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Ellen Tebbits

Here's another book that I read with our 5 year old daughter. I actually remember the plot of this book fairly well, it must have been one of the books that I owned as a child and read over and over. Ellen is a normal girl, she lives on Tillamook street, she takes ballet from Valerie Todd Spofford, she's in the third grade, but she feels that she's the only girl in her whole school whose mother makes them wear scratchy woolen underwear. Ellen must hurry to her dance class to arrive before everyone else so that none of the other girls will guess her secret. Unfortunately, the new girl Austine has arrived before Ellen and by the time she goes into the dance studio it's time for the other girls to arrive, so Ellen does the only thing that she can do to protect her secret, she goes into the cleaning closet to change and hopes that the other girls don't realize that she's in there and open the door. Poor Ellen, unable to keep her woolen underwear up, her teacher's son Otis follows her around and copies her, pulling at his invisible underwear every time Ellen does. As soon as class is over, Ellen hurries into the changing room, grabs her clothes and opens the door to the cleaning closet, only to find Austine already in there and she realizes then that she is not the only girl whose mother makes her wear woolen underwear! That is the beginning of a beautiful friendship for Ellen and Austine, not without it's ups and downs of course! This is a fun book to read, I'm glad that I got the chance to read it as an adult!

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Track List
1. Forever
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. His Love

Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

Not to mention - have you…

Kayaks and Kisses

About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

My review: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at …