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Monday, December 19, 2016

Journey to Appleville Book Review and Giveaway

I've been involved with the Multicultural Children's Book Day the past few years. It is coming up on January 27th in 2017 and I'll be involved again. This book has nothing to do with that day but... it does share a tale of diversity, learning, and entertainment for multicultural children and families everywhere.
What can six kids from a local neighborhood do when they have a goal in mind? Embark on a quest to Appleville, of course! Join Kenan, Tu-Tu, Pedro, Liu-Liu, Lizzy, and Cassie as they overcome their fears with the help of the Appleville Fairy. Can you help them earn their Golden Apples?

Appleton says she wanted to write the Appleville Books series to engage the 22-28 percent of non-readers, children who read less than 45 minutes a week, by creating a story related to who they are.

“Appleville is symbolic of ‘opportunity,’” Appleton explains. “It’s a place where all children can be who they want to be and do what they believe is right. I believe it is essential to tell this story of exploration, friendship and triumph.”

An opportunity for children of all nationalities to connect with each other, Journey to Appleville explores:
  • The importance of putting power back into the hands of diverse cultures in a story that is reflective of who they are as individuals and as storytellers.
  • Teaching children to be kind and friendly to each other, no matter how different they might be from each other.
  • Why cultural representation in books is critical for multicultural children and their families.
  • The power that comes from successfully overcoming fears and helping others work through their own uncertainties.
For first time author Veronica Appleton, who was rejected 70 times by publishers and agents, I'd like to congratulate her on getting this book out. She does a good job of teaching kids to conquer fears and that they can and should set goals in their lives. It is nice to see the diverse group of kids involved that's more reflective of many of today's neighborhoods. It is a quick story with just 22 pages of story. For the target age, I would have liked to have seen brighter images. Also, I might envision this more as a book for the parent to read to child then the child to read themselves. The words aren't that hard but there are more words on the pages than is typical of an early reader. I'll be interested in seeing where the author goes next with the series.

As far as the giveaway goes, we have five copies to giveaway to our 18+ US and Canada readers, except Quebec. Open through 11:59pm EST on 1/2/17 be sure to enter below for your chance to win. Good luck.


Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.

25 comments:

  1. I would also be happy to see a giveaway for the book "Buttons the Bunny Of Bunny Cove Lane." I looked very carefully at all 71 pages of children's picture books, and while other books may be good, this book looked especially charming.

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  2. I would love to see Potomac Crossroads and also Winning Campaigns.

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  3. I'd like to see HOW THE FIREFLY GOT ITS NAME as a review for younger kids :)

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  4. Passing the Bone looks good to me!!

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  5. the WInning Campaigns. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  6. I'd love to see a review of their cook books that they have, especially their REGIONAL COOKBOOKS.

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  7. I would like a review on their children's book Clark The Cub and his journey through time, I think it would be a good book my grandson would enjoy.

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  8. I would like
    ANN MARIE GARDINIER HALSTEAD
    BUCKET FILLING FAIRY

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  9. i love indo dutch kitchen secrets!!!

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  10. I'd like the book "Bucket List For Foodies."

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  11. Escape from Egg Harbor looks interesting

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  12. I think you should do a giveaway for this one: STADIUM JOURNEY PRO FOOTBALL INSPIRED COOKBOOK: RECIPES FOR HOME OR THE TAILGATE

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  13. i would love the 363 days of tea book. it would be a nice coffee table book.

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  14. Hum-Free the Bee looks interesting.

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  15. My Fathers son would be a good book fora friend of mine!

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  16. I would love the book Civil Wrongs.

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  17. I would like to see reviews on some young readers books.

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  18. I would like to see a giveaway for the book
    I am a Survivor: Bullying Stops Here. This is a big problem for children and adults.

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  19. i like to see a review on humfree the bee has a food allergy

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  20. I would love to see a review/giveaway for the book A Hot Dog Christmas.

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  21. I would like
    ANN MARIE GARDINIER HALSTEAD
    BUCKET FILLING FAIRY

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  22. Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets sounds like a fabulous book. Better yet, it sounds like fabulous food!

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  23. I would like to read The Death of Dulgath.

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