A YEAR IN THE SECRET GARDEN : Book Review & Blog Tour

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About the Book

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Title: A Year in the Life of the Secret Garden |
Author: Valarie Budayr |
Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters |
Publication Date: November, 2014 |
Publisher: Audrey Press |
Pages: 144
Recommended Ages: 5 to 99 

Book Description: Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families.

This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages.

Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.Over 140 pages, with 200 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together.

  A Year In the Secret Garden is our opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.

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The secret garden is described as a sheltered paradise of colors and perfumes – a mass spectacle of roses, gillyflowers, lavender, and scented philadelphus. It is a magical place where a child can find hours of entertainment and learning. It is all this beauty but has so much information and things to do that it will keep the most creative mind occupied.

The book has easy to make recipes, DIY activities and art and craft activities to keep even the most inquisitive mind occupied. Simple, funny poems and many creative activities add a lot of substance to the book. The poems are so easy to remember and fun to learn!

Mary Mack, dressed in black
Silver buttons down her back.
Asked her Ma for fifteen cents
To see the elephant jump the fence.
He jumped so high
He touched the sky
And won’t come back
Until the fourth of July.
Among the many DIY activities the Bird feeders were most easy and fun to make. Making reed flutes , planting seeds, making ice scenes, spot sitting, making nests and bird watching.

A camp fire and a picnic; I doubt that author has left any positive and educative as well as entertaining activity.

Most interesting was the Garden in a Jar; many are frequently sold in nurseries and garden supply stores but making your own is so much more fun. The mason bee house was absolutely splendid and I eagerly turned the pages to know more.

A perfect book not only for the summer activities but all through the year.

Truly it shows the way into the SECRET GARDEN.
Author Frances Hodgson Burnett whose book inspired this one truly believed that by changing the way you think about something, you can change the outcome. 

It’s known as “You are what you think”. She wove this deeply-held belief into The Secret Garden.

I totally loved the idea of the Affirmation Stones.
Affirmations work for everyone. Carrying a little stone inscribed with a positive thought is a way to stir the magic in you.

The book lists 100 affirmations. A great way to teach your child about the power of positive thinking. I found the book a must read for all children and parents. 


About the Author: Valarie Budayr

Valarie Budayr

Valarie Budayr loves reading and bringing books alive. Her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com, inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure.

 She is founder of Audrey Press, an independent publishing house, as well as an Amazon and iTunes best-selling author. She has written The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Valarie is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and encouraging families and schools to pull books off the shelves and stories off the pages.  

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About the Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters

Marilyn Scott-Waters

Marilyn Scott-Waters loves making things out of paper. Her popular website, www.thetoymaker.com, receives 2,000 to 7,000 visitors each day, who have downloaded more than six million of her easy-to-make paper toys. Her goal is to help parents and children spend time together making things.

 She is the creator of a paper toy craft book series The Toymakers Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling), and The Toymakers Workshop: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling). She is also the co-creator with J. H. Everett of the middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories, (Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers).

Ms. Scott-Waters illustrated The Search For Vile Things (Scholastic), and created paper engineering for Pop & Sniff Fruit (Piggy Toes Press).

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A Year in the Secret Garden Blog Tour Schedule (2014)


November 1
Coffee Books & Art (Guest Post)
WS Momma Readers Nook (Book Review)
November 2
Hope to Read (Excerpt)
November 3
Eloquent Articulation (Book Review)


November 4
BeachBoundBooks (Excerpt)
November 5
Monique’s Musings (Book Review)
November 6
SOS-Supply (Book Review)


November 7
Randomly Reading (Book Review)
November 8
Adalinc to Life (Book Review)


November 9
100 Pages a Day (Book Review)
November 10
Edventures With Kids (Book Review)


November 11
November 12
Girl of 1000 Wonders (Book Review)


November 13
Seraphina Reads (Guest Post)
November 14
Juggling Act Mama (Book Review)


November 15
Pragmatic Mom (Author/Illustrator Interview)
November 16
Stacking Books (Book Review)


November 17
Oh My Bookness (Book Review)
November 18


November 19
The Blended Blog (Book Review)
November 20
All Done Monkey (Book Review)
November 21
Geo Librarian (Book Review)
Grandbooking (Author/Illustrator Interview)


November 22
November 23
November 24


November 25
Ninja Librarian (Guest Post)
November 26
Jane Ritz (Book Review)
November 27


November 28
Deal Sharing Aunt (Book Review)
November 29
Mommynificent (Book Review)
November 30
Java John Z’s (Author/Illustrator Interview)


* $100 Blog Tour Giveaway *

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 Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: December 7, 11:59 pm, 2014
Open: Internationally
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 If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

This giveaway is sponsored by the authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.


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