I love how the books tell a reality based story in such an engaging, child-friendly way. I know that parents and caregivers are always looking for ‘teachable moments’ and these books fill that need. In addition, these books are on-trend with today’s parents who are looking to place more emphasis on tradition and learning.
I fully support your book series and find it to be a very innovative way to teach children about multi-cultural history while at the same time making it fun. The use of grandparents as positive role models for the children emphasizes the importance of family and community that creates an additional level of depth that truly makes this a unique book and one worth reading.
Papa Lemon reminds us of the power of our imaginations to engage us personally. The Magic Train becomes our vehicle into the lives and experiences of those who have come before us. Now that I have traveled with the Little Wanderers in to 1963 America, I am anxious to go on another journey. I recommend your series for schools, and other organizations and community programs, and Papa Lemon as a storyteller, not just for the Little Wanderers, but for all our children.
My daughter had the opportunity to meet Mr Riley, and she loves the books, she is reading #2 she just finished #1, great reading for 3rd graders.
I enjoyed the author that shared his vision with us. I felt Mr. Riley made writing sound easy but challenging.
It was great for our sixth graders to see a real author. He was very candid about what it’s been like for him to develop his books over the last few years. Thanks for setting this up!
This short children’s story transports the reader into the past aboard a time traveling train. Children learn about Martin Luther King’s passion for respect and equal rights for all people.
Life is sweet when your children read Papa Lemon books….they teach our children the much needed important lessons of a morally grounded and spiritually rooted life. Thank you Papa!
I thought he was great. The kids were interested, are excited to read his books, and asked good questions. I thought he did a great job explaining how he got started and how history is tied to the books. Great African American male role model.
My 8 year old son thought this book was great. “It just pulls you in the first few pages, and keeps going from there”. I don’t think he knew much about Babe Didrikson before this book, but he has a great appreciation of her after reading it. At 47 pages, it’s a quick, easy read with bright, colorful illustrations. We’ll have to read the previous books now…