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GUMBO GOES DOWNTOWN Homeless and Runaway Children's Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version)

GUMBO GOES DOWNTOWN Homeless and Runaway Children’s Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version)

Carol Talley (Author), Itoko Maeno (Illustrator)

Price: FREE

The great thing about this book is the guide at the end to help children of all ages critically think about the message of the story and how it relates to life. Sample questions at the end are a great way to start a discussion, and can easily be adapted for most age groups. The illustrations are terrific, and lend a sense of motion to the book. Adults would benefit from reading the guide at the end first, and then sharing with children.


Picture Book for reading with the younger child – ages 3-6


Running away from home! Who doesn’t sometimes dream of it? To go someplace else, to be somebody else!

Here is the story of a loveable mutt named Gumbo, who – longing to be SOMEBODY – abandons his watchdog duties and follows the streetcar tracks downtown to the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. There he discovers a world of new experiences and meets a colorful cast of canine characters, including a dancing poodle and self-appointed tour guide named Pompon, the blue-ribboned Champion Stella de Chateau Blanc, the fearsome Catahoula Hound and, finally, a nameless, homeless dog who visits Gumbo on the moonlit levee like a sad dream.

On his journey, Gumbo learns that the identity he seeks is not to be found in new places, however exciting, or in new acquaintances, however distinguished. For Gumbo, the road to self-esteem leads right back home, where he loves and is loved and where he is, after all, somebody very important.

Author Carol Talley, a former resident of New Orleans, returned to this picturesque city, tracing Gumbo’s journey down St. Charles Avenue and through the French Quarter to Jackson Square and the riverfront.

From Gumbo’s own shotgun house with its rose-bedecked chain-link fence to the sun-drenched Mississipi with its mighty ships and paddle wheelers, Illustrator Itoko Maeno has captured the kaleidoscopic magic of New Orleans for this classic tale of running away and returning.

Gumbo thinks he leads a pretty dull life. Maybe that’s why he decides one day to run away from home, to leave his watchdog duties and go Downtown. Children will delight in following Gumbo as he finds adventure aplenty in the historic French Quarter and meets a delightful cast of canine characters. And they will learn-as Gumbo does-that wherever he goes and whomever he meets, everyone seems to be looking for the very thing he has left behind-a place called home.

This is such a popular book in New Orleans, especially since the tragedy of Katrina. With its beautiful descriptions of the famous spots in the city, it has become especially dear to tourists and those with happy memories of fabulous New Orleans.

GUMBO GOES DOWNTOWN will help young readers examine the importance of their own homes, and help them explore sources of inner contentment.

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the “Enrichment Information” which includes lots of facts about Louisiana, the Mississippi River, New Orleans, a ShotGun House, the French Quarter, Jackson Square, The St. Charles Streetcar, and Gumbo (not the main character, but the spicy stew made with shrimp, crabs, oysters, chicken, ham, or even rabbit or squirrel! Seasoned with thyme, bayleaf, chilies, and cayenne pepper and thickened with okra or file, it is delicious!) This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in colorful descriptions of many famous places in and around New Orleans.

A second big plus is the “Letter to Parents and Educators” which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with the young reader about the message of the story…the importance of home…right where you are. So even though on the surface, this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.

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A Little Book About You (A Great Way to Tell Your Child You Love Them!)

A Little Book About You (A Great Way to Tell Your Child You Love Them!)

Scott Gordon

Price: FREE

The graphics are very cute and are worth getting the book just for that. The overall message of the book is positive. Would highly recommend!


Take a few moments and read this heart-warming picture book to your child. Featuring over 30 pages of vivid, computer-generated art, there’s plenty to keep them interested in addition to the awesome message inside.

There’s no better way to tell them that you love them!

Descriptions of my other popular children’s books are included after the main feature (an additional 8 pages).

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Spot the Difference - Love and Valentine's

Spot the Difference – Love and Valentine’s

Jen Turner

Price: FREE

Enjoy the charming Love and Valentine’s theme whilst you train up your observation skills.

This book consists of 25 colourful illustrations with five differences to discover on each page.

Pictures will amuse children of all ages, however the recommended age for solving the puzzles is five years and older.

A great way for grown ups to bond with children and a fun game for siblings and friends to share as well.

This is rated easy to moderately challenging and an answer sheet is provided at the end.

Best read on a kindle device that supports full color.

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Animals In The Shower (An Interactive Book About Rainforest Animals)

Animals In The Shower (An Interactive Book About Rainforest Animals)

Mary Ann Rogers

Price: FREE

Excellent work, Mary Ann. I really like how you make your books interactive. The interactive aspect to this book allows you to read the text and look at a photo, and then respond to a question. If you miss the question, the book prompts you to review the material (text) again, and try to answer the question correctly. Very nice feature.

Ron Taylor

Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a shower?

Best selling author Mary Ann Rogers examines creatures that live in our tropical rainforests. This book is among the most beautiful and fact rich available on the Kindle. With captivating and vibrant pictures, amazing animal facts, and interactive features, this book will take children on an incredible learning journey that will help them discover rainforest animals while having fun!

This book highlights unique characteristics about each animal. Your child will learn:

  • How vampire bats locate their prey
  • What a group of gorillas is called
  • How big a Tarsier’s brain is
  • Why harpy eagles are compared to the grizzly bear

… and much, much more!

Animals In The Shower is part of a beautiful series that examines animals in different parts of the world, and is perfect for children ages 8 – 12. Enjoy your copy today!

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My Love Is...(Read-Out-Loud Valentine's Day Kids Books) (Big Red Balloon)

My Love Is…(Read-Out-Loud Valentine’s Day Kids Books) (Big Red Balloon)

Big Red Balloon

Price: FREE

The Kindle book “My Love is…” is creative, amazing, thoughtful, colourful, hilarious and captivating! Guaranteed to bring smiles to your face and those of your loved ones.

Sarah Lincoln

Celebrate the holiday of love with this adorable Valentine’s Day kids’ book.

This fun holiday book brings a cast of characters from across the animal kingdom as they share their expressions of love. Fully illustrated with bright charming pictures, this picture book will bring smiles and laughs to your little one’s face. It’s a great, quick read-out-loud book that you can share with your child before bed or anytime of the day.

Share “My Love Is…” with your family and grab it today!

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