Book Review of Sewing a Friendship, books 1 and 2
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Title: Sewing a Friendship
Author: Natalie Tinti
Genre: Children’s Chapter Books
The four best friends, who are seven years old girls, are super excited about the start of summer! Their adventure begins with getting out of school and talking about a pink sleepover. But things do not run smoothly when nine years old Kiki, the rival girl, gets in the way by uninviting the girls to a fashion show.
Review by James A. Cox, Midwest Book Reviews:
“Sewing a Friendship” is an unusual, inspiring artistic conception/creation about empowering girls to overcome obstacles and use creativity to grow together. Created by 10-year-old author/illustrator Natalie Tinti, “Sewing a Friendship” is a truly unique and life enhancing book. Although the target audience might well be 7-10 years old girls, the positive messages about inclusion and imagination will also appeal to others from teens to adults.
Author: Natalie Tinti
Genre: Children’s Chapter Book
When a secret agent dog, Dogon, informed four best friends that Nina has a bad horrible scratch and she won’t be able to play her musical instruments, they must quickly come and make her feel better. While deciding what to do next, there's a veritable blizzard of ideas put forth, and the girls have to sift through them all to come up with a plan of action. Together they create a magical world full of adventures where every obstacle can be overcome with mutual support and joint creativity.
Magic in Us is an inspiration for children to learn and grow into well-rounded individuals, to realize the power of friendship, to learn about the value of problem solving and discover hidden talents. It told by 10 years old Natalie Tinti. She is not only a multi-awarded talented writer, she is also an amazing artist!
At age thirteen Natalie Tinti is a multi-award winning author, illustrator, of 12 children’s books and an inspirational public speaker who promotes varied uplifting messages for her peers as well as their parents. Despite this early success as an artist Natalie was recommended to repeat Kindergarten as her teacher thought she didn’t have adequate language function and memory recall. However, this apparent set back would later serve as a valuable growth experience in her social awareness and desire to help her classmates. Natalie’s books gave her a platform for speaking at various venues where she promoted the empowerment of children to include: the value of social skills for overall happiness and as a tool in dealing with bullies, appreciating one’s unique talents and personality to bolster self-confidence, and challenging children of all ages to build friendships by having the courage to include others.
“SSSleeepooover…How fun!” the wind murmured as it flew around the Blossom’s house.
The girls were still jumping on Sokron’s bed.
“Yeah, we can practice solving math problems all night long!” Meeka exclaimed in a fast pace.
“You won’t mind me dancing, will ya?” Jonsy asked.
“I would love to stay for a sleepover, but you know my dad has a hundred of rules,” Nina sighed. She stopped jumping and sat down on the bed.
Sokron sat down next to Nina and smiled, “It will be okay.”
“Well, it’s four o’clock; let’s get ready for the sleepover!” Jonsy said as she jumped off the bed with Meeka.
Then Meeka said, “Let’s go to the park first and study blue caterpillars for my science sandwich.”
“And I could teach the blue caterpillars to do professional-pointy-toed belly dancing,” Jonsy giggled.
“I’ll get them to wear fluffy cherry-pink tutus!” Sokron said with excitement.
“Plus, I can play pop-goes-the-the-weasel with my guitar,…trumpet, … violin, … banjo, … and drums. If I had them,” Nina said as she daydreamed about her instruments.
“Let’s do it,” they all shouted. They happily ran out of Sokron’s room and down the street. They found themselves at an enormous park covered with blooming flowers. Just then, something caught their eyes. It was KIKI SHAVER.
Book Excerpt Sewing a Friendship 2 – The Magic in Us: The Power of Imagination
“Are you ready, Sokron?” Meeka asked Sokron as they all came back to Nina’s room from the kitchen.
“Mm-hm.” Sokron sat straight as she began. “Here we go….Once upon a time there was a little girl with a beautiful name, Sokoora. She lived in a town full of dwarfs like her, all of whom lived in a huge rainbow pumpkin under a hollow tree. One of her favorite rooms in the pumpkin was a design studio that she had created for all the local animals. Sokoora liked to make the animals feel beautiful and special, and she had a very dwarfish way of doing it."
"Every morning Sokoora would invite all the animals into her very fancylicious studio full of different flowery colors. Here she had many unique items she used for helping the animals experiment with their personal style, accessories like face paint, jewelry and butterfly bows. And of course there were lots of different mirrors and exotic hats."
"One morning, this artist Sokoora noticed a fire bird with beautiful purple eyes staring at her from the middle of the crowd of animals waiting to enter the rainbow pumpkin. Sokoora felt hypnotized by the bird’s eyes and could not move. ‘What a strange feeling I have…I feel like I'm melting….I can see stars dancing around, the moon like a disco ball, a gorgeous castle flying on a cloud, a big clock telling me it's a very special time in the evening, and all kinds of presents coming from all directions toward the cloud castle….
Oh, what a beautiful dream!’"
"‘Good job, Fliffery-birdy-bird,’ said the bird’s trainer, who Sokoora hadn't noticed before. ‘Let’s go. We have more messages to deliver.’"
"When Sokoora heard that, she immediately woke up from her unforgettable dream. ‘What just happened? Was that real?’ she questioned herself. ‘What could all this mean? Did I just receive a message? An invitation maybe!? To a royal ball perhaps? Aha…I got it! I got it! It’s a birthday party! Today! I better get prepared and ready,’ Sokoora happily yelled out loud as she jumped and clapped. Then she looked at the animals around her and asked, ‘Who wants to be my present for this girl’s birthday party?’"
"One little hand lifted over its owner's head. The creature had furry pink bunny ears, but it also had pink wings on its back."
"‘OK, great! The birthday girl will love you!’ Sokoora announced as she skippedy-hopped across the floor inside of her studio and boxed her cute little volunteer creature into a pinkalicious round box.
Then she announced, “Please come back tomorrow, my dearest friends,” and happily set out with her gift pet into the dreary, unfashionable wilderness."
"When Sokoora reached the forest, she saw that a giant purplish furry-fuzzy bird-dragon (one of her favorite birds to fly on), was waiting for her. When Sokoora came closer, the bird-dragon approached her and remarked, ‘I heard you are going to the birthday party. I don't fit in your studio, but if you give me a big bucket of black lipstick, I’ll let you ride me. Deal!?’"
"Sokoora thought; she knew how much this bird-dragon loved black lipstick, but she didn't have that much.
‘Hmmm, how about five buckets, but… tiny ones?’"
"‘Deal!!’ said the bird-dragon as it kneeled down to let the lipstick girl climb on his furry-fuzzy back."
Cute and clever books that charmingly teach children morals in such a manner that they are charmed by the story and do not realize they are learning good things along the way.
I give these books 4 out of 5 clouds.
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