Annie and Me by Sandra Hershenson

30 Apr

Annie and Me

By Sandra Hershenson

Illustrated by Barb Dragony

32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Utales

Olivia misses her BFF Annie. Annie moved away 8 months, 2 weeks and 4 days ago. Olivia wonders if Annie will still like her when they go to visit her. She wonders if she should ring the door bell to Annie’s new house. What if Annie isn’t her friend anymore? What if she forgot all the great things they did together? Olivia was very nervous to see Annie again.

This adorable book was published on uTales (an ebook publishing company). I was surprised when I read the book that some of the illustrations move and make sounds when you move the cursor over them! That was pretty cool and I think that young kids will really like that interactive part. I really liked the story because the feelings Olivia was having were very realistic. I think it would be a great book for any kids who had a friend move away and also for teaching kids how to deal with nervous feelings. I also liked the fact that the illustrations show friends who are from different ethnic backgrounds. I would recommend this book because of the great message and also the interactive parts of the book would be good for really young kids to start to learn to use the computer.

Five out of Five bookworms for “Annie and Me”!  

You can find more about Annie and Me at uTales and Ms. Hershenson at her blog “The Write Stuff.”

35 Responses to “Annie and Me by Sandra Hershenson”

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill April 30, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    How awesome that you reviewed Sandi’s book, Erik! Great to know how much you liked it 🙂

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2012 at 7:11 am #

      Thank you Ms. Hill! I didn’t like it – I LOVED it! 😉

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      • Sandi Hershenson April 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

        Thank you so much Erik! I am glad that you enjoyed the book! The best reviewer of a book, is someone from the target audience!

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

        I am glad you wrote it! Thank you! 🙂

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  2. Joanna April 30, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    I am so glad you reviewed Sandi’s uTales book, Erik. Have you seen her second one? It’s very funny and you can learn some great yiddish words!

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    • Sandi Hershenson April 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

      Thanks Joanna. I hope that Shmutz is just the start to a series of Yiddish based fractured fairy tales.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      I have seen her book “The Boy who cried Schmutz”, but didn’t read it yet. I will though. It looks great and sounds funny!

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  3. patientdreamer April 30, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Great review Erik! Love this cute book and the illustrations are adorable. A great gift for children who are losing a friend or family member because they are moving away or about to meet up with someone after a long time apart. Great for discussion and reducing anxiety. Sandra has a great website to.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Tulloch! It is a cute and adorable book! It would be a great gift! She does have a great website! 🙂

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  4. Michelle Isenhoff April 30, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    This is cool, Erik! I haven’t heard of uTales before, but I have been on Sandi’s blog lots of times. Haven’t commented and “officially” met her yet (that whole buggy commenting on blogspot with a wordpress account–anyone else have trouble with that?), but if you’re reading, Sandi, I do like to visit! *waving* Thanks for posting this, Erik!

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    • Sandi Hershenson April 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

      Hi Michelle, I’m happy to officially meet you. don’t know why the comments aren’t working for you. I will try to figure it out on my end.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      I do have trouble with my wordpress acount commenting in Blogspot, but I sign in with my Google acount and it works.
      Thanks Mrs. Isenhoff! I’m glad you like it!

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  5. Kirsten Larson April 30, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Hooray for Sandi and “Annie and Me.” What a wonderful theme for a children’s book. And the illustrations are beautiful. Thanks for reviewing it, Erik.

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    • Patricia Tilton April 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      So happy you reviewed Sandi’s uTales book Erik! Like what they are doing. And, this is such a tough topic for kids having to move — especially military kids. You did an outstanding job of pointing out what was important. Great choice!

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

        I’m glad you liked it Ms. Tilton! I feel sad for kids that keep getting moved around. I’m moving to a new school district and town soon (at the end of the school year) and I am a bit nervous.
        Thank you Ms. Tilton!

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      • Sandi Hershenson May 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

        Thank you for your feedback Patricia. You are right, military kids could certainly relate to this. If even 1 child can find something to gain from this story, my goal will have been met.

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    • Sandi Hershenson April 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      I agree Kirsten, Barb did a fantastic job with the illustrations. She really captured the feel of the story.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

      It is a wonderful theme! The illustrations ARE beautiful! I’m glad you like it Ms. Larson!

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  6. Darshana April 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Sweet review. I like the theme of the book, simple and important for kids.

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  7. KidLitReviews April 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Nice review Erik. You are an all gender reviewer. How nice.

    Thanks for the extra support during the April challenge. Loved your comments.

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  8. Kara :) April 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Hey, this book sounds great! I’ll have to check it out, with the other nine billion book reviews you’ve given me 🙂

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      It IS great! You should bump it up near the top on the list! 😉

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      • Sandi Hershenson May 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

        Thank you Erik! I appreciate you giving Annie and Me top billing!

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  9. jackie April 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    I’m glad to see you reviewing ebooks…I’m always looking for recommendations. 🙂

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

      I do review some ebooks, but not many e -picture-books. I really liked how interactive the book is!

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  10. slpstanley April 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    So happy you are reviewing ebooks from utales. Annie and Me is such a fun book. You made an excellent call! I would recommend it too.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks April 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by my blog! I also thing uTales is pretty cool! Glad you like my review!

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  11. thegirlnamedjack April 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Wow Eric! Moving illustrations sounds cool! It sounds like a good story! 🙂 I’ve moved a lot so far in my life and I’m only 11 years old. So it’s always been me moving and not a friend of mine. Have you heard of Pottermore? I made an account of it! It’s like you’re in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! It has illustrations of the events from the chapters that move! You’d probably like it. It also has stuff from the author J.K Rowling!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 1, 2012 at 6:23 am #

      Thanks Jack! I am moving at the end of the school year for the first time. I am a little nervous about it.

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    • Kara :) May 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      Wow! I have a Pottermore account too. I was in the beta. But, be warned, Erik, it has spoilers from all seven books. Oh, and Happy Star Wars day! (May the Fourth be with you.) 😉

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  12. Myra GB May 4, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    I think this is one of the great things about e-books, there is greater flexibility in terms of how the illustrations/artwork can be packaged (the animation aspect sounds exciting). I only have an iPad as my e-reader (no kindle) so there are quite a number of limitations and constraints. I am glad you enjoyed the book. 🙂 Looks really charming.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 4, 2012 at 7:14 am #

      I really want an iPad! Luuuh-cky 😉 It is a really good book!

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    • Sandi Hershenson May 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

      Just so you know, uTales is designed specifically for the iPad, it doesn’t even work on the Kindle. . . yet.

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