Review – Are You Sleeping Little One?


Review – Are You Sleeping Little One?
by Hans-Christian Schmidt, Cynthia Vance
Illustrator, Andrea Nemet
Zondervan, 2012
Review by Tijuana Canders
Dec 18th 2015

Are You Sleeping Little One? – Prepares  babies and toddlers for bedtime with simple rhymes and soothing pictures. The dialogue introduces young children to how baby animals sleep. With expressive bedtime rhymes, it describes the sleeping habits of animals, from ducklings to flamingos, to giraffes. The rhymes are soft with gentle pictures, and vibrant colors, offering a perfect way to share a story or tuck your little one in for the night.

Hans-Christian Schmidt and Andrea Nemet are a writer-illustrator team that has worked on many children’s books together. Other arts of work are Five Little Sleepyheads, and When A Coconut Falls On Your Head.

Cynthia Vance co-author with Hans-Christian wrote another Abbeville children’s book, Red, Yellow, Blue, and You (My First Colors), Published in 2008, edited Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper as well as Ami Rubinger’s Big Cat, Small Call; Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10and I Dream of an Elephant.

The book is lovable and charming. Nemet’s illustrations of water colors captivate interest, and introduces how sleep is important to their growth. I am always looking for materials to allure my childrens’ attention as a educator which stimulate their interest to learn. I like books that motivate people, especially books that stimulate and motivate children. This is one of those books. The metaphoric concept of different animals in relation to sleeping is great for sending children off to bed.


© 2015 Tijuana Canders







Review – I Am Potential


Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams
by Patrick Henry Hughes
Da Capo, 2009
Review by Tijuana Canders
Nov 20th 2015

“Just a few years ago, none of this seemed possible.  Now I mesh perfectly, part of an intricate formation.  I can’t help but feel that anything can happen.” (p. 220)

Those were Patrick Henry’s words as his father wheeled him onto the John’s Cardinal Stadium’s football field to receive the unanimous ovation of a cheering crowd of thousands by the slapping of hands before taking his place as a team player in the marching band to play the trumpet.

Patrick Henry Hughes presents eight simple lessons in this soft cover book, of 229 pages, with each chapter finely aligned with relational and inspirational titles. Family portraits are also presented midway throughout the book as a visual tool.  The motive is to use the inspirational testimony given as a vehicle to help others realize their potential on the level of progress they’re at. This is a poignant, unique heartfelt memoir presented by an extraordinary young man.  From the time I began to read the book, I didn’t want to put it down.  This was a reader that caused me to look within myself, to open-mindedly evaluate my levels of potential.

Born with multiple anomalies, and bilateral anophthalmia, (where both eyes are missing at birth) Patricia Hughes began to research and as Patrick Henry grew both his parents took each area in stride dealing with each battle and obstacle accordingly but not without perseverance and faith exemplified through the Hughe’s faith in their Higher power.  Through their faith they began to see that the promising capabilities Patrick Henry showed forth demised the initial diagnosis in comparison.  Patrick Henry Hughes was blessed with the power of a healthy functioning mind, something normally taken for granted like hearing or playing music by ear, these began to be the highlight of gifts bestowed on him to bring Patrick Henry where he is today.  Henry pushes forth in motivating context that the simple and small things are blessings to be counted in order to find life’s most pleasant offers. In recognizing these gifts, passions, or talents it is  realized through the setting of goals and the knowing of our limitations, through having the courage to try whether successful or not, that we can find something remarkable within ourselves and our outward accomplishments which express I Am Potential.

Each member written about was intricately given a resounding voice of expression which heightened the transparency of an ultimately powerful driven memoir.  I was especially impressed by the seed of nuggets offered by Patrick Henry Hughes given as final excerpts of each chapter as a summation of points of views to be learned.  Uniquely enough Hughes book was co-written with his father Patrick John Hughes and Bryant Stamford (who wrote the forward).  Although not written in conjunction with Patricia Hughes, her voice was clearly heard through their written expressions.

I Am Potential is a well thought ought and written memoir that I recommend for even the most non-reader to read.  All eight lessons written about, delivered exactly what was offered to teach.


© 2015 Tijuana Canders