Many of you have had a special pet or pets in your lifetime that you felt you could never replace. Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier was this sort of pet. She was a lifeline to me in a difficult time in my life when I first got her. She continued to be there for me whenever I needed love and support. Also available on Barnes & Noble.
She was loved by my family and friends and anyone who met her. She captured everyone’s heart by her adorable face and personality. She weighed no more than 12 pounds at her heaviest but she was no lightweight when it came to doing all she could to protect me when she thought I needed it. Her bark was not loud but was persistent until you backed away. She never bit anyone but I wouldn’t want to be on her bad side if you pushed her.
She was kind to my children when they were young even when they pulled and tugged at her curly tail or pointy ears. She would look at me with a look in her eyes that said, “Are you going to do something about them?” When I told her, “It’s okay. Go lie down and be a good girl.” She did just that but not before giving me another sad look in resignation.
Children will love reading about Lucy and learn how important it is to love and care and show respect for their pets. The pets will give back more love and respect two-fold.
This book is based on my dog, Lucy, who I had for 16 years. She was quite a character and did all the things that are in this book. L
She loved my spaghetti with homemade sauce, watched TV shows featuring animals, hated baths, “sang” when music was played, and had two cherished possessions, a knotted rag and a ball.
There once was a dog named Lucy
Who loved spaghetti and treats so juicy.
She enjoyed watching animals on TV
And was always as friendly as can be
Unless you took away her cherished rag or ball.
You were then no longer a friend at all.
There once was a dog named Lucy,
Who’s only claim to fame
Was her curled up tail and her cute little name.
She loved spaghetti and doggy treats.
These were her favorite things to eat.
She loved watching TV
And late did she stay up.
She was a special kind of pup.
She made me smile and feel full of glee
But now that she is gone I’ve lost a part of me.
Reviews on Amazon:
SM5.0 out of 5 starsHeart-warming tale about a dog named LucyJune 23, 2018Format: PaperbackAnyone who owns or had to say goodbye to a beloved pet would appreciate this tribute to a beloved four-legged family member who warmed everyone’s heart. The prolific, award-winning author Janice Spina (who has penned books for kids, young adults, and adults) pays homage to “Lucy, the Talented Toy Terrier,” her beloved dog, in this sweet tale about a dog whose funny and endearing habits are described in rhyme. Ms. Spina brings the reader inside that circle of warmth by sharing her treasured memories of a dog who was part of the family for sixteen years; a dog known to all as Lucy. Just wonderful. Kudos to John Spina for cleverly mixing media, embedding drawn pictures of Lucy on a realistic background of home photos
Werner Stejskal5.0 out of 5 starsA dog’s domestic lifeApril 7, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI like the idea of using photos as background to the drawn dog. It makes it a faster production and why not! The author goes through many scenarios in a domestic dog’s life and shows how depended pets are on us. A nice effort which I fully recommend!
“Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier” is Spina’s latest effort, and based on the beloved pet she once had. Spina takes the reader on a typical day… moments in Lucy’s active (and often funny) life, through lively and detailed rhymes. Accompanying the text are simple illustrations of Lucy within photographed background scenes, care of the author’s husband, illustrator John Spina.
As a previous dog owner, I adored this rhyming tail… er, tale! I’m sure your kids will too
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsAnother cute book by Janice SpinaMarch 27, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI thoroughly enjoyed reading Janice Spina’s new story about Lucy. It was great fun to learn about Lucy’s personality and how she liked to spend her day. For example, Lucy loved taking walks with her owners, but she hated bath time.Guess what Lucy’s favorite meal was? She loved spaghetti, with or without meatballs. But it needed homemade sauce. Parents and children will love learning about Lucy and her endearing traits. It’s another remarkable story by Janice Spina. I highly recommend that you add it to your collection of books by this talented author such as Louey the Lazy Elephant and Lamby the Lonely Lamb. You’re sure to enjoy them. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne *I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it without compensation.
Thank you for stopping by to read about my precious little pup. I miss her every day and all the joy she brought my way. It’s too bad that dogs don’t live longer. Their lives are too fleeting but we will always keep them in our hearts.
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Colby the Courageous Cat loves and cares for his siblings in this fun adventure. He teaches children that family is important and should be treated with kindness and respect.
I wrote this book in memory of my daughter’s cat, Colby, who we had for nine years. He was a wild adventuresome cat who liked to roam around at night looking for mice, squirrels and other little creatures of the night to chase.
Colby is an award-winning book. It received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. It is also available on Barnes & Noble.
Colby is one of a litter of four kittens. The kittens get into all kinds of trouble. Being the biggest and strongest, Colby’s mother expects him to watch over the smaller kittens and keep them safe. Read and find out what Colby does to meet his mother’s expectations.
Colby the Courageous Cat
There once was a cat named Colby,
Who was the largest cat of the family.
He took care of his siblings
In spite of their quibbling.
Now he is the favored cat of his family.
Reviews on Amazon:
Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsHello, Kitty!January 22, 2018Format: Kindle EditionWho doesn’t like books about kittens, especially kittens which like adventures? It wouldn’t be a real kitten if it didn’t get in some trouble. I know this because have kittens adopted me a few times now.
“Colby the Courageous Cat,” written by award-winning author Janice Spina and illustrated by John Spina, is one of those books that entertains and educates young children at the same time. While following Colby the kitten and his siblings on great adventures, children will face a few dangerous situations that will make them applaud the brave kitten. It’s a lovely story that encourages children to think and act when they see a danger, and to take responsibility then they are in charge.
The bright, colorful illustrations and rhyming storyline put children into an exploring mood and paying attention to Colby’s actions, as he is in charge of his frisky brothers and sisters. Their love of exploring could get them in trouble, but the biggest brother makes sure he keeps them safe. It is a fast read for any child, wonderful for a bedtime story or nap, and to read aloud at mom’s clubs or libraries. A great book for toddlers and up, and for sure the cat lovers like me!
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsA great adventure with Colby the CatNovember 19, 2016Format: Paperback5.0 out of 5 starsA great adventure with Colby the Cat By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne on November 19, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition Young children and their families are sure to enjoy award-winning author Janice Spina’s latest book, Colby the Courageous Cat. This time, Colby sets out on several adventures with his kitten siblings. In their travels, they encounter several different dangers. What happens when Colby notices bees buzzing around? What does Colby do when he and his family sees a big truck? You’ll see why Colby is very brave indeed. As always, the colorful illustrations by Janice’s husband, John, add to the fun of the story. Congratulations, Janice and John, on another great story. Review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne *I was given a copy of this book and chose to review it.
Maria Kiguthi4.0 out of 5 starsBright Illustrations and RhymesJuly 14, 2017Format: PaperbackThe book has bright colorful illustrations and a story that rhymes. That help the kids keep paying attention. Colby is the biggest of the 4 kittens his mother has. He has very bright green eyes and is a black and grey kitten. His brother and sister want to explore and he must keep them safe.
Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsA Lovely Story for Little ChildrenOctober 15, 2016Format: Kindle EditionAward-winning author Janice Spina, in her newest joint effort with husband John, continues to encourage children to read, by publishing yet another adorable children’s book that entertains as it delivers an important value. In “Colby the Courageous Cat”, the author introduces young readers to Colby the cat, who takes his responsibility to care for his younger siblings very seriously. The charming story is told in rhyme and is accompanied by John Spina’s lovely illustrations. Warmly recommended.
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I wrote this story, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, for my youngest grandson when he was only three. He still has his monkey with him when he sleeps. He is now five years old.
Children will learn that is it important to be kind to animals as well as others. All Jemsbooks children’s book carry life lessons that will encourage children to be respectful of others, listen to your mother, accept differences, love oneself, be the best you can be, it is okay to be different and believe in yourself.
This is a fun and musical adventure for children. They learn as they read along or are read to by their parents. Young children in preschool and kindergarten love this book! There are fewer words on each page and more colorful animals to enjoy! Cover and illustrations by John Spina.
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.
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’.
I got a little carried away with these limericks. Sorry! They can get a little silly at times but are fun to do.
Reviews on Amazon:
Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsNo More Sad Monkeys!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 starsFun for you and everyone at the zoo!June 3, 2015Format: Kindle Edition Janice 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 starsAdorableJune 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.
Thank you for stopping by to read about Sebastian. I hope you will check this book out on Amazon or Barnes & Noble for some fun reading with your children. A perfect addition to your children’s library.
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It is difficult at times for children to know how important it is to be kind to others. In this Jemsbooks children’s book, children will read about Broose and find out how he reacted when he was treated kindly. He was kind in return. All Jemsbooks children’s books carry life lessons.
Broose the Moose on the Loose is a book that parents will love to add to their children’s library. Also available on Barnes & Noble.
Broose won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!
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.
I wrote this book and dedicated it to The Moosehill School. I dropped off a box of books to share with the children there. Broose was added to their window of moose and is no longer on the loose. He has found a home.
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!
Reviews on Amazon:
Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 starsAnother great lesson in kindness and understandingFebruary 17, 2016Format: Kindle EditionAnother great lesson in kindness and understanding. It is a hard lesson for young children to learn. People are easy to judge and be mean when they are afraid of the unknown. Always remember to be kind and don’t judge a book by its cover 🙂 If you open your heart and see beyond the surface, you just might find a friend for life like these two did!
Werner Stejskal5.0 out of 5 starsWe are all differentJune 14, 2015Format: Kindle EditionWe all should try to accept each other. This is the lesson of Broose, the moose. Broose has problems finding a friend and eventually meets a human boy, who is disabled. The friendship blossoms and they even meet when they have grown up. This is a nice story for little people with simple drawings and teaching about friendship and tolerance. Keep it coming!
Teacher4.0 out of 5 starsFriendship and overcoming adversities.November 10, 2018Format: Kindle EditionBroose is a Moose with a scar and a very big heart. He is also on the loose, eager to explore. He meets a boy with a different scar- a bad leg. They understand each other and become friends. Many years later as adults they meet again, and the friendship and understanding still remains.
Allen Smith5.0 out of 5 starsPerfect For Young Children With A Great MessageJanuary 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!
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Did I ever tell you that I LOVE TO READ?! Well, I do. You can tell by how many books I read in March of 2019, the third month of the new year. My goal for the year is 95. Do you think I will make it? I am currently at 32 books read in three months! I just may exceed it at this rate. What do you think?
I want to share the books that I read this month (10). They were enjoyable reads by talented authors. Thank you to all these authors for publishing such a wonderful selection of books.
Check out next month for what I will read. I don’t think I will read as many as previous months because I plan to write more but I will do my best to make a dent in my overflowing TBR list on my Kindle and Nook apps.
Here are the books I read and reviewed on Amazon and Goodreads:
Jjspina5.0 out of 5 starsA Fun Bedtime Story!March 26, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseAnother wonderful addition to your children’s library by talented author of children’s books, Sarah Mazor. This book will have children giggling at the many silly rhymes by Uncle Willy.
The illustrations are colorful and well done and will keep children engaged in each rhyme. At the end of the book the author supplies some other rhymes with questions that children can answer. This interactive story book is a creative way for children to use their imaginations while having fun.
I highly recommend this and all books by Sarah Mazor. Her books carry good family values that all parents will appreciate
Charlie Grimm has served time for killing his wife in a tragic car accident. Now he is out of prison and trying to get his life back. When he meets his parole officer, Mackenna Christensen, a beautiful woman, who is haunted by her own demons in her life, they see something in each other and are drawn close. Mac realizes that she could lose her job if she ventures any closer to this enigma of a man.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story with its fascinating, likable and vulnerable characters. I found myself cheering them on and hoping that they would get together eventually. Will they find happiness together? This is book one in a series. I look forward to more books in this series.
Unfortunately the cover did not come here. But the link did. Since there were so many reviews, over 5K reviews for this book I couldn’t find mine there but did copy it from Goodreads. I gave this book 5 stars.
Timebound is a fascinating story on time travel for young adults and older. This was an Amazon First Reads book that intrigued me. Evidently time travel is what many YA want to read about. It is a difficult subject to work with keeping the timelines straight, throwing in some history and adding the rest from the author’s imagination. This author did a commendable job at both.
The main protagonist, Kate, is a 16 year old who meets her grandmother, an eccentric, according to her mother. As Kate gets to know her grandmother, Katherine, she realizes that she is anything but. Katherine is a strong, resilient, caring person who is a survivor and will do anything to protect her family. Kate soon realizes that she has powers as strong or stronger than her grandmother and is the world’s only salvation along with a blue medallion, time travel diaries, and the help of her grandmother and her sidekick, computer geek, Connor. Throw in some unsavory characters, an adorable dog, a sweet boyfriend and you have an interesting mix.
This is the first book I have ever read that is a Kindle in motion book. I found that fascinating and did enjoy the beautiful interactive illustrations which are only in the kindle copy. Is this the future of e-books? It was like stepping into the future.
This was an enjoyable read which ended in a pleasing way and not leaving the reader hanging until the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book to all YA and others like myself. I look forward to reading the next two books in this creative series.
The author has written an engrossing read with strong characters artfully drawn and dialogue that grips the reader in a vise. When Alex realizes that he can reenact dying peoples’ last breaths by psychometry, the act of touching items and reliving their last moments of their lives, he receives the thoughts and wishes of the dying that he do what he can to help them and others who have died at the hands of others. The gruesome detail that the author has given of each instance is incredibly real and frightening.
Weston Kincade is a talent to watch as he creates new stories with paranormal, horror, mystery for YA and adults to enjoy. I will be looking for more of this series to read and other books by this creative, best-selling author.
There are two stories running through this book at the same time. One of an older man, Max, whose daughter was murdered seven years ago without her killer being caught and no sign of her body.
The main story is about a man wrongly accused of a crime who was put away for seven years. During this time this man, Adam Wells, meets another man, Joseph Penman, who killed a member of the drug cartel in order to save his brother’s life. These two men share a cell for one year and share their past and their secrets when Joseph realizes that he is terminally ill and will not live long. He reveals his one secret to Adam Wells that will lead to millions of dollars hidden from the drug cartel by Joseph Penman’s brother. Adam is released soon afterward when DNA is discovered that does not match up to his at the scene of the crime.
The author takes the reader for a wild ride in a 1969 Camaro along with Adam and Joseph’s wife, Hannah and her sick child, Michael, to find the money which is needed for an expensive life-saving surgery for Michael. Will they escape the grasp of the drug cartel who will kill to get their money back? There are others who know about this money and will stop at nothing to fight to beat the cartel to retrieve the money for themselves.
This is a must read that will stay with you for a long time. I avidly look forward to more books by this talented author.
The above review was on the original title. It was thereafter changed to The Final Proposition per the author.
Twist of Faith is a gripping thriller with plenty of colorful characters. I didn’t know what to expect with this Amazon First Read book when I began reading. I knew it to be a mystery but did not expect it to be so full of twists and turns that kept me reading well into one night and into the next morning trying to figure out who did what. I couldn’t put it down! Just when I thought I had it all figured out, there was another twist in the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though I wish it had ended differently. But I can understand why the author did it this way – to make this a series with the main protagonist, Ava Saunders. The author creates this character that is not what she appears to be not the outside, intriguing, aloof, and unsuspecting. On the inside she is conniving, determined, and dangerous.
This was such a fascinating story that I could see it possibly on the big screen one day. I look forward to the next two books in this series and will follow this author to see what else she writes.
Jjspina5.0 out of 5 starsAn Enchanting MysteryMarch 8, 2019Format: Kindle EditionSaving Grace is an enjoyable mystery with a little magic thrown in the mix. The main protagonist, Chloe Hicks, has a ranch and equestrian business which is doing well until her barn burns down killing her beloved ranch horse and nearly taking her life and her partner’s life in the process.
Chloe must now try to salvage what she can out of her business and go on. But her egocentric ex-husband with connections in high places refuses to let her go and threatens her. She suspects he is behind the fire when it is found to be arson. She is forced to flee to get away fro him to a hideaway that is haunted by a ghost of a women claimed to be a witch from nearly three centuries in the past.
This was a quick read full of mystery, history and a little romance that kept this reader engrossed. The tale of the women suspected of being a witch was a fascinating addition to this story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt sad to see it end. I look forward to reading more by this award-winning and bestselling author
Jjspina5.0 out of 5 starsA Fun Series for Boy and Girls!March 7, 2019Format: Kindle EditionSophie Washington: Code One is a fun and entertaining book that is part of a series of middle-grade books that can be enjoyed by both girls and boys. This story involves a code writing competition that Sophie and her friends enter with the anticipation of winning against the boys’ team.
Writing code is a lot more difficult than any of the students realize. They need to work harder to beat out tough competition and prove that girls are just as smart as boys.
This book encourages middle-graders to work hard to achieve their goals and that girls can do as well as boys in computers. They also learn about the importance of team work, getting along with others, and that being kind and forgiving to others is the right thing to do in order to save a friendship.
The author has created a fun series for kids that will keep them engaged and enjoying reading. I was gifted this copy and chose to review it without compensation
Lin suffers from psychological personality disorders that make it difficult for her to know reality from make believe. Her doctor, Dr. Wen, tries to help her deal with her insecurities and changing personality but fears he may have missed in diagnosing her.
The reader is led to believe that Lin is sane at times and insane at other times. She is in and out of an asylum and tries to share her fears of what is happening at the hospital to unsuspecting patients. Or is what she is imagining real or only a figment of her imagination?
This is a thriller that has so many twists and turns in Lin’s life that you will be kept guessing until the end. An enjoyable read for those who are looking for a story that will keep them in suspense
I would have given this book five stars but there were some editing issues that needed an editor’s touch. I am sure with some help from an editor this book would have been worthy of 5 stars.
I was gifted a copy of this book and chose to review it.
Thank you so much for stopping by to read about the books I read in March of 2019. These are a wonderful selection once again of some worthwhile reads to check out. I am slowly getting my swelling TBR lists down a little. There are plenty more for me to read yet. Come back again and see what I have read and how far along I am to completing my goal of 95 books read for 2019 on Goodreads.
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Jemsbooks most popular book for children is Jerry the Crabby Crayfish! When I wrote this book in 2014 I didn’t realize how popular crabby Jerry would become. We have sold more of this book than any another other books combined so far.
Jerry was a real crayfish that lived in a 35-gallon salt water tank in our kitchen. We had him for several years. He was quite a character and would interact with us by waving his claws when he was hungry or if one of the grandchildren tapped on his tank. He didn’t like that. When he passed I shed a few tears. He really was lovable even though a little crabby at times. It was always entertaining watching him maneuver around the tank and in between the fish that were his neighbors and when he shed his outer skeleton for a new on. He really was a brilliant shade of blue.
Jerry won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2017! Also, available on Barnes & Noble.
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.
All Jemsbooks have life lessons. Jerry will teach children that it is okay to be different, love yourself and be happy with who you are, and take pride in what you can do and do it well.
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!
Check out the reviews on Amazon:
Wynette Mills5.0 out of 5 starsJerry The Crabby Crayfish is a delight!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.
Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 starsAnother GemMarch 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.
Jerry the crayfish, a cave dweller in a fish tank that was populated by various multi-colored fish, was a very unhappy fellow. Jerry was miserable and discontented with being a crayfish and was quite vocal about his desire to be a fish. But when opportunity arose for him to help others in the fish tank, Jerry realized his unique gifts and wished to be a fish no more.
Mrs. Spina lovely story telling abilities and her husband, John Spina’s fabulous illustrations make this kid book a must have!
Thank you for stopping by to read about Jerry. I hope you will take a look at this book and other Jemsbooks for some fun adventures with life lessons for children. I’d love to hear what you think about this book and others! Drop me a line at jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net. I will share your review with your permission.
In this crazy world we need all the help we can get encouraging our children to behave, listen to parents, love each other, be kind to others, respect and accept differences in others, bullying is never accepted or tolerated, and that family and friends do matter.
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Here is an adorable polar bear story that your children will love: Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear.
This story was dedicated to a little boy I met in Aruba back in 2014 by the name of Jesse. I met Jesse when I went swimming at the resort we stayed in Aruba. We started talking and I told him that I write children’s books. I then asked him what was his favorite animal. He replied that it was the polar bear. I then promised to write a story just for him about a polar bear named Jesse and bring it with me the following year. He was thrilled to receive it. He is much older now but shares this book with his two younger brothers.
As in all Jemsbooks for Children there are life lessons to be learned for young readers or those who do not yet read. In this book Jesse learns that it’s important to listen to his mother, that friends are important, and to be kind to others.
Here is cute little Jesse after I sent him the book. He looks happy!
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.
Illustrations and cover by John Spina
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.
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???
Trish5.0 out of 5 starsWhat fun!June 22, 2014Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis story is fun for younger children and helps to instill the importance of being kind to others. Jesse learned that one good deed made him a friend for life. It showed him why it is good to look out for others because sometimes you may be the one who needs a helping hand. Another great story by Janice Spina with lively illustrations from John Spina. I am sure there will be many more book to come!
Another wonderful story by talented writer Janice Spina with amazing illustrations from John Spina! Mama Polar Bear wants to teach Little Jesse how to hunt, how to cut holes in the ice and bring in delicious food. But Jesse, who has an adventurous mind of his own, wants to look for a friend or two instead, someone to play with from morning till night. Something surprising happens in this story! Does Jesse find an unusual friend? Did he learn how to hunt? Was he ever in danger in the icy waters? Get your copy of Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear to find out what it is!
Your children will enjoy this story and learn valuable lessons that will stay with them for a lifetime. Highly recommended!
Also, check out Janice’s library for more wonderful stories: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon & Louey the Lazy Elephant.
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I wrote Lamby the Lonely Lamb for my granddaughter who was three years old at that time. She carried her favorite stuffed animal, a white lamb, everywhere. They were never apart.
She asked me one day to write a story about her lamb and make it purple. I had to think about this and finally came up with this story.
As with all Jemsbooks this one carries life lessons. The lessons in this sweet book are be kind to others and accept differences in others. This book is perfect for SPRING and for Easter time. What better time than to teach our children the importance of being kind to others no matter what color they are. We are all the same underneath in the eyes of our Creator.
This book won a Silver Medal in Mom’s Choice Awards. All parents will love this book for the important lessons that it conveys to children.
Lamby is a very different lamb because of his color. He is very 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 Lamb lives.
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.
Here are some reviews from Amazon:
Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 starsThe story of a purple lambJune 18, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseLamby fell into a vat of purple dye and was purple from head to toe. The other lambs didn’t want to play with Lamby because he was different. Lamby gets his wish to be accepted for whom he is, not for the way he looks. Lamby the Lonely Lamb is a adorably written and illustrated picture book for the young reader. It was written for the author’s granddaughter.C
319425.0 out of 5 starsLamby The Lonely LambMay 31, 2014Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseI loved this book, a wonderful lesson taught about differences that one may come in contact with not only as a child but as an adult. A must read!…I also enjoyed John’s illustrations….Very cute picture of Leah… .Hugs, Aunt Pat
Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsNobody Wants To Be RejectedJanuary 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!
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Ricky was the second book my husband and I worked on together. He is an adorable raccoon who gets into all kinds of trouble. Children will love reading about Ricky and all his mishaps all written in a delightful rhyme.
As with all Jemsbooks for children, Ricky teaches his young readers the important of listening to your mother.
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!
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?
Check out these reviews from Amazon:
J L. Mitchell5.0 out of 5 starsAdventurous Little Raccoon!October 30, 2013Format: Kindle EditionAuthor Janice Spina writes a beautiful story about an adventurous little raccoon who likes to ‘sniff’ around for food deep down in the dark forest, tiptoeing, searching and searching around rocks, sifting through pine straw, and smelly garbage cans.
Little Ricky thinks that if he goes out at night, that no one would see him. But one night, Little Ricky didn’t obey his mom and on this journey the curious little raccoon got himself into a tight spot. Read the book to see if he gets himself out of a jam and enjoy the colorful illustrations by Illustrator John Spina. Wonderful lesson taught here and a great bedtime story for kids of all ages. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of ‘Louey the Lazy Elephant’ by the talented writer, Janice Spina!
CommentReport abuseAmazon Customer5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful night time shenanigans of a mischievous RaccoonOctober 14, 2013Format: Kindle EditionJanice captures the spirit of adventure in the narrative, whilst John captures the mischievous nocturnal activities of this rambunctious little raccoon perfectly with simple, clever and colorful illustrations. This enchanting little book delivers a beautiful story, simply told. As with her other book, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Janice Spina embeds a cautionary tale into the narrative designed to teach children a lesson, whilst entertaining them with the funny antics of this mischievous, but endearing fellow. Children will laugh at what happens to Ricky as he humorously tries to evade the creatures of the night, whilst his mother is looking for him. It’s unusual for the narrative to be set against a black background, but in the context of this story, it makes perfect sense, given that all the action takes place at night. It is another aspect of this story that will appeal to children and help them interpret the message and imagine the world in the story. Another great book, by a clever team of Author and Illustrator.
SRM-Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsKids Entertained While Taught an Important LessonOctober 14, 2013Format: Kindle EditionThe mystery of the world beyond beckons Ricky the raccoon, who by nature is rambunctious and high-spirited. One night, in his excitement to go hunting for delicious treats, Ricky ignores his mother’s calls and wanders off by himself, unsupervised. Ricky’s adventure does not go as planned as he meets with trouble. What kind of trouble did Ricky get himself into? Did he find his way home back to his mother? And, most importantly, did Ricky learn his lesson?
Author Janice Spina skillfully describes Ricky’s escapade and, cognizant of her audience’s age, manages not to scare but rather to entertain her readers while at the same drive home the important lesson that it is dangerous to wander off without parental supervision.
The Spina Team, Janice the author and John the illustrator, has done it again. When buying this lovely and entertaining book, be sure to pick up your copy of Janice Spina’s “Louey the Lazy Elephant” as well.
Valerie A. Ormond5.0 out of 5 stars“Read it Again!”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.
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I am excited to announce that I am working on Book 6 in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series for both boys and girls. This series was inspired by my two middle grandsons who love to read. They are my inspiration to write this series.
These MG/PT/YA books carry life lessons that promote and encourage good behavior in children, to love one another, respect elders and others, family and friends do matter, bullying will never be tolerated, and to be kind to one another.
These books are stand alone books with stories that can be read in or out of order. In each book I put in an introduction to explain a little about the characters and their background which will help the reader to enjoy the stories. These stories are not only enjoyed by MG/PT/YA but also by adults.
These books have won 7 book awards and have been a finalist in another contest.
Robert5.0 out of 5 starsA GREAT WHO DONE ITMay 20, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseDo you want your children to think? Learn how to decipher a problem? Cultivate their imigination? Amateur sleuhs David and Derek, two twins as opposite as they can be, accompanied by their assistant Mickey, code named CAT, are off to discover the mystery behind Christine’s cell phone (she swears she put it in her backpack at school buty it vanished) Being an adult mystery writer – THE CASE OF THE MISSING CELL PHONE – book 1 in an upcoming series- is all a mystery should be – a lot of clues – a few dead ends – and ending that fooled me. All you parents and grandparents this is a great book for all those m iddle grade kids you worry about – might even get them away from that cell phone and video games.
Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsThink! Learn! Imagine!January 22, 2018Format: Kindle Edition“The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” is the first in the Davey and Derek junior detective series, where two twin boys are trying to solve the mystery of a missing expensive cell phone. I love the fact that this story is for both boys and girls. It makes readers think, act, and discover. It’s also very engaging and entertaining, with an emphasis on teaching superb life lessons in a very delicate way. While reading this story, children are encouraged to communicate and learn how to crack problems and develop their creativity.
David and Derek are two twins, but they are very different from each other. David is a logical kid and Derek is all action. Supervised by their assistant named Cat, the two young detectives are off to discover the mystery behind Christine’s cell phone. As they untangle the mystery of the missing phone, they realize that the job of a detective is very tough and sometimes uncomfortable, such as when they question their classmates and the people they know.
This is a very interesting read for middle school-age students that will keep them tickled and predicting. I love that the author touched on a few very important issues that accrue in every school: the bullying, stealing, and credulity. These are very important subjects for children who are that age. In her book, Janice Spina nicely conveyed these very important messages. Her story sparked some needed discussion about theft, bullying, and teamwork. It is full of interesting twists and turns, details and clues. It really keeps young readers’ attention as they turn page after page.
It is also a fantastic acknowledgment of friendship and what is all right and wrong, which is extremely important for that age, when children know that they’re all different and should be treated equally. Their own unique personality would shine if you gave them the chance.
“Davey & Derek, Junior Detectives” is intriguing for my taste, and I am sure that young readers will agree with me. The exciting story line will leave them wanting to know more and to see what happens next in this engaging series. A great mystery read for middle-school children!
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsThis story is a masterpiece you’re going to love from cover to cover!September 21, 2015Format: Kindle EditionJanice Spina has crafted another amazing story for young adults! Congratulations, Janice! This time, twins Davey and Derek learn some amazing secrets from their Aunt Gigi. Many exciting events occur. Even Davy, the practically perfect student gets in a little jam in school. But the most mesmerizing part of the story involves newly discovered powers of Davey and Derek. Something potentially tragic happens to their friend Mickey’s little sister. Davey and Derek look to Aunt Gigi and her mysterious black cat to help them rescue Mickey’s sister. You’re sure to love this story as much as I did. You’ll hate to put it down! I highly recommend this wonderful story. Review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne * I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lorraine Price5.0 out of 5 starsThe Secret of the Magical Ivory ElephantAugust 30, 2016Format: Kindle EditionDavey & Derek are twin brothers who are celebrating their 11th birthday. They share a gift between themselves called, “twin telepathy.” They also have an aunt named, “Gigi, who happens to be a witch with magical powers. She helps the boys to understand that they have powers of their own and teaches them how to use them.
A theft occurs at a local museum and Davey & Derek decide to use their talents to find the answers to the burglary.
Full of magic and mystery, intrigue and excitement. Such a cute story!
Janice has a theme throughout her book and that is to teach kids how to be polite, kind, and sensitive to other’s feelings.
This is the third in a series of books that she has written and can be enjoyed by itself or as a complete set. Give your child the gift of reading!
Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 starsDelightful Story for Young ReadersMay 14, 2017Format: Kindle EditionJunior detectives, Davey and Derek Donato, are off again to solve another mystery with the help of Aunt Gigi’s magic and Mianna, the cat in Aunt Gigi’s crystal ball. The boys get into mischief as they try to discover what happened to the scraggly dog and how it’s paw got blood on it. The ending was a wonderful surprise and the kind of ending any child would love. The author’s goal in writing books for children that bring to light life lessons that the children can learn from. These lessons include politeness (Davey and Derek are both polite boys), kindness (they are kind to the dog and to his owner, as well as to family and friends in this story), and sensitivity (they are concerned that their friend Mickey isn’t left out and that their mom doesn’t worry needlessly about them). Janice Spina accomplished her goal with The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog. This book is sure to delight. I highly recommend The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog to young readers. This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for my honest review
Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Winner!August 9, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThe wonderful and prolific author, Janice Spina, continues to entertain children with another terrific installment in the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series, “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost.” In this, the latest installment, Ms. Spina introduces the twins’ new cousins, Abby and Holly, who moved into a neighboring house that is haunted by ghosts. The frightened girls entreat the help of the now famous junior detectives. The twins, Davey and Derek, are not only excited about their new assignment but are also happy for the friendships developing between themselves and the lovely cousins. The story is most engaging and will entertain young readers going along for the ride, as the junior detectives, helped by their fabulous Aunt Gigi, tackle this new adventure. Highly recommended!!
Watch for Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series coming next month. As a mother and grandmother I want children of all ages to know that they are loved and safe in their homes. I want to encourage them to read in order for them to learn, to grow, and to become inspired to reach for their dreams. The more children read the better they will become at their chosen field of study.
Reading is good for your health! Let’s all start reading today and get healthier.
I will share the blurb and cover soon. My husband, John, is working on the chapter illustrations and cover.
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