Monday, July 27, 2015

Ben's School Daze: A Story of Being Overwhelmed in a Sensory World

Ben’s School Daze Book

A story of being overwhelmed in a sensory world.

This is a story about Ben, a lively and active boy, who finds the sensory experiences within his day to be overwhelming.  Loud noises vibrate through his body and "shoes and socks bother him... they never feel just right".  This can make it hard for Ben to be a good student.  But don't worry, his teacher and mum know what to do to help him through his day.

A lovely story for parents, teachers and children to read to help them better understand what it feels like to function everyday in a world that feels overwhelming to the senses.  Information about Sensory Processing Disorder and ideas to be used in the  classroom at the back of the book.



 My Impression: 

I love seeings more books like this being written to bring awareness to how these disorders can really effects someones quality of life. Having someone around who can understand and help makes the biggest difference. I loved that the author touched on each of the senses on how overwhelming the simple things can feel to someone with this disorder and how they might react to try and calm themselves and express their frustration with life.

I could relate so much to the sock issue. Everyday this is a battle with my son. He complains the socks are too tight, to small, too big, making his toes claustrophobic, and on and on it goes. Then we repeat the same things with his shoes and back to the socks. There are morning I almost loose it over shoes and socks that its crazy! People laugh at SPD, but its real and having books like this to help educate others can help close the gap that is out there.

I adored the illustrations, the emotions they captured and the simplicity of them. The book does a great job capturing what it is like for someone to have SPD. They want to be like everyone else. To play and do the things their friends are doing, but life can seem overwhelming at times and they need to have a safe place to retreat to and collect themselves. More importantly they need a strong support system of people who understand this.

This is an easy book to recommend to others with a great message.

About the Authors: Robyn Sims is a paedatric occupational therapist who works in private practice with many children with sensory challenges.  Joanne Larcom is a mother to four beautiful children, one of whom has sensory processing challenges.  Together they have a business Magnetic Moves and regularly present workshops on Sensory Processing Disorder to teachers, childcare workers, parents and carers.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology: The Musculoskeletal System (Wonders of the Human Body)

  • Series: Wonders of the Human Body (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books (April 30, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890518653
  • ISBN-13: 978-089051865
  • Purchase: Here with Amazon
Discover how even the bones and muscles that give us strength and speed depend on many types of cells. Throughout the book you will learn things to do to keep your body healthy - though in our fallen, cursed world things are bound to break down through diseases or injuries.

Your body is built from many kinds of cells and tissues, and you will learn how they work. Even the bones and muscles that give you strength and speed depend on many types of cells. This book will:
  • Show you the ins and outs of the bones in your skeleton and how they function
  • Give detail as to how your marvelous muscles move you
  • Provide a detailed glossary in the back for quick reference!
As our journey through the human body progresses, it is evident that this marvelous structure did not arise by chance. Teens will understand why God inspired the Psalm writer to say that the human body is "fearfully and wonderfully made."

My Impressions:

Anatomy and Physiology was one of my favorite classes I took in Middle School, High School and College. I am amazed at how intricate God made us and how strong and fragile our bodies are at the same time.  So I was really excited to see this book up for review.

Within these 112 pages you get a book that is jammed packed with beautiful illustrations, detailed breakdowns of our muscles and skeletal system, coupled with tons of facts and tid bits of not so common known information. This book comes with an excellent glossary in the back, strong thick pages that wont rip easily, biblical references throughout the book. The only thing this book was missing, in my opinion, was a study guide to go along with it or some questions and answers throughout the chapters for kids.

This is an easy book that I can recommend highly for those seeking an excellent, bible based, study of our Musculoskeletal System.

About the Author: 

 As a scientist and physician, Dr. Tommy Mitchell is a popular speaker and frequent contributor to many of the books and projects of Answers in Genesis Ministry. Dr. Mitchell graduated with a BA with highest honors from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville majoring in cell biology. Dr. Mitchell then attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine receiving his degree, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He left his thriving medical practice in 2006 to pursue creation ministry full time.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom (Book 1: Kingdom Fantasy Series)




Title: Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom (Book 1: Kingdom Fantasy Series)
Author: Nirit Littaney
Publisher: Nirit Littaney
Pages: 26
Genre: Children
Format: Kindle

Meet Candy, the cute girl who loves chocolate so much she dreams about it at night. Grab some sweets and follow Candy though a Magical Chocolate Kingdom that fills her belly and teaches her an important lesson about limits, after something very unexpected happens in the delicious empire. 

Though the vivid illustrations are sure to make your mouth water, Candy’s new understanding is the real treat even you can munch on! 
Excellent for beginner's readers and children ages 3-6. Book 1 in the Kingdom Fantasy series.
This book is great for quick bedtime story or to be read aloud with friends and family!

For More Information

  • Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom is available at Amazon.

  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
My Impressions: 
I love a good children's book. The way a child's face lights up when they connect withe story. The way the illustrations draw them in to the story and make them want to read. Candy's Chocolate Kingdom does all these things and tells an important lesson in the process. 

Candy is a little girl who loves all things chocolate. So much so she falls asleep one night and dreams of a living a life devoted to chocolate. As the story progresses she learns some valuable lessons about indulgence, healthy eating and setting limitations.  This book has beautiful illustrations that really capture the story and breathe life into it. My son and I loved this 25page early reader that packed a punch. 

Disclaimer: I received a free Kindle copy of this book from the author via Pumpupyourbooks in exchange for my honest receive, which I have given. 
 

About the Author

Nirit Littaney is a fresh, imaginative author who weaves vivid images and important life lessons into endearing stories for children. After being confined to her bed for years by an incurable illness, Nirit experienced the same triumph of spirit that many of her characters undergo in their journeys through lands near and far.

Nirit’s commitment to personal and physical healing, along with her story-like travels around the world, have inspired her to pen inventive tales for families in search of humorous, insightful bedtime stories. She writes for children in hopes of making them giggle while they also learn a lesson or two.

Today, Nirit lives in Israel with her angel of a husband, who champions each of her new books as if he were the wide-eyed child she wrote them for. When Nirit isn’t dreaming up new characters, she works as a nutritionist, medical coach, and spiritual leader. She is eager to inspire and help others with the lessons her own challenges have taught her—and what better way is there than through books?

Her latest children’s book is Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Twin Powers



While vacationing with her mother in Havana, a 10-year old American girl is taken by members of a child sex ring intent on selling her into forced prostitution. When the human traffickers avoid capture and escape the island, the father of the girl, surgeon Raymond Peters, decides to take matters into his own hands and initiates a worldwide investigation. The Cuban government assigns a lethal professional assassin named Marcela to help Raymond track down the culprits. The search for Stephanie takes the unlikely pair – a man who has sworn an oath to save lives and a woman who kills for a living -- to the Middle East in the hunt for the mysterious mastermind, Mohamed. Working against the clock, Raymond and Marcela must pull out all stops to save Stephanie and flee Dubai before Mohamed and his gang of thugs kill them.


Giveaway:



David will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. Additionally, Goddess Fish Productions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.


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My Impressions: 

This was an excellent book that had you on the edge of your seat the whole way through hanging on through every twist and turn excited to find out what was going to happen next.  I was not sure what to expect with this book, but I was blown away with what I received. Most books I read lately I can figure out the whole plot before I am even half way through with the book, but David does an amazing job feeding you slowly and keeping you begging for more. Right when I think I have it all figured out, BAM, I get hit out of left field.

What really grips you is the the premise of the book is one that you can actually imagine playing out in real life. The characters are complex, easy to relate to, hate and fall in love with. I don't want to say to much and give the book away, but it is definitely on my recommendation list.

Enjoy an Excerpt: 


The woman looked like the queen of a redneck trailer park. She had a face like poured concrete painted pink, and limp Clairol-blonde hair. She wore a stamped polyester dress in shades of burnt orange, and pink flip flops. Her name was Tammy – short for Tamara, she said.

Definitely not my typical patient, Mon thought.

But then the woman wasn’t there as a patient. Tammy had come to him highly recommended by Anatoli Vorsov, a Russian businessman he’d been doing business with for over a year now.

Mon leaned back in his chair behind the wooden desk in the office he kept in the clinic precisely for these transactions and steepled his fingers. He allowed his mind to wonder, but not too much. He had to be alert.

It was amazing how his life had changed since his father brought him to Miami from Cuba years ago. How many years? Eight, or was it nine? So many things had happened during that time, including the fact that he and his father didn’t talk to each other anymore. One thing for sure, he had found a way to make money in the United States, big money, much more money than he ever hoped to make in Cuba.

He smiled inwardly and watched the “Queen”, who was giving him a broad smile.

“Good deal, no?”

She had a rough accent, as rough as her porous complexion, and the unsettling quirk of leaving out of her speech all the articles and most of the verbs. She sounded like a bad Hollywood imitation of an Indian in a cheap western, but not exactly. Mon couldn’t quite figure out where she was from. The fact mortified him, for some reason. He guessed she was from somewhere in Eastern Europe -- Ukraine, Belarus or Moldova. Maybe she was Russian, like Anatoli. Mon had met many Russians in Cuba, but none quite like this woman. Mon wasn’t very good with accents, anyway. He hadn’t lived in the United States long enough to develop a discriminating ear for accents. Hell, he was still struggling to master English. He hated the language. It was constantly changing. It had few grammatical rules and most had countless exceptions. Then there were hundreds, maybe thousands, of idioms that didn’t make sense.

As his instructor at the Miami Dade Community College always said, “English is a language you have to memorize.”

“Well?” the woman asked.

“Well what?”

Tammy cocked her head without moving one curly hair. “You want business or not?”

Mon’s curiosity was piqued by the woman’s proposition. He just didn’t know whether he could trust her. She had promised to provide him with five hundred new Medicare patients. Mon already had more than enough patients now. He was doing so well financially, he had to open offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland to shelter much of that money from the US Treasury and not pay taxes. Still, five hundred new Medicare accounts were tempting. He could always open another offshore account somewhere else. He’d read somewhere that Germany was offering excellent tax shelters these days. Quickly, he calculated what he could bill those five hundred new patients – equipment, physical therapy, HIV treatments….The possibilities were almost endless, and the US Federal authorities were so lax and easy to fool.

Mon took a deep breath. He was definitely interested. What a wonderful city Miami was. What a wonderful country the United States was. It was without doubt the land of opportunity. Its streets were paved with gold. You just had to know where to prospect it and how to extract it. And he certainly knew how.

“I want,” he said.

Tammy stretched her thin lips into an awful smile. Mon detected some solid gold teeth. Her dental work was definitely foreign.

“Where are you from?”

“Here and there.” She turned serious, which was a blessing because her smile was turning Mon’s stomach. “Why you ask?”

“I like to know who I’m doing business with.”

Tammy frowned and rubbed her chin. “Ukraine.”

“Have you been here long?”

“Miami?”

“Miami. The United States. Whatever.”

“Miami, seven months. United States, two years.”

There she went again, eating up all the articles and the verbs. His English teacher would have been horrified.

“I want one thousand dollar patient. You give two hundred dollars more to patient for card number.”

Twelve hundred bucks per patient was a reasonable number. It was a bargain, actually. Mon knew he could make easily one hundred and twenty thousand from each patient. His mind quickly calculated the multiple ways he could legally charge the Medicare system. Oh, America was definitely the land of opportunity. He wondered if Tammy expected him to negotiate. Eastern Europeans liked to barter. Was he supposed to negotiate? She fixed her cold blue eyes on him, waiting for his response. He cleared his throat.

“That, bottom price,” she said as if reading his mind. “You like, no?”

Mon didn’t hesitate. Why negotiate? The deal Tammy had offered him was almost too good to be true.

“I like, yes,” he said.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

David Pereda is an award-winning author who enjoys crafting political thrillers and mainstream novels. His books have won the Lighthouse Book Awards, the Royal Palm Awards, the National Indie Excellence Awards, and the Readers Favorite Awards. He has traveled to more than thirty countries around the world and speaks four languages. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, Pereda had a rich and successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Qatar, among others.


A member of MENSA, Pereda earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He earned bachelor degrees in English literature and mathematics at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He loves sports and has won many prizes competing in track and show-jumping equestrian events.

Pereda lives with his youngest daughter Sophia in Asheville, North Carolina. He teaches mathematics and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Community College.

Visit him online at:

www.davidpereda.com



Other titles by David Pereda:

However Long the Night
Havana: Top Secret
Havana: Killing Castro