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Reviews of Smell My Feet! 10 Seriously Silly and Sweet Short Stories for Squirts, What About Barnaby? (A Gumshoe Crew Mystery) and A Reel Cool Summer are available on Amazon and Goodreads.  Please click on the links below to read them.

Smell My Feet! Reviews:

What About Barnaby? Reviews:

A Reel Cool Summer Reviews:
First, I want to share reviews of my book and my visit from the Media Specialists at Sacred Hearts Academy. I visited with the children in Senior Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. We had a blast reading A Reel Cool Summer, dressing up and acting like the characters in the book, talking about self-publishing, writing MadLibs together, and expressing ourselves by thinking about our senses. I want to thank the students, faculty and staff of the school for welcoming me with open arms and for letting us be loud in the library!

Book Reviews
My students ages 4-8 read this book in the library and loved it! They couldn’t stop laughing and have been quoting the book for months now. A hilarious read aloud that inspires students to use their imaginations and work as a team. Five out of five stars!
     --Laurel Taylor, Library Media Specialist JK-6

The book engaged listeners. It was funny and entertaining. A great book for summer!
     --Heather Maggini-Mackay, Library Media Specialist JK-6

Author Visit Review
Martha Rodriguez is a true gem! She worked with me to develop lessons that aligned with our curriculum, and brought in props and teaching materials to keep students engaged.

Grades K-2nd were learning about authors so she talked to them about the writing and publishing process. She read them her story and at the end, they got to dress up as the characters! Students loved her silly story and enjoyed being able to ask her lots of questions about being an author. I loved how she made the book come to life for my students!

For Grades 4th-6th, she did a writer’s workshop to get their creative juices flowing. They learned a lot about using descriptive words and where to go to find inspiration for writing stories. By the end of the lesson, they couldn’t wait to start writing their own stories and share their ideas with others. I’ve never seen them more motivated in class.

Martha gets along wonderfully with students of all ages. What I appreciated the most about her was her flexibility with lesson planning and visits, her ability to make reading fun that helped motivate students to want to read and write, and her ability to develop a great rapport with all students. It made a huge impact on student learning for them to meet a real author, and I would love to have her back again!

Skype Visit Review:
Martha helped the students aspire towards becoming authors themselves.  Every single student was actively engaged in her Q & A session and her fun writing activities that sparked the students’ imaginations.  This was her second year of visiting our school and each time the students love to hear from her.  They always comment on how much they enjoy her books.  We are so fortunate to have found such a wonderful author to help our third graders with their author study project by Skyping with us from Florida to Hawaii.  She enriched our students’ learning with her wealth of ideas and inspiration.  Thank you Martha!

Review by Ahgoo Review, July 15, 2011. Also, please read a Family Reading Night post at Ahgoo Review that recommends A Reel Cool Summer.

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