Pukeweed Soup

A New Tale to Tell

Children - Grade K-3rd
106 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2013
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Author Biography

JoAnn Flammer is a freelance writer and a retired elementary teacher. She is living 'happily ever after' in Adirondack, NY, with her husband of 50 years, Lee. They raised three beautiful daughters, Kathie, Sandi, & Debbie, and have been blessed with four delightful grandchildren: Brianna, Kristina, Andrew and Amber; two step-grandchildren, Kristyn and Alex; and now Bobby who married their granddaughter, Brianna. The girls, grandchildren, and spouses (Dan & Rich) continue to reside on Long Island.
For the past twenty years, JoAnn has been writing teaching ideas and strategies for The Education Center’s Mailbox Magazines.She also published a parent page for summer reading in Frank Schaffer’s Schooldays. She recently published See Me Learn: Reading Begins at Home filled with tips and strategies for parents who want to boost their children’s learning ability, especially in reading and writing, so they will experience academic success.
JoAnn's teaching certifications include grades N-6, English 7-12, and Reading K-12. Her passion teaching struggling readers led her to write three 'short' chapter books with age appropriate vocabulary for ages 8-12. The first one is about a boy who wishes his younger sister into a dragon’s cave. The second is about a princess who wants her castle saved from a greedy uncle. And the third has the same characters saving children from being bopping zombies. The Last Wish, Pukeweed Soup, and Beneath Windom Castle will captivate frustrated readers who are often overwhelmed by too much print, and independent readers will easily find the time to share in the characters' adventurous, magical journeys to Windom.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

"Puckweed Soup: A New Tale to Tell" is a story full of imagination, excitement, adventure and whims. The book opens with Noah being acknowledged on stage by his school principal as one of the inventive writers in the Wizard Willard's Writing Contest. Noah is nervous that he has to go on stage to collect his certificate of participation. The story takes a twist from there where Noah is transported to a world of adventure. He is joined by Reggie the Rhino, his sister Ariel and Willie the Wee Wizard of Windom. They are also joined by Ariel's best friend Belinda in the adventure to Windom. The excitement continues when they meet Princess Tai. Princess Tai wants to rescue her castle from her greedy uncle who wants to get the diamonds in the mine close to the castle. Her greedy uncle sends Princess Tai's father on a wild goose chase so that he can take all the diamonds.

I liked the whimsical feel of this book. It is a kind of story which every child can relate to and come up with, because of their highly imaginative abilities and the capability to daydream at any hour. The story progresses very well without losing the tempo. The adventures and the excitement are whimsical. The excitement continues when they meet Princess Tai. Princess Tai wants to rescue her castle from her greedy uncle who wants to get the diamonds in the mine close to the castle. Her greedy uncle sends Princess Tai's father on a wild goose chase so that he can take all the diamonds. Every character in this book is very clearly etched and the descriptions make them come alive in the reader's mind. Will they able to save the diamonds from the greedy uncle? Will Princess Tai's father return to the castle in time to save it from her greedy uncle?