Love the Fur You’re In: Monster Wit & Wisdom from Sesame Street

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Thank you to Random House Kids for providing me a copy of this book!


This post is a little bit out of the norm for this blog, but I still wanted to write a little quick blurb because THE FEELS.

Oh, my heart. This illustrated book is so perfect as a gift for graduates or if you just need a dose of daily inspiration. I wasn’t expecting it to be so geared toward adults. It gave me such a major throwback to when I was just a little Thai kid, reading Sesame Street books to brush up on my English reading skills. Since this book is celebrating Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary, there were TONS of illustrations from decades ago. It gave me so much nostalgia, and I found myself giggling so many times. This book is filled with so much good and reminds us to not just be kind to others, but also to ourselves.

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Dragons and Tea Book Club: May Book Announcement!

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Hi, friends! I hope you are all having a lovely reading month so far! We are so excited to announce our next book club pick for May. This one has been on our radar for a long time now, and we are hope we all fall in love with this one, too!


Our May book will be:

DRAGON PEARL by Yoon Ha Lee

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The Dates & Breakdown:

May 13th — Page 1 – 64 (Ch. 1 – 7)

May 14th — Page 65 – 124 (Ch. 8 – 14)

May 15th — Page 125 – 183 (Ch. 15 – 22)

May 16th — Page 184 – 242 (Ch. 23 – 28)

May 17th — Page 243 – End (Ch. 29 – 38)

Why we chose this book:

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Melanie and I really wanted to focus on an Asian-American, ownvoices author! Yoon Ha Lee’s Dragon Pearl is a middle grade sci fi-fantasy book about a girl who comes from a shape-shifting family and can use what is called “fox-magic.” There’s going to be space adventures but I also think there will be some strong themes about family!

I would like to share part of the book synopsis because it just sounds SO GOOD:

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.


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And we will also follow discussions/your reading journey on Twitter and Instagram using the (hashtag) #DragonsAndTeaBookClub!


See you then! ❤

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Diary of an Ice Princess: Snow Place Like Home by Christina Soontornvat

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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Diary of an Ice Princess: Snow Place Like Home

Series: Diary of an Ice Princess, #1

Author: Christina Soontornvat

Pages: 128

Genre: Children’s, chapter books, fantasy

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

My Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Princess Lina has a life any kid would envy. She lives in a massive palace in the clouds. Everyone in her family has the power to control the wind and weather. On a good day, she can even fly! She loves making lemons into lemon ice, riding wind gusts around the sky, and turning her bedroom into a real life snow globe.

There’s just one thing Lina wants: to go to regular, non-magical school with her best friend Claudia. She promises to keep the icy family secret under wraps. What could go wrong? (EVERYTHING!)

This was such a cute story and even as a 30-something year-old, I found the characters and themes so relatable!

Dairy of an Ice Princess: Snow Place Like Home tells the story of Lina, a princess who lives in a palace in the clouds. Her mother is a Windtamer and her father is a human (pilot!) It turns out that everyone on Lina’s maternal side of the family can control some aspects of the weather, but Lina is struggling with summoning her own powers. She doesn’t want to spend all her free time practicing and she just wants to be a non-magical kid doing non-magical things at a non-magical school. Of course, once she attends a “groundling” school, things don’t go quite according to plan!

What I loved so much about this book is that it is ownvoices. The author is half Thai and white, and she created a mixed-race character which I know is going to mean so much to other mixed-raced children. It even meant so much to ME because I am also half Thai and white. I never had books with characters that looked like me growing up, so this book just made my heart so happy. Also, Lina’s friend Claudia is black, and we even get a glimpse of Lina’s family tree which is also very diverse!

I was also loving all the important themes and good messages in this book. Lina learns the value of compromise, confiding in her parents, admitting to her mistakes, and builds her reasoning skills (why X happened and the resulting consequences.) She discovers so much about herself and the importance of friendship, all while coping with pressures from family and how to overcome it.

As for the visual aspects, you’ll find lots of beautiful illustrations all throughout the book. You’ll meet Lina’s dog, Gusty, and even recipes for some cool science experiments — because, after all, the groundling school that Lina attends is all science based. Yay, STEM rep!

I loved this little book and I hope your child will, too! I loved how it was packed full of diversity and the overall messages meant a lot to me. If you are a librarian or teacher, please consider adding this book to your collection.

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xx,

Amy