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Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow by Salvatore Barbera Virtual Book Tour Highlights

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The story of “Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow” takes us on the journey she travels to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her.
While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!) Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas and a sense of humor to help her on her quest for friends at the new farm.

This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.

When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

Purchasing information: From now through December 31, 2013, you can purchase Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow from the Sweetles website for only $12.00 (List price: $17.99).

Watch the Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow video trailer at http://youtu.be/72fOn1tEbDM

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I thought this story was very sweet. At first, the other cows seem like mean bullies when they shut poor Mary Elizabeth out of their social circle, but I appreciated that Mary Elizabeth hunkers down with a plan of action. She uses her own ingenuity to take care of the problem and she does it with confidence.

–Alicia Finn Noack

I loved how upbeat, encouraging and positive Mary Elizabeth is throughout the story and thought the way children are encouraged and taught that everyone is different no matter if we have spots or not was perfect!

–Classic Children’s Books

An adorable story of acceptance and friendship…

–The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Author Salvatore Barbera tells the story of differences and friendship in a fun way.

–Lynn’s Corner

A simple story with a clever message…

–Deco My Heart

This is a cute picture book teaching kids that it doesn’t matter if we are different.

–4 the Love of Books

This is a charming story that uses humor and planning to teach youngsters how to overcome obstacles.

–Thoughts in Progress

I adored this wonderful book.  What a cute and clever way to teach about discrimination to young kids.

–Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews

What a fun book that also teaches a valuable lesson about acceptance. The illustrations are so eye catching and the story really is an easy read that will have youngsters wanting to read along.The humor woven into the story really had me smiling, but the overall message of acceptance is one that really makes this a wonderful book for youngsters.

–WV Stitcher

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Sal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy. Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”. To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories.

Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to experience together. Born in New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration. On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.

Visit Sal Barbera’s website at www.salbarbera.com.

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When Life Stinks, It’s Time to Wash the Gym Clothes

When Life Stinks, It’s Time to Wash the Gym Clothes
Author: Kelly Epperson
Publisher: Rockford Writer’s Guild
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Reviewed by: Cheryl Malandrinos

 

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the Mom on your list, then look no further than When Life Stinks, It’s Time to Wash the Gym Clothes by Kelly Epperson.

A compilation of Epperson’s columns that have appeared in a variety of newspapers, When Life Stinks is an often humorous look at life, aging, motherhood, and world events.

From traveling down memory lane to the hazards of parenting, from 9/11 to the death of Princess Diana, and from Live Aid to living in France, When Life Stinks will have you saying, “Yes! Finally there is someone who understands.” Epperson talks about the making and breaking of New Year’s resolutions and being a “gum junkie”. You’ll laugh right along with her as she discusses how JcPenney might have discovered that 8 out 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size and the fad of girls wearing sweatpants with words plastered across their behinds.

Granted, I may have related more to this book than a younger reader because Epperson and I are close enough in age that I recognized the name of almost every band or musician mentioned, but most of the themes flowing through When Life Stinks are universal and can be appreciated by a diverse group of readers.

A great debut for Kelly Epperson. I can’t wait to see what she’s up to next.

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