Midwest Book Review on “What Happened to Chester?”

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Synopsis: Rory, an adventurous, take-charge young girl, meets her match in Hobblety Wobblety Chester McDeer. She soon learns that her friend can jump over any obstacle, despite his disability, and make a big difference to family and friends. Colorful, fun illustrations by the artistic team of Noah Hrbek and Lydia Whitehouse fully enhance children’s author Lauren Persons picture book story for young readers.

Critique: Original, fun, and with a special value for children ages 8-11 with reference to animal (and by inference, kids) disabilities and the importance self-esteem, “What Happened to Chester?: An En-deer-ing Tale of Hope and Healing” is an especially recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “What Happened to Chester?: An En-deer-ing Tale of Hope and Healing” is also available in a paperback edition (9781615997008, $15.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.95).

What Happened to Chester?
Lauren Persons, author
Noah Hrbek & Lydia Whitehouse, illustrators
Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
9781615997015, $27.95, HC, 22pp

Hummingbird: Messages from My Ancestors [PB]

Messages from My Ancestors
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Product Details
UPC: 978-1-61599-764-0
Brand: Modern History Press
Binding: Paperback
Audiobook: Audible, iTunes
Edition: 1st
Author: Diana Raab
Pages: 174
Publication Date: 01/15/2024
Hummingbird is a spiritual memoir about the connection between three generations of women—the author, her mother and maternal grandmother, who was her primary caretaker until she took her life when the author was ten. Her wisdoms taught the author how to exist in the world. For more than five decades she carried these wisdoms with her as an author, nurse, research psychologist, teacher, cancer survivor, mother and grandmother. Her grandmother taught her how to follow her intuition and listen to her heart. The book also creates a bridge between her grandmother as a cholera pandemic survivor and the author’s experience with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Raab has a photo of her grandmother on her desk. When she stares into her eyes, she’s given clear messages. The deepest connection with her grandmother materialized during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her magic emerged via hummingbird visitations outside her writing studio. Woven into the narrative of their relationship is Raab’s journey and life challenges: being raised by a narcissistic mother, loss of loved ones, meeting her soulmate, raising three becoming a grandmother, and passing on her legacy. She illustrates how her grandmother’s spirit gave her comfort and strength.
Diana Raab's new memoir explores the depths of love and loss across three generations of women. The book includes six decades of stories and universal truths garnered in the three generations of women. It also includes elements of female relationships, the power of empathy, tapping into deeper knowing, as well as nurturing emotional wellness, fostering gratitude, interconnectedness, and the importance of storytelling.Hummingbird touches on how we can continue to connect with our ancestors. The book’s themes are blended into the magic of the circle of life, as Raab makes peace with the hummingbird which represents the traumas, wisdoms, love and survival of three generations of women.

Learn more at www.DianaRaab.com

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