Poe, Princess of Pirates

Pacific Ocean: LadyD Books

 For Wordless Wednesday, Wordful Wednesday, Watery Wednesday and Rednesday.

Memphis Murals

 About The Book

Poe is a fish with the body of a little girl and far too much purple hair! As a purple-headed pirate princess Poe escapes Ralph the shark, rescues her fellow fish from fishermen, and proves that she can swim just as fast as any fish, even if she does look like a little girl. Includes seven original oil paintings by world-class artist, Ryan A. Pratt.

So exciting to meet these cool guys, author-illustrator, at the book fair.

About The Author and Illustrator

Sean McCauley has been writing stories since the age of six. His first novel, A Prelude to the Answer, was completed during his senior year at Huntington Beach High School. He is currently revising his epic tale of class warfare, The Day Daddio Died. He lives in Long Beach, CA. Ryan Pratt has been painting with oil since the year 2000. He received his B.F.A. degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Though featured in countless modern art shows and published in both professional and popular magazines, this is his first published work as an illustrator. He lives in Huntington Beach, CA

My Review

This is a short book with about 24 pages; very nice illustrations. It's a great story with a cute main character named Poe who is a fish. I just love her long purple hair and she looks just like a girl. Poe meets up with an unfriendly shark named Ralph. The story line moves along nicely with Poe's long hair getting tangled,  escaping unfriendly fish and landing on a Pirate Boat. From this point on, you get a sense of many more adventures to come, especially Poe helping her family. I was particularly interested in Sean's writing style. He did a fine job with Poe Princess of Pirates. 
**** stars!


“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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Quote It Saturday: Powhatan

English: "The Coronation of Powhatan,&quo...
English: "The Coronation of Powhatan," by the American artist John Cadsby Chapman, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am always drawn to children's picture books for ages 4-8 since I have 4 wonderful grandchildren who enjoy a good story. Did you know that there's quite a list of Native American children's books? Here's just a few to name but you can see a completed list, http://www.native-languages.org/children-books.htm

1. Dreamcatcher

2. Coyote in Love with the Moon

3. Sky Dogs

4. Star Boy

5. Northwoods Cradle Song

Photo Credit: robb

I've been looking at Native American History lately. Powhatan, chief of a large confederacy of Algonquian tribes in tidewater Virginia, managed to keep his people at an often uneasy peace with the English Pilgrims at Jamestown

Chief Powhatan

He counseled the Indians to aid the settlers by giving them food and teaching them how to plant corn. But he cautioned the colonists that they must in return treat the Indians fairly and with respect. When the English began to take more and more land without the Indians' permission, Powhatan warned them:

"Why will you take by force what you may obtain by love? Why will you destroy us who supply you with food? What can you get  by war? We are unarmed and willing to give you what you ask, if you come in a friendly manner... Take away your guns and swords, the cause of all our jealousy, or you may die in the same manner." -- Powhatan
For more facts for kids, visit this cool site:

If you love poetry, there's a wonderful sight called American Native Indian Poems

LadyD Books is participating in Quote It Saturday

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial holiday as you gather with your tribe of family, friends and loved ones. I think having a sense of belonging contributes greatly to children's self esteem.

Peace and Blessings,

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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Great Indian Chiefs

Sky Clouds: LadyD Books
Chief Keokuk Cloud
Mountain Flowers: LadyD Books
Nature Hike Trail

Keoluk was the head chief of the Sauk and Fox nation at the time of the Black Hawk War in 1832. Unlike Chief Black Hawk, who was a man of direct action and straightforward speech, Keokuk was a subtle political manipulator.

Cactus: LadyD Books
Cactus and Sage Brush

Keokuk opposed a war with the white man because he knew that his people would surely lose. He convinced his followers not to join Black Hawk in battle.

Water Hole: LadyD Books
Nearby Waterhole

Instead, he tried to gain the favor of the government by keeping his people at peace. He told his followers what would happen to the Sauk and Fox nation in the event of war with the Americans.

Water Evaporation: LadyD Books
Signs of Water Evaporation

Page 56 (Book Meme)
"In a contest where our numbers are so unequal to theirs we must ultimately fail. All we can reasonably expect or hope is to wreak our vengeance upon their hated heads, and fall, when fall we must, with our faces to the enemy."
-- Great Indian Chiefs  by Bellerophon Books

Chief Keokuk Pictures, Images and Photos
Chief Keokuk
Street View: LadyD Books
Foto Friday: 2 Subjects Theme
Just having a 'lil fun with my readers.

LadyD Books is participating with the following Friday memes:


Thinking of all our military  heroes at this time. Wishing you and yours a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.


 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Blog Tour and Review: Superluke Faces His Bully

For ages 7-12

How would you like to feel brave and strong?

"Have you ever been bullied?  Or maybe you have bullied someone.  If you have never been either of these, I’ll bet that you have witnessed someone being bullied.

If we listen to and see bad things, it can make us mean and scared. The things I see and hear are like spiritual food that can change my attitude. God doesn't want His children hurt by bullies.

     "SuperLuke Faces His Bully", the second in the GiggleHeart Adventures series, takes us on a journey into the heart of a bully.  It then explores how to handle the bully from a Biblical perspective." Giggleheart.com

Super Luke Faces His Bully is a fun loving adventure spoken straight from the heart of a super-sweet eight-year-old bully victim, Luke Giggleheart.   The Word of God is used as a lens to examine some of the issues that can make a person act like either a bully or a victim. During this adventure, Luke, our tender-hearted bully victim, learns about fear, being courageous and getting adults to help, while praying for his enemies.


Dr. Jackie C. Cogswell

Dr. Jackie Chirco Cogswell is a family physician, wife, mother, former school teacher, and author of a series of Christian children’s novels, the GiggleHeart™ Adventure Series. As a Christian mother, the issue of bullying became personal to her when her son was bullied at school. Through the many struggles her son had with bullies, Dr. Jackie learned from firsthand experience how to tackle bullying from a Biblical perspective. “Super Luke Faces His Bully” was inspired by her son’s personal struggle and the good Lord Who equips us for every battle and gives us strength.”


"That day, my bully left me with a humongous problem.  Ever since I was two years old I wanted to be a superhero.  In fact, I used to stand in front of the mirror in my diaper, squeezing my muscles hoping they would someday be strong enough to turn me into a real super dude.  Now that I have strong muscles and a cool cape, I love playing Super Luke and saving my friends and family from big bad bullies.  But after getting stuffed into my locker, I know that it takes a lot more than a good looking cape, a superhero name and big muscles to make me strong and brave!  Learning how to be a real superhero is a major growing pain." -- Page 13

 My Review

I give kudos to Dr. Jackie C. Cogswell for writing a subject that is so relevant for today and greatly needed to assist young people. When I picked up this book, I was expecting a story more like the last one. Then I kept reading and soon discovered that this was over the top! The author did an excellent job; another beautiful book from Jackie. Valuable websites listed in the end notes for more information on bullying.

I enjoyed the character of Luke Michael Giggleheart, a sweet and shy 8-year-old boy and his friend Mario Martinez. Luke is not too sure how to handle the school bully Harry Jones, also known as Bulldog Jones, who is a mean 10-year-old. 

 The story begins with Luke experiencing one of his biggest fears, being stuffed inside a school locker by the local bully. Along the way, Luke meets a lion, a tiger and an angel with much excitement from dreams to pictures in his head, like a TV screen, where everything gets recorded. Then one day Luke becomes very brave and strong; finding his identity, purpose and value in Jesus.

This is a great book with a wonderful message, teaching on repentance and grace, connecting with God's heart, and having joy. I will be adding it to my "favorites." I highly recommend this one to all kids who have had an encounter with a bully at school, on the bus or in your neighborhood. Learn what the Bible says about fear, lying, attitudes and bullies in a super-fun and giggly way!

***** stars!

You may be interested in reading my review of the author's first book, A Heart Ready to Fly!  (GiggleHeart #1) 


Dr. Jackie C. Cogswell will be giving one lucky winner a print copy of Super Luke Faces His Bully as well as a print copy of A Heart Ready to Fly!  To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  U.S. addresses only, please. Giveaway Form

Thanks Cheryl Malandrinos for the opportunity to review this very cool book.

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Wordless Wednesday: Dancing Girls

Two Dancing Girls with Fans: LadyD Books

Dancing Girls with Fans: LadyD Books

Dancing Girls: LadyD Books

For Rednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday.

These sweet girls danced at our Avocado Festival; oh so lovely!

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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