Monday, February 17, 2014

Adventures of Waffles and Pancakes

Author Cindy Springsteen has created two characters
children are sure to love, and never forget!
Cindy Springsteen lives on Long Island with her husband and two kids.
 Since her teens she has been writing.
 She started writing poetry and has published, and won awards for her work. 
"Waffles and Pancakes" is her first published children's book.

Waffles and Pancakes are two friends who met at a pet store. 
They are hamsters. Their new owners became friends through Waffles and Pancakes. 
You can follow the adventures they have through friendship, lifestyles, 
sharing, being kind, bullying, and overcoming a bully!

Waffles and Pancakes are two hamsters who were bought
 from the pet store on the very same day. But their owners,
 Danny and Griffin, don't treat them the same way.
 Pancakes has a lovely new home to play around 
in with wheels and tunnels. Waffles only has a small box. 
But when Waffles and Pancakes meet up again,
 they realize that there are more important things
 than material possessions.

Waffles and Pancakes are two hamsters, from the same pet store,
 that went to their new homes on the same day. 
They also happen to be the best of friends. 
In their first adventure, their owners became best friends, too. 
Together the four learned the lesson of true friendship. 
Now Waffles and Pancakes, along with their owners, 
are about to learn another lesson, A Lesson in Bullying.
 Join Waffles and Pancakes, along with Danny and Griffin, 
their owners, as they come face to face with a couple of bullies; 
Tom and his guinea pig, Oscar.
 Will Waffles, Pancakes, and their owners be able to become friends with Tom and Oscar? 
Find out when you read Waffles and Pancakes: A Lesson In Bullying. 

My own family has read and reviewed both books,
below are our reviews. 
But I also wanted to note, 
we gifted Waffles and Pancakes,
as well as both books to my son's school.
We gifted them as a Christmas present
to his kindergarten class. 
The teacher was unsure what we were gifting,
but as she read them that evening,
she fell in love with the characters,
and the classroom had new class pets! 
They loved the books SO much,
they spent a WEEK reading them,
and then added them to the library for their friends to share!

Waffles and Pancakes
First-what an adorable tale! Two friendships formed in an unusual way! 
 This is the story of two boys who meet when they adopted 2 hamsters, separately. 
One boy has lots, one boy has all he needs but not more. 
They learn through their friendship, and the hamsters incredible friendship, 
that sometimes money is not everything, and sometimes when you have 
everything you think you ever would want, you really don't have anything you need! 
The story offers an incredible kid-friendly way to show
 children that friendship outweighs money,
 and everything has a value-that isn't a dollar sign. 
The book is illustrated with colorful and defined illustrations that draw you in
 and make the characters stand out, but at the same time,
 follow with the feel of the story.
 It is a great read all parents should want, 
because it teaches a fabulous lesson to your children! 

Waffles and Pancakes: A Lesson in Bullying
Fat and Ugly---two words I have heard enough in my life...
but this books explores the pain, sorrow, and real hurt that being a bully causes-
and the affect it brings on those who are bullied. 
You learn about Oscar-the big BULLY guinea pig! 
And how he said some VERY mean things to Waffles and Pancakes :-( 
The owners of the hamsters, Danny and Griffin
 (whom we met in an early book and learned they had become best friends), 
become very worried, and they take the hamster to the vet. 
The vet says-they seem fine, but they are depressed! 
Where could this depression have come from....
maybe the big mean Oscar grouch! 
The boys decided to go talk to Oscar's owner-Tom. 
Tom was not a friendly fella himself, and the boys were very worried. 
However, Tom had someone who let him know he was being WRONG. 
But.....then Waffles and Pancake get with put with Oscar, 
and Oscar has a confession---what is it you ask,
It will SHOCK you! <3 
The boys have some realizations, as well as their furry friends!
 Cutest story ever. 
Really a great educational read for educators, parents, and friends. 
Perfect addition to your library or bookshelf! 
And...makes an amazing teacher gift! 
The illustrations in this book draw you into the cute characters, 
and show the emotion for each situation. 
They are beautifully created and help the story POP! Great job!

Thank You Cindy for tackling an issue that is so real, 
 so hurtful, and that our nation is struggling with so deeply right now-
and cheers to your best friend and you for overcoming life!

Thanks for being our featured author this week Cindy! 
Cheers to future endeavors you may have!

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