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Carrie Mouse Book Review

Morgan and Rebekah Huneke are releasing an adorable children’s book! Morgan wrote the story and Rebekah did the illustrations.

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About the Book

Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?

Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!

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Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.

To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit www.morganhuneke.com or www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com

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Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.

To learn more about Rebekah and her work, visit www.etsy.com/shop/klaykottage or follow @klaykottage on Instagram

My Review!

carrie2Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is a short moral tale of learning to listen to the wisdom of parents and those older and wiser than you. Throughout the book, we follow Carrie Mouse as she discovers the importance of this valuable lesson.

I read this book with my toddler and we both enjoyed the story. As a parent, I can be quick to testify that this book carries the values and character that I’m happy to model for my children through their reading material. While all books don’t have to be such strictly “moral tales,” I appreciate those that are – especially when my child finds the book fascinating as well.

I especially appreciated the respectful, loving way in which the parents spoke to Carrie. So often children’s books portray parents as – quite frankly – rude, yelling at their children, telling them “no” for no evident reason, and just downright being negatively-minded towards the child. Carrie’s parents speak out of true love: not giving in to Carrie’s wants and not relenting in their job as her protectors, but also showing through their words and manner how much they care about Carrie and how their words are only motivated from a desire for her well-being.

My toddler also loved the book. She still keeps asking to “read the Mr. Mouse book” (either he was the character that stuck with her most, or else she thought Carrie’s full name is Mr. Mouse). Her favorite page was near the beginning, when Mrs. Mouse and Carrie have their important conversation. (“Read the cat page, Mama!”)

As I was posting this review, my toddler and her five-year-old aunt came over wanting to read the book again. The five-year-old’s comment after we finished: “A story about a mouse. That’s cool!”

The illustrations are fabulous! So homey, quaint, and cute. The colors are vivid, and the style is consistent throughout. The attention to tiny details truly causes the pages to shine.

All in all, this is a fun little story I highly recommend.

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Morgan and Rebekah will be giving away a signed copy of Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage with a handmade Carrie Mouse doll! ISN’T THIS FANTASTIC? My toddler, for one, would love a stuffed animal that matches her favorite stories. 🙂 Second prize is a signed copy of the book only. Be sure to enter the giveaway! Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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Five Fall Favorites: Top Five for 2018

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Welcome to the last day of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog had a different theme for the day and each blog shared five favorite books each day in a specific genre.

Things are winding down at the Literary Lodge – giveaway winners will be announced as well as other exciting happenings. But today we have a special treat for you: free and cheap books! So be sure to read to the end to find them.

Today I’m hosting the Blankets party room, and today I’ll be sharing my top five reads from 2018: my favorite books I’ve read so far this year.blankers

Pick your favorite blanket from one of these baskets here and join me on the swings.

The creaking of the chains blends with chirping of birds and the gentle whispering of the breeze, bringing a definite autumn chill. I wrap my blue and white crocheted blanket more firmly around me as readers select their blankets and find a seat. Continue reading

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Five Fall Favorites: Military

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Welcome to day five of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog has a different theme for the day and each blog will be sharing five favorite books in a specific genre. There are also giveaways and free books, so don’t forget to check out the rest of the rooms for today’s freebie (link at the end of this post). The US giveaway includes a fall reading basket with several paperbacks and a mug. Enter here. The good news is if we get enough entries, we’re adding a special second prize and perhaps even a third, so go enter!

Today I’m hosting the Backpacks party room, and today I’ll be sharing five of my top military books: stories that involve military personnel from any era.

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Today we’re hiking the rocky trails out back to view the fall colors and perhaps find a shady nook in which to sit and read. Join me here as we are outfitted with backpacks for the day: we’ve pre-packed them with water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a special hat. We’ve left space for your favorite books.

Readers select backpacks, don sunglasses, smother sunscreen, lace hiking boots, and set out. Grasping my walking stick, I step ahead of the group, leading the way up the rocky trail. Sunlight dances off birch leaves and moss patches. Chattering readers follow.

Silence falls as I begin sharing some of my favorite military books.

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Five Fall Favorite: Contemporary Christian

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Welcome to day four of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog has a different theme for the day and each blog will be sharing five favorite books in a specific genre. There are also giveaways and free books, so don’t forget to check out the rest of the rooms for today’s freebie (link at the end of this post). The US giveaway includes a fall reading basket with several paperbacks and a mug. Enter here. The good news is if we get enough entries, we’re adding a special second prize and perhaps even a third, so go enter!

Today I’m hosting the Bikes party room, and today I’ll be sharing five of my top contemporary Christian fiction books: books published in the last five years and set in any modern time period.

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Welcome to the Bikes! We have all styles of bicycles here today, and we’re going to trek around this beautiful lake and enjoy the fall colors. Pick your favorite bike, hop on, tuck your books in the basket – don’t forget your water bottle! – and follow me!

Readers of all ages squint in the sunlight as they mount the bicycle of their choice. Soon, a bright array weaves in and out on the path, and we set off down the trail.

As we ride, I adjust my microphone and speak up. “Time for today’s top five contemporary Christian books.”

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Five Fall Favorites: Read-Aloud

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Welcome to day three of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog has a different theme for the day and each blog will be sharing five favorite books in a specific genre. There are also giveaways and free books, so don’t forget to check out the rest of the rooms for today’s freebie (link at the end of this post). The US giveaway includes a fall reading basket with several paperbacks and a mug. Enter here. The good news is if we get enough entries, we’re adding a special second prize and perhaps even a third, so go enter!

Today I’m hosting the Barns party room, and today I’ll be sharing five of my top read-aloud books: books that were read aloud to me or that I would read aloud to my family.

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Welcome today to the Barn here at Resting Life. The door creaks open slowly. A yellow leaf floats down to rest in the dust near the doorway. The scent of hay fills the air. Pumpkin rest in the corners, piled for winter use. Readers of all ages file in, find a cozy corner in the hay, and settle in.

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