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Book Review: ‘Ava’s Secret Tea Party’ by Donna Shepherd

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All I can think after reading Donna Shepherd’s newest book, Ava’s Secret Tea Party, is wow! Little girls from all cultures will enjoy reading this delightful book. I read the book 10 times before writing the review because it is such pure delight.

Little Ava wonders if the three most common magical beings, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, and Santa Claus have ever met. She then comes up with a brilliant idea. Through a note to the Sandman, Ava invites the magical beings to a special tea party.

What a magical ride reading this book gave me. It transported me back to when my three children were young. The special times I would snuggle next to them and read over and over again their favorite book.

Ava’s Secret Tea Party has that type of appeal. It will be many a child’s favorite bedtime story.

Everything about Ava’s Secret Tea Party is special. The illustrations are about the best I have ever seen. They are fun, vivid, engaging, and thus drawing the reader’s attention right away.

Ms. Shepherd captures the reader’s attention even more with her writing style. Her rhymes are nothing short of exquisite. Here are some examples that will leave you surely enchanted!
The Tooth Fairy brings Ava shiny coins

For each baby tooth she’ll lose.
How does she know when the teeth fall out?
Does she read the “Tooth Fairy News”?
Come Christmas Eve, long after midnight,
Santa slips in like a mouse.
Even when Ava’s more naughty than nice,
He still brings fun gifts to her house.

Lastly, the author provides recipes for the goodies Ava serves her magical guests at her secret tea party. Additionally there are crafts to help kids decorate for their own tea parties. I encourage you to get a copy of this one of a kind book for the little ones in your life.

To learn more about Donna Shepherd visit her website.

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About Nicole Weaver

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.
  • Susan Hornbach

    A great review for a beautiful book. Best wishes Donna and Nicole.

  • Penelope Anne Cole

    Hi Nicole, Nice review. I loved it, too. It’s a very special book!

  • Nancy Stewart

    Lovely review for a lovely book. I had the pleasure of reviewing it as well and enjoyed every minute of it. All the best to you both!

  • Donna Shepherd

    I, too, loved snuggling with my children at night and reading to them. I’m happy that my book evoked good memories like that for you as you read. Your review made my heart sing. Thank you!