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May I come in

By Marsha Diane Arnold

Illustrated by Jennie Poh

I picked up this book at the reading conference I attended. Good thing I grabbed it when I did because it wasn’t there when I went by a second time. I like Marsha’s book so wanted it.

This is a story of raccoon and a very stormy night. He is scared and alone, so he goes looking for a friend to stay with. The first three friends don’t have space for him but fourth gives him a warm welcome. Rabbit’s house is already full with little rabbits but she doesn’t say no. In fact, everyone ends up in Rabbit’s home.

I think this is a story about friendship and being kind. Rabbit could have said no because an extra animal would be harder but she didn’t . She just said come on in. She is the type of friend that would always be there for someone and always be kind. That is a special person, a very special friend.

I recommend this book for schools because kids need a friend like that. We need to be reminded that being kind is very needed and makes you happy.

I also very much like the illustrations.

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Waiting for Snow


By Marsha Diane Arnold

Illustrated by Renata Liwska

I asked my class to help me review the book as well. I explained to them how I do reviews with my mom. First, I explain the story followed by what I liked about it and finally my overall review and recommendations for who should read it.  The reviews by a few of my classmates are below.  Spoiler: they liked it and recommend it!

But first, here is my review.

Waiting for Snow is a fun book. The illustrations are really cute. It almost makes you want  a pet badger. This book was really a book to read about being patient and waiting for the right time. The friendships in it are really good. I liked when his friends used sugar to make snow for him. I would like friends like that -though maybe not a yard full of sugar snow.

I recommend this book to kids that are impatient. Also kids who like snow.

Now some reviews from my classmates.
Review by Christian
This story is about a Badger which is waiting for snow. The characters are Badger, a hedgehog, a squirrel, a rabbit, a vole and a possum. Badger is tired of waiting and his friends help him with crazy ideas like putting his pjs backwards and wakes up and he thinks it is snow, but his friends was making it with sugar.

Review by Arionne
This story is about a Badger who is not waiting patiently for snow. There is a lesson in waiting patiently for special and fun things to happen.
The characters are rabbit, badger, hedgehog, possum and vole. Badger is not waiting patiently for snow so his friends help with their theories. Badger wanted snow so he started doing weird ideas.

Review by Kennedy
The story is about snow falling down and to be patient. The lesson is to be patient. The characters are are rabbit, badger, hedgehog, vole and possum. The book is funny. The characters told Badger to be patient and they told him to put on his pjamas on backwards. Then snow came.
Five stars

Review by Jayden E.
This story is about snow falling and bring patient. The lesson is…. Being patient. The book is good because it’s about patience.
Five stars plus one bonus star

Review by King
This story is about snow. The lesson is… being patient. This is a fun book.

Review by Shemarr
This book is about patience and snow. The lesson is waiting. This book is fun.
Review by Khori
This book is about waiting for snow. The lesson is we have to wait. This book is fun.

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Prancing, Dancing Lily

It’s party time with my 100th post! Yipee

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By Marsha Diane Arnold

Illustrated by John Manders 

Have you ever seen a cow dance? I have. I have seen a bunch of cows dance at a fair.  In this book, Lily the cow likes to dance. She goes all around the world to find a place to dance. (Bridget note: Lily sounds like she and Peddles should be friends) She finds a place on an island and dances to her heart’s delight. A lot of people might know this dance.

I like this book because it is a funny to see a cow dance. This book is good for kids who like to dance but stand out in their class. Annoying little brother likes to dance but he doesn’t like being the only boy in his class.

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Meet the Author: Marsha Diane Arnold

Today’s Meet the Author is  Marsha Diane Arnold. She is the author of Lost.Found.


Author name:Marsha Diane Arnold

Author website/social


Tell me a little about yourself:You can read about me at I have you starting at Chapter 2 as I need to update Chapter 1, which has me still living in California! I live in Florida now, near my daughter’s family. 

         I grew up on a farm in Kansas, surrounded by wheat fields, cows, and lots of cousins, uncles, and aunts. I love being surrounded by family and nature. At my husband’s and my new home in Florida we have big oak trees, a pond, and lots of lizards and cicadas. My daughter and her two children, Grainne and Baby Flint live close by. One of Grainne’s and my favorite things to do is to feed carrots to  the three ponies on the lane.

I love to travel, scuba dive, hike, garden, and, of course, read and write.

When you were my age, did you like to read? Absolutely. Reading was one of my favorite things to do as a child. But I’m a late bloomer as far as writing goes. I didn’t start writing until I had children of my own. 

What was your favorite story? I loved books about animals. Still do! When I was very young I enjoyed The Poky Little Puppy.When I was older, my favorites were Lassie Come Home, about a collie who travels a long way to find her family, and Black Gold, about a little horse who did big things.

How do you get your ideas? Ideas are all around us. I get ideas from lots of different places. The Pumpkin Runner came after reading a magazine article. Quick, Quack, Quick was inspired by my son. The idea for my recent book, Lost. Found., came to me in a dream.

Is it hard to write/illustrate a book? It’s always a challenge. Some of my stories take months to write. But I recently wrote a story in just one day. My agent loves it and is submitting it to editors now.

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? I don’t really have a favorite book of my own. They are all like children to me. I do have a special place in my heart for my first book Heart of a Tiger, about a small kitten who has a dream to give himself a name like that of the magnificent Bengal Tiger on Naming Day. One of my favorite characters is Lily inPrancing Dancing Lily. She is such fun! When I visit schools the children and I get in a conga line and dance, just like Lily. And my recent book Lost. Found. is special to me as it’s full of funny animals and shows that if we come together even unraveled things can be knitted back together again. You can see the book trailer for Bear and his friends, from Lost. Found., on my home page:

What author do you really like right now? I really like the work of illustrator Erin E. Stead and the writing of Philip Stead. Philip’s book A Sick Day for Amos McGee is so dear. One of my all time favorite books is Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? I’d suggest enjoying all the activities a kid enjoys and also reading lots of wonderful books. Of course, if you like to write, you can enjoy telling, writing, or drawing stories for yourself, your family, and your friends. Have fun! 

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Written by Marsha Diane Arnold

Pictures by Matthew Cordell

This is a simple book to read because it only has two words come up. The important thing is the story told by the pictures. It is like a no word picture book. It is a simple story but Mom says sometimes we need to remember what really matters.

I like it when the bear gathers all the yarn from this scarf that got torn up and makes one that is really long. It is for everyone.

I recommend this book to people who make scarves or people who lose things and then other people find it until something bad happens. And then they need to make a new better one.

Tomorrow you can learn more about Marsha Diane Arnold, as she is the Meet the Author!