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Review: Furever Home Friends

Title: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: August 11th, 2017

 

Princes Allee

ALLEE COVER REVEAL

Goodreads Summary for Princess Allee:

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

My Review:

I loved loved the artwork in this book! If you have kids or love reading picture books, then check this one out! This book is a great learning tool for kids or adults that want a pet. Maybe you should think about getting one from a shelter because there are so many pets there that deserve to be in a home rather than a cage.

This book isn’t just seriousness though, it’s cute and has playful scenes and can help kids to think about things. It also shows that when you adopt a dog, it takes them a little bit to get used to their new home. Definitely a win for a picture book!

 

Smile, Chewie

CHEWIE COVER REVEAL

Goodreads Summary for Smile, Chewie:

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

My Review:

Smile, Chewie I feel like is an excellent book for kids because it shows real life aspects done in a way that they can understand. When you adopt an animal from a shelter, they need to realize not all the animals come from the best of places. This does not mean that they are a bad animal, it means that this is a second chance for them to get a good home.

There are some sad parts, but there are some happy parts, too. This is a book about second chances, and the pictures inside are amazing and match perfectly with the sentences. A perfect read for kids that love dogs!

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Cover Reveals: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

ALLEE COVER REVEAL

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

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CHEWIE COVER REVEAL

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

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Kickstarter: Princess Allee and Smile, Chewie by: Savy Leiser

About The Furever Home Friends:

The Furever Home Friends are all dogs who have lived in a shelter at some point in their lives, and have either found, or are still looking, for their forever home.

Through this collection of books and toys, our mission is to raise awareness about the importance of adopting animals from shelters, and to share the stories of animals who have gone through the shelter system. Our books teach children about a variety of social issues–including adoption, animal abuse, body image, disabilities, racism, sexism, and much more–through a dog’s perspective. Our stuffed animals are here to create lifelong friends for dog-loving kids everywhere.

The Books and Stuffed Animals:

Each book is an 8×8 full-color picture book. At the end of each book is a set of questions for kids, their parents, and even their dogs to discuss together, all about the book’s themes and messages. Each book also includes a page at the end about the real dog the story is based on.

Princess Allee

While living at the shelter, Allee dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even while living the average life?

Allee’s stuffed animal comes with her signature sparkly pink collar.

Smile, Chewie!

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face due to the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence he needs to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

 

Samples of what the illustrations will look like:

Illustrators: Brenda Clemente and Christy Schneyman

Art Sample Allee

Art Sample Chewie

Every stuffed animal is approximately 12″ tall, made from huggable flannel and polyester fluff, and hand-made with love. Each animal comes with a personalized adoption certificate!

Stuffed animals for each book designed by: Lola Leiser

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This Kickstarter campaign will raise the necessary funds to produce and launch the first two books and stuffed animals in the series. As the business grows, we will introduce new dog characters to the collection.

Help Savy get these awesome books out in the world because every kid should have access to these books!

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2133186958/the-furever-home-friends?ref=user_menu

Savy Leiser sent me both of the manuscripts to read, and I think they are what every child needs. I loved them. They are kid friendly, but they still show the real life aspect of how not every animal’s life starts out perfect.

 

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Review: Junie B. Jones First Ever Musical Edition

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ABOUT JUNIE B. JONES FIRST EVER MUSICAL EDITION!

Junie B. Jones The Musical is a hit! Listen to the full cast album and the audiobook of Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at last!).

Being in first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of strange children. But here’s the worst thing of all: When Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard…she can’t! Is it possible that Junie B. needs glasses?

This special audiobook edition of Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at last!) contains all the songs from Junie B. Jones The Musical. The musical is adapted from the books Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at Last!); Junie B. Jones, Boss of Lunch; Junie B. Jones, One-Man Band; and Top Secret Personal Beeswax, A Journal by Junie B. (and Me), by Barbara Park. © 2001, 2001, 2002, 2002, 2003 by Barbara Park.
 
Song list:
1. Top Secret Personal Beeswax
2. Lucille, Camille, Chenille
3. You Can Be My Friend
4. Time to Make a Drawing
5. You Need Glasses
6. Show and Tell
7. Now I See
8. Lunch Box
9. Gladys Gutzman, Queen of Snacks
10. Kickball Tournament
11. Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show
12. When Life Gives You Lemons
13. Kickball Tournament (Reprise)
14. When Life Gives You Lemons (Reprise)
15. Writing Down the Story of My Life

My Review:

I received this book to review mainly for my daughter! I have come to realize I hate audio books, but… this one was short at just 1.5 hours, so that beats the other few I have tried out. The book flies by, and this is a fun book for anyone.

I am picky about music, but I can see where kids will find a catchy beat to this list of songs. I wouldn’t personally go out and jam to them, but my daughter would! If I was in first grade, I would be a big fan of this book. I definitely recommend checking it out for anyone with a kid that wants a story and then listen to some songs!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Have you read any of the Junie B. Jones books?