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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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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Book Reviews by Mary Esparza-Vela

Magical Mea is a charming story--the second in the "Magical Series" by Penelope Anne Cole. Like her big brother, Matthew, Mea also has the unique ability to fix things that are broken simply by staring at them; however, Mea does not want to use her powers wisely. She seems to enjoy hiding things and playing pranks on others. At the end of the story Mea learns that it is better to do good than bad. 
Magical Matthew is a charming story--the first in the "Magical Series" by Penelope Anne Cole. I found the story a delightful read and would highly recommend it to elementary school children. Matthew is special and unique because he has the power to fix things that are broken simply by staring at them. The story deals with love and friendship, as well as the disappointments we face while growing up. Matthew’s desire to help a disabled friend was really touching. The lesson here is that not everything that is broken can be fixed but as a group we can accomplish anything.

Both Book Reviews by GAP Author Mary Esparza-Vela
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Purchase her new book, You Can't Take the Dinosaur Home, and one of the Space Tot Plush Dolls, by contacting Mary Esparza-Vela at:   www.luv-beams.com



  1. Both great books. Thanks for sharing Mary.

    1. Hi Susan, thanks for all your support - blessings for a good week!