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Sunday’s Best Linkup – #22



Welcome to Week 22 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup Our theme this week is It’s All About The Strawberry.  It’s the time of year to pick fresh strawberries from backyards and strawberry fields. If you’re like me, you will be looking for ways to use these these mouthwatering and healthy treats. We would love for you to share them on Sunday’s Best. It’s also the time of year to plant vegetables and flower gardens, open pools, fire up backyard grills, makeover outdoor spaces, and turn the kids loose in the back yard. 

We need  recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover and gardening tips, SEO and blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeovers, spring organization tips, and ideas for indoor flower arrangements.  

We would like to also honor our 2015 Graduates, so we’re looking for posts on party ideas and any post graduate advice that you can share with other mothers. Congratulations to the class of 2015.
Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration. Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.   


What’s New: We would like readers to select their favorite posts. Voting will start at noon every Friday until mid-night. We will be adding the post with the most votes from our readers to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers. Be sure to have your blog readers and social media followers head over to vote for your post on Fridays. 


In addition, a posts for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week. 

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts. 


                                                           Your Hosts Are:

            Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                Kim U. – Pinterested Parent         Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone

  
Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:  

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.  


Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave. 


Mother 2 Mother Blog


Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party! 



The Sunday’s Best Posts are:


Kim U. selected  DIY Bug Umbrellas For Party Drinks from Life With Lorelai






I selected DIY Raised Garden Beds from Hello Nature







Kim M. selected 200 Free Summer Activities for Kids from The Jenny Evolution 

The Readers Selected: 





Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie from The Frugal Foodie Mama 

and

The Favorite Theme Posts 


Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers 


Patriotic Yarn Wrapped Mason Jars from Albion Gould Albion Gould

May Flowers




Summer Front Porch from Clean and Scentsible 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected this week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. 



Old Navy Bargains – 6 Reasons I Love Their Children’s Clothing

I spent last week-end shopping for some of the grandchildren’s summer clothing. I decided to head to Old Navy. As with all children, they don’t stay in clothing or shoes very long.  I have become an expert on getting the most for my money when it comes to children’s clothing. I seek quality, but I want it within my budget. 



                                                     Miss Muffin wearing an Old Navy dress

When I shop, I’m on a mission. Both of my grandchildren are picky about what they wear. Yes, at 3 and 7.  They will both tell me, Mawmaw this doesn’t look good on me. It’s imperative that I maximize my dollars to the fullest extend to ensure they feel good about themselves and what they wear. Old Navy is at the top of my list for summer casual wear. Here’s why: 


  • Great Prices –  I was able to grab toddler tees for $4.00 – $5.00. 
  • Quality – Their clothing doesn’t shrink and the colors don’t fade. 
  • Large Selection – They have a large selection in tees, shorts, dresses, pants and shoes for both boys and girls.  
  • Great Styles – Their clothing is stylish. 
  • Free Shipping – Old Navy offers free shipping over $50 if you order on-line. They have deals on-line that they don’t offer in the store, so check on-line for additional savings. 
  • Great Customer Service – The customer service is great when I have to make an exchange.  
                                        Miss Muffin wearing Old Navy swimwear & accessories

My grandson will be turning 8 in September. He has come into his own with style, so he likes to either select his own clothes or approve them once I get them home. Here’s a few items that I picked for him.   







He loved the boat shoes. Who knew, he loves Niki, Jordans, KDs, and Kyries. I don’t know who was happier about the shoes, him or me. Big difference from $80 for each pair of sneakers to $20 for the boat shoes. Guess who’s heading back to see if they have them in other colors. I can never go wrong with the sports tees at $12. The polos run around $8 and up. They look great with the boat shoes and a pair of shorts. 


I also purchase some of their shorts from Old Navy. They make their children’s shorts and pants with elastic on the inside that can be adjusted, so both of the children get lots of wear out of their shorts and pants. Most are in good enough shape to pass to a family member, take to a thrift shop or Goodwill after a year or two. This is quality on a budget, and why Old Navy is my go to.   


Head to Old Navy, and get your shopping on. The kids will love you for it and you will love the savings. 

You may also like:  8 Back to School Shopping Tips

                                  Thrifty Shopping – Holiday Dollar Store Deals

Inspirational Quote – Charlie Brown

Blogging Tips from Pro Blogger – Mom Maven #BloggerInterviews

We’re continuing our interviews with pro bloggers who are sharing blogging tips that help take their blogs to a professional level. Today we’re interviewing the lovely and talented Cindy Schultz from The Mom Maven. 
Let’s begin the interview…………….


1.    I
would like readers to get to know you, so please tell them a little about
yourself and your blog, The Mom Maven. 



I’m a happily married mom of 2 grown men
Aaron is 22 and he married Summer last November. Jordan is 19 and he is a full
time missionary to the youth of America with a ministry based out of Tulsa, OK
called The 99. I started blogging in the summer 2008 on a homeschool blogger
site. I was sharing our journey of homeschooling through high school through. I
quickly moved to Blogger and then to WordPress as my blog’s popularity began to
grow. Now that my children are grown I focus on easy recipes, parenting tips,
entertainment, travel and product reviews and giveaways. I try to speak as the
big sister who has been there and survived that as I share my thoughts with my
readers.

2.    I
really love your time management posts. You have suggested that bloggers use an
editorial calendar to plan. I have adopted the idea.  Can you explain the benefits of using a calendar
to manage and organize blogging tasks?  



Thanks,
Rhonda, I’m glad you found that helpful. By using an editorial calendar it is
easier to plan what you are going to write about when. It is much easier to sit
down and write when you know what you are writing about. Having a schedule of
what type of post I’m going to write each day is also helpful. For me, Monday
is travel, Wednesday is my giveaway linky and Friday is always a recipe. That
leaves Tuesday and Thursday for sponsored posts, or posts on other topics that
I don’t write about weekly. I have my calendar written out at least 2-4 weeks
in advance. I always leave some wiggle room so that when a time sensitive post
crops up I can fit it in. Since I have been using my editorial calendar it has
made blogging much less stressful and time consuming for me.
3.    You
used the term “Tribe” in one of your posts regarding social media and sharing
content. Can you explain to readers what a Tribe is and how they benefit from
joining or starting one? 



Currently, I am not in a tribe but if you can find 4-5
other bloggers who you can work well with and grow with, a tribe is a great way
to grow your blog. Most tribes meet regularly via Skype or Google hangout. They
set goals and work together to reach those goals by promoting each other’s
content and teaching each other new skills..     

4.    You
have certain times of the day that you are on social media and you also set a time
limit for each of those sites.  Can you
tell readers about your routine? 



Every month I re-evaluate my schedule and
tweak it as I deem necessary. Currently I spend the first hour of my morning
doing my social shares throughout the different groups I am in. Then I spend
about 90 minutes on the blog post I need to write. Next up is 15 minutes each
on Twitter, Facebook, G+ and Instagram liking and sharing content I find
interesting and responding to those who have commented on my posts. Next it is
time for lunch and housework I give myself 60 minutes. I find taking a mid-day
break away from the computer helps me be more productive in the afternoon than
when I eat at my desk and work through. Back to the computer for another 90 minute
blogging session then back to catch up on my social shares and maybe spend time
hanging out on social media. By 4pm I am usually off the computer for the
night, except for a quick after dinner check-in to see if there are more shares
I need to get done.

5.    You
reached a milestone on Twitter last year. You reached 10,000 followers. What
tips can you give bloggers on how they can grow their social media sites? Consistency
and conversation are key.



 Social media is meant to be social. If all you are
doing is dumping links and running, don’t bother. Be on the sites a few times a
day for a few minutes and leave comments and share interesting content from
other people more than you share your own. Use a time so you don’t get sucked
in.
6.     What tips do you have for bloggers on the
importance of keeping their blog organized and clutter free? 



Every quarter I do
a blog overhaul. I check my sidebars etc for things that have gotten cluttered.
We all have different styles but I feel a clean blog with not too much going on
in the sidebar is more welcoming. Also, please make sure you use an
easy-to-read font-nothing too small or frilly. White or light backgrounds are
best. You want readers to stay on your site so make it easy for them to read
and to navigate.

7.     I see you are a co-host of a link party, and a
participant in others.  Can you tell
readers why they should participate in blog linkups?



Linky parties are a great way to get your
content discovered by new readers. It does take time to link up to a bunch of
parties so I suggest trying a few and seeing if they bring traffic your way.
Make sure you follow the rules for the linky, they are all different. If a
linky is bringing you even a small amount of consistent traffic, post there
weekly it is worth the time and effort.

Rhonda, thank you so much for inviting me to join
you today!





When Cindy isn’t blogging on Mom Maven. She spends time with her husband, children and does volunteer work. 





Guest Post – 6 Reasons to Buy an Instrument for Your Toddler

Toddlers are easily
attracted to things that make a sound. It comes as no surprise that they enjoy
musical instruments. Whereas you as a parent will probably shudder at the
thought of equipping your little one with a drum set (for obvious reasons), but there is actually a good reason to do so. Here are a few benefits.



  1. It can teach your
    kids discipline –  Learning an
    instrument is not an easy task. As any other skill you want to acquire in life,
    it requires patience and persistence. Unless you are devoted to it, you won’t
    be able to master it. Likewise, your children will learn to be patient and
    disciplined. They will understand that if they don’t spend time practicing,
    they won’t be able to learn the instrument. If they want to succeed, they will
    have to dedicate some time to it.
  2. Your children will
    build confidence –  No matter how
    advanced they are, they will be proud of their progress. Even if they are not
    extremely successful at learning the instrument, your kids will build
    confidence. Mastering a new skill is always an opportunity to learn new things,
    no matter how old you are.
  3. This is a great
    opportunity for your children to make new friends – Children are exposed to instruments in Preschool, Kindergarten, and elementary school. Many move on to play a musical instrument in high school. When they grow up, they can join music clubs and meet other people with common interests. There are a few things that can
    bring people together and music is among them. Your children will be able to
    build social skills. Children want to communicate with their peers too. Consider inviting other parents
    with their kids so that they can show off their
    skills and socialize.
  4. Music is a
    stress-reliever – Unless you listen to
    gloomy songs, music can lift your spirits and relieve stress. The same thing
    will happen to your kids. Don’t disregard your children’s dramas. Anyone at any
    age has problems. No matter how inconspicuous your kid’s problems might seem to
    you, to them they are pretty stressful. Children have many fears. Learning an
    instrument can take their mind off the drama. Before they start worrying about
    bad grades and problems with peers they will learn that there are many great
    ways to shake stress away and music is one of them. If you are lucky enough,
    they will choose to play the piano or the guitar over the drums.
  5. Here are a few to consider buying –   A pair of rhythm sticks, maracas and classic xylophone seem
    very appropriate for your toddler. There is even a complete band available if
    you want to buy your small one more than one instrument.
  6. Music is great. It is
    food for the soul –  There are no
    disadvantages of good music. It has a whole host of beneficial effects on
    living creatures. For example, in human beings, it is shown that relaxing music
    can lower blood pressure and is good for the heart. Music can make you dance.
    Everybody enjoys music. No doubt your small one will too.
Most
toddlers have short attention spans. They may get bored quickly, but is wise to encourage your children to take up a hobby. This will help them discover what they like doing and what they don’t. Nobody knows if they
will enjoy a particular activity unless they give it a try. Someday your kids will thank you.



Patricia loves to play along with small children. She has two beautiful nieces
who teach her new things every day. She is keen on topics related to DIY, home
improvement and sustainable living.  Patricia is co-owner of HomeCleaing Chiswick




Sunday’s Best Linkup – #21



Welcome to Week 21 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup This is the last week for our May Flowers theme. It’s the month to plant gardens and flowers, open pools, fire up backyard grills, makeover outdoor spaces, and turn the kids loose in the yard. In addition, we would like activities for kids inside and outside, recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover and gardening tips, SEO and blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, backyard projects, front porch makeovers, spring organization tips, and ideas for indoor flower arrangements.  


We would like to also honor our fallen soldiers again this week, so we’re looking for posts on Memorial Day projects or remembrance.  
Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration. Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.   


What’s New: We would like readers to select their favorite posts. Voting will start at noon every Friday until mid-night. We will be adding the post with the most votes from our readers to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers. Be sure to have your blog readers and social media followers head over to vote for your post on Fridays. 


In addition, a post for our monthly theme will be selected and featured each week. 

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts. 


                                                           Your Hosts Are:

            Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                Kim U. – Pinterested Parent         Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone


  
Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:  

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.  


Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave. 


Mother 2 Mother Blog


Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party! 



The Sunday’s Best Posts are:


Kim U. selected  Homemade Mac and Cheese from The Jenny Evolution    






I selected Edible Sand Art from Atta Girl   




Or Kim M. wasn’t available this week so I also selected  Kindergarten Graduation from Smart Party Planning
 

The Readers Selected: 





Where We Really Ready to be Parents from The Mommy Life


and

Featured Post 
In Rememberance of Our Fallen Soldiers 


Patriotic Pavloa from Albion Gould 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected this week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. 



Sunday’s Best Linkup #19



Welcome to Week 19 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup This week we’re celebrating mothers around the world. Our roles as mother’s doesn’t come with a manual, and it’s a job that we never stop doing no matter how old our children get. We can change jobs or retire from them, but you never stop being a mother. For all those moms who have lost sleep, don’t eat, shower or brush your teeth, endure vomit, poopy diapers, and picky eaters only to get up the next day and do it all over again, Mother 2 Mother would like to wish each of you A Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day.  


Our theme this month is May Flowers. It’s the month to plant gardens and flowers, open pools, fire up backyard grills, makeover outdoor spaces, and turn the kids loose in the yard. I know you’re jumping for joy, right!  I know I am.  

This week we’re looking for posts on Mother’s Day past and ideas for this Mother’s Day, activities for kids inside and outside, recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover and gardening tips, SEO and blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, backyard projects, front porch makeovers, spring organization tips, and ideas for indoor flower arrangements.  
Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration. Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.   


What’s New: We would like readers to select their favorite posts. Voting will start at noon every Friday until mid-night. We will be adding the post with the most votes from our readers to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers. Be sure to have your blog readers and social media followers head over to vote for your post on Fridays. 

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts. 


                                                           Your Hosts Are:

            Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                Kim U. – Pinterested Parent         Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone


  
Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:  

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.  


Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave. 


Mother 2 Mother Blog


Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party! 



The Sunday’s Best Posts are:


Kim U. selected  Berry Delicious Cheesecake Fluff  from Dizzy, Busy and Hungry  






I selected Funny Face Seedlings from Made With Happy  





Kim M. selected – Who is Responsible? The Race Cards are on the Table from Living in Mommywood  




The Readers Choose: 





5 Tips for New Bloggers from J9 Designs



Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected this week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. 



Sunday’s Best Linkup – #20



Welcome to Week 20 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup Our theme this month is May Flowers. It’s the month to plant gardens and flowers, open pools, fire up backyard grills, makeover outdoor spaces, and turn the kids loose in the yard. In addition, we would like activities for kids inside and outside, recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover and gardening tips, SEO and blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, backyard projects, front porch makeovers, spring organization tips, and ideas for indoor flower arrangements.  


We would like to also honor our fallen soldiers this week, so we’re looking for posts on Memorial Day projects or remembrance.  
Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration. Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.   


What’s New: We would like readers to select their favorite posts. Voting will start at noon every Friday until mid-night. We will be adding the post with the most votes from our readers to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers. Be sure to have your blog readers and social media followers head over to vote for your post on Fridays. 

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts. 


                                                           Your Hosts Are:

            Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                Kim U. – Pinterested Parent         Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone


  
Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:  

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.  


Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave. 


Mother 2 Mother Blog


Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party! 



The Sunday’s Best Posts are:


Kim U. selected  Mom You Are Tea-rific  from The Resourceful Mama   






I selected Spring Centerpieces to Create with Grandchildren from Grandma Ideas   





Kim M. selected  



 
Kim M. selected Strawberry Martini from Lipgloss and Crayons



The Readers Choose: 








Tripe Layer Pina Colada Rice Pudding from Swirls and Spice



Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected this week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. 



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Whoopi Goldberg: Sugar Plum Ballerina Books Review

Whoopi Goldberg book reviews

 

I love Whoopi Goldberg. She was a teen mother who gave birth at 17 and went on to become a funny, highly intelligent actress and author. She is the mother of 1, grandmother of 3 and great grandmother of 1.  While looking for Christmas gift for my granddaughter, I discovered the Sugar Plum Ballerinas books.  Incorporating diversity into my blog, but truth be told there’s not much on the market for Bi-Racial, Latino or African American children.  Especially  in the form of books relating to their culture. The market is getting better, but there’s room for improvement.

The Sugar Plum Ballerinas series by Whoopi Goldberg is a great gift idea.  In particular, Birthdays, Christmas, or just because are great times to give one of the books until you complete the series.  I started the Sugar Plum Ballerinas series for my granddaughter. Each book tells a story that little girls can relate.  For example, leaving behind friends and moving to a new town.  Furthermore, about being untruth or  not feeling good enough.
Furthermore, I want my grandchildren to be proud of who they are.  Just as important, I want them to be able to relate to characters who look like them.  I think it is important that all children be able to relate to the stories they are reading.  It’s important that they see images that look like them, their relatives, and other children they are playing with.  Personally, I think the world is a much better place when everyone is included.

 

 

 

I’ve purchased the first 2 books in the series. The first book is Plum Fantastic and the second is Toeshoe Trouble. This series is great for girls ages 6-12; however, some reviewers believe 6-10 is more appropriate. In addition, the average number of pages in the books is 160. My granddaughter is still a little young, but she can blow the dust off the books later.

 

I need to purchase the following books to complete my set: Terrible TerrelSugar Plums to the RescuePerfectly Prima, and Dancing Diva.

 

 

 

 

The books are paperback.  Each are reasonably priced at $5.00 each on Amazon. At that prize, you could give the entire set without breaking the bank or you can download them to your Kindle. The illustrations are beautiful and the stories are realistic.  Little girls love who love tutus and dream of being a ballerina will love the series.  Add it to your gift giving list.