Throwback Thursday Review: The Bird’s Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggins


The Bird’s Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggins
Re-release Date: May 12, 2012 (originally published in 1888)
Publisher: None (Public Domain)
Pages: 36
Source: Book available for free on Amazon



The story is about Carol Bird, a Christmas-born child, who as a young girl is unusually loving and generous, having a positive effect on everyone with whom she comes into contact. She is the youngest member of her family and has devoted older brothers.


Throwback Thursday Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens



A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Release Date:  September 1983  (original publication December 1843)
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages:  122
Source: book purchased by the reviewer



Christmas is the most famous holiday of the year, and the word itself evokes images of Santa Claus, reindeer, snow, Christmas trees, egg nog and more. At the same time, it represents Christianity’s most important event, the birth of the baby Jesus.


Try it Tuesday: Acc U Rate Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

Acc U Rate Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
Manufacturer: Acc U Rate
Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
Source:  product provided by the manufacturer for review

SpO2 level provides an estimation of the concentration of oxygen in your blood. It is an important physiological parameter involved in respiration and circulation and is extremely useful to sports enthusiasts, such as mountain climbers, hikers, skiers, biker, aviators or anyone who is interested in measuring their SpO2 levels.

The children pulse oximeter feature herein is small, portable, non-invasive and easy to use.


Review: Zarena by Rebecca Ryals Russell

Zarena by Rebecca Ryals Russell
Series: Stardust Warriors,#1
Release Date: July 25, 2011
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Source: author for review

When 14-year old Zarena wakes in someone else’s bed and hears voices in her head, she’s understandably terrified. So imagine her reaction when she steps out of the sleeping quarters into a magnificent Great Hall filled with priceless carvings, beautiful frescoes, and translucent skinned beings in pastel robes. It doesn’t take long for her to find out she has somehow traveled overnight across the Megaverse to the home of a holy order called the Conscientia.


Ingrid Law on The Today Show

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Author Ingrid Law was our guest back in April. You can read her interview here. I was watching The Today Show today was excited to see that her book, Savvy, was chosen as Al’s Children’s Book Club pick. Enjoy the video of her visit.

To purchase Savvy at, click here.


Interview with Bobbie Hinman

Jen: Please help me welcome children’s author Bobbie Hinman to Book Talk this week. Bobbie, will you please share a short bio with us?
Bobbie: I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In the first stage of my writing career I was the author and co-author of seven successful cookbooks. Several years ago I decided to re-invent my ties with the teaching profession. Calling on my experience as an elementary teacher, along with the newfound joys of reading to my ten (yes, ten) grandchildren, I decided to turn my attention to the world of children’s literature.