Stolen Treasures at Pictured Rocks by Mary Morgan – A Book Review

Stolen Treasures at Pictured Rocks

By Mary Morgan – Illustrated by Dawn Baumer

Buttonwood Press, LLC, PO. Box 716, Haslett, Michigan 48840

978-0982335130, $ 7.95, 2014, 120 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Sunken Ships, Stolen Treasures – A National Park Mystery Series for Kids

Pictured Rocks National Park was known for its multicolored sandstone cliffs 300 feet above Lake Superior, its waterfalls, hiking trails, a famous logging slide, and sand dunes. It is also known for sunken ships and the many items that have floated ashore after a storm. The Cooper family from Lansing, Michigan had chosen this site for their summer vacation. Ben had visions of finding important treasures, like a cannon ball, a piece of gold, or other historical relics of importance, along the 40 mile shoreline.

Bekka had her camera along and was eager to get scenic pictures of Lake Superior the Park’s unique rock formations, wild life, and family memories. It wasn’t long before the two met a new friend, Eli, who was on a kayaking trip with his dad. Family fun, campfire dinners, and roasting “s’mores” became a shared adventure.

Plans were made for a visit to the Miner’s Castle, kayaking with Eli, and completing the suggested activities in their Junior Ranger book while they learned to preserve nature and observe the many birds and animals throughout the park. A trio of mysterious acting strangers came to their attention and before long the Cooper family became involved in some fast moving action of a serious nature. As the activities of the mystery men heightened Becca, Ben, and Eli, covertly watched from a distance. Soon the family was in danger as the men realized they had been discovered.

Mary Morgan knows how to build suspense, involve her reader, and keep them guessing. Her writing is informative, filled with core values, significant history, and quality family entertainment. Illustrator Dawn Baumer captures the fun and reinforces Mary’s delightful dialog, story line, and word pictures.

Readers will also enjoy the added features: Recipes for Hobo Dinners and S’mores, the poem “the Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Semaphore Alphabet, and facts about Lake Superior, with pictures of Maritime artifacts which have drifted on shore from some of the 350 recorded shipwrecks in Lake Superior.

“Stolen Treasures at Pictured Rocks” is an ideal book for gift giving, for family reading, as well as for home schooler’s, and for Christian school libraries.




Heaven in a Wildflower by Don Smarto – A Book Review

Heaven in a Wildflower

By: Don Smarto

Frontline Press, P. O. Box 764499, Dallas, Texas 75376-4499

978-098935792, $ 29.95, 2014, 542 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Breathtaking Photography – Evidence of God’s Creation and Intelligent Design

Award winning author and photographer Don Smarto combines breathtaking magnificent photographs with deeply profound writings addressing questions everyone asks: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Do I have a destiny to fulfill? Is God the Creator of the Universe? What happens after death?

“Heaven in a Wildflower” is formatted with five amazing color pictorials and a thought provoking narrative that takes the reader through the Biblical account of creation: of light, water, plants, animals, and man. The book includes biographical sketches of twenty fascinating personalities, illustrations on structure and design, and ends with meaningful insight into questions pertaining to death and resurrection.

Smarto’s writing is packed with awe inspiring word pictures, incredibly enhanced by color photos taken from twelve major cities within fifteen different countries which include: flowers from the rain forests of New Zealand and animals from jungles of Africa. His color photos of people from around the world reveal a depth of character and personality through their facial expressions, body language, and background settings. Each theme whether narrative or pictorial provides the reader with another opportunity for an awe inspiring worship experience and exploration into faith, philosophy, the arts and science.

Don Smarto’s “Heaven in a Wildflower” has a prominent place on our coffee table. It opens the way for discussion starters for family and friends and as well as with those seeking answers to questions of faith and truth.

Beautifully bound, “Heave in a Wildflower” is ideal for gift giving for any occasion.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.