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Writing Journey Update

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As regular First Steps readers know I have written lots of book reviews this week. There are so many good books out at the moment.  If you would like me to post  a review of your latest book here please let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

Daring to Wish_MediumThis week also saw the first author and character interviews on my blog with debut author Tracey Rogers and ‘Daring to Wish’ heroine Eve Ward. I really enjoyed these and would love to interview other authors and their main characters. If you would like to feature on First Steps leave a message for me here or via any of my social media links featured on my website.

I am continuing with my edits for The Dragon Legacy.I hope to have them finished and sent by the weekend. 🙂Dragon Legacy

Have you checked out the first chapters in So You Think You Can Write yet? There are lots of great ones. I  may still enter a chapter as I have until the 9 October I believe, it depends on my edits.  If not I will enjoy supporting those  who have.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Look out for my review of ‘ The Cowboy Rode a Harley’ by Susan Arden tomorrow.

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5* Review The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter Randa Handler

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter

If you want your pre-schooler to understand the true meaning behind the Thanksgiving celebration this is the book for you.

Beautifully illustrated it tells the story of a young girl’s Thanksgiving experience in 1941. Through pictures and conversation with her mother, Takari learns about the Japanese Thanksgiving.

When Takari accidentally damages the Thanksgiving platter an heirloom from her Japanese grandmother her mum seems unreasonably angry. It is only when her puppy Ruffles has a similar accident, Takari realises her mother was stressed and didn’t mean to upset her.

She is sent to play with Little Sparrow and learns about making corn bread as it was made on the first Thanksgiving by the Wampanoag. When she finds out Little Sparrow and his father are spending part of their Thanksgiving at the veteran hospital she helps too and realises the true meaning of Thanksgiving is sharing and helping others especially those less fortunate.

A lovely way to help your children understand Thanksgiving is more than a Turkey dinner.

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Randa Handler

Jane Hunt Writer First Steps

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5* Review The Boy Who Spoke to God Randa Handler

The Boy Who Spoke to God by Randa Handler


Beautifully illustrated ‘The Boy Who Spoke to God’ will appeal to the primary school age group it is intended for. The story told as a fairytale makes the important message of racial harmony and religious tolerance in modern society easy to absorb.

The story describes a multicultural society living in harmony. This allows them to improve the population’s health and abolish poverty by supporting the community’s economy. Their world is perfect except for the different religious celebrations and holidays, which cause discord. The story makes the important point; it is the children who suffer most when society becomes dysfunctional.

The revealing conversation between Niko a young Greek boy and his friends show the children understand the problem better than the adults. Niko is encouraged by his parents to ask God how their multicultural society can live in harmony. God appears to Niko in a dream. His message; people can practice different religions without disharmony if they respect the right of others to hold different beliefs. Niko’s dream is interpreted in different ways by each of the different religious groups and he becomes an outcast. Everyone wants to be right. It is not until his final dream Niko is able to make the adults understand god is perceived differently by every individual and this diversity should be accepted and celebrated in all societies.

This book would be an excellent learning tool to help answer a child’s question of what god looks like and to demonstrate in an easy understandable way the importance of diversity in our world.

I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

The Boy Who Spoke to God by Randa Handler

The Boy Who Spoke to God by Randa Handler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Randa Handler
JaneHunt Writer First Steps

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