris is new to adventuring and gets himself into trouble. Initially this annoys Bertrum but later he is just pleased that his friend has a great time.

In fact, although great for children, the books are an escape to a magical and safe world and we all need more of that in our lives.

Jean French, the author, comments:

“My goal from the outset has been to write something that will engage children with the wonderful world of nature that surrounds them everyday, and empower them to explore with open minds,” explains Jean. “They’ll hopefully read the books, and then head out into their garden, or out into the countryside with their parents, to put their newfound knowledge and appreciation into practice.”

Continuing, “Our cast of butterflies is extremely diverse – from Betsy who is very sweet and tiny, all the way to Bertie who is very bossy and has a thing or two to learn about manners! In all, the characters represent the cross-section of people children will encounter throughout life. It’s an extremely humbling read for all.”

Granny Butterfly’ – http://amzn.to/2FSMzik

‘Granny Butterfly’s Birthday’ – http://amzn.to/2HwA2hW

For more information and resources, visit the series’ official website: http://www.grannybutterfly.co.uk.

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