Thursday, April 16, 2015

After School History Club might be fun!


I'm delighted to be one of the host's on I-Am-A-Reader's blog tour for Gianna the Great, by Becky Villareal, today. I was given a free ecopy of the book, so I'm offering my review, below, together with introductions to the story, the author, and a great giveaway, so please read on...

About the Book:

Gianna just wants to know about her ancestors, but she has to join an after school history club (yuck!) to do it. Now, she’s about to embark on a journey that will change everything she thinks she knows about her family.

So says the blurb for this short children's story. I was lucky enough to get a pre-release copy when I volunteered to join the I-Am-A-Reader blogtour, so... here's my review, with a coffee recommendation of course. Try some bright, lively, easy drinking 2-star coffee, and offer juice or water to your second through fourth grade listeners.


Gianna the Great is narrated by a pleasing fourth grade girl who isn’t quite sure where she belongs. Maybe history club will help. But the mystery starts when history turns into genealogy. Now Gianna will learn of her mother’s Mexican heritage through computer records and photographs. Meanwhile readers are given a very natural introduction to Mexican phrases and foods.

My only complaint is that the book is far too short. I want to know more, and I’m sure Gianna does too. In fact I’m sure she will, but “that’s for another day...”

Short chapters lead to small revelations, and parents or teachers might find the book invaluable in encouraging young children to value the past. Readers, young and old, might want more story though, and I hope there’ll be plenty more to come on that “another day...”

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.


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Becky Villareal As a missionary’s kid Becky grew up all over the state of Texas learning that each person is special in the Lord’s eyes. As a twenty year veteran teacher she learned how to bring out those gifts in children. As a ten year genealogist she learned how wonderful finding out about the family background can be especially when the knowledge is shared with others.



About the Giveaway

$25 Blog Tour giveaway


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