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November 9, 2013

CATIE'S SECRET by Laura Allen Nonemaker

Catie’s Secret is the second book in Laura Allen Nonemaker’s children’s series, God’s Secret Garden Adventures. Laura is celebrating Catie's Secret with a Kindle Fire Kid Pack giveaway!

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A God's Secret Garden Adventure Series
Laura Allen Nonemaker

Catie's Secret 
Tate Publishing (November 5, 2013)
Caterpillar and umbrella -
 (from Amazon)
Catie Caterpillar looks different from any bug Herbie and Bella have ever seen. When Herbie makes fun of Catie, Mayor Benny shows him why he should not judge anyone by how they look. In the end, Catie reveals a secret and the bunnies learn the joy of forgiveness. Catie's Secret is the third book in Laura Allen Nonemaker's children's series, God's Secret Garden Adventures. Like the two previous books, Benny's Angel and Fred D's Amazing Escape, Catie's Secret invites young readers to join an exciting adventure while it teaches a valuable lesson.
Caterpillar and umbrella -
This cute little book is a simple, easy read for little ones.  It carries forward from Book One, BENNY'S ANGEL and Book Two, FRED D's AMAZING ESCAPE . Herbie and Bella, his sister are two starving little bunnies.  The are hopping to Peaceful Meadow, where they ate and played. They ate wet clover that they both thought was so much yummier than ever before.  As they ate, they saw a butterfly going from flower to flower and then flew away. I believe the author's daughter asked her to write about a butterfly.    Herbie looked down and saw a creepy bug, not like any bug he'd seen before.  It had stripes and beady little eyes.  Herbie thought it had a ga-zillion little legs. The caterpillar told Bella its name was Catie. Herbie was teasing Catie about its color and how it had too many legs. Their uncle, who is the Mayor, came along to make sure Peaceful Meadows was O.K.   He asked Herbie what he was doing and he said he was just playing.  Uncle Benny told Herbie that the garden held a lot of secrets.  Catie had a secret too. Herbie and Bella went everyday to find Catie but couldn't find her.  Herbie felt so bad about teasing Catie and wanted to say he was sorry.  So Bella prayed.  The next day they went to the garden and they saw something amazing.  The author shows through this book that even if someone is different than you, you shouldn't tease them. Ms. Nonemaker has presented a couple of lessons in this little book.  One is the lesson of forgiveness.
The author writes with words that little minds can absorb.  The books not only are fun, but they are learning tools.  I think every child should have this book to read or be read to. Their imaginations will be stimulated by this book and the lessons are very important.  So take your little one to the book store or on the computer and get a copy of CATIE'S SECRET by Laura Allen Nonemaker.  Find out what Catie's secret is?  What happened to the way Catie looked?  Did Herbie learn anything from his teasing?  Take your little one with the bunnies and the butterfly and have fun.

Cover and interior design by James Mensidor

Illustrations by Michael Roque

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of CATIE'S SECRET by author, Laura Allen Nonemaker, from Tate Publishing for my unbiased view.
Laura Nonemaker
aura began writing as a child in Bermuda when a favorite teacher had one of her essays published in a local newspaper. She is a contributing writer for Kentucky Monthly Magazine and her first children's book,"Benny's Angel," was published in 2011. She is on the planning team for Artful Missions, which produces juried art shows and donates most of the proceeds to ministries that help women and children escape human trafficking. When Laura is not dreaming up her next God's Garden adventure, she enjoys spending time with her large family. 
Charter member/member at large and former secretary of Louisville Christian Writers; active member of Gulf Coast Writers Association; board member of Artful Missions; active in Home Missions; great-grandmother; former Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher; short-term missionary; three limited edition prints produced from my watercolors; first prize in portrait division at 2006 Kentucky State Fair for my original pencil and charcoal drawing titled "Old Timer"; 2011 Emerging Artist Art Show in Fort Myers, Florida received first-place award for my photograph of a monarch butterfly, titled "Savoring the Sweetness".

Benny's Angel: A God's Secret Garden Adventure