Friday, October 20, 2017

SuperClara by Robert Martin with Keira Ely Review

SuperClara: A Young Girl's Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage by Robert Martin with Keira Ely 
Published August 1, 2017 by DreamChaser Publishing LLC
32 pages
Available for purchase on Amazon in e-book and hardcover formats

Meet Clara, a five-year-old girl that is super positive and super happy. If something disappoints, she smiles it away. If something is wrong, she does her best to fix it.

Clara learns that she has brain cancer. Her treatment requires surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Like any child, she first resists the need for radiation treatment and years of having to take medicine. She asks questions, her way of making sure that this is the best way to fix it. She reluctantly agrees, and although she is afraid, she maintains her positive attitude.

Following the radiation treatment, Clara discovers that she has special powers that allow her to connect with animals in extraordinary ways she can tell what they are feeling inside, understand what they are saying and they can understand her.

Clara's journey takes her to the dog park, where her dog Maggie is frightened by Fang the bully; the zoo where the sea lion Fuzzy is embarrassed to be seen; and the Cheetahs' den where Dash seems very angry about something. Clara quickly recognizes that, fear, embarrassment, and anger, are the same feelings she experienced with cancer and the cancer treatments. She responds to their plight with her winning attitude and special powers, helping them to overcome their negative feelings, making them happy once again.

All terminally ill victims need support from family and friends, as well as their own courage to remain positive and diligent. For children, it's even harder. The fear they have from not understanding anything that is happening to them only adds to their anxiety: "What is cancer? Why me? Did I do something wrong?"

SuperClara - A Young Girl's Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage, presents answers in a way that instills comfort to the child battling a terminal disease and at the same time provides a much-needed injection of courage.

SuperClara's story can also be an inspiration to anyone who is discouraged for any reason; it puts life's challenges and disappointments into perspective. It helps people of all age be more appreciative of their present circumstances.

The funds generated will be directed to the Bridge to a Cure Foundation. The mission of Bridge to a Cure is to provide funds to research life-sustaining-treatments for terminally ill victims. The expectation is that the research will not only consider current and prior clinical trials, but also drugs that are off patent, and many of the alternative treatments.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  As a cancer survivor myself, I felt this book on a deep emotional level. While I have had to battle a few times, it was nothing as severe as this precious child went through.  

  It is super important to bring the disease to light and to share with young readers.  It is a powerful book that can help other children going through this or even for a healthy child to understand better. 

I love a Book By Joe Rhatigan Review

I Love a Book
Hardcover / 9781633222267 / $16.95
I Love a Book
This celebration of books, reading, and our imaginations opens with a list of types of books and where to find them. The simple, lyrical prose then becomes more frantic as a young reader encounters pirates sailing the sea, a classroom of monsters "learning math with their paws," and even an animal doctor making house calls in a helicopter. This book is for anyone who loves books and wants to instill this passion in the next generation.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The illustrations are beautiful and helped the book come to life.  This is a great find for a young reader because it will inspire them to pick up a book and delve into their imagination.  I think that by reading this out loud to your classroom or family, you will be able to fully express the need to keep books and reading alive.

Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler Review

Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler

Readers who love stories about friendship, school, and little monsters will love this clever and humorous picture book about a skeleton who is falling to pieces and needs help pulling himself together.

Bonaparte is having a tough time. It’s hard for this young skeleton to just hang loose when he can’t keep hold of himself.

When he plays catch, his throwing arm literally takes a flyer. Eating lunch can be a real jaw-dropping occasion. How can he start school when he has so many screws loose?

Luckily, Bonaparte hit the bone-anza when it came to his friends. Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula all have some boneheaded ideas to help pull him together. But will it be enough to boost his confidence and get him ready for the first day of school?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The book has humor as well as a great message for your little readers.  I really enjoyed hearing the giggles and excitement, when reading this outloud to my family. 

The Cottage Kitchen by Marte Marie Forsberg Review

The Cottage Kitchen: Cozy Cooking in the English Countryside
by Marte Marie Forsberg

Share in a gorgeous, thoughtful life in the charming English countryside with The Cottage Kitchen, a cookbook of recipes and stories by Norwegian-born photographer and tastemaker Marie Forsberg.

About the Author
MARTE MARIE FORSBERG is a professional food and lifestyle photographer, as well as the creator of the blog My Cottage Kitchen. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world, and she regularly runs cooking and photography workshops. Marie lives in a charming cottage in the English countryside with her English pointer, Mr. Whiskey.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  While I found most of the recipes a bit off putting, I am not really experienced in english countryside cooking.  I thought that the book was beautiful and well written.  The photos and stories brought the whole experience to life.  I am so glad that this author choose to give this to the public.  It was just not anything that I would really think to eat together, but they do sound tasty. 

WowWee Magnaflex Review

Flex your imagination with Magnaflex by WowWee - a creative construction kit that’s turning magnetic play upside down.
Bend-able: High-quality, flexible material let you bend Magnaflex strips to create colorful organic shapes!
 Its exclusive flexibility allows kids to build up, out, and even down to form ​any ​2D and 3D ​figure​ they can imagine​ ​- from balls and crowns to spiders and snakes. 

All strips are bendable, zippable, snappable​, and stackable - and they’re all interchangeable so kids will never run out of ideas.

Not only will parents love how this toy promotes creativity, visualization and fine motor skills without batteries; when playtime is done, cleanup is easy and fast with pieces that stack in seconds.

From ($19.99) to the top of the line collections ($49.99), there are options for everyone.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  No matter what age,  this toy is super fun, but my kids really loved it.  I enjoy that no matter what skill level your child has this is going to be fun.  Even if your little one is gifted they can just hold the toy and enjoy the bright colors as well as texture. 

TheraBreath Oral Rinse for kids Review

The Anti-Cavity rinse is made for KIDS! Millions of adults use TheraBreath Oral Rinse formulas daily because they work and because they're free of problem ingredients found in many other mouthwashes.

This brand felt that kids deserved a healthier mouthwash too - one that tastes great, fights cavities and is free of artificial colors and flavors.  The  new TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse is made with certified natural flavoring from organic grapes and sweetened with a touch of Xylitol , a sweetener with proven oral health benefits.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  The flavor is a nice grape, but you do have to tell the kids not to swallow it. I mean most kids know that about oral rinse but this has more of a grape taste, so they might think it is ok to swallow.   I am on the fence about Xylitol and am not super convinced that it is good for you.  While I did try this myself and will use it with the kids, this is not going to be a full time change in my home.  The grape did not stain the mouth or teeth.

Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream and Liquid Review

Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream (MSRP: $12.99) provides non-greasy, fast-absorbing numbing relief. The Salonpas® Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid (MSRP: $12.99) features a no-mess, roller ball applicator that keeps hands clean while providing effective pain relief. All of the Salonpas lidocaine products, including the Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Patch, are unscented.

The new Salonpas® Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream and the Salonpas® Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid are available at retailers nationwide.

Euromonitor International Limited reports that Salonpas® is world's number one OTC topical analgesic patch brand. In October 2016, Hisamitsu America launched the Salonpas® Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Patch which has become the best-selling product in the lidocaine segment*. 

The company manufactures their own patches ensuring strict adherence to the highest quality standards. Salonpas® sells 13 patches every second with over 1 million sold daily in the United States.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- I can tell that within the first 20 minutes this product works best.  It leaves a film on your skin and will need to be washed off after a while, but it did help for a bit and was very easy to apply.  It is unscented but still has a light scent. 

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