Children's Book Review- Something Lost Something Found by Natalia Paruzel-Gibson

Something Lost Something Found by Natalia Paruzel-Gibson is a beautiful story of a little girl, Ella Samantha Bean, who has lost her happiness.

Ella is on a mission to find her happiness and looks near and far, yet struggles to find anything that makes her happy in life. The storyline leads the reader to the source of Ella’s sadness— the loss of her mother.

Illustration by Laura Catrinella

The children’s picture book’s gorgeous poetic words along with simple, yet poignant illustrations (by illustrator Laura Catrinella), move the reader to follow little Ella on her journey to find days filled with joy and glee again.

And to the reader’s delight— she does indeed find happiness again.

Not through magic or potions, but returning to a special place- an apple tree- covered in the sweetest memories of special times she spent there with her mother.

The book holds the key for us all to find our inner peace when dealing with loss in our lives. Children and adults alike will find comfort in the wisdom and lessons Ella finds on her journey to happiness when missing her mother.

The key is to hold dear the memories of lost loved ones and integrate those memories into our everyday so that we do not lose sight of the importance of those times spent that helped to make us who we are.

Illustration by Laura Catrinella

The author, Ontario-based Natalia Paruzel-Gibson, holds an honours BA in history and English literature from the University of Toronto and an MA in history.

In 1998 she received a young talent award from the Turzanski Foundation for stage work and writing and reciting poetry.

Natalia Paruzel-Gibson, author of Something Lost Something Found

Her first children’s book, Something Lost Something Found received a positive critique from the prestigious book reviewer Kirkus Reviews.

To learn more about this book and the author, you can follow her here:

Website: nataliawritesbooks.com

Instagram: @nataliawritesbooks

Facebook.com/nataliawritesbooks/

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.

The Last Week of Summer

Here we are in the last week of summer. The last summer my son will be a seven-year-old as he approaches birthday number eight in September and will be starting school next week.

I am experiencing highs and lows. I would be lying if I said I was not eager to regain my daily freedom and that I do not enjoy structure and routine the school year brings to our home. Early bedtimes, early rising, and knowing my child is in good hands and learning all the things to prepare him for life.

But I see and hear him voicing insecurity and thoughts of the unknown.

Will his teacher be a good match for his wildly curious, easily bored, silly, and vocal personality?

Will he make new friends?

All the “what if’s” and “what nots” we have all experienced as children and in adulthood.

We are preparing to attend the back-to-school bash tomorrow night where he will find out who his second grade teacher will be and meet new classmates— and reconnect with the old friends and teachers from school. An exciting time of nervous butterflies that will couple with realizing it’s not all that scary…. I am reminding myself.

He’s growing up.

He’s got this.

He’s a good kid.

He’s a smart boy.

He’s friendly and outgoing.

He’s imaginative.

He’s funny.

He’s my awesome boy.

So if you are like me and worry over your children and want to watch them succeed and have a place in the world, set your mind at ease.

You’ve got this.

But while other parents are preparing their kids already with routines and early lights out, we will be enjoying the last moments of summer.

Holding onto the fun and whimsy.

Leaving a sparkling trail of memories behind us.

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.