It's back to school season and vacations have come to an end. But we can still reminisce! Vacations can be awesome things- sight-seeing, learning a new language or social norms, trying new foods, staying on an activity filled resort, laying by the beach or pool and getting tanned for example.
But sometimes horrible things happen unexpectedly. It can be from anywhere like forgetting your passport, missing your flight, being delayed at the airport for hours, being a target of discrimination, losing your luggage, staying at a place that looks nothing like it was described or getting ill during the trip. My family loves to travel. We tend to have pretty smooth, relaxing and fun vacations. So, when we were offered Vacation Mix Up, written by Jazmeen E., we were excited to read about their vacation and learn where they went. We couldn’t wait to learn what was the mix up?
In Vacation Mix Up, we meet 4 high school friends who are sophomores and seem well off financially. They are traveling unsupervised to NY, when they discover they took the wrong flight and end up somewhere else. Lucky for them they have the means to book a resort and make the best of their trip. Each day brings new and exciting adventures. In each chapter, we learn more about the characters: Jazmeen, Martha, Elizabeth, and Abby. Jazmeen is the main character, who is really smart, kind, responsible, and mature for her age. Martha is the fun, free, and wild spirit, who is also feisty and argumentative. Abby is the creative one who is into fashion shows and modeling. Elizabeth is shy and has a fraternal twin sister, Harriet. Later, we meet more of their friends, but I won’t ruin the story for you.
This book has 29 chapters, 30 pages, and took Olivia and I about 1 hr and a half to read. We recommend this book for 5th- 7th grade or 9 to 12 year old girls as it is a chapter book and has no pictures. It is well written, very interesting, and keeps the reader engaged. It is very imaginative and has a lot of action. You can find this book on Amazon.com. We give this book 5 stars. The best reason to read it is because it was written by a very talented, 9 year old.
Fiction stories are not easy to write. Believe me, I have tried! We say Congratulations to Jazmeen for a tremendous job. We know you will go very far and cant wait to read your next book.
In the comments below please share what was the worst or weirdest thing that happened to you on a vacation!!!
Title: Christmas with Marco: A Chesapeake Adventure
Author: Cindy Freland
Publisher: Self-published 2016
Pages: 40 pages
Genre: Children’s picture book
It is a hundred days until our favorite holiday of the year, Christmas! What does Christmas mean to you? Is it about giving gifts or receiving gifts? It is about things or people?
Are you looking for a great children's book that is unlike the others? Are you looking to teach your children through literature? I just read and reviewed Christmas with Marco written by Cindy Freland and illustrated by the talented Gabby Hammaker. This book is a really great Christmas gift idea.
I really enjoyed the story and without ruining it for you. Here are 5 reasons you should read it with your children:
Meaning of Christmas. It is very important for our kids to learn sooner than later that while Christmas is a time where we give each other gifts, it isn’t just about getting. There are lots more to Christmas than stockings and Christmas trees. Marco, the manatee and the twins, Emma and Ethan learn all about the meaning of Christmas.
Protecting animals. Many of us love animals and may even have a pet animal such as a dog, cat, bird, or bunny. We feed them, clean up after them, and play with them. But how do animals in the wild get cared for? Who ensures that they are fed, cleaned, and have appropriate shelter? Find out how Manatees are cared for in Christmas with Marco.
Educational. The author is not only entertaining children with interesting and engaging stories. She also teaches them with fun facts at the end of the book and offers historical context for the story.
Beautiful illustrations. Unlike younger children’s books where each page has an illustration, this book is for older children with longer attention spans. The author is very detailed and paints the picture with her words. Therefore, the few pictures are sufficient and each picture is beautifully illustrated and very captivating.
Travel destinations. After reading this book, you may very well want to visit Chesapeake for your own adventure.
I want to tell you so much more, but if I do, you won’t have to read the book. If you have trusted my reviews in the past, you know you can trust me again and read Christmas with Marco.
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