📚An ‘illustrated adventure’ Story For Children. Rosie’s #Bookreview of Rising River Escape (Global Heroes #3) by @DamianJHarvey #TuesdayBookBlog

Rising River Escape (Global Heroes, #3)Rising River Escape by Damian Harvey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rising River Escape (Global Heroes) is a children’s book recommended for 7-9 year olds.

It is one of a series of illustrated adventure books which teach children about the environment and saving the planet. Five children have been chosen to be Global Heroes; they live in a top secret facility called The Beehive and they are guided by Professor Darwin and a billionaire leader who finances their missions.

In this story the team are sent to Madagascar to help rescue animals after flooding threatens their homes. As well as the floods they face the Evilooters who try to profit from the disaster.

The story is just over 113 pages with fact sheets, a quiz and a glossary of important words at the back for added interest. The book has a reading book band level guide of 12 Brown which might appeal to junior school librarians.

I liked the story; the mix of adventure and information worked well as did the Global Heroes themselves. Happy to recommend.

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Book description

Join our team of Global Heroes in this fast-paced, science-themed chapter book as they rush to rescue wildlife from the rapidly rising flood waters in Madagascar .

Great for readers age 7+ these adventure stories are also full of fascinating facts. In Rising River Escape our heroes face a challenge to locate and rescue any remaining wildlife from a flooded village, while also uncovering an illegal trade in lemurs. They discover the causes and effects of rising sea levels, its impact on countries like Madagascar and what can be done to help prevent and protect from this threat in the future.

These illustrated chapter books are perfect for making fascinating science topics accessible to young readers, inspiring a thirst for knowledge and learning by stealth. The team of characters come from around the world to give a truly global outlook.

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🌻A Week In Flowers Challenge #GardeningTwitter #Flowers #AWeekInFlowers Day #6

I am joining in with A Week In Flowers blogging challenge brought to you from Cathy at Words And Herbs. I recently enjoyed taking part in the #AlphabettyBlooms challenge over on Twitter and what better way than to keep the lovely colours of summer going with this new challenge.

From now until December 6th, post one or two pictures of flowers to brighten up the winter days for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. Then drop your blog link into Cathy.

My choice of flower for day six is the Sunflower. Nothing says ‘summer’ as much as one of these in my garden. This year I planted multiple varieties of them which was so much fun. I’ve dried the heads for the seeds too.

Own Photo of a red, Velvet Queen sunflower
Velvet Queen Sunflower
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Sunflower Valentine
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Flower heads on my Sunflower

📚’It made me want to weep for Matilda’. @TerryTyler4 Reviews Novella Stolen Summers by @Annecdotist for Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT

Today’s team review is from Terry.

Terry blogs here https://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.com/

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Rosie’s Book Review Team

Terry has been reading Stolen Summers by Anne Goodwin

Book cover for Stolen Summers by Anne Goodwin
Stolen Summers by Anne Goodwin

4.5 out of 5 stars

For anyone who hasn’t read Matilda Windsor is Coming Home, do read this novella-length prequel first.  It centres around how, in the 1930s (and before, and a while after), unmarried girls who became pregnant were often sent to mental asylums – once inside, they would become institutionalised, some to spend their whole lives locked away.  Poor Matilda – the first scene, when she thinks she’s going home from the nunnery where she had her baby, but is in fact being driven to Ghyllside Hospital, is heartbreaking.  It made me want to reach out a hand and shout, ‘don’t go in!  Run!’


The book alternates between the outbreak of World War II, and the early 1960s, when she and her friend organise little escapades.  Alas, Matilda, already emotionally and mentally unstable because of her years at Ghyllside, cannot take on board how much the world has changed.  Finally, there is a chapter set in 1989 which, if I remember rightly, is how the main book starts.  By this time her mind is gone, though she is not unhappy in her fantasy world.

The book is so well-written, and I thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through, even though it made me want to weep for Matilda and the other women like her.  Highly recommended.

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All she has left is her sanity. Will the asylum take that from her too?

In 1939, Matilda is admitted to Ghyllside hospital, cut off from family and friends. Not quite twenty, and forced to give up her baby for adoption, she feels battered by the cruel regime. Yet she finds a surprising ally in rough-edged Doris, who risks harsh punishments to help her reach out to the brother she left behind.

Twenty-five years later, the rules have relaxed, and the women are free to leave. How will they cope in a world transformed in their absence? Do greater dangers await them outside?

The poignant prequel to Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home is a tragic yet tender story of a woman robbed of her future who summons the strength to survive.

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🌺A Week In Flowers Challenge #GardeningTwitter #Flowers #AWeekInFlowers Day #5

I am joining in with A Week In Flowers blogging challenge brought to you from Cathy at Words And Herbs. I recently enjoyed taking part in the #AlphabettyBlooms challenge over on Twitter and what better way than to keep the lovely colours of summer going with this new challenge.

From now until December 6th, post one or two pictures of flowers to brighten up the winter days for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. Then drop your blog link into Cathy.

My choice of flower for day five is the rose. Thorny ones, scented ones, variegated, rambling, cottage garden and more, there is such a choice.

Own photo of a white rose from my garden
White Rose

A Week In Flowers Challenge #GardeningTwitter #Flowers #AWeekInFlowers Day 4

I am joining in with A Week In Flowers blogging challenge brought to you from Cathy at Words And Herbs. I recently enjoyed taking part in the #AlphabettyBlooms challenge over on Twitter and what better way than to keep the lovely colours of summer going with this new challenge.

From now until December 6th, post one or two pictures of flowers to brighten up the winter days for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. Then drop your blog link into Cathy.

My choice of flower for day four is the Dahlia. There are so many different varieties of this flower, which only in the last few years has become one of my favourites.

Own photo of a yellow dahlia called Encore.
‘Encore’ Dahlia
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Dwarf Dahlias

🌼#SixOnSaturday December 3rd In My English Cottage Garden. #GardeningTwitter #GardeningLife

Cooling temperatures and foggy days end my week as we step into December. It is harder to find six items of interest, but I am amazed with what I found for you. My garden makes me smile!

In other news, I’ve been joining in with #AWeekInFlowers blogging meme from Cathy of Words And Herbs. Each day up to and including December 6th we are posting one or two photos of flowers from our year of gardening to brighten the blogosphere. There are still a few days left if you want to join in.

December 3rd

First photo goes to my cheery garden helper who is always ready with a song while I work in the garden.

Robin

Second photo is of the first Primula spotted flowering this season. Although It looks like I’m not the first to spot it. The petals have had a dinner date with the some of my garden creatures.Or maybe leaf cutter bees? I’m not too sure.

Primula

Third photo goes to this spider’s web on the ceanothus which showed up in the fog with water droplets hanging in it.

Spider’s web on the ceanothus

Fourth photo is of some of the red berries from the Lily Of The Valley plants. I must keep my eye on them as they are quietly spreading each year in their patch.

Lily Of The Valley Berries

Fifth photo goes to the pretty leaves of the Blueberry seedlings that I am growing. Now to keep them alive over winter and thriving next year.

Blueberry leaves

Lastly this Calendula is brightening up the patio pots with a single flower. Long may it last!

Calendula

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. Jim is now our host for this gardening meme and you can find his blog here where you will be able to catch up with links from all the other folks who take part.

Happy gardening

Rosie

December 3rd

A Week In Flowers Challenge #GardeningTwitter #Flowers #AWeekInFlowers Day #3

I am joining in with A Week In Flowers blogging challenge brought to you from Cathy at Words And Herbs. I recently enjoyed taking part in the #AlphabettyBlooms challenge over on Twitter and what better way than to keep the lovely colours of summer going with this new challenge.

From now until December 6th, post one or two pictures of flowers to brighten up the winter days for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. Then drop your blog link into Cathy.

My choice of flower for day three is the Hollyhock, a favourite in an English cottage garden. A prolific self seeder and prone to rust, however, they always make me smile.

Own photo of an orange Hollyhock
Orange Hollyhock
Own photo of a yellow Hollyhock
Yellow Hollyhock
Own photo of a Hollyhock
Hollyhock

🕵🏻‍♀️A New Case For Bunch Courtney. @LizanneLloyd Reviews #CrimeFiction In Cases Of Murder by @Jancoledwards for Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT

Today’s team review is from Liz.

Liz blogs here https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

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Rosie’s Book Review Team

Liz has been reading In Cases Of Murder by Jan Edwards

Following on from a distressing experience in Book 3, one would expect Bunch Courtney to be reluctant to continue with her investigations as a civilian police consultant, but she is an intrepid heroine determined to be an active part of DCI Wright’s new murder case. Ignoring the misgivings of her family, she insists on going to the mortuary to find out more about the death of Laura Jarman, whose body has been found in a trunk on a station platform. William Wright has asked for her assistance because Laura had connections to Bunch’s family and had visited a lonely cottage in the village shortly before her death.

William Wright remains enigmatic, ignoring Bunch for weeks on end, then treating her as an equal in their investigations. He knows that she is determined to participate in all aspects regardless of the danger, but her personal life is complex at present. Bunch’s mother is very sick and though they have never been close, she begins to realise how much her mother understands her.

Another murder victim is found and Laura’s father is put under the spotlight. Both Bunch and William find clues but the difficulties of wartime life are also an important aspect of the storyline. The settings in Sussex and London and the accurate details of life for those in southern England, wondering if they are soon to be invaded, adds intensity to their actions and feelings.

I very much enjoy this series and am glad to hear that two more volumes are currently in progress. Highly recommended.

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When the body of Laura Jarman is discovered crammed into a steamer trunk and dumped on a Brighton railway platform, members of her wealthy industrialist family are shouting for answers, but their reluctance to co-operate with the investigation arouses suspicion from all sides.

What could possibly link Laura to private gentlemen’s parties on the edge of sleepy Wyncombe village, and what are her family so desperate to conceal?

When Laura’s London flatmate is murdered in an almost identical style, Bunch Courtney and DCI William Wright find themselves racing along a convoluted trail through munitions factories and London clubs to a final shocking end.

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🌺A Week In Flowers Challenge #GardeningTwitter #Flowers #AWeekInFlowers Day 2

I am joining in with A Week In Flowers blogging challenge brought to you from Cathy at Words And Herbs. I recently enjoyed taking part in the #AlphabettyBlooms challenge over on Twitter and what better way than to keep the lovely colours of summer going with this new challenge.

From now until December 6th, post one or two pictures of flowers to brighten up the winter days for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. Then drop your blog link into Cathy.

My choice of flower for day two is the Tulip. Last Spring when these beauties flowered they surprised me as I’m sure that I didn’t plant them, nor do I remember them from other years. We inherited a lovely selection of garden plants when we moved in almost four years ago, so perhaps growing conditions last year just suited them.

📚A #NonFiction #ChildrensBook. Rosie’s #Bookreview of Queen Elizabeth II And Her Family: The Incredible Life of the Princess Who Became a Beloved Queen @dkbooks

Queen twoQueen Elizabeth II and Her Family: The Incredible Life of the Princess Who Became a Beloved Queen by D.K. Publishing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Queen Elizabeth II and her Family: The Incredible Life of the Princess Who Became a Beloved Queen.

This is a non-fiction children’s book recommended for readers aged around 7-9 years. Each page has lovely colourful photos that depict The Queen and members of her family.

The book features, the early years of The Queen, her background, castles and palaces that she lived in, her hobbies and pastimes. There are sections about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as information on some of her royal duties. The book ends with photos of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a timeline of events in her lifetime and a section about the new King Charles.

This works well as a summary of The Queen’s life for young readers who are beginning to learn about The Royal Family. It would also make a good souvenir gift for children.

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Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II and her family in this inspiring tribute to the historic life and reign of Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

For 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II showed an unwavering commitment to her country, and she will be remembered as not only Britain’s most beloved and longest-reigning monarch, but as a symbol of pride and inspiration everywhere. This book reflects on Elizabeth’s remarkable story, and looks at her years as princess, her war-time service, her Coronation, and her role as Queen both at home and across the world.

Each page of this charming book will introduce young readers to something new and exciting about the Queen, from her love of horses to the palaces and castles she lived in. It will tell them about her relatives – the princes, princesses, dukes and duchesses that make up her family, making this a wonderful celebration of modern British history.

Queen Elizabeth II and her Family has been revised to include 12 new pages that capture recent key events like the birth of Prince Louis, the Platinum Jubilee in 2022, and the Queen’s State funeral. With full-color photographs to complement the simple, age-appropriate text, this is simply the perfect gift to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II.

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