Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Dress Shop on King Street By: Ashley Clark

The Dress Shop on King Street

By: Ashley Clark
The Dress Shop on King Street  -     By: Ashley Clark
Harper Albright has pinned all her hopes on a future in fashion design. But when it comes crashing down around her, she returns home to Fairhope, Alabama, and to Millie, the woman who first taught her to sew. As she rethinks her own future, secrets long hidden about Millie's past are brought to light.

In 1946, Millie Middleton boarded a train and left Charleston to keep half of her heritage hidden. She carried with her two heirloom buttons and the dream of owning a dress store. She never expected to meet a charming train jumper who changed her life forever . . . and led her yet again to a heartbreaking choice about which heritage would define her future.

Now, together, Harper and Millie return to Charleston and the man who may hold the answers they seek . . . and a chance at the dress shop they've both dreamed of. But it's not until all appears lost that they see the unexpected ways to mend what frayed between the seams.

My Thoughts:
First, let's just talk about this beautiful cover! It is absolutely stunning. I loved looking at it every single time I opened this book. The storyline is a dual timeline. Ashely Clark has written a beautiful novel that flows seamlessly as the reader gets swept into the both time periods. Love, lost, secrets, dreams and hopes are restored, challenged and changed. I had a difficult time putting this book down, but with the holidays, it required me to set it down. This is an author to keep your eye as she captures the readers heart through Harper and Millie. Grab a copy today, this book is heartwarming and a complete treasure. I highly enjoyed reading it. 

Friday, December 11, 2020

The Empathy Advantage by Lynne Azarchi

 

 The Empathy Advantage

• Hardcover: 324 pages
• Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Illustrated edition (November 4, 2020)

We live in a time when empathy is not only lacking but on the decline. Kids are bullied because of the color of their skin, religion, culture, a disability and more. Bullying and cyberbullying are increasing, especially for black and brown kids, LGBT youth, and Jewish and Muslim youth. Fueled by decreases in respect, kindness, and compassion, the house is on fire!

Empathy may be not be a cure-all, but just a little effort can transform a child into a more sensitive, caring human being. The good news is that empathy – the ability to “walk in someone else’s shoes” – can be taught. This book is all about teaching adults to teach empathy to kids. The payoff will last a lifetime.

In this helpful guide, parents, caregivers and teachers are coached to help their children and students to develop social-emotional skills that will equip them to better navigate the world with self-compassion and empathetic concern.

The Empathy Advantage is for the busiest parents and educators. It provides tips, strategies, online resources, and activities that are fun and engaging and take just 10 to 20 minutes. It emphasizes the importance of starting early, being good role models, spending quality face-to-face time together, and more. It will help readers understand the dynamics of bullying and teach children to stand up not only for themselves but others. And it explores other topics including managing media in the home, the value of pets in inculcating empathy, active listening, and self-compassion – i.e. being as forgiving and kind to yourself as you would to a friend.


My Thoughts: As a social worker, this book was exactly what I think is important for school personnel to read, engage and act when it comes to dealing with the dynamics of bullying. This book will help adults in multiple settings learn how to bring empathy, active listening, self compassion and kindness with interactions with themselves as well as children. I love the different techinques the author included in this book, but my favorite is family meetings and praising kindness. Our culture is not a culture of sitting down with family or catching children being kind and reinforcing the idea. This book will engage the reader with so many healthy ideas on how to parent, teach and help children be kinder, respectful and ultimately have greater global impact in the world. I recommend this book and found it to be so helpful! 


Purchase Links

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About Lynne Azarchi

LYNNE AZARCHI, author of THE EMPATHY ADVANTAGE, is Executive Director of Kidsbridge Tolerance Center outside of Trenton, New Jersey—a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering bullying prevention, anti-bias, diversity appreciation, empathy, and empowerment strategies for youth.  She is a tireless advocate for improving the lives of at-risk youth in communities across New Jersey. Kidsbridge helps more than 2,500 preschool, elementary, and middle school students and educators improve their social-emotional skills each year.  Azarchi has won many awards and her articles have been published both in newspapers and academic journals.  She is a frequent speaker to parent and teacher groups, corporations and major educational conferences.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: A DOLLY FOR CHRISTMAS


From the founding member of Grammy Award-winning country music band Little Big Town, discover the heartwarming true story of a family's Christmas miracle. Cover includes sparkly Christmas glitter!

All Daisy wants for Christmas is a little brother or sister. Her parents have tried everything to make her dream come true, but nothing is working. So Daisy takes matters into her own hands, praying every day and writing a letter to Santa Claus about her one and only wish.

Daisy's parents are touched by her strong belief and grateful for her help, but as they explain, sometimes you have to wait. God will give you the perfect gift when the time is right.

In this heartwarming holiday tale, Kimberly Schlapman shares the true story of the Christmas when her family became whole.


My Thoughts:
Daisy wants a brother or sister for Christmas. I am sure many parents can relate to this story with their children who desire a sibling. This book has a sweet tale of how Daisy' Christmas wish came true. Filled with gorgeous illustrations, this book is sure to be one of your child's favorite books. While the story is simple, the message is heartwarrming. I CANNOT recommend this book enough! Pick up a copy today!

About Kimberly:

Kimberly Schlapman is a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning band Little Big Town. She is also the author of Oh Gussie!: Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen, and hosted the cooking show Kimberly Simply Southern. A Dolly for Christmas is her debut children’s book.

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About Morgan:

Morgan Huff has been creating art ever since she could hold a pencil. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in illustration, and she finds inspiration in nature, animals, and the joy of simple yet beautiful moments. She invites you to find her online at morgansketch.com.

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