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The Lilac Princess NEW Book Cover with a castle and lilacs
Available on Amazon in Paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook

The Lilac Princess is about a princess named Dreama who is an only child to the King and Queen of Rael.  She is over-protected and not allowed to leave the castle but one day, she does.  She meets a dragon and trouble ensues.  Find out what happens to her and her friend, Dirk, in this adventurous tale by purchasing the book.

Praise for the Lilac Princess

“I recommend this very sweet, fun read to anyone who enjoys action, adventure, and dragons.”

“The story line is incredible!”

“The Lilac Princess isn’t a good princess story it’s a great princess story.”

Available on Amazon in paperback, Ebook and Audiobook. Also available on Audible and iTunes

The Lilac Princess Book Trailer NEW by Karina Kantas

Turtle's Magical Adventure Ebook Cover final

A Turtle’s Magical Adventure is a charming, heart-warming story of a turtle who doesn’t like his shell because it makes him too slow.He asks other slow animals if they also mind being slow. Each one gives an answer that helps him feel better, but still, he wants to be fast.He happens upon a snake who tells him there is a wizard that can make him fast. He goes on an adventure into The Magical Timberwood Forest to meet the wizard and hopefully get his wish fulfilled.He encounters delightful, magical creatures along the way but also meets with danger and choices. Will he get his wish or will the wizard turn him into turtle soup?

Editorial Praise for A Turtle’s Magical Adventure

5star-shiny-web-readers-favorite-sticker

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite giving it 5 stars

A Turtle’s Magical Adventure by Wanda Luthman is an adorable storybook for children with an excellent message; that of accepting their flaws and loving themselves, and turning their negatives into positives. Tad the turtle loves swimming, but he was curious to know why turtles are slow on land. He meets a few people who give him different responses, but he still wants to become fast. Steve the snake advises him to meet a wizard who lives deep in Timberwood Forest and Tad decides to listen to him. Will the wizard be able to guide Tad and make him faster on land? Or will Tad the turtle accept himself and be happy?

The story is whimsical and has good life lessons for children. The message of accepting oneself is encouraging for a lot of children, especially those who are unhappy with themselves. It’s a good story for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries and also makes a good bedtime storybook. The illustrations are vivid and lively, and they give a good pace and movement to the story. They succeed in making the scenes and characters tangible to young readers.

Children understand a concept, moral, and message with clarity when these are conveyed with the help of a story and illustrations. Tad the turtle and the rest of the characters in Timberwood Forest are magical and will enthrall young readers till the very end.

More Praise for A Turtle’s Magical Adventure

“This is such a cute and lovable story. Perfect bedtime reading to the little ones.”

“This is an excellent children’s book full of life lessons.”

“This is a captivating story about Tad, a turtle; who has a perplexing problem to solve.”

Available on Amazon in paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook. Also, available on Audible and iTunes.

A Turtle’s Magical Adventure Book Trailer by Karina Kantas

Little Birdie Grows Up Book Cover with Readers' Favorite Book Award Seal

Award-winning Little Birdie Grows Up is a picture book about a fuzzy little blue bird who yearns to fly up in the big blue sky. His Mama encourages him and he tries his best. He is charming and sweet and the illustrations are delightful.

Editorial Praise for Little Birdie Grows Up

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite (Given 5 stars)

Little Birdie Grows Up by Wanda Luthman is the story of a little bird who is welcomed into the world by Mama Bird. Birdie snuggles up to Mama Bird and feels happy with her. Little Birdie is hungry and wants to eat something. Birdie thinks a worm will be good. Little Birdie also dreams of flying up high in the sky and at the same time is scared of falling. Little Birdie is proud of the first flight and lands down with a bump. Little Birdie has grown big and has become strong. This beautiful story captures the growth of Little Birdie from that of being a baby to an adult and leaving home.

Narrated from a bird’s point of view, the story takes the reader through the various stages of development and life changes of Little Birdie. The illustrations are lively and colorful and they add a good pace and movement to the story by breathing life into the scenes and characters. It is an excellent story for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries as it tells kids about growing up and leaving home. Parents and grandparents can use it for bedtime story-telling as it encourages children to grow and embrace the new changes that are going to happen in their lives while growing up. The concept and message are good and definitely helpful to child readers to look at their life, growth, and development with the right perspective. The rhyming verses make the narration lyrical and enjoyable for kids.

readersfavorite.com/book-review/little-birdie-grows-up
Midwest Book Reviewer Praise for Little Birdie Grows Up
Little Birdie Grows Up

Wanda Luthman, author
Bryce Westervelt, illustrator
Lilacs in Literature
wandaluthman.wordpress.com
9780692745090, $6.99, amazon.com

Told in poetic verse “Little Birdie Grows Up” tells the story of how a mother and daughter bird deal with the fact that the young bird one day will leave the nest. Children will love the beautiful artwork as they learn the story of this little bird that grows up but “Little Birdie Grows Up” is a statement that life is always moving forward that applies to anyone of any age.

Gary Roen
Senior Reviewer

Midwest Book Review
midwestbookreview.com/mbw/dec_16.htm#gary

More Praise for Little Birdie Grows Up

“Wanda Luthman does a very good job with this book. Lots of colorful pictures. Lots of rhyming that small children could quickly learn. Highly recommend this book for children ages one to five.”

“Although “Little Birdie grows up” is written for very young children, who cannot fail to be immediately and deeply attracted to Bryce Westervelt’s vivid pictorial narrative, it is a book which most likely will also engage genuine adult interest.”

“This was the first picture rhyming book I have read and the first time a book has made me cry – but a good cry. Little Birdie Grows up is such a beautiful story.”

Available on Amazon in paperback, Ebook and Audiobook. Also available on Audible or iTunes.

Little Birdie Grows Up Flash Trailer

Children’s Books for Holiday Gifts 2016

Unicorn KDP cover 03.29.17

Gloria and the Unicorn is about a little girl who has some problems to overcome–from losing her Mom when she was born, having a droopy face on one side, and her Dad giving her to an orphanage to being kept out of school so she isn’t bullied, Gloria yearns to learn to read and be like the other children. Sir Louie, a kind unicorn, comes to her rescue and teaches her how to read. But, Gloria develops magical abilities from Sir Louie’s leftover magical dust that he leaves behind each time he says goodbye. This brings her to the attention of the evil wizards of Malcadore. Disaster befalls her best friend, Sir Louie. She has to make a difficult decision if she ever wants to see him again. Come on her journey and find out what she decides and to see how the magic of love can lead to incredible empowerment. This book is especially suited for children with special needs or a difficulty to overcome, but all children will enjoy the magic and adventure in this story.

Praise for Gloria and the Unicorn

“this tale by Guidance Counselor, Wanda Luthman, is the charming ‘feel-good’ pill that can trigger a discussion that parents, educators, and children will enjoy.”

“Issue books like this are crucial to helping children and parents cope with these times. The messages are important, and Ms. Luthman makes them very accessible to the young reader in a gentle story.”

“This was such a cute story!!… This book sends a great message to children!”

“This was such a great book to read with my grandson. It truly has a very meaningful story and a great lesson in love. I recommend this book for all young children and I assure you the adults will love it too!”

Gloria and the Unicorn now available in Paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook on Amazon

Coming soon–hand-crotched miniature Sir Louie unicorns available for purchase!!

Enjoy an excerpt of the book as read by Karina Kantas

Franky the Finicky Flamingo picture book cover by Wanda Luthman and illustrated by Mara Reitsma showing Top Shelf Nomination Award and Mom's Choice Award emblems

Franky the Finicky Flamingo is about a handsome pink flamingo who is a picky eater. He doesn’t like anything the other birds eat. But then something awful happens! His beautiful pink color begins to fade. A wise owl helps him discover the food that is right for him. Join Franky with your own picky eater to encourage them to find good foods to keep them healthy!

Editorial Praise for Franky the Finicky Flaming

Reviewed by Patricia Bell for Readers’ Favorite
Franky the Finicky Flamingo by Wanda Luthman is a preschool picture book about Franky the Flamingo who tries many different foods to eat. But each time they are not right for him. As he watches the other birds and what they eat, he tries their diet out for himself, but his pink is beginning to fade. And those foods either make his tummy hurt or don’t go down so well. Finally, a wise owl tells Franky that he needs to eat special pink foods like shellfish and shrimp to keep his feathers nice and pink and, of course, healthy. Franky is grateful to the owl for helping him find the perfect food. As it turns out, Franky is really not finicky at all; he just requires special food that fits his personal diet. As he eats the right foods, his feathers turn beautiful once again.

This is an exceptionally cute story for toddlers and kids of the preschool age as well as an appropriate beginner reader book for early readers. I actually read this story to my three preschoolers and they were very interested in the storyline. It kept them engaged and wanting to know more about Franky the Finicky Flamingo. This is a great picture book to teach young children about the different diets of various birds as well as entertain them with the sing-song rhyme of the story. Great job to Wanda Luthman for a super entertaining story and colorful illustrations. I loved the question at the end. What in the world am I going to drink?
readersfavorite.com/book-review/franky-the-finicky-flamingo

Franky the Finicky Flamingo is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
store.momschoiceawards.com/index.php?entry_id=7580

A Midwest Book Review written by Gary Roen

Franky The Finicky Flamingo
Wanda Luthaman, author
Mara Reltsma, illustrator
Lilacs in Literature
wandaluthman.wordpress.com
9780998195827, $6.99, amazon.com

Pink Flamingos are very well known in Florida and Franky is a very special one in “Franky the Finicky Flamingo.” He is very particular about the food he eats even though he often tries other things other birds regularly gobble up. Franky finds though that he is also not as healthy as he should be because he is so particular in what he consumes. “Franky The Finicky Flamingo” has several underlying messages to kids and their parents and conveys them in a very interesting way. Children’s books have always been enjoyable but they for a long time have had deeper meanings for everyone to follow. “Franky The Finicky Flamingo” is a welcome addition to that long line of kid’s titles.
midwestbookreview.com/mbw/mar_18.htm#gary

More Praise for Franky the Finicky Flamingo

“Oh, this is beyond cute!! I love the amazing illustrations.!!”

“I believe this has all the makings of a classic children’s book on a par with “The Pokey Little Puppy.”

“I highly recommend this book to anyone with little ones!!!”

“My grandson insists we read it every time he comes to visit.”

“Fun book to introduce new foods and trying different foods.”

“I highly recommended this book to all parents and grandparents.”

“This was such a great book, colorful and with a great message.”

“This book has such colorful pictures that it made the children want to turn the page. They laughed and felt bad for the flamingo when he got hungry and his color was fading.”

“The story was easy to follow for the children and it has become one of their favorites to read every day.”

“I highly recommend reading this book to your children, I know they will enjoy it as much as ours did.”

“I’ve found my nieces getting my kindle just so they can look at the book again and again.”

“Great book for the kiddos.”

“I like that the author tried to get kids to understand that not everybody likes the same thing. My son was so happy that the got to eat pink food it blew his mind!”

“My son loved it.”

Available on Amazon as an Ebook or Paperback

You can order a paperback, ebook, or Audiobook of The Lilac Princess, A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, Little Birdie Grows Up, Gloria and the Unicorn, or Franky the Finicky Flamingo on Amazon. Also, available on Barnes & Noble.

If you attend one of my events, you can purchase a paperback copy from me and I’ll sign your book.

If you are unable to attend one of my events but still would like an autographed copy of one of my books.  I’ll be happy to mail one to you!  Just contact me through PayPal, provide your mailing address, which book(s), and to whom you would like your book(s) signed.  I charge $9/book and $1 for shipping and handling, tax is included.

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