Give A Gift, Save A Life - ResCUTES Are Adorable Stuffed Pets That Actually Help Shelter Pets


What do Kristin Chenoweth, Joe Gatto (Impractical Jokers) and Good Morning America all have in common...they all have fallen in love with the ResCUTE's and have posted about them on their social media.
The gift that gives TWICE!...
You can make a child happy while saving a dog's life...What could be better!
Operation ResCUTE is a 501©3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and encourage the next generation of kids to think about adopting shelter pets in need of a loving home. We offer a series of stuffed animals and children’s books all of which are based on true to life rescue dogs and their actual stories. 100% of profits go directly to shelters to help them in their adoption efforts. Of equal importance, the series is designed to foster the development of empathetic and proactive children who will be responsible to their surroundings and others less fortunate. So it is a win-win gift for any child as teaches the act of charity and empowers kids to be a part of the solution while, simultaneously, helping save a dog’s life and make a real difference! www.operationrescute.com .
The 411:
Wondering what to give to that sweet child in your life that they don't already have or just another toy that they don't need? Most kids only play with it for a short time and toss it with all the rest so why not consider a gift that is not only cute and cuddly but also helps shelter pets? 100% of the proceeds go directly to the shelters that help real animals. Through Operation Rescute you can select a stuffed animal that comes a book containing the "real" story of a real pet. 
There are three pets to choose from Jingles, Tanner and Hudson and if you head over to the website you can see photos of the "real" Jingles.

I highly recommend these products and the prices are great. See below!
Operation ResCUTE Inc. is a non-profit organization intended to educate and encourage the next generation of young readers to think about adopting shelter dogs in need of a loving home. Only 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters and rescue organizations. An estimated 2.7 million healthy pets remain in shelters each year! Hopefully, the ResCUTE book and plush series will foster the development of empathic and proactive young citizens who will be responsible to their surroundings and others less fortunate. Get started and buy the 3rd Set in the Limited Edition of the ResCUTE Series.
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All Around Bustletown Winter


Kids will cozy up for hours of fun as they peruse this joyfully illustrated book that shows the endless ways winter takes hold in a busy, charming town.

Winter has arrived and everywhere you look people are embracing the season. At home there's baking, reading, and sleeping in, while on the farm the fields are fallow and quiet. Outside people are bundled up against the cold as they are skating, sledding, and running to catch a crowded bus. The town's buildings are alive with activity--piano lessons, a dentist appointment, shopping for presents, and visiting the museum. And if you look closer, you'll recognize the same characters on page after page, each with their own story. Wilfred the jogger has lost his keys, and Erica is shopping for a Christmas tree. Each minutely detailed scene is bursting with different people, such as a cheerful lady with an umbrella and a young violinist, as well as animals and birds. In the tradition of Richard Scarry and Where's Waldo, this book encourages kids to return again and again to these charming spreads, following along with the characters and inventing their own stories. They'll recognize parts of their own world, while also learning about the endless ways we live, work, and play in the winter.

The 411:

As a kid I love Richard Scarry books. All Around Bustletown Winter reminded me of those beloved books. I use to look at them all the time and point to all the tiny characters and talk about what they are doing. My preschool class did exactly the same thing. They wanted to talk about the characters on each page AND the illustrations are incredible. There is so much to look at. So much detail on each and every page. My class loved finding the same characters over and over on each page.

I love these books for kids who can read or who can't. 





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I Spy Christmas - The Perfect Book To Add To Your Christmas Collection


It's the greatest time of year! I Spy Christmas -- now with new bonus riddles, a brand-new search-and-find look, and a brand-new trim size.

Can you find Santa and his elf, a sleigh, snowmen, silver bells and jingle bells, mittens, two turtledoves, candy canes, and the rest of the festive things hidden in the shiny ornaments, snowy landscapes, and colorful store windows? What is hidden in Santa's workshop? And what do you see under the Christmas tree?

Walter Wick's captivating photographs paired with Marzollo's clever rhyming puzzles will have readers of all ages mesmerized.

Spread some holiday cheer by finding all the search-and-find fun in I Spy Christmas.

The New York Times bestselling series by Jean Marzollo and photographer Walter Wick continues to amaze search-and-find fans of all ages. Now with brand-new bonus riddles by Dan and Dave Marzollo.


The 411:

My preschool class loves the I Spy books. They are two but these are the perfect books for any age. As much as my 2 year old students love to do these with me so does my 14 year old daughter who has also been loving these books since she was 2 years old. 


The beautiful, colorful pictures are full of Christmas/wintery (is this a word) items. There are clues on the pages of what to look for but even without reading kids can point to any I Spy Questions.  I can ask anything about any item on the page and the kids can point to them.  Kids love being able to search and eventually find and even better when they get to know the book. Builds confidence and opens discussion by introducing different items or words they haven't heard before or aren't familiar with. 


I love this book!



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The Little Snowplow Wishes For Snow by Lara Koehler


The plucky little hero of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Little Snowplow returns in a story about wishing, waiting, and the magic of a first snowfall.

The little snowplow loves his job on the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, but the work he loves best is plowing snow. Throughout the year, he wishes for snow to come, but winter begins without a single flake in sight. As the weeks pass and the little snowplow’s birthday approaches, he starts to wonder whether it will snow at all. Will the little snowplow’s birthday dreams come true?






The 411:

What an adorable book about a little snow plow who loves what he does.


The little snow plow waits all year to plow snow but while he waits he continues to help by hauling, digging and pulling on his job as part of the road crew. 

As winter approaches he waits, and waits, and waits but no snow. He invites friends over for a birthday party but on his birthday his wish comes true and the party must wait as he happily plows till the job is done. After all what is a snowplow to do?  His friends find him and together they celebrate as he makes a birthday wish for of course more snow!

I love this book as did my preschool class. We talked how you cannot always get what you want right away but wishing, hoping and waiting for it usually helps and when you do finally get what you want you can really appreciate it.  

The illustrations are perfect and really add to the adorable story. 

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100 Ways To Be Thankful! By Lisa M. Gerry



National Geographic Kids Books  100 Ways to Be Thankful (ages 8-12, $9.99).  It’s an eye-opening, eye-catching book featuring  100 creative ways to identify and express gratitude for all that's good in your life. 


Adopting an attitude of gratitude is like developing a super power! Are you grateful for snow days? Do you treasure friends who just get you? Are you thankful for the beautiful mountains, fields, lakes or beaches near your home?  In today's hectic, fast-paced, overscheduled world, so many of us -- including kids -- try to do it all. This book is  packed with positive thoughts, practical ideas, take-action prompts and motivation  on how to be appreciative and pass along kindness. Interviews with National Geographic explorers offer examples of ways to give back. Uplifting quotes and ideas are sure to motivate readers to do more and be more mindful every day, so we all come away with a renewed sense that life is not only pretty great, but something to be truly thankful for.   


The 411:

I have kept a gratitude journal for years. It is a wonderful way to remember all the little things that make up your wonderful life and remind you that it isn't all bad. If you choose to see the good you will always find it! I am a firm believer in that philosophy and raised my children to find the positive in everything. It definitely helps on those difficult days or moments in life. 

This is the perfect book to show children ways to express gratitude and kindness in everything. 

The book has colorful photos, bold, colorful text and the layout is perfect for just picking up and reading whenever you want. You don't need to read cover to cover. Open up whatever page you land on and read. This is perfect for reluctant readers.

Our favorite sections talk about pets and how you can show them you are thankful for them by taking care of them. We work at an animal shelter on weekends because we want every animal to know they are special. We are grateful we are able to volunteer and care for them.  

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Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil On Bl-Ray and DVD January 14, 2020

  
“masterful performances” - Kirsten Acuna, Insider

"expands the world of Disney's retelling with high fantasy action" - Molly Freeman, Screen Rant
  
on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Dec. 31
and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ Jan. 14
Go beyond the fairy tale with bonus features highlighting the film’s stunning visuals and all-star cast, along with extended scenes, outtakes and a Digital exclusive
BURBANK, Calif. (December 4, 2019) — Ring in the new year with Disney’s most iconic villain: “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” — which soared to No. 1 worldwide opening weekend and earned an A CinemaScore and a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes — releases on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Jan. 14, 2020. The thrilling sequel to 2014’s “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and Elle Fanning as her goddaughter Aurora, arrives home with brand-new bonus features, extended scenes, outtakes and an exclusive extra for Digital consumers.


Bonus features take viewers behind-the-scenes with the all-star cast to explore the making of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” Extended scenes reveal how Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) manipulates Aurora into questioning Maleficient and accelerating her wedding plans. Featurettes include interviews with Jolie, who discusses Maleficent’s origins and the cast who portray the Fey, and Fanning, who gushes over Aurora’s fairytale wedding. Filmmakers showcase the visual effects behind the film’s stunning landscapes and the seemingly effortless flight of the Fey. Additional extras include “You Can’t Stop The Girl,” a music video performed by Bebe Rexha, and hilarious outtakes, ranging from uncooperative cats to uncontrollable giggles on set.



Fans who purchase “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” on Digital will gain access to an exclusive extra in which fantasy-film veteran Warwick Davis divulges the backstory for his character, Lickspittle.

Directed by Joachim Rønning, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” carries on the story of Disney's most iconic villain. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora's impending marriage to Prince Philip is cause for celebration as the wedding serves to unite the Kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors. But, when an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be a family.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” will be packaged and released in several different formats, ensuring each member of your family can enjoy it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can watch the film in Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film which will be released as an Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) and a single DVD.
A Digital bundle with both “Maleficent” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” will be available at preorder.

Bonus features include*:

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE:
  • Lickspittle – Fantasy-film veteran Warwick Davis considers how every aspect of the film's design inspired his tragic character.
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS:
  • Extended Scenes
    • The Queen Comforts Aurora - Queen Ingrith takes advantage of Aurora’s fragile state to gain her confidence and accelerate the wedding plans.
    • Philip and Aurora Dance - Aurora struggles to gain Queen Ingrith’s approval when she realizes how she is viewed among aristocracy.
  • Featurettes
    • Origins of the Fey - Angelina Jolie discusses Maleficent’s lore, her newly discovered origins, and the diversity of the cast who portray the Fey.
    • Aurora’s Wedding - Elle Fanning gushes over Aurora’s fairytale wedding; plus, hear from some special guests as they give their best to the bride and groom.
    • If You Had Wings - Get a glimpse of the elaborate visual effects that allow the Fey to take to the skies.
    • “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” VFX Reel – Discover how a perfect blend of practical and visual effects were used to create the stunning landscapes in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”
  • Outtakes - Uncooperative cats, a serious case of the giggles and even the “floss dance” found their way into Ulstead.
  • “You Can’t Stop The Girl” - Music video performed by Bebe Rexha
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Product SKUs: 4K Ultra HD (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code), Multi-screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code), DVD, Digital 4K UHD, HD, SD and On-Demand
Feature Run Time: Approximately 118 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated); PG in C.E.; G in C.F.
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Audio:
UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos; Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus; French-Canadian Dolby Digital 5.1; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (some platforms); English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
HD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
SD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
Languages/Subtitles:
UHD Blu-ray = English SDH, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, French and French Canadian
Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish
DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish
Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish
Closed Captions: English (DVD and Digital)

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Bernie the Dolphin 2 On DVD December 17 #BernietheDolphin 2


A heartwarming adventure for the whole family, Bernie the Dolphin 2 arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand on December 17 from Lionsgate. Starring Kevin Sorbo and Patrick Muldoon, the film is approved by the Dove Foundation for all ages. The Bernie the Dolphin 2 DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Kevin and Holly are thrilled that their dolphin friend Bernie has come back to the harbor. But so has their old enemy Winston (Kevin Sorbo, TV’s “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), who’s just gotten out of prison. As the kids have fun with playful dolphin Rascal and sassy parrot Mango, Winston is forced by his old partner to help kidnap the talented Bernie. Can Kevin and Holly uncover the scheme and save their splashy friend before it’s too late? This charming family comedy also stars Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers).

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Top Tips for Squeezing Some Veg into your Kid's Diet


Getting kids to eat their vegetables is the longest-running battle between parents and their children. If at the end of dinner time you have achieved a clean plateyou should hold it up high like Serena Williams at the end of the Wimbledon final!

Nobody knows where the universal child hatred for veggies comes from, but if you have a little one who is bonkers for broccoli or crazy for carrots, you are very lucky indeed. 
For those who are not so lucky; here are four simple ways to get those veggies eaten:

1. Hidden veggies
Hidden veggie recipes can be found all over the internet, stretching from American moms to English mums and French mamas. They are an incredibly useful tool for getting the right vitamins and minerals into your kids diets. Making a spaghetti bolognese? Or perhaps a chili? Throw in some diced carrots and celery when you are softening the onions, the veggies will be tosmall to be noticed and will add no extreme flavor to the dishbut will pack in the vitamins that your kids need.

2. Multivitamins
If youre worried that veggies really aren’t going to make the cutyou can always add extra vitamins into your kid’s diet with multivitamins. Gummy vitamins are the perfect solution for kidsthey look and taste like candy so there’s no way your kids will refuse to eat them on the grounds of being too healthy. Plus,aonline stores like www.pharmacyonline.com.au, you can purchase gummy vitamins for both children and adults, meaning you can get a little vitamin boost in your day too.

3. Textures
For most fussy eaters, both children and adults, texture plays an enormous part in whether they like certain foods onot. Luckily, we are no longer in an age in which boiling is the only way to prepare vegetables. You can completely alter the taste and texture of food just by preparing it in a different way. Broccolifor example, when boiled can become overly mushy and very strong tasting, particularly to people who are supertasters, but if yoroast it, it becomes crunchy and sweet. Change up your cooking techniques; it might surprise you how many broccoli fans you now have in the house. 

4. Fruit 
Sometimes kids just want something sweet and even though fruits have high natural sugar levels they do also carry some of the same nutrients as vegetables. They are, howeverharder to incorporate into a dinner time meal in a form other than dessert. You can find some handy recipes that incorporate stone fruits such as peaches, which can be grilled in the summer and pineapple, which is no longer reserved just for pizza. Though this is harder to achieve during the winter (pineapple casserole doesn’t sound too inviting), there are other options availableFrom oranges to grapefruits and kiwithere are whole host of different fruits that are perfect for winter and can be turned into anything that you want. 
Getting vegetables into your child’s diet is important; whether you are swapping out potatoes for sweet potatoes or just the classic ‘here comes the airplane,’ whatever way works for you and your little one is a good way.

The Middle Sister A Jack Salvo Novel by Jesse Miles

The Middle Sister follows lovable character Jack Salvo — philosophy professor by day, hardboiled private detective by night. When a wealthy woman hires him to find her wayward daughter Lillie, who has been missing for a week, Salvo figures the girl is probably hiding out with friends. All he has to do is interview her crew, bust their stories open, and deduce the missing girl’s location – easy, right? Not when he soon learns that her “friends” are somewhat parasitic. And when he finds Lillie, she is hosting different kinds of parasites — the little ones that help rid the world of rotting corpses. Pulled into a maze of murder, arson, and blackmail, Salvo quickly finds himself on a high-speed-run down L.A.’s fast lane, sparring with grifters and gangsters, dodging the cops, and digging up a dark, deadly family secret.
The Middle Sister not only takes readers on a page-turning adventure that keeps them guessing, but also gives an inside look into the city of angels. It brings readers to real-life locations from the Sunset Strip, the “Bird Streets” of the Hollywood Hills to Old Bel Air, the Castellammare neighborhood in Pacific Palisades, and Musso and Frank Grill, Hollywood’s oldest eatery.
The 411:
It weird I am not a huge mystery fan but the last two book were both mystery and I loved them both. 
Jack Salvo is a hired by a mother to find Lille one of her three daughters. She often goes  missing and shows up eventually but this time it feels different. I don't want to give too much away but Jack is good at his job.  Now he must piece everything together as he interviews the people in Lillie's life.  
I enjoyed Jack's character. He is witty and doesn't always do what he is suppose to to get the facts. 
There is enough twists and turns for even the best mystery sleuths who quickly solve by the middle of the book. I felt like I knew what was going on and then I didn't. 
Well written! Great characters and fast paced. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Q&A WITH JESSE MILES, AUTHOR OF THE POPULAR JACK SALVO SERIES
THE DARKER SIDE OF L.A. IN BOOK THREE, THE MIDDLE SISTER
 Question: Tell us what The Middle Sister is all about.
Jesse Miles: The Middle Sister is the latest of my three Jack Salvo novels. When a wealthy woman hires Jack to find her wayward daughter Lillie, who has been missing for a week, Salvo figures the girl is probably hiding out with her friends. All he has to do is interview her crew, bust their stories, and deduce the missing girl’s location – or so he thinks. Salvo soon learns that her "friends" are somewhat parasitic. When he finds Lillie, she is hosting different kinds of parasites - the little ones that help rid the world of rotting corpses. Salvo is quickly pulled into a maze of murder, arson, and blackmail. During his high-speed run down L.A.'s fast lane, he spars with grifters and gangsters, dodges the cops, and digs up a dark, deadly family secret.
Q: How did the Jack Salvo character come about?
Miles: My full-time job and youthful restlessness made writing difficult, but I hacked away over the years, and the Jack Salvo character began to take shape. I read Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Elmore Leonard, Ross MacDonald, Robert Parker, Mickey Spillane, and others. I read some of their novels a second and third time. I read Raymond Chandler again and again, with a special reverence.
Most of Jack Salvo’s qualities are traditional. Like a knight or a Western hero, he has to be strong and brave, and possess a hard-wearing sense of justice. He has to feel empathy for victims and anger at predators. He has to be a soft touch for those in need. Like a savvy cop, he observes the human condition with a balance of cynicism and hope. With regard to integrity, he is no angel, but always honorable.
Q: What are some of the true-to-life Los Angeles locations featured in the book?
Miles: The Sunset Strip has always provided an interesting blend of glamour and corruption. My visits are less frequent than they were in my younger days, but it’s still fun.
Blue Jay Way, in the “Bird Streets” of the Hollywood Hills, was the inspiration for one of the Beatles’ songs.
The older, original sections of Bel Air have a quiet, aristocrat ambience, for the most part. The specific area I had in mind for the Manning residence in The Middle Sister includes the mansion that was used for the exterior shots of the Beverly Hillbillies’ home.
The Castellammare neighborhood in Pacific Palisades is known for its ocean view, the concrete steps that run up and down the hillside, and the mysterious 1935 death of actress Thelma Todd, popularly known as “Hot Toddy.”
Musso and Frank Grill is the oldest eatery in Hollywood. This year is their one-hundred-year anniversary.
Q: Your books definitely have a classic 1940’s private-eye feel to them, but set in modern day. What draws you to that genre?
Miles: Soon after I started my corporate career, I read all the Raymond Chandler mysteries back-to-back. The stories jumped off the page and smacked me in the face. I had never seen words used so economically and so effectively. I knew then that I had to write L.A. private detective fiction. This was a big turnaround for me. I had been a science fiction reader since I was ten years old. I had entertained the idea of writing science fiction, but not crime fiction.
Q: Your novels are set in very interesting locations. Why did you place this one in Los Angeles?
Miles: I understand L.A. I’ve been here a long time, and I’ve seen it from many different perspectives. The nooks and crannies in the canyons are among my favorite places. The historical crime scenes are also interesting.
Jack Salvo might have to travel out of town to pursue evidence in a case, but the heart of the story has to be in L.A.
Q: There’s a philosophical slant to each of your books – what was the motivation behind this unique element?
Miles: When I was in college, there was a brilliant young professor in the Philosophy Department. He wasn’t athletically inclined, but he had the size and appearance of an NFL quarterback. In addition to publishing scholarly papers in philosophy journals, he was a true educator. He wasn’t happy until he saw light bulbs blazing over his students’ heads. He had movie star looks and a top-drawer Ph.D. We’ll call him Professor X.
The girls swooned over him. That was especially annoying to me, since the swooning girls included my favorite coed. He was mild-mannered and uncompromisingly polite, like Clark Kent. He was the sort of man who would speak to the custodian in the same cordial tone as he would to the college president.
I don’t know what sparked this thought, but somewhere in the development of the Jack Salvo character, I asked myself, “What if Professor X were a tough guy with a short fuse? What if he were inclined to punch the noses of the phonies, bullies, and other degenerates that are so prevalent in L.A.? What if he had a compulsion toward frankness and sarcasm that precluded his fitting into a scholastic environment?” It seemed like an interesting blend of erudition and grit, and I went with it.
Q: So what is next for Jack Salvo – is there another book we can expect?
Miles: The title is Theory of Justice, and it’s the fourth book in the Jack Salvo series. Jack’s father Karl was a policeman who was shot down in the line of duty when Jack was six years old. Jack has only a few vague memories of his father, all of them positive. On most mornings, Jack parks his BMW behind his Pico Boulevard office, which is located in a small building he owns. The rear of the BMW sits about a hundred feet from the point where Karl Salvo died in the alley. The story begins with Jack working a few uninteresting cases. Then he is notified that a major clue has turned up in his father’s murder. Compared to the first three books in the series, Theory of Justice is more of a traditional whodunnit, with a list of suspects that has to be whittled down.
JESSE MILES grew up in Central California, where his ancestors had arrived from Arkansas and Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl migration. When he was eleven years old, his father took him on a business trip to Los Angeles, and little Jesse immediately decided he wanted to live in L.A.
During his college years in Orange County and Los Angeles, his part-time and summer jobs included work as an insurance investigator in the Hollywood area. That work experience provided some thought-provoking insights into the human condition and laid part of the foundation for his writing detective novels.
He earned an MBA at UCLA and put in three decades with a large corporation, working mostly in computer security. Over the years, he worked with a wide range of law enforcement and military intelligence veterans, learning many lessons of criminality, investigation, and survival.
Jesse currently lives in the Brentwood district of Los Angeles. His interests include classic films, pro football, and Formula 1. In his spare time he goes to the gym and hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains
More on Miles at http://jessemilesbooks.com/.
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Teeny Tiny Santa by Rachel Matson


Join this teeny tiny Santa on a BIG Christmas adventure!

In a teeny tiny village
On an evening cold and bright
A teeny tiny fox
Dreamt of Christmas night.

This teeny tiny fox fears he is too small to get a visit from Santa. But with a teeny tiny ho ho ho... the most magical visitor arrives on this snowy Christmas night! Discover a heartwarming festive read-aloud, full of vibrant illustrations, bouncy rhymes, and holiday magic!

The 411:

OMG adorable. Perfect size for little hands. I loved it! So fun to read out loud and I can't wait to bring it to school to read to my kids.

The illustrations are the perfect accompaniment for this tale of a teeny tiny fox who longs to have Christmas but fears he is much to small and Santa is way up high. Thankfully for small creatures there is a teeny tiny Santa who makes sure they all have a wonderful Christmas. 

So cute! Perfect stocking stuffer!

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