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  • Book Review: Anybody here Seen Frenchie

    Title: Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? Author: Leslie Connor Get your copy here! Get your audiobook here! Spec Spot What's it about? Aurora's best friend has never said a word to her, but that's okay, because she talks enough for both of them. Frenchie's non-verbal and the best best friend Aurora could ever ask for. Lucky for her, their parents are just as close as the two of them. But then, they learn that, for the first time since they met, they will not be in the same class. It'll be weird and how will Frenchie be okay with out her? He doesn't have many other friends and no one else seems to understand him. He has Autism and is pretty set in his ways. Aurora misses Frenchie but she's making new friends and having new experiences. And then, one day, Frenchie goes missing with no explanation, leaving, first the school, and then the entire town in search for the non-verbal bird loving boy who has wiggled into so many people's hearts. Favorites: Favorite Character: There were so many people in this story that I loved and respected for so many reasons. But I'm going to go with Aurora and Frenchie. Aurora because she's smart, sweet, kind and caring. She's also funny and honest. But my favorite thing about her is that no matter how silent he is or how many times he acts in a way that others may think is "weird", she never lets that get in the way of her really seeing him for who he is and hear what he's saying. She loved him purely and for everything he is without thought about what he wasn't. Frenchie because he's so smart, and sweet and he just stole my heart. Favorite Part: My favorite part is less a part and more an aspect. My favorite thing about this book were the relationships between Aurora and Frenchie and the representation. Least Favorite Part: When Frenchie wonders to the edge of the Quarry. Not only was it sad and heartbreaking, but it was a little to possible in real life. Other Thoughts: I have a soft spot in my heart for well portrayed character with Autism. My son has Autism and while my son isn't non-verbal, I've heard parents with children who are fight against assumptions that others make; assumptions that, just because they don't verbally communicate, they have nothing to say. That they don't understand what's going on around them or that they are just not intelligent enough to have thoughts about things. Frenchie is the opposite and the people around him, like Aurora take his form of communication (body language mostly) and treat them no differently then if he used verbal speech. It is obvious, especially through the eyes of Aurora, that Frenchie's lack of speech is not at all evidence of lack of intelligence and I loved that so much because of the stories I've heard from other families about the perceptions others place on their loved one with autism. I loved that we do get to experience parts of the story through Frenchie's perspective. These are huge parts, as Frenchie is a boy of few words, but those pages reinforce the notion that he is well aware of his surroundings, has feelings and emotions and is very smart which it is sometimes assumed that people with autism lack such characteristics. And I loved that, while Frenchie does have Autism, both Aurora's family and Frenchie's mother treat him the same as they treat Aurora. There's no difference, just love. All of this means so much to me, being a part of the Autism community and knowing how those with little experience with autism can misunderstand autism so much, or expect someone with autism to be Rain Man. No, it's not perfect. I don't think that every one who interreacted with him, even for just a minute or two would instantly love him, though I could see them joining the search for him even if they hadn't been so deeply touched by him. And I'm not so sure that parents who met at the store would instantly invite each other over to their houses but, for me, those things felt little compared to seeing the representation done so well and with such affection for a group of people that I don't often see that for. I felt like the story was don well and I really enjoyed getting to partake in this adventure. I found myself laughing and crying while reading in more then one spot. While it wasn't a fast paced book with tons of action to it, it is a story for the heart and one I've very glad I got to read. I hope that every Frenchie finds their Aurora. What do I rate it? I give this book a 7 out of 10 birds But that's just me. What did you think? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Let us know in the comments?

  • Book Review: Fried Green Tomatoes

    Title: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe Author: Fannie Flagg Get your copy here! Get your audiobook here! Spec Spot What's it about? Duel time lines, two women, both strong in their own rights. Idgie Threadgood, born and raised in Alabaman in the 1920's and '30's is not your average little girl. She's strong, determined, rebellious and refused to conform to the gender norms. Then Ruth comes to stay with the Threadgoods, and she steals Idgie's heart, even if she's not sure she wants it, leaving Idgie heartsick when she leaves to go home to marry her fiancé. Years later, Ruth decides to leave her unhappy marriage to start a new life with Idgie, her unborn son and the dinner they decide to buy. Their life is interesting and eventful, but non of it quite compares the time Idgie is tried for murder. Evelyn Couch is a woman of the '80's. She's middle aged, her body is changing, her children are grown and her marriage is boring. Some days she feels like a stranger in her own body. The one bright spot in her life becomes the old, talkitive woman at the nursing home where her mother in law lives who happily tells Evelyn her life story and the story of Idgie Threadgood, her adopted sister, you could say. Soon, the two women become best friends who change each other's lives for the best. Favorites: Favorite Character: Idgie and Mrs. Threadgood. Idgie cracks me up an leaving me cheering. She is so strong and unmoving, a loving, loyal force eager to be herself and fight for what's right. Mrs. Threadgood is sweet but there's a feircness below the service, I suspect. She looked up to Idgie, but I think there's more of Idgie in her then she sees. And I love how much she appreciates simple pleasures. Least Favorite Character: Again, I have 2 picks for this. The most obvious is Frank Bennett. He's a poor excuse for a man. The second is a small character who isn't there for very long. The lawyer at the trial. I get that we're talking 1960's in Alabama but there were so many things he said that made me want to slap him. Favorite Part: The elephant. It may have been the least realistic part in the book, or at least among them, but I adored that part. It was sweet, funny and heart felt. It's one of the reasons I love Idgie so much. Other Thoughts: This book has me feeling things. Honestly, it's kind of confusing to me. On the one hand, the "n" word is all over it along with the idea that black people are property, not people. Equality is not much of a thing in this book. It's riddled with racist slurs, insults, practices. Those parts upset and disgusted me. On the other hand, as much as I hated the racist and sexist attitudes running ramped throughout the story, these were very much the attitudes of many southerns of the time and I know that we can't ignore the racism and sexism in our history, even if we don't like it. But...I just felt like there was a lot of it here. But then there's Idgie. Idgie had no time for racism or sexism. She treated everyone who didn't give her a reason not to with respect, helped, provided and befriended anyone who asked for it or accepted it and she fought for anyone who was in need of it, as she saw the need. She fought for Ruth. She fought for Sipsy, Big George, the hobos, ect. And becuase of her kindness, she was a part in creating a community full of amazing people who supported and loved each other. And I loved that part. I did love the story, though, it was hard to get over the racism throughout. The characters, such as Idgie, were rich and I was so excited to see LGBTQIA+ representation in a book copywrited in 1987 and taking place in even earlier times. I haven't come across such representation. And her refusal to ignore her authentic self and pass as straight only added to the reasons I loved Idgie. The communities' refusal to condemn Idgie and Ruth for being with the person they love made me love the book. It was handled so naturally without pointing fingers and with a respect for their family of three. It gave me hope in our current world where "different" is the worst thing you can be and it's seen, by so many, to be better to be straight, white, Christian, gender conforming, ect. then be anything else. I wanted to love this book. I wanted to rate it highly and I might have, if it wasn't for the racism which knocks the rating of this book back more then one notch and I will be looking for other options that are similar for this book that maybe has less racism in it. Rating: I give this book a 4.5 out of 10 Fried Green tomatoes But that's just me. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Did you have other qualms about this book that I didn't mention? Was there something you loved that I missed? Let us know in the comments.

  • Book Review: The Book of Hope A Surviving Time for Trying Times

    Title: The book of Hope A Survival guide for Trying times Author: Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams with Gail Hudson Narrated by: Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams Get your copy here! Get your audiobook here! Spec Spot What's it about? What is hope? Why do we have hope? How do we have hope? What is it that gives us hope? I'm sure, if we look deep enough, we all have our own answers. This is the conversation between Ms. Jane Goodall, the famous naturalist known for her work with chimpanzees, and author Douglas Abrams as they discuss Ms. Goodall's definition of hope and her four reasons for hope as she retells stories and shares her knowledge and experience throughout her life which has inspired and created her view of life and the hope that gets us though. Other Thoughts? First of all, can we just take a second to bask in the awesomeness of hearing this book told by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams themselves? Sure, the chance to learn more about Jane Goodall herself was a large part of the appeal of this book, but listen to her speak with such warmth and so naturally as if she wasn't reading from a paper was phenomenal. Listening to her chuckle and laugh so authentically even though she was doing a performance of sorts was brilliant. That, combined with her words and the stories she told, made me fall in love with her. I felt like I learned so much but I couldn't tell you one statistic. I could tell you about the tree at 9/11's ground zero. I can tell you about how Ms. Goodall's work helps to prove how interconnected humans, society and nature are and how, when you help to improve one aspect, you help improve the others. And I can tell you that there's a difference between a biologist and an naturalist. But most of all, I can tell that, as crazy as it sounds, I found hope in hope. I was reminded how important, powerful and valid even when it can feel, and sometimes look, ignorant, naive and maybe even immature and pointless. And, I learned that Jane Goodall is an amazing woman and I have a new hero. Rating: I give this a 7 out of 10 chimpanzees But that was just me. What did you think? Did you love it? Hate it? Find it a bit lackluster? Let us know in the comments.

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    2019 ESTB P.G.'s Storybook Emporium An Emporium of wonders to celebrate the mystical stories we all love! Hello and welcome to P.G's Storybook Emporium where stories are celebrated! We thank you for visiting us and would like to invite you to start your journey with us by joining our email club! By joining, you'll have access to exclusive deals,sneak peeks, inside info! We'll even celebrate you signing up with an special deal delivered right to your email! But of course once you do that, you'll have to check out all of the literary treasures and trinkets we have stocked just for you!When you find something you love, you'll want to act fast as we only have one of most items and would hate to see you miss out ! So enjoy your visit, and we'll see you again soon! Join our email club! About Me Paula Granell, owner of P.G's storybook Emporium, avid reader and lover of stories Hello! May name is Paula! I'm a wife and a mother of three. Growing up, I didn't always fit in and academics were hard for me. I struggled so much that I couldn't read until I was in 5th grade! But, thanks to a devoted teacher, the right book was introduced to me and I discovered a deep love for reading and further appreciation for stories. As I grew up and became a mother, the need to provide a vast, and eclectic family library for not just myself, but my children to explore, experience and bond over became incredibly important. As I struggled to help provide for my family, while still providing a quality library of our own, I began to further appreciate the skill it takes to create a meaningful, personal, quality collection of books we can be proud of and reflects who we are as well as our individual tastes without breaking the bank. This appreciation served as the spark of inspiration and motivation to stop dreaming and start doing! Thus, the Emporium was birthed and has become a place of constant celebration of stories; a place where those who share my passion is welcome, accepted and can find happiness. A place where stories go to be remembered and those lost can be found again. And a place that allows everyone to constantly expand their collections without the guilt. Here, every one has a story and every story matters. Our Purpose I strive to help families who struggle with providing a quality family library without breaking the bank by sharing a wide variety of valuable literary options at a comparable, affordable cost. Our Mission Statement To share a love of reading and stories with those of all ages, building imagination and inspiration for a positive world through a shared love of stories spanning across all genres, all people as well as all media types and in an environment in which everyone can celebrate stories through community and shopping guilt free via items telling stories and celebrating stories at an affordable cost. Special Request?Contact Us! Send Success! Message received. Check Out Our Blog! Read book reviews, movie reviews and even video game reviews, try new recipes,get tips and fun ideas and find out what I'm really thinking ! It's all just a click away! Read Now Specials and Promotions Support us on Libro.fm Support us on Bookshop.org Read our Blog Like us on Facebook Get the FAQ Find us on Pinterest Find us on Twitter Find us on Instagram Follow us on Tik Tok

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