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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ava's Secret Tea Party by Donna J. Shepherd, Illustrated by Bella Sinclair



Donna J. Shepherd’s new book, Ava’s Secret Tea Party, illustrated by Bella Sinclair, is every little girl’s secret dream! Who wouldn’t want to invite the Sandman, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus to come for tea? This is another one of those books that children’s book writers see and say, “Now why didn’t I think of that?” It’s also one of those delicious little books that children will scoop up and demand for a bedtime story again and again.

Ms. Shepherd handily scoops us up for a magical romp through the nighttime mysteries that parents don’t have to explain to children. Yes, the Sandman exists – who else puts the sand in our sleepy eyes? You know the Tooth Fairy brings you money for baby teeth – who else could fly so softly and silently? Of course, the Easter Bunny brings all the Easter candy – who else could do it so hoppity fast and well? And, we all know Santa Claus brings toys to good girls and boys in his huge sleigh pulled by magic flying reindeer. Ava wonders if these magical beings have ever met all at one time and decides to remedy the situation by asking them to come for tea through a note to the Sandman.

Bella Sinclair’s artwork is pure delight. Every picture is fun and engaging, especially coupled with Ms. Shepherd’s rhymes. We have no trouble imagining being in the story with little Ava – hopping with Easter Bunny, flying with Tooth Fairy, riding along with Santa Claus, scooping sand with Sandman, and helping them all out so they’ll have time to come to her tea party. 















At the end of the book are other special treats:  recipes for the goodies Ava serves her magical guests at her secret tea party. Plus, there are crafts to help kids decorate for their own tea parties. This is a very special, not-to-be-missed children’s book.


15 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your review Penny. This is a charming story with fun and wonderment for young children. Donna and Bella make a great team. I wish you both great success!

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks for your supportive comments, as always. You are a blessing. Wishing Donna much success with this cute story.

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    2. Thank you, Susan. I love the word 'wonderment' when describing it.

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    1. Hi Jan, Thanks so much for your comments. Bless you!

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  3. Thanks, Jan, I appreciate your ready support and comments!

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  4. Thank you for the wonderful review! I'm very blessed and thankful.

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    1. Hi Donna, It's a really cute story. I see it as a big hit with the little ladies -- many repeat requests! Wishing you much success!

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  5. great review, I love the illustrations too.
    Kit

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    1. Hi Kit, Yes, the story is a visual delight and a fun read. Thanks for your comments.

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  6. What a cute idea. I think my daughter would love this! :)

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    1. Hi Margo, thanks for the comments! Yes, I'm sure your daughter will enjoy this story!

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  7. Absolutely delightful - so different and fun. Super kid friendly too.
    I am betting lots of little girls will be reading this ASAP! I added it to the "Kid's Reviews" on my Pinterest board.

    13 books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques
    http://www.margotfinke.com

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    1. Hi Margot, thanks for your comments and pinning! This is a great book for little girls (and those of us who love tea parties!)

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