Do Your Children Know it is Important to be Kind to Animals?

Do your children know it is important to be kind to animals?

I wrote Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey for my youngest grandson when he was only three. He wanted a book about his favorite stuffed animal, a monkey. He was so proud of the finished book and showed it to all his friends in preschool. What a feeling for me that he loved his book! It made my day!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy.

Bring home Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey to your children today and see how happy they will be as they dance along with Sebastian and Marvin. A fun story for young children PS-Grade 3. Have fun with Sebastian today!

The life lesson that children will learn from Sebastian is always be kind to animals. All Jemsbooks children’s books are in rhyme with fun adventures.

Blurb:

When a little boy, Sebastian, goes to the zoo he meets Marvin the monkey. Sebastian loves monkeys and likes to watch them climb the trees. Something amazing happens when Sebastian’s toy phone suddenly plays music.

LIMERICK

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey

There once was a boy named Sebastian, 

Who visited the zoo with his radio, a distraction.

The music the monkeys heard

Made their dancing quite absurd.

Now the animals are having fun with Sebastian.

Here is another version:

There once was a monkey named Marvin,

Who for love and respect was starvin’.

When along came a boy

with a musical toy

and now Marvin is full of joy and no longer starvin’.

Here are some reviews from Amazon:

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 stars No More Sad Monkeys!Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018Format: Kindle EditionWhat child doesn’t like a zoo, where there are so many animals and such fun? Let’s party, kids! This book will make you want to kick off your shoes and turn on the music! The rhyming lines flow smoothly; the colorful illustrations jump from the pages as they bring characters to life…

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey” is a fantastic children’s book written by a talented family team, Janice and John Spina. In trying not only to entertain, but also to educate children, the author teaches them the value of respect and love for animals.

Marvin is a sad monkey who never has fun. Day after day, he blankly stares at the people who come to see him. But when a little boy named Sebastian turns his toy phone on and the music starts playing, something magical happens. Suddenly, the zoo becomes a very happy place! Watching Sebastian dancing, Marvin is dancing too! Sad moments are gone. Love’s in the air as fun has begun!

This book is an excellent rhyming book for preschoolers and kindergartners. A trip to the zoo with Sebastian will let them discover how a little thoughtfulness can spread happiness and love around. Read this book! Dance like Marvin! Love like Sebastian! And have fun!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for you and everyone at the zoo!Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2015Format: Kindle EditionJanice Spina created another marvelous picture book. This time little Sebastian goes to the zoo where he meets a monkey named Marvin. Marvin is a serious monkey. He never seems to have fun. He stares at the visitors and they look back at him. But when Sebastian’s toy radio starts playing music, something surprising happens. Soon the zoo is a very happy place. This is another marvelous, rhyming book by Janice Spina. Preschoolers will love it.
review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 stars AdorableReviewed in the United States on June 3, 2015Format: PaperbackAnother Gem by JemsBooks. “Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey” is an fun tale written by award-winning children’s author Janice Spina and illustrated by her talented husband, John Spina, that entertains children and teaches them the value of respect for others, including animals. Go along with Sebastian to the zoo and learn how his love and consideration for the monkeys spread happiness all around. Highly recommended

Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars Its amazing what fun music can bring into ones lifeReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2016Format: Kindle EditionIts a dance party! This book makes me want to turn on the music and dance around! Even without words, the illustrations in this book tell a story in themselves! Its amazing what fun music can bring into ones life 🙂 Thank you Janice for another fun book!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my books. Please Read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Thank you!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

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Do Your Children Love Moose?

I wrote Broose the Moose on the Loose for the children at the Moose Hill School in Londonderry, New Hampshire. One day when I was picking up my grandson from summer school I noticed the glass enclosure with all kinds of moose paraphernalia. I spoke with the principal and told her I would like to create a book and donate it to her moose display. She was thrilled at the idea and soon Broose was part of this display.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy.

Here I am with my husband, two grandsons and the Kindergarten Coordinator of Moose Hill School and my book back in 2014.

Broose Displayed at Moose HIll School

Children will learn valuable life lessons from Broose – always being kind to others and accept differences.

Here is the limerick I wrote for Broose:

Limerick

Broose the Moose on the Loose

There once was a sad moose named Broose,
Who roamed the woods on the Loose.
He befriended a boy,
Alone but full of joy.
Now Broose is feeling foot loose!

I hope children will enjoy reading Broose and realize that not everyone is the same but we are all the same on the inside. Broose won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!

Blurb:

Broose is a sad moose who has no friends until he meets a young boy. Read what happens when Broose meets a boy with the same name as he.

Here are some reviews from Amazon:


Gigi Sedlmayer, Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic tale of a Moose.Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseClawed by a bear just after birth, Broose the Moose had a nasty scare on his right cheek. He looked tough because of that scar, but other Moose made fun of him. So he was mostly alone and wandered through the woods. But his mother told him to stay away from the humans.

He wandered around until he saw a boy limping along but happy hopping around. Broose watches him and mimicked him by hopping around as well.

The boy stopped what he was doing, hearing Broose hopping along. Then he greeted him and told him that his name was Bruce and that no one wanted to play with him because of his lame leg. Surprised, Broose the Moose told him his name. They both had the same name, but different writing. They found each other and played around until Broose had to go home.

Janice Spina, the author of that fantastic story, wrote at the end. I quote it here, because that it’s all about. Acceptance, friendship.

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 stars A Message of Acceptance and FriendshipReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018Format: Kindle EditionAnother wonderful book by the talented team of Janice and John Spina. The lesson of kindness and understanding is one that children must learn at a very early age. It is easy to be judgmental and mean, but children must first understand what compassion and kindness means.

A vicious bear clawed Broose the Moose at a very early age, leaving him with a scar on his face. Even though Broose looked threatening because of his scar, it did not stop the other moose from teasing him.

The sad loner wanders alone through the forests until he meets a similar loner, a boy with a limp leg. Nobody wants to play with the boy, and he spends his time away from the other children. The two become friends, very different by nature but so similar in their situations.

The author and illustrator have created a sweet, simple tale, easy to understand for a young child. The rhyme style was a bonus, and the illustrations enhanced the story. The message of acceptance and friendship is highlighted clearly: accept people for what they are. I love this story because it will bring a very needed discussion to homes, schools, and reading clubs. Children will remember the valuable lesson this book conveys. I applaud the gifted team of Janice and John Spina for another great teaching story!

SM5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner by Team SpinaReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2015Format: PaperbackA lonely moose whose name was Broose
Was sad and knew no joy
Until one day, a lucky day
He bumped into a boy

What to know what happened then? Read the book!””

The fabulous children’s books author Janice Spina and husband, the incredibly talented illustrator John Spina, once again, bring to life a wonderful animal character, a friendless young moose who is shunned by other moose because of his facial disfigurement. The Spinas entertain young readers as they convey important life lessons about friendship and kindness.

Highly and warmly recommended.
Be sure to check out Team Spina’s other children books: “Jerry the Crabby Crayfish”, “Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear”, “Lamby the Lonely Lamb”, and “Louey the Lazy Elephant

Allen Smith5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Young Children With A Great MessageReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2017Format: PaperbackWhat a great little book for young children with a super message that conveys very positive thoughts. Children learn about friendship in this cute little book and how we can relate to each others differences and hardships in life. The color illustrations are wonderful and they show a lot of action. Broose the Moose and Bruce become the best of friends for life after meeting when they are younger. Don’t we all wish we had many friends like that? This book made me smile and I know it will bring joy to the hearts of many young readers

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my books. Please Read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Thank you!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Do Your Children Love Polar Bears?

I created Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear for a little boy I met when on vacation in Aruba. When he found out that I was an author of children’s books he was interested in a book about polar bears, his favorite animal. I promised him to have his book completed by the following year when I returned to Aruba. When I presented a copy of the book to Jesse he was thrilled!

Here is a limerick I created about Jesse:

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear

There once was a Polar Bear named Jesse,
Who only wanted to have a special bestie.
He saved a little seal
From being a meal.
Now his kindness earned a friendship for Jesse.

Here is a photo of adorable Jesse with his book. He is now a grown up preteen who shares his book with his two younger brothers.

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear dedicated to Jesse

The life lessons in Jesse are listen to your mother and friends are important.

Blurb:

Jesse is a precocious and very intelligent polar bear. He likes to learn about everything but what polar bears are supposed to know. Jesse has a couple of surprising adventures and learns an important lesson.

Here are a few reviews on Amazon:

JC5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for curious childrenReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2014Format: PaperbackJesse is a baby polar bear who not only likes to ask a lot of questions, but also questions the status quo of all the things around him.

As tough as it is sometimes, his mother lets him express his opinions and just once in a while, lets him get away with certain things that are contrary to a polar bear’s best judgment.

In the end, mama’s patience pays off, as Jesse is saved by a dear friend that he would not have, had he followed traditional rules.

The book teaches little ones (and their parents) that sometimes, not everything has to be the way it has always been. It also reminds us to breathe deeply every time our little one asks us repeatedly why, why, why, why??


Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesson on friendshipReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseJesse wants a friend. Jesse doesn’t do what little polar bears are supposed to do. While not minding his mother, Jesse gets into trouble and is saved by an unlikely friend. This adorable story emphasizes not only the need to follow instructions, but also how to be a loyal friend. This darling storybook is beautifully illustrated by the author’s husband. It is sure to keep any young child entertained while teaching valuable lessons.


Sarah Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2014Format: PaperbackJanice and John Spina, a creative husband and wife team, have done it again. Mr. Spina’s wonderful illustrations add loveliness to the delightful story told in rhymes by Mrs. Spina. As in the author’s previous books for children, the ursine protagonist in “Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear” is conferred with human attributes that resonate with children, such as curiosity, a need to socialize, and protectiveness of a good friend. Jessy, who is want of friends, finds one in a baby seal. When the little seal’s safety is threatened, Jesse protects him and shields him from harm. The precocious and kind little polar bear is rewarded in time, as he himself is eventually saved from dangerous waters by the same baby seal.

“Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear” is the fifth in the Spina team’s series of charming kid books that entertain while they instill good values and impart important life lessons. Highly recommended


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eanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 stars Another endearing, educational book by Janice Spina!Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2014Format: Kindle EditionJanice Spina didn’t disappoint her readers with her new book, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear. Jesse is curious, bright and playful. He loves to play by sliding around on the ice. Jesse’s mom tries to teach him about hunting for food. But Jesse would rather look for new friends. One day, he protects a baby seal, even though Jesse’s mom had something else in mind for his new friend. The little seal remembered Jesse’s kind act. One day something happens and Jesse is in danger. That day, Jesse learned an important lesson. Children, parents and teachers will love this story and they will remember the wisdom it shares. I highly recommend this lovely book. Congratulations to Janice and her husband, John, who created the delightful, colorful, illustrations. You make a great team.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

I hope your children will enjoy this book and learn valuable life lessons. All Jemsbooks carry life lessons – be kind and caring toward others, it’s okay to be different, be the best you can be, listen to your mother, be respectful of parents and others, and friendship and family matter.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my books. Please Read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Thank you!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Do Your Children Love Dragons? Check out Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 1!

If your children love dragons, they are going to love Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 1 which is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This is a series of six books about dragons of different colors and all their names begin with the letter ‘D.’

I thoroughly enjoyed writing this series! I bet I love dragons almost as much as kids of all ages! They are magical, fun and fascinating. Each of the six books will have different dragons and each dragon will have his own poem making it easier for children to remember them by their characteristics and colors.

INTRODUCTION to DRYSTAN THE DRAGON AND FRIENDS SERIES BOOK 1: DRYSTAN AND DURWARD SAVE THE DAY

I am thrilled to introduce this new series about dragons. As a grandmother I want my grandchildren to read wholesome books that have life lessons that encourage children to be kind, caring and respectful of others. This series demonstrates with colorful illustrations all these lessons in a fun adventure and rhyme.

All the dragons are of different colors and their names begin with the letter ‘D’ –  a fun way for young children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors.

I have created rhymes for each dragon in this series of six books. I hope your children and grandchildren will have fun reading and learning from these characters. Watch for Book 2 coming in 2020, two more books in 2021 and the last two books in 2022.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy.

(DRYSTAN – RED DRAGON)

Drystan is always looking for exciting things to do.

He is dynamic which means active and energetic too.

He is red but has dragon friends who are brown, green or blue.

(DURWARD – BLUE DRAGON WITH YELLOW SPOTS)

Durward is a brilliant shade of blue.

Yellow spots appear when he’s happy, it’s true.

He can fly so high into the sky

That he can disappear from view.

If you and your children and grandchildren love this book please leave a review on Amazon or wherever you purchased the books. As an author I love to hear from readers and appreciate your feedback by reviews. I can be reached by email jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net.

Blurb:

This is a magical series about Drystan the dragon and his friends. These dragons are colorful, engaging and fun to read about. They teach children the importance of friendship, caring for one another, being kind to others, and it’s okay to be different. All dragons are of different colors and their names begin with the letter ‘D’ – a fun way for young children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors.
In Book 1 Drystan makes a new friend, Durward, who invites him to visit the Land of the Rainbows. While they are there they have an adventure. Find out what the dragons do to save the day.

Here are some reviews on Amazon:


Michelle Cl
ements James5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome entertainment for young children.Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2020Format: Kindle EditionDrystan and his new friend, Durward, are off to have an adventure, but along the way, they stop to help some little birds. Who doesn’t love dragons! And they come in different colors! Drystan is red and Durward is blue. Find out what happens when the dragons are happy. Why are they flying to the Land of Rainbows? This story is about the importance of having friends and helping others. It is a wonderful tale written in rhyme that will appeal to young children, whether they are read to or able to read themselves. Janice Spina has clearly remained true to her belief that books for children should be wholesome and teach life lessons. The book is colorfully illustrated by her husband, John Spina. I highly recommend Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 1 Drystan and Durward Save the Day.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and reviewed it without compensation.


Sara123
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragons to the Rescue!Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2020Format: Paperback”Drystan the Dragon and Friends” is author Janice Spina’s new series of fun children’s books.

In the first volume, “Drystan and Durward Save the Day,” Drystan, the main character, meets a new friend and together they go on an adventure. Though the red and blue dragons had a destination in mind, they altered their trip to help those in need. This lovely story with its good message is enhanced by colorful illustrations drawn by the author’s husband, John Spina. The Spinas’ successful collaboration is highly recommended.


Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 stars Full of fun and learning for the little onesReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020Format: Kindle EditionRenowned author Janice Spina has created another masterpiece for the little ones. They’ll love reading or hearing about two dragon friends who go on an adventure. Readers will meet Drystan, a bright red dragon and his new friend, Durward, who is blue. What happens to Durward when he’s excited? What do the dragons do on their adventure? They have an opportunity to be heroes by helping a group of little birds. There is no doubt children will love this tale and want to read it again and again. They are sure to enjoy the colorful illustrations by Janice’s as well.. Highly recommended. * I received a free copy from the author and chose to review it without compensation.
Review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Review from Barnes & Noble:

Perfect for little kids with the pictures. The storyline is easy t …

10 days agoWolfPugPerfect for little kids with the pictures. The storyline is easy to understand & teaches a kind life lesson. The Dragons are colorful & fun to follow.
I received a copy for my honest review.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my books. Please Read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Thank you!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Do Your Children Love Jerry the Crabby Crayfish?

Jerry was a real pet that we had in a fish tank in our home. He was a cantankerous little fellow in a beautiful shade of blue. He did wave his claws at us to remind us to feed him or when he was upset with one of the grandchildren who tapped on his glass. He didn’t particularly like that.

He was such an iconic addition to our tank and when he passed we all were upset. I cried as my husband removed him from the tank. We have never been able to find another one like him. We did have a small red crayfish but it was nothing like Jerry. Jerry will be remembered fondly. That is one of the reasons I wrote this book so Jerry would be remembered for posterity and children would get to know him. He has become our most popular book. Jerry won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy.

Here is the limerick I wrote for Jerry:

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish

There once was a crayfish named Jerry

Who every day was anything but merry.
Each day his wish
Was to be a fish.
Until he realized he wanted to be just Jerry!

Blurb:

Jerry is a crabby crayfish who all day long wishes he could be a fish. One day something happens in the fish tank that makes Jerry change his mind. Read about the valuable lesson Jerry learns.

Children will love Jerry and will learn the importance of being the best you can be and be happy with who you are.

Here are some reviews from Amazon:


Wynette Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry The Crabby Crayfish is a delight!Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2014Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseChildren will be very curious about this little blue creature. Aquariums and fish captivate little minds to ask “why” and “how”. It teaches us that we are all very special in our own way and by helping one another we learn much about ourselves. It also teaches children about the time and care it requires to have a pet as well as some science fun facts about Jerry molting. The illustrations will keep the children looking for more. I will look for more stories from this talented Author.

319425.0 out of 5 stars Jerry the Crabby Crayfish and Ricky the Rambunctious RaccoonReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2014Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseVery clever story lines in both of these publications that will be enjoyed by all ages….adult enjoyment becomes intensified by the expressions seen on a child’s face as the story and art work progress..

mazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars Another GemReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2014Format: PaperbackThis is the second book I have read by the author and I loved it. The repetition in the story and the message it reinforces should have children repeating “Swish, swish, swish, I wish I were a fish” all day long. Once again the illustrations by John Spina are a delight for the visual senses and the deceptively simply imagery is colorful and beautiful. Janice weaves another unique and interesting tale with a subtle environmental message about not interfering with what nature does best on her own. I also love the way she finishes each book with “The End” showing the behind (as in bottom) of each central character, which I think will have children giggling with delight. These books are best read out loud, with children turning the pages and listening, but older children will be able to read on their own without too much trouble. As an educational note: Janice introduces some exact names of some types of fish, never assuming that children would not be ready to learn them, which I think demonstrates her dedication to teaching and instructing children, as much as engaging them with the sweet little stories. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading Lamby the Lonely Lamb.

Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars I am 40 years old and I love it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story …Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2016Format: Kindle EditionI adore this book! I am 40 years old and I love it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story of the crabby crayfish always wanting to be a fish but in the end learning that he is special NOT being one is a wonderful lesson for children to learn. Although they may always hope to be something else, better, or perhaps more….they are special in their own way. 🙂

Werner Stejskal5.0 out of 5 stars It is alright. I can be me! Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2015Format: Kindle EditionAnother educational little book by Janice Spina. It teaches us to be happy with who we are. Children learn that sometimes they are capable of tasks others cannot perform and that will make them more confident in themselves. Lovely hand-drawn pictures again to join the world of pre-primary and primary school children. I thoroughly enjoyed this little excursion into the aquarium! You will too!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my books. Please Read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Thank you!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Do Your Kids Love Lambs?

If your children love lambs please check out my children’s book, Lamby the Lonely Lamb. Lamby was created for my granddaughter who has carried around her stuffed lamb toy since she was an infant. She slept with it every night and took it everywhere with her. I remember when I bought it for her. She was instantly attached to it. My daughter bought a second one in case the original one was ever lost.

Of course, now she is all grown up but still has her Lamby tucked away in her room. Maybe she will one day give it to her own children.

She was only three years old at the time I wrote this book. She asked me to write about her Lamby but make it purple. Well, I had a task ahead of me but I created this book with a purple lamb. It carries life lessons as all my books.

The life lessons in this book are – it’s okay to be different, believe in yourself and color shouldn’t matter only what is inside you.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy.

Here is the limerick I wrote for Lamby:

Limerick

Lamby the Lonely Lamb

There once was a lamb named Lamby,

Who had no friends or family.

He fell into purple dye.

And he started to cry.

Until a girl took him home to her family.

Blurb:

Lamby is a very different lamb because of his color. He is lonely and only wants to be accepted by the other lambs. Find out what lesson Lamby learns when a little girl, Leah, comes to the farm where Lamby lives.

Lamby the Lonely Lamb won a Mom’s Choice Award in 2014.

Here are some reviews of Lamby:


5.0 out of 5 stars A Cute Story Teaching A Lesson In Adapting
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2014Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseLamby The Lonely Lamb is a cute story teaching a lesson in adapting, but not conforming to what the norm is. In other words, just because you are different (in this case a different color) doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t fit in: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In this case it was, a little girl dressed in purple from head to toe, exactly the same color of the little lamb, who was different than all the other lambs, which were white. It also teaches a lesson in tolerance for those who are different than the so-called norm. Janice Spina, the author hits just the right note in teaching a valuable lesson in acceptance in a world where being different doesn’t matter after all. The illustrations were adorable and well done.


Mrs.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Wants To Be RejectedReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018Format: Kindle Edition“Lamby the Lonely Lamb” is one of those books that expose children to the real world, where not everyone is kind and likes to share a place under the sun. Just as in real life, the young readers will learn how others feel when nobody wants to accept them. In her enlightening book, Janice Spina teaches children the lesson of acceptance. Children will easily follow the tale of the little purple lamb, which was different from other lambs because he was purple. As often happens in reality, the little purple loner was rejected from a group of white lambs, which did not want to bother with him because of his color. The lonely lamb spends most of his time with nature. Feeling blue and disappointed, he comforts himself in a field with the purple flowers. As in every tale with lambs, here comes the wolf!! NO, NO! He did not eat the sad little lamb, which blended in with the purple flowers. His eyes were on the white, snobby lambs that did not want to accept the purple lamb.

And guess who comes to the rescue?

In “Lamby the Lonely Lamb,” children will find themselves around animals that are acting like they do sometimes. This story has a happy ending and very useful life lesson. Through the story, the young readers will develop logic and compassion, and receive a good education about real-life situations. Sometime, someone may rescue you when you least expect it. A great teaching book with moral lessons.

J L. Mitchell5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE ENDING! GREAT STORY!Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2014Format: Kindle EditionLamby the Lonely Lamb is a wonderful story about a little purple lamb, because of his color the other lambs did not want to play with him. Feeling sad and lonely, he hid out in the field, amid the purple flowers. No one could see him, not even the big bad wolf that crept in–heading straight to the little white lambs, ready to snatch up his meal for the day. But Lamby was quick– he jumped to his feet and gave a big shout to all his friends. The lambs heard the purple lamb’s cry and quickly ran to the barn away from the wolf’s hungry eye. The puzzled wolf looked all around for Lamby, but could not see him!

After the lambs were saved by Lamby, they gathered around to thank him–and promised to always play with him. This made him so sad, because he wanted to be accepted for who he is and not the heroic act he performed. This story has a wonderful life lesson for kids–and a great ending!

Children, parents and teachers will love this entertaining book with its charming rhymes and colorful illustrations. Get your copy; it is definitely another amazing story to add to your collection, along with the author’s other books: ‘Louey the Lazy Elephant’ ‘Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon’ and Jerry the Crabby Crayfish

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my books. Please Read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Thank you!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Do Your Children Love Raccoons?

Check out my children’s book, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for some fun adventures for your little ones. They will laugh and giggle over Ricky’s antics as he gets into all kinds of trouble when he doesn’t listen to his mother. Parents will love this book too!


The life lesson that children will learn from Ricky is listen to your mother!

Blurb:

Ricky is a rambunctious or very active raccoon who likes to wander around to find something new to eat. One night during his foraging for food Ricky runs into all kinds of trouble. Will Ricky get home safely? Will he learn his lesson to listen to his mother?

I had a lot of fun writing this book with young children in mind. All my books have life lessons that help and encourage children to be kind, caring and sensitive to others’ feelings, listen to your mother, be respectful of parents and others and it’s okay to be different.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy.

Here is a limerick I wrote for Ricky:

LIMERICK

RICKY THE RAMBUNCTIOUS RACCOON

There once was a raccoon named Ricky,

Who foraged without his mother too quickly.

He ran into a skunk

Into a lake he did dunk

Now Ricky’s feeling a little bit sickly!

Here are some reviews from Amazon:


Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars By Eric B. Ruark, author of The Little Tree That WouldReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2013Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseChildren and parents alike are going to love this little tale of Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon and his adventure when he steps out on his own for the first time.

Ricky wants to run free and thinks that the dark will hide him. Only there are other critters out there in the dark too, and they teach Ricky that maybe, just maybe, there’s a lot of responsibility to “running free”. Ricky learns that he has a lot to learn before he can run free.

Children will enjoy Ricky’s little adventure. It is written in rhyme. Kids will enjoy its lyric quality and they will get a chuckle out of Ricky’s mistakes and gasp at his near misses. They will also enjoy the art work of Ricky’s adventure. I would highly recommend this book to parents of school-aged children. They will certainly want to read this book over and over again.


Valerie A. Ormond
5.0 out of 5 stars “Read it Again!”Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2014Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseI think the words of five-year-old J.C. say it best: “Read it again!” Janice Spina’s “Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon” tells a lovely story in rhyme while gently teaching a lesson about rules. The illustrations are perfect with the story, thanks to the other half of the Spina duo, husband John. The Spinas obviously understand what will interest children, how long the story should be, and how to create suspense without scaring young minds. I look forward to sharing more of Janice and John Spina’s children’s books with the little ones and hearing them say “Read it again” each time.

Wynette Mills5.0 out of 5 stars Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon will have your children asking for more nature stories.Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2014Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseI really enjoyed this book with my grandson. His eyes followed the pictures as we read the story. He asked questions and was very curious about the raccoon’s mask and the skunk’s terrible smell. This book encourages understanding the importance of listening to our parents and what the consequences could be when they may “wander off”. It is written in a way they can relate to Ricky and the trouble he is in. While doing so it also teaches some facts about wildlife habits. I do believe this is a book that will help children realize not to stray away from their parents or talk to strangers, for example, the skunk. Once again, five stars!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my books. Please Read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Thank you!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Childrens – Abby and Holly Series Book 4: The Hidden Stairway by Janice Spina

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Delighted to share the news of the release of the fourth book in the Abby and Holly Series: The Hidden Stairway by award winning author Janice Spina..

About the book

Join the cousins, Abby and Holly, as they search for clues about who placed an urn up in their attic with the remains of a young girl who lived a century ago. Their old Victorian holds many secrets and the girls are determined…

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Do Your Children Love Elephants?

Louey the Lazy Elephant is the first book I wrote for children. As with all Jemsbooks, it is written in rhyme with life lessons. It’s a fun adventure that teaches children to listen to one’s mother for she knows best.

Do your children love elephants? Louey is a lovable and sweet baby elephant. Children will love him and find him endearing and unforgettable. He is still my favorite character and book out of my 13 children’s books. Louey paved the way for me to write many more books that children are now enjoying.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy.

Blurb:

Louey is an adorable but lazy elephant who likes to sleep late. One day Louey wakes up to find that the whole herd has moved on without him. Louey is very upset but he is determined to find his herd. Does Louey find his way to his family and friends? Does he learn that it doesn’t pay to be lazy? Take Louey home with you and find out.

Check out these amazing Amazon reviews:

Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Ferdinand the BullReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2013Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseAs an author myself, it is no secret that I love children’s books. One such book that stands out in my own childhood is Ferdinand the Bull. He was lazy and slow and always stopped to smell the flowers and was never where he was meant to be. Louey reminds me of Ferdinand, adorable, sweet and always in a bit of a pickle. This lovely little book is written by a talented author and illustrated by an equally talented artist. The drawings are simply beautiful with their hand drawn textures and soft colors. The story will be very familiar to children who would have been told many times not to be lazy or this or that might happen to them. I remember as a kid not being told to play in the pool too long or the family might go out one day and leave you behind and that’s exactly what happened. This is a delightful and captivating read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought the Kindle version and the print version is on the way in the post. I cannot wait to see it in print.

SRM-Reviews5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of A Book! Get It!Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2013Format: Paperback”Louey the Lazy Elephant” is a charming book about a young elephant that lazes about and finds himself in a pickle. As he habitually did, Louey oversleeps even on moving day, only this time he wakes up to discover himself all alone; his family and the rest of the herd have moved on without him. To Louey’s credit, he does not panic. Rather, Louey immediately sets out in pursuit of his family and seeks the help of other animals along the way. In his quest to be reunited with his family Louey transforms! Acquire the “Louey the Lazy Elephant” and find out more about Louey and his eventful journey that compelled him to overcome his lazy ways.

I cannot imagine a more heartwarming gift than the dedication of this adorable, well-written and beautifully illustrated book by author Janice Spina and illustrator John Spina to their beloved grandchildren. Fortunately, all children and grandchildren now have the opportunity to get their copy of this gem of a book. Highly recommended!

Michael Cahill5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Adorable – With a Great Message, Too.Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2013Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase”Louey” is a terrific book for young readers. The cute illustrations alone should be enough to keep kids entertained, but Janice Spina goes deeper than that, providing whimsical, easy-to-understand prose and a wonderful moral about the benefits of working hard. Parents searching for a fun, educational children’s book should look no further.


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5.0 out of 5 stars LOUEY The Lazy ElephantReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2013Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseLouey’s experiences in finding his family is told in such a way that keeps not only the reader but the child glued to learning whether or not Louey actually finds his family…and OH! the illustrations are so wonderfully done, they rekindled my fond memories of my coloring book days…This book is a must and valuable addition to a child’s collection of loved books that will be enjoyed for many years…

Bethany Bull Author5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseI found this easy and a lot of fun to read. The rhymes add sweetness to the story and the illustrations are cute. I am sure this will appeal to the children as an easy start to reading…. and enjoying it!!
I highly recommend this book to any parent who is looking for an enjoyable and really sweet story for their child!!
I am looking forward to more from this highly talented Author!


J L. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story!Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2014Format: Kindle EditionLouey the Lazy Elephant
Cover Art: Sweet!
I love children’s books, especially the ones with wonderful life lessons. Louey the Lazy Elephant by Janice Spina is told through the cutest rhymes and beautiful illustrations. This one is about an adorable young elephant that lazes about and finds himself all alone one day! On his journey to find his family, he seeks the help of many creatures, some willing to help him, some not!

Great bedtime story for little ones! Get your copy today and see if Little Louey finds his family. Highly recommended. Also, check out Janice’s library for more wonderful stories: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, & Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon.


Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read and great story for the little onesReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2016Format: Kindle EditionI have to start out by saying that I am not an avid reader of childrens books. We read to our little one at bedtime, but that’s about as far as I go with these types of books. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Louey, but it definitely wasn’t what I expected it to be (if that makes sense?). I figured it would be a few little rhymes on a page and a quirky little book. I was pleasantly surprised that it was much more. It is, of course, for kids, but it reads more like a story than the typical nursery rhyme book. My only critique was that the ending just kinda came out of nowhere. I don’t say this as a bad thing, but more because I was actually getting into the story and I was hoping Louey would encounter a few more animals along the way. Having said that, this book far exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be rounding up all of Janice’s books for our bedtime readings with the little ones (and the one on the way).

Here is a limerick I wrote for Louey:

There once was an elephant named Louey,

Who overslept one day, oh phooey!

He woke up to find

The herd left him behind.

Now he’ll no longer be lazy Louey!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out sweet Louey soon. He is waiting to go home with you to entertain your children and teach them a valuable lesson. Thank you for your support!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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A New Review of Jemsbooks Newest Children’s Book – Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 1!

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Above is a new review of Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 1! This is a fun adventure for young children PS-Grade 3. Parents will love it because of the wonderful life lessons that children will learn as they have fun reading or being read to by you.

Blurb:

This is a magical series about Drystan the dragon and his friends. These dragons are colorful, engaging and fun to read about. They teach children the importance of friendship, caring for one another, being kind to others, and it’s okay to be different. All dragons are of different colors and their names begin with the letter ‘D’ – a fun way for young children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors.
In Book 1 Drystan makes a new friend, Durward, who invites him to visit the Land of the Rainbows. While they are there they have an adventure. Find out what the dragons do to save the day.

New review:

5 Star Review: As a grandmother, I know how important friends are to our children and who better to show the way than two beautifully illustrated dragons. As parents and grandparents, we seek to purchase books that will capture the imagination, while teaching valuable life lessons.Award Winning Author Janice Spina and her husband John (illustrator) has created this amazing first book, in this dragon series.Brightly colored illustrations will capture the child’s imagination as they read, or as an adult reads to them. The rhymes will stick in their mind, as he or she discovers a friendship between a red dragon named Drystan and a blue dragon named Durward.The adventure unfolds in the Land Of Rainbows, where the two dragons extend their friendship to a colorful mother blue bird and her family, while lessons about helping others are learned.I highly recommend this book as a good bedtime story, or go anywhere travel book. Five more books in this series are in the creative process. I invite you to purchase ‘Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1’ and watch for each new dragon book as it is published.

Review by Theodocia Mclean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Genre: Children’s Books, Preschool-Grade 3, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate all your kind support and reviews of my books. Please keep them coming!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs,

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