Monday, August 3, 2015

Cedar Point and Some Amazing Adventures!

This week I took a rare Saturday off from the farm market to attend my husband's company pic-nic at Cedar Point. Since neither Bobby or I are super big roller coaster fans, we let Emily invite a friend. I haven't been to Cedar Point since Emily was three and we went with her cousins, my mom, and my sister-in-law. My husband hasn't been since 1979. So needless to say, it was an amazing adventure.

We spent the morning riding rides in the main park and then after lunch, we went around to the water park side and cooled off. It was very exciting, except for the long lines at the most popular rides; and the girls had a barrel of fun.


The books I read this week were also about amazing adventures. The first was called, Ellie Makes A New Friend; and the second was called, Ellie's First Plane Ride. I won both of these books in a recent contest and wasn't aware until they arrived at my door that they were co/written by a ten year old and her mother. 

Ellie Makes A New Friend

Ellie's First Plane Ride

There were several pros for these stories, one of which was the age of the main story teller. I think when youngsters have books published it not only encourages them, but also other children who might dream of writing. These stories were about the authors two favorite stuffed buddies which is also something that children can relate to. Exciting additions to the books included a page that invited children to take a selfie with their favorite plush and share it on a special face book site, as well as the fact that a portion of every book goes to help children in need.

However, I did feel that there were several cons for these stories as well, one of which was the age of the main story teller. The fact that a ten year old wrote these stories probably accounts for the number of grammatical and punctuation mistakes in both books. Mixed verb tenses used throughout and a large quantity of sentences starting with the word "but" made the reading a bit more difficult. A family member is credited as having edited these book which may also have contributed to the numerous mistakes I found. 

Despite the first book having won a Mother's Choice Award, an award that you have to pay a large fee for, I would not say these books are stellar reads. But if you are looking for books written by a ten year old about friendship and new adventures; and you have children who love stuffed animals, then these books are worth taking a chance on.

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. And feel free to drop by my personal website, Fun With Aileen, any day of the week for even more on reading, writing, my very own early grade chapter book, Fern Valley, the sequel, Return To Fern Valley, the soon to be released Cooking In Fern Valley (fall 2015) and my very first picture book, Quack and Daisy! I'm also on twitter @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.


  1. Isn't it fun to win books Aileen? They have great covers. Enjoy the reading and be inspired!

    1. Thanks Marja. Hope all is well with you and yours my friend :0)

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