Plan Time to celebrate the Holidays & Christmas Season with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

Beauty and the Beast

I recall when I was a little girl going with my mother and one of my sisters to the local Turtles Movie Rental store to rent a movie. I chose Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and have loved the movie ever since. My daughter was about two when we stumbled across a beaten up old VHS of the movie to add to our collection, but it only worked on the one VCR which is now broken (anyone have a VCR to give?!). Anyway! I am delighted that this year you can add the delightful Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas to your family library on DVD!! Disney’s epic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast continues with the release Beauty and the Beast The Enchanted Christmas just in time for the 25th anniversary of the original animated classic. The Enchanted Christmas tells a tale set within the story of the original. . .

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The Princess and the Frogs (Children’s Book) by Veronia Bartles {Review}

The Princess and the Frogs

  This is cute and a new rewrite of a story we know and love. As a mother to a little princess who is crazy about all things princess, and her sister who is studying literature on fairy tales this year we found this book to arrive with perfect timing. Cassandra is an adorable little princess (with glasses, no less!!) that really wants a frog friend to do activities with, however, when she finds the frog, he becomes a prince! This happens again and again, but finally it settles into a great ending for all characters involved. Veronica Bartles’ writing is witty and Sara Palacios’ illustrations are vibrant and fun. A great one for our shelves. View all my reviews

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Another book on the girl’s shelf!

Last night AppleBlossom finished reading {aff} The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. It is the first in the Egyptian contemporary mythological godlings series (much like Percy Jackson is from his Greek series for those who are familiar with the film if not the books). We had been reading it together. She to me, and I to her. But she became impatient and at night has surpassed me by ten chapters and completed the book! She now knows what the sibling team of Carter and Sadie Kane are up to and I have to rush to catch up.

This was an odd circumstance as we have both a hardcover copy and a Kindle copy. So she’s been mostly reading on the Kindle. FYI… AppleBlossom is 6 years old, 6.5 really and working at a mostly second grade level. When she is reading on the Kindle she is un-phased by the size of a book and just wants more. The physical book being a 400+ pages thick freaks her out.

Last night she finished and asked if we owned the next book in the series, Throne of Fire. We didn’t and she was very disappointed and asked if we could buy it from the Kindle library. I told her I would see. Usually, I try to purchase books when they are $3 or less, but she was so disappointed and had just finished a huge book (for her!) by herself! So we jumped for it.

You would think it was Christmas with the excitement that, that girl carried on with such enthusiasm! Now she’s off on a new adventure. At least with it as a Kindle book, I can download it on my profile and try to catch up to her in my “free time” in the Kane Chronicles.

 

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: The Great Pancake Adventure {Review}

In this humorous twist on a classic tale, Paul Bunyan and his best friend, Babe the Blue Ox, leave life on the farm to work for a logger who pays them with their favorite thing: pancakes! Paul and Babe tromp across the country with the logger, filling valleys with pancake batter (forming the Rocky Mountains) and chasing down pancakes blown away by the wind (creating the Grand Canyon). But when Babe starts to feel sick from eating too many pancakes, the two realize that maybe the farm, with its variety of foods, is really the best place for them after all.

The engaging typography and illustrations, combined with the humorous and lighthearted tone, show kids the importance of eating their veggies without giving heavy-handed lessons. An author’s note explains the origins of the Paul Bunyan story.

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Beauty and the Beast in 14th Century England

Thank you, Margaret, for letting me share about my new book, The Merchant’s Daughter. Just to introduce myself … I am the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, which was a Christy Award finalist, and I live near Huntsville, Alabama with my husband and two daughters. I have a degree in special education from The University of Alabama, and I was a teacher and a missionary once upon a time. We have a crazy, long-haired, snow-white dog that runs away a lot, which often leads to interesting situations, but we won’t go there. God uses all kinds of things to keep us humble. The Merchant’s Daughter is a Beauty and the Beast story set in a village in 14th century England. Here is the back cover summary. An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse. . .

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The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson {Review}

In author Melanie Dickerson’s latest fairy-tale retelling, loosely based on The Beauty and the Beast, Annabel Chapman is forced to work as an indentured servant at the manor house of Lord Ranulf. The new lord is said to be beastly in appearance and temperament, but Annabel’s greater fear is Bailiff Tom, a perverse man who has made unwelcome advances upon her in the past. As she works closely with Ranulf, she begins to feel safe and protected, but will she realize the calling of her heart before it’s too late?

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The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson {Review}

Two Hearts. One Hope.

Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.

When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.

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