Limerick – Jemsbooks – Jesse!

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear

I’m having a wonderful time writing limericks for my nine young children’s books! I hope you are enjoying them too! If you missed the previous ones go to Louey, Ricky, Lamby, and Jerry.

Here’s the next limerick for my fifth published book, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear (2014).

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear

There once was a Polar Bear named Jesse,
Who only wanted to have a special bestie.
He saved a little seal
From being a meal.
Now his kindness earned a friendship for Jesse.


Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Create Space and other online stores.


Jesse is a precocious and very intelligent polar bear. He likes to learn about everything but what polar bears are supposed to know. Jesse has a couple of surprising adventures and learns an important lesson.

Jemsbooks’ children’s books are written in rhyme with life lessons. The stories help to instill in children the importance of being polite, respectful and kind toward others. Jesse teaches children that friends are important and that kindness towards others has its own reward.

This book was dedicated to a little boy I met while on vacation in Aruba four years ago. He was talking to me while we were in the water and I told him I write children’s books. I asked him which animal was his favorite. He responded, “Polar bear.” I promised to write a book about a polar bear just for him. Well, here it is! He did love it!

Check out the reviews on Amazon.

5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Winner!
BySarah Reviewson April 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
Janice and John Spina, a creative husband and wife team, have done it again. Mr. Spina’s wonderful illustrations add loveliness to the delightful story told in rhymes by Mrs. Spina. As in the author’s previous books for children, the ursine protagonist in “Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear” is conferred with human attributes that resonate with children, such as curiosity, a need to socialize, and protectiveness of a good friend. Jessy, who is want of friends, finds one in a baby seal. When the little seal’s safety is threatened, Jesse protects him and shields him from harm. The precocious and kind little polar bear is rewarded in time, as he himself is eventually saved from dangerous waters by the same baby seal.

“Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear” is the fifth in the Spina team’s series of charming kid books that entertain while they instill good values and impart important life lessons. Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 starsA fun, educational, and positive book that leaves the reader with a good feeling.
ByMrs.D.on November 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
As with other children’s books by Janice and John Spina, this sweet rhyming story teaches young children all about friendship. As always, the illustrations are unique and the characters are wonderful! It is written in simple, basic, easy-to-understand language that children can freely relate to. The story has a good message that resonates with children. It is easy to use in discussions about friendship and how to make real friends. This book makes a lovely bedtime story, which opens the door for a lot of great conversations. Young children will definitely appreciate reading about the elements of friendship from a point of view that discusses them so meaningfully without dumbing them down. It is written in such a way that the child is fully engaged in the topic of the story. The illustrations convey each point of the action and they help the child understand the emotions of characters. The artwork is simple, but that’s what makes this book unique. It’s a very humble book describing how friends help each other. A good book to teach children a basic lesson about friendship!


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Jesse wants a friend. Jesse doesn’t do what little polar bears are supposed to do. While not minding his mother, Jesse gets into trouble and is saved by an unlikely friend. This adorable story emphasizes not only the need to follow instructions, but also how to be a loyal friend. This darling storybook is beautifully illustrated by the author’s husband. It is sure to keep any young child entertained while teaching valuable lessons.

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear is a fun and adventuresome story for children to read or have someone else read to them. The drawings are well suited to the story and will keep children engaged as they follow along with Jesse on his adventures. As with all Jemsbooks children will learn a valuable life lesson. In this story the lesson is about paying attention to one’s parent when they are teaching you something important and also about the value of friendship. Children will enjoy the ending of all Jemsbooks where the ending is really the end of each animal. It is a comical touch by the illustrator.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar throughout the year with Jemsbooks!

Please read to your children daily to encourage them and reinforce their creativity. It will be a fun time for all involved and bring you closer as a family.

Thank you for stopping by. Look for more limericks coming! Please check out Jemsbooks today! There is something for all ages and genres. Happy reading!

If you enjoy Jemsbooks, please leave a review where you purchased the books. I love to hear from readers and fans.

Blessings & Hugs,




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New Cover for Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat!

I am excited to share with you the new cover my husband, John, has created for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat. I thought it needed to be updated even though at the time I liked the cover. What do you think of this new one? We will be downloading this cover soon to all sites!

D&D Bk2 FinalFinalFront


It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Create Space.


Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2: The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat by Author – Janice Spina, Illustrator – John Spina

Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday. The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi. The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them?

This award-winning series is full of fun adventures and good family values. The twins show respect to their parents and each other.  This series is an excellent example for children to follow. Parents and children alike love these books. They have garnered four awards – three Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and one Honorable Mention from Reader’s Favorite Awards. Check out all the action, mystery, suspense, and magical adventures with Davey & Derek Donato. Give your children (middle-graders, preteens or young adults) a gift that they will enjoy over and over again.

Check out the wonderful reviews on Amazon.

on September 1, 2015 *****
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Being a grandparent and an avid reader I am always on the lookout for good clean books for my grandkids. Davey and Derek’s Aunt and Uncle settle in town after years of worldly travel, but there is something different about the Aunt that sets her apart from most Aunts – she is a good witch blessed with the gift of magic – one of which is her long deceased cat whoes aura lives on in a crystal ball and still tries to help people. Davey and Derek learn they to have a few magical powers of their own one of which is the cat trying to communicate with them and warn them one of their friends is going to get into serious trouble. The question is can they use this magic and prevent a catastrophy? Cute story – clean- refreshing – and not preachy. The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat will keep a young mind intrigued and reading way past their bedtime.
on February 19, 2016 *****
Format: Paperback
Davey Donato (1st. born) & Derek Donato are twins,
The 2 love to spend time with their Great Aunt Gigi.What secrets does she reveal later to the 2 boys?Will the 2 twins & Mianna solve the mystery disappearance of Jenny Catonni (daughter/sister)?What does TT represent?Shout out to John Spina like to see more colored & detailed pictures for the kiddos.The only thing I see wrong with this book is you need to get a new publisher. There were huge spaces/gaps in between words on several pages.I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written children’s mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s movie, animated cartoon, mini TV series or documentary. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.Thank you for the free Goodreads; MakingConnections; Jems Books; paperback book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)


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A fun series for middle-grade and young Adult with plenty of actio …
167 days ago ****

A fun series for middle-grade and young Adult with plenty of action, mystery and adventures. Twins Davey & Derek Donato are always looking for adventures and find themselves in for some magical surprises in book 2.

Kids will love this series with the twists and turns. Aunt Gigi adds to the mix with some of her magic tricks. An enjoyable award-winning book.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you love the new cover as much as we do!
Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks all year through!
Blessings & Hugs,
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Limerick – Jemsbooks – Jerry!

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish

If you are just tuning in, I have been writing limericks for my nine children’s books. I posted three previous ones. Go to Limerick for Louey here, Ricky here, and Lamby here.

Here is the fourth limerick for my fourth published children’s book (2014), Jerry the Crabby Crayfish.

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish

There once was a crayfish named Jerry

Who every day was anything but merry.
Each day his wish
Was to be a fish.
Until he realized he wanted to be just Jerry!


Jerry is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Create Space.


Jerry is a crabby crayfish who all day long wishes he could be a fish. One day something happens in the fish tank that makes Jerry change his mind. Read about the valuable lesson Jerry learns.

Jemsbooks’ children’ books carry life lessons that instill in children good values. Jerry teaches children the importance of being happy with whom you are and strive to be the best you can possibly be. Jerry won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!

Jerry was a real crayfish in a tank in our home. He is no longer with us now but he was quite a character! He did wave his claws at anyone who came too close to his tank. When he was hungry  he would wave and tape one claw on the side of the tank to get our attention. He really was a beautiful blue color! He was a lot of fun to watch and we all miss him, my grandchildren especially.

Read the reviews on Amazon:

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish review by Wynette Mills

***** May 11, 2014

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
Children will be very curious about this little blue creature. Aquariums and fish captivate little minds to ask “why” and “how”. It teaches us that we are all very special in our own way and by helping one another we learn much about ourselves. It also teaches children about the time and care it requires to have a pet as well as some science fun facts about Jerry molting. The illustrations will keep the children looking for more. I will look for more stories from this talented Author.

5.0 out of 5 starsDelightfully entertaining and educational!
BySRM-Reviewson February 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In her new book for children, “Jerry the Crabby Crayfish”, author Janice Spina once again entertains young readers as she teaches them an important life lesson.

Jerry the crayfish, a cave dweller in a fish tank that was populated by various multi-colored fish, was a very unhappy fellow. Jerry was miserable and discontented with being a crayfish and was quite vocal about his desire to be a fish. But when opportunity arose for him to help others in the fish tank, Jerry realized his unique gifts and wished to be a fish no more.

Mrs. Spina lovely story telling abilities and her husband, John Spina’s fabulous illustrations make this kid book a must have!


5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Gem
ByAmazon Customeron March 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is the second book I have read by the author and I loved it. The repetition in the story and the message it reinforces should have children repeating “Swish, swish, swish, I wish I were a fish” all day long. Once again the illustrations by John Spina are a delight for the visual senses and the deceptively simply imagery is colorful and beautiful. Janice weaves another unique and interesting tale with a subtle environmental message about not interfering with what nature does best on her own. I also love the way she finishes each book with “The End” showing the behind (as in bottom) of each central character, which I think will have children giggling with delight. These books are best read out loud, with children turning the pages and listening, but older children will be able to read on their own without too much trouble. As an educational note: Janice introduces some exact names of some types of fish, never assuming that children would not be ready to learn them, which I think demonstrates her dedication to teaching and instructing children, as much as engaging them with the sweet little stories. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading Lamby the Lonely Lamb.

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Jerry the Crabby Crayfish is a fun story to read. 

889 days ago
Jerry the Crabby Crayfish is a fun story to read. The verse is repetitive which gives the reader something to repeat in a fun and entertaining way. Jerry says, "Swish, swish, I wish I was a fish!" There is an important lesson to be learned about life as in all Jemsbooks. In this book children will learn that we sometimes are not happy with who we are or what we can do but that we are all important. We all have something that we are good at and never ever give up doing this well. The illustrations are colorful, fun, entertaining and go well with the story.

Remember Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar every day with Jemsbooks! 

Please be kind and leave a review for books you read. Authors will appreciate your efforts!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are enjoying the limericks. Try your hand at writing some with your children. You will all have a fun time time creating them.

Drop by again for more limericks – five more coming!

Blessings & hugs,


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Limerick – Jemsbooks – Lamby!

Lamby Word Art

Here is the third limerick for my third published book (2014) – Lamby the Lonely Lamb. Go to Louey’s limerick here, Ricky’s limerick here.


Lamby the Lonely Lamb

There once was a lamb named Lamby,

Who had no friends or family.

He fell into purple dye.

And he started to cry.

Until a girl took him home to her family.

Lamby Award 2



Lamby is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Create Space.

Lamby won a Mom’s Choice Award in 2014.


Lamby is a very different lamb because of his color. He is very lonely and only wants to be accepted by the other lambs. Find out what lesson Lamby learns when a little girl, Leah, comes to the farm where Lamb lives.

All Jemsbooks’ children’s books have life lessons within the stories. Children learn from Lamby that it is okay to be different, love thyself for the differences that make you unique, accept and be kind to others.

Jemsbooks instill good behavior in young children by repetition and rhyming. Children will have fun reading while they learn how to behave politely and with respect to others.

Lamby was written especially for my granddaughter, Leah. She requested that I write a story about her precious little stuffed animal, Lamby, and make him purple! Well, it was quite a challenge but I came through. She was thrilled and excited when Lamby won a Mom’s Choice Award!

Check out the reviews on Amazon:

The Need for True Acceptance. Lovely Life Lesson for Kids., March 16, 2014
*****This review is from: Lamby the Lonely Lamb (Kindle Edition)

“Lamby the Lonely Lamb” is ignored by the other lambs because he is different. Lamby’s coat is purple not white, so the other lambs do not want to play with him. This changed after a heroic act by Lamby, but the little purple lamb was still not happy because he sensed that his new status among his fellow lambs was not due to genuine acceptance. Labmy finally finds happiness when Little Leah, who loves him just the way he is and adopts him. Author Janice Spina and her talented husband, illustrator John Spina, once again relate to children a valuable life lesson in a most entertaining fashion.

If you have not already, enrich your kid’s library with “Lamby the Lonely Lamb” and the Spina Team’s previous books, “Louey the Lazy Elephant”, “Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon”, and “Jerry the Crabby Crayfish”.


A Cute Story Teaching A Lesson In Adapting, May 7, 2014
Verified Purchase *****
This review is from: Lamby the Lonely Lamb (Kindle Edition)
Lamby The Lonely Lamb is a cute story teaching a lesson in adapting, but not conforming to what the norm is. In other words, just because you are different (in this case a different color) doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t fit in: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In this case it was, a little girl dressed in purple from head to toe, exactly the same color of the little lamb, who was different than all the other lambs, which were white. It also teaches a lesson in tolerance for those who are different than the so-called norm. Janice Spina, the author hits just the right note in teaching a valuable lesson in acceptance in a world where being different doesn’t matter after all. The illustrations were adorable and well done.
***** This review is from: Lamby the Lonely Lamb (Kindle Edition)

Lamby the Lonely Lamb is a wonderful story about a little purple lamb, because of his color the other lambs did not want to play with him. Feeling sad and lonely, he hid out in the field, amid the purple flowers. No one could see him, not even the big bad wolf that crept in–heading straight to the little white lambs, ready to snatch up his meal for the day. But Lamby was quick– he jumped to his feet and gave a big shout to all his friends. The lambs heard the purple lamb’s cry and quickly ran to the barn away from the wolf’s hungry eye. The puzzled wolf looked all around for Lamby, but could not see him!

After the lambs were saved by Lamby, they gathered around to thank him–and promised to always play with him. This made him so sad, because he wanted to be accepted for who he is and not the heroic act he performed. This story has a wonderful life lesson for kids–and a great ending!

Children, parents and teachers will love this entertaining book with its charming rhymes and colorful illustrations. Get your copy; it is definitely another amazing story to add to your collection, along with the author’s other books: ‘Louey the Lazy Elephant’ ‘Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon’ and Jerry the Crabby Crayfish’
Review by author of: Children’s book: The ‘Fishy’ Adventures of Gus, Toby and TooToo: BIG TALE 1 (Action & Adventure Childrens Book Collection) , Ages 6-10) (Friendship:Sharing & Caring

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A recipient of the Mom’s Choice Awards! The Mom’s Choice Awards® 

1099 days ago  *****
A recipient of the Mom’s Choice Awards!
The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Lamby fell into a vat of purple dye and was purple from head to
787 days ago  *****
Lamby fell into a vat of purple dye and was purple from head to toe.  The other lambs didn’t want to play with Lamby because he was different.  Lamby gets his wish to be accepted for whom he is, not for the way he looks. 
Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!
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Blessings & Hugs!
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Limerick – Jemsbooks – Ricky!

Ricky Word Art

I recently read a limerick on a friend’s website and decided to try my hand at limericks for each of my children’s books. I hope you enjoy them each day. Since I have nine young children’s books I will be writing nine limericks. Read Louey the Lazy Elephant’s limerick here.

Second post on Limericks on Jemsbooks Blog features my second published (2013) book, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon.



There once was a raccoon named Ricky,

Who foraged without his mother too quickly.

He ran into a skunk

Into a lake he did dunk

Now Ricky’s feeling a little bit sickly!


Available also on Barnes & Noble and Create Space.


Ricky is a rambunctious or very active raccoon who likes to wander around to find something new to eat. One night during his foraging for food Ricky runs into all kinds of trouble. Will Ricky get home safely? Will he learn his lesson to listen to his mother?

All Jemsbooks’ children’s book have life lessons within the stories. Children will learn that it is important to always listen to one’s mother. When you are young never venture out alone.

Jemsbooks instill good behavior in young children by repetition and rhyming. Children will have fun reading while they learn how to behave politely and with respect to others.

Check out the lovely reviews on Amazon:

*****Janice tells a funny tale of what happens when you don’t listen, February 17, 2016
This review is from: Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon (Kindle Edition)
Janice tells a funny tale of what happens when you don’t listen 🙂 I giggled all the way through this book! However funny it may be that Ricky found himself in a peculiar situation, things could have turned out very badly in the end.


*****Read it Again!”, September 10, 2014
Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon (Paperback)
I think the words of five-year-old J.C. say it best: “Read it again!” Janice Spina’s “Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon” tells a lovely story in rhyme while gently teaching a lesson about rules. The illustrations are perfect with the story, thanks to the other half of the Spina duo, husband John. The Spinas obviously understand what will interest children, how long the story should be, and how to create suspense without scaring young minds. I look forward to sharing more of Janice and John Spina’s children’s books with the little ones and hearing them say “Read it again” each time.
*****A cute rhyming story that will educate and entertain your children!, July 22, 2014
This review is from: Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon (Kindle Edition)
Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon
is the second rhyming book that I have had the pleasure to read from the talented husband and wife team of author Janice Spina and illustrator John Spina. Written in an easy-to-read style, this adorable story will take young readers along on the adventures of self-confident young Ricky the Raccoon, who likes to wonder alone at night looking for snacks. He thinks that he is invisible in the dark and that no one can see him. Little does he know that danger lurks around every corner and that there will be consequences for breaking Mom’s rules. Through his adventures in the night, he learns his lesson: rules that his mom taught him are for a reason. They are to keep him safe and alive.

The story is written in a very gentle way. It is sweet and appealing, a wonderful teaching tool for preschoolers or beginning readers. Children will easily relate to this story because many of them already know what rules are for and some of them may have broken them already. They will have fun following this cute character through the sweet, bright illustrations, colored with pencils or crayons. Youngsters will love this type of artwork because it resembles what kids usually draw, simple pictures from their imagination. While reading about the little adventurer who thinks he can run free wherever and whenever he wants, children will learn a valuable lesson: there is always a price to pay if you do not obey your parents’ rules.

Another wonderful read from the Spinas! A great teaching book for parents, teachers, and babysitters. The rhymes in this charming tale make it perfect to read to the little ones in your life!

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By Paul G Day
*****Janice Spina captures the mischievous nocturnal activities of this rambunctious little raccoon perfectly with simple, clever and colorful illustrations. This enchanting little book delivers a beautiful story, simply told. 
As with her other book, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Janice Spina embeds a cautionary tale into the narrative designed to teach children 
a lesson, whilst entertaining them with the funny antics of this mischievous, but endearing fellow. Children will laugh at what happens 
to Ricky as he humorously tries to evade the creatures of the night, whilst his mother is looking for him. It’s unusual for the narrative to 
be set against a black background, but in the context of this story, it makes perfect sense, given that all the action takes place at night.
 It is another aspect of this story that will appeal to children and help them interpret the message and imagine the world in the story. 
Another great book, by a clever team of Author and Illustrator. 
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, with colorful illustrations and an important message, October 14, 2013
By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne "Deanie Humphrys-Dunne" (CT) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon (Paperback)
Ricky is a very adventurous raccoon. He likes to investigate everything and sometimes his inquisitive nature gets him in trouble. In the beginning of the story, Ricky thinks that when it’s dark outside, no one will see him. But he encounters an animal who gives him an unpleasant surprise. Just when he recovered from that, he narrowly escapes a new danger.
Children, parents and teachers will love this entertaining book with it’s charming rhymes and colorful illustrations. They will also remember the lesson that Ricky learned. This is a wonderful story, which I highly recommend. Another adorable book by Janice and John Spina!
Review by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Author of Tails of Sweetbrier
Charlie the Horse
Charlene the Star
Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks all year through!
If you purchase an author’s books please be kind and leave a review. It is a way to say ‘thank you’ to the author when you enjoy their book.
Try out some limericks today! They are loads of fun! Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings & Hugs!
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Limerick of Jemsbooks – Louey!


Recently I perused my lovely friend, Bette A. Stevens’ website, when she posted a beautiful limerick about her beloved butterflies. Check it out here.

I found it quite entertaining and decided to give it a try on my children’s books. I hope you enjoy them. I plan to post a different limerick for nine days with each of my young children’s books.

Here is the limerick for my first published book (2013):

Louey the Lazy Elephant

There once was an elephant named Louey,

Who overslept one day, oh phooey!

He woke up to find

The herd left him behind.

Now he’ll no longer be lazy Louey!

Louey_the_Lazy_Eleph_Cover_for_Kindle (2)



Louey is an adorable but lazy elephant who likes to sleep late. One day Louey wakes up to find that the whole herd has moved on without him. Louey is very upset but he is determined to find his herd. Does Louey find his way to his family and friends? Does he learn that it doesn’t pay to be lazy? Take Louey home with you and find out.

Jemsbooks’ children’s books have life lessons within the stories. Louey will teach children that it doesn’t pay to be lazy.

Jemsbooks instill good behavior in young children by repetition and rhyming. Children will have fun reading while they learn how to behave politely and with respect to others.

Check out the lovely reviews on Amazon!

***** Perfect time spent with the granddaughter., February 20, 2015
This review is from: Louey the Lazy Elephant (Kindle Edition)
Perfect time spent with the granddaughter. A charming story with lovable characters and enchanting artwork that held my granddaughter’s attention and wrapped us in Louey’s world for an afternoon. She loved it and so did I. It’s on our daily ritual of reads now. Louey lives with her every day now and I couldn’t be happier.
***** Entertaining read and great story for the little ones, March 23, 2016
This review is from: Louey the Lazy Elephant (Kindle Edition)
I have to start out by saying that I am not an avid reader of childrens books. We read to our little one at bedtime, but that’s about as far as I go with these types of books. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Louey, but it definitely wasn’t what I expected it to be (if that makes sense?). I figured it would be a few little rhymes on a page and a quirky little book. I was pleasantly surprised that it was much more. It is, of course, for kids, but it reads more like a story than the typical nursery rhyme book. My only critique was that the ending just kinda came out of nowhere. I don’t say this as a bad thing, but more because I was actually getting into the story and I was hoping Louey would encounter a few more animals along the way. Having said that, this book far exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be rounding up all of Janice’s books for our bedtime readings with the little ones (and the one on the way).
*****SLEEPING IN, January 30, 2016
This review is from: Louey the Lazy Elephant (Kindle Edition)

Perfect picture book for preschoolers. Louey is a lazy elephant who loves to sleep in. Despite his mother’s warning that the herd will be moving the following morning, Louey decides to ignore her. When Louey finally rouses himself, the herd is gone. Now he is frightened!

Louey searches everywhere and seeks help from animals like the hyena and snake. A bird up above has been watching and observing; she has a proposition for Louey. Will Louey ever find his family? Has he learned a lesson not to be so lazy?

The illustrations in the book are reminiscent of a crayon book. My urge was to scratch them because they look like a finished coloring page. Large print is appealing to young readers; the rhyme makes the book a fun read aloud or bedtime story. Highly recommended for parents, grandparents and teachers.

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Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar through the end of summer on the wings of Jemsbooks!
All Jemsbooks’ young children’s books are written in rhyme with life lessons. Children will learn from Louey how to behave, respect their parents, friends and family, that friends are important, that it doesn’t pay to be lazy.

Try writing a limerick or two with your children. You will both be laughing and spending some quality and fun time together. That is what it is all about – family, love, sharing and caring!

Blessings to you and yours! Enjoy the last vestiges of summer or whatever season you are now in.
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Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Janice Spina, Gigi Sedlmayer and Sally Cronin

Thank you, Sally Cronin, for the kind mention of the book review of my Davey & Derek Book 5! Congrats to you and Gigi for the lovely reviews of your books too! ❤️

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to another post where you can showcase your latest reviews. I do try to catch your reviews but it does help if you let me know by emailing sally.cronin@moyhill. I am happy to share your news every four to six weeks to keep you in the spotlight.

The first author with a review today is Janice Spina for book five of her Davey and Derek, Junior Detectives series – The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost

About The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost

Twins Davey and Derek Donato are enlisted by two new characters, Abby and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house.

When the boys visit Abby’s house they discover that this old Victorian holds many secrets and shocking revelations.

Davey and Derek soon find that they need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi to handle…

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Strange Cloud Appeared!

I looked out my kitchen window tonight and saw a strange cloud suddenly appearing. It began as a mushroom head then kept changing until it finally disappeared. It changed colors as the sun went down to make it even more impressive. I wish I had taken photos of it sooner but this is what I saw. What do you think it looks like?


In this last picture it almost disappeared and turned blue. You can see a little bit of it in between the trees in the center. It was amazing how fast it dissipated. The rest of the sky was clear. That’s what made this so unusual.

Keep looking up at the sky! You never know what you are going to see!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading at

Blessings & Hugs!


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Summer Flowers & Dragonflies Too!

I can’t believe it’s August already! Where did the summer go? I have been busy with cookouts, parties, birthdays and such. Being so active has made days fly by quicker. I need to slow it all down.

How about you? Do you feel like summer is going too quickly? Do you feel that you need to soak up all the warmth of the sun, songs of birds, and sounds of dragonflies’ wings before they are all gone?

I wanted to share with you the beauty of all the flowers and a little visitor that I had recently.

Check out my marigolds, red roses, rose of Sharon bushes, hydrangeas, geraniums and petunias.

Long line of rose of Sharon bushes that are gorgeous when in full bloom with colors

either white or purple.

Look at all the seedlings sprouting out on our gorgeous ash tree which grew from a twig ten years ago.

Here is a photo of a welcome little visitor on our back deck. I put out my hand and he came right to me. He stayed as I spoke to him softly telling him/her how beautiful he/she was. LOL!

And another one who came to visit today. 

I have seen more dragonflies this summer than ever before. Have you noticed more dragonflies around too? They are handy little guys to have around since they eat other insects up to 15% of their body weight in prey each day. They also are capable of inflicting painful bites to human fingers. Ouch! I didn’t know that when it settled on my fingers!

We also had an unwanted critter in our house. We woke up one day to find our Chistmas catctus was dug up by something. Dirt was all over the floor and inside the plant was a hole. John repotted the plant with new soil finding nothing inside. Again the next morning the plant was dug up with a hole burrowed inside and dirt on the floor. We decided to leave the plant outside. Now I was worried that whatever it is could now be in the house somewhere! The plant is still outside but we have added mouse deterrents (mint tea bags) inside the plant and traps around the area where the plant previous was. I love my lovely plant but can’t bring it indoors for fear of the critter coming back. Sigh!

Tea bag inside to deter critter

Hole inside plant

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Mousetraps on the floor near where the plant was on a wine stand – in case it is a mouse?






Has anyone else had this problem? Love to hear what you did to get rid of it, and what was it? A mouse?

Thanks for stopping by! Please come back again. Love to hear your comments.

Happy summer and remember -Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with!

All Jemsbooks are available on my website and Amazon and Barnes & Noble (children’s books), Barnes & Noble (Novels). Watch for new edition of Hunting Mariah with a special new cover! Ooh!

Blessings & hugs!


Addendum: We caught a mouse in a trap. Hopefully this is what was digging in our plant. We may bring the plant back in and hopefully there will be no more problems! I’ll let you know.

Here are some new flowers that just sprouted up.

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Writing Short Stories – Odd Jobs and Characters by Sally Cronin

My dear friend, Sally Cronin, talks about her odd jobs and writing short stories. She is a talented writer, blogger and supporter of fellow authors. Her stories are rich with fascinating characters drawn from her incredible life experiences. Sit back and enjoy reading this post by lovely Sally.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

So far I have published over 60 short stories in collections and the one drawback to this is the amount of diverse characters required to star in a wide variety of situations.

Luckily, I have a retentive memory stretching back to around the age of three, of the people, places and events in my life. Thankfully the majority of those memories are happy, but there have also been one or two life threatening occasions as well as times when the world seemed very dark. Although over time they were resolved, they too have become very useful for creating plots in stories and providing emotional context.

I was always imaginative as a child… my mother I seem to remember, called it ‘telling fibs’. For me as we travelled around to various countries, my imaginary friends were a comfort and helped me gain confidence as I made real friends. They were eventually…

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